14 6 / 2011

Oh Happy Day is sponsoring a free trip to Paris!

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08 6 / 2011

You say that love goes anywhere
In your darkest time, it’s just enough to know it’s there

When you go, I’ll let you be
But you’re killing everything in me 

19 5 / 2011

I have always been a little intimidated of whole chickens. Cleaning them, preparing them and cooking them. So I have just decided to go all in and challenge myself to make dishes I otherwise would be intimidated by. 

So I did a Rotisserie style chicken recipe. This is my second time making it, the first time didn’t go so well…i accidentally put the chicken wrong side up LOL and it didn’t turn out as crispy as I wanted. Today turned out soo much nicer! Cooked it in the dutch oven for about 2 hours and this is the result:

Here is the crispy pretty chicken

Here is the dish plated (and with the mac n cheese) 

Afterwards we decided to take a walk around our neighborhood and we got some pretty shots I will share:

19 5 / 2011

Well ladies n gents you are in for a treat because today I got TWO posts to share with you! Since I am trying to be better at posting pictures of food I have cooked I have been a little better at remembering to take them and post them. So, I have resolved that I will try and post an entry after each meal I cook (let’s see how long that lasts)

So last Friday (I know, I know…I’m already behind) I made a Williams Family Favorite:

Corned Beef Hash!

And to make it healthy I did a vegetable medley

Here is the dish plated

19 5 / 2011

As I mentioned in the last post, I have lots to share with you readers. So let’s get down to it shall we. A few weeks ago hubby n I were lazily spending our day watching Man v. Food and they featured Philly. They featured so many good locations we wanted to try each one that was mentioned on the show. Now we had always talked about going to Philly as a day trip and well…this time we did it! And here’s our pics of our day trip:

I loved this sign because of the way the letters are placed but even more so because it’s my mom’s name. (love you mom <3)

Fun Fact: The (urban) legend of William Penn. Legend has it that there was a “gentlemen’s agreement” between the builders that nothing in the city should be built higher then the Penn statue. Well this agreement was broken in 1984 and since then Philadelphia has had the worst sports record in the nation. Also, putting a hat and a jersey on the statue didn’t help either in fact, this led to the Phillies and the Flyer’s losing the World and Stanley Cup respectively

I just love the lighting in this picture and the great structure of the building

Market Street National Bank

A pretty view of the downtown architecture

We even found the church of scientology!

Had to do a tunnel shot! :)

One of the main reasons we wanted to go to Philly was because of the Reading Terminal Market! 

You can see how big the market is from this outside shot

There are rows and rows of vendors you can buy from that sell different types of goods and food!

Unfortunately we didn’t think to check what time the market closes and by the time we got there, the market was closing in 30 min so most of the shops had closed for the day

I loved that you could buy fresh seafood and meat here. I wish I had something like this down our way!

YUMMM Bassett Ice Cream=DEEEELISHUSHNESS! Sadly we were too busy eating to take a pic of what we got…oh well there will be next time

After we got ourselves a treat we checked out the produce (get it? checked out the produce? This is a picture of the checkout counter TEE HEE =P )

I LOVE FRUIT!!!! All sorts, and nothing makes me happier than rows and rows of fruit I can choose from =]

After the market closed we were hungry and off to our destination #2! TONY LUKES CHEESESTEAKS!!! YUMMAH! Now you may never of heard of them since usually Pat’s or Geno’s gets all the publicity and hype but I like Tony Luke’s better. Less of a wait time and some really good cheesesteak! But like all places in Philly that sell cheesesteaks make sure you pre-view the menu ahead of time, be prompt, order fast and get on your way or “NO CHEESESTEAK FOR YOU!” (Seinfeld reference)

And I will leave you with a parting shot of the building. We got there around 6:30 so there wasn’t too much of a wait but by the time we were leaving the line started snaking its way outside

12 5 / 2011

(GAHHHH!!! Just wrote a whole post and stupid Google Chrome crashed on me!! Ergh, let’s see if I remember all the wording I used)

I’ve been a bit busy lately and have gotten backed up in posting food and current going ons so I’ll make this post a recap of what I (we) have been up to. Hold on tight this post is gonna be a long and doosey one!

FOOD WISE:

White Trout Fillets with tomatoes in green chili sauce and capers along with asparagus

Here’s the dish plated :]

Made some apple pie

Close up of the flaky deelishush crust!

Made some pot roast. This was really good, if I do say so myself. Pot roast in a red wine sauce with potatoes and carrots slow cooked in a dutch oven for over 4 hours made the meat oh-so-tender and so good! I definitely am going to make this again.

Here it is plated =]

This post would not be complete without mentioning my new true love in frozen yogurt: PINKBERRY!! It is so yummy! Not too tart not too sweet my current faves are lychee and mango and they are the only one that I like the original flavor too! Cons are that its all the way in fairfax so I try and justify going all the way over there because White House/Black Market and nordies and LOFT are already over there ANYWAYS, so it’s a worthwhile trip (at least thats how I see it)

Some food I made that I didn’t get to take pics of: Tinola, tacos, crab cakes, cod cakes, and just last night I made beef w/broccoli. I have GOT to be better about taking pics of food I made. Oh well, there’s always next time.

Stay tuned for travel pics later! To Be Continued….

12 5 / 2011

"I’ve never truly loved, until you put your arms around me”

20 4 / 2011

Since I’ve mentioned that I’ve been in a mental rut lately, I’ve compiled a list of things I would like to personally accomplish and do. I am a person that gets bored easily if I don’t have something to stimulate my mind, to make me think, ponder, or meditate. So, without further ado I would like to share my list I came up with:

1) Travel 

-More specifically to Italy, Greece, Spain, Morocco, France, Bora Bora, Fiji, Peru, Costa Rica and somewhere in between there the Philippines

World Renowned Almalfi Coast in the Southern part of Italy has always been my dream to visit.

Greek Isles

Greek Isles

Bora Bora Overwater Bungalows

Bora Bora Over Water Bungalows!

How Beautiful is Fiji!

Ross & I are (hoping we can) go to Italy next year as a treat to ourselves for accomplishing our financial goals. If we did we would do a 2 week vacation to Italy. Perhaps starting in Rome, train to Naples (for some pizza), then down to Florence, visiting Tuscany and seeing the lush country scenery, then Sorrento where we can take a boat ride to the island of Capri and then finish our trip visiting Pompeii, and the Almalfi Coast.

2) I would like to learn a new language.

Not just a one liner or be able to introduce myself and say my name, I want to be able to hold a conversation and get my way around a city. Italian has been the language I have always wanted to learn and so I’m challenging myself to learn it. That way when we do go visit Italy I can immerse myself in the culture. I would also love to learn Chinese (since I am part Chinese), Hindi, Spanish (After 3 years of learning it—I think I need a refresher course), and another dialect from the Philippines. Specifically, Ilocano or Bicol, since both of which are my parents native tongues.

3) I want to learn how to sew

I would like to think that I can pick things up relatively easily, my problem is sticking with it. My mom gave me her old sewing machine and I have yet to even toy with it. I need to find a manual for it so I can really learn, that or take sewing lessons…which I need to get going on. My grandma was a wonderful seamstress, she made a lot of my dresses when I was young and my mom-in-law is so skilled behind a sewing machine! I would love to be that way. My mom too knows her way around a sewing machine.

4) I want to take professional cooking courses

More specifically at L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland (http://www.lacademie.com/) It’s only one of the most prestigious cooking schools in the country!! Basically I would love to take all their workshop courses! Those being:

-Advanced Culinary Weekend (Learn how to create an 8 course dinner)

-Beginner Techniques of Cooking (knife skills, baking, sautéing, stocks, grilling, sauces, and more)

-Kitchen Skills (knife skills including how to hone and sharpen a knife, slice and dice an onion, dice a shallot, julienne carrots, chop herbs, debone a chicken and more. Sweating, sautéing, blanching, deglazing, gratinee, searing, caramelizing and other techniques)

-Cake Clinic ( Learn techniques for cupcakes, layer cakes, syrups, fillings, icings, buttercreams and glazes along with finishing skills and décor)

-Everyday Cooking (learn how to stock a pantry, what spices go with what foods, techniques of cooking (from proper knife skills to sautéing, etc.) and a myriad of fundamental recipes laying the foundation for cooking with what is on hand without using a recipe)

-Fish & Shellfish Workshop (learn to purchase, store, and prepare different types of fish and shellfish. Debone and fillet a rockfish. Cooking methods will include marinating, steaming, grilling, sautéing, searing and more)

-Meat Basics (learn to purchase, store, and prepare different types of meat including beef, lamb, veal and pork. This class gives students a foundation in a variety of meats and cooking methods including which cuts of meat lend themselves to slow cooking and which are suited to quick cooking. Techniques include braising, marinating, grilling, roasting, sautéing, stewing)

-Pastry Techniques Seminar (6 week course-learn how to pipe, roll, and shape dougs and make a variety of fillings and finishes to complement them.  Students will also learn about basic ingredients and the science behind baking.  Students completing the class will be able to make a variety of cakes, tarts, and classic pastries)

-Techniques of Thai Cooking

I’ll spare you the price tag of all these classes (Almost $2,000) haha but I think its a worthwhile investment and will let me play into my fantasy job. 

5) I want to take singing lessons or Violin Lessons

If you know me you know I love to sing, its the one way I feel like I express myself or at least convey that. And music is the one thing that can always lift my spirits no matter how crummy I might feel. It’s always been a dream of mine to take lessons and learn how to make my voice more powerful and learn the classical techniques of singing. I also used to play the violin (If you can call it that—the times I did practice my parents would ask me to stop or put a clothespin on the bridge of the violin so it wouldn’t be so loud) and I would love to take that up again and fulfill my Asian stereotype of playing violin, maybe I can put my hair half up and tie it with a pink ribbon too and wear mary jane shoes to complete the look!

6) I want to take an art class

My younger brother is so talented at drawing! I’ve always admired and been a little jealous of that, I can barely draw stick figures correctly and I am most skilled in drawing (doodling really) flowers. Haha! So to be able to draw even just someones outline correctly or draw someones portrait has always been a fascination of mine.

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So, those are a short list of things I would love to accomplish and do…I’ll be adding on as I find new ways to spend my money. Hehe =)

19 4 / 2011

“Even if all these needs are satisfied, we may still often, if not always, expect that a new discontent and restlessness will soon develop, unless the individual is doing what he is fitted for. A musician must make music, an artist must paint” —- Abraham Maslow (American philosopher and psychologist, 1908-1970)

I feel restless, like my mind is moving too fast for my body and I can’t keep up. While I should be sound asleep, it’s almost 2 am and I have so many thoughts and scenarios that run through my mind. I feel like I’ve been stagnant for too long and I need a change…I’ve been complacent for too long and now I’m bored. I need a change of pace. A challenge. A change in scenery. Too let loose a little and not be confined to the role I’ve been assigned. I want to travel, to not have to worry, I want this year to be over as quickly as it came so I can be free of the restraints and feel like I can finally breathe…

I wish I could just have a peaceful nights rest. I’ve been having nightmares lately. It scares me sometimes to close my eyes and see what awaits me

08 4 / 2011

Hello World! Today, since we’re having people over for dinner I love cleaning, I’m cleaning the whole house. (yippeee -_-) and one thing I wanted to test out was my new window cleaner I picked up at Ross’s (not the hubby, the store) awhile back. I’ve heard good things about this cleaning line but didn’t want to pay $5 for a product I wasn’t sure I’d like. Anyways, when I saw it for $2 cheaper I decided to get some. In case you have no idea what on earth I am talking about here it is:

Now, I LOVE this so much I actually am posting about it. I have found my one true love (in cleaning products)!!!! It smells soooo nice and relaxing that I just might start cleaning windows for fun and not to mention it’s so relaxing. No streaking, and I have to say I like it a lot better than Windex. I would show you the evidence of how well this works but since I’m such a good housewife there was no dirt or dust =P Hehe…Here are my clean and great smelling windows now!

In case you’re interested in her complete line here’s the link: http://www.mrsmeyers.com/Products/Household_Cleaners