Thursday, 29 March 2012


Obento! A box full of crazy edibles cooked and styled by me, and photographed so amazingly by Cathlin. It was taken with a Hasselblad camera with a digital back; sometimes I think we live in the future, if only because I am so un-tech-savvy. 

This was our contribution to AKA Studio's food-themed Buffet show last week, which had so many great pieces (more photos here). My favourites were the hand-sewn fabric dim sum. :-)

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

day off

A very busy week. Bad and good in equal proportions: I have five packages of raspberry marshmallows and a few cookies and cakes left over--bad (because I didn't sell out at the market on Sunday) and good (because I can eat them). 

  1. Rice pudding for breakfast. 
  2. Left over cookie dough. 
  3. Hedgehogs! (See if you can spot more than one.)

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

to market

More good news! I'm selling some things at this month's Blim Community Market on Sunday, March 25th.  

If you're not familiar with BLIM, this little blurb's for you:

BLIM is an independent, family-run art and craft facility now conveniently located in the heart of Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown. Our aim is to help build community through the spirit of fun and creativity, making the arts and crafts accessible to a wide range of skill sets and aims.

Along with selling locally made goods, they host a variety of workshops, from screen printing to gourmet soap making to the hugely-popular moccasin workshop. They're also right next to New Town Bakery, which is a plus for me (although I think they've stopped making their deep fried taro dumplings, which is a negative). 

Some photos from this afternoon; getting everything ready for the weekend:                                   

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

web things 02

I like these paper string-tie envelope templates, especially the brightly coloured string.

I want this for dinner: beet pasta with ricotta.

I have watched every single episode of Heston's Feasts...on YouTubeThis is possibly one of the greatest food series out there, but there are a lot of other gems on that channel, too.

It snowed this morning, and now there's freezing rain. This hat in navy is keeping me warm! Grab some stickers while you're at it.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012


Near the end of February, I was asked by Carolyn from AlsoKnownAs to participate in this show centered around FOOD. At the moment I'm trying to pursue cookbook design/illustration, so I would have been cuckoo-crazy to turn this opportunity down. 

I teamed up with an amazing photographer, Cathlin, who today helped me realize my bento box dreams.
You'll have to come to the show to see the finished image. :-)

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Bagan (1)

Bagan is an ancient city almost smack in the middle of Myanmar, about a ninety minute flight from Yangon. Here's the last of the film roll, and a neat little summary of our stay in Bagan:


Playing cards. A lot. 


Lacquerware/extremely skilled artists.

Handmade things.
(Not exactly sure how a tourist would lug a 50 gallon earthenware pot home, though.)

And of course, Buddhas.

We stayed at the Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort
Bagan Archeological Zone, Old Bagan, Mandalay Division, Union of Myanmar

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Yangon (2)

In film this time:

On the way to the Botataung Pagoda:                         

At the Shwedagon Pagoda, before sunset:                  

Here a retired professor showed me how to pray: he first had to look up the day of the week on which I was born to find my station. I poured water a number of times over a statue of Buddha while the professor instructed me to pray for friends and family. It was like making wishes over a birthday cake.

The tourist fee to enter the massive pagoda grounds supposedly goes to the purchase of gold needed to maintain the stupa's blinding exterior. There are thousands of diamonds and rubies crowning it, with a 76 carat diamond at the very top; we were shown a "secret" nook where if you stood at certain marked spots, the diamond changed from green to orange to yellow.

On the ferry to Dala:                               

You walk across Strand Road to the jetty, pay the fee, and board the ferry which is so crowded that some people find it easier to balance their belongings on their heads (like a basket of chickens, for example). You will probably immediately be approached by older teenagers or twenty-somethings who will be your guides, and this has most likely been their occupation since they were 14. Once across the Yangon River, you can choose to pack into a tour bus to visit Twante (known for its pottery), take a trishaw (if only to stop them following you for the next half hour), or walk around Dala. The latter is a small township made up of bamboo huts, pagodas with goats at the gate and dirt paths. It is really beautiful.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Yangon (1.5)

A late(-ish) night post, still having trouble finding the words/am lazy.