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Tuesday Meals…Mardi Gras Edition!

Mardi Gras Parade!

So as you all know (if you’ve been reading the blog!) I visited New Orleans just about a month ago.  Well, today is Mardi Gras, otherwise known as Pancake Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday.  In honour of today, I decided to go all out and make pancakes! 

Pancakes=easy right?  Well I guess it depends on what kind of pancakes you’re making.  Since I decided to make pancakes for dinner, I tried to recreate a favourite recipe of my gramma’s (and yes I know I spelled grandma wrong, but that’s just how I spell it!)- potato pancakes.  It’s never really been a super fave of mine…I’m a texture person, and frankly pancakes in general are just a tad too mushy for me.  HOWEVER, when I was in San Fran- blog about that still to come (I’m in the process of writing it!), we went to a German restaurant/bar, and we had the BEST potato pancakes EVER!  They weren’t even really pancakes, they were more like cakes.  Super good potato cakes.  Mmmmmm!

So, I looked up some recipes, and they all basically said you have to grate potatoes, and all of them basically said that grating them sucked.

I don’t really know what kind of potatoes they were grating, but it look like 4 minutes total, and it was pretty fricken easy.  Take that potato pancake recipe writers!

Ok, so you basically grate potatoes, then…. well to be honest I didn’t really follow a recipe.  As per usual I guess!  Matt came home and got on the computer, and wouldn’t get off it, so I kind of remembered what was in most of the recipes, and just went from memory. 

Here’s what I did put in them:

  • grated potato
  • an egg
  • about 2 table spoons of flour
  • chopped onion

I think that’s it.  Oh- I did use seasoned salt.  But that’s it.  I basically just mushed them into balls, put them in a frying pan, and waited until they looked brown.  Mine didn’t really ever get brown.  In fact, while cooking I got really disappointed because they looked almost green.  I think it might have been the EVOO I used in the pan, but I can’t really be sure- I’ve never made these before!

fry 'em up!

Anywho, I only made 4 because I wasn’t sure about them, but they were actually really good, and Matt was sad I didn’t make more.

Because we were still hungry………

I ALSO MADE CREPES! 

I was very ambitious tonight!

So a little side story here…. when I was little my gramma used to make me “pancakes”.  I loved them.  She’d put apples, or blue berries in them, or just make them plain with a bit of sugar.  They were delicious!  She still makes them today and I love them.  However, she was making crepes.  I did not know this.  Then one day I slept over at a friend’s house, and her mom said she was making us pancakes for breakfast.  Well they were much different from my gramma’s, and I didn’t like how mushy they were.  Those were real pancakes.  😛  So tonight my friends, I also attempted to make apple cinnamon crepes!

I did follow a recipe.  But really it’s just all about a good balance between flour, milk, eggs and water.  Seriously.  Matt was shocked that there was nothing really special about the ingredients.

Here’s how I made them:

  1. Mix 2 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, and 2 tablespoons of melted butter until it’s smooth.  (Use a whisk!)
  2. Whisk in 1 cup of flour until it’s smooth.
  3. Cut up an apple into tiny pieces.  Add them to the mixture.
  4. Add sugar and cinnamon to taste. 
  5. Cook in a frying pan, or griddle like I did!!! (We got it as a wedding gift, and it was so handy and awesome!)

Gooey-appley crepey goodness!

Not sure why, but I didn't actually take a picture of the crepes cooking. None the less, here's the griddle!

Mmmmmmm!

That’s it yo.  If you want them thinner, add more liquid, if you like them thicker, do a tiny bit less water/milk.

Yay to pancake Tuesday!  Now I have pancakes for lunch tomorrow too! 🙂  Woot woot!

PS  I’ve been following a blog lately called One Wild and Precious Life.  The writer lives in NOLA, and blogs about everyday life there.  For the past couple weeks she has written about the days leading up to Mardi Gras.  It’s really pretty interesting.  Especially if you’ve never been to Mardi Gras!  Check it out fo sho!

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Erin’s 30th Birthday Trip- Part 2! NOLA

Heeeeeyyyy!

So wow, this is like the 4th post this week.  Cool huh?  I think I could keep this up.  Assuming you all continue reading!

Alright, so let’s continue from where we left off shall we?

So I’m in NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana!),  and I’m visiting Sandra and Derek (who FYI either moved today already, or are moving tomorrow, so good timing!) who have been there for a year (Derek), and about like 4 months (Sandra).  Before I came Sandra told me it was cold, and I didn’t believe her.  When I got there, I still didn’t believe her!  It was sunny, I only wore a sweater to dinner (and we walked!), and even the second day it was warm and sunny, and only required a sweater.  Then came Monday.  The only day we picked for a walking cemetery tour was so F-ing cold we had to buy gloves.  And I still froze.  Our tour guide was dressed up in a toque and gloves too!  It was also super duper cold at night.  So cold, that I (someone who sleeps with a fan and always half way out of the covers) friggen froze, and definitely needed a second blanket!  Cemetery tour was cool, regardless of the weather.  Very old, very neat.  Interestingly enough these above ground cemeteries pop up all over the city right in the middle of urban/residential areas.  The one we visited was directly beside a ghetto.  Seriously.  If we were in London, this cemetery would have been EOA.  You London people know what I’m talking about.

Alrighty, so cold, in the ghetto, but in a pretty neat cemetery (oh FYI Nicholas Cage has already purchased and built a pyramid style grave thing in this cemetery in case you’re looking to spend eternity laying next to him!), and we come to the end of our tour….at a voodoo priestess temple.  I don’t really know what Sandra and I were expecting…but let me tell you, it was not this.  First of all the lady does not seem like a voodoo priestess.  Not that I’ve ever met one, but she is about 65, wore bright old lady clothes, and always had a smile on her face.  Second, she told me my voice sounded like I was a singer.  What?  Anyways, she also told us nothing about voodoo.  She led us to her temple, and scolded us for not listening, then basically lectured us about the economy.  Weird.  That was our experience in a voodoo temple.

How can my time in NOLA get better than that day?  Well my friends, it just did.  The next day Sandra and I headed to the insectarium.  That’s right, we went to a museum full of dead, and LIVE insects!  It was actually pretty neat.  We also got to eat some insects.  I ate something called a wax worm.  It did not taste like nothing.  It tasted gross.  Sandra had a cricket, and said it was just crunchy.  We also saw a tiny Alligator, which was so friggen cute, but all by itself in this massive tank full of insects and water.  Also weird. 

Since this was my last night in NOLA, we HAD to have King Cake.  I like to call it baby cake because they used to put a little plastic baby in the cake for someone to find as a prize.  Some people say if you get the baby you buy the next cake, some say if you get the baby you will have a baby next.  Either way, they don’t put them in the cake anymore, they put it in the package, and you can put it in the cake, or keep it for yourself.  It’s up to you.  Anywho, this baby cake is so friggen good.  It’s like really thin cinnamon buns that are shaped in a cake, and stuffed with cream cheese icing (not sweet icing though, just super fluffy good icing).  You can get them plain, or filled with fruit and stuff,  but Sandra said the cream cheese was the best.  It was so good!!!!  They only make these baby cakes close to Mardi Gras, so I was just in time! 🙂

Ohhhhhhh, before we leave off here, I forgot to tell you about a couple things!  1. Bourbon Street- the infamous French Quarter Street in NOLA which is full of bars, strip clubs, and touristy stores.  It’s seedy, and gross, and smells like a combination of pee and puke.  Seriously.  I’m sure if I was with a group of people at night and we were bar hopping like 5 years ago, it would be great, but I saw it in day light.  Almost like when they turn the ugly lights on in a bar at 2am. ugh.  We even saw a stripper having a cigarette outside a club in her thong.  Classy!  2.  They have drive through Daiquiris bars.  For real!  I guess driving with open alcohol isn’t such a big deal!  We didn’t go through a drive through one, but we did end up going to a regular bar/store and they had a bazillion flavours that pour out of slushy machines and are served in MASSIVE styrofoam cups.  Ridiculous!  3.  In the French Market I purchased an Alligator claw backscratcher with a real alligator claw on it.  They farm alligators for meat here, and end up selling the other parts (feet, hands, claws, heads, etc.) to tourists like me in the form of key chains, backscratchers, and other weird items.  My horribly bad pets promptly got a hold of it when I got home and ate it.  (seriously, and it was gross)  So it no longer exists.

Ok, lets fast forward back to the last day again!

Sadly, my time in NOLA felt like it was over before I knew it.  Early morning flight meant an uneventful night of baby cake and Pet hoarders on tv. 

Here are some of my more interesting pics of NOLA.  🙂

Bourbon Street

An impromptu Jazz Concert? But of course!

Mmmm! One of my many delicious meals- french toast stuffed with banana cream cheese, and topped with a rum caramel sauce!

Alligator heads for sale!

Cable car!

Super cold cemetery tour with our tour guide. He's in front of a tomb where a voodoo queen is buried!

Cemetery

More cemetery.

Voodoo temple!

More voodoo temple

Me and the beignets from the famous Cafe du Monde! They are small deep fried balls of dough that are covered in powdered sugar! Delicious!

Massive daiquiris. Mardi Gras beads. Alligator backscratcher. Can we say TOURIST?!?

Sandra is eating a bug!

I'm eating a bug!

Baby Cake!

Mmmmmmm baby cake!

 

Alright.  So that’s it for NOLA.  It was fun.  And cold.  Also delicious. 

Next up- Part 3: San Francisco Bai! 🙂

Peace out.

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Erin’s 30th Birthday Trip- Part One.

So here it is- the start of 9 days of vacation.  Missed connections, lost luggage, mechanical trouble on planes, sunny weather, cloudy weather, fantastic food, beer filled boots, insects, crazy hills, cemeteries, national parks, voodoo temples…..  are you ready to get started?

February 5th.  330 am.  The start of a VERY long day.

1st annoying thing that happened- I stood in line for 30 minutes in the wrong line.  How did that happen you ask?  Well I was flying with United Airlines, BUT it was on an Air Canada jet.  I stood in the United line.  WRONG!  When I went to the Air Canada line…it was completely empty.  F.

2nd annoying thing that happened- So I’m on the plane now, and I have no one next to me (yay!).  Just wait a sec, that’s not the annoying part- we take off, and it was the worst friggen take off ever.  The plane was for real tilting back and forth and side to side.  At first I thought it was just me thinking this was not normal, but when the guy across the row from me looked over and gave me a shocked look, I knew it wasn’t ok.  About half an hour into our flight (when the seatbelt sign still hadn’t been turned off) the pilot came on and said we’re having mechanical issues and we’re heading back to Toronto.  F. 

A plane similar to mine.

We later were told there was something wrong with our door, which explained the turbulent flight.

3rd annoying thing that happened- this first flight was not a direct flight to New Orleans.  I had a stop over in Chicago first.  BUT by having us turn around, and waiting for our luggage to be unloaded, then reloaded onto a new plane, and by starting our hour long flight again….. I knew my connection was going to be tight.  While on that second flight they told us that United staff would be waiting at the gate to tell us about our connections.  The guy that helped me when I got off said,

“Run.  Your flight is leaving right now.” 

Awesome.  So I ran like a madwoman 3 terminals over to find out that my flight left 20 minutes ago.  Sigh.

I headed to the first United counter I found, and told the lady my dilemma.  First she made it seem like I missed the flight because I was just late (even though I told her the plane had to turn around), then she said the next flight to New Orleans was in 10 hours.  10 hours!!!  Anywho, she told me to go to the actual customer service counter.  To make a long story short, they ended up putting me on a different airline completely and I was on another flight in 4 hours.

When I finally got to New Orleans, I was greeted by Sandra who leied me with Mardi Gras beads! 🙂  The party animals that we are decided just to grab pizza, play Wii and have an early night in.  And that was alright by me!

Part One is just my first day of flying, and there really aren’t any pictures that I took during my stupid first day.  I will say this though, while in New Orleans Sandra and I did a Monday Meals which I hope to post later today, AND the next post after that will be the remainder of my journey in New Orleans (or NOLA as it is also called). 

See ya later Alligator!

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Bad Photos and Bai Signing off …

The Bai Train is approaching it’s final destination, and I’d like to personally thank you all for coming along for the ride! Erin should be just taking to the air right about now, and is on her way back to Canada.

In case you missed this week, here’s what went on:

I hope that I’ve entertained you all, since I had big blogging shoes to fill. The blog duties return to Erin and I get to say my farewell. However, not before posting some awful pics that happened over the course of the week AND a video of Erin.

We all take bad pictures. They’re unavoidable. Much like a train wreck though, we can’t look away. They’re so gruesome, yet so compelling to keep. It all starts off when someone takes a self portrait of themselves, trying to capture the fact that they’re at some place where you’re not, and have that place be in the background while they put on their false smile for the picture. If that wasn’t bad enough, someone has to go and be aware that you’re taking an already poor excuse for a picture, and make it worse by doing this:

Two please!

… also props to the ugly ass shades in this pic. 🙂

Next we have the pic that “takes itself”. I’m not sure I believe in that excuse. Last I checked, cameras don’t function without a person pressing the button.

"I'd like to ... ass-k ... you a question ..."

Erin: Whoops! My camera just took a picture of your ass Bai, all by itself!

Bai: Sure it did …

Then there are those pictures where you have to put on a stupid hat. More stupidly, you agree to put on said hat, and then take direction on how to pose/stand for the proceeding picture to be taken. Even worse is when the camera woman can’t explain to you that you need to lean forward because you’re out of the frame with the hat on! After several minutes of being directed poorly AND laughed at (because you’re wearing a silly hat), the result is this:

"Does the shark look like it's eating my head?!?" - Bai

Everyone loves balloon animals and creations right? Well, have you ever seen a Ariel from Disney’s Little Mermaid in balloon form? Even better, have you stopped a child carrying one just to take a picture of it, with a proud mom looking on? Most importantly though, when did Ariel get so busty?

Hey Ariel, do you have a permit for those guns?

Lastly we have the ever popular … take a picture while someone is talking picture. Not only does it make them look silly, everyone will ask “Was Bai drunk in this picture?!

No caption required.

As a special treat, I have a video of Erin playing her Zumba Fitness game for the Wii that she bought while she was here. Truth be told, she’s already a Zumba pro, which is why she knows the steps, but seriously, it looks ridiculous. Also of note, I already know I laugh like a monkey. I had to upload this to YouTube and link it to you, since embedding video on this blog site isn’t free. Please note that it’s unlisted, so the only way to view this video is via the link posted here. If Erin wants it to be public, I’ll change it.

Erin plays Zumba Fitness – Bai laughs – Leela stands around and sniffs the floor

 

And with that my friends, I take my leave. Thank you again for coming along with me on the Bai Train! Adios!

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I wasn’t even supposed to be here today …

What a day! Wednesday = mundane report day! Hey I promised to post daily, I didn’t promise they’d all be winners. 😛

Today started off on the wrong foot for yours truly. I had a terrible sleep so I woke up tired, and when I’m tired, I’m clumsy. Clumsier than usual anyway. Despite it being my day off, I was up at 7am, and off to work for 8am. I had to head in for a couple hours before heading off to the San Francisco Airport to go get Erin. I was two sips into my coffee and then ended up knocking over my cup, spilling it all over my desk. Rookie mistake. The keyboard was the only victim of my accidental destruction. I didn’t think to take a picture, but it was a glorious spill.

3 hours later I was off! First thing’s first … had to gas up!

Gassin' Up!

Alright, we’re off to the races! The drive was was clear and I listened mostly to Andrew W K on the way.

Look who I found at the Airport!

Guess Who?!?!?!

However upon arriving and finding Erin, she was waiting at the Guest Services counter being told her bags hadn’t left New Orleans. Good job United! Here’s to hoping they deliver on their promise of delivery first thing tomorrow.

Pouty Face 😦

That was the end of the bad for the day though. Thus California journey with E-Rock (That’s me!) began! I do my best to come up with a song to listen to as the first song to kick off the journey. I wanted a song that will put a HUGE smile on Erin’s face, and then have her cringe immediately after. I’m jerky like that. 🙂 Knowing that Erin LOVES Britney Spears, and my love of heavy metal, I chose … this.

For lunch, we headed over to Harry’s Hofbrau for Hot Pastrami and Pulled Pork sandwiches.

Best. Hot Sandwiches. EVER!

Full of food, and in much better spirits we headed for my apartment … which consisted of watching some tv, then making a grocery shopping excursion. More tv, misc YouTube videos, brownies from scratch (yes, they’re delicious, and Erin helped), and now a movie – The Bounty Hunter … which Erin has fallen asleep to within the first 15 minutes, while I labouriously update her blog with mundane content. Though for the record, I’m more than happy to do so. Here’s a picture of Erin on the Rolls Royce of inflatable mattresses. 😀

Oh bed, you look so good!

Yes, that’s a puzzle on my table. Puzzles are Awesome, though optional, and not a requirement of Awesomeness.

Today started out poorly, but is ending on a high note. Tomorrow, I have an appointment, but I plan on documenting how to dress appropriately for such an occasion. Erin will be wandering aimlessly around the mall near my apartment. Friday we’re going to Muir Woods for redwoods and hiking. Saturday and Sunday are San Francisco days. All will be documented for your amusement.

E-Rock out.

P.S. It’s difficult to blog when the adorable fat ass of I cat I have, insists on strong arming her way into my lap.

That's some sweet spiral action I got while taking this pic

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BlogJacked!

That’s right, Erin is on vacation and I’m takin’ over! Just to set the embarrassment bar high to kick things off, I’m pretty sure right about now Erin and Sandra look something like this …

What-what?!?

For those who don’t know me, I’m known as Bai (sounds like Bay), I’m constantly scowling, listening to heavy metal, gaming and being all around jerky to most people.

As you can see in this time line, I’ve gone from being an ugly kid to an even uglier adult …

My artistic talents know no bounds in terms of photo editing!

…to being possibly down right retarded.

Maaaatttt Daaaaamon!

The Bai-Train is gearing up to go full steam ahead and I challenge you all to come on board! I’m going to blog Sun – Sun during this hijack, with my own unique (albeit flawed) perspective on life.

There is a good chance that Erin will loose readers, BUT there’s a good chance she’ll get some new ones via the hate mail I’m bound to get. I’ll also be reading and responding to comments! No holds barred! WOO WOO!

-Bai

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