tea

blossoms afar – matcha almond cookies w raspberry filling

April 26, 2013
Matcha Almond Cookies w Raspberry Filling

I always long for the cherry blossoms season in DC, and better yet, Japan. The magnificent carpet of pink is the most convincing sign of Spring’s arrival. Fortunately, even the photos of cherry blossoms are breath taking, cause there’s a sniffling catch for many of us–spring allergies.

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just a moment – earl grey pomelo tart

April 12, 2013
Earl Grey Pomelo Tart

It’s been cookies, cookies, and more cookies these last couple of weeks. We’re gearing up for NYC Food Blogger Bake Sale 2013. To pick the perfect cookie that holds up to the weather is not an easy task.

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a natural beauty – matcha-azuki cake

March 29, 2013
Matcha-Azuki Cake w Azuki Meringue Icing

The annual tribal rite known as the Easter Parade in NYC brings out the colorful imaginative side in natives and visitors.  There’s the array of hats–traditional, whimsical, avant-garde, and down-right clever—during the ceremonial walk through Fifth Avenue, the central gathering place for the return of this diaspora. The fanciful pastel clothing flutters in the early […]

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spice travel – chai saffron-plum cake

October 12, 2012
Chai Saffron-Plum Cake

Now is the time of year when M and I plan our annual visit to my family in Asia–and a side trip for the real vacation part of our journey. This year, Japan with friends is the destination, and culinary adventures await.

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tea for two — ginger-lime coconut scones

January 27, 2012
Ginger-Lime Coconut Scones

The hardest thing about returning from a vacation is focusing on everyday life when your thoughts are on a different continent. It took almost two weeks to snap back into reality. Of course, sorting hundreds of photos I had taken during the trip didn’t help a bit with the re-entry.

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as a matcha of fact

April 8, 2011
Matcha Almond Teacake

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been busy with bake sales and charity projects to benefit the relief efforts in Japan. One was the Online Bake Sale for Japan, which brought in a whopping $8,269—three times the estimated amount. Another, the NYC Bake Sale for Japan, happened last Saturday at the Brooklyn Flea in […]

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tea time – milk tea madeleines

April 20, 2010
Milk Tea Madeleines

I grew up with two rituals of afternoon tea: the British-in-Hong-Kong-version and the local Chinese variation. Both fit snuggly with two of the main drivers of Hong Kong culture—food and gossip. Many hotels cater to the British tradition, serving up exquisite tasty morsels to cure late afternoon hunger, but most of us didn’t order the […]

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