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Getting Ready

Hi all! Thank you for the wishes on my last post! We surely had a blast and it was a nice to actually splurge ourselves once in a while.

Today I got up super late (like 9 am?) haha..I guess the cocktail drink I had last night surely had some kick in me. Believe me, I am not a drinker at all.

Since I didn’t feel hungry, I skipped breakfast and just had 2 green tea bags and continued working on my stuff until lunch time. Honestly, my lunch today looked EXACTLY the same as yesterday.

After lunch, I was preparing all the ingredients for my newest recipe experiment: Coconut Lemon Custard Chicken.

Then I continued with whatever I was supposed to do until finally I had enough and did the newest workout from Bodyrock.tv.

It was almost dinner time so I kept my Post workout snack small – 2 small slices of sweet potatoes (purple and Japanese) – I put the clothes pin next to them for size comparison (got this idea from Fit Daffy :D) Sometimes it’s hard to imagine the size just by looking at the pictures.

Finally, the chicken was done and this accident happened when I tried to take a picture of the perfectly sliced pieces.

Darn it! I LOST 2 pieces of goodies there! Argh! Believe me, I was quite mad at myself, which made me feel even more stupid. It was actually all my fault for moving the table when the plate was on top of it and I was stupid enough to tilt the table..ARGH!

Anyway, dinner was yummy and small as well.

I realized I still had lots of coconut milk in the fridge and it’s been sitting there for a little while. Good thing it hasn’t gone bad yet and an idea came up. I poured them into my ice cube tray and froze them. 😀 This way the coconut milk will not be spoiled and it would be super easy when I need to use them. Just take out 1-2 cubes or whatever I need. Too bad I can’t consume straight coconut milk, otherwise these would be a perfect coconut milk “ice cream”. 😀

Btw, I’m in the process of transferring this blog to be self hosted. Gosh, seems like it’ll be a long and slow process..not to mention I might have to blog at two places at the same time to save the future trouble. We’ll see!

What’s the clumsiest thing you’ve ever done?

Have a good night!

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Posted by on June 10, 2011 in food, life

 

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4 Year Anniversary at The Sky Room

Today is our 4 year wedding anniversary and I know it’s the most perfect time to use Groupon for The Sky Room in Long Beach! I had to make a reservation a day before as part of Groupon condition.

But before we went, I did some 10 minute burpee challenge.

View from the outside (took this after the dinner) – the restaurant is located at top floor.


When we got in, we actually had to wait for an elevator attendant.

The elevator attendant told us a bit about the building, that it was the original Hilton Hotel and has been around since 1938. Another interesting thing is Elizabeth Taylor actually had her wedding in this restaurant. You can read more of the history on their page.

The entrance to the restaurant. Btw since this is a fine dining type restaurant, business casual is the dress code.

We got a nice table next to the window with the harbor view. If we got here after dark, might look nicer with all the lights on.

I ordered some cocktail based on the waiter’s suggestions:
The Rosenson Raspberry Lemon Drop for me

Hubby K ordered The Sweet Troublemaker (basically watermelon with vodka) and those red powder along the glass rim was cayenne pepper.

The waiter gave us some bread slices, which Hubby K devoured all (including my portion). Served with butter and some salt.

After scrolling around the menu, we decided both would have the steak.

I ordered Prime New York Steak (I asked the waiter to make sure it’s gluten free and he happily accommodated it) – no sauce and only steak and veggie of my choice.

Boy, that steak was HUGE and I admit that I finished the entire thing! On the second thought, they might give me a bigger portion of steak since I didn’t have any carby dish (potatoes, rice, pasta etc) and might not be enough if they just gave me the typical small portion. Oh well, I won’t refuse more protein! 😀

Hubby K ordered Prime Fillet Mignon which arrived with an interesting mashed potatoes set up

We also ordered some salad and even though usually they charge for splitting the dish, the waiter waived it for us. How nice 🙂  I chose Salade de Maman which came with a dijon mustard dressing, but he put it on the side PLUS he brought us olive oil and balsamic vinegar.


We talked and pretty much just relaxing and waited for the alcohol to wear off a bit. This was our first time ever to have a fine dining. If it wasn’t because of Groupon ($25 for $50), I don’t think I’ll ever think of going to a fine dining restaurant, especially not in our current situation. Since we both were stuffed from the meal, so no desserts. After all, I already had enough sugar rush from the cocktail drink. No need to add more.

In a nutshell, it was a nice 4 year anniversary celebration.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2011 in food, life

 

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Quick Post

I had another great workout from Bodyrock.tv and I also made up my own exercise challenge after I finished with Bodyrock.tv workout.

Breakfast/post workout meal – nothing could beat these colorful sweet potatoes and some chicken!

Lunch was yummy Roast Masala Lemon Date Chicken with sliced of whole avocado and steamed veggies, drizzled with Balsamic Vinegar reduction.

And I continued working on my portfolio website, and took me an entire afternoon figuring out how to upload the site using FTP and put up the splash page. I don’t have the entire thing ready as yet, but at least I want to put a placeholder instead of the default page from my hosting.

I took a little break from the computer so I made another beef stew (another type beef stew- will post recipe and think of a better name) and also I made another Egg Loaf Frittata. This time the combo was shredded carrots, shredded sweet potatoes, green onion, seasoned with garlic powder, Red boat fish sauce and some pepper.

Here’s my dinner

Ok now I gotta go back working on my stuff.

Nite all!

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in food, life

 

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Time to Get Back to the Game

Hi everyone! Today I totally declared that my lower back pain is 100% gone *knock on the wood so I won’t jinx it* so I totally could get back working out regularly. Wanna know what I ate yesterday and today?

Yesterday
After my workout, I warmed up some left over Asian Style Cauliflower “Fried Rice” with slices of baked Japanese sweet potato and 2 fried eggs.

We went to Curry House, a Japanese-style curry and spaghetti restaurant to meet 2 of my former colleague, C and Val for lunch. Technically speaking, it was almost nothing I could eat entirely Paleo at Curry House – majority of their menus are full of rice, spaghetti and not to mention their curry sauce ingredients contain non Paleo stuff: wheat flour, corn syrup, peanut oil, rapeseed oil, palm oil, and monosodium glutamate(!) How do I know this? Well that’s one nice thing of their menu.

So I ordered Hamburger curry, no rice, extra salad and no curry sauce.

I should asked the waitress no salad dressing next time. I am not sure what kind of dressing it was, but it tasted like miso style dressing. It was good, but combining it with the juices from the hamburger was a bit too salty to me.

It was actually nice to talk to some of colleagues that you got along with. Val told us there were 2 more people being laid off. Btw Val totally missed me and C as lunch buddies cause now he doesn’t have anyone he can share his stories with, other than his cousin, who’s also works there. Joking and teasing Val around with C is something that I will definitely miss from my former job. Ha!

Val had to go back to work cause his cousin, who came along for lunch was on hourly schedule. So I chatted with C and we were catching up. C is a nice person and someone that I actually enjoyed working with. Definitely will miss her as my colleague.

After we got back home, we snacked on some berries. Perfect for this hot and kinda humid weather.

And what’s for dinner? More Asian style “Cauliflower Fried Rice” topped with sliced of whole avocado.

I was still a bit hungry so I sliced some baked yam to curb my appetite.

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I had such a blast at my morning workout today that I even added my own workout circuit after Bodyrock.tv workout. When I opened the fridge, I saw a bowl of that Baked Mashed Cauliflower with Sliced Beef (somewhat similar with Paleo Shepherd Pie) which has been sitting in the fridge for a couple of days. Seems like the boys are not a big fan of that so I guess I had to finish that thing today or it’ll just be there! So I deconstructed that “Shepherd Pie” into Mashed Cauliflower Beef with Tomato, with some slices of baked sweet potatoes and I got my post workout meal/breakfast!

And as usual, I drank lots of tea along with my breakfast. You could say I’m a tea addict 🙂

I prepared some marinate to cook my next whole chicken (will post the recipe soon- it was super simple, really) for dinner as our food supply was getting low.

For lunch, I had the remaining Oven Fried Curried Chicken Fingers with the last batch of Asian style Cauliflower Fried Rice with some Chinese veggies on the side.

And for the FIRST time since I was out of job, I spent my entire afternoon putting together my resume and work samples for my job interview preparation. I thought I already lost my passion on my chosen career, but apparently yesterday’s meet up with my former colleagues sure had something to do with this. Everything just triggers me and suddenly I have this urge to put myself together and be back in the game. I was so excited that I already purchased a domain and a hosting site to put up my work samples. Speaking of which, there might be a chance I’ll start self hosting my blogs – fingers crossed. 🙂

I forgot how I could lose track of time when I start working on my project that I had to start dinner a bit late. Good thing I already marinated that chicken in the morning so by dinner time, I just need to cook, bake and serve!

More berries after dinner, shared with Hubby K.

Apparently, after a little break from being working, I actually start to feel a little excitement of working again. I’m even excited that tomorrow I’ll start putting together my work sample website so that I can start applying for jobs. Not sure how long it will take me to finish everything, but I am aiming for this entire week and start hunting next week. Wish me luck!

Good nite all!

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2011 in food, life

 

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Weekend Eats and Poker

I’m happy to let you know that starting tomorrow I’ll be back bodyrocking like before thanks to my healed lower back pain 😀 When I woke up this morning, I knew that my lower back pain was about 90% healed. However, I decided not to do workout too hard so I did a 40 minute yoga (I made up my own sequence btw). I haven’t done a full yoga for a while so this morning yoga was really good. Yesterday I did a quick 12 minute strength training, which I came up on my own.

Breakfast/post yoga meal
Baked Japanese sweet potato with a tin of sardines – YUM!


A little better than yesterday’s breakfast – 2 slices of Chocolate Espresso Gluten Free Cake with sliced strawberries

Lunch was really simple: steamed spinach, sliced of whole tomato, Baked Mashed Cauliflower with Beef (it was ok, not great so won’t post recipe, unless you really want me to :P) topped with macadamia nuts

Ironically, it almost looked identical with yesterday’s lunch (also my dinner) (just different type of greens and fat)

Spent the entire afternoon cleaning up, organized paperwork, paid bills etc and by dinner time, I had the urge to be a little more creative on my food so I made a big batch of Asian Style Cauliflower “Fried Rice.”
This time the combos were 1 cauliflower head,sliced beef milanesa, sliced egg omelet, diced carrots, minced shallot and garlic, chopped 3 stalks of green onions (white and greens separated)


Seasoned with salt, white pepper, Red Boat fish sauce, sesame oil, and coconut aminos.

I LOVED my dinner today! I had 1 1/4 of this plate.

After dinner, Hubby K and I were playing poker. This was my first time playing it and I think I started to understand the game a bit more. Gotta be a good in bluffing and reading your opponent’s reaction and have a poker face.

We used tea bags as our “chips” (each of us had 10). If one lost all the tea bags, had to take off one shirt..haha.

I won at first round and Hubby K had to take off one of his shirt.

Unfortunately, in the end he won back his shirt and I LOST and I had to lose one of my shirt (still wearing a tank top, so get your mind out of the gutter) and sadly I didn’t win it back…*sigh*

I don’t usually play cards and never a big fan of it. Once in a while I do play Black Jack if I go to Las Vegas, but I don’t usually play big. I’m waaay too cheap to just gamble my money away like that. But the poker game that we played today was quite interesting and fun at the same time, probably because we only had to use tea bags as the chips, not our real money.

Any card games you’re good at or like to play?

Have you made up your own workout sequence?

Have a great night!

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2011 in food, life

 

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Stretchy

After I finished the last post, I decided not being a total bum and took a walk outside my house.

According to my Garmin Forerunner 305, I walked about 1.26 miles in 27:37. Slow huh? Actually I walked in normal pace, at least faster than strolling. Oh well, it’s still better than being cooped up in the house for the entire day while it was sunny and breezy outside.

Back home, I was guilty enough snacking on these banana chips -totally addicting!

Followed by a bowl of strawberries

Later I joined Hubby K doing P90X X Stretch. Wow, I haven’t done any P90X workout for such a loooooooooong time and actually after stretching for about an hour, I felt a bit better. 🙂 Like Tony Horton said stretching is very important for you.

Dinner was super simple: steamed veggies with last beef patty and some lamb that I cooked earlier today (no recipe for now – it tasted ok, but I think it could be better).

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2011 in food, life

 

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Moves and Eats

Hi everyone, hope most of you enjoy the extra weekend (for those who are in the US). Sorry for the lack of updates but seriously I didn’t do much differently other than usual eats and some moves 😛

Wanna know what I had? Well a little hint, I didn’t exactly have squeaky clean Paleo approved food.

Let’s start off from Sunday
Breakfast/pre workout meal
3 over easy fried eggs sprinkled with Trader Joe’s 21 seasoning salute and sliced of a whole avocado

For lunch I made some grass fed beef patties, seasoned with curry powder, Red Boat fish sauce, green onions, pepper, puree onion/garlic/shallots and an egg, pan fried with coconut oil.

Plus more yuca root fries

You’d think I’ll dig in to the lunch? Er, not so fast. I brazed myself to complete this killer 600 reps fat burner workout, which roughly I finished about 1 hour (including rest in between first and second round). I’ve never sweated so much in my life!

After that workout, it was good to devour this lunch plate 😀

As usual I had my afternoon snack bowl of fruits (strawberries and cherries) and might be some undocumented amount of macadamia nuts.
Can you believe I already finished a bag of these already? I finally decided to do subscribe and save order from Amazon since my local Costco doesn’t carry any of these babies!! 😦

For some reason I didn’t take my dinner pic but I think it was a super simple meal of some steamed broccoli and 2 grass fed beef patties. I wasn’t that hungry. Yuca roots always kept me full for a long time.

Monday
Breakfast
3 over easy fried eggs (seasoned with TJ 21 seasonings) served with steamed broccoli and sliced of a whole avocado

Eggs for breakfast in 2 days in a row? Let me tell you, I’ve been OUT of eggs last week and I missed them so much!

Hubby K brought back his mom’s homemade Chinese sticky rice (zongzi) the night before so I had some bites of it for my lunch, along with last of yuca roots, steamed bok choy and last of Bo Kho.

I love Chinese sticky rice (zongzi) and prior Paleo I could finish the entire thing in a second! It usually filled with some Chinese sausage, peanuts, and some pork meat. My mom’s homemeade zongzhi is something that I missed dearly. Now I know just to have a little bite of it or else I’d be a bottomless pit! Yes, that sticky rice is surely addicting!

As I thought I wanted to take a rest day, but my inner side kept bugging me to at least do some short exercise challenge, so I did 300 reps squats. Boy, I surely felt it today on my lower back and buns!

For dinner, I made Pan Seared Lamb Shoulders seasoned with Homemade Taco seasonings. The direction was exactly the same as this Crispy Taco Chicken.
Served with sliced of whole avocado and Baked Mixed Veggies (cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, with 2 Tbsp Kerrygold Salted butter)

And I had some bowl of fruits afterward and called it a night!

Have you had any Chinese sticky rice before?

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2011 in food, life

 

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