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Posted: March 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

Evening everyone!

I’m writing this as I watch some particularly mind-numbing television including a couple of ANTM episodes, and currently the reality series “High Society” on the CW. My brain is about to explode.

After I got over my morning rain blues, I ate some breakfast:

Jook – Korean rice porridge. I’m a sucker for trying new things from Kukje market (in Daly City), and a savory rice porridge is right up my alley. Granted, I couldn’t actually read the directions as only the label with nutrition info and ingredients was in English, but things ended up pretty nicely.


I opened the rice bowl, dumped in the packed of green tea powder, furikake (seaweed topping), and what I can only assume were little crunchy dried fish balls?

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It was savory, warming, and delicious, and exactly what I was wanting.

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After breakfast I continued to work on errands, until I was hungry enough for lunch. I opted for a sandwich with guacamole, dill, and sardines. I’m not eating nearly as much fish as I used to (ie: in New England where fish was plentiful, less expensive, and of higher quality), so I’ve been trying to eat sardines more often.

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After lunch, I headed to Omnivore Books to cover for Celia as she took her blab (beagle + black lab) Jolene to the vet 🙁 Poor Jolene has been feeling sickly, possibly because she tried to eat Max Watman’s book on Moonshine.

After a couple of hours at the bookstore I ate a snack: a soft gingerbread cookie filled with nuts and fruit. They were good, I think, not great.

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After Celia came back, I ended up staying at the bookstore to listen to Andy Smith talk about the historical moments in food in America. I’ll soon be reading his new book Eating History: Thirty Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine. (It’s going on my always grown stack). I was particularly fascinated about some of the historical health and diet movements, including Sylvester Graham’s diet (creator of the Graham cracker) and the health movements propagated by religious communities including the Seventh Day Adventists. These are definitely things I look forward to reading more about.

Doesn’t he look a bit like Stephen Colbert?

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After the talk I came home and made dinner:

Refried beans, guacamole, a fried egg, with a quesadilla on the side made with Cabot Tika Masala cheddar that Cabot Creamery sent me to try. I have to admit I was totally skeptical of this when I got it, and it’s truly a delicious product. It’s a simple block of cheddar that has been dusted in some general south asian spices which give it this great flavoring with a hint of sweetness. (I’m not sure if this is on the market yet, but if it is, it’s worth a try).

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After dinner, I wanted something sweet, so I made myself a single serve oatmeal chocolate chip “cookie” in a bowl. Oatmeal, a little brown sugar, a tiny bit of flour, some Barney butter, chocolate pieces, and some half and half. A little too sweet perhaps, but exactly what I was looking for.

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The news is on, I better turn this thing off before I really lose my mind.

‘Night everyone.

Dinner and CSI

Posted: March 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | No Comments »

I didn’t make it to Frances tonight. (I will soon! I will!)

I made it to my couch. And then briefly to the kitchen. And then back to my couch. I’m actually still sitting here. Boy, was I exhausted!

Somewhere in the depths of my freezer, I had this amazing portion of curried butternut squash and apple soup. I heated it up on the stove, and in a fit of genius, stirred in a little bit of corn.

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This stuff was good.

I ate is as I watched two episodes of CSI from last week (Miami and New York), which, perhaps un-coincidentally both featured axes as the main murder weapon. Ax-murdering doesn’t seem like a particularly pleasant way to go.

After dinner, I sat around and watched more CSI.

And then I opted for some more protein, and made a baked oatmeal with oats, egg whites, cinnamon, baking powder, brown sugar, and a splash of maple syrup. I’m not posting a recipe because there isn’t really one, and also, this batch didn’t come out quite as good as normal.


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And then you dig in:


I know, it doesn’t look too pretty.

And now, finally, some well deserved sleep.


Burritos, Twice in One Week

Posted: March 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

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I’ve been finishing up all my loose ends this week, and not quite getting everything done on time. So, I’m a little behind here:

Last Night’s Dinner:

1. The last of some home made granola. I can’t share the recipe, because it’s still in testing (and isn’t mine to share, alas), but I can attest to it being seriously delicious. I just poured the milk right in the container.


2. A lone stuffed poblano pepper with shrimp from Trader Joe’s. I added a little bit of sriracha on top for some heat, and then after realizing I may have added a little too much I added some yogurt. (Not pictured.) And then I put on some leftover tomato sauce, because I was still hungry.

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Today I decided to roam away from the roost to get some work done, so I hopped in a car and headed over the bridge with Devon to Hayward (where he works), so I could have a little change of scenery.

My first stop was lunch, as it was late and I had yet to eat anything:

A Panda Bowl from Panda Express – with Beef Broccoli and Mixed Vegetables, and a smidge of rice.

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I know you may be thinking… Panda Express? Is this for real? But here is why I like their food:

a.) Fresh vegetables, and never stingy with them

b.) Light on sauce, but quite flavorful

c.) Nutrition Information that is relatively uplifting (ie – several dishes under 250 calories for the entire portion)

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After lunch, I headed to Eon Coffee, on Hesparian in Hayward, right across from Chabot community college. It’s an independent coffee shop that everyone seems to like (from both personal recommendations and yelp) so I decided I’d plant down there for a while and see what I thought of it.

I had a mug of organic earl gray tea, topped with a bit of steamed soy. They didn’t charge me for the added soy, which was bonus number one! I sat down on a comfy sofa next to a woman grading exams, and proceeded to be supremely productive, so I have to say it was a success.

My tea was delicious, the company pleasant, and the ambiance nice. They were playing a selection of late nineties/early 2k music, which was distracting at times only because I forget that thousands of song lyrics are stuck wasting space in my head even though I’ve long forgotten about the songs…

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In the late afternoon, I picked up Dev, and we headed over to CSUEastBay to take some pictures for a project he is working on.

I snapped this one in the library. I love books!

And those jeans, which were an art project.

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We took a nice long walk around campus, and then headed home.

But not before taking a pit stop to pick up burritos at Papalote.


I know that I don’t need to be eating rich food so often, but I couldn’t turn it down.

This time, gluttony won me over: a carne asada super burrito (hold the sour cream, but I ate the rice), half a cheese tortilla, chips and salsa. I’m feeling stuffed.


Chocolate for Lunch

Posted: February 28th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | No Comments »

I don’t eat very much cereal anymore. (Other than oatmeal of course). At my parents house we used to have a cereal drawer worthy of an episode of Seinfeld, but somehow, I’m just not as inclined to pour myself a bowl as much as I used to.

Nevertheless, we still have a little shelf of decent selection: Trader Joe’s High Fiber O’s, Kashi Go Lean Crunch, Raisin Bran, Gorilla Munch, Cocoa Puffs, and Cracklin’ Oat Bran. When choosing a cereal, I look for high fiber per serving (5+ grams), and of course it has to taste delicious.


This morning I woke up and had a cereal craving. I poured a bowl of Trader Joe’s High Fiber Oh’s. This stuff is really, really good. Nutty and flavorful, they have this great texture that only stands up to the milk, and don’t get easily soggy. I poured in a cup of Straus whole milk – including the cream top.

Whole milk you say? Isn’t that fattening? Unhealthy? Well, no. I don’t drink all that much milk, but when I do, I drink whole milk because it is more filling, and I find that the fat content actually keeps me satiated for longer when I add it to my cereal. Plus, a cream top is absolutely delicious.


The cereal kept me tided through until late afternoon, when I ended up having a “lunch” of Recchuti hot chocolate. Michael Recchiuti and Fran Gage were at Omnivore to talk about their book ‘Chocolate Obession‘, and kindly brought us all some delicious hot chocolate to sip on. Fran also made some olive oil truffles, but I didn’t get to try any!! The hot chocolate tasted rich and sinful, but made traditionally with just a blend of chocolate and water – so I deem it as “healthy”. (I know, I know, but I can pretend….)

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After work I headed out for a quick walk, to get in more steps for the day. The past few days I’ve been pretty sedentary, and I need to get back into the swing of things. I’m not sure what was going on, but it seemed as though the crazy people were out this evening. I live in a pretty safe neighborhood, but I sat for a few minutes and watched a man gesticulating wildly on the top of a trashcan. He was having some sort of drug induced delusions, but didn’t seem to be harming himself.

And then I got complimented on my feet, and propositioned for a two hour foot massage from a gentleman watching the debacle with me. I wasn’t sure whether or not to be creeped out or not, but he seemed normal enough, and I politely declined.

I didn’t end up getting home until 6 pm, and got started on a quick dinner. I made a big leafy salad with balsamic vinaigrette, red peppers, and chickpeas. For our main dish, I made a bulgur pilaf with some fire roasted tomatoes, and fried up some chicken chorizo sausages and mixed them in. One pot, pretty satisfying stuff.

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Tonight is a pretty relaxed evening – we are watching Sunshine Cleaning, and I’m already starting looking forward to tomorrow’s Candlelight Yoga (which I have already registered for – so I can’t back out now!).

Night everyone!

Indian Beef Stew for Dinner

Posted: February 28th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | No Comments »

I spent the afternoon testing recipes for next weeks official review of Ruta Kahate’s ‘5 Spices, 50 Dishes’ over at The Good Taste Review.

I actually had to miss out on Michael Kalanty’s breadmaking talk at Omnivore because I was in the middle of some recipe testing and misjudged my timing.

This is actually the second time that this dish has graced my table this week: Indian brown beef stew. I had this and a little more for dinner, and nothing else. It was absolutely delicious. It’s a great reminder that comfort foods all over the world will share characteristics – this is almost like a traditional beef stew, but the flavors of the coriander, cumin, and turmeric really make it standout. (I’ll post the link to the recipe on Monday).

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Tonight I’m finishing up on some errands, watching some Iron Chef America, and then getting some sleep! I haven’t been doing much moving over the past few days, and I think a lack of exercise actually is making me restless at night.

Last night I didn’t get any sleep – but I did manage to get up early enough this morning to score four tickets to the Red Sox – Yankees opening game at Fenway for my little brother. So, WIN!

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