Finding My Roots Through the Cuisine of Macau

At a recent charity event, I bid on a set of cookbooks which included one called Fat Rice, featuring the cuisine of Macau (Fat Rice is also the name of a Chicago restaurant featuring food from the area).  As my… Continue Reading

Primates of Park Avenue: Charmed Women, Sad Lives, Semi-Fiction

I just finished Primates of Park Avenue, a “memoir” by Wednesday Martin, published a couple of years ago.  Written in a  satirical manner, the book criticizes the lives of Upper East Side women, particularly mothers, from a “transplant” perspective –… Continue Reading

The Knockoff: A Book Review

I typically don’t listen to novels, but I felt that a book about an online publication HAD to be an audio…on my iPhone.  The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes (she’s Plum Sykes’ twin) and Jo Piazza and narrated by Katherine Kellgren… Continue Reading

On Re-Reading Books from High School English Class

A Facebook post from a friend has inspired me to create a small list of books from high school English class I want to re-read.  I have already completed the first of five on a shortlist that includes a couple… Continue Reading

Parisienne French: French for the Stylish Fashionista Crowd

I recently received a complimentary copy of Parisienne French: Chic Phrases, Slang & Style by Rhianna Jones through a PR company, a book filled with fashionista and style-centric French phrases.  Since French is one of the official languages here in… Continue Reading

Crazy Rich Asians: Extravagant, Over-The-Top, Yet Fresh Look

When I first heard about Kevin Kwan’s debut novel, I was excited to give it a read.  Growing up, the vast majority of fiction with Asian characters focused on an older generation of Asian immigrants – ones who lived in… Continue Reading

Book Review: MockingJay (book 3 in The Hunger Games)

Continuing on in the trilogy Mockingjay skips no time in where Catching Fire leaves you. With the previous arena destroyed Katniss find herself rescued by the rebels. The book explores more into District Thirteen, the destruction of District twelve and… Continue Reading