Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Gorgeous Day in the Neighborhood

Stopping to smell the roses. I decided to go for a jog and get those endorphin in to my system. I took a few pictures of the beautiful flowers from my walk from the morning. Let me know what you guys think!

Friday, September 02, 2011

I found an old poem about Beauty.

Kittens: Cuteness Overload

Have you ever had that feeling where you're just overwhelmed and stuck between a rock and a hard place? Sometimes at stressful situations, all you can do is just let out a heavy sigh. One of my routines for de-stressing was looking at cute animal pictures! Well, I guess I lucked out because my family adopted two kittens! They are such a bundle of joy and fluff balls of cuteness. It's just overwhelming. I completely forget my stress when I'm around them. I took out a camera and took some pictures because they are just too cute to not share.

Growing up in a household with pets actually can help lower your risk of getting allergies and asthma! Web MD says that heart attack patients who have pets live longer than those without. 


Being Cute.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Fall Chicken

Running out of time because I am dying of hunger. I threw together some chicken, plum wine, garlic, tomatoes, grapes and pasta. I don't think you can ever go wrong with pasta and olive oil. I was proud since it only took me 20 minutes and you do not need to marinate anything.  The colors are very similar to the browns and reds of fall! A reminder of seasons to come. Also a special thanks to my lady  followers for reading!

Spent a total of 20 minutes putting this dish together.
I used the organic multi-grain noodles, tomatoes, and champagne grapes all from Trader Joe's. It's incredibly easy to put together. In a skillet, add your olive oil and some garlic. Wait until garlic turns a tid brown and add your chicken. While your chicken is sizzling, add some wine and balsamic vinegar. I used plum wine, so it had a sweetness that is already infused and did not need to add extra sugar. I like to crisp the skin side first then flip the chicken over. It should take you about fifteen minutes depending on how big the chicken pieces are. I always like to check by cutting open the chicken. If it is still raw on the inside, I place it in the microwave to finish up the cooking process. Finally, I boiled up the noodles and drained it. I sauteed it inside the sauce left over from the skillet I used to cook the chicken for added flavor and topped it off with some garlic salt. Added some tomatoes, and grapes with a hint of spice from peppers and cilantro I had laying around to compliment the vinegar. The grapes really do make it special and unique. Try this out and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Markets, food, and trinkets: A cultural immersion in Richmond, Canada

Took a trip around the night market. We went there early about thirty minutes before opening so that we could find parking. The trick with parking at the Richmond Night Market is to park outside of the entrance to avoid the long line of cars. I had a great time. There was tons of goodies from clothes, cell phone cases, movies and of course yummy foods. If you want to save some money go later about an hour before closing and food gets really cheap. For now here's a look at some yummy treats I had. 

Aji Taro Japanese Bistro: Satisfying the sushi cravings

ometimes I can't ignore my cravings...especially when I've been egged on to go enjoy some sushi with friends. We arrived at a different sushi joint than I've been to and I was pleasantly surprised. The restaurant was delicious and the atmosphere was very charming. This food was not the best but still good and the service could have been better. Perhaps we were there on a bad night. Still at the end of the night, I was a happy girl and we all had a great time. It's the people that you are around that makes the food you eat more delicious. Here are some photos of the massive amount of food five people were able to consume. 

California rolls, salmon, squid and tuna sashimi. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hiking again after a year hiatus.

decided to hike up a 6mile hike for 3 hours to have a picnic! I've gone mad considering I've had no trekking poles, and no proper boots and we were hiking up into snow. Nonetheless I knew I needed to go and get out. I've been in almost a state of isolation since my introversion has been emerging now more than ever. I've become a ghost like paleness which I swear draws wasps and bees towards me since they like bright things. I appreciate my introversion and so do my books. I've been catching up on a lot of reading. But I've been recluse and hiding from society in general. I thought this would be a great opportunity to get out and bust out my good ol' point and shoot.

             I was completely out of shape and it was evident with my heavy breathing while my body was adjusting to the high elevation as I heaved to and fro upwards. I was not planning on seeing snow so I did not come prepared at all...It was a crazy idea but my friends and I managed our way upwards without the gears. It was certainly not as glamorous as other hikes. When we left my hair was drenched from the fog and rain, but I still felt proud for accomplishing something I had wanted to do for awhile. We did not get an opportunity to view the meadow nor the scenic mountains due to the fog and hovering clouds but it was a good experience to put in the books.