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Food and Fun in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan was everything I thought it would be and more. I was so very happy to go on a week-long trip with my family to Japan last month (read about my first impressions of Japan here). We spent five amazing days in Tokyo and as all great ...

Blog: Confessions of a Chocoholic
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 |  Original Post

Pictures of My Manila Life

Here are some pictures of my Manila Life. For you to see what I've been doing on the other side of the world, and for me to always remember the wonderful time that I had:

Blog: Confessions of a Chocoholic
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 |  Original Post

Kyoto and First Impressions of Japan

Kyoto was the former imperial capital of Japan; the emperor used to live there. It is called "the city of peace and tranquility" and is known worldwide for things we associate with classical Japanese culture: emperors, samurai, temples, shrines, zen ...

Blog: Confessions of a Chocoholic
Posted on: Jan 12, 2014 |  Original Post

Looking Back at 2013

This year was a BIG one. It was a year filled with change and travel and great moments. I made a conscious decision to be more grateful this year, to take a few short moments every day and reflect on what I am thankful for - and I have ...

Blog: Confessions of a Chocoholic
Posted on: Dec 30, 2013 |  Original Post

Salted Chocolate Banoffee Pie

Sometimes when I'm making a sandwich, I think of my dad. When I was in high school, my dad would help make me little breakfast sandwiches to eat in the car, or he would help make my lunch. And he would make the sandwiches the same way I make ...

Blog: Confessions of a Chocoholic
Posted on: Jun 15, 2013 |  Original Post

Macy’s Culinary Council Presents Michelle Bernstein

Disclosure:  This post is written as part of my participation in the Everywhere Society.  I was compensated for my attendance at this event.  All opinions are my own. Since drawing the national spotlight in the mid 1990’s, Chef Michelle ...

Blog: Jewel's Fab Life: Fashion, Fun and Everything Fabulous!
Posted on: Jun 06, 2013 |  Original Post

Obsession Alert: Salted Caramel Cupcakes!

One of the challenges of having a group of family members in town at the same time is that none of them bring the same expectations with them.  Some expect to lay on the beach for a week.  Others expect a never ending receiving line of celebrities ...

Blog: Jewel's Fab Life: Fashion, Fun and Everything Fabulous!
Posted on: Feb 21, 2013 |  Original Post

Guest Post: Pumpkin Leche Flan

Did you hoard cans of pumpkin puree during the fall and now have cans sitting in your cupboard, mocking you for your paranoia that there will be another pumpkin shortage this year? If you didn't but would still like a recipe for a delicious pumpkin ...

Blog: Confessions of a Chocoholic
Posted on: Jan 18, 2013 |  Original Post

Mushroom Soup and My Sisters

Let me tell you about the hardest part of living in a different country. After eight years of living in the US, there is still one thing that I have not, can not, will never, get over: It is not being able to spend as much time as I want with my ...

Blog: Confessions of a Chocoholic
Posted on: Oct 10, 2012 |  Original Post

No Crust Apple Pie

I took the kids apple picking last Friday and came home with a bag full of Macintosh apples. I usally make apple pie, but this time I tried a new, or rather old, family recipe. My Nana's No Crust Apple Pie sounded perfect for my girl's night out ...

Blog: Random Recycling: Modern Green Living for Busy Families
Posted on: Sep 18, 2012 |  Original Post

I absolutely loved these crunchy snack crackers.

While I am quite familiar with Milano cookies, I had never tried the new variations–Milano Slices and Milano Melts. The slices are open faced versions of the original with a layer of chocolate and then a topping.

Blog: Jewel's Fab Life: Fashion, Fun and Everything Fabulous!
Posted on: Sep 04, 2012 |  Original Post

Beat the Snack Slump

I am always looking for new ideas for healthy snacks. There are just some days when we all need something to bridge the afternoon gap from lunch to dinner. In our house, we often do a late dinner so we can sit down as a family. I need to give my ...

Blog: Random Recycling: Modern Green Living for Busy Families
Posted on: Aug 31, 2012 |  Original Post

Guest Post: Filipino Champorado

I am so happy to have my youngest sister, Patty, write a guest post for me while I'm on vacation. She is the yogi who introduced me to hot vinyasa, the person who shares my love for salmon and pasta and peanut butter (not eaten at the same time ...

Blog: Confessions of a Chocoholic
Posted on: Jul 31, 2012 |  Original Post

Nana's Zucchini Bread

When I think of my Nana, I usually think of her in the kitchen. Amazing things came out of that kitchen, including a fair share of baked goods. I recently found her Zucchini Bread recipe and gave it a try. Zucchini is in abundance this time of ...

Blog: Random Recycling: Modern Green Living for Busy Families
Posted on: Jul 25, 2012 |  Original Post

Family Pizza Night

Here is what happened on pizza night at our house. Madison picked out all of the red peppers from the pizza, despite loving them raw. We skipped the battle and enjoyed the fact that we had used the Summit 6 Kids Pasta Sauce. The key thing here is ...

Blog: Random Recycling: Modern Green Living for Busy Families
Posted on: Jul 19, 2012 |  Original Post

Marcella Hazan and My Marcelia

We were on a train from Milan to Venice, and I have just finished reading Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant. I passed the book to my parents and my mom picked it up. She read Marcella Hazan's story, Eating Alone, where she tells stories about ...

Blog: Confessions of a Chocoholic
Posted on: May 12, 2012 |  Original Post

Valentine’s day with the Kids

I have never been a fan of Valentine’s day…well, I did always look forward to those little red hot Valetine’s heart candies.  The ones that make your tongue tingle and scream “CINAMMON” in your mouth.  Then there was ...

Blog: Foodie Family Eats
Posted on: Jan 28, 2010 |  Original Post

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