September 6, 2012

Hell Yes! It's Sushi Thursday.. Bento Box Edition.

Greetings friends!

That's right!?! Two blog posts in one week! For some reason or another, most everyone at my job was in a crappy mood today. Maybe it was because it's a short work week, and everybody knows that short work weeks take much longer than your run of the mill 5 day week. It's like because you got to skip a day, the week is supposed to feel like you only worked two days instead of four, but working four days feels like five days anyway! 

I, on the other hand was looking forward to Food Adventure #28, known as 'Hell yes! It's sushi Thursday!' Keep in mind that I've only had sushi at the most like 2 other times than this, so I am by no means a pro. However I was still excited to try something new. Me and a co-struggler went to this quaint place called Kazu and had sushi on our lunch break.

It's one of those places that you're not totally sure about, but since it's kinda small you know that Grandma or Auntie is in the back making the meals and everything is gonna be alright. The kool thing about Kazu is that they have both Chinese & Japanese food all in the same restaurant. There were so many options to chose from and I loved it!

I decided to go with the deliciousness that is the Bento Box! But first came the egg roll appetizer on a cute little platter. Now if you like Chinese food, you know that all egg rolls are not created equal............... I am a total carnivore, so normally I like a little pork in mine, but this had none and was still superb!   

Next was the great Bento Box!!! Gotta love a lot of choices right!? It came with crab rangoon, yummy red sauce, 4 California rolls, a hellava lot of fried rice, and teriyaki chicken with onions bathed in soy sauce!! To die for.. Total repeat performance...

I don't know if it was because we were the only ones in there, but the staff was very sweet and nice, and the food came quickly as well. Seeing as in they aren't too far away from me in general, I will be going back to grace them with my presence and hard earned duckets in the near future!

I think the next time I go, I will mix it up and stick to all sushi and get the full sushi experience. Did you have a food adventure today too? Let me know!


A. Sparkle

September 5, 2012

And Then There were Enchiladas!

Greetings friends!

I've been on a healthy food kick lately if you didn't know. I'm finding that I really do love to cook. A lot of times when I come home I want to take the easy (lazy) way out and just make a sandwich or eat some hotdogs. However, now that I can no longer deny that I am a full fledged grown up that can tell children to go sit down somewhere and they actually listen, I figured that it's time to woman up about cooking. 

I've always generally enjoyed cooking or baking, I was just lazy about it. I mean... who wants to stand in the kitchen for an hour or possibly more to cook a meal when you can just go down to your friendly Micky D's? Well, now I do. I want to stand in the kitchen and make a healthy tasty meal that I prepared with loving care for myself. It's a wondrous things to follow a recipe and it actually turn out tasty and yet it's healthy!

Right now I'm really in love with Skinny Taste recipes, because not only are the recipes yummy, it includes the calorie/points/blah blah blah for whatever 'diet' program you're following. I decided Monday was enchilada night and I figured some yellow rice would go nicely with it.

Top left we have chicken and seasonings cooking up in the skillet, top right is the tomato sauce that you throw together (I added in some Sriracha which I'm newly obsessed about), bottom left is the yellow rice (Zantarain's), and bottom right are the rolled tomato basil tortillas, stuffed with chicken mix, and covered with tomato sauce and a fiesta blend cheese.

The yummy baked gooey goodness that is enchiladas!!

My baking dish wasn't quite wide enough so the ends of the tortillas were turned up. It didn't affect the taste of the enchiladas at all though. I also topped them with some low fat sour cream. SO GOoOoOoD!!

Thursday will be food adventure #28! I'm going to eat sushi for only like the 2nd time in  my entire life. I have no idea what to get other than California rolls. I hear that all 'rolls' are pretty good. I don't know though... Any suggestions??


A. Sparkle

September 3, 2012

THE Sparkle Baby...


Well.. I don't know about you, but my Labor day weekend has just been good overall thus far! Things may be looking up for me more than I expected and I like it. I like it a lot. :)

Anyhoo, I wanted to share with you what I've been working on lately. My friends let me introduce to you one of the most favorite things I've made so far.

I consider all of my work to me my little sparkle babies, but this here clutch purse is the ultimate sparkle. It has little gold sparkle flecks to prove it.


It's a great accessory for a fancy dinner date, or even just a great accompaniment for an outfit you want to dress up. I really need to make one for myself, because I am just itching to take this one for a spin around town. It's the type of purse that gives you that extra self confidence when you step out of the house because you know that you are sophisticated and shitty sharp!

As I often do, I was trolling on YouTube for new stitches to try out and use and came across this beautiful criss-cross stitch. I fell in love immediately....

Considering the fact that I don't like carrying a purse where pens can poke through and change can get lost, this purse is lined with a soft cotton fabric and a sturdy interfacing to give it stability. Everything was done by hand, so you know it has extra sparkle love in it! :)

I will also have a matching necklace and bullion bracelet available soon as well, so be on the look out.

Until the next time.....


A. Sparkle
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