Whale-Watching for $15!

July 14, 2010 § 1 Comment

For those of you living in Southern California, I’ve got a GREAT deal for you!

LivingSocial is promoting a $15 deal for WHALE-WATCHING off Newport Beach. THIS IS 50% OFF YOU GUYS!

The deal is only valid for today, so get it NOW: https://livingsocial.com/deals/1973?ref=conf-jp&rpi=569035

After you buy it, the coupon is good for a few months. This is blue whale season!!!

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Cirque du Soleil

June 3, 2010 § 7 Comments

When I opened checked my email this morning, I found this in my Gmail inbox:

I’m guessing it’s a baby seal? Whatever it is, it’s so friggin’ adorable! What a great way to start a day! I think my favorite marine animal would be sea otters. The way they roll on their backs and feed themselves just make me go awwww…

Which reminds me of this video…

Awwwwww….

Okay, so that picture was probably the highlight of my day. Yup pretty boring day for me huh. Lab was the same old same old. Ran some experiments in the morning, and was busy till 1:40pm. Funny, I wasn’t all that hungry for lunch, but I gobbled up what I packed nevertheless, which was leftover Sweet & Sour Chick’n from last night with a side of plain quinoa that I cooked up last night. I was hungry again not merely 2 hours later though, so I ate my apple and string cheese while doing some image scanning in a cold room. Technically I should be 10 feet away from any machines if I have food. But for the records, I was sitting right in front of the computer playing away with images of red and green neurons.

Ugh, I am so sick of looking at neurons. Spent part of the morning and the entire afternoon looking into the microscope. I’m seeing green and red dots now.

It’s a lonely room, that cold imaging room. So I brought my laptop down to waste my time on while the images were scanning. I went to Grooveshark, where you can literally listen to whole albums online, just to liven up the room ya know? And guess what I listened to? Cirque du Soleil soundtracks!

Sadly, my history with Cirque du Soleil is sparse. The first and only performance I’ve seen was in Tokyo last summer, where they had a new production called Zed. Some of the acrobatic moves were just out-of-the-world and impossible. Kind of like this one:

Did they just find a recipe to defy gravity or something?

So, let me tell you a secret. I say it’s a secret because I don’t normally tell people this and well…it’s slightly embarrassing. When I was in Middle School I was in a play production that was based on Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria, playing the small character of one of the dancers. Horrible play, horrible director, horrible costume and makeup. End of story.

Anyways, here’s something not so secret: Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies. The original recipe can be found here . I put 2/3 cup of sugar instead of a whole cup, and added 1/2 cup of oatmeal, because I like my cookies with some texture.

I admit I was kind of skeptical about this recipe at first, because 3 ingredients? How is it going to get a “cookie-like” texture? Miraculously, the cookies turned out suuuuuppppperr soft and chewy, slightly crumbly, and oh-so-addicting! I guess it’s the fat in the peanut butter and the eggs that are holding the cookies together. Next time I might add even less sugar, since I’m not one with a super sweet tooth.

So for dinner today I made something that I’ve been dreaming about for days. Again, a recipe adapted from Eat Drink & Be Vegan: Teriyaki Quinoa. Last night I cooked up a batch of quinoa, and today I mixed the quinoa with the necessary ingredientsĀ  for the teriyaki flavor. I also added a handful of chopped spring onions.

To make the meal more interesting, I decided to make stuffed bell pepper with teriyaki quinoa. I simply put the quinoa into a cut open bell pepper, sprayed the peppers with some cooking spray and baked at 425 degrees for 20-25 min, or until the bell peppers are slightly browned.

Prebaked.

On the side, my boyfriend sauteed up some TJ’s Beefless strips in Organicville’s Island Teriyaki Sauce. And while the peppers were baking, I steamed some cabbage. Cabbage is soooooooo good just steamed or blanched with water! Sprinkle some salt on and voila!

The complete meal:

Can you guess which one’s mine? šŸ˜‰


Satisfying!

Okay, time for some coupon opportunities! I get a daily email from Livingsocial that features daily coupons up to 50% off for restaurants, spas, hotel stays, etc. in the local area. So for me it’s Los Angeles. When I saw today’s deal I knew I had to grab this!

Cayenne Cafe

Cayenne Mediterranean Cafe offers its patrons an unbeatable combination:Ā  a relaxed, informal atmosphere and a wide selection of mediterranean dishes.

They work together harmoniously in creating a fusion of flavors from the Mediterranean region. Exquisite meals are prepared from fresh organic ingredients seasoned with garlic, mint, parsley, cumin and olive oil.Ā  Noura learned much of what she knows from her travels and from her greatest inspiration:Ā  her mother, who currently bakes luscious cakes and desserts for Cayenne Cafe.

The $20 coupon is equivalent for $40 worth of food & drink at the Cayenne Cafe. I looked at their menu, and O-M-G it’s heaven. So if you’re living in the Los Angeles area, this is your chance too! Just follow this link to get yours: https://livingsocial.com/deals/2389?ref=conf-jp&rpi=344085.

Hurry, the clock is ticking! You have approximately 8 hours!

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+ Have you ever been to a Cirque du Soleil show? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it if you get the chance!

+ What’s your favorite marine animal?

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