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Why weekends are so short?

I really don’t know how suddenly the weekend is already over? I have so many more things that I want to do with Star yet 😦 Well…. I guess that means I was having GREAT time! πŸ˜‰ So no complains!

We started Sunday with an easy 10k (I haven’t run much since my last 1/2M and I have a 10k race next weekend… so I’d better be running ;)), Star did 5k (I convinced him to participate the 5k race ;)). I didn’t feel energetic, even a little of pain in my belly. I guess I’m not 100% recover from the sickness yet. So I run very slowly. It was good though. Star loved the trail. πŸ™‚

The original plan for breakfast was to make chinese style pancake. But when we were running back, we spotted this place and decided to go there instead.

Look where they put the menu 😯


the main star of this place is BREAD πŸ˜†


their lunch/dinner menu looks pretty good to me. I asked Star if we could go to have dinner there. He looked at the menu and said:” this looks too much like your kind of food.” “yes, that’s why I want to come.” I replied. Star: “why don’t you come with your blogger friends? ” “okay.” 😦 But it’s true, I think I’d enjoy the food more if it’s shared with someone who also enjoy it as much as I do, like this lady πŸ˜‰


the place was really crowded and I went there around 10.30 AM, so we sat at the long big table with strangers πŸ˜‰


It wasn’t hard to me to decide what to order (although everything seemed tempting). We ordered an assorted bread basket that comes with butter, jams and nut butter.


I had cafe au lait and Star had orange juice



Star is not a bread lover so he just had 1/2 piece with butter and hazelnut butter.


and a french croissant



If I remember correctly, I had like 6 (or perhaps 7) pieces of bread, 2 with butter, 2 with jams and the rest plain. LOVE them ALL!!! Although nowadays I make my own breads, I still like to eat breads made by others, that’s what a real bread lover does, right? πŸ˜‰

We finished breakfast at 11.30 AM. That’s my kind of Sunday morning! πŸ˜† Then we went to did some errands and came home around 3PM. We thought about going out for lunch but we weren’t very hungry so I offered to make chinese pancake and he agreed. πŸ˜‰

For me… I made a colorful salad with ingredients that I bought at the farm: lettuce, tomatoes, figs and soft boiled egg


simple balsamic dressing




served with glutinous frozen corn steamed


and the chinese pancake for Star (tutorial will come shortly, Lisa)


with rice porridge


And then we spent the rest of the afternoon preparing the dinner for Star’s coworkers. 8 dishes + 1 soup


details to come πŸ™‚

Have a great start of the week! πŸ˜€

Q: What’s your favorite Sunday breakfast?


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J&J 16 & When you know you’re getting old

When do you know you’re getting old? when your good friends have been in your life for double digits years! 😯 they’ve been in my life for a long time!

Yesterday, a surprise call from an old friend (10 years) reminded me that I’m really getting old. For example, my BFF that lives in Germany, I met her 14 years ago), another good friend in China Ling, I met her 28 years ago, another guy friend in China, I met him in 17 years ago… and I can keep counting. Except for my friends in the program, all others that I keep in touch are from childhood. However, realizing that didn’t make me sad. I feel grateful to have them in my life, even though we don’t live in the same country; we don’t communicate in a daily basis; we probably see each other once a year; but when we met, the magic is still there, as if the clock reverses to the moment when we last catch up. πŸ˜€ What makes me wonder is, why it gets more difficult to make real friends when we grow up?


J&J #16 @Eat Clean Cookbook: lettuce wrap


ingredients: lettuce leafs, red pepper, tomato, celery, leek


olive, sesame oil, soy sauce, S+P, 1 tsp of sugar


the original recipe calls for turkey but I used canned tuna instead


this is Tj’s bran, I like that it’s very low in sodium, 70 mg for 1/2 cup.


  • heat olive oil (1/2 tbsp), add celery, leek and tuna and cook for 5 min
  • add chopped bell pepper and tomatoes, cook 2-3 min
  • add 1 tbsp soy sauce, sugar, S+P
  • turn off the heat, add 1/2 tbsp sesame oil


It was DELICIOUS~~~ fresh, crunchy and tasty!

Side dish was stir-fry of broccoli and romaine with this


olive leaves preserves in olive oil



very satisfying meal~~~

and even better, I found a ripe kabocha!!! πŸ˜† Enjoyed the bowl of steamed kabocha in my Pjs. πŸ™‚ I call that a good night~~~


Q: What food you crave during the summer?


Filed under challenge, dinner, Uncategorized

Announcement & living with paradoxes


Remember myΒ semi-failed attempt making buns? Well…. this is going to change. I will be able to make perfect risen buns and more!!! Β What about Mango Bagels?


and whole grains buns?


I’m getting something from barstools to help me on that! πŸ˜† Stay tune!Β More exciting baking/steaming projects to come!Β πŸ˜€


As I read this article, I realized that we all live with paradoxes and it’s OKAY!

Accept myself, but expect more of myself. This is a constant struggle for me. I want to improve in a lot of things but at same time don’t want to be perfectionist.

Strive to be emotionally self-sufficient so I can connect better with other people. This is something that I am currently working on. Not to expect others to solve my emotional problems.

Remember that control and mastery are key elements of happiness; and so are novelty and challenge. As we age, we tend to stay in our comfort zone and neglect to explore new territories.

The days are long, but the years are short. So true!


Spreads for frozen homemade waffles: LC & Almond butter with flaxseed



coffee and FT. I like this morning ritual. It calms me and feel like a weekend morning everyday. πŸ˜‰


A not so colorful dinner: sauteed romaine with black fungus and garlic


tofu spinach and corn pudding


YAM always πŸ˜‰


Q: What’s your favorite bread?

oh… more exciting news: A friend from Chicago is coming to DC and will stay with me this weekend. Good to have visitors! πŸ˜‰


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