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baked churros

January 16, 2018

I know, I know, everyone’s been starting the new year with juice cleanses/sugar free challenges/new body resets, and I’ll admit, I’ve been tempted to start eating healthier myself. Then these churros happened. And I lost all self control.

Have you ever made a choux pastry before? When I was testing these a week or two ago, I started off by making these Pâte à Choux pastries from the Kitchn (y’all know I loooove the Kitchn), just to get the hang of it. Traditional churros are basically fried choux pastries, piped into logs and rolled in cinnamon sugar. They’re the best, and actually surprisingly easy to whip up! Don’t let the stovetop and seemingly-intimidating-piping scare you.

Side note: these churros kinda remind me of the cronuts I had in New York (here), and now I’m actually having post-NYC withdrawals. Anyone else? Where did you go for the holidays?

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brunchin’ in nyc (NYC eats)

January 4, 2018

Hi friends! I’ve been in New York for the past week. 5 days, to be exact. I’ve seen basically all there is to see, ridden the subway so much that I’ve memorized the stations in lower Manhattan, and most importantly, eaten a whole lot of food. New York was everything I’d dreamed it would be, and more! Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Top of the Rock + the Rockefeller Christmas tree… they’re all exactly how I’d imagined. Especially during the holiday season, traveling to the city was utterly and completely magical.

You know the saying, “Sundays are for brunch”? Well, when you’re vacationing in New York City, the saying should be, “Everyday is a good day to brunch.” Because we didn’t have to get up early, my parents and I brunched every single day we were there. By combining breakfast and lunch, it saves money, and gives you an excuse to eat a late afternoon “snack” at Black Tap or Cookie Do. Plus, brunch is ALWAYS a good idea.

So my first post of 2018 is a food guide of all of the brunch spots we ate at in NYC. Starting off the new year right? I think so. Continue Reading

confetti cinnamon roll muffins

December 29, 2017

Sooooo 2018 is a couple days away…

So much has happened this year, yet it’s flown by so fast that I can honestly hardly remember anything! Anyone else? But I can’t wait for what the new year has in store. Even though 2017 has been a crazy year, I’m actually kind of sad that it’s ending. I’m grateful for all the excitement and adventure that this year has brought me. I wouldn’t go back and change anything!

Today, I’m partnering up with my girl Angie from Indulge Your Inner Foodie, to bring you some easy recipes to celebrate the new year with. I’m showing y’all how to make colorful confetti cinnamon roll muffins (!!), and over on IYIF, Angie is whipping up an some boozy Captain Morgan and Kombucha Shooter drinks (!!!!!!). What better way to end 2017 than with one last epic foodie collab? Make sure to check out Indulge Your Inner Foodie, as well as her Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and TwitterContinue Reading

dc eats

December 26, 2017

As a kid, growing up, I was always so sad when December 26th rolled around. I didn’t care about anything anyone said… I was just so bummed that Christmas day had come and gone, and school would be starting soon, and everything would be going back to normal. But now? I’ve realized the holidays really aren’t over yet… Christmas decor won’t start coming down until a couple days after new years, and until then, people are still prepping for the long-awaited January 1st. So don’t be sad! I like to try and keep up with the Christmas spirit for as long as possible (which means continuing to bake all things gingerbread/peppermint and inhaling hot cocoa by the cup).

Speaking of which, I hope you all had a WONDERFUL Christmas!

My parents and I traveled up to Washington D.C. to meet up with a couple family members, which was so exciting! Even though we didn’t get to spend Christmas at home, we were surrounded by the company and presence of family and amazing food. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it was almost even better away from our actual Christmas tree.

So today I’m sharing a couple fun foods from our wonderful time spent in Washington D.C. Although it isn’t one of my usual posts, it’s still a whole lot of food, so I’m not complaining… hehe. Enjoy!

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eggnog scones

December 23, 2017

Christmas is in two days. Whaaat?

This year has been especially weird, because Christmas is on a Monday, and we don’t get out for winter break until literally the week before Christmas. The sad thing about that is, I’m so preoccupied with studying for exams and finals, that I don’t really get the chance to get in the holiday spirit! aka lounging around my house in fuzzy socks, sipping hot cocoa, and just enjoying the season. Which is why things like peppermint sugar cookies, drinking eggnog, and catching up on Youtube vlogmas are the only things keeping me from becoming a grinch.

Oh yeah, and speaking of eggnog, let’s talk about these eggnog scones. Because that’s really why you’re here, right? They’re chewy, yet with the perfect hint of the buttery flakiness that everyone loves when it comes to scones. Filled with thick, velvety eggnog instead of traditional milk, these pastries are the epitome of the holiday season. I guess I know what I’m having on Christmas morning! YUM. Continue Reading

latest eats (12.18.17)

December 18, 2017

There’s more to my life than just recipes and food, I swear. But not much.

Just kidding. But it is a pretty decently sized part of my life, that up until now, I’ve only shared a small portion of. Developing my own recipes, styling and capturing food, and sharing them is something I love doing, but what about everything else? I’m talking about trying-new-restaurants, making-other-people’s-recipes, and eating-way-too-many-free-samples-at-costco side of it. Because let’s be honest (and I’m speaking on behalf of food bloggers in general), that part dominates about 80% of my life. #freesamplesfolyfe.

Think of Latest Eats almost like one of those “favorites” post that fashion/lifestyle bloggers do, but just a food blogger version.

Don’t get me wrong, my cashew hot cocoa is something I make on a weekly basis, but I’m also frequent maker of other recipes, such as Laura in the Kitchen’s spinach pesto pasta or Sally’s waffles. And I practically live off of spinach roll ups from Zoe’s Kitchen, and shrimp vermicelli from a local Vietnamese restaurant in my area. Maybe you’ll discover new recipes that you’ll make for years to come, or a new restaurant that you’ll fall in love with. Hey, we’re all friends around here, and I’d love to help!

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holiday gift guide 2017

December 11, 2017

1. Peppermint Marshmallow Travel Mug | 2. Sugar Cookie Measuring Cups | 3. Holiday Gift Tag Box Set | 4. Chunky Knit Pom Pom Beanie | 5. Sally’s Cookie Addiction | 6. Kate Spade Clutch | 7. Embrace What Is Good Sign | 8. Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Candle | 9. Snowflakes Kitchen Set | 10. Hand Painted Bible | 11. S’mores maker

Yup, it’s still me. Making a holiday gift guide. On a food blog.

With the holidays coming up, I’ve been on the hunt for great gifts left and right, and I couldn’t resist throwing together a fun little guide for y’all in preparation for the holidays! I’m actually obsessing over this travel mug, which would be perfect for holding my pumpkin hot cocoa on the go, btw. I’m not much of an online shopper, but I stumbled upon some amazing finds that I’m sure anyone like me would loooove to receive this year. Honestly I’m kinda new to this whole “holiday gift guide” thing. I hope I did okay!

And the best part? I’m teaming up with my girl Brooke from Live The Prep Life. She’s actually my favorite person ever, sooo this is kind of the best collab ever. Check out her guide here!

(BTW, I’d toooootallly be ok with receiving the s’mores maker for Christmas. Just sayin’…. :)

Peppermint & Marshmallow Travel Mug - Anthropologie Sugar Cookie Measuring Cups - Anthropologie Holiday Gift Tag Box Set - Anthropologie Chunky Knit Faux Fur Pompom Beanie - Urban Outfitters Sally's Cookie Addiction - Amazon cooke hill bow magda - Kate Spade Embrace What Is Good Sign - Magnolia Market Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Candle - Bath and Body Works Snowflakes 3PC set - Kate Spade Hand Painted Bible - The Hipster Housewife S'mores Maker - Williams Sonoma

frosted peppermint sugar cookies

December 6, 2017

Thank you to Nielsen-Massey for sponsoring today’s post! I recieved a product from Nielsen-Massey’s Vanillas to help develop this recipe. Remember, I only support brands I truly believe in!

My ideal day: wake up at 6AM, make myself some of Lindsay’s peppermint mocha, eat a nice hot plate of eggs and toast with peanut butter, get ready for the day in about 20 minutes, and watch some vlogmas and Christmas movies with about 30 minutes to spare before I have to head out the door. Then, when I come home from school in the afternoon, I spend a good hour taking pictures for my blog, about another hour doing homework, go on a run, eat dinner, and get ready to go to bed at 9:30.

Reality: wake up at 7:30, spend 95% of my morning making and eating breakfast, and the other 5% doing everything else. No time for YouTube… laziness strikes again! I come home from school, rush to get those food photos taken before the sun sets at like 4:00PM, then spend the rest of the evening drowning in homework. Oh yeah, we can’t forget about editing pictures until 10:00 PM and then taking a nice, long shower (aka one of the only stress-free parts of my day). Bedtime’s at about 11:00. Continue Reading

gingerbread cake with cinnamon buttercream frosting

November 24, 2017

I hope y’all had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving! Filled with lots of stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie, I hope. This year, instead of traveling anywhere (we went to Florida last Thanksgiving), I’ve been picking up the slack and really getting to work on my blog. And taking a long-anticipated break from schoolwork, of course.

To be honest, we aren’t much of a traditional-Thanksgiving-food type of family. My parents are both Chinese, so things like turkey and creamed corn aren’t exactly their favorite. However, for some reason my parents love stuffing and we made Tieghan’s butternut squash n’ mushroom stuffing which was SO GOOD. Let me just say, our fridge is stuffed. We’re going to be having stuffing for leftovers for two weeks straight, I swear! Continue Reading

spice bagels

November 19, 2017

Soooo my calendar is telling me it’s t-minus 4 days until Thanksgiving day… How crazy is that? All of October feels like a blur to me, which is so weird. My dad has already been splurging on some pre-holiday gifts for himself, which has been kind of funny to watch. Which means November is almost over, and the countdown to Christmas has already begun. Where has time gone?

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