Thursday, August 18, 2011

Food: Operation Kimbap!!

In anticipation of a camping trip with hungry people, I decided to make a trial batch of kimbap. Turns out C-mart 2 in Chinatown does not completely suck, because it had all of the ingredients I was looking for for under $20!!

30 minutes of rinsing, slicing, snacking, measuring, waiting, frying...and voila! I used imitation crab meat, korean pickled radish, scrambled egg and cucumber for the fillings.

99 cent bamboo rolling mat at C-mart 2 FTW! Rice was mixed with sesame oil, olive oil, and salt. I was gonna add sesame seeds but they seem to have hid themselves away...jerks.

Final product! I managed to make a good 4-5 rolls. These were the rolls that survived my extensive "taste testing" :)

All in all, this is a pretty easy snack to make, and quite filling too with the rice and such. I think it'll make a great road snack and I hope they like it!! Tomorrow mission: Cake pops!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Food: Trader Joe's Mac n Cheese

No shame in plopping down in front of Hulu with some TV dinner!! My particular choice for tonight is Trader Joe's Mac and Cheese, which is so much better than your average Stop and Shop. TJ's just has the best stuff! Top it off with a glass of red wine and my Friday evening is perfect. Just missing a guinea pig...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Food & Fashion: TMA lettuce burgers and retail wins!

After eating an O'Naturals sandwich that had grilled chicken with tomato and mozzarella, I was inspired to create a TMA boca burger! Last night I rocked the lettuce burger, which is a little bizarre in concept, but the taste isn't half bad and has half the calories(or less) of a bun! So I decided to repeat it. It is a bit tricky to eat, as Hubby demonstrated rather humorously, just leaving them on a bed of romaine would also work well.

Tomato, Mozzarella and Avocado Boca Lettuce Burger (yikes, what a mouthful...)
- 1 Boca patty
- Olive Oil
- 1 slice of beefsteak tomato (best tomatoes for burgers and sandwiches)
- Mozzarella cheese
- 3-4 avocado slices
- 1-2 large romaine lettuce leaves (the outermost leaves work well)

Cook the patty however you want, I usually microwave about 1 min to cook it halfway, then put it on the pan, on medium, with some olive oil. Add on the mozzarella cheese and give it a few minutes to melt. Once that's done, put it on the wider side of the lettuce leaf. Put on the slices of tomato and avocado, and fold the other half of the lettuce leaf over it.

Its a pretty healthy and easy meal for dinner, and I find myself pretty satisfied afterwards. Avocado always adds a creamy kick to food, which I love. Keeps me from smothering the burger with mayonnaise and unreasonable amounts of cheese.

On the fashion front, I found these babies at DSW for $59, but I had a DSW Reward for $10, I paid $49. They are the Tahari Veronicas in Buttercup, and they are reminiscent of these classic Chanel flats. I love Tahari, my favorite pair of flats are Gustaves in patent black and grey. Those poor soles(haha excuse the pun) have been so worn down that they are currently at the shoe repair place with the kind old Italian gentleman. The Veronicas do come in different colors like black, blue snake print, etc, but I like the classy beige and black combination.

Another retail win were these amazing Gap cropped pants. They were on sale for $24.99, down from $49.95, and I got an additional 35% off, costing me $16
-something for these great Audrey Hepburn inspired cigarette pants.

Since I'm *ahem* vertically challenged, I decided to
go up one size in petite so that they wouldn't be as cropped, but they feel amazing! They have a healthy amount of stretch and make my butt look fantastic, but still totally work appropriate! After a day they do stretch out a smidge, but its not like saggy butt loose. Now I'm just waiting for the black one to go on sale to complete my Audrey pant collection!

You guys gonna try/buy any of these? Let me know what you think, or how you like them!

Vanity: Barielle Blossom Nail Polish

When it gets really hot, I get really lazy with keeping up my manicures and pedicures. But I snagged this Barielle Blossom nail polish on Hautelook for half price and I love this color on my toes! It's a bright, summer coral and low maintenance. I put it on two weeks ago or so, and no chipping, and I didn't even use a base coat!

I will say that the polish formula is kind of runny and uneven, but after a second coat it dries pretty smoothly! Plus, who is going to be looking that carefully at your toes anyway?