Monday, June 29, 2009

This is the greatest stuff, ever

I'm taking about Nutella, the yummy chocolate hazelnut spread that is the equivalent of peanut butter in Europe.

How do I know this? During my semester studying abroad in Marseille, France, I discovered that Europeans like to eat this on everything: bread, crepes, etc. I had the hardest time finding peanut butter (I was actually leafing through my English-French dictionary while at the supermarket trying to figure out the word for peanut butter- for inquiring minds, it's du beurre de cacahuète) and once I did find it, it was not only ridiculously expensive by U.S. standards (about $8), but I also discovered upon getting home that it was expired.

Peanut butter has a shelf life that lasts forever, which means who knows how long my little prized jar had been sitting on that shelf at the Marseille supermarket. The French are just more fond of Nutella, I suppose. And rightly so: the creamy spread is yummy. I like to place it in the fridge so it hardens (even though it explicitly says on the jar to not refrigerate it) and then eat it with a spoon.

Don't knock it till 'ya try it.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Here they are!

As promised, here are some videos that I took from my Hollywood Bowl concert featuring Josh Groban, who was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, and Roger Daltrey of The Who, who was a past inductee.

Enjoy and Happy Friday! :)

Roger Daltrey



Josh Groban - opening song



Josh Groban- closing song

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Totally shocking

Michael Jackson has passed away at age 50 after suffering a heart attack at his L.A. home. This is the last thing I expected to hear today.

First Ed McMann, then Farrah Fawcett, and now Michael Jackson. What a strange week. May they rest in peace.

For the complete story, click here.

It's the little things

I was leaving work yesterday and was greeted by a little visitor outside my door:



Soooo cute. My friend Simone used to have a pet rabbit-- her name was Lola, but we would call her bunbun. When Simone's family initially brought bunbun home, her grandma thought bunbun was the main course for dinner that night, ha! Simone can probably tell the story better than I do, but seeing the bunny reminded me of Lola.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

You know you're tired...

...when your afternoon pick-me-up consists of iced coffee from Starbucks that's so strong it could double for tar.



Cheers!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hollyweird

I know I promised to upload some videos of my Hollywood Bowl weekend (see yesterday's post), but the website I uploaded the videos to doesn't seem to be working, so stay tuned tomorrow for those. Instead, here are some pictures of the city that I took. I've never liked Hollywood-- there's something seedy about it and it doesn't look as glamorous as it's made out to be in TV shows and movies. And the people there are so weird.

However, I DID have a movie star sighting. I was at the Arclight theater in Hollywood to see a movie and was looking for a parking spot. I noticed a couple walking towards a row of cars so we asked them if they were leaving and where they were parked. The couple turned around...and it was none other than Danny DeVito and his wife. Crazy, no? I wonder what movie they saw. I wanted to shout out, "I LOVED YOU IN 'Twins,'" but I restrained myself.



Driving down Hollywood Blvd.


Grauman's Chinese Theatre


The famed Roosevelt Hotel


LAPD

Monday, June 22, 2009

Hollywood Weekend

There are two things I absolutely love in the summer: the Hollywood Bowl...and the Hollywood Bowl. Going there became a tradition during high school where I'd go with friends to catch movie screenings, operas, orchestra pieces, and concerts. For those unfamiliar with the Hollywood Bowl, it's a huge outdoor amphitheater that is open to the public in the summer for fabulous concerts and outdoor events.

The best part of the bowl occurs prior to the show: you get to wine and dine outdoors and "picnic" before the show begins. People bring picnic baskets filled with wine, cheese, salads, etc. and picnic outdoors on the numerous picnic tables available throughout the bowl grounds.

I attended my first bowl concert of the summer this past weekend, which also happened to be opening night where inductions into the bowl hall of fame take place. This year's inductees included Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Josh Groban. Other performers included past inductees: Roger Daltrey, Angélique Kidjo, Frederica von Stade, John Williams, and Trisha Yearwood.

Please note that I went solely for Josh Groban. Those who know me know that I'd probably stalk him if I knew where he lived. Or jump up on stage if I had the chance. Or empty my 401K account to get front row seats to his concert. His voice is AMAAAAAAZING. Amazing, I tell 'ya! But alas, I had to settle for seeing him from afar. The bowl has awesome acoustics though, so any seat, no matter how far away, has perfect sound. Below are some pictures from my weekend (click on the photos for larger viewing).

The bowl in all it's glory:


Trisha Yearwood


Dame Kiri Te Kanawa


Josh Groban (i.e., my future husband)


The evening ended with a fireworks spectacular to John Williams' Star Wars' score, perhaps his more famous and widely recognized piece.


I also managed to record some video of the performances of Josh Groban and Roger Daltrey. I will post those tomorrow.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Junk in 'da trunk

My brother loved the card he received yesterday for his birthday (see previous post). He did comment, however, that my dinosaur had a huge butt. Upon further examination, I realized that my dino was missing the tail. I thought he looked a bit strange. What can I say...cartoon art was never my forte.

Jasmin version:


True version:

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Random Wednesday Thoughts

1. I want to make chocolate dipped strawberries: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate. Maybe I'll get really creative and do milk chocolate with white chocolate sprinkled on top. I did this once in the past and they turned out well, but not very pretty and didn't have the chocolate perfectly swirled on like professional pastry shops do.



Did you know Godiva charges $8 for ONE chocolate dipped strawberry? I mean, granted, the strawberries is huge and dipped in Godiva signature chocolate, but seriously? Maybe I should quit my corporate job and become a professional strawberry dipper. But then I'd also get very fat from sampling everything.

For those wondering how make these:

-Melt chocolate chips or chocolate baking squares in sauce pan
-Dip strawberries
-Place strawberries on a sheet of wax paper to dry
-Place wax paper in fridge for chocolate to harden
-Enjoy! :)

2. I want to dye my hair dark (black or dark brown) again. I have no idea why. I miss my dark hair and my ends are so much lighter than my roots, though you can't really tell unless I prop the ends of my hair up on my scalp.

3. It's my brother's birthday today. He is turning 25 and has commented that he feels "ancient." To commemorate his birthday and his feeling, I decided to draw him a dinosaur on his birthday card:



4. Yelp is not always spot on for certain restaurant reviews. Though from experience, they've been pretty spot on most of the time. It's a good resource to use when looking for a particular type of restaurant in a new city.

5. I can never again order my steak "well done." I've since started eating it medium and it's sooo good. Having beef well done again like I did last night was like chewing on a shoe.

6. Chai tea frappachinos from Starbucks are sooo yummy in summer. They're not on the menu but you can still order them. I highly recommend them. So good!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Oh my

Daily boot camp = daily soreness upon waking up.

Strangely, my body has gotten used to this. It felt WEIRD waking up on Sunday with no soreness. I will be she-hulk by week 6 'fo sho.

Dontcha wish you could have the same torture fun? ;)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

How NOT to make an impression

Way #102 how NOT to make an impression (also known as, this might be my most embarrassing moment EVER):

Walk into a restaurant after work to meet a new group of people, and just when you're about to be introduced, you trip on the uneven floor and take a spill, with your arms and purse flailing around you. So much for making a graceful entrance.

Both my ego and knee ended up bruised.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Feeling da burn!

June is here! And apparently so is June gloom in Southern California.

I signed up for a 6 week boot camp that started today. It's 5 days a week for one hour. Although boot camp sounds hardcore, it wasn't too bad...then again, I should probably wait and see how I feel tomorrow before making such a statement. The only part of it that I really hated were the push ups...I could only do a handful. Push ups and pull ups used to haunt me in grade school. I would always receive an "S" (Satisfactory) instead of an "E" (Excellent) in P.E. because I couldn't do a single pull up, and the passing grade for an "E" was at least one pull up minimum for women. Hopefully there won't be any pull up requirements at boot camp.

I also just realized I forgot to post my "Star Trek" movie review from last week. I'm by no means a Trekkie (I'm a Star Wars girl all the way), but I used to watch a few episodes here and there of "Star Trek: the Next Generation" growing up (I loved Captain Piccard). The movie does a nice job of tying everything in with the Enterprise and how it all began with Captain James T. Kirk and Spock. It was better than I expected and stayed true to the series in terms of the characters. Although the movie had some slow parts, overall I'd recommend it. Don't hate me for saying this, but I honestly thought it was better than Wolverine.

May you live long and prosper. ;)


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