Back to the basic + EcoEd Thursdays

June 17, 2010 § 9 Comments

I’m in a swell mood today, folks, mainly because I got to leave the lab at 5:15pm! It’s supposedly a 9-5 job, but somehow it turned out to be more like 9-6, sometimes 9-7, and one incident of 9-8:45.

Anyhooz, after yesterday’s divine eats for breakfast, my cravings did a 180 this morning and I went for the basics. Sometimes a simple breakfast can be as glorious, if not more, than an elaborate one.

A grapefruit. Hah, like that’s gonna keep me full for the next 4 (5? or maybe 6?) hours.

A toasted Ezekiel cinnamon-raisin English muffin, topped with PB2 and raspberry preserves. I cut up half of the grapefruit (hello! long time no EAT!) to go with some cottage cheese (topped with more raspberry preserves).

Oh, forgot about my daily Teeccino.

Taa-daa! Oohh and you can see the steam from my “coffee”! ๐Ÿ™‚

And of course, no mornings are complete without this face!

This was yummilicious, and surprisingly held me for the next 4.5 hours. I usually need a snack 2.5-3 hrs after my brekkie, especially this past week when I was always hungry. Was it high amounts of fiber, or the satiating all natural plant protein in the English muffin? Either way, I need to get some more Ezekiel stuff.

After reading Julie’s post last night, I was craving some fried eggs myself. I thought, why not incorporate it into lunch tomorrow? And a bagelwich was born, created by cinnamon spice alternative bagels, arugula, basil, Laughing Cow Light French Onion Cheese,ย  a fried egg, and a squirt of ketchup. Who would have thought fresh basil tastes oh-so-good in a sandwich? Especially with cheese & egg? I did not provide a picture here because 1)I forgot to snap some shots of it when I finished making them last night, and 2) they were already in the most unpresentable, unphotogenic (is that a word?) state when I opened my sandwich package. But I believe you’re all creative people, so use your imaginations ๐Ÿ™‚

I was excited about getting off from work early today, but was more excited about the dinner I’ve been daydreaming about while in lab (I am certainly not a model scientist!). I bathed some gigantic portabello mushrooms last night in balsamic and olive oil, but wasn’t sure where to go from there. A burger? A salad? Burger? Salad?

Salad.

Mainly because I enjoyed the Portabello Cobb Salad so much that I wanted to recreate it. So after work I stepped on the gas and accelerated home (within speed limit of course! :-)), chopped up veggies, did some sizzlin’, roastin’, seasonin’, and dinner was on the table.

The salad menu: arugula, tomatoes, chopped celery, roasted eggplants, roasted zucchini, roasted red peppers, sauteed onions, chopped hard-boiled eggs, avocado, and of course the star, portabello mushrooms. I dressed the salad in some salt + pepper, and doused it with more balsamic + olive oil combo.

I realized the salad wasn’t picture-perfect, i.e., the ingredients were not placed in a “pretty” manner. I just kind of threw all the veggies onto the plate one after the other. At least it’s presentable right? ๐Ÿ™‚

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So I’ve been dreaming about this idea for a couple of weeks now: EcoEd Thursdays. I grew up in a fairly environmentally-conscious country and family, and ever since my becoming a yoga enthusiast 4 years ago and a vegetarian almost 2 years ago, my awareness for the environment has jumped up several notches.

Despite the fact that all who are hanging out in the food blog community are die-hard foodies and will probably never get bored of reading, writing, dreaming about food, I feel like blogs still need some variety. Hopefully, I’ll have enough topics racked up in my brain to keep y’all entertained for a good while.

So, without further adieu, the first post of EcoEd Thursdays……(drum roll)……

PLASTIC BAGS VS TOTE BAGS!

If there are any patriots out there, please do not be offended by what I have to say next. But for a “developed country,” the United States does the most horrible job at raising awareness for recycling. Look at your local grocery stores, they put 3 items in a flimsy plastic bag and call that “packed.” It’s no surprise that a regular weekly grocery run would end you up with 10 more plastic bags.


And what do your average Americans do to these bags? Directly. into. the. trash. No second thoughts about how they might possibly be able to reuse them for their next store run, or at least recycle.

Taiwan, on the other hand, sets great examples in my opinion. What’s Taiwan compared to the great United States of America? A measly island that nobody cares about (I get the “Is it part of Thailand?” wayyyy too much). And if they do care, it’s always about China vs. Taiwan. Or the same old argument saying that Taiwan is part of China. Sorry, getting off topic.

Back to the business about plastic bags, in Taiwan you have to buy plastic bags if you go to the store. This encourages people to bring their own reusable bags or tote bags. However, unlike the flimsy plastic bags that can’t even hold the smallest weight in the gym without tearing up, the plastic bags in Taiwan are made out of some durable stuff! Heck, you can put 5 bottles of 1-liter sodas and you’ll still be fine.

According to this website:

  • The U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually, which requires approximately 12 million barrels of oil to make that many plastic bags
  • Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistake them for food
  • The average family accumulates 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store
  • Each high quality reusable bag you use has the potential to eliminate an average of 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime. The bag will pay for itself if your grocery store offers a $.05 or $.10 credit per bag for bringing your own bags

So next time you hit up the store, remember to bring your own reusable or tote bags! Even when I go clothes shopping, I carry my own tote bags and just ask them to put the clothes in there. Think of how many lives you’ll be saving, especially now that the numbers of marine animals are plummeting due to the oil spill. What a tragedy ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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That concludes my first EcoEd post. I don’t really have a detailed route as to what direction these posts will go, but I am open to any suggestions you guys have!

I am outz! TGIF tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜€

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+ What’s your favorite “basic” breakfast?

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Livin’ the life of the rich & wealthy

May 31, 2010 § 2 Comments

At the Terranea Resorts when we went to visit my cousins yesterday! My boyfriend and I basically goggled over these cars parked in front of the hotel. Thank goodness I was appropriately dressed that day, and not in the usual California wear, which is tanks and shorts. As a matter of fact, I was in a cute, printed dress I got from Taiwan!

My cousins, my boyfriend and I in front of a beautiful fountain. Oh poop, I’m the shortest one there!

We walked around the resort trying to find a restaurant. The place was HUGE and had lots of different buildings. Apparently restaurants are further down near the beach. But my oh my, look at these scenes! The weather was beautiful yesterday, cloudless and smogless.

My uncle is sporting a fancy glass ofย  red champagne. I took a teeny little sip from my boyfriends’, since I was driving and I am probably one with the lowest alcohol tolerance you’ll ever meet.

He would probably had been able to pull off that look if he were in a suit ๐Ÿ˜€

Our hunger finally got to us, and we eventually found a beach side bar & restaurant called Nelson’s for a proper luncheon. They didn’t have too much of a choice for vegetarians, so I got the Portebello Cobb Salad while my boyfriend got the Portebello Sandwich Melt with a side of sweet potato fries, which I asked him to order as his side. He’s not a huge fan of sweet potatoes, but he doesn’t hate it either. Me? I adore sweet potatoes ANYTHING!

My salad was HUGEEEEE!!!! It came in a small mixing-bowl sized bowl. The salad included iceberg lettuce (I didn’t expect it to come with iceberg lettuce as this salad was $11!), light blue cheese (I used to detest blue cheese, but these were yummy!), cherry tomatoes, 1/4 avocado (which they gave me more!), 1 crumbled hard-boiled egg, and lots of portabello! I asked for dressing on the side, but it was some sort of yummy vinagrette!

I managed to stomach about 3/4 of my salad! And also munched all these delicious fries. With lots of ketchup of course!

After we were all satisfied and happy, we went for a walk by the cliff that the restuarant was perched on top of. I โค the ocean! I โค the smell of salt in the air, and the ocean breeze. I โค the sound of waves crashing. It’s so soothing, calming, and peaceful.

We finally said our goodbyes. But the day hasn’t ended for Dmitri & I! No siree, we were heading off to Universal Studios City Walk Street Fest!

It was packed with people. Let’s play a “Where’s Wally” game. Can you spot Dmitri? ๐Ÿ˜€

When I saw a Yogurtland there, I knew I HAD to go. I wasn’t hungry, but Yogurtland is my ultimate weakness!

I filled my cup with Dutch chocolate, Green Tea, Maple Pecan, Strawberry, and Plain Tart. I topped it with black berries, Mochi bites, peanuts, a vanilla wafer, and lychee. I should’ve gotten more of that green tea flavor. Green Tea ice cream/froyo is my fave! I โค self-serve froyo places too, because they are so much cheaper and you can mix ‘n match all you like! My cup costed about $2.50. Everything tastes alot better when it’s cheap AND good!

WIth frozen yogurt in our hands, we continued to explore the festive City Walk, poking our heads into stores now and then.

Rawr.

There was music…

…and some dancing…

…and of course some sweet eats.

(Made from 254, 095 Jelly Belly beans)

Chocolate bar. A typical girl’s diet.

We ended the day by attending a free comedy show at Jon Lovitz Comedy Club. There was much stomach-hurting laughing right there!

Happy and tired and ready to hit home ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s plans:

  • Went hiking this morning
  • Later gonna hit up Ikea & Macy’s to see what kitchen gadgets might be on sale!

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+ What’s your favorite ice cream or frozen yogurt flavor? Green tea all the way for me!

+ Have you ever been to Universal Studios before? I’ve been to both the ones in Florida and in Los Angeles.

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