Tag Archives: snacks
This is from last weekend. Title is pretty self-explanatory.
First stop: Dim sum at Golden Unicorn
Rice noodle roll with beef filling:
Duck egg and pork congee:
Second stop: Xiaolongbao, 4 for $1:
Third stop: Lamb kabobs:
Fourth stop: Xi’an Famous Foods:
Liang Pi noodles (actually had this for dinner because by this point my belly was too full already):
Other random stops for snacks and such:
Dried plums from Aji Ichiban:
They make for amazing snacks because it takes so long to eat them and they pretty much have no calories.
Hawthorn chips!! Exactly the kind I used to eat as a kid in China!!
Also bought soy milk, steamed buns, and pork floss. T’was a very successful day for food.
It makes me sad to post these because Spring Break is all but a distant memory now. *Sniff* On the bright side: 42 days left until my summer officially begins!
Ahh, the Snooki, we all need one once in a while, right?
More food! Beef pineapple fried rice and red chicken curry from Aceluck. A little disappointed that they took away noodle dishes and the choice of appetizers from their lunch special.
The Love Sculpture was surrounded by scaffolding. And some random guy totally photobombed our picture. *Sulk*
Caught a bit of the St. Patrick’s Day parade!
Found these cuties at FAO Schwarz!
Even more food?! Yes! Takoyaki from Otafuku in East Village. I had been craving takoyaki since winter break, possible due to this video:
Craving satisfied! Now I just need to go back regularly and it will be all good :)
Oh dear. It’s been a while since I did anything with this blog. I’ll just blame it on midterms and internship stress…
Anyways, so I’m a terrible person and I should have done this ages ago, but the lovely Erin from Spreading the Sunshine had tagged me quite a while ago with a Stylish Blogger Award!
Yay! :) Go check out Erin’s blog for sure because it is awesome! I get to share 7 things about myself with the award, so here goes!
1. The nicest compliment I’ve ever gotten was when a girl in my art class said that I had “princess eyes” when I first got contacts. I have no idea what she meant, but it made me so happy :)
2. I love soundtracks. I really really do. My favorites include Amélie and Kill Bill, and my most recent obsession is the soundtrack to The Social Network. So so good. Got me through studying for several of my midterms so far! Here are a few of my favorite tracks!
Probably my absolute favorite:
I have to include the scene with this music! So intense, gives me goosebumps!
3. I’ve always wanted to be a redhead. I think they’re just the coolest. This is influenced by awesome redheads in fiction (Anne of Green Gables, the Weasleys, etc.), gorgeous celebrities redhead (like Amy Adams and Isla Fisher), and amazing redheads I know in real life. Sigh… envy.
4.. I absolutely cannot stand it when people crack their knuckles or bite their nails. I sat next to a girl in this class last semester who bit her nails THE ENTIRE CLASS every single class. She’d take notes with one hand and chew on the fingers of the other hand. Even when I sat somewhere else I can still see her and it still irks me so frickin’ much. Same with knuckle cracking. Do it somewhere else where I can’t see/hear you please!
5. I can’t fall asleep if there’s something that’s not done to a point where I’m satisfied with it. It’s really annoying as I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to get out of bed and finish my homework to some point I feel like a natural stopping point, work on a drawing until I was happy with it, finish reading a chapter of a novel, or even reply to some thread on an internet forum because I feel like I have to make my point come across.
6. The most romantic thing anyone has ever done for me was when Yufei made me a birthday message out of fallen leaves on the lawn in front of my dorm building during freshman year. He stayed up all night working on it just so that I can see it on the morning of my birthday. Sigh… how can anything top that?
7. I have very strange snacking habits. I like eating dry ramen with seasoning, peanut butter and my favorite hot sauce out of the jar, dry cereal, and other random things I find in my cupboard/fridge.
And there you go! I will be back once I make it through this week (last week before Spring Break!).
I just wanted an excuse to post all the pretty/cool things I would love to have, but to increase the potential usefulness of this post, think of it as a gift guide for your average artistic, nerdy, chocolate- and bacon-loving, style conscious world traveler and college student :)
1. Thai Iced Tea Dress from Modcloth
Because a girl can never have too many dresses. This one is girly and pink and has a lovely name.
2. Chocolate Pie Chart from Chocolate Editions
70% dark, 20% milk and 10% white chocolate. Nerdy and yummy all in one.
3. Anatomical Heart Necklace from Etsy
Truly alternative. This will make my high school biology teacher proud.
4. Sakura Pigma Micron Pen Set from Amazon
Because these are a NECESSITY for any artist who works with inking.
5. Mo’s Bacon Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix from Fredflare
Bacon. Chocolate. Pancakes. This could make the best breakfast ever.
6. Passport Holder from eBay
I could use an upgrade from my plastic zip lock pouch. These are cute and vintage looking, with enough pockets and slots for all my boarding passes, frequent flier cards, and more.
What’s on your wishlist this year? Share in the comments!
… is what I’ve been experiencing this whole Thanksgiving long weekend.
It all began Wednesday afternoon, after my morning class and finishing up an assignment due that day. Yufei and I headed downtown for lunch at Pommes Frites, a tiny little place in East Village that supposedly serves up excellent Belgian fries. Armed with a coupon from KGB deals, we arrived at the shop, where a line had already formed outside the entrance.
We waited for about 15 minutes before we were inside and had our orders taken. We got 2 regulars and 2 sauces, one sweet mango chutney mayo and one curry ketchup especial. The fries were nice and thick, freshly fried twice, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, served up in a paper coane. The regular size was pretty big, definitely enough for a meal. Their sauces, of which there were many (nearly 30), were also delicious and went perfectly with the fries.
We were lucky enough to get seats inside, and leisurely enjoyed our meal. I also liked the fact that we could see the entire process of how the fries and sauces are made, from the potatoes getting peeled, cut, and fried, to the sauces being processed in blenders. In addition to their regular fries with sauces, they also serve poutine. The Québécoise inside me has always loved poutine, and I’ve yet to find a good place for it in NYC. I think I might have to come back to try it here.
After lunch, we walked around a bit, found a Salvation Army thrift store, where we marveled at a fully functioning old school cash register and a early 90′s word processor, and from where I bought a Banana Republic skirt in great condition for only $5. After that, we found a Best Buy and played games on the iPad for about an hour. Then we finally got to where we were supposed to be – the Union Square Holiday Market. After looking around all the booths filled with all sorts of trinkets and treats, I finally decided to buy a lavender scented sea salt scrub for my mom. Of course, we also got more food at the market: a Belgian waffle from Wafels and Dinges! Soft, warm, with hot fudge on top – it was delicious. Who knew one could have so much Belgian food in a day?!
By the time we finished strolling in the market, it was still too early for dinner, so we found a Barnes and Noble nearby and went inside to read (you know, bookstores are excellent places to kill time). Then finally the time came for the dinner I’ve been anticipating all semester – authentic Sichuan cuisine at Szechuan Gourmet! We ordered eggplant with garlic sauce, Kung Pao chicken, and spicy dumplings. Everything was absolutely delicious. The eggplant was amazing, exactly how it’s supposed to taste, made with real doubanjian!
The chicken was also excellent. You know, Kung Pao chicken is such a simple dish, yet very few restaurants I’ve been to get it right, and this is one of them. It’s almost exactly the way we make it back home, except we put green peppers in it just to add some veggies.
It was such an awesome meal; I wish I could eat at that restaurant every single day. Sigh.
The next day, Thanksgiving day, we went to a brunch held on campus for those students who couldn’t make it home. A lovely meal consisting of turkey, stuffing, and all the traditional Thanksgiving fare shared with friends, it was a great meal. Once in a while, you get the feeling that Columbia may love you after all.
Then on Friday, a potluck dinner had been organized by the unofficial Canadians at Columbia group. I decided to try out a recipe I’ve been wanting to experiment with for a while now – Oreo truffles. It’s super simple to make, all that’s needed are a package of Oreo cookies, cream cheese, chocolate chips, and optional sprinkles. It’s basically powdered Oreos mixed with cream cheese, rolled into balls, then coated in melted chocolate. So easy to make, but they look totally gourmet and taste amazing.
It was a big hit at the dinner, but I found them just a tad too sweet for my taste, though still delicious. Will definitely make more over winter break (perhaps with dark chocolate to lessen the sweetness a bit?)!
Then came Saturday, and for dinner I decided to cook and made cola wings according to my own recipe. I think it was the best it’s ever turned out! So good. And now I just came back from lunch at my favourite Thai restaurant uptown, Wondee Siam V. Had my favourite thai dish, chicken pad kee mow, and fried coconut ice cream as dessert. They lit the ice cream on fire at our table! It was really cool and tasted great as well.
Ahh… just thinking about all the great food I’ve had this weekend makes me happy :) I hope everyone’s had as excellent a Thanksgiving weekend as I had – can’t wait until Christmas now!
Yesterday morning we went to the Chongqing zoo, where I had hoped to see some pandas (because pandas are adorable and native to the region). But unfortunately it was a hot and humid day and most of the pandas the had were inside their shelters and only one was out napping.
Me by the entrance to the reptile hall
After the zoo, we went to an ancient town in Chongqing called Ciqikou (磁器口). It’s now mostly a tourist attraction where the streets are lined with shops selling local crafts and food.
It’s impossible to write about Ciqikou and not write about its food, so forget about what I said about one special food post. First I had a 糖葫芦, which is a long skewer of fruit (typically hawthorn) coated in hardened sugar syrup.
Then more lamb kabob :)
Then there was this very popular Indian roti shop where the charismatic Indian chef makes the roti in public and draws a huge crowd. We had the pineapple one and it was delicious.
There’s loads more specialty foods, like all sorts of spicy snacks, the famous Chen fried dough twists, cotton candy spun into the shape of lotus flowers, beef jerky, lots of different types of confectionaries… so much that I can’t possibly fit it all into one post. Ciqikou was definitely a great cultural and culinary experience and I can’t wait to go back again some day :)