Sweet and Sour Tofu

Last night I joined my friend Ryan for dinner at his new apartment. My job was rather simple, I cleaned the vegetables:

Sipped a bit on this Petite Sirah:

And took in the spectacular view from his window:

Otherwise Ryan took care of it all! Oh, well, the dish was a suggestion by me but really thanks to Mama Pea.

For dessert we had lemon and pistachio gelato, which ended up complementing each other quite well, but the pistachio was my favorite. Sweet, a bit nutty, creamy, mmm so good!

Ok, off to another day…lab, gym, Christmas party, cleaning, and laundry. Oh and I have 3 other errands I would like to fit in there, might have to push off until tomorrow morning.


Weekend Update

I love SNL when they’re on, and loved this Weekend Update with Stefon.

Now on to my own weekend update, and boy was it a great weekend!

Full of Nutcracker performances, here is my little cousin’s production of the Nutcracker.

And tea ceremonies! Saturday night I met up with a friend and attended a traditional tea ceremony at Radiance Tea House. It was both fun and education and I highly recommend for anyone looking for something different to do in the city.

We were able to chose 3 different teas to taste and discuss, as well as learn about proper brewing techniques. I have a new appreciation for tea!

I also went out to Queens for a new view of the city. Can you see the green and red Empire State building there in the back?

And while the view was amazing, we were really there to dance, laugh, and be in good cheer as part of a school formal.

The weekend came to an end with dinner at Eatery. I’ve been to Eatery, a New American style restaurant, for brunch on a few occasions, but never for dinner. They once again won me over with their twist on traditional eats.

I also love their decor, so simple, and delicate. Can they come design my room?

My friend and I both started off with the Blueberry Cosmo. I wasn’t planning on having a drink but it sounded delicious and I wanted to give a it a taste:

Rice and black sesame crackers:

And for dinner, a tofu and vegetable stir-fry:

After dinner we made our way to Fela!!! I’ve been dying to see this show and with the closing coming January 2nd, time was ticking, so we crossed our fingers, went to the student rush line and got tickets! The dancing was absolutely fabulous. I love the technical aspects of ballet, but I also have a place in my heart for African dance. I love the free and unique take one can have with African dance.

Off to start my short work week…What was the best part of your weekend?


Oatmeal Pancakes

This week I’ve been experimenting with oatmeal pancakes, thanks in part to an impulse buy of egg whites from Trader Joes and inspiration from the blogging world.

My first experiment was a banana pancake:
-1/4 cup oats
-1/4 cup egg white
-1/4 cup mashed banana
-1 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1 tsp cinnamon

The end product, amazingness!

Experiment 2-Berry apple pancake. This was a bit of a disaster, but still tasty. I followed the above but used applesauce instead of banana. That was mistake number 1, the applesauce made the consistency too runny. Mistake #2, I tried to make one large pancake instead of several small.

C’est la vie, as I said it was still tasty. I have a bit of egg white left so I think I’ll continue to experiment through the week!


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

….everywhere you go (A.M. ice skating in Bryant Park);

Take a look in the five-and-ten, glistening once again

With candy canes and silver lanes aglow (dessert spread from lab holiday party).

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Toys in every store, But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be on your own front door.

A pair of hopalong boots and a piston that shoots (exchanging secret santa gifts, you will some-I scored Sephora gift card, you lose some-a snuggie),

Is the wish of Barney and Ben;

Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk, is the hope of Janice and Jen;

And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…