Caffeinated: Day 4

I had coffee today at a local cafe/grocery store. It was good but to be honest nothing life-changing. I was short on time today, so today’s drawing is a little more “rustic”. Yes, the pencil lines are left in intentionally. There is absolutely no other reason. I also didn’t realize how hard it would be to draw ripped up paper – I’m definitely going to practice more in the future!

A small tangent/rant: why does non-dairy milk or lactose free milk always have to cost extra? I understand that it is more expensive for the stores to carry these milk substitutes, but it really sucks for people who can’t have dairy and are forced to pay more. Like myself. I was trying to be more frugal (as much as one can be while getting coffee everyday for a week), so I got my coffee black to-go, and I went home to add my own oat milk 😭

See you tomorrow for more C8H10N4O2 (chemical formula for caffeine molecules) ☕️

Caffeinated: Day 3

My exam is quickly approaching, and the nights of sleep deprivation become more frequent. Today, I decided to grab coffee at our university cafe. Ummm….Oat milk lattes. I really appreciate how the cafe is student-runned. Also, the prices are very affordable, and everything is compostable! In my drawing, I also thought I would start taking more interesting angles or composition of the coffee cups – aka. the cracked lid. No doubt drawing a perfect cylinder cup becomes boring after the first couple of times.

Until tomorrow’s caffeine trip – bye for now! ☕️

Caffeinated: Day 2

Day 2 of my coffee adventures, I went to America’s most trusty coffee chain – Starbucks! I don’t know what it says about my taste in coffee but I quite enjoy Starbucks espressos. I also didn’t realize a grande americano came with 3 shots of espressos?! Well. Guess who isn’t sleeping or napping for the rest of the day. I also must applaud Starbucks for their enticing reward system – who doesn’t love free coffee? Although, is it really free if we have to spend so much money before we get a free drink 🤔

Until tomorrow for more caffeination! ☕️

Caffeinated: Day 1

Senioritis is a true phenomenon, and it has been validated time and time again by countless students, myself included. In fact, it has its own definition on Google: “a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.” Well, this is the final week of my final exams of my final classes of my final year of undergrad. Senioritis has plagued my house, indeed. To keep myself more motivated (and to be honest to help with my fatigue and severe sleep deprivation), I am challenging myself to get a different coffee order or to visit a different cafe everyday for the rest of the week. That means 7 cups of joes in 7 days, and I will be documenting them in quick doodles of course.

My first cup of coffee was from Balzacs, an Ontario-based coffee/cafe company. The americano I got was a bit more bitter than I liked it to be. Nonetheless, it was still an enjoyable cup of coffee. I just adored the aesthetic of their cafe and their yellow cups!

Until tomorrow for more caffeinated reviews – ☕️

Sweet Tooth

Quarantine calls for extra time spent reminiscing. And specifically about childhood snacks. I have a raging sweet tooth, but I think this doodle will hold me over until I can get my hands on these goodies again 🤩

(Procreate. 2020)

 

what you love

This is something I whipped up for my mom’s birthday. Just a reminder to do what you love because she told me her new years wish is for me to be more happy. I thought I was already very happy 😂 so maybe she meant for me to maintain this state of mind for 2020. And right back at her! She is always so selfless so I thought she needed a reminder to be mindful of her own happiness too. Love you Mom!

What’s your favourite edit? 🤔

Procreate. iPad. Jan 2020.

Happy new years everyone. Enjoy your 2020 vision while it lasts 😎

Pesto Best-O

Pesto Best-o. SketchBook. 2019.

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It is probably like my 5th time watching Friends, and it never gets old. Is it a coincidence that I happened to watch this episode shortly after I drew a jar of pesto sauce? I think not. And if you are wondering why I was drawing a jar of pesto, I am proof that in art you can literally be inspired by anything.

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This is the only appropriate way to compliment someone’s pesto dish from now on. “It was good-o.” 👩‍🍳

Image:

@friends_quotes1. (2015, January 27). #Phoebe: You made pesto? Tim: Yes I did. P: Would u say your pesto is the best-o? Tim: I don’t know, but I would say. [Twitter post]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/friends_quotes1/status/560156403915313154

dinner is served: mac n cheese

mac n cheese. SketchBook. 2019

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I hated the Kraft dinner stuff growing up so I always assumed that mac and cheese tasted bad…Until this year. One of my friends makes some of the best mac and cheese, and I have been converted ever since. This recipe from The Chunky Chef (https://www.thechunkychef.com/family-favorite-baked-mac-and-cheese/) is pretty similar to one my friend made.

Me being me though, and I never follow recipes exactly, I made my own adjustments. If you like flavour, texture, and food that is not bland, (no one asked asked but here it is 💁‍♀️) here are some ways to elevate your mac and cheese:

How to make mac and cheese less of a gooey mess: add BREADCRUMBS. In a low heat dry pan, toast those bad boys until they are golden brown. I smother my noodles with this stuff. It’s so good!

How to make it healthier: substitute half or all the cheese with nutritional yeast. You can do without that extra calories for very little change in flavour.

How to make mac and cheese more umami: add shrimp and/or pan fried mushrooms. I made this once, and the mushrooms add so much flavour. The shrimp gives the dish more texture.

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Dinner is served! Enjoy y’all. 👩‍🍳

Spicy

If you know, you know…🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶

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Spicy. iPad: SketchBook. 2019.

Lao Gan Ma is a really good chili sauce from China. There’s a video of John Cena confessing his love for it. Hahaha. If you google the sauce, you can even buy Lao Gan Ma merch. 😲

Look out for more art related things in the coming months! I am officially on summer break, and I finally have time to sit down and draw more. It’s good to be back! ☺️🌶

Feast your eyes

Dim sum has a special place in my heart, especially those from Cantonese dim sum restaurants back in Vancouver. My family is from Shanghai, so our version of dim sum is a little different from popular dim sum foods in North America. My mom hates going to the restaurants because they were so loud. I mean how can they not be? Just imagine waking up on a Saturday morning and grabbing har gow (the best dim sum) with close family and friends. There is a lot of excitement, and I am one for it.

So maybe the fact that I rarely ate dim sum made me love dim sum even more. Being in Kingston sort of sucks for me because dim sum here falls very short compared to the ones back home. That doesn’t stop me from drawing them. If I can’t eat them, at least I can look at them and imagine myself eating it? 🤪

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These har gow (crystal shrimp dumplings) are my favorite. I don’t even know how they get shrimps that big.

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These chicken or pork sticky rice wrapped in some kind of leaf (so I am not the best at remembering the actual names) was one of my favourite dim sum foods growing up. Even though I don’t eat chicken or pork anymore, they still hold a special place in my heart.

 

Feast your eyes. Googling “dim sum” is another great way to feast your eyes. You might get some serious cravings though. You have been warned! 🤤