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When my friends spring games on us during parties, it's usually games we already know we all like, like Taboo or Settlers of Catan or Monopoly Deal. Basically the rule is that you should not need to stand up during the game. So, scavenger hunts are a no-no. If the game lets you sit around and converse while you're at it, then even better.


Games: Good Fun or a Party Foul?
2/8/13 03:13 AM

When my friends spring games on us during parties, it's usually games we already know we all like, like Taboo or Settlers of Catan or Monopoly Deal. Basically the rule is that you should not need to stand up during the game. So, scavenger hunts are a no-no. If the game lets you sit around and converse while you're at it, then even better.


Games: Good Fun or a Party Foul?
2/8/13 03:13 AM

I don't know what the recipe in the picture is, but it reminds me of Filipino Chicken Adobo. Cooked with chicken thigh (and using my mom's recipe), it's an affordable and easy to put together mid-week meal.


The Time is Nigh! This is the Year of the Chicken Thigh Ingredient Spotlight
1/16/13 10:38 PM

This reminds me of the tree I saw at the law school in my old university. It was made out of old law books.


15 Alternative Christmas Trees
12/17/12 10:39 PM

My mom recently added an outdoor living room that has gotten quite a few looks and complements from her neighbors. The only problem is that we sometimes get the odd person(s) who we've never seen before stop in front of our house and start discussing their own renovations. Sometimes they even bring their contractors or architects along.

In short: pass by and look=acceptable;
stop in front of someone's house for a few minutes = weird;
taking photographs of someone's house without permission= creepy


Non-Creepy Peeping: Getting Inspiration from Neighbors
12/12/12 02:24 AM

I wouldn't recommend bleach. I once tried this on a corner of my mom's marble bathroom, and the marble loss its marbling. It took the bleach only a few seconds to turn it pure white. Thank goodness, it was only at a corner, so my mom didn't notice. (Or at least she didn't bring it up if she did notice).


How To Clean Marble Grout? Good Questions
12/10/12 10:56 PM

For the past ten years, my immediate family has always run off to Qatar during the holiday season to get away from the hectic holiday madness in my country. I personally like it since I don't need to go to so many parties or meet up with relatives I don't really care about. And the holidays are quiet and laid back enough that we can have a proper rest before going back to work/school after the New Year.


Making an Escape: NOT Home For The Holidays!
12/5/12 11:00 PM

My favorites are onions, garlic, frozen peas, carrots and potatoes. I love tomatoes, although, that's not a veggie. If I have breakfast with my mom, she'll serve corn (sometimes on the cob, sometimes not), sweet potatoes and some green leafy vegetable (usually spinach).

Truth to be told, I usually just use whatever vegetable is in my fridge/pantry and I usually add them to my omelets.


What Vegetables Should I Keep On Hand For Breakfast? Good Questions
12/5/12 10:24 PM

A cookbook. My friends and I are gathering our favorite recipes and pictures and putting them all in a book.


What Homemade Gifts Are You Making This Holiday Season?
11/26/12 10:48 PM

My favorite parties are usually the ones with my high school friends where we sit around, eat and talk for hours. (Our parties can last up to 8 hours long if we let them)

But the most interesting was my first American halloween party. There was barely any food served (actually, there was, but with respect to my SE Asian standards, the barely was any) and I saw a keg for the first time in my life. (I don't think the sell kegs in my country, though they do sell cases of beer). Also, I didn't realize people took halloween seriously in the US. Like everyone really dressed up. The biggest shock was how little food was served.


Party Intelligence Gathering: What's the Best Party You've Ever Been To?
11/11/12 09:22 AM

It's chicken and fish for me. I only eat pork when it's in bacon form. (Who can resist bacon, right?)


What Kind of Meat Do You Eat Most? Reader Survey
11/7/12 10:24 AM

I like that idea!


What Sides Should I Serve With Stir-Fries? Good Questions
10/24/12 10:20 PM

I'll just eyeball it too. It's just easier for me that way.


Ounces to Cups: A Guide to Estimating Pasta Yield
10/24/12 10:17 PM

Lizards, specifically geckos. I hate Geico specifically because of their mascot.


Eeek! What Are You Afraid Of?
10/21/12 11:03 PM

I have a friend who would make blue berry cheesecake whenever we watched football together. Now, I'm not suggesting that you do that, but I'm sure there's a recipe for cake somewhere that's easy to make.

Or you can make fruit salad. I usually just mix whatever fresh fruit is around with a little vanilla yogurt. It's so easy to do, that sometimes I just pick up a few sliced fruits at a grocery store along the way and some yogurt and voila! Instant dessert.


What Are Some Easy Potluck Recipes for Football Sundays? Good Questions
10/18/12 01:01 AM

Settlers of Catan, Clue and Taboo. Sometimes Scrabble.


Games After Dinner: What Do You Play?
9/21/12 01:30 AM

My brother was the only one in my family who'd remove the crust on sandwiches. The funny part was that he'd actually eat the crust, just not with his sandwich. He'd also get really mad if someone attempted to steal his crusts.

I just thought it was a waste of good bread if I removed the crust, and bread was always better than candy for me as a child.


Did Your Parents Cut the Crusts Off
Your Sandwiches? Reader Survey

9/19/12 02:11 AM

When I was younger and taking long road trips with my parents, my mom would pack a ton of snacks. She'd have chips, candy, Danish butter biscuits (a treat we only got when travelling), fruits (mostly grapes and oranges) and cheese sticks. She'd also have several water bottles with her.

Now that I'm older and travelling by myself, I've rarely packed any food for my trips. I usually just wing it. I think that looking for and finding food on the journey is as great an adventure as the journey itself.


Plan It or Wing It: What Kind of Food Traveler Are You?
9/19/12 02:03 AM

When I was younger, my family lived in a Middle Eastern country with a ton of grocery stores. On our street alone, we had grocery stores that were literally 2 MINUTES WALK (not drive, walk) from each other. I think there were about four grocery stores on that half-mile road.

Where I live now, though, I don't have to travel more than 15 minutes for the grocery, which is great. Occasionally, I'll go to a specialty store, but not very often.


How Far Do You Travel For Groceries?
9/13/12 02:57 AM

It was interesting, especially for non-science people or someone who has yet to have advance physics or chem classes.


Harvard's Popular 'Cooking & Science' Lectures Are Back: Watch Them Online!
9/12/12 10:40 AM