Tuesday, August 26, 2014

9/6 - Free California Fishing

Fishing 


Did you know you need a license to go fishing? Currently, a one-day license is $14.85 and one-year is $46.44.
Fees are here.

Fish for free on Saturday, September 6 because it is a Free Fishing Day!
(Other fishing regulations such as size limits still apply.)

There are fishing spots all over the state. Who knew there were so many lakes?
The CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife have these handy online fishing guides for you to find your next fishing spot. Sure it looks like the designer of a 90's Netscape browser, but fishing is timeless sport.
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fishingpassport/guide.asp
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cañada College

I was told Cañada College was a hidden gem of a community college. Nestled up on a hill in a more rural area of Redwood City the school has a beautiful, scenic view with a Walden-like isolated quality to it. If you are affiliated with the school and choose to live within walking distance, the equally lovely Cañada Vista apartments complex is located on the other side of the street. Yes, I visited just to wander the campus. Buildings were locked because school was not in session. Though I cannot speak to the actual quality of the education of the school, the architecture and exterior campus aesthetic gets top grades.

Fall semester begins August 18.

Canada College

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Canada College

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Sunday, August 03, 2014

Jia Jiang Mien / Black Bean Noodles

This stuff is good. 

This is a list of ingredients and simplified steps. Let's begin!



1. Stir fry garlic with oil until fragrant.


2. Mix corn starch and ground pork. Add to garlic and stir fry until meat is almost done. The pink meat should now be almost mostly brown.


3. Remove meat and put aside in a bowl. Stir fry some more oil and garlic until garlic is fragrant.


4. Add tofu and stir fry for 1-2 minutes. 

5. Add the meat mixture back in with the tofu. Stir fry until meat is cooked.


6. Taste the black bean sauce you will be using, if it is too salty for your taste add some oyster sauce. Add a jar of black bean sauce and mix to combine.

7. You sauce is finished!


8.
 Eat with noodles and fresh veggies such as bean sprouts, Lima beans, and cucumber.

Let's eat!
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Indo

Name: Indo
Category: Indonesian, Thai, Fusion

Locations:
3295 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306 | (650) 494-9184  

WEBSITE | YELP  
Why did I go there?:
Someone suggested it when my original birthday dinner location turned out to be closed.

Why you should go there:
✻  Delicious Indonesian and Thai food. Although not totally authentic, everyone really enjoyed it.
✻  Great for large parties with ample seating.
✻  Indoor and outdoor seating.

Recommendations:
✻  Everything!
✻  Curries and Meats. All the meat was fall-off-the-bone tender.

Tips: 
✻  At night this place turns into a lounge.
✻  They have a fully stocked bar.
✻  Birthday treat is a fudge/lava cake with ice cream and mango sauce.

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 Date Visited: 6/29/2014
 
This is where I came for my birthday dinner with friends! I was pretty exhausted after a long day and worried this place would be strict with seats in case last minute friends showed without an RSVP. Luckily, the place was pretty empty inside and the waiters were more than accommodating with pulling up extra tables. Most guests seemed to be seated outside to enjoy the beautiful evening weather.

Another concern I had was that some friends might not be able to stomach Indonesian food. My perception was that it might have intense flavors and be incredibly spicy. Fortunately, nothing was spicy and everything was universally delicious. Although my Indonesian friend did comment that the menu wasn't really authentic Indonesian food- most things were Thai (despite the name of the restaurant) and fusion isn't your typical homeland food.

It was a great place to have dinner.

I sure seem to have had a lot of fusion this year. At least it was yummy fusion and not awkward live-octopus-clinging-to-your-esophagus fusion.

Here are some things we ate.

roti prata

martabak

duck kapitan

Nasi Goreng

bali ribs

Papaya Curried Beef

gado gado

birthday dessert

Bon Appétit!
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Gochi

Name: Gochi
Category: Restaurant, Japanese Fusion, Tapas
Locations: 
19980 E Homestead Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
1036 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94040


WEBSITE | YELP1 | YELP2

Why did I go there?:
Someone invited me.

Why you should go there:
Everything is so, so good. Tapas are small plates so you get to try lots of things and share with others.

Recommendations: 
✻ Pizza
✻ Clay Pots
✻ Everything mentioned above

Tips: 
✻  Make reservations early - the Mountain View location is easier to get a last minute reservation
✻  Bring friends so you can share

Directions:

Date Visited: 6/22/2014

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The Bay Area is perfect for my brother. He is my idea of the ultimate foodie.

Every year my birthday is such a surprise. He has great taste so I know we will always end up somewhere good. I always mention I'm a big fan of Wendy's chicken nuggets but we always end up somewhere much nicer. One year, it was Gary Dank and another year we went to a Peruvian restaurant near Pacifica called La Costanera. It was the first time had hominy.

This year, imagine my surprise when he invited me to Gochi, a restaurant I had first introduced to him! It's a delicious Japanese tapas restaurant. Think Japanese fusion. They have traditionally Japanese items like onigiri and more creative things like miso pizza. Everything is good, I've never tasted a bad dish there.

They recently opened a Mountain View location that is much easier to get reservations at than the original Cupertino location. This was my second time at the Mountain View location but I think it tastes just as good as the Sunnyvale. The best part was that my parents were invited too so I got to celebrate with all of them, we got to try lots of different things, and I got to eat leftover clay pot kimchee rice for lunch the next day. The microwave never smelled so delicious!

Here is what we ate. I recommend ALL OF THEM!

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Daikon Salad was cold and refreshing.
Pea sprouts are always a good vegetable choice.


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Isn't this hamachi carpaccio pretty? We ate all the colors today!
(FYI, it's raw fish.)


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I'm not a huge fan of tongue but this was still delicious.
The pizzas are my favorite!


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Fried chicken was very flavorful.
Crunchy onigiri!


claypotrice
You cannot eat here without ordering a clay pot.
They gingerly mix it at the table to tease you a bit. The side crispy rice chunks are the best.


sprinkles
After all that, I even got Sprinkles cupcakes.
 I was extra spoiled and very blessed by this birthday dinner.
Thank you!
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Paper Paris

Did you play with paper dolls when you were young?

Mine was a girl with different outfits. So simple, yet so many possibilities and hours of fun. Here are some cute free templates I came across so you can pretend you are in Paris eating some Pierre Herme macarons.


Je l'adore!

Paper Paris

Print the templates.
Paper Paris

Cut out pieces.

Paper Paris 

Set up your pieces.
Paper Paris 

Wander Paris.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fancy - Mom Edition

Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" is such a good song to parody. I'm not sure how these moms and mom-to-be's have time and energy to make these videos but they are thoroughly entertaining. It's nice to see people have fun with these moments like "riding carpool Target to Costco".


Not Fancy Parody



I'm So Pregnant



Enjoy!
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