Archive for December, 2007

I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan

Last week when I went rock climbing after work, I was a bit hungry so I decided to buy a snack at the gym. The only thing they had were Clif Bars and a cookie. I decided to go for the cookie.

I ate the cookie and found it to be pretty darn tasty. Then I looked at the label and it turned out that it was a vegan cookie. “What’s a vegan cookie?” you ask? Well, it’s one complies with all the rules for calling something vegan. Normally that’s no animal products of any kind (milk, eggs, butter, and stuff…)

Well, I just remembered to hop on their website to check it out and there’s tons more cookie types. I only had the “Outrageous Oatmeal Raisin” cookie.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a healthier cookie (if there ever was one) that uses organic products and probably is better to the environment, then be sure to check out the Alternative Baking Company.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Happy Holidays!

Hope you have a great one!

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Climbing Climbing

So my friends and I went climbing again on Wednesday. That’s the 2nd week in a row. Can we keep it up? Who knows. We did much better this week since we woke up our muscles last week. I ended up doing 4 routes: 5.8, 10a, 10c, 10d. I’m starting to feel the grip coming back to me. Whee!
Scarf girl, signing off.

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Christmas Caroling

I was talking to one of my friends recently, and he said that he will be caroling with his family during Christmas this year. He’s dreading it from what it seems. What an odd thing to do in this day and age, and in California.

Well, that’s the first thing that came to mind. I mean, I have seen caroling done in the movies, but what do people actually do? From what I understand, you go from door to door and sing Christmas carols. Um… then what? What do the recipients of the singing do? Do they invite the carolers in? Do they offer them something warm to drink? Do they just slam the door in their face?

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Saving On Your Starbucks Latte

So I was talking to my friend the other day and she talked about a possible way to save money on her daily latte. This only works if you have a microwave at your office.

Basically, you order 1 shot of espresso ($1.25 or so). Then, you walk over to the sugar and cream area and pour in your own milk. Bring this concoction back to your office and then put it in the microwave. Presto, you just saved your self from paying $3 or so on your latte.

Of course, you won’t get the same foam as you would with steamed milk, but think of the savings! It also depends on whether or not the cafe actually has milk out for you to pour (which I think it normally does).

Let’s see, if you saved $1.75 a day, that’s $8.75 per week, which adds up to $455 a year! (assuming you drink lattes 5 times a week for 52 weeks).

Then there’s iced lattes, which as long as you have ice at your office, you can totally do the same thing. Enjoy the savings!

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Climbing Again

I went climbing for the first time in yet another few months. It’s sad how hard it is to build up muscles and yet so easy to lose them. I ended up doing 4 routes with a long 10a being the toughest. There was this one really fun 5.9 where you have to kinda swing like a monkey for a second.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Look At Us All Growed Up

When I was a kid and watched tvs or movies, you’d always see these grown ups having dinner parties and all that. I always thought that “old people” did dinner parties. You know, the kind where there are married couples who have kids who want to have a nice with just other grown-ups.

Well, I started noticing that more recently, I’ve attended or hosted “dinner parties” with my friends. A few years back, it was couples mixed in with singles. Then, over the weekend, I had some friends over for a potluck, and when I paused to look around, it was with 2 other married couples.

Woah, when did I turn into one of those “grown ups” who had dinner parties with other married couples? To top it off, we discussed the possibility of doing a regular dinner party. Guess that’s all a part of growing up.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Tis’ the Season

Is it me or has anyone notice a lot more “autumn leaves” this year in the Bay Area? Growing up, the red, orange, and brown leaves that we’d see on tv were not a reality. However, this year we seemed to have that cold and crisp fall-like weather that was a bit colder and crisper than usual.

The drawback? Cold hands and cold feet. The benefit? Beautiful autumn trees. We don’t get as much here as the east coast I’m sure, but it’s still nice to see.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Cooking Quick Coq Au Vin

So we busted out the Cook’s Illustrated and found a coq au vin recipe to try over the weekend. It called for a bottle of wine so we headed off to Safeway to look. Our local Safeway seems to have a reasonable selection, but of course, we don’t really know what goes well but figured anything between $5-$10 should work.

We ended up picking a pinot noir (recommended by the magazine recipe) by Castle Rock, which is a local winery located in Monterey.

The conclusion? The chicken came out good, but a tad dry. I suppose it might have to do with the quality of the chicken (from Ranch 99) or us not being expert cooks. :-p

Next time, I’ll try maybe some organic chicken with the same wine. We’ll see if that changes anything.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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