Jennifer in Wonderland

July 31, 2009

Fried Stuff in Jars

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennifer @ 5:18 PM

MMM I love fried things in jars. Case in point, those fried red onion I picked up a few weeks ago at the 99 Ranch Market. Frau Zaftig mentioned the existence of fried garlic, so I made a mental note to pick some up the next time I was there. That happened to be today and I happily drove home thinking of all the deliciousness that would result from that little red jar. Then I noticed something odd… do you see it?


(Please excuse my bling-y watch) No? Still can’t see it? Let’s take a closer look…


Okay, that probably didn’t help all that much because the picture is blurry, so let me spell it out for you. It says FLIED GARLIC. FLIED!! Japanglish at its best. Or technically in this case, Vietglish. I hope there aren’t any flies in this jar and only  fried deliciousness.

Speaking of Japanglish, I look forward to searching Tokyo for many more examples of it when I am there in October. Woot woot!


July 28, 2009

Sorry I’ve been MIA…

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennifer @ 9:25 AM

But I’ve quite literally been in MIA, Miami, or the vicinity anyway. 

Just stop right there – don’t be jealous – it was for work. And let me tell you, traveling for work is NOT fun. 

First of all, preparing for one of these meetings takes days (if not weeks) and hundreds of sheets of paper. You then file these sheets of paper into a binder which will hopefully contain every bit of information on your business in the case that you get called out. Since I’m not an account manager, I have yet to “get called out,” but the fear is in me, so I pack a mega-binder and haul it along with me. Said mega-binder often times makes my carry-on wheely suitcase so heavy, that it is impossible for anyone, but an Olympic weightlifter to manhandle that thing into the overhead bin. This is where American Airlines gets to make an additional $15 off of me (or my company really) with their incredibly ridiculous checked baggage policy. Honestly, $15 for your first checked bag?? Cheap asses. Wow, I wonder why the overhead bins are so jam packed all the time??

Anyway, this post was not meant to be a rant against AA. I actually forgot what the real purpose was, but whatever. Well, I guess the point is that I’m home and happy to be back. Yes there were afternoons at the spa, catered dinners, dancing, a lazy river, a water slide, free gifts, open bars, and video games, but it was work after all and I’m glad to be home 🙂

July 14, 2009

Things I Love: No Pudge Fudge Brownies

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennifer @ 8:17 PM


MMMM! There’s not a lot to say about these brownies, except that I LOVE THEM!! Yes, I love them more than life itself. Okay, maybe not that much, but they are pretty damn good. 

I’ve known about them for a while, but I was always suspicious because the name was so diet-y. All you have to do is combine the mix with some non-fat vanilla yogurt and bake. Or, I prefer the single serving recipe which is to mix 1 tablespoon of vanilla yogurt with 2 tablespoons of No Pudge and microwave for 1 minute. I’ve mixed in walnuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter, coconut, dried cranberries, all with deeeelicious results. The options are endless – my next experiments will be bananas and Nutella. To me, it seems more like a gooey chocolate cake, than a brownie, but that might be because I always make the single serve version and eat it with a spoon instead of baked and eaten with your fingers like a brownie.

Oh and did I mention that a serving is like 120 calories and no fat? If you add in about 10 chocolate chips (which I highly recommend) it’s only about 30 calories and some fat more. Anyhoo, go try some. I get mine at Trader Joe’s. Apparently, they have other flavors, but I’ve only seen the original.

July 11, 2009

I Gots Me a Haircut

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennifer @ 1:34 PM

I thought about growing my hair out, but then I got bored so I went surfing for hair photos. I came across some photos of Tao Okamoto and her bowl hair which inspired the hair for all the models at the Phillip Lim show in February. Here’s Tao…


Super cute right? I wanted something edgy like that and more fashion-y. I may not have her bone structure, but what the hell, I might as well try it. So here I am..TA DAH!

Photo 4     Photo 1

It’s actually a pretty versatile cut, as you may or may not see from my poor styling efforts. I like it, but I feel like I need to wear more/better makeup now that I can’t cover my face with hair. LOL

July 9, 2009

Everything’s Better with … MAYO

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennifer @ 6:26 PM

You’ve had potato salad, egg salad and tuna salad, so why not eat them all together? I don’t know if this is really my invention, but I threw this together for dinner tonight it was so yummy and good for you. 

0709091751                                                                                                                                                                                     Please excuse the crappy pictures. I am just so lazy and hate hooking my card reader up to the laptop and blah blah blah. It’s easier to take a crap phone pic and email it to myself…

This isn’t really a recipe per se since you can use whatever you have, but here’s my method:

1. Put a few eggs in a pot of cold water and bring to a boil. Turn heat off and let stand for 15 minutes. Remove the eggs and let cool. I used 2 eggs

2. Turn the heat back on and add potatoes to the hot water. Boil until a fork easily pierces the potatoes. I used 4-5 v. small potatoes. Throw some green beans, chopped into 1 inch pieces, into the water for a minute or two before taking every out. Run the green beans under cold water to stop the cooking and preserve the greeness

3. Cube up potatoes and eggs. Toss together in a big bowl with green beans and a drained can of tuna. I also included some diced red onion and frozen corn

4. For the dressing I used approx. 2 tablespoons lowfat vegan mayo (purchased accidentally), 1 tablespoon kewpie mayo (ahh the good stuff!), 2 tablespoons nonfat plain greek yogurt, 1/2 tablespoon dijon and a splash of red wine vinegar. S&P to taste.

5. Toss with everything else and refrigerate until chilled and ready to eat. Voila!

July 7, 2009

Restaurant Review: Jollibee

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — jennifer @ 11:57 AM


Look at that face. How can anyone say no to that? Inspired by Frau Zaftig’s article on Jollibee in the Philippine Star, I finally made my first trek to the McDonald’s (or is it KFC?) of the Philippines. 

Unlike in NYC, we’ve had Jollibee in SoCal for quite a while. I’ve seen that one on Azusa Blvd for many years and although I was initially curious about the cute sign, I just never got around to going. Now one has opened up in Chino Hills, of all places, and my normally picky brother gave it the thumbs up.

After an appointment on Thursday morning, I called my bro to see if he wanted anything from Jollibee – he texted me back asking for a chicken meal and a $1 burger. The first thing I noticed about JB is the very friendly service. The lady at the counter kept calling me ma’am, which was simultaneously annoying and nice. I wanted to try the chicken and the spaghetti, but since my brother specifically asked for the burger, I thought it might be worth trying. I ended up ordering 2 3 piece chicken meals, 2 Yum burgers ($1.29), and 1 peach mango pie for the heck of it. The total was just under $20 – not cheap, but there was tons of food. Here’s a pic of the chicken (after I ate a piece!) and the burger

0702091231   0702091233

Sorry for the blurry pics. The chicken was awesome – light, crispy and fresh. I got one order with fries and the other with rice. I originally wanted mashed potatoes, but there was a 10 minute wait, and in the end, I was happy with the rice. Gravy + Rice = Deliciousness! I love that the chicken comes with gravy. Gravy makes everything better. The burger was not very good though. It was like a McDonald’s happy meal burger, but with a mess of Thousand Island on top. Maybe some of their fancier burgers are better? The pie was pretty good and sweet.

I just realized that those Filipinos really know what they’re doing with fried chicken. This is actually my 3rd time eating Filipino fried chicken – once at Max’s, then at Goldilocks and now at Jollibee. It’s still second to Roscoe’s and maybe even to Popeye’s, but if I ever feel like chicken and spaghetti, I’ll be heading down to Jollibee.

Create a free website or blog at