of care packages and food for studying

First of all, I loved the care package I recieved for my birthday from Sister 1, Sister 3, and Mom and Dad! The cookies are top-notch, and I think I like the ones with the jam center the best (thanks, Mom!). You have no idea how these cookies saved my stomach while I tried to study in my room this week. Most of the time I can’t concentrate, so I usually head to Ground Zero, a student-run coffee house, with some friends until midnight, when it closes. Then, we either head up to the guys’ floor at Marks Tower or to the lounge in Marks Hall, which is an excellent place to study after midnight. Before midnight, as I discovered tonight, it’s less a place to study and more a place to play piano, the cello, or the ukelele in. It was entertaining, but eventually, I gave up and just caught up on my Facebook notifications. Notifications are what make me hate my birthday sometimes, haha. Anyways, I had an excellent time with the candy included in either the birthday care package or the one before that; below, you’ll find pictures of me with the Nerds (ingenious box!) as well as my friend Danielle and me with our late-night meals. Thank goodness for the exercise machines in the New lobby, or I think I’d have a triple chin by now. Would my systers still love me? Maybe, maybe not. Ha! We’re going out for a legitimate sushi lunch tomorrow as well as heading to the LA County Fair that afternoon, so I’ll write about good eats and fair food (cotton candy!) later this weekend.

Til then,
Sister 2

me and a box of half-and-half nerds. delicious!

i was obsessed with the separation of the flavors at the moment. give me a break, it was definitely 3 in the morning at the time!

avocado sushi and a tuna sandwich to share 🙂 add in some strong tea to keep me awake, and then i can write a paper. om nom nom.


Strawberry and Raspberry Lemonade Popsicles

On Wednesday Sister 1 and 3 made popsicles! (Sister 3 here) Sister 1 will post pics later. How we made them:

4 Raspberries
6 Strawberries

Lots of Raspberry Lemonade(we used the Simply kind)

And we mixed them with a blender and froze them!

Bye from Sister 3!

From Sister 1: These were good, but I think next time they would benefit from less puree time so it’s more chunky. Almost, possibly making our own lemonade with a simply syrup. Roughly 2 cups total (Juice+Strawberry Puree) filled up one popsicle set ( of 4 )

blueberry smoothies

This is me (Sister 3)  with my solution( i got that word from my science class). Here is what i put in my smoothie:

2-3 Handfuls of frozen blueberries(so frozen there’s ice stained blueberry purple around them)

1-2 Spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt

Lots of honey (I drizzled it for about 10-15 seconds)

About half a cup of milk

You should also add some ice cubes. 5-10 is a good amount.

I used a Blendtec blender. If you have one, make this and press “Smoothie”.

This should feed about 2 cups. Enjoy!

Future food ideas, or what I’m thinking about at 1:20 AM while reading for my Russian Food and Culture class

When I come home, we will make Russian food. And by Russian food, I mean we will have hearty soups like schi, or cabbage soup, and okroshka, or cold meat and vegetable soup; with our soup, we’ll have kasha, or buckwheat groats, and Russian black bread. Oh, and I have to mention kvass, their slightly alcoholic drink of choice; that, or we can have ice-cold flavored vodka. Old Russian meals typically lasted for hours, and so they didn’t drink purely to get drunk. The typical way to drink their vodka was to down their cups and eat bread immediately after to stave off the effects of the alcohol. Either way, we are eating Russian foods whenst I return, and it will be as delicious in real life as it is in my head right now. For dessert, we can have kisel’, the typical Russian dessert of Russian fruit pudding. In other words, I need to stop staying up so late to when my stomach is empty again, and I also need to start reading recipes when I’m full of food stuffs. I miss you, systers.

Katrina sleeping because studying is for nerds. And Nathan was proofreading her essay.

Danielle sympathy-napping with Katrina.

the Indian food edition

So the most exciting place I’ve eaten lately is probably this Indian restaurant down the street off-campus from Parkside. It was my first real Indian restaurant, and it was like a food orgasm explosion in my mouth, for lack of better words. I got the vegetable biryani, and it came with this amazing sauce on the side; it was like fried rice and curry maybe, and I have to admit, better than Chinese fried rice to me! They gave me such a huge bowl, it lasted for the next two meals! So, so good. My friends ate at the buffet, and the dessert was super delicious and not too sweet at all. What was better, though, was exploring the Indian food market next door. Crazy foods! Other than that, I’ve mostly been eating in the on-campus dining halls except for Wendy’s (so so good) one night. Wendy’s is the best fast food for when you’re starving and on the go. Mmm. Well, I just got back from a three hour lunch break at Parkside, so it’s time for a nap!

At the Indian restaurant with Jessica and Katrina (not pictured: Hema, Shveta, and Nikita). Can you see that huge bowl of rice?!

Me and Katrina in the Indian market fooling around. Caption on my bag of food: "Fun ...non-stop!" (Ignore the huge bags under my eyes, I lost a lot of sleep that weekend!)

montreal the gourmand way

I have to say, in Montreal I ate pretty well, all thanks to yelp.com, and the “36 Hours in Montreal” article from the NY Times.

(1) The Best Rotisserie Chicken ever: Rotisserie Ramado? It was 6.99 for 1/2 a chicken and an enormous amount of salt and pepper fries. Also may I add, really awesome rice and salad. Damn. We didn’t even eat the dinner roll.

(2) St. Viateur Bagels: the bagels of Montreal’s were smaller, sweeter, and the dough was way more chewy and delicious. We got sesame bagels straight out of the oven, and we were totally impressed.

(3) Brasserie T!, We went in for a late lunch, and Magali had the chicken liver mousse and I ordered the duck rillettes (similar to pate). So French, so good. Also, the restaurant design was really great.

(4) Au Pied Du Cochon, famous for their big feet I think, but I ordered the “Happy Porkchop” which might have been the biggest piece of meat I have eaten in the past 6 months. Of course, the only veggie on the plate was sauteed mushrooms and onions in the sauce.

(5) Poutine. Where I ate it doesn’t really matter, but it was at the Club Sandwich in the Gay Village. Woo-hoo. Magali really didn’t like it, I thought it was okay but I don’t really know what the deal is. Apparently, Poutine is a Quebec favorite/regional specialty. It is made of french fries, gravy, and cheese curds. Doesn’t the picture just say it all?

(6) we went to the marche jean talon on Saturday before we left and got pain au chocolat. Check out this zucchini.