Blueberry & Pumpkin Seed Sugar Pumpkin Pancakes

pancake cover

Fall is officially here for good – which means that my yearning for anything pumpkin is more desperate than ever! Creamy mashed sugar pumpkin in breakfast form? Totally tickling my autumn taste buds. Start your morning with these easy Blueberry and Pumpkin Seed Sugar Pumpkin Pancakes, gluten-free and with all-natural ingredients!

Continue reading

Cakeful Weekend with Secret Recipe!

cake

This past Sunday was my little sister’s birthday! So my mom and I spent a great deal of time and money (you’re welcome) to pick out some awesome cakes from a Secret Recipe store. Whenever I celebrated my birthday in Shanghai, the Secret Recipe chocolate cakes were a must. This year, I decided to get creative and get a variety of pieces from their awesome selection of cakes! It was just such an sweet experience (both emotionally and gastronomically) that I wanted to share it with you!

Continue reading

Hazelnut Mocha and Pumpkin Seed Scones

scone cover

Even Shanghai’s sweaty and humid summers have an end. Fall weather is finally creeping up, and it’s totally putting me in the baking mode. Today’s recipe takes the lovely fragrances of hazelnut coffee and chocolate and combines them with pumpkin seeds to make delicious and skinny hazelnut mocha and pumpkin seed scones! My kitchen smelled like a Starbucks by the time I finished baking these, mmm. The recipe is super simple and takes less than 15 minutes. Oh, did I mention these are low-sugar and butter-free?

Continue reading

Haiku by Hatsune (IFC Mall)

haiku2

I’ve always enjoyed good sushi and a warm bowl of udon at a nice Japanese restaurant. (Or just good sushi. Or just sushi.)

Two of my good friends and I went on a spontaneous lunch trip to Shanghai’s IFC Mall, where we found Haiku, a popular Japanese restaurant in Shanghai with quality Japanese-Californian fusion food. I’ve been to their Jinqiao location several times (and loved it), but I had never been to the IFC location before. I was surprised to see such an amazing interior design – it looked like a combination of origami and fish inspired designs. Besides the hip tables and the comfortable booths, they also have private tatami tables. Their modern yet cozy atmosphere made our delicious sushi treat even more amazing.

Continue reading

No Bake Mini Oatmeal Cookies!

 

cookie copy..

I’ve been on a craze for simple snacks lately, so I made an attempt at ‘pseudo-baking’ to create these mini peanut butter chocolate oatmeal cookies. The whole process takes about 10 minutes, and it’s a nice little snack to satisfy your mid-day sweet tooth!

Continue reading

Butterless Banana Bread!

Bread copy

When my mom bakes these in the morning, my nose wakes me up.

Here’s a simple recipe that can’t go wrong; it involves ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Without butter, this light and natural bread presents a fruity aroma and is perfect for breakfast or a snack!

Continue reading

Shanghai’s Secret Restaurants: People 6 (穹六人間)

people6-9 People 6-2 people 6-3 people 6-5

This place is hands down one of my most favorite restaurants in Shanghai. I’m excited just by starting to write about it. Located in the French Concession area, its secret entrance is just one of the things that make this restaurant so special. If you’re looking for an affordable AND unforgettable fusion Asian food experience in Shanghai, then this is definitely the place for you.

Continue reading