Monthly Archives: August 2009

Review: Doughnut v. Donut

No, I’m not going to get into which way is the correct way to spell doughnut/donut, but rather, this is a review of one of the last Wade-fests in NYC. My cousin and I went to both the Doughnut Plant and the Donut Pub to compare the ‘nuts. Because of the constant differentiation between the […]

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DC Restaurant Week: Taberna del Alabardero

I love this place. I’m saying this up front so you understand I already have a little bias towards this place. I’ve been wanting to come back here for a few years now, I think the last time I was here was about 3 years ago – and the decor remains (as far as I […]

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Recipe: Deep-fried Oreo

Although there is always the great carnival food stand-bys like cotton candy, kettle corn, and funnel cake, but there has been more and more talk about the unique deep-fried treats too. Deep-fried snickers bar, deep-fried twinkies, and deep-fried oreos have shown up at fairs/carnivals, rivalling the all-time boss of fair-food: pork rinds. So I got […]

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Recipe: Marshmallows (Plain)

Since my cousin told me about it, I’ve been wanting to try making homemade marshmallows. She recommended the Smitten Kitchen recipe – so I went online to find it. One of the big reasons I was interested in this is that it involved boiling sugar. I had made spun sugar before and although it was […]

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My Intro to Photography

I would not categorize myself as a photographer yet. I still have a lot to learn before I think I would be comfortable saying “I’m a photographer”. I didn’t get my first digital point and shoot until maybe 2004(?), my Pentax Optio S – a little waterproof digital camera that I took everywhere. I ended up losing […]

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A Look At: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Super-Wide Lens

As I mentioned earlier, my first usable “walk-around” lens is my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. This is actually still my favorite lens due to the super-wide recti-linear perspective. This means that straight lines stay straight even though the perspective is wider than the normal eye can see***. Lines get exaggerated especially at the corners, so its […]

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Life: Sol’s Proposal

On Monday, I participated in Sol’s plan to propose to his girlfriend of 6 years, Amanda. After picking out the ring Sunday with some help from Sabrina and Wanda (under the guise of “moving office furniture”), he then drove down to Amanda’s parents place to get their approval on Wednesday (he told Amanda he had […]

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Interesting Food: Dragonfruit

On a trip to Lotte (our current source for interesting foods), Salamander and I picked out a dragonfruit to eat. Needless to say, out of all the fruits on display, this one was the most eye-catching. the dragonfruit (hylocerus undatus) we picked was pretty big, about the size of a softball. As usual, we referred […]

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A Look At: Made Camera Armour SafeGrip Hand Strap

I do not like looking touristy when I take photos. I associate neck straps with looking touristy (even though the majority of people use them). I think it has to do with all the people I see on the metro carrying around their 40Ds with 200mm L lenses with no case and no hood, and […]

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Roasted Artichoke

Roasted Artichokes (for recipe, see below) During the last trip to Lotte, they had 2 artichokes for $1. I haven’t eaten fresh artichokes in years, so I got four. I read a couple recipes online and sort of combined what I liked from them to make this. I’m a big fan of lemon and chipotle, […]

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