Local Shanghai Style Breakfast


There is no other way to start off the day than with a traditional Shanghainese-style breakfast – passed on from generation to generation. They call it Da Bing You Tiao (大饼油條) or Chinese Sesame Bread & Fried Dough because these two popular breakfasts foods are simply one of the most genius combinations out there. The crunchyness of the You Tiao with the savory green onion flavor of Da Bing.


7am in Pudong. If you look close enough, lurking behind shiny residential buildings and corporate offices, what do you find? Only if you are as lucky as us, an old-fashioned marketplace thriving with customers and flavor.


The menu! Everything is so cheap yet so delicious. I might be extremely biased but I think it definitely beats the local IHOP. In terms of USD, everything on the menu is selling for less than 50 cents. As a poor college student, I wish we had one of these in rural Indiana (please?).

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Fruit Pizza Recipe


As a lover of both fruit and pizza, I confess that it doesn’t get better than this. img_8689_zps46v9mq1p

When I say pizza though, I mean a crunchy sugar cookie crust topped in a layer of cream cheese frosting and a forest of ripe strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, kiwis and anything else imaginable.  Continue reading

Harvesting Oranges in Sunny Arizona


Fruit picking can be such a joyful time of bonding and reflecting upon nature’s wonders. Orange trees are a norm in sunny Arizona but my Chicago-blooded heart still cries a little bit inside whenever I see a patch of orange speckles against a sea of lush green.


Our church friends bought a house that was built on what was once a large orange orchard. They have a little forest of orange trees growing in their backyard… its so wonderful. I was a bit jealous at first but then had a few nightmares wondering what they could do with all those oranges. Maybe create a lucrative orange bakery? That’s what I would do!

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Sticky Lemon Rolls Recipe

Lemon rolls! Since I’ve always adored cinnamon rolls, why not give them a little twist?

The two things in the world that scare me the most are yeast and gelatin recipes which probably explains why I’m so hesitant when it comes to making rolls. Its like one of those silly childhood phobias that you can’t seem to shake off – that one time my cinnamon rolls turned into a sad flat bread still has a haunting presence.

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My Favorite Easy Fruit Salad & Mango Smoothie Recipe

After a week of dining on leftovers, feeling like trash is guaranteed. And that’s why fruit salads exist – mood lifting, skin saving, and strength-building bowls of wonder.

Not to mention, how much vibrance they add to your ordinary day! Colors of summer, a fruit medley that can’t be refused.

My current favorite fruit salad combination is strawberries (the foundation fruit), blueberries (small crunchy compatibility), avocado (creamy goodness), and mangoes (tangy sweetness). With the belated discovery that avocados are social butterflies and fit perfectly into every salad, I promise I’m never going back.

To finish off the salad comes a simple but naturally sweet smoothie. 2 ingredients : ripe mango flesh & soymilk (or milk of your choice, though lets be honest, soymilk is the true queen!!).



Blend 1 ripe mango sliced, 3/4 cups of soymilk, and a tiny squeeze of lime if you are feeling adventurous.

Enjoy & have a wonderful, healthy day!!

3 Ingredient Strawberry Icebox Cake

When the summer heat rolls around (scorching everything in its path), turning on the oven is one of the very last things you want to do. In my home, its an unspoken rule that baking stops once the temperature hits 90 Fahrenheit – though, sometimes I sneak a few desserts in here and there. That’s why icebox cakes are God’s gift to humanity. Summer desserts that don’t turn your kitchen into a greenhouse.

So when I stumbled upon this wonderful 3 Ingredient Strawberry Icebox Cake recipe, I immediately hopped on my bike to the store.  Continue reading

Creamy Lemon Chicken Noodles Recipe

I’ve been in a really lemon-centric mood lately – craving not only the classic lemon bars but also lemon cake and lemon ice cream; the list goes on. This week at the grocery store, I ambitiously lugged out two bags of lemons despite my dad’s judging glare. So, I was delighted upon stumbling across this wonderful lemon chicken noodles recipe – what luck ♥♥

I improvised from this Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccatta recipe from The Recipe Critic. Instead of topping with parsley, I cut up cilantro which worked perfectly with the dish. I added mushrooms while cooking the broth – definitely recommend that addition!

Colorful dishes make a beautiful ending to a long day! This dish was vibrant and easy on the eyes.

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Super Moist Banana Bread Recipe

The first thing I did, coming home from college, was whipping out my baking utensils out of the dusty closet. My pots and pans had rotted away sadly in the 5 months of my absence – I even got quite a scare finding a spider and his web residing in my bread pan…. hmm. (lots of washing ensued)

Banana bread is something in particular I always crave (though in general I’m just a banana person?). Delicious and rich, it always proves to be a worthwhile afternoon snack!

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Being a Foodie in Shanghai


A true documentary of me being a foodie in Shanghai:

My “7th aunt” brought me this gorgeous tray of nai you dan gao 奶油蛋糕!(Cream Cake!) She is such a wonderful human being… They are from Kaisling which an older and respected food brand in Shanghai. And because I’m just such a cream cake fan, these were gobbled in a short moment.


She also brought this huge sheep plushie (as it is the year of the sheep). Ahh so cute….

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