Review: Flying ZipAir – Japan’s Newest Budget Airline

Japan recently launched its newest budget airline, ZipAir, to compete with other low-cost Asian airlines attempting to expand into the region. ZipAir promises affordable base fares coupled with quality service to Narita airport. In the United States, the ZipAir flies from Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, and Honolulu. Having recently flowed with them on…

Sourdough starter, levain, and discard… what is the difference?

A sourdough starter is a cultivated wild yeast culture made by fermenting water and flour together and maintained with regular feeding. Levain is an off-shoot of the sourdough starter, typically fed a higher ratio of water and flour to increase activity, for the sole purpose of being used to leaven dough. It can also be…

Spice up your BBQ with these 10 unique globally inspired side dishes

When it comes to BBQ, the main course (things that get thrown on the grill) often takes center stage. However, the perfect BBQ experience is not complete without side dishes! BBQ side dishes not only balance the richness of grilled food but also provide a refreshing change in flavor and temperature. For those who are…

Seven essential sourdough bread making tools

In this post, I am going to share with you some of my favorite sourdough baking tools. I am no sourdough expert, but I have been making and experimenting with sourdough since 2017 so I would say I have quite a bit of practice and have figured out what my favorite essentials are! Here are…

My sourdough process: starter maintenance & baking schedule

The intention of this post is not to teach but to document and provide transparency to my sourdough process. This is what works for me with my starter and in my environment. Table of Contents Sourdough Starter If you’re looking to build and maintain a sourdough starter, you’re in luck! I’ve had success with various…

Tangzhong vs Yudane Guide

The intention of this blog post is not meant to teach but to serve as a guide for me on the two popular water roux methods: Tangzhong and Yudane. This guide is a collection of knowledge I have found on the internet as I underwent my milk bread journey. You can find a list of…