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Monthly Archives: June 2014

When I first tried making the tooth cupcakes I wrote about earlier, I made way too much fondant, so I decided to experiment with coloring the fondant and making some fancy decorations for cupcakes. I made a batch of chocolate cupcakes and decorated them with these pastel ribbons, rosettes, and leaves. Not too bad for my first time playing with fondant!

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The fondant was actually surprisingly easy to make, using the recipe here. The only thing is that you have to make it the day before to let it sit in the fridge over night. When I get some more free time I definitely want to try to do more different things with fondant!

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Back in April, Yufei and I celebrated our 5 and a half year anniversary at Hakkasan. We started with some cocktails and appetizers. I got the Hakka cocktail, which had lychee and passionfruit juice (2 of my favorites!) and it was really good. We got the hot and sour soup and crispy duck rolls to start our meal.

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Crispy pumpkin puffs. Almost too cute to eat!

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Stir-fry black pepper beef ribeye with merlot. This was really good but the serving was pretty small.

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Tofu, aubergine and shiitake mushroom claypot in chili black bean sauce. Needed some veggies for the meal.

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For dessert, I got the mango pudding with pink grapefruit and Sczheuan sorbet and pineapple. It came in this little glass “terrarium”.

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Yufei got the Kalamansi chocolate ganache.

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Food, service, and ambiance at Hakkasan were all great, but I feel like it’s still a little too pricey for the amount and quality of food you get. I do think their cocktails are good and decently priced though, so I would come back just for drinks.

Overall I enjoyed the dining experience at Hakkasan, and I’m so thankful to have a partner in crime and adventure who loves trying new foods and restaurants as much as I do (despite the fact that he compared our 5.5 years together to the length of a prison sentence for 3rd degree murder…). Love you Yufei!

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Yesterday was the last day of D1 year!! I can’t believe the first year of dental school is over… it feels so surreal. Anyways, more recapping and reflection will be in a later post. For now, I just wanted to share my outfit for the day. It was a rare warm sunny day and I knew we were going out to celebrate after our last final, so I dressed up a bit.

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Jack by BB Dakota dress from Crossroads, H&M flats from Crossroads, cardigan from Old Navy, bag from China, necklace gifted by a friend.

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Bag from Body Central.

I love picking one main piece with lots of colors, like this dress, and then adding other pieces to the outfit by picking certain colors from the first piece. I tried 2 different bags with the outfit, and I chose to go with the pink one because it was large enough to carry my light sweater for when it gets colder at night. I can’t wait for more warm days to wear summer clothes!

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Ever since I started following Erica’s blog as a pre-dent, I’ve always wanted to make her super cute tooth-shaped cupcakes. Finally, I found the perfect occasion for making them earlier this quarter, when my fraternity, Delta Sigma Delta, held their annual Rent-a-Dent auction. I made a trial batch of 3 before the auction just to make sure it was actually doable.

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I used pink lemonade cake mix for these and it was delicious. I made some changes for the final batch, like making the cake crumble mixture finer and adding some red food coloring to the cake batter to make the color more pink and less orange.

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These take a lot of work but the end product is pretty awesome, don’t you think? The D4 who won the cupcakes was pretty impressed!

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I bought a Travelzoo voucher for Chouchou Bistro a while ago and finally made a reservation for dinner a couple of months ago (so behind on restaurant review blogs!). It wasn’t too far from our apartment so we walked there. It was warm and inviting inside:

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For appetizer, Yufei got the Assiette de Fromages, which came on the cutest palette plate. It was so adorable I wanted to steal it.

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I got the salade de crabe, which had avocados, one of my favorite combos with crab. There was lot of chunky pieces of crab in it and it definitely satiated my craving for crab for a while.

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For his entree, Yufei got the filet mignon with truffle mashed potato and zucchini in green pepper corn sauce.

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And I had the Cuisse De Canard Confit Wellinglton: duck leg confit with mushrooms duxelle, diced potatoes, cherry tomatoes in garlic, shallots, and parsley, with maple vinaigrette. It was interesting in that the duck was wrapped in this puff pastry (almost like a duck confit en croute?). It was delicious and the serving size was huge (but I finished it all!).

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And we shared a dessert of crème brûlée:

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The food and service were both pretty good, but without a coupon I’m not sure I would come back since I’ve had better French cuisine in the city.

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Our last full day in the city was fully packed! In the morning we went to Katz’s Deli for breakfast. Their famous pastrami sandwich was every bit as delicious as I had hoped.

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Then we went to the 9/11 Memorial. I had gone in 2012 right after graduation, but this time the Freedom Tower is pretty much complete and is a beautiful addition to the New York skyline.

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We walked around the reflection pools for a bit (sadly the museum wasn’t open yet at the time) and then headed to Chinatown. We had dimsum at our favorite place – Golden Unicorn. I was too busy eating to take photos of the meal! We had planned to get a snack at Xi’an Famous Foods, but it wasn’t open. So we opted for lamb kabobs from this street cart instead.

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After we filled our stomaches with delicious Chinese food, we walked to the Highline. I’d always wanted to visit when I was in college but never got to. Winter isn’t the best time to take a stroll there (I can imagine it being such a cool place to hang out in the warmer seasons) but we still walked almost the entire length of it.

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After so much walking, we were hungry again so we got Wafels & Dinges! This is one of the things I really miss in NYC and that I really wish they had in SF (though for the same of my waistline it’s probably good that they don’t). It was so warm and delicious and now I wish we had gotten 2.

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Macy’s was nearby and they were having their flower show at the time, so we went inside to get away from the cold for bit and enjoy the gorgeous blooms that are nowhere to be found outside.

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After that, we took the tram to Roosevelt Island. There’s really nothing much to do on the island but we wanted to take the tram. It was pretty cool.

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It was still too early for our dinner reservation at Porter House, so we just hang out in Time Warner Center where the restaurant was located for a bit before going in. We used to go to Porter House for lunch in our college days because they had a really good prix-fixe 3-course lunch menu, but this was our first time going there for dinner. We started with an arugula salad to share (bonus points for actually splitting the serving into 2 individual plates for us).

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Yufei’s steak (and a humongous serving of fries):

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My usual order of salmon:

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Food there was delicious as always. Not quite ready to relinquish our last night in NYC, we decided to get a drink and dessert at Stone Rose Lounge next door, where we were greeted with this gorgeous night view of Columbus Circle.

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Thus ended our last day in New York. The next morning we packed up, checked out of the hotel, and grabbed a quick lunch at Aceluck. This little restaurant holds a special place in my heart because it’s where I was introduced to the delicious world of Thai food.

After lunch, we headed to the airport. Yufei had used his miles to book first class seats for our return flight and it was awesome! We got champagne after we were seated:

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And they handed out tablets with entertainment for the flight. We watched Dallas Buyer’s Club. Here is my movie and part of my meal:

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This is the life. It was such a great way to end our trip on a high note!

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