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How to Seal the Valentine’s Day Deal!

One of the biggest Hallmark holidays are coming: Valentine’s day! The day that many of us, mostly in the States, go out of our way to do a little something special for that special someone. The goal of your special meal is not just to cook great food but to create an experience, so the food itself is only one component of the whole.

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany

RTW Gear List

We’ve always been photo and videography enthusiasts, which meant a bit more in our luggage for the trip. It’s a pretty big challenge to pack a gear bag for a full year of travel, but here’s all the camera gear and electronics we lugged around with us.

Carlienne at SFO airport

RTW Packing List

It may go without saying, but the better you know where and when you’re going, the more efficiently you can pack. While it’s tempting to bring all the “just in case’s”, lugging your closet around makes travel days a nightmare and can eat into your budget – plus it leaves no room for goodies!

Portuguese Egg Tarts

Portuguese Egg Tarts

Materials for Portuguese Egg Tarts: Bowl scraper Mixing bowl and whisk Spatula Egg tart molds or cupcake tins Rolling pin Pot Whisk Main Ingredients: For dough: 1 cup of flour 1/2 cup of water Pinch of salt 1/2 cup of butter softened like sour cream Extra flour for dusting For Filling: 1 Cinnamon Stick 1 […]

Hong Kong Style Egg Tarts

Hong Kong Style Egg Tarts

Materials for Hong Kong Style Egg Tarts: Bowl scraper Mixing bowl Whisk Mesh strainer Baking sheet Egg tart molds Main Ingredients: For the dough: 230g sugar 560g flour 2 blocks soft butter 2 egg with splash of vanilla extract For custard: 12 eggs 2:1 ratio of hot water:sugar * we used 2 cups to 1 […]

Leche Flan

Leche Flan

Materials for Leche Flan: Leche flan tins Steamer Pan for making sugar if you don’t have a gas stove Mixing bowl Fine mesh strainer Main Ingredients: 10 egg yolks 1 can evaporated milk 1 can condensed milk White Sugar Optional Ingredients: Vanilla (extract) Goal for Leche Flan: Texture: Soft and creamy flan. Color: Caramel brown […]



Materials for Tamago: Tamago Pan Chopsticks or spatula Small bowl with paper towel or sponge for oil Main Ingredients: Eggs – whisked Optional Ingredients: Dashi – 2oz to 1 egg (for extra flavor) Sugar – to taste (for a sweet tamago) Goal for Tamago: Texture: Fluffy but compact/firm to the bite. Color: Choice of slight […]



Materials for Shakshuka: Oven-safe shallow wide pot High heat spatula Oven Main Ingredients: Oil Onions and Garlic – chopped/small diced Bell Peppers – Half finger length strips Cumin, Paprika, Cayenne – Sprinkle Sprankle Whole Tomatoes (2 whole tomatoes chopped) and Tomato sauce or can whole tomatoes in juice Feta cheese – Sprinkle Sprankle Eggs – […]

3 colored steamed eggs

3 Colored Steamed Eggs

Materials for 3 Colored Steamed Eggs: Steamer or steamer stand and large pot that fits dish* Deep steam-able dish, about 7-8 inches in diameter and at least 2 inches deep *It’s also super helpful to have a claw to handle the steaming dish. Make sure your pot gives you enough space to maneuver your dish […]



Materials for Omurice: Non-stick pan Chopsticks or spatula Main Ingredients: Rice or fried rice Oil or butter 3 eggs Ketchup or gravy Optional Ingredients: A couple splashes of dashi broth if you have. Goal for Omurice: Texture: Fluffy and runny. Color: Even bright yellow. Guide for Omurice: Make your favorite rice or fried rice and […]