Walking off chocolate.

29 04 2014

It’s a beautiful day here in my city!

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I had a few errands to run today, and decided that my mean of transportation for the day was going to be my two feet. So off I went, with my pedometer. And holy crap, I just walked 7.8 km !!!!!! I know right, how do I have so much time on my hands haha.

But no pats on the back for me, because I also gave in to my temptation… Have you guys seen these fun chocolate yet? We are spoiled for choices!

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As you could tell, I couldn’t keep my hands off of not one, but two of the Dairy Milk’s already. Caramel popcorn one was different..in a good way, it was quite enjoyable. But then I tried the pretzel and peanut butter one and I don’t think I will ever be buying caramel popcorn again! The pretzel and peanut butter was just a good mix of salty and sweet and crunch, I had the hardest time putting it down. And I don’t usually like milk chocolate! The Lindt ones were no brainer, awesome stuff, and I’m just ecstatic as a dark chocolate eater that they are giving us so many options now.

Boy, I’m still in awe about my 7.8 km walk.. Now I have to keep breaking my own record. Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!





Hello hello!

3 04 2014

It has been a while! If you are reading this, thank you thank you thank you for still taking the time to give this lil blogger a chance. Don’t let me bore you with why I was missing in action, I am just glad to be back here and having a platform to write again.

So excited I don’t even know where to start! What have I been up to…

Last thing I ate:
Home made mini apple muffin, an oldie but a goodie recipe that I shared with you guys back in 2012! Speaking of which, clearly I am not on my wheat free diet anymore. I did use whole wheat to bake it though…

Last thing I watched:
The Voice ! Used to not get what the hype is all about, b ut now I am a fan! My favourite part is the relationship between the coaches – love love love them. Oh and whenever they steal.

Last time I ran:
Happy to share that it was only yesterday. And in about an hour, I am off to my gym for EPOC workout. I will be posting more about this EPOC workout shortly so stay tune !!

Last time I cooked:
Do salad and grilled cheese count as cooking? They were damn good though, I made pesto grilled cheese yesterday, and kale salad with honey balsamic vinaigrette yesterday – with boiled egg for extra protein!

My one last news:

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Hell to the yes, I am wedding dress shopping! So please expect a lot of wedding posts in the next few months!

So good to be back, and looking forward to reconnecting with you all.

Xx





Wheat Free Journey Part V.

17 11 2012

I know, I thought it was weird at first too…  But now that I think about it, why not?  Chocolate covered pretzels or popcorn are nothing new, and honestly, chocolate covered anything is bound to be a good idea, right?

But the best part about chocolate covered potato chips? They are wheat free!

Kind of an acquired taste.. I remember when I first tried it, I was a little confused. A mix of chocolate, saltiness, and crispy potato chips…who thought of this?? I’m not saying that everyone would love it, but I think it’s worth a try, at least once! You would be surprised at how well they go together!

I of course, prefer mine dipped in dark chocolate!

They come in fancy packages too! Though, I’m sure it’s not too hard to make it yourself at home.

I remember an episode on Modern Family, where Manny was advised to put some salt in to his milk chocolate. I guess it’s the same idea? That bit of saltiness just adds some depth to the already amazing chocolate taste.

Have you tried these? Let me know what you think!

On a side note, how come we can’t resize the images without using the percentages here anymore? :(





Patchi from the Middle East.

6 10 2012

On Monday we had clients coming in from the Middle East and they came bearing gifts. Well, technically they gifted my boss but she was generous enough to share it with the rest of us.

I kid you not. A box full of individually wrapped chocolate pieces were inches away from my desk. Inches. I should get a medal for not inhaling them all on the first day.

Aren’t the wrappers gorgeous? Like little gems.

Patchi is a luxury chocolate brand originated from Lebanon, and is huge in the Middle East. But due to its increasing popularity, you can find them in big cities and even online. The price is at about a little over half of Lady Godiva.

They are so good with morning coffee/tea, and the extra dessert after lunch. I have gotten so used to eating these during work, how will I function without them now?





Happiness in a Box.

15 09 2012

I just realized how much that sounds like a proposal post… Well, if you were like me and enjoy any stories with diamonds and knees and love confession (seriously, even Tony and Blakely’s scene from Bachelor Pad teared me up), I am sorry to disappoint you, but that is not the type of box I was thinking of.

I have not splurged in a while, and I cannot be happier with this purchase! The blend of class and edge, the PERFECT heel height, and a tiny bit of discount that she probably gives anyone but still makes any purchase a better experience…

I actually already have a nude pair of heels that I admittedly don’t wear much.. I always feel terrible when I favour one over another, but when it’s not right, it’s not right.. I’m sorry!!! Seriously guys, when you shop, be respectful to the products that you buy, and the money that you earned! I have so many more pairs I have yet to break in to… Anyways, since I am uploading photos, here is a happiness in a dish.

A gratin of rice, white sauce seasoned with mentaiko (marinated roe), potato, mayo, and cheeeeeese. Yes, yes, it sounds like a heart attack but it was good! Kind of wish the portion was smaller, so it would be a great sharing dish. Next time I would try one with more goods in it like scallops and mushroom. Yum.

What has been making you happy lately? Happy weekend!





They say raw foods are the healthiest.

1 06 2012

Have you heard of that too? That raw foods are the healthiest because you get the most nutrients out of it? Don’t worry, I am not about to embark on raw food diet when I am still trying to figure out eating wheat free here.. But I do have something special and mouth watering to share with you on this joyous occasion of National Doughnut Day!

I first came across this new type of donut in a Japanese magazine a while back and I have been dying to try it. They are called Nama Donut, which translates to raw doughnut. Maybe your first reaction was “ew!”, with the image of raw, uncooked doughnut dough, but maybe you’ll change your mind once you see how pretty they are!

Looks like doughnut? I think so.. But a little shinier, are they more glazed? I really can’t seem to think of a better way to describe these, other than how they do look a little less solid… A little raw.

The story behind these “raw” doughnuts is that they are not baked nor fried, but chilled. Apparently they are products of sponge cake, mousse, and either fruits or jelly incorporated together and chilled in the doughnut mold. From those that are fortunate enough to have tried these innovative creature, they say that as soon as you bit in to the doughnut, it melts in your mouth. DAMN that sounds good. I guess they are basically mousse cake?

Here you see the three main ingredients: sponge cake, strawberry mousse, and strawberry jelly? And here I thought it might be wheat free…

Originally they only came in 12 flavours, but since more and more places have started making them, I don’t know if it’s possible for me to track down all of their flavours. Am I the only one though, that thinks it is technically baked, since the sponge cake must have been baked first…?

Either way, Happy National Doughnut Day everyone! What is your doughnut of choice?





Wheat Free Journey Part IV.

22 05 2012

It is no secret that I like to eat. I enjoy good food, I love cooking, and I love exploring cool places to wine and dine. If you are visiting a certain city that I am familiar with and you ask me what are some of the things to do here, 9 out of 10 times, I would mention what they must eat, before anything else.

But recently I have had a realization that it is about time I start paying attention to my health as well. While my decision to partake in my wheat free journey was more of me accepting a challenge to prove my boyfriend wrong, it really has helped me eat better, despite how many times I cheat, just because I’m more aware of what I’m consuyming. My current wheat free favourite? It is one of the easiest meal you could prepare, one of the healthiest, and definitely, one of the item on the menu that you will keep coming back to this summer!

If I have it my way, smoothies would be my go-to dinner most nights of the week, especially on the nights that I don’t exercise. What I put in them is completely random, based on what is available but here are some of my favourite ingredients:

They just make any smoothies, because of its subtle, yet sweet touch, and its creamy consistency. It just goes with absolutely everything. The problem though? I have to wait for it to ripe first, and since my boyfriend can enjoy his bananas green, he barely leaves any for me. I guess when you snooze, you lose!

Any type of yoghurt (though I prefer vanilla), is a good substitution for when my bananas are not ripe enough, or when my other half finishes it before it ripens. Same idea, they are sweet, with good consistency, extra calcium, and still easy on your body.

Okay, this is a weird one, but a handful of baby spinach is kind of magical. It adds that much more nutrient, gives some depth to the flavour (you really can’t taste the spinach), and it turns anything in to my favourite colour! Gosh, I sure hope my future kids will appreciate the beauty of anything green like me.

Milk is my choice of liquid for when making smoothies. Soy, Skim, 1%, anything goes, and I would love to try almond milk too. I’m a little against using water.. And since I use frozen fruits most of the time, I don’t even need that extra ice!

Other than that, I just put in whatever types of fruit I find in the fridge or the freezer, usually a mix of berries, mangoes, or peaches. I have once tried using chopped Granny Smith apple as the main fruit, and I was surprised by how well it blended! I wasn’t a big fan of its consistency though, it was somewhat grainy (hehe, get it?). The two ingredients that I would love to try right now is matcha powder, and soft tofu!! Okay, maybe the soft tofu might be a little weird, but don’t you think it could work?? And maybe oatmeal. Apparently it’s quite common to mix oatmeal in to smoothies now?

There is so much beauty in seeing so many layers of fruits in your blender, don’t you think?

Did I also mention how you absolutely don’t need any extra sweeteners? Not even after you add a handful of green leafy spinach! A lot of people put extra seeds or powders in it, but I like mine au naturale. Yum.