Which podcasts do you listen to?

I first got introduced to podcasts by my sister, the one who has introduced me to a lot of the “cool” things in my life. (Not that I have more than one sister, there is only this one!) I can remember the time she taught me about wearing jeans and how they were cool and better to wear than leggings. This was when I was about 7 or 8 years old. She is about 6 years older than me, so for this reason alone, I listened to what she had to say. Anyway, to this day, I still listen to what she says, but have more of my opinion on it. She introduced me to the world of podcasts with This American Life, RadioLab, and On The Media. The latter of which I no longer listen to. I do listen to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, the NPR news quiz show. On more than one occasion, this has been my way of hearing about important news stories. Not the most popular ways of getting the news, I know. This was before I started listening to Morning Edition and The California Report. (Listened to on the radio only) I now also listen to The Moth, a podcast of easy to listen to, mostly funny stories. Most recently, I introduced myself to the Joy The Baker Podcast, which is about…blogging. There are more topics that she (Joy) and her co-host Tracy, from the blog Shutterbean, talk about such as photography and the boys in their lives. These are all the podcasts I listen to and enjoy. They make me happy and they inspire me and they even make me cry. These podcasts are a wonderful addition to my iTunes library and I recommend them to anyone because I feel that anyone can connect with the topics on each of these podcasts and I think that they will peak a certain something in everyone that listens to them.


Chicken Soup For The Soul

Do you remember those books? So many different versions of basically the same thing. I think I had the teenage version. I may have read like one story and the poems in the beginning of each chapter before getting bored with it. I do like the comforting words I read and hear from my friends, family, and other bloggers about success and striving to do well in life, but I do not need a book to read to remind me of that. I just need to learn the lessons of everyday life in everyday life. As I said before, live each day to its fullest and just live day by day. It will make you feel good that each new day is different and you just have to take it easy. I know that is so cliché, but it’s the truth. You have to find what you love and make it your life. I feel that it is important to like the things you do each and every day. Stay true to yourself and believe in yourself. Since I’ve been sick for a few days now, I have had some time to think about life in this way. It’s weird the way your brain works when you are sick. Anyway, this is my bit of advice and words of inspiration to you all. Have a great day!

National Cherry Tart Day/International Picnic Day

I feel like these two days go well together. A cherry tart at a picnic? Perfect! I went to a picnic today. It was beautiful here in SF…until the fog rolled in. But, while at the picnic, it was nice. The sun was shining and everyone was having a good time. There was great food and great company. Couldn’t have asked for a better Saturday afternoon. What is your favorite picnic food? How about picnic activity? Today, the game was bocce ball. There were also dogs to play with and a frisbee to throw around, but I was being lazy and taking in the sunshine while it lasted. I also can’t believe it is the middle of June already. Where did the first 1/2 of the month go? Where did the first 1/2 of the year go? People are already thinking about their July 4th plans. I say take one day at a time and enjoy it while it lasts. Now I am off to yet another party…in celebration of my friend’s birthday! Should be a fun night! 🙂

National Apple Strudel Day

So yesterday, I wrote that today was going to be Eat All Your Veggies day, but I looked at another website, and found that it is (also) National Apple Strudel day, which, to me is way more exciting than eating veggies. Not that veggies are not a good thing to eat, and I do encourage people to eat their veggies, today, and everyday, but apple strudel is much more yummy. Also, this is a dessert blog, and while I might be off topic some of the time, I try to stay with the dessert theme about 90% off the time. So apple strudel. Not hard to make; but I’ve never tried one with from scratch dough. I mean, I’ve made puff pastry before (many times in the CIA) and I can make it, but I am lazy like most other home bakers and would buy it from the store. It freezes well (and usually comes frozen) so I don’t have to worry about it for a while. Also, sometimes it is made with phyllo dough, which I have not made from scratch, but I think it is a similar process. Here is a Paula Deen video on how to make apple strudel (made with phyllo and of course, extra love that comes in the form of butter!) Happy Apple Strudel Day!

National Fudge Day

It’s that time of the year again! National Fudge Day! What? You’ve never heard of it? I hadn’t heard of most of the food days until I started in on Twitter and started following other “foodies” and food bloggers. There are National Food Days and Food Months for every day and every month! Most are dessert related, but some are about healthier foods. For example, tomorrow is Eat All Of Your Veggies Day. But, that’s tomorrow, and this is today. Then again, today is yesterday’s tomorrow. Wait, what? Anyway, let’s talk about fudge. I am not really a big fan of fudge, it being so rich and all. I do remember one bus ride back to school from a field trip, (I think it was fifth grade, to Sturbridge Village, in Massachusetts, where they have people dressed up in Colonial times wearing clothes from that time and acting like they were in that time period still.) with a box of fudge, somewhat melted from the hot day, while everyone else on the bus was sucking on their rock candy. Really. They had rock candy from the Colonial times. Weird, I know. I remember being impressed by how the fudge was made right there in the “Ye Olde Candy Shop” (that may be just a made up name for the candy shop that was there-my memory of the trip is a bit fuzzy.) It was good, but not so good that I needed much of it but I did try to make some myself. And failed. This attempt was before culinary school. After culinary school, I was more careful, and the fudge turned out okay. It was smooth-ish. There were some grainy bits, but at least it was still edible. And that’s my story about fudge. Remember to eat your veggies tomorrow!

What food are you really not a fan of?

I used to not like as many fruits as I do now. I used to only like green grapes and watermelon. Now I like strawberries and blueberries and apples and pears and bananas. A much-needed improvement to my diet! I also liked hot dogs and scrambled eggs as a kid, but now I am not really a fan of either. I guess the ins and outs of culinary school really opened up the doors of new foods and flavors for me. Also, just growing up in general made me change my ways. When I was younger, I was much more of a picky eater than I am today. Now I have some foods I do not like, but I am more willing to try just about anything once. I would not eat sushi when I was younger and now I do. I know some adults who are so picky that they will not eat chicken on the bone. I never was and stay to be not that much of a picky eater. Anyway, this is about the food I am not really a fan of. I do not like very spicy food that overpowers your mouth to the point of not being able to taste the food. That being said, I do not like Indian or Thai food but am mostly okay with Mexican food.  I am not a fan of beans and not a fan of food with a mushy texture, except for bananas, and things that are supposed to be mushy such as mashed potatoes. I am not a fan of pickles or of snap peas or of Cole slaw or potato salad or chicken salad or egg salad. While I do like my veggies, I am not much for salads in general, and usually do not eat many sandwiches that include something other than tuna. Weird. I know. Maybe I haven’t tried that many new things to say that I do not like them, as I have grown to like most other food. Or maybe my brain is just scrambled now because I just finished writing a 15 page, 6,000 word paper. Hmmm…that could be it. Maybe if you comment what you do not like on your plate, I can think of more things, but for now, that’s about it.

Which band have you traveled the farthest or paid the most to see play live?

I have been to the Treasure Island Music Festival, but I didn’t pay for my ticket, someone else bought it for me. However, it would’ve been the most I spent on a concert, and I would’ve gone again and I would be going to the Outside Lands this year, but I do not want to spend that amount of money now on a concert. I have not traveled too far to get to a concert, but thought about going somewhere just for a concert. I think the farthest I’ve gone is from San Francisco to Oakland. And that’s not that far. So I would if I could, but now, I can’t go and can’t spend that money. I love going to concerts and love supporting my favorite bands and musical artists by going to a live concert, and usually you get to hear special songs that are not available on CD or available online and it usually is better than when you are listening at home. So, if anyone want to be my concert buddy, someone who will dance with me and have fun at concerts with me, let me know in the comments! 🙂