Back in 2009, I started this project called Ma Belle Vie that was an attempt to record my entire day from morning to night in photos. I haven’t set time aside to do the project in 4 years, so this is a reintroduction. You’d be surprised how easily you forget to take pictures from morning to night so I forgot to photograph our night – whoops! Next time, I’ll be sure to be more thorough. Our day wasn’t too out of the ordinary, however it was Josh’s first time at Marukai. You can see how entertained he was being in a Japanese grocery store he’s never been to. I swear there’ll be less domestic photos in the future for this project; something worth capturing. For now, you just get boring housewife photos. To begin my journey through the day, click on the first photo & navigate using the arrows.
Last year in August, I lightly reviewed some brand new items from Trader Joe’s new line of Asian products: Sriracha & Dried Kimchi. Today, I’m finally getting around to reviewing their instant ramen & seaweed salad. Recently, Trader Joe’s has pulled the seaweed salad off their shelves because they were produced in a facility that also produces peanuts & unknowingly sold them without stating that they were peanut-free. I’m not sure when they’ll be back, but I definitely hope they shelve them again because–spoiler alert–they’re actually pretty good.
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It is to my understanding that 46 out of the 50 states of America are currently experiencing a Polar Vortex in which Mother Nature has decided to freeze everyone besides California, southern Texas, southern Florida, & Hawaii. There have been plenty of jabs at the scientists that coined the term “Global Warming” because it’s clearly frozen in America, but that’s why many of us use the term “Climate Change” instead, because “Global Warming” can be a misnomer. While the planet is indeed getting warmer, it also means extreme weather changes. One man’s frost is another man’s heat & one man’s flood is another man’s drought. In California’s case, we’re really hurting for rain so if one of those 46 states could just ship us over some snow, that’d be so great. We’d be sure to send them a thank you card: Wow. Such Snow. Much Appreciate. Very Kind. Much Thanks. Wow.
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Ten Ren’s Sweet Melon Tea with Boba
These past few weekends in LA with Ben, Jane, Josh, & other special guests have been some of the best well spent weekends of my summer thus far. We’ve all tried some new food, seen new places, learned new things, laughed (live, laugh, love, you GuYsSs), played with cute puppies, played Hobbit on our phones (umm everyone should download this & play with me), blamed each other for being Mafia, subjected to Gerald’s horrendous dog farts, etc. I’m only glad summer is ending because it’ll get cooler. Let’s just say the abominable snowman is my spirit animal because I certainly am not adapted to anything above 25º C (77º F). That perspiration on my skin isn’t sweat, those are tears from my body crying from melting, equivalent to a toddler crying because candy was banned from the household.
Last Saturday, Josh surprised me by taking us to the 626 Night Market, which is a huge event full of hundreds of stalls selling food, goodies, art, drinks, & accessories. The vendors are predominantly of Asian cuisine, which is obviously my favorite–pretty sure there are more pictures of sushi than of people on my website, but I swear I have friends–& Josh’s infatuation with boba & noodles were certainly entertained.
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I made this bowl of vegetarian cold ramen yesterday for lunch & it was so filling, I didn’t really eat anything else besides a bag of chips. In addition to newly added recipes, I’ve also updated the gallery with photos from dinner at Midori with my colleagues & an event at the LA Zoo with Josh.
For some inexplicable reason–it’s laziness paired with academia–I haven’t been updating my recipes as often as I’d like. Even though the pace at which I update my recipes probably won’t change much, I figured I might as well just add 3 new ones in one day than 0 in 3 months. I updated the look & feel of the recipes using YumPrint, which I wouldn’t have discovered without seeing it being used wonderfully on Kalliste’s blog. I stoled itz, but not really. You can now easily print & rate my recipes! If you see anything funky like celebrity baby names (North West, really guys?), feel free to e-mail me or comment anywhere to let me know if I’ve maid any spelling arrows. Shut up, I thought I was clever for a second.
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