home cooking: mapo tofu
one of my family favorite recipes is the chinese sichuan-style dish mapo tofu. it’s a fairly quick dish to make for a large group of people. i’ve had all different styles of mapo tofu at restaurants, but we decided to make it with soft tofu, chili-bean sauce, onions, and italian peppers. it’s perfectly fine to serve with simply a bowl of rice, but if extra time allows, make something mild like a side vegetable or fish.
favorite fall 2013 couture collection.
i feel like i relived my eighteenth-century art history course through giambattista valli's porcelain inspired collection. capodimonte, wedgwood, sevres, and meissen factory styles were reflected in floral tutu-like frocks and gowns.
Happy 4th of July!
"now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." - 2 corinthians 3:17
james & grace’s engagement party
i was very excited to help plan my brother and future sister-in-law’s engagement party. i am so thankful for how God brought them together.
paperless post made invitations and guest lists easy, efficient, and eco-friendly while still having the intimate paper look. i went with a robin’s egg blue theme for tableware as that seemed like an appropriate color for a summer engagement. lunch was a delicious mix of homemade and catered korean food like grilled basa and kimbapp. sweet and savory palettes were satisfied during dessert time with cake, dukk, and assorted cheese and fruit. grace’s uncle of under the tree flowers provided the beautiful and creative flower arrangements.
the key to hosting a successful party is focusing on keeping the guests happy. while that sort of means sacrificing one’s own enjoyment of the party, it actually brings more joy to see the guests and especially the newly engaged couple having the best time.
i always look forward to the resort season, because of the bright colors and summery feel. here are some of my favorites from resort 2014:
sachin + babi's skirt reminds me of the spiraling ramps of the guggenheim.
neutral colors aren’t the first thing that come to mind when i think of resort, but jason wu makes his collection appropriate for a tropic oasis with a modern take on tropical prints and splashes of a rainforest green.
my go-to summer outfit is a simple t-shirt, cute shorts, and good accessories. valentino's look 32 is right up my alley.
dior's collection captured the spirit of tropical getaways - sporty days and elegant nights.
i am fascinated by how akris's hot pink/blue print was inspired by mexican architect luis barragán's cuadra san cristobal.
oscar de la renta's dress is perfect for an evening wedding: rather than having to choose between a lbd and summer florals, combine the two!
i love the gladiator-goddess bodice of bcbg max azria's gown.
super excited and thankful to be a bridesmaid for my future sister-in-law and brother’s wedding! i just started a pinterest to help brainstorm ideas. until i created an account, i didn’t realize how much pinterest fits my personality - i absolutely love the organization aspect of it. follow me @ juliasunghee. happy pinning!
Young adult small group session accompanied by The Pantry desserts! Bonded over cheesecakes, brownies, coconut macaroons, ginger & oatmeal cookies while going through Hebrews.
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire - Hebrews 14:28-29
so blessed to be part of this small group. i’m excited to see how we grow this summer. also, that was the most meaningful verse from this past study. truly humbling when i think about the gift God has given us.
Model: Julia An
Photographer: Cody Min
Location: Skytop Lodge, PA
photo shoot with my cousin cody min.
when i visited london, i ate at koya, an udon specialty restaurant. the kinoko udon that i ordered consisted of flavorful bowl of perfectly chewy udon noodles in a walnut miso broth topped with mushrooms. though there are numerous ramen shops in nyc, i have yet to find an udon-only place close to home. so, mushroom udon needed to be made at home. one alteration was made: using regular miso (but topping the soup with chopped walnuts). store-bought noodles certainly don’t compare to freshly made noodles, but nonetheless, it was delicious!