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Archive for the month “August, 2009”

the *LAST* days of summer…

quality last days of summer... :D

It’s back to work tomorrow, starting with Teacher’s Orientation, lesson plans and all the joys of being a teacher (!), so I thought I’d share some photos of what I’ve been doing to celebrate “the last days of summer”… taken with my new favorite toy: the Samsung Comeback alla T-mobile

(1) Quality time at the pool, which was unfortunately cut short this afternoon by the approaching thunderstorm. 😦

(2) Froyo by the ounce (multiple flavors and toppings to choose from) at CaliYogurt, a taste of the West Coast!

(3) Getting my dose of green vegetables and creamy/cheesy/starchy calories of potatoes au gratin + Gruyère mac and cheese at Cafe Deluxe, a nice bistro alternative to overpriced French food in the DC Area after a day of Mac shopping with my friend and former partner-in-crime Robin C.

(4) A quick pop into my former stomping grounds, the Freer + Sackler Galleries of Art of the Smithsonian. Talk about a de-accessioned gift shop… but otherwise, the exhibits are still great as usual. I miss being there.

And tomorrow?

Upwards and onwards to bigger and better things!!! 😀


Yes… I can cook. Sort of.

The Gazpacho I made a couple of weeks ago turned out great… it was a pretty labor intensive process, but the taste in the end was totally worth it. I used heirloom and roma tomatoes from Harris Teeter, sherry vinegar from Whole Foods and whole wheat rustic bread from Trader Joe’s (to make the croutons… which was surprisingly easy to make!). We had some leftovers, so I ate it for breakfast the next morning with toasted slices of rustic bread, sprinkled with sea salt and olive oil. Whoaa… heavenly. Can you just say the most refreshing liquid salad ever? Making gazpacho helps you realize the role each vegetable plays in the soup’s overall flavor and puts you in touch with the benefits of eating organic versus processed foods. Lovin* it!

Gazpacho Experimentation

Anyway, above is photographic evidence of my first attempt at making this delicious summer treat. I don’t think I’ll have a problem eating it year round, though. 🙂 And I am excited to try more recipes…

On a completely different note, I can’t believe its August (the summer has gone by WAY too quickly) and I will soon return to my job as an ESL & Art teacher. My friend M who was visiting from Hong Kong and I were perusing the Container Store earlier today and came across the best *to-go* container ever invented for all you cereal lovers out there:


All you have to do is pack your cereal and (soy) milk the night before and take it out of the fridge the next morning on your way to work! The bottom container has a gel covering that helps keep the milk cool during your commute. Perfect for those who never have time to eat the most important meal of the day… hmmmm… I will definitely consider getting one of these (the green one, of course) before school starts. And resume my love for eating cereal!

Till next time…

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