On the Horizon

On the Horizon

It’s hard to believe that in about two weeks, I’ll be walking, running, and skipping (maybe? haha!) across Europe. The plan is to start in Iceland, fly across the pond to the UK, and then end the journey in Paris. It’ll be quite a way to celebrate my sister’s upcoming graduation from her undergraduate university!

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Hello Pizza Studio!

But what I’m most excited for is her move this fall to Irvine. Yes, she’ll be about 60 min away from me by car, and I could not be more excited. We may not be moving in together right away, but I foresee a bunch of weekend adventures with her, and hopefully we’ll be able to find a place to live together when she gets more settled in!

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Pizza Studio, South Los Angeles

In the meantime, work has been keeping me busy, and weekends in lab have become commonplace again. Obviously all that work stirs up an appetite, and pizza has been my carb craving as of late.

I’ve finally been getting on board with the popularity behind the whole make-your-own-pizza trend. First it was Blaze, and now I got around to trying out Pizza Studio.

I could have gotten creative and really asked to make up my own combo—perhaps even have it all on a spicy pizza crust—but one of the ready-made combos, Truffled Mushroom, seemed to sound quite appetizing.

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The Truffled Mushroom

This magical combo was composed of a rosemary herb crust, garlic alfredo, freshly grated mozzarella, truffle roasted mushrooms, fresh parmesan, and baby spinach. It came out soooo warm and with the cheese all melty, I had to be incredibly careful when picking up the slices because it was hot to the touch.

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All those mushrooms and that cheezzzzzz…

But the taste was all worth it. I’m thinking with all the things planned and events coming up, my carb cravings are only going to get stronger…and I think more pizza places are going to be crossed off my list in the process ūüėČ

What do you crave the most when you are super busy and get super hungry?

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Mediterranean Craving

Mediterranean Craving

By the end of our third day in the LA area, my Dad and I were both too tired to complain about LA traffic. We both had a long and eventful day, and wanted needed to get something to eat, quick.

We were staying in the Pasadena area, and I had found yet another veggie-friendly place to check out. By the time we got to the area it was supposed to be in though, we noticed that they were either closed on the weekday we chose to make their presence, or they were closed for good.

Seeing as we were both too tired to find a similar restaurant some place else, I went with my gut and noticed I felt hungry for Mediterranean food. Thankfully, this place was right across the street ready to appease my craving.

Pita Jungle Menu

I actually didn’t know it then, but Pita Jungle is not unique to Cali. While they have three locations in California, they are all over Arizona.

The restaurant itself was very spacious, and the brick walls reminded me of an Italian Restaurant/Pizzeria for some reason.

Spacious in Pita Jungle.

The tables were clean and slick.

Tabletop

Our waitress was all smiles when she came to take our orders. I was really craving hummus and baba ghanoush, but after I looked over the pita section, and after reading that any chicken or beef can be replaced with tofu, I decided on the Philly Chicken Tofu Pita. My Dad stole my original idea and ordered something off the Starters section of the menu—the Mediterranean Antipasto Platter.

It was a busy weeknight, so our wait was semi-long. Perhaps it felt longer because we were getting hungrier and hungrier as time passed.

View from the Bathroom Hallway

After waiting in line to use the restroom, I gave up and hoped that our food was ready. Indeed it was.

My pita sandwich. I have to admit that I did NOT eat it “properly”. Even though I had a pita sandwich craving, I attacked the filling with a fork and finished off the pita bread by itself. No matter which way you choose to eat this though, it is a sandwich that would be enjoyed by most, if not all!

Grilled marinated chicken breast, bell peppers, sauteed onions, topped with Swiss cheese and wood-fired in a Greek pita.
Grilled marinated chicken breast White tofu cubes, bell peppers, sauteed onions, topped with Swiss cheese and wood-fired in a Greek pita.

My Dad’s Mediterranean Antipasto Platter was worth being jealous over…

Hummus, baba ganoosh, tzatziki, taboule, feta cheese, dolmades, falafel, ratatouille and two pitas.
Hummus, baba ganoush, tzatziki, taboule, feta cheese, dolmades, falafel, ratatouille and two pitas.

…but he was gracious and let me help myself to some of the samplings. Baba ghanoush and hummus cravings: annihilated.

Dinner concluded with some froyo from Pinkberry. For some reason, my family and friends prefer self-serve over the Pinkberry style of service where an employee makes a cup for you. I like both types of froyo services, so I find it hard to wrap my head around the notion of someone not loving Pinkberry. Especially when you have the option of getting peanut butter froyo with mochi and dark chocolate crispies as toppings!!

PB Froyo with Mochi and Dark Choco Crispies!

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I guess the recent Mediterranean dining experience I had stuck with me the few days following the trip, since I wanted to recreate the baba ghanoush I sampled from the Mediterranean Antipasto Platter. Unfortunately, we had no eggplant in the house over the weekend, but we had a plentiful amount of chow chow squash :P!

Well, it sufficed.

Chow Chow Ghanoush

Chow Chow Ganoush with Flatbread and Apple

 

Ingredients

  • 1 chow chow, steamed
  • 1/2¬†cup garbanzo
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • Pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Olive oil for saut√©ing

Directions

  • Blend chow chow, garbanzo beans, salt,¬†and lemon juice¬†in blender to fine consistency.
  • Saut√© chopped onion and garlic in olive oil and garnish.¬† Add to the previous blend.
  • Sprinkle with pepper.
  • Enjoy with some pita bread :)!

Chow Chow Ganoush

It may have come out more watery than regular baba ganoush, but it was pretty good substitute :).

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What’s your fav Med. condiment: hummus, baba ganoush, or tzatziki?

Super Sweet Blogging Award

Super Sweet Blogging Award

Madison nominated me for The Super Sweet Blogging Award a while back, and I was in the mood to fill it out (finally). Thanks again to the lovely Madison :)!

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The rules:

  1. Give credit to the person who chose to nominate you.
  2. Answer the ‚ÄúSuper Sweet‚ÄĚ questions.
  3. Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen (13) blogs.

Super Sweet Questions:

1. Cookies or Cake?

I love both, but I think cake takes the cake (haha?). I will admit that I’ve always been fond of those soft sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles on them…you know, the ones that are featured at the front of the grocery store and are often the go-to desserts for elementary classroom parties and potlucks?

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Yeah, these were my excuse to party!

2. Chocolate or Vanilla? I love both, and it really depends on what is chocolate or what is vanilla. For example, I love chocolate frosting on white/yellow cakes or cookies, but I prefer vanilla meringues over chocolate. If I have to choose between chocolate or vanilla ice cream, I’m gonna go with vanilla.

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3. What is your favorite sweet treat? It’s never too cold for ice cream, or even froyo. With lots of fun toppings like rainbow mochi and sprinkles!

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4. When do you crave sweet things the most? It makes the most sense to crave things when you haven’t had them in a while, so I’ll usually crave sweets if I’m eating more fruits and veggies than usual. I try to treat myself to some form of sweets frequently though, so I don’t often have crazy cravings.

Remember this from Spongebob? That crazy-stalker fish who obviously was craving “CHOOOOOCOLATTTTTE”
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5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? Um, not sure? As long as it’s not sweetie pie, honey buns, or sugar lips, I’m good :P.

Never have actually eaten these, but they look (not) tasty.
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I’m gonna skip the nominations, but feel free to answer any of the questions above! I’m off to start my super sweet weekend with a long nap…I have reached the halfway point of classes this quarter, and I am already BEAT!

What’s your favorite sweet treat?

Do you have any sweet weekend plans?

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