show and tell...

Good morning! A full week here. Bali visas for Spring Break. {which then equals extra workouts!} China shopping. School projects. Doctor appointment for new glasses. Any who... I thought I'd share some tidbits before I'm on my way.
  • If you missed it last week, I described our Hong Kong day for Design Mom.  So if you are curious on how a day in Hong Kong is different (or the same) take a peek. 
  • I've seen a lot of funky stuff in Asia, but this person became an honest grass roots celeb in China after losing his iPhone in New York and the phone ended up in China. 
  • You know how us ladies avoid stating our ages exactly. {I'm fortiesh. couch. cough} A most special friend of mine wrote some really great words on women and aging. Maybe we should stop coughing. You first...
  • During one of our house sales the real estate agent made me paint over my chalkboard wall and heavily suggested that we change all of our appliances to stainless steel. Grr. The guy had no clue. I begrudgingly painted over my awesome chalkboard, but I refused the appliance purchase. Seriously, I always thought the steel was a bowl full of hype. I was into all black back then, I guess I was onto something. I'm totally adoring this Smeg!
  • Our household has watched the Parks and Rec finale several times. I've teared at every single viewing. If you need to be compulsive about your viewing can even review this cheat sheet of every character's name. {bonus- all of Andy's band names}
  • And if you need a pick me up after the Parks and Rec finale {and you've already finished House of Cards- don't ask}. Starting this Friday is Tina Fey's new series on Netflix
Have a great week! It's finally March. I think the 'cold' is almost over in The Kong, which isn't that cold. I just realized I never even pulled my sweaters out from under neath my bed once this winter. I hope it stays chilly just a little bit longer. I love my scarves!


photo courtsey of Heidi Selch


shanghai street...

Why weave through the ikea maze when you can meander with the natives on Shanghai Street. Shanghai Street has everything you could possibly need. There are baking shops, 'white' porcelain shops, knife shops... If it's good enough for Anthony Bourdain, it's good enough for me. On my most recent trip, my list included white congee spoons, Vietnamese coffee filter, tiny white porcelain spoons and any gluten free goodies I could get my hands on. 

Of course, I found everything I needed and then some.

There's the Vietnamese coffee maker above. I have sweet memories of my iced morning coffee on the beaches of Da Nang. Now I just have to figure out their elusive method. But how hard can it be?

I have collected steamer baskets in all possible sizes. Does anyone have tried and tested gluten free recipes for dim sum? I also stack them up and corral goodies in them as well. 

Having a party? Shanghai Street has several baking shops as well. You won't miss them. One of them is affectionately named, 'I love cake.' 

This is where I purchased my pan for Hong Kong traditional egg waffles

Lunch anyone? After all that shopping we were hungry, but we decided against the various dried meats. Cafe Mido was closed due for Spring Break. So we found a dim sum restaurant down the street.   Before I leave Hong Kong I will return to Shanghai Street for one of their massive several inches thick round chopping blocks. I think the hubs also mentioned a set of knives. If you watch the Anthony Bourdain clip that's what he was after on Shanghai Street as well. And if you walk far enough down Shanghai Street, you'll run into the jade market... 


photos courtesy of Heidi Selch


show and tell...

My mama left yesterday - headed back to the states! It was so nice to see her. We even schlepped her to Macau for a couple days. Where she really saw the masses out and about getting ready for Chinese New Year. I honestly don't think I've ever been in a bigger sea of people. Mental note- do not go to Macau two days before Chinese New Year. But now I do want to go back when it's not soooo crowded. Well, before I begin to plan another Macau trip here are some tidbits I thought you might enjoy...

  • Do you ever struggle packing for a quick weekend trip? Me too, until I organized a stand by toiletries kit. Mine is packed and ready for a plane ride, but you could organize one for anything. Check out Live Sigma Kappa for my helpful hints.
  • Have you seen the ikea emojis? There's over 100 for both iPhone and android. So next time you need to tell someone please help me with this Hemnes bookcase you can send them the emoji as well to clarify which piece you are struggling with. 
  • I am in lust with these cut out loafers by Haik. What'd you think? I think they're perfect for wandering the Hong Kong pavement. If I could only find out where to buy them. Any leads? 
  • Wondering how J Crew decides what to layer with what? Its about as complicated as the system my nine year old uses- 'pile style.' Jenna states they just throw it on the floor and go from there. Maybe I'll try that this Monday morning...
  • Baking cookies to sell your home? That trick may not be the best one to sell your home. Sometimes the fresh scent of coffee may be just as effective. See what other scents may work best. 
  • Do you hate the sound of your own voice? Why don't I sound like I hear myself in my head? Watch this short video and it explains the discrepancy. 
  • I'm always on the hunt for a quick healthy and gluten free dinner solution. This red lentil soup definitely fits the criteria. I think we'll be trying it this week. 
  • Do you instagram? I try desperately to do a photo a day with Fat Mum Slim. Do you do any other photo a day sharing? 
It's Monday morning and every thing's in full swing. My kids still have two more days off for Chinese New Year, but somehow the errands that keep stacking up were not put on notice. So I'm off with two kids in tow. Hope you have a great week starting with a fabulous Monday....

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