Huntington Garden is a beautiful spot to visit in Pasadena. They have gorgeous desert plants, as well as Chinese and Japanese gardens that are so beautifully laid out and designed.
Month: October 2020
travel: 798 Art Zone, beijing (china)
798 Art Zone is located at a defunct military factory in Beijing, and the buildings each have a very unique architectural style reminiscent of both the time in which the military factory was still in use and more modern elements.
college station: yangtuo club
Yangtuo Club is tucked into a small shopping center, so it's quite easy to miss. They've got quite a few options as for what to eat: you can get the dry hot pot for 9.99$/lb -- meaning, you can add whatever the heck you want for that price per pound, an all-you-can-eat hot pot buffet, where you can chose the level of spice for the soup base, as well as noodles and fried rice.
recipe: creamy mushroom cauliflower gnocchi
This creamy mushroom cauliflower gnocchi is the perfect recipe to whip up if you're short on time, if you're craving something hearty and delicious. It's creamy, and every bite of the well-flavored, well-seasoned sauce pairs perfectly with the chewy gnocchi. Your kitchen will be smelling like heavenly mushrooms for a good few hours afterwards, though (not a problem, of course).
recipe: steamed brown sugar sponge cake (ma lai gao/马拉糕))
Ma lai gao (马拉糕) is a popular dim sum dessert, alongside the ever-popular salted-egg yolk custard bao. It's essentially a sponge cake with a beautiful caramel color due to the brown sugar, and because it's steamed, ma lai gao is a fluffy, soft and gorgeous cake (it will literally spring back if you push down on it!).
recipe: chinese red-braised pork belly
Red-braised pork belly (Chinese: 红烧肉) has been a staple of my childhood diet -- and now that I've moved out of Texas, it was the first thing that I was determined to learn how to make. It's made with a wonderful mix of spices, cooking wine, a soy sauce power duo, and more. What you end up with is soft, melt-in-your mouth pork belly from a two-hour long braising process, and a thick, subtly sweet sauce that's perfect for drizzling over white rice.
The eco-friendly alternatives of a single serve K-cup
If you’re like me, a coffee a day is a basic necessity. And oftentimes, the easiest option is to pop a single serve K-cup into the Keurig machine right before you get ready to leave the house, and wait a few minutes as the smell of coffee permeates around you and coffee fills into your reusable cup.
college station: fusion peru
Fusion Peru, as the name suggests, combines both traditional Peruvian flavors with a dash of American, and it does an incredible job!