December 20, 2009

12.20.09


Well, to my surprise we got a lot more snow than I had anticipated. Before I left work on Friday, when I got to Steve's after work, we went to pick up some supplies of food while we were out for dinner because I didn't think we'd make it out on Sunday to do our usual grocery shopping if it did indeed snow as much as the forecasters were predicting. We went to Trader Joe's as obvious in my last post and picked up some really yummy food. The next day, Steve & his roomies dared to venture out into the snow to go to Giant. They had to get out and push the car 2 times. But, being trapped inside isn't so bad, it allowed us to cook, eat, and be lazy all day!

i've been craving some macarons lately!

proper breakfast pizzas made of bagel bites and eggs with cheese we picked up at the dutch amish market and Steve eats his eggs with TJ's Thai red curry sauce that he is obsessed with

lunching on edamame and shrimp fried rice (with sriracha sauce for me)

Steve & his roomies made a really delicious dinner last night... coffee and brown sugar crusted steak, cranberry and walnut salad, french onion soup, garlic mashed potatoes and creamed spinach

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December 18, 2009

12.18.09

The shelves at Trader Joe's in Elkridge. Everyone is preparing for the "blizzard." Gotta stock up on milk and bread... Its not like you're gonna be trapped in your house for a week people!


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December 15, 2009

12.15.09

Steve and I started reading the book, Notes On Cooking by Lauren Costello and Russell Reich months ago. Each night we would read a few of the notes before going to sleep. We're such cute and dorky foodies aren't we? :) The book is a quick read and is full of useful and helpful tips on cooking, baking, preparing, storing, and serving food. We finally finished it the other day and on one of the last pages I came across one of my favorite new quotes:


"Food is never finished until you talk about it."
-Notes On Cooking

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December 13, 2009

12.13.09

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12.13.09

Sushi King Part II
A few weeks ago, Steve & I ventured out once again to our newly claimed favorite sushi spot.
This time we went for lunch and it was just as busy as it was for dinner. In my opinion, the service was just a little less attentive, but it just might have been the waitress we had.

We wanted to try some different things so we ordered the spicy grill roll, spicy king crab roll, vegetarian delight roll, miso soup, Japanese green salad, and tuna tataki.

Steve recalls that we did not care for the spicy king crab roll - he says, "it just had crab and avocado and wasn't that exciting." I don't even remembering it being spicy at all. We loved the spicy grill roll, the sauce was sweet and spicy tasting and the tuna tataki was delicious.

miso soup

spicy grill roll

tuna tataki

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December 12, 2009

12.12.09

My first Saturday with no school work to do was spent hanging out with Steve and my family. We drove to Jarrettsville to Jarrettsville Nurseries to cut our own Christmas tree then we headed over to the Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market and Valley View Farms in Cockeysville.

We've cut our own Christmas tree down before, but I don't remember it being as fun or as easy as it was at Jarrettsville Nurseries. They had tractors that would take you to the different sections of the nursery to find whichever type of tree you wanted, sleds to make lugging your tree back easier, saws, a shaker to get anything in or on your tree out, and no charge for bailing the tree. We even used a coupon online for $5 off.

If you've never been to the Dutch Market, you need to go. It is such a fun foodie experience! The market is operated by Dutch Amish people and there are different shops selling furniture, crafts, pasta and grains, meats, cheeses, baked goods, spices, produce, and candies. There is also a small diner like shop with a small area to eat as well as a pretzel shop (my favorite).

a wall of sprinkles! i could have done some serious damage here...

Steve and I got a red velvet whoopie pie, vanilla creme long john, hand rolled soft pretzels, fresh squeezed lemonade, and a pound of wings. Mmm!



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November 10, 2009

11.10.09

I'm sitting in class right now, but all I can focus on is how tired I am from work and school. For those of you who are working full time and going to school with a family and other obligations, you're probably going to laugh at me for saying that.


I am working full time (80 hrs) and going to grad school all day on my only day off. Nursing is the type of job that is physically and emotionally exhausting even more so when you are orienting to a new unit and group of coworkers.

I had to mention to my PCC (patient care coordinator) yesterday about my preference to work (70 hrs) and was told that that is going to cause some problems with staffing, but she would talk about it with our manager. I don't understand how my cutting back on one day a week would greatly effect staffing if they have been working a nurse short before I came to the unit.

I really don't like to be made to feel guilty. I'm always tired, I haven't been going to the gym, I have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis since I've started working, and I have no free time to myself. I need that extra day off.

Lord, give me strength.

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November 8, 2009

11.8.09


Back from yet another wedding. This wedding was that of Steve's friend and coworker in Annapolis. The reception was held at The Governor Calvert House an historic inn. It was the first wedding that I have been to that was very traditional and formal, the ceremony included a mass, there was a served sit down dinner, champagne toast, and a string quartet played during dinner. The theme was "Fall Harvest." It was a lovely night, the food was amazing, lots of dancing, and fun! Congrats Sarah & Dave :)

Roast lamb

Rockfish with crab imperial

Photos courtesy of Nate Cho.

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11.8.09


Inspired by HowChow's "Best Of" posts, Steve and I have decided that we are going to try every sushi place in the Elkridge, Columbia, Ellicott City area. Our list to date includes, Sushi Sono, Katana, Niko, and Hanamura. So, Friday for dinner Steve and I decided to go to Sushi King in Columbia. He'd been there once before, but I hadn't.

I was surprised to see 5 sushi chefs behind the sushi bar, I took it as a good sign that they need that many hands making sushi in one night to keep up with the orders. There was one room with traditional Japanese seating (Chopstix in Perry Hall and Sushi Sono in Columbia have this too). Despite being busy, the service was very attentive and everyone was very friendly.

I ordered miso soup and we both ordered green salads. The miso soup is some of the best I've ever had, it wasn't too watery or salty and it had the perfect ratio of tofu to seaweed. We overheard someone else comment about how good the miso soup was. We ordered three different rolls to share: Veggie, Baltimore, and Smokey. We like to order the Baltimore roll, if it's on the menu, from every sushi place we go to. So far Steve and I agree that Chopstix has the best Baltimore roll thus far. Even so, I think that Sushi King delivered the best sushi I have ever had in regards to both quality and taste.

Veggie roll: tempura sweet potato, asparagus, red onion, cucumber, avocado, pickled squash, and the chef's special dipping sauce.

Smokey roll: there was so much going on with this roll, I forget exactly what was in it. All I know is that it had smoked salmon on the outside with something ever so slightly spicy sprinkled on top. It was out of this world delicious.

Baltimore roll: lump crabmeat, avocado, roe. This tasted like a crabcake with the mayo and all before you actually cook it. This didn't have Old Bay like the one at Chopstix has. If it had, this would have been the best Baltimore roll in my book.


Sushi King
6490 Dobbin Road, Ste. F
Columbia, MD

Sorry the pics are of such poor quality, I was using my Blackberry without the flash.

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October 31, 2009

10.31.09

It seems like all I have been doing lately is going to weddings! I went to my friend Beth's last weekend and have another one to go to next weekend! Geez. I feel like all of my friends or someone I know is either just married or getting engaged.... What's in the air? Oh, I know. Love. Love is in the air haha.

Beth is the B (obviously) in the KBJx2, my friends since freshman year of college. Beth's mom walked her down the aisle and she looked beautiful in her dress. She wanted us to all wear different dresses in different shades of blue. At first I thought it was going to turn out to be a hot mess, but everyone looked really good together. We all wore the necklaces Beth gave us as a bridesmaid gift so that we would all be matching in that way.

KBJX2 <3

The wedding was in Frederick, MD on the groom's grandfather's farm. Everything turned out beautifully despite some traffic, direction, food delivery, and rain issues. The reception was held at the Westminster Riding Club in Westminster, MD.

The food was served buffet style and the cake was made and decorated by Beth's aunt Katherine!

I'm writing this blog while Steve is making his first batch of home-brewed beer with the kit I got him for his birthday. The first batch is going to be a winter ale spiced with cinnamon, orange peel, and cardamom. Sounds tasty!

We decided to slack off on doing school work, I have a paper to do and Steve has a midterm to do. I passed out last night from exhaustion at 9:30pm so I woke up early. We went to breakfast at Eggspectations in Ellicott City then over to the Route 1 Flea Market.

We went to check out the Sysco Discount Food Center (link to HowChow's post about it) to find a chef's jacket for Steve's halloween costume. We found one, but Steve thought it was too expensive, psssh. I was amazed at all the food they had and for cheap cheap! Of course it's in quantities large enough to feed the Duggar family, but its a great place to go if you're planning on having a party. I didn't see the taco truck which was disappointing, I wasn't even hungry after eating my scrambled eggs, ham, and cheese crepes and lemon poppyseed muffin at breakfast though :P

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October 15, 2009

10.15.09

Continuing with the Disney vacation recap, the main reason why we went to Orlando, FL... John & Kelly's wedding!

The Newlyweds, Congrats! :D

The wedding was held at the Hard Rock Cafe on the City Walk at Universal in Orlando. The ceremony was held on the roof and the reception was inside in the Lennon Room which had Beatles and John Lennon memorabilia all over the walls. It was very laid back and tons of fun!

We dined on chicken fingers, steak quesadillas, pulled pork sandwiches, make your own nachos, cheddar mashed potatoes, mini cheeseburgers, green beans, and a sundae bar!

We received VIP access badges to wear that would get us into any bar/club for free along the Universal City Walk, sweet!

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October 14, 2009

10.14.09


Epcot is my favorite Disney theme park. I love walking around the World Showcase and going to the different attractions. My favorites are Living With the Land because I love taking the boat tour through the green house, seeing food excites me :P and I love Spaceship Earth.

During our trip, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival was going on. It is running from Sept 25 - Nov 8. Besides the countries already in the World Showcase at Epocot, the festival included additional countries offering food and drink specific to that country as well as special dinners, demonstrations, and seminars.

Steve & I stopped at four different countries and sampled different things from each. I felt that the prices were a little pricey for the portion size, but the quality and taste of everything we tried was good.
New England Lobster Roll with Sam Adams Cherry Wheat from the Hops and Barley stand

Quesadilla con Chorizo from Mexico City, Mexico

Mealie Soup with Crabmeat and Chili Oil from Capetown, South Africa

Seared Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Puree and Mango Barbeque Sauce from Cape Town, South Africa

Spaetzel Gratin with Ham and Cheese from Munich, Germany

Nuernberger Sausage on a Pretzel Roll from Munich, Germany

Coke World at Disney... I tried Beverly, gross!

I also went on the Test Track ride, the fastest ride at Disney (or so I'm told) as well as a new ride, Soarin' which simulates hang-gliding. In one of the Innovations buildings, I rode a Segway for the first time. In both parks we went to, there were really no lines for any of the rides. I'm thankful for that because had the line for Thunder Mountain not moved as fast as it did, I probably would have chickened out of getting on. As scared as I was, Steve was always there to hold my hand or offer to hold my hand. For most of the rides I was frozen in my seat, griping on to the handles and safety bar hahah.

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