Monthly Archives: August 2010

Cooking failure

I’ve had many successes making breads like baguette, dinner rolls and the key is to FOLLOW the RECIPE! I’ve learned that lesson a long time ago, but the other day I wanted to improvise as I like when cooking meals and it was a DISASTER!!! :( Changing recipes in cooking is different than baking, specially breads!!! There’s a lot of chemistry going on there for some unknown reasons. :shock:.  Anyway… I wanted to make some WW rolls but substitute 1/3 of the flour by barley and soy bean flour. After “fermenting” for 2 hours.. the thing didn’t rise much

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hoping for the best, I baked them anyway and they didn’t rise at ALL :cry:

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I also steamed some of them, hoping miracles to happen but obviously miracles do not exist :(

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although the texture is not that bad ;)

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so I had two of them paired with avocado and LC as breakfast :)

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and peach of course ;)

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lesson learned Follow the recipe!

I did follow Heather’s recipe to make these coconut flour pancakes and they came out beautifully ;)

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topped with Tj’s cottage cheese

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mmmm….. soooo good! I can eat these EVERYDAY!!! :lol:

A new thing that I tried yesterday for breakfast was steamed sweet potato topped with avocado-cottage

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YUM~~~ :D

Life rants: This is my last week at the internship and wrapping up is hectic!!! :( I’ve been working until 8PM every night! :shock: Soooo exhausting! I’m glad that it’s going to end soon and I’ll be back working at home again! Well…. I used to complain about it, but now I’m kind of miss the freedom :)

Q: What’s your last cooking failure?

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Drink baby drink!

Before I began… I’ll warm you: A long post ahead! :D

Saturday night is PASTA night. I had an amazing seafood lunch in Alexandria with friends (sorry no pics) in addition to the carb comma the night before. So I wasn’t feeling hungry but I knew I had to fuel well to prepare for Sunday’s long run.

Tahini, soba, broccoli, onion, brussels sprouts and spinach. While cooking I snacked edamame (new love! ;))

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simple stir-fry with olive preserve

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Sunday morning 7 AM I was like them

what was I looking at? Weather.com because it was raining and I know I’m not an evening runner, so I check the website every 10 min to see when it will stop raining. I usually don’t eat breakfast before running but since the weather left me with no option…. let’s do breakfast first ;)

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raspberries topped with greek yogurt and flax meal

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half Udi’s gluten free bagel + cream cheese that I got in WF (first time)

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Not a big fan :( I prefer LC more!

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Udi’s bagel: it’s chewy, spongy and tasty. I wouldn’t say it’s like conventional bagel because of its lack of chewiness, but I like it. Its texture is between cake and bread. I had this half toasted and the other half later without, I like it more without toasting. Coco’s rating: 4/5.

At 10 AM, the sky cleared up. So I put my new running short! :lol: Now I feel like a real runner ;)

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I don’t know what moves I was trying to do… feel you can see my excitement.

oh… if you didn’t realize it… I forgot to take off the label… :shock:

< 2 hours later… I finished 12 miles!!! It’s the longest run in my life and the longest run I’m doing to prepare for the incoming half marathon. And let me tell you… 2 miles up from last week’s 10 miles was HARD!!! I never got thirsty during long run (well, apparently not long enough) but yesterday I got it, I need to DRINK before, during and after!!! I was doing the before and after, but didn’t do properly the during. By mile 6 I drunk the whole bottle of vitamin water and ate two fruit straps.  Those gave me a good boost, but I got thirsty again in mile 8. By mile 10 I was really thirsty. :( It was not fun to do 2 extra miles feeling thirsty. Fortunately my mental strength pushed me to the end but I learned the lesson: drink baby drink!

Things to know about hydration (source)

1. You need to be well hydrated before you start your run or workout. If you start partially dehydrated, it only gets worse from there.

2. The color of your pee should be pale yellow, rather than clear or dark yellow. It should look more like lemonade than orange juice.

3. Electrolytes are lost along with fluid when you sweat. You need to replace these electrolytes through an energy drink, electrolyte solution or electrolyte tablets.

4. If you don’t replace electrolytes, particularly sodium, you won’t be able to absorb the fluid you’re drinking. This means that you could be drinking plenty, but not re-hydrating.

5. Dehydration leads to a loss of performance, cramps, digestive problems, and ultimately an inability to cool the body. These progressively worse problems will eventually stop you in your tracks.

6. Drinking too much plain water can also be a problem. Drinking lots of plain water can dilute the sodium level in your blood, leading to a problem called hyponatremia. This is why it is important to use a hydration product to replace electrolytes.

7. The term “drink to thirst” means that you should not drink just for the sake of drinking. You need to drink an amount of fluid that replaces what you’re losing in your sweat.

8. You may not actually feel “thirst” while running or racing. If you don’t ever feel the sensation of thirst, don’t make the mistake of stopping drinking completely. Continue drinking fluids in a moderate quantity to make sure that you’re getting what you need.

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another things that I realized yesterday

  • Outfit matters. I was wearing cotton shirt, it got all wet and it was heavy.
  • Strength training. My legs weren’t tired but my upper body was. My arms and shoulder got very tired during the run and sore after the run. I haven’t done power yoga lately and I got the consequence. Somehow I don’t feel into yoga these days… but I know I need to do cross-training and strength work to have a balance workout. More on this later ;)

Post-run fuel: more bagel

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I showed and laid down a while before getting to prepare lunch.

I roasted brussels sprouts

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with salt, cinnamon and cocoa powder

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spinach and mushroom sauteed in coconut oil

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couscous and wheat berries

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curried tofu with green peas and cauliflower

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more edamame

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it looks like a KERF meal, isn’t it?

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A long nap, some work later… I went to a gym 2 blocks away from home. Yes, the strength and cross training thing stuck in my head.

vida fitness is a really fancy gym. It has a big variety of fitness classes (spinning, yoga, pilates, steps, body pump, etc), two stationary swimming pool (I was shocked :shock: when the guy showed it to me like “this is the pool”)

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I did the tour and left the gym. I thought about it “seriously” during groceries shopping in Whole Food and went back 30 min later

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I became a member :lol:

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yes, I know, I’m really COMPULSIVE or better said, I’m a DECISIVE person ;)

I heard a lot runners talking about the after long-run hunger. Well… since I started running, it never happened to me. I don’t know why. Since I’m a true believer of intuitive eating, I won’t stuff myself just because. So, for dinner I craved something simple.

I made Miso Soup from 101 cookbooks

firm tofu, chopped parsley

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green onion, carrots

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cooked and rinsed soba noodles

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miso seaweed broth

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The taste is clean and simple. Maybe in another day I would find it bland but that was all I wanted yesterday :)

Q1: Are you a compulsive or decisive buyer?

Q2: Are you a gym member? What do you do at the gym?

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The best italian meal & clubbing

Friday night was a real BLAST! It was the last day of some interns, to say a proper goodbye 30 of us went for dinner and 20 went clubbing…sooo much fun!!! :lol:

We dined at Cafe Milano. The best italian restaurant I’ve ever been since I came to US (+ 4 years)

We start with some coctails. I had italiano :)

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the bread was incredible! I even asked the waiter what was it so I can make it later… he said “Italian Bread”. Ha… thank you very much for the info :(

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Bread with good olive oil is the WAY to go ;)

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The menu was extensive and I took 10 min to decide but I made a right choice. Linguini Moschino

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Imported linguini with maine lobster in a spicy tomato sauce

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it was AMAZING!!! Seriously… the sauce was soooo good, perfect sour sweet taste with a touch of chili. The lobster was fresh, tender and the linguini al dente. PERFECTION!

Our table with my best friends in the intern program

At that point… with great food, great wine and great talk with great friends. I would call it an amazing night! I was enjoying every single minute of it. But the highlight of the night came later. I was full with that plate of pasta but someone said “No dessert dinner it’s not a dinner” RIGHT!!! I agree ;) So without thinking too much, I opted for tiramisu. This is what I always order when I go to an italian restaurant. It says a lot about the restaurant in my opinion ;)

So, let me present the BEST TIRAMISU I’ve EVER had!!!! :lol:

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I don’t know how to describe how incredible is this. Last week’s tiramisu was very good but this way belongs to another level. Definitely they used a high quality mascarpone, because the texture is sooo rich and smooth. Before I could take of a picture of its layers, I already finish the WHOLE thing!!! This is really unusual for me. I usually would just “taste” the dinner…. 3-4 bites are enough to satisfy my sweet craving. And if it’s good, I might have 1/2 portion. But this time, even I was full, my mind couldn’t think before my mouth demanded the whole thing! Maybe I was in sweet comma afterwards but I was in HEAVEN!!! :lol: I’ll definitely go back to Cafe Milano, for more food and tiramisu!!! If I can give this place a rating. I’ll give 11/10!!!

someone spot me ;)

After dinner we went to Lima Lounge, one of the fanciest club in DC.

Since we were 20 of us, we got a table in the VIP room. The place looks very nice

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more alcohol ….

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gorgeous girls! ;)

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Drinking, dancing! Life is good!!! :D I got home at 3.30 AM :shock: I feel I’m so not me lately: drinking alcohol, eating the whole dessert, clubbing, going home after mid-night. but you know what? I’m having fun! :lol: Sometime we need to unplug this way too and it’s okay!!!

Q: Which dessert do you always order in restaurants?

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