I wrote this little thing to myself while I was trying to sketch. I kept thinking “Man I want to sketch something really cool!!!” but the thought of sketching something cool intimidated me. And I realized I’ve just graduated from design school. There is a huge part of me that wants to impress everyone (for employment purposes) but part of me wants to take a break from that, and I think I will try and do that here. I am not going to judge myself before the final result. I’m just going to do what I want to do and be done with it. I will make lots of mistakes and that will be OKAY here.
I am not a photographer. It is something that has held me back from blogging, being too lazy to edit pictures… but whatever, I would like to document some of this.
As I struggled to find the perfect elipse and pretended I could sketch something great a la spencer nugent, I decided that I need to do something for MYSELF and not worry about what others think of it.
Theres a strange high I get from making things, instant gratification. So i blatantly took this design and made it with scraps I had lying around, specifically some industrial felt scrap that I swiped off of my friend (Thanks Tommy) + elastic…
Simple as hell, and it beats that $50 price tag.
Since the elastic broke off the last felt wallet I made.. I made up for it in stitches.
Ah, it feels good to know I can beat the system and make something out of nothing. Instantly gratified. I totally copied it, but at the same time… its a piece of fabric that wraps around your cards, can you really patent that?
I was finally able to do something I’ve been meaning to do all year which was go to downtown San Jose’s farm fresh fridays…. I bought some romaine, cherry tomatoes, peach, pomegranate, portabello mushrooms, and foccocia bread for $10… a steal! I was inspired since my boyfriend has fallen in love with mushrooms to make a portabello burger, so I grilled some with balsamic vinegar, dried basil and garlic.
Lately I haven’t been cooking too much since my design classes have started kicking my ass. I recently tried to make savory oatmeal and I hated it, and a slew of other fails. But on a lighter note, a place called Psycho Donuts just opened up in downtown San Jose and Chris and I went on a little date to check it out… (Mmm Key Lime Pie Donut) I can’t wait to go back! I wouldn’t say they are amazing like a fresh out of the oven krispy kreme glazed, but the shear novelty of it and the fact that they are only $1-$3 each make it a fun little adventure.
After visiting my family at home, I came back hauling a bunch of groceries to my sj apartment. (Thank you Mom and Dad!) For some reason I’ve been in a huge cooking mood, so after only three days I already have a ton of pictures.
I have been trying to go on a weekly bike ride after my monday classes to grab groceries at my local Vietnamese market. Its so cheap and they have a ton of different products, so I’m trying to experiment around. I had a huge craving for tonkatsu and they were selling pork loin already thinly sliced for only 2 dollars a pound. I made a few for a quick meal for my boyfriend (a huge katsu fan) and I
I bought two avocados and since one was ripened, I decided to have brunch, and I added bonito flakes and a bit of kewpie mayonnaise to it, it was very tasty but I wish I didn’t run out of bread… It would have been much more complete with a pan de sal to accompany it.
I’ll end on the note of my gazpacho that is currently chilling in the fridge. I borrowed the recipe from my lovely Seattle cousin Julie Mae, and it turned out quite well. It is flavorful and very healthy. (I need something healthy considering what I’ve been making lately heehee!) I couldn’t wait so I tried it and it was already delicious! I can’t wait to take it out after the flavors merry a bit more
So this week I had a craving for oil poached shrimp, I had it this summer at ‘wichcraft in union square… (although for being owned by Top Chef’s Tom Collichio I wasn’t that impressed)
I decided to take my hand at making it, and it turned out to be supremely easy… It cooked very slowly so I could prepare it first and poach while I was making other things, ex: hollandaise recipe from Barefoot Contessa and roasted broccoli. Basically, you heat the oil on low, let it warm up a bit and add the shrimp and cook it slowly. You could probably do it while studying in the kitchen, just checking on it around the 10 minute mark if its done… the result is a tender succulet piece of shrimp. Drain of the oil and add your own veggies.
I decided to ride my bike to the local vietnamese market on 2nd street, they have the cheapest produce ever, I LOVE IT. I was originally going to roast asparagus but found broccoli instead… but it made me feel healthier adding it to my meal.
Anyway, in other news, I scored a herb window sill garden kit, I just potted my seeds, so if it turns out I’ll post some pictures later.
Oh I also tried out my homemade ginger ale, and it turned out quite tasty. I’m going to make more batches when I can. Soo great and so cheap!
I caramelized some onions and froze them, they came in really handy when I whipped up this quick meal… So indulgent though, (the sauce is butter!) but it took me only 10 minutes to boil pasta as I browned the butter…
After straining the browned butter, I tossed it with the caramelized onions, goat cheese, a bit of Parmesan cheese and spaghettini.
Sorry for all the pasta posts… I’m a huge pasta fiend.
After the dinner party and going to downtown sj for South First Friday, I took most of the weekend to have some downtime. I finally had some time to complete a recipe I found on TheKitchn.com, and try my hand at making ginger ale, which I have yet to try.
A wonderfully rich mushroom sauce with chicken broth, white wine and some herbs… I didn’t have sage on hand so I tried using basil, it came out a little bitter but next time I’ll reduce the sauce more. The parmigiana cheese added that extra something something. Also, who doesn’t love bow tie pasta? I’ve been in love since I was a little girl, when I used to think boys couldn’t eat it… How sexist of me.
My ginger ale sitting comfortably by the window… We’ll have to see if this turns out, I’m afraid it will be a fail, but it literally costs like a buck to make a liter each.
The past few days I have been celebrating birthdays, one including going out for a drink at Singlebarrel in San Jose, CA. This bar does it a little differently, you go up to this guy at a door dressed like a newsboy and he lets you in down to this speakeasy style bar. The bartenders inside ask you what kind of flavors you want in your drink, and they make you one of their specialties. I had a lot of fun, as it was a very chill place… The price was stiff ($10 a drink) but it was worth checking out.
I got an English Cosmo… from what I remember he muddled cucumbers together and added some sort of liqour (I believe gin) and some lime and simple syrup. I wish I was paying closer attention, because it was DELICIOUS!
Yesterday I cooked a feast for a bunch of my friends, as it was Trevor’s 20th birthday. I had given him a list of different restaurants to go to but last minute offered to cook. He chose that, and then we decided on a traditional steak dinner. A big thanks to Joe and Alyssa for helping prep! (and thanks to Chris as well for helping move stuff around)
this ciabatta bread from costco was really cheap, and it saved me while I was broiling the steaks… that +oliveoil and balsamic make a good appetizer while your guests are waiting! Super cheap as well!
The MONEY SHOT: Homemade Cesar Dressing + Romaine, Corn with oven roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and goat cheese, the steak, and a roasted garlic mash.
I asked everyone to help me out with the groceries (as we’re not all made of money) and all of that food (plenty of leftovers that I gave to the Birthday Boy!) cost only $7 a person! Thank you Costco and Trader Joes for making my life easier.
Obviously later in the year I won’t have as much time cooking, but I had a lot of fun even though it was a lot of work. Good food and good company really make a great party, can’t wait to do another one!
On friday, I reunited with a few of my dearest high school friends, of which I’ve known since elementary or middle school. We had a lot to catch up on, and had many stories to tell so I chose Lovejoy’s Tea Room in San Francisco since one of my friends Teresa had been there before.
It was the perfect spot, as we each got bottomless tea and welcoming service. We were there till closing, catching up on everything. We ordered the High Tea service, which came with sandwiches, salad, coleslaw, scones and tea biscuits. We also decided on petit fours to end our meal. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to sit and chat for a few hours with a friend. It has such a homey welcoming feeling. For around $25 including tax and tip, the service, food, tea and experience made it worth it!
We ordered an assortment of different sandwiches, each choosing two kinds. I chose chicken apple walnut and cucumber and cream cheese. I decided on pomegranate green for my tea.
Today I had hard boiled eggs with fleur de sel and pepper on top. I think I’m going to buy more gourmet salts now, because it just adds a little something special to my meals.
School begins tomorrow, which means more posts about working around my school budget, and more posts with my not so great camera phone! Here is the last of being spoiled with great food at home:
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