Pan-Seared Salmon Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Eating salad can be a pain sometimes when all you crave is a warm bowl of pasta or a big old hamburger. Am I the only person that has dangerous cravings for junk food? But as much as I do like to pig out on some junk food here and there, I still try to eat as healthy as I can when I can. In college, it can definitely be a lot harder to eat healthy because it takes more time and can also be more expensive.

Thankfully, at home, it’s a lot easier to maintain a healthier lifestyle and even better, there’s SALMON. The closest I can get to salmon in the college markets are frozen fillets…and that doesn’t sound too appetizing at around $12 per packet. Here’s a salmon salad that will leave you feeling full and content!


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新年快樂!Lunar New Year

Happy Year of the Sheep! It’s been nearly 2 years since my last Chinese New Year post, and I’ve been missing how blogging used to be back when I was in high school and I would always be so excited to share my day and daily events. Of course, I still try to do that as much as I can, but it’s a lot more difficult in college with classes, work and all the time I spend studying.

Anyways, this weekend I got the chance to head home this past weekend to be with relatives as I mentioned here, and this is actually the first time we’ve been able to celebrate Lunar New Year with our relatives since they all live in Taiwan. And let me just say that it was AMAAAAZING! SO much good food that my aunt cooked for all of us-I mean, it was basically a feast. There’s nothing better than a home-cooked feast.

All of us helping out in the kitchen! (Well, most of us…minus two because they’re busy keeping Twinkie company haha!)


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Love Love Love

Valentine’s Day. Or what some might call “Single Awareness Day”. Dreaded by the majority of single people, highly anticipated and romanticized for couples and lovebirds of the kind.

Of course there are plenty of people who also seem to agree that this holiday has become highly commercialized, laden with bouquets and bouquets of flowers, expensive dinners, fancy bottles of champagne and wine, boxes of chocolates, over-the-top dates, gifts involving expensive jewelry, greeting cards, stuffed animals, lingerie, and who knows what else. Yet for some reason it seems that there is still the pressure to do all of these things and expectations to outdo all of the past dates and exes.

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5 Things

It’s been FOREVER since I’ve just talked and rambled on this blog. You know, just talk about life and everything in between. So, I thought I would take this time and write some “5 Things“. Lately, it’s been a lot easier to get caught up with the stress that comes with school and midterms and work. And knowing myself, I’m always overthinking and overanalyzing things that I allow my worries and self-doubt cloud my perceptions of the bigger picture.

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Matcha White Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, scientific studies show that green tea helps with weight loss…think that these matcha white chocolate chip cookies will help with that? Fun fact: I am literally obsessed with anything green tea flavored. Green tea mochi ice cream (holy goodness), green tea KitKat (YESSSSS), green tea pocky, green milk tea with boba, green tea ice cream, green tea red bean cake rolls…I mean, I’m starting to think I should devote an entire segment of recipes just to green tea flavored things. Now one of my favorite cookies hands down is the good ol’ soft and chewy white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookie. So when you combine matcha and white chocolate chip cookies together? Genius. It’s like a match made in heaven.


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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Brussels sprouts are just oh so magical. Is it strange that my first time ever having Brussels sprouts was just last year? I know…I must have been missing out on so much throughout my childhood-mothers forcing you to finish your vegetables and eat the gross Brussels sprouts. But honestly, these cute little balls of vegetable are just SO delicious, and when cooked the right way-it’s such a treat I sometimes have to remind myself to leave some on the plate for everyone else.

This recipe incorporates garlic cloves to add a aromatic and mouth-watering (literally salivating as I look at my pictures) garlicky-herb-y taste. Not to mention the touch of caramelized bacon that hits the spot. If you’re like me, you might just want to add a little more of brown sugar than the recipe calls for so you can get the Brussels sprouts caramelized to a crisp!

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Adventures in Arizona: Red Rock State Park

Man, it’s only been about 3 weeks since winter break, and it already feels like this trip happened forever ago. Well, here’s the last post of my travel series to Arizona, and of course we had to visit some of the iconic rock monuments that Arizona has to offer. One of my favorite parts of being in Arizona was being able to drive along the road and randomly stopping on the side of the road to just take in the spectacular scenery right before us. Since we stayed around Flagstaff, we didn’t have the chance to go further up north towards the border of Utah to visit some of the more popular national monuments, but I’ll add that to the bucket list for now and hopefully one day, I’ll return with some more blog posts of these gorgeous places!

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