Getting Some Legit Mexican Food and Sweets!

Over the weekend, I was texting my friend that I was craving Mexican food. The legit kind.

She responded that she knew a few authentic Mexican places. We planned at that moment to get Mexican food for lunch.

Today, my friend took me to a restaurant called Real de Minas. Never heard of it before. But my friend ensured me that it was very good.

Walking in, the place gave a cozy feel by the Mexican decoration on the walls.

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When I was browsing the menu, my friend suggested for me to get the combo in order to try different dishes. She showed me food items I didn’t know about before.

She explained that tostada is basically like a taco, except it is served on a flat tortilla. Then, she talked about what a chile relleno was (seen it before on the Food Network). She advised me to get shredded beef as my meat.

I ended up ordering the tostada and chimichanga! Figured that I should try something new instead of getting the typical burrito or tacos.

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While we waited for the food, we were served with chips, salsa, and an avocado sauce. The avocado sauce was so refreshing. I spread the avocado sauce over my entree.

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My friend shared her chile relleno with me and it was so good! I wished I got it! Oh well.

The tostada was my favorite. It was easier to eat than a typical taco. Not messy at all.

Following our lunch, my friend mentioned a Mexican bakery she knew. She asked if I wanted and I just said yeah.

The bakery was so cute with Mexican fiesta decorations. Forgot to take pics.

The bakery reminded me of the bakeries in Beijing because of the trays and tongs. I loved going into the bakeries in Beijing because they were full of sweets and stuffed bread.

My friend quickly selected the sweet for me. She kept saying, “Oh, you have to try this. You have try this.” She kept on grabbing different sweets.

 

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I was surprised that the sweets were so cheap. Great deal!

Very grateful for taking me out for legit Mexican food and sweet today!

 

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Cooking Boxed Dirty Rice With A Fresh Twist

Out of everything my dad made growing up, Zatarain’s dirty rice mix was my favorite!

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Clearly unhealthy by it being processed. And consisting mainly of rice and meat. But I loved eating it!

Today, I was looking at what I had on the shelves and found a box of the dirty rice. So, I decided to cook it.

First, I browned some ground beef, but I added some green onion to give it some freshness.

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After browning the ground beef, I drained the excess fat oil. Don’t worry. I did not dispose the oil down the sink (that would cause problems).

After draining the fat oil, I tossed in bell peppers to give it something light.

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Then I added water, the mixture bag from the box, and some vegetable oil.

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Following the directions of the box, I covered the pot and turned the heat down.

Left the pot alone for 25 minutes while occasionally stirring it.

After the 25 minutes, I turned off the heat and left the rice alone  for 5 minutes.

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Finally, I ate it and it was so yummy!

Made Some Stir-fried Chicken

Yesterday, I had one whole raw chicken breast left after making my chicken noodle soup.

I decided to use the remaining chicken for stir-fried!

First, I sliced the chicken into strips.

Then, looking through my fridge, I found some Korean BBQ sauce and chili oil. I combined the sauce and oil to marinate the chicken overnight.

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After preparing the chicken, I cut some bell peppers into pieces.

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Today, I pan fried the chicken for seven minutes.

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At the seven minute mark, I poured in the bell peppers in the pan. I continued cooking for three more minutes.

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When I was done cooking, I served the stir-fried over rice!

I only ate half of the stir-fried for lunch. Saved the rest for dinner.

For dinner, I ate my stir-fried with toast.

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Finally Cooked Chicken Noodle Soup By Myself

Today, I finally began adulting, which is internet slang for doing adult things, by cooking chicken noodle soup by myself.

First step was to read the recipe. I checked what ingredients I had at home and which I had to buy.

Then, I went to the grocery store to buy the ingredients. I won’t deny that grocery shopping is daunting for me. I usually panic on knowing if the produce is good or bad quality.

Carrots were one of the ingredients I needed. In the carrot section, I saw a bag of raw carrots. But there was also a bag of peeled baby carrots. So, I was lazy by buying the baby carrots. No desire to peel anything.

Once I got home, I prepped first. Using knives scare me usually because I’m scared of getting cut. Well, I was very careful with cutting the celery and chicken.

Also, I seasoned the chicken with salt and pepper.

I first cooked was the chicken. That did not take long since I cut the chicken into small pieces.

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Next, in a separate pot, I stirred some carrots, garlic, and onion.

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After a few minutes, I added the chicken, celery, and chicken stock.

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Then, I dumped raw pasta into the pot because I wanted the pasta to soak in the broth.

For twenty minutes, I boiled the pot while stirring occasionally.

The soup turned out to be yummy!

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Very proud of myself for cooking by myself.

Get Used To Not Knowing

There is no guide on how to live or even plan life after college.

As much as we want to control things, life won’t work the way we want it to. It is a hard lesson to swallow. I for one have been struggling with it the most. 

Not knowing is quite scary. Questions start popping on what will happen next. Most of the time, the answer won’t appear until it happens.

But, we should not stress out on not knowing. We should embrace the present. Whatever happens next, embrace it. 

Things I Avoid Spending Money On

Spending money can be a tricky situation. There are times where you feel that you have to splurge. But you might wonder afterward, “Why did I spend that much money on it?”

There are things I avoid spending money on.

1. No longer buy used books

Going into used bookstores excited me. The ability to buy books for cheaper than regular priced made me happy. Well no more.

I now no longer buy used books. The issue with paperback copies is: taking up too much space! They can become heavy if you are moving.

Now, I try to find a PDF version of a book or borrow it from the library.

2. Shopping for clothes

It might surprise people to hear that I rarely go shopping. Buying clothes is fun, but I don’t want to spend money on things I won’t wear frequently.

Besides, I have a small closet.

3. Using Uber or Taxi

I generally don’t use Uber or call for a taxi unless: a) can’t drive, b) it’s late at night, or c) public transportation isn’t available.

Taking Uber or taxi frequently can add up fast. I am better off using that money for other things like food.

My Morning Routine

I would not call myself a morning person. I enjoy my bed deeply.

However, I’ve realized that getting up early helps me be productive.

Usually, I get my butt up before seven a.m. I first brush my teeth before making myself some breakfast. For breakfast, I usually cook ramen with egg or eat some yogurt.

While eating breakfast, I check my social media and emails.

Following breakfast, I read a few articles on NPR and fashion blogs (fashionista.com or Business of Fashion). My reading takes less than 20 mins.

Right after reading my articles, I start working on what I need to do for the day.

As you can see, my mornings are quite simple.

So Many Career Things Happening…

Hi everyone!

Last time, I revealed my decision to pursue a copywriter career.

Well, I have taken a few steps toward that goal.

1. Launching a website

I’m using Squarespace to design a website for my copywriting business. Squarespace isn’t so hard to use so far. And it gives me flexibility on design layout.

I’ll launch my website very soon.

2. Completing copywriter course

I’m learning a lot from my online class. Been good with doing my assignments.

3. Finding prospective clients

I’m reaching out to people to let them know about my new career move.