Posts Tagged ‘food’


It appears that our society is becoming a little… how do you say, backwards?  Recall that in the past, the rich were fat and the fat were rich.  Just think about King Louis VI of France… also known as King Louis “the fat.”  He was the king of France… of course he was fat.  That was then… and now… let’s take a moment to think about President Obama.  Obama is like modern day King Louis- man of power and owner of lots of moolah.  But…………… Obama isn’t fat.

In the olden days, having wide hips and manhandles were signs of wealth and power because the poor could not afford to eat… eat anything.  And so the poor people starved on the streets, fighting for crumbs of bread.  But royalty ate feasts almost every night, and in turn, all those calories went straight to the waistline (and hips for the ladies).  Sure we only have paintings of royalty in the past, but I’m betting that those paintings are pretty accurate.  With that said, the kings pretty much all had hefty beer bellies and the queens had waists and hips way larger than the rest of their body (enough to make them look sort of disproportionate).  Plus, all those naked paintings they used to paint show that these women, in fact, had rolls of fat jiggling underneath their poofy dresses and corsets.  Women today scream at a pinchable belly, but ladies in the past flaunted it.  I bet some ladies ate like beasts to show off their statuses.  But how nice it must have felt… to eat anything and everything- no critiques- and still be considered sexy.  The rounder shape on a woman also signified fertility, which was a plus for most wealthy men who wanted to carry on the family name (almost every man…).

Ok… but things have changed.  It is now the 21st century and there is in increase in demand for thinness.  Fat is a no no, and a slim figure is better.  In fact, the slimmer, the better.  The reason for this change is organic food.

Yup… a simple answer of organic food.

Organic food is expensive because it takes more effort to grow and make food naturally than to just add fatty oil and chemicals to create food.  Since organic food is expensive, only the wealthier portion of society can afford it.  And THIS makes the wealthy thinner these days.

The poor people can afford food nowadays, an upgrade from the French Revolution era when the poor could afford nothing but a crumb found in dirt.  Cheap quality food- also known as fast food- is very affordable now.  So the poor eat… but they eat trash every day, turning their bodies into a disposal for oils, fat, cancerous food chemicals, hormones, etc.  I mean, “you are what you eat,” right?

So we have a reversal in society.  The wealthy are getting thinner and the poor are getting fatter.  We are moving to the extremes of both ends.  On the fat end, there are people who are massively obese… to the point where they have to worry about not waking up from a nap and need wheelchairs to assist them in walking.  Let’s face it… this is very unhealthy.  On the skinny end, we have models sticking fingers and toothbrushes down their throats to force food back up and into the toilet bowl.  But let’s be clear that the food that is being forced up is organic greens…

And then we have some in-betweenies floating around- the people who are spending more on organic groceries but saving everywhere else in order to pay for the organic goods.  And finally we can’t forget the rich who can afford the organic groceries in addition to maintaining their health and fitness with physical trainers.

Wow… our society sure has a lot of divisions when it comes to food.

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Looking to serve a delicious snack or hors d’oeuvre?  The Bite-sized Berry Delight is perfect (in fact, I used it as a study snack yesterday!).

I tried this combo out yesterday- it tasted as delicious as it looked, so I decided to share it with all of my readers!!  (lucky you~~)

This is a very quick and easy snack to make and I bought most of my materials from Trader Joe’s, which I also highly recommend for its cheap prices and delicious food.

So… let’s get started!

What do I need?

  • Box of pita crackers.  A simple box of crackers will do too, but the pita crackers are thin and crispy.
  • Container of fresh cranberry sauce.  Fresh cranberry sauce is the best choice because there are pieces of cranberry in there that give each bite a tang of cranberry.
  • Box of blueberries.
  • Sliced cheese- I used pepper jack cheese because that was what I had in my fridge… but you are welcome to use any cheese that you like.  I tried it with brie cheese at Trader Joe’s sample station and that worked really well!

Now what?

  1. Lay the amount of crackers that you want to serve on a plate.
  2. Cut (or rip) the cheese into squares and place them on each cracker.
  3. Using a spoon, put a dab of cranberry sauce on the slices of cheese on each cracker.
  4. Top each cracker off with a blueberry.

All done!!

Wasn’t that simple and quick?

*Since Thanksgiving is coming up this week, this would serve as a great dessert/snack to share with the family!*

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do~ 🙂

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This was my first summer break from college, which meant that for the first time, I don’t have work due when I go back to school.  You would think that a free summer would be fantastic, but to be honest it wasn’t that great.  I used to imagine ALL the things I could be doing instead of summer work, but I’ve realized that those only stay in the imagination…

So let’s go over what I DID do this summer… and I’m pretty sure you’ll come to the same conclusion: BORING.

  1. I tried catching up on some shows/dramas- I watched City Hunter, BIG, and Project Runway Korea Seasons 1+2… and then I started to get bored of sitting on my butt all day watching shows.  Let’s just say that sitting in front of a computer screen all day takes a toll on the brain and eyes…
  2. I applied for many, many jobs… and was offered nothing… why?  BECAUSE I DON’T GO TO COLLEGE CLOSE ENOUGH. yea… apparently these employers want college students from the island… and since I go to school all the way in Cali, they can offer me nothing, nada.  Dang…. this is discrimination against far away college students.
  3. Working towards getting my driver’s license!  I have my road test in less than 2 weeks and I’ve been practicing driving with my pops and my driving instructor.  I’ve been trying to polish my parallel parking but it’s so hard to get it perfect.  >.<  I really, really hope to pass my road test the first time around so that I can get my license and be off on my merry way.  Wish me luck yallllll~
  4. Fixing this blog- a word of advice to all you bloggers: NEVER ABANDON YOUR BLOG(S).  Seriously.  I’ve been working so hard to dust off this blog, so much garbage I needed to clean up around here.  And everything’s been putting me in a doozy ((O_O)).
  5. PA work.  I’m going to be a PA this upcoming school year so I’ve had to complete some tasks… not fun… planning this and that and that and this… dude, the freshman better like me and the events I put together for them.
  6. Eating lots of yummy food I can’t eat when I’m away at college.  Honestly, NY has the best, THE BEST food.  Eating in Cali is just not the same- not many options… I mean, come to NY and you will understand.  But this isn’t good- I’m eating good food and sitting on my butt all day.  Do you know what this equation equals?  PACKIN’ ON DA POUNDS.  I am going back to school and jogging every morning.  I need to get into better shape and I will stick to the plan… for real this time… because I put it in this blog~~ O_<
  7. Sleeping -_- Hey, at least I’m replenishing some energy I lost while I was at school.

I wish I traveled somewhere this summer.  I would have felt much more productive…

o god o god~~ bringing in the tears~~ missing Korea again.  *sigh*

I wonder when I’ll be able to visit Korea again- seriously, that place felt right.  I need to go back.

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The first day at Sogang… wasn’t really the first day.  We had to get tested for our levels at the Arupe Building.  Audra and I left at like 10:30 in the morning and got to Sogang University super early… our test wasn’t until 1:40 p.m.

When we first got to Sinchon Station… we had no idea which exit to take to get out or anything… we were so lost and it was hard trying not to look like a foreigner.  But good thing we found an American who helped us in the right direction to Sogang (we took a wrong exit!  … so we had to cross big streets…).  However, we kept walking straight and we weren’t sure if we were going in the right direction because we had been walking for awhile and still hadn’t seen the Sogang campus yet.  So I asked a Korean on the street… she looked at me like I was crazy and said it was right there.  Audra and I took like 2 steps and saw the big sign at the entrance- SOGANG UNIVERSITY.  Damn.  We felt like idiots that just made fools out of ourselves.  hahah- it was then that we started the whole thing where we pretended that every time we did something stupid, the Koreans would think “Stupid 외국인!”

So we walked around campus and explored Sogang University.  Sogang University is one of the top schools in Korea- ranked number 4 in the country right after the SKY schools.  AND, Park Chan-Wook is an alumni  of Sogang (omg… I was so excited to be at Sogang).

It wasn’t long before Shoshana showed up and we all decided to get some lunch before the exam.  We backtracked and found this cheap restaurant.  They ordered these spicy kimchi things and I ordered a simple bulgogi.

The level test was fairly quick and before we knew it, we were dismissed.  I was clearly a beginner- no doubt about it.

A bunch of us wanted to find the cheap shopping area, as we later found out is called “Edae” (named after the fact that Ewha Women’s University is right there!).  We knew that it was within walking distance, but we didn’t know that it was only 1 stop away from Sinchon (and that taking the subway would have been a much better option since the heat was sooooo unbearable!).  And so we walked all the way to Edae… it took forever… and it was really hot.  But thinking back, it was a nice opportunity to bond with some of my NSLI-Y peers.

For one, we went to Smoothie King to get smoothies since it was so hot.  We looked around for cheap coffee shops… but they’re all pretty expensive. 😦

It was also in this first week that I went to a Naengmyeon place in Edae with some NSLI-Y friends for lunch.  Yum.

The first week ended with some kimbap making with my Korean family.  My Korean parents decided to show Audra and me how to make kimbap.  It was a wonderful bonding and learning experience.

In all, the first week was a great week of building relationships with my NSLI-Y peers, my Korean family, Audra, and Sogang University- the school that I would be attending for the next 6 weeks.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

We arrived back in Shanghai the next day and gave my cousin, who came to pick us up, a little surprise!  (My dad was in a wheelchair!)  Yup, they inquired about his situation and I mean yes it is unfortunate what happened to him, but hey, if you’re going to injure yourself, THAT is the way to injure yourself. 😉  First, we put our stuff down back at my aunt and uncle’s place and we went to Cheng Huang Miao- a famous shopping district in Shanghai.  We ate lunch and had mostly “xiao long bao.”  Again, it was a lot of food, but it was GOOD food.  I bought a pair of pants and my sister bought some collared shirts to wear to med school, ya know, to complete the professional look. 🙂  My mom also got a teapot made out of clay and for my sister and I each a framed cutout of our name and picture (cartoon of course). 

After that, we went to Pudong, since my family lives in Puxi.  We walked along the Huang Pu Jiang and saw the Oriental Pearl Tower- it looks mad short now that I’m taller.  And……… we had dinner at the lovely Banana Leaf- good Thai (?) food.  I thoroughly enjoyed EVERYTHING on the table haha. 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Our second day in Beijing started with a trip to the Tiananmen Square.  We had to wheel my father around in a wheelchair so that he could see the wonderful sights as well.  There were A LOT of people there that day- mostly Chinese tourists from other parts of China.  It was also very windy… Finally, I was able to see for myself what the Tiananmen Square looked like.  I had always seen pictures of the place in my textbooks and stuff, but never with my own eyes.  It was a great sight- and very cool to see Mao’s picture hahah.

While were there, we also wanted to see Mao’s preserved body.  The line was super long and it was a hassle to get in because they required your passport and there was a dress code and all.  Because I was wearing flip-flops, I could not go in. 😦  So, my sister and my mom went in instead.  I waited with my father at the Square.  When they finally came back (after a super long wait), they said that it wasn’t much… in fact, they didn’t even get to take a good look because the guards pushed them along.  XP

For lunch, we had some dumplings (Northern China is known for their “man tou” and dumplings).  We ordered a variety of dumplings and some other stuff.  I really liked the dumpling with the shrimp and cucumber filling… and the “pi-dong” was really good too. ^_^

Then my mom, my sister, and I all went to perm our hair.  It was a pretty fancy place… my sister had some nice stylists and her noob was pretty cool I guess- since she held some good convos with my sister.  BUT, I got a complete noob- he wasted so much time doing stuff to my hair only to take it apart and call the “lao shi,” or teacher, over and re-do everything.  So, I’m going to keep referring to him as noob. lol- he seriously was a NOOB.  And our whole time together was awkward- he started off washing my hair and water splashed in my eye.  >.<  Then when I had to go back to my seat, I completely missed the fact that there was a 1 level step to get down and almost fell.  Later on he did try to hold a decent conversation with me, but I didn’t really get what he was saying- rather, the “lao shi” was a little more comprehensible.  Yea… that was my noob- small eyes, not comprehensible… and uh slightly awkward- good times.

After that, we headed down to “Wang Fu Jing,” or the Beijing Night Market.  Lots of people were crammed there (obv.) and so we had to watch out for pick-pocketing people.  My mom bought my sister and I “Bing Tang Hu Lu” which was pretty good.  And then we had some corn from the night market… my dad ate some weird “creature” thing- not really sure what it was… and my mom had a bowl of noodles.  We bought some Beijing snacks and called it a night.  Our “train” back to Shanghai was that night so we had to get to the station- it was time to part with our good ol’ Beijing driver who took care of us during our whole trip in Beijing.  Even at the station, he accompanied my father everywhere and bought a ticket to get into the boarding area to help my father on and fold the wheelchair.  He was such a sweet guy, my family was really lucky to have met such a good person during our time in Beijing. 🙂

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

We spent the night on the China Railway System so that we could maximize our time in Beijing.  So Tuesday, we arrived in Beijing early in the morning.  My mom found us a designated driver for our Beijing trip (aren’t we lucky?) and our first stop was the Great Wall.  The weather was extremely hot, the air quality sucked, and the drive to the Great Wall was very long.  But, alas, we made it to the Great Wall.  I wore my heels that day… bad idea since the Great Wall was extremely difficult to walk on.  I made sure I didn’t fall though… my dad on the other hand… well… he did fall.  The Great Wall hasn’t been repaired in awhile so parts of the walk are rocky and hole-y.  My dad, being that one of his legs was struck with polio as a child, is kind of fragile… esp. on the Great Wall.  Unfortunately, he broke his foot on his way to the Great Wall.  Slipped, fell, and BAM- the bone snapped.  While he was in pain, my mom and I were careful not to hurt ourselves since we both had heels on.  My sister, on the hand, had flat on- lucky.  So our time on the Great Wall wasn’t THAT enjoyable… my dad had a tough time getting back to the car.  When we did, our driver was extremely helpful- he drove us to a Chinese medicine doctor (since going to a hospital would entail my dad staying there for an extended period of time and we were leaving at the end of the week).  And uh… our driver actually transported my dad to the doctor on his back- now the driver is a small man… my dad is a heavy set man.  I don’t understand how the driver was able to breathe with my dad on his back.

Now that’s called dedication… lol.  Anyway… the Chinese doctor put some powder on his foot/ankle area and wrapped it up.  If you look at the picture above, you can see the foot on the right is quite swollen.  So, we decided to place my dad in the hotel room first before my mom took my sister and I out for a little more Beijing fun… It was quite unfortunate that my dad could not come with us. 😦

So, my mom visited Yi He Yuan (Summer Palace) with me and my sister.  The palace is obviously now a tourist site… but it used to be the palace of Empress Cixi. 

After we left Yi He Yuan, we went back to the hotel to get my dad for dinner.  We decided to go to Quan Ju De- the most famous restaurant in Beijing for its Peking Duck!  Not to our surprise, the food there was indeed DELICIOUS.

Finally, after dinner, our driver led us to the Tianamen Square for a night view.  He told us that the night view is far more beautiful than the day view…

… And so that was our first day in Beijing.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

This was one of the busiest days in the week… as well as one of the fattest days in the week.  Honestly, I never ate so much food in one day before. 

So, I woke up to a lovely breakfast made by my Xiao Jiu Ma.  She warmed up some Dou Jiang, or soy milk, and bought some bread from the nearby university cafeteria.  It was a light, but delicious breakfast meal.  After breakfast, my Xiao Jiu Jiu decided to take my father, my sister, and I on a walking tour of the university nearby and the park across the street. 

When we got back from our walk, my mom and Xiao Jiu Ma were ready to go for the exact same walk.  So my sister and I went for the walk all over again… Only this time, my mom and Xiao Jiu Ma were more talkative than my dad and Xiao Jiu Jiu. 

In the afternoon, we met up with the rest of my family at a restaurant in the Shanghai Normal University for lunch.  There was A LOT of food… and it was a pretty joyous experience because my entire family in Shanghai was there.  We hadn’t seen each other in nearly 10 years.  At lunch, my aunt and uncle also presented my sister and I with bracelets with our Chinese zodiacs on them.  Plus, it was the first time I met my cousin’s new wife. 

After lunch was over, we drove to a busy shopping area with a huge mall.  So we walked around in the mall and my aunt bought my mom, my sister, and I new shoes.  She also bought me 2 pairs of pants and my sister a nice shirt.  And can I note that it wasn’t long before that we had the big lunch?  Because after we bought some items, my aunt led us to … *gasp* a dessert center… my aunt and uncle, once again, showered us with all of these dessert treats.  Seriously??? I just ate…. but it was a nice gesture and the desserts did look yummy….

When we finished the desserts, we started walking out… or so I thought… well, let’s just say… we ended up at yet another restaurant.  It was time for dinner- yah. Basically, I ate non-stop that day.  I mean, really, I could not take anymore food that day.

After dinner was over, we went back home and my parents, my sister, and I had to grab our stuff quickly because we had to catch a train to Beijing at 9.  And so that was my first day in Shanghai…

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