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a championship weekend

what a busy and exciting weekend! clemson beat virginia tech, to win the acc championship for the first time in 20 years. i spent the day tailgating with friends, eating delicious food, and cheering really loud for my tigers from the top of panther stadium. orange bowl, here we come!

here are some scenes from the weekend:


  1. kate, me, and kristin
  2. clemson grads with kelly and ashley
  3. our awesome dj
  4. reunited with kirby and rebecca
  5. the beautiful reed sisters: rebecca, ginny, and mary
  6. walking to the game - charlotte in color (orange and purple duke energy building!)
  7. charlotte black & white
  8. view from our seats
  9. my date
  10. the tigers accepting the acc championship title! so proud.



happy weekend and go tigers!

 i hope you have a lovely weekend! i will be spending mine with visiting friends and lots of tailgating. let's go tigers!


a little much

when it comes to food, i can sometimes be a little much. when i find a new dish that i like, i want to run down the street stopping random passersby that they need to try it and continue to eat it for the foreseeable future. this is true of simple pleasures, like fage greek yogurt, and of more complex dishes, like risotto or boeuf bourguignon. i will often impose unlikely scenarios on my friends and family, like "if you could only eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner for every meal, which would you choose?" or "if you could only eat one region's food for the rest of your life, what would you pick?" the latter question was the inspiration for this, my first recipe post, because i think it is a no-brainer.


as a child, i requested to go to the local japanese hibachi restaurant for every birthday dinner. fast forward to current day, and i start to panic when i miss my weekly thai lunch date with kristin & walker. it's 9AM and there is no place serving sushi?! i really could go on, but you get the point. enter: spicy soba noodle bowl. it's only right that my first post about food was inspired by my favorite food blog, smitten kitchen. i added some more ingredients to the sauce, along with more vegetables, because i like it when my dinner looks like a rainbow. feel free to add or omit different vegetables depending on your tastes. it was super delicious, and Ryan, my official taste tester, agreed.

spicy soba noodle bowl

adapted from smitten kitchen


  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (lower sodium if you have it)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha or other hot chili sauce
  • 1 T. toasted sesame oil


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 bell pepper (any color but green), thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced and chopped into thin strips
  • 1 package white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 medium head of red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 8 oz. soba noodles
  • 8 oz. bag frozen shelled edamame
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

add the first 6 ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisk together until the brown sugar has dissolved. feel free to add more or less sriracha, depending on the amount of spice you like (i added an extra tablespoon). set aside.

toast sesame seeds in a 12-inch skillet (not non-stick) until golden and fragrant. remove from heat and place in a small bowl.

heat oil in a large cast iron skillet (i like a le creuset oval french oven for this) over medium heat. once the oil is heated (but not smoking) add the chopped onion, stirring to cook for 2 minutes. Then add the garlic and ginger, and cook for an additional 2 minutes. add the carrots, bell pepper, cabbage, mushrooms, and sauce; cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. a few minutes in, add most of the scallions, reserving some for garnish. turn the heat to low as you prepare the soba.

while the vegetables are cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. add soba noodles and edamame, stirring occasionally until noodles are softened (about 6-8 minutes). strain the noodles and edamame and run under cold water several times. if you have never cooked with soba noodles before, you will see why this step is important. they are very starchy, and need to be rinsed.

add the noodles and edamame, sesame seeds, and cilantro to the vegetables. stir until combined and heated through.

serve in bowls with a sprinkle of scallions. enjoy!

serves 4-6


the beginning

welcome to the first post of passports and pancakes! i am really excited to start this blog, and hope to provide some inspiration for food, travel, and other lovely things i find along the way. i thought kicking off this blog on december 1st would be appropriate, given my love for all things christmas. i am planning on baking some christmas goodies and decorating tonight and this weekend, many holiday posts to come!

so glad you're here!

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