harumi sushi phoenix

eating sushi with mr. shellfish allergy.

haven’t you heard yet? danny “developed a shellfish allergy” while in asia. and according to mr. research, “it is very common for adults to…

clever koi phoenix

craving a night in asia.

we haven’t had much asian food since being home, but the other night we needed ramen and we needed it now. we landed at the…

best trader joes snacks

trader joes favorites :: snack edition

trader joe’s is kinda cultish. and if you’re like us, there’s no where else you’d rather shop. in fact, wandering around trader joe’s was…

birthday cake jello shots

boozy birthday cupcakes.

for my girlfriend alicia’s birthday party i wanted to bring a surprise treat. my theme for her birthday was “a magical year” so i…

where to get okonomiyaki in osaka

japanese comfort food: okonomiyaki

 okonomiyaki is called “japanese pizza” or “japanese pancakes” and it’s officially one of my new favorite hearty meals. (“yaki” means “what you like/want” –…

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hong kong // our neighborhood dim sum.

dim sum :: a style of eating chinese/cantonese food that’s all small, bite-size portions and usually served in bamboo steamer baskets. in some cases,…

cambodia food & drink

cambodian food + drink.

at home our mouth’s water for this cambodian restaurant, so we were super pumped to get our fill of authentic cambodian fare. sadly, the only thing…

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taking on asia’s giant oysters.

danny really wanted a good seafood dinner while we were in the thai islands. so once he discovered a place of his liking, we…

indian food

The Art of Eating in India.

Hands down, India wins the best food award. We couldn’t enough. Unlike everywhere else we’ve been, we didn’t crave diversity once. Every day was…

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Giving Thanks in Tucson.

thanksgiving ’13 was spent in tucson with danny’s folks and “the grandmas.” it was a small group but everyone was in high spirits and…

cake in a cup recipe

piece of cake in 2 minutes.

we’re not big on sweets around here, but there are definitely those times i’ll get a craving for a brownie, cupcake or slice of…

the gladly phoenix

doubling dan at the gladly.

while sir dan was in town for his monthly work trip to phoenix, we decided to give the biltmore’s newest restaurant a whirl. the…

pizzeria bianco phoenix

a night at the famous pizzeria bianco.

our collegiate amigo and fellow phoenician, mr. scott coffey, has seized an opportunity to move back to his home state of colorado. of course…

welcome diner phoenix

downtown’s funky welcome diner.

we decided to mix up sunday pizza for burgers & ventured to downtown’s welcome diner. it’s just that: a diner. retro with a few…

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homemade bruchetta.

some of my favorite things. bread. oil. cheese. fresh tomatoes. i dug around the fridge and  found  pesto & a jar of sundried tomatoes which…

ethnic fare for four.

after happy hour, nick, angela, d & i decided on indian food for dinner. tempe has a ton of ethnic options – indian, thai,…

the vig uptown

linner is the new brunch.

just you watch. it’s gonna be the next big thing. i’m a big fan of linner (super late lunch). it just needs a cooler…

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sunday pizza in the neighborhood.

there’s no denying it: we eat pizza 3 out of 4 sunday nights a month. it’s kinda a thing. (more about sunday traditions here). judge…

summertime sweets.

a 10-minute escape from the heat.  reeses peanut butter cup for her. oreo for him. 

danny turns thirty one.

packages! lots of shirts this year. and a new tie clip. hunter was really interested in the oatmeal creame pies that came in vicky…

photos from alex’s paella party.

the birthday boy with the chef extraorindares, heather & charlie aka colucci ting and his new summer hair do with john, erinn’s beau arizona…

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a full moon paella birthday party.

every weekend should be a three day weekend. no ifs, ands or butts about it. on saturday night, a group of us celebrated our…

baking for a craving.

it’s official. i’m a terrible baker.  good thing i usually only crave all things savory. but when i do want something sweet and my…

phoenix public market & cafe.

about this time last year, the downtown phoenix market and wine bar closed. they continued to host the outdoor farmer’s market & food trucks…

the great expiration date debate.

danny’s a freak about expiration dates. if it’s a day over – it’s trashed. period.  i’m more in the camp of “if it still…

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doin’ our willo thing.

a little spread to get filled up on before the willo home tour. we chatted. we sipped. we toured. it was a lovely little…

our first spaghetti squash.

(yes, i changed half way through making dinner because i knew the white knit sweater was going to be bad news) have you made…

rainy weekend morning pancakes.

plain for me. chocolate chip for him. mini for huntie.  red out! one of the plates i acquired during my recent raid of mom’s…

oh the PASTAbilities!

said the tings one recent saturday night at the old spaghetti factory. that’s right, folks. the OSF. and you know what? it was delicious…

the world’s smallest lobster roll.

before attending a charity fundraiser event last saturday night (Scottsdale 20/30’s NiteFlite), we tried out a new restaurant in scottsdale, “the house,” an old…

another candle on the cake.

today marks the first day of the last year of my twenties. i’m okay with it, but i am a little sad to think…

trader joes recipes

healthy dinner in 7 minutes.

if you’re lucky enough to have a Trader Joe’s close by, grab a bag of Quinoa Duo next time you’re shopping. we always have…

cooking class for two.

not the two you’re thinking… … danny and kayman, say cheeeeeeese (literally). a couple of weeks ago danny let me know that he’d be…

just what the doctor ordered.

it’s been a busy week. tonight called for the couch + my boys + one of my favorite dinners… cheese, crackers, meats, mixed nuts,…

belated mother’s day celebration.

last sunday we got the fam together to celebrate the phoenix moms postino style. a sunday brunch with plenty of bruchetta, beer, wine, sangria…

pizza date night at the parlor.

for some reason our happy hours at The Parlor always turn into multi-hour dinners (as also seen here). we totally get sucked into the cozy…

eat your brussels sprouts, mister.

why do brussels sprouts have such a bad rap? they’re delicious! and we just figured this out. i also just realized that brussels sprouts…

down in t-town.

we made our way down to tucson this weekend for a little family time. we relaxed poolside, i read a stack of magazines &…

kitchen tip :: veggie storage.

we’ve started chopping our vegetables in bulk and storing them in mason jars in our fridge (or any old glass jar – pickle or…

scottsdale date night at The Saguaro.

we recently gave Scottsdale’s newest hotel, The Saguaro, a whirl. for you locals, The Saguaro was formerly The James Hotel turned The Mondrian turned…

saturday night lock-in.

we must still be in relaxation mode after our weeklong vacation because neither of us felt much like going out this weekend. well, i…

hummus. the homemade way.

homemade garlic hummus the tings love us some hummus. its a go-to snack around our home but we can polish off a little $5…

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faux beef with real beef cakes.

we (especially my ting) are so excited that our dear dan has landed a new job that requires him to be in phoenix one…

celebrating christmas in tucson.

we really stretched the christmas holiday this year with a christmas eve family party, a full christmas day followed by a trip down to…

a friend’s first s’more.

during a recent holiday party danny taught alex how to make a s’more. danny explained how there are two ways to toast your mellow……

simple pleasures.

donuts. coffee. sweatpants. sunday morning on the patio. cuddling a frenchie.  i love donuts. danny not so much, but i do love them. i’m…

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autumn wine & dine {girls only}.

at what point is something considered annual? it feels a little premature, but i guess this was my second annual autumn girls wine party…

it’s a date – cibo pizzeria

last friday was a good day. a real good day that turned into an even more super night. we started with drinks at the vig,…

a new menu in the ‘hood – north arcadia

we love our neighborhood. we can’t imagine living anywhere else in the valley. it’s one of the more “urban” areas in phoenix simply meaning that we…

sometimes you have to splurge.

and this weekend that meant a trip to red robin for a bottomless basket of steak fries and a whiskey river bbq burger. yuuuuuum….

getting my bake on.

as mentioned here, one of my goals this fall is to be more open minded about pumpkin flavored things. so last night i whipped…

fiesta friday.

danny’s office is having a salsa contest today and we all know ting loves him some salsa.  he buzzed over to food city and…

danny does meat at delux.

well, folks. he did it. ting dominated his 30-day vegetarian challenge. he took it very seriously – in fact, when one of my recipes called…

chef boyardee.

it’s so nice after a crappy day (my mood was sour) to come home to a happy husband whipping up some italian fare (using our…

super zesty sunday night.

Last Sunday we had plans with our friend Alex to come over for pizza and beers, but after Danny’s parents called to see what we…

danny’s new diet.

I’ll admit it. I had beef with Danny’s new diet – pun fully intended. A couple weeks ago Danny started talking about doing a…

minnesota on a stick.

nothing says summer in the midwest quite like the minnesota state fair. together with meg and quinn we took on the crowds, the live…

greek freak.

lately i’ve been craving greek food – a lot. perhaps its the heat, but all i’ve wanted are greek meals. here are two recipes that have…

ZINful burgers with the bfg.

My BFF’s fiance Jake is in Phoenix for work. Earlier this week, Danny, Jake and Alex had a boy’s night at the old George &…

guilt-free ranch dipping.

Ting and I love us some ranch. Salads, pizza crusts, buffalo wings, veggie sticks… you name it, we’ll dip it. But unless you choke down…

delicious blueberry & herb pork.

I’ve been looking for recipes that use all the fresh berries that are in season (and so cheap) right now. I was flipping through…

double the digits. double the fun.

Tonight, a big ‘ole group of us are celebrating Aunt Chilada’s birthday at eh, Aunt Chiladas. Yup, many of you know I call my…

tasty & easy summer fish recipe.

On Sundays, we take a look at what we have on the calendar for the week, plan our meals and get our grocery shopping…

red, white and bbq.

What a wonderful weekend we had! The weather in San Diego could not have been more gorgeous and the weekend couldn’t have been more…

cook off: pizza war.

Ting and I love making homemade pizza. It’s so fun and you feel a little less guilty about eating homemade verses store bought. This…

homemade cookies & cream, kinda.

Ting decided to take his craving for Cookies & Cream ice cream into his own hands and whip up a frozen creation. Watching him…

grillin’ weather.

We’re on a major kabob kick. Lately, they feel like the perfect summertime meal. We typically use a mixture of beef, shrimp, chicken and…

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two mom’s in the house.

Danny and I hosted Mother’s Day dinner for his mom and sister. It was a big one for the family – Tricia’s first as…

i’m not a baker.

All of my baking attempts usually end in a disaster as evidenced by last night’s attempt at a boxed cake. I’m definitely a “salty” person verses a “sweets”…

grand opening of el hefe.

Friends of ours, Rachel & Mikis, are opening a new restaurant in Scottsdale called El Hefe. We were invited to be a part of the sneak…

super bowl sunday eats.

We’re not football fans but we do enjoy Super Bowl Sunday for very obvious reasons – I love the ads & homemade Chex Mix…

meat & potatoes.

Last week, Danny picked up some meat and decided to make steak and baked potatoes for dinner. Between you and me, in the past…

healthy santa fe chicken soup.

I think we have a new hobby – cooking. Over the years, Ting and I have started cooking a lot and we really enjoy it….

recipe for chili relleno casserole

After two weeks apart, we were finally reunited with our little man last night. Oh we missed him so much! We felt bad having…

nomads in LA.

Since Thursday we’ve gone from LA – San Diego – Orange County – LA… and this isn’t our last stop. Nomads. Danny’s been a…

christmas morning at the bocktings.

Santa brought Christmas early to the Bocktings this year. We woke up in Tucson on Saturday, December 18 to a proper Christmas morning with…

farmer’s market.

Today’s unseasonably warm December weather was the perfect excuse to start the weekend with a walk to Vincent’s Camelback Farmers Market. We soaked up…

overdue date night.

It’s been a busy past couple weeks with work and home stuff plus we’ve had “roommates”… my in-laws, Vicky & Joe, were staying with…

girlfriends, wine & cheese.

The holidays are upon us and ’tis the season to reflect on what we’re thankful for. On my list: wine, girlfriends & cheese. So…

brunch, baby.

If there are two words that go absolutely perfectly together, they are sunday and brunch. I spent Sunday afternoon catching up with Rachel, Kristina, Stephanie…

the rouge goes downtown to the duce.

Last night a group of us went to The Duce in downtown Phoenix. It. Was. Fantastic. An old 1928 brick warehouse, the space is all indoor/outdoor,…

green chili enchiladas.

After tonight’s workout Danny made homemade green chili chicken enchiladas for us. I love when he cooks. And of course, Hunter’s always a huge…

parents, paella & a pig pick-up.

We had a super mellow weekend – it was nice. Friday night we saw The Social Network – and really enjoyed it, have you…

first lunch of october.

Just one more thing to add to my “TG” list this week… an impromptu lunch with my husband at a cool downtown spot – The…

super sunny california.

The Arizona sun followed The Tings to Southern California this weekend. The entire state saw record breaking heat … similar to when we visited…

yelpers unite.

Last night, Danny and I went to our first “Elite Yelp Event” at Blancos Tacos y Tequila (love Sam Fox) in Scottsdale. We didn’t…

first day of school.

For a while now, Danny and I have talked about putting Hunter in “Paw Play” a couple days a week to help with his…

just another night.

When I started this blog, one of my goals was to capture our everyday life. To take photos around the house when we’re not…

mexican lasagna.

It’s not as sinful as it sounds. I promise. A couple girls from my sorority started a cooking blog called Forks & Amusement – check it…

modern date at modern steak.

After much deliberation last Friday, we ended up doing date night at Modern Steak. In Arizona, Sam Fox is a restaurant God. He’s know for fab concepts with cool…

quick & easy fish tacos.

At one point in my life, I think I claimed that Rubio’s was one of my favorite restaurants. Since then, my taste has evolved…

wilkommen zuhause!

…That’s “Welcome Home” in German. We made a last minute decision to spend the weekend in Tucson with Danny’s parents. They just returned from…

summer salad recipe

healthy strawberry summer salad.

If you’re like us, the question of the day is, “what’s for dinner?” It’s just us, so you’d think this would be easy –…

sweet surprises.

I got the sweetest surprise today. Danny called out of the blue to see if I wanted to grab lunch (we very rarely have lunch…