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March Notes & Scribbles

So this month was a bit boring in the food category as I was completely drowned in school work. But I’m so excited to be able to say that finals are over now! I’ve officially completed my first year of grad school and it’s been a blur but also a whole ton of work and I’m so ready to have a few weeks off to just be a real functioning person again. Well, for a few days at least. On Saturday we hopped on a plane to Iceland and we’ll be here for a week. Afterwards, we’re headed to Vegas for a few days to celebrate Roy’s mama’s cake day and then my Mom’s coming to visit for a few days before we pick back up with school. So holy moly, I guess I’m not really getting much time to relax but at least it’ll all be fun!

There are a few things food-wise that happened this month I can tell you about though. I got really obsessed with Japanese food. I grew up on Japanese food and I always thought I knew a good deal about Japanese culture despite not actually being Japanese. When Roy and I took a friend to try mochi for the first time I was so excited to see his reaction because I have barely any friends who have never eaten it before. I thought I knew my way around mochi. But then I learned about wagashi and it sort of changed my life. I won’t spoil it too much, you should watch this video instead because it’s super informational and interesting. I’ve had types of wagashi before, but never the fancy ones decorated to look like cherry blossoms or bunnies – yes, bunny shaped mochi!

In March we celebrated St. Paddy’s, Purim, and Easter! Here’s a round up of few of my favorite treats:

St. Patrick’s Day sweets don’t always have to be green. Though I could’ve saved myself from getting pinched if I had brought this cake to class!

ALL THE EASTER EGG DECORATIONS
Coconut Macaroon Nest Shortbread Cookie Tarts (Tori, I dare you to say that 5x fast!)
If ya like it then you shoulda put an *egg* on it?
Speckled Egg and Lavender Brownies, can’t go wrong with that.

Steamed buns meets Easter = my kind of dessert

Carrot-Coconut Bunny Loaf? I dieeeee.

PEEP PEEP PEEP. Yes, you can make homemade Peeps!! Oh, and they’re flavored. And apparently that’s a thing. *still confused*

If, like me, you don’t really know much about Jewish holidays then Molly’s got you covered.

Ok so this one isn’t for any of these Holidays but it’s still super appropriate because: Strawberry season!!!

Last week I got to meet Rachel for lunch while she was in LA for a bit and it was so much fun chatting and getting to hang with an internet friend turned friend in real life! We ate at Mendo’s because Rachel had never been and they have some awesome vegan sammies. If you haven’t checked her out yet, then you’ve got to head over to La Peche Fraiche for some seriously amazing cakes and other sweets!

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  • Rachel | La Pêche Fraîche

    Okay, the bunny shaped mochi brought me down a rabbit hole (ha ha) to panda, hello kitty, and seal mochi!! I am obsessed. I must try them, so cute!

    • Oh I’ve been there!!! I guess they’re made with a mochi-type base called nerikiri that’s white bean paste and rice flour. Definitely on my to try list someday!

  • Ahhh have so much fun in Iceland! I’ve heard so many good things about it! <3 <3

  • I love wagashi!! It’s like, how many hours did they take to make ONE?!

    • I KNOW. I’m kinda super intrigued but also really intimidated .-.

  • Omg, how have I never heard of wagashi? Yes, yes, YES I want to try them! Thank you so much for the link love Courtney! Happy April!

    • Of course, lady! I think we need to all get together and have a wagashi making party because how fun does that look?!

  • Joleen

    Congrats on finishing your first year of grad school 🙂 The letters on that pizza are so cute!