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Fun week August 25, 2014

Filed under: food,Friends — Jung @ 10:45 am

Project taking good care of myself starts with flying colors this week. Took the refresher driving lesson (got over my fear of driving since I almost killed myself crashing a car something like 4.5 years ago), got new contact lenses with stigmatism correction (so I can read music and books better), got a fabulous facial (and got complimented by my esthetician Barno Big Smile, being kind to people (learning to be more compassionate, patient, just to be kinder), visit MOMA as often as possible (check, check, check), starting yoga class (check). Next steps are, going back to my meditation class, getting my passport renewed, apply for US citizenship (yep, all that 21 pages of form to fill). I am on my way! Smile

Visited MOMA for some fun experimental live exhibition yesterday. Went home made some fabulous sous vide salmon with veggies from my local organic CSA box for my old student Ariel who is now all on her own and being stronger than any kid I know! I am so happy she reached out to me after all these years. The last time I saw her, she was a little kid!

Anyway, I am thankful, for everything. Just feeling thankful. Wish I could tell all the people that had been in my life that I thank them for enriching me, and for so many endless things that they did for me. I am thankful. Project taking good care of myself had given me a lot of clarity and I am also thankful for that Smile

More Sushi!! February 16, 2014

Filed under: food,Friends — Jung @ 6:04 pm

Making sushi with bff David & Kevin at mine, David’s sushi looks more like art work than food Smile

Sushi Rice Recipe:
4 rice cooker cups of uncooked sushi rice
3/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tbsp of vegetable oil
1/3 cup of sugar
1 1/2 tsp of salt

Cook the rice according to the rice cooker instruction. Mix the rest of the ingredients together well and pour it into the rice after the rice finishes cooking. Stir well, cover with a damp cloth.

Love my Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker that can even cook rice with coconut milk without ever burn the bottom!

Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker

and my silicone sushi mat that I can toss in the dish washer:
silicone sushi mat

Chinese New Year 2013 :-) April 8, 2013

Filed under: food,Friends — Jung @ 1:32 pm

Last minute New Year’s Eve party :-) April 7, 2013

Filed under: food,Friends — Jung @ 2:19 pm

Haven’t written anything for such a looooong time being swallowed by life, here is my very very first post, last minute New Year’s Eve party this year. I had a ball Smile

Thanks to ©Junah Chung for the amazing photos <3

Happy July 4th July 4, 2011

Filed under: Friends — Jung @ 8:30 pm

outside of my window right now

and remembering Nathaniel Yangco…

Easter Sunday Brunch May 1, 2011

Filed under: food,Friends,HuaHua — Jung @ 6:40 pm

Had a total of 27 people in my little nest last sunday for brunch celebrating SPRING. The forecast said it would be a rainy day since 10 days ago, and even 7 am when I woke up on easter sunday, it still said that it would rain…

For some reason, I BELIEVED, and kept believing that it would be a perfect sunny day to show off my beautiful apartment with 3 sides of windows of the most beautiful blue sky, and my little piece of the river… So, not only it didn’t rain, but it was so sunny and bright just as I had envisioned it would be Smile

Now that makes me wonder if I should BELIEVE in other more important things than just having a sunny day… hah, I am so enjoying living in the moment that I don’t think I have thought much about my playing or anything bigger in scope for quite a while… CAN SOMEONE KICK ME IN THE BEHIND AND MAKE ME WORK?!

Big thanks to Cyrus for making sure all the guests were happy and had what they needed, for working so hard on switching the electric surge back on over and over since there are too many plugged in toys in my house on top of a huge AC running (the situation was finally fixed by me making waffles in the bathroom Laugh), and for putting up with me when I was under pressure. Heart


  • White Light Tini (green tea, lemongrass, ginger juice, lime juice, unfiltered sake, and vodka)
  • Pink Spiced Tini (green apple, pear, beet, and ginger juice, with sake, vodka, and cinnamon stick)
  • Raspberry Thyme Tini (raspberry, thyme, sake, champagne, and vodka)
  • Hot Crab Dip with Sharp White Cheddar, Cream Cheese, and Old Bay Spice
  • Roasted Eggplant Mascarpone Cheese Dip
  • Baked Whole Wheat, Tomato, and Spinach Tortilla Chips
  • Chicken and Waffle with Grainy Mustard Thyme Cream Sauce
  • Shrimp Burger with Mango Avocado Salsa on Homemade Egg Bread
  • Sliders on Homemade Buns and Chipotle Mayo
  • Banana Walnut Bread
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato
  • Homemade Tomato Bazil Pizza and Caramel Pop Corn for the Late Comers (no picture)
    R & J, Linda & Dariusz, Alistair & guest, Sycil & Ava, Wendy, Beowulf, Hank, Caroline & Brian, Arman, Joey & Eveline, Georgette & Garo, “Kyu, Pitnarry, daughter, & Orion,” “Conway, Aidan & Carter”

    I was so happy to see bff Conway and his 2 sons, and I hugged a giggly baby (Carter) and I liked it Grin

    Kyu and Conway must have set such great examples for their sons (of course so do their mommies Pitnarry & Emily), both Orion and Aidan are such wonderful boys, I really can just eat them up!

    Dinner last night April 27, 2011

    Filed under: food,Friends — Jung @ 11:05 am

    Decided to make dinner last minute yesterday morning. Went to the local butcher shop got a nice looking lamb shank, slowly braised it at 275 degree with red wine, mirepoix, and roasted garlic — I couldn’t believe how good it was — so worth the 6.5 hours of heat in this 81 degree weather today Razz Fun night Smile

    a week recap April 4, 2011

    Filed under: food,Friends — Jung @ 10:40 am

    Another really busy and fun week. Made pho dinner plan for us with bff R & J last Wednesday night per R’s request — slowly simmered the stock for 7 hours while teaching, running to 1st Ave midtown for a meeting, back teaching another student until on the dot at 8:30 pm, as planned, started with 2 versions of Caipirinha, one ginger, one passion fruit (the sudden interest of Brazilian cocktails triggered by new friend Barbara), ended the dinner nicely with the best pho I have made so far. It was exhausting but fun. I made sooooo much that I was actually able to pack them up and feed Cyrus’ quartet the next day when they had their rehearsal Smile Spent the next 2 days finishing up a website I designed, and on Saturday Cyrus drove us so smoothly in his gigantic “truck” to Baci & Abbracci in Brooklyn hanging with Barbara & Tom and a bunch of old and new friends, the food was really good! Next morning, I tagged along with the quartet to their concert at Delaware Valley College, the Chausson Piano Trio was totally my kind of bubbly super hormonal and romantic piece Wink Love the road trip, we stopped at Frenchtown, NJ for lunch, it was the cutest and most colorful little town ever!! And Ayano, Catherine, and Joey were fun to hang with Smile

    Oh, and for all the kids in Taiwan, happy Children’s Day today!!

    Linda <3 February 5, 2011

    Filed under: food,Friends,HuaHua — Jung @ 8:01 pm

    Haven’t seen Linda for ever, so happy she is here today for brunch. And HuaHua is spoiled rotten with all the new toys from her and Michael Smile

    Black and Tan longhair Chihuahua

    Happy Chinese New Year! February 3, 2011

    Filed under: food,Friends — Jung @ 6:40 pm

    My tradition of roasting two Peking Ducks for the Chinese New Year’s Eve party continues this year, grateful that I have so many friends to celebrate it with Smile

    Happy Chinese New Year! It is in soooo many ways, a whole new beginning of my life Big Smile

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