Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Slushies and Soup!

What started off as a blah morning turned into a really fun day of laughter and trading stories with friends! I was feeling a little blue this morning so my sister suggested that I call up one of my high school friends to meet up. I did, and ended up hanging out with 3 of my old friends all afternoon!

I first met up with Katie at, my favorite, the Green Tea Cafe downtown! I had the Strawberry Mango slush and she ordered a Thai Iced Tea. My slush was sweet and refreshing! I love it because it isn't overpoweringly sweet and fake tasting. Thumbs up! My friend Anu met up later and ordered an Almond Milk at my recomendation! ;)

We had so much fun talking about our college lives and what it was like living in a dorm! We have all changed a bit, but it's rather refreshing. I feel like all our worlds have opened up and we are growing up. :) Of course, they were curious about Andrew, so I told them about him and showed off my lovely ring!!! :D After Green Tea Cafe started to get a little busy, we went over to Barnes and Noble to hang out and meet up with another friend, Cindy. So, then more catching up took place and I told them funny stories about last year. I plan to hang out with them next week again, so I am looking forward to that! :D I am really glad I took initiative to meet up with them; I feel a lot better now that I did that. I think I feel down sometimes because I am so ready to go back to school and I get kinda of bored and lonely here. I also love keeping busy, and I can't really do that at home. But, I have things to look forward to, such as Andrew sleeping over on Friday!!!!!!! :D I really can't wait to spend relaxing quality time with him!!!!!!

For dinner, my dad made French Onion soup with his home-made bread! Yum! It was sooo tasty and fresh! He used the rest of the fresh mozzarella cheese and some grated parmesan cheese. He said the secret to good French Onion soup is to cook the onions in butter for at least a half an hour, and then boil them in the beef broth for about 45 minutes. It makes the onions soft and really flavors up the broth.

My bowl, straight from the oven! :)

Here is a picture of the broth from under the cheese and bread. Very light and healthy broth, not oily at all! (I love that spoon!)

Gooey cheese!!!! :D

Fiona and I went on a walk after we got home from hanging with friends, and I saw one of my turtle friends in the lake! It made me so happy!
But then......
We saw a super freaky red thing that looked like a lobster! It's claws were up and it looked as though it was going to pounce on us!!!! My dad said it was a crawdad..........ewwwww.... >.<
So, that was interesting and adventurous! Yay for nature!! ;)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Pizza Hoes! :D

Last night after a pretty hot walk with my family, we came home and got ready to eat pizza! Yay! My dad also made some wheat bread for us and an ailing client. Doesn't it look cute?
As I mentioned in my other blog post, my dad decided to take a break from making calzones, so he went back to making normal pizzas last night! Yum!
Above is my dad's pizza with ground beef, fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, and olives.

Here is my huge pizza, complete with an egg! :) Otherwise, it has the same toppings on it as my dads, minus olives. I never cared much for olives. My pizza was very tasty; the ground beef was a nice change from ham or pepperoni, so that was good. Even the fresh mozarella tasted really good and was all gooey! I love the addition of the fresh basil leaves from our plant too. :)

And lastly, here is my sister's pizza! :) Hers has the same as my dads, mnius the olives. She doesn't like the idea of putting an egg on pizza. :)
She wanted me to take a picture of her being all excited! :D

This morning I went to work for a bit and did some printing of important papers for my dad and some other people in his office. I also got a raise! Yay! I went from $8.50 an hour to $10! :D Otherwise, it has been a pretty relaxing and quiet day. Not much going on at all. I feel very fatigued though, so I have been resting every since I got home. I probably feel this way from the heat and all the walking yesterday. I have been drinking lots of water, so hopefully that will help.
I am hoping that Andrew can stay over this weekend, so I need to plan that out with him! Yay!!!! I am so excited!!! I need to decide what to cook for him.....hmmmmmm..... ;)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Gewd Eats! :)

Last night, I had one of my favorite dishes for dinner, Doro Wat! It's an Ethiopian chicken stew that tastes sooooooo good! :) It even has hard-boiled eggs in it, which adds a heartiness to the stew. The stew itself has a strong tomato sauce base, with onions and spices. So tasty~ It's also very good served with rice because the rice can soak up the yummy sauce!
Today has been a chill Sunday. I mopped the floor this morning (my favorite) and the apartment looks rather clean if I may say so myself. ;) I watched a short French film with my sister that was in black and white by director Eric Rohmer. It was pretty good, but just a short, early version of some of his films. It was still interesting though. Paris always looks lovely in black and white.
For lunch my dad made vegetable stir fry, with carrots, grean beans, snap peas, celery, and garlic in soy sauce. My dad decided that he wants to eat less meat and make more vegetarian meals......this shall be interesting. I'm up for it, so we'll see what happens. :)

This afternoon, I went to go sell some books to Half-Price books. I brought in a huge box and I got $14 out of it....not that great, but at least those books are gone! That's one less box I have to worry about! I went with my friend Andi, and afterwards we walked down the street to a frozen yogurt place called The Yogurt Shack. Yum! We both enjoyed the yogurt and toppings, and the prices weren't too bad. The picture above is my yogurt; I got chocolate and vanilla swirl with gummy bears, almonds, and waffle cone bits. :D Very good! I LOVE gummy bears in frozen yogurt!!! I love how chewy and cold they get! I've loved it since I was a kid; I have a distinct memory of getting some vanilla yogurt with gummy bears and just loving how they tasted with the yogurt. Maybe it's the difference of textures. Anyway, I reccomend putting gummy bears in frozen yogurt!! ;D
This was Andi's cup, and she got wild Acacia Berry with fresh strawberries and cookie dough. She really liked it, and was so excited about the cookie dough, haha. I tried it and it was tasty! Not too sweet, but with a pleasant berry taste. Good quality sorbet!
Well, it's hot and my family wants to go on a hike maybe later if it cools down......we went on a long walk yesterday, and it felt good. But it's hotter today so I am not sure if I want to go. I probably will anyway; it's healthy!! :D We might be having pizza for dinner, so look forward to a pizza post soon!
I wonder how the Adobo Festival is going..... :D

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Chowder and Soup in July?!

Yes, the weather has been acting oddly this past week. Chilly winds and cold evenings have been plaguing where I live. This afternoon it's been hot, about 90 degrees, which actually feels kind of nice. :) Scooter is enjoying walking around our little porch in the nice sunshine!

Last night, my dad wanted to make corn chowder since we had some fresh corn on the cob from the farm stand near us. It was tasty and warm! He also put in some potatoes I had bought from the farmer's market in Martinez, so it was a pretty healthy (apart from the bacon hahaha) and organic meal! The bacon added a nice saltiness so it was appreciated. :)

Here are some of the grapes that I bought at the Martinez farmer's market. They were pretty sweet with a somewhat tough exterior, but my sister and I enjoyed them before lunch. We put some in cute little red mugs to nibble on. :D

For lunch, my dad made the leftover taco meat for himself and my sister. But also, he kindly made me some beef ramen! We had some noodles in the fridge we needed to eat up, so he made me soup. It was comforting and tasty! There was only noodles, fresh green onion, beef broth, soy sauce, and an egg in it. Very simple but satisfying. :)

I am rather bummed because this weekend is the Adobo Festival in Stockton, right down the street from where Andrew lives!!!! I am DYING to go!! (It would have been a good excuse to see my love too, but I am hoping to see him this week! ;D) Alas, this year is not the year for me to go.......hopefully next summer it will come back to Stockton! What it seems to consist of (I was being a stalker and found the website) is a bunch of chefs making their own styles of adobo, a Filipino stew made with chicken, pork, vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaves, and other things served with rice. It's delicious! My dad makes it sometimes, as does Andrew's mom. I am dying to try hers though! :D

After lunch my sister and I went to the mall, and it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. I found two nice shirts and a cute little dress at Forever 21, all for $25!! I love finding good sales! :D Otherwise, we have been relaxing at home. I might read and practice guitar later. I have been working on a couple new poems, and I am really excited about them!

My dad wants to make the Ethiopian chicken stew Doro Wat tonight for dinner. In fact, he is in the kitchen starting it right now! Yum! Look forward to that post! ;)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Attack of the Calzones!! :D

My dad has been on a calzone kick lately. Last night for dinner, he made 4 calzones, and we ate two since my sister was at a friend's house. She ate one of the leftover ones last night, and then I had the other for lunch today. :) Yum! My dad wants to go back to making traditional pizzas now though; he says he misses how the cheese would cook together with everything else on the pizza.

Here is a shot of mine from last night. Ham, eggs, basil, cheese, and pepperoni were crammed into this one and it was very good! I love the egg in it, and the basil adds such a nice earthy kick to it. :)

Below are pics of the calzone I ate today. This one had the same as the others, but with the addition of red onion. The onion added a nice flavor and goes well with the other ingredients.

My sister was craving beef tacos, so my dad made some for them. I tried a bit and it was good! I was fine with eating my calzone since the tacos might have been too spicy for me. They loved it, so that's good!
A couple nights ago, I cleaned out Scooter's aquarium and put in fresh timothy hay for her to sleep in. I think I put in too much because when I wake up in the morning and go to see her, she is buried in it! Sometimes I can't even see her!

This is actually a good view of her! :)

Awww, a little close-up of her sleepy face. :D
Today has been another relaxing day. I went to Big 5 Sporting Goods store this morning to get some good quality flip-flops that were on sale, then went to deposit money in my bank account, and then did some grocery shopping. After lunch I started some poems (I was suddenly inspired! :D) and got ready to go help my grandma babysit two of my cousins. They were the older ones, and easy to handle. We took them to the pool and talked with them. It was pretty fun. :) Made some money too, yay!
Right now my dad is working on cooking corn chowder....so we'll see how that turns out. I am not sure if we are having it for dinner, but soup sounds good! It's pretty chilly here right now, with a cold wind blowing! Crazy!
Also, Andrew is amazing because he actually found a happy and cute Radiohead song for me!! ;D I love my boo!!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Order Number 1! ;)

Talk about going from one extreme to another! Yesterday my dad, my sister, and I went to San Francisco and it was super cold! The sky was grey and little droplets of water hung in the air! I, of course, wasn't thinking and expected it to warm up so I didn't bring a jacket. Needless to say, I paid the price for it!

However, perhaps because of the cold weather we all desired warm, comforting food. So, we decided to go to our favorite San Francisco joint, Americana Grill in the Richmond District. We've been going there for over 10 years and the people who run it still recognize it! The man who runs it never fails to ask if my dad needs another wine glass for me, hahaha. :D But first, Fiona and I went shopping while my dad met with a client. We walked around Japantown for a bit, and I picked up some cute folders for school. Then, we walked up to the Fillmore to do some clothes and pastry shopping! I got a nice shirt at Crossroads and then we went to the Boulange Bakery! I picked up some macarons and Fiona got a chocolate croissant. Yum!

I took some pictures of the lovely white and lavender flowers on the way. :) So dainty!

Yay!!! Macarons! I love these little guys! I got two chocolate ones, a vanilla one, and a caramel one. The chocolate was divine, so rich and not too sweet. The caramel one was good and the bits of caramel on top were a nice crunchy touch. The vanilla is very sweet, but still good.

Here is my dad and Fiona putting change into the parking meter in front of Americana Grill! Look at how cloudy and cold it is!!!!

Apparently, my dad was in the mood for an appetizer so we got fried zuchinni, which were delicious! Not greasy or heavy, they were so hot and fresh! I, who generally stays away from fried things, really enjoyed these. :)
Okay, my dad and I had made a plan prior to going. We were going to split one of their giant hamburgers and split a bowl of their pho. Two of my favorite things!!! :D
Here is our hamburger-doesn't it look amazing??? It's so tasty and succulent and filling! The meat is cooked so well and bursts with flavor. The fries are good too. (And yes, that is considered ONE burger! For about $7 that is a great deal!)
And here is the huge bowl of pho! I ordered the #1 combination with tripe, tendon, meatballs, and other things. The wife of the man who runs it told me to order that one since it is a bigger bowl! :D She said it was their most popular soup! So, always order #1!

Here are the fixings that came with it: the usual bean sprouts, herbs, lemon, jalapeno, and sauces. I have really grown to love the bean sprouts. They taste so good in the broth!

The pho was amazing. It really was. I couldn't believe how light and tasty the broth was! My dad and I couldn't stop drinking it! I ordered extra noodles for a dollar, so I was a noodle hoe! :P For $7 that bowl of pho is such a wonderful deal. I thought this pho was so much better than the pho at Le Cheval. I sometimes wish my dad still lived in SF so we could go eat there all the time like we used when he did live there. We lived up a few streets so we would always walk down to Americana Grill. Ahhh~ Those were good times! I think one of the reasons I love finding hole-in-the-wall restaurants with Andrew in Stockton is because they are so homey and remind me of some places in SF. You can almost always find awesome family-run places in cities or large towns. I can't wait to go back to Stockton and explore some more!!! ;D

Today has been alright; I went to work and ended up helping my dad out a lot. He was proud of me, which made me happy. I also went to the Farmer's Market in Martinez down the street from my dad's office and picked up some things! I got some tomatoes, potatoes, grapes, bok choy, green onions, and yellow onions. It really made me excited for Stockton's farmer's markets!!
I also took a little rest before writing this blogpost, and that relaxed me a lot. I also found a book that a family friend had given me full of poems and stories that have to do with the Central Valley, places like Stockton, Lodi, and Sacramento. I find myself becoming more and more interested with that part of California since I live there most of the time. I really want to write about it.....but I think I need more experience living in Stockton. Maybe by next summer or so I can start on something good. :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sandwich Day~!

YAY! Happy 40th post!!!! :D

The weather has been cooling off this week, which has been interesting. The mornings are practically chilly....weird.....But, it's still sunny and lovely. I went on a walk this afternoon and it was so bright and clear; one of my turtle friends in the lake poked its head out of the water to say hello!

For lunch today, my dad made us all sandwiches. He had made some this morning to take to an elderly client, so he was in a sandwich mood all day!
I had a Croque Grandame, as we called it. :D It had turkey, chicken, ham, and cheese with an egg on top. Very filling and so tasty! I made a salad to go along with it.
My sister had a deviled egg sandwich made with my dad's homemade bread! She really enjoyed it!
My dad had this monstrous BLT, also with his homemade bread! He also made a two bean salad for himself and my sister. According to them, it was tasty but very garlicy.

My dad surprised my sister and I with eclairs! The last time I had one I was with Andrew on a super hot day at college. We had gone to check out Podestos, an upscale grocery store that made good sandwiches, and picked one up to try. He loved it! :) I really want to make some homemade for him soon! :D
This eclair was pretty good; the filling was a vanilla custard that wasn't too rich. It came from the Whole Foods bakery.
I spent yesterday afternoon and this morning putting things up for sale on Ebay. I was able to sell two things this summer already, but didn't make too much money off of them. Shipping is cruel.....but I am trying again! I hope everything sells! I need to go back to school with a good amount of money saved. Otherwise, things have been pretty slow, just running errands and keeping the house clean. Scooter, my tortoise, has been relaxing and doing fine. :) My plant keeps growing, which makes me happy! I think it's probably too big to take back to school with me, so I hope my family takes good care of it when I am gone!
Tomorrow we are planning to go to San Francisco since my dad has to meet with a client. I want to go to Boulange, a French bakery/pastry shop on the Fillmore and get some more macarons! Yum!

Monday, July 20, 2009

SF MOMA, Katana-ya Ramen, and Fro-yo Sunday!

Sunday was a busy day! After writing up a blog post about my awesome day with my love in Stockton, I got ready to go to San Francisco to meet up with my roommate Devon for next year and her family! I took a BART train into Union Square and we met up. Everyone was hungry, and the only good and inexpensive restaurant I know around the Union Square area is a Japanese ramen place called Katana-ya, which is kind of famous in SF. Her family was up for it, so off we went!

I ordered the regular miso ramen, and it was delcious! I had never ordered miso ramen in a restaurant before, and I was glad I did yesterday! :) It was not too thick, but almost creamy in a way. It actually didn't taste like miso soup at all, which is nice because I don't always like miso soup. But this was yummy! Sooo gooood~
I ordered a combination meal, and I got the tamago don (egg over rice). However, the waitress either mixed up my order or heard me wrong because she gave me oyako don (chicken and egg over rice).I liked it anyway, but I wondered about the mix-up.

Devon's dad ordered the soy sauce ramen and pork over rice combo. He seemed to enjoy it!
Devon also ordered a combo, with soy sauce ramen and fried rice. I sadly didn't get a picture of the fried rice, but it came in a nice bowl and looked pretty good.

Hder mom ordered the curry rice meal, which came with miso soup. I didn't get a picture of the curry rice, but it was huge!! She really liked it too!
Then, we walked down Union Square and through Yerba Buena Gardens (pictured below) to get to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It was a lovely day, and even a bit windy. At home my dad said it was in the 100s! Eek!
I thought these flowers were so lovely that I had to get a picture! :) I love how bright the colors are!

After checking out the museum, we were all a bit hot from walking around and Devon's mom wanted to get something cool and refreshing. We found an adorable little frozen yogurt place near the Metreon and got some fro-yo! Mine is the one in the middle in the first row. It was so delicious and fresh! I got mango, chocolate/vanilla swirl, cookies and cream, and mochi and almonds on top. Loved it! The frozen yogurt at this place was top-notch; creamy, yogurty, and tasty! No fake flavoring. It's called Icebee, www.icebeeyogurt.com !!
The museum itself was interesting.....but I don't care for modern art very much. Some of the pieces were disturbing, some were interesting, and some could not be considered art (colorful squares? a urinal???). I am so grateful to Devon and her family for inviting me though! It was a fun way to spend a Sunday. :)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

At the Old House! :D

I spent the day in Stockton yesterday with my love and his family! It was so fun and relaxing, but extremely hot! His already large house is full of people right now, so it was non-stop talking and fun! His visiting sisters taught us how to dance the salsa and merengue! (I intend to practice these dances with Andrew, much to his dismay :D) I felt so comfortable and happy there!
Andrew's mother kindly made us all lunch. Clockwise from the top: pork ribs in a dark sauce with green onions, a very mild curry, rice, garlic bok choy, and fried tofu. All very interesting and good! I found myself really enjoying the bok choy, which made me think of my tortoise since I feed her bok choy sometimes! :)

In the early afternoon, we went to their old house, which is the house Andrew and his family grew up in. They moved into their current house a few years ago, and their cousins now live in the old house. I love it; the backyard is so large and beautiful. There is a basketball court, a swimming pool, fruit trees, flowers, and even a bomb shelter!
I thought the sunlight shining on this tree was so lovely that I had to take a picture. :)
Here is a close-up of the flowers on that tree. I love their mixed color of yellow and pale pink! So summery!

Yay! Blackberry bushes! I first noticed these when I was last at the old house in May, and I was so happy to see some berries on them yesterday! Andrew and I picked a few of the only ready ones, and they were very sweet!
Can't wait for those berries to be ready! :)
I don't know if I have mentioned this on my blog before, but Andrew is a great basketball player! He loves the game and he taught me how to play as well! So, even though it was so hot, he started dunking and shooting at the old house. Kathleen, one of his sisters, and her 2 year-old son Jake joined us on the court. Jake wanted to try dunking after he saw how well his Uncle Andrew did it, so Andrew helped him out! :D So cute! Look at those strong arms!
Here we are, both hot and sweaty, but happy! We were just sitting in the grass, relaxing in the shade. Earlier we had all gone on the roof, and the views were amazing! It was a wonderful day that was all about summertime. :) I was so happy to be with my love again! Of course I miss him a lot when I am home, but luckily I have exactly one month before I go back to school! Yay!