seattle eats // skillet diner.

seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.
seattle // skillet diner.

Stack of Griddled Cakes with Lemon Zest Butter + Caramelized Grapefruit on the side for her. Pork Belly and Cornmeal Waffle for him. That's brunch filled with all kinds of nom, nom, nom! And here's an extra nom for the open-concept, zen-like diner ambiance and unassuming minimalist decor, because let's face it, we all feast with our eyes first. It's what gets our tongues primed for noming. Speaking of feasting with the eyes, I'll just let the pictures of food porn do all the talking. I mean, noming. ;-) But don't take it from me and V. You know Skillet Diner is nomlicious when an ex-Seattleite-now-Houstonian friend highly recommends it, with 4 Yelp stars backing her up.

From one foodie head to another. Seriously. That grapefruit, though. With the top coat of caramelized goodness ... NOM!

besos ... jin.

vancouver eats // cafe medina.

vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.
vancouver eats // cafe medina.

Testimonials of the best lavender latte popped up in the Pinterest universe a few months back, getting my coffee taste buds all tingly with excitement. Is it true? The very best?? It would be nice to finally get my lips on a perfect cup of one! It's not like I've spent all summer attempting to concoct a mind-blowing version, only to have most of them fail miserably. (This lavender flavoring business is a finicky art!) So now I've made it my mission to get to Cafe Medina if I ever find myself in Vancouver again.

Which I did. 2 weeks ago. Oh, sweet, sweet elixir. We finally meet!

Good espresso kick. Dash of milk. Hint of lavender. Smooth on the tongue. Subtle bitterness. No chemical aftertaste. More cowbell. Now that's some exceptional lavender latte! Perfect complement to my gigantor bowl of granola, fruit and yohgurt, which was the energy boost I needed without the crash. Surprisingly fulfilling, too. Even Vince's mini cast iron entree of Fricassé was also a gourmet treat, a culinary mastery of balancing light and heavy, rich and delicate. And honestly - who can say no to braised short ribs and grilled foccacia?

But it was the ambiance that sealed the deal for me. After waiting outside the cafe along with the hungry masses for 15 minutes, we were ushered pass the main dining area to a side door leading into a non-descript hallway. The journey continued pass the kitchen into a dark room, which led to another room. What welcomed us was an intimate setting perfect for candid chatter. Brick walls, exposed wood beams, tall ceilings, urban art, contemporary light fixtures. All squeezed into a small, private room. My favorite part: natural light flooding in from the 9-foot windows.

Swoon.

Hidden gems just makes the food that much better, innit? Needless to say, I ate my brunch extra slow that morning. Cafe Medina, I kinda like you. I'm def hitting you up again the next time I'm in Vancouver! 

besos ... jin.

{kitchen de ferrer} red wine pasta.

kitchen de ferrer // drunken noodles.
kitchen de ferrer // drunken noodles.

It's been nearly 2 years since the hubbub and I have been married and we still have boxes of vino left over from the wedding! Loads and loads of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel from one of our fave Texas vineyards. (Wassap, Becker Vineyards!) There's only so much sangria a girl can make (and so much wine a couple can consume with their dinner) before it gets old. In comes Emma's Red Wine Pasta recipe to help with the vino situation. I had actually attempted Alessandro Giuntoli's recipe first, but after a few tries find that the virgin olive oil mixed with red wine yields a faint reddish pasta. We can't have that. So I switched over to Emma's method and instantaneous success. Red, red, slightly purplish-red pasta! Zang. Shoulda gone with her recipe first!

So if ya want crazy red pasta (and less kitchen time), go with Emma's recipe. My toppings differ from Emma's in that I opted for parmesan, red pepper flakes, capers and homegrown basil instead of feta and olives. Sometimes if I want a heartier, well-rounded meal, I would further top the dish with slices of herb-marinated chicken breast. So far one of my fave tasty summer dishes to conjure up in less than 30 minutes! (Or when the hubster refuses to cook for ya! =X)

besos ... jin.

{foodie adventure} lavender honey + black truffle parmesan butters.

lavender honey + black truffle parmesan.
lavender honey + black truffle parmesan.
lavender honey + black truffle parmesan.
lavender honey + black truffle parmesan.
lavender honey + black truffle parmesan.

A couple months ago I raved about these organic gourmet butter blends hand-crafted by Pam of Butter Business Bureau. Fast forward 2 months -- still raving! Now I don't enjoy my Lavender Honey (I love lavender anything!) + Black Truffle Parmesan (I LOVE truffle anything!) butters every morning. Only when I feel like fancifying my morning coffee or adding a twist to the occasional Sunday breakfast, but take it from me - a little bit of (4 ounce) tasty buttery heaven goes a long way!

besos ... jin.

{kitchen de ferrer} lavender panna cotta.

kitchen de ferrer // homemade lavender panna cotta.
kitchen de ferrer // homemade lavender panna cotta.

Oh yes, more lavender adventures in the Ferrer cocina! Panna Cotta with lavender. My new favorite summer dessert. I'd say this is one of my lavender success stories with minimal attempts involved. (You don't wanna know how many times I've tweaked the Lavender Latte and Lavender Lemonade recipes. Still tweaking, btw. =X) Not only is it light and leaves a hint of lavender on the tongue - kitchen time is, like, 20 minutes. Max. Any recipe that takes less than 30 minutes prep and cook and clean up time is def a keeper in my books! I had tried several recipes and found The Kitchn and Leite's Culinaria versions to be the yummiest. Though, one turned out to be too sweet, while the other too subtle. Sensing a bit of the ol' Goldilocks trend here, I ended up combining both recipes and tweaking some of the ratios (follow The Kitchn's recipe but with 1 tbsp gelatin powder, 1 tbsp lavender, 1/4 cup sugar).

Juuust right.

Gonna tuck in more spoonfuls of panna cotta before yoga. Shameless, I know.

Nomaste!

besos ... jin.

{kitchen de ferrer} lavender latte.

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Been riding a lavender high lately and thanks to Mark's suggestion tried the Lavender Soy Latte from Bouldin Creek Cafe. Love at first sip! And ever since then I've been trying to recreate it at home with this and this recipe. After a few variations I've quickly realized the delicacy of the lavender flavor. It's really easy to overpower the lavender taste with espresso unless complimented with sugar or vanilla or honey (which I'm totally trying out in the upcoming experiments). I've also read that a little bit of lavender syrup or lavender flavor goes a long way, which I've, too, added to my arsenal of lavender coffee-making must haves. Here's hoping to achieve that right hint of lavender ... eventually!

More on the lavender coffee talk subject, I've been hearing how divine the Lavender Latte from Medina Cafe is in Vancouver. Can not wait to get my lips on it in September!

besos ... jin.

{foodie adventure} mini red velvet bundt cake.

mini red velvet bundt cake.

This heavenly mini goodness (with chocolate chips!) from Baby Giono's Baptism soirée was actually my morning-after-breakfast a few Mondays ago. Kinda wished it was my breakfast for this Monday. I can not stop dreaming about how well-balanced and well-executed and, well, perfect these mini bundt cakes are. One nibble and you, too, will be blown away at how moist it is ... for a bundt cake! Not just any regular bundt cake - cupcake AND mini cuppycake versions. Yeah, I know what you're thinking -

'Why didn't I think of that first??!'

Forrealz! To show just how impressionable I am by these lil suckers (as well as anything bite-size for that matter), I'm now on a mission to bake my own mini bundt cakes. Thanks for the inspiration, Nothing Bundt Cakes!

besos ... jin.

{foodie adventure} earl grey tea cookies.

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Nevermind the blueberries and the lavender buds and the awesome wooden spoon. That will all make sense in a blog post or two. But hey! Look at those scrumptious Earl Grey Tea cookies from Loc Maria's Bon Naturellement line! Courtesy of Miss Hanhsters, who found a box of these, thought of me, wrapped it up and sent it my way one random March day. (Thanks, homegirl! =D) And ever since then, I've been squirreling these delectables away, enjoying them from time to time, 'cause who knows when and how I'll ever get my hands on these wonderful gourmet finds. (Oddly enough, they're hard to find on the internet!) But if you just so happen to stumble upon a box, prepare your tastebuds for spring-like delightfulness. The slightly buttery cookie really compliments, as well as draw out, the subtle earl grey tea taste. Makes for great light breakfasting!

besos ... jin.

{foodie adventure} matcha green tea pocky.

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I'm surprised these yummies haven't made their way down to Tejas yet! For months upon months, I would stare at pictures of these elusive Matcha Green Tea Pocky sticks posted by various friends from NYC and Cali on IG, Foursquare, etc. For a green tea addict, this is some maddening stuff. To feast with the eyes and not do any actual feasting! The Matcha Green Tea gods work in very mysterious albeit questionable ways at times. Heh. But anyways, with Amazon downright outrageously expensive and totally out of the question, I finally got my chance last April in San Fran's Japantown and gleefully stocked up. Took my first bite soon thereafter and OH EM GEE they are every bit worth the hype! Matcha green tea perfection on a stick!

So kind friends in NY and Cali - trade ya BBQ for Matcha Green Tea Pocky? Yah? ;-)

besos ... jin.

TEXAS 2013 // Butter Business Bureau @ West Elm

photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.

I like butter. You like butter. Who doesn't like butter? You know how that ol' saying goes - 'Everything taste better with butter!' So let me tell ya what happened when me and V came across a table spread full of handcrafted butter blend samples at West Elm. Heck yah we shamelessly tried it all. 15 to be exact. All very derrricious. So de rrricious - we had seconds! Shamelessly, of course, 'cause that's just our style. 

Pam, the butter mastermind behindButter Business Bureau, somehow achieved perfect taste bud harmony with her well-balanced butter concoctions. These butters aren't at all rich and greasy, neither overwhelming nor underwhelming on the palette. They're simply just right. Which I take as uber healthy, but that could just be me. And my excuse to eat more of it. What's even better is that all her butters are made with organic cream from grass fed cows. (Now how could that not be healthy??) Flavors like Shallot Citrus Tarragon, Black Truffle Parmesan, Sweet Lemon Curry will most def rock your taste buds. I mean ... in a just right way. ;-) My absolute fave is Lavender Honey.

But nevermind me. I'm just 'spreading' the love. ;-) Go taste and see for yourself! Viva, Mantequilla! (South Park, anyone? V will be so proud of me.)

Btw - Hi, Pam!

besos ... jin.

{kitchen de ferrer} st. patty's day noms.

What can I say, I'm a sucker for gimmicky holidays. St. Patty's Day no exception. Here are some quick and easy leprechaun snackaroos that my festive little self made throughout the week of. And yah, I'm well aware I'm just now posting this. Procrastinator, I am. Or am I ... uber early? =P

st. patty's day noms.
st. patty's day noms.

1 -- Shamrock Chips with Hummus.

Sometimes the simplest of ideas just blows me away, like this recipe from Zakka Life. Simplicity at it's finest. Literally took me less than 10 minutes to make! Serve with your favorite hummus and life is good.

st. patty's day noms.

2 -- Mini Green Tea Buttermilk Cuppycakes.

Started off as Mini Green Tea Donuts adapted from A Beautiful Mess's version but had to scrap the whole mini donut idea after a few attempts. There were just too many issues to deal with and in the end, the mini donuts looked like mini cupcakes. So I proceeded down the mini cuppycake route instead. Glad I switched pans! Pot of gold right here, green tea cupcake addicts! I've been trying to find the perfect green tea cupcake recipe for the longest time and this *pointing at pic* is def a keeper. I'm still on the hunt for a light and fluffy green tea frosting recipe, so if ya know of one, send it to this gal. But for now, this Matcha Buttercream Frosting from Matcha Source is actually pretty matchalicious.

Note: The quality of matcha green tea powder does matter! Give Teavana's matcha a go. One of the best powders you'll ever bake with. A bit pricey, but so worth it! Don't thank me. Thank Teavana. ;-)

st. patty's day noms.

3 -- Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

Greener and slightly more scrumptious looking pancakes can be seen here by Love and Olive Oil. This pancake griddlin' business, man. It's truly a skill. One I have no patience for. But for those who are like me and can't stand cooking/baking for more than 30 minutes - bad news. There really is no way out of this one. (As if my pic evidence wasn't enough.) So turn that high heat down to medium and wait it out!

Note: Go on and add more mint extract than what the recipe calls for if you're into mint as much as I am. The amount of mint in the recipe was a little too subtle for my liking. So mint away!

st. patty's day noms.
st. patty's day noms.

4 -- Lucky Charms + Matcha Green Tea Latte.

This really needs no words. Another simple idea with a huge holiday impact. And why not take that green milk to the next level with a Green Tea Latte? Don't skip out on the green food coloring if your green needs a lil pop! 

These green foodie noms are lookin' like leprechaun bait, innit? Happy belated (or uber early! hah!) St. Patty's Day, homies!

besos ... jin.

{kitchen de ferrer} heart-shaped valentine noms.

What started off as a fun twist to our homemade Valentine's Day dinner about 6ish years ago has become a yearly tradition for me + V. We really turned this heart-shaped foodie thayng into a sport, with each year more ambitious than the last. This heart-shaped challenge is the reason why Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year! Straight from our kitchen, here are Jincent's heart-shaped foodie noms of 2013:

valentine lunch 2013.
valentine lunch 2013.
valentine lunch 2013.

1 -- Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes with Arrow. 

I love this cupid's arrow concept from the original cakepopster genius, herself, Miss Bakerella!  A few changes from the Bakerella tutorial were made, like using skewers instead of lollipop sticks, as well as using a heart craft punch for the bigger hearts. The little hearts were quickly hand-drafted, then cut out. A gold sharpie to draw in the feather lines, tape to adhere the hearts to the skewers andVoila!

From simple to spruced up cuppycake in minutes!

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2 -- Heart-Shaped Strawberry Kabob. 

These need no explaining. They really do look that easy!

valentine lunch 2013.
valentine lunch 2013.

3 -- Angel Sweet Tomato Hearts. 

Another heart idea that needs no explaining. The 'recipe' by Eye Candy originally called for Cherry tomatoes, but our local grocery store didn't have any on hand. So we went with the next best thing. Still worked out! Looks like Cherry tomatoes, anyways!

valentine lunch 2013.
valentine lunch 2013.

4 -- Heart-Shaped Carrots. 

So my carrot hearts didn't come out as nicely as Sophistimom's.  But that's ok. I like my wonky geometric hearts. They kinda look like V's. V for Vince. ;-)

valentine lunch 2013.
valentine lunch 2013.

5 -- Heart-Shaped Beef Pinwheels. (With Heart-Shaped Quinoa.)

This was all V. He was inspired by a heart-shaped cinnamon roll that I had stumbled upon and wanted to do a savory version. Shallot + Chive cheese, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, plank steak. All rolled into a heart-shaped pinwheel. Held together with toothpicks. A little ambitious for me, but like the aspiring gourmet chef that V is, he made it look easy. And it turned out ... well, let's just say I heart it. ;-)

Hope this inspires your own homemade Valentine's meal in the future! Keep it fun + heartilicious, my peoples!

besos ... jin.

{kitchen de ferrer} ombre valentine cake push pops.

ombre valentine cake push pops.
ombre valentine cake push pops.
ombre valentine cake push pops.
ombre valentine cake push pops.
ombre valentine cake push pops.
ombre valentine cake push pops.

It's no secret I would rather take pictures of my food (and eat them!) than bake/cook them. And it's no secret I take even more pics when I actually do bake/cook. Hard work can do that to ya. In this case (if you couldn't already tell from the multitude of aftermath visuals), I worked hard! And pretty dang proud of it. =D

The making of a cake push pop, it seems, is pretty straightforward. Bake a sheet cake, level it off, cut circles out with push pop container, pipe in cream cheese icing in between cake layers. Sounds easy enough! The Jin version is slightly different. Bake mini cupcakes using a mini muffin pan instead! Once cooled, cut off the cupcake tops, leaving the bottom portions (perfect height and width!) to be squeezed into the push pop containers. No need to level off!

As for the ombre part, I opted for various Duncan Hines cake flavors. Red velvet, strawberry and yellow cake. Half the yellow cake batter I added food coloring (red, orange + yellow) to get that nice bright red color.

Aaand construct away! Cake, icing, cake, icing, etc. Top off with lip sprinkles. Perhaps take the decor step further with some washi tape fun. Makes for 'derrricious-looking' (as Hanh puts it) and 'what the hell these push pops are delicious' (as Eric puts it) Valentine treats for Jincent's closest Austin friends!

besos ... jin.

{foodie adventure} momoko.

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Photos by Jin Chu Ferrer.

Hey Old School Longhorns circa early 2000s, Momoko is still here! Yes! That Momoko! And if you're like me, who hasn't been here in 10+ years, you get a lil curious. And nostalgic. After all, 2003 was a lifetime ago! 

Skipping past the Sanrio paraphernalia (Yup! That's still there, too!) and straight to the food, hubster + I's lunch hommage consisted of Taro milk tea, Coffee milk tea with boba and 2 of THE best rice balls we've ever had in Austin. Salmon Avocado Rice Ball for me, Salmon Avocado Cream Cheese for V. Warm, tasty and ginormous individual portions. Win, win and win. Now this is the reason I'll be coming back! And it won't take me 10 years this time around!

besos ... jin.

{foodie adventure} macaron by patisse.

2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.
2.2.13 - macaron by patisse with jojo.

 Pictures by Jin Chu Ferrer of Contradiction of Sorts.

Per Miss Jen Tabangcora's caption of her Macaron by Patisse Instagram pic:

"I know where to find Jin next time she's in Houston :) @jin_chu"

Oh, fa sho. Ain't gotta tell me twice. And so Little Chu + I moseyed on over to the newest, swankest, chicest macaron shoppe in Houston (by far!) this past weekend. Must be all that River Oaks juju vibin' and jivin' up in this patisserie. Everything looked almost too pretty to touch! But nevermind that. We came here for the macarons. ;-)

Just to be totally honest, we cop'd all the macaron flavors avail that day. And ate it all before we left the patisserie. =X Hey, the friendly reminder found inside one of the pastry boxes said to enjoy the goods in room temp. We had a full day's worth of errands to run afterwards and the macarons would have been sweating it out in the hot, hot car. We couldn't have that. Besides, it gave us ChuChu sisters enough time to chat with one of the store owners (Hi, Mohammed!) and take a gander around the shoppe.

With Coco Chai Tea in hand, we went to town with our macaron loot. Blueberry Vanilla Bean + Ferrero were JoJo's faves, Matcha Green Tea mine. But the ChuChu unanimous fave was this giant heart-shaped Lychee Raspberry macaron with Rose buttercream in all it's pink'd out glory. It took 10 heavenly bites, maybe 12, to finish off this gigantor of a macaron, and oh em gee was it mind-blowing delicious. I've read somewhere that the macarons here are 50 calories each and gluten-free. That's even more of a reason to come back. ;-)

besos ... jin.

{foodie instadventure} sweet paris creperie.

foodie instadventure: sweet paris creperie.
foodie instadventure: sweet paris creperie.
foodie instadventure: sweet paris creperie.
foodie instadventure: sweet paris creperie.
foodie instadventure: sweet paris creperie.
foodie instadventure: sweet paris creperie.
foodie instadventure: sweet paris creperie.
foodie instadventure: sweet paris creperie.

For weeks various friends have been raving about a new creperie in Houston. Possibly the best in town, they say. Nice. Can't argue with that! I do loves me a good crepe. And with crepes being among my top 30 foodie noms, I had to give it a go. So a group of us moseyed on over this past Sunday for brunch. And yah, this place most def lives up to it's hype!

Between the six of us, our crepe massacre consisted of: Truffled Caprese Crepe, Chicken Carbonara Crepe, a couple of Nordic Crepes, The Feast Crepe, Argentine Dulce de Leche Crepe, espresso, hot coffee, Iced Mayan Chocolate and Spiced Chai Latte. A little bit of sweet, a whole lot of savory, six very happy tummies and a ton of high praise. This may be my new favorite creperie in Houston!

besos ... jin.

{foodie instadventure} sweet city centre.

instadventure: sweet city centre
instadventure: sweet city centre
instadventure: sweet city centre
instadventure: sweet city centre
instadventure: sweet city centre
instadventure: sweet city centre
instadventure: sweet city centre
instadventure: sweet city centre
instadventure: sweet city centre.

Over the Christmas break, JoJo and I had a mini sister foodie adventure at one of our fave macaron spots in Houston. We love everything about this place. The macarons are delish. The location is awesome. (Next to Anthropologie AND Urban Outfitters AND Sur La Table AND Paper Source AND Flora & Muse's flower shop.) The macarons are delish. The simple urban decor is inspiring. (I LOVE the mix of brick, hardwood, metal + chalkboard.) Did I mention the macarons are delish? Le sigh. They had me at first glance. The deal was sealed at first bite! Every time I visit, my camera eye is in full inspiration mode and my taste buds yearn to nibble on every nomlicious treat. There's something about this place that's really ... deliciously infectious! 

JoJo and I ordered half the macaron menu. That's 7-8 flavors that we've happily sampled. Unanimous faves: the espresso and pumpkin. Everything else came in a close second. ;-) Kinda wished I lived on top of this pastry heaven instead of a coffee shop so I could try all their flavors! (Ok, this could be the macaron high talking. I really do love the coffee shop downstairs!) Til next macaron adventure!

besos ... jin.

holiday instaweek 2012.

instaholiday: good morning, houston!

Crazy busy last week of 2012 (eee!) in Houston! Here we go!:

instaholiday: sweet with sister.

1 -- Started off the week with a couple of Christmas get-togethers, a photoshoot and a spontaneous macaron adventure with the sissy at Sweet in City Centre. I love coming here! Aside from the delicious treats, I love just looking at their pretty urban decor. Def one of me and my sister's fave macaron shoppes in town!

instaholiday: starbucks with hanh.

2 -- Met up with Miss Hanh for a late nite coffee chat at Starbucks in the Galleria. 24hr Starbucks are most awesome!

instaholiday: korean restaurant with liz.

3 -- Ah, then there was the Korean soul food adventure with Liz at Han Mi Jung Korean Diner on Blalock. Tol Sot Bibimbap FTW!

instaholiday: korean restaurant with liz.

3 1/2 -- I couldn't resist. More pix of Liz and I's Korean foodie adventure! This is how much I love (and craved!) Tol Sot Bibimbap!

instaholiday: hmart with liz.

4 -- After the Bibimbap massacre, Liz and I headed to Hmart to do some quick grocery shopping before grabbing a late afternoon coffee jolt at Tous Les Jours. Kimchee for Liz, pomegranates for me.

instaholiday: tous les jours with liz.

4 1/2 -- And here we are at Tous Les Jours. Coffee for Liz, Hot Jasmine Tea for me.

instaholiday: empire cafe with brian + louise.

5 -- The foodie adventures continue! Saturday brunch with one of Jincent's fave jetsettin' (and highly entertaining) couples, Brian + Louise, at Empire Cafe. Highly recommend the Italian Toast with Cafe Au Lait!

instaholiday: petite sweets.

6 -- Oh yes. Another macaron adventure! This time at another local fave, Petite Sweets. They have one of the yummiest pistachio macarons out there!

instaholiday: agora with gkat + liz.

7 -- We do love our late night coffee chats. Met up with Kat, Gary + Liz at Agora for a midnight snack. Er, more like a meal. We all guzzled down tea and beer and coffee, while scarfing down cookies and truffles and wasabi-coated peas and lumpia.

instaholiday: bbq korean garden.

8 -- Aaand one more last meal before heading back to Austin. More Korean soul food at BBQ Garden Korean! And that there, my friends, is another Tol Sot Bibimbap. I guess it's no secret that it is one of my favorite Korean dishes. I could eat this stuff, like, everyday! =X

Whew!  What a way to close out 2012! Good company, good foodie advenures, good visual eye-candy! Here's to more adventures in the 2013!

besos ... jin.

[diy] christmas in a box.

diy christmas in a box.

So this 'Christmas In A Box' is something I almost always do every year as Christmas favors for close friends. Almost 'cause there are years where V + I would travel our little hearts out for the holidays. =) These boxes are usually filled with homemade baked bite-size goodness, and every year, as a challenge to myself, I never give away the same holiday treat. There are so many yummy delectables out there, why bake the same recipe twice, yah?

diy christmas in a box.
diy christmas in a box.

This year the boxes were filled with Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites and Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Bites. Christmas for your tastebuds, if you will. ;-)  A little bit of mint tissue paper, red/pink nylon string, gold glittery birds (thanks to Heather's awesome cricut!) A nice eco-friendly looking treat box for good measure. Boom. All gussied up and ready to subtlely wow!

diy christmas in a box.

Hope this inspires your own 'Christmas In A Box'!

besos ... jin.