Ever since I’ve been working as a flight attendant, I’ve started stereotyping the cities we fly to. You know what I mean– Portland has the hippies, Fort Lauderdale has the most “interesting” bunch of people, New York has the most attractive, Seattle has the coffee drinkers, Los Angeles has the most high maintenance, Las Vegas has the party animals, and Orlando has kids galore.
My personal favorite city to fly to is Dallas. Why? Well, the people are so nice and polite! You’d be surprised at how travelers are these days. A simple “please” and “thank you” goes a long way.
Another thing about Dallas passengers is they always ask for Dr. Pepper. I don’t think I’ve ever traveled on a plane that serves Dr. Pepper, but on every single Dallas flight, someone always asks. It’s like clockwork.
I guess Dr. Pepper’s big in Texas? They always seem extremely disappointed when I tell them that there’s no Dr. Pepper, too. Sorry, Texans.
I never drink soda, but I’m all about those crockpot recipes. Dr. Pepper with meat? That could work.
It definitely did! You don’t need to add any sugar because there’s already plenty of it in the soda. The meat didn’t come out tasting like Dr. Pepper at all, it just tasted like it had been sitting in the refrigerator marinating overnight. It’s great to try when you have some soda to get rid of in the fridge. I imagine Coca Cola would work just as well. Recipe from Add a Pinch.
It always takes time getting used to a new kitchen, right? Not in this case! Having a gas stove and oven is way better than an electric stove. My first apartment in Berkeley had an electric stovetop… a coil one! It was the biggest pain in the butt to clean and cook on since it took so long to heat up. Don’t even get me started on the little scraps that would fall through the cracks. They’d be stuck there for eternity.
My second Berkeley apartment still had an electric stovetop, but it was flesh. There were no coils to battle with. Cleaning was a cinch. After three years of living with an electric stovetop, I’d practically forgotten what gas stoves were like.
Holy cow! Everything cooks so evenly! There is no burning of the cookies on the edges. Every cookie on the sheet bakes evenly. Not only that, but water boils faster, the oil warms up in seconds, and I can roast marshmallows for s’mores in a matter of seconds!
So even though it’s a small kitchen, I’m so grateful for that little gas oven of mine. You bet your bottom dollar I’ll be using it every day!
This pad thai isn’t exactly authentic tasting.. it’s more of a quick fix recipe for a dish that tastes similar to pad thai. It’s a solid dish, but don’t make it expecting the best homemade pad thai because you’ll be disappointed. I’d make this recipe again.
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus wedges for serving
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 squirt Sriracha (optional)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
3 green onions, white and green parts, separated and thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped roasted, salted peanuts (optional)
Soak noodles according to package instructions. Drain.
In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, lime juice, soy sauce, and Sriracha.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
Add scallion whites and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add eggs and cook, scraping skillet with spatula until eggs are almost set (about 30 seconds). Transfer eggs to a plate.
Add noodles, scallion greens, and sauce to skillet. Cook, tossing constantly, until noodles are soft (about 1 minute). Add egg mixture and toss to coat, breaking eggs up gently.
Serve noodles with lime wedges, topped with cilantro and peanuts (if using).
You know it’s been a while when you log onto WordPress and you have not one, but seven, updates to be installed. Now how did that happen?
The good news? I can officially call Southern California my home again. I’ve successfully moved back over the past week and am slowly trying to turn a house into a home. I even had to do my first “grown up” purchases this past week. Shopping for a refrigerator is a lot easier than buying a couch.
Our refrigerator shopping was pretty painless since we had a very small space in the kitchen for it and there were only three refrigerators that could fit into the space. Obviously, we went with the cheapest one (helloooo wedding payments and student debt!).
Our couch shopping experience was exactly the opposite of that. We went into a furniture store and saw an ad for a mix and match furniture set for only $1099. We found one that we liked and went to make the purchase. Long story short: the couch that we chose wasn’t supposed to be on the ad and the manager refused to sell it to us as advertised.
Fast forward a couple of days later and numerous emails/phone calls to corporate, their twitter, facebook, and the BBB, we finally got a phone call today that they would honor their ad. I don’t understand why they couldn’t just do that in the first place.
I mean, they even left the ad up after several days and didn’t change it after the whole fiasco with us. You’d think that a company would fix their mistake after a problem with a customer so that it’s not repeated again in the future. Nope, they decided to take their chances. That’s ballsy.
So that’s that. We finally purchased a couch and a refrigerator. Now we’re just waiting for all of the pieces to be delivered so that we don’t have to sleep on the floor anymore (we’re also waiting on our mattress). I love sleeping on the floor, but my DF can’t stand it for the life of him.
I have yet to try making a meal in the kitchen yet since we didn’t have a refrigerator the first three days we lived in this apartment. Now that we have a fridge, I still have to go to the grocery store to stock it. Oh, the joys of moving.
It was also 104 degrees the day we moved in. Goodness gracious, LA!
I’m actually craving a home cooked meal right now. We had to eat out the past couple of days (again, no refrigerator) for every single meal. As luxurious as that sounds, it actually kind of sucks.
Even a simple pasta dish like this sounds great right about now, just as long as it’s made in my kitchen!
This pasta was very simple and had tons of lemon flavor. I liked how the spinach and roma tomatoes added a little bit of color to the plain looking dish.