The leaves are changing colors, the warm weather is slowly disappearing, then on the scarfs and gloves and jackets (and sometimes umbrella!). That’s when I know that it is time for my favorite holiday in the US: Thanksgiving. Typical rich shade of fall. Source: Odyssey. I had my first American Thanksgiving experience during my second… Continue reading Gobble Gobble Gobble
What do you know, it’s been more than eight months since I’ve been back in Jakarta. As I’m getting more and more used to life here, I’m also starting to miss my life in Davis. Davis is my second home. It’s a city where I experienced independent adulthood for the first time. Well, I did… Continue reading (Reverse) Homesickness
The third evolution of my version of spaghetti Bolognese For me, spaghetti Bolognese is another dish associated with my late childhood memory. I remember when my grandma first made it for me, probably when I was around 10, and I told her how much I loved it. Being my grandma, of course, she ended… Continue reading Cultural Exchange Series: Spaghetti Bolognese
Today I’m going to highlight a dish that brings me back to my childhood: sop mutiara. Literally translated as “pearl soup” in English, it is part of the local cuisine of South Borneo, where my grandma was from. I couldn’t find so much historical information behind it, but it’s a specialty dish linked to the… Continue reading Cultural Exchange Series: Sop Mutiara
As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, in Jakarta it is indeed more economical to buy ready-to-eat food at your nearby street vendors or restaurants compared to cook everything yourself. Consequently, I’ve been cooking way less since we moved. Daily home-made dinners and bento boxes are no more. Even so, I try to treat Sean… Continue reading Cultural Exchange Series: Cajun Risotto with Shrimp and Sausage
It’s been a bit more than 1.5 months since I left Davis. I’m getting the hang of things in my new/old job and have created a comfy work space on my desk. I got my first two freelance projects to supplement my sad little paycheck that won’t budge until I get my diploma (Yoohoooo…UC Davis…can’t… Continue reading From the Kitchen to the Heart
When I first came home to Jakarta after starting my graduate study, one of the most common questions I got from my friends and relatives is, “What do people eat in America?” I honestly had no clue how to respond to this question, since I mostly hung out with other international students and thus we… Continue reading Do Americans only eat hamburgers?