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The boyfriend just came back from his business trip to Amsterdam and brought back…

Tulip bulbs!

A little history lesson: even though tulips are virtually synonymous with the Netherlands, they actually originated from Central Asia. They made their debut in Holland during the late 1500s, and  it’s become one of the Netherlands’s most important exports, with 3 billion bulbs produced each year! These captivating, cup-shaped flowers were the ultimate status symbol for 17th century Amsterdam, and caused quite a frenzy during that time, rightfully deemed “tulipomania”. The demand so far exceeded the supply that bulbs were selling for as much as an exclusive canal-front home, and traders in the bulb business were making up to $35,000 a month!

The beautiful floating flower market in Amsterdam

I didn’t want to get my hands dirty, so I quickly volunteered to be the photographer while my boyfriend planted the bulbs. Hee.

I hope we’re doing this right

Don’t they look like garlic bulbs?

We had a bit of a dilemma with these bulbs– tulips bloom in the Spring, meaning, they should be planted in the Fall. But my boyfriend was advised to plant them IMMEDIATELY….so we did, reluctantly. We’re not really sure what’s going to happen with them, the guy at home depot said the stalks will grow but they won’t bloom until next Spring. Boo! I guess we’ll just have to wait and see..

After all the hard work of taking pictures and planting flowers, it was time for dinner—our anniversary dinner!

I opted to fix dinner for this special occasion instead of going out to eat, and I made our favorite thing: SUSHI!

Our favorite is the chirashi bowl, which is a bowl of sushi rice topped with assorted sashimi. Here I have white tuna, hamachi (yellowtail), salmon, ikura (fish roe), and uni. It was delicious! We even had leftovers to make 2 additional bowls of chirashi, which I will be happily gobbling down for lunch.

I also bought some meat from the Korean market and marinated them.

It smelled so gooooood.

Left: Beef short ribs. Right: Black pork belly

Cooking at home is so much cheaper than eating out, but the dishes that pile up really is a sight for sore eyes.

Since it’s midterms week for me, I haven’t baked at all. But my last midterm is tomorrow, so I plan on whipping something up Thursday! Yay! As of right now I want to take a whack at making green tea creme brulee, but the only thing holding me back is the leftover egg whites that will be sitting in my fridge. What shall I make? Macarons? I made lemon meringue tart last week so I don’t want to repeat that…..time to do some recipe research!


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