meiyun's foods & travels

Hii! I'm Anita~ I'm a Medical Laboratory Sciences student at the University of Alberta (Edm, AB). I'm interested in Chinese calligraphy, scrapbooking, collecting scarves, & cooking. I'm a lover of fat panda, decaf mochas, the color purple, Kpop (I'm an A+ B2uty Blackjack Ace VIP!), badminton, Converse All-Star shoes, & art. I love eating & travelling so this is...a personal blog about my food & travel stories~ I hope you'll enjoy your stay, as well as giving me some feedback on my blog, in general, & your thoughts on the places I've blogged about :) thankyouu
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Last day of my Easter long wknd. Been just thinking…this wknd was almost close to my ideal summer. Cooking new things, eating out, shopping, fangirling, Kdrama-ing .. & one of my lesser-known hobbies: coffee+book. (just missing some drawing in there & that’s pretty much my definition of a perfect summer in Edm).

The following is the novel I’ve been reading since last week: Anthony Capella’s The Empress of Ice Cream. Really tried to limiting myself to 1 chapter/day but .. didn’t happen, ain’t happening, & won’t happen.

I’ll just give you a summary of what I read/where I’m at in the story, which is just 1.5chapters into PartII of the novel. Written in 1st person, but 2 voices (Carlo & Louise).

Setting is 1670ish in France, where Carlo Demirco (an Italian brought up by a Persian after being separated from his family) is the central character. Following his Persian master, Ahmed, Carlo makes various ices (sorbets, sherbets, etc), & sets his goal as “making the best/perfect ‘ice’ in the world!” Judging by the book’s title, it’s referring to ice cream :D

After x number of yrs, Carlo, in his teens, decided to escape from Ahmed & chase after his dream, & so he ends up partnering up with Audiger, an older Frenchman who is a confectioner in the French court. Together, after several yrs, the 2 rose to fame for creating various ices for King Louis XIV & other court ppl/guests. But that brought about some change in the relationship between Carlo & Audiger, as their goals were somewhat different…but it wasn’t like “let’s break up foreverrrr!” They just grew further apart.

Meanwhile, being handsome & famous, Carlo captures the eyes of the ladies woooooo lol one of which named Olympe, who belongs to Louis, but you know…he’s never with her & she’s lonely.. Carlo & Olympe don’t actually love each other; whom Carlo likes is a lady-in-waiting named Louise - the female lead of this story. She entered the court cos her family “fell” & she needed to sell herself basically. He expressed his interest but was rejected cos he was merely an “ice maker” - not high enough in status/rank to help her with anything.

Louise’s madame, who died rather soon in the story, is King Charles II of England’s sister. During the time, there was this “ice age” between the 2 nations. As a result, to resolve it, King Louis decided to send both Carlo & Louise over to “please” Charles. “heyyy this guy here makes the best ices; you’ve gotta try some. & this woman here…is absolutely lovely!” - aka, both Carlo & Louise became political tools.

So right now, Carlo & Louise, who have travelled together, are separated en route to England to their respective places in England.

Will get back to you once I’m done PartII :)

Hello, IKEA breakfast. Missed you!

So yeah…my long wknd continues to be unproductive & it’s great! haha went to the West Edm Mall with my family after IKEA today. K .. I LOVE THE FACE SHOP. That’s all.

Almost forgot I have all this free time cos it’s .. Easter long wknd! Happy Easter, everyone!

Before I continue on with Tiramisu 101, I need to announce something.

I’m officially…watching 4 Kdramas simultaneously again. I was down to 2 at one point but now I’m watching 4. They’re all diff genres too. The hardest part is remembering which episode I’m on for each of them; I really need to write it down somewhere. So the 4 I’m currently watching are:

1. Hotel King (romance, revenge: just watched ep1 for now. It’s still airing in Korea & I don’t wanna go too fast with this one cos then I’ll catch-up, & then I’ll be like “gotta wait for another WEEK!”

2. Medical Top Team (medical drama, obvsly): on ep3 cos I just started this drama this morning. K Joo Ji Hoon. Mr. Joo Ji Hoon… I still remember how much I disliked him/his character from Goong 8yrs ago -.-; I had severe 2nd lead syndrome.. But he’s actually ..quite attractive in MTT :O

3. Three Days (crime, action): ep 7. You know what…Park YooChun is really making me hate on this drama =( It’s sad for me bcos I think the storyline is quite good but…poor execution by the lead actor.

4. Let’s Eat (rom com): yeah…ep 11 lol it’s been so long but the problem with this drama is that…I can’t watch it when I’m hungry, which is a really limiting factor……..

Alright, besides a lot of drama-watching, my biggest accomplishment today was making my fav dessert, tiramisu! Ate it numerous times but it was my 1st time making it today. My bro & I teamed up & we used the easiest recipe (EVER) - success!

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Original cream cheese (450g container).

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1/2 cup sugar

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I microwaved the cream cheese so it was stir-able (~1m25s for the 450g). While it’s warm, slowly mix in the sugar.

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The recipe we used said 2 cups of whipped cream & we were like… o_O that’s a lot! So we ended up using maybe 1cup + 2/3cup-ish of it instead.

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Then you mix in the whipped cream with your cream cheese+sugar

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With enough folding, you’ll get something of this consistency.

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Now the other component of tiramisu: preparation of lady fingers. We used the soft kind cos that’s what my bro’s friend recommended, but feel free to try the regular one. Beside it is ~1cup of coffee (Starbucks dark roast) with 1tsp of sugar.

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Lady fingers are very absorptive. So a quick roll of it in the coffee bath is adequate.

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Choose your choice of plate/bowl/whatever you want to make your tiramisu in. I used a 8in x 8in casserole dish for my 2 layers of 8 lady fingers.

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After you place your 1st layer of lady fingers, spread the cream cheese mixture over top evenly.

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Repeat for the second layer.

Place in fridge for a minimum of 4hrs (I had it in the fridge for that long).

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No cocoa powder at home, so I used hot chocolate powder instead.

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& voila!!!

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For display purposes haha I scooped some into this little dessert bowl, topped with a piece of Lindt 99% dark chocolate ^^

There you go, homemade tiramisu!

어제 친구들 해고 Kyoto 에서 저녁을 먹었어~ 너무 짱 !!!

Had my 2nd birthday meal last night. A couple of friends & I went to the downtown Kyoto. Gosh .. I haven’t been here in yrs! I was craving Japanese food & thought… “hm haven’t been to Kyoto in a really long time. Let’s see if anything changed” :P & so I decided to come here.

So glad we came here .. cos the good was so nnuuuuuommmayyyy!

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Hurricane-ane-ane-venusss (PS: I only like 2 songs by BoA, which are Hurricane Venus & Only One)

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Karaage tofu. This was new to me… & it was delicious! Tina said it was quite soggy last time she tried it but this was ok. I liked the part that was soaked in the sauce the most haha the sauce was actually quite sweet. The saltiness of this dish was from the bonito flakes.

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New to their menu (to me anyways) was this: their 3 maki combo consisting of rainbow, maximite, and tsunami (4pieces each). Normally, these combo things are cheaper than if you order them separately (ie: getting half orders), right? But dun’ try to fool a smart eater like me…there was absolutely no benefit in ordering this vs 3 half orders of each maki. It works out to be the same price. EXCEPT .. *dundundun* one of these makis isn’t offered as a half order :O & so your choice. Do you want to get the 4 extra pieces :P

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Clara’s beef tataki

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Clara’s salmon & tuna sashimi

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Clara’s mackerel sashimi

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Theresa’s tempura udon

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Diana’s pork cutlet on rice (comes with curry sauce) [aren’t you just drooling while looking at this?!]

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Jessica’s beef donburi

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My isobe. Have never tried this before. I wasn’t expecting much cos you know.. it doesn’t have rice in it? lol but it was surprisingly good! The salmon, tuna, & avocado just kinda all melts in your mouth.

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Dessert: green tea ice cream mochi. They have black sesame, vanilla, & chocolate flavors as well. I think black sesame was the best one (shared with Theresa & Clara). So yummy! I hate that white powder sometimes, esp when it’s like covering the whole mochi =/ so glad to see that didn’t happen with this.

I give this meal…. 8.5/10! A word about the service: they take forever-1, aka .. ALMOST forever. Strongly suggest ordering 1-2 things that you want to get for sure, then while waiting, continue to browse thru the menu & order again when they bring you your food (or maybe a 3rd time like what I did).

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 I am so spoiled… look at all the presents I got :D That novel though .. O_O so intimidating. So thick! Font so small! lol

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Thanks for tonight & everything else in between :) cheeeeeers

made my own lunch for tmr :D JAPCHAE!