Monday, July 27, 2015

for the longest time, i didn't particularly like ramen-- that is until benten ramen came along. it's simple and cozy and the food is great. even though there are pretty good places for ramen, this is probably still my favorite one. plus, there's rice and your choice of tea to go along with your meal.




there are four choices, but i usually stick with the shoyu ramen. i've tried the other ramen (with the exception of the spicy miso ramen) which are pretty good as well.


shoyu ramen


tonkotsu ramen


tsuke-men

Sunday, July 26, 2015

there is strength within the sorrow, there is beauty in our tears
you meet us in our mourning, with a love that casts out fear
you are working in our waiting, sanctifying us
when beyond our understanding, you're teaching us to trust

your plans are still to prosper, you have not forgotten us
you're with us in the fire and the flood
faithful forever, perfect in love
you are sovereign over us

you are wisdom unimagined, who could understand your ways
reigning high above the heavens, reaching down in endless grace
youʼre the lifter of the lowly, compassionate and kind
you surround and you uphold me, your promises are my delight

even what the enemy means for evil
you turn it for our good, you turn it for our good and for your glory
even in the valley you are faithful
youʼre working for our good, youʼre working for our good and for your glory

Friday, July 24, 2015

there's no other store that gets me quite like anthropologie. ♥






Tuesday, July 21, 2015

after a lengthy hiatus due to the salmonella outbreak, i jumped back in and celebrated with ayce sushi at sushi mon. it was delicious and even better than i remember! there were so many things to try from uni (yuck!) to yellowtail collar (so good!) to everything in between. and thanks for ordering off the specials because i tried some interesting sushi and discovered a new love for salmon belly. here's a look at some of the dishes we tried; the rest we devoured as soon as they hit the table.

surf clam with lemon



salmon and young yellowtail


shrimp and vegetable tempura and assorted sashimi


super white tuna and hotate



young yellowtail and yuzu tobiko


hotate, salmon belly, unagi, young yellowtail, and tuna


vegetable tempura


green tea crème brûlée, strawberry mochi ice cream, mango mochi ice cream, lychee sherbert, and green tea ice cream

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

some people have houses, others have homes. ♥










thanks for the invitation to eat at your beautiful abode.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

the renegade craft fair was back in town this weekend, so we made a quick visit for popsicles and inspiration! ♥











Saturday, July 11, 2015

last weekend we celebrated independence day with friends, food, and fireworks! i'm thankful for the freedom that this country affords and the privilege to celebrate yet another year. for this occasion, i took a spin on the usual pasta salad and played it up with some israeli couscous-- and it was just as easy!


israeli couscous summer salad; israeli couscous, grape tomatoes, grilled zucchini, grilled onions, green onions, cilantro, extra sharp cheddar cheese, lemon juice, rosemary & oregano infused olive oil, salt, pepper.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

earlier this month, i discovered bake code, a bakery oddly similar to the ever popular 85ºc bakery. the beautiful open glass presentation immediately caught my attention-- there were so many types of bread! thankfully, there were samples of the bread so i just tasted a few and picked my favorite ones.