Sunday, September 23, 2012

Move Dust Through The Light

Ever since I got back from London, all I’ve really been doing is working and studying for the LSATs. I haven’t been staying out really late and whenever I do go out, it is just for dinner and that’s it. All I’ve been doing is saying no to my friends whenever something comes up but I decided I needed a break. And hey! It’s my birthday weekend so I’m going to do something different and just have fun. The chance came when my friend asked me if I wanted to go to the Bon Iver concert with her to Radio City. It took me a couple of days to finally say yes and was I glad I did. It was one of the best concerts of my life and it was in Radio City Music Hall no less! 
I’m gonna admit, I only knew a couple of their songs so I didn’t know what to expect plus I was still a bit down from not being able to watch Ed Sheeran live the night before. However when the show started, that all changed. My mood was instantly lifted and I literally got chills. When I heard the first strings of the guitar, I couldn’t help but close my eyes and just feel the music. They opened the show with Perth; and, from there on out, I became an avid fan. I could imagine myself with my friends driving down at night with the windows down and just blasting this song. It was incredible and that’s what I felt song after song. 
I apologize for the crappy quality. I had to zoom in using my phone.
They played a total of 14 songs plus an encore composed of 2 other songs. The show was very mellow and you could tell that everyone was there to simply just enjoy the music (expect of the 4 people behind us who were clearly high on something and were yelling the entire time). I would definitely recommend everyone to watch them live. Hearing their songs on your iPods or whatever is nothing compared to seeing and hearing them live. You get to feel and appreciate the songs more and isn’t that what music is about? Now I understand the expression, “Music is Life.” 


P.S. Here's a little peak from their performance of Skinny Love and Perth.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Barefoot In The Kitchen

First of all, I would like to say I sincerely apologize for the lack of new blog post. Things just went into serious overdrive but I promise to be more consistent when it comes to blogging from now on. As for my first post in what seems like forever, I decided to share one of my hobbies, which is cooking.
When I was younger, I would always watch my uncle and grandmother cook. I would observe and even help them out if they would let me. I even took cooking lessons when I was 10 years old until I was 12 and I would go grocery shopping with my mother to buy the ingredients I needed. However, as I got older, I lost the motivation to cook. I didn’t exactly completely stop. I just cooked less often. It wasn’t until I got to the States wherein I started really cooking again.
For tonight’s dinner, I decided to cook chicken breast that I marinated using the recipe my dad thought me with a little help from this recipe I found as well. Basically, I just mixed olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, salt, pepper and brown sugar and let the chicken marinate in it overnight. When you are ready to cook, you can either pan fry or grill them. Obviously, I don't have a grill inside my apartment so I pan fried them using a large skillet. 
We sliced the chicken so it would cook faster.
As for sides, I roasted some asparagus and made pasta using this really simple recipe I found online as well. When I say easy, I really mean suuuuper easy because I only had to use 6 ingredients! I could have used less but I wanted to add extra flavor to the pasta so I added some sun-dried tomatoes in it. If you don’t want to add sun-dried tomatoes, that’s ok. All you really need is some thinly sliced garlic cloves, olive oil, dried parsley, crushed red pepper flakes and of course, some salt and pepper to taste. Heat them all in the pan with the pasta and viola! You are done. Like I said, it could not be any simpler. 
At first, I decided to include mushrooms but I ended up against it because it might be too much.
Before I forget, to roast the asparagus, you just preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a baking sheet, toss your asparagus with some olive oil, garlic and season it with salt and pepper. Once the oven is ready, put it inside and wait for 15-18 minutes or until tender. Take it out and let it cool for a bit.
The end result is an amazing dinner to be enjoyed with a friend. Just look at Laura's happy face! LOL

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Restaurant Week

It’s weird to think how my last post was when I just arrived to the homeland and how this post is with me being back to the city. It’s so surreal how fast time flies but I have never been more glad to be back. As much as I loved being back with my friends and family, there is nothing quite like New York City and she has been spoiling me since.

It was Restaurant Week here when I got back and so my friends and I have been taking advantage of eating in restaurants we normally would not be able to afford. For $35, that will get you a 3 course dinner at any of the participating restaurants which is not bad considering $35 is how much a single meal would cost you at these restaurants. It’s even cheaper if you eat out for lunch for it will only cost you $25 for almost the same meal as dinner. How crazy is that? So far, I’ve tried out 3 restaurants and my favorite out of the bunch is Bobby Van’s.

Bobby Van’s has five restaurants in the city but only three of them were participating in Restaurant Week. My friend and I decided to eat at their branch in Park Avenue because they call it “the original” so why not eat at the original for the first time, right? When we got there, we felt so out of place. It’s exactly the type of restaurant that your business partners there for a meeting or after work. I would definitely take my dad here but I probably won’t go back with a friend. My friend and I felt like we were the youngest in the room, which was extremely awkward but oh well. The food was amaaaaazing! I could still taste it in my mouth!

For starters, we got the Baked Clams Oreganata and it was hard not to eat everything at once. I’m very picky when it comes to clams because I don’t like it when I taste the “sea” when I eat it. I know it sounds weird but you know when you eat something and you taste so many different things that you forget what it is you’re eating in the first place? Yeah. That. When I eat a clam, I want to taste the clam and not the “sea” and this one definitely did not disappoint. Next up was my Pork Chop with Apple and Mango Chutney while my friend got the Petit Filet Mignon. The main course came with creamed spinach and mashed potatoes that go well with the meats. Everything was just so delicious that I barely had room for dessert! The Chocolate Mousse Cake was so rich and creamy that if you are a fan of things like that, you will enjoy it for sure. I, on the other hand, am not really a fan of anything too creamy so I passed halfway.

Bobby Van’s is definitely a treat for all you steak lovers out there like me so do try to check it out! Restaurant Week is still on going so go eat out at these restaurants as much as you can! Who doesn’t want a good meal at a low price anyway?

P.S. This is me and my friend at the bathroom. Lol their bathroom is so nice!