Heyyyyy girl heyyy. It’s been a minute, I’m very well aware. I wonder how many times I’m going to start my posts with some sort of apology & a haphazard explanation for my absence. Probably forever until the Zombie Apocalypse hits to be honest, but let’s hope it doesn’t get to that. But in case any of you need a safe haven for food, my house in California is stocked for the next 2 years for about 6 people. Shout out to my mom for being a hoarder. Why would anyone need 7 bottles of fish sauce? I don’t know, man, don’t question an Asian mother who finds a good sale. Not exactly down with the 2nd amendment though, so don’t come here thinking you’re going to find guns to defend yourselves. Plenty of great Global knives though. Should I invest in a katana? Maybe. Enough of my aside, let’s get to the point of this post. It’s Friday & I’m hanging out with my fam in California. Instead of working on things for my future, I’m editing pictures from months/years ago. When are you ever going to see my cousin’s wedding photos? I don’t know, check back in 3 years. For now, y’all can salivate over these photos of food my friends & I ate while we were in Montreal for my birthday this year! Pretty sure editing these photos just inspired me to plan another trip to Montreal next year when the Biodome is open.
Gearing up your household for GameDay? This year’s Super Bowl XLIX featuring the New England Patriots vs. the Seattle Seahawks is just around the corner, taking place on February 1st. If you’re not holding a get together at your home, but attending a party, try bringing one of these appetizers to help those anxious snackers as they root for their team. Not into football or sports in general? No problem! My recipes are still great for any party. No matter what party you plan on hosting: pity, pajama, dinner, for funsies, just ’cause, graduation, baby shower, etc you can’t possibly go wrong with some homemade salsa, guacamole, or cheesy corn. If you’re just an anxious snacker & need new snack ideas, avoid drinking alcohol, caffeine, & hot dogs. Get your nerves relaxed with some chamomile tea & some whole grain chips dipped in any of my Game Day recipes. If you’re going to carelessly munch on food, it should at least benefit you right?
Additionally, I’d like to give a shout out to my brother. Today is a special day for Vinny because it’s his birthday! My father is terrible with remembering dates–which is why I made our WiFi’s password his wedding anniversary so he’ll never forget–but he is grateful that my mom coincidentally popped us out during holidays: Super Bowl Sunday (Vinny) & Memorial Day (me). Obviously these dates change every year, but he knows when those holidays come around, our birthdays probably will too. Vinny made some really excellent guacamole last time I bought an excessive amount of avocados, so my recipe of guacamole isn’t dedicated to him. Rather, I’m dedicating my Vegetarian Meatless Meatballs recipe to the guy whose favorite Subway sandwich was the meatball one. Vinny may be too lazy to make these meatballs, but I think he would enjoy them because they’re packed with umami. Ladle on some homemade marinara & hug them with some buns to get your own vegetarian meatball sub. These meatballs are perfect for Game Day for your vegetarian friends (meat lovers will enjoy them too)! Cook them in a pot with marinara (store bought is fine) & watch it get devoured!
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Aside from this new vegan friendly curry recipe I’ve just posted, I also have some smoothie recipes & more ice pop recipes coming your way, so stay tuned. You’ll have to forgive my delay in response & visits to all of your lovely websites due to school & work, but I eventually catch up with all of you. If any of you have the ingredients lying around for this delicious chickpea curry recipe, I hope that you’ll try it because it’s so easy to make & such a crowd pleaser too. Josh loves this recipe & claims it as “the TRUTH!” so I hope someone tries it out.
It’s about time I announce the winners for the giveaway I hosted a few months ago. Find out after the jump!
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Allison & me
For my 22nd birthday, I had a small dinner at Bar Toscana with some family & friends. So grateful to those that actually showed up since everyone else bailed on me. I had a wonderful birthday with wonderful friends! I can’t believe I’m 22 already… The full album can be viewed here. Missing a picture with Stacey!! 🙁
L-R: Me, Yanaí, & Marlene
Spring Break started off really well with Yanaí’s birthday celebration in Vegas! I go to Vegas too much, but no one does it better than Vegas.
Santa Monica’s Farmers’ Market
After watching a great documentary called Forks Over Knives, I had the urge to visit a Farmers’ Market. Christian tagged along with me to Santa Monica, one of my favorite neighborhoods in LA, & had what he claimed as “the best chicken quesadilla” he’s ever had. Good vibes.
Christian handling his Chicken Quesadilla