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Well, if you're going to throw flowers at my feet, they may as well be decorating some fabulous heels.    At least that's what the voice said in my Magpie-Mind as I was looking through all the wonderful springtime-fresh fashions starting to emerge. While I'...
Well, if you're going to throw flowers at my feet, they may as well be decorating some fabulous heels. At least that's what the voice said in my Magpie-Mind as I was looking through all the wonderful springtime-fresh fashions starting to emerge. While I'm less able to wear such beautiful but ...
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Oh, Library, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...  It's certainly no News Flash that the library is awesome . It truly is. Aside from being a handy research aid for many school years, it's been a great event space for meeting authors, my source for ...
Oh, Library, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways... It's certainly no News Flash that the library is awesome. It truly is. Aside from being a handy research aid for many school years, it's been a great event space for meeting authors, my source for browsing magazines for free (and not ...
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Inspired by a friend who sent me one of the adorable cards from the Dress Shoppe collection of paper doll cards. Unique Valentines!
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Won't you be my Valentine? It's coming soon -- here are some really cute cards, and they're not all just for sweethearts. Give one to a friend!!
Valentine's Day?! But Maggie-Pie, it's still January, have you totally lost your Bird-Brain? Let it never be said this Bird is not thinking ahead. Also, Valentine's Day really sneaks up on...
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"My office" on Friday night - nighttime photo shoot at Black Bottle Postern in Bellevue. Crowds, drinks, energy -- captured!
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It's good to be the Wasabi. A Throwback Manhattan from Black Bottle Postern - can't you just feel the glow of the candle light? And the liquor...? :)
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I know, I know, it's not even February yet! (Next week, close enough)
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What? Valentine's Day already?? This outfit's Inspiration is from a classic confection that's all over the holiday candy aisles.
Blame the candy aisle of the grocery store on this one. With Valentine's Day coming up, I was faced with an endless stream of red and pink confections that lodged themselves into the Bird Brain, i...
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Warm, cozy, hearty food -- take that, Snow Day!
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If you're in Washington or anywhere else that's snowed-in, here's to cooking with whatever you've got on-hand!
If you've been sticking with my ramblings for this long, you'll know that this blog isn't so much about the intricacies of complex dishes or the following of recipes to the letter. Definit...
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Can this Birdy just say - WHEW!!  It's funny that this Lunar New Year is the Year of the Ram/Sheep , as I'm reminded of that saying that goes with the month of March: In like a lion, out like a lamb. I would call this year so far: "In like a lamb who acts l...
Can this Birdy just say - WHEW!! It's funny that this Lunar New Year is the Year of the Ram/Sheep, as I'm reminded of that saying that goes with the month of March: In like a lion, out like a lamb. I would call this year so far: "In like a lamb who acts like a lion." ROAR.
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Apropos of absolutely nothing: here is a draw-ring.  I've never made it a secret that I'm a total TV Nerd, especially for genre/sci-fi series. Because honestly, REALITY IS BORING. Let's have ghosts, monsters, angels, demons, and an Apocalypse in a pear tree...
Apropos of absolutely nothing: here is a draw-ring. I've never made it a secret that I'm a total TV Nerd, especially for genre/sci-fi series. Because honestly, REALITY IS BORING. Let's have ghosts, monsters, angels, demons, and an Apocalypse in a pear tree.
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I never tire of ice cream! Even in the coldest weather!
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"But... but... it's not Christmas anymore!" Yeah, I know, I just saved the best holiday candy for last and made it into ice cream!
I think that's pretty much my double-mantra for life: a stubble-faced Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own, screeching to a weepy Racine Belle player that there is absolutely positively no crying in...
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99 Problems and the Butter Ain't One.
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It wasn't the news of Paula Deen's health that inspired this post, so much as the aftermath and continued anger against her. She's the Queen of Butter - what did you think she was going to do?
Paula Deen has diabetes. It wasn't so much the shot heard round the world but the self-satisfied guffaw of “I told you so's” and whispers of Food Karma from the Peanut Gallery that followed. A...
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Some pan-fried dumplings and quick at-home version of bibimbap in honor of the Year or the Dragon - it's my year, so I wanted some favorite foods!
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Happy Year of the Dragon, everyone!! Special New Years wishes to all the fellow Dragons out there. ;)
I don't really do a big Chinese New Year celebration mostly because... well, I'm not Chinese (not that it matters), and it's usually just the Mister and myself for those several days of fe...
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Ah, the wisdom of The Oatmeal.
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I made an animated GIF about SOPA.

http://theoatmeal.com/sopa
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freelance designer | writer | photographer
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  • Freelance
    designer/writer/photographer, present
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The Pacific Northwest
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Southern California - Los Angeles - Scottsdale - Tucson - Bellevue
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graphic designer | photographer | writer | food/style blogger
Introduction
When I'm not working as a freelance graphic designer, I'm spending way too much time fussing over food and stylish thoughts, which contribute towards both of my blogs: Wasabi Prime, a food blog, and the Jaunty Magpie, an art/style blog.
 
My writing and photography has been seen on
  • New York Magazine's Grub Street
  • Los Angeles Times Daily Dish
  • Seattle P-I
  • Bellevue Downtown Magazine
  • The Kitchn
  • Tastespotting
  • FoodGawker
  • Food News Journal
I am a regular contributor to
  • 425 Magazine
  • Drink Me Magazine
  • Serious Eats/A Hamburger Today
  • Downtown Bellevue Network
  • Honest Cooking
My recipe and blog has been published in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook.
 
I developed the branding and design layout for the charity food blogger cookbook, Nudie Foodies: Food Bloggers Peel for Japan
Education
  • University of Arizona
    Visual Communications, 1994 - 1998
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Wasabi Prime, Jaunty Magpie, "Hey, You!"
Very tasty food, and the menu only continues to evolve, so it's good to try things now and see how the dishes change. Burger = wow! Their new lunch menu is really tasty, make sure to ask about their specials, they're always trying to serve the freshest finds.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Been getting bento from here since I was little. New owners now but they stay true to the family recipes. Fried chicken is so good!
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Really delicious food - they serve a lot of locally sourced ingredients. Vegetable dishes are so fresh. They make a great poke appetizer. Cocktails are yummy - spicy jalapeño martini uses Ocean Vodka, made in Maui. Literally get a taste of the islands.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Adore this shop. Screen printed tees have great whimsical designs. You'll get plenty of compliments from people when you wear something from this shop.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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I come here every time I visit family. Hilo style won ton min is my favorite dish -- gotta have saimin! Combo with teriburger is good if you're super hungry. Pick up a mini loaf of the chocolate mochi before you leave!
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Totally worth the splurge on calories -- Burger of the Gods is incredible or the duck/pork Dork Burger. Tater tots and sweet potato fries are fabulous, but if you want to go for the gusto, the macaroni and cheese is so creamy and delicious.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
What a beautiful restaurant and memory-making dining experience. It's perfect for special occasion long weekends or date night if you're lucky enough to live on Orcas. Menu is seasonal, serving local ingredients. Many things sourced from the island itself, so very fresh. Seafood is excellent; just go with what the special is.
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