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What I’m listening to

Even though my blog is based on food, I can’t help but express my love for this guy’s work on re-imagining modern pop songs.  I want to say I was first introduced to Scott Bradlee’s channel when I was watching and listening to another person’s cover to a song.  I saw on the side line of suggested videos and it pipped my interest.  However, I wasn’t hooked until I heard a much better version of the song “Timber” by Pitbull and Ke$ha:

This song just hooked me in and I couldn’t get this version of the song out of my head.  I had to listen to every song he re-did, even the ones that I absolutely hated as an original (I can’t stand the song “We Can’t Stop” or “Beauty and A Beat”).

So give this guy a try and unless you have a hard stance that you only listen to electronic dance music…then you and I can go our separate ways.  I’ll jive all the opposite way down the road in fact.

World of Changes

Wow…it has been almost three months since I’ve posted.  This definitely means that my one post per week did not happen at all.  The reason for that is because the last three months, I have been consumed with changes in my life.  The biggest announcement (and the cause for my hiatus) – I bought a condo!  My very first home and as happy I am that CP and I found a place we both fell in love with, a new place also comes with a lot of new headaches.  Considering that CP and I did not own very much of anything, we were on a whirlwind of spending to just furnish our new place and make it livable.

It was fun and stressful at the same time with all my traveling for work.  However, it is finally slowing down and I’m starting to finally be able to come back to my little blog.  Which is severely backlogged and I am terribly ashamed.  The one thing that does get me excited and pumped up is food.  Friends, family, and coworkers all have made that observation and have shared it with me.  Hence I am coming back to start my weekly posts!

Ever since moving into the new condo, I have been cooking a lot more for CP and myself.  I have found that my strengths in the kitchen is definitely more towards Asian cuisines.  I preach and try to practice “cooking from scratch” as much as I can.  However, I will sometimes use a little help from pre-prepared mixes.

Completely from scratch!!

Green beans & Mushroom with Veggie Fish; Scallion Pancake

Tempeh with veggies; Veggie Fried Rice

Spam & Veggie Fried Rice

Mapo Tofu; Veggie Stir Fry Noodles

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perhaps…not completely from scratch:

Jambalaya with Andouille Sausage


As you can see…majority of the food that is made in our house is Asian influenced.  However, the few times that I try making “American”…it was not as successful.  Yet I’m not going to completely give up!  And since I have a backlog of pictures and reviews, I will get back on the posting wagon again.

Lambs…my adorable little baby sheep

Yesterday I had to explain why I chose not to eat what I don’t eat – beef and more recently, lamb.

I know it sounds silly, sometimes maybe a little childish when I say it out loud, but no matter how it may sound, I can’t look at a little baby sheep or cow and eat them.  Many have countered (as I would too if I were in their shoes), “What about a baby chick?  Or a baby pig??”

Which to both, I do think they are just ADORABLE.  However, at least in the US, it is rare if ever you find a “suckling baby pig” or “roast chick with fresh vegetables” on your menu.  One – there’s not much to eat in terms of meat on either.  However, on the other hand, sheep and cows do have enough meat and demand for throughout the majority of their lifespan.  Case in point: Veal = a calf (aka a baby cattle) and of course lamb is what you call a young sheep.  You eat veal or beef, you eat lamb (baby), hogget (young, or mutton.

My coworker then threw out a classic, “Would you eat bambi??”  My witty response was, “Hmmm…yes, I have no problem right now eating bambi.”  Though logical thought for me (prior to any additional research) is: does the FDA allow for the sale of baby deer meat?  Do they even SELL baby deer meat??

So yes, I may be selective on what I chose not to eat and what to eat.  Can you say you don’t??  Do you not choose to eat one thing over another based on personal preferences and likes?  My decision and choice to not eat beef as previously stated, I haven’t had it in so long and I do think baby cows and even grown cows are adorable.  Smelly sometimes?  Yes, but I still think they’re great!  Now with the addition of lamb to that list of animal proteins I won’t eat, is one of the harder ones.  I do love a good lamb shank or lamb kabob, however I find myself completely guilt ridden after eating one.

I’ll defend my choices and people can keep throwing the “what about (insert some possibly cute creature)” scenarios at me.  All I have to do is look at this:

or this:

And I can feel justified again 🙂

My personal conflict with my meal

There are days when I wonder to myself, “Could I truly commit to being a 100% Pescatarian?”  The reason why I think I would be a Pescatarian versus Vegetarian is because the only reason why I would be giving up animal (land and sea) proteins is because I can’t but feel guilty eating a cute animal.

However, I have yet to find a sea creature which can make me “awwww” like a land animal can.  Hence, I have absolutely no gripe about eating sea creatures.  Whereas land animals are a little harder.  I see a picture of a lamb (aka baby sheep), sheep, calf, cows, baby chicks, etc. I immediately melt into a puddle from their cuteness.  There is something about the way animals look at you and you feel for it.  I know this does not apply to all, but it does for me.

My closer friends, coworkers and family knows I do not eat beef. I haven’t had beef in so long, the taste of it is lost on me. I can appreciate a nicely cooked piece of steak, or an enormously tasty looking burger, but there is no desire to it. The reason for my non-beef eating is a personal preference and I would like to stick to it. Another animal I have recently made the choice in not eating is lamb.

Baby sheep is one of the most adorable creatures and my favorite too. How could I say I won’t touch beef (calfs are so cute too!!), yet I’ll eat lamb?! I do love the taste of lamb so this is really hard for me. Slowly…I’ll ween myself off their delicious meat.

And this is the only reason I need:


March Madness

Also means reduction in work productivity….

I surprise even myself that I can get so into college basketball as I have the last couple of years. It is a little insane, but the games can be so much fun. Ranging from pure ecstasy to sheer despair, I have experienced all the ups and downs. This is usually not what I like to subject myself to. On a normal, daily basis, I strive towards making my life a happier place and as low stress as I possibly can.

So why is it that I am allowing myself to stress out about this game on this day, Friday March 16th, 2012.

New Project

I’ve started to notice that whenever someone asks me for recommendations for where to go to eat, I can conjure up my personal list by neighborhoods almost immediately.  Some times I find that I will need to look at the internet for a refresher for some areas (mostly because I don’t visit it as often).  However, this list resides in the database that I call my brain.  In fact, it acts like a relationship database:

“What do you want to eat in terms of cuisine?  Where do you want to go for it? What’s your price range?”  Those are the three questions I will always ask without fail whenever I get the, “Where do you suggest going for breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner?”

After awhile, I started writing it down on a Word document and I still keep increasing the list (by city actually).  However, I realized how inefficient and unorganized that was!  Then the epiphany came: when I pull up my “list” from my brain, I sort have filter through it by the various criteria’s above (and then some at times).  Why do I not make this list into a spreadsheet?!?!  So simple, yet why haven’t I done it?!?

So now, I have tasked myself to put together this master spreadsheet of food all over!  Where I could filter by multiple factors: State, City, Cuisine, Neighborhood (for SD), Price Range (simplified: dirt cheap, cheap, moderate, expensive), and Signature Must-Have’s.  (Of course I’ll include other important items like the address, phone, and website of the place.)

That will be my glorious task for goodness knows how long and I’m excited!  (If you couldn’t tell…I love spreadsheets 🙂 yea I’m a nerd)

Wish me luck!

Moment of contemplation

This long weekend was a mix of doing nothing, to doing some things, but ultimately it was no great achievement in life. Ever since I started my new job, I have taken the fact that I have time on my hands again and turned it into an opportunity to pretty much revert back to my old grade school days.

Then again…I blame having a game to play on the Xbox. Ever since I got my hands on Final Fantasy XIII-2, it’s been hard to put it down. I just have this urge to plow through the game, rather than taking my time. Sort of how I approach life – go as fast as I can and grab opportunities as I pass them. However, I never stop and check out things around me. This has led to an expedited journey through my game, and my life in a way.

My time during the day and night disappear into the game itself. Every time I start playing, my day just disappears and I am left wondering what happened. My life has been on fast forward ever since I started college. I was determined to finish school in four years, no matter what. Followed by my first job in my career right out of college, and now I look at my last seven and a half years, I cannot believe how quickly it went.

Ironically, this fits well into the current game I’m playing (FFXIII-2) where the main objective is time travel.

Who else feels like their time has been on fast forward? Especially the last five or so years? Who would want to travel back in time to re-do things? Or just re-live it?