Monthly Archives: February 2008

Dine for Darfur

On March 4Th 2008, a long list of Seattle restaurants and coffee shops will be donating 25% of proceeds to aid relief efforts in Darfur.
For the list of establishments, click here

Why not eat out for a great cause?

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Free Tea Tasting Events

Try something new, check out these events

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Ezekiel


I feel compelled to tell you all about my favorite breakfast. A part of me doesn’t want to tell because I am scared that one day I will go into the supermarket and realize that all the boxes of this cereal are SOLD OUT. I feel that it is my duty to share this useful information so I will.
Ezekiel is made from freshly sprouted certified organically grown whole live grains, legumes and seeds. The cereal has no flour, minimal amounts of sugar and lots of protein!!
Yes, protein.
Whenever I go food shopping, I spend a lot of time in the cereal aisle. I compare cereals
and try to find the cereal that has the least amount of sugar. A lot of people don’t usually remember to check the sugar content on cereal because they are busy looking at the calories. It is really hard to find cereal with less than 3 grams of sugar and many of the cereals make healthy claims but hide incredible amounts of sugar.
Protein is one of the most important things that I look for in a cereal because it keeps me feeling full longer and enables me to concentrate better.

Ezekiel, what’s the story?
The original flavor has 8 grams of protein, 190 calories per half a cup serving (it is very filling so a half a cup is more than enough) and ZERO sugar! I avoid sugar in the morning because sugar in the morning keeps me craving it all day long.

The other flavors are Almond (8 grams of protein and 1 gram of sugar), Golden Flax (8 grams of protein and 0 grams of sugar) and for those with a sweet tooth, Cinnamon Raisin(7 grams of protein and 8 grams of sugar). The cinnamon raisin can be compared to Raisin Bran which has a measly 4.7 grams of protein per serving and a whopping 19.7 grams of sugar.
I love the taste of Ezekiel because it tastes rich, hearty and crunchy. I even sprinkled Ezekiel on some hot lentil puree that I made last night. It gave it a nice crunchy texture.
I know this sounds like a cheesy commercial but I love, love love this cereal.
The almond flavor is my favorite.
Has anyone tried this?

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Pasta with Vodka Cream Sauce



This pasta is a favorite of mine. Vodka adds the tang that it needs. Perfect for a weekday dinner.

Three Words: Easy, Tasty and Creamy!

500 grams of pasta
Salt
1 and a half tablespoons of butter
Olive oil
1 onion (chopped)
1 and a half cups of whole canned tomatoes (diced)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Fresh thyme (about 4 sprigs)
250 ml of cream
¼ cup of vodka
Tabasco
Fresh Basil
Parmesan cheese

1. Heat oil and butter in pan. Put onion in butter and sauté until transparent.
2. Add tomatoes, tomato paste and thyme. Cook while stirring, until the liquid
disappears (about 10 minutes).
3. Add cream, vodka and Tabasco until thick ( about 3 minutes).
4. At the same time, cook pasta according to directions.
5. Mix with sauce and top with basil and Parmesan if desired.

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Amateur Gourmet Has His Own Show!

Amateur Gourmet has his own cooking show! Check it out!

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The Weirdest Fruit Ever is Durian


I made a little trip to Uwajimaya when I noticed a huge spiky fruit.

Could it be Durian? The Durian that I heard so much about, the one banned on airplanes, the fruit that you either love or hate. Could I resist the temptation to try a new flavor?

I grabbed the fruit and took it at home. The whole way home, my mouth watered and questions popped into my head. Will it taste like Guava? Will it taste like Litchi?

I ran into the apartment and popped it with my chef’s knife. I could not take the time to research how it was supposed to be cut. I wanted my durian and I wasn’t going to wait.
As I sliced it, the odor threw me back. It smelled like sweat from a person’s forehead after they remove their baseball cap.
Inside was a beautiful custard, the creamiest texture of perfection. The custard was surrounded by huge pits. Suddenly it looked like the insides of a human’s body. I decided it was time for the taste. I had to break the curse of ambiguity. The taste was odd, kind of like a guava meets umami. A sweet taste ruined by a whiff of soy sauce.
So strange, so strange. I had to Google it, maybe I got a bad fruit. The directions on the internet said that it grows on you. I took another bite and another one and the stink was unbearable.
Then they started coming up, little burps in my mouth of fowl flavor.
EWWW! I quickly called all my neighbors in the building, no one answered. Please someone take it! Then my friend said she was stopping by to borrow my camera. I quickly put it in some Tupperware and ran to hand her the surprise. She was repulsed by the smell but she took it. Then I ran back to my apartment and almost puked, the tiny apartment smelled of stinky feet.
The durian had taken over my whole house.

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