The Perfect Roommate Date

Hey ya’ll! I hope everyone has had a pretty great weekend. Mine has been awesome even with all the studying and paper writing that I have had to do. One of the highlights of the weekend was going on my roommate date. My roommates and I decided that we have been having and still will have this graduate school hell weeks that we needed a nice night out. We decided to get sushi for this roommate dinner, so I looked up places and found a delicious one that would suit all our needs. I ended up making reservations online at Open Table, which was a smart idea because this place was crazy when we got there.

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This place was amazing for many reasons, but one of them was for the drinks. They had a happy hour from 5-9 pm that had 2 for 8$ cocktails. That is a steal. Seriously. The first weekend I went out in New York, I ordered a vodka and tonic, and had to pay 12$ for one small drink. WHAT? This is not the world that I want to be buying drinks in, so getting two for that price was amazing. These drinks were strong too, so we were feeling a little buzzed. This was a grapefruit cocktail that my roommate got. We all enjoyed our drinks so much.

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I got a drink called the Rainbow. It had citrus vodka, blue curaco, and pineapple juice. It was delicious. After one drink, I wasn’t really sure how I was going to have another, so I’m glad that the waiter didn’t come back to get our second drink order until after we had gotten some sushi in our stomachs. We were in drink heaven though. This would definitely be a good place to go if you just wanted drinks too, but the food was just as amazing. Not to mention the awesome staff.

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One of my roommates is a vegetarian, so she ordered vegetable tempura as her appetizer. It was cool because you could specifically pick what vegetables or items you wanted as tempura, it came with two pieces, and depending on the item it was only 2-3$. She let Carrianne and I split the zucchini piece and it was delicious. It was perfectly fried on the outside and the vegetable was soft on the inside. She ended up getting broccoli, asparagus, and zucchini. The pieces were so large though, so you definitely needed to cut them up. Also they only give you chopsticks here, so if you aren’t good with them, definitely ask if you can get a fork and knife.

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Carrianne and I ended up splitting an appetizer. We got bacon wrapped scallops. These were so good. The bacon was so smoky, so it enhanced the simple flavor and texture of the scallop. The sauce on top was delicious. It was a sweet flavor mixed with a hint of the green onion. It was a nice light way to start the meal. It definitely didn’t provide any substance in our stomachs as we threw back our drinks.

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Hello to sushi heaven. Did I order way too many rolls? Yes, but oh well. I managed to eat almost all of it. I attribute this to the alcohol in a small way and my determination to consume some of the best and affordable sushi that was available. On this plate is a pumpkin tempura roll, a heart throb roll, and a bagel roll. Lets talk about how cheap this sushi was. The pumpkin tempura roll was only 4.50$! The heart throb was 12$ and the bagel was 10$. In my opinion that is pretty good for crazy specialty rolls. Some places can charge up to 15 for just your basic specialty roll, so I was excited to see that there were so many affordable options.

photo 2(1)The heart throb roll was definitely my favorite. It had spicy tuna wrapped around the roll. Inside was eel crabmeat, avocado, and spicy tuna. There was also a spicy mayo drizzled all over the roll. The fish was extremely fresh. I love when a roll is wrapped with fish on the outside because it gives it a meatier taste. The sauce gave it a nice creamy texture along with the avocado inside. I finished this roll like a champion.

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This was the pumpkin tempura roll. It was just your simple pumpkin tempura along with some small things inside. It was so delicious. The fried texture gave a nice crunch to the roll while the pumpkin was smooth and creamy. It was a savory and sweet kind of roll. I am obsessed with all things pumpkin right now, so this roll definitely hit the spot. Plus it was only 4.50$. I probably could have survived on a few of these rolls and only paid 13$. That would have been pretty awesome, but I like to try different things.

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Bagel roll. You know when we Jews see the word bagel we are instantly attracted to it. I think that is pretty much why I ordered the roll. Besides the fact that cream cheese and salmon is like the best combination (just another Jewish obsession). It was lightly fried on the outside, which was awesome. The roll also had spinach and asparagus inside. I think it could have done without the spinach, but it was still appetizing and delicious.

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Hello to Carrianne’s plate of sushi. The funny thing was when she ordered her food, the waiter said that she needed to stop ordering because that was too much food for her. She was gonna get a third roll, but then she just decided to go with what she got. Smart girl. I wish the waiter would have said the same thing to me and my other roommate because we were so full by the time we tried to eat all our sushi. She got the pumpkin tempura roll too along with a piece of salmon nigiri. Also a roll with salmon and jalapenos. She enjoyed all of hers.

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Here was my other roommate’s plate of sushi. She ordered all vegetarian rolls. The cool thing was that they had about 20 vegetarian rolls on the menu, which is definitely a nice thing for vegetarians and people that are more health conscious (not that sushi is that unhealthy for you). She got the sweet potato tempura roll, which looked just as good as the pumpkin one. Since she ordered three rolls too, she was about to burst. We were both in a sushi coma.

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For our second drink, we all three got something called the Asuka-tini. Oh man. How strong was this thing? I thought I was going to die. It was tequila, sake, triple sec, and grenadine. I was like oh man. Plus it was super salty. I should have asked for mine without salt on the rim because I ended up knocking half the salt into the drink. I powered through and drank all of it. I was feeling a good buzz at this point and we decided to get jello shots for us. They were raspberry flavored and probably the best jello shots I have ever had. It tasted like real raspberries were in it. The waiter was so nice too. He gave us a free jello shot on the house. Overall it was a really great experience, and we will definitely be going back here many times.

What is your favorite date food?
Have you ever had crazy sushi rolls?

 

 

 

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A Healthy Meatball Sub

Hey ya’ll! It is Thursday. My week is actually pretty relaxing since now all I will be doing is working on research and other little science nerd projects. I have an awesome recipe to share with ya’ll! I love meatball sub sandwiches that are rich in cheese, sauce, and meat. However those things are totally not calorie friendly. Instead I decided to brainstorm my own healthy recipe for a meatball sub and I came up with something pretty delicious if I do say so myself!

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Healthy Meatball Sub Sandwich

6-7 veggie patch meatless meatballs
2 super thin slices of mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp of Contadina low calorie Tomato sauce
2 slices of sandwich thins
non-stick cooking spray

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1. First you need to microwave the vegetable meatballs in the microwave. The box said 20 seconds, but it took me around 40 seconds to almost a minute in some cases because they would not get hot enough.

2. Then place all the meatballs in an orderly pattern on one slice of bread.

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3. Take a few thin slices of mozzarella and place on the meatballs. If you want it to be super cheesy, I would add more cheese. However you should remember that the calories add up when you consume more cheese.

4. Turn on your panini machine and spray both sides of the bread with non-stick cooking spray. Place onto the panini machine and cook until the cheese is completely melted. Turn the machine off and carefully take off the sandwich.

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5. Take off one slice of bread and pour on the 1 tbsp of sauce. Make sure you don’t spill it because that will lead to one messy sandwich. I would recommend wrapping it in a paper towel as you eat it because the sauce can sometimes leak out of the bottom if it isn’t thick enough.

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Noms. This sandwich is so good. A normal sub sandwich that you could get at Subway or at another sandwich shop can contain around 650 calories, 25-40 g of fat, and 56-60 g of carbohydrates. That is an excessive amount of fat that is in one menu item plus the amount of calories is way more than one should be spending on one sandwich. My sandwich contains 290 calories, 7 g of fat, and 25 g of carbohydrates. That is definitely a better switch and in my opinion a tastier option. Those other meatball sandwiches usually taste artificial to me unless you order from a legit Italian restaurant. I am definitely using this as my treat every once and a while with fresh mozzarella. I love when cheese melts to the point that it is stringy. Seriously who doesn’t like cheese?!? Obviously if you don’t, you need therapy. These meatless meatballs were really good too. They were packed with various spices and flavors. They were so good that my mom went out to buy another box and we ended up finding falafel too, which I’m excited to eat soon. Falafel sandwich will definitely be a new trend. Noms. I have a weakness for falafel. Jew problems. Or maybe falafel is just that good!

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I love the way the bread gets browned too by the panini machine. A panini machine may be one of the best inventions I’ve ever seen or owned (besides my kitchen aid mixer). You can make tons of things on a grilling machine. There was actually an awesome post on buzzfeed with like 25 things you can make on one. I will definitely have to try out some of those recipes! I hope you all have an awesome day. I’m going to be getting my nerd on and researching angiogenesis on prostate cancer with broccoli and tomatoes effects on this process. Go functional foods!

What is your favorite sandwich?
Have you ever cooked something unusual on a panini machine?

My True Love

Hey ya’ll! Today’s post is probably more on the foodie aspect rather than the conscious aspect of the blog. I am taking you back to a wonderful place that I have already reviewed once. This is definitely one of my must go to places if you are ever visiting Austin. Hopdoddy burger bar is an Austin staple for me. It has only been open for 2 years, but it is just that amazing. It has taken over the Austin burger scene (obviously there are still other good places, check out Min’s list of burgers in Austin).

Warning: Not all of this food was consumed in one sitting. It was spread out over many visits. This is just a declaration of my love for Hopdoddy!

photoThis may be the best veggie burger in town. It is named the La Bandita (so cute, I know). It is a black bean corn patty with avocado, arugula, cilantro pesto, and chipotle mayo on whole wheat bread. It also comes with goat cheese, but I’m not a fan of overwhelming amounts of goat cheese, so I opted to switch it out for tilamook cheddar. It was a good decision. This burger has some Mexican flavors to it, hence the name of La Bandita. It is amazing. The burger falls apart a little bit because of all the ingredients, but it is easy to eat and extremely delicious for a vegetarian option.

photo(1)Specialty shakes. One of the main reasons why I love Hopdoddy. Their shakes are hand churned and made from fresh ingredients (oh wait, everything is made from farm fresh ingredients there – another reason of love). This beauty is the peppermint patty milkshake that was a wintertime special back in December. Man oh man, it was minty, cool, and creamy. You can’t go wrong with a pink drink (in case you didn’t know pink is my favorite color).

photo(3)Blackboards as menus? Specialty burgers? Colorful chalk? Yes, yes, yes, I love you Hopdoddy. Why are you so cute and creative? I’m not sure, but it keeps me coming back. I just love how they write their specialty items on the chalkboards above the ordering station. Usually they have a burger, some milkshakes, and some adult beverages on the three menus that spread across the top.

photo(4)Of course I’m going to get the specialty burger if it is as awesome as it says it is. My oh my was the Gangham burger delicious. The bulgogi beef was top notch. If you ever see bulgogi beef, GET IT! It was much better than regular beef if I do say so. The kimchi on the bottom of the burger gave it those classic Asian flavors and went well with the beef. Also sriracha mayo? Um yes please. Can I get that in containers by the gallon to put on all my food? I wish because it was one of the best sauces I’ve had (that is saying a lot because Hopdoddy has a crazy amount of sauces to choose from).

photo(2)Shake, shake, shake it up. Another specialty shake please! This one here is the red velvet shake, which is currently the flavor of the month. It has chunks of red velvet cake and cream cheese icing swirled into the shake. Umm YES. It was pretty delicious. So if you are in Austin for South by Southwest or you are visiting, go get this immediately. The special for last month was a thin mint shake with actual thin mint cookies in it. Yes, it was amazing. To be honest, anything with girl scout cookies can’t be bad.

photoMmm a mountain of fries. We usually split a large order of fries between 3-4 people because trust me, you are going to be full from your burger. Their fries are seasoned perfectly and you have a wide selection of sauces to choose. You can also get green chili queso though to dip your fries in! Queso and fries? Yes it is a pretty great combination. Try it and you will be glad that you did.

photo(6)That looks sort of disgusting. Then again usually gross things tend to be the most delicious. This is the Terlingua burger. My current favorite regular menu item. It is made with angus beef, chili con carne (chili with meat for those of you that don’t know your basic Spanish), corn fritos, tilamook cheddar, and sassy sauce. Pretty much a frito pie, but on a burger. Greatest creation ever? I think so.

photo(5)Here is a delicious close up of the wonderful burger. I know it sort of makes me want to puke, but in a good way. Look how toasted and delicious the bun looks! Man I wish I had this in front of me because I would definitely gobble it up. Although I use Saturdays as my day to treat myself. Usually/almost always that includes a trip to Hopdoddy. We tend to go about once a month on the weekend as our family treat since the burgers are a little pricey (specialty burgers run about 10$ while every day menu goes from 7-12$). The burgers are definitely worth it, plus you can split fries with whoever you go with since the portions are huge!

Have a good afternoon! I’m going back to studying about soluble and insoluble fiber, the effects on digestion, and how fiber helps reduce risk of certain diseases (boo biochemical nutrition class). Thank you fiber for being a probiotic (maybe I’ll give ya’ll an educational post about fiber)!

WIAW (What My Roommate Makes Me)

Hey ya’ll! It is Wednesday. Hurray. For me, that means only class today and tomorrow. However I have the dreadful GRE at 5:30 pm tomorrow evening. Bum bum bum. I know it sucks. The things I do to achieve my dreams. On a happier and much lighter note, it is What I Ate Wednesday. YES. Thank you Jenn for giving this special day to all of us food and healthy living bloggers. I love it. For today’s WIAW post I thought I would throw an extra special twist: What my roommate makes me. I love my roommate, she is all about healthy living, so she makes some delicious food for us to enjoy.

DSC02736This past week she made enchiladas. Oh god were they good. She used corn tortillas and real Mexican cheese (although we aren’t sure how legit the cheese is because our stomachs hurt later). The sauce was the bomb though. She made it with peppers and other delicious goodness.

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This is the whole plate of delicious heaven. She served the enchiladas with chopped lettuce and cherry tomatoes. Then there was a side of brown rice with tomatoes, peppers, and chiles. The rice was amazing. It was creamy, smooth, and filled with a bit of spice. I kept going back for more. Then we had some organic refried black beans on the side. I have a weakness for refried beans, soooo good.

DSC02739This is so blurry. Maybe because I was tipsy? Blame it on the alcohol, blame it on the vodka, blame it on the henney. No, but actually really. My contribution to the dinner was the margaritas. This was round two. The first ones we had were lime margaritas and these were strawberry. We like to celebrate our Thursday nights in style, even if we are just sitting at home the two of us. We are cool like that, I know you are all jealous.

DSCN0155What is this? Vegetarian heaven on a plate. It was ezekial bread topped with relish, mayonaisse, and vegetarian sloppy joe. I’ve never had a vegetarian sloppy joe, so this was something new for me. It was amazing. Maybe even better than one with actual meat it in. She served corn on the side. I was a big fan. I haven’t had corn in a while.

DSCN0154Aren’t you jealous that my roommate is better than yours? You should be because mine serves me up delicious meals like this. I gobbled it up.

DSC02497She makes the best salads. No joke. This one was spinach leaves, pine nuts, goat cheese, blueberries and topped with a blueberry dressing. Oh man, this was good. I love a nice refreshing salad, so whenever she pops one of these bad boys up I’m pretty excited.

DSC02732This is Ivy, the crazy kitten. She had managed to get into the empty alcohol bag. Maybe she wanted to booze too? Too bad you are a kitten. Underage problems. She just has a love for bags. We think she looks like a gremlin. She pops out of nowhere and jumps on everything. She is like a little ball of energy.

Hope everyone has a good humpday and WIAW!

I Love Beantown (Boston Day 3)

Hey ya’ll! Hope everyone has been having a fantastic weekend. Last night was great (I’ll do a recap on that later), but today I’m going with two of my volleyball players to the UT volleyball game today. I’m super excited. Back to Boston.

Since I went to the concert the night before, I ended up taking a nap for about four hours at Carrianne’s. Once I recovered from the concert, we decided to head over to Harvard Square. I was excited to go shopping, plus the weather was pretty nice outside – about low 70s.

We were walking around Harvard Square, looking for this shop we used to go to that sells bento boxes, and I saw this lovely sign. My brother and I love totoro. It is literally one of the greatest movies of all time (yes, I can be an anime dork sometimes). I had to get a picture of this sign for my brother, but when we realized the bento box store was closed, we headed into this place to see if they had any.

This store had some pretty funny stuff in it. I loved all the ridiculous Totoro stuff. They had tons of stuffed animals, key chains, posters, and bento boxes. The guy that worked there even invited me to a film festival going on near Harvard for all the movies of Hayao Miyazaki. Unfortunately it was a few days after I left Boston, so I wasn’t able to go.

We were walking around, and decided to go get cupcakes. I love cupcakes, so I was super stoked. Sweet is one of Boston’s better cupcake places. We both got cupcakes, and Carrianne’s boyfriend met us there with a friend of his. Afterwards we ended up going shopping at Urban Outfitters and a few other boutiques.

For dinner we decided to go to Wagamama, which was located on JFK st over near Harvard. We were craving some Asian noodles, so this was the perfect place to go. We sat at the table at the window facing the street. It was a nice day to people watch and eat.

I ordered the Yasai Yaki Soba, which was teppan-fried whole wheat noodles with egg, bean sprouts, peppers, white onions and scallions, mushrooms and garlic. It was garnished with fried shallots, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, and cilantro vinegar. I decided to add on some tofu for protein. The tofu was perfect fried and brought a nice addition to the meal. It was a pretty good meal, and I was full.

Carrianne ordered the chili ramen. It was noodles in a spicy broth topped with tofu, chilies, red onion, beansprouts, cilantro, scallion, and a lime of wedge. Her dish was HUGE. She couldn’t even finish it all. It looked really delicious. I totally would have eaten some, but because the broth was chicken and pork I wasn’t able to. Oh the problems of being a vegetarian.

I hope everyone has a fantastic saturday. I’m going to enjoy some volleyball and 8 calorie frozen yogurt. Oh yes, I said 8 calories per oz.

Have you ever heard of Totoro?
What is your favorite anime character?

Bahhston Day 2

Hey ya’ll! Hope everyone has been having a great Friday. Mine has been pretty relaxing. I’ve been reading books, watching some movies, and I’m going out with my younger brother tonight to the UT volleyball game and to dinner (which has yet to be determined). Anyways, let me get back to my trip to Boston.

Friday morning I woke up, and decided to go on a little adventure while Carrianne was at work doing her thing at the Children’s Hospital. I wondered over to Newbury street, which has some of the greatest shopping and has a cute Boston feel to it with the brick buildings alongside both sides of the street.

As I was walking around looking at the shops, I stumbled upon Georgetown Cupcakes. The shop has been made famous by the TV show on TLC following the two sisters that own the company. My stomach was growling, and I wanted to see if the hype about the cupcakes was actually true.

They had tons of cupcakes on display and for sale inside the store. I got to see all this once I waited in line OUTSIDE for about 10 minutes. Apparently the shop was too crowded for people to go in, but really there were just a bunch of annoying girls standing in the way. When I finally got in, I had a hard time choosing what to eat, but I decided to have a gluten free cupcake since I wanted to be nice on my stomach. It was a gluten free lava fudge cupcake (picture will come later when I do a Boston Cupcake review post), and let me tell you it was actually pretty delicious. I went on my merry way with my cupcake and cup of fat free milk.

I was trying to hold off on buying anything because I had promised Carrianne that we would go shopping over the weekend since we both had come into some money. However, I stepped in the Steve Madden store and couldn’t resist (I have a problem with SM because their shoes are amazing). I ended up having to order a pair of boots to be shipped because they had run out of 10. If these shoes go on sale, I’m definitely going to get the tan ones too. They are that fabulous.

After a few more hours of strolling around Boston, Carrianne had texted me that she was walking home from work and wanted to meet at Dunkin Donuts. However, I was going at tortoise pace, so I just met her back at the apartment. Then it was time for dinner.

We went to Fish Market. It is seriously probably one of the best sushi places in Boston. It was quite a trek from Carrianne’s, and I wore uncomfortable shoes. Bad decision. I guess I forgot that we don’t live down the street anymore (oh how I miss that). We were supposed to meet one of our old roommates there, but she ended up not being able to come. Her loss because the food was AMAZING.

For an appetizer, I had Agi Dashi Tofu. It is a fried tofu served in a light shoyu broth with scallions. Oh man. This was a great way to start off the meal. The tofu was perfectly fried, and it was silken tofu so it fell apart when you bit into it. The broth was light, and the dish wasn’t filling at all, so I had room for a ton of sushi rolls.

For my first round, I had a Shiitake Mushroom Tempura Maki roll. There were only 4 pieces, which I was sad about, but the fried mushrooms in the roll were so good that I forgot about how small it was. The brown thing on the right is a fried tofu wrapper and the one of the top left is sweet egg omelet. My mind was blown with the tofu wrapper sushi. I didn’t know what to expect, but I thought I would try it since it is vegetarian friendly. Oh god I could have probably eaten like ten more of those, but I didn’t have time to stay at the restaurant all night.

My last roll was the Salmon Skin roll. It is salmon skin, bonito flakes, cream cheese, and cucumber. This is one of my favorite rolls at Fish Market because it tastes like bacon. Now that I don’t eat meat, except fish, this is the closest thing I will get to eating actual meat. Oh man. The crispiness of the salmon skin meshes perfectly with the smooth texture of the cream cheese. Definitely order this if you ever go here!

After dinner, we had to hurry back to the apartment because I needed to change because I was going out to a concert. My friend, David, had texted me asking me if I wanted to go with him and a few of his friends to some electronic show, so I decided why not. The artist we were going to see was Viceroy, so I put on my best raging outfit: high wasted white shorts, a see through lace black top, and a black bandeau.

This is David, and this photo is actually pretty old. The only photo I took of us this weekend is for another post much later on. He is pretty great. Anyways I met him and his friends at his old frat house over in Cambridge (Yeah, he went to MIT), and we headed over to the concert. One of the other groups was still performing when we got there, so we waited until the real party started. After the concert, we went back to his place and played Mario Kart for a while. Apparently I now suck at Mario Kart. Oh well, it was still really fun and I did get 1st once. Go me.

Hope everyone has a great Friday night! I’ll be back tomorrow with some more Boston fun.

Do you like Electronic Music?
If so, what is your favorite artist?

 

 

 

MISO Hungry

Hey ya’ll! I’m having a fantastic time in Boston. I’ve been shopping, eating out at delicious places, and have been enjoying the company of some of my closest friends. It also really makes me miss living in Boston. This city is amazing. Anyways, I’m not blogging about Boston today. Instead I’m sharing a delicious recipe with ya’ll for a Tofu Miso Soup.

Tofu Miso Soup
1 1/2 c vegetable broth
2 tsp Miso paste (I used organic)
1 c of diced mushrooms
3 oz of cubed tofu
1 tsp olive oil
vegetables of your choice

1. Pour tsp of oil into a pan and let heat.
2. Add in mushrooms and cook until brown and softened.
3. Then pour in vegetable broth and miso paste.
4. Let it boil for one minute, then turn down to low-medium heat.
5. Add in tofu (if you want it crispy, cook ahead of time with mushrooms).
6. Let cook in soup for 4 minutes and 30 seconds.
7. If adding in other vegetables, such as bok choy, place in soup to cook for the 4 minutes.
8. Before finishing, make sure the miso paste has dissolved into the broth. Then serve.

This soup is amazing. The recipe is only for one, but if you want to make it for two just double everything in the recipe and cook it in a large pan. I used a large fry pan, but if you make it for two or more you should use a pot to cook the soup in. One of the other great things about this soup is that it is really low calorie and miso is good for your health. With Soy Miso, there are very good cardiovascular benefits, anti-cancer benefits, and digestive system benefits. Even Dr. Oz supports miso in the diet, not that I particularly care on his opinion since he isn’t a nutritionist or registered dietitian.

The other great thing about the soup is that it is really filling. You are really getting a bang for you buck with this soup. I am a big fan of Asian flavors, which is why this soup calls to me. I literally have been making this almost every day because it is just that good. Also I didn’t want the rest of the ingredients to go bad, so I had to eat it every day anyways.

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I know I have. I’ll let ya’ll know about that later on. I’m going to Harvard Square today for some fun adventures and good food (obviously ya’ll will get the details later and some mouth watering pictures too).

Have you ever been to Boston?
What is your favorite place to visit there?