66 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

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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.

Bento Love
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. :)

May 31, 2011

Bento Love :: Kelp Noodle Salad

In my bento today is a killer salad that The Mister made ... with cabbage, carrots, string beans, and kelp noodles.

Jenny Doh Yup. Kelp noodles. Noodles made of kelp found in many Korean dishes ... something I grew up with. So dang good.

Jenny Doh With a really great Miso/Sesame dressing.

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Yummy. Happy bento. :)

May 20, 2011

Bento Love :: Blue Corn Tortilla Tacos

Last night, The Mister created a scrumptious meal using blue corn tortillas ...

Jenny Doh that became filled with this delectable medley of mushrooms, tempeh, chard, and tomatoes ...

Jenny Doh to become tacos resting on a plate of homemade rice and beans.

Jenny Doh Lucky me, this is what is in my Bento today.

Happy bento. :)

May 18, 2011

Bento Love :: 1 Egg, 5 Strawberries, 1 Bruised Pear

In my bento today: 1 hard boiled egg, 5 ripe strawberries ...

Jenny Doh ... and a nicely bruised pear ... just the way I like em.

Jenny Doh More than ever before, I am focusing on eating well, controling portions, and exercising ... because if I have a chance at fitting into this bikini by summer ... I need to invest in good decisions right now and a moment from now, an hour from now, at 3PM when I want to snack, and this evening ... not "tomorrow" and not "someday." 

Happy bento. :)

April 18, 2011

Bento Love :: Red Snapper with Salsa Veracruzana

Last night, The Mister cooked red snapper with Salsa Veracurzana.
OMG. The best thing to hit my palate in a l o n g time. Fresh fillets from the market, and a sauce made with fresh tomatoes, green olives, onions, and more.

The snapper was for me and Andrew. For Monica and The Mister (our vegetarians), the sauce topped their grilled tempeh.


Today, the leftover snapper rests on a bed of white rice in my Bento box. What is not present is the sidedish of broccoli and mushrooms that we gobbled up last night.

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


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