Bacon, Spinach and Sriracha Fried Rice with Currants and Mozzarella

IMG_2743I never intended this to be a blog post.  This is one of those meals that is thrown together to use up the random ingredients you have in your fridge and pantry.  It was meant to be hearty, filling and quick but nothing special.  Instead, it was one of the best meals I had all week.  The saltiness of the bacon and the creaminess of the cheese pair perfectly with the currants.  It might sound like an odd combination but give it a chance.  Trust me, it’s worth it!

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Patisseries and French Food

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I don’t know about you, but food is one of the main reasons I travel.  When I go to a new country, part of what I enjoy discovering is the amazing, local cuisine.  For this reason, I usually only eat the food that is from that culture.  Hence, in Italy I eat only Italian not Japanese or Peruvian.  In the past when I have travelled to France I have only visited ‘French’ restaurants.  Yet all that has changed since I moved to Paris.  It’s different when you live somewhere.  I find myself reveling in the local French cafes and restaurants but also partaking of and enjoying the diversity of the Paris restaurant scene.  I am discovering delicious places I would have never tried if I was just visiting, such as excellent Thai, Vietnamese and Lebanese restaurants.

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Dreamy Greek Island Home

Santorini 1This dreamy Greek island home was featured on Elle Decor.  It’s beautiful, airy and spacious, and is mostly white with a few statement pops of color.  It’s the perfect balance of minimalism with warmth.  There’s just one question: when can I move in?

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& Other Stories: A New Brand by H&M

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H&M recently launched a new brand in Europe called & Other Stories.  Higher-end than the H&M brand, it focuses on outfitting the whole woman: from shoes, to bags, to jewelry and clothes.  There are some gorgeous items!  I’ll take one of everything… oh wait, my tiny student budget.  I guess a girl can dream, can’t she?

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Crispy Spiced Pork Cutlets with Apple, Beet, and Cabbage Slaw

IMG_2677I’m actually really excited to write this post.  This was not only one of the best meals I’ve cooked in a long time, it was one of the best meals I’ve eaten.  Super fast and simple, yet it is an incredibly satisfying mixture of textures, flavors and temperatures.  If you are a vegetarian, make the slaw anyways.  It would be delicious on its own or as the salad part of another meal.

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How do you stay creative?

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I have been thinking about creativity a lot lately.  For the first time in my adult life, I am not surrounded by creativity in my daily life.  I’m surrounded by vague theory, numbers, strategy, and unfathomable signs like sigma and mu.  It’s the polar opposite of what I define as ‘my world’.  I suddenly find myself having to make a conscious effort to stay in touch with creativity and the esthetic world that I love.  This blog has become a platform to do that.  Without it I might drown in facts and figures.  My commitment to maintaining this blog has become the motivation to find beauty in my daily life.

While pondering creativity and motivation, I rewatched THIS Ted talk from Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love.  Her talk is an old favorite of mine and an interesting interpretation of where creativity comes from.  In the end, Elizabeth says that all you can really do is commit to showing up.

What do you think? Where do you find creativity?  What are some other good articles or videos about creativity?

Vancouver Fashion Week

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I’m thrilled to be covering the Vancouver Fashion Week featuring the Fall/Winter 2013 collections.  It runs from March 19th-24th at the Chinese Cultural Center in Vancouver.  Stay tuned for my favorite designers and styles from the shows.  For more information, visit vanfashionweek.com.

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