After reading about Single Vision on Epbot, and finding out that it was just 35 minutes away, I had to go to there immediately (I read the blog post on Wednesday, booked the event on Thursday and was there Saturday). Our visit was a little more low key, but totally worth it.
We made a new friend. Kind of. Her name is Summer. We went to meet her on the hottest September day on record, and it was noon. She was hot and thirsty and sleepy.
With no interest in hanging out with us, she went to get a drink of water …
… and then decided to take a nap in the water bowl.
But she was so sweet, we could watch her sleep forever. We kept petting her and she kept napping. So soft with sweet little ears.
Her buddy Bhutan had already taken his nap and soak earlier and was ready to play. Unfortunately, he is too big to play with the visitors.
The bigger tigers scared the poop out of me. They were so around 700 lbs.
She saw my husband as a threat so she came over over, jumped up and gave a roar, and then trotted off for a nap. Meanwhile, I need to go and change my pants (not really).
Her friend was not fazed and continued to nap through all the commotion.
They had lots of other kitties, but they were all napping.
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Tags: Florida, I want to go to there, Single Vision, Tiger, Tiger Baby
Last black friday, I treated myself to this super cute Jo-Totes bag, that I had been lusting after ever since I got my camera. It is everything I dreamed of and more.
I try to keep my gear at a minimum, because it gets heavy and difficult to find things after a certain point.
- Camera (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS or 1000D)
- My Nifty-Fifty lens (50mm f/1.8)
- Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 VC PZD All-In-One Zoom Lens & Lens Hood
- Dust Blower
- Pouch with all my little accessories
- Tamrac TR406 ZipShot Compact Ultra-Light Instant Tripod [Not Shown]
My cute little pouch (for $7 at TJ Maxx) that corrals all my little bits and bobs:
Contents (Clockwise from top):
- Hand Sanitizer
- Advil & Comb
- Grey Card
- Micro-fiber cloth
- Extra battery & memory card
- Lens Pen Cleaner Brush
- USB Chord
- Shutter Release
- A hand fan, because it gets warm sometimes
- A pen
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Tags: Camera Bag, Camera Bag Organization, Camera Gear, Jo Totes Rose, Rose Turquoise
My standard order at my favorite Asian restaurant is the sashmi (tuna and salmon) and rice bowl. Unfortunately, we’ve blown our “eating-out” budget for the next couple of months (thanks a lot Chicago!) I had some of the ingredients at home and I made a bunch of sushi rice, so I decided to try making myself the rice bowl myself.
- Sushi rice (depending on appetite)
- Smoked salmon (I don’t keep sashimi grade salmon at home)
- Seaweed Salad – My favorite part. I got a giant box of it from Costco
- Spicy Mayo
- Roe/Caviar – the restaurant uses the orange one, but I only had black and green
- Optional (Not available at home today): Avocado/Cucumber
Step 1: Put all ingredients in a bowl.
Step 2: Empty contents of bowl into mouth.
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New Orleans is hands down one of the most interesting cities in the United States. I’ve read a lot about the place in books and seen it in movies, so I was very excited when I got to visit for four days in March 2012.
A lot of Bengalis I’ve met tell me that it reminds them of Calcutta, so it was quite interesting that our first cabby was actually a Bengali. He quickly got into tour guide mode and told us that we needed to go see the “Joo” and the temple where the other Indians hung out, because you know, if you are in New Orleans, you must be looking for Indians.
We stayed at the Hyatt, and our room over looked the Superdome, which looks amazing when lit up at night.
New Orleans has very unique graveyards that are very beautiful and interesting to explore. We visited both the St. Louis Cemeteries near the French quarter (on a tour) and the Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District.
Of course, no trip to New Orleans is complete without a ride in their street cars.
We spent a lot of time just walking around the French Quarter. We live in a very cookie cutter town, so it is very refreshing to see so many different styles of architecture in one place.
We toured one of the houses that had beautiful trees in its walled courtyard.
A quickstop at the “oldest” bar.
You can’t go to New Orleans without paying a visit to the famous Pat O’Briens for a huricane. I’m not a fan of these cocktails because anything with Grenadine syrup tastes like cough-syrup to me, but these were pretty darn good.
Pirate’s Alley – best Alley name. No pirates, just super cute bookshops and an absinthe bar that were too chicken to try.
The iconic Jackson Square. A fun place to hang out, people watch, enjoy the bay, the architecture, bignets & coffee and all the art.
A very memorable meal at The Commader’s Palace. The second most expensive meal in our lives, but well worth it and possibly the fanciest place we’ve eaten at. Half our luggage was clothe and accesories for this dinner because we didn’t want to be sho-ed away at the door for being too sloppy.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
And since we were there on St. Patrick’s day, we decided to see the parade. Not as wild as I would imagine Mardi Gras to be, but lots and lots of drunk men wearing green. They hand out beads and other trinkets (that always manage to land on my head), but they also hand out useful things like potatoes and cabbages. A lady near us had a giant bag (larger than a standard sized trash bag) full of cabbage and other veggies. Some college guys managed to get a carrot, potatos, cabbage and a packet of Ramen! We came home with lots of beads.
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Tags: Commander's Palace, French Quarter, New Orleans, NOLA, St. Patrick's Day
I’ve made ribs in the slow-cooker in the past, but I wasn’t a big fan of it. Too many fat bits floating around. They were on sale at the supermarket, I decide to try them in the oven. I watched some videos and read some recipes and then came up with this version.
- Pork Ribs
- Teriyaki marinade that I had in the fridge
- Minced Garlic
- Minced onion flakes
- Brown Sugar
Step 1: Mix random* amounts of all the marinade ingredients until sugar is dissolved.
Step 2: Pour marinade into zip-loc bags along with the ribs.
Step 3: Put the zip-loc bags in a fridge. Accidentally leave them in over night. or Two.
Step 4: Place the ribs on a rack over a foil-lined baking sheet. Put in the oven at 300F for 2-2.5 hours, flipping them over once (after precisely 1.25 hours).
Step 5: While the ribs are in the oven, take the left over marinade, add some extra* ingredients if you don’t have enough liquid and heat it up in a pot.
Step 6: Take the ribs out, coat with marinade and broil for 5 minutes. Flip it over and repeat.
Step 7: Curse about the giant mess despite precautions of Step 4.
Step 8: Enjoy delicious ribs with sushi rice and random* veggies. For an extra challenge, try eating them with chopsticks.
* I take no responsibility if your definition of random doesn’t match mine.
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This is the third time I’ve made Jerk Chicken in the slow cooker (using this recipe). While it is clearly a really simple recipe, by laziness standards, it has too many ingredients and steps. So, I have lazy-fied this recipe as follows:
10 Chicken drum-sticks (or chicken in your favorite forms)
Step 1: Clean chicken and dump into slowcooker with 1/2 jar jerk seasoning.
|I use this one, that I picked up from the locally owned grocery store.
Other recipes that I used were all from an awesome Youtube channel that I discovered recently: CaribbeanPot:
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Tags: Curry Okra, Jerk Chicken, Lazy, Lazy Recipe, Peas and Rice