Friday Links…It’s August Already?!


As a palate cleanser from my previous post, here an entry I meant to publish a few days ago.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Holy moly, friends! I haven’t been back in a while (almost a month, eep! I honestly have respect for the pro bloggers that push content 5Xs a week. I can’t even…), so of course my return merits a nice list of links! Have a looksee at what’s on my digital reading list:

  1. Design-y/Hipster-y Guide to my neck of the woods in L.A. TheEveryGirl
  2. Lena Dunham speaks frankly about her Apology Addiction. I have this and I’m trying really hard to replace “I’m Sorry” with other more meaningful and clarifying statements that don’t make feel like I’m less of a person. TAKEAWAY QUOTE: I’m afraid anything but sorry will cause me to explode and drip my hideous rage juice all over someone I’m simultaneously pissed at and trying to please.
  3. I like the way the author of this link states that she’s in great shape but still huffs and puffs after taking the stairs. We fat people thought it was just us…
  4. A friend of mine used to work at an Amazon warehouse. Look at it!
  5. As an honorary Mexican, this story of Salma Hayek’s family and non-Mexican husband cracks me up.
  6. Have a posted a similar link? This is how to fold a fitted sheet. I’ve watched this video 10 times and I still think I need to watch it when I actually fold the damn sheet.
  7. I went through a podcast frenzy once upon a time and now it’s starting to wind down. I think it’s because I’m not as interested in Serial Season 2. Anyway, I’m back in the game sort of. I’m really addicted to The History Chicks. I just wish they had better sound quality.
  8. Last year, if I wasn’t having an indoor/outdoor wedding, I would have looked at this as a wedding dress option. (Or an intimate city hall wedding.)
  9. Summer reading lists! I wish I had more time! Goop // Apartment Therapy
  10. Saw Natalia LaFourcade at the Santa Monica Pier recently. That’s her above. She is amazing.





Let’s Surf the Web Together


Hi, everyone!

As you know, I love link lists. I also have have a digital hoarder problem: too many tabs!! This is what’s been on my reading list these past few days. (I swear, this digital age is changing my synapses.)

In the news lately:

On Life:

On Mental Health:

On Music, Books, TV, and Pop Culture:

  • TV Shows and their counterparts (I’ll never be able to watch all of these. Or will I?)
  • A wiki rabbit hole journey took me to this link, and I’d like to check out their album! (Blunderbuss –> Jack White –> Ruby Amanfu)
  • This song makes me happy. Nellie McKay – The Dog Song


Saturday Link Update


Hey, everyone!

I had a really busy week so I’m finally getting downtime today. I will post my next city guide (BARCELONA!!!) next week yakusoku. Maybe I’ll throw in a recipe too. Hope you enjoy your long weekend!

In the meantime, I’ve been saving links/tabs for things that have piqued my interest to share with you all just in case anyone needs reading material. (Doing this now so I can finally clear my tabs!)


I baked this recently into a bundt cake, and while it came out looking beautiful, I was not a fan of the tahini glaze. And it all needed a little more sugar for me. Damn, I didn’t realize my sweet tooth was that ferocious.

I think I’m going to attempt to make these malasadas this weekend, but with guava and pistachio filling.

This custard cornbread is on my To Bake list.

New baking blog to follow: Style Sweet CA

Self Improvement

Where Does Confidence Come From?

Practice, Practice, Practice (Or, how to prevent Alzheimer’s)

Since coming back from Spain, I’ve had some time to gain some weight back! Gah. I wish I could remember this whenever I feel motivated to do something about it.

Reminders to check out the following podcasts…from female podcasters!

Change your career in your 30’s!

Putting Yourself First. I need to learn this.

On Money: A sobering look at 4 women with 4 very different incomes.


A Tumblr for all the forgotten coupling of celebrities. The blurbs are funny.

Preserved Shit in England

This is interesting: a case to teach writing in cursive first. I remember reading that there was witness in the Trayvon Martin case that was dismissed because she couldn’t read in cursive. Is this another system that will become obsolete because of technology?

As someone who was a victim of intense bullying growing up, it breaks my heart to read about kids who couldn’t see a better way out. Humans suck and kids are assholes. If you are a parent with a young child reading this, please help to ensure that your child grows up to a be a considerate citizen of the world whether they are headed towards being bullied or being the bully. This story about a mom who nipped her daughter’s bullying tendencies gives me hope!

A humorous take on the way I feel about my life. Love live FOMO vs Flight.

This is what they put in the Oscars gift bag!

I didn’t know a lake could look like this. It’s very surreal. I’m a city girl through and through and when I think of lakes, I think of serene places where geese fly over. Haha.

Whoa. I kinda want this! It would have been helpful during our Honeymoon Luggage Debacle.

Before we left for the honeymoon, Yobo and I saw Lissie at the El Rey. Two songs I can’t get out of my head: When I’m Alone With You and Shroud.

Leftover Spain fever here (a pair and a spare), here (heels in prague), and here (The Guardian). Plus, a sardonic travel blog that Yobo likes.

Spanish Language: swearing

Links that I appreciate for their REALNESS: Trying to Get Pregnant, How a Blog Post Gets Made, Do Not Make this Pinterest DIY, What It’s Like to Film Marvel Stunts.

The first Chinese citizen to give a Harvard graduation speech. It’s a really good one that touches on the proliferation (or lack thereof) of knowledge. Bonus: he talks about why his mom lit his hand on fire!

No Sound, No Fury, No Marriage. I don’t love arguing, but I truly realize the importance and necessity of having spats constructively.

I saw The Reader recently and I was reminded of how beautiful the prose is for Homer’s Odyssey.

This Wonder Woman promo pic!


This tasseled pillow is on my Project To Do list for my desk chair.

Wish we had a bigger backyard to throw a dinner party for upcoming summer nights.


(Image above of Santa Monica Pier from Boquiang Liao)

Travel Links/Research


As a Virgo, I feel like I am excitedly and anxiously planning the hell out of this upcoming honeymoon. (We are going to Spain, but first we’re making pit stops in France and Morocco.) I am not the type of traveler (two close friends immediately come to mind) who just wings it and goes where the wind blows. Even if it was a short weekend trip, I must. know. what. we. can. do. there. that. is. fun. and. what. will. we. eat?!

I currently have more than 50 tabs open in my laptop browser and approximately 61 tabs open on my phone browser. I cannot see what I am doing. It’s visual clutter and it’s…GAH!!

In an effort to organize them and save my CPU, here is a list of the important links (and some notes) I am looking at. It’s mostly for me to look back on later…when my attention span and giddiness subside to allow me to read each post for all of its wisdom. But, if you, dear internet friends, find my organized culling helpful, then I am glad. The internet is too heavy and full and confusing and wonderful. As The Circle of Life song goes, “There’s far too much to take in here/ More to find than can ever be found…” No truer words were ever spoken about the internet…er…life.

Also, I just wanted to rant for a second about something that has no phrase or name, but is prevalent to me about our society. Too often we see the same picture or series of pictures and vids of food (maybe from different angles) or a very picturesque landscape. Some lovely reader recently pointed out to me that she appreciates that my food pics show that, in the background, my kitchen is kinda messy. Isn’t that how normal people cook? The kitchen gets messy with dishes and spills and if you have a small kitchen, then you have a crowded countertop. I love behind-the-scenes stories and pictures. I love Instagram, but I often see the finished product of something, but I also want to see how you got there. I want an explanation of the final destination, product, the route and way.

Yobo and I recently watched an episode on Morocco from a show called departures (purposely uncapitalized) and we see a shot of our TV travelers riding in a rental car to get to the ferry to Tangier. I think the guys actually said, “So we got in a car and drove to Gibraltar.” HOW DID YOU GET THE RENTAL CAR? WHERE DO YOU GET THE RENTAL CAR? The next shot is of them on the ferry ride. I want practical advice. No one really talks about the practical tedious shit because it’s not sexy. The final product is the travel photo (or food pic or fashion shot) and we ohh and ahh and say, “I want to go there!” because that’s the sexy stuff. But I need the answers to those questions because those are what we deal with in real life.

One last example: so many blogs out there show pictures of the beauty of a city. (Don’t get me wrong: very grateful for these bloggers!) They talk about what they bought. Questions: Can you please tell me if so-and-so place in the romantic remote part of the world that you just were takes cash or plastic? How did you get there? How much was it? How long did that bus/train/taxi ride take? How did you lug the stuff back to where you were staying? Was there a tax or restriction/customs fee?

If I get my fat cyber butt moving to do a travel guide based on our trip, I promise to focus on said details. That way you won’t have to do Google searches picking tidbits from too many sources.

End of rant. Thank you. (Hope you still love me, Internet.)


Barthelona – Photo Courtesy of Artelista


  • Lauree (shop that invented the macaron)
  • Berthillon (ice cream)
  • area: Quartier Latin??
  • Eiffel Tower // Notre Dame

design*sponge Paris: one // two


Morocco // Chefchaouen

More About Morocco

Marrakesh Excursion (shopping perspective from the Glamorai)

A Day in Chefchaouen (from a fashionable American woman’s perspective)

Argan Oil Shopping in Chefchaouen (La Botica de la Abuela Aladdin) (another note from this blog:

  • The best place to get a good photo of the entire blue town from outside is near the Ras el Maa entrance. Preferably just before sunset or early morning are the best times for this.)

Trekking Tim (on shopping) Jon Is Traveling

Linguist on the Move

2011 post – Shopping in Morocco

Anthropologie Blog – What Other People Bought

Inside a Riad/Hostel in Chaouen



Taking the AVE train

Trains in Spain

Taxis in Spain

Crash Course in Spanish (not really, just some resources)

Sample Itinerary from Leave Your Daily Hell

Really Risa – Spain Trip

Beautiful Travel Photos from the Free People blog

Expat Blogs

What to Pack in Spain(and Morocco in early May) (also from that blog (Ciutat Vella, Barcelona)

Epic Guide to Train Travel in Spain


Sacromonte – Gypsy Caves + Flamenco // Trip Advisor Sacromonte Review

More on the gypsy caves…

Granada Itinerary from Expert Vagabond

Tips on Flamenco Show in Granada (suggestion: Rocio) (suggestion: Jardines Zoraya)

Granada – convent sweets

Bodegas – Castaneda


Madrid or Barcelona?!?!?!

Leave Your Daily Hell (from 2011)

Travel Love Story / Travel

Madrid/Flamenco It’s One World Travel

design*sponge Madrid



The Neighborhoods of Barcelona

Barcelona Two Day Guide (from Driftwood Journals)

Why You Should Visit Barcelona

Hiking near Barcelona: one // two // three // four

Designlovefest Barcelona tips (very informative comments) and the actual trip

Barcelona is the Pickpocket Capital of the World(!)

Bilingual Barcelona Blog

Orange County expat in Barcelona

Churches of Montserrat

Getting Around in Barcelona

Barcelona in the Spring (Piccavey – Expat)

Dreamy photos of Barcelona (Weaver House)

Something fun. Not going here, but it’s Game of Thrones related!


How to Spend 4 Days in Madrid (2013, Nomadic Matt)


TRAVEL – in general

Travel Journal

Packing Advice (from this American Girl)

Being Safety Conscious about Taxi Drivers

Quick Travel Workout

How to Keep Your Money Safe

Bonus Funnies: How to Track Your Stolen Laptop While Traveling


(tall) colorful pillar candles

(short) colorful pillar candles


Save the DC movie franchise!

This might happen if we vote for Trump.

Conversations with Asian Americans on race. Might do a future post on just this.

Might try this when I get back because I could use every hair on my head.

Translated from Spanish, but Le Cool’s Guide to self-discipline

Just Links // 03-14-2016



I’m still alive. Thanks so much to the 5 or so people who subscribe to this blog. Much much gratitude and affection to you!!! I’ve been pretty busy on my end, but I’ll be back soon with a slew of recipes.

In the meantime, here’s some things that have caught my eye (posting it up here helps clear all the open tabs on my phone and laptop browser, yikes!):

When I was growing up, my Disney princesses were Cinderella, Mulan, and Belle. I just watched Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella and it was an opulent feast for the eyes, and genuinely hilarious. Cate Blanchett proves that she can do anything. She was a deceitful b*tch! Now all she needs to do is an action role and I’ll be more of an uber fangirl. Here’s a link to the first ever Cinderella movie by Georges Melies in 1899. Timeless goodies.

Speaking of movies, I love Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba, mostly because they’re hawt, so I asked the husbeau to get Pacific Rim for me. We got 6 minutes into it before I turned it off. It’s garbage. Sorry. It was really bad. And I like some pretty terrible movies. Very disappointed.

And speaking of disappointing movies, there’s been a lot of buzz lately with the Nina Simone movie starring Zoe Saldana doing blackface even though she’s considered a black actress. Vulture compiled a list of actresses that they think would have been better suited for the role. Thoughts?

This is how horrible it was to get your period back in the day. Thank goodness we live in the modern world.

Everything is going to be ok, right? Sometimes my mind gets bogged down, and articles about being a late-bloomer help. It’s okay to be where you are in life if you take stock and are willing to learn from it. And this song is exactly how I feel these days when I think about certain situations.  As always, thank you, Adele!

Podcast: Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything, specifically about the best year ever…1984. Hehe.

I know someone who semi-starved herself to get thin. Sometimes I semi-seriously wonder if that’s the only way to lose weight since I feel genetically doomed to be chubby. Then I read about studies like this one. You win some, you lose some.

The election’s coming up. So many topics at the forefront, especially race and class. Food for thought here and here.

Lemon curd pudding! Also, someday when I have time, I think I will attempt these doughnuts from scratch, but use a guava cream cheese filling. I had a crazy hankering for that last week.

That GIF above makes me want to stop being cynical about womanhood. It’s amazing and the artist is Libby Vanderploeg.

And finally, I want (!!): these pieboxes, this moisturizing oil, and this fermentation jar.

P.S. Our honeymoon is fast approaching and I AM SO EXCITED!