Chinoiserie and Rug Inspiration

I have been on the hunt for the perfect rugs to coordinate with all the chinoiserie pieces I have recently acquired. Chinoiserie is the 17th and 18th century Western style of interior design, furniture, pottery, textiles, and garden design that represents fanciful European interpretations of Chinese styles (Encyclopedia Britannica). Both of my grandmothers, my aunt,…

Japanese Kitchen Essentials

I am not an expert in Japanese or Asian culinary traditions or recipes. However, there are a few pantry staples and utensils that will make preparing and shopping for a special Asian dish easier. Here are a few things you may already have or want to add to your pantry. Some things can be found…

Lazy Girl’s Ramen Using Leftover Seasoning Packets

There is actually a ramen museum called the Shin-Yokohama Rāmen Museum, which unfortunately, I did not get to visit while I was in Japan. You may only think of ramen as a quick cheap meal consisting of water, dried noodles, and a sodium rich seasoning packet. However, authentic ramen is complicated to make and there…

Hirekatsu- Japanese Fried Pork Fillets

This is Hirekatsu, which is deep fried pork fillets. This is a modified recipe from the Chopstick Chronicles. I have never fried pork fillets before but my husband really likes fried foods so I thought I would give it a try. However, he does not like cabbage so instead of shredded cabbage we ate sticky…

Succulents

Planting Succulents So let me begin by saying, I have no idea what I am doing. I have wanted to plant real succulents for years but for whatever reason, they really intimidate me. I finally decided I was going to plant at least three this summer so when I visited World Market, I was happy…

Print Your Photos

Once I lived in a world without digital photography. I had to use a disposable camera or a camera with 35mm film and the only way to see the photos I took was by printing them. Living in this digital world, less and less photos are being printed. People relive and share their memories by…