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I had this bowl of flat rice noodles with steamed vegetables and beef last night and it was perfect for the cool weather. The beef and vegetables were made separately from the noodles. You can find these noodles in a Chinese store near you. The noodles will already be made and packaged. It should also be consumed quickly so that it won’t spoil in your fridge.

My mother and I decided to follow an actual recipe when making this kiwi strawberry smoothie. It turned out very flavorful and the ice cubes gave it more texture. We didn’t feel the need to add flax seeds since we were making it late at night and we didn’t want to get too full. It still turned out yummy! ūüôā

Here is the recipe we followed from the NY Times article:

1 ripe kiwi, peeled, cored and quartered
1/2 cup (3 ounces) fresh or frozen strawberries, hulled
1/2 to 1 banana (to taste), preferably frozen
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/3 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon flax seeds (optional)

Place all of the ingredients in a blender, along with a few ice cubes if the bananas have not been previously frozen, and blend until smooth.

Yield: One serving.
Advance preparation: Best if served right away.
Nutrition per serving: 234 calories; 2 grams fat; 1 gramsaturated fat; 4 milligrams cholesterol; 51 gramscarbohydrates; 6 grams dietary fiber; 60 milligrams sodium (does not include salt added during cooking); 7 grams protein

Believe it or not this delicious salmon came from a can. It is probably the best canned food I’ve ever had. You can find this inexpensive salmon in Costco. Just top it off with seasonings/onions and fry it on a pan for a bit and you’re good to go. ūüôā

A manager at my work place bought everyone (almost everyone) bubble tea. I think taro is the best flavor.

P.S. I love my wireless keyboard, mouse, and touchscreen 20″ monitor at work! I want to take it home with me.

Very addicting but kind of stale tasting. I think thats how its supposed to taste. Once you start, you just can’t stop.

Prior to watching the film Inception, John and I decided to grab something cool to drink at Cosi Cosi, a sandwich bar located in Union Square. I ordered the blueberry pomegranate smoothie while John decided to get the blended frozen Arctic Latte. We both thought it was delicious. John said he couldn’t tell the difference between his drink and the one at Dunkin Donuts. Our drink costs about $4 each (size tall).

What we disliked about Cosi Cosi was the service. Patrons weren’t allowed to sit at the small tables unless they were planning on having table service. We got kicked out of the table and were forced to sit somewhere else. The layout of the whole entire restaurant was confusing. We also assumed it was like Starbucks where we could sit wherever we wanted.

We decided to sit outside on their tables/chairs in the heat and humidity. Luckily we were done drinking when this random drunk guy decided to puke on the ground in front of Max Brenner, which was a few feet away from us. It was quite horrendous, especially when the putrid air started to head towards our direction. We immediately left the scene and into the movie theatre.

841 Broadway
(between 13th St & 14th St)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-8544

My girl suggested we go to eat some good authentic Japanese Ramen at the East Village in New York City.  By chance, that day was also one of the hottest days of the summer so far.  Right when we entered the tiny boutique ramen restaurant, we were blasted with hot air coming from the kitchen which was basically on top of the patrons who were eating there.

The small place did not seem to have an air conditioning unit but we decided to stay and eat some ramen since the journey to get here was a long one.  My girl ordered the Shoyu ramen which was soy sauce based pork broth ramen and I ordered the basic pork broth ramen which was garlic based, both with thick noodles.  I also ordered a Sapporo to cool down while we were waiting for the food.

The first thing I noticed taking my first bite was how well the noodles were cooked. They were cooked to perfection being al dente of course. ¬†My broth was incredibly garlicky which I did not expect and my girl’s broth was sort of salty (maybe because of the soy sauce?). Both dishes came with a sheet of nori (toasted seaweed), mushrooms, fatty pieces of pork, and various vegetables. ¬†Overall I was pleasantly surprised and would eat¬†there again but this time order a more neutral flavored broth.

P.S. This place needs air conditioning ASAP!

536 E 5th St
New York, New York

My very good friend took me out to dinner on Friday at a diner. I never had outstanding experiences at a diner before but my friend assured me that this place was very good. I trusted him because I was not from the area and was pleasantly surprised.

Right off the bat, he recommended that I order the crab cake sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries.  The crab cake was battered and fried which gave it a crunchy exterior.  It came on a ciabatta  roll which complimented the sandwich.  The sweet potato fries were also good. I of course had to smother my food with Tabasco sauce.

The food was delicious and once again, thank you Woojin for the meal.

412 S Van Brunt St
Englewood, NJ 07631

My parents bought this yellow crimson watermelon from the market on Sunday. This was my first time trying it out.

If you’ve never had this before, it is quite sweeter than the traditional red ones. I was surprised to find how sweet the bottom of the slice tasted. I think I would rather much stick to the red ones just because I’m used to it.

For dinner today, I dined on Chinese leek with egg and shrimp. If you’ve never had Chinese leek before (also known as Chinese chives), it is very aromatic and bursting with flavor. The chives in this dish are cut up into pieces and meshed together with eggs and shrimp. This vegetable also goes very well with meat dumplings!

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