modern family life

Congratulations to Michelle Carpenter, chef-owner of Zen Sushi! They won the Best Sushi Award by Dallas Observer. This is the second time (the first being in 2008) they’ve received this award! Michelle Carpenter took the time out to share her thoughts on sushi and kid foodies. “As you know, I’m a firm believer that kids should start on sushi early!  This will expand their palates now and they will have a greater appreciation for diverse Read More
Mini mooncakes are best of itty bitty foodies It’s the start of the Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival! According to the Chinese calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month which is around end of September or October. This year it’s September 22nd. If you look at the night sky you’ll see the bright bold moon, proudly proclaiming its festival. During this time, it is customary to eat mooncakes: small round cakes Read More
From Lemley’s @ Dallas Farmers Market We’re peach fanatics at this household. We love them naked or dressed with a little honey and mascarpone or accessorized with a generous dollop of yogurt. Whichever way you love them, enjoy them while you can. Our favorite place to get them is from Lemley’s Produce and Plants at the Dallas Farmers Market. They are by far some of the most flavorful and juicy peaches we’ve tasted. Never had a mealy one. Read More
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 where we do special things like bring a Read More
Zen Sushi @ Bishop Arts District Pikelet’s first encounter with tako (Japanese octopus sushi) was at the opening of Zen Sushi in the Bishop Arts District, in 2007. He was nearly 2 at the time. Although, Oak Cliff is famous for their taco joints, as far as my little foodie child, Pikelet’s concerned, this is the only tako that matters. So when Zen Sushi celebrated their 3rd birthday recently, we paid a visit to this neighborhood spot in the Bishop Arts Read More
“Mama can we please have lamb chops for dinner?” Pikelet asks wistfully in the backseat of the car. I love cooking lamb rib chops. Not only is it delicious, it’s super fast. Ingredients: 8 rib chops Bread crumbs with herbs (optional)* salt & pepper to taste Heat oven 375 degrees F. Sprinkle each rib chop with salt and pepper and press against the bread crumbs till coated. Add a little olive oil in a non stick pan. On Read More
Lily Pad Cafe @ Main Street Garden Take a break at Main Street Garden, the green oasis in downtown Dallas that is bordered by Main, St Paul, Commerce and Ervay Streets. With its gorgeous grounds, cafe, spray park, children’s playground and dog run, Main Street Garden  is a haven for families, even Fido.    On one corner in a tiny green building, sits the modern Lily Pad cafe. Chef Douglas Brown (of another downtown venture, Beyond the Box) created a menu of what Read More