Pho Art Print Sale + Giveaway!

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Many of you may know that I also write a food blog with my sister over at Meat Loves Salt. Well, I’m excited to share with you today that we are having a fun giveaway to celebrate our official relaunch! I designed some foodie art prints featuring one of my favorite foods of all time — pho. :) They’re available in my shop, and you can also enter our giveaway to win a free print. If you’re a fellow pho-lover or foodie like me, be sure to check it out!

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Google Image Search

Do you know about Google’s new image search option? I recently stumbled upon it quite by accident, and I think it’s just about the coolest thing on the web since Pinterest. It allows you to drag and drop images into the Google search bar and search for items from an actual image. You can also input a URL of an image or upload your own image. Isn’t that incredible? My mind was blown.

It’s built into your browser if you use Google Chrome, but there are also plug-ins you can download for Firefox or Chrome to make the searching process even easier. Read about it here.*

Anyway, how is this relevant or helpful at all? I can think of a few applications:

I don’t know about you, but I am constantly frustrated when I discover an image of a great product/idea/recipe via Pinterest or other website, but when I click through, find that the link no longer works or doesn’t go directly to the image source. Instead of having to scroll through decades of old blog posts or having to search through a store’s catalog for the product, I can now drag and drop the image into Google and it will bring up all the places where that image was posted, usually listing the original source first.

Have you ever seen a piece of art that you like in a photo, but can’t identify the artist? Or maybe you’ve come across a piece of architecture, but you can’t quite place your finger on who the architect was? Or better yet, you’re looking through your summer vacation photos from last year and can’t remember the name of that cathedral you visited in Germany? Well, now you can. And like I mentioned earlier, you can even upload images from your own computer to Google’s image search and it will find identify that artist/architect/cathedral for you. Cool, huh?

This is pretty self-explanatory, but if you ever need to find a different-sized version of a particular image, this is the way to do it.

When Google provides search results for your image, it will also provide you with similar images at the bottom of your search results. This means if you’re looking for mint-colored pictures to fill up your minty inspiration board, Google can find those images for you. It can even do more complicated images with several colors or combinations of colors and shapes.

Isn’t that neat? Or am I just the last one to jump on the bandwagon (as I was for Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram…)? How have you been using Google’s Image Search?

*Please note that this is not a sponsored post in any way. I’ve simply used and loved Google Image Search and wanted to share it with you, my dear readers!


Green Eggs and Ham

Say!I like green eggs and ham!
I do!! I like them, Sam-I-am!

And I would eat them in a boat!
And I would eat them with a goat…
And I will eat them in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
They are so good so good you see!

So I will eat them in a box.
And I will eat them with a fox.
And I will eat them in a house.
And I will eat them with a mouse.
And I will eat them here and there.
Say! I will eat them ANYWHERE!

I do so like
green eggs and ham!
Thank you!
Thank you,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! :) 

Happy Birthday, John!

Did you see this tribute to John Lennon on Google’s home page today? If you click on the red “play” button, it shows a neat video of doodles. :) If you missed it, you can also watch it on youtube here. Happy 70th birthday, John! (His birthday is actually tomorrow, October 9th.)

Kitsch China

My sister and I have recently caught panda fever. It all started when she showed me pictures she took of some panda cubs in China for this. There was no hope for us after that – we were soon squealing and giggling like schoolgirls.

When my sis showed me this panda postcard she found in China, the squealing began again. I wanted it. I wanted it in poster-size! So what is a panda-crazed girl to do?? I quickly did a Google search for Kitsch China, the company that designs these panda lovelies and soon fell in love with all their products!

I’m really digging this vintage/retro “Haochi” (good eats) postcard series. I’d love to frame these for my kitchen. :)

HuoGuo (hot pot)

XiaoLongBao (soup dumplings)
…will be getting some today at Din Tai Fung!

LaMian (pulled noodles)

Kaoya (Peking/roast duck)


I love cheese. I love Scrabble. Imagine my joy when I discovered Scrabble Cheez-Its! I opened up a bag of these the other night, and Dean and I battled it out on the coffee table. (Rather, I wouldn’t let him eat any until we had used up every single cracker.) After 5 minutes, success! Every cracker used! Props to Cheez-Its for putting in a good ratio of consonants/vowels in every bag.

If I had a child, I would totally buy these for them. Cheesy goodness and alphabet fun – all in one! I think they should hire me to do a commercial.

Winnie the Pooh & Oil Control

Had to share this because I find it hilarious. Remember all the fun stuff my sister got me from Asia? Well, I forgot to share one thing she got for me:

Winnie the Pooh oil blotting sheets! Yes, I get to wipe my face with Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, and Pooh! Oh, those Japanese are a riot!

*edit: I forgot to mention that the front of the package also reminds us that, “Daytime means playtime!” :)

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