How statistics guided me through life, death and ‘The Price Is Right’


Hiroki’s friend’s wife, Elisa Long, just published this article on The Washington Post.
She is a statistician by trade, and talks about her wins on The Price is Right AND against breast cancer, was a numbers game. A tough numbers game at that.

When I met Elisa and Keith in April, we were down there for Wondercon. They graciously lent us their guesthouse and told us to lock the door on the way out because they were going to Vegas for Elisa’s I-BEAT-CANCER celebration. I remember a very sweet, soft spoken woman who was totally cool with Lan getting antsy (read: tantrum in 3, 2, 1) at a restaurant – not this strong kick-ass lady who wrote this article.

I don’t normally like to say that cancer survivors are heroes and stuff like that. But with Elisa, the sweet woman I ate and boozed with and gave me a bed to sleep in for a night, that is an exception. She had so much to juggle (she is a professor at UCLA who does epidemiology work!!!) and she came out on top like a boss. Maybe not a “hero”, but Elisa is a badass.

So read it from the badass’s perspective.


miss lan’s snack review!




So I went to Fancy Food Show last month; not as an exhibitor for once (out of… what, six years?), but as a press attendee! This is such a huge and busy show, and you can’t really look at everything during your 15 minute break. So this year, since I didn’t have to stand at a booth and sell stuff, I took two days to check out both halls. Mainly for restaurant supplies for my friends’ restaurants, investigating new trends, and most importantly… NEW SNACKS!

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hourly comic day 2015


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Yesterday was Hourly Comic Day and I finally did one.

I swear as miserable as I make motherhood look in this, I love mine to pieces.
She’s just a bit of a booger butt these days cause she’s (we’re) sick.

Also I need to clean my scanner bed.


just shut up and take my money, IKEA

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Look at this leek. This toy leek. It is from Ikea and is part of their “vegetable basket” set. It’s like 14 pieces of soft food plushies for 8 bucks. But that’s not what’s cool about this thing. Look at the swirl that illustrates the allium’s layers, the little roots that eject from the end! My god, the detail on this thing!

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I’m just amazed by the quality of these toys. The lettuce, you can peel the leaves off. You can peel a slice off the block of swiss cheese. You can filet your own salmon and halve your tomatoes (from this salmon set). You can even peel and unpeel the banana! Heck, you can mix and match the sets and make yourself a baguette sandwich!!!

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Sometimes Lan and I sit in her toy kitchen (also from IKEA) and pretend to fry a halibut or make tomato sauce. Last week she tried to make a gross cocktail of salmon and pineapples. Today, she tried to saute her kangaroo plushie with some green beans (from URAQT).

I have always told Hiroki that once we had more money we were going to “graduate” form Ikea and buy real wooden furniture. But NOPE, I am still buying Ikea stuff… But not because I’m broke, not because I want cheap furniture. No. It’s because their toys are so fricking amazing and adorbs.


because pizza.


I just got this shirt a ZARA today. Normally I am a black-or-grey-tshirts-only kinda person but this shirt was like, screaming ILA WE OUR SOULMATES from the sale section, so I had to buy it.

Unfortunately it’s sold out, and I don’t like to leave people hanging… so here’s some stuff I found on the interwebs recently that’s been trying to pry my wallet open.




I LOVE this Pyknik donut shirt but it’s a little too short for me :(


Modcloth always sells ridiculous shoes but these Cheeseburger heels are pretty out there.


This A Day To Remember sushi shirt is rad if you’re into band shirts.

P.S. I swear this blog is still a food blog!!!




I’ve been taking content creation and recipe consultation gigs for a while now. One of the companies I write for is Spicely Organics, an organic spice company (I used to also work for them, but quit because I wanted to become my own boss).

Anyways, I made some sexy looking cookies and thought that I’d share. You can see the recipe here!


Book Rec: RELISH by Lucy Knisley




Do you enjoy reading Ruth Reichl and Molly Wizenberg? Do you like comics? Well then, this book is perfect for you!

My sister got me a copy of Lucy Knisley’s RELISH for Christmas this year. It’s a memoir of an art student with a dining-a-holic dad and a pastry chef Mom, who’s been traveling the world and stuffing her face with amazing food since childhood.  Reading this, I realized the food has such an impact on children – hopefully Lan will grow up to be appreciative of everything like Lucy.

There’s even some Alinea action in a later chapter. It’s got a little something that all of us food aficionados can relate to. It’s a beautiful comic book – the colors, the people, the stories, everything!

You can visit Lucy’s website here, and buy the book on Amazon.