Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Steak Marinade

I made a really yummy steak marinade the other night with all the sauces in my cupboard. I had no idea mixing everything would go so well, but it really did!

I based the marinade off of this recipe from food network but nixed the chili peppers and lemongrass- I just used lemon juice instead.

The mixture included a table spoon on soy sauce, a tsp of lemon juice, a tsp of cooking red wine, a little bit of white wine vinegar, a tiny drop of oyster sauce, salt, pepper, sauteed garlic and onions. Voila!

Ate the steak with Asian-style scrambled eggs, tomatoes and peas, and some brown rice.

Monday, December 5, 2011

For the Ghetto Chic

Take a look at this Michelle Phan video for DIY Makeup Remover. Haven't tried it yet, but it looks like a smart idea.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Leong's Legend in Chinatown

Here are the pictures from Leong's Legend that I promised. This Taiwanese place was quite good. The pork belly really stood out, everything else was tasty but nothing mind blowing. The food and drinks (bubble tea and soya milk) came out to about 12 pounds each even with a student discount.

Pork Belly: the best dish of the night!

Spicy Eggplant

Spicy Noodle

Street Food Pancake


Chicken Fried Rice
*Courtesy of Lisa Nakashima

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Hello! So this post is super delayed, but I went to Madrid about a month ago and forgot to upload my pictures.

Advice for traveling cheap in Europe:

1.) RyanAir- horrible airline but our trip cost about US $100.
2.) - Not only will the place be nicer than a hostel, but you get to cook your own breakfast and other meals if you want. You can find really sweet places for great deals.
3.) Wherever you go in Europe, snack on baguettes, cheese, and fruits (also snacks brought from home). *Learned this from Julia and Jill.
4.) Go on SANDEMANs tours- free walking tours that are offered all over cities in Europe.
5.)Hang out with friends living in cities- there's a good chance they will know the cooler, cheaper places to eat and drink.
6.) Visit parks and museums (always ask for student discount).
7.) Supermarket wine in Europe is different than boxed wine in the States.
8.) For those studying in the UK, shop in Euros when you can. It comes out to be a bit cheaper!

Delicious tapas from Tapas 44

Views from Park Retiro

Shots taken during Sandeman walking tour

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Check this Out!

I wonder if they have this for New York. Pleaseeee tell me if they do :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Charming (but not so thrifty) Weekend

Hello! I had the pleasure of hanging out with friends that I met at my Chinese program in Shanghai this summer. Three of them came to London to visit me and I showed them around my new favorite city. Below are some pictures of some of the things we did.

1.) The beautiful Victoria and Albert Museum. Free of charge!

2.) Gourmet Burger Kitchen. They have really good quality burgers that you can get with all sorts of interesting fixings. The classic, small burger is about 6 pounds each, and you can add skinny fries with that for a pound.

My friend Ana bought a delicious chocolate milkshake to go with her burger. Highly recommend!

3.) Went to lunch with my friend at Foxcroft & Ginger in SoHo for a delicious flat white and pesto chicken sandwich. A little pricy for sandwiches and coffee but the place has a really chill ambiance and nice food. I think it's a good place to take friends who are visiting.

4.) Four Seasons- We went to Four Seasons, yet again, for some savory duck (well, technically ducks because we ordered two). Not all of the food we ordered is pictured, but you can see fried rice and the combination platter with cha siew and crispy pork. The noodles and vegetables are always yummy, but I haven't been impressed with their tofu dishes yet.
*Always ask for their 10% student discount.

We also went to Leong's Legend, MADD, and the legendary club called KOKO for the Monarchy concert. I'll try to take steal some pictures from my friends and make a post about these places as well.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Alternative Tour in the East End, London

Who says broke students can't be cultured? A while ago, I went on a street art tour of the East End by Alternative Tours. I really learned a lot and enjoyed myself. The tour is free, you just have to tip the guide whatever you want at the end of the tour.

Monday, October 31, 2011

More Pictures from Oxford