Today was an interesting day.
Not only was it the first day of school, but S and I also successfully made our first batch of pasta from scratch !
Over winter break, a good friend introduced me to Williams-Sonoma…and there is simply no resisting that lovely, beautiful store. While perusing the fondue section, I passed by a doodad with an eye-catching metallic shade of red – “Imperia Pasta Machine” – it read.
I promptly returned the jeans I had bought for S, and purchased this cute little old-fashioned gadget as a fun gift for my food-loving boyfriend.
So in celebration of having nothing to study yet, and of 2010, we did a quick stop at Trader Joe’s to pick up some ground beef, onions, marinara, and a back-up pack of pasta should our little endeavor fail.
Seriously, that was one of the most satisfying experiences ever (:
But of course, the beginning didn’t go as smoothly as expected. Our first try at making the dough resulted in an egg explosion…with an epic failure of runny yellow stuff with white chunks dripping off the dining table and onto the floor. However, that did not deter us, and it all worked out in the end!
Our freshly made pasta was actually quite delicious ! It has a chewiness to it that leaves me wanting more, and of course to top off our fun meal we had Trader Joe’s “Bottle of Happiness.” Isn’t that bottle something ?
Happy New Year everybody ~ 2009 was superb, and I can only hope that 2010 will be just as sensational.
It is a gloomy day in Westwood, but Cafe Elysee is hoppin’ and poppin’ with students.
Boyfriend and I have joined the throng of studious looking hipsters, too smart for school, and fighting the cold with this:
I haven’t blogged in quite a while, but I had to drop by and scribble about the most amazing class at UCLA:
World Arts and Culture 144 – Make Art: Stop AIDS, with David Gere.
It was probably the most emotionally challenging class I’ve had, and I have to give props to Professor Gere – he’s as unconventional as it gets. Raised in farmsville, he finished college and went to India to study dance there. Then he got involved with AIDS work, linking together the public health realm with arts/drama, successfully reaching out to the thousands of people and educating them about HIV. Now he’s back at UCLA, teaching this class and sharing his passion with his students.
Nothing was easy – you learn about the international AIDS community and utilize arts for activism, then you’re required to plunge into your local community and research how AIDS has effected people right here in Los Angeles.
Never had I had a class where I’ve spent so much time and money…some of which was spent on buying a red glitter-dick from a sex shop for a “Sex West” Airline condom demonstration at Dickson Court, shouting “DO YOU MASTURBATE??” at the top of your lungs. It was quite an experience. I think I have shed all my shame and most of my the stigma that surrounds sex.
Anyways, the most important thing was the circle of girlfriends I gained from this craziness. After spending hours upon hours thinking up raunchy lines and researching Malawi (making fun of Madonna), there is no excuse not to bond.
So here’s the group of girls right before our condom demonstration on World AIDS day (:
Before I leave, answer me this: How does a bird fuck a bee ?
😀 CHEERS !
A few months ago, I was introduced to a strange girl with a winning smile, who had a crazy resemblance to Emma Watson.
Let us call her Hermione (:
I believe that in another life, Hermione and I would have been sisters.
We have the similar experiences, histories, outlooks in life, a wild passion for dessert, and most importantly – the willingness to hunt for GOOD FOOD.
Also we both laugh really loudly (though hers is more charming), and we have no qualms speaking publicly about things – bowel movements, hairy legs, and so forth – that are usually considered to be “TMI.”
But in every sense of the word, she is the most joyful person that I know. Also ambitious, driven, a list-maker, full of life and care for others. Yes, I am writing an ad for her, but no she really doesn’t need it. Oh well (:
FOODIE RULE: don’t be afraid to have dessert before dinner/lunch!
Today’s adventures began at Hotcakes Bakes, a quaint and very pink cupcake store on Centinela. The workers were extremely friendly, and seriously…I can’t get over the pinkness inside!
Lots of signs and postcards from people who’ve had ordered their cakes, and groups who’ve had batches of cupcakes made !
Then off to the loveliest little cafe in Brentwood: La Provence !
I’ve never had a macaron before tonight, but the moment their hazelnut macaron hit my taste buds, I knew it was over. I was hooked ! It was one of those orgasmic experiences, one where you can foresee the midnight cravings and “I NEED HAZELNUT MACARON!” moments during finals week.
Definitely recommend ! Also a cute date place / read by yourself with afternoon tea place (:
Thank you lovely roomie (: It was a wonderful night ~ with…quite an interesting experience. Ask me about it !
Until next time lovelies.