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I’m Part of a Recall Y’all!

Actually this is more scary than exciting, but Kraft has called for a re-call for 242,000 boxes of macaroni and cheese because they believe that 6.5 million boxes of mac and cheese might contain pieces of metal!

In a press release the company gave instructions so customers can find out if they’ve bought any of the possibly contaminated boxes. The issue has affected boxes of the “original” flavor size 7.25-oz with the expiration dates September 18, 2015-October 11, 2015. The boxes must also have the code C2 below the expiration date.

In their company statement, Kraft said, “Consumers who purchased this product should not eat it. They should return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund.”

 

I actually just got up to go check my Kraft boxes and discovered, to my surprise, that they are no longer in my cabinets. It’s cool, I guess I’m currently containing metal then.

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Oh boy, another late night craving has returned! So tonight I made the mistake of not picking up second dinner for myself when I didn’t eat enough at first dinner because I wanted to make it home in time for the Vanderpump Rules Reunion Pt. 2. The sacrifices I make! And now all I want is just this bowl of pasta pictured above. When I was living in Seattle, I would have no hesitation at all making myself a large pot of pasta late at night at say 9:00 PM and then inviting Veronica over to eat it with me. But now, I’ve reached the ultimate laziness and am making myself wait until the morning when I can actually have breakfast.

Guess it’s a good thing I have an early morning call…

And if you’re looking for the recipe, you’re welcome!

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Happy Pi Day!! When I was in college, I would always claim that Pi Day was my favorite school holiday – mostly because I felt no shame in having it for both lunch and dinner. We were completely spoiled by our caterer and would have a selection of 8+ pies to choose from to have with our lunch. Additionally, they’d have one giant apple pie skillet (the largest that I’ve ever seen!) off to the side because HOBviously apple is a popular choice. I had been craving a slice all day and never got it though! Sad day.

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Chef Roy Choi Visits Silicon Valley

Chef Roy Choi paid my office a visit the other day to talk about his new project loc’l with Daniel Patterson and to do a Q&A with my employees and it was awesome. For the last couple of years, I’ve been watching videos on him and his work through Doobybrain the blog that I read on a daily basis and each time I feel like I’m learning so so much not only about what good food really looks like, but why food is important and how it drives him in his work. It felt really special to have him in our office and talking about the things that he’s achieved. I both love and hate these kinds of things because a) it makes me wonder what I’m doing with my own life and then b) I leave these things feeling completely inspired! I’m pretty sure my co-worker and I were messaging each other during this whole talk and saying how we wanted to go change the world after this. I felt like I could especially relate to Roy when he talked about what his childhood looked like with regards to food – always a full fridge and just competely hearty meals prepared every night by our moms. S/o to Moms. His vision for just wanting to feed people is badass. I’m looking forward to trying out some of his food the next time I’m down in LA.

Also, hearing that Roy mentored Jon Favreau while filming “Chef” was super cool. I finally watched the film on Netflix a few weeks back and enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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This has to go down for being one of my favorite pictures of all time because hello- I’m the most awkward person ever. Probably a truth – Roy didn’t even know I was in the picture until after the picture was taken. I’m like five seconds away from just peeking out from behind his right shoulder.

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Currently Craving:

I have the cravings of a pregnant woman. I’m not though I swear – I’m only just saying that because… have you seen the types of things I crave on these posts?! No rhyme or reason whatsoever. Well, tonight I forgot to pick up a second dinner for myself (because today I thought I needed two meals in addition to the plate I had at work) and came home wanting to eat my right hand. I’ve been missing Seattle a lot lately and have realized that I haven’t even planned a trip to return home post-holidays. I was a lucky girl when I was living in Capitol Hill just mere blocks away from Pike/Pine and never going hungry. There were just countless times when I would either a) drag my roommate Anna or b) go out on my own and leave my place at 10:30 PM just so I could get a late night snack. Life is SOOOO hard these days because nothing is in walking distance.

I had a very strong craving for Cupcake Royale’s Whiskey Maple Bacon cupcakes which happens to be their current monthly special and one of my all time favorites. In fact, I missed it so much this evening that I even considered going to their website and ordering a box for myself and my coworkers. Unfortunately, they don’t do that and now I’m back at square one and still v. hungry.

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Cash for Dick’s [Drive In]

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So a friend of a friend created this calculator for Dick’s Drive In and this is basically something ONLY Seattle locals will understand. We’ve all been there. The club went up on a Friday and a Saturday and you closed the bar. It’s now 2:00 AM and while everyone thinks they want a street meat, you know what you really want. A good ‘ol meal from Dick’s. You’re going to walk yourself down Broadway and stand in line with all the other hungrys just to get your fix. If you want my opinion, you should always be ordering the Deluxe, fries, and a rootbeer float. If you’re a beast, you’ll also get a milkshake just because.

Basically, this is the best thing I’ve seen in a long time. Next time you’re headed to Dick’s after a long night out – click the squares that you’re trying to order and then count up your bills and change to make sure you’ve got enough! I’m not going to type out what the URL is (even though it’s great) because my parents still read my blog, but to access the calculator yourself you can click here. (and see the URL for yourself)

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Blog Roundup

– Off the Grid is back in season! [The Bold Italic]

– Hunger makes you buy things, period. Not just food. [Smithsonian]

– How to do your baby announcement in 2015. [Etsy]

– 7 common reasons for why people are late [A Cup of Jo]

– Mindy Kaling gives an entire interview on happiness and we love it [Good Housekeeping]

– Job Interview Fails (Welcome to my life as a recruiter) [Mashable]

– How to care for introverts [Kottke]

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Bay Area Eats:

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So readers, here’s one thing you should know about me – I’m never good at learning lessons. Fact. Though I wish it weren’t true. I’ve been wanting to brunch at Starbelly in the Castro ever since New Year’s Day when we tried to brunch there the morning after New Year’s Eve and they told us it was going to be a wait and asked if I had a reservation. When things are unobtainable, you naturally want it more. To be clear, Starbelly is no Plow, but they shut me out the first time that I had to go back. So what did I do? I made the reservation one week ahead and when I got there I ordered the Loco Moco.

The lesson I was supposed to learn? You don’t order Hawaiian food at a non-Hawaiian restaurant. It’s the same as not ordering Asian food at an American restaurant – you get the idea. The Loco Moco wasn’t bad. I like that I could add avocado and the sweet soy, but it’s no gravy. The egg wasn’t even runny like it was supposed to be and the portion itself? Only a fraction of what REAL Loco Moco looks like. And I know what that looks like because I’ve had it at Seattle’s Kona Kitchen and San Mateo’s Takahashi Market in which the rice fills the plate and isn’t just a small scoop. It was a nice attempt, but Matt and I left feeling hungry and still. Hopefully, I’ve learned my lesson for the last time!

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Kevin is getting a lot of shoutouts on Yow Yow! this week.

It’s not rare for me to get the late night munchies right before bed on…just about any given day, but I like to think I practice a little bit of self control. So lately, I’ve been buying packaged vegetables with ranch (my mom hates this stuff) so that I can snack if I need to in a healthy way! However, my late night snacks weren’t always like this and when I got hungry this evening, I was reminded of some classic childhood times. There’s something really endearing about having not only childhood traditions, but a brother that you can share them with! When we were kids, Kevin and I were all-star bakers and we LOVED cake mix probably more than the average household. It felt like every Sunday we were allowed to bake a cake and each week we’d compare if it was too dry, too wet (just so you know – this means it wasn’t cooked enough initially and we were probably on the verge of salmonella) or just right. These cakes would last us a week because we’d treat ourselves every night (and after school) until the next Sunday when we baked another cake!

Readers, did you have any quirky childhood traditions with your sibling?

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Girl Scout Cookies Can Be Yours Year ‘Round

Every year around February and March, the look in my friends’ eyes start to get crazy. Thin Mints and Samoas are all anyone cares about and all anyone is talking about. The sight at a Girl Scout troop is enough to send people sprinting towards them with $20 dollar bills. I know all this because that girl was once me. Uh, I was the one with cookies on the brain – just to clarify – not in a Girl Scout troop. Earlier this week, it was announced that Wicked Cool Toys would be putting out a Girl Scouts Cookie Over – yep! Just like the Easy Bake – so that you can make your own Girl Scout Cookies whenever you feel like eating them. The only downside? You’re going to have to wait for fall, but after that, you  can have these cookies whenever you want instead of just once a year.

The oven will include a Thin Mints cookie mix, and the company will offer replacement packets for Trefoils, PB Sandwich, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut Caramel, Chocoalte Chip, Sugar, and Oatmeal. According to the press release, “there’s also a viewing window that lets bakers see the treats they’re making and a warming station to heat and melt delicious cookie coatings and frostings.”

Christmas list – check!

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Bay Area Eats:

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Oh boy, I’ve been wanting to try the toast at The Mill for quite some time now and have really just put it in the back of my list of places I needed to try until today. Yelly and I had planned on having brunch at Plow this morning, but as expected, the line was super long and we didn’t want to have to wait an hour and a half to eat so I threw out The Mill as an option. We both ordered two different kinds of toast – mine with butter, cinnamon, and sugar because I have the sweet tooth of a child and Yelly with a more savory toast of cream cheese, salt, and fresh ground pepper. The Mill was crazy packed this morning and I don’t think it’s just because of the fancy $3.50 toast. The cafe also serves up some delicious Fourbarrel coffee and has a parklet just outside. Needless to say, we’l probably be back.

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Blog Roundup

– 5 of the best spots in Seattle to get your mac and cheese on [Seattle Refined]

– The profession that will get you the most dates and the professions that are attracted to each other [Refinery29]

– Careless tweeting and how it can change your life…for the worse. [NY Times]

– The time Taylor Swift gave breakup advice to a fan. [BuzzFeed]

– 9 Questions you wish you could ask Ariana Grande [Vox]

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“Voted Best First Date”

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Happy President’s Day! I’ve had such a great afternoon catching up on Yow Yow and completely (well 85%) turning off work. I also hope all of you had a very lovely Valentine’s Day. I’m totally stopping by my local Safeway tomorrow to see if there’s any candy on sale that I can snag for myself and my co-workers. Valentine’s Day weekend in San Francisco was absolutely stunning. It was 70’s all weekend and it’s February so we were really the lucky ones. I mentioned earlier this week that I whole-heartedly believe that Valentine’s Day should be celebrated by everyone and that it isn’t just for those that are in a coupling. So that’s exactly what I did. I totally took the opportunity to go all out and give my friend Vo a day that he would love. Upon picking him up at his place in the city, he arrived at the same time as I did on his bicycle and carrying a bouquet of flowers for me! I was a little bit surprised since I thought that I was planning this whole day, but the flowers are a nice touch and I would never turn down flowers.

From there, we drove over to the Conservatory of Flowers at Golden Gate Park since we’d both never been there before. Did you know this place was voted “Best First Date” by the city or something? I don’t think I really agree, but whatever. For two, the admission is $16 and I’d say unless you’re really into flowers and all of that stuff, it might not be worth it because we got through the entire place in less than 30 minutes. We might have had a better time just sitting outside the conservatory surrounded by flowers on flowers on flowers. For dinner, I surprised Vo by making us drive over to Chinatown so that we could do a dim sum picnic in his living room! I forgot the blanket to perfect the setting, but I did remember the bottle of Riesling. Priorities. After we were stuffed, we watched a movie on Netflix called “Stuck in Love” which we thought was going to be pretty horrible, but it actually turned out to be much better than expected. I’ve included the trailer below. I hope you all had a great day celebrating however you did!

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Happy National Pizza Day Y’all!

The only way to celebrate is with this video. If I weren’t sick, I’d be craving a slice from Delfina right about now.

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Yow Yow! Does Portland!

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First vacation of the year – check! I’m finally now at an age where it has become maybe not a little bit easier, but more convenient for my cousins and I to get together. When we were younger, we were on family trips and there were a lot more people around, but now that we’re adults, we get to plan the trip and we get to do all the things we like doing. There’s a sort of an independence that comes with it and I think that’s why I enjoyed my weekend in Portland so much. A handful of my cousins are still in school ie) Grad school, dental school, etc. They’re all smarty pants! Kristie and I have never actually been to Portland before and since one of our cousins is currently living there and in school, we knew it would be the perfect place to visit first.

I had been itching to experience Portland for myself because for years all I’ve heard was that it was better than Seattle, worse than Seattle, more hipster than Seattle, etc. And now that I’ve finally seen it, I have my own opinions to make. First off, Portland is gorgeous. The trees, the bridges, the water – all things that reminded me of home without actually being at home. I love the little neighborhoods – Alberta, Alphabet District, Pearl, NW 23rd – it’s like any other major city that has their own area. I did, however, find the pace of Portland to be much slower, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just something I’m not used to. Our cousin also let us borrow his car the first day we were there and I found it to be fairly straightforward to get around. Let’s talk about the things we ate though since that’s usually the only reason why we write these posts.

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