Hi. I want to know everyone’s Thanksgiving plans this year. What are you making? Is there an original family dish that you must have every year or something unique that I might not have thought of?

My family is small and scattered throughout the West coast, so I have not done a traditional Thanksgiving in a long time. It will be only a few people at the Lisbon House and I want to keep things nice and easy. Perhaps I will make Brussels sprouts and order the #2 at Popeyes. If only that was possible.

The weekend was far from eventful. There was a lot of lazying around the house, research on Pink Slime (remind me to never eat a burger again) and taking naps while trying to watch Donnie Darko for the first time. I am going to get through it one day, I promise.

While working on Saturday, Taylor texted me and told me that she wanted to go eat ramen. Since it was less than five blocks away from my job, I happily agreed and walked over after work.

I had to make the hard decision of choosing between my classic habanero ramen or a new spicy sesame cold ramen. I really wanted to try the latter but knew I would miss the habanero if I did not order. Next time, I promise myself I will let my hair down and order a new kind.


In la noche, the whole gang went to Dear Mom, a cool hipster bar in the Mission, to celebrate a roommate’s birthday. Yes, there are a lot of November birthdays at our house, we are all Valentine’s babies. 🙂

Taylor and I had a fail of a Photo Booth session.

Picture 1: Okay, let’s do a smile pose. 1, 2, 3…oh shit. I’m not looking up.

Picture 2: Kiss me on the cheek. 1, 2, 3…dude you’re hover kissing me. Okay, my turn to show you how it is done.

Picture 3: 1, 2, 3…um. Whoops, sorry. I was not ready yet.

Picture 4: We get four pictures? Okay…do the hand glasses. 1, 2…what’s the hand glasses? Ahhh 3.


Sunday morning was nice and relaxing. I tried to do an artistic shot but clearly it did not come out correct.

Just wanted to show that you need to put on your rose colored glasses sometimes when blogging.


The bread looks like ordinary white raisin bread but it came from the best bakery, they seel the most amazing french baguette loaf. Anyone who has had Chinese bread knows that it is 20% soft, 20% buttery and 60% delicious. My vanilla cappuccino was awesome, although it started to settle in the picture below.


After breakfast, I headed to the Farmer’s Market to pick up delicious Bolani, hummus from The Hummus Guy and various fruits and veggies for the week to come.

Taylor and I always crack jokes about each other because we will bring home a ton of produce only to be counterproductive and get Chipotle for lunch. You can not mess with tradition, right?


Just like Underground Ramen, I have to get the same thing every time. White rice, a tiny amount of black beans, fajita veggies, 1/2 chicken, 1/2 steak, hot sauce and lettuce.


After the smallest bit of homework was completed, we set out to bake a surprise brownie cake for Sarath. My floor does not have an oven so we baked our little hearts out on the second floor.


Sarath came home from a long Sunday Funday and made a wish for the new year.


Ghiradelli brownie cake, vanilla bean ice cream and fresh Farmer’s Market strawberries. 🙂

I feel kind of bad because we made her serve her own cake. Happy birthday Sarath, we love you! xxx


Also, in the midst of all this extreme baking, I busted my lip open and now I look like a football playing hooligan. 🙁

What do you get at Chipotle and is it the same thing every time?

Who else does not care for the word ‘hodge podge’?

Habanero Salsa

Ai ya, I can’t believe my trip to Asia is 48 hours away! The next time I’ll talk to you guys will be half way around the world. I feel like I’ve been running non-stop errands; some important, some not so important, like picking up these Alex and Ani bracelets. I am obsessed, I want to get so many but they add up so quick!


Aren’t they so cute? There’s a ton of charms and bangles you can pick from and they all use expandable wire bracelets. Did I mention all of them are hand made as well? I think they’re really popular on the east coast and starting to pick up over in the SF Bay Area.

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet because I still need to get all my clothes and everything together and the laundry still isn’t done yet! I’m starting to freak out.

The recipe for this week is a really spicy salsa, so this is your formal warning! It’s totally worth it though, I had to get a few pointers from Chi and Junior. Also, a pre-apology for the quality of the cooking pictures, I had to cook downstairs and the lighting sucks.

Habanero Salsa

Cook Time: 7 Minutes

Serving Size: 3-4 People



  • 3 Habanero
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes
  • 3/4th Purple Onion
  • 1/2 Tomatillo
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 Lime
  • Cumin, Black Pepper, Paprika, Salt, to taste


1. Roast the tomatoes (it’s probably safer to do it in a pan).


2. Boil two habaneros, one cloves of garlic and half the tomatillo in a pot.


3. Put a little oil in the pan and roast three cloves of garlic and one habanero.


4. Dump everything in the food processor and chop it until it’s a salsa texture.


5. Enjoy with chips, over veggies or chicken! Junior said it would be delicious with ceviche. I agree!

Are you okay with spicy? Link your favorite salsa recipe!