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Cooking Win (Brought to You by Aldi)

I expected tonight’s post to turn into one of those “I tried cooking and failed so spectacularly it was really a win” posts. But actually, my dinner turned out really well. No thanks to me. 

Aldi has these seasoned, uncooked, boneless, skinless chicken breasts that you heat up in the oven. Steps include  “put in pan” and “bake for 15 minutes.” You think ‘how hard can that be?’ I think, ‘That’s what I said about asparagus. And look how that turned out.’

But actually this turned out really well. I probably overcooked it because I was paranoid about raw chicken but even that didn’t harm it too much. A little over-seasoned, maybe, but more flavor than my cooking usually brings. I paired with garlic naan bread (from Aldi) and hummus (also from Aldi) and it ended up really yummy. 

If you’ve seen this and been on the fence about it because it looks like a weird, mushy mess…well, it is worth it! I recommend pairing with $3 wine from Aldi because that is the best deal on the planet. 

Thanks, Mom, for buying me groceries and tolerating my weird experiments! This one was actually a success. 

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Oriental Grocery Store

I went exploring yesterday and discovered an amazing oriental grocery store only a short walk away! They stock everything from dried shrimp to kimchi to goose eggs. They have aisles for Japanese sauces, Korean candies, and jars of Chinese mixtures. It is a meandering, not very well organized place and I’m quite excited by the discovery. I purchased some delicious pot stickers. Once I run out of my current jar of kimchi, I’m looking forward to trying theirs. It isn’t a Wal Mart, but it is an excellent store to have nearby. 


Girls’ Night Out

Yesterday I had a charming girls’ night out with some of my fellow interns. We got mani-pedis, went out for Thai food, got ice cream, and concluded with the movie I Feel Pretty. 

I Feel Pretty was funny and not as vulgar as I expected. Not sure I would watch it again, though. It has great potential but never strays from the predictable and piles loads of angst onto otherwise good material. 

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Did you see the movie, and if so, what were your thoughts? 


A Cheesy Situation

“What state is that?” asked the guy behind the counter, staring at my t-shirt. I resisted the urge to look down and check which shirt I was wearing.

“Wisconsin.” 

“Oh,” he nodded as if I just confirmed his greatest suspicion. “We have a burger that contains Wisconsin  cheese. You didn’t order it, though.”

“Ah! Too bad,” I said.

“Do you want Wisconsin cheese on your burger?” 

I shrugged, “Sure!”  After all, why not? 

I learned why not. I did not get a cheeseburger; I got a cheese sandwich with hints of burger. The burger I ordered came with pepper-jack cheese. The guy who took my order then added close to a block of Wisconsin cheddar cheese. The cheese oozed out the sides and onto the plate and then dried that way. I couldn’t figure out how to eat it. And while it tasted great, turns out there is such a thing as too much cheese! 

I do appreciate the thought! It is very thoughtful of people in Colorado Springs to watch over this cheesehead. It does make me wonder, though, what he would have said if the shirt was from Idaho. Is there a potato-burger out there somewhere? 


Not Actually An Adult

Apparently, despite what I thought yesterday, I am not actually adult enough. I went out for dinner yesterday with my friends and could not buy alcohol because I posses a vertical license. I was the oldest person in our party by three years but the only one not not allowed to have a beer to celebrate! 

It was a fabulously fun day otherwise. I am surrounded by wonderful people who made me feel loved all day! I received surprise donuts in the morning; went out for spicy, pork ramen for lunch; mini-golfed with all the interns after work; had Mod Pizza for dinner; and wrapped it all up with angel food cake cupcakes and a black-and-white movie, My Man Godfrey. 25 and feelin’ alive!


What do I eat?

“What do you eat?” asks my roommate, peering at the food on my shelf: tofu, shredded cheese, and half-quart of milk. 

“I eat…what’s in my cupboard!” I suggest. We open my cupboard. “Rice! Except…I’m out of rice. Oatmeal. Kiwis. Almonds. And I think I have a pizza in the fridge.” 

“You should go grocery shopping,” she recommends. I think about my bank account and shake my head. 

“It’s enough!” Because somehow, it is usually enough. 

Supper rolls around. I stare at my cupboards, trying to figure out if I had a plan for dinner. Maybe I do need to go grocery shopping. 

Then my other roommate comes home. “Amy! Do you want mussels?” she asks. “I’m heating some up. And we can have rice, peas, yogurt, rolls…” 

There you have it, folks. I haven’t starved this semester because my roommate feeds me. Yet another reason to be grateful for the girls who share this tiny living space with me!


Rental Cars, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Indian food

Guess who just returned her rental car? This girl! No dents, dings, or damage…or fee for before under 25 which I am still very excited about.

I was a little too paranoid about getting to the airport on time. I do not even have a gate yet. I did have a lovely morning, however. I went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2! It definetely exceeded my admittedly limited expectations. I loved the first one and the second movie does a great job continuing to develop the characters without making it feel like they are backtracking. This isn’t a rehash of the first movie…it really feels like an original, reasonable adventure that the Guardians would have. Thank goodness for the break in origin stories! (And new heroes.) By the end, I might have even shed tears. Maybe. You can’t prove anything.

Last night after blogging I went out for Indian food which was fun DESPITE the judgemental looks I got from my waitress for needing more water to eat my mild masala. It was so good, though!

My adventures are now coming to an end. This was a fun, worthwhile trip. Now to find a corner to nap in before my flight takes off…