Mango Pomelo Sago Recipe

A white bowl filled with pale yellow mango coconut smoothie topped with mango and pomelo chunks.

This mango pomelo sago is a fairly easy Chinese dessert to make, unlike some of the astounding pandemic bakes I’ve been seeing (Kinako chiffon roll cakes filled with red bean, whipped cream and mochi??? Strawberry genmaicha cream puffs?? Feed me please). You boil some chewy, bouncy sago and stir them into a mango coconut smoothie, […]

Honey Toast Recipe

Put your tongue back in your mouth. Yep, it's a block of toast, buttered and honeyed, and then filled with ice cream, cookies and fruit. #honey #toast #icecream #dessert

What is honey toast? I first had honey toast (also know as brick toast, given the shape, or Shibuya toast, since it originated from Shibuya, Japan) at Shokudo in Hawaii. I wasn’t convinced at first- the name is unassuming, and I could squirt honey out of a plastic bear on a piece of toast at […]

Mocha Cake with Coffee-Glazed Almonds

Take a bite out of this mocha cake!

welcome to the coffee extravaganza: this kahlua-spiked mocha cake is held together with coffee-scented buttercream and sprinkled with coffee-glazed almonds.  it’s the holidays, i’m officially off until dec 26th (yeehaw). i’m definitely a broken stand mixer at this point, but: i’m ready to hibernate under a blanket, with breaks to let friends into the house […]

Strawberry Sugar Cookies

These strawberry sugar cookies are delicious with or without a cup of milk (or coffee or tea).

looking to do some holiday baking?! here’s a recipe for strawberry sugar cookies, dusted with crunchy, tangy strawberry sugar. there are some times when you want an aesthetic cookie – i’ve been oohing and ahhing over constellation inspiration‘s cookie advent calendar of recent, and cloudy kitchen‘s cookie boxes have been on my radar for years. i […]

NYC in January

Surprisingly, the Brooklyn Bridge is nice and toasty if you go on a blustery morning when you're in NYC in January. #brooklynbridge #brooklyn #bridges #architecture

recently returned from a trip to nyc in january! it was cheapppp ($250 roundtrip tickets from california, and a 3 night stay at a hotel in tribeca was $450 when it’s normally $350+/night in the summer) because of how cold it was (you better bet i brought my ski gloves to combat the 27f weather), […]

Yaki Manju

This flaky Japanese pastry known as yaki manju can be filled with sweet red bean, lima bean, sweet potato, etc. #japanese #hawaiian #yakimanju #manju #redbean

this post for yaki manju was originally posted in jan 2014! it’s been updated with some new pictures and new recipe copy. yaki manju is one of those desserts that might be an acquired taste for some. it has beans, and yes, it’s a dessert. however, it’s still pretty tame, and i’d recommend it for anyone […]