RECIPE: CARROT CAKE WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Carrot Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Where do I begin… Well, I recently left Taipei and moved to London. I know, bad timing considering the Brexit. But I believe that you have to stay positive, trust your gut feeling and stick with your decision. Nothing is ever as bad as it seems. And even if it is, have a “cuppa” and a slice of cake and think about your next steps.  Speaking of cake, this weekend I felt like whipping up some carrot cake. Everyone has their personal preferences regarding the density of their carrot cake. People here in the UK prefer a more dense one. However, this […]

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RECIPE: SHIITAKE MUSHROOM RISOTTO WITH GREEN BEANS

Shiitake risotto with green beans

After enjoying a delectable risotto alla milanese with ossobucco so tender that it melts in your mouth,  I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. If you happen to be in Milan and would like to know where I enjoyed this epic Italian meal, check out my Milan travel post.  Back in Taipei, I decided to make risotto with local ingredients. Yup, when I was in Italy I actually managed to forget to buy a bag of arborio or carnaroli to bring back. And of course, I was too cheap to splurge on imported ingredients and therefore decided to cook my […]

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PLACES: OPENING OF FIRST SKINFOOD CAFE IN TAIPEI

Skinfood cafe Taipei

No, unfortunately this was not an exclusive blogger event where selected bloggers get picked to join a store opening. *Sigh* Last night, when I got back home I discovered a post on the Skinfood Taiwan Facebook page saying that there would be a special promotion on October 15th. Basically, you could buy a surprise bag filled with items worth more than 2,000 NTD (around 58 EUR) for just 999 NTD (about 29 EUR). All you have to do is head to the opening of the new Skinfood store & cafe and grab one of the limited bags. What can I say, I […]

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REVIEW: DEMETER X MOOMIN CUSHION PERFUME IN THE SCENT ICELANDIC AURORA

Demeter X Moomin Cushion Perfume

Living in Taiwan can be pretty dangerous. As soon as my paycheck comes in, cute little cosmetic stores like 86 Shop (86小舖官方) or S3 (小三美日平價美妝) lure me inside to check out the latest skin care and beauty products. Not cool. A few weeks ago on one of my many “Just-browsing”-trips I discovered the Demeter X Moomin Pick-Me-Up Cushion Perfume in the scent Icelandic Aurora. I am a sucker for anything cushion. BB cushion, CC cushion, cushion blusher – you name it, I buy it. I believe I paid around 399 NT$ (about 11 EUR). PROS: cute packaging convenient for on-the-go and […]

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RECIPE: PPAP – PIE PINEAPPLE APPLE PIE

On Monday night, right before typhoon Megi shook up Taiwan, me and a handful of colleagues were still in the office. That’s when one of my colleagues started to play “Pen Pineapple Apple Pen” or PPAP (ペンパイナッポーアッポーペン), on her laptop. Disaster took its course and each one of us fell victim to the latest YouTube phenomenon. Ever since that fatal night,  I had this idea in my mind about pineapple apple pie. Unfortunately, my oven is not really suitable for baking pies, though it makes brilliant cheese toast. For this reason, I was happy when I came up with a fake pie recipe […]

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