a summer day

10 Jul 2011

what is my favorite summer food? sno cones (can’t wait to ride my bike to sno on the go)

what am i thankful for today? fresh, ripe mangoes

who did i spend time with today? what did we do together? most of the day was spent with boyrobot. we went shopping and bought some sandals for him, a maxi skirt for me, and some spicy dry squid from the asian supermarket. we also briefly stopped by boyrobot’s brother’s house to test his new apple tv.

what’s my favorite song? book? game? for the moment it’s: kina grannis’s cambridge, the hunger games, hanging with friends

what did i eat for breakfast? lunch? dinner? chocolate croissants (from TJs), clam chowder in a bread bowl from boudin, and garlic clams & pasta and mango sticky rice for dessert

if i could go anywhere this summer where would i go? i am not sure but somewhere with cool weather please.

describe my perfect summer day: i am not sure but it would definitely involve sleeping in, having brunch somewhere, and eating sno cones or shaved ice

what did i watch on tv today? the jaycee dugard special on primetime. what a horrible story. made me teary a few times!

what was the most fun i had this week? well this is a tough one since i just got back from my seattle trip which was filled with so much great things! i guess i’d have to say clamming since i love unique experiences and i have never gone clamming before. a seattle recap is coming soon btw.

describe the funniest thing that happened to me this week: boyrobot embarassing me all week in front of my family. i won’t go into details hehe.

where did i go today? what did i love about this place? metro pointe at south coast. my favorite store in this plaza is nordstrom rack. they have great deals!!

what is my favorite thing to do outside in the summer? ride my bike or walk instead of driving everywhere

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summer is not officially here yet but i am already getting excited with the thought of warm weather, bikes rides, sno cones, and BBQs. In fact, my first BBQ of the year is tomorrow! I can’t wait!!!

i have started looking into things to do this summer. i really want to go to one of those shakepeare in the park events or outdoor movies. i just love being outdoors when the weather is nice! i, of course, also love PICNICS and i can’t wait to go on one soon!

last week i brought out my ice cream maker which i haven’t touched since before fall/winter and i have a long list of ice cream recipes that i can’t wait to work my way through.

summers are usually all about big blockbuster movies and we already have decided we’ll be seeing the hangover 2 tomorrow night and xmen next week. i’ll def be checking these movies that will be coming out sometime this summer as well: tree of life, harry potter, midnight in paris

i just bought tickets to visit my sister in seattle over 4th of july. i haven’t been back to seattle in a couple of years so i can’t wait to finally see my sister’s house and eat at all the places she keeps telling me about!

speaking of eating, boyrobot and i still have a long way to go in exploring all of the great places to eat around us. even though i feel like we eat out all of the time, it feels like there are so many places to try still! i am slowly discovering my favorites.

today i finished a book that my cousin let me borrow. she is my personal library and she always knows what i like to read! but honestly for the past few years i have barely read any books which is sad because one of my greatest pleasures in life is a good book. i am now a card carrying member at my amazing local library (the huntington beach library!) and i also have an ipad which i really like as an e-reader so i have no excuse not to be reading more. i am definitely planning on reading a few more books before summer’s end.

and along that note, i really am going to try to spend less time on the computer. in fact, i am going to go through my google reader and start deleting some of the feeds i subscribe to. it’s become somewhat of a chore to read all of my “unread” items daily.

summers always make me feel like reinventing/bettering myself. hopefully i follow through!

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weekend in review:

had a hotpot/korean bbq dinner with a bunch of friends. it was SO delish. boyrobot doesn’t even like shabu shabu and he loved it. our friends went all out and there was so much food: different types of sliced beef, scallops, salmon, mushrooms, udon, spinach, tofu, cabbage, and korean bbq. each couple had a full plate of beef and a full plate of veggies and at first i thought it was going to be too much but it was so good that we pretty much finished it! yikes!

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on sat, i had to work but it’s not so bad since i will get an extra day off during the week. on saturdays it’s really quiet and boring at work (that’s a good thing). but they feed us dinner and this time they had double double cheeseburgers and fries from innnout. i rarely get cheese there or the double double so i felt spoiled! hehe.

i also made angry bird cupcakes for minh’s nephew’s bday. i was excited with how they turned out since this is my first time making a decorative dessert! i will be making more for our bake sale tomorrow. i’ll try to write up how i did it on eatsnaplove sometime. but if i can do it you know it’s easy!

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for our sunday night dinner, i wanted to experiment with recipes i am testing out for an upcoming “gourmet” dinner we our supposed to cook our friends. i am trying to cook food that i’ve never worked with so i started out with clams….it was pretty easy!

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i really liked this recipe but the clams i bought were so big! never thought that would be a complaint but boyrobot and i both agreed that smaller clams would be tastier. i am glad i know how to prepare and cook clams now though!

i like how my weekends are about eating or making food. perhaps i need new hobbies? :)

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what a productive day it’s been! a few days a week this month, i have to work 2nd shift. so that means i get the WHOLE morning off by myself and it’s just wonderful. i get so much done. it’s like having the day off but not!

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i have already:
- bought tickets to see proof at the huntington beach playhouse. i’m excited to explore the local theater here. and the tickets were so cheap! $10 through groupon!
- cleaned the toilet. i’m not a neat freak or anything (far from it) but one thing i can’t stand is a dirty toilet and it’s probably the only thing i consistently clean in this joint :)
- went grocery shopping and made a really healthy lunch and finished it off with some barley tea
- did laundry including washing the guest room sheets (i told you i love clean sheets! hehe)
- put away all the dishes sitting in the dishwasher

now if this day was a normal day i would have gone to work, came home, and completely vegged in front of the tv/computer until it was time for bed. there’s something about it being sunny outside that makes me want to do stuff!

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for the past month, i’ve been in a place that’s actually sunnier than california…florida.

it’s also hotter.
and more humid. yuck.

but…i will miss my beach front condo.
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yes, how cool is it to have lunch on your balcony and have a view like that?

but it sucks not having anyone to share it with. totally miss boyrobot!

a few times i went downstairs where there was a cool bridge that led directly to the beach

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i like how the beaches here aren’t crowded like in LA
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and i also like the hard sand. it’s so annoying to walk in the sand back home since sand gets everywhere. here it’s more packed and people actually ride their bikes ON the beach and are pushing baby strollers ON the beach. weird, huh?

but again, it’s lonely walking on the beach by yourself. can’t wait to go home to see boyrobot!

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i think i am the last one to read this book

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but it was so, so good. it’s about a sad, lonely man who dies and goes to heaven. he finds out that in heaven, you meet the 5 people who had the most affect on your life and through their stories he discovers the meaning of his own life.

it just reminds me that for every person out there, everyone has a story to tell. and for every person that thinks their life is insignificant, they have no idea how their life and actions are affecting someone else. basically, we are all connected somehow, someway. i loved the message of this book.

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the beginnings of vietnamese coffee ice cream thanks to two awesome housewarming gifts – a bodum french coffee press and cuisinart ice cream maker

vietnamese coffee ice cream recipe by david lebovitz

ingredients
1 cup (400 g) sweetened condensed milk
1+1/2 cup water
1/2 cup ( 1.3 oz or 40 g) + 1 tbsp dark roast ground coffee, divided
1/3 cup whole milk

method
brew a very strong coffee with 1+1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of ground coffee.
whisk together the condensed milk, espresso, milk and ground coffee.
chill the mixture thoroughly, then freeze it in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

sorry there is no “after” picture, but did you really expect me to stop and snap a photo before eating this??

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i kind of went succulent crazy this weekend. i completed a total of 4 succulent pots with the help of boyrobot. here is one of them.

my biggest fear is that they are going to die because i don’t think i have much of a green thumb. i’ll be really sad.

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