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So I eat some weird stuff…

As I was spreading some liverwurst onto some wholegrain crackers as a belated breakfast this morning I thought to myself “so I really do eat some weird stuff”. I have always been a bit of an odd eater. As a child, and as an adult too, I don’t find myself bouncing up and down excitedly to eat all those typical breakfast foods, or any food really before 9am. Eggs: meh, verging on gross. Cereal: maybe, but I’m not really a fan of the whole milk thing. Toast: In this house we don’t even own a toaster, so you can probably see how much we eat toast.

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When I was younger I have some odd food memories, such as eating liverwurst on slices of apple. Yes this memory is why I decided to buy some recently. I also remember being scolded for eating crushed pineapple for breakfast by school teachers. There was also this thing with those Country Cheese biscuits which involved regurgitation that shouldn’t be mentioned ever again.

Half veg, half meat lasagne

Half vegetable, half meat lasagna

These days I suppose I eat more ‘normally’, with a few odd things thrown in here and there. Say, drinking the Chinese vinegar soy after the dumplings are gone. Ahem.

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But let’s talk about all the great foods that are out there. Here’s what I’ve been loving lately from my beloved Pinterest:

  • Green Bean Avocado Fried Rice. This was yummy and oh so filling the other night.
  • Shaved Asparagus and Whipped Ricotta Pizza. I made this last night for Matty and his parents and we all loved it! It even got Matty and I to try asparagus.
  • Easy Lemon Curd. I made this lemon curd to fancy up (and to replace some very sad berries) on a pavlova for Easter.
  • Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes. We’ve made this recipe a few times now and I’m putting it on the list for this weeks meals.
  • One Pot Pasta. I accidentally left the leftovers of this on the bench all night and almost cried on my way home from work the next morning when I realised.
  • Vegetable Bake. This recipe is GOOD. Who knew that grating and combining a bunch of veggies (and adding cheese and bacon) would be so tasty.
  • Roasted Rosemary Almonds. Matty requests that I made these probably once every few months. They’re great for a so-hungry-i’m-going-to-die-whilst-i’m-cooking-dinner-snack.
  • Roasted Beet Hummus. This was the recipe that started my ‘I’m going to make all the hummus’ feeling.

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So tell me about your weird food loves, or even hates. I wanna know!

 

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365 Project: 20-26 May

Day 136: The only photo that I was able to take of The Magic Castle (the magical performance part).

Day 136: The only photo that I was able to take of The Magic Castle (the magical performance part).

Day 137: DISNEYLAND!

Day 137: DISNEYLAND!

Day 138: Yes we traveled  across the world to go to Kmart. We also went to The Grove Farmers Market.

Day 138: Yes we traveled across the world to go to Kmart. We also went to The Grove Farmers Market.

Day 139: Sad to be back to reality

Day 139: Sad to be back to reality

Day 140: Fast food lunch after grocery shopping.

Day 140: Fast food lunch after grocery shopping.

Day 141: This was pretty damn creative for my first day back at work.

Day 141: This was pretty damn creative for my first day back at work.

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365 Project: 13-19 May

Day 129: We tried to squeeze in everything we hadn't done for our last day in Vegas. This was the amazing M&M shop on the strip.

Day 129: We tried to squeeze in everything we hadn’t done for our last day in Vegas. This was the amazing M&M shop on the strip.

Day 130: Bourbon Street New Orleans

Day 130: Bourbon Street New Orleans

Day 131: Our first burlesque and gay bar. Also our favourite place in N.O.

Day 131: Our first burlesque and gay bar. Also our favourite place in N.O.

Day 132: Today was all about steam boats, cemeteries and quiet nights.

Day 132: Today was all about steam boats, cemeteries and quiet nights.

Day 133: Rather tipsy from a few 3-for-1 drinks at Lucky Pierre's after a day on an airboat.

Day 133: Rather tipsy from a few 3-for-1 drinks at Lucky Pierre’s after a day on an airboat.

Day 134: Cheap alcohol and free mixers and snacks from the hotel equals and impromptu session by the pool.

Day 134: Cheap alcohol and free mixers and snacks from the hotel equals and impromptu session by the pool.

Day 135: We visited Universal Studios and wore many pairs of oh so stylish 3D glasses.

Day 135: We visited Universal Studios and wore many pairs of oh so stylish 3D glasses.

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365 Project: 6-12 May

Day 121: Got my ring back from resizing. I also got my hair trimmed (read chopped off)

Day 121: Got my ring back from resizing. I also got my hair trimmed (read chopped off).

Day 122: I keep admiring my ring in all different lights. Sparkle sparkle!

Day 122: I keep admiring my ring in all different lights. Sparkle sparkle!

Day 123: The pool cues are almost taller than me in the airport lounge.

Day 123: The pool cues are almost taller than me in the airport lounge.

Day 124: This guy at LAX had a bucket of biscuits.

Day 124: This guy at LAX had a bucket of biscuits.

Day 125: Perusing the menu for pre-show dinner before LOVE.

Day 125: Perusing the menu for pre-show dinner before LOVE.

Day 126: This is often my view of Matty. Queuing for 'V the variety show'.

Day 126: This is often my view of Matty. Queuing for ‘V the variety show’.

Day 127: I won back almost what I paid for Mothers Day dinner.

Day 127: I won back almost what I paid for Mothers Day dinner. This was my lucky machine.

Day 128: A parma with pasta. Whaa!

Day 128: A parma with pasta. Whaa!

 

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365 Project: 29 April- 5 May

Day 114: Stressing out over self inflicted workloads. I shouldn't have left it to the last minute.

Day 114: Stressing out over self inflicted workloads. I shouldn’t have left it to the last minute.

Day 115: Just admiring the view from our windows

Day 115: Just admiring the view from our windows

Day 116: A failed attempt at mending my split watch band with fire.

Day 116: A failed attempt at mending my split watch band with fire.

Day 117: A kid at work made a dog and a sheep from Jenga.

Day 117: A kid at work made a dog and a sheep from Jenga.

Day 118: This photo has nothing to do with today. I went to Knox and to a friends garage sale, yet here is a photo of the bunny on the chair. Ugh I need to get better at this.

Day 118: This photo has nothing to do with today. I went to Knox and to a friends garage sale, yet here is a photo of the bunny on the chair. Ugh I need to get better at this.

Day 119: I got engaged!

Day 119: I got engaged!

Day 120: The kids made a pretty cool Jenga tower.

Day 120: The kids made a pretty cool Jenga tower.

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365 Project: 22-28 April

I’m playing catch up here.

Day 107: Driving home from work in the dark depresses me

Day 107: Driving home from work in the dark depresses me

Day 108: I was sad. Probably because it was cold. Also, sexy work jumper right there.

Day 108: I was sad. Probably because it was cold. Also, sexy work jumper right there.

Day 109: I took my Grandma to the eye doctor and this advertising looked like a female Zac Efron.

Day 109: I took my Grandma to the eye doctor and this advertising looked like a female Zac Efron.

Day 110: Because it was ANZAC day we decided to join my parents at P.I

Day 110: Because it was ANZAC day we decided to join my parents at P.I

Day 111: Fooling around at the beach

Day 111: Fooling around at the beach

Day 112: Saw rhese cutie PJs at Peter Alexander with a Knox date with Lisa

Day 112: Saw rhese cutie PJs at Peter Alexander with a Knox date with Lisa

Day 113: Adding to the crochet shawl I started at P.I.

Day 113: Adding to the crochet shawl I started at P.I.

 

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The States: Los Angeles

Our final stop on the trip was LA. We stayed at the Magic Castle Hotel which was in Hollywood.

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Boozy times next to the pool

Our first meal followed with our American style eating theme, In n’ Out Burger. We also decided that since Hollywood appeared to be seriously lacking in bars, at least where we were staying, that we would buy some of the “redonk cheap liquor” that we kept seeing and make use of the hotels free soft drinks. The other cool thing about the Magic Castle Hotel was that the front desk provided breakfast and, wait for it, unlimited snacks. They had a list of mini snacks and drinks to choose from and they insisted that “there’s no limit and we don’t judge”.

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On Monday we decided to head up to Universal Studios. Despite an initial grumble that the ride waits were 20 minutes or so, we figured out that (compared to Disneyland at least) it was a pretty quick turnaround. Matty and I were pretty impressed with how good the rides were. We fitted them all in, and even had a few second rounds. We were a bit disappointed before we went on that more than half of them were 3D rides. I expected the space shuttle simulator but was blown away with how good the simulations and 3D actually were. The Transformers ride was uh-mazing! Before we left we decided that since we’d been on everything else that we really needed to walk through the House of Horrors. Oh my god. I have never been so frightened. There were horrible scenes from movies and people in costumes jumping out from the shadows. Yuck! Poor Matty was clenched half to death as we walked through.

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Horrified after the House of Horrors

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It’s just so fluffy, I’m gunna die!

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Queuing for Transformers or The Mummy

For dinner Matty and I decided to try the fancy Japanese restaurant on top of the hill above our hotel, Yamashiro. It was so yum and the view was gorgeous, even whilst we were eating. The photo below is of the gardens out the front. We had edamame beans (and yes forgot that you don’t eat the outside), tuna sushi and some delicious hoisin pork and rice stack.

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Yamashiro view

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First and only glimpse of the Hollywood sign

Tuesday was our quiet day. We were going to the Magic Castle (with actual magic!) that night so we took it easy. Matty and I walked along Sunset Blvd (there was nothing there), had a swim (it was a nice pool), and had lunch at a sushi place that we had spotted on Sunday (it was suh gewd!).

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Getting ready for the Magic Castle

The Magic Castle “is the private clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts, Inc, a very special organization devoted to the advancement of the ancient art of magic”, and it was pretty darn cool. Think a memorabilia museum, crossed with an old house, crossed with a maze. You have to be a member, or be invited by a member to get in. We were lucky enough because Mum and Dad’s friends at P.I were friends with a couple whose brother is a magician and a member. Boy that was a mouthful. We had dinner with M&D, Rhonda and Steve (the P.I friends friends) and Brooks (the magician) and saw three different magic shows. The weeks theme was Japanese magic. We were also treated to a private magic show by Brooks with lots of awesome card tricks.

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We’re going to Di’neyland!

Dad managed to catch a cold almost as soon as we got to L.A and was feeling pretty sorry for himself whilst we were at the Magic Castle. He spent all Tuesday night coughing and sneezing so by the time Wednesday (Disneyland!) rolled around, both him and Mum passed. Matty and I headed off on our own and boy if we thought that 20 minutes was long to wait, we had no idea about Disneyland times. IMG_0199

We did manage to cram in walking throughout the entire park (I think), and we managed to go on 7 rides all up. The wait times were crazy! I think the minimum was maybe 25 or 30 minutes and the longest was 100 minutes. Yes we stood in a queue for over an hour to go on a 5 or so minute ride. Space Mountain was worth it though. We also got stuck on a ride. We queued for over 45 minutes for Indiana Jones only to have the ride stop and for the floodlights to come on. 10 or so minutes later the ride got going again, but even after a second run through (where yes, it stopped again) we decided enough was enough and got off. Other highlights included eating lunch at a ranch style all you can eat, but at the same time table service restaurant with bbq chicken and ribs, and patting a goat. Lowlights include standing in line for 100 minutes surrounded by high school teenagers on spring break. Ugh.

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Leaving Disneyland- sad!

The very last day of our trip, Thursday, Matty and I went to The Grove Farmers Market. It was mostly food stalls with a few knick knacks thrown in. We had lunch and then did a tour of the surrounding shops, including Kmart (ours is way better) and Anthropologie (where I, of course, wanted to buy EVERYTHING!). For dinner we took Mum and Dad to the sushi place on Hollywood Blvd. that we enjoyed so much the last time. And that was it. We took a taxi back to LAX and then had a 15 or so hour flight back to Melbourne.

IMG_0229We had an absolutely fantastic, once in a lifetime trip. I also want to say a big thank you to my parents for taking us and for organising the entire thing. Love you!