What Quarantine has taught me

What Quarantine has taught me
My roommate left for Hawaii and the guy I am currently dating recently just left to go back to California. I stayed in Arizona and have been isolating myself and have not seen anyone. For someone who works remotely and from home, I didn’t think that it wouldn’t make a difference. Well, I was wrong. It’s been about a month and a half and I feel like a part of me is going crazy. I know I’m not the only one who feels that way. I thought that the Zoom calls and happy hours would suffice until we were able to get out of this thing. But I think I just mentally broke down.
This year I had plans to go to New York, France, Italy, and Asia. I was so excited! I kept telling myself that this was going to be MY year. I knew that it was the year that I would accomplish all my goals. Well, coronavirus hit hard and all my trips got canceled. It felt like all my goals were officially postponed until 2021. For someone who is so goal-oriented, this made me go bat shit crazy. I became depressed. I started caring less about my health, the way I looked and just didn’t give two shits about anything anymore.
Then one day, I just broke down. I couldn’t take it anymore. I started to take it out on the people I loved. It was an absolute mess. I went to California for a bit and came back. I just needed to see the Ocean. I soon realized that I had a lot of work to do and that quarantine was the perfect time to do it. The first couple of days home made me realize the following:

Dress up for you, no one else

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So often we get caught up in dressing up to look good for others. I realized that dressing up and feeling beautiful comes from within. It’s about dressing up for yourself and no one else. It’s about making yourself feel good and happy. We have a tendency to ask our friends if something looks good. Though this may seem like such an innocent act, we have to realize that we don’t need the validation of anyone. If we feel beautiful in something, who cares what anyone else thinks

Self Love is an ongoing practice

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In a world telling us what perfect should look like, it’s so easy to forget to see the beauty within yourself. With so much time on our hands because of this quarantine, there have been times where I go on Instagram and I end up becoming insecure because of how the media portrays what we should look like. Self-love starts with appreciating your own beauty. Feeling loved and secure from within and radiating that so that no matter what happens, you still feel confident in yourself

Personal Improvement is constant

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The first year I got out of a serious relationship, I was so adamant on trying to figure out how to be a better person. I read books, listened to podcasts. I practiced my affirmations every day. I meditated every day and I really just started falling in love with myself while working on a growth mindset. Somewhere along the way of getting to my dream job, I lost it. I lost it and needed the validation of my significant other to show me that he cared for me. Personal improvement, just like self-love, is a constant practice. It’s all about improving yourself daily. Working on things you know you need to improve on. For me, one of those things includes having a growth mindset in everything in life, not just my career, but in my personal life and personal relationships as well.

A virtual therapist is the best investment I’ve ever made.

 

I have so much built-up trauma from my childhood that I had bottled up for years. Until recently, I did not realize that it affected my relationships. It’s easy to talk to your friends about your problems but talking to a therapist allows you to see it from a more grounded and different point of view and take the appropriate action to heal yourself from your childhood traumas.

 

I think this year is a year of healing and focusing on self-love ❤️ hope y’all are handling quarantine well. I truly believe that this year can get better. It just starts with believing in it and working towards a better you.

Mexican Corn (Elote)

Mexican Corn (Elote)

I’ve never really been a huge fan of corn, but I do love when corn is made like this. The sweetness of the corn with salty cheese and spicy hot sauce with chile adds an incredible combination that will surely satisfy your tastebuds. This is also super easy to make so it’s perfect side to any Mexican dish.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ears of corn – shucked, with silk removed
  • mayonnaise
  • cotija cheese, grated
  • 1 lime, juiced in a bowl
  • hot sauce
  • chili powder
  • cilantro (For garnish)

How to Make it:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add corn. Add corn to water. Cover and cook until corn is bright yellow and soft. About 4-6 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, add lime juice and hot sauce
  3. Remove corn and set aside. Once corn is cool enough. Use stalk handle and brush corn with mayonnaise until completely covered.
  4. Sprinkle cotija cheese all over the corn. Then hot sauce/lime mixture. Top with chili powder to taste
  5. Serve and garnish with Cilantro

¡Provecho!

 

Tequila Lime Shrimp Fajitas

Tequila Lime Shrimp Fajitas

Mexico is about a 3-4 hour drive from our place in Arizona, but with everything going with COVID-19, the Mexican borders are officially closed. Our dreams of going to Mexico for a month have been shattered. One of the things I love about Mexico is the food! A place in Mexico where we go has so much amazing fresh food. We definitely miss it. So I decided to cook us some shrimp fajitas.

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The last time we went to Mexico, we couldn’t find any Elote. So I decided to make some for our side dish. Here is the recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound shrimp 16/20, peeled and deveined
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Lime
  • 1/2 shot of tequila
  •  1 jalapeno
  • olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • flour tortillas
  • cilantro
  • lime wedges to serve

How to Make it

  1. Preheat oven to high broil
  2. In a large bowl combine shrimp, smoked paprika, cumin, tequila, lime juice, salt, pepper, chili powder, onion powder. Set aside
  3. Heat cast iron skillet (you can also use a regular skillet) and add olive oil. Once hot, add shrimp in one layer of pan.
  4. Cook shrimp until nice color.
  5. Remove from hot pan to a clean bowl or plate.
  6. Lay peppers in a tray with olive oil and broil for until skin is soft and nicely charred. Remove and set aside.
  7. Turn oven off, add the tortillas to warm them up as the oven cools.
  8. In the previous skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan, once hot add garlic and onion and saute for 1 minute. Once hot and onions are slightly brown, add the bell peppers and stir for about 2 minutes
  9. Add shrimp back to pan, cook stirring until warm
  10. Season fajitas with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with cilantro
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White Wine Marinated Lamb Chops with Roasted Fennel

White Wine Marinated Lamb Chops with Roasted Fennel

This coronavirus has us all stuck at home trying to keep busy. To be honest, nothing has changed much for me other than the fact that I have more mouths to feed. I absolutely love cooking for people and making them food. I really think it’s my love language. My roommate / one of my best friends has been home all week, so I’ve been making us dinner and it’s been so great! Today, I found this lamb recipe.

I accidentally mixed up some of the instructions and I was so worried that it would turn out like shit, but it actually ended up being pretty fricking amazing!

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I went to Sprouts today and the entire meat aisle was basically gone. I was surprised the lamb section was also whipped out. The original recipe does call for just regular lamb chops, but unfortunately they only had these mini lamb chops available. To be quite honest, I’m kind of glad I stuck with these mini ones. They were so much easier to eat and I thought they were super cute!

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I love when parts of my lamb are crispy on the edges. In order to achieve this, I patted the lamb dry and sprinkled flour all over the lamb. I then pan fried them for about 3 minutes or until brown. I tested two types of way to cook the lamb. The first type, I pan fried then marinated. The second type, I marinated and then patted dry and sprinkled flour all over it before I fried it. After cooking everything, I realized that the best was to marinated then pat dry and fry it! It comes out so much crispier!

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This fennel salad was a total wing-it recipe. The original recipe calls for it raw and added last. I accidentally added it to the marinade. After I realized the mistake I made, I took out a small piece and tasted it. It still had it’s licorice taste. To be honest, I’m not a HUGE fan of licorice. So I decided to pan fry it with a bit of butter and olive oil. It came out soo good! I think moving forward this will be an a necessity for any red meat i cook moving forward. It just adds the perfect touch.

So here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 large fennel bulbs – fronds and stalks reserved

1 cup of white wine (I used Woodbridge Chardonnay)

2 tablespoons of minced garlic

Zest of 1 sweet lime, peeled in strips, plus 1/2 the sweet lime juice (This lime is a bit hard to find so feel free to not include it in this recipe or just include the entire lemon’s juice)

Zest of 1 lemon, peeled in strips, plus 1/2 the lemon juice

1 teaspoon crushed pepper (I winged it and just sprinkled a bunch because I like my food spicy!)

1.5 lbs mini lamb chops

1 can of beef broth

1 tablespoon of cornstarch

1/4 cup of olive oil

1 tablespoon of greek yogurt

How to Make It

  1. Thinly slice the fennel stalks. Chop the fronds finely. In a bowl, combine the fennel, wine, broth, garlic, lemon and sweet lime zest and red pepper. Add the lamb chops and make sure that the lamb chops are submerged in the liquid. If the lamb chops are not full submerged, feel free to add a bit more wine. Keep in room temperate for 1 hour, or marinade overnight in the fridge.
  2. Remove the lambchops and place on a plate with paper towel. Pat dry. Strain about 1 cup of the marinade and separate the fennel. Some garlic and red pepper flakes will stick with the fennel. Do not wash this off. This will add flavor to the fennel when you pan fry it.
  3. Season the lamb chops and coat with flour on both sides. Set aside
  4. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the chops to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat until browned. Turn the chops, reduce the heat to moderate and cook until medium-rare or however you want it done. For medium rare, the internal temperature should be 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Transfer to plate and let rest. Do not cut to check the lamb. You want to let the lamb rest to keep it juicy.
  5. In the same skillet, add the reserved cup of marinade and boil over high heat. Add cornstarch. Mix well to make sure that there are no clumps. I used a whisk to scrap up the brown bits from the bottom of the skillet. Cook until it is reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the greek yogurt and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  7. If the sauce is not as thick as you would like, add a bit more cornstarch and keep mixing. Set aside
  8. In a clean pan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter. Once melted add fennel remains. Pan fry until lightly brown. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Transfer chops to plates and top with roasted fennel. Spoon the sauce all over and serve.

Bon Appétit!

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My Home Desk Setup

My Home Desk Setup
More and more people are now working from home as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world. Working from home is not new to me, as I currently work remote and have been for the past two years. Working remote was a challenge at first. It was very isolating, and I felt like I constantly got distracted with household chores. It took me a couple months until I was finally able to fully concentrate without my attention diverting. What significantly helped with my concentration was having a clean and organized workspace. Here’s a list of all the stuff I use for my home office in order to keep my work environment organized and productive.

Autonomous.ai Desk:

I absolutely love this desk! I’ve always wanted a standing desk and this one was the perfect fit for me. The specific desk I have is the SmartDesk – Art Desk, which has a curved shaped top that gives it a unique look and adds a creative touch to my workspace. The desk is quite large, which makes it perfect for me to store things on my desk (i.e. my Panda Planner and books I am currently reading). It has excellent legroom, and also has the option to set 4 different standing/sitting sizes. The adjustment is automatic just with a press of a button! So high tech. 😉 I would advise that you ask someone to assist you with assembling the desk, as it is quite heavy. When my desk arrived, it came in two packages (the top part and the legs). I unwrapped both the packages and started assembling. I was a bit confused because the legs did not match the top, but then I realized that the legs were universal! Please make sure you adjust the legs, so you won’t have to call customer support like I did. 🙈
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This is the desk I choose:
use code R-MJENEL for awesome discounts 🤪

Monitors:

Dell Ultra HD 4k Monitor

I’m going to be honest, I haven’t gamed in ages. So for me to give an honest review on whether this is a good gaming monitor would be a little challenging. Let me start by saying that I love this monitor because it’s so easy to set up and never glitches. I’ve had a couple monitors that have glitched a couple times and I had to reset it by unplugging and plugging it back in. This one has been a smooth flow so far and I’ve had it for about two years.

Acer Monitor:

I’ve had this monitor for about three years. Personally, I love having two monitors. This monitor works well for me because I use it to work on daily tasks. I do have one 4k monitor, so this piece is a nice addition. I personally would not recommend this as your main monitor if you are a gamer or are very particular with your monitors. There are moments when the screen can get glitchy and the arrangement was a bit off, but works just fine after unplugging and plugging it back in. The price point on this is on the lower end, so don’t expect much.

LogiTech Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo:

There are two types of people in this world, ones that can keep wires clean and organized and the others that cannot. I am the latter. I am horrible when it keeping wires clean and tidy. No matter how hard I try, my wires always end up getting tangled. This Logitech Keyboard and Mouse Combo is the perfect solution. I like the feel of Logitech better than Mac keyboards, but that is just a personal preference. This comes with a unifying receiver so you can easily switch laptops if you have a USB Hub.

LogiTech c920s PRO

I love this camera! I was hoping to start recording on Twitch and putting up tutorials on coding, which lead me to buying this camera. This camera is extremely clear, with 1080p and 30 fps! If you don’t know what that means, 1080p is a set of HDTV high-definition video modes characterized by 1920 pixels displayed across screen horizontally and 1080 pixels down the screen vertically. So, if you don’t want anyone to see your flaws in high definition DO NOT GET THIS, otherwise, I highly recommend! 😂
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Bose QuiteComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth headphones:

I’ve had these headphones for FIVE YEARS. I know they’ve come up with new models, but this has lasted me longer than my relationships and still work amazing (unlike any of my relationships but that’s for another blog so STAY TUNED LOL). 😂

Panda Planner:

In a society where the media tends to magnify the bad, it can become very hard to see the positive in the everyday moments. The Panda Planner has taught me to be grateful and to set my intention, all while focusing on my future goals. Everyday may not be a great day, but taking the appropriate steps to try and win that day is what’s most important. #selflove
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Cables:

USBC to HDMI

These are the cables I use. Since both my laptops are MacBook Pros from 2018 and 2019, they only have USB-C ports. In order for me to connect my 4K Dell monitor (as previously mentioned), you will need a USB-C to HDMI cable. I like this cable because it does come with a velcro wrap to use when you don’t need the entire 6 ft cord.

USB-C Hub

With so many different types of equipment, using a USB-C Hub can help create an easier flow to connect your other appliances with just one link. This USB-C has 3 USB ports and even has a SD Card reader!
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So there you have it! All the things that keep me organized and productive as a remote worker. Hope you all are staying healthy and positive!
Love,
Jenel Myers
#coronavirus #shitisgettingreal
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Migration from Carthage to Cocoapods – React Native

Migration from Carthage to Cocoapods – React Native

In the beginning, we originally opted in for Carthage and steered away from Cocoapods. With react native’s upgrade of 0.60 and higher, we had to migrate from Carthage to Cocoapods. Here is how I did it!

1. Open Terminal

2. Install Cocoapods, if you do not have it already installed.

$ brew install cocoapods

3. Create a podfile in the project ios directory

$ cd {project}/ios
$ Pod init

4. The Podfile will contain a default setup where you can add any libraries you choose. In order for us to run the react-native app though, we will need the following in our Podfile:

# The target name is most likely the name of your project.
target 'NumberTileGame' do
# Your 'node_modules' directory is probably in the root of your project,
# but if not, adjust the `:path` accordingly
pod 'React', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/'
pod 'React-Core', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/React'
pod 'React-DevSupport', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/React'
pod 'React-fishhook', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/Libraries/fishhook'
pod 'React-RCTActionSheet', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/Libraries/ActionSheetIOS'
pod 'React-RCTAnimation', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/Libraries/NativeAnimation'
pod 'React-RCTBlob', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/Libraries/Blob'
pod 'React-RCTImage', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/Libraries/Image'
pod 'React-RCTLinking', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/Libraries/LinkingIOS'
pod 'React-RCTNetwork', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/Libraries/Network'
pod 'React-RCTSettings', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/Libraries/Settings'
pod 'React-RCTText', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/Libraries/Text'
pod 'React-RCTVibration', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/Libraries/Vibration'
pod 'React-RCTWebSocket', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/Libraries/WebSockepod 'React-cxxreact', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/ReactCommon/cxxreact'
pod 'React-jsi', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/ReactCommon/jsi'
pod 'React-jsiexecutor', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/ReactCommon/jsiexecutor'
pod 'React-jsinspector', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/ReactCommon/jsinspector'
pod 'yoga', :path => '../node_modules/react-native/ReactCommon/yoga'
pod 'DoubleConversion', :podspec => '../node_modules/react-native/third-party-podspecs/DoubleConversion.podspec'
pod 'glog', :podspec => '../node_modules/react-native/third-party-podspecs/glog.podspec'
pod 'Folly', :podspec => '../node_modules/react-native/third-party-podspecs/Folly.podspec'
end

The following is retrieved from the react native docs.

5. Depending if you had added these frameworks manually or linked using react-native link , make sure that you unlink by running react-native unlink in your terminal and removing any of the frameworks or libraries in your xcode project folders. Make sure you also remove in Link Binary with Libraries in your Build Phases section of your Target Project.Screen Shot 2019-09-27 at 6.55.51 PM.png

6. This step is dependent on what you currently have in your Carthage File. Most dependencies have a Cocoapod alternative, so you can easily transfer those dependencies. Each library will have a set of instructions on how to install.

7. Once you have migrated your Carthage dependencies, I would remove everywhere Carthage is mentioned. Do a quick search in both your Javascript code and iOS code and remove any instances of Carthage.

8. Make sure that you have added your libPods.{projectname}.a to your Frameworks by adding it to Link Binary with Libraries in your Build Phases of you project

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9. Once you finish setting Cocoapods up and removing all your Carthage files, you can now run the following your terminal. Make sure to run this in your ios folder to build and install cocoapods.

$  pod install

That’s about it! Your project should be up and running!

Depending on how your Carthage file was previously configured, you may receive the following error:

    1. No podspec found for `React-fishhook` in `../node_modules/react-native/Libraries/fishhook`

Solution: You can easily remove this file.

Note To Self – Useful Travel Tips for Greece

Note To Self – Useful Travel Tips for Greece

On my trip to Greece, my first stop was Mykonos. Mykonos is an interesting island. It’s known for it’s intense party scene, but honestly, I didn’t party or explore the nightlife that much. Considering this trip was my first time in Greece, I really wanted to experience the Greek culture.

Exploring Mykonos was first on my list. The first day I arrived, I was traveling solo and stayed at the Grand Beach Mykonos which was situated walking distance from Mykonos town. The staff was so sweet and super helpful. This hotel also had amazing instagrammable spots, like their roof 😍

My room was upgraded and I must say the balcony was absolutely stunning!

Walking to Mykonos town was a short 15 minute walk. The shops open at about 10am, but they don’t have a set time. If you want to take pictures arrive early at the windmills right before shopping.

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Note to self: Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes

My sandal strap broke while I was walking so I ended up having to buy a pair of shoes. The shoes here are absolutely adorable and cute! They are made out of real leather and some are even handmade. 

Mykonos had a bunch of small shops that were super cute! You can get some deals, but for major purchases, I would recommend just buying it in Athens. Remember, Mykonos is the island of millionaire and billionaires so the price is increased on everything!

Note to self: Rent an ATV/Moped to Explore the island

Once the boys arrived, we ended up switching hotels to one that was located away from Mykonos town on Elia Beach. It was about 25-30 minute drive from Mykonos town. Though the resort had everything available on site, if you want to explore Mykonos and run errands, I would recommend renting an ATV.

Note to self: Check bus schedules 

One of the great things about Mykonos is the public transportation and the hotel transfers! The first day the boys arrived, we ended up calling a cab multiple times. One way cost a whopping 35-40€ from Myconian Villas to Scorpios! WTF? I’m glad the locals are able to make some money, but this seemed a bit over priced. The next day, we found out the resort actually had a bus that would take you from your hotel to Mykonos Town FOR FREE! There is a schedule so be very cognizant of time! 

Note to self: Take pictures early

The first night when I was by myself, Mykonos town was absolutely empty. But I had left around 9am to check out the town. The most instagrammable spots are actually in this tiny quaint town about 5 minutes walking distance from each other!

I took the boys during sunset, but it was absolutely crowded with so many people! So if ya want your Instagram photo, I would recommend going early and shopping early to beat the crowd!

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Long Layover in Tokyo: What to Do

One of the best ways to experience another country is to have a long layover. These layovers provide travelers the opportunity to experience something new without the cost of a hotel/airbnb. On my way back to the states from Asia, I had the pleasure of having an 11 hour layover in Tokyo!

Tokyo’s International Airport

Most international flights land in Narita, but in my case, I landed in Haneda at 5AM in the morning 😅. Since I was traveling Japan Airlines, they held on to my luggage. If you are traveling and have to pick up your luggage from baggage claim and don’t know where to put it. Don’t you worry! You can actually check in your luggage at a baggage storage. I recommend doing this if you plan on taking public transportation. You definitely don’t want to be dragging heavy luggage around up and down those steep stairs.

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Transportation

I took public transportation. Honestly, it’s quite easy to get around. Tokyo is about 30-45 minutes away from the airport if you take the train. The public transportation is super clean and quite high tech in Japan. If you plug in your destination on Google Maps, you can easily see the times and routes that will take you to your destination. For the most part, it’s quite accurate.

If you don’t want to take public transportation, download Grab. It’s basically Uber/Lyft for Southeast Asia

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Hie-jinja Shrine

I arrived at 5am in the morning. -__- Not much was open at that time, only the temples and a couple coffee shops. I grabbed a warm cup coffee and headed to Hie-jinja Shrine. The shrine is a beautiful site to see. The one thing I love about Japan is the sense of peacefulness in a city so busy. I’ve never felt anything like it. The shrine is located on a hilltop between the business district of Asakasa and the government building area of Nagatacho.

According to Japan Travel, this shrine has origins that date back to the Kamakura period (1185-1333). It was served as a guardian shrine of the Imperial Palace.

 

As you walk through the Hie-jinja Shrine, you will find the torii gates. These gates were said to divide our world and the kami (spirit) world. It is said to mark the entrance to a place where the spirits hear your prayers. You can really feel the rich history and culture as you explore this shrine.

After exploring for an hour at the shrine, I headed over to the electric Town of Tokyo.

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Akihabara

It took about 15-20 minutes to get to this animated district. It was about 8am when I arrived and still, nothing was open, but it was quite interesting to see one of the busiest areas of Tokyo in complete emptiness and silence. The district is small, but the buildings are large and out of the ordinary. I can only imagine what it would look like at night. After about 30 minutes of walking around, I started to see people lining up for the stores.

 

BTW, the stores open up at about 10AM. I would definitely try and arrive during the store hours. Unfortunately, I was so exhausted from traveling that I decided to head back to the airport and eat some yummy ramen and just rest.

BUT BEFORE I LEAVE!

Vending Machines!!!!

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Japan is notorious for their outrageous and interesting vending machines. They were literally everywhere. I was so thankful for these guys being quite ubiquitous in Japan at such an early time of the day when everything else was closed and I was absolutely starving. They sold everything in these vending machines. They even sold instant sake (Japanese alcohol, duh 🤪). It was way too early for a shot, so I just got a green tea instead. Then headed off to the airport.

Lessons Learned

Getting a taste of Tokyo for a quick second was really nice. I’ve never seen such a peaceful, yet busy ambiance all at once. But I would definitely stay a bit longer than just one day. I would probably stay at least one week, just so I could experience everything else. There was so much I wanted to see!

Also, try not to arrive at 5am 😆 for a layover. If possible, try to arrive sometime in the afternoon or at night. Tokyo is one of those cities that open up at 10am. So, though it was nice to experience absolutely no one there, a part of me wishes that I could see the iconic crowd that you hear about in so many movies, travel blogs and tv shows.

 

Pan-Seared Ribeye Steak with Bordelaise Sauce With Porchini Mixed Mushrooms

Pan-Seared Ribeye Steak with Bordelaise Sauce With Porchini Mixed Mushrooms

 

I absolutely LOVE meat!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I’m sorry, vegetarians. It’s just one of my favorite things to eat.

I have been really interested in learning more about French cooking, but I was craving a Ribeye steak, so I made a ribeye steak with bordelaise! I get the best of both worlds

Ingredients:

For Steak:

  • 16 ounce ribeye steak
  • 1 teaspoon peanut oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • thyme sprigs
  • entire bulb of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of butter

For mushroom topping:

  • 4-5 dried porchini mushrooms (if you can find fresh ones use those instead.
  • 1/4 cup of warm water
  • Porchinis are a wild mushroom, so it may be hard to find)
  • handful of crimini mushrooms
  • butter
  • 1/2 thai chili
  • salt
  • pepper

For bourdelaise

  • 1 cup of red wine
  • bacon cut up in small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • 3 shallots
  • salt
  • pepper
  • veal stock (beef stock is fine, too)

For Ribeye:

  1. Add oil to pan turn on heat
  2. Salt and pepper both sides of steak
  3. Once oil is hot, add steak
  4. add 5 cloves garlic and thyme
  5. Keep steak on for about 6-10 minutes depending on thickness of steak
  6. Flip to other side
  7. Keep steak on for about 6-10 minutes depending on thickness of steak
  8. Add butter to pan.
  9. Turn to low heat
  10. Cover the steak with the pan sauce
  11. set aside wrap in foil.
  12. DO NOT CUT STEAK YET. This is important because you want to keep the juices in. You may want to wait 10-20 minutes before you cut

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For Sauce:

  1. Cook bacon in a pan
  2. add shallots until translucent
  3. Add red wine
  4. Scrape bottoom of pan for goodness
  5. Keep mixing
  6. Add stock
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste
  8. Stir for about 6-10 minutes
  9. Once sauce thickens, separate the solids from the juice
  10. Keep the juice, throw away the solids
  11. Use a slotted spoon to scoop out the top clear later (this is the fat)

For Mushrooms:

  1. Soak porchini in warm water to soften the porchini
  2. On medium, high heat, add butter to pan
  3. Add cut up Crimini mushrooms to pan.
  4. Add the Porchini mushroom water to the pan
  5. Add Porchini mushroom
  6. salt and pepper to taste
  7. saute for about 5 minutes, until crimini mushrooms are sauteed and soft

Plate steak, then add mushroom and top with bordelaise sauce.

Garnish with fresh thyme and 1/2 a bulb of roasted garlic

 

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Change This One Habit To Improve Your Life

Change This One Habit To Improve Your Life

It can sometimes feel like a drag when you have to do tedious work as you strive towards your dreams. You know exactly what you want, but it has been such a struggle to get there.

You go to bed thinking, “Okay, tomorrow I will get up and do work.”. But you end up wasting the beginning of the day, moping around in sadness because you wish things were different.

Well, this is your wake up call to let you know that things will not be different until you change your thoughts. According to Psychology Today, we have over 25,000–50,000 thoughts per day. Some even say we even have up to 80,000 thoughts per day, in which 80% of our thoughts are negative. It’s not a “normal” thing to think positive thoughts, rather it is quite opposite.

We have made it a habit to think negative thoughts. If we changed our thinking, we can truly change our lives. So, next time you think a negative though, acknowledge that the thought is there and simply let it go.
“This meeting is going to go horribly wrong”. Check your thought and change it to “This is just a thought. What if everything is working for my good”.

Another thought that you could have is a complaining one.
“Ugh. I’m so tired”
“Ugh. Do I really have to go to that event?”
“Ugh. Do I really have to take the dogs out?”

When we have thoughts that are complaining, we allow our ego to get in the way. We may complain about a person and more often than not, we complain about a situation. Well, if we remove complaining out of our thought process and just decide to make the decision to do what it is that we need to do. Or we just let a person be and think positive thoughts about them, we protrude positive energy and a positive life will fall into our laps.

Please remember, that even when things don’t turn out the way that you had hoped for, to be grateful. Sometimes what we think is a disaster may actually be the greatest blessing in our lives.