Author:mandy@ladyandpups

Who Took the “Gua” out of “Bao”?

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Everybody, Happy CNY!  Yes, only 2 months after Thanksgiving and 1 month after Christmas comes our very own Annual-eat-ourselves-senseless Day.  And you think you’ve got difficulty shedding pounds before Valentine’s Day (“Honey, your gut has never looked more sexy!”)?  So I thought… in the spirit of Asian festivity and so on, that it’s good timing to honor our newly uprising social icon, one of our most successful cultural ambassador yet to date (and when I say “our” I mean Taiwanese…) – the Brits have Kate Moss and we have this guy.  The infamous, the notorious, the little bite of heaven brought to fame by Momofuku, (drumroll) the~~ Taiwanese GUA BAO!  ……………………….   Oh wait, that’s right.  You don’t recognize him.  Perhaps because he’s mistakenly known as “the pork bun” or just… “bao”.  Phoooph… can you believe it…

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The Wicked Black Forest

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Is it too late in our relationship to declare that I’m not into chocolate?  Should I have said that on the first date along with things weighing the same importance like “I have 10 children”… or “I have herpes” (just for argument sake… I totally don’t btw).  Well, to me the thing with chocolate is that instead of being mystified with grand illusions like “indulgent”, “decadent”, “sinful”, “love~” (more?) “AMOoUUR~~” or whatever, it just tastes sort of… bitter to me.

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Tofu and Warm Mushroom Salad

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So. It only took me 10 months and an extra 5 pounds to finally squeeze a salad into this blog.  Not too shabby if I may say so myself.  But the truth is, every month I shout: “Who THE HELL’S GUT is this!?” for like 50 times, followed by: “It definitely ISN’T mine but it’s telling me to go on a diet” for about 30 times, followed by: “I SWEAR on whoever’s gut this is that I’m going on a diet!!” for another 20 times.  And I TOTALLY SWEAR 99% of the time I actually mean it which leaves me just as lost as you are of why only 0.1% of the time it actually happens.  This thing called “self-control”… it has a life of its own.

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白酒獅子頭

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哦各位乡亲父老,靠过来靠过来!没关系再近一点… 我可有故事要告诉你们了。 (是要解释为什么上个网页版面狠狠地跟我分手吗?)不,不是。我不想要谈那个贱人。 (那是要告诉我们你和大肉丸是怎么认识的吗?!)也不是!这里可不是什么人间有爱小空间。如果我还没自我介绍的话,这里比较像是我的乐天被过多的饱和性现实爆了它的动脉后,乖乖去等死的地方。离题了。话说回那个故事…

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白酒獅子頭

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哦各位鄉親父老,靠過來靠過來!沒關係再近一點… 我可有故事要告訴你們了。(是要解釋爲什麽上個網頁版面狠狠地跟我分手嗎?)不,不是。我不想要談那個賤人。(那是要告訴我們你和大肉丸是怎麽認識的嗎?!)也不是!這裡可不是什麽人間有愛小空間。如果我還沒自我介紹的話,這裡比較像是我的樂天被過多的飽和性現實爆了它的動脈后,乖乖去等死的地方。離題了。話説囘那個故事…

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White Wine Meatball To The Rescue

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Oh dear.  Oh dear.  Gather up guys, because do I have a funny story for ya.  (Am I gonna tell you how my old layout dumped me on a post-it?)… No, I don’t want to talk about that asshole.  (Awww, meatball’s going to tell us how you and him first met!)…  NO!  This isn’t Hallmark either.  If we haven’t been properly introduced, this is more of a place… where my enthusiasm goes to die after too much saturated reality has popped its arteries (see my angry new banner?).  But HEY!  Back to that story…

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Improved Smoked Cheese Risotto

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I have a severe case of post-vacation depression. NOT that I don’t miss my kids achingly on each and every trip, and want to tell’em about places where they could potentially live in the next life where they’d be allowed into every eateries (woof!) and crumbs shops PATISERIES (woof! woooof!). But for reasons beyond me, they instead insist on residing in a city that I loathe full-heartedly. Not an uncommon problem among modern parents I guess. So every time I return home, my kitchen becomes a laboratory for recreating things that I crave from each trip to ease the symptoms (which, if left untreated, could develop into doomsday-scale meltdowns). The shwarma sandwich from Paris. The laksa from Malaysia. Bonci’s pizza bianca from Rome. Oh, right. Rome. Well, about that… I haven’t told you everything yet.

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寂寞胡蘿蔔蛋糕

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我無意揭露我是一個會跟人家聊電器的無聊女人,好像我沒有真的人生可過一樣(…)。但是我想知道我是不是世上唯一一個認爲她的冰箱,從秋天進入冬天時會有顯著的兩極情緒化症狀?我是說,每年大概十月到年底的時候,(爲了要方便稱呼而不是因爲我沒救地幼稚,我們叫她…)“瘦盒”表現地像一個健康的女人,開心地裝滿著當季的時蔬,水果,肉類和什麽的,隨時隨地準備為美好的料理做貢獻。 但是當氣候不怎麽平順地進入一月和二月時候,瘦盒的情緒突然急轉而下呈現一種厭食症的狀態,只接受維持生命基本的必需品,譬如說啤酒和…益生菌什麽的。而且你都不能相信,她竟然有種怪我耶!呃!

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