Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Sounds: Deorro

For the most part, the way I discover new music is just by listening to the radio and then Shazam-ing the songs. Most of the time they play the same old things on the radio but once in a blue moon you find a gem. I'm not a huge EDM person but I do have my favorites like Alesso and Zedd which are more popular music than anything. Anyways, I was listening to the radio the other day and came across Deorro's Five Hours (Don't Hold Me Back) Vocal Mix. Love the song though the words could be a little different lol. He's also from West Covina which is right around the corner from my hood so that's pretty cool. Have a listen!

Happy Sunday Funday!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Sounds: Sam Smith

Is it too late for a Sunday Sounds? Nah. We had a 3.5 hour rode trip to LA on Friday so I got to listen to a ton of new music and some oldies but goodies. One of my favorite songs is Sam Smith's new single (I think?), Restart. I only liked it in the beginning but I just looked up the lyrics and now I'm absolutely in LOVE. Seriously, I think we've all been there before. Without further ado...

It was a Monday night when you told me it was over babe
And by the Friday night, I knew that I would be okay
Don't say it was a good thing
Don't say it was the right thing to do
Don't say it was the best thing for the both of us
When I'm the one playing the fool

What do you want from me when I just wanna restart
You keep coming back for me when you're the one who tore us apart
And the truth is I'm better on my own
And I'm the one to leave it apart
So let me restart
So let me restart
So let me restart

You've been lightin' up my phone
Worried that I'll be alone tonight
Wanna make sure that I'm fine
But baby you're not on my mind, no more
I know it was the best thing for the both of us
Cause you're the one who looks like a fool

What do you want from me when I just wanna restart
You keep coming back for me when you're the one who tore us apart
And the truth is I'm better on my own
And I'm the one to leave it apart
So let me restart
So let me restart
So let me restart

So let me restart

What do you want from me when I just wanna restart
You keep coming back for me when you're the one who tore us apart
And the truth is I'm better on my own
And I'm the one to leave it apart
So let me restart
So let me restart
So let me restart
So let me restart
So let me restart

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Tasty Tuesdays: Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad

Lately I've been trying to cook a little more in an attempt to not only save money but to eat a little bit healthier. As someone who is just starting off in the cooking department, many of the recipes I find online are extremely overwhelming. They have way too many ingredients or the directions are really convoluted and I have trouble understanding what it is they want me to do. Also, on most days I'm cooking these meals, I've just come home from work and there isn't much time to cook a crazy fancy meal. In these Tasty Tuesday posts, I hope to showcase some of the recipes I've found online and show you what the finished product looks like. I know when I go online and look for recipes, I take a look at the pictures and my finished product usually does not look like that lol. Also, you never know if these recipes you find online will taste good either. Hopefully this will be a great resource for those of you just starting out with cooking. Now lets get started!

If any of you are like me, you pretty much love Costco. Whenever we go there, we usually stock up on the necessities such as boneless chicken thighs and ground beef, etc. We keep all the meats in the freezer until we need to use them. I just found the "Defrost" button on the microwave so I've been using that for the quick "Shit! I forgot to put the meat in the fridge to defrost" moments. The nice part about the Costco prepackaged chicken thighs is that they are already separated into approximately 1 pound pouches. For my microwave, you put in the meat, push the "Defrost" button and enter in the number of pounds you're defrosting. Defrosting a 1 pound pouch takes about 10 minutes.

So I went to Costco and bought all this chicken. What to cook with it all?! When I got home from work (around 4:45pm), I started looking online for chicken thigh recipes. I came across this one from Real Simple (love them!), Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad.

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I noticed that I didn't have the olives or bocconcini but I felt like the core of the pasta salad would still be there minus those ingredients. I happened to have bought a container of pesto from Costco so this recipe was perfect.

  1. First off, I start off by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Then I boil a pot of water. 
  3. While the water was coming to a boil, I stuck the package of chicken into the microwave to defrost. 
  4. While both of those things were happening, I mixed the salt, pepper, and olive oil. 
  5. Once the water comes to a full boil, I put in the pasta. 
  6. While the pasta is going, I start rubbing the chicken with the mixed salt, pepper, and olive oil. 
  7. Once all the chicken has been thoroughly rubbed, I throw the chicken into the oven and set the kitchen timer for 20 minutes (I like my chicken really juicy so I don't want it to be too cooked).
  8. Cut/shred the chicken.
  9. Mix the chicken, pasta and the pesto sauce. And tada! You're done!

thoroughly rubbed chicken

the finished product

For veggies, I had a bag of frozen brussel sprouts so after I removed the chicken from the baking tray, I threw the brussel sprouts on the same tray, sprinkled some salt and pepper over them and threw them back into the oven for a few minutes (look at the bag for estimated cook time).

I love this recipe because everything can be done in about 30 minutes time. The thing that takes the longest is baking the chicken and what I usually do is go watch a YouTube video to "wind down" from the day while sipping on some vino.

Hope you guys enjoyed this very simple recipe! 
Please leave any recipe suggestions below and I will attempt to cook them!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Sounds: Young Summer

Last week the opportunity to attend a live performance at the Soda Bar by Young Summer. I had never heard her stuff before. Tony played one of her songs for me and it seemed like it would be something right up my alley so we decided to go. I ended up totally loving her. Bobbie Allen's voice is a dream. Her voice is very ethereal. She sounds like what I imagine Sara Bareilles would sound like singing Lana Del Rey's songs. Anyways, check out some of my favorites below and watch for when she'll be you area! I believe she's currently on tour.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Sounds: Joywave

joywave live at 94.9 fm indie jam

We recently went to San Diego's 94.9 FM Independence Jam and I discovered a new love. I'm the kind of person that knows what I like when it comes to music and Joywave is something right down my alley. I just acquired their EP and literally every song on there is amazing. My favorite on the EP How Do You Feel? is probably "Now". It sounds very early 2000's and the lead singer kind of sounds like the lead singer from Phoenix in this particular song. By early 2000's I mean that I can totally picture it being played on Laguna Beach or The OC as the episode wraps up and they show a pan over the beach lol. (Yes, if I wasn't doing pharmacy, I would want to choose the music that gets played in movies, although my music catalogue is pretty limited so I probably wouldn't be very good). Have a listen to their EP below. "Tongues" sounds like Indie Pop with some Electronic influence so if you're into that stuff, you might want to listen to that.
"Somebody New" is probably my second favorite on their EP. It's a flashback to my "goth" days in middle school and makes me want to be in "The Craft" or something lol. (You know me and music that triggers a certain emotion or memory.)

Hope you enjoy this edition of Sunday Sounds and have a great remainder to your weekend!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Sounds: Broods

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The return of Sunday Sounds! Recently I've discovered some new music so I feel revived. One of my current favorites right now is Coattails by Broods. Love love love. I heard them on the Pandora Chvrches station and fell in love with this song. Definitely check them out.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Adventures: NYC Part II

DAY 3:

Day 3 started with checking out of our hotel. We had to head out to New Jersey for the wedding but we had to be checked out of our hotel by noon so we packed our bags and checked them at the hotel and went out in search for food. I wasn't feeling very well from the previous night so getting some food in the tummy was my first priority. Num Pang had a bunch of great reviews and it was close by so we headed over. Their pork belly sandwich... oh man... if I had more of an appetite, I'd have devoured it.

We took our sandwiches to the steps of the New York Public Library and had our lunch there.

After lunch we went on the Circle Line boat tour of New York. If you're pressed for time, I would highly recommend it. We went on the one that goes around the entire island but make sure you try to go when it's low tide. Unfortunately we went when there had just been a storm and it was high tide so we weren't able to go all the way around because we wouldn't have been able to go under the bridges. I would definitely bring a jacket if you're going when there's no sun out.

this view was worth every penny

brooklyn bridge

After the boat tour, we went to eat Peruvian Chinese food at Pio Pio. The place from the outside looks like a hole in the wall but when you go inside, there's a whole other section downstairs. The downstairs area is super cool. It feels like you're dining in a tree house.

After dinner we walked around Times Square and the heart of New York City back to our hotel to grab our luggage and then we took the NJ Transit to the Madison Hotel in New Jersey.

DAY 4:

This was the day of the wedding and it was really nice to just be together with everyone. Now that Joe and Maria are in Jersey and everyone else is popping out the kids, there's little time for us all to just hang out without the little ones. The parents got a night out and everyone just got a chance to be without the babies (although the parents did miss their little ones).

us with the new mr and mrs

After brunch, we all headed back to New York. We checked in to the NoMad Hotel and then headed straight for the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. I'm going to say In-n-Out still rules the burger kingdom but Shake Shack would definitely top my list among burger places. Shakes were bomb dot com as well but those of you who are lactose intolerant or even slightly lactose intolerant BEWARE!! Man oh man I had to find a restroom so bad about an hour after having their shake lol. TMI I know.

our view at the nomad hotel. the rooms here are luxurious! thanks gilt!

After getting that burger in our bellies we headed to SoHo for some retail therapy. I got 2 things from Topshop and then we headed back to the hotel to chill for a bit. There's a library at the NoMad hotel so we decided to check it out.

it's actually a bar too!

After that we decided to go bar hopping. We finally decided to stop at the Ace Hotel and get one of these suckers.

it was all downhill after this photo was taken lol

DAY 5:

Had a late start to the day around noon-ish and we headed to the 9/11 Memorial. I would highly recommend going to the memorial. It's a day that will be forever ingrained in our minds, especially us millennials. I think everyone of us remembers exactly what we were doing that morning and I definitely had to hold back some tears thinking of all the people that lost their lives that day and all those affected by the events that took place.

We then took the subway to walk the High Line and got some popsicles at La Newyorkina.

After walking the High Line we met up with Tony's parents at Serendipity 3 where we saw Katie Holmes dining with little Suri. It was really weird because I was staring at her the entire time we were eating and kept thinking "Wow that girl looks a lot like Katie Holmes" but I didn't think anything of it because I couldn't see Suri (I kind of forgot that I was in New York City, land of celebrities doing normal people things lol). And then as we walked out Tony's mom gave me the "Did you see her?!" look. Serendipity 3 was nothing special but I did enjoy my entree. It was one of the chicken dishes (which I never get at restaurants because it's always so dry)... it was something with Garden in it lol. But it was delicious.

After dinner we went to Skylark, a rooftop bar for some drinks with the newlyweds. Loved the ambiance of this place.

DAY 6:

Alas, our New York trip had to come to an end. My second trip to New York was definitely better than the first and I definitely want to go back sometime soon! Until we meet again NYC!

Thanks for reading and if you have any New York tips, please leave them below for my future trip!

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