- Welcome to The Lipstick Cafe, where inspiration meets food and play. My name is Pauline and I love to write, eat, and travel. This is where I share my stories, lessons from the kitchen, city discoveries, and creative projects. Get cozy, grab a coffee, and enjoy! Read More.
At 18 years old, my mother faced a life-changing choice. It was 1975 – the year Vietnam fell to Communism in the war. My grandfather had asked my mother if she wanted to stay behind in Vietnam or flee the … Continue reading
“Go out and walk. That is the glory of life.” – Maria Kalman via Brainpickings It was the first time on vacation that I packed my sneakers for the purpose of running. It was summer in the Pacific Northwest, and … Continue reading
Last July, my husband and I spent over 2 weeks traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest. We hopped from Portland to Seattle to Vancouver and back to Seattle again. One of my favorite spots was a cafe called Small Victory in … Continue reading
My husband and I returned from our 2-week vacation to Japan in early April. We were happy, tired, reinvigorated, reflective, and appreciative –the feelings that can come from a meaningful trip. It was a trip we had originally intended for … Continue reading