Saturday, August 6, 2016

Pieces of July | Monthly Round-up

These lyrics. 

This beat. And Justin Bieber ain't bad either.

New favorite crossbody bag.

Living digital space gallery.

Pre-travel reads for my Shanghai trip in August starts now.

Monday, August 1, 2016

My Favorite Healthy Banana Bread Recipe | VLOG

My go-to recipe for healthy banana bread. 

I discovered this recipe when I was in college - wait did that just make me sound old? I only graduated last summer! Anyhoo, the recipe uses unsweetened applesauce and honey and I was absolutely won over that I haven't made banana bread any other way. Unsweetened applesauce is a great substitute for butter and the honey adds subtle sweetness to every bite. I love that the bread is super fluffy and moist while it's a healthier version of the standard banana bread. Who said you have to sacrifice taste for health?


You will need:

9x5 loaf pan
nonstick spray
parchment paper (to line the bottom of baking pan)
foil (to cover the top)


2 eggs
1/2 cups honey
3/4 cups unsweetened apple sauce 
1-1/2cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
2-3 whole ripe bananas
1 cup walnuts


Preheat oven to 350F.

Smash the bananas. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs, honey, unsweetened apple sauce, vanilla extract, and stir until well combined. 

In a separate bowl, mix together whole wheat flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients. Do not overmix.

Mix in bananas and fold in the walnuts. 

Line bottom of baking pan with parchment paper for easy clean-up and lifting the bread out of the pan. Grease pan and pour in the batter. Top with walnuts for garnish. Finally, cover the top with foil to prevent bread from browning too quickly. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes. Cool before serving.

Recipe slightly adapted from Tasty Kitchen


Watch me put the recipe to the test!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

New York Minute ◇ Highlights from NYC

Growing up, I loved watching the Olsen twins, and New York Minute was one of my favorite movies from them. I've seen the movie numerous times and never have I imagined I would someday get to visit New York and experience life in a city where everything is bigger, brighter, and louder. My girlfriends and I were in New York during the last week of June and it was one of the most amazing trips I've ever been on. We ate our way through the beautiful city and trekked 6 miles on average (that's about 12,000 steps!). Having walked so much, somehow I still struggle to tell the difference from streets, blocks, and avenues in the city. The landscapes were mesmerizing and the street views were cute and charming. I wanted to take a piece of the city home with me and the closest solution I found was - actually I found two solutions. One was a video documenting my trip, second was a post detailing the favorite places I visited in New York. Without further ado, below is an overview of the places I visited, including highlights from the trip.


DAY 1 
East Village and Union Square/5th Av
◇ Root & Bone
◇ Spot Dessert Bar
◇ Ootoya
◇ Dear Irving
◇ 10Below Ice Cream

Root & Bone

Spot Dessert Bar


Chelsea, West Village, and Koreatown
◇ Cookshop
◇ The High Line
◇ Chalait
◇ Times Square

The Cookshop

The Cookshop

The High Line

Times Square

Times Square


DAY 3 
◇ Jack's Wife Freda
◇ Laudarée
◇ Magum Pop-Up


Jack's Wife Freda

Magnum Pop-Up


DAY 4 
Theater District and Financial District
◇ Wicked
◇ Bibble & Sip
◇ Totto Ramen
◇ World Trade Center & 9/11 Memorial


Bubble & Sip

Totto Ramen

Financial District 

World Trade Center


DAY 5 
 Chelsea and Midtown East
◇ Fonda
◇ Museum of Sex
◇ Grand Central Station
◇ Lady M
◇ Central Park
◇ The Met
◇ Momofuku Noodle Bar


Grand Central Station

Lady M

Central Park

The Met

Momofuku Noodle Bar