My dear readers, sorry for not posting anything for awhile. Life has been crazy busy lately…but good. So, 7 years ago when I went back to Taiwan, my sister took me out shopping and we had afternoon tea at this lovely place, which happened to be named Afternoon Tea. Although it was in Taiwan and although it had an English name, it was a Japanese tea room inside a Japanese store. Sounds funny, huh, but it’s common in Taiwan. In all fairness I’ll bet in did have its name in Japanese also but not being able to read Japanese, I just don’t know. Anyway, aside from thoroughly enjoying their great tea, I was wowed by all the adorable kitchen gadgets that were on display on the shelves next to the tea room. I love all the thoughts that were put into the design behind each piece that just seemed to add more poetry to the commonplace items of daily life as you can see above .

 

You may already be able to tell why I liked the design…it has my favorite color palette, poppy red and light blue, of course!! Haha… but what I really love is the use of typography on the kitchen gadget designs. On top of that, the use of a bold color like poppy red on a pot handle and cleaning gloves- very unexpected. I am especially in love with this beautiful digital scale and the little pot icon is just so sweet. It totally makes cooking all the more pleasurable. These little fish sponges are way adorable; they look like they are taking bubbles bath while you’re doing your dishes. Of course, Afternoon Tea offers other really cute stuff, so please check back and I will hand pick my favorites for you.

 

[source: Afternoon Tea]

 

 

 

For the past month, I’ve been very busy working on projects as well as planning my son’s 3rd birthday bash! At first, I wanted to do a nautical theme, but I changed my mind when I discovered an incredibly adorable cake design and decided to take on the task of re-creating this cake myself. Of course, I had no idea of what I got myself into. I’ve never baked or decorated a cake in my whole life!! First, I found some how-to videos on YouTube that made it look easy. Second, I decided it would be best to make sure the cake at least tasted good, so I didn’t bake it myself and instead ordered a plain buttercream cake from a local bakery and bought some ready-to-use fondant and food colorings. Finally, it took two weekends, a lot of determination, and a face covered in powdered sugar…but I did it!!  Yeah!!  Oh, those YouTube videos…it’s not that easy. However, I was happy that I pulled through in the end and delivered a cake that everyone enjoyed. The little red balls on the bottom of the cake were especially a hit with the little kids and some of the big kids too!

 

Naturally, the party didn’t just end with the cake. In the interest of time I bought some freshly made chicken salad and turned it into bite size sandwiches. By using a little party pick that I designed, I made it look very gourmet, hee-hee… The small disposible wooden forks next to the sandwiches I found in a super cute Japanese store in Venice Beach during some quality mommies-alone time with my dear friend, who, by the way, helped me sew the banner for the party (Thanks again A, you’re the best!).

 

A little kid’s party couldn’t do without the party hat, right?  To make the event more festive, I got some materials from a craft store and made these simple party hats with yellow pom-poms. It was really easy to make and fun to have for the kids. As for the party favor, I made cookies in the shape of cupcakes using a Japanese cookie recipe, which makes the cookies a little lighter…but still very yummy! Less sugar is always better! Finally, here’s a picture of the sweet birthday boy with his little bow tie on who thinks he’s dressed like Michael Jackson from the
Billie Jean video.

 

[ Photography by Pei ]