I just wanted to thank all of you who wished me well on my move to Boston. In the world of food blogging, it’s really quite rare that people will actually read what you write, so I’m thankful to those that take the time to read my blurbs. While many of you might be a bunch of internet strangers, I appreciate the generosity & support you’ve shown me as my blog & academic career continue to move forward. Here are a bunch of pictures of food I ate &/or made that I forgot to put up. For more posts on pictures of food I ate, explore my Foodie Fridays category.
My Obsession with Sushi Has to Stop
Sango Sushi is a chain of a few restaurants sprinkled throughout California. It’s not the best sushi & anyone who gives it a 5 star rating on Yelp! probably can’t tell you the difference between nigiri & sashimi, but it tickles your sushi craving, however doesn’t satiate it by any means. Their prices are similar to what you’d pay at an established sushi restaurant that has significantly better quality fish. Since I’m obsessed with chirashi more than I am with specialty rolls–too Americanized, too many complicated flavors going on taking away from the fish–Sango’s chirashi bowl is not so bad.
Foodie Words of Wisdom: Try getting a chirashi bowl at the next sushi restaurant instead of the typical specialty rolls you otherwise would. It’s the perfect way to gauge the quality of the fish & how good the chefs are. Judge a sushi restaurant by their sashimi, not by how many different mayo sauces they can pour over a California roll. Also, if the rice is plain & has no seasoning &/or they used Jasmine rice instead of short grain sushi rice, they don’t know what they’re doing.
Political Activism: Stop buying Bluefin Tuna. If you love sushi, stop ordering it. It’s currently one of the most overfished species of fish & is quickly becoming endangered. If we want to enjoy this fish in the future, we should only order it when it’s in season (if you really can’t control your cravings) or quit it cold turkey. It also has a high mercury content so if you need a health reason, there you go. You can do it, sushi addicts, I believe in you.
My #1 favorite Japanese noodle dish is udon, a thick rice flour noodle. Udon tastes great in restaurants, but not that great at home because the noodles I used aren’t freshly made. Since learning that udon really only requires flour & water, I had to give it a go. Took a bunch of attempts to perfect it, but it turned out great!
Foodie Words of Wisdom: When trying to recreate this at home, make sure you use the right flour with 9g of protein, found in a Japanese grocery store. Any other flour with less than 9g of protein will not hold its shape correctly.
I signed up to be part of Influenster a while ago, hoping that maybe one day, I’d get some free loot out of it & I did! I’ve been so caught up with traveling & my move that I nearly forgot about documenting it. I’m strongly encouraged to review the products, so these opinions are mine, blah blah blah.
I love Pure Leaf! I’ve had their drinks before & it legitimately tastes like brewed tea, except of course it’s not as fresh as freshly brewed tea. The lemon flavored one was really quite nice. Refreshing & sweet, perfect for non-loose leaf tea drinkers. These are starting to really gain popularity as well, so you can try one out the next time you go grocery shopping.
Elizabeth Arden’s Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum is really adorable. The beads are supposed to be activated when they pop to help reduce fine lines & wrinkles. I’ve used it a few times, but I can’t say I notice much of a difference yet because I haven’t used it consistently enough.
Haven’t used this yet because I haven’t burn myself yet. They wanted me to share a strange burn story (have none) & take a selfie with this…I mean, come on…
Bikini Ready gummy bites are these caffeinated gummy candies that are marketed to get you “bikini ready,” but they’re honestly just caffeinated gummies. I read the ingredients, the first being corn syrup, go figure, so I wouldn’t be popping these in your mouth thinking you’re going to wake up with abs. They’re supposed to keep you energized so you’re not fatigued at the gym. They taste great nevertheless & they’re quick to consume versus drinking an entire cup of coffee, but they are corn syrup gummies & that just isn’t great for you.
I was sent a Softlips lip balm that was warn vanilla flavored. I love lip balm & the feel of this is really nice. It moisturizes my lips really well.
That pretty much concludes my Voxbox loot, but I do have a problem with these Voxboxes. While I love receiving free merchandise & I have no problem talking about it, I do have a problem with how much work they actually require you to do to gain a “badge.” My Instagram is mostly about food & photography, so if I suddenly started posting tons of pictures of beauty products & tampons, that’s just flippin’ weird. I can only imagine how many guys would start unfollowing me if I instagrammed the Playtex tampons…
I’m just never going to get any of these badges at this point. There’s so much you have to do just for one badge & I just don’t have time for it! Regardless, I think everyone should sign up for Influenster even if you don’t have time to complete the badges, it’s a great way to sample products from brands you’ve either never heard of or have always wanted to try. Realistically, I think blogging about it is enough, but what do I know?
Last, but not least: very belated birthday gifts from Nancy. Nancy runs a really great music blog so if you love concert photography that doesn’t suck, go visit her blog & check out her pictures, reviews, & opinions on music!
Stay tuned for more recipes. I finally got my pots & pans delivered from home, so nooodles comin’ at ya!