… Really? Is this true .. I haven’t been on here for almost a month?!
Sounds about right though; I was stuck in hematology student lab for 4 weeks.. but now I am back at DL! Love it here~
Last night, I went to Louisiana Purchase for May’s birthday dinner. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, sis! ^^ It’s a new place for me, & I’m SO GLAD that May decided to try it out. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be introduced to this hidden gem. Although it was her birthday, I feel like I was the one who received a gift from her with this discovery lol I’m super happy to be posting about this today.
Louisiana Purchase is, as the name indicates, a restaurant that offers Louisiana dishes, tucked behind the downtown Future Shop. Louisiana food is something I’m rather unfamiliar with; I remember the last (& only) jambalaya I had was like 2yrs ago, & it was pretty satisfying. So I decided to get the same thing here - the Louisiana jambalaya.
A very big plate of food! haha I had to pack it up if that tells you anything - & it’s not for any of the following reasons: time of dining was too late for me to follow my “no ‘meal’ 3hrs before I head to bed” rule; food was too salty I couldn’t finish it; another reservation booked after us. =P
The texture of the rice was a bit hard, but chewy. Kinda hard to describe; perhaps “half cooked” kind of texture. But I liked it! Mixed in with peppers, sausage, ham, chicken, & some shrimp. It was more meat than I was expecting for the price listed~ Just look at the photo- they don’t purposefully put more meat on the top for the purpose of making it look more appealing; it was like that in the layers underneath too. Vegetables on the side were lightly seasoned, which was refreshing bcos the rice was so flavourful (NOT salty). Level of spiciness & the creole sauce on the side was good as well.
Ahhh 10/10! Will definitely be back, & I strongly recommend it to you!
For once, I felt my long wknd was long enough - I did all the things I planned to do, plus more! T’was great~
Before I jump into what I did this wknd, watch this for me!
The comeback of my 1st everrrrrr Kpop crush, TaeYang. I love his vocals & his dancing abilities. His stages are always so attention-grabbing *fangirls* His current hairstyle really needs to get outta here though :( I want his mohawk back… If you’ve watched the MV carefully, some traditional Korean aspect to the quite-westernized song was added. Did you catch it? Some dancers had the ribbon attached to their hats… I thought that was a nice (but kinda random) touch. Nonetheless, that was just the little art-aholic in me speaking.
Which brings me to my next little bluurrrrrb. I won the MLS logo contest with this design~
heeeeheeeeee. Although I didn’t get to go down the artistic/design route, I’m glad I didn’t give up on art :’) In fact, I am doing all I can to manage my time well enough so that my art time is unaffected, despite loads of hematology hwk to do. & you know what, I finished all my prelab/tutorial qus for this whole week during this wknd. I am such a keener! But that’s cos I was motivated…I treated myself to an episode of Good Doctor after every sheet of qus I complete. Thus, I am at ep 14 right now!
I’ve never watched a Korean med drama before; it’s not something I’ve considered watching. I don’t even know anyone in the drama besides Kim Min-Seo! But dude, it’s worth your time. So many touching moments. & it kinda relates to my work…ish. I knew what PRBC stood for, what pericardial effusion is… ahh! Can’t wait for the next ep! I’m at the point on the (happy) Kdrama curve where I just want the male lead & female lead to hug, kiss each other & “live happily ever after”. But no… >.< so many considerations & uncertainties… If it weren’t for these “circumstances”, a Kdrama wouldn’t be one that we all love & enjoy, right? *sigh… I’ll just sit back & slowly progress through the last 6 eps.
Now bcos this is a food blog, I can’t just randomly write a post about my long wknd without ANY mention of food. So here’s the bit about food.
NOVEMBER 11, aka 11.11 is PEPERO DAY IN KOREA! :D
Pepero is the Korean equivalent of Pocky. ~10 yrs ago, Korea started this “Pepero day” on November 11th bcos the appearance of the snack resembled “1111111111”s. On this day, people would gift each other with chocolates & sweets, regardless of whether you’re in a relationship or just simply to friends. It’s kinda like our Valentines’ Day.
Happy Pepero Day everyone :)
I am back from another meal with my phase 2 group. Since I got the crappy training site for my phlebotomy rotation, it only made sense for me to pick the celebration location, right? Right :P So I picked Won Jung Gak (Chinatown location).
It’s my 2nd time here, & I didn’t know that there was this other…blocked off area in the restaurant, where bigger tables were located. The 6 of us were the only ones in this area & thus, you can imagine, there was little to no service. Mehh.. it’s like that at most Asian restaurants.
Ok, here we go~ Our food!! Gosh, I’ve been looking forward to this the whole week!
Jja jjang myeon - noodles with black bean sauce. I can make this at home but…you know, some foods taste much better when someone else makes it haha here’s an example. I love love LOVEEEE the potatoes.
This was a new dish for me: Korean-styled spicy fried chicken. It was so spicy but sooo addicting & so good :D I’ve had this at another Korean restaurant but I like this one better, just bcos it’s more “dry”. The one I tried at the other place had more sauce, which kinda made the chicken soggy overtime.
Dolsot bi-bbim-bap. Normally I’d eat this with the heavenly bi-bbim-bap sauce but this was fine on its own. Yummmmm~
The seafood pancake. I’ve had this the last time I came, & I remember saying it didn’t have much seafood in it for the price it was asking. I still think the same, although I gotta say, there was more seafood in it this time around.
Everything was good, but .. the seafood pancake is still failing at impressing me, unfortunately. Must take some points off that… 9/10.
YAYYY I’m done my Anatomic Pathology final, ie. rotation! It wasn’t as bad of a rotation as I thought; it was really chill. I’ve come to like AP a bit more compared to last yr. Thanks, Allen!
After the final & some debriefing, my group & I went to Soda Jerks for lunch to celebrate the end of the rotation. Nvm about ever being here, it was my 1st time hearing about it when we went out for ice-cream after student lab 3 weeks ago. As usual, I went on their website to have an idea of it’s like. It caught my attention right away!
As far as I know, we don’t have many “soda & burger” places here in Edm. So I was really excited about coming here. They open @ 11AM on weekdays; we got there just in time!
The interior is quite nice; most of the décor is wooden, with various bottles of soda as display near & around the tables. Although having a nice décor, something just seemed odd to me. I don’t know what it is.. I think it’s the fact that…the interior/tables gave off this steakhouse vibe (like The Keg or something), but it’s a burger & soda/milkshake kinda place. Like it almost didn’t match? I don’t know.
After staring at the drinks menu for the longest time… I decided to try out the Black Cherry soda! Omg there were so many to choose… & many flavours I wanted to try. Will definitely come back to try out the others.. I actually wanted to try the white chocolate avocado milkshake…ah NEXT TIME!
I love black cherry-flavoured everything… yogurt, drinks,…chapstick ? haha
My choice of burger = the “blazin’”. Why? Bcos it’s spicyyyyyyy!! Half pound burger with cajun spice, buffalo onion ring (it was perhaps my fav part of the burger lol I love onion rings!), jalapenos, banana peppers, siracha mayo, jalapeno jack, on sesame seed bun.
This was after I ate about…1/4 of the burger. It was sooo spicy! But so good! I’m glad we came here… I’m definitely coming back again! Yesss!
9.5/10! I found the burger a bit on the salty side, but it was NOWHERE close to the level of saltiness as…*ahemthepastaIhadatChop* so yeah, just 0.5 taken off.
Also, for those who are interested!
They have these 3 special burgers, which they call the “Big Boys” - basically, they’re like…big burgers haha If you can finish all 3 in 30mins, your meal is FREE ANDDDD you get a $100 gift cert for the restaurant =P challenge if you dare! If not, if you finish their “Doris” (one of the Big Boys), you get a free tshirt!
I AM BACKKKK!!!
So uhh.. I’m almost done my anatomic pathology rotation o.O ..WHAT?! NO WAYYYY! Geez.. it feels like yesterday when I was still in student lab learning how to do histology in the real world…but noooo! Holy crap. I’ve gone thru…doing microtomy from 1400-2200 (THAT was sooo mind-numbing), embedding & receiving comments that my work is better than some of the techs working there ^^ , babysitting specialized staining automated machines (no…do not want to work here. Ever.), special staining yesterday & today (where 5 timers went off at once), &…seeing/working with legs. Yes…amputated legs. I “played” with it. That was pretty cool & not-so-cool at the same time. Like it was…weird. & tomorrow, I’m doing grossing again, & I hope I won’t see anything “weird” again.
& I refuse to believe that my final for this rotation is in 2 days. Well, 1.5 now. My final is on Fri @ 0800. I just wrote a CBO exam today, & I have another one tmr…& then Fri is the final. I complained about the fact that I had 2 exams right before the final when I got my schedule but now it looks like it’s a good thing because…I’m also reviewing for my final! Smart-thinking, huh? & as a result, I feel like there isn’t much to study for lol cos I’ve studied 4/11 topics for yesterday’s exam, & ~2 topics for today’s exam = 5ish topics to study for for the final. YAY!
Anyways, I posted this post because I went for an after-work snack @ Remedy with Clara earlier.
Clara’s almond soy steamer. My chai + palak paneer wrap. YUM. I loved the sauce! I packed up half of the wrap to-go, but they didn’t give me the sauce with it… =( oh well, I like the wrap on its own as well.
After Clara left, I stayed behind to do some studying. Christmas lights already!
Alrighty, I should actually do some serious studying now……. (that really means secretly fangirling Lee Joon… JK!) Ok, now that I’ve mentioned his name…I can’t not talk about him hehehehe
For those who are keeping up, his movie An Actor is An Actor (AKA Rough Play) is out as of TODAY (Korea time) ! Hurrayyyy! He had this VIP premiere already, where other kpop ppl also showed their support by attending the premiere. I am so happy for him!! I can’t wait till it shows up on my TV pad.. Wanna watch it so bad……. >.<