this is my go to recipe for fries!

I’ve apparently been the victim of growing up, which apparently happens to all of us at one point or another. It’s been going on for quite some time now, without me knowing it. I’ve found that growing up can mean a lot of things. For me, it doesn’t mean I should become somebody completely new and stop loving the things I used to love. It means I’ve just added more things to my list. Like for example, I’m still beyond obsessed with the winter season and I still start putting up strings of lights in September. I still love sparkles and grocery shopping and really old cats that are only nice to you half the time. I still love writing in my journal and wearing dresses all the time and staring at chandeliers. But some new things I’ve fallen in love with – mismatched everything. Mismatched chairs, mismatched colors, mismatched personalities. I love spraying perfumes I used to wear when I was in high school. It brings me back to the days of trying to get a close parking spot at school, trying to get noticed by soccer players, and trying to figure out how to avoid doing or saying anything uncool, and wishing every minute of every day that one day maybe I’d get a chance to win a Grammy. Or something crazy and out of reach like that. ;) I love old buildings with the paint chipping off the walls and my dad’s stories about college. I love the freedom of living alone, but I also love things that make me feel seven again. Back then naivety was the norm and skepticism was a foreign language, and I just think every once in a while you need fries and a chocolate milkshake and your mom. I love picking up a cookbook and closing my eyes and opening it to a random page, then attempting to make that recipe. I’ve loved my fans from the very first day, but they’ve said things and done things recently that make me feel like they’re my friends – more now than ever before. I’ll never go a day without thinking about our memories together.

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School’s been stressing me out a bit, so I thought I’d make time for myself to make something delicious.

I got inspiration from chef Deuki Hong’s video he did with Munchies, where he shows off his fried rice that’s not complicated and easy to make drunk! I’ve stopped drinking though, so the last part doesn’t apply to me.

You can watch the video by chef Hong, and how I went about making the kimchi fried rice at the jump. Check it out!

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Knock Off Benihana/Hibachi soup!

I LOVE Benihana and my boyfriend and I were going to go last night but it didn’t work out, so I made this for lunch today (via a recipe I found on Pinterest) to settle my craving! It’s obviously not the real thing but it’s delicious, quick, and easy!

1 can Campbell’s chicken or vegetable broth
1 tbsp French’s fried onions
2 very thinly sliced baby portabellas
Dash of onion powder
Dash of garlic powder
Salt

Throw it all in a bowl, microwave for 2 minutes, and eat it up! And if you want more fat, you can also make your own chicken broth to use

LOVED IT!

2.5g net carb…… 3g fat

Meeting Your Foreign Family For The First Time -NCT U

Requested : by anon

hello! this is my first ever request and i hope anon you like it! :)

Taeil: 

Originally posted by taeiloves

Taeil would be totally excited at the thought of meeting your family. He would prepare korean food recipes to cook for your family. he would ramble on and on with you on the way to your home from the airport. however, in front of your family members, he would be so shy he barely speaks. often glancing at you after answering a question from your parents to make sure he said the correct thing. after a few days, he would get comfortable with your family, sometimes even cracking dad jokes with them.

Taeyong:

Originally posted by taeyongd

 Taeyong would be so nervous at the thought of meeting your family. often holding your hands to ease his nervousness. when complimented on his looks, he would blush and mutter a shy thank you. Taeyong would always follow you where ever you went cause he didn’t want to be left alone with your family. when asked why he’d just give a sheepish smile “nothing..” when Taeyong got comfortable, he would often gossip about you with your parents, like how were you like when you were a child. he even gives your mum a back massage and watches soccer matches with your dad. urgh talking bout perfect boyfriends. 

Doyoung: 

Originally posted by doyoungsmile

Doyoung would pack lots of souvenirs and give them all to you and your family. Doyoung would smile alot with your family, not saying he doesn’t smile often, but he would be really smiley around your parents sometimes even doing agyeo for them. he would be the perfect older brother to your younger siblings always guiding and playing with them. he would cook his special recipe of stir-ed fried spicy chicken that he got from his aunt. he would cook, set the table and wash the dishes, basically everything. he would go an extra mile to wash and cut honey pears he specially brought from korea.  “babe thank you so much…” “my pleasure honey.”

Ten:

Originally posted by visualjaehyun

Ten would offer to bring the whole family out for a short trip. maybe just an hour away from residence. although he’s not familiar with the country he’ll do his best to plan everything smoothly. he’d plan activities that engages both the elderly and young. he’d bring you to a restaurant he found on tripadvisor claiming how good the food is BUT IN ACTUAL FACT HE’S NEVER BEEN THERE. ending the day with him singing a song he composed in your language, occasionally smiling at you through the song. the whole mood would be kind of campfire-ish after his performance so both the young and elderly would sing and all of you would have a great time.

Jaehyun:

Originally posted by blackgirlslovebts

Jaehyun would complain all day to your parents and ignore you when you glare at him. he would talk about how your feet smells and yet you wouldn’t get it out of his face. how you always have your own portion of food but would always steal his. despite all this Jaehyun would be such a sweetheart assuring your parents regardless he still loves you dearly. 

Mark:

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Mark would be the most nervous out of all the members around your family. he would always sweat buckets when asked a question. he would freak out and give ridiculous answers like “ mark… what do you see in our daughter?” his mind would go blank and he would stumble “uh- i -uh yes i like her very much.” your family would burst out in laughter and your dad would speak up “calm down mr Lee, we aren’t gonna eat you up.” which mark would give a shy smile to.

Haechan:

Originally posted by jeongyunos

istg this boy. Haechan would be the most talkative. he would speak to your parents in a way even you’ve never before. his words were soaked with honey and it was very obvious he wanted to gain your parent’s favour. “stop praising my mum for her cooking! it ain’t that good to begin with.” you exclaimed. “hey y/n that isn’t nice!” Haechan lightly pushed your shoulders. you rolled your eyes and there he goes again like a engine running wild “ omg auntie your nails are really cute! where did you get them done? i need to bring y/n there.”

This was my super simple yummy lunch today! tofu stir fry + sweet potato fries + hommus + avo! Recipe is below if you want to give it a try! I really like creating recipes that are simple because it has ingredients that people could easily have in their fridge/cupboard most of the time and I’m not an advanced cook myself 😂 so I don’t do anything too crazy! If you have better skills than me feel free to add more to these recipes! Or if you’re just starting out or looking for some easy ideas, then this sort of stuff is the way to go 🙌🙌 Ingredients
-160g tofu sliced into chunks
-sweet potato (desired amount for chips)
-1 tbsp soy sauce (reduced salt)
-mixed seasoning (herb and garlic is good! I used mingle seasonings ‘sally’ seasoning)
-100g mushrooms
-big handful of baby spinach
-small handful of chopped spring onions
-extra Virgin olive oil spray
-avocado
-hommus
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius fan forced and line a baking tray with baking paper
2. Slice the sweet potato into 'chips’. I used purple and orange but you can use what you have!
3. Lay the sweet potato on the baking tray, spray lightly with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle a mixed seasoning on top
4. Place in the oven for 10 minutes, take out and turn over, place back in the oven
5. While the sweet potato finishes cooking, heat a pan on medium heat and spray with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil
6. Place the tofu in the pan with 1 tbsp soy sauce and cook for 1-2 minutes, make sure all sides of the tofu are coated in the Soy sauce
7. Add the mushrooms, spinach, spring onion and more mixed seasoning to the pan and cook for another 3-5 minutes or until everything is soft/reduced and cooked
8. Place in a bowl and by this time, the sweet potato fries should be done and you can serve it all together!
9. I also smashed some Avo and put it in a small bowl with hommus to dip the chips into!

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anonymous asked:

So I saw that you're vegan and I was wondering what foods you'd suggest that are inexpensive and easy to make? I have health issues that mean I can't eat diary or meat and I'm going to college next year, so I'm trying to figure out what sorts of things I could eat without having to spend a ton of money

Hey! It really depends on what you like and what’s cheap in your area. Most colleges will have you on a meal plan for your first year, is that the case for you? If so. most dining halls these days have vegan options, and you won’t have to worry about spending money or cooking for yourself.

If not, try to make food in batches and refrigerate or freeze what you can’t eat for leftovers! The cheapest vegan foods off the top of my head are:

  • dry beans and lentils
  • dry rice
  • tortillas
  • potatoes
  • dry pasta
  • canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, or peas
  • frozen veggies
  • sometimes tofu or tempeh depending on where you are!

My go-to recipes are things that I know I can make easily that taste good, to me. These include:

  • grilled tortillas with hummus (my version of a quesadilla)
  • rice or quinoa and lentils cooked in the same pot, seasoned with veggie broth, paprika, cumin, chili powder, and turmeric
  • pan fried tofu with any kind of seasonings I feel like
  • sauteed “bacon style” tempeh with spices and maple syrup
  • Asian style tempeh or tofu with rice vinegar and soy sauce
  • black bean and sweet potato mix with veggies
  • whole wheat pasta with tomatoes and vegan sausage, with greens and mushrooms
  • overnight oats with frozen berries
  • avocado toast with hummus
  • mini microwave cakes
  • tofu scramble with beans and veggies
  • pre-made frozen vegan burritos

Check out Low Spoons Vegan tumblr, Cheap Lazy Vegan youtube, and many more!–Mimi

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Latest obsession: fried tofu

Every since ordering these at a vegetarian thai restaurant, I’ve been making these nonstop. In the last picture is the sweet chili sauce- which I believe is ESSENTIAL with the tofu. Even though there’s a picture of fried chicken on the bottle, it’s completely vegan. (ft. my little sister sneaking in another bite in the background)

Recipe but not really: 

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(Translation) Seiyuu JUNON Vol. 4, 10.15.2016 - Umehara Yuuichirou

REPOSTING GUIDELINES AND DISCLAIMERS: PLEASE CLICK HERE (DON’T DISREGARD)

The previous interview from the said magazine was Aoi Shouta’s. Click HERE to read.

Umehara Yuuichirou:  “All Worldly Things are Transitory” is My Favorite Phrase

In the first edition of Seiyuu Junon two years ago, he was called as the “Highlighted Rookie”. Once again, we will hear his charm as he speedily rises up.

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Sometimes (and i really do mean sometimes…) I am not that hungry for dinner but have a busy evening ahead of me so know I need to eat something quick and hassle free. This is where my sweet potato fries come in handy. Paired with a rocket and toasted pine nut salad and some humous topped with olive oil and cracked black pepper, and you really can’t go wrong. 

My new favorite dinner is so easy and delicious ! Lettuce wraps with pico de gallo, guacamole and curry flavored sweet potato fries. It’s perfect for a rawtil4 diet, it’s gluten free and the fries are oil-free ! 🍟

RECIPE :

Pico de Gallo : 1 diced tomato, a few pieces of chopped onion, cilantro and jalapeño 🍅

Guacamole : mash with a fork half an avocado with lemon juice and pepper

Sweet potato fries : Preheat your oven to 250°C (475°F). Chop the sweet potato into fries (peel them before if you want to) , line them on a baking paper or non-stick baking sheet and pour lemon juice, curry powder and pepper. Bake for 15mn and flip them for 10 more minutes or until they’re crispy.

Then I just make a wrap using lettuce leaves, a few fries, guaca and pico de gallo, so good !

INTP AND INTJ PRESENT...

INTP and INTJ discussing how some insects eat their mates…

INTP: Imagine it would eat you. Majestic looking, but bad inside its soul.

INTJ: Other types do that too, some spiders for instance. Not a fan unless it’s a tarantula. The females eat the males though, never the other way around. It’s just the way they life cycle goes. Unlike humans they can’t help it, it’s how they’re made.

INTP: “Oh hey, I have no money… I’ll definitely eat my husband.” - Tarantula as a human.

INTJ: xD Circle of Life plays in the background.

INTP: Nsfw-tumblr would say “(Tr)Eat your husband right.”

INTJ: 25 easy recipes for your husband.

INTP: We’ve never been this funny.

INTJ: xD We could actually make a joke post about this… Include some fake recipes… Fried husband with sauce…

INTP: For the British… “Husband and chips”.

INTJ: xD Husband dessert… Husband surprise…

INTP: Grilled husband with BBQ sauce…Wiener husband Schnitzel…

INTJ: xD Husband bacon.

INTP: Husband bacon for breakfast xD

INTJ: Husband and eggs.

INTP: That’s killing me.

INTJ: Husband soufflé… Husband soup…Another post… Which wines go best with your husband.

INTP: Don’t know?

INTJ:  xD Maybe just as a “Next time: Which wines go best with your husband!” and leave it at that.

anonymous asked:

Hi! So I've been a vegan for a few years now and I was looking to adapt a keto diet. I've seen a few other vegans do it, but there are very little resources . I was wondering if you had any tips and maybe even knew of a vegan keto meal plan to help me start off? Thank you! (:

Hey! thank you for your message :)

Vegan keto is certainly do-able. I started as vegetarian, then became keto, then more recently became vegan; you’ll probably have a different perspective, going straight into vegan keto, but I’ll help you as best I can!

First of all, you should try and make sure that you won’t feel deprived when you make this change. I made this recipe book a while ago, which has many vegan recipes, but in particular I’d recommend the green smoothie and low carb bread. Think about the foods you love now, and look up some lower-carb alternatives. Here’s my vegan recipe tag, and you might particularly like this Low-carb Microwaveable Self-Saucing Chocolate Pudding, these Swede Fries, or this easy pasta recipe

I’m sure you already know about using fortified nutritional yeast as a source of vitamin B, and you might also take iron supplements. In terms of getting all the nutrients you need while on a vegan keto diet, I recommend 

  • drinking calcium-enriched unsweetened almond or coconut milk (add stevia and flavours if you want)
  • finding a protein powder with a complete amino acid profile (I use this rice-based one)
  • adding spirulina to smoothies, and using nori/laver for wraps, as these products are very nutrient dense
  • eating a wide range of seasonal vegetables (here’s a decent list of vegetables, arranged by net carbs)
  • eating kim chi, sauerkraut, coconut dairy-free yoghurt, and other fermented products with plenty of probiotics
  • high-fibre foods, such as chia seeds, freshly-ground flax seeds, and psyllium husk powder (it’s easiest to just add a little to smoothies). shirataki/konjac noodles, available from most asian food stores, are high in fibre as well as being a great pasta alternative.
  • lots of salt. once you enter nutritional ketosis, your body doesn’t hold on to salt like it used to, so unless you add plenty of salt to your diet, you’ll find yourself with too little. a common symptom of this is headaches.

A vegan keto diet may also contain lots of nuts and their butters, olives/tapenade, avocado/olive oil, most coconut products, avocados, dark chocolate, tofu, vegan quorn products, and berries, all depending on what you like. The only nuts with higher net carbs seem to be chestnuts, cashews, and pistachios, but they’re still fine in smaller servings. You might want to invest in a good stevia or erythritol-based sweetener, too.

I’m afraid I don’t know of a vegan keto meal plan, but here’s a rough draft of one, which you should feel free to change according to your preferences.

Breakfast: Green Smoothie (avocado, spinach, coconut cream, almond milk, spirulina, sweetener, and protein powder)

Morning tea: Coconut chips and almonds, fried in avocado oil (optional), flavoured with spice mix & salt

Lunch: Miso mushrooms (recipe in here) and soy-marinated tofu, served with low carb bread/toast and nutritional yeast

Afternoon tea: Chia pudding (chia seeds, almond milk, coconut cream, raspberries, topped with dairy-free coconut yoghurt)

Dinner: Salad with leafy greens, broccoli, cucumber, sprouts, peanuts, olives, croutons made from low carb bread, and an olive oil/apple cider vinegar dressing.

Dessert: Herbal tea, very dark and/or sugar free chocolate (look for either >88% cocoa, or erythritol or stevia as sweeteners. avoid other sweeteners, as many of them can still affect your blood sugar- especially maltitol!)

I recommend looking up the net carbs (total carbs minus fibre) of all the foods you’d like to eat often, and keeping a list of them handy in the kitchen, especially while you’re adjusting. 

And if you want to get into ketosis as quickly as possible, here is my secret weapon: Salted Chocolate Mousse.

  1. Melt 2 Tbsp of coconut oil in a bowl in the microwave. 
  2. Stir in 1 Tbsp sugar-free cocoa powder (Cadbury Bournville is a good brand for this) and 1 tsp sugar-equivalent sweetener (you can add more later if you want). 
  3. Add 1 Tbsp of coconut cream, and 1 Tbsp of peanut butter (the only ingredients of which should be peanuts and maybe salt)
  4. Stir well, then add in a liberal pinch of salt.
  5. Taste, and sweeten more if necessary.

I hope that’s answered your question! I’m putting together a low carb vegan cookbook at the moment, which will hopefully be a useful resource for my fellow keto vegans, and that will probably be available by mid-year.

All the best! if you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask :)

jedifinnrey  asked:

amaya gets rly rly into mma... like she watches it like most ppl watch football she gets /into/ it

Okay but in terms of amaya getting in to things that are more modern, who teaches amaya the internet??? Teaching my amaya the internet

Like which legend is justin, whos like when she sits down at the computer throw a notepad and a pen at her and be like you think youre ready for the internet??? Start writing searches on that first and we’ll see when you’re ready

Which one of them is travis whos like, lets show amaya 2 cat pictures and a recipe for fried chicken and be like, thats it, thats all the internet is right now, we’re pretty happy with it, no need to go looking anywhere else

And which legend is the full griffin whos like we have to tie her to a chair and throw her into the deep tumblr and not let her leave until shes figured out how to get out of deep tumblr

The future is horrifying, actually

Homemade Vegan Taco Recipe 🍴
Shells:
- Corn tortillas fried and shaped in vegetable oil
Filling:
- Steamed Rice
- Pinto Beans
Topping:
- Salsa Linda; Avocado chunks, Tomatos, Jalapeños, Yellow Peppers, and Lemon Juice.

Vietnamese American in South California

After stumbling upon this blog more or less by accident but very welcomed, I figured it would be a good idea to browse around as I myself do try to write recreatively every so often. I’ve gone through maybe the first ten profiles, I figured I may as well do one myself.

A little of background, the place where I live is known to have one of the largest Vietnamese population in the country. You can find all sorts of different Asian food/markets/stores/etc just walking down the street. My high school where I’m a junior is predominantly Asian and Hispanic. Both my parents were born in Vietnam and came over around the time of the Vietnam War. My siblings and I, on the other hand, were both born and raised in America. I myself am still adjusting to the whole poc thing after having grown up with the average american culture on media.

Beauty Standards

Of course everyone has their own opinions, but I find that the saying “the grass is greener on the other side” to be very true to the way I think. As a nearly year round swimmer, my skin can get pretty darned tan pretty fast. I always liked whiter skin that wasn’t too white for myself but I recognize beauty in many shades. As for the rest of the body, I’ve always admired taller and slim figures for both females and males, being a nearly ridiculously skinny and short person for most of my life, but again, recognizing beauty in other shapes.

Maybe this part isn’t specifically related to my beauty standards but it does have to do with my appearance. I’ve been out in the sun for a long while now. As a kid, way before all this technology stuff came along, I was playing outside with my younger brother before I was going to school. I was in the pool every summer and began learning how to properly swim since about the summer after fifth grade (10/11 years old). I’ve been swimming on my high school team for three years now. Bottom line: I’m in a constant state of tan. It doesn’t bother me that much that I range from potato tan to dirt brown tan. However, people have been confusing me for non Vietnamese, while it is a little amusing to watch them guess, why does it matter? Vietnamese is just another label. Why not appreciate my skin color for the color it is? Seems to work for eyes pretty well regardless of whether the person is German or Korean or Brazilian or whatever.

Clothing

In terms of american vs viet dress, I’ve always worn more american clothing. It’s a lot easier to find in good quantity and quality; many of the traditional Vietnamese ao dai dresses begin very flimsy. I have no problem with wearing traditional Viet but the main issue is that the only time i really do is for new year celebration which is usually late january-february, aka pretty cool, aka not the same tropical weather Vietnam normally has, for which ao dais were designed.

Dating and Relationships

I’m not big on dating. Never have and I don’t see myself being so for a while. Nonetheless, it doesn’t change the fact that my dad is a stickler for a sort of traditional setup where I end up with a respectable Vietnamese male. My mom, however, is a lot less restrictive, or she’s kept quiet about her expectations; I don’t exactly keep my relationship status and opinions on such a secret. As for friends, both my parents prefer people that are respectable and asian. They have to meet a certain criteria or else I start hearing something about my friends. Personally, my circle of close friends is largely based on the connection and experiences we’ve had with each other.

Food

One of my favorite topics. Once upon a time, I was a picky, slow eater. Nowadays, I’m pretty open to what I’ll stomach. In terms of what I normally eat, it’s almost always home cooked for health reasons, but mainly Vietnamese based. I’m used to this diet, but I was rather shocked when I found out a former classmate had never eaten fast food until almost high school and a current friend of mine eats out nearly every weekend with her family; too each his own. Nearly every meal I have will have rice or rice noodles. Traditionally, that’s what constituted most dishes. Some popular dishes: pho (chicken/beef noodle soup), fried rice with mixed vegetables/meat/cilantro/green onion, spring rolls (noodles, greens, meats, and some other stuff wrapped in rice wrappers), egg rolls (more or less the same as spring rolls without the greens and fried). Of course, if you go into a Vietnamese/Asian restaurant, you’ll have a heckuva lot more variety. Sometimes, my mom or dad will whip up something different. Normally, dad does a stew sort of thing. I’m pretty sure the recipes vary or are a family bc I’ve almost never seen the same stew in a restaurant. Mom will either go for another viet dish we normally don’t eat or something less Asian like pasta. However, when we celebrate Thanksgiving, we go for the traditional turkey with potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, corn, etc.

Holidays (yayyyy)

I’m pretty sure it varies by family, but there are very few holidays that my family will actually celebrate. From the previous section, there’s Thanksgiving, and as Roman Catholics, there’s also Christmas, which we smush together with (Jan 1st) New Year’s, and Easter. For birthdays, there’s a lot of us so we’ll throw one celebration for one bunch of people (ex: I’m mid september like my aunt and two cousins, so all four birthdays will be celebrated at once although each of us is actually a different day) unless the immediate family decides to have another celebration. The only other major holiday we celebrate is tet, or lunar new year, whatever. We celebrate with traditional tet and Vietnamese food and red envelopes of money (which when initially introduced to one of my English teachers, she thought the kids were presenting the money to the adults, hahaha). Out of the monthly american holidays, I feel that we mainly use the more significant ones, like mother’s and father’s day, as reasons to get the whole family together, something getting rarer with the growing children (the young generation ranges from the oldest who’s already 23ish to the youngest who’s a little over a year old).

Language

As the children of first generation parents, I and many of my siblings and cousins first spoke Vietnamese before learning English at various points in our childhood. I started sometime around kindergarten (5/6 year old) but one of my younger cousin, a 3 year old, is already picking up on conversational English. As I became more immersed in the English language, I stopped speaking Vietnamese although I could still understand most of the adult table conversations at parties or when addressed to me directly. When I first got into high school, I wanted to take Vietnamese as my foreign language because I wanted to reconnect to my native language. My mom argued against it, saying that I could learn at home instead. Despite that, I’ve started picking it up again and speak Viet much more often compared to a few years ago.

Misconceptions

Because of the high concentration of other Asians, especially Viets, where I live, I feel that I don’t have to deal with many misconceptions in person, being an introvert also helps with that. 

Still, I would like to take the opportunity to address some common stereotypes and misconceptions. 

First, the smart Asian.

(Unless otherwise specified, assume that the people I refer to here are Asian.)

 Despite being at the top of class and sincerely enjoying and doing well in my math and science classes, I don’t flaunt it around friends. I honestly don’t think that I need to smart to have good friends and not all of my friends feel the same way as I do academically. Not all of my friends are as smart I am sometimes. I have a B average friend that made it to the decathlon team and I didn’t. She went on to wearing medals and going to state competition and doing very well there with the rest of the team while I was swimming. I have days where my brain doesn’t work with me and I can’t think straight. I have another friend, B/C average, and she hates history but she managed to score better than me on our benchmark final, not because I scored low, but because she scored high and we had the same teacher, same test. Maybe it’s a fluke but does it matter? It happened. 

On the other hand, there’s another smart guy, top of the class, all AP classes, you know the type. He flaunts his smartness. I don’t talk to him personally, but I’ve heard him refer to the average people, even the above average people as “commoners”. Getting into top 20 of several hundred in our class and being nominated for almost every class he’s taken this year at the awards ceremony was “gg ez”. Just goes to show you that not every smart Asian is the same. Also, some things like smart being the same as nerdy and glasses is 100% not true. 

Hot nerd =/= smart. Smart and nerdy are not mutually inclusive. A few things that really get on my nerves, especially at the latest assembly which was supposed to be focus on academics, ASB had a bunch of people dress up in the stereotypical nerd dress up (white top, glasses, suspenders, etc.) for a “flash mob” dance.

“Asians are bad drivers.” 

Just. WhY???? We have to take the whole driver’s ed thing like everybody else. Some of the Asian people I know are perfectly fine drivers. I’ve seen bad drivers that aren’t Asians. Bad driving is a label earned, not given.

Sexy Asian ladies. 

I’m sorry, but have you taken a good look at the rest of the human population???? Back to my beauty standards, I see beauty everywhere. Even if you can’t, at least understand that humans come in all sorts of shapes, colors, sizes. Not all Asian ladies have white skin and chi*ky eyes with the monolid, big ass boobs, and are skinny as frick. I’m tan as all hell in the summer; I don’t think I have eyes that are that small; I’ve been putting on weight; I don’t have curves. I have other friends that are also tanned, bigger than me, flat and no curves. I have friends that don’t tan, have curves and all that. Why care?

Self Esteem

Another big topic. I haven’t been put down for identifying as Asian american yet and I’m not aware of any of my friends being put down for identifying as whatever it is, but self esteem is not solely based on that. Going to the smart Asian stereotype, yes, I have “Asian parents”. My mom was top of her class in Vietnam, she seems to expect the same from me. I’m not specially honored or anything when I have A average grades when other people would kill for that. Instead, I’m given a “good job, keep your grades like that” and a chewing out when anything drops to a B. 

Sometimes, I will put in a lot of hard work for something big, academically, and the results don’t turn out as great as I was expected to get. I’m not given a “hey, i know you expected better, let’s try again”, I’m told “you need to do better, go work harder and do it again” or “you blew it this time, do you realize the consequences it can have on your future?” Sometimes, I don’t care about what happens, I just want to be appreciated for what I can do, and not what I can’t. I have friends who aren’t as academically talented and their parents give them hell for it. It stresses them out and makes them just want to quit. But I always let them know that they can come to me for help. I am more than willing to help and tutor.

I can’t begin to count how many times someone in my family has said sometime over the years “you’re so skinny, eat some more.” or “you’re so short, why don’t you put in more effort to grow taller?” or “you’re so tall now” or “you don’t look good in those clothes without a chest” (This is mainly from my mom who works in fashion, but it’s true because the size I am, it can be difficult to find nice fitting clothes.) I don’t let this bother me too much either, but there are still days where I wish I were taller, more curved, more athletically built. Some days, I will wish that I wasn’t so Asian looking or had the background and experiences that I do.

Things to see

I read an article awhile back about the roles of Asian males in tv and movies, particularly Hollywood ones. I would like to see more non traditional Asian male roles by less traditional looking males. Unless the story is literally based in Asian culture, don’t have the one cool ninja guy be Asian and everyone else is something else. What about the suave con man? Or gentlemanly football player? President/leader of a community club? 

For the ladies, don’t make her the slut or concubine of the group. I like the idea of an angry but caring motherly figure for the dudes constantly getting in trouble. The kickass awesome chef sprouting sarcasm. What the heck, an Asian version of Ginny Weasley. Make her the leader instead of the follower. Melinda May, anyone?

We are not all that people think we are. We may have cultural differences with others, but we are also every bit as diverse.

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I love old buildings with the paint chipping off the walls and my dad’s stories about college. I love the freedom of living alone, but I also love things that make me feel seven again. Back then naivety was the norm and skepticism was a foreign language, and I just think every once in a while you need fries and a chocolate milkshake and your mom. I love picking up a cookbook and closing my eyes and opening it to a random page, then attempting to make that recipe. I’ve loved my fans from the very first day, but they’ve said things and done things recently that make me feel like they’re my friends — more now than ever before. I’ll never go a day without thinking about our memories together.

I love the freedom of living alone, but I also love things that make me feel seven again. Back then naivety was the norm and skepticism was a foreign language, and I just think every once in a while you need fries and a chocolate milkshake and your mom. I love picking up a cookbook and closing my eyes and opening it to a random page, then attempting to make that recipe. I’ve loved my fans from the very first day, but they’ve said things and done things recently that make me feel like they’re my friends – more now than ever before. I’ll never go a day without thinking about our memories together.

7

Some things I’ve cooked in the last few months (all my own recipes except for the pie and the sushi rice).

Left to right and top to bottom:
1. Warm mango salsa with crustini
2. Last-minute ratatouille (mostly just an excuse for me to cook a bunch of veggies that were about to go bad)
3. Veggie sushi
4. Mushroom ginger udon soup with fried tofu
5. Butternut squash puree over zucchete pasta with brussels sprouts
6. Easy tempeh sushi bowl (w/ nori and carrots).
7. Cherry pie with a (sorta ugly, lol) lattice crust

Sweet potato fries for lunch 🍠 It’s so easy and delicious with guac  Preheat your oven to 250°C (475°F). Chop the sweet potato into fries (peel them before if you want to) , line them on a baking paper or non-stick baking sheet and pour lemon juice, curry powder and pepper. Bake for 15mn and flip them for 10 more minutes or until they’re crispy.