Slacker Shake

It seems deceptively simple, but if you chuck ice cream sandwiches and milk into a blender, you get a VERY delicious milkshake. (Starr tested and approved!) ALSO I cannot recommend TasteMade‘s series “Thirsty for…” enough. It’s beautifully produced, set to great music, and usually quite accurate. Maybe the recipes aren’t as easy to make at […]

Euro Eating!

With less than a week left until I leave for my family vacation to Europe, I have been put in charge of planning our itineraries and looking up all the information for where we want to go.

Essentially, I have been assigned to be our free-of-charge tour guide.

While I plan out where we go and how we get there, I have been thinking of food. Some people gave me great suggestions on Facebook for what I should be seeking out when I’m abroad, including but not limited to:

  • Döner kebab in Berlin (apparently, Turkish food is really popular as street food in Germany and most of Europe)
  • Ratatouille in Paris (hoping the French chefs’ versions blow the American ones I’ve had out of the water)
  • Gelato or gelato crepes from Amorino in Paris
  • Mogador (passionfruit) macaron from Pierre Herme in Paris
  • Ice cream (but not sorbet!) from Berthillion in Paris
  • Bangers & mash and fish & chips in London
  • Snails & frogs legs in Paris (psh, I’ve already had the Chinese versions of these)\
  • Beef bourguignone in Paris
  • Brændende kærlighed in Copenhagen
  • Kroppkaka in Stockholm
  • Blini in St. Petersburg

What else should I be absolutely SURE to eat?
What can I pass on? What should I avoid?

To give you some insight on my food preferences, I don’t really like dairy and I do not eat cheese. I have kind of a wimpy palate, so nothing terribly spicy or SUPERDUPERBOLD in flavor would be preferable.

Sunbrellas and Parasols

The mid-Atlantic area is currently experiencing what is supposed to be the hottest day of a grueling heat wave, with the DC area supposedly getting the worst of it.

Guess where I live.

I saw a Twitter update from Anna Kendrick that hit home for me:

ParasolsJust… yes.

In China (and in fact, most parts of the world), umbrellas are regularly used to provide a personal spot of shade for you wherever you may go. The word “umbrella” comes from the root word umbra. Umbrella means “little shade”. When I’m in China, I am at a distinct disadvantage because when I’m walking on a sidewalk, most if not all the people carrying umbrellas are a bit shorter than me, leaving me at the perfect height to get an umbrella to the face. I like that I can carry an umbrella around in China, because it makes a world of a difference temperature-wise.

Original Function of the Umbrella
Courtesy of OneBag.com

Alas alack. When I carry my super nifty sunbrella that was my most prized possession in China, I get judged so hard. I feel the judgment especially harshly from fellow Asian Americans, who seem embarrassed by how fobby I look.

UH. I’m sorry that I want to stay cool and that I don’t feel like roasting my skin under the heat of the sun. Plus, I’ll admit, I feel very ladylike when I carry an umbrella around. It’s a little inconvenient but I kind of feel like I’m indulging myself in a little bit of shade. Delicious. (Plus, my sunbrella is beautiful.)

So. Fashion designers and trendsetters.  Get to making this an acceptable thing here please.

Do you carry an umbrella to keep the sun off your back? Have you ever considered it?