If you’ve never heard of this delicious Sichuan dish before, now you have & you’ve seen a picture of it. Of course my rendition of it errs on the traditional meat & tofu dish, but this is still an amazing Chinese dish, which pretty much is a party in your mouth. Probably might even make you sweat a little if you can’t handle the heat. This would not be the greatest recipe to try if you’re in, oh I don’t know, California or Florida right now–the states that completely avoided the Polar Vortex because they defy the laws of Seasons–but if you’re in any of the other 48 states with the exception of parts of Texas, this dish is right up your alley. Autumn is happening & it’s slowly getting chillier with each passing week, so if you’re one of the strange individuals who doesn’t like soup–& apparently I know about at least 3 of you–mapo tofu is a nice solution. This dish is the perfect embodiment of Sichuan cuisine with its usage of their spicy peppercorns, reminiscent to the heatwave that is hammering a drought stricken California or the ever humid Florida. So, eat up this recipe & experience the heat before venturing out to the chilly autumn wind. Even if you’re not a fan of tofu, the sauce is so distinctive in flavor that the tofu won’t even bother you one bit. Not a fan of mushrooms? We’ve already talked about this.
Freeport, Grand Bahama
As I sit here listening to Broods’s self-titled debut EP, I feel a sense of calm that I haven’t felt since I was in the Bahamas with my family & Josh. I’ve been so high strung since I’ve gotten back with application deadlines looming, attempting to gather together my thoughts to compose several profound & moving personal statements formatted correctly to each school’s guidelines that I often forget to just breathe. There is so much I’d like to write to explain myself & why I want to pursue medicine, but I’m often confined to 2500 characters to 450 words, thus it’s absolutely imperative that I make every word count. Years of blogging have taught me that most people stop reading if your blog exceeds 500 words so I’ve always attempted to keep my thoughts short. Just taking a gander at my giveaway post, you can see that most people didn’t care to read what I wrote because they were simply there for the chance to win free loot.
Without further ado, here are some pictures & a video from my week vacation in Freeport, Grand Bahama. It was overcast everyday while we were there so the weather wasn’t optimal for us to do any fun water sports, but with such a beautiful view, it’s difficult to have a bad time!