About the Bowls

Hi!  Welcome to my little blog — I’m so excited you’re here!  πŸ™‚

who are you? (and who’s bowl #2?)

Hmm.  I’m a woefully inexperienced junior lawyer, for one.  You can usually find me in my office, knocking over file folders, getting lost in the mailroom, and saying “Oh God, I’m sorry!” about twice a minute.  When I’m not there, I’m in our teeny kitchen in a little apartment in Brooklyn Los Angeles, where I live with Bowl #2, the original owner of the two red bowls, my beloved boyfriend fiance husband!, and my good-humored taste-tester.  He eats both my culinary successes and failures with dignity and aplomb.

As for what you’ll find here, I love Asian food and anything that can be made mini, so please expect a lot of both.  And everything in between.

Photo by Christie Pham Photography!

what are the two red bowls?

Before this, I’d wanted to start a blog for awhile but could never think of a name. So instead of posting the recipes and the food I made, I just gradually accumulated more and more pictures of what I’d cooked, with nowhere to post them. Finally, I noticed that every other picture I’d taken was of food we’d eaten out of two little plastic red bowls of ours, side by side — and suddenly it came to me that, since they’d obviously been so good to us, I should just name a blog about them. And here it is!

(Then I found out that these bowls aren’t microwaveable and kind of stopped using them most of the time.  But never mind that.)

how often do you post?

At a minimum, I’d like to post at least once a week.  If work gets hair-on-fire crazy, I might not be around once in awhile.  But so far, so good!

You can also find my work on Food52, Pure Green Magazine, Verily Magazine, and Craftsy.

what if i want to ask you something or i have a suggestion?

I’d absolutely love to hear from you! Please, please email me at tworedbowls {at} gmail {dot} com. Alternatively, you can leave a comment below or find me on the other platforms listed to the right.  I’d love to get to know you, so please don’t be shy.  (Also, I apologize if it takes me some time to get back to you — sometimes work and life things get in the way, but I promise that each and every email makes my day.)


    • says:

      July 28, 2013 at 1:34 am

      Aw, thank you so much! I’m so glad I finally thought of something at long last. Also, I absolutely love your blog, so I’m thrilled you stopped by!!

  1. says:

    August 13, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Possibly the cutest blog name I have ever seen :O I don’t usually check/comment on other blogs (laziness alerted) but I simply have to leave a comment here xD

  2. says:

    August 20, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Okay, you were so effusive in your praise (plus you subscribed!) so I thought I’d check you out. Great blog! There are about ten things i want to pin immediately. Anyway, I’ll be back. Very cool name, by the way. Ken

    • says:

      August 20, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Haha! I really am effusive, aren’t I?? But never falsely so, I hope. Thank you so much for the compliments! They mean a lot coming from folks like you πŸ™‚

  3. says:

    August 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Thank you for visiting my site and liking my Fennel, Leek and Shrimp Stew! I love your blog name and look forward to spending some time poking around your site.

    • says:

      August 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Thank you for coming here and commenting!! I loved coming across your blog today, it is so bright and vibrant (and a welcome reminder to live healthily and well!) Excited to see more of your posts, as well.

  4. says:

    August 24, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Excellent blog! and absolutely stunning photos πŸ™‚ I look forward to finding some time and having a good read of your posts πŸ™‚

    • says:

      August 24, 2013 at 1:12 am

      Thank you so very much!! I wouldn’t call my photos stunning by any means, but I’m so flattered to hear that. Thanks for your very kind comment and looking forward to reading more of your posts too!

    • says:

      September 7, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Nope, sadly! I lived in Hong Kong briefly (so your blog makes me super nostalgic!) but never SF or the Bay Area. I’ve visited a few times and it seems wonderful, but I’ve never lived anywhere on the West Coast. Someday, I hope! Thanks for visiting my blog too! πŸ™‚

  5. says:

    September 10, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I LOVE it!! What a cute name and story behind it! I will be back often to check in. Your blog is really good. Don’t be afraid to let your co-workers know – they’ll be jealous with envy I’m certain. I too was very timid to let anyone know but you know what, every time someone else in my life finds out about my little blog they give me kudos for finally taking the “blogging” plunge and urge me to continue.

    Good for you!

    • says:

      September 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Colleen, thank you for such a kind comment!! I love your blog too, and so appreciate the encouraging words. I’m sure it’ll leak out slowly once I start working πŸ™‚ and I’m not too worried about it. I figure it’s best to start quiet, since you can’t take it back once it’s out, right? Thank you again and excited to keep reading your blog!

  6. says:

    October 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog, especially for it being so new it means so much to me! Just from a quick scan of your photos and recipes as me super eager to dive in and try some of them out! Looking forward to being a dedicated follower of your blog πŸ˜€

    • says:

      November 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you SO much, Stephanie! I’m so honored and flattered πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to read your answers and read through the other blogs you’ve nominated. Thanks for making my day!

  7. says:

    November 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    This may seem random, and very slow of me to notice, but I LOVE the way you re-designed your site! Super cute blog. Love your posts, keep them coming! I hope the new job doesn’t keep you too busy to share with us!

    • says:

      November 17, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Oh my gosh, Mandy, it’s just the opposite — I’m surprised you noticed so fast!! I only moved to self-hosting on Friday and redesigned my blog last night (and it looked pretty funny / all over the place as I was getting it into shape, so I’m glad you didn’t check before now… haha!) I’m so flattered and happy that you commented. And yes, I really hope to keep it going! I had some time off before I started work and I was so anxious that I wouldn’t have the time to keep it up that I think I cooked/baked/photographed like two dozen things… so I’m set for awhile thankfully! πŸ™‚ Seriously, you made my day with your comment — thanks so much! Love your gorgeous blog!

      • says:

        November 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm

        Ha! That’s so funny… I switched to self-hosted on Thursday! What a hassle, huh? I’ve been putting it off and finally just muscled through. It looks so lovely! thanks for your sweet comments. P.S. Were you able to get your followers transferred over from your wordpress.com blog to the new one? I seem to have lost mine. Anyhow, keep up the fabulous work, and HAPPY BLOGGING!

        • tworedbowls says:

          November 18, 2013 at 10:45 am

          Oh my gosh, I still have no idea what’s going on or how it happened! I’m so surprised that you just moved as well because your site looks so polished! I was just going to ask YOU for tips! πŸ™‚ I’m not 100% positive, but it does seem like my followers came with me — though I don’t really get how it works since supposedly I no longer show up in WP Reader, right? It’s all a mystery to me … Did you install Jetpack and link your WP.org account to your WP.com one? I feel like that’s how I did it.. but I honestly have no idea. Haha. We’ll figure it out together! Thank you for your lovely comment, you made my Sunday night! πŸ™‚

  8. says:

    November 18, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    You’re way too sweet. I installed Jetpack and linked my accounts, but I had to post a support request on the wordpress.com support forum and have them transfer all my followers over to the new site. (Just got that done this afternoon…took 2 days for a response from my support request.) They told me that I would show up in the reader now. Anyway, it’s quite a project, and I’m glad we both survived! Site looks great! Happy blogging. πŸ™‚

    • tworedbowls says:

      November 19, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Oh YAY! That’s fantastic news!!!!! So glad we did too πŸ™‚ Happy blogging to you too and excited to keep in touch.

  9. says:

    November 19, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Aw such a cute story about the bowls. I love that you make simple recipes. I right there with ya on not having a food processor and a stand mixer. I bought my first hand held electric mixer about 2 months ago! Met up with another blogger the other day and she was in shock when I told her the same thing (since I make a lot of cakes). But it’s true. Living in NY you can’t have too many appliances especially when you have a small kitchen.

    I look forward to reading your blog and congrats on the switch!

    • tworedbowls says:

      November 19, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Connie, thank you so much for your comment! I agree, we really have to pick and choose which appliances to devote our limited space to. I actually have to confess that I gave in and bought a tiny 3-cup food processor a month or two ago, haha. It was so small and inexpensive that I felt it was worth it (and now I can make pie crusts!) I think a hand mixer would have been next on my essentials list, though — frosting can be such a pain by hand. (And forget about whipping egg whites to peaks.) I agree with your blogger friend, I’m so impressed that you made so many cakes without one!!

  10. says:

    November 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Oh I love love love your blog Red Bowl #1! I especially love that there’s lots of Korean stuff as it’s something I want to get into making. I’ve a beautiful dolsot bibimbap bowl begging to be used! Can’t wait to dive in and get reading and drooling over your beautiful food and photos πŸ˜€

    • tworedbowls says:

      November 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Aw, thank you so much!! Oh my goodness, I’m so jealous of your dolsot bowl! I was just thinking that I want to invest in some at some point — that would make the most delicious crispy bibimbap. Hope you enjoy reading and so happy I found your blog too today! πŸ™‚

  11. Rob says:

    December 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I’ve used your recipes for the spam musubi, and I’ve gotta say, it’s just as good as the real thing.
    Thanks much for the enjoyable posts and recipes!

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Oh yay!! What an awesome thing to hear — so happy that you used my recipe and enjoyed the musubis. Thank you for your wonderful comment and for reading!

  12. says:

    December 7, 2013 at 4:29 am

    From a fellow lawyer, I can tell you I had the same reservations and this year just decided stuff it! I am blogging. No client or staff of mine is aware of this at all because they would never think of me in terms of blogging. Ever. So far so good! Your blog is great.

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 8, 2013 at 12:25 am

      Hahaha that is so good to know! Yes, I might at least have to throw my first name out there sooner or later, I feel so impersonal otherwise! Thank you so much for your kind comment — and love that you are based in Cape Town! I was there for a summer once (well, winter for you!) and loved it.

  13. says:

    December 14, 2013 at 11:40 am

    hello! I just thought I’d say a quick hello. I love your photos and your recipes – your kimchi grilled cheese is such awesome idea! I’m a (former) lawyer (London-based) too and started a blog a few months ago. Looking forward to following your blog. xxx

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 14, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      Christina, I’m so thrilled that you commented on my blog because I’m absolutely in LOVE with yours! Those ginger cardamom cookies are stunning. I’m photographing some more cookies this weekend and nervous about styling them right — you’ve just given me so much inspiration. Thanks so much for your comment! PS Are you relieved or sad to be done with lawyering? πŸ˜‰ I’ve heard that the London lawyer work ethic gives New Yorkers a run for their money!

  14. says:

    December 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Hi! You have absolutely made my day! πŸ™‚ Big smiles this end of the internet. Thank you! I am mostly relieved – and a little sad – to be done with lawyering! I enjoyed the area of law I was in (arbitration) and got to work on some interesting cases (one involving a chocolate factory in Ghana!! haha), but I much prefer being in control of my time now. But I definitely would not swap the 5 year experience for anything – such incredible people. Haha – that’s funny – I always remember thinking the New York lawyers gave us a run for our money! (I spent 3 years at an American law firm in London too – Dewey & LeBoeuf – before the troubles!) xxx

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      That sounds fascinating!! International arbitration is definitely a hot area for law students, I feel. I hope to feel as rewarded by my experience when I’m done with law (whenever that may be!). And HA, oh my goodness… Dewey. No words.. glad you escaped that circus!

  15. says:

    December 30, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Wow! I’m so intrigued by your story!! I can’t believe that with your job, you still have time to create such wonderful recipes! I’m kind of the same way, I work in Manhattan while doing my design blog on the side πŸ™‚ Plus, we have Hawaii in common! I like you!! Maybe one day we should get together for tea/coffee! xo

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 30, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      <3 I would LOVE to. And I'm always so glad to meet someone else juggling both, it's daunting but I think it makes blogging more enjoyable, don't you? I comfort myself with the thought that keeping this my pastime also keeps it more true to the spirit in which I started it -- no stress or monetary pressure. (That said, if you gave me a billion dollars and a chance to blog full-time I would NOT say no!)

  16. says:

    January 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Just came across your blog through pinterest and as a fellow day-time lawyer / night-time blogger I thought I would say hi. Have been browsing your archives just now and really like the mixture of sweet and savoury recipes and think your photographs are absolutely stunning.

    • tworedbowls says:

      January 31, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      So thrilled to meet another lawyer-blogger, Sophia!! And such a kind comment. Thank you so very much for stopping by and especially for saying hello — I’m always so glad to know there are other people out there who are juggling both. Just went over to your blog too and love it! So happy to have found you!

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 10, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      Courtney, this comment really means so much to me! On this blog I feel like writing sometimes gets short shrift when I don’t have the energy for it after all the cooking and styling and photo-ing. Your comment is such a vital reminder that it deserves more investment than I’ve been giving it, since it used to be one of my main interests (way before I thought food would be!). There are so many bloggers who just write so beautifully in our community that there’s endless inspiration, too. Thank you so much for your kind words, lady! πŸ™‚ And PS Huge fan of the word “aplomb.” I think the world is a better place when it’s said more often.

  17. says:

    February 27, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I just discovered your blog and am grateful I did! Your food looks incredibly delicious and I enjoy what I’ve read of your stories. I’ll definitely be visiting more frequently!

    • tworedbowls says:

      March 5, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Lucy! Sharing stories is always a little awkward for me, so it means a lot to know that you like hearing them. πŸ™‚ I’m especially glad you commented because I’m in love with your blog! So excited to explore it. Thanks! πŸ™‚

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 5, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you so much, Bonnie!! And what a cool business idea — you’re an inspiration! I can’t even imagine how much work that takes — huge congrats on your launch and wishing you so much luck with your venture!

  18. thewoodenspoonsblog says:

    April 25, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comment. I feel like I must be living under a rock…how did I not know about your gorgeous blog until now? I have been madly pinning and I’m sure I will be back πŸ™‚

  19. bec {daisy and the fox} says:

    May 24, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    such a beautiful blog!
    your recipes are drool worthy πŸ™‚

    Bec {Daisy and the Fox}

  20. says:

    May 28, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    just stumbled upon this cute little blog…love reading and love the pictures:) ,if i may ask you, which camera do you use, because your pictures looks very distinct and appealing..

  21. says:

    July 25, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    You have created such a beautiful blog! It has quickly become one of my favorites, and I find myself drooling over EVERY picture πŸ™‚

    • tworedbowls says:

      November 3, 2014 at 12:26 am

      This is such a kind comment!! Thank you so so much for stopping by and for reading — it means so much to me!

  22. mayu07 says:

    August 8, 2014 at 9:16 am

    What a beautiful blog!! Came across your grilled peach burrata salad, and that flavor combination looks delicious!! Just bought a big box of peaches… so we’ll see πŸ™‚

  23. says:

    August 13, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I just have to say that your blog is so inspiring. I find myself staring at all your photos for far too long, and admiring your creativity and artistic ability. I just want to say thank you, and that I admire you!

    • tworedbowls says:

      November 3, 2014 at 12:29 am

      Julia, thank you so much for writing this! I am so glad to have you here and so touched by your kind words. They mean the world. Thank you!

  24. Cassandra Rayne Gross says:

    November 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I love the way you named your blog. Your writing is lovely and your sense of humor is wonderfully graceful. Can’t wait to snoop around and learn more!

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 5, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      Oh my gosh, what a wonderful thing to say, Cassandra!! This made my day — snoop all you like πŸ™‚ in fact, is it snooping if I welcome it?! Thank you so much for such kind words and happy holidays!!!

  25. Anonymous says:

    December 3, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I just discovered two red bowls and I am commenting on your blog about Christmas to enter to win the casserole pan. I have been diagnosed with a gluten intolerance and your recipe will fit into my diet and I love family, food, and friends at Christmas. First Christmas G,F. so I will have to very careful. Thank you for your blog and recipe.

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 5, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you so much and I am so glad I could be a part of your new diet! I know it must be a challenging time indeed. If you are looking for more specifically gluten-free blogs, you might want to visit Dolly and Oatmeal, whose dishes always look spectacular to me, or With Food and Love. London Bakes and Bojon Gourmet also often feature GF recipes. Thank you so much for stopping by, Susan!

      PS For the beef recipe, make sure to choose a gluten-free soy sauce like tamari or La Choy brand!

  26. says:

    December 18, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Your lawyer slash food blogger story totally resonates with me… love the recent post about bonding with law schoolers over totally non-law topics… the world needs more well-rounded lawyers!!! happy holidays!

  27. says:

    January 21, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Oh, I love your blog! Great work with light and compositions! I’m waiting for every new post! The latest (Swiss chard & quinoa cakes) are very good! I must to try it for breakfast. Thank you!

  28. says:

    January 25, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Just a quickie to let you (both) know how inspirational your food photography and styling is! I originally found you through Instagram and am forever swooning over your gorgeous posts. Keep it up! Xx

  29. says:

    February 28, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    So, I’ve been following Two Red Bowls for a while now (I think the first post I came across was the bacon and mashed potato pizza you did for the virtual baby shower πŸ™‚ and I’ve now explored a bit through your past recipes. I have to say, I really enjoy your flavor ingenuity, and I look forward to trying (hopefully many) of your recipes. Especially experimenting with your Korean inspired ones. pretty much my only experience with Korean cuisine is when I made kimchi! It was a success, and I actually Really enjoyed it, but our apartment was tiny and the smell was, well, not tiny! So I had to promise not to make it until we have a bigger place with somewhere I can tuck it away out of sight and out of smell πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks for the inspiration; I look forward to each new post!

  30. Andi Cohen says:

    April 7, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    I love your blog and applaud your continued commitment to your clients. I, too, am a lawyer who practiced on and off for the past 25. When I hit my midlife crisis, I quit my job a year ago and started catering out of the my kitchen. It’s been rewarding and far more fun than I ever had writing briefs. Tonight, I’m making your soy braised flank steak, testing it for inclusion on my weekly deliveries to my customers. I’ll let you know how they like it. Please keep the beautiful and delicious posts coming!

  31. says:

    April 9, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Hi! I just discovered your blog through the Saveur Food Blog Awards, and I can’t believe on what I’ve been missing out on! I’m loving so many things- the recipes, the photos. You’ve created something pretty awesome here. Keep up the amazing work, and thanks so much for sharing it all!

  32. says:

    April 16, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Hi!! I’m so excited and happy I have found your blog, is absolutely stunning. The pictures and the recipes show so much heart from you. I particularly love your miniature olive oil and chocolate cake, I’ve been kind of obsessing on using olive oil in sweet dishes, as in a granola I made a couple of months ago. I’ll be trying it very soon… Best wishes! Dev.

  33. Keaton says:

    June 22, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Hello! Love your blog and recipes! I was wondering if you had a cookbook out or were planning on releasing one at some point?

    • tworedbowls says:

      June 23, 2015 at 12:39 am

      Hi Keaton, I’m so flattered that you asked! I do not, but I will definitely let you know if that changes :)! Thanks so much for the vote of confidence and for the kind words!

  34. Jan in Beautiful BC says:

    September 21, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Hello, TwoBowls! I’ve just found your blog when looking for Moon Cake recipe. I found your recipe on Food52 and am not enamoured by your wonderful blog. Fantastic, professional, yet real-and-homey, photographs. Since I now live rather remote from my favourite Asian shops, to buy mooncakes, AND for buying the ingredients, I am now going to ask my son and partner to buy the mold and ingredients to that we can make them for Canadian Thanksgiving, in early October. This year we will cook an array of Chinese food to have our own Moon Festival. I first learned of this when teaching English, in Taiwan, many years ago. I look forward to following your blog as I’ve been curious to start my own.

  35. says:

    March 13, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Such a beautiful, beautiful blog. I have no idea how you manage a law career and regular posting here. I was at law school and ended up dropping out as the rest of my life disappeared (you rock!).
    Haha, you and your husband remind me of when my now-husband and I first moved into our apartment. We ate off the floor (and slept on a mattress on the floor) and scraped our food off borrowed plates from my mother’s house (with op-shop cutlery!). I love hearing the humble ways that we transition into different stages of life. Anyway, just wanted to say hello. SO happy to have found your gorgeous space xx

  36. says:

    April 4, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Hi I’ve been a (relatively) long time follower of your blog, and wanted to finally drop a note to say thank you for your writing and recipes! I have tried many of them, from buddae jiggae to chicken katsu to butter mochi, and each one has been wonderful. You and your content are inspiring – I’m amazed that you handle recipe development/photography/execution on top of what i’m sure is not an easy day job! πŸ™‚

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