Animation Wednesdays

Because I’m still so itchy from all my Texas sized mosquito bites, I’m dedicating this animation Wednesday to Winsor McCay’s “How A Mosquito Operates”. This short was created in 1912(!) at the start of animation history. McCay was known for his comic strips but became one of animation’s earliest pioneers. This was only his second film. A little animation history for ya.

If you enjoyed this, check out Mccay’s more famous short, Gertie the Dinosaur.

 

 

KLA

Bento Box

I’ve always wanted to make Japanese bento box lunches. I mean look at these things! How cute are they!?

But I’m a grown woman and just cannot justify making animal shaped lunches for myself. Lucky for me I’ve got a 4 yr old sister who just started pre-kindergarten! Adorable lunches here we come!

I went a little crazy at Daiso before my trip back home and spent about $20 for her lunch box and supplies. I knew there was no way I was going to get my Mexican little sister to eat a rice ball so I got inspiration online and Americanized the recipes. Overall I think these turned out pretty cute!

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Day 1

Penguin turkey sandwich

Cheddar cheese stars

Cheese stars

Oreos

Blues & strawberries

Day 2 

Cheddar cheese stars

Carrots

Blueberries

Honey nut Cheerios

Sugar snap peas

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Day 3

Chicken nuggets with BBQ sauce

Peanut butter celery sticks

Sugar snap peas

Carrots

Oreos

Day 4

Cheese quesadilla

Pico de gallo & lime

Avocado

Grapes

Watermelon hearts

Nutella sandwich hearts

 

 

While my little sister enjoyed eating them, I know that I got more enjoyment out of making them. I hope I can make these special lunches a tradition for whenever big sister is home.

Though my Dad just told me that she’s already requesting all her food to be in cute shapes. Whoops. Sorry parents.

 

 

K♥LA

 

Austin Eats

Austin is one of my all time favorite cities. I’ve always said that if I didn’t live in Los Angeles, Austin is where you’d find me. This most recent trip opened my eyes to a city that’s growing rapidly. I think the word has gotten out that Austin is cool and people from all over the country are flocking there.

I see more and more similarities to Los Angeles each time I go. While I am not looking forward to the day Austin has the same level of traffic as LA, I do love all the delicious foods that are popping up around town. Here are some of my favorite finds.

Buddha’s Brew Kombucha

Price: $4 per 16 oz. bottle; $2.50 for refill

Where to get it: Barton Creek farmers market (if you’re in Austin) & select Whole Foods locations

Okay unless you’re already a health foods person, kombucha can be a little weird. It’s made from a fermented colony of bacteria and yeast (what?) and it’s got some floaty stuff at the bottom that looks like something a 2 year old backwashed into a jar. BUT Buddha’s Brew kombucha is something delicious.

It gets as hot as you know where by 9am during the summer in Texas and this stuff was a refreshing god send. People were queueing up to refill their jars with the various flavors that had on tap at the market. If you’re a newbie like me you can also purchase a bottle. I suggest getting at least two because you’re gonna finish one while you’re AT the farmers market and you’re gonna want another one later.

If you want to learn more about these local Austin brewers and all their delicious flavors, you can check out their site here.

Spicy Carrot Relish

Price: $10 for an 8 oz jar

Where to get it: Barton Creek farmers market (if you’re in Austin) or order online from their site

This spicy carrot relish from Moru Foods is addicting and you can put it on just about everything. We put a tablespoon in plain hummus and a bowl of greek yogurt and both transformed into a delicious dip. Take some with a bag of tortilla chips to your next party or stay home and eat it all be yourself. No judgement.

Freedmen’s Brisket Sandwich

Price: $10 lunch special

Where to Get It: 2402 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX

Freedmen’s is located in a beautiful historic building near UT’s campus. Here you can get your BBQ fix along with a number of craft cocktails. No trip to Austin is complete without eating some BBQ so I just have to do a quick shout out to my brisket sandwich. And thanks to the waitstaff for sending over a banana pudding parfait as an early birthday treat.

 

Catch y’all later.

 

K♥LA

(& TX)

Coming Back

Hello blog. Sorry I’ve been gone so long. The last month brought a lot of changes. From finding out my trip to Japan with my best friend is now going to be my first solo expedition abroad, to having work go on a 2 week project hiatus, to losing my grandpa and coming back to Texas, it’s been a little bumpy lately. My motivation to blog was one of the first things to go which is a shame because there’s something really relaxing about sending your thoughts out into the world.

I’m nearing the end of my 3rd week sans-work and I’m already getting cabin fever. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my family but I also need to be working on something to feel complete. Plus I am in desperate need of a distraction from the ridiculous number of mosquito bites I’ve gotten since coming to Texas. Everything is bigger in Texas. Including the mosquitos.

So to get things rolling, here are some things that have kept me smiling throughout this roller coaster month.

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What I’m reading: Hector and the Search for Happiness

I’ll admit it…the only reason I picked up this book is because I saw the movie trailer first (I love Simon Pegg). This is a great little book about a psychiatrist who, to better help his patients, goes on a journey to find out what makes people happy. As he travels along, he writes down his discoveries in a list of lessons. Such as…

1: Making comparisons can spoil your happiness

2: Happiness often comes when least expected

It’s a great airplane read & has sparked me to starting writing my own “lessons on happiness”.

 What I’m buying: Shoes

My birthday is around the corner and one of my goals for 27 is to look more put together. I am not a fashionista by any means. If you want advice on clothes I can give you a list of other blogs you should check out. I am never going to be at their level but that’s ok! They’ve inspired me to revamp my look because it’s true, I feel more confident throughout the day when I know I look great. Besides, 27 is far enough into adulthood that I should probably get rid of my sneakers with the holes in them.

What I’m watching: Trot Lovers

I just finished watching another rom-com k-drama. This time we’ve got a story about a girl who wants to become a successful trot singer, an old-fashioned Korean music genre. It’s got all my favorite cheesy korean rom-com plot elements: the awkward ‘girl falls down and is caught by boy’ moment, the love triangle, the ‘let me save you from that falling object’ moment, the awkward hand touch… I love it all.

What I’m eating: Queso

Where do I possible begin to describe queso? It’s life changing. It’s delicious. It’s a reason to live in Texas. Since I’ve been back, I’ve been  making my rounds to different local eats to try their queso and make myself an unofficial connoisseur. More on this later.

Man…I love eating. It’s one of my top #3 favorite parts about traveling. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

KLA

(& TX)