All you need is a Tutu-man’s Chicken on a rainy day

 

I just learned that Tutu means grandpa or grandma in Hawaiian language! Though when I first read the title of the recipe, I first thought of it as what I usually wear during my grade school ballet days.  I was thinking of something Egyptian but then again, that’s Tutankhamun, the Pharoah. What am I thinking, right? Anyway, this is our first attempt in following a recipe in the cookbook we bought. There are some slight improvisation on some part, i.e the bourbon, we used black label instead! [That’s not weird at all] So, here’s a snap of the finished product

People may wonder why the other side is burnt and the other side isn’t. Well, two people will eat this and they have their preferences [wink]

Lesson learned: if you’re going to brush a raw chicken with the sauce, make sure you set aside some of the sauce so you’re not double dipping the brush you used for your raw chicken. You would want to apply some sauce afterwards!

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Funny thing is, before cooking this recipe, we came home to a disaster. 🙂 Our dog who just recently chewed my statistics book {I guess she likes math as well}, some of my treasured Starwars merchandise {THIS BROKE MY HEART, I REALLY CRIED ON THE INSIDE}, headphones all at once, just destroyed a pair of decent sunglasses!! So we wished that our bitterness towards the week of destroyed stuff will not reflect our attempt to make a satisfying dinner.

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But I guess it ended up well, we paired the Tutuman’s Terriyaki Chicken with some broccoli and brown rice. The outcome of the chicken is surprisingly superb! I didn’t expect that the skin will be crispy and amazingly flavourful. We also thought of, marinating it more than 24 hrs so that it get’s more flavour within.

We definitely NAILED it! ❤

stealing snaps on a thousand food choices

Recently, I had an argument of how I’m being part of generation Y. As a person who doesn’t want to be pointed out as part of any social label/classification, I feel so ANNOYED. I think our society is creating its own brackets of generations where they draw conclusions and/or generalize each group. I cringe every time someone’s being a nitpicker around me because isn’t it the people who raised the so called generation Y a.k.a Millenials are the one’s who are preceding it? And aren’t they the reason why the generation is also called as the generations of POOR?? Why can’t we just emphasize one’s moral value as a singular thing and not part of a group or societal structure?

Anyway, I was labeled as being Millenial because of how I want to blog everything I feel like interesting and that’s posting how I follow and cook the recipes in my recently purchased cookbook. It’s funny that it’s part of the “classification”. UGHHHH. I have no words to express how I feel about it.

Let’s dive in to the important part, we, a “Millenial” and a “Gen X” stumbled upon a bargain book sale in Chapters Indigo bookstore located at Woodbridge (Weston Road and Highway 7). That’s our number one Chapters Indigo location whenever we have time for the weekend. So, as a bookaholic, I grabbed a cart and didn’t think about how many books are piling up at home. We found this Saveur cookbook with a thousand recipes that will make our kitchen life challenging.

I believe a decade ago when I first watched Julie & Julia, I wanted to make the same initiative as Julie. Aggressive and ambitious, eh? But right now, it’s kind of becoming more realistic since the Gen X person I’m doing it with belong to a family who ran a restaurant. But before going forward with this initiative, here’s a snap of a dish outside of this cookbook.

 

I always push us to eat a healthier choice of food even if having fresh produce in this great white north is pricey. I think having healthy food is much cheaper than supplements/heart attach/disease etc.. Right?

So, here’s our version of Chicken Fajitas! 

Dempsey’s tortilla wrap

Onion

2 chicken breast cut in strips

Old cheddar cheese

Mozarella cheese

Bell Pepper

Soy Sauce

The following spices: 

Thyme

Chili powder

Garlic powder

Salt and Pepper

  1. Marinate the chicken overnight with the soysauce, thyme, chili powder, garlic power, salt, and pepper. You can add as much spices or flavour as you want.
  2. Cook the marinated chicken over heat, add the bell pepper and onion then set aside
  3. if you have block of cheese, grate them or if you have the pre-grated cheese that’ll do. But we always buy block of cheese, to have the authentic cheese flavour –thank you costco for cheaper cheese selection
  4. You could toast/bake the tortilla wrap or just place it over heated pan and assemble the cheese and cooked chicken
  5. VIOLA! eat them up!

This is just to kick start with the recipes we’ll be following! I’m already excited! I always question myself on how can I juggle all the things I want to do in my life. Till next food post..

Albany, New York and its million dollar staircase

 

From Toronto to Albany, 630 km driven, 2 coffee cups, 1 bag of chips, 4:30 am wake up call and a nice New York State Capitol.

 

The winter didn’t stop us from driving, since we have our trusted winter tires installed in the car. And yes, we used a sedan instead of a compact car or SUV. We were kind of worried if ever we stalled somewhere in the interstate but, we got insurance anyway.

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We parked at Sate street just near the Capitol since it’s  free parking on Tuesday in between the hours we arrived! It was really a lucky day to begin our roadventures!

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In front of the NY State capitol is the old building of State Assembly. The freezing weather is manageable since this is south of Canada.

We didn’t have any itinerary to begin with. Everything we did is just all about impulse with the help of TripAdvisor, stock knowledge of history  and slight experience of the area. All we wanted to do is take a picture of great architecture, find anything interesting and just go out and see different places. If we have the entire month to drive, we will definitely stay longer than a day in this city.

I wish the Assembly Chamber staircase in the 3rd picture is much more detailed than it is. The feeling of the light coming from the ceiling gives more emphasis on the carvings of the staircase. According to the brochure, NY State Capitol staircases are the most prominent feature of the building and we couldn’t agree more on that –

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And of course, the infamous Million Dollar staircase! It’s really called The Great Westerb staircase, they said there were a lot of restoration done to rebuild and reinforce the staircase and they’ve done a really good job in maintaining it for the future generation of New Yorkers!

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HA! Focus on the staircase handrail and you would really see that there are detailed carvings, some are actually faces (ex. Lincoln)

 

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Senate chambers where I feel like I belong (say hello to my destiny. lol) There’s an actual tour that we didn’t avail since we are heavy readers of brochures and we want to take our time certain section. I would love to visit and devour the interior architecture of the Capitol! Pictures can’t capture the ambiance and feeling when you’re in it.

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War Room Ceiling

Beside the Capitol, they have this performing arts venue called the Egg. Maybe it’s the shape of an egg, but for me it looks like a UFO

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The Egg

We never explored the area around the Capitol but it looks like there are more things Albany has to offer. I’ll definitely come and visit again for a full day if ever our plan to Vermont persist!

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How I became a Trusted Traveler

Coming in and out of Canada/US may not be a burden for Canadians/Americans but the volume of people is really hard to endure. Any Canadian/American knows how long an immigration line could be during Holidays.

I remember the time when Delta airlines used to have only one line for all flights going out of Toronto. This means that even if your flight is later than other people, you will have to line up with them. I actually had a first hand experience of this situation. I arrived at the airport 3.5 hours before my flight but due to the unsystematic line up the plane almost left me. 

I didn’t really bother to enrol at first since I’m not planning to go on a monthly out of the country trip. But unforeseen circumstances happen and having one became a need.

So, the first question is.. – What is Trusted Traveler Program?

It saves you time by skipping the long lines in immigration. Card holders are considered as low-risk and pre approved traveler. 

Is it easy to apply?

You’ll undergo background check -national identity, criminal records, and so on. It would take weeks for it to review the application. If you get cleared, you’ll get a conditional approval status and next step will be the interview.

After successful interview, they will send you your global entry card that you could use whenever you travel either by land, by air, or by marine. 

Limitations

If you’re traveling with a non-nexus person, you’re not allowed to use your nexus. 

It’s really a GREAT feeling to know that you’re being trusted by the country.Overall it’s worth going through all the process. 😊

WVYA Journey: reaching out to Filipino Student leaders

Sab and I had a plan of meeting a Filipino student leader to talk about World Vision initiatives. I was set that the meeting will be just a couple of people: me, Sab, Sab’s brother and 2 student leaders. I couldn’t be more excited about it!

Saturday, January 23. 

I woke up feeling energized knowing that FINALLY, after a lot time of reaching out to people, I’m starting to make some progress. My daily routine of heading to downtown got me lost! I’m already in College and Yonge when it came to my mind that I need to ask for the address of the meeting place. Fortunately it’s not far from downtown.

At Parliament St.

I arrived “almost” on time. I saw Sab waiting for me at the entrance. She eventually confessed that it’s not just a small group meeting. It’s actually bigger than expected (her “maybe more than 10” didn’t really help.) I’m not a shy person so it didn’t really bother me if I’m talking to a bigger group, I just need to compose myself before starting. I don’t want to choose the wrong words.

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Honestly, I didn’t know that we have Filipino Centre in Toronto. It’s quite amazing and I feel like I belong the moment I step foot in the room. It feels like you’re in a comfort zone.

When I started talking to the students, I first asked them who knows World Vision. And as I expected, I only see a few hands.  That is the main reason why I want to talk to Filipino students. I want them to get involved, and be part of a change -a global change. I know they have the heart to do things for the community. I think we, Filipinos, are very good in helping people because we have that “Bayanihan” (Communal Work)  spirit instilled in our culture and it’s being passed on generations to generations.

The student leaders I met are dedicated to their work, they are helping kids (preschool, midschool, highschool, university) on their home works. They actually started a tutoring club! By looking at the crowd, I know I’m talking to the right people. I know that they have the heart and passion to make a difference.

It’s just a beginning of a great journey. I’ll trip, I’ll fall, I’ll make mistakes. But I will keep GOING. As I keep going, I hope to have my Filipino forces with me.

 

YES – on strict border policy. NEVER AGAIN for war

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This was taken from the Nuit Blanche event. People could cast their vote and there’s a large screen showing the results. NO is leading the poll but I’m quite surprised that it’s almost a tie for them. I voted for No, and I stand firm on that decision [It’s obvious why I chose No]..

PARIS ATTACK

I feel devastated about hearing the tragic incident that happened in Paris, France. Innocent people were affected by the attacks which ISIS took responsibility of. I’m really scared that an act of war is happening all over the world. I couldn’t fathom how people could cause harm to other people. I don’t know how could they find joy about it.

PM Francois Hollande declare closure of borders and I believe that’s the best thing to do in this kind of situation. This is the first time after World War II that France declare a state of emergency. It’s something people should pay attention to cause we don’t want war to happen. We’re already in a situation where in any minute war will arise. It’s very contradicting that after November 11, Remembrance day, this tragic event happened.

IT’S US.. IT’S THE PEOPLE

Some people are asking “What’s happening to the world”. But it’s not the world, it’s the people within it. It’s us, who can do something but choose to be apathetic about it. Our beliefs are supposed to bind us together not oppose each other. We lack respect on other people’s culture, opinion and beliefs. It’s hard for us to accept each other’s indifference.Our elders fought for us to have a free country. We should never let that happen again. NEVER AGAIN. I watched a very touching video -a veteran’s message to people:

But meanwhile in SOCIAL MEDIA where errthing gets annoying..

I’ve been seeing posts from different people posting about Paris attacks. I remember that these same people are the ones who posted something about EU countries should be ashamed cause they have strict policy on their borders- some doesn’t even know what refugee status is. It’s infuriating that their posts are very contradicting. It only shows how hypocrite and trend seeker they are. [i’m really annoyed, sorry] Just realized how inconsistent they could get by following trends. So, for those people I’m referring to… here’s a good book about ISIS >  ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror

Welcoming “refugees” without sifting them through or bypassing the screening process will lead to terrorist attack. WHY? cause terrorist can disguised as a refugee. They have the capability to do it. Asking for countries to be “LESS STRICT” with their borders is like welcoming terrorist to harm their territory.

For my CANADA

This should be a wake up call for us. We should have stricter border policy and do not let anyone suspicious get out of the radar. The safety of the citizens/people living in the country should be the first priority. We should NEVER bend on terrorist demands.  I hope PM Trudeau will be able to stand firm on this.

#PeaceAroundTheWorld