Future in 2040

I’m currently taking a climate action course, Terra.do. This is my response to the following prompt (paraphrased). The year is 2040. The world has figured out a pathway to radically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, while also rapidly developing local communities’ capacity for resilience to climate impacts. Tell the story about your personal contribution to climate action. 2040. Clock ticking, 20 years from 2020, the … Continue reading Future in 2040

Sourdough Crackers

My sourdough chronicles continue with 0 loaves of bread and a stack of discard containers. At the same time, whole wheat flour seems to be ever precious – I left two supermarkets empty handed in one day, although stocks of AP flour seems to be healthy. Therefore, no way I was wasting my wholesome sourdough discards. Crackers seemed to be a common way to efficiently … Continue reading Sourdough Crackers

(Sourdough) taco party

I’ve always loved the idea of having a taco party. A spread of fillings and dips and a stack of tortillas that one can combine and fill to their heart’s desire. Convivial milling about the buffet and chatting over some sangria and beers. With Covid-19, the likelihood of doing this in the near future is now minimal, but if you’re quarantined with family or roommates, … Continue reading (Sourdough) taco party

Sourdough Carrot Cake

After my starter failed the float test yet again, I turned to my piling tupperwares of discard for another round of quarantine baking. Carrot cake is one of my favorite types of cake or “quick bread” – moist, healthy-ish, and moreish. At home, my mom juices carrots daily, leaving behind a mound of carrot pulp that we either sneak into stews, soups, stir fries, or … Continue reading Sourdough Carrot Cake

Sourdough brownies

Another weekend, another day to consume my sourdough starter discards. I’d been craving chocolate lately (although to be honest, when am I not), so when I came across a recipe for sourdough brownies during binge-stalking food instagram accounts, I was all game. The recipe is vegan – but that doesn’t mean its any less decadent and satisfying, and its ingredients are pretty accessible. Moist, rich, … Continue reading Sourdough brownies

Sourdough Starter Waffles

If you know me well, you know I hate food waste. Perhaps it’s my Japanese mottainai spirit, or an extension of my pack-rat tendencies, or just me being a glutton, but I can’t bear the sight of perfectly edible food going down the drain. As I began my sourdough adventures, there was no way I was actually going to discard my starter discards. Although his … Continue reading Sourdough Starter Waffles

Sweet Potato Mont Blanc

Like for many others during this time, cooking/ baking has helped keep me occupied with mini senses of purpose and accomplishment. Some outcomes have been more successful (Kale Caesar salad, Chocolate muffins, French toast-omelette sandwich, cast-iron skillet brussels sprouts) than others (gnocchi, sweet potato brownies). This weekend, we dipped into our Japanese roots and tackled my mom’s hankering for her favorite dessert. Japan is famous … Continue reading Sweet Potato Mont Blanc

Taiwan Tianzhong Marathon – 台湾米仓田中马拉松

Logistics Date: early November Location: Tianzhong township, Taiwan (田中鎮、台湾) Website: Japanese / Chinese Price: 10,000 JPY (~73 USD; as of 2020) Registration dates: ~June Size: ~4,500 for full marathon Review One of the most popular races for Taiwanese people, who must enter by lottery, but we were fortunately guaranteed entry via a Japanese running portal. Getting our race packs the evening before was relatively easy, … Continue reading Taiwan Tianzhong Marathon – 台湾米仓田中马拉松

Working out for free

Maybe I’m a cheapskate (I probably am), but I’ve never bought into the idea of paying to exercise. I mean, you don’t need a membership to run around or jump or do a few push ups! Of course it’s never that simple – beyond the simple need for external motivation, there is value in going beyond your fitness comfort zone and learning a new exercise … Continue reading Working out for free

Carter Memorial Kurobe Meisui Marathon (Japan) – 黒部名水マラソン

Logistics Date: Late May Location: Kurobe, Toyama Prefecture, Japan (富山県、黒部市) Website: Japanese / English Price: 8,000 JPY (~73 USD; as of 2020) Registration dates: Dec~Feb Size: ~5,500 for full marathon Review Despite being a relatively small marathon, well organized in true Japanese fashion, from the allocated parking lots, shuttle buses from the lots, and clear starting orders based on expected finish time. Compared to a … Continue reading Carter Memorial Kurobe Meisui Marathon (Japan) – 黒部名水マラソン

Eating my way through New York (a rolling list)

Tried and tested New York classics, hotspots, and hidden gems Cream of the crop Worth Considering Gotan (Midtown): A bit pricy but quality ingredients in good combinations. Squash ricotta pesto sandwich and roasted turmeric cauliflower tahini sandwich were both delicious, while lentil soup was forgettable (Pret still takes the prize there). 5 Napkin Burger (Hell’s Kitchen): 5 Napkin Burger was solid – juicy, well caramelized … Continue reading Eating my way through New York (a rolling list)