Sunday, December 28, 2008

A place full of Temptations

Saturday night, I met up with some of my close friends and other high school kiddos, and we went to Temptations Cafe for dinner. Located in a cute little town called Nyack, NY, Temptations Cafe is the typical American cafe for local residents that one tends to find in small towns. It's quaintly decorated with all American classic decorations like the small coffee shop tables, dim lights, and Candy Land board games, tea boxes, and a whole array of candies displayed along a bookcase. 

Though the cafe is known more for desserts, I opted for a meal, choosing the "American in Paris" sandwich, which comprised of smoked turkey, melted brie, and sliced granny smith apples on French bread. It came with a side of hand-cut sweet potato fries. The meal was simple, yet satisfying. The apple and brie combo is always a fave of mine, hitting the note of sweet and savory. The French bread was a surprise because it was shaped like a hero, but the texture of the bread was satisfactory- chewy and soft on the inside. I really liked the huge sliced sweet potato fries as well. They were baked, not fried, and the cooking method really brought out the original taste of the sweet potato. Yum, yum, yum. 

I definitely suggest people to check out Temptations Cafe if they're ever around the Nyack area. =)
Temptations Cafe
80 1/2 Main St. 
Nyack, NY 10960

Thursday, December 25, 2008

it's the most wonderful time of the year

so it's funny how things turn out...


let us not forget what this day really means though :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

stir-fried veggies plus bulgogi

i think Asian dishes are the easiest to make. it's seriously just a pot of whatever you want. yesterday i was craving lots of veggies with something satiating, so my mom and i made this stir-fried bulgogi and veggie dish. it was super easy, super simple, and super delicious (and healthy!). 

-bean sprouts
-bulgogi (lean beef marinated Korean-style)
-olive oil
-rice vinegar

there aren't even measurements to make this recipe because it's honestly about your own taste preference and how much of each ingredient you want. my mom and i put A LOT of cabbage into this dish because stir-fried cabbage is the best, but you can switch accordingly. 

basically, what you have to do is cut up all your veggies while you are stir-frying the bulgogi in olive oil in this huge pot. when you cut all your veggies and the bulgogi is cooked, move the bulgogi out of the pot and into another bowl. next, put all your cut veggies minus the bean sprouts into the same pot in which you stir-fried the bulgogi. stir-fry the veggies in olive oil as well. stir-fry the veggies for a good 5 to 8 minutes, until the veggies seem slightly wilted. then, add in the bean sprouts and stir-fry for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, and afterwards, add in the bulgogi and soysauce and rice vinegar. Put in a pinch or two of salt, stir-fry for a little longer, maybe 2 minutes, and ta-da, your dish is finito~ A complete, savory dish with all your veggies and protein. Eat this dish with a bowl of rice. 

Bridge to Terabithia

so so SO GOOD. 

i cried.

swish swish

it's time.

Monday, December 22, 2008

shout out to my bro lewie soaivan for always being encouraging and caring =) you have one of the most caring hearts ever, and i thank you for showing that you care in the most OBVIOUS way everrrrrrr

soooo..... just wanted to say.....


Sunday, December 21, 2008

suchhhhh a freakin' pessimist right now.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Psalms 103

It's so easy to overlook what God is plainly giving us... or maybe I'm just speaking for myself.... eeeeyeahh, lol. I always fail to see the obvious. I feel inadequate to just accept God's love, and instead I feel like I always have to earn it. God just wants us to accept His love freely, no strings attached. It's so easy that it's hard lol. 

Knowing I fail to measure up to people's standards as well as the world's, it becomes so discouraging a lot of the times. It's so shocking and relieving at the same time to know that God accepts us, flaws and all. He makes my worth complete, and I praise Him for that. I praise Him for always bestowing good to me, forgiving my sins, redeeming my life from death, crowning me with His love and righteousness, satisfying all my desires. In the end, everyone just wants to be loved, and He is that ultimate Provider.

We have all we need in You
And all we need is You
All we need is You.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

being sick during finals week sucks.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Always Daddy's girl

I got a text today at Barnes & Noble-

Dad: I love you! How is everything with you?
Me: Tired. Finals :-( How are you doing??

Dad: To NY & ups back & forth everyday. too tired. but ok. cheer up. miss you!

I love my dad.

Monday, December 1, 2008

jeremiah 32:40

"I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me."