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10 graphic tees and more from Uniqlo

UNIQLO is my go-to place in Hong Kong to buy fun $10 graphic tees for adults, and I would call it something to the effect of a Japanese Gap, but with rights to Disney, Peanuts, and many artists – from Andy Warhol, to Keith Haring, to Michel Basquiat and more. Their children’s section always has [...]

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Superhero first birthday

One year ago I gave birth across the room from a former workmate whose family hails from Argentina. I call her Mrs. Argentina. I imagine we’ll have at least one joint birthday party together, but for this year I had a relatively simple barbeque, and she put together what I would call a pin-worthy party. [...]

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Whole Grain Zucchini Cakes

This recipe is adapted from a recipe in Whole-Grain Mornings, a fantastic book by a Seattle-based blogger. I’ve married the flavors of zucchini, mint, and lemon, which I love. This is yet another recipe book that I love all the recipes in; I’ve probably made over half of them already. I chose avocado oil because I [...]

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A Joyce Wan themed birthday

I wanted to keep Winter’s first birthday relatively simple. We have at least one barbeque each summer that usually coincides with my own birthday (two days after Winter’s!), so we just tied it into Winter’s birthday party. I honestly wasn’t planning on doing anything big, but after being asked several times what my “theme” would [...]

Buy Nothing Project

The Buy Nothing Project. Have you heard of it? It’s only a year old and but has quickly become a social movement, with over 25,000 members in over 150 groups, in 6 different countries. If you live in Washington state, you’re in luck, because that’s where it started and there are many, many neighborhoods that [...]

Slow Cooker Vietnamese soup

I had this before a wedding during their home-made lunch hour, and it was the most amazing soup I’ve ever had. The key for me is the special beef packet, Oriental Beef Spices (gia vị nấu bò kho), which I’ve found at most Asian supermarkets in my area, the daikon, and freshly boiled rice noodles. Daikon [...]

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Nut Butter Granola Bars

I cannot say enough good things about the cookbook The Family Cooks. If there’s one cookbook to own, this is what I recommend, especially if you don’t necessarily consider yourself a whiz in the kitchen. It’s not too basic (I don’t need directions to roast basic vegetables, vegetable by vegetable), it doesn’t expect me to make [...]

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