Today is Snow Day #2.

It is also Chinese New Year’s Eve.  What a wonderful day to have off!  We cleaned our house and our bedroom looks like new 🙂

Here is a picture of the dumplings we made. Ground pork, nappa cabbage, shrimp, jiu cai, and more.  Can you tell who made which ones?

yummy dumplings 🙂













Tomorrow we will have a big party with our chinese friends. Hot pot and nian gao!  more photos to come 🙂


The snow has kept us at home. But never fear! We will find something delicious to make 🙂 We had everything we needed for this recipe in our fridge and pantry, yay!

D knows how much I LOVE pizza.

I love pizza so much that I convinced some of my co-workers to do “Pizza Day” with me every Wednesday. We take turns getting different kinds of pizza and eat it together as we plan for school.

I love pizza so much that during my first year teaching, I ate it every day. That’s right. EVERY day for the entire first year.

I love any kind of pizza-thin crust, deep dish, pan pizza, stuffed crust, pizza pockets, and oh yes, pizza rolls.

So when D saw this on the seriouseats article for HOMEMADE PIZZA ROLLS, we had to try it!

At first, I was very frustrated because I couldn’t get the shape that I wanted.  But soon, I figured out a system and these guys started coming out:









Then, we put them in to hot oil and fried them!  SO GOOD.  What  more could you want than FRIED PIZZA?!









Here is the finished product.  So yummy!

Hi from Shanghai everyone!

I know you may think this is silly, but i LOVE going to the grocery store here and just looking at all the different kinds of food and SNACKS.

Here are a couple picks of the vast variety of chips they have here…

As you can see, the pringles have bluberry, bbq steak, seawead, and finger-licking braised pork (which we chose of course).  The braised pork flavor has a nice 5-spice kick to it-yummy!





Here is another one we found:


Not sure if you can tell, this is KIMCHI chips.  but it tastes like…..BBQ lays!  hahah. i liked this one, although i was disappointed it wasn’t spicier.

Aaron took us to Ming Tsai’s restraunt and it was awesome!

I only took pics of the appetizers ans desserts on my iPhone, so I’ll update soon 🙂

Took a stroll around my childhood neighborhood in search of this…

Took a day trip to Charleston from Columbia, South Carolina today and had an awesome time. Had lunch at Jestine’s Kitchen and the soul food was fantastic!

so a friend told me to try this place out for burgers.  and it was delish!  d had the kuma burger (10 oz. burger with an egg on top) and their home made chips, which he loved.  i had the neurosis (10 oz burger with 2 cheeses, sauteed mushrooms and onions) and waffle fries.  the burger was too big for me 🙂

d’s verdict: “one of the best burgers i’ve ever had”

it was a lil overboard with the heavy metal music, but if you can stand the noise, it’s so worth it!