Archive for August, 2007

Mapodofu

Well, I went to the local H-Mart (an Asian supermarket) yesterday and got some much needed Genmai-cha (the hot tea I like) as well as some other kinds of tea that I wanted to try. I also picked up soba noodles and tofu, along with spices, so I could try cooking some new meals.

So, yesterday I made my first (rather poor) attempt at Mapodofu. It turned out decently, but seeing as I really didn’t follow the recipe, that was somewhat expected. So, I took the leftovers and fixed them up today for lunch, which was much better. Basically, I cooked the tofu more, used less of the pork and more of the tofu, and actually used the cornstarch this time. The cornstarch definitely helped a LOT.

I pretty much followed the recipe this time, except that I didn’t use any vegetables (I had my usual salad, after all) and I didn’t eat it with rice, I ate it with soba noodles. I think it would go better with rice.

I’ll be trying to make tofu yakisoba sometime this week, so be on the lookout.

Stardust

I went and saw the movie Stardust on Friday with my roommate. I had no idea what it was about at all, and I turned out to be very surprised. I was expecting something along the lines of a space adventure (like with astronauts and stuff like that). What I got instead was more of a fairytale story set in England ~150 years ago. It does end up having to do with the stars, but not quite in the way you’d think at the beginning. I won’t spoil the movie, so go ahead and go see it yourself. (It’s a comedic love-story, though, so don’t see it if you hate that kind of movie…) I’d give it maybe an 8.5 / 10. It was funny and kept me entertained. Oh, and Yvaine is absolutely cute when she shines.

Gray’s and Torrey’s Peaks: My first 14ers

This Saturday, I did my first two 14ers (14,000+ foot peaks) with some friends from work. It was a relatively moderate hike in terms of length, about 8.25 miles, but it was pretty hard in terms of technicality. According to one of the websites, the route we took up is a Class 3, which basically means: quite a bit of exposure, not enough for ropes, and if you fall, you will be seriously injured. It was loads of fun 🙂

I’m pretty proud of myself. I was able to keep up with all of the members of our group, so the fitness work must be paying off. At the end of the day, I was tired, but I still had plenty of energy left.

I set two personal records:

  1. I reached Torrey’s Peak, elevation 14,267 feet. The highest I’d ever gotten myself with my own power up until then.
  2. I reached Gray’s Peak an hour and a half later, elevation 14,270 feet. The highest I’ve ever gotten myself with my own power (yet :-P)

Here are some pictures I took

And here is a description of the various routes up the mountains