• Books

    Book Review: Almost French

    The full title of this book is Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris and it’s by Sarah Turnbull, an Australian journalist who moves to France. When browsing through Good Reads I came across this book and it intrigued me as I do enjoy reading memoirs and about people’s real lives. This story about a 20 something year old Australian woman who meets a French guy while she was abroad in Bucharest and then in a whirlwind romance goes back to France with him to live seemed too good to pass up. I liked the book but didn’t love it and I really wanted to love it. The premise…

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Culture,  Life

    My Recent Trip to The Met

    Some people are “museum people” and some aren’t. I am. I love museums. I love history, cultures, art, and learning about all these things. I’ve been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art countless times over the years and I’ll never get tired of it. My most recent trip there was 2 weeks ago for a field trip. My friend/co-worker and I organized the field trip for our 9th grade students. I thought I’d share some snaps I took that day and offer some tips for traveling there with 40+ teenagers. My Tips Wearing a dress is questionable. I wore a dress and this was good and bad. Good because it was…

  • Culture,  Food

    Mid-Autumn Festival

    This past Sunday was the Mid-Autumn Festival, a holiday that is celebrated by the Chinese and I believe Vietnamese people celebrate it too, but don’t hold me to that! So I don’t really know what people do to celebrate this holiday. All I know is that my family eats moon cakes. There are a lot of different stories as to the origins of this holiday and also various stories that go along with the holiday. What I do know is that the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival it’s always a full moon. And guess what? Sunday night not only had a full moon, but it was a Super Moon. And…

  • Culture,  Food

    Happy Chinese New Year

    Today is Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year. This year is the year of the Goat or Sheep depending on what you want to call it. I’ve heard it both ways. There are a whole list of traditions and things that people do to prepare and celebrate the new year – way too many to list here and my family only does a handful of them. I thought I’d just share a couple food pictures of things that my family ate (or made in advance for today) last night for New Year’s Eve, which is a mix of typical foods for the new year and things my family traditionally…