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Hunter Boots

As you guys know I have been waiting and waiting all season(s) long to finally plunk down some ca$h on Hunter Boots. They have been continuously featured in several Hollywood blockbusters including Mr. & Mrs. Smith (scene after house blows up worn by Angelina Jolie) and in Thor (Jane Foster towards the end). They both feature the bright red ones but of course, I am a little shy about sporting such bright colors. To my enjoyment, a beautiful raspberry color went on sale. :)

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This has certainly been the most exciting thing of my day. Eep! Can’t wait.

I know, I know, but it doesn’t even rain here. I decided to opt for leather boots at first instead, surely, but after many trials and errors on finding a good fitting pair for the right price, it just wasn’t happening. My calves are simply too large. Plus I’ll be damned because every time I want to wear leather boots it rains. Pooey.

☔️ I’m ready for you, Rain!

 

Wanderlust Hollywood: Opening Soon

Wanderlust is finally planting roots in Hollywood. Tickets for their studio open up July 6, and here’s five complimentary passes to get started (expires 11/30/2015).
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Athleta Haul: Part II

Trying out the Athleta brand (GAP) again. The first time I was super disappointed at their quality, but have since supposedly gone up. I only kept the Yin Yang from the last order. Here’s my haul this time:Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 12.06.49

Prices were pretty good, not as good as I would like, but definitely better than the failing Lululemon. Hopefully this time the quality will be better. …Keep you guys posted!

Turkey & Spinach Ravioli

Eh the recipe turned out kinda crappy so we did our own rendition. I was busy making the dough so I didn’t get a chance to write it down. But for your entertainment, some action shots!

Food processed stuffing.. Kinda smelled like pesto.

Food processed stuffing.. Kinda smelled like pesto.

Pulling out raviolis from the mould.

Pulling out raviolis from the mould.

Fin

Fin

Canning: Tomato Sauce

This was just a basic garlic-basil tomato sauce we made.

Beefsteak tomatoes. We recommend trying Roma or something else more flavorful next time...

Beefsteak tomatoes. We recommend trying Roma or something else more flavorful next time… (10#)

Taking out part of the tomato... Hulling?

Taking out part of the tomato… Hulling?

Quartered those bad boys.

Quartered those bad boys.

Keep boiling it until water comes out and the skins fall off. Add in other ingredients as desired (we added basil, garlic, onions, etc.)

Keep boiling it until water comes out and the skins fall off. Add in other ingredients as desired (we added basil, garlic, onions, etc.)

"Sterilizing" the jars

“Sterilizing” the jars

Blended up sauce. We should have removed some seeds but we didn't so it came out kinda orange.

Blended up sauce. We should have removed some seeds but we didn’t so it came out kinda orange.

Reduce the crap out of it.

Reduce the crap out of it.

Put the sauce in the jars finally (after what seemed like forever)...

Put the sauce in the jars finally (after what seemed like forever)…

Fin

Fin

Canning: Strawberry Jam

We spent the weekend making some preserved foods. :) This is the strawberry jam we made.

2 lb of fresh strawberries, hulled

2 lb of fresh strawberries, hulled

Beau used a melon baller

Beau used a melon baller

Scoopy scoop

Scoopy scoop

All chopped up!

All chopped up!

Into the pot with 4 cups of sugar and 1/4 cup of lemon juice!

Into the pot with 4 cups of sugar and 1/4 cup of lemon juice!

"Sterilizing" the jars... No bands necessary when you try this at home!

“Sterilizing” the jars… No bands necessary when you try this at home!

The goal is to hit 220°F. It will be rolling boil, you need to stir constantly.

The goal is to hit 220°F. It will be rolling boil, you need to stir constantly.

Filled the jars with jam, back into the water bath.

Filled the jars with jam, back into the water bath.

About 20 minutes later... Canned!

About 20 minutes later… Canned!

24 hours later we had the jam with cream creese on a  bagel. It was more of a syrup and didn't coagulate, probably didn't hit the full temperature. :(

24 hours later we had the jam with cream creese on a bagel. It was more of a syrup and didn’t coagulate, probably didn’t hit the full temperature. :(

Dinner @ Izakaya Wasa

Spicy Tuna Handroll, A Specialty Roll, Toro & Salmon Nigiri

Spicy Tuna Handroll, A Specialty Roll, Toro & Salmon Nigiri

Chicken Nuggets

Chicken Nuggets

Chicken Katsu

Chicken Katsu

Soy Paper Roll

Soy Paper Roll

Salmon Roe

Salmon Roe

Our To Go Container :)

Our To Go Container :)

Izakaya Wasa342 reviews powered by Yelp

I had to drop by Irvine Spectrum to return some stuff from Lucky Brand so we stopped by here for dinner. Dinner landed us around $90USD with a large beer, but it was a great overview of this restaurant. The sushi quality was around a 3, the toro (though expensive) was stringy and slightly displeasurable. The salmon melted, but it was possible it was just not kept at colder temperatures. It was a bit warm to me. I assumed the soy paper roll would be riceless, but alas, was not. We were definitely very full after this meal! (To go container for proof…)

I can’t say it’s the worst Izakaya I’ve been to, but it’s definitely towards the bottom of the list. It’s great for sushi at the mall, and it’s actually not considerably terrible for sushi at the mall, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat here. I do miss Maki Maki but it’s about the same caliber.

SCOTUS: Gay Marriage Legal

SCOTUS Rules Gay Marriage is Legal

SCOTUS Rules Gay Marriage is Legal

It’s a monumental day for gay couples, because they have now been legally recognized in the United States to be married. Just about everyone on my feed is celebrating, gay or not, and of course, if you don’t like gay marriage, then don’t get gay married.

As a Christian, I think everyone knows where I/we stand. Not the very conservative view, but the more modern view. God loves everyone, equally. What He believes about it or stands for or the “etc” is separate from His love for His children. We each have our own jobs, male and female, transexuals and transgenders, and yes, in His eyes, His version of marriage is the union between a sexually compatible couple for the purposes of creating children. Biologically speaking, conception needs one sperm and one egg… And a miracle if you believe in that. That’s just how it is. That’s just biological fact. Or was, I guess, until recently, when children could be made in test tubes and eggs artificially inseminated then placed into surrogates. Ah, technology. And donors. And frozen embryos.

It’s interesting because the Bible doesn’t really talk about love in a marriage as a feeling. Love is more of action and shows up more as a result of one’s actions. In that way, love has always “won”. But I think what happened was that people tied love directly to marriage, as if one had to happen in order for the other. That’s not true actually, I think, because of arranged marriages, and of course, divorce. Yes, divorce. Can you love without marriage? Absolutely. Can you divorce someone and still love them? I’m sure people can and do.

I guess what I’m saying is that our laws, which were supposed to be objective have now evidently transposed into a legality of feelings. It makes sense because lawyers mostly appeal to the emotions of the jury to get the jury to rule in their favor, but now the law itself has changed into a feeling instead of convincing a jury; it’s now just law, fact. A different kind of law than this country’s original… Idea, we’ll call it. Yes, times have changed, and yes, we are religiously tolerant of everyone’s belief, but it’s just a bit unnerving. Let me explain.

Do I think gay marriage should be legal? I have no opinion, honestly. It does not change my life necessarily any differently than how I lived it yesterday. Is there anything wrong with whom people choose to love? Absolutely not. What am I saying, then? Marriage under the House of God will never the be the same as marriage in the court of law, all inclusively. People who are not Christian may get married in a church, with Bible vows, as however they choose, but that doesn’t make them believers. They believe in marriage, or what they think is marriage, and that’s it. But marriage was originally intended to be all inclusive. You don’t get to pick the good parts of the Bible and throw away the rest.

It all really boils down to this: do you feel Church and State should be separate? If so, why is there a “legal” marriage to begin with?

Marriage should be a choice, defined by the religion of the person, and not by a law.

Cast Iron: Chicken Thighs (Test 1)

Beau got a new cast iron pan, the original kind, not my shmoozie Le Creuset black silk version, but the old school Lodge version. As his first dish he decided to make some chicken thighs.

Chicken Thighs

Chicken Thighs – Recipe from Handle The Heat

They didn’t turn out that crispy like the photo, but tasted delicious nonetheless. I realized I’m not a terrible fan of rosemary (I know, I know, after I made so many dishes with it) but that’s ok. The chicken was really tender and juicy. The cast iron needed to be hotter to get the crispy outside, a mistake I also made when I made a “crispy” chicken dish the other day.

That’s ok! Practice makes perfect… I still gotta get it down.


Over the weekend 아빠 said that the cast iron was “junk” after 엄마 made 갈비 on it during the camping trip. Of course the marinade kinda burned on and well, several sins were made against the pan as she tried to clean it. Notably, she used a rock and dish soap. 😧 I cried a little bit on the way home over the pan but after I got home, I went to work. 😎 Salt is better than soap in this case, it will scrape off most of the debris on the pan. When it gets bad, even rusty, just use a steel wool. Granted if it’s new like ours, the black coating will completely scrape off, but don’t worry, the pot is still good. The coating is pre-seasoning, it’s not harmful like Teflon, so don’t worry about eating it if it happens. We re-seasoned it afterwards in the oven with olive oil baked at 350℉ for an hour.

Of course 엄마 felt bad and went back to work on it again with a steel wool and soap. But eventually the story ends well and the pan is clean and re-seasoned. Just makes me love that pan even more.

Lunch @ Il Poom

Decided to grab a quick late lunch with Andy, sans the twins…

반찬

반찬

순두부

순두부

IL Poom53 reviews powered by Yelp

I opted for their 순두부 (soondobu) even though they also had 랭면 (naeng myun) because how else can I judge them?! I have to say their dish out ranked Young Dong down the street, but I think for the city of Diamond Bar I still like Cho Dang the best. It’s been there since forever and I just trust them… Despite their health rating!

Service was great but of course, we were the only ones present at 2:30PM so can’t really complain. They did have limited English but it was more than enough to get by. They were not in any way discriminate towards us, in fact they spoke Korean to me, which I had to sadly reply in English. (Just not there yet!)

They’re located inside the mall next to Paris Baguette, inside the Market World plaza. I’ll be back… For the 랭면 ~