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Recipe Reciprocity - New England Clam ChowderRecipe Reciprocity - PoutineRecipe Reciprocity - Beaver TailsRecipe Reciprocity - Homemade Timbits Recipe Reciprocity - Bloody Caesars
In many/most ways I still feel like a kid: strong attachment to my parents, love of candy, perceived grossness of alcohol, and obsession with everything Disney and Hello Kitty, just to name a few. However, one noticeable change in adulthood is my indifference to souvenirs. I cringe when I think back on all those gift-shop tantrums that I put my poor parents through. These days, I’m not one for destination t-shirts or tote bags, and prefer instead to keep and collect recipes to help replay some of the favorite foods from my travels. Without further ado, here are some great ones, thanks to my fellow food bloggers, capturing the flavors of Seattle and my former home of Canada. 

1. I love a good clam chowder and was lucky enough to chow down on several great ones full of fresh Pacific Northwest clams. DC’s got an Indian summer thing going on right now, but I know it won’t be long before the weather will call for a great big bowl of New England Clam Chowder like this one from Handle the Heat.
2. Poutine is what I miss most about living in Canada. It’s basically just french fries, gravy and cheese curds, but there’s nothing basic about the taste. It’s incredible. The best. You haven’t experienced true happiness until you’ve tried poutine. If you can’t make your way to Canada in the near future, I recommend making your own using this recipe by Danelle of Let’s Dish.
3. Fried, cinnamony, doughy and topped with whatever toppings you choose! These are just some of the reasons why Beaver Tails are the best. Do give My Square Frying Pan’s recipe a try. I know I will. 
4. Tim Horton’s is a Canadian institution, so too are their signature Timbits donut holes. Here’s a simple and easy copycat recipe.
5. And finally, it wouldn’t be Thirsty Thursday without me sharing a drink recipe. While I don’t care for booze, I felt it was my Canadian duty to share a recipe for Bloody Caesars, a close cousin of the Bloody Mary. The one big difference is Clamato, which is a mixture of clam and tomato juice. Sound weird? Yeah, a little, but don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. I’ll be serving up virgin Bloody Caesar’s soon. Cheers!

That’ll do it for this week’s True-North themed Recipe Reciprocity. Many thanks to my fellow food bloggers! 

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Pic Me Up - Seattle

With the heaviest of hearts, Brian and I are ending our vacation today. I cannot say enough great things about how wonderful it’s all been. Seattle (a few snapshots above), Victoria and Vancouver were each superb and I loved having Brian all to myself for a full seven days. On this trip, we played the roles of lovebirds, tourists, foodies and friends, not just to each other but to the newly married Mr. & Mrs. Britt Staniar as well. As much fun as it was to eat and discover new things, one of the very best parts was spending time with our dear old friend Britt and his new wife Lauren. Time with friends is also how we’ll be getting back into the swing of things. I hadn’t planned it that way, but over the next few days we have several dinners and dates with friends scheduled, making the transition from vacation paradise to DC working life a lot less painful. Thank God for two-day workweeks. Happy hump day!

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Fortune Finds66
I hope this Tuesday finds you well. Here are some of my latest desires and distractions. 

1. 24 Things Only Girls Who Are Constantly Hungry Will Understand. I related to it all too well, all except the ones about Snapchat and Annie’s mac and cheese. I’m not a fan of either. (BuzzFeed)
2. I’ve had my eye on this beautiful lasercut dress from Anthropologie for weeks. I originally wanted to hold out until mid-October for a bat mitzvah in Sarasota, but when I saw it in person in Seattle over the weekend, I knew I had to get it and wore it that same night to the wedding we were going to. I received a boatload of compliments, so it was totally worth the early splurge. I can’t wait to wear it again soon. (Anthropologie)
3. Now that People Magazine’s exclusive rights to Lauren Conrad’s wedding photos have lapsed, they’re available for the whole world to see. I want to copy everything for my own wedding, including the whole being a billionaire CEO thing. (Cosmopolitan)
4. I’ve mentioned Car2Go before, a revolutionary car-sharing service, but Brian and I tested it for the first time on our trip and loved it. I can’t say enough great things about it. So easy to use and so affordable too. It’s been very liberating to only use a car when we’ve needed one. The next time you travel anywhere, check to see if Car2Go is available and sign up. You’ll be happy you did. (Car2Go)
5. I only ever use concealer for special occasions, not because I don’t like it, but because I don’t really know what I’m doing with it. Here’s a lesson on Concealer 101. (The Glitter Guide)
6. Since he hasn’t had to shave everyday on this vacation of ours, Brian asked me if he could grow a beard. I told him no. I’m not a fan of facial hair, but this beardmaster sure does some nifty things with his. Unfortunately for Brian, my answer is still no. (Distractify)
7. Canada’s Ketchup chips and poutine are by far and away one of the highlights of this trip. Here’s a closer look at Canada’s many delicacies. (Thrillist)
8. As we wrap up our trip, I found these tips by the expertly-traveled Anthony Bourdain to be both amusing and insightful. I agree with just about everything except his checked-luggage rule. I pride myself in my ability to travel light, and the hassle of fitting a bag in the overhead compartment is way less than that of missing luggage or dragging large bags in crowded city streets. You can check out some of my own carry-on essentials here. (Esquire)

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Brian & Yang in Victoria{Outside the British Columbia Parliament Building}

Greetings from Canada! Just dropping in to say a quick hello aboard a British Columbia Ferry before we get to Vancouver for the final leg of our trip. We’ve been loving every moment so far and I have plenty of pictures and a hopeful video to share upon our return. I’d love Vancouver doing and dining suggestions if you have any. Thanks!

P.S. The British Columbia Parliament Building has this beautiful dome that didn’t quite make the photo. Pictures by strangers are always a dice roll, but I’m happy to have a picture of the two of us regardless. 

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L'Shanah Tovah

In honor of my future people, I’m taking the next couples of days off from blogging. Brian took me to my first Rosh Hashanah service last night and the message of self-reflection really struck a chord with me, the same goes for taking a day off from work. In a rather nonkosher move, we’re headed to Seattle today. Travel is a big no-no, but it was an oversight and I’m still just a Jew-in-training anyway. 

That aside, the timing of this week-long trip couldn’t have been better. We’ve been consumed with wedding logistics, but now that we have a date (it’s now August 8th), and the big contract is signed, I’m very much looking forward to some quality time together. I’m hoping you get to enjoy the same with your loved ones, and I’m wishing you a sweet new year! 

P.S. Never one to pass up a special occasion, I’m loving that our future Chinese-Jewish home will have not one, but three new years to celebrate. L’Shanah Tovah!

Image via Design Me Gillah.

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Pic Me Up - Naples
A few photos from our weekend trip to Naples, Florida with a couple from a recent work shoot tacked on at the end for good measure. Naples was a lovely time with friends and we enjoyed some of the best seafood I’ve ever had. If you’re ever in the area, I recommend the scallop entree and calamari and shrimp martini appetizers at USS Nemo, and the Sea Harvest and sunset views at The Turtle Club. Sea Salt on 3rd Street serves a really great palette of exotic sea salts (things like kimchi, truffle and chili) with tasty bread and olive oil, but the bar service left something to be desired. All in all, a fabulous, seafood-filled weekend, but the best part about it is that we have another one coming right up! Brian and I leave for Seattle and Vancouver tomorrow and we’ll be gone for a full 7 days. I can’t wait!

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