My foodie list

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Just one more week and I’m off to Seattle! I find myself thrilled to be visiting another foodie place. So far my boyfriend and I have been doing our research.

Yesterday we watched Anthony Bourdain Layover episode featuring Seattle. About ten minutes into it and I had a fan girl moment when they mentioned one of the restaurants that I’m dying to go try. He raved about how delicious that place was and as I was watching my mouth couldn’t help but water.

So places that I feel we have to go to of course involve seafood. One of the places is named after one of my favorite books, The Walruses and the Carpenter. They are famously known for their oysters which is one of the things that Anthony Bourdain couldn’t get enough of. Then there is their night life which involves some weird and creative cocktails. There were so many featured on the show that I wouldn’t know which one to chose from.

But one place I know I have to stop for breakfast is Seatown Seabar & Rotisserie. They have some delicious crab meat there. Their crab eggs Benedict with a side of hash browns I heard is a must have. I know for a fact that my boyfriend won’t go against that idea because of his love for crab.

Another idea we have is to drive to Canada and have some sushi there since we heard that is the best place to have sushi. If not then we might make a spurge decisions and  go to Sushi Kashiba for  their omakase experience.

P.s. I heard that the restaurants at Seattle airport have the best clam and salmon chowder. So once we land I know that I will have to go and see for myself.

 

Erika

Seattle, Washington

This week I got some amazing news. My boyfriend told me that for our anniversary in February we will be going to Seattle!

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Last year we celebrated it in Portland, Oregon and it was such a unforgettable vacation. When we were there we heard about Seattle and how beautiful it is over there. My boyfriend was completely sold on the idea when he heard about a fish market that tosses fish inside.

So now all I’m doing is counting down the days until it is time to take off. I fell in love with researching and planning out our days that I’m beyond excited that I get to do it all over again. If any of you are from Seattle or have ever been there I would love some recommendations on where you think we should go visit? I know that we are planning on eating the majority of our time there because after looking at yelp my taste buds can hardly wait.

Hope you all have a great Thursday. Just remember one more day until a new year arrives!

 

Love,

Erika

 

Monday Motivation

This Saturday was my little sister’s birthday.

She finally turned 21 this year, so we of course went to Vegas. My aunt picked me up after work and we headed straight to my mom’s house. Once we got there we picked them up and made our way to Las Vegas.

It was a girls getaway and it was very refreshing to spend time with my family but also to be apart of a moment that my sister will remember forever. She of course was on a lucky streak when she turned her $5 into $25 dollars. We even went to Excalibur to watch the Tournament of Kings, which is a fun family dinner show.

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The weekend couldn’t have been any better. Everyday I feel so grateful that I have an amazing family that loves me unconditionally. There is no greater feeling then spending time with the people that love you.

So this week’s quote is inspired .

my mother is still young and full of life, despite her age, and still looks young as well.. but this is still such a rarely realized aspect of reality...: Photo Credit: Lifehack

Hope you all had a nice and relaxing weekend.

-Erika

My Original Chef

Many people would never guess that my boyfriend was the only one in our relationship that really knew how to cook. I was 20 years old when I met him and sometimes it shocks me how much I have learned from him. He is not just my boyfriend but my role model.

So as I watched him, I began to pick up some cooking skills. My skills improved significantly that my boyfriend stopped cooking. Now there are moments when I miss his cooking. As any good boyfriend would do on my birthday month, he surprised me with a meal.

There is a local Asian market called H Mart and it is the best place to go treat hunting. We found some delicious ribs there and decided to buy some and make it at home. So today I will be sharing how my boyfriend makes short ribs.

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First you put in some oil, we used Canola oil. Once the pan is slightly warmed you slowly put in the meat.

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We cooked each side for about 3 minutes each.

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Once it has brown you want to take the meat to the cutting board and chop it into pieces.

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Then throw it back into the pan until it is crispy.

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When that is all done we get a spoonful of rice and enjoy them together.

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Meal Prep Time

Yesterday I decided to prep my lunch for the rest of the week.

When I was looking through Pinterest I found this recipe for Grilled Chicken and Veggie bowl.  Most of the ingredients I already had at home so I thought why not try it.

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First I cut the three large boneless, skinless, chicken breast into smaller pieces. After that I stabbed them with a knife and got the mallet and tenderized the chicken breast.

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After that I rubbed on the mixed spices of garlic salt, black pepper, salt, paprika, and grounded cumin.

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I marinated the chicken overnight, I will admit that I made a mistake and didn’t read the instructions carefully. I should’ve added a lime to the marinate. Since I missed this step I just added after I cooked it.

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The next morning I used my George Foreman grill to cook my chicken. I cook them for about 5 to 7 minutes depending on how thick the chicken piece was.

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After that I served my bf and my lunch. The rest I put in the freezer for the rest of the week. To my surprise it was pretty tasty! Even my boyfriend loved his lunch. So the rest of the week is going to be very tasty. As for the side I just boiled some broccoli and threw it in.


Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!

Erika

 

626 Night Market

Today started off with a nice hot coffee.

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Photo booth at for Bruce Tea.

I woke up feeling the effects of having a fun weekend. It all started Friday night after work, we decided to go to the 626 night market. It was beyond tasty!

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Photo booth at for Bruce Tea.

Right when we arrived we had no idea where to start. Our minds were being blown after seeing booth after booth. I found myself saying that I had to try that after every single one.

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Paintings that were turned into art fixtures.

 

But like most night markets you get some things that were not worth trying. There were about two things that I found that were pretty delicious. For dinner we tried this Filipino chicken and beef BBQ skewers. It was the best Filipino BBQ I have ever had. The ratio of crispness and sauce was perfect!

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For dessert I had this Thai rolled ice cream. Words can’t describe how amazing it was. Since it was rolled up, it was extremely creamy and light. Every spoonful was pure heaven! The guy who worked there highly recommended the Cookie Butter ice cream over any other creation.

So I took his advice and was extremely happy with it. The only bad thing is now I crave it. Hopefully I can find one near my apartment if not, then I’ll have to wait until September 626 night market.

 

Erika

Yelp Elite Event At The District

So yesterday I attend a Yelp Elite event with my boyfriend. This event was located in Beverly Hills at the restaurant called The District by Hannah An.

We got there 20 minutes early because in any Yelp event it is always worth getting there early. So we walked around the area just to pass the time. As soon as we came back there were already some people heading upstairs.

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We signed in, got our name tags and free drink tickets.  The first thing we did was go straight to the bar. The line was small so we thought lets put in our order before it becomes chaotic. We both ordered the “Hot Asian”. I was in such a great mood that I started making puns/jokes. I told my boyfriend, “You know for liking a hot Asian, I really don’t care for the Hot Asian”.

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As people started coming we picked a spot to sit down and enjoy the free food. They had servers that would come around with trays that sampled their food. We tried their Tuna Poke, Duck Confit flatbread, Hannah’s Homemade Noodles and their Spring Rolls. This was just in a bite size since it was a tasting.

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This was my favorite by far it’s the Tuna Poke. That bite size sent me to heaven! I loved how all the favors complement each other so well. I was dying to get my hands on another.

 

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My second favorite was the Duck Confit flatbread. I was so amazed at how much I liked duck. But the cheese , pickled onion and vinaigrette took it to another level.

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Next was Hannah’s Homemade Noodles. They came out nice and warm I had to take moment to properly take a photo of them. This was so simple yet so delicious at the same time. I’m not going to lie, I had some fun mixing all the ingredients together. Other than the noodles it had garlic-lime, Thai basil and panko. My boyfriend and I had two each, so that has to tell you something.

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If you are a vegan or vegetarian then this might be something you should try. Personally this wasn’t my for me. I was not use to the chef choice protein or their garlic lime vinaigrette.

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After we left the event I was able to snag a few Yelp goodies such as their lip balm and cute notepads.  The restaurant even gave us these 20 dollar off coupons. I had such  a fun night out that we stopped at our local BCH Tofu place to fill our hungry bellies.

  • Since I was at a Yelp event I’ll post the meal planning tomorrow.

 

 

Mexican Getaway

Hello Everyone!

Sorry I have been MIA for a while. Lately I have been working on some side projects and focusing on re-branding.

But last Thursday I decided to take a break from the every day and go on a vacation with my family. My aunt was planning on going there for a quick two day trip. So she invited my mom, sister and I to go.

We all slept over my grandmas house and left to Mexico at 5:30 in the morning. As soon as we made it to San Diego we did our last stop before entering the border. We bought water bottles, snacks and stopped by the bank. After that we ate breakfast at McDonalds and before hitting the road we filled up the gas tank.

Some tips I would give others who haven’t been to Mexico is always bring water. Not only because you can’t drink running water but because you will save more if you but it before hand. Another important tip is to fill up your gas tank. The gas in Mexico isn’t  close to the quality in the U.S. So that small amount of gas you buy there might mess up your engine.

When we arrived in Ensenada we stopped by our favorite taco stand, since we had time to kill. Right when I took a bite, my taste buds went crazy. The tortilla was freshly made and complemented the meat so well. To top it all off I ordered a Mexican bottled coke and that sent me to heaven. Nothing is better than that combination.

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We headed to our hotel right after. This time we stayed at a different hotel than usual. The hotel amazingly had a casino and a beautiful pool. It felt completely safe and it had a secured parking lot for the guests.

 

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Right after getting settled in we decided the rest of the plans for the day. First we went to the cemetery to visit some of my family. My uncle Carlos and Jose are buried right next to my Aunt Maria. My grandma wanted to keep all her children together when they got laid to rest. My favorite Great aunt that I loved to visit was buried right in front of them. We brought them some beautiful flowers and helped tidy they tombstones.

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We then headed over next door to see my Great Grandma. Every time we go visit her my heart just breaks. In many third world countries they love to rob graves. They usually pick ones that rarely get visited and slowly pick away at them. I know this because this happened to her resting spot. When I was about ten, there was a black iron fence that surround her tombstone and had flower holders. Every year we would go there would be things that were slowly missing. Soon enough the black gate was gone and this time the flower holders were gone. As we prayed for her I couldn’t help be feel hurt that someone does this. On the row behind hers there was already an empty plot where someone already looted it. So I put more effort in cleaning her tombstone. I pulled out some weeds and splashed some clean water, to clean off the dust.

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Since we were close to our favorite paleta spot we decided we needed to stop by before we left. I got their cookies and crème paleta and my sister got their pecan. I did regret not getting the strawberry one because that one is their number one best seller. After having our dessert we were hungry again. So we thought why not go back to our favorite taco guy.

 

Round two at the taco stand I decided to be adventurous. So I got their flautas and man they were good! They had shredded beef filing and were topped off with sour cream, lettuces, pico de gallo, avocado and carne asada. With every bite you could tell that it was made from scratch.

 

On Saturday we packed and checked out at 10. My aunt Sandra was dying to go back to La Bufadora. So we walked around looking at food and seeing what each vendor was selling.

For you who don’t know what La Bufadora is. Here a video to show you the main reason everyone goes. That is to see the blowhole of the sea. The area causes the water to squirt up and spray everyone standing near it. Many locals go there to beat the heat especially when its just a dollar to go. Right after that we headed straight to the border and it took us about 4 hours to cross. We got home around 11:30 at night because we stopped to eat dinner. I got home tired not only the wait but the heat too. So when I saw my boyfriend a rush of relief hit me. Sometimes going and visiting other places teaches us what to be grateful for. Even though it was two days it took me a few hours to get use to things again.

Wishing you a great day!

Erika

 

 

My kind of Shake

Hello Everyone!

So as you know I have been trying out some shakes to help me gain muscle. Let me tell you that some of these protein shakes were so difficult to drink. I found myself measuring out  my drinking points. I knew that in order for this to work for me I had to chug it. So I would get a white board marker and mark where I had to chug to.

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Day one I had the Pure Green Protein and that was the worst one out of the three. I found it to be so hard to drink that I just had to power through and finish it. So I knew that this one wasn’t for me.

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Day two I tried the Vega One shake. This one was a little better than the Pure Green. But I was disappointed but instead of tasting like coconut almond it tasted more like Flintstones grounded down vitamins. Which isn’t delicious at all, I think it probably was the most grainest out of the three.

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Day three was the best by far. It was the light at the end of the tunnel. This shake didn’t upset my stomach, blended easy, and didn’t separate too much from the ice. It tasted more like chocolate milk than crushed up vitamins. I think what amazed me is that it wasn’t a pain to drink. After forcing shake after shake it was nice to feel like I didn’t need to. I will probably buy this one depending if I still want to continue searching for more flavors.

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What I did was add 1/3 cup of 2% lactose milk with a cup full of ice. I would put all of that into a blender and take it to my desk. My boss was nice enough to bring in his bullet to work for me. So every morning I would blend up my drink and just chug it at my desk. I did this to all three shakes just to keep it consistent.

I decided to ease into working out because I knew my poor body would go into shock if I got too crazy. So what I’m doing is the 30 day squat challenge and swimming twice a week for an hour and a half.

Well I hope you enjoyed my review and hopefully helped you on your shake quest too.

Erika

 

P.s. Tomorrow morning I’ll upload my June Modern Meow logo. So be sure to stop by around noon to see what my inspired this months logo.

 

Monday Motivation

Good Morning all you lovely people!

Hope you didn’t work too hard this weekend. Yesterday I got a head start on my grocery shopping! So I’m pretty proud that the task I always put off was accomplished yesterday.

Last week was pretty scary and stressful. I never knew that being a support system was extremely hard. Keeping a brave face can be so difficult at times. There are even moments when I just want to cry. The person who has diabetes is my boyfriend and this whole time I wanted to keep it to myself. I mostly did it because its really not my news to share.

But last Tuesday his friend came over and tested him with his machine. His number was at 182 and his friend was telling us that we should go to the ER. We were waiting on his insurance to finally kick in so we could FINALLY see the doctor. It turns out that there was more BS involved than we thought. So I decided to go with him last Wednesday to the Urgent Care to hear what the doctor had to say. They didn’t tell him anything important! They gave him his medicine told him how to use it and sent us off (after waiting 4 hrs).

They didn’t run any tests even though his blood sugar clocked in at around 240. The doctor even advised my boyfriend to get off his ketogenic diet that was working wonders on him. But to top it all off his dietitian never called him back since Wednesday. So as I’m trying to control his carb and sugar intake with these diabetic websites. But it seems like nothing is lowering his blood sugar not even his medicine. I’m beyond worried and angry because it seems like no one is helping us.

It’s these moments I have to stop and say to myself this is a test. I have to remain strong and fight through this. I can’t let this win and take over. So today more than ever I need this motivation Monday to remind me to keep going. If there is anything I want you to take from this it is to get yourself checked. If my boyfriend would have gotten checked a year ago we probably wouldn’t be here. Please don’t put your loved ones through this especially if you can prevent it from getting out of control.

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I love you all and truly care for your well-being.

Erika