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New Year’s Eve Feast

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Got up around 10am and had a banana and raspberries. Feeling sore throat maybe because I drank too much last night (4 glass sparkling and 1 red). This sweet sake with a full of amino acids and vitamins is my new remedy.

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Two make-ahead dishes before lunch
Cleansing finery food would help not to absorb carbs

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Lunch @ 11:30am: Simply Shumai
He loves it! Yes!!!

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Dinner @ 4pm: Osechi Ryori + Sake, Dassai

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This is one of most popular sake these days, but I am not a big fan.

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His family tradition: KFC on New Year Eve

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It’s actually nice since osechi is so light.

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Special Tea Cups from Mom

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Special Gyokuro Green Tea from His Brother

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Around 9pm: Early Toshikoshi Soba

Make-Ahead Meal Diet Day 22: 130.5lb (-2.5lb), body fat 29.5%

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Girls Party in the Kitchen 2016

The members from Girls Party in the Kitchen 2015 + 1 from Chicago got together to cook Osechi Ryori and have fun of eating & drinking.

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Kicking off with a bottle of Rose Sparkling I brought around 12:30pm

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Lunch before cooking: Soba with chicken, kamaboko, aonori, yuzu, 3 make-ahead dishes of red & yellow bell pepper in ponzu, shrimp chili sauce, gobo & okara
My friend/host prepared a special dashi broth with konbu & bonito flakes from scratch and tenderized chicken. Everyone liked 3 sides I brought too.

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Cooking plan meeting in a relaxing mood with green tea

At 2pm cooking started. Three of us improved cooking skills so much and got focused on each assignments. Appreciated +1 guest kept sink and workstation clean by doing dishes.

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At 4pm mini break aka filling up fuel
This rose is more vivid pink. So pretty and tasty. We were able to focus another 2.5 hours because of this.

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Snacking during mini break: Kabu, Red Onion, Lemon, Smoked Salmon

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The last task was wrapping shumai. That was so fun.

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At 7pm we got dinner started.

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Pairing with organic red wine

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Dessert: Matcha Tira Misu
This is one of my responsibility tonight. Other three wanted more rum in it. I intentionally put less :p Sorry

Party was over around 11pm and came home around midnight.

Make-Ahead Meal Diet Day 21: 132.0lb (-1.0lb from day 1, +1.5lb from yesterday)

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Closing Work For 2016

Today was the last work day in 2016.

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Breakfast

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Cookie & Coffee in the morning

I was supposed to be only one who came to work in our department. However, something happened and my boss had to come take care of it. Then she took me a late lunch afterwards.

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Green Curry with Chicken

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Som Tum & Pad See Ew with Tofu
This is my favorite papaya salad and hers as well. Ordered one each and no sharing. The tofu on pad see ew is so delicious and fresh. Crispy outside and soft inside. Best asian tofu ever!

Khun 9 Thai
2018 W Carson St
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 328-4888
www.khun9kitchen.com
$$
★★★★

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Dinner

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Dessert

I had my own lunch box ready but ate a lot of carbs/sugar instead. Shoot!

Make-Ahead Meal Diet Day 20: 130.5lb (-2.5lb from Day 1, +1.0lb from yesterday), body fat 27%

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Tired of Make-Ahead Meals

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Breakfast: Berries, Granola, Yogurt

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Sugar/Carbs #1 + coffee

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Lunch: All Make-Ahead + Green Tea

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Sugar/Carbs #2: Make-Ahead Kimchi Fried Rice
I love this and could eat every day.

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Dinner: Nicoise Salad from Tender Greens
I am getting tired of Make-Ahead Meals. This is a nice replacement. Albacore is always cooked perfectly. Oops, I had Carbs #3. How can I resist? This garlic bread is so good!

Make-Ahead Meal Diet Day 19: 129.5lb (-3.5lb), body fat 28%
*I had more sugar/carbs than usual, it still seems in control.

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Busy Day At Work

It’s so hard to go back to work after four-day weekend.

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Breakfast: Banana, Blueberries, Raspberries

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Lunch: All Make-Ahead

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Opening a bottle a friend gave me. Very nice.

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Dinner: All Make-Ahead

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Adding cheese

Make-Ahead Meal Diet Day 18: 130.0lb (-3.0lb), body fat 28%

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Rogue One & Taiwanese Dinner

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Breakfast

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Same line-up as yesterday

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Lunch: A couple of make-ahead dishes + Sou-vide chicken breast with greens

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Checken, Mizuna, Cilantro with garlic ginger sesame sauce

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We still have 2/3 cake, so he cut a bigger piece but I didn’t finish it.

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Drove to Universal City Walk in the afternoon.

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Watched Rogue One with 11 people. Some of them drove from OC and it was really nice to see them.

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Christmas Tree at Night

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6 of us drove down to Silver Lake Area for dinner. This place was packed with a long line. They don’t take a reservation or take your name & # of people.

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We were considering to order to-go and eat outside since you have to wait to order food at the cashier then wait for a table to eat, which we felt scared. At the end it turned out quicker than expected. Maybe 45 minute wait total till we got a table.

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A friend ordered a bunch of food for us so I really don’t know what exactly were on the table. I tried to start with Chinese Spinach, radish, other vegetable dish. Aware of having a lot of carbs since we had three different noodles and dumplings etc. Everything tastes pretty good and so much fun to have dinner with friends!

Pine & Crane
1521 Griffith Park Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 668-1128
www.pineandcrane.com
$$
★★★

Make-Ahead Meal Diet Day 17: 131.0lb (-2.0lb from Day 1, but +0.5lb from yesterday), body fat 26.5%
*My weight goes up down as I dine out…

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Merry Christmas 2016

We spent Christmas Day at home just two of us.

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Late Breakfast at 10:30am: Banana, Blueberry, Raspberry, Non-fat Strawberry Yogurt

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A slice of pound cake that a friend baked

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Lunch at 2pm: Two Make-Ahead Dishes, Pork wrapped Broccoli, Salad of Broccoli, Egg and Shrimp

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Dessert after lunch

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Appetizer & Prosecco at 6pm

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Cauliflower Fitter, Tuna Tomato Celery, Cheese, Guacamole

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Dinner: Green Chile Stew updated with more chicken broth & diced tomatoes
It’s milder but I still need guacamole to cool down my mouth

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Dessert

Make-Ahead Meal Diet Day 16: 130.5lb (-2.5lb), body fat 28%
*Although I consume sugar and carbs more than instructed, I lost 0.5lb than yesterday.