Behold the Starbucks January Tumbler—the Holy Grail of Creativity

Starbucks January 2017 Tumbler

Starbucks January 2017 Tumbler

One of the Christmas gifts HB received was the Starbucks January tumbler, which can be used to get a free grande brewed hot coffee or hot tea through the month of January. It’s the perfect gift for him because he likes his coffee black, and like most people, he depends on coffee to get him going in the morning and sometimes as a pick-me-up in the afternoon. Since he works downtown, there’s a Starbucks on every other block, so using the tumbler is no big deal, right?

This year, however, he’ll be working in various locations, which means it’s more effort to keep track of his tumbler and to make sure he’s maximizing his usage. And so, he has passed the Starbucks tumbler to me. He knows that I don’t like wasting things (almost to the point of it being an OCD), and I’ve just figured out a plan. Continue reading


Blogadays Post Mortem

Finally, Day 30. Barely made it. Whew!

How was the whole experience? I loved it and hated it.

Loved the fact I got myself to write regardless of whether or not I was in the mood. Continue reading

Filling in the Gaps of My Education

As I get older I realize how little I know and how much more I need to learn. I am humbled by the vast gaps in my knowledge. But as the cliché goes, “You live and learn,” right?

For instance, geography—I know so little of the world. When the Princess was asking me the capitals of such-and-such country, I couldn’t answer her. She was able to answer only because she learned it from a strange, twisted cartoon on Qubo called, Jacob Two-Two. Through her I learned the capitals of Burkina Faso, Australia, and Senegal. (In case you were wondering, it’s Ouagadougou, Canberra, and Dakar, respectively.) Continue reading

March Discoveries

Pick a page, any page.
Sometimes I can’t get myself to read a book from cover to cover, but I know the book has tons of useful information, and I want to get whatever I can from it. What to do? In those instances, I find that opening to a page and reading a random sentence/section is the way to go. (Note: This approach is not recommended if you’re trying to get into med school—I speak from experience). Continue reading

January Update: Some Cooking Tips and Cookbook Raves

It seems like January just came and went in a flash. I’ve been remiss with my posts here at Soul Kitchen, but I have been trying to “fill my creative well” by studying American and Korean cookbooks that I’ve found at my library and local bookstores, as well as watching two complete Korean drama series, When Night Comes and Bad Couple (both very entertaining). This is on top of doing my regular mom-duties and freelance design, and of course, exercise, which I’m proud to say that I managed to work out 3-4 times each week this month.

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Humbled by the Most Devout Foodie and Author, Min Jin Lee

The other day I read a food review on Food and Wine’s website by author of Free Food for Millionaires, Min Jin Lee. I was simply blown away. Not only was the review, “Why Restaurants Revere Seiji Yamamoto,” fantastically written, but the descriptions made me want to hop on a plane to Tokyo, seat myself at Nihonryori Ryugin and experience kaiseki, the most traditional—and expensive—style of Japanese cuisine.

Lee writes: “A classic kaiseki menu can vary widely in its number of courses, but at a minimum, the meal is comprised of an appetizer (sakizuke), sashimi (mukozuke), a simmered dish (shiizakana), a grilled dish (yakimono) and a steamed dish (mushimono).” She describes each of the items presented to her with delicious detail, I could almost taste them through my monitor. 😉

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