I Have a Birthday

Came to work and saw this. It is so much fun! Yes, this is my office. I have fun office mates. They take time to decorate my office like this.

Whoa – a birthday cake from my favorite Korean bakery. The yummiest cake ever. Aren’t I lucky?

I Am Gaining Weight

I noticed that some of my size 2 tops are fitting tighter on me. I went to the scale and noticed that I have gained some weight. It is fats but it is not on my breast – which would have been lovely, thank you – but on my back. Ugh. So, I am going to start watching I am eating that’s doing this. Making my carefully selected work tops tight on me. My daughter suggested that I write a food diary or write down what I ate. The only issue I have with that is having to do it. Yes, I have my cell phone and I could easily do it in theory. Having to actually do it is challenging.

About the only thing I have been deligent about recently is watching my Korean Drama and making a list of it. Only because it is not a daily thing. I know I should do the food diary.  But first thing first. Stop eating so many cakes and party at every cute and pretty coffee shop in town.  I see a lot in the course of my job.

The WAFFLE ICE CREAM at ALL ABOUT CHA in Southlake Texas

That is number one. I find so many coffee and tea places all over town. After a court hearing, I would stop by and have a taro latte and some pastry.  In addition, I would come home and eat all the bread and pastry that I bought.

Coconut bread from 85C BAKERY AND CAFE

On the pretext of work, I would park myself in a cafe.

Walnut brioche, white-bean-stuffed pastry, and hazelnut coffee at ECCLESIA in Carrollton

Self control. I know I have come a long way and I appreciate that it is an accomplishment to lose 10 dress sizes. Now, I just have to keep it. It seem fair that I should work at keeping my size 2-4 since I did not have to work going to this size. I was just watching TV and then I lose the weight. 

Le Suit Size 4. I definitely like this size better than 14. I have proof in my closet

That said, my daughter bought me NY Cheesecake pancake from IHOP. I should have taken picture of the pancake. It was so good that I didn’t even think of it. I am proud to note that I stopped at eating just one. I was only going to eat half, but it was unusually good.

We Like Indian CuisineĀ 

My version of Biryani Masala beef. I did not add yogurt on the dish.

My husband and I yelped for a place to eat in Frisco and come across O’DESI AROMA at 8448 Parkwood Blvd. Suite 500, Frisco TX 75204. We tried two items on their menu and a dessert. We enjoyed it very much. My sister’s friend from India sent me some Karahi and Biryani Masala spices. It has been sitting on my shelf for about a month when I thought it was time to try my hand at making it. What is pictured about is my version of it. I have to take out some of the ingredients because of diet limitations. I think it turned out great because it looked pretty and my family (picky eaters that they are) ate all of it.

This is the appetizer menu called Makhani Arancini. It was very good. I think it has cheese and vegetables and covered with panko and fried.

This is the Makhani curry, with thick tomato in it. My daughter liked it very much.

This is the dessert that is like a donut soaked in water. We liked it but I personally think it was too sweet.  But, I drink everything sugarless…so it is probably the right amount of sweet, just that I like my food to have less sugar as possible.

This is the Lamb biryani. My son did not like it too much because he’s 10 and he prefers burgers.  I am trying to expand his palate but he is a stubborn baby.

Saturday Date With Chana

Chana and I like to eat at TASTE OF KOREA. It is located at Korea Town off George Bush and Old Denton Road. The same parking lot side at H-Mart. We ordered a $13.00 galbitang or beef rib stew.  With the sides and rice with it, it’s all that Chana and I can manage to eat. We barely finish this. I did eat all sides except for that one on the bottom left. I like the seaweed sides in the middle of the left side pictured here. I even asked for a second serving. Chana puts pepper paste with her soup. I find it too spicy if I do. I just watch in amazement how she likes her food spicy. 

We went to ECCLESIA afterwards. Chana got her Hazelnut coffe and I got my carbs on. Although I should slow down on my carbs. I noticed one of my size small under-the-suit shell is a bit tight on me. I like it here in size 4. While in law school, I was wearing size 10-14 and that was about 40 pounds of added weight to my small-boned petite frame. However, carbs in bread and cake form are just so delicious!  I also like sitting in cafes and doing my work. I like how grown up that feels. I usually go alone so I can decide how long I am staying. I guess I am practicing for when I travel alone. Something that I cannot picture myself doing. I always drag my daughter along. However, I can see the attraction of traveling alone. I am not sure I can do it really. I like company.

What I bought: the round things is a pastry stuffed with white beans and the bread behind is at a walnut brioche. I like the vanilla brioche that 85C BAKERY makes. This walnut version from ECCLESIA is tasty and different. I hate to think how much calories these are running around my body.  They are fun to eat though.  I hate exercise. I tried yesterday on my elliptical machine because of that tight blouse. I couldn’t even last 10 minutes. The only option left is eat less of my favorite pastry so I won’t have to go up a dress size. Boy, am I a little obsessed with my weight. I have gone up several size scale. Starting with 75 pounds and double 0 dress size at the age of 24, to almost 180 pounds with my 6th pregnancy, I have run the range of sizes. I like it here better at 4. 

Leaving Dallas and Arriving in New York with Just Yossi and I

My sister Happy came to my house to drive Yossi and I to DFW.  She came at 5A and had to wait 20 minutes for us to get ourselves together. I am so lucky to have a sister who cares. She got us to the airport in plenty of time.

At the airport, after we got our boarding passes and has gone through security, we have an hour to kill. We went to TGI Fridays and got ourselves some omelet and French toast. Then, it was time to board the plane. With 20 minutes to spare before boarding, I came up with the brilliant idea to have Yossi’s IOS updated.  It was so slow, it waited all of those minutes and more.  Right before we have to board, installation was complete. I thought his phone would be no better than a paperweight if the update was not completed. Brilliant idea, mine.

We finally got on the plane and proceeded to sleep. We stayed up almost all night doing nothing, we had no trouble falling asleep.

The skies were pretty awesome when we were above Dallas. There was Tropical Storm Cindy that day after all and I guess that was why the clouds were awesome.

We took some pictures of it and then passed out. We woke up almost 3 hours later when we landed in La Guardia Airport.

We were excited to find out that LA GUARDIA PLAZA HOTEL is only 4 miles from the airport and they have free shuttle. We got on the shuttle and proceeded to wait for my husband and daughter to arrive on a flight 3 hours after ours. 

This is Yossi at the lobby of our hotel getting occupied as I decide what to do. We surfed for places to eat because we thought we might be hungry already. It is actually a case of boredom and wanting something to do. We found LA GUARDA CAFE. Before checking out how far the place was, we ordered Uber. We were going to go to Queens Museum after we checked our bags at the hotel, however, we did not have coins for the bus to take us to the museum. We only have paper money and there was no place to buy Metro Card. We walked towards block 100 of Ditmars Avenue and then walked back to the hotel.

We ended up having to wait for Uber about half an hour, and then we found out that the place we want to go to was about an 8 minute walk from where we were. The ride was about 9 dollars and it was going to cost us 5 dollars to cancel after 5 minutes have passed. Bummer. We waited and got the Uber after we have to tell the driver how to get to the hotel. With about 80 minutes to spare this my husband and daughter arrive, we were finally at the cafe. The food was great. I tried their goat and beef stew. It came with brown rice with beans, and then plantain and cassava. 

LA GUARDIA CAFE is a small place, however, the place is tastefully decorated and they office delicious food. Here’s Yoss and the food we got. 

This is the brown rice, banana, and goat stew. Very delicious. I love it.

This is the beef stew with the cassava and it is delicious, too.

Dinner at Home With My Sister’s Family

This is a vegan MUNG BEAN recipe I found online. It calls for stir-frying cumin at the start and ends with coconut milk. I used powdered because the aroma comes out very nice.  There’s also cayenne powder to make it interesting. My children would eat this even as they lament that they do not like meat-free dishes.  But here it is and they like it a lot. I did not serve soup because it was 100F outside. I could have serve cold soup, but I just cannot make myself eat cold soup. I am not used to it. I was going to make potato kugel in muffins cups, but I ran out of time. I was tired, and I had a Chiro appointment at 430P.  I cooked half the food before I left, and then finished up when I came back.  I also had to fit replacing my windhields because a pebble broke it.

This is a Korean Beef BBQ. I have some beef which I started out curbing and got bored.  The slices lack uniformity. Ugh. So, I oven grilled the beef slices with some herbs. Random herbs which I think smelled great. After it is all browned, I added the Korean BBQ sauce in in and added carrots and bell pepper. I simmer it until the liquid are reduced.  The meat came out soft and full of flavor. The combination cannot be beat. I also had chicken snitzchel, but I did not make it. I do not have picture of it either. There’s an Israeli restaurant called MILK AND HONEY and in my opinion, they make the best snitzchel. My sister likes to order from there. 

This is a squash medley.  It has yellow squash, zucchini squash and acorn squash. My daughter’s current favorite squash is acorn squash. It is also my favorite squash to cook because it cooks fast. It also has nice taste and texture.  If you happen to overcooked it, just add broth to your stir fry and now you have a nice rich soup. I can’t lose. I think if I eat a lot of this, my vision might actually get better. Is this not the color of veggies that is good for the eyes?

My vegetarian spaghetti. I used canned tomato sauce, diced bell peppers and red onion and garlic.  At the beginning, I stir fried powdered cumin and coriander. Then I tossed in some Tone’s spaghetti spice mixture, Tone’s Tuscan Garlic, and powdered ginger. I know. I tend to play around with spices. The downside is, I can’t recall which spice and in what ratio did I mix. I tried to keep a record, but I am just a rebel cook. I would look at a recipe and proceed to butcher it.  The red came from just the canned tomato sauce. If you boil the tomato sauce past 20 minutes, it will make it a nice coloring for the spaghetti. I dislike pale spaghetti and I never have tomato paste every tine I need one. This is a great solution.

For dessert, we had slices of mango, watermelon, cantaloupe, and avocado.  My daughter, Chana,  eyed the dessert choice balefully. She is not fond of watermelon or it’s relatives. She dislikes it.  She does not care enough for watermelon to hate it.

8 Degree F

I went to a municipal court who has a judge that makes up requirement as the mood swings. It is frustrating, time-consuming, and annoying. I wasted time and money on this trip.  I minded very much having my time wasted because I like to watch Korean drama in my spare time. After work, husband and kids time, that is.  Unfortunately, this town also does not have a free highway. Everything cost money to get there. To add a perfect toppping to this shitload of crap is that same judge will not “comment” or “commit” to make that requirement official. WTF.

I cannot come home with this foul mood. I stopped by Korea Town to get out of my mood. 8 FAHRENHEIT ice Cream place has a soft opening. I might as well try it. The official menu and pictures aren’t up yet. I ordered COOKIE MONTSTER with blackberry, KitKat, and whipped cream topping. It tasted very good. The picture is crap because I was in the middle of talking with my husband while my pretty ice cream melted. I will rate this store next time. When I am not angry-eating. I do believe it affects the enjoyment of food when one is pissed off.

There is a similar concept dessert across the street called ICE NY DALLAS. That one is a bit pricey, but they also have the mochi topping. I can each mochi topping all day! I was going to have a crepe, but the line was long and I was getting impatient. The place is newly opened also called T-SWIRL CREPE.

Take a look at what I passed up and probably for less calories. I am going to try this place. Probably next month as I am out of town all of next week. I do enjoy pretty food. In fact, I go for looks because I believe if the food looks pretty then it is likely going to taste good. It is not always correct, but it is a good start.