Memorial Day Weekend wrap-up

May 31, 2010 § 6 Comments

Happy Monday y’all! And it is a happy Monday! No Monday blues.

Like Julie and Brandi, I woke up today feeling like going for a hike. So, at 10am, Dmitri and I geared up and drove about 10 minutes out to the mountains.

Say hello to Hello Kitty!

Say hello to me! πŸ˜‰

It was H-O-T. And the fact that most of the trails are rocky roads and shadeless did not help. Hiking in Southern California is very different from hiking in Taiwan. In Taiwan, you get lush trees that keep you cool and safe from the sun, like so:

Ain’t Taiwan purrrdy?

Here, you’re pretty much in a desert, surrounded by shrubs. There was, however, creeks that had flowing water. Right now the snow up at the mountains are just melting, and hence we get these ice cold mountain water running down these creeks. These creeks are otherwise barren and dry. Yup, such is Southern California.

There were even mini “pools” of water that we had to side step. How rare is that?!

I guess everything is greener at this time of the year. Come July or August, everything is gold.

Snow in the distant mountains!

It’s a moose!

In celebration of Memorial Day, I decided to make a healthified BBQ plate for dinner, featuring Mama Pea’s Black Bean Burger.I used regular white onion instead of red onion, substituted soy sauce for Worcestershire sauce, added about 1 tsp of coriander, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, and about 3 T of chopped spring onions.

Ready for grillin’ cookin’.

On the side I served baked potato fries, carrot fries, and roasted cauliflower. For the “burger buns” I used Orowheat sandwich thins.

A burger ain’t complete with some soy cheese, ketchup and mustard! ❀ Dijon!

Last but not least, check out the apron I got from Ikea today! Now I won’t be afraid of getting flour or chocolate all over my clothes when I bake! πŸ˜€

Tomorrow is back to work = back to lab. My research advisor won’t be in tomorrow, so perhaps I ca take it easier and slack of just a lil’ πŸ˜€

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+ Do you like to go hiking?

+ How did you celebrate Memorial Day?

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