Saturday, February 26, 2011

grasshopper brownies!

I know it's Girl Scout cookie season right now, but I cannot find any of these Girl Scouts or their cookies for the life of me! Where are you Girl Scouts? I've been craving those yummy thin mints and samoas you bring around every year! Anyhow, my mint-chocolate cravings brought us to make grasshopper brownies for Wendy's whole birthday celebration thing. They turned out really good! These brownies did satisfy my intense mint-chocolate craving, but I still want my thin mints!

Recipe at: Love and Olive Oil's Grasshopper Brownie Bars

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wendy's 21st!

This past weekend we celebrated Wendy's 21st birthday. Yep, it's that milestone 21st! Her super cute family came up from L.A. to join in on and help with the festivities and celebration for this lovely lady. We cooked her a big Mexican feast and baked her a bunch of sweets because we're awesome roommates of course!

Happy birthday Wendy! May your 21st year of life be filled with joy, laughter, adventure, opportunity, luck, fulfillment, and a number of other great things!

Monday, February 21, 2011

do talk to strangers?

I was at the BART station the other day when this cute, stylishly dressed older lady comes up to me to ask me for directions. She was very sociable and it turns out that she was a international doctoral student at Cal (from Chile) back in the 60s and 70s. Crazy, huh? She was headed to the North Berkeley station so we had a nice little chat about Berkeley as it is now, and we even bonded over anthropology--her field of study. It also turns out that she was a research assistant/translator for one of my anthropology professors, Professor Laura Nader. We had a nice little chat about Professor Nader, controlling processes, and the work she did with Professor Nader in Zapotec Country in Oaxaca, Mexico. We talked a bit about her own work too. Her doctoral research focused on refugee women in the Bay Area.

I usually don't talk to strangers (partly because I'm shy, and secondly because mama told me not to talk to strangers), but I'm glad I was able to have a nice conversation with this lady. She was full of life, experience, and all sorts of interesting.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Let me root, root, root for the home team!

"Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd!" Spring training is upon us and it'll be baseball season before we know it! These are some older photos from long long ago 2008. I was going through my computer a while ago and found these gems hidden in an obscure little folder amongst my documents. Weird. Anyhow, I  had uploaded these to flickr a while back and I just started going through these just moments ago trying to remember as much as I could about these games. Oh the memories--good games, and good company.

Oh, and it is confirmed: The brother and I will be attending a game in late April. Hooray! Now to get tickets for the Dodgers v. Giants homestand series on the weekend of my birthday... (:

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Long Week.

It's been a really long week. I had my first chemistry midterm on Monday and that didn't end up going too well. The rest of the week was spent catching up on readings and drafting two papers. I'm glad that I was able to go out for a bit on Thursday night though to take a little break and get away from all that is school related.

Having my favorite Thai dish, Pad Kee Mao, definitely cheered me up. That and good company of course! Okay, that's enough of me sulking around (:

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

ridiculously cold & pork chile verde!

It's ridiculously cold and windy here in Berkeley! I think there was a freeze advisory warning last night if I remember correctly. We turned on the heater, but I had to bundle up last night! I really can't wait until it gets warmer. It's weird how it can look really nice out in the Bay Area with sun and blue skies, but it's also super cold and super windy at the same time. Oh the Bay, what a love-hate relationship I have with thee.

Anyhow, weather like this calls for nice warm, hearty meals like soup or in our case, pork chile verde. We made this a while ago, but looking through my photos from the day of the meal has me craving for more, especially in this cold. I just recently received a subscription to Bon App├ętit and I am loving it! We've been trying out a couple recipes here and there from their February issue and it looks like the pork chile verde came out the best! The recipe is definitely a keeper! Recipe can be found here: Pork Chile Verde.

Sometimes I feel like this blog is becoming more a "food blog" than anything else...I'm such a piggy. And yes, we college kids cook with salad servers/tossers (we call it the pitchfork) instead of spatulas.