Where To Start…

I am going to rename my blog to ‘posts in dash form with food sometimes’. It might have to do with me being a little distracted by the red carpet…or the fact that Beyonce is performing in less than fifteen minutes.

-Home grounded meatballs

I finally used my new meat grinder on Thursday and life has officially changed. Picking two different meats to combine was a bit overwhelming, but I ultimately decided on a half chuck and half brisket mixture. I made the meatballs on Friday and they came out perfect. I hardly had to season them besides salt, pepper and herbs de provence.

You really cannot go wrong with a home made pasta sauce made with Roma tomatoes and white wine either. Thank you, Alton Brown.


-Dim sum in Chinatown

Abby and I try to see each other as often as possible and we both had a window open on Saturday for lunch. I promised her dim sum for her late birthday present and made it all the way to her side of town, only to remember that it was the Chinese New Year Fair in Chinatown.

Telling you it was crowded is an understatement. I will just show you instead.


In the midst of the crowds was Chinatown’s own local celebrity. He plays his erhu in the beginning of the movie Pursuit of Happyness (starring Will Smith).

Yes, that is a Santa hat and you better believe he was rockin’ out to Jingle Bells. I did not have the heart to tell him that he was a little too late.


2014 is the Year Of The Horse. Chinese New Year will probably be explained in my next post, as it falls on the 31st this year. There are so many customs, traditions and celebration involved and I want to share a piece of my culture with you.


Abs wanted to show off her jellyfish eating skills.


I wanted to show off all the delicious things we ordered. I love taking my friends to dim sum because they get to try dishes out of their comfort zone. Come to San Francisco and it will be mind blowing, I promise.


-Weekly cleaning

The kind people at Zabada Clean sent me a few pieces of bathroom cleaning supplies to test out and report back to you. Although household supplies is not a normal topic on my blog, I found these interesting because you do not need to use any of your normal cleaners with them- only water.

Part of living a healthy lifestyle is being responsible for your environment and trying to be sustainable. I drink out of glass water bottles instead of plastic, bring my reusable bags to the grocery store and compost as much as possible, but now I am thinking about getting one of the industrial aluminum bottles. My one vice is cleaning the kitchen and bathroom, I use so many paper towels that is it truly embarrassing. The Zabada cleaning supplies makes it easy for you to wash in their laundry bag and reuse; thus, reducing waste.

From their website:

While the water goes to work on loosening the dirt, Zabada’s ultra-fine and unique thick-pile fibers replace the whole yucky chemical process to achieve an unbeatable result – removing up to 100% of bacteria. Without getting too nerdy, it’s a deep-cleaning mechanical process that shaves off and traps the dirt, grease and bacteria deep in the fiber, and only releases them when the fibers are washed.”

My review is that I am surprised at how well they worked without using any store bought cleaners. I followed the video instructions found on their website (which had a great design made by a web design company according to what you can read on their site), so I put a little water on one edge and went to work. Shiny clean! However, I cannot speak for heavy duty stains and cleaning jobs since I already do a light cleaning every week and only had surface stains. You can probably get it out with a little elbow grease, though.

They have products for your bathroom, kitchen and living room. It seemed a little pricy when I checked their website but you kind of have to think of the supplies as investment pieces.


-Acme & taleggio

Nothing like a Acme baguette and taleggio cheese to celebrate the last day of freedom before school starts. I am already dreading waking up tomorrow.



to intriduceAs we decided

Congrats to Amy H. for winning FAOT’s first giveaway! I hope to have another one for you coming soon.

What is your favorite cheese? I want to take a cheese class and expand my knowledge. Get out of my comfort zone, you know?

21 thoughts on “Where To Start…

  1. Wow it’s only kind of crowded in Chinatown! I would’ve been so overwhelmed I’m sure haha…and also impatient. BUT the food does look pretty tasty, though I don’t know what much of it is. That Zabada sounds very interesting indeed–I do try to use reusable bags when I remember and I always use a glass water bottle so they might be worth looking into! Also–YAAAAS to Beyonce last night.

  2. I’m having a hard time breathing after Queen B’s performance. GODDESS.

    Now I want Dim Sum at 9:00 AM. Also Taylor’s hair is amazing….is it weird I know your friends by name at this point? Promise I’m not a stalker…sort of.

  3. I want that bread and cheese right now! Man, I’m so hungry!

    Those cleaning products are interesting. I like the idea of having a little laundry bag that they go in but it would be kind of annoying if my cleaning cloths were always in the laundry basket waiting to be washed.

  4. how did you manage to move around that crowd.. im impressed. that cleaning product company sounds awesome because I am always looking for ways to reduce and reuse because Dallas or atleast the area I live is not recycle-friendly. I know I know..also, I have been trying to do more natural cleaning products than bleach based cleaners. thanks for sharing. Good luck on the first day 🙂

  5. My daughter and I visited Chinaton in Sabn Fran a couple years ago and it. was. the. best. chinatown we had been too – so much to see and so much to taste! We had some of the best EVER mooncakes there too – I keep looking for mooncakes like those – but no luck yet!
    Glad your meatballs came out well! The sauce looks so thick and good!
    I dont have a fav cheese – unless someone comes up with a lactose free cheese!

  6. Holy crap, it looks insanely crowded! I would have likely had a panic attack and started elbowing people away from me 😉

    Ooooh I love cheese! I’m not a huge really stinky cheese person, but I love monterey jack, cheddar, mozzarella, goat cheese…..and the list goes on.

  7. I would love to come to San Fran to have dim sum with you!!! I’m on my way!
    And I love regular type cheeses, I have never branched out in that genre. I love feta and blue cheese – and that’s as fancy as I get! TEACH ME!!!
    COOL ChinaTown picture!! Can’t wait to read more about the Chinese New Year! YAY!

  8. ooo you made the meatballs, they look fantastic! Tara, I love SF and the one place I remember going to is China Town and eating out there. Your photos are bringing back memories when I was in College..Ahem, 10 years ago

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