[Shanghai Spice] South Korea, Part 1: Jeju Island

South Korea Part 1: Jeju Island

I can’t believe it’s taken me two weeks to share my Korea trip with you guys! When we were planning our trip, I didn’t really take into account how far behind I would fall after a whole week away. We came home from Seoul on a Tuesday, and I started a new job the next Monday (woohoo!) So this past week was my first at a new job, and I just couldn’t find the time to write this post. Then when I finally sat down to write it, I realized that it was way to long to do in one go, so I am going to split it into two (probably still very long) posts.

For a little background, Shiraz and I decided to go on vacation over the May holiday to celebrate out engagement and get out of Shanghai for some much needed travel time. The last time we went abroad was nearly two years ago when we went to Singapore, so this was well overdue. We were gone for a whole week (felt like a month), and we went to Jeju Island for three days, and then Seoul for four. Continue reading

Brown Butter, Black Currant & Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies [Shanghai Spice]

Brown Butter, Black Currant & Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

I am entering one of those phases in life where things are just going right. Everything seems to be falling into place. I feel like these periods might be few and far between, so I am trying to savor every moment. There are some things that I can’t quite share with you yet, but one big thing that I can share is that I’m engaged!

Yes, you heard me right. Shiraz is crazy enough to legally bind himself to me forever. Mwuahahahaha (evil laugh). What better way to celebrate finding your life partner than to bake them cookies? AKA bake cookies while he is at work and then eat 1/2 of them before he’s home.

Brown Butter, Blackcurrant & Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie [Shanghai Spice]

Brown Butter, Black Currant & Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie

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Lingonberry + Strawberry Mini Galette [Shanghai Spice]

Lingonberry + Strawberry Mini Galettes

I know I’ve been absent from the land of blogging for several weeks, it has been a bit crazy over here! I don’t know how people post two or more times a week, you guys are the real heroes.

Work was intense at the beginning of March. Every year the company participates in a massive electronics exhibition. It’s kind of my pet project, so between the planning, logistics, and the actual days of the show, I didn’t even have time to cook. I’ve never eaten so many Family Mart baozi in my life. Well, I’m back in the kitchen, and I managed to whip up these beautiful little Lingonberry & Strawberry Mini Galettes while binge watching Bob’s Burgers on Netflix.

Lingonberry + Strawberry Mini Galette [Shanghai Spice]

Lingonberry + Strawberry Mini Galette

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Grapefruit Poppy Seed Bread

I am finally jumping on the winter citrus train, a bit late, I know. I also know that everyone has literally seen 1000 pictures of all types of citrus fruit sliced in half all over blogs and Instagram, but I couldn’t resist the deep pink color when I cut into this grapefruit, so humor me a little!

I got some of the juiciest looking grapefruits I’ve ever seen when I ordered groceries last week (thank you, Kate and Kimi) and I had to make something with them, so the Grapefruit Poppy Seed Bread was born.

[Shanghai Spice] Grapefruit Poppy Seed Bread

Grapefruit Poppy Seed Bread

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Sumerian Coffee + Boom Boom Bagels

{Eating Out} Sumerian Coffee + Boom Boom Bagels

Another year gone. And I don’t mean 2014, I mean the year of the horse. Yesterday marked the beginning of the lunar calendar, the traditional beginning of the new year in China past when time was governed by the cycles of the moon and the harvesting of the crops.

Shiraz and I celebrated  “New Years Eve” with our favorite Chinese family, the owners of the little shop at the entrance of our neighborhood. Over the past two years, we have become great friends, and they invited to eat a feast of Shanghai specialties to usher in the year of the Sheep.

Chinese New Year

Happy Year of the Sheep!

Chinese New Year is the largest annual human migration in the world. Everyone leaves the cities en masse for their ancestral homes in the countryside. Traveling during CNY is about as fun as running around in a sea of Legos with no shoes on, so we stayed put. Even though Shanghai empties out, I quite like the chill vibe of the city during the holiday. The only bad thing is that everything is closed. Want to eat out? Hope you like McDonalds.

Luckily for me, a coffee shop that I have wanted to try for quite sometime stayed open to fulfill the brunch and coffee needs of Shanghai’s lonely expats: Sumerian.

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