I feel like making this a fun and lighthearted post today. In fact, I feel like skipping in a frilly frock with bows in my hair, humming Sound of Music. Can you tell I’m in a pretty good mood? Take advantage of days like these to ask me for a favor/money/gift/etc and I just might give it to you.
Interesting note on lying: I’m actually a terrible liar, because I wear my emotions on my sleeve. But during my ED days, I was the Devil Deceiver himself. I became so freaking good at lying, I scared the hell out of my parents. In fact, my dad broke down crying for the first time in his life after discovering one of my deceits, because he realized that his daughter was gone, replaced by a self-absorbed pathological liar.
Whoops. I promised to keep this light. Sorry. But my point: ED changes your character into something as hideous and disgusting as he is. However, thank and praise the Lord that the more I shook loose from ED, the more my previous personality shone out. And now, I’m kind of lost my ability to lie again, which may or may not be a good thing.
So, I decided to change the rules a bit, and do 6 truths and 1 lie:
- I did Chinese dance when I was in the first and second grade in Singapore. Once, I had to dress up as a duck, complete with bright yellow feathers around my buttocks.
- I can’t stand chocolate-flavored anything like chocolate ice-cream, brownies, chocolate muffins, etc.
- I once almost drowned trying to do gymnastics in the baby pool. I did a head-stand, and got stuck with my head immersed in the water and my legs flailing in the air.
- I have a strange habit of gauging the price of anything with the number of Supersize McDonald’s french fries. For example, this sweater is worth 15 Supersize McD’s french fries!
- I did beam gymnastics in Singapore. I am uncannily flexible, and I totally rocked at the beam.
- There was a time when I was obsessed with bagels. I ate 6 bagels for dinner every single day. Guess which kind? Cheese, of course.
- I’m a deadly deep-sleeper. I need 2 alarm clocks to wake me up, and even so I still sleep through them frequently. I once fell off the double bunk bed but still did not wake up. Maybe I fainted in my sleep?
Okay, churn your brains: Guess which is the LIE?
While you work those amazing brains of yours, let me share the amazing treat I had for Sweet Treat Wednesday. Since my school is in downtown Los Angeles, we are never short of Latin-American food and grocery stores. The main grocery store closest to our school is Latino, too, and it has a pretty good Mexican bakery, with all sorts of pastries and sweet breads that I’ve never seen before. Take, for example, this:
I have no idea what you call this. I’ve searched online and I still don’t know. Any Latinas/Latinos out there who can educate me? I’ll just call it bobina de pan for now.
It’s a huge coil of bread, crusted with a crumbly, sugary crust. The bread is a buttery milk bread that is only slightly sweet. It was awesome! It reminded me a lot of this Korean sweet bread that I really love called Soboro bun. Except this Mexican version cost me only 40 cents, and the Korean one will cost me about $1.50 for less quantity. SCORE! $__$
My good friend Adam also sent me a picture of his Sweet Treat Wednesday:
A real glazed donut (Note: there’s nothing “Holey” about it, either)!! He managed to combine both Sweet Treat Wednesday and Fried Food Thursday into a single deep-fried sugary treat (the cheater!). Adam, I have not had my fried food today yet, but I’ll let you know when I do! By the way, I was thinking: If you guys have celebrated Sweet Treat Wednesday or Fried Food Thursday, do feel free to send me your pictures as well, so I can post it on my blog every week.
Again, I emphasize: there is nothing wrong with eating a real honest-to-goodness treat (sugary or fried) once in a while! Actually, I eat one almost daily, and I do not mean a cup of froyo or 3 miniature organic cacao nibs. I needed that extra sweet treat and snacks to sustain me through this long day. Not everything has to have perfect proportions of carbs to protein to fat. Not everything has to be rich in fiber and vitamins. My point here is not that you should scarf down fried chicken and gravy all the time. The thing is, I also do eat plenty of healthy stuff…and I know most of you do, too, so you can totally afford an indulgence. Everything in balance.
Here’s an example. I’m on the run from classes to classes non-stop on Wednesday, so I need to eat something that is fuss-free and portable, something that I can nibble on especially since I have charcoal on my hands from art class. Now, I usually avoid bars, because frankly, I dislike Larabars, and I don’t like how most bars are dessert-flavored. But 18 Rabbits recently sent me a sample of all their bars to try, and they’ve been a life savior:
Here are the flavors, all in fun and kooky names:
- Funky Figs & Cherries
- Cheeky Cherry Chocolate
- Haute Diggity Date
- Nibble a Sultana
- Belle Banana Foster
18 Rabbits is a granola company that prides itself of its pure and simple yet authentic treats. The appealing factor about this company is that they actually have a living relationship with their farmers. The source of their ingredients are from local producers and artisans like Meduri Farms, Straus Family Creamery, Butternut Mountain Farm and San Joaquin Fig.
Because they prefer to work with local growers and food artisans, their products are not 100% organic, but 80-90% of the ingredients in our granola and granola bars are certified organic.
In addition, 18 Rabbits granola bars are wheat-free, non-GMO, sulfur dioxide-free, and relatively safe for gluten-allergies (but you might wanna check with your doctor if yours is severe). They are naturally sweetened with unrefined maple syrup and honey, and chock-full of high quality seeds and nuts.
I hate to sound commerical…but their products blew me away. It is definitely one of the best bars I’ve ever had. The best thing about it is the lovely, sticky chew.
Check that out. Doesn’t that scream, “CHEW ME NOW!” to you? Chewy is my favorite texture, so this was the biggest plus for me.
The other great thing about these bars is that there is no fake flavors or taste to them. It’s not “cheesecake” or “cookies-and-cream” flavored. It tastes exactly like the ingredient it was made with.
My favorite was, surprisingly the Cheeky Cherry Chocolate.
I didn’t even take a picture, because I was sure it would be my least favorite! I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate in my food, nor am I a fan of cherries and chocolate together. But the bar won me over with its combination of that tart dried cherries and the dark, bitter chocolate. So. Freaking. Good!
Question of the day: You’ve probably forgotten, but take a look up at the “Creative Writer” Blogger Award. Can you guess my one lie?
And did you celebrate Sweet Treat Wednesday or Fried Food Thursday…or both?