Saturday, January 23, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

What are you doing, panda?

You're a panda, not a bird. You don't even have wings!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hey cool, emergency rescue boat!

On what is the cloudiest day I've seen in Hawaii yet.
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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Food Network Humor


Making a commercial?

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There is nobody here today

And they're testing all the alarms. :(

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Kung pao!

I made way too much, so I'll be eating for dinner tomorrow as well, I'm guessing.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Apparently we're trying to eat healthy now

At least that's what Julie is telling me. While I was at work today, she mentioned that she was going to make something with "chicken and whole wheat pasta," because that's healthy for you. Everyone knows what that means: 今日のテーマは chicken and whole wheat pasta!

  • One chicken breast, labeled as a "chicken steak" because my grocery store doesn't understand the names of food.
  • Some whole wheat spaghetti. Basically tastes the same as regular, I think.
  • Garlic and shallots, because duh.
  • Four nice looking mushrooms.
  • Some sun-dried tomatoes in oil. Like seven. Maybe eight. Go with seven, see if that looks right to you.
  • A glass or so of some cheap riesling I bought today. It's not great, but it's a decent enough wine to cook with.
Put the pasta on to boil. While that's happening, butterfly the chicken breast, salt and pepper, and then pan fry in olive oil. When done, remove to cutting board, add minced garlic and shallots, and cook until translucent. Add thinly sliced mushrooms, and cook until the water is gone. Add chopped tomatoes, add a bit of the oil, toss the drained pasta, and spin it around a bit. Add wine, reduce slightly, slice chicken, and add it back to the pan to warm.  Plate, top with shredded parmesan, especially over the chicken to add a nice flavor to what would otherwise be a slightly wimpy meat in a rather flavorful sauce.

I do have to admit that I totally stole the concept for this dish from the pasta Julie made for dinner on Sunday. The difference with this one is that it does not have any of the cheesy-creamy stuff in it, so it's much lighter, and therefore, more healthy.  As for the "eating healthy" thing, we'll see how that works out.

Monday, January 4, 2010


Four of the islands of Hawaii. On the horizon is the Big Island, Maui covers most of the middle of the image, Molokai peaks in from the right hand side, and Lanai is visible just above that.

First class

Luckily for my SFO->HNL flight, the upgrade did work, which meant I got to sit in a nice comfy big chair, and that I got to have breakfast.  As shown above, there was coffee and OJ, a pair of sausages with a team of tiny roasted gold potatoes, a slightly odd spinach/artichoke omelet, croissant, and fruit bowl.  Not the best breakfast I've ever had by far, but certainly good for an airplane.

Perpetual dawn

Flying from Austin to San Francisco on the 6:00AM CST flight offers the weird phenomenon in which you are continually experiencing dawn for a large fraction of the flight.  This is kind of a cool thing to notice when you're trapped in a middle seat behind some dumb girl who immediately pushes her seat back and then leans forward to play some stupid beeping iphone game, and next to a hyper-pretentious douchebag who gets upset when the flight attendant brings him exactly the coffee he asked for, and not the coffee he wanted. Unfortunately, the flight was full, so my upgrade to first class didn't go through.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Buddha loves dim sum

It's the enlightened Sunday lunch.

Saturday, January 2, 2010