Plum Rain Season

It’s been raining in Shanghai for the last month. The thing about rain in Shanghai, is that no matter how often it rains (all the goddamn time), everyone acts as if they have never seen rain in their entire life. The first scooter accident I ever got into was because a woman on a scooter […]

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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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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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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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