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Ding's Garden

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One of my favorite places to eat is Ding's Garden. I would go to this restaurant with my parents a lot before I got married and we would order this dish, the three items cold plate (seaweed, beef's tripe, and pig's ear). Yum!!! We also get it extra spicy with sichuan pepper (the sauce that numbs you). Unfortunately, I forgot to ask for this extra spiciness but normally the dish would be red hot and oily :D

Mother's Day KBBQ at Home

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This past weekend was full of lunch and dinner with family. And for Sunday's night dinner we had Korean BBQ at my parents' house. It's always so fun doing it ourselves and it feels so nice and cozy. I also bought a couple of ceramic bowls so I can try to make Soondubu at home. I'm excited for that!

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Yummy kimchi fried rice!

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I got a Chemex!

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I signed up for a free trial from Tonx and that was fun. They ship specialty coffee beans to your door every 2 weeks. I didn't end up signing up for it but hopefully later in the future I can. So with my free trial I used my new Chemex to brew my coffee. My coffee didn't turn out that well as you can tell...the color is pretty light.

It was a lot of fun making the coffee and now I just have to practice perfecting my brewing! Have a great restful weekend!

Coffee Ice Cream

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I don't make things perfectly...as you can tell with my latte art attempts (1, 2, 3) but I still think it's fun to share with you my progression and process.

For my birthday my coworkers gave me a Cuisin Art Ice Cream Maker! Another kitchen appliance I can play with. My apartment is running out of space for all my hobbies. I think it's time to buy a house to fit everything.

So here's my first attempt at making coffee ice cream!

I put chocolate syrup hoping it would create that cool chocolate effect in the ice cream. It didn't.

A couple of things. I didn't use Whole Milk like I was supposed to. I rebelled because I still had 2 galloons of 2% milk in my fridge. It's also better to use eggs because it'll be creamy and smooth. I didn't do that either because I ran out of eggs. But in the end, Aaron still ate it :) Good thing I didn't make too much.

Succulent Mini Cakes

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This was my 2nd attempt (1st attempt) working with fondant and it was again a lot of fun! This time I did it with my friend, Rachel, who is also a baking student...how rad is that. She taught me a lot and I see more baking and decorating in our future!

I learned to use shortening and powdered sugar for the icing to practice frosting.

Rachel suggested we make mini cakes. So smart! Saves a lot of time and ingredients...and it's super cute ;)

After we did the crumb coat, we put it in the refrigerator to set and started sculpting our succulents with marshmallow fondant. I think we got our succulent colors right on too.

Then we iced the mini cakes again and rolled out fondant to go over the cake.

Here it is! We both need more practicing but after 4 hours of prepping the cake and decorating, we were done!

Drinks Galore

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I've been taking pictures of some of the drinks Aaron and I had from March 9 - to April 8 and I was embarrassed yet excited to share how many drinks we had over the month. Maybe we should fast drinks for a month?

Garlic Popcorn

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Aaron and I bought the big pack of popcorn from Costco last August and we're done with the whole box!! We eat it almost every other day and it's horrible because we love the movie theater popcorn and we add garlic salt to it. But whatever! It's so delicious...you have to try it.

Coconut Tapioca Drink

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I love almost anything coconut! At a nearby restaurant, Phoenix, they have this great mixed fruit tapioca drink. I tried to make something similar and it's not bad! You might want to experiment yourself. This recipe isn't full proof. Think of it as a foundation to start.

  • 1 oz tapioca balls
  • 1 oz young coconut or fruits (the more the better)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 6 oz sugar (melt 6 tablespoon sugar with 6 oz of hot water)

Yes, that's a lot of sugar. I actually prefer 1 cup of sugar. I like my drinks sweet! First thing I did was cook the tapioca balls in boiling water. You can tell when they're done when they become transparent (about 12-15 minutes on medium heat).

It should look like this when done. Looks kind of gross but it's delicious :)

I used young coconut meat and cut them up in slices. Feel free to use any yummy fruit instead. Put the tapioca balls and young coconut meat in a cup and bring the coconut milk, 2% milk and sugar to a simmer over the stove. When mixed well, put everything together and that's it!

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