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Archive for April, 2010

Let me introduce you, to my new Sigg!

I ❤ Sigg

Today was an extra special day, because I forked up to get myself another Sigg.  The ugly one to the left, I bought on sale, but it keeps my drinks extra hot or cold for hours at a time.  So regardless of the color, I still rock it.  My latest addition, will be used for the gym, and also for my purse.

I had another reusable cup/bottle thing that has a cute Hello Kitty design on it, but I just found out that the stainless steel inside, is leeching a nasty metal flavor into my water.  All SIGG bottles have a special coating inside their bottles, so it will not react to acidic liquids, nor will it leave a weird metal taste in your beverage.  I have a giant 1 liter bottle for our bike rides, but now new Sigg will be my everyday bottle.

All smiles.

Cooking Mama Loves Homemade Dressing.

Ok, so here’s the deal.  Every time I buy a bunch of cilantro, we always end up throwing some away.  =(

Most recipes just call for a few sprigs of cilantro, so the rest of it goes unused and ends up wilting in the fridge.  So, I finally came up with a way to  make use all of the cilantro (before it gets old), and that’s Cilantro Lime Dressing.

I used to love this one salad @ Wahoo’s, and it was because of the cilantro lime dressing!  I never tried making it in the past, and totally regret waiting all this time to Google for the recipe.  It’s really delicious, light, and tastes great when I make my version of the Southwest Salad.  Of course, you have to top this all off with some Cholula or Tapatio to make it official.  =)

Recipe available upon request.

Another Funny (but clever) Personalized License Plate.

Tour De Cure, “Cycling For A Cause”

Our friend Andy is participating in the Tour De Cure this year, to spread awareness & honor those whose lives have been affected by diabetes. Along with his dedication to cycle along with thousands of others for this noble cause, he has set a goal to fundraise for the event as well. All proceeds will go the American Diabetes Foundation, and your donation is tax deductible.

Small donations would greatly be appreciated. He’s almost at his goal, so every dollar will definitely make a difference.

****UDPATE:  Andy has reached his goal!  If you want to still help towards this cause, your donation is greatly appreciated***

Click on the photo to learn more about the Tour de Cure.

Bless His Heavenly Voice (and his old school chili bowl haircut)

Lin Yu Chun, Taiwanese singing sensation, is reaching the attention of everyone here in the US.  I just noticed that Ellen is going to feature him this Friday, and George Lopez just had him on Wednesday.

Whitney Houston (aka Ms. Don’t call it a come back) better just call it quits, cause Lin Yu Chun is ready to throw down.  I’d love to see a Whitney and Lin Yu Chun singing contest!

New $100 Bill!

Counterfeit money has been a big issue, so there is a new $100 bill that will be released sometime in the near future.  I hope this will deter people from making their own counterfeit funny money.  Read and learn all about these new “bennys” at: New Money

Nike Free x Creativity

Earth Day Freebie!

Stop by CB2 for an exclusive reusable cotton tote (with any purchase) on Earth Day! While supplies last and in-store promotion only.

I’ve switched out using plastic bags, with these sturdier reusable totes from Flip & Tumble, Whole Foods, and many other ones. The biggest perk about having these totes is that you can fit a lot more groceries in one bag, and they won’t rip! You’re also cutting down on using plastic & paper bags, so it’s definitely the eco chic thing to do. Besides, my kitchen cabinet has stopped over flowing with wads of plastic bags. I think we have all been guilty of that at some point!

So, if you’re a CB2 fan, definitely swing by and take advantage of this special freebie on Earth Day!

How To Repurpose Glass Jars/Bottles.

One of my favorite things to do is figure out how to repurpose stuff around my home.  We used to buy lots of bottle water, so I’ve accumulated a ton of these Voss glass bottles.  The mouth of the bottle is pretty wide, so I’m able to reuse them to hold pastas, grains, and other kitchen goodies.  This is definitely a way to save $$$ and also help our environment at the same time.

Next time you have a food jar or glass bottle, maybe you can rinse and reuse!  If you’re not in the kitchen often, you can also reuse glass jars/bottles to store school supplies, tacks, nails, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

Earth Day is around the corner, so be sure to incorporate something into your life, that will help our environment!

How To Politely Say It!

Ok, so JP & I love shoes, but we don’t love the icky stuff that it can track all over our floors.  You know, germs, feces, dirt, and other foreign substances.  Yuck, I know.  On occasion, we’ll have guests over, and so we clean the floor before they come over.  What really blows is when someone decides to keep their shoes on, even though they notice that our shoes are left by the entry way.  =(

I understand it is not customary in every household, but c’mon, you’re visiting someones home so be a little courteous.  Here’s what goes on in my head, “I cleaned the floors once before you came, and now will have to clean it again after you leave.  No fun for me!”.  I love having company over, just not remnants from the dirty stuff that shoes can track in.

Btw, if you’re wondering about my dog Fuego, I do wipe his paws every time he comes back from a walk.  It’s really the only way to keep the floors sanitary.

I always feel the urge to say something, but don’t want to come off rude.  So, I decided to make a small little sign, with a message from our awesome dog Fuego.  It can simply be placed on the door nob before guests arrive.  Here it is:

Farewell To Our Dirt Devil, Hello To Electrolux!

After only 1 short year (and many drops), our Dirt Devil went kaputt! For 20 bucks, I guess it was definitely worth every penny. We found it at Target in the clearance aisle, and totally scored!  I saved a good chunk of $$$, not having to buy those dry Swiffer refills every few weeks.

Sooo, today I brought home the Electrolux Ergorapido from Bed Bath and Beyond for $100 bucks. Cool name huh? hahaah. It definitely has more power, a detachable dust buster, and 2 speed settings. I gave it a whirl around the house and it’s awesome!  I mean, what can someone expect for $100?!

If you have carpet in your home, I suggest going with a real vacuum cleaner from Miele.  Those bad boys are top of the line, heavy duty cleaning machines!  I totally recommend this Electrolux stick vacuum for hardwood, laminate, or tile flooring, especially if you have small pets.

Adios, Dirt Devil!


Do Something Eco Friendly…

Yesterday evening, JP & I decided to ride our bikes over to Whole Foods, instead of driving the Smart. It’s a couple of miles away, but we figured out a shortcut by cutting through the residential roads.I had to pick up some last minute groceries for dinner.  What a way to get a good workout and finish errands all on one trip!

It was definitely fun, refreshing, and relaxing.   To me, it felt as if we were out of town on vacay!

See, got everything in my little basket!

What’s in Cooking Mama’s Kitchen…

Growing up, I always followed my Mom around the house, and especially to the kitchen.  I’d stand right by her side, watching, and waiting for my chance to help her cook.  When I was old enough, she would allow me to help her peel potatoes, wash the veggies, and handcraft dumplings.  I remember having so much fun, and taking my job very seriously.  My brother and I, were her little sous-chefs.  =)

Now I’m all grown up, and some things still seem to remain constant.  I’m still washing veggies, peeling potatoes, and making delicious dumplings.  On occasion, JP will volunteer to be my sous-chef evenings and my chef in the mornings.  Let me tell you, his Eggs Benedict are the best!

Any who, over the years, I’ve grown accustomed to trying new recipes online and from my collection of cookbooks.  When I’m feeling really adventurous, I try to re-create salads, sandwiches, soups, and entrees, from restaurants we frequent.  It usually tastes better at home, because I try to use organic ingredients at all times.

Below, you’ll find my collection of cookbooks.  Some I personally picked, and others were gifts from special friends.  I’m proud to say that my collection is definitely not for show.  Let me tell you, the binding on my Simple to Spectacular by Jean Georges cookbook  is coming undone. =(  And, the rest of my cookbooks have little remnants from my cooking.  It can get really messy in the kitchen from all that chopping, dicing, slicing, and grating.

Jonathan Alder Rocks!

Was strolling down Montana Ave in Santa Monica this afternoon, and saw this cool poster in front of the Jonathan Alder store.  Please read!

JP’s favorite:  “We believe you should throw out your Blackberry and go pick some actual blackberries.”

My favorite:  “We believe in irreverent luxury.”

kBBQ @ ChoSun Galbee!

A lil Chum Churum-Soju!

kBBQ w/my favorite banchans baby!

Another Crazy Lakers Fanatic.

LA Dog Fuego, Loves the Lakers!

Get Your Free Coffee @ Starbucks…Today Only!

Participate in The Big Picture (Green Project) by Starbucks. Bring your own reusable travel mug or cup, and get a free brewed coffee.

A Simple Gift for Mothers Day.

Available @ Paper Source.

And then, you can’t forget Father’s Day…

What’s a Whoopie Pie?!

I’ve had cake, cookie, cupcake, and even macarons…but what is a whoopie pie!  They look sinfully good!

Smart Sighting in Santa Monica.


Crab & Asparagus Soup.

Earth Day coming up on April 22, get free salad @ Mixt Greens!

Mixt Greens is the place to be on Earth Day, April 22nd. The first 150 customers (at each store) will receive a special Mixt Greens goodie bag, filled with recipes, plantable seeds, and other exclusive items.

I always rant and rave about Tender Greens in Culver City, and Mixt Greens is just as good, if not better! If there’s one in your neck of the woods, definitely stop by before and on Earth Day! I believe the Malibu location is coming soon…

monday-friday 10:30am – 3pm

350 South Grand Avenue
(Bunker Hill)
Los Angeles, CA 90071
p. 213 587 7970

monday-friday 11am – 6pm

5757 Wilshire Blvd
(Miracle Mile)
Los Angeles, CA 90036
p.213 587 7975

Organic salads with fresh local and sustainable produce!

My Guess…Asian Driver.

Volvos may be known for safety ratings, but how about the morons driving them?!

Nice parking buddy.

Another Lovely Sunset @ the Beach

Back on the path!

Pretty beach front homes in Venice.

Whoa, the Venice Whaler is always packed!

There it goes...

JP & Fuego!