A Healthier Loco Moco (Hawaiian Plate Lunch)

How’s everyone doing? It’s safe to say that wherever you are, it’s been a rough week. And although I wrote about coronavirus last week, I’m not going to turn this into a corona-chronicle (the world has enough of those). No, I’m going to focus on what I do best…making food. After all, it’s a great…

How To Visit The Grand Canyon in Winter

Last updated 1/30/2020 I recently visited Grand Canyon National Park during the week between Christmas and New Years. I had a lot of doubts about going in the winter, and so many questions, so I’ve written my experience and research here for you! What is the Grand Canyon and why should I visit? This section…

Buttery Thanksgiving Stuffing (United States)

This stuffing is buttery and popping with herbs, mixing crunchy celery with soft chewy bread and sweet roasted squash. Since it’s vegetarian (or vegan!), it takes only 30 minutes to throw together. There have never been leftovers with this recipe, much to my dismay. A must-serve for your Thanksgiving table! My favorite holiday of the…

Costa Rican Portabello Burger with Cilantro-Lime Aioli

Have you ever bought an unusual condiment for a recipe, only to find it slowly growing old in your fridge? This was definitely the case with my bottle of Costa Rican Salsa Lizano, which I bought to make Gallo Pinto. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good rice and beans, but I also…

Apple Pie Cinnamon Buns

Is it a cinnamon roll with an apple pie twist, or an apple pie in a bun? Either way, these baked gooey rolls smothered in a luscious cream cheese icing merge two of my favorite fall foods together for apple spice bliss that is perfect for your next fall brunch or a lazy rainy day…

BBQ Cauliflower Pizza

Tangy baked barbecue cauliflower mixes with red onion, smoked Gouda, and fresh mozzarella in this vegetarian version of a California Pizza Kitchen staple! I’ve been making pizza as long as I can remember. It was one of the most frequent homemade meals growing up. My mom and I would grab some pre-made dough from the…

Raspberry Butter Mochi (and Cake Scaling 101!)

Have you ever had butter mochi? I went the first 30 years of my life without it, sadly, until my first visit to Hawaii. It was a warm Pacific morning and we were driving down the highway when suddenly my boyfriend spotted a roadside mochi stand on the other side of the road. Screeching to…

Glacier National Park (Part 3)

Welcome to part 3 of my photoessay on my national parks trip. We’ve already covered Yellowstone and sights of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, and now on to the third and final leg: Glacier National Park. This park is objectively gorgeous through and through. Snowcapped mountain peaks and breathtaking valleys, glacial lakes and waterfalls, and lots…

National Parks Journey (Part 2)

Stunning natural scenery. Quirky museums. And a landscape that looks more like the moon than planet Earth. These were some of the sights I saw on part 2 of my journey through the northern Rocky Mountains area. You may have caught part 1, which involved driving from Bozeman, MT to Yellowstone and three glorious days…