Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
2. Order omakase (literally “I leave it up to you”)—you can expect a unique experience, but also a higher bill (it’s OK to suggest a budget).
3. Don’t mix wasabi and soy sauce for dipping—the chef should have already seasoned the sushi for you. Dipping in a little soy is OK, and if you particularly like wasabi, you can ask the chef to use more.
4. Eat nigiri (the rice rectangles topped with fish) with your fingers: it’s customary, and lets the chef pack the rice more loosely—which is correct—instead of packing it to accommodate chopsticks.
5. Turn nigiri fish-side down in your hand to help prevent it from falling apart (especially important if you choose to dip).
6. Eat ginger only between courses, as a palate cleanser.
7. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Many people stick with firm, smooth-textured fish, and thereby miss out on other interesting flavors and textures.
8. Sushi rolls are an American invention that, ironically, has made its way back to Japan. Avoid rolls that contain nontraditional (and unhealthful) ingredients like mayonnaise and sweetened sauces.
9. Avoid fish that is unsustainable or improperly farmed.
10. It’s traditional to order miso soup at the end of the meal—it aids digestion.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
This week I would rather be.... at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort!
This new resort is about 15 minutes outside of Austin...and it looks perfect! They have a spa, golf course, pools, dining on-site, and did I mention a spa?! Additionally, if you are craving some city-life, then Austin is a close drive away.
*If the BF is reading, this is a major hint-hint at a vacay I would love to take!
2. Switch to florescent light bulbs
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Um wow, apparently I never got the memo that patting was out...
Additionally, there was a new character on the show last night...Sleazy T. I don't know whether to be annoyed that he's very white and on the Hills and he has a rapper nickname....or be jealous that he got the nickname first and I can't have it....
Monday, April 20, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
While the big 2-4 does not celebrate any big milestone like 18 or 21 or 25...it's nice to have those little celebrations. We have no big plans, but I am cooking the BF a nice, homemade dinner and hopefully we will be able to finally RELAX this weekend!
I love you babe....
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Istanbul is a captivating Turkish city which has a rich historical past during which it was the epicenter of three great empires, namely the Roman, the Christian Byzantine and Islamic Ottoman. The influences of this rich cultural heritage continue to have a bearing on Istanbul until today.
The cascading domes and six slender minarets of the Sultanahmet Mosque (better known as the "Blue Mosque") dominate the skyline of Istanbul. In the 17th century, Sultan Ahmet I wished to build an Islamic place of worship to rival the Hagia Sophia, and the mosque named for him is the impressive result. The two great architectural achievements stand next to each other in Istanbul's main square, and it is up to visitors to decide which is more impressive.
The Grand Bazaar
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 58 streets, over 1,200 shops, and has between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. It is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by type of goods, with special areas for leather coats, gold jewelry and the like. It is famed, many-storied, and glorious. If you are in Turkey, you should certainly see it. The history alone is reason enough, not to mention the unbelievable concentration of touristic goods into one immense covered market. Every shopkeeper speaks three or four languages (at least!) and you can buy every bright trinket that no native Istanbul citizen has used for a hundred years or more.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
However, I am pulling out all my winter clothes because I am traveling to NJ/NYC for the Easter holiday weekend. So sorry, but no blogs until Monday!!
*And expect an extra-long 'Where I Would Rather Be..' next Wednesday because I got super busy this Wednesday at work and was not able to blog :( But I have been doing my research on this place because I have never been...get excited!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
A loyal blog reader (hehe) sent me this article and thought this might be a good idea to blog about. I don't know if ya'll can read it (this is the largest it would show up on here!!)...but it is about how to be a good wife in the 1950's. At first read, I was very much appalled...the article tells you that you need to look nice and put together for your husband when he returns from work, make his evening relaxing, and think of him first. Hello, this article just screams the need for feminine rights and the reason hippie women burned their bra's in the 70's!! But I decided to sit on the idea for the blog for a while....
And you know what? I kind of think they are right! (Ok don't freak out...keep on reading...I explain myself!) I think that we should all (men & women) should try to make life more comfortable for our family, friends, significant other. We should all try to think of others first. I know from personal experience, when the BF sees that the trash is full and he takes it out without me asking...it practically makes my day! And if it makes the BF happy then why should I not cook dinner for him. If we all took more time to think of what others needed to be more comfortable and happy in life, then we would all be happier people. It's kind of like that Liberty Insurance commercial where one good deed a person does leads to another people doing a good dead. So, no I do not think that only a woman should pamper her husband, but that we should all pamper each other. We should all try to look our best and clean our houses.... So in your own way follow the advice of the article, think of others and how to make them feel more comfortable in thier life...think not of what others can do for you, but of what you can do for others! (Yes, a total play on Kennedy's great speech!!)
Monday, April 6, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Last night, on April 2nd, 2009, the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) and Rutgers Student Life broke the Guinness World Record for The World’s Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Waldo from the iconic picture book series, Where’s Waldo?. 1,052 Rutgers students, staff and community members were spotted “showing their stripes” at the historic State Theatre located in downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey. Rutgers smashed the previous record, set by 577 Acuity Insurance Employees in Sheboygan, Wisconsin at the Acuity Insurance headquarters.
Um wow... I don't know what else to say...other than why didn't we ever think of this at Baylor during Chapel?!