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Pizza, new pan and self-discipline

Let’s do the reverse order of the title πŸ˜‰

Self-discipline. All people who know me well and I consider myself a highly disciplined person. I’ve been that way for many many years and I think it is a key factor that helped me to achieve what I’ve achieved. I’m proud of it. But there is a fine line between being self-discipline and over-achieving. Β If a self-disciplined person becomes an over-achiever… it can be dangerous. I’ve been there once and I wasn’t happy.

Last weekend I talked to a friend who I respect a lot. For many, he is a successful man. He has a Ph.D in chemistry engineering. He is working at an international firm with a great career prospect. I wouldn’t doubt that he is enjoying his life. But unfortunately he is not. He thinks he still have a lot to achieve. He knows that phDs are not good at human relations, we spend too much time alone doing research, so he thinks he has to push himself to be good at it. I thought he studied chemistry because he liked it or he was good at it. No, chemistry was the only course he didn’t get As, so he chose chemistry to be his career. The idea of putting oneself into uncomfortable place all the time, trying to master what one is not good at is SHOCKING to me. Really? Is good to “harm” or push oneself this way? Am I the only one who thinks that we should enjoy what we have and do what we are good at?


I got a new skillet from the CSN store with their gift card.


Calphalon One Infused Anodized 9″ Chef’s Skillet with Lid

  • Diameter: 9″
  • Material of skillet: heavy-gauge infused anodized aluminum
  • Material of lid: brushed stainless steel
  • Material of handle: cast stainless steel
  • Oven safe



It’s smaller that I expected but it’s large enough for one person’s serving. Here I made a stir-fry of lotus root, onion and mushrooms in olive preserve.



The only cons about this pan is that it’s not nonstick, even I put more oil than usual, it sticks a little.

Thanks CSN people for letting me do the review πŸ™‚


As I said last time, I found the best unconventional pizza combo and I had to make it again

Udi’s gluten free pizza crust with tomato paste, “cheese”

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shredded zucchini and broccoli

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be generous with basil



20 min at 450 F, ready to EAT! πŸ˜†




It’s DC restaurant week, I’m going to Cafe Milano with new friends for a 3 course meal tonight!! I’m excited! It’s going to be my first experience in restaurant week in the US. πŸ˜€



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More shopping! :)

#1 Enter my Heart Health giveaway

#2 Check out TCM #14 about Ginseng

I went to shopping AGAIN! hahahha……. Preparing to go home is so fun!!! I love buying gifts!!!! Oh well…. this time I got something for me too πŸ˜‰


My original plan is to get lipsticks for Mom (yeah~~ I love her soooooo much!!!) but then I stopped at Abercrombie & Fitch, my favorite casual cloth store and got two 1/2 price tanks πŸ˜‰


I got two Lipsticks for Mom


The two on the left are Dior Addict Color High Impact Weightless Lipcolor.Β It’s a new sensory experience: the first lipstick with a “bare lips”Β feel plus ultra-vibrant color and optimal comfort.

The one on the right is for me.Β Dior Addict Ultra-gloss. Plumping volume spectacular shine. Lights! Camera! Lips! Straight from the runway, new Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss features a featherweight formula with a flash-plumping, β€œspotlight shine” effect. Hyaluronic spheres keep lips smooth and moisturized, while mirror-like micropearls reflect light in all directions for a dazzling finish!


I like pink, but she likes violent-plum. I’ve never tried Dior’s lipsticks, they were really good quality, moisturize and smooth, so I got her two.


I don’t usually wear lipsticks gloss because I find them too heavy and too shiny. But this one is absolutely amazing. It’s light, runny and the color matches really well to my skin. oh… btw, it’s Ultragorgeous Fuchsia 686.


and finally the two tanks that I got from Abercrombie & Fitch ($16.8 each, original price $30)


πŸ˜† I am cheap when it comes to cloth shopping for me …. I dunno… I just find A&F cloths too expensive, so I only buy them when it’s on sale.

Okay… my eats have been really lame because 1) I’m devoting all my creativity in research (trying to get some more progress before I leave), 2) I need to clean out the fridge. This meal is what I’ve been having everyday for lunch for the past 4 days :shock:.

Stir-fry soba noodles with broccoli, black fungus and chinese sausage.



Soba is great, Maggie likes it a lot too, check out her latest recipe! πŸ™‚

Q: What’s your favorite brand of makeup?

Q: What’s your favorite lipsticks color?


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Happy Earth Day & cute cookies

Happy belated Earthday!!! πŸ˜€


As my friends say, I live in a bubble πŸ˜‰ If it was not because of bloggers, I’d never know yesterday was Earth day~~~ Reading what you do to save our mother Earth inspired me to do more too.

  • reusable bags for groceries
  • re-use ziplocks (thanks Katie for reminding me this)
  • walk, public transportation or car pooling when possible

Washington DC has began to charge for bags in groceries stores recently. As an economist, Β I can’t think a better way to make everyone participating on this Green Movement. China, despite its public image of being the world largest polluting country, has adopted this policy a year ago. Not to criticize, but I find inconsistency in the action of US government. When they claim/force other countries to pollute less, most of stores in US still give plastic bags for free. 😯

Q: What do you think? Would you start bringing your own bags to groceries if they charge you for it?


Easy lunch: stir-fry noodles with broccoli and chicken using GuiLin chili sauce


Few days ago I got a package from GojiGourmet: a selection of cute cookies πŸ˜‰


These are

  • No preservatives
  • All-natural
  • No refined sugar added
  • High in antioxidants
  • Delicious
  • Low calorie
  • Handmade
  • Infused with Superfoods
  • Energizing
  • Great for kids
  • Mostly organic ingredients

Goji berries are nutrient-rich fruits that are high in antioxidants and provide vitamins A, C, and B-complex. Among other benefits, goji berries are rich in iron, beta-carotene, selenium, germanium, and include 18 amino acids (a source of complete protein). Goji berries have almost 8 times the value of antioxidants of pomegranates and more than 10 times the ORAC value of blueberries. Scientists at Tufts University developed this scale for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, called the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) test. According to their research, foods that score high in this antioxidant analysis may protect cells and their components from oxidative damage.



this one is Goji Ginger Walnut

All natural ingredients: Organic white whole wheat flour, organic goji berries, organic crystallized ginger (organic ginger, organic raw sugar), natural buckwheat honey, natural walnuts, organic butter, raw turbinado sugar, organic egg, raw wheat germ, organic vanilla extract, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, turmeric.

Coco’s review: I like that it uses all natural ingredients that are good for us. I also like its bite size, I could never eat a standard size cookie. Β It’s surprisingly tasty (even for a non-cookie fan in general). Dense, just slightly sweetened, perfect for snack and sweet craving. πŸ˜‰ 5/5.
Dinner was pretty much the same as the day before. I used zucchini noodles instead of broccoli, and the “cheese” was made with tofu, olive, mustard and 1 LC.



warm salad ALWAYS! πŸ˜€


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