April-May 2018 Reading list

reading list march

Truth be told, my cooking style is all over the place – I’ve never met a plate of (gluten-free) pasta that I haven’t fallen in love with; I try to make vegan Buddha bowls whenever I can. But at the end of the day, my comfort food is always Russian – spring potatoes with dill, […]

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Travel Tips: Yokohama

Yokohama doesn’t have the crowds of Tokyo, the quiet charm of Kyoto, nor the frenetic buzz of Osaka. But it does have the sea. There’s a beautiful port and the remnants of Yohokama’s former past as the window into Japanese trade. There is also ramen and beer, which makes it the perfect place for a […]

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Swedish Vanilla Almond Cake

swedish almond cake recipe

Dave and I got engaged in Stockholm, sitting on a park bench and overlooking the water of Gamla Stan. It was a biting cold October afternoon in Sweden, so as soon as I said yes, we stopped at a café for fresh cinnamon buns and coffee. This particular almond cake is best served right out […]

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February 2018 Reading list

a year of magical thinking and alias grace

I gotta be honest –  this month, I had to really resist the urge to give in to my basest desires, tune out, and just re-read Fifty Shades of Grey –  because my mind was craving something vacuous, among the heat of Ngapali beach and the haze of frozen margaritas. But I didn’t. In part because I knew […]

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I ate live octopus

Technically the octopus was already dead, but its tentacles still wiggled frantically, proclaiming their last hoorah. Here is the thing, it’s just sashimi, right? That’s what I kept telling myself going into this. The live octopus – or sannakji  – is a Korean speciality. For the meek, it’s a culinary feat. For the brave, it’s just a […]

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Travel tips: The Winter Olympics

We flew to Seoul on the 15th of February and spent four days in Gangneung during the second weekend of the Winter Olympic games. South Korea is the country that brought us the 10-step skin care routine, Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’, and soju served out of a watermelon. This year, they were also the host of the […]

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January 2018 Reading list

books I've read in january

This year, I’m trying really hard to make goals and actually follow through, keeping myself accountable for things. Another goal for 2018 is to read at least two books a month and so far I’m on track. Though okay, I may have cheated a bit because I started Coming to my Senses back in December. In February, I’ll be […]

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Devise Authentication with Rails 5

Devise is the cornerstone gem for Ruby on Rails authentication. With Devise, creating a User that can log in and out of your application is so simple because Devise takes care of all the controllers necessary for user creation (users_controller) and for user sessions (users_sessions_controller). The gem is based on Warden and handles authentication with bcrypt, eliminating […]

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