I’m still alive

Hello WordPress!

I am back in school! Yay! A totally different path from the culinary scene. However, this whole nursing school situation seems to be working so far. I am actually having fun.

I miss the kitchen though. I really want to try and explore new recipes. I am in a sriracha addiction stage so don’t be surprised if it involves just that. I don’t make any sense. Anywho, I have to go. I have 2 papers to write. Mind you I’m on spring break. good times! I don’t mind one bit though.

meanwhile, this was from winter.

11Also, took a while but I finally decided to embrace my natural curls.


so yay! turned out great. that’s all that’s new with me. I wish I could say that I got a new car. However, life’s been so blessed. Hopefully I could cook up something soon. Bye for now!


2012 in review

Thanks to everyone who took their time to take a peek at my little slice of life. The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Food: Avocado, Grapefruit & Shrimp Salad

Hello! How’s everyone? I hope everyone is recovering okay from Sandy and  roughing out Athena pretty well. And if you’re not quite happy about the 2012 election result, I pray you’re getting over that pretty fine as well. On my part, I don’t know where to begin telling you what’s been going on  because I have been doing a whole bunch of stuff but not really. Errr…. Well, you see, there’s so much going on in my head right now. Some ideas were lucky enough to materialize and some.. well, they made it to Instagram. :/ There’s so many projects I want to take on but I’m either short on time, resources or time AND resources. And whenever I make something happen, the camera’s to no avail. No, lying! I don’t feel like using it. So I Instagram and I don’t know why I feel so guilty about it. 

So let me just start with this. A nice plate of green and orange to clear up the confusion I might have caused you. This is my happy medium right now. And I noticed I have been eating quite a few avocados lately. And this got me even more excited because avocado got me to eat grapefruit. I don’t know, it just works for me. And maybe you should try it, too.



  • 1 grapefruit, supremed
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Shrimp cocktail 
  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste

Here’s how:

  1. Place segmented grapefruit in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt.
  2. Add avocados and shrimp. You can use as many shrimp as you want. If you’re using fresh shrimp,  cook shrimp and chill.

I know. It may not be too fall-y. But give it a try anyway. You can never go wrong eating healthy, no matter what season it is.

Letchworth State Park

Yes, I’m playing catch up. I have been out for a while. I didn’t go anywhere (until this weekend) but it’s just a series of culinary failures that kept me away from my camera and blogging for a while. Anyway, enough of that.

This past weekend, the little Unakin, my sister and I went camping. We left Saturday afternoon and came back Monday. It was my first time camping in a long, long while and first time camping here in the US. It was such a nice change in scenery and atmosphere. We even didn’t mind that we had loud, rowdy frat boys for our neighbors. They were nice but they were also loud.

So here are the pictures from our weekend getaway. Enjoy.


Our camp site.


Time for smores!!!!


Good morning! This was Sunday morning, at this point, every one else was getting ready to leave but us and a couple other campers. It was so quiet after the others left. We were kind of relieved when the frat boys left but we found that we missed them when it got a little too quiet.


That’s my sister gathering twigs so we can start our fire for our morning coffee. Took a while for the water to boil.


At Tea Table Overlook. My pictures don’t do this place justice. I was blown away when i got out of the car. It’s overwhelmingly beautiful. I can stare at it forever.


Hike to Lower Falls. I was a little worried about Una hiking but she loved it and we can barely cath up with her. We should have just hiked the whole 4 miles to Upper falls. I’m sure she would’ve handled that better than we would have.

ImageImageThis was at the upper falls. She’s getting pretty tired of taking pictures. All she wanted to do was to keep on hiking. She even appointed herself as our hiking leader.


This is at the middle falls. This is where we stopped and drove back to our camp site. I think this is the best part of the river.


Back to our “hotel”, I had to kick my sneakers off and let my little piggies out. It was too hot. We decided that we will just go to overlook spots and take pictures and give up hiking for the rest of the day. Good decision but Una kept protesting it wasn’t. We win by default playing the “we’re the grown ups” card. 😛


First stop for the afternoon, Wolf Creek trail. Technically, no one’s allowed on the river bed but people still wade their tired feet or sit on the rock behind the barrier. Why wouldn’t you? The water’s just so tempting. Well, we didn’t but we should have.


This was at Inspiration Point Overlook (I think). That’s a picture of the Turkey Vulture that Una kept insisting on calling an eagle. There were at least 10 of those birds of prey hovering around us. I could have sword they were waiting for one of us to drop dead. It was pretty neat and scary at the same time.


Our last night camping. It was fun. We all had a great time. We’re already planning our next camping trip.   Maybe Glacier National Park? We’ll see. That’s definitely on our list.

More from the Lilac Festival

This is the second part to my previous post about the Lilac Festival. Lots of pictures, I’m telling you.

Here’s the Kettle Corn Man I was talking about. I kind of chickened out having my picture taken with him. Boo! I hope I find him at the New JErsey State Fair.


Here’s the Fish Game that no one could ever win. Try to shoot a ping pong ball into one of these tiny fish bowls and you’ll see what I’m talking about. There’s a lot of physics involved but who really wants to go through all that when it’s this hot and you got a crying toddler who refuses to leave until he gets that fish.  Yet, you can still spot a number of kids proudly carrying bags of fish around the park. I guess they didn’t know that their parents probably end up buying them just to shut them up. 



More food stands!