How to budget a Miami vacation & not feel like a loser

betty ming liu Traveling 8 Comments

My daughter and I recently discovered Miami and can’t wait to go back. This crazy, seaside metropolis delivered excellent surf, shopping and dining on a budget. The trip left us rich in memories from our first mother-daughter vacation in three years. That’s right. Three. Whole. Years. Between her doing her thing and me doing mine, our priorities and schedules just …

Starting a new year without my sweet, old cat

betty ming liu Relationships 24 Comments

I began the Year of the Sheep by making a painful decision about Lucky, our ancient cat. My first act of the new year was to put him to sleep. Dealing with death is considered a no-no during such an auspicious holiday. But Lucky was a black cat with great vibes, enough to overcome Chinese superstitions.¬†Besides, I miss him. Talking …

Vegan dessert porn: 7 desserts made with my daughter at ICE

betty ming liu Loving food 14 Comments

If you think “vegan” and “food porn” are incompatible concepts, these photos will change your mind. The pictures are from a vegan dessert baking workshop that I took with my daughter Gabi. We enjoyed making these goodies — and then, stuffing ourselves with them afterwards. Let’s start with your first question…What is a vegan? Vegans are animal lovers who do …

5 ways I’m losing weight as a healthy lifestyle

betty ming liu Holistic health, Loving food, Money issues 22 Comments

Over the past six months, I gained 10 pounds — the same 10 pounds I lose and gain every few years. Big sigh. I’m SO TIRED of this cycle — and I think I’m finally ready to break it. The motivating factor is a recent conversation with my 19-year-old daughter. I was enjoying a tasty snack, can’t remember what it …

Gluten-free pasta-making class — photos & review

betty ming liu Holistic health, Loving food, Relationships 3 Comments

Now that gluten-free goodies are a booming multi-billion dollar industry, it’s no longer hard to find decent, wheat-free boxes of pasta at the supermarket. Even more exciting — it’s also possible to easily buy ingredients to make fresh, gluten-free pasta from scratch. Delizioso! My daughter Gabi and I recently had a great time exploring this tasty world. We took a …