bake me a birthday cake

every birthday, my husband creates a birthday sign for each of the kids to put on the wall by our dinner table. they’re usually inspired by his or her current favorite thing. every birthday, we eat whatever the birthday celebrant picks for dinner (i can cook or we can eat out at their favorite place).…

food and art in jersey city, nj

my dad was in town for a few days so he joined us on our saturday adventure to jersey city, nj. i heard there were a lot of filipinos in jersey city which means there is filipino food to be had in jersey city. gr3’s friend’s mom, Eunju Kang, is an artist and we went…

food and art in williamsburg

having a car in the city is enabling us to get out of our little corner of manhattan. one saturday we went across the williamsburg bridge to hangout in williamsburg. first stop: DuMont BurgerĀ  yum, yum, yum. this cozy burger joint hit the spot. my husband and i split a spinach salad and burger (thanks…

fall food nyc

jollibee (woodside, queens) we ordered: an aloha burger (slice of pineapple in the burger), lumpia shanghai (little egg rolls), two orders of spaghetti, chicken joy (fried chicken with rice and gravy), ube shake (purple yam with tapioca pearls), and one halo-halo (best filipino dessert ever). the chicken joy was yum! halo-halo had two scoops of…

road trip: charlottesville, va

early july and we were on our way to our first destination. my friend suggested stopping in charlottesville, va on our way to gatlinburg, tn. there’s thomas jefferson’s home, monticello, and the university of virginia’s rotunda. i had never thought of it before, but we were up for the adventure. we watched the landscape shift…

chow down: korean food in fort lee

we never knew fort lee, nj was a koreantown. awesome korean food was right across the river! yes, manhattan has a k-town, but this was different. we met up with my husband’s coworker and his wife (both korean) and we followed them across the george washington bridge by car to Myung Dong Noodle Shop on…

chow down: philly cheesesteak

i know it seems silly to write about a sandwich, but it’s a good sandwich. we used the car a couple weekends ago to shop outside philly. this was an unnecessary trip that i’m a little embarrassed about. there was a boden warehouse sale north of philly. i thought: we’ll buy lots of inexpensive summer…