On July 5-8, Anime Expo 2018 (AX18) welcomes anime and manga fans to the Los Angeles Convention Center in California. This is my 9th year attending Anime Expo, as well as my 3rd year volunteering with the Press Relations department. Although, I had a very busy schedule, I was still able to cosplay on day 1, and shop in the exhibit hall before noon each day. I felt like I barely slept throughout the 4-day event, so it was very tough going back to work on Monday. Here are some photos I’ve taken at AX18:
Crafting a traditional hearty bowl of wonton noodle soup at home can take some time, so this is my version of wonton noodle soup – the non-traditional way. Today, I will be sharing a quick and easy wonton noodle soup recipe by using frozen wontons and dry Chinese noodles that you can find in your local Asian grocery store.
Note: To make a larger portion, simply double the amount of ingredients.
Ingredients (1 serving):
1 dry Chinese wheat noodles
3-4 pieces of frozen wontons (You can add more if you like)
Soup Broth Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup of hot water for soup
1/2 tsp of chicken stock powder
1/2 tsp of soy sauce
1/2 tsp of sesame
a pinch of salt
a pinch of pepper
Note: If you prefer not to use soup stock powder, you can also use any soup broth that you have. Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup broth of your choice
1 smashed garlic
1 slice of ginger
1/2 tsp of soy sauce
1/2 tsp of sesame oil
Chopped green onion (scallions)
Baby bok choy
In a small pot boil some water for your noodles. While the water is coming to a boil, prepare the toppings – chopped green onions, and gai lan. Once boiled, add in the noodles and cook it according to the instruction on the package. The noodles I’m using are wheat noodles (see image below on the right).
Last Sunday, my sister Wendy and I joined our friend David in a hike through Hermit Falls trail in Arcadia, CA at 6:00 am. Because we were all meeting up for lunch with some friends at 11:30 am, we decided to go on Hermits Falls trail which is supposedly easier than Sturtevant Falls trail. Similar to Sturtevant Falls, this trail starts at the top, and you hike down into the canyon, cross 2-3 streams in order to get to the waterfall at the end.
In my opinion, this trail was not easy. Yes, the trail is shorter that Sturtevant, but it’s a bit more treacherous and will take a little bit longer. The trail can get very narrow to about 2-3 feet wide. This includes trails coming along a hill slide, so we had to be very careful not to slip off the trail. I wouldn’t recommend small children to go on this trail. The waterfall at the end isn’t as picturesque as the waterfall on Sturtevant Falls trail, and the amount of graffiti on the boulders was a bit unpleasant.
On Sunday, my sister, my friend, and I went to Universal Studios Hollywood. I haven’t visited the park since middle school, and the last time I’ve been to City Walk was high school. My sister Wendy and my friend Richard were pretty excited because I get to see the newest attractions – Harry Potter World, Transformers, Minion ride, etc. Since Richard was an avid visitor of universal (mainly for Harry Potter), he became our unofficial tour guide.
Growing up there’s always one thing I look forward to in April, and that’s Cambodian and Thai New Year. Temples are filled with food stalls selling a variety of street food, and the one food I look forward to the most is Papaya Salad. I grew up with authentic Thai Papaya Salad after living near a Thai Temple for majority of my childhood. One thing that always surprises the elders is that my sister and I would order our papaya salad with everything in it, including the salted crab. This salad is sweet, sour, spicy, and savory, which is perfect for spring and summer. So to celebrate the upcoming New Year, I’ll be sharing my attempt in making a Thai Papaya Salad – the nontraditional way. Please note this is not a recipe post, since I’m still learning how to make this dish. It’s not perfect, but hey, practice makes perfect.
This year, I’m trying to eat and cook more healthy meals without giving up bad food completely (e.g. my ramen and fried chicken). That’s why I’m excited about writing a food diary to log what I have been eating. For the week of March 5-11, I didn’t really do a good job of taking photos of my food, so here are some of my lunches and dinner throughout the week.
Lunch: Wingstop – Mild, Garlic Parmesan, and Louisiana Rub boneless wings with a side of veggie sticks (carrots & celery), and seasoned fries well-done.
Happy Lunar New Year and happy Friday! I wish everyone a wonderful new year filled with luck, happiness, good health, and prosperity.
I haven’t done an outfit post in forever, so today, I am sharing a casual outfit that I wore to work. I wore leggings and an over-sized sweater, which is a great simple outfit for transitioning into spring. Southern California is already in 70-77° weather, but if you live in a cooler climate, I would throw on a jacket or scarf to stay extra warm. This beige sweater has diamond patterns in front with hints of white and pink which makes the look a bit more feminine. For shoes, I wore patent leather loafers with tassel detail for a dressy look.
All I did last month was ate soup and watched anime because I caught the flu. I recovered, but in less than two weeks I caught a cold (unbelievable). After being sick for almost all of January, I’m happy to say that I’m finally better! So, in this post I’m sharing a very easy vegetable soup recipe that is healthy and delicious. What I like about this recipe is that you can customize it with whatever vegetables or soup broth you like. I like to stick with the basics – carrots, celery, onions, and tomatoes. It was my first time attempting a soup like this and it came out great!
The amount of vegetables you use is up to you. I like to add a lot. Continue reading “Easy Vegetable Soup Recipe”