About Us

“The secret of good cooking is, first, having a love of it… If you’re convinced that cooking is drudgery, you’re never going to be good at it, and you might as well warm up something frozen.” - James Beard

Now don't get me wrong, I've had plenty of days when warming up frozen foods is my sole source of sustenance, and actually I'm still guilty of it occasionally. As my husband and I are both internal medicine residents, time does not come freely for us. However, when those rare moments occur, we love cooking, traveling, and working on DIY projects together. 

Nhan and I met on the first day of medical school orientation seven years ago. Our friendship grew over hours of endless studying. Our breaks were spent bonding in the kitchen over Vietnamese cooking. And so the romance began. Four years later we were engaged and packing our bags for residency in California. As two broke medical school graduates with nothing but loans to our names, we hunted for our furniture at garage sales and restored the pieces. We still love finding dirt cheap deals that we can sand down and repaint to add a touch of rustic elegance to our house. 

Ever since high school, I have loved baking. It all started out as boxed cake mixes and basic cake decorating, but soon grew into a love of making desserts from scratch, from gourmet cupcakes to French macarons. My parents were gracious enough to fund my baking habits and my siblings polite enough to eat my trial runs. Nhan and I love to cook in addition to all the baking I do, though I leave all the Vietnamese cooking up to Nhan since, I admit, he is better at it. As to how we got our name, I can credit a friend who calls Nhan his boy and me his baker. The name caught on and when I decided to start blogging, we became the boy and the baker. This blog is about my baking, our cooking adventures and DIY endeavors, as well as our travels and food tourism. 

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