Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Since Wednesday is my dancing night, the recipe had to be rather quick. I found a recipe for Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi, went to the store to get the necessary ingredients and started cooking. This was a simple dish to make and the marinade was delicious! I think next time I would leave out balsamic vinegar and increase the amount of garlic. Also, I'll remember to keep the heat on medium instead of high because the honey tends to burn (who would have thunk?). I had some snowpeas cooked with ginger to go along with the fish.
Okay, I asked which one I should have, and she said chocolate chip. It was fresh from the oven, so I went with her suggestion. Smart choice! I guess sometimes it pays to listen to others.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
My misstep was looking at Coconut & Lime blog and seeing Smoky Mango Pulled Pork recipe. I wanted the pulled pork sandwich right then and there. So that's what I bought at the food court. After eating junk for the entire day, I made a salad to go along with the sandwich. Delicious!
P.S. the picture is of my own sandwich
A week ago I was strolling in World Market, one of my favorite stores, and noticed that the same company also makes white wine: Bodega Norton Lo Tengo Torrontes 2004. The bottle is now in my fridge, and most likely I'll make a magnet using the label before I drink it.
The magnets will not only remind me of Alyssa, but of course also of Lera, who is a Tango maven!
Yes, sometimes it's smart to choose wine according to the labels.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Note: the rings are on a wooden spoon: it looks better on my finger.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
So we decided to make dinner using what we had on hand.
Appetizer: hummus (canned chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, oil from sun-dried tomatoes)
Main course: whole wheat pasta with a spicy sauce Paige made mainly from a can of tomato sauce, tomato paste, some red wine, spices and an onion. Sprinkled w/the cheese Jenn brought
Side dish: Jenn's salad (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, dressing, and more cheese!)
Side dish: roasted vegetables (zucchini, red onions, green pepper, carrots drizzled with canola oil and sprinkled with salt & pepper and red pepper flakes)
Dessert: graham crackers with Nutella and Cool Whip
Fantastic food and friends! Oh how I'm going to miss Paige.
Then the movers came with gignormous boxes and my confidence level decreased quite a bit. Before starting on our projects and in order to gain some strenght, we all went to Fortune for dim sum! It was as delicious as ever.
Back at Cindy's, Laila was assigned to be my helper and together we built Ikea Tromso Loft Bed with a hanging table and shelf underneath. Laila was an amazing helper and we proved that girls can build things! By the time we were done, it was dinner time and I joined the Z family for some pizza! They even gave me a ride home and I also scored two sweatshirts: a great way to spend a day by helping out a friend and getting free food!
Who wants to hire me next?
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I received the following email today.
Hi Stacey --
I'm glad to hear you branched out and gave California Tortilla another chance! The Crunchy BBQ Salad is darn tasty, isn't it? The Crunchy BBQ Ranch Burrito, the Blackened Chicken Caesar Burrito and the Honey Lime Burrito with a side order of chips and queso are delicious as well. (At least those are what I love best and it's all about me, Stacey.)
If you send me your address I'd love to send you a free coupon for breaking out of your Mexican food shell. In the meantime, thanks for mentioning us!
Queen of Burritos
This must be in response to my blog post about eating at California Tortilla with Stacey yesterday. Pam must have gotten our names confused: but who cares? I get a free lunch out of it!
Stacey...we should go together again and then it'd be 50% off :)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I've been eating out quite a bit in the last few days, and decided to actually cook dinner tonight.
On the menu:
1) roasted red potatoes with red onions, drizzled with olive oil, lemon juice and sprinkled with a bit of chili powder
2) chicken breasts marinated in olive oil, lemon juice and lemon zest, garlic, chili powder, and then seared in a pan and finished in the oven
3) cucumber/tomato/red onion/dill salad with olive oil, raspberry blush vinegar and feta cheese (too bad I did not have any olives)
The food turned out delicious! Note how I used the same ingredients in different parts of the meal. If you want detailed recipes, email me. Btw, I'm super pleased with the way the pictures came out!
The only thing missing was some company. Who wants to come over for dinner?
Springfield, Va.: Last week I met Tim Gunn at the Amtrak Station in D.C.! He was dressed to the nines and quite possibly the nicest person I've met! Wooo my first celebrity sighting!
Roxanne Roberts: He's a doll. Are you a changed person? Dressing better? Did he give you any tips?
I guess I just have to settle for dreaming about him............
I was so pleasantly surprised! The salad was a perfect combination of crisp lettuces, grilled chicken breast, tortilla strips, shredded Monterrey jack cheese, black beans, corn, fresh salsa and scallions, and was drizzled with BBQ sauce and served with a side of Ranch dressing.
Ooops, I just made a mistake of looking up the salad's nutritional value....might have to rethink things ;)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The place is pretty tiny so we had to wait for a table, but then a space opened up at the bar. I had their Bosco Pizza (Tomato, Mushrooms, Spinach, Red Onion, Mozzarella) and it was divine! The crust was thin and crispy, and the toppings were in perfect harmony with one another.
Pizzeria Paradiso has a second location in Georgetown, but the one in Dupont is definitely more low key, homey and cuter.
Will have to definitely come back for more!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I had an urge to get a pedicure (my feet felt tired from dancing last night), but was wearing closed-toe shoes at work. What choice did I have, but to go shopping for flip flops? Seriously...
I went over to Union Station during lunch, but everything in Nine West and Bandolino was expensive (especially since I really did not need yet another pair of shoes). I finally found a cheap pair of flip flops in Douglas (a makeup store) and headed to Capital Nails for a pedicure.
I don't like having too many choices: it's hard to pick what you want! I ended up choosing Opi's Lincoln Park After Dark, because I have a bottle of it at home, and would be able to do any necessary maintenance.
This was the first time I had a pedicure done by a man: he was okay.
Cheap flip flops.........$2.99+tax
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I wanted to impress and to wow, so Anna recommended CIA Mudslide Cookies (and before you ask, CIA as in Culinary Institute of America, not the Central Intelligence Agency). The only change I made to the recipe was to omit the nuts, because someone doesn't like them! This was a fun recipe to make and the results are wonderfully chocolaty! The cookie is fudgy on the inside and crisply on the outside: definitely only for those who are true chocoholics.
Special thanks to Anna for recipe suggestion and to Paige for instant coffee powder!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Bachata is really a simple dance: two steps to the right, two steps to the left, repeat, and throw in an occasional turn. But with the right person, it feels like you are floating on waves. This was not it, but he kept up with the rhythm. And then he said:
Today I decided to venture out to Union Station in search of breakfast. And then I remembered the many breakfasts I had with Jenny and Laura in our years of working together. We had a tradition of treating each other to breakfast for our birthdays at a Wings place (I don't even remember the exact name) in the food court of Union Station. Jenny would tend to get a vegetable omelet, and Laura and I would go for either vegetable with bacon or cheese with bacon. The eggs were fluffy, the bacon crisp, and the potatoes were divine! There was also toast with jelly and butter. And it was only $3.25! We would tend to eat one half of the breakfast right then and there and save the other half for lunch. Oh, those were the good days!
Sadly the Wings place closed a while back, and Laura and Jenny are no longer in DC. But, I still wanted breakfast! I wanted eggs and potatoes and maybe even some toast. Luckily, Corner Bakery had just what I wanted:
Farmer's Scrambler $4.99 (better not to know the amount of calories: but I ate 1/2 and will have the rest tomorrow morning) Wake up to eggs scrambled with red and green bell peppers, red onions, mushrooms, potatoes, and cheddar cheese. Served with oven-roasted breakfast potatoes and sourdough country toast.
Monday, April 7, 2008
* you can also omit broccoli or add peas....and even hotdogs!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
P.S. This cute plate is from Jenny! She also gave me two bigger plates that say Scrumptious.
With two jewelry classes under my belt and several projects completed, I decided to rehabilitate this pair of earrings.
After going to Beadazzled and buying a new silver chain, I used head pins and other supplies I already had on hand to give this pair a new life. I'm pretty happy with the end result (however, I accidentally broke one of the original beads, so the new design has 2 less beads than the original: I can live with this).
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I made her note-cards with some of the words she still has trouble reading, and really hope her parents will help her to memorize them. I can't imagine how difficult it must be not to be able to read! Think of all the things you'd be missing out.
*I am not sure if I'm supposed to keep her identity confidential
Months later, I was impressed when I found out that Murakami is also a well known author and really enjoyed reading one of his books: After Dark. Some people are just multi-talented!