62 posts categorized "Food & Wine"

September 13, 2012

Richard Avedon's Canary

As much as I enjoy my coffee and my occasional Scotch, my family and friends know about my true go-to beverage of choice ... which is hot water with lemon.

Drinking hot water is something I grew up with in Korea. Lots of Koreans drink it, without anything added to it, except an occasional touch of honey. Adding lemon to my hot water became something I did in America ... I do like the way the juice of the lemon affects the water's taste but more than that, I like the way the lemon wedge beautifies the mug or the glass that the water comes in.

I also love drinking it because I'm always cold and it warms me up ... and it's just so clean, cleansing, uncomplicated, and available to all.
canary Richard AvedonEven the staff at my local hangouts like Chapter One, and Lola Gaspar start bringing me my hot water with lemon without my even having to ask for it. I love it when that happens.

So one day, when I was having lunch with some artists and I ordered my usual hot water with lemon, my friend Sue told me that hot water with lemon had been the go-to beverage of choice for the late and legendary American photographer, Richard Avedon, and that Avedon even coined a name for this beverage and called it a Canary.

Perfect, right?

richard avedon canarySo I've been following Avedon's lead and now whenever I go to wherever I go and am asked what I'd like to drink, I say "I'd like a Canary please." My answer usually leads to a great convo with the server that includes a bit about Korea, a bit about America, a bit about Avedon, a bit about art ... and then the delivery of the most perfect beverage that is always chic and always free-of-charge.

So the next time you're in the mood for hot water with lemon, do what I do and what Avedon did ... and ask for a Canary.

(Or a canary with honey if you're feeling fancy.)


August 28, 2012

Bento Love :: Perfect Peanut Butter Moo'd Recipe

My bento love has been less about boxes lately ... and more about homemade Peanut Butter Moo'd smoothies. Let me explain.

peanut butter moo'd recipe
So you're either a person who knows about the fabulous Peanut Butter Moo'd smoothies at Jamba Juice or you're not. I happen to be a person who not only knows about them but adores them. I've been known to drink one for lunch on many a days. But recently, with a brand new totally awesome Vitamix 5200 entering our household, I have been experimenting to come up with a recipe that is the perfect combination to make the perfect homemade version. So after much trial and error, I'm happy to give you my recipe.

Peanut butter moo'd recipe

Perfect Peanut Butter Moo'd

Ingredients Needed
1 cup of Unsweetened Chocolate Almond Milk
1 dollop of Nonfat Greek-style Plain Yogurt
1 heaping Tablespoon of honey
1 heaping Tablespoon of peanut butter (freshly ground (at places like Mother's Market) if possible)
1 tall glass of ice
1 banana

Place the first four ingredients into the Vitamix and blend on high/speed 7, for 10 seconds. Add ice and blend on high/speed 7, for 10 seconds. Add banana and blend on high/speed 5, for 7 seconds. (The reason I blend in 3 stages is because it helps all the flavored ingredients get nicely blended but keeps the ice a bit textured and icey and also the banana a bit on the chunky side, which I like. If you prefer all of it to be completely pulverized (I mean blended), put it all in at one time and blend it on high for 20 or so seconds.)

peanut butter moo'd recipe
The Vitamix 5200 is expensive. But our family consists of 4 people who all love smooties. And given that each of us have at least 1 smoothie every day, that's about $20 per day that we are saving by not going to Jamba Juice. So for us, we paid for our Vitamix after about 4 weeks of owning it and are now saving money because we use it every day. Best investment EVER.

NOTE: Even if you don't have a Vitamix, you can use this recipe with other blenders that are out there. It just might take a little while longer to get the ice crushed.

Vitamix 5200

Happy Bento. :)

February 16, 2012

Bento Love :: Irish Oatmeal + Fresh Blueberries

Bento Love
In my bento today is Irish oatmeal and blueberries.
"For lunch?"
Yup. For lunch. For breakfast. For an afternoon snack ... I'm crazy about this combo lately.

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My tip is that as soon as the oats have cooked, drop in a handful of fresh blueberries and put the lid on the pot and let it sit for a minute or two.

Once you transfer it into your bowl, the berries will have gotten all plumpy and bursty ... with the sweet juices getting all into the oatmeal. 

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It's like having a blueberry muffin except it's good for you. About 200 calories for this bowl that will tide me over until dinner. Hmm ... wonder what The Mister has in store for dinner tonight.

Happy bento. :)

April 14, 2011

The Art of Dino Perez

On the first Saturday of every month, the downtown Artists Village in The City of Santa Ana has its art walk. It's a time to visit art galleries to discover new art and artists. Earlier this month during the art walk, after enjoying a great meal at Chapter One, I discovered Dino Perez. Really great work.

Dino Perez
This piece that I ended up getting is one where he has taken one of his original drawings and etched it onto a found wooden box, and then painted it. Isn't it great?

IMG_7013Hope you'll check out Dino ... and hope you'll come out and play on the first Saturday of every month to support artist like Dino who are working hard and putting their creativity out into the universe.

Dino Perez If you do happen to make it out to Santa Ana's art walk, be sure to also check out The Copper Door ... a brand new bar like none other. A breathtaking venue like you've never seen before.

March 23, 2011

Bento Love :: Go-To Vegetable Stirfry

In my bento these days ... vegetable stirfry ...

jenny doh If you were to look inside my fridge, you'd always find a head of cabbage. I love cabbage. Because if you have cabbage, you only need just a few other veggies to make a killer stirfry. Today, I have a red pepper, and lots of beautiful mushrooms. If you have other veggies, you can use that too. I haven't yet met a veggie that can't be included in this type of stirfry.

bento Once I chop everything up, I move it around with a bit of olive oil and once it's nicely cooked, I crack an egg in the middle and swish that around ... with some black pepper, garlic powder, and a bit of soy sauce.

bento Sometimes, instead of an egg, I'll add crumbles of tofu.

Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it's a hearty and healthy go-to meal that keeps me going strong for a good 4 hours. The only thing I recommend is that if you do make a stir-fry, don't ruin it by dousing it with condiments like Ranch dressing. Keep it clean and simple and enjoy the flavors of the vegetables without clouding them with sauces ... especially cream-based ones.

Freshly cooked is great but we also love it made the night before and then used to fill corn tortillas for tacos the next day.

Happy bento. :)

March 01, 2011

Bento Love :: Heart of an Orange :: Tutorial in Pictures

Orange Tutorial
orange tutorial
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orange tutorial


February 01, 2011

Bento Love :: Chunky Monkey

In my bento today: a peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich ... AKA in our house as The Chunky Monkey. Cut into little wedges and have it with a glass of skim milk. YUM!

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And then to finish things off is a nice big juicy orange and a crisp Pink Lady apple.

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Happy Bento. :)

January 28, 2011

Bento Love :: Roasted Peppers & Avocados

In my bento today ... first tier has roasted red peppers and onions ...

bento peppers
Second tier is filled with a veggie pattie on a slice of sourdough and cut up avocados ...

bento box And the final tier is filled with a nice little green salad.

bento salad What's not in my bento is a grilled shitake mushroom which is one of the things we served with all of the above last night for our visiting friends who eat a gluten-free diet, Shamanie and Nick. Man, the mushrooms were good. But that's OK. At least the avocados made it into the bento, which is in ample supply as our tree is bearing many, many beautiful avocados right now.

Happy Bento. :)

January 27, 2011

Bento Love :: Easy Peasy Furoshiki Tutorial

I'm so excited! A brand new stainless steel bento box is what I have. And because it didn't come with a Furoshiki (bento cloth wrap) like my first one, I decided to make one.

bento furoshiki

The box is multi-tiered and I'm really excited to use it ... not today though. Today, I'll be grabbing a sandwich on the run as I have guests coming for dinner.

bento furoshiki
I stared by getting a plain white cloth napkin (from Target) and then stitching some lace on opposing corners.

bento furoshiki
Then I stitched a cute little doily in the very middle.

bento furoshiki
That's it. Tie it once. Tie it twice. Easy peasy.

bento furoshiki
Happy bento.
Happy Furoshiki. :)

January 25, 2011

Bento Love :: ZPizza & Mr. Pitts

Let's see what's in my Bento today ... a slice of pepperoni pizza all cut into little pieces, orange wedges, and carrots. Very tone-on-tone.

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Cutting up the pizza reminded me of that episode on Seinfeld when Mr. Pitts' unusual habit of eating a Snickers bar with a knife and fork caused others to follow suit. So funny.

So we don't eat pizza very often but when we do, one of my favorite places to get pizza is Z Pizza. In fact, ZPizza is where The Mister and I had our very first date. (A date that I asked him out on!)
And now that Andrew and I are the only omnivores living in this house, it's a treat sometimes to be able to order half the pizza with meat. But here's a trick that helps me not overeat pizza or any other fatty and high caloric foods. Start first with a large piece of fruit. Kind of like a salad. So for me today, before eating my Bento, it's a whole large juicy orange to fill my tummy up.

Because trust me, when you see multiple slices of pizza, it may be tempting to eat the whole lot but if you do, you'll feel like crap afterward. But fill yourself up with good fruit beforehand to help limit yourself to one slice and you'll feel satisfied and smart.

Happy Bento. :)

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