Jennifer in Wonderland

September 1, 2009

My Current Obsessions

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennifer @ 11:17 AM

Here are a few things I’m in love with right now

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Isn’t it beautiful? The Kor One Hydration Vessel. Did you get that? It’s not a water bottle, it’s a HYDRATION VESSEL. It looks like the ipod of water bottles (er, hydration vessels). So stylish and chic and it holds a whole 750 ml so it is sure to keep you well hydrated. Yes it does cost $29.95, but proceeds benefit a different cause depending on which color you choose. I found my Orchid Pink vessel this weekend at REI and felt good knowing that proceeds went to help the global water crisis.

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Plummy, berry lips. I don’t know if it’s the whole vampire thing, but I can’t wait to rock wine-stained lips for Fall. I usually shy away from bold lips just because it makes me feel super made up, but honestly, I think my lips are my best feature, so why not? I just got Maybelline’s new Color Sensational Lipstick in Mauve-ulous and I think it’s the perfect shade.

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I think a pair of flat, black biker boots would be perfect for traipsing the streets of Tokyo. The above are both from Aldo. I’ve never bought Aldo shoes before, have you? I remember when those stores first opened up and I thought their shoes were kind of stripper-y and I never went in ever since! Maybe it’s time to give them another shot. I really love those ones with the studs and straps (I know, how me), but they’re on clearance and are only left in size 6. Boo hoo. The buckled ones aren’t bad either and also on clearance for only $79.95. Any other boot suggestions for me?

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Since new episodes of Gossip Girl have yet to start, recently, I’ve been obsessed with another GG – GOLDEN GIRLS! This is seriously the funniest show ever. It’s also the bane of Garry’s existence and I just know he is rolling his eyes when he asks me what I’m up to and I respond… watching Golden Girls. Bizarre, but true, I’ve also been taking a lot of fashion cues from this show. Whether it’s Dorothy’s oversized cardigans, Blanche’s lame and sequin dresses or Rose’s charmingly cheesy sweaters, Golden Girls’ fashion seemed oddly relevant right now.

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August 30, 2009

Mmm Mmm Mush

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennifer @ 7:09 PM

My love of crunchy foods is well documented, but I just realized that I also seem to have an affinity for mushy foods. Whether it’s good old American mashed potatoes, Chinese jook/congee, Japanese okayu or Italian polenta.

Yesterday I had the weirdest craving for grits and today they were indulged. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever even had grits before and I’m not exactly clear on how it differs from polenta. A quick google led me to an easy recipe.

Cheese Grits (Recipe courtesy Alton Brown)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup coarse ground cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces sharp Cheddar, shredded

Directions

Place the milk, water, and salt into a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Once the milk mixture comes to a boil, gradually add the cornmeal while continually whisking. Once all of the cornmeal has been incorporated, decrease the heat to low and cover. Remove lid and whisk frequently, every 3 to 4 minutes, to prevent grits from sticking or forming lumps; make sure to get into corners of pot when whisking. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until mixture is creamy.

Remove from the heat, add the pepper and butter, and whisk to combine. Once the butter is melted, gradually whisk in the cheese a little at a time. Serve immediately.

Of course, I made a few substitutions and a few mistakes. First, I thought it would be a good idea to use 1 cup of buttermilk and 1 cup of skim milk. Well, the buttermilk curdled and came out looking like cottage cheese so I had to strain it and throw the curds away. Then I only used about 2 tablespoons of butter. I also didn’t have any Cheddar, so I subbed in about half a cup of parmesan and 3 slices of “cheddar” Kraft singles. I know, super ghetto.

Have you ever seen grits/polenta cooking? It’s pretty crazy, it’s all thick and bubbling like a volcano. Take a looksee

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I really should have made  a video instead of a picture, because you can’t really tell there.

Anyhoo, after that was all done, I chopped and cooked up 1 large red bell pepper, 2 medium zucchinis, 1 package of sliced crimini mushrooms and about a pound of shrimp. Season with S&P, red pepper flakes, paprika and garlic powder. I served it over the grits and voila.

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August 23, 2009

Do Birds Get Diarrhea?

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennifer @ 10:27 AM

I sure think they do. How could anyone think otherwise if they noticed this on their balcony window

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It might not look like that big of a deal from this angle, but trust me it is. Let’s go in for a blurry bird shit close up

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Ugh, disgusting! And this comes only a few short weeks after Garry so kindly cleaned up loads more bird poop off my balcony. How does a bird even poop on the window?? I have a good 4 feet of balcony space, plus there is another balcony above me! Are they shooting their poop at an angle?? Or maybe the wind is blowing it? What’s up with the splatterage?? Diarrhea that’s what. In any case I hate it. I think there might be a nest or something higher up. I’m going to have to camp  out on the balcony with a bb gun like a hillbilly…

August 12, 2009

Dumpster Diving

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennifer @ 12:25 PM

Remember that episode of Seinfeld where George gets busted eating that eclair that was in the trash? If I remember correctly, someone had taken like 1 bite out of the eclair and it was sitting on a wrapper on the top of the trash.

That just got me thinking… have you or would you eat something out of the trash?? Personally, I wouldn’t eat that particular eclair because 1) someone took a bite out of it, 2) it wasn’t fully wrapped and 3) it was at the home of someone he barely knew.

Now, I have a confession to make. I was making myself a turkey wrap for lunch today and thought “wow this would be awesome with those salt & pepper chips that I threw away yesterday.” And there those chips were… on top of the trash, in a bag, looking at me. I threw them away just because I didn’t want the temptation of eating them, but now it was tempting me again. So, yes, I fished them out of the trash and had an excellent lunch. Please don’t judge 🙂

August 1, 2009

I Want to Be…

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennifer @ 6:22 PM

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One of Those People Who Shop at Goodwill and Make it Look Awesome:

You know who you are. I’ve seen your blogs. You can mix a Commes des Garcon jacket with H&M shoes and a dress you picked up at Goodwill for $2 and make it all look fabulous. I can do designer duds and I loves me some Zara and Banana Republic, but thrift stores are so not me.

In fact, my trip to Goodwill today inspired this whole post. I went there today to drop off some old clothes and decided to check out the store. Where to begin? The uh, “musty” odor? The racks of clothing that were probably dumped in the trash by Stacy & Clinton? The overall depressing atmosphere? I don’t think I’m creative… or patient enough to shop here.

My idea of digging for a bargain is Nordstrom’s Rack. My idea of a vintage store is Decades or Resurrection. Call me a snob and I will most likely have to agree on this one!

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One of Those People Who Actually Enjoy Running and Working Out:

I’ve hated running ever since I was a kid. Seriously. Yeah, I liked to play tag, but god forbid that I was ever “it” because I could never catch anyone. One time I actually came in first in a race in Japanese school! There was a twist though – the race involved putting a t-shirt on in the middle and everyone knows that trying on clothes quickly is one of the things that I do best. Those other kids never even had a chance.

My point is, I’m not athletic, but I have some sporty aspirations. I’d love to be a person who runs marathons or does triathlons. I “run” sometimes. I put run in quotation marks because apparently I’m not running very fast. I’ve run and walked the same course and sadly, the difference in time was negligible.

You all heard about my tennis lesson in an earlier post as well. I noticed that each week my Coach uses people in our class as examples saying things about their natural athleticism and putting their natural athletic ability to work for them blah blah blah. Well, he’s basically used everyone as an example EXCEPT FOR ME!! God, is it that obvious that I suck at sports? I get told that I have good technique, good form, but what about my athletic ability?? It’s non-existent that’s what. I did get a “nice outfit” though. I suppose that counts for something.

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One of Those People Who Like to Go Camping (also People Who Backpack):

I’ve never actually been camping so I can’t truly say that I don’t like it. I did attempt it on one occasion and it went terribly to say the least. I’ve been to a campsite several times and I was hardly impressed. My reaction went something like this… “THIS IS IT?? WHERE DO YOU PEE??”

But I admire these people. I wish I had an interest in doing stuff outdoors and sleeping in tents. I wish I had camping equipment and even an RV. I wish I could tell people that I would be camping in Yosemite or the Grand Canyon this weekend.

But when it comes down to it, I don’t get why it’s all that to sleep in a sleeping bag. Isn’t a room at the Four Seasons complete with Infinity pool and cabana boy more fun?

That brings me to backpacking. How I envy those people who go backpacking in Europe, South America or South East Asia. The idea really just terrifies me. Hostels, meeting people, and carrying that giant backpack?? Not to mention all the walking! I’m all for doing non-touristy things, but can’t I do that while spending my nights at the Raffles nursing a Singapore Sling?

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One of Those People Who Can Dance Hip Hop and Wear Hip Hop Clothes Without Looking Stupid:

It’s so unfair that I can’t dance. I have no rhythm and no soul. I can’t even blame it on my Asian genes because I’ve seen plenty of Asian hip hop dancers on So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew. Maybe it’s specifically by Japanese-ness.

Again, this was a problem that was discovered early on and continues today, well into my twenties. During one of my hip hop dance classes, I moved over just far in enough that I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and was horrified. My timing was off, my movements were robotic and it was just generally nauseating.

I also wish I could wear hip hop clothes. Like baggy pants. God could you imagine? I just keep picturing that guy from the Pretty Fly For a White Guy video. That would be me. I might give up on hip hop and take up Samba or Cha Cha or some other dance that involves sequined, feathered costumes and heels. Yeah, that is so much more me 🙂

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?

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

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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

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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…

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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!

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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. 

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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!

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