Since I’ve started pro-actively editing my photos in Lightroom, I’ve felt a resurgence for a passion in photography that I felt was absent for quite some time. My photos just felt flat, stagnant, lacked excitement, & were often just so mundane. They became to reflect my own feelings of an ever deteriorating self-worth & happiness, but right around the time when I begun to rely on Lightroom to add more vibrance, saturation, & color curves into my photos, my awkward post-graduate-plateau-of-a-life, my personal life began to pick up. Even the tomato plant I thought would surely wilt in this Californian drought found a way to beat the odds against insects, dry weather, & heat to produce baby San Marzano tomatoes. So, what’s changed? I’m cooking more, eating healthier food, & I’m trying to find a favorable balance between work, reading, catching up with friends, cooking, photographing, volunteering, & the joys of post-processing. In short, I’m doing more with my time, waking up earlier, sleeping at appropriate hours, & eating more power foods. Sometimes when you feel as though you’re in a sinking ship, it helps to look around to remember that you’re not alone. Sometimes you can ask others to help you repair your ship, but most of the time, you have to remember that you’ve got to try to fix your ship yourself.
So, shall I start this post with a recipe first or events? Let’s go with food because I have new recipes!
Goi Cuon Ca – Fish summer Rolls
I deleted my previous recipe & pictures of the summer rolls I posted a few years ago because the photos were just atrocious. Nancy stumbled upon a recipe for summer rolls that were inappropriately titled, which caused me to feel this need to refresh my recipe with more traditional ingredients. If you’re a food blogger, please reconsider titling your recipes that are loosely associated with ethnic groups. You will never see me post a recipe for “Thai Carbonara” when the only “Thai” ingredient is a chili pepper. It’s a bit silly seeing people pass off their recipes as traditional “Vietnamese” recipes when they’re clearly just “Vietnamese inspired”. For the love of food, stop it.
Getting back on track, this recipe is fairly quick & the hardest part is rolling a perfect summer roll. I’ve also made a vegan friendly version of this recipe. Fish is expensive, so I wanted to make this ocean friendly & college budget friendly as well. This recipe is a template for delicious creations that await your imagination. Experiment with different vegetables & fillings because summer rolls are as healthy & easy as you want them to be. Use kale, spinach, or garbage if you’re into that, whatever. Just don’t make a guacamole, bell pepper, & sautéed beef summer roll & call it “Vietnamese”. CLICK HERE FOR THE BAKED COD SUMMER ROLLS RECIPE, YEAH CAPS LOCK. Too much yelling? no problem, i can tone it down with no capitalization at all with my veggie summer rolls recipe.
My father gave a presentation on antiviral breakthroughs for Hepatitis B & C at a dinner lecture at The Hobbit, which I was lucky enough to attend. The Hobbit, a house turned restaurant, is a fine dining establishment with a fixed menu armed with an award winning chef. Everything I had was scrumptious from the dozens of appetizers in the wine cellar to the mains in the first floor dining room. Heck, even their bathroom was fancy.
Green Prize Festival
Josh, Kristin, Tempest, & I went to a local festival celebrating localism, sustainable & environmentally friendly products, labeling GMOs, & the humane treatment of animals. It’s been nearly 4 years since I’ve become a Pescetarian & my first time attending such a fantastic event. It’s amazing to see this green movement garner so many people & I only hope it gets bigger. Our Earth has limited amounts of resources it can share with us, so we must be responsible about we take.
Yelp Elite Event: Sunset Padel
My Yelp! friend, Charlie C., invited Josh & me to a Yelp Elite Event at Sunset Padel. Even though I’m a Yelp Elite member, I often miss out on the events available because I’m trying to do so many other things, but I’m vowing to attend more YEE in the future because they’re always fun & free! There was a free pudding from The Pudding Truck, Italian food, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, & other various soft beverages.
Without trying to overwhelm this post with too many pictures, I’ll end it with our trip to Jitlada after the YEE. Our friend Ben later joined us for lunch. He was running a little late so he had me order him some Chicken Pad Thai, which I nibbled on while he was on his way. Don’t look at me like that, I told him I had a few bites. It smelled delicious okay? It was delicious. Ugh, I love Jitlada. You’d do the same, don’t even deny it.
- Baked Cod Summer Rolls Recipe
- Veggie Summer Rolls Recipe
- The Hobbit
- Donate Life Run/Walk
- Green Prize Festival
- YEE: Sunset Padel
One Last Thing
My birthday is tomorrow, which means my giveaway is ending soon. If you didn’t get a chance to participate during the two months it was going on, NOW IS THE CHANCE. Do it right now, y’all! I’ll announce the winner publicly in due time. Best of luck to all of you!
Note: I edited my post to change “spring” to “summer” because there is a difference between spring/summer rolls. Summer rolls are fresh & spring rolls are fried. Restaurants use these terms interchangeably so I was one of the many that were also confused by this. I’ve since corrected my mistake!