Seafood Kabob

Yummy homecooked seafood kabob, wild caught King salmon, Chilean sea bass, shrimp, red bell pepper, and onion. Served with lemongrass organic wild rice. This dish was a perfect pairing w/ Burgundy-Clos de Tart.

  • Ingredients: any kind of fish (your choice), shrimp, you could add muscle and clam. Bell pepper and onion or any kind of veggie you prefer, little salt, garlic powder, cracked black pepper. Cooking oil. Some stick and foil.


  • Preparing: clean your seafood, cut the fish in small pieces as well as bell pepper and onion. Sprinkle the seafood with some salt, garlic powder, cracked black pepper. Put your seafood and veggie on the stick, alternating them. Brush it with a little bit of cooking oil. Now you have beautiful kabobs.


  • Cooking: Heat up your grill in high heat. Use foil to set on top of your grill. Put  the kabobs on the foil, and grill for about 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy your yummy healthy kabobs.


You could serve your kabobs with any kind of rice. I served it with lemongrass wild rice. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful day to you all! Hanh.

Homemade Black Sesame Ice Cream

This is my home-made black sesame ice-cream. It’s easy to make and it’s delicious dessert infused with a hint of vanilla and the more dramatic nutty fragrance and flavor of toasty black sesame, which is almost akin to dark chocolate plus French roast coffee. It’s a favorite Asian dessert.  Black sesame seeds are rich in antioxidants, high protein, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins and dietary fiber with potent anti-cancer. It offers several health related benefits.


  • 2 cups heavy cream (or half and half, but less creamy texture).
  • 1 cups milk.
  • 3/4 cup sugar.
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
  • 1 cup ground roasted black sesame (grind the black sesame seeds in a clean spice grinder until they turn into a medium coarse powder) .



  1. In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed or whisk to combine the milk, sugar and salt until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or overnight.
  2. Turn on the ice cream maker, pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes. Five minutes before mixing is completed, add the ground roasted black sesame and let mix in completely. The ice cream will have soft creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 10 minutes before serving.

 Yum yum!! Enjoy!

Have a lovely day to all! xo…Hanh :)


Clearly, it’s a food post. These are food pictures from my Instagram. They’re all my home-cooking. As you know, I love cooking! :)

Follow me on Instagram for my daily picture updates. I’d love to see you there, also. :)

Most my food pair with Merriman wine. And this Merriman Cummins Road pinot noir 2011 rocks!

I hope you enjoy the pictures. Have a happy Sunday and a lovely week ahead! xo…Hanh :)


We had an amazing Easter Sunday. I hope you had an amazing day too!
Here is our little Easter garden that the kids decorated. Oh! Easter bunny and his egg…so cute!

Thank you Easter bunny for dropping us a few presents at our Easter garden. You’re always so kind and sweet to the children.

After Easter egg hunting, we played Mexican confetti eggs. Following Mexican tradition, Easter confetti eggs are often broken over someone’s head as a symbol of good luck. It’s a part of the holiday celebration.

We were ready for racing the flying paper air-planes.

Time for sweet.

3pm snack time: we all enjoyed our red velvet cake and berries smoothie while watching the Home Alone movie. YUM!!!

The kids were playing bubble blowing while the adults were chatting and grilling some meat for dinner.

Look at this one! It’s the coolest bubble ever!

“Mama, I’m getting good at blowing bubblegum” 😀

Cute little baby!

Time for dinner 😀
Apple, grape, dried cranberry, and arugula salad with balsamic vinaigrette is one of my favorite salads that it’s easy to prepare at home.

Grilled lamb, chicken, and rose wine.

Berries pie for dessert.

Have a wonderful day to you all!! xoxo…Hanh:)

Summer Salad

Although it’s not summer yet, I am already yearning for watermelon. The other day I felt like I wanted something fresh like watermelon for dinner, so I ended up make this summer salad. As you know, in most of my cooking, I only like to follow a few recipes. Like my fashion creation, I like to create my own recipes because of its adventure and fun. Here is my summer salad recipe:
Ingredients: Here is my choice of fruits. You could replace or add more fruit that you love, or some green leaf vegetable such as arugula is perfect…I’m also thinking of adding dry fruit, such as dry cranberries and pine nuts.
  • 4 cups cube-cut watermelon.
  • 1 cup small cut oranges.
  • 2 cups red and yellow cherry tomatoes.
  • A handful of chopped peppermint.
  • 2 avocados that you slice thinly.
  • Orange olive oil dressing: A mixture of 3 oz fresh quezzed orange juice, 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, 1 young teaspoon sea-salt, 1 oz of balsamic vinaigrette.

Direction: Mix the dressing and all the the ingredients above together in a big bowl with a gentle mix (except the avocados). After mixing, put the avocados on top. It’s ready to serve for 4-6 people. This is easy and quick to prepare. It is fresh and healthy. Enjoy!!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!!! xoxo…Hanh :)


  • This is my first time to make Tiramisu, one of my favorite desserts. I really love the texture and the sweetness of it. At the end of your dinner, Tiramisu and a glass of rum is just a perfect ending for your meal. Yum!!! Hope you can do it (it’s not hard) and enjoy!!!
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 lb. mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 2 cups chilled heavy cream
  • 1 Tbs. rum (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 cups brewed espresso
  • 5 egg whites
  • 40 to 50 ladyfingers
  • Cocoa powder for dusting


In a mixing bowl set over a pan of simmering water but not touching the water, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until the mixture is pale yellow and thick ribbons fall from the whisk, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the mascarpone cheese and beat until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes.

In a chilled large mixing bowl, whisk the cream until stiff peaks form. Add the vanilla and whisk until smooth.

In a clean mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. (When the whisk is lifted straight out of the bowl and inverted, the whites should hold their shape.)

With a rubber spatula, gently fold the mascarpone mixture into the cream until blended and smooth. Add about 1 cup egg whites and fold gently until blended. Add the remaining egg whites and fold gently until the mixture is smooth and blended.

One at a time, submerge the ladyfingers into the 2 to 3 cups espresso. Lay enough ladyfingers on the bottom of a 6-quart glass or ceramic baking or serving dish to form 2 layers. Spread the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers until evenly covered over the top. Dust the tiramisù with cocoa powder to create a rich, dark topping. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 1 day before serving.

Jeffrey Campbell

I’m in the mood for less expensive shoes, but still fabulous shoes. Look at these shoes below, don’t you think they’re amazing? They definitely made it into “My A list of fabulous shoes in my closet.” This is an example that you don’t have to spend lots of money to have fabulous shoes. Thank you to Solestruck and Freepeople website. But, if you want to spend to the max for higher end designer brand shoes and your pocket allows you to do so, then why not go for it. My thinking about fashion is all about spending what you’re comfortable with, having fun, being happy and confident…
These Jeffrey Campbell Lita boots are from Solestruck. They’re ridiculously comfy, definitely high and so hot. Love it!

And these Miramar straps Platform wedges are from Freepeople, also Jeffrey Campbell. I love the straps. The shoes are amazingly light, comfy, and awesome. I love Jeffrey Campbell shoes!


In Vietnamese cuisine, there is a dish called “Bo tai chanh”, it means beef carpaccio cured with lemon juice. One day, I was tired of beef and wanted something different, but I wanted the same flavor as Bo tai chanh. Here is what I came up with: Fresh salmon carpaccio cured with lemon juice.

Here’s what you need: sweet-sour fish sauce, 1 sliced red bell pepper, 1 sliced orange bell pepper (you could use any color bell pepper that you like), 1 medium side sliced red onion, a handful of cherry tomatoes (sliced them in half), a handful of chopped cilantro, a handful of chopped rice-paddy herb (called Ngo Om in Vietnamese), minced a handful of unsalted roasted peanuts, 8 oz of fresh lemon juice (I used about 6 large fresh lemon), a thin bed of mixed green salad in a large plate, and I sliced fresh sockeye salmon about 3 cups. The preparation as you see in the pic below. First, put sliced fresh salmon in 8 oz fresh lemon juice for 10′. During this time, you mix sliced bell pepper and sliced cherry tomatoes with 2 tablespoons sweet-sour fish sauce. Then, you even out this mix on top of the bed of mixed green salad. Pour over this bed the fish sauce which you use for the mixing as in the picture below.

After 10′, you drain out the salmon from the lemon juice (to make sure it’s comply drained). Transfer the salmon into a big bow. Now, add 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon concentrated fish sauce, sliced red onion, chopped peanuts, and 1 tablespoon sweet-sour fish sauce. Mix. After that, pour evenly over the top of the green salad-bell pepper-cherry tomatoes bed as you see in the picture below. There, you have a delicious, healthy salad. Enjoy it with a glass of white Burgundy!! Let me know how it turns out for you :) To make sweet-sour fish sauce: 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon concentrated fish sauce, about 3/4 tablespoon sugar, 2 tablespoon water. You could add more water depending on if you want it less or more salty. I use Viet Huong-Three Crabs brand fish sauce.

Thank you everyone for visiting and comments! Wishing you all a wonderful day!! Hug…Hanh :)

ps:I try to post once a week. I’ll update to share my looks, food, places, etc…daily on twitter-lifeintravel. I’m thinking about facebook. I’ll let you know if I have one :)

Ann Demeulemeester Zipper Belts Spring 2010

Zipper belts from Ann Demeulemeester runway spring 2010.
Fall/winter 09, I got the 14 buckled belt and fell madly in love with it. It’s like a masterpiece of art – something that you would see on a runway more than in practical life – but I’ve worn it anyway and received complements, like “Fantastic belt that you have on” every time.
I decided to have an Ann D belt collection. Here they are! zipper belts from Ann D spring 2010 arrived a few days ago. It’s so exciting! I love them! I haven’t actually worn them yet but will soon. These belts are easier to understand, more practical in daily life and are another fabulous creation from her.Thank you Ann D for a wonderful gift of 10 silver rings. I love them too!A Cold Night.This winter in Dallas has been colder than years before. Some like it, some don’t. I do. It’s cold enough for me to layer my clothing and still look stylish. I would be sick if it’s long, extremely cold winter like some places up north. Last night, I went out to dinner with my husband. It was very cold, but I felt like wearing this Rick Owens fur vest anyway.Worn with Rick Owens Lilies jersey dress, Janis Javitt necklace, Guiseppe cut-out boots. Hi everyone, I hid when my mom was taking pictures. I just wanted to come out to surprise and say Hi to everyone. Can I tell you something? My mom didn’t know I was behind her, until she saw the picture! hehe…

Berry Pie.There are many requests to post the recipe for berry pie. Here it is: roll out Pillsbury pie crust (for sale at grocery stores like Tom Thumb) dough on the baking pie pan. Fill it with 6 cups of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries already mixed, with 2 0r 3 tablespoons of sugar (you could use more sugar if you want – up to 1/2 cup), 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon, 2 tablespoons corn starch, 2 tablespoons cooked tapioca (you can skip the tapioca, it won’t make a big difference), and dot with a little butter as in the picture. Then, cover the pie with a top dough. Now, you seal the edge of the two doughs together (cut away any extra dough at the edge if it’s necessary). Make sure to cut-out the top dough a few holes for steam to exit during baking. Bake 350 degree for 50-60 minutes or until it looks nicely golden. Let it cool before serving. Now, you enjoy the most healthy pie ever.With my experience, using more blackberries and blueberries gives the pie more natural sweetness than raspberries, which give the pie more sourness. You could skip one kind of berry if you like. I’ve been baking this pie almost every other day for breakfast, alternating with my healthy apple pie 😉 since Thanksgiving day.Thank you for your visiting and for your comments. Wishing you a fabulous day!!Hugs…Hanh 😉

Pearly Gray

As you can see at the Rick Owens runway fall 09, it started off in dark black (we see this color most at his show). After a few solid black monochrome looks, all that suddenly shifted into icy blue, pearly gray, palest beige. All the genius of his vision came to light-the color of future, but classic. After that, we’ve seen those colors all over the runway of spring 2010. It’s become fresh and it has the color for this fall and for the future.

You also see every look was constructed around a high-necked, strong-shouldered leather jacket at his runway fall 09. This is one of the looks.
Long coat version. From Net-a-Porter. com
I have to say that this futurist-classic jacket is the ultimate style statement, an investment piece. I paired it with similar shades for a fresh fall aesthetic; Madewell tee, F21 leggings, Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte shoes. These shoes are also a statement piece in this outfit, so I keep jewelry free and light make-up.GOOD TIME FOR BAKINGDecember is an exciting month of the year; Xmas lights, Xmas music, Xmas shopping, Xmas party, time for family and friends to get together with joy. All of this gives you a great feeling of Xmas spirit. It is also the perfect time for baking. I’ve been enjoying baking with my kids; pumpkin bread, banana nut bread, fruit pie, cookies… things they love to do, too. Every year, this month is a baking-marathon for us and we love it!
My kids enjoyed helping me to repair the crust for baking berry pie.
Berry pie. They enjoyed doing cut-out cookies.Enjoy conversation with sister.This is how the cookies turn out. The cookie cutters were recently bought at Williams Sonoma. The fun thing about these cookie cutters is that you can create your own messages. And here are: Happy Holidays, Season Greeting, Life in Travel…really fun!
Hope you all have a joyful weekend with family and friends!!Happy holidays!!!
Big hugs…Hanh 😉
PS: Don’t hesitate to ask for the berry pie recipe if you want it!

Isabel Marant studded Otway Boots

Ok, I saw these Isabel Marant studded Otway boots on the runway F09 – I love them. I saw them again on JakandJil, love them more…Then, Martina has them – I was getting anxious and knew for sure I would get them. Thank you to lovely Martina and sweet Sofie for helping me to find the boots. After months of waiting, they finally arrived…I had the same feeling with Sofie toward them..disappointed. They are overpriced for their fabric, the workmanship, the quality, I think…They can’t not refund, store credit only and who know if I find things I love at their store…Then, just keep them for my first IM shoes. I actually LOVE the style very much, just wish they’re half of the price that I payed for. Well, what can I say…They’re looking more handsome in the pictures than in person. Hope you enjoy the pictures!
Um….I keep them!
One of my beloved Rick Owens jacket F09. I madly love this jacket, it’s such a cool, edgy, futuristic looking one. I wore it with RO dress.
Love everything about this jacket; the shoulders, the collar, the zipper, the front-cut, the wings in the back, the leather texture…just awesome!
Home Cooking: pan roasted chicken with ginger and basil.
As you know, I love cooking. It’s one of my hobbies. I cook alot of traditional Vietnamese food, some Chinese and Thai dishes. I also enjoy making up my own creative recipe and this is one of them. I served with baby agurala, heirloom tomato and balsamic vinaigrette. Pinot noir from Oregon completely compliments the dish…yum!

Ingredients: skinless quarter leg chicken, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, sugar, oyster flavored sauce, seasoned soy sauce, sliced fresh ginger and fresh basil leaves.

Method: clean the skinless quarter leg chicken, pat dry the chicken throughly with paper towels. Sprinkle over each quarter leg chicken with a little garlic powder, black pepper, less than 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp sugar, 1/4 tsp oyster flavored sauce, 1/8 tsp seasoned soy sauce and let it sit for a few hours or overnight. Hot pan with cooking oil with high heat, put the chicken in for about 1 minute. Then, cover the pan with lid, turn the heat down to medium for about 7 minutes. Turn chicken for another 7 minutes, continue cover the lid. Now, throw in fresh slice ginger and fresh basil leaves, still cover the lid, let it sit for 5 minutes with medium-high heat…done! Ok, you’ll see the chicken has nicely golden color as in the picture and it’s ready to serve hot. It’s easy to do, you can substitute ginger, basil with your favorite herb. Enjoy the meal!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend with family and friends!!!

Kisses…Hanh 😉

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