Pizza my heart!

July 18, 2010 § 18 Comments

It seems like everyone’s opting for Plan C with the bike riding. I like that idea too. However, we must take into account that Newport Beach is about 50 miles away from where I live. Dmitri have been doing alot of research all day today, looking up bike trails and roads to take. So I might be able to make it there on bike, but the question is, will I be able to make it back? It would totally be like a bike marathon or something like that.

So-Cal has officially entered summer. I cannot believe how hot it was today! I feel like I’ve been in some sort of semi-heat stroke the entire day–woozy, dizzy, heated, while downing H2O like nobody’s business.

The morning started out nice enough, about mid-80’s, when Dmitri and I headed out to TJ’s and Sprout’s for our weekly grocery run.

Guess what I found at Sprout’s?!?!?!??!

An 18-oz box of blueberries for $1.88!!! This was definitely a steal. I was screaming in excitement to Dmitri when I saw it: “Oh my gosh! A humongous box of blueberries for $1.88?!?! Do you know how rare this is? Look how plump they are!”

Dmitri didn’t answer, but only held out the basket. The end. I couldn’t resist. This week has been such a good week for me in terms of steals, from the $3 locally grown and organic plums to this Hugh Jass box of blueberries. Life is good.

We lounged by the pool for a little while after we got back. Well, it got too hot too soon. Not to mention it was almost noon with the blaring sun right above us. I refuse to get skin cancer!

Once back in our shadier and cooler sanctuary, we whipped up a pizzalicious lunch featuring TJ’s Garlic Herb Pizza Dough. Obviously, I failed at making my pizza “round,” but who said pizzas must be circular? Heck, I can make them heart-shaped for all I want. But again, that’d be too hard for me. 😛

I didn’t go the “traditional” pizza route, i.e., I didn’t do the whole cheese shebang. Instead, I used Mae’s humnut cheese. I’m not a big fan of the uber cheesy pizza, but I am a big fan of hummus! This was delicious!

I topped the pizza dough with TJ’s Pizza Sauce, the humnut cheese, some broc, eggplant, tomatoes and roasted red peppers.

Perhaps it was the heat, perhaps my breakfast was fillin’, but I only ate half of this long pizza. Oh well, leftovers are good 😀

The heat made both Dmitri and I very lazy and sluggish, and we ended up spending half of the afternoon just bumming around the house. Him watching Lost while I blogsurfed and watched one episode of Gossip Girl. We finally decided we couldn’t stay in the house forever, and braved ourselves to step out to the sweltering heat and into somewhere with AC.

Target. Barnes & Noble. Shoe Store (Dmitri needs ’em).

My family has a strange addiction to flavored-water drink powder. Okay, I confess I had one too! But I am trying to limit my intake as I know now that they’re nothing more than just chemicals, fake sugars, and artificial yucks. Nevertheless, while throwing in boxes after boxes of Crystal Light, Propel, and Target-brand drink powders into the basket, Dmitri and I couldn’t help but notice this enticing flavor.

Let’s just assume it somehow creeped into our basketful of Crystal Light too.

It certainly made me drink my water though! I am now well-hydrated 😀

Is this going to turn my tummy red?

It was a tad sweet, and tasted nothing like Strawberry Daiquiri. It’s still a nice way to slurp up ice cold water nonetheless.

We kept dinner simple, with the “main” course as this amaaaazzzinnnnnnggg salad.

I tossed together some sliced strawberries, spinach, arugula, toasted walnuts, toasted pine nuts, and feta cheese. In another bowl I mixed together about 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup of olive oil, some salt & pepper, and an overflowing teaspoon of honey. I added the dressing to the salad and tossed tossed tossed.

Voila! Summery salad in minutes! I’m so glad that I made more than enough, because that means I’ll get to eat this again for lunch tomorrow! Yay for leftovers again!

Dmitri decided to go the pizza route again, but this time using toast as the “crust.” I stuck to roasted butternut squash, again leftovers from the other night.

I topped half with leftover arugula pesto and some parmesan cheese, and the other half with marinara and cottage cheese. Both halves were equally yummy!

So now, here we are again, another Sunday night. The dreaded night before the Monday. BUT! Last week of research for me!!! I’ll be at my Home Sweet Home in 1.5 weeks 🙂


+ What are your favorite pizza toppings? Do you like cheese on top of your pizza?


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!  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? 😉

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.


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! 🙂

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 😀

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!


+ What fun things did you do over the weekend?

Today I… + EcoEd Thursdays

June 24, 2010 § 18 Comments

Today I…

…made a simple breakfast…

Cinnamon spice alternative bagels, smeared with raspberry preserves and PB2. Sliced nectarines and cottage cheese on the side.

…went into the lab for 2 hours and did some lab work…

…ate three EXTRA LARGE slices of San Biagio’s Veggie pizza…

…came home and took a siesta

…on the comfy couch and pillow.

Today I whipped up my virgin Janetha-inspired faux frosty…

…topped with the last of my raspberries :-(.

Today I did some reading…


MUCH better 😀

YESTERDAY I cooked up a batch of polenta and let cooled in a pan overnight.

Today I was calm in the kitchen, and cut them up into squares to make polenta gnocchi.

(Sprinkled with some nutritional yeast and baked at 350 degrees for ~ 25 minutes)

Meanwhile, I steamed a bunch of green beans in my rice cooker/steamer (hauled from TAIWAN!!!)…

and chopped up some SmartDogs.

I cooked some plump, meaty mushrooms in some vegetable broth and white wine vinegar

…threw in the Smartdogs

…then dumped in the last of my TJ’s basil marinara sauce.

(empty jar)

Of course, we can’t forget some parsley flakes and pepper

…and before you knew it, dinner was ready.

Still had some leftover slaw

From kitchen to table in less than 30 minutes. What a big difference it makes when you are calm in the kitchen.

Today I also made use of these sad-looking bananas

…and decided to transform them into Banana Oat Cookies.

Banana Oat Cookies
(adapted from Steph Chows)

You’ll need:

  • 3 large, ripe bananas (the browner the better!), well mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup almond meal (almond slices + food processor for a few pulses) whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup coconut, finely shredded & sweetened
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries or other dried fruit of your choice (I used craisins)

Destruction Constructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, wire rack on the top third of the oven.

Combine bananas, vanilla, and apple sauce in a large bowl and mix well.

In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.

Add dry to wet. Mix till just combined.

Add in the sweet bits and mix.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet.

Bake 12-14 minutes.

Let cool on a wire rack. Lay them out pretty and take pictures.

Today I devoured these cookies.


Today is…EcoEd Thursdays!!!

Okay I’m going to keep this one short since I still have some boring exhilarating readings to do. So sort of branching off from my last EcoEd post on plastic bags, today I am going to talk about Ziploc bags!

You use ’em, you love ’em. Don’t deny it, you probably have 5 boxes each of different assortments and sizes at home. It’s so convenient, from keeping veggies fresh to bringing it with your sandwich inside to work, to using them to keep your toiletries, loose coins, candies, cookies, chapsticks, lotions etc, in one place.

It’s okay, I use them all too often as well.

But one way to be more environmental-friendly with these cute, handy ziploc bags is to reuse them. I’d pack sliced apples to work one day, but I’ll wash and reuse them to pack other stuff for up to five times. They don’t break easily, as you can see. If I buy a box containing 50 sandwich-sized bags, I can subsist on this one box for up to a year.

Next time when you’re subconsciously tossing a “dirty” ziploc bags into the trash, consider the conditions of the bag and see if you can reuse them. Not only will you be reducing plastic waste on this planet, you’ll also be saving some moolah! 😀


Till Friday fellow blogsters!


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