Sunday, November 28, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
- 3 cups cooked rice
- 1 cup cooked but frozen shrimp
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1/3 cup chopped baby carrots
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
1) In a slightly oiled pan, lightly scramble the two eggs until soft and not completely done. Put aside on a plate.
2) Place frozen peas and chopped baby carrots into dish with water and microwave until heated through.
3) Let frozen shrimp thaw in a bowl of cold water.
4) Add some oil into a large saucepan and add the cooked rice. Stir around.
4) Add cooked veggies and eggs, then 1 tablespoon soy sauce.
7) When it is uniformly mixed and starting to get crispy, drain and add the shrimp. Stir in the other 1 tablespoon of soy sauce.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Tonight I'm sharing a recipe that got me through finals: delicious and healthy pesto pasta with chicken and green beans. It's a balanced meal in a bowl that has protein and veggies. I recommend getting the fresh Genova pesto from Trader Joe's, but you can make your own if you have fresh basil.
- 1/4 of a package of penne pasta (or any other noodle)
- 2 small, boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tablespoon pesto sauce
- 1 cup green beans
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- parmesan cheese to taste
1) Turn on the stove and set up water to boil for the penne; defrost chicken in a bowl of warm water.
2) Rinse green beans and set aside in a bowl with some water.
3) Let the pasta cook on the stove. When it is done, drain in a colander. Place it back in the pot it was cooked in.
4) Cut up and cook the chicken in some olive oil for a few minutes on each side.
7) Heat green beans in the microwave; then cut up into smaller pieces.
8) Add chicken pieces and cut up string beans into the pot of pasta. Add pesto and sprinkle on some parmesan cheese. Add more parmesan cheese.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I wish I was visiting Los Angeles next weekend! April 22 to 25 marks the first annual Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival, which will show exceptional films on the big screen.
I grew up watching TCM pretty much since I was in pre-school – most of our family videotapes of old black and white movies began with host Robert Osborne introducing a film with juicy tidbits. I could explain obscure trivia and hum the TCM commercial jingles. As my dad likes to tell people, "My daughter grew up on TCM." I'm sure it was unusual for such a young kid to prefer watching Monkey Business over an animated Disney film, but I'm grateful I was exposed to quality movies when I was so little.
Although the ticket price is steep ($499 for one of the lower end packages), individual movie screenings are $20 apiece and $10 for students. I'm sad to miss out on seeing The Graduate or Singin' in the Rain on the big screen, but hopefully others will enjoy this fabulous four day festival celebrating classic movies!
The Thin Man series is one my favorites!
Nick and Nora are an excellent drunk detective duo.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
One of the reasons I chose to attend UC Berkeley was because of the university's role in the Free Speech Movement. I thought it would be amazing to go to college on a progressive campus with like-minded individuals. I was wrong.
I am very liberal, but there must be something in the organic granola, because it seems like all Berkeley students do is protest about every single cause under the sun. I'm all for civil rights, fair labor laws, pro-choice ideals, and several other important political issues. But this doesn't mean I want to hear about them constantly, like when I'm innocently eating lunch on campus and trying to take a break from the chaos.
This is why I try to avoid Sproul Plaza at all costs. Sproul is the main site of the Free Speech Movement, where Mario Savio boldly led teach-ins and civil rights protestors tried to speak out for change. Today it is the main stomping ground for myriad daily protests concerning bullshit causes, and student groups trying to recruit you/sell you stuff.
I wish the Berkeley I attend was more like Berkeley in the 1960s, but it is anything but. It is much more of an excuse for people to shout about anything they are angry about instead of organizing around a valid cause. I mean, is it really necessary to vandalize our chancellor's on-campus mansion because you're pissed about budget cuts? That lovely protest will cost nearly $14,00 in damages, even though the University of California clearly lacks a rainy day fund. It's frustrating, but it's Berkeley.
This is why Go Back to Berkeley is so hilarious. Apologies to militant vegans, Birkenstock-wearing hippies, and slow food enthusiasts, but this website knows what's up.
A more serene view of campus.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
One of the reasons I'm on this trip is because although Hurricane Katrina was over five years ago, major parts of New Orleans have not recovered yet, and I want to do my part to help rebuild this amazing place. At the same time, I want to forget about the tragic elements of New Orleans and really enjoy all the city has to offer, because it has such a rich history that I want to experience.
Here's to helping to rebuild, eating beignets at Cafe du Monde, and listening to jazz!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Media fasts are when people are told not to use "media or gadgets that didn't exist before 1984," which pretty much includes all tech devices we're accustomed to using every day. I think this idea is completely ridiculous. Yes, studies have shown that the abundance of technological gadgets has lead to decreased attention spans. Yes, although I don't take my laptop to class, I do notice that everyone else around me is on Facebook instead of frantically taking notes on the lecture. Yes, just last week a man was killed in a freak accident because he was listening to his iPod and didn't hear an emergency plane landing.
These are all reasons for us to take a step back to limit our use of technology, but closing ourselves off completely is a rash and unnecessary measure. It's far more important to continue to use these products while also attempting to educate ourselves about their impact in our lives. So instead of a weeklong media fast in which people would not be able to use cell phones or computers, how about having one night per week in which a group of housemates did not have to give up these modern necessities, but chose to hang out together doing something that did not involve Guitar Hero marathons or Nintendo Wii? It's certainly still possible to be tech savvy, enjoy our modern marvels, and still appreciate the moments in life in which we aren't constantly reaching for our iPhones to see if we got a text.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Why am I obsessed with a show about a hooker? First of all, it's written in such a captivating way that allows the audience to understand how secrecy and money could prompt a young woman to live such a scandalous life. The main character leads two double lives: the first as Hannah Baxter, who works as a nighttime legal secretary, at least according to her family and friends. The second is Belle du Jour, a sophisticated and high class call girl who satisfies every client's deviant whim. What makes the show so interesting is how she balances being both Hannah and Belle even when her secret life often clashes with her personal life.
It's also fascinating how Hannah, an educated girl with a college degree, decides she cannot fathom working in a stifling cubicle from 9 to 5, so she would rather experience a luxurious yet explicit lifestyle of pampering herself and engaging in her favorite hobby for her job. Hannah is a warm and compassionate person, but instead of utilizing those skills by becoming a teacher or doctor, she chooses to become a sex worker. But she must keep this secret from everyone she cares about most, except her incredibly supportive best friend Ben, a nice Jewish boy who also happens to be in love with her.
Similar to Sex and the City, the show includes frequent introspective voiceovers and frenzied writing montages, and of course features fabulous hair, makeup, clothes, and shoes. It also has fantastic music by indie artists such as Feist and Regina Spektor.
The craziest thing about Secret Diary of a Call Girl is that the real life call girl the show is based on revealed her identity a few months ago. Brooke Magnanti is a scientist who now specializes in cancer research. She paid her way while getting her PhD by working as a call girl in London. So when she did finally settle down to a 9 to 5 job, she choose a very worthwhile career.
If I haven't convinced you by now, I highly recommend watching this show! Enjoy.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
When I was home in LA, I especially enjoyed watching old movies with my dad, including Casablanca. It's such a classic film, yet most of my friends have never seen it. I really recommend it – I'll watch it over and over again! It was a fun distraction from the films I'm watching for my film class this semester that focuses on race in American film during the 20th century. We're watching incredibly depressing and intense films, so I'm looking forward to later in the semester when we'll watch The Godfather, another of my absolute favorites.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
- 1/4 of a package of spaghetti (or any other noodle)
- 2 small, boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/3 jar of marinara sauce
- 1 oz. mozarella cheese, preferably a string cheese
- 1 cup green beans
- olive oil
1) Turn on the stove and set up water to boil for spaghetti; defrost chicken in a bowl of warm water.
2) Rinse green beans and set aside in a bowl with some water. Cut up the mozarella cheese into small pieces.
3) Let spaghetti cook on the stove. When spaghetti is done, drain in a colander. Place it back in the pot it was cooked in, and add marinara sauce.
4) Cook the chicken in some olive oil for a few minutes on each side. When chicken is almost done, add some marinara sauce into the pan. Once marinara sauce has coated the chicken completely, add cut up chunks of mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce-covered chicken.
7) Heat green beans in the microwave to serve on the side.
8) Put spaghetti on a plate and place the chicken on top. Sprinkle on some parmesan cheese. Serve green beans on the side.