Sunday, September 30, 2007


We threw the bf his 1st surprise birthday party this weekend. I'm telling ya -- keeping secrets from the person you live with is no simple feat. It took weeks of planning, finding room in the fridge to hide food wrapped in multiple layers of Ziploc, sneaking phone calls during the walk home from work, pretending to bake for "a friend's order," and of course telling a few more white lies. What I found to be the most difficult task though, was abstaining from noting "Chris' party" on our shared Google calender.

Of course it all worked out in the end -- despite my anal retentive nature. Thanks Borina and Terry for helping plan!

The crew checking the birthday boy's status
while wearing (paper) soldier hats mind you :)


Borina looking like a soldier

Roger looking like a soldier

The bf really looked more confused than surprised holding a pizza in hand that was meant to be my lunch


Partner in crime

And so the grilling begins

At our "patio"

Adobo and lemon-herbed chicken skewers

Melinda and Ed
Looking good in your hat Mel!

The spread

Army boy gets little army tank candles
on a Valrhona ganache-coated cake

Milk chocolate souffle cupcakes filled with green tea tapioca and green tea frosting inspired by Cupcake Bakeshop

Melinda serving her amazing strawberry spinach salad

Main courses

Shinta arriving just in time!

Terry going camouflage

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Chris!!!
Happy Birthday to you! *Kisses

"Make a wish"

The bf thinking hard of a wish

Now, who wants a slice?

4-layer Valrhona chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and ganache frosting. I'm not a big fan of the ganache-frosting texture as opposed to the usual silky smooth buttercream, but it makes a sturdy coat. Most importantly, the bf loves it

Slices for everyone

And so the party ended.

Happy birthday dear. I can't think of anyone else who deserves this more.

I promise we'll still do Benihana's for your birthday on Monday.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Recent Macarune orders

Pistachio cupcake with honey buttercream

Black sesame and pistachio macaroons

Nuff' said

Mild indulgence

The bf and I were shopping for a wedding gift at the SF Moma when I saw this:

Kotori sake serving set designed by Tomi Pelkonen

Words can't describe how besotted I am!

Truth is, I never liked sake all that much. That or any other Eastern-alcohol. I'm a bubbly girl -- if not whisky and coke. But this delightful set can be good for tea too. And I'm sure I'll
learn to love sake, eventually.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

SW's goodbye n&m party

SW's leaving us for brighter city lights, lousy food, risky roulette, dry dessert air and drag queens. I guess I am a bit bitter about this departure. No more venting at work. Waaahh!

To ease our sorrows, we celebrated with an N&M party. I'm not at liberty to say what N or M are, but we had phenomenal food, mostly prepared by Shawna aka
TripleEyelids. Ok -- hint we had a lot of
noh hiang. It's my first time eating this Teochew dish. The bf was as happy as a child offering to help more than usual.

The bf checking out Shawna's apt

SW & a beancurd skin heart

noh hiang

Shawna teaching the class

Nervous student completed the 1st test

Class clown making too-big
noh hiangs

We were experts after a few


Si fu at work

Dennis relaxing as we slaved away

Deep fried & fantastic!
Stuffed with prawns, meat, carrots, water chestnuts and some special blend sauce

Sambal okra

Egg omelet with pickled radish

Dennis ready to eat

Shawna too! Finally

Erick and Shinta came just in time

Beef stew

Sambal prawns

Teochew porridge

The spread

There's more?
Princess cake from Schubert's

Pistachio cakes from the Macarune kitchen!


SW Scissorhands

Erick eyeing the cake

Parting gift from SW