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Musings

15
Feb
2011

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother – Itty Bitty Foodies Style

No doubt we’ve all heard of Amy Chua’s new parenting memoir “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” . When I first read her article “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior” on the Wall Street Journal, I thought it was a satirical piece and kept waiting for the punchline. I read in horror the part about her daughter, Lulu (age 7) when she couldn’t play “The Little White Donkey” and Chua writes, “We worked right through dinner into the night,...
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3
Feb
2011

Gong Xi Fa Cai – Happy Chinese New Year!

新年快樂 HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR OF THE GOLDEN RABBIT JOY, PEACE, HEALTH AND PROSPERITY It is the first day of the Lunar New Year. Although it is commonly known as Chinese New Year, many other countries with significant Chinese populations such as Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia also partake in the festivities.  According to custom, the new year starts on the first day of the month in the traditional Chinese lunar calendar and ends with the Lantern Festival...
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26
Jan
2011

The ‘No Thank You Bite’

 We’ve all been there, trying to coax/bribe/threaten our kids to eat their meals while they squirm about and turn into artful dodgers. Sometimes we resort to theatrics and put on our best British accents and talk like Charlie from the Charlie and Lola series by Lauren Child. In the book, “I will never not ever eat a tomato“, Lola flat out refuses to eat all sorts of food and clever big brother Charlie tells a funny stories and rebrands them with exciting...
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10
Dec
2010

Ratatouille or Chuck E. Cheese? An open letter to Dallas Child Magazine

I picked up the December issue of Dallas Child today and excitedly flipped to Pg.30 to see the featured article “Best for Families – Dining and Destinations” article and boy was I shocked. On the list were Tin Star for Hottest Taco Joint, Babes Chicken for Ultimate Eatery to Share a Meal Family style, Chuck E. Cheese Best Pizza Pie with a Side of Playtime, Rainforest Cafe for Coolest Themed Dining Experience. There were two that I thought...
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23
Nov
2010

Thanksgiving at every meal

We have one set of dishes in our house. I remembered buying them 5 years ago and how ‘grown up’ we felt to have a ‘proper’ set of dishes. It was bought from one of our favorite lifestyle design companies, notNeutral. Beefcake and I discussed whether we should still keep our old hodge podge set and keep these as our ‘good’ dishes for special occasions, after all… what if we *gasp* broke one? In the end, we did away with the old...
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3
Sep
2010

Birthday Month Celebrations

Remember when you were a kid and how much birthdays meant to you? Pikelet who is currently four years old asks for four kisses every night and one more to make him five. Lollo sings Happy Birthday to himself at every opportunity like the other day when he stuck a stick in a mud and pretended it was a candle. So Beefcake and I have decided to give each of the boys a birthday month