Technical Malfunction

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This is the one of the first photos I had ever taken with my Mac Book, which I named Stuart, also nicknamed My Love. Oooh 2008, you were a good year. This was one of the first in many Photobooth selfies to come.

After a good long 6 years, I think it’s time for a new computer. The darn thing can’t be unplugged from a wall, which kind of defeats the purpose on a laptop, you know? Also, the white finish I loved in high school didn’t age well. At all. My mom really needs a working laptop and doesn’t mind using my dirty grey laptop. I would like to help her out, by also getting something new for myself.

The thing is, I don’t know what to buy.

I LOVED having my Mac Book. And I have a pathetic desire to continue buying Apple products. But John insists that there are better computers out there that aren’t ask expensive and work just as well. But he’s one of those Microsofties, if you know what I mean.

So do you have any suggestions? I’ve even considered getting an iPad and a keyboard if I need to type, but I really want a laptop. I really don’t want something touch screen. I really don’t want something that gets viruses. I really just want to save photos, use my social media, maybe watch TV/movies and write and blog to my hearts desire!

What do you use? I’d love your feedback!

Pasta! Pasta! Pasta!

Who doesn’t love pasta? Well, ok everyone who has a gluten allergy. But doesn’t everyone else? I LOVE pasta.

It blew my mind a couple of years ago to learn that there are something like 350 pasta types in the world, which I wrote about it in this blog post. When I came across The Geometry of Pasta at the library, I figured the book would be a hit or miss. It could be the most fascinating thing I’ve ever read, or the most droll. Luckily, it turned out to be really interesting! (ps: Geometry was the ONLY math I was ever good at!)

Screen shot 2014-08-30 at 7.14.40 PMWe all have our favorite pasta types, the names we know and love. Farfalle is mine, because my mom made the best mushroom pasta, always with little bow-ties! (Did you know that “farfalle” means butterflies? How cute!) My dad was always so proud of his Manacotti recipe and for that reason, I always loved digging into manacotti.

Screen shot 2014-08-30 at 7.19.31 PMI do have a bit of a complex when it comes to cooking. My mom was a great cook and now I’m dating someone who is incredibly passionate for cooking. It can be easy to just “stay out of the way”, and never really learn how to cook. I know basics, but for most recipes, I’m hopeless! Since we’ve been together, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve cooked for John. Mostly because he enjoys cooking, but also because the offer (my offer) hasn’t really presented itself. Why would I take up space in the kitchen when the person next to me knows how to make the perfect steak, can pickle any vegetable and makes jam just for the fun of it? I also have to admit, I’m a bit sensitive about my lack of cooking skills. If someone wants to correct my technique, I’m known for just choosing to abandon that chore and leave it to the pros.

This book inspired me to take charge a little more. There are recipes and foods that I love, that John doesn’t make, that I should be taking advantage of! My favorite comfort food is a mix of tomatoes, capers and parmesan, and I think its delicious! Pasta Carbonara is one of my favorites, and I know John would love it, but we’ve never had it together.  Linguine with clams is another super simple recipe, one that I know John is dying to try! And why don’t I ask my mom for that mushroom pasta recipe that I loved so much growing up?

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The book also inspired me to be a bit more adventurous. We all know about spaghetti (it makes up 2/3 of the world’s pasta consumption after all), but with 350 pasta types out there, I should be trying more!

It’s amazing that I’ve never cooked with Tortellini (inspired by a belly button… gross, or sexy?) before.

I’ve never thought about it before, but I never cook with Penne or Rigatoni. To me, they remind me of bland pastas served on the kids menu at restaurants. Maybe I should be giving them a try!

As little faith as I have in myself for cooking, I would like to think that someday I will be able to conquer making homemade gnocchi. And by the way, I’m annoyed that I still can’t pronounce gnocchi correctly.

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Then there are the pasta’s I’ve never even heard of before…

Capelli D’Angelo (“little worms”) are dainty nests of tiny noodles that would be great to test out!

Conchiglie Rigate looks like the perfect noodle to scoop up veggies or meats for a heartier winter meal.

Garganelli- I’ve genuinely never even seen this pasta before… now I can’t wait to get my hands on it!


After writing this blog post I’m sure no one will accept a dinner party invitation from me any time soon, but I vow to myself, and all my future dinner party guinea pigs, I mean guests, that I will try to weasel my way into the kitchen some more. I will whip up some pasta dishes and they will be incredible!

Bon Appetit!

Food Fan Girl

I’m not usually a huge fan of most TV shows, but on occasion, I get completely obsessed with a new show.

That’s what happened with The High Road with Mario Batali on Hulu. And I have to admit, it’s a weird show to become obsessed with.


Every week, I tune in to watch a short 5-8 minute episode where Batali interviews famous people in New York City. Oh, and it’s filmed in black and white. Sounds weird, right? Why would I get so excited about a show that lasts 7 minutes? But it’s fascinating and heartfelt and wonderful show. You get a sense that Batali is 100% in his element and genuinely talks as a friend to these people. The Liv Tyler episode? She a girl crush of mine. You truly get a sense that Anthony Bourdain is a close friend of Batalli’s. The funniest episode had to be Jimmy Fallon’s. The most surprising? Venture capitalist Fred Wilson was really kind of cool.

I was never a fan girl of Mario Batalli’s like everyone else seems to be. I never watched his shows, went to his restaurants or read his books, but I did read Heat, a memoir written by a writer who dropped his career to work in Batalli’s kitchen at Babbo. I didn’t expect it to be as great as it turned out to be, but it was a great book for a lot of reasons, but also with insight into who Batalli really is as a person. After I read the book and I was intrigued and even ate at Batalli’s family’s deli, Salumi.

Anywho… I think you should check the show out and if you’re looking for a cool memoir about cooking/food/working in a restaurant, check out Heat!

More Summer Things

IMG_1762We went to our friend’s house warming party and they had a giant fig tree, bursting with ripe figs. Naturally, I had to get a picture of my fresh figs and my lemon print sundress! IMG_1768 IMG_1774I’ve been dying to hike more! I actually borrowed a book from the library that dives into all Washington hikes and I’ve bookmarked dozens of them! I want to start getting into better shape (my poor friend had to listen to me panting through half of this hike), but in a relaxed, beautiful way! There are rainforests and hot springs and volcanoes… all within 100 miles of where I am now! What is stopping me?IMG_1787Though he is white, very, very white (see next picture) my boyfriend makes a mean kimchi! I grew up hating all “spicy foods” and yet this incredibly spicy food never bothered me one bit. My mom, sister and I munched on it constantly when I was young. John doesn’t really like kimchi much, though he loves spicy foods, but he whipped up this first perfect batch that tasted just like the brand I loved most growing up! IMG_1803Rare is the opportunity for me to take my pale, freckly red head out into the sun for more than a half an hour. We spent a wonderful 20 minutes sitting beside the fountain at Seattle Center, watching the kids play. IMG_1810 I’m an embarrassing cat mom and there’s nothing I love more than spending more cat cuddle time on the weekends. I call their hairy paws hobbitsies feetsies.

Some Things in August

IMG_1845 IMG_1846Prada would approve of this outfit. I wish I dressed this adventurous every day.

IMG_1858There’s a lot of things I don’t love about my neighborhood. The smokers, the homeless bums, the griminess of the winter and the dustiness of the summer, the stupid “hippy” kids running around… but I have to stop and remember that there are some incredibly wonderful things too. Though they are lacking in views, the parks are spectacular and a really good place for me to unwind.

IMG_1867One Sunday I convinced my mom to go to the beach with me and she showed up with wet hair tossed into a fedora and a maxi dress flying in the wind. Quite a big departure from my super fancy, but oh-so fabulous mom from just a year ago! I had hoped that she would relax when she got to Seattle, and worry about her appearance less… and she has even more than I could’ve hoped! (And she looks even more gorgeous)IMG_1879IMG_1881I’ve been dying to see Mood Indigo since 2012. The movie was phenomenal… quirky, colorful, manic, rushed, dark, sad, dreary… and it starred my two favorite French actors. I felt like I lived in a Mood Indigo dream days after seeing it. IMG_1885
I HATE doing the dishes. The only thing that makes the experience tolerable for me is listening to music. So I had it in my mind that I would buy a cute, cheap radio and save John the torture of another stack of dirty dishes. This one was from Anthropologie fit the bill. I even found an AM station that does 50’s music at 5:00. Now you know where to find me at 5:00!

IMG_1888   I meant to buy a pour over, I really did. But I wanted to splurge on myself and I thought, why not take it a step higher? So I bought the Chemex. I haven’t gotten it completely figured out yet… but I’m happy with my new technique! I’m still finding the right grind size and the right coffee beans for me. Plus, the one thing I skimped on was a kettle and oh how wrong I was. That darn tea kettle gives me grief every morning!

IMG_1910These beauties lasted me a full 2 days… but they were bright, colorful, beautiful days.


I explored Carkeek Park alone and immediately felt at peace. The tiny shaded rivers and the hot, sunny beach were exactly what I needed.

IMG_1936 I’m obsessed with eggs benedict now. This brunch in an overlooked diner in Pike Place was perfect.