Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bone Marrow!

The first time I had bone marrow was in my early 20's and it was at a restaurant called JRDN. It was a small piece of marrow- it actually came with my order of mac and cheese.. fancy, right? lol.. Anyway, the bone marrow was good! I don't eat it much.. actually, I rarely eat bone marrow because they're typically expensive at restaurants and not a lot of places serve them... but anytime I go to the grocery store (Asian market) I look for inexpensive bone marrow, but I never seem to find it. I'm sure you're going to say 'go to a butcher shop', but I don't want to because they're so expensive! Anyway.. today we went to our biweekly grocery run and I found some nice looking marrow at Food4Less. Nice! I was excited to make these because they're so easy to make!

I first blanched the bone marrows in hot water and a tad bit of salt. I then placed the marrows into a glass baking pan and drizzled olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped garlic, and a little bit of rosemary from our rosemary plant. Placed them in the oven (450 degrees) for 20 minutes and viola! Roasted bone marrow! We ate these with toasted French bread. I think they turned out fantastic especially for the price!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Canh, Vietnamese Soup.

Canh. What is canh? Canh is a clear-broth soup often made with a protein and some vegetables and is typically eaten with a bowl of rice. Canh is easy to make and it's quick! I decided to make canh because I really didn't have much ingredients to make something complicated and I wanted something fairly healthy.. and easy. Oh! If you happen to have a bottle of fish sauce lying around- then you can make canh with any vegetables. So the version I made only had seven ingredients and it's a tad different from the traditional canh because I added quinoa and Vietnamese dishes do not have quinoa. This is healthy because it has plenty of veges, you can control your own sodium level, and I added quinoa!

I'm not great about writing directions so I won't... but I pretty much threw everything in a pot until it boiled (medium-high heat) and everything was cooked (approx. 15-20 minutes). Also you probably have a different taste preference of how much fish sauce to put in.. so.. measure to your own taste!

Serving Size: 3-4
2-3 tablespoons (or to taste) of fish sauce
3 cups of water
1 cup of shrimp (fresh or frozen)
1 squash (diced)
1 cup of green beans (chopped)
1/2 cup of quinoa
1 tablespoon black pepper


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Mixto Con Huevo.

One of the things I really enjoyed most during my trip in Madrid, Spain last October was our morning routine. We found a local breakfast joint that was probably one of few that opened that early called Eduardo's. I really enjoyed it there because the clientele were locals. For the two morning we were in Madrid, I ordered their Mixto Con Huevo and I'm sure other establishments had this on their menu as well, but I was in love with first bite at Eduardo's. The sandwich was simple. It consist of Jamon (ham), cheese, and a fried egg. The egg was cooked to perfection.

Today, after my typically Saturday morning run I decided to attempt in making a Mixto Con Huevo. My version was a tad healthier.. instead of ham, I just turkey deli "ham" and instead of white bread I used whole wheat. I also was very careful on the amount of butter that was used. It was pretty tasty! Now.. if I used the typical ingredients and a ton of butter, I'm sure it would be heaven in my mouth... but I'll stick to the "healthier" version.

On a side note.. its been over two weeks since Kiddy passed away.. I've been feeling better.. time heals all (I suppose), but I will always have moments about her and yeah.. a tear or two will occasionally run down my cheek, but I'll be okay. Damn. I miss her.


Friday, November 21, 2014

I Love My Kiddy..

1998 - 11/20/2014

My heart aches today from a broken heart and will probably continue to ache for quite some time.. Last night I had lost the love of my life, my cat- Kiddy. Words cannot describe the emotions and pain I feel..

I wish I was there when it happened so I could have been the last person she would have seen...

Monday, November 17, 2014

My Birthday !

Just like many of my posts, this one is a bit overdue... So my birthday was a little over a week ago.. it came and went. I always told myself it was just another day, but what the hell.. it was my birthday! It was a good and productive day. Had brunch with two of my dearest friends, had a fantastic afternoon nap (haha), and went to a very romantical (not a word) dinner with MVamos. Do I feel older? I always feel older. Do I look older? Probably not.. haha. It was a good year as far as my personal goals. I finished my degree before I'm 30 (I've mentioned this before) and I've FINALLY traveled internationally as a friggin' adult!

On a random side note.. When you've felt like you've hit rock bottom, the best way to approach this is to be optimistic by setting small realistic goals because at some point you can only go up from there. Even if it takes a few tries and there's nothing wrong with that. Some progress is always good progress.

18 + 11 x 25 x 4 / 100 + 6 x 15 / 5 - 95 + 19 = My Age.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Let's Talk Espana!

Ok.. let's talk Spain. I know I'm about three weeks late, but better late than never... right? Right. I'm going to keep this short and simple so I won't bore you. Spain was beautiful.. it was old and romantic. Sightseeing is what you do there! The buildings are so beautiful because they carry artistic historic content. For example.. you have the Almunda Cathedral in Madrid. This was designed by Francisco de Cubas (an architect/politician) but construction was stopped during the Spanish Civil War. Then it continued in 1950 and the design was altered by Fernando Chueca Goitia who added a baroque (dramatic) approach. I know.. I promised not to bore ya.. sorry.

Anywho.. Madrid was my favorite out of the three cities we visited. Madrid was beautiful and there were lots of things to see and do. What I enjoyed most was walking through the narrow streets between the old buildings and most importantly.. the food. Cafe con leche, Iberico Jamon, churros and chocolate.. mmmmm! And.. did I mention Iberico Jamon?? It was just wonderful! Party in my belly!

Barcelona was nice, but not as lovely as Madrid. Also.. I think because it was by the coast.. it was quite a stinky city.. sewage kind of smell goin' on. It was definitely crowded.. but Barcelona offered me works of Antoni Gaudi! I'm not a huge fan of neo-gothic art.. but I do appreciate it especially Sagrada Familia.. that was amazing and massive. Barcelona was definitely more touristy.

Ibiza. The party city of the world. Good thing the season was over since we aren't the type to 'rage'.. but it was definitely the best place to go before we headed home because we had time to relax. There's really nothing else you can do there during the off season. Anyway.... here are some pictures! 

Streets of Madrid

Cafe Con Leche

Churros and Chocolate

Cathedral de Barcelona

Gothic Quarters of Barcelona

Beautiful old building in Ibiza

MVamos saying 'oh hey" in Ibiza