17 9 / 2012

I love the name of this farm =). I can’t figure out how to minimize pics so I’ll keep this brief.

This past weekend I went apple picking and this particular farm was a great choice.

I mean just look at that face!

Imagine a hot cinnamon sugar cake donut.

$3 unlimited, round-trip hay rides? Obviously we were on board with that.

When you get to the top of the hill, this man tells you all the details and tips to apple picking.

The grove of apple trees.

Kids popping out of trees everywhere.

On the way back down the hill.

Scenery on the way…

Final haul - a “peck” of apples (sorry the pretty apples are on the bottom, the uglier apples on the top were picked in a rush).

There’s also an impressive shop/market across the street. This is where I realized that I was at……

…the home of the Pie Baked in a Paper Bag! I had seen this place on t.v. a while back so I was happy/surprised to realize I was there.

Overall, a great day spent outside in beautiful weather. Glad to have apple picking off my list of things to do but now I need to eat all these apples….

to my blog.

31 7 / 2012

I guess I’ll try to update this thing at least once per rotation, so here I go (long and boring post ahead).

I’m officially done with RPM (Resuscitative and Perioperative Medicine) after taking the exam this morning. I definitely could have studied more but I think I did enough educated guessing to do fine on it.

RPM consisted of Emergency Medicine lectures, Trauma Surgery lectures and 3 weeks of Anesthesiology lectures/clinical rotation. I got to a level where I was pretty comfortable with mask ventilation and tracheal intubations, which I’m proud of. I didn’t always complete the intubations but I was definitely comfortable with trying and at least knew what I was suppose to see (me starting IVs is a different story though). I thought doing intubations was a cool experience because I always thought they were so scary, at least the way they are portrayed on TV. I suppose those were usually emergency situations but still…

Anesthesiology was fun and pretty chill. If I wanted to be in the OR, it would probably be as an Anesthesiologist (aka no surgery for me) but I have to say the idea of being vulnerable to the whims/wrath/demands of the surgeons doesn’t sound that fun to me. And as cliche as it sounds, some surgeons just aren’t very nice or patient people (but most of them are)!

I celebrated after my exam by stopping by Rocket Baby Bakery (seen above), a new bakery that opened up nearby. It’s really cute and I hope it’s the beginning of more such businesses opening in Tosa. Going there clued me into the fact that a supposedly decent donut shop exists across the street, which I’ll have to check out: Cranky Al’s.

A couple Milwaukee summer pastimes I’ve been able to enjoy thus far:

Fourth of July Fireworks by the Lake

This is the biggest fireworks show in the area and actually takes place on July 3rd. People camp out days ahead of time. You can get an idea of how many people were there if you look at the left side of the picture. But honestly that’s just a small fraction of how many people were actually there.

The show was great but it was nearly an hour, which I personally felt was too long.

Milwaukee is known for having a ton of summer festivals (or something like that). I checked out Festa Italiana, which consisted mostly of beer and Italian food, along with some entertainment and shopping.

I’ve also enjoyed walking/running at the park near my apartment since the weather permits it (aka no snow).

Next rotation: Family Medicine.

15 4 / 2012

Last Wednesday was the anticipated (at the very least, it terms of its significance in the playoff race) Knicks vs. Bucks match-up. I bought these tickets way back in February, right after Linsanity started. Lin is out and not traveling with the team, so it was a disappointment not to be able to even see him. Nevertheless, I was excited for the game! We started out with Thai food at EE-Sane Thai Cuisine (Lava Tofu above).

This was the view from our seats without zoom, which I thought was great. We got these usually $40+ tickets for $20 on StubHub (including all fees).

Lin would have been somewhat close to me!!! =)

They held a hilarious baby race, which seemed so cute and so wrong at the same time. As you can guess, this baby was nowhere close to the finish line.

Brandon Jennings (I know that’s not him in the photo) has his own beat that plays every time he scores, which I thought was pretty cool.

The game was exciting since it went down to the wire, with the Knicks coming out on top!

I’ll be on the look out for Knicks-Bucks tickets next season, when Jeremy Lin comes back to Milwaukee. =)

28 2 / 2012

I’m enjoying my brief time off after a particularly killer Pharmacology test. Most of today was dedicated to doing things I put off (you know like taking out the trash) but I also spent some time in the kitchen. Unfortunately, cooking for fun is such a rarity nowadays both for time and money reasons.

The first thing I attempted to make was a Mixed Berry Clafoutis. I tried one at a catered event on campus earlier in the year and I thought it was sooo good. When I later came across a recipe that was super easy, I knew I had to try making it! It turns out it was too good to be true because it didn’t turn out well.

Flavor wise it wasn’t very good and I wasn’t able to slice it because it never really set.

To redeem myself, I decided to tackle a Cinnamon Coffee Cake recipe I had bookmarked for awhile. I had all the ingredients on hand, so I thought why not? Luckily this one turned out MUCH better.

In other news, I cannot express how excited I am to watch NBA basketball in my pajamas this Sunday. Basically, I’m excited just to relax and enjoy a lazy Sunday =D.

10 1 / 2012

This is a NYC: Desserts Only Edition, in honor of some friends visiting/returning to NYC this Thursday (and because I am clearing my desktop). These are photos I never posted from my 2011 Summer visit.

Iced Green Tea from Argo Tea [Tasted okay, a little bitter.]

Black Sesame Ice Cream from The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory [I love this flavor and the Almond Cookie flavor.]

Milk Tea boba from Vivi Bubble Tea [Good and cheap!]

Quarter-sized cupcakes from Baked by Melissa [Not worth it.]

Olive Oil Gelato from Chelsea Market [Also really good!! Subtle, buttery, and unique.]

Korean baked goods from Koreatown area [Interesting texture from what I remember.]

Banana Bread Pudding from Magnolia Bakery [Pretty good but a little pricey and sweet by the end.]

PB&J donut from Doughnut Plant [This flavor is SO good! In general, their donuts are not greasy, the ingredients are high quality, the dough is chewy, and their flavors are unique. The only downside is that it’s pricey for a donut, ~$3 each, but totally worth it!]

Dulce de Leche donut from Doughnut Plant [How do they get the ring of dulce de leche in the middle? Mind boggling…]

Pistachio, Jasmine Green Tea, and Rose Macaroons from Bisous Ciao [All three flavors are really good! Some of the best Macaroons I’ve ever tasted.]

Big Gay Ice Cream Truck [I’ve tried to eat this on 2 NYC trips now and failed both times.]

Thanks Sis for all the recommendations! And as usual, my blog post is about food. Kbye!

04 12 / 2011

Empire State Building

I think this trip was the least tourist-y of all my visits to NYC, at least in terms of taking photos. This is probably because I’ve been there several times before and I was lazy. <—- mostly this

Here are a few highlights/new things I did this time around:

  • Nap/study in the New York Public Library at Bryant Park (which felt more like a museum):

  • Eat at a Japanese buffet that was pricey and tasted just okay (soba noodles, seaweed salad, and desserts were the highlights for me):

  • Finally catch another Broadway show (we loved it!):

  • Walk around NYC with this fool:

  • See Madison Square Garden:

  • Visit Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, which I highly recommend:

  • Eat at J.Timberlake’s restaurant, Southern Hospitality; it was your average BBQ chain type food:

  • Study on a rock in Central Park:

  • And somehow end up in Times Square almost every single night:

We did many more things but they’re undocumented. As always, it was fun and exhausting. Thanks for everything Sis!

14 11 / 2011

One thing I am often reminded of is how expensive it is to live alone (^ my apartment building). Yes, I do feel guilty for “spending” so much money at a time where my money comes in the form of loans but I like my privacy and freedom too much to change it (for now). Though I was always somewhat frugal (thanks Mom and Dad), my experiences in Wisconsin have made me more money conscious than ever before.

This rambling comes after my costly Target trip this morning. I’m sure many of you guys can relate to that Target-money-vacuum feeling! Luckily, today is also a day of many freebies!  In the spirit of Extreme Couponing, I want to say that if you look and put in some effort, freebies and deals do exist!

1. At Target, I needed to purchase some disinfectant wipes. I picked up this new version and noticed a “Try Me Free Rebate” sticker that allows me to get these wipes completely free!

2. Next stop on my errand run was Kohl’s. The Kohl’s locations here often send us “$10 off a minimum of $10 purchase” cards. I used it to get these Lauren Conrad earrings for free!

3. When I got home, my BzzAgent Kit arrived with this inside:

Two boxes of Kroger’s new “The Truly Awesome Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookie”—completely free.

If you total my freebies from today it comes out to about $15 dollars. This might not be much to some people, but I’ll happily take it. =D

P.S. Here is the link if anyone is interested in the Lysol wipes.

24 10 / 2011

I’m freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

At least for today. I felt like I was trapped in 2 weeks of nonstop studying, so I honestly feel sort of odd right now. Anyway after checking my exam answers, I went to National Bakery and Deli in Brookfield because my friend had a free $20 Groupon. Guys, it was voted #1 Bakery on Wisn A-List!!

I’m just kidding, I don’t know what that is or how important that title is. The main reason I wanted to go was because I saw that they had donuts! The menu states that they have French donuts and Cruller donuts, and since I like French Cruller donuts I was thoroughly confused. And after asking the worker about these two types, she was also thoroughly confused. So instead I got the donut you see above, which is like a unsweetened cinnamon roll donut with white frosting and chocolate sprinkles (which makes no sense to me). The customer behind me assured me that it is delicious! Although I finished it, I didn’t think it tasted good at all. Oh Wisconsin.

                                

It also reminds me of how good my dad’s donuts are, especially compared to these other so-called “donut” that exist. Our shop has had a Yelp page for awhile now, but it’s always been empty. Last night Sis informed me that it has received its First Review!!!! I was 1 million x 10^10 million x bajillion excited about this!! Head over to Yelp to read it for yourself!

P.S. If you’re wondering how much $20 of goodies is, this is what we bought: Half dozen cupcakes, 7 donuts, 1 loaf of pumpkin bread, 8 pack of small dinner rolls, and birthday candles.

01 10 / 2011

Okay, I apologize for posting another restaurant review but I recently went to Rick Bayless’s restaurant in Chicago. And considering his reputation, I felt I had to review The Frontera Grill.

For anyone who hasn’t heard of Rick Bayless, he basically specializes in gourmet Mexican Cuisine. I use to watch his show on PBS as a kid. He and his restaurant are winners of numerous James Beard Foundation awards and most recently, he was the WINNER of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters Season 1. I think it would be an understatement to say that I was a wee bit excited to try his food.

Granted, Mexican food isn’t my favorite type of cuisine but still…(and I apologize for the blurry pictures).

Luckily we got there right when it opened, so we didn’t have to wait. But the restaurant filled up quickly. A lot of people ordered the Tortilla Soup, which didn’t taste like you expect tortilla soup to taste. However I really liked it, except by the end it started to feel too salty (it was basically a dark broth that you eat with the few added bits of avocado or tortilla strips, very simple.)

My order: Camarones en Mole de Chabacano

Enchiladas de Mole Poblano: Homemade tortillas rolled around Gunthorp free-range chicken, doused with Mexicos most famous mole. Black beans. (It’s supposedly one of his most popular dishes, he is known for his mole sauce I guess?):

Some enchilada dish, I forgot:

Quesadillas Nortenas: Flour tortillas folded over Wisconsin Jack cheese & duck carnitas. Served with black beans & young greens. I really liked this quesadilla actually.

Camarones en Mole de Chabacano: Chamoy-glazed fresh Florida shrimp, savory apricot mole, red chile rice, grilled green beans, pickled pasilla chiles.

Although I appreciate his modern take on Mexican cuisine, I’m disappointed to say that overall the food didn’t live up to the hype. My friends and I mildly enjoyed the meal and I probably wouldn’t eat there again, though I would be willing to try his other restaurants (3 of them are located next to each other on the same block).

Thanks for listening!

P.S. I never get sick of the Bean =D

22 9 / 2011

Part of the reason I started this Tumblr was to be able share what life is like in Milwaukee, since I call it home for now.

Yesterday I went to a restaurant called Meritage for a friend’s birthday dinner. My friend chose this restaurant because it had 4.5 stars on Yelp. You have to remember though, that the standards in Milwaukee are different than say LA or NYC so….interpret that 4.5 as you’d like ;D

The ambiance was warm and cozy.

I liked that the menu was small, diverse, and creative. Most of us were attracted to a certain dish right away. I was definitely attracted to the crispy lamb belly; I’ve never heard of that!

That’s the crispy lamb belly on the right, in case you’re wondering =).

I thought the kabobs were simple and good. The lamb belly was worth trying for me, but a friend thought it was just fatty and oily. The chickpea salad was a bit bland for my taste and the feta bread was good!

Overall though, I just enjoyed trying one of Milwaukee’s finest =).