I’ll be right back!

July 28, 2010 § 21 Comments

Hello hello!

If you’re looking for me, I’m probably doing one of these following:

  1. On the way to Los Angeles Int’l Airport (LAX).
  2. In LAX, waiting for my 12:50 AM flight.
  3. On a 13 hrΒ  flight homebound to Taiwan.
  4. Super jetlagged and no desire whatsoever to blog.

In the meantime…

Classiest video ever.

And something DELICIOUS I ate today.

I seriously can’t for the life of me remember where I got this recipe from. If it was yours, please tell me so I can credit you for it!

2 Minute Chocolate Cake

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp agave (I used honey)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp oil (I replaced with apple sauce)

Mix everything in a bowl till incorporated. Microwave on high for 1 min or 1.5 min, depending on your microwave. EAT!

I had mine with sunflower seed butter. YUM in a BOWL and in 2 MIN.

BRB! :mrgreen:

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SF <3

July 6, 2010 § 17 Comments

Annnnnnnnnndddd I’M BACK!!!

I hope y’all had a fantabulous 4th of July weekend! Whew this past weekend had been a BLAST up in San Francisco for me! The weather was actually warmer than I expected, with clear blue sunny skies on Saturday. Behold as I fill you all in with food, fun, and love.

1. The Food

Saturday lunch my girls and I went to famous Cheeseboard in Berkeley for lunch. Best. Pizza. Ever. The restaurant serves only one kind of pizza a day, but everyday the ingredients on the pizza vary. That day they served pizza with mozzarella, goat cheese, spinach, tomatoes, and garlic olive oil. I thought the garlic olive oil was the BEST part! The homemade pizza crust was thin yet chewy and crusty, just the way I like it!Β  It has an indoor and outdoor seating area, with a live band playing inside. People were constantly streaming in and out of the restaurant, and the place was bustling with people. We even had to sit on a bench on the sidewalk simply because there were no seats! At $2.50 per large slice of pizza + one small sliver, it certainly is CHEAP! I regret that I didn’t take a picture :-(. It was really hard to get my camera from my purse as the three of us were squished on a little bench, juggling our pizza on our laps, purses tucked behind us, cups of water just inches from our butts. But I assure you the pizza was phenomenal. I swear I heard the angels singing when I took my first bite.

Cheesecake Factory was also in the picture during my stay in SF.

Nothin’ like warm bread with olive oil + balsamic vinegar.

No kidding.

We each decided to get a different flavored mojito. I got the Pomegranate Mojito (red), and the others were Passionfruit and Pineapple. They were all cool, minty & refreshing!

My salad featuring lettuce, edamame, tomatoes, green beans, beets, white cheddar with raspberry viniagrette.

Chicken parmesan pasta.

Herb-roasted Chicken with mashed potatoes and carrots.

Can’t leave The Cheesecake Factory without a cheesecake! We were debating between Chocolate-Raspberry Cheesecake and Tiramisu Cheesecake. Guess which one won? πŸ˜‰

Of course there were lots of other eats in the city, but I was too busy eating to be taking pictures. Heheh!

2. The Fun

Each day was filled with 7+ hours of walking in the city, in Berkeley, and bart/bus rides here and there. Got my workout there!

In the city.

Little kids playing drums on Powell Street!

An intersection near Berkeley and Oakland. I thought this was way too cool (yay Claremont Colleges)!

Looking out at the bay + city at Berkeley Marina.

Mine?

Near the Ferry Building at Embarcadero station. Sunny sunny San Francisco!

‘Course, I paid my visit to Ghirardelli Square.

❀ ❀ ❀

3. The Love

I love the girls I spent my weekend with. We knew each other for over 8 years, and we are practically inseparable! πŸ™‚

Our lovely host! This was taken near the checkout at Forever 21 in downtown SF. She can’t help but fool around with those disco-styled beanies πŸ˜€

Take 1

Take 2

Take 3. Believe it, there were lots of to these series of photos. I am shamelessly admitting our love for self-picture taking.

At Ghirardelli Square.

This weekend would not have been so much fun if it weren’t for…

Despite it being lots of fun, I was ready to jump back to normal eating + exercising! Yes I did walk like 1304984098752 miles each day, but I also ate tons. My body was definitely out of funk this morning when I practiced yoga.

Alright, I got lots to catch up on blog-reading. I’ll try to get on the same page with everyone these few days!

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+ What fun things did you do over the weekend?

Ice cream & Chocolate for breakfast? Why not!

June 26, 2010 § 13 Comments

When I woke up this morning, I had a craving that I have every other morning…chocolate.

Usually I can get by that craving by making myself a giant bowl of oatmeal, a sweet smoothie, or simply some PB&J. I went for the oatmeal route today and made some chocolatey oats today that consisted of cocoa powder, chocolate whey protein powder, and a large scoop of ChocoDreams.

It tastes just like Nutella.

I contemplated on snapping a picture of my breakfast. On second thought, my breakfast looked kind of gross to put up here.

I inhaled my breakfast in no time. But guess what, that chocolate craving was still there.

My next resort?

When life needs chocolate, you give it chocolate. πŸ™‚

No, I haven’t finished this so delicious thing since then. Shame on me.

My tummy happily went dormant again after a few scoops of peanut butter chocolate goodness and a few more licks of ChocoDreams.

Speaking of chocolate, I need to share a couple of my new findings when I visited a local gluten-free shop last night:

Cutest packaging ever.

On the Almonds & Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate package:

Dark semisweet chocolate, whole dry roasted almonds and sea salt.

At first bite, crunchy almonds release their flavor in a swirl with chocolate. The sea salt crystals continually reset your sweet taste buds and make a tantalizing taste combination that keeps you wanting more.

No joke! I had a good three squares of it right after I bought it last night.

I haven’t tried the Ginger Crystallized in Dark Chocolate, but here’s what it says:

Crystallized Australian ginger in rich Belgian dark chocolate crafted from a blend of Caribbean and African cocoa beans.

Upon eating, tangy dark chocolate gives way to soft, moist, sugar-coated chunks of hot-spicy ginger. The sweet and spicy transitions are delightfully stimulating.

Sounds tantalizing and mouth-watering to me!

I have no intentions of going to the gym, or running outside, or doing yoga, or doing any exercise for that matter. My body is calling out for a rest day. I think it caved in yesterday because I pretty much exercised 3 times. Well, four if you count bustling around in the lab all day as exercise.

Morning 5.35 am: 2 hr Ashtanga yoga

Afternoon 4.00 pm: 50 min fast walk to and from Yogurtland! (Lemon-Passion Fruit tart, Chocolate Coconut Truffle, and Mango)

Evening 6.15 pm: 1 hr and 10 min of sand volleyball

We could have gone on playing for up to two hours if it wasn’t for the dangerous sand volleyball court! Two people yesterday got injured at the same spot on the court. One got seriously scraped on the knee when he dove to get the ball. The other got jabbed deeply on her big toe. We tried digging around that area and couldn’t find anything. We proclaimed it the Demon’s point.

I’ve played on that sand court several times, but it’s never happened before! In consideration of everyone else’s safety, we decided to call it quits for the evening and would inform our school’s Facilities and Maintenance staff to check on that area (the court is on our campus).

Needless to say, I was starving by then too. Dmitri and I headed down to Pita Pit to use our buy one get one free coupon!

Hummus, grilled spinach/tomatoes/mushrooms, sprouts, pepperconis, cucumbers, olives, shredded lettuce, and Dijon mustard.

It’s like Subway, but wrapped in a pita! Also, they have much more vegetarian options (not just to boring Veggie Delite), including Babaganouj, Garden, Falafel, Feta, and Hummus, and more veggies to choose from! It definitely fills me up way better than Subway does!

I was totally pooped when we finally got home at around 9. Dmitri and I set up to watch a movie, but my eyes just felt soooo heavy. At 9:40, I asked Dmitri to tuck me in.

Yes I still need to be tucked in with a bedtime story πŸ˜€

‘Twas a glorious 8 hours of sleep!

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Today

  • BBQ at a professor’s house! With 40+ other guests including profs and students
  • Read

  • Bake (?)

Have a wonderful Saturday everyone!

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+ What fun reads have you been doing lately?

+ Do you ever wake up craving chocolate? If so, how do you quell it?

HAIIIIIII-YA! to a productive Saturday

June 19, 2010 § 15 Comments

First of all, I want to give a shout out to my mom. It’s her birthday today! Well, technically yesterday since she’s in Taiwan. She reads my blog too, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! πŸ™‚

Summer of 2007, Disney World, Florida

Hope the rest of the family gave you a FABULOUS birthday!

In case you were wondering, yes I did watch The Karate Kid yesterday evening at the same drive-in theater. Having learned our lesson last time that arriving there at 8:15pm when the movie starts at 8:30pm is not a good idea.

This time, we raced to the line at 7:30pm, and the box office opens at 7:45pm. Great family movie, by the way. And can I not emphasize enough how cute Jaden Smith is?!?!?! ❀

Dmitri and I spent the majority of time while waiting for 8:30pm to roll around playing Mr. Egg. I totally dominated that game! If you haven’t heard of this game, basically one person thinks of a well-known or famous person (can be an artist, singer, actor/actress, writer, scientist, etc.). And the other person must ask yes or no question to lead him/her to guess the person. For example, the person I’m thinking of is Jennifer Aniston (which I did think of yesterday). You can ask me questions like: Is your person a male? Is your person an actress? Is your person blonde? So on, and so forth. It’s a game just for killing time’s sake.

Now let’s rewind a bit. Before the movie, we stopped by Souplantation–basically a big salad/soup/pasta/bread bar. I had never heard of this place till one of my friends told me about it when she visited me over my spring break this year. It’s now one of my fave restaurant!

Hidden under all the veggies included raspberry-walnut slaw. So yummy!

To-die-for honey-whipped butter.

Moroccan Tomato-Lentil Soup.

And of course, no meal is complete with some sweet ending.

Stewed apples and peaches, topped with apple mousse, cottage cheese, peanut sprinkles, granolas, and chocolate syrup.

Then it was movie time!

This morning started out like any other Saturday. Waking up to the sunlight streaming through my blinds, lying in bed for 20 more min, then rolling out of bed leisurely. Usually I’d go for a run soon after getting out of bed, but this morning I was feeling lazy. So I had a bowl of oatmeal and read some blogs. Ahhh…I love these kinds of leisurely mornings!

At 10am I stepped out for an easy run. I was tired today, and my legs just didn’t want to move fast. I stopped and walked two times, but still managed to finish 4 miles within 45 minutes.

Does anyone feel that after a good workout there’s no other perfect way to recharge but with a ginormous green monster smoothie?

❀ my Buddha bowl!

With chocolate cheerios!

Green, green, brown, and red!

And of course other snackage ensued.

Mini Chinese-styled steamed buns and Sweet BBQ Vegetarian Pork Buns. You can probably tell I got too excited and dug in before I remembered to take a picture.

Mini BBQ-vegetarian pork buns. With one bite taken.

Steamed buns!

Growing up, I loved the sweet BBQ pork buns, but turning vegetarian sort of worked against me. If you’ve ever had those BBQ Pork Buns at Dim Sum places, you’ll know what I’m talking about. When I went back to Taiwan last winter, I discovered these vegetarian versions! I loved them so much I brought about 1.5 dozens of them back here to California.

More food to come after this:

From the package Dmitri’s mom sent him.

Not bad. Does not have the most stellar ingredients list though. 😐

The rest of the afternoon was spent on doing productive stuff, including grocery shopping, baking, cleaning the apartment, prepping dinner, making Mama Peas Tofu Ricotta Gnocchi for tomorrow’s dinner.

Let’s talk about my favorite: baking!

You Got Peanut Butter in my Chocolate” Cookies from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan. This is just like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. It’s amazing how soft and crumbly these cookies are, even without the butter! Dreena Burton once again made my day! πŸ™‚

After messing around more in the kitchen and cleaning the apartment, scrubbing bathrooms, the kitchen, etc., it was time to prep dinner. Since it was such a hot day, I decided on a chilled dinner.

Chilled Noodles with Peanut Sauce & Lentils
Makes 3-4 servings

  • 3-4 servings of noodles of your choice, cooked
  • two small carrots, or one large, chopped into small pieces (or pulse in food processor)
  • half a large cucumber, again chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup cooked lentils

The Sauce (makes about 1 cup)

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (I used chunky, but creamy is fine too)
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp rice vinegar

Mix the ingredients of the sauce in a food processor until well blended.

In a large bowl, mix the noodles, lentils, carrots & cucumbers, and sauce until the noodles are coated in the sauce. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

The results:

These may not be the most aesthetically pleasing noodles, but they were darn good!!! The noodles remind me of these traditional Taiwanese chilled noodles that is paired with sesame sauce, shredded carrots & cucumbers. It brought me back to my home country! When I was whipping up the sauce, I didn’t even have that Taiwanese noodles in mind, but the taste turned out exactly like that. I guess the sesame oil, peanut butter, and the lentils combined brought out the same nutty taste as the sesame sauce.

One more You Got Peanut Butter in my Chocolate Cookies later (I’ve had a total of 3 today!), I sat down in front of my computer and realized how tired I was! The running, errands, cleaning, baking, cooking sure got to me today! I also had a cheesecake that I planned to bake tonight, but I’m now debating whether I should make it tonight or tomorrow. Maybe I should take the night off πŸ™‚

Dmitri and I got some exciting plans tomorrow! Can’t wait! πŸ˜€

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+ What are some foods that remind you of your childhood?

Twenty-five

April 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

It seems like this is the new trend circulating the blog community this past week! It looks fun and so I thought I’d give it a whirl πŸ™‚

  • Where would you be able to spend hours and be happy? By the ocean, thinking of nothing or reading.

    In front of the Getty Center, Los Angeles

  • What’s your favorite kind of doughnut? Doughnut holes!
  • Do you have any tattoos or piercings? Pierced ears, one on each side.
  • What is your favorite movie? Umm, currently? Probably 500 Days of Summer
  • Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? Dmitri! ❀
  • Are you still friends with the people you knew in middle school or high school? Of course! My besties are all from high school! Actually some I met during elementary! Love ’em!
  • What is the last thing you ate? Oatmeal made with 1/2 banana, soymilk, water, a scoop of chocolate protein powder, flaxseed, and topped with blueberries.
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? Artist, writer, dolphin trainer, teacher (still thinking about doing this).
  • Name three things that are close to you right now: My emptied bowl from breakfast, a can of Arizona green tea, Neutrogena hand cream.
  • What was your best subject in school? Biology
  • What is your favorite restaurant? Easy House (a vegetarian restaurant in Taiwan, my all-time favorite!)
  • Any hidden talents? My fingers are double jointed, I can form my tongue into a lotus, I can wiggle my ears.
  • What is your middle name? Liang-E
  • What is your favorite website? Yoga Journal, Self, and blogs!
  • How old were you when you had your first kiss? 16
  • Chocolate or vanilla? CHOCOLATE ALL THE WAY!
  • What is your favorite girl’s name? Chloe
  • Favorite store? Sprout’s, Trader Joe’s, Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, any organic produce stores, bookstores
  • Would you rather be a rock star or a famous athlete? Hmm..kind of don’t like to be in the spotlight
  • Favorite food? At least 70% dark chocolate, and in moderation. Also Yogurtland frozen yogurt!

    Mmm chocolate!

    Creamy & delicious!

  • What are you wearing right now? dark blue skinny jeans, teal green knitted top.
  • What is your favorite animal? Sea otters are adorableeee! But I’d like to have a dog

    Awww

  • Did you graduate from college? Currently working on it. Hopefully I’ll graduate in 2011!
  • What does your last text message say? In class.
  • Do you have any nicknames? Enio, Goldfeeesh, Nio-nio

Carb overload?

April 13, 2010 § 2 Comments

Oof, I think I’ve indulged in a bit too much carbs today. I’m feeling quite lethargic and weighed down. For breakfast I had oatmeal made from 1/4 cup quick oats, water + soymilk, 1/2 mashed bananas, a scoop of Amazing Grass Chocolate Infusion Powder, all topped with a few crumbles of chocolate brownie (from the dining hall yesterday), a teaspoon flax seeds, a tablespoon plain nonfat yogurt, and sliced strawberries.

Lunch: some brown rice (half a cup? 3/4 cup cooked?) with veggies following Kath’s recipe. I also had about 1/8 cup of chocolate pudding made with Mori-nu’s Lite Firm Tofu and Mori-nu’s Mates chocolate pudding mix. A bit sweet to my taste, but nevertheless yummy! And since it’s blended with tofu it’s a source of protein too.

I had Neurobiology and then a meeting with the Asian American Advisory Board (Ad Board) at 4pm. I had a couple of strawberries, half a slice of Tofurkey, and a bite of TCL Trail Mix Granola. Random, I know. I wasn’t all that hungry but felt I needed some fuel.

For dinner I went to the dining hall and I had a slice of Spinach Quiche, which according to their nutritional info is about 290 calories per serving. I also had about 1/8 cup of some sort of penne pasta mixed with sun dried tomato goodness. This was all topped off with a side salad with organic spring greens, a hard-boiled egg, some olives, three slices cucumbers, a handful of chickpeas, a sprinkle of raisins and sunflower seeds, and fat-free tomato basil dressing. For dessert I had about 5 frosted mini-wheats with about 2 tablespoon of cottage cheese and some cantaloupe. SO FULL AFTER THAT.

At the beginning of orchestra I had to play on a full stomach, which was not at all comfortable. By about 8:30pm, I have partially digested, and playing was easier. All in all, I did not think I played well today. The flutes actually got “yelled” at several times today. Well Dr. Lamkin never yells, but, you know what I mean. I felt horrible. Ever since Ilan and Andrea left, I’ve always felt that I can never be as good as them on the first flute part. I fail at living up expectations of the first flute position 😦

Well well, now it’s 10:19pm and I still got a long night ahead of me. I’m still quite full from my dinner, but I did have half of a strip of wild blueberry Airhead candy bar (just needed some sugar fix, I guess). I almost had a snicker mini-size bar, but managed to resist it. I don’t think I need any more carbs or sugar for that matter today. Tomorrow, a good run or elliptical perhaps? I hope it’s not chilly in the morning.

Anyways, I discovered Kino MacGregor yesterday, and am amazed at how young she got certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois! She started practicing Ashtanga at age 19 (I started at 18), and in merely 10 years age age 29, became certified. This makes her the youngest person alive to be certified! She’s done the third series and is currently working on the fourth. You know how RARE that is?!?!?! To have done the third series AND working on the fourth? There’s probably only a handful of people in the world who can do that!

Kino Macgregor

Oh how I envy her! My dream was to travel to Mysore, India someday and study under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. His death back in May of 2009 was a devastation to the devoted Ashtanga Yogi’s. Needless to say, Kino is now my new inspiration. Ok, Elaine, you are almost done with college. Just hang on one more year, and you can get your teacher’s certificate, travel to India and study Ashtanga to your heart’s desire!

Alright, I’m out. Work work work!

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