Thanks, Lauren! thelittlethingswedo!

1.  If I could choose my last meal it would be I would put together a tasting menu from either Buddakan or Morimoto.

2.  My favorite person to share a meal with is  Katie, Aaron and Christine    because,  they are my Philadelphia Foodie Adventure Buddies!!

3.  The best meal I’ve ever had was  everything at Chifa.

4.  The one food that makes me feel instantly better when I’m having a bad day is      Licorice and Mint tea, it’s not food but it’s the best!


6.  The city that has the best food is   Well I have yet to go on a foodie adventure outside of Philly, but I would love to try Tokyo, Paris, Chicago, etc. etc. etc. and my favorite restaurant there is : In Philly it would be  Chifa as of today, however, tomorrow it may be something completely different.

7.  My favorite healthy snack is anything from the fruit cart, I love those guys!

8.  In my opinion the nationality which has the best food is  Japanese!It’s by far my favorite. But I have really been into fusion food lately.

9.  If I could learn to cook anything in the world (and be really good at it!) I’d choose    soup. My grandfather is a soup genius! And I wish I could be the same way.

10.  The most outrageous dessert I’ve ever had was      I loved the mochi ice cream at Aki, but I wouldn’t call that outrageous, maybe something at one of the chain places with the grossly huge chocolate things. But that type of dessert isn’t really my thing.  I’m sure I’ll find something completely over the top for dessert and I’ll share it with you all then!

Tonight! TRIA!


This past Friday I decided to go on a little adventure to the Asian Food Market! I was in great need of Mochi Ice Cream. There was a large variety of ice cream but I decided to go with the Red Bean and Green Tea flavors.

Red Bean Mochi Ice Cream

The Red Bean was fantastic! The shape was ideal and the flavor was pretty good. I would have preferred the ice cream a little smoother but I’ll take it what I can get.

Perfect size!

Green Tea...

The Green Tea…well it might be the tea snob in me, but the flavor was too bitter; which maybe due to too much Matcha Tea? I couldn’t really tell…but it didn’t have the same flavor as other green tea ice cream I have enjoyed. I didn’t like the cylinder shape either (definitely preferred the flatter shape of the red bean).

...not so much.


In other news, Camp will be here in just over a week! AHHHH!!!! I have been working non stop with counselors new and old, campers and their parents, and all the directors to get registration read for July 4th. Talk about crazy! I will say this, each year is a little easier than the last. But just once I would like the majority of the counselors to have all their paperwork together like we ask (instead of 7 out of 55)! It is so difficult??

In OYAA news: The cooking class is all situated and we are officially in the Seminary Kitchen for the entire week of class! YAY! And in addition to Monday’s COOKING WITH FIRE class we will be baking a variety of cookies and breads all week! I figured the teens need more sugar! 😉 We also have three Guest Chefs this year, my Uncle Matthew (for Cooking with fire), my Cho Chi Myra for Baklava Wednesday and another counselor (no, we aren’t related) Daria for a horseradish workshop on Thursday and Friday.

Nick, Kim and I had a highly productive conference call the other night, well…highly productive for us…So there will be many crazy OYAA activities planned for the week! Nick had some…ummm…interesting ideas; so that should give you an idea of the level of crazy.

I will be up there July 1st! Time is just flying by!

What is today’s date?

June 18, 2010

Wow…I really feel like I have lost a huge chunk of my life this week. Monday- Wednesday I had an off site event for work and during that time I stayed in Philly at my Grandfathers house to cut my commute in 1/2 , since I had to be there at 6am. It was a wonderful three days of solitude and Daria (my Grandfather was in NJ during that time). After working 10 hours at the event each day, I went to the house, made dinner, and watched episode after episode of Daria. It was AWESOME! I did not have internet access at that time either so I have been a little MIA over the past week but the time “unplugged” was well worth it!

This weekend is an undesignated nothing weekend. It was supposed to be my last weekend in the lab but they are moving to a new location and Saturday is a packing day, so there will be no lab work. I would love to help them move, but I really can’t do heavy lifting with my hand problems.

Here is my last set of lab pictures. I spend the first half of the day labeling some glazed pottery and the second half mending the glass pictured below. I will truly miss the lab, I really enjoyed the time I spent there and I learned a lot about this facet of the Archaeological process.  

Glass Fragments

The fruit of an hour of labor!

I'm so proud!

Clear Glass Tumblers

Bottles and more tumblers

Wine Bottles and Apothecary bottles

"Mineral Water" Bottles....apparently people were being ripped off by bottled water 200 years ago too!


No Fill in the Blank Friday for me…I’m just not feeling it today! I’m ready for the weekend!

Life is busy, crazy busy! I knew it was coming, the dreaded June 1st. It arrived in all its flurry of insanity making my life busy.

Work is getting crazy; no one is doing things in a timely fashion which makes my life very, very difficult. Maybe it’s my OCD nature (thanks mom) but if I need to get information from someone and do something with it by a certain date, I need to have it well before said date! I’m also trying to get a million things done for camp as well as make arrangements for school and move to Ohio. No Problem!

St. Tikhon's that's the place to be...

Camp update: The teen program for St. Tikhon’s Summer Camp is full. I’m really excited to see everyone this summer and so far it looks like it’s going to be a wonderful week! This weekend Kim, Nick and I will be sending out the confirmation letters to all the campers and counselors! Keep an eye out for yours; they will be mailed on Monday. I’m currently working on scheduling some extra activities for us this year and changing a few things around on the schedule. We need to keep things fresh!

Now on to some blanks!

Thanks to thelittlethingswedo!

1.  My dream vacation would be   somewhere far away where I don’t have to do anything but go out to eat, check out some history, and sleep…a lot. Places I would like to go include Tokyo, London (again), Moscow, St. Petersburg, Cairo, and many more! But the dream part would be just chilling in one of those cities for weeks.

2.  The best trip I’ve ever taken was   when I was in high school and my brother and I went to England with my Uncle and Grandfather. First off, if you know my brother, Uncle or Grandfather you would know it was an adventure. But the trip it self was fantastic! The best part was the day we drove around the country outside of London and visited Stonehenge and Avebury. Stonehenge was ok, but Avebury was AMAZING! Google that! Wikipedia that! Trust me it was the best part of the trip! This little village was built in the middle of a HUGE stone circle and henge.

3.  The most important items to take on a road trip are   outside the obvious (clothing and toilet articles) I would say these 5 would be at the top of my list: 1. Cell phone and cell phone charger 2. Camera and plenty of batteries 3. A good book (or two) 4. My little black note book and pen 5. TEA! A lot of tea!

4.  The next trip I’m looking forward to is   I guess St. Tikhon’s this weekend. I don’t really have any fun trips coming up in the future. I need a real vacation!

5.  If I had to pick one CD to listen to for a long road trip it would be any DMB.

6.  The biggest disaster I’ve ever encountered while traveling was   being dropped off in the wrong terminal at Philadelphia International Airport; then having to walk at least a mile to find my gate with two separate clarinet cases, my computer case, and my purse. It took 45 min for me to find my terminal and my gate! At least I made my flight.

7.  My favorite traveling memory is all of the long solitary drives all over the country. Now that may sound depressing but it’s so nice just to spend hours alone with good music and no one asking to stop at the next bathroom or telling you to watch your speed!