Getty and Mozza

Breakfast (9:00 a.m.): I ate grilled mackerel (with grated daikon radish and ponzu dipping sauce) and a bowl of rice for breakfast.

The meal was good, but the fish stunk up the entire apartment. It reminded me of the time I microwaved a piece of fish at the office at lunchtime and stunk up the entire building. I was the most hated person at work that day.  More than 10 years have passed since the incident, but I’m still feel embarrassed just thinking about itredface.

Getty: I took a field trip to the Getty Museum with Tiffany and Shannon in early afternoon. We stopped by Starbucks on the way, and I had a grande iced coffee and cinnamon coffee cake (350 kcal).

A few artworks that impressed me where:

I totally recommend that you spend $5 for the self-guided tour.  I feel so blessed to live in a city where such art is only a hop and a skip away

Lunch / Dinner (4:00 p.m.): Late lunch / early dinner at Pizzeria Mozza with Tiffany, Shannon, lovely R, and friends.  This was my second time dining at this lovely joint.

Wine: We shared two bottles of Rossese di Dolceaqua, Cascina Feipu dei Massaretti (we each had about two glasses each). Heck, I don’t even know how to pronounce the name but the wine was pretty darn good!  It tasted more like Kir than red wine.

Appetizers: Prosciutto di Parma and Bufala mozzarella, Nancy’s Chopped Salad, and Arancine alla bolognese (fried risotto).

Pizza: White Anchovy, Tomato, and Fresno Chiles; Coach farm goat cheese, leeks, scallions, garlic & bacon; and Bianca with fontina, mozzarella, sottocenere & sage.  We had a slice of each per person, for a total of three mouth-watering pieces.

The anchovy one was my favorite, although the goat cheese one was pretty close.

Desserts:  The four of us shared Meyer lemon gelato pie with Champagne vinegar sauce & candied lemon zest, Espresso granita with espresso gelato & chocolate dipped honeycomb, and Caramel copetta with marshmallow sauce & Spanish peanuts.

It was heavenly.

Vision Boards

Breakfast (10:00 a.m.): A piece of okonomiyako and some picked vegetables for breakfast. I made three jars of pickled cucumbers, carrots, and daikon last night.  Here’s the recipe:

Homemade Pickles
Makes 1 jar

① Chop your favorite vegetables (I used 2 pickling cucumbers, 1 carrot, and some daikon radish) into bite-size cubes and put them in a clean jar.

② Heat 2 cups vinegar (I used apple cider), 50 grams sugar (I used brown sugar), 1/2 tablespoon pepper corns, 1 tablespoon salt, and a drizzle of soy sauce, until the sugar dissolves.

③ Pour the hot vinegar mixture into the jar.  Put 2 peeled garlic cloves, 2-3 bay leaves, and 2-3 red peppers in the jar.  Close the jar.  Keep in a fridge for about 8 hours until they’re ready to eat!

Lunch (1:30 p.m.): Spaghetti made with king mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, onion, and green onion, seasoned with soy sauce, and a cup of freshly-brewed Dunkin Donuts coffee. It reminded me of a meal served at a Japanese coffee shop.

Dinner (8:00 p.m.): Tiffany, Shannon, and I went over to Roya’s house to work on vision boards together. We met Roya’s friend Stephanie there (she was super cool). I ate two slices of the pesto pizzas with two glasses of red wine.  The third piece was eaten by Roya’s dog when I wasn’t looking, which was probably a blessing in disguise.  Thanks, Albie.

Vision Board:  Here’s the Vision “Board” I made. It wasn’t a board (I used two scrapbook papers because I wanted it to be portable that didn’t take up too much space) but the idea is the same. These are some of the things that I’d like to accomplish in the next three years – do a hand stand, start a family, go to Australia (or travel around the world), stay financially stable, qualify for Boston (a girl can dream), to list a few.

I know that the whole idea of the Vision Board can be a bit cheesy, but I had a really wonderful time making this, with such wonderful friends.

Bringing Back the Pizza Night!

pizza-2

My boyfriend and I are fearless eaters. And I don’t mean fearless in an Anthony Bourdain sort of way. We’re fearless in that we’re not afraid of what other patrons may think of us when we clean out the buffet table. We both love food, and needless to say, we eat a lot.

I was doing some math in my head the other day, figuring out how much we actually spend on food every month (I must have been running because there’s really nothing else to do than some random, mental calculation) and the amount came out astronomical. I couldn’t believe how much money we were eating away! This reckless spending had to stop!

As a cost saving measure, we’ve decided to make Thursday our “Dinner at Home” night, where we would cook at home. The dinner doesn’t have to be anything fancy as long as it’s economical, quick and fun, like the homemade pizza we made the other night.

For the pizza dough, we used the pre-made ones I picked up from Trader Joe’s. I purchased two – one herb and garlic, and the other wheat. We made the traditional one (pictured above) using the wheat dough. We spread marinara sauce on the dough, and piled it with mozzarella cheese, parsley, sliced red onions, tomatoes (fresh from my mother’s garden), and prosciutto ham.

pizza

We made the Fancy Pizza, pictured above, (there’s really no particular reason for this naming other than that it was slightly fancier than the other, more traditional kind) using the herb dough, and here’s the recipe for it:

Fancy Pizza

package of already-made pizza dough (Trader Joe’s has them in the cheese/ham section)
3 large yellow onions, finely sliced
cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup white wine (I used the leftover Pinot Grigio)
3 Stuffing Portabello Mushroom, sliced (they’re slightly smaller than Portobello but larger than Porcini)
1/2 cup spinach, sautéed
1 cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (not the fresh kind, it wets the dough too much)
1/2 cup goat cheese
3 tablespoons Sun Dried Tomato Bruschetta (optional)

Instruction

① Roll the pizza dough on a well-floured working surface to a desired shape and size. We made ours rectangular to fit the baking pan. Rolling the dough is not as easy as it looks since the dough is very elasticy and bounces back easily. If you can, pick up the dough and stretch it in air. You don’t need to toss it in the air like Italians do but the weight of the dough will stretch itself out when you pick it up.

② Sautee sliced onion and chopped garlic with olive oil in low heat. Add white white and cook until the onion is clear and caramelized and the liquid has evaporated, about 30 minutes. I recommend using Le Cruset if you have one for even heating. I know this is a long time to baby the onion but it’s worth it!

③ Remove the sautéed onion onto a seperate plate

④ Sautee the spinach in the same pan, for about 30 seconds until it wilts slightly

⑤ Layer the pizza dough in this order: ①marinara sauce, ②mozzarella cheese, ③sautéed onion, ④portabello mushroom, ⑤sautéed spinach, ⑥goat cheese, and ⑦ tomato bruschetta.

⑥ Bake in 450 degree F for about 20 minutes, until the cheese is melt golden brown and the dough is cooked through.

We washed down the pizza goodness with Napa River Merlot I picked up from Trader Joe’s for like $4.99. We can’t beat that price, for sure! I thought the pizzas were delicious. I liked the Fancy Pizza better but surprisingly, the traditional one was more popular. It’s amazing how great the caramelized onion and goat cheese go so well together!