Excitement in the kitchen

Excitement in the kitchen

The week seems to have slipped by much too quickly, I might add, and it looks I’m behind in my posting again. I blame it on the arrival of my eagerly-awaited Tramontina Gourmet 8-piece cookware set, which we ordered online.

It’s amazing the amount of homework that goes into my purchases these days. The internet’s made it impossible for me to just walk into a store and buy something. Now I find myself ploughing through hours of reviews before making a decision on “which one” to buy. It used to be much easier than this. Not that I’m complaining. I’m thankful for being able to make more informed decisions now.

So the pots and pans finally arrived and I was excited to start dishing out homecooked meals again. All those weeks of eating out weren’t doing our waistlines any good. There comes a time when you yearn for a good homecooked meal in your cozy little dining room.

So here goes our first homecooked dinner in a while. Chicken wings, stirfried eggplant and messy omelet over rice.


My omelets are always messy, my chicken wings are always dabomb and that eggplant is a new love. I used 15 of the 30-pack chicken wings I bought from Costco, coated them in Korean BBQ sauce and roasted them in 2 batches in my spanking new Pyrex trays and they were finger-lickin’ good.

Oh, I chanced upon this 20-piece Pyrex bake and store set that was on sale at only $19.99 (normal price is $49.99). They were flying off the shelves so without batting an eyelid, I snagged a set! I’d be crazy to miss such a good deal. Seriously!

And my red Corelle dinnerware set is also new. The design and color matches the separate pieces I’d acquired four years ago. I was thrilled so that was pretty much a no-brainer. So now with so many new toys in my kitchen, we’re off to cooking dinner every night… well, almost.

And here we have another night’s dinner. My homemade barbecued pork belly (and a leftover chicken Korean BBQ chicken wing), okra stirfry, and stirfried green bell peppers with fresh button mushrooms and ground pork.



The weekend that was

The weekend that was

Now that was one lazy weekend. We slept in on both days, a rare luxury as we’ve been so busy lately trying to stretch these already long summer days by getting an early start. Up at 9 and enjoying an unhurried breakfast of coffee and mini wheats at home.


The previous weekend, we’d visited a farmer’s market where we bought a jar of delicious but expensive homemade apricot jam. The box of raisins is from another farmer’s market.


Saturday, we decided to go back to the farmers’ market where we bought the jam. That rustic feel of roaming among a dozen or so stalls of farmers selling their fresh, recently harvested produce and folk music playing in the background is somewhat new and exciting to a true blue city girl whose never even seen a live chicken before :wink: . This time, we bought an eggplant, okra, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and a quart of freshly squeezed orange juice (so yummy!).

Sunday was a sizzler. 102 degrees, to be exact. We were contemplating staying indoors all day – to avoid the heat, plus we desperately needed to sort out the packages that have been trickling in from our online purchases. It was good we got most of the stuff put away. I hate the sight of boxes laying about (don’t you?).

As we were throwing the bed linen into the laundry later, we decided, what the heck, we’ll just go to our newly-discovered Chinese fast food for their delicious Hong Kong dimsum. We like going there because we can always get a parking spot and table no matter what time we show up. And I think this goes for just about every restaurant around here :smile: .

We spent the rest of our Sunday pottering around the house. It’s nice. Different from the city rush. And in the evening, we cooked our first meal at home. Our new set of cookware has finally arrived and we have pots and pans to cook with again. Strange feeling :lol: . Eating out is fun and all, but did you know you can actually get bored from eating out too often?

I’ll have posts of our dimsum lunch, and homecooked dinner up next. So stick around.


Catching up… sorta

Catching up... sorta

So happy we’re beginning to see some signs of fall. Enough of this searing weather already! I feel like I’m being fried every time I step out. It was cloudy yesterday which is rare in a place where there’s hardly ever a cloud in the sky. What was even more surprising was that it rained. yes. all 3 drops of it in 20 seconds. We enjoyed that for what it was worth. A big change from Vancouver where the rain is drippy and goes on and on and on… so annoying! And today when we stepped outdoors before 8, the air was crisp and chilly.


But enough about the weather. So much has happened since my last blog post I’m not even going to pretend I will ever caught up in detail. So here are some brief highlights.

In the almost tradition of Hip family flying, we pulled an overnighter at LAX to wait for daylight to drive to our hometown. Always interesting to see who’s snoring on a bench near you!


Between a VW Jetta, a Chevy Cruze, a Chevy Captiva, and a Chrysler Town and Country minivan (soccer mom me, yeah!), I drove them all in the past few weeks. Wish I could’ve kept the big*ss Chrysler. That thing is huge and it rocks! Oops, did I let slip the a word?! :oops:

Pancakes and turkey sausages every single morning for 3 weeks… not funny! You just wanna kick yourself for not noticing those strawberry, and raisin cereals sooner.

It’s almost endearing how helpful someone is at first. Then you realize they were only out to make a sale.

When you don’t have internet connection, you have so much to blog about (in your head). The minute you get internet connection, your mind goes blank.

There IS such a thing as too much of a good thing. I’m looking at you, Panda Express.

We’re settling in. It’s good to be home. Really happy with how we’ve set up the place. I think we’ve given brand new meaning to the word minimalistic. It’s still a work in progress but we’re getting there.

Our cookware set arrives Friday so we have a few more days of eating out before we start cooking at home. My daughters can’t wait to have a homecooked meal.

And that’s all the time I have for right now. I’ll be back with more catchup posts, I promise.


Bringing hip back

Bringing hip back

Hey guys, I’m back. A bright sunny hello from California *waves*. I’m sorry I went MIA without warning. It wasn’t intentional. Honest. Life happens sometimes and I got disconnected from the online world, literally.


Listen, I’m gonna keep it short here for now. I need to decompress for a bit. But I’m so excited I’ve got so much to tell you guys, so be sure to stick around…


Hip to be #Shopping – A #summer #tea party 1

Are you set for a cozy tea party in a gazebo on a warm summer evening?

Dream and Sugar Tea Set

Thank your friends for being so lovely by gathering them around this adorable teacup set for a gourmet fte. Garnished with golden trim and matching metallic handles, this boxed set features six subtly heart-shaped mugs that sit on sweetly matching saucers.

Enveloping today’s aromatic blend in hues of cranberry, lemon, orange, rose, mint, and pale blueberry, this charmant collection invites you to match each piece with the perfect companion. My, what a thoughtful host you are!

Discerning Palette Coffee Maker in Green Shoots – 3 Cup

Bring some cheerful color to your morning routine by brewing your coffee in this bright green percolator by Pantone. Arriving in one of their signature shades Green Shoots 2294, this metal coffee maker invites you to infuse your kitchen decor with classic charm.

Simply fill the base with water, scoop ground coffee into the removable sieve, and screw the pitcher on top, before placing this percolator on your stove. Then it’s just a short wait until your rich, aromatic blend bubbles to the top, and you can enjoy. With this retro-inspired essential in your breakfast nook, the conversation will be as vibrant as the omelets are artful.

Decor on Display Tea Towel Set

You may be known for your green thumb, but today youre cultivating compliments on your decorating skills by cleaning up with this linen tea towel set. Printed with a collection of terrariums on one towel and a display of colorful butterflies on the other, these black-trimmed kitchen accessories make it plant and simple to see that you know exactly how to bring your space to life.

Enjoy your summer tea party and FREE US shipping on all orders $50+. No coupon required.

Korean food story, the best for last

Korean food story, the best for last

And here is the K-food episode that everyone’s been waiting for. The one where the food was everything most of us had hoped for. The one that had our silver (no less!) chopsticks clicking with glee. The one that featured samgyeopsal as the star of the show.

We weren’t quite sure what to expect when we walked in. But as each dish arrived, we quickly got the picture. This seafood soup bursting with crab, clams, squid, tofu and assorted veggies looks ordinary enough but tastewise, it was dabomb (pretty sure this term is going to start appearing in some posts near you :grin: ).


This here is the kimchi of my dreams. Who knew using soybean sprouts instead of cabbage would lift kimchi to such a level of yumminess?! More, please! Can’t get enough of this!


Somewhere along the line, someone ordered naengmyeon. Cold noodles? Never heard of it. To me, noodles must be eaten hot or not at all. Cold noodles?!! No way. Still this bowl of buckwheat noodles with an abundance of seaweed, shredded veggies and a hard-boiled egg was a great experience for discerning tastebuds. I won’t say I like it but at least now I can say I’ve had noodles done completely the opposite of how I’ve ever eaten them.


And finally when our server arrived, hoisting this long plate of samgyeopsal over his shoulder, I was squealing in delight inside. What a feast for the eyes! Rolls and rolls of pork belly each seasoned in a different marinade – wine, insam (ginseng), herbs, etc. Man, this must be the ultimate trip in skyhigh calories!


On an equally long tray came the rows of fresh raw lettuce, enoki and eryngii mushrooms, peppers and garlic…


… all of which our server proceeded to lay out on the barbecue grill in front of us. This was a feast for the gods, I tell you. I don’t even mind the deluge of perspiration dripping down our temples and neck, the heat on our faces (which even the air-conditioning and big blasting fans failed to cool) and tongues (from the spiciness of the food). In fact, I’d say it made this dining experience all the more unforgettable.


It makes me drool just looking at this tasty wrap of samgyeopsal, raw garlic, and soybean sprout kimchi. One tasty mouthful after another, I couldn’t stop. To me, this was the best Korean meal we’ve had in the past few months. I’m now officially a Korean food-loving convert :grin: .



Cool favorites for hot days 1

Cool favorites for hot days

These are hot, hot days and these are hot favorites in the Hip family.

An ice lolly always helps. Lime and vanilla (with matching green nail color) makes an awesomely refreshing combination.


Freshly squeezed iced orange juice… aah!


There’s nothing more refreshing than coconut water from a fresh young coconut straight out of the fridge.


What do you do to cope with the crazy heat?