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Foodie Friday: Pocket full of Yumshine 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 03/18/2016 at 09:45

As Dr. Ken😷* says…

______’s my jam!

In my case, stuffed starches are.

What can I say? I am what I eat!

 
🎎Asian versions from Pho #1 :

  • Steamed potstickers 🍜
  • Boiled wontons (not pictured) 🍜

🍕Italian-style versions from Mami Aya:

Basically, these all are dumplings!

ALM

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While I’m visiting home over ♣Spring Break, the piece that I covered on my homeboy (literally) was published in our hometown magazine:

*Check out Dr. Ken tonight & Fridays on ABC + ISAtv‘s Dr. Ken feature!

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Foodie Friday: Around the World

In Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Travel, Uncategorized, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/04/2016 at 17:45

Last week, my speech students🎤 delivered their cultural reports!

Some offered us 🎁giveaways!

 

  • Jenna ~ 🇰🇷South Korean translation of our names🎌
  • Dom ~ 🇨🇳Chinese Almond Cookies🍪
  • Dani ~ 🇲🇽Tomatillo y Salsa Tamales🍛
  • Sarahi ~ 🇰🇭Cambodian Noodles🍜

Fitness & Foodie Friday: Health or Treat? Nooky Quickie

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Fitness Friday, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/30/2015 at 09:00

While trick-or-treaters may be house-hopping and candy-popping this weekend, I’ll continue consuming my healthy supplements on the ☼daily!

Ginkgo Biloba: to promote mental focus

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Centrum VitaMints®: to aquire essential nutrients in a tasty way

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  • I’ve come a long way since my childhood Flinstones chewables ~ which I doubt are the best bet for my teeth with the acidity
  • I’m still not a fan of swallowing tablets without having water and food in handy
  • Therefore, I’m all about double-duty of fulfilling my ☼daily☼ needs while freshening my breath!

Of course, I don’t skimp on the actual food that I need to fuel my brain and body ~ which I’m actually including in an analogy between my marathon and my main statistical method (multiple regression) for my doc research!

Pumpkin Trail Mix

Study Mode Trail Mix: Since almonds helped my bod during my 26.2-mi. course and my mind through my dissertation process, they were the main feature of this snack combo for the crunch + the Pumpkin Spice flavor along with the pumpkin cookies & candy, as well as more chocolate to cover these Brookside blueberries that also benefit the memory!

Study Mode Trail Mix: Since almonds helped my bod during my 26.2-mi. course and my mind through my dissertation process, they were the main feature of this snack combo for the crunch + the Pumpkin Spice flavor along with the pumpkin cookies & candy, as well as more chocolate to cover these Brookside blueberries that also benefit the memory!

Speaking of my race, although I haven’t run as many long distances in awhile, I’ve fit in mini drills to keep my energy levels high while I’ve been drained from my dissertation, a.k.a., my doc docs …

During my dedicated eating time (yes, I must make a meal break away from my computer, according to my Bestie Evie‘s birthday advice), I actually HIIT before I sit!

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Olive Garden Leftovers from Ladies’ Night with the Holy Spiri† (counter-clockwise from bottom right): Chicken Cacciatorie & Cheese Manicotti (2 of my fave entrées rolled into 1) • Pasta e Fagioli w/ breadstick • MinestroneBestie Evie‘s Better-Than-Sex BrowniePumpkin Cheesecake (which took me 4 days to finish!) • Andes Mints ~ gotta ♥love♥ these after-dinner chocolate mints to cap off a classic OG meal!

While I wait for my chow to cook ~ simmering in the crock pot, boiling on the stove, or nooking in the oven/microwave/toaster ~ I do the following quick set(s), to induce more calorie-burning even after I’m done exercising:

Standing ♥Cardio♥

Floor/Mat/Carpet Core

More ♥Cardio♥

  • Dance ’til your ♥heart’s ♪content♫ ~ or your grub is ready

Stretch

Relieve those muscles after sitting at the computer desk and before sitting down to eat

Happy Early Halloween, All †Saints’ Day y el Día de los Muertos! ✌

Mixer Monday: Mojito Madness

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Mixer Monday, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 09/07/2015 at 09:00

Minty!

To ring in recent birthdays, I was all about ordering up mojitos!

La Canela Pasión

Passionfruit Mojito topped with Cocktail Fruit from La Canela Peruvian Restaurant

  1. First, to celebrate my Tita Fe‘s birthday, I had this Passionfruit Mojito at the Peruvian restaurant ~ thanks to my cousin & her hubby!
  2. Then I enjoyed a refreshing Frozen Blueberry Mojito at my own Bday Brunch from Miguel’s Mex Tex Café (Mex intentionally before Tex)!
  3. Most recently, I toasted to my cousin’s birthday with this Twisted Madre Mango Margarita ~ another special from Miguel’s Agave Bar!
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Twisted Madre: Frozen Margarita swirled with Mango Flavor topped with Lime and dressed with Chile Salt on the Sim from Miguel’s Mex Tex Café

S is for …

  • Sip On
  • ¡Salud!
Bday Frappé

Freebie for my Bday: Mocha Coconut Hazelnut Frappé

More Sweet Treats … this time without spirits:

Bday Frappé Run: Fun in the ☼Sun☼

Bday Frappé Run: Fun in the ☼Sun☼ as I stay cool at school #DISPObustAFlow #Frappuccino

Starbucks Birthday Rewards

Blueberries 'n' Creme

My Next Bday Freebie: Blackberries & Creme make you scream!

  1. First, from my research university before my BiG #-#: Hazelnut topped with Coconut
  2. Next, from our busiest local coffee shop: the new Blackberries & Creme Frappuccino
Blessed Frappuccino

Blessed with Rest (sort of) on my Bday … Real quick before I get back into it!

Foodie Friday: Fazing over Fazoli’s

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 07/24/2015 at 16:00

My latest dessert obsession:

*Nutella* Cheesecake from Fazoli’s

Nutella Cheesecake

Don’t let the solid chocolate look fool ya … This bad boy’s full of flavor!

Combines 2 of my faves:

  • Chocolate hazelnut
  • My favorite fast food joint

    Nutella Cheesecake

    The darker the chocolate :: The sweeter the flavor!

There’s never been anything that I didn’t like from Fazoli’s ~ Italian, I’m in Heaven ~ including from this most recent visit.

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Giving Grape Italian Lemon Ice ~ a drink with a contributory cause!

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Penne Romano ~ steaming HOT!!!

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Yummy Post-Church Meal complete with blessings!

I’ve lucked out with this eatery (which opened in my hometown, thanks to my h.s. buddy’s dad ~ a contractor who liked it when he visited his son in college and decided to build it by their family home) because it’s always been quick, inexpensive and most of all: delicious!

NYE

Flashback *Foodie* Friday: I’ve rung in the New Year with Fazoli’s!

My former workout partner (who now lives overseas for the military) and I used to grab Italian Lemon Ice at Fazoli’s after we’d have a fun run at the park around the corner ~ we’d burn calories then reward ourselves with something sweet, refreshing and healthy!

Classic Strawberry Italian Ice

Classic Strawberry Italian Ice ~ nothing classic about it! #BoldAndFresh

Tour of Italy

Alfredo & Marinara + Meatballs = YOLO Italiano!

Fast & Fazoli's

F is for … Flashback *Foodie* Friday: I’ve even feasted on Fazoli’s while watching Fast & Furious movies at the drive-in!

Plus, now that I typically fly solo, I’ve done my work or homework there after hitting the track myself and have tried almost ALL of the seasonal desserts (except for the Red Velvet Cheesecake around ♥Valentine’s♥ Day ~ because it was out when I visited)!

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Watching my ☼truck☼ while sipping on this Strawberry Italian Ice Float!

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My fave Fazoli’s dessert before the Nutella Cheesecake came along … This Ghirardelli Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake!

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How do you eat an elephant? Savoring every single bite!

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Flashback *Foodie* Friday: I took 3 hours to work on this meal while writing my dissertation concept proposal!

Foodie Friday: S is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 06/26/2015 at 20:35

Summer = Salad Season!

Salad

F is for … Fresh & flavorful: Romaine lettuce topped with crumbled feta cheese {Trader Joe’s} & drizzled with Italian dressing {Olive Garden}

I may indulge in comfort foods during colder weather when I prefer to stay cozy and warm, but now that the ☼heat☼ is on ~ not to mention, the pressure, since I’ve stepped up my A-game on my dissertation ~ I’m saving time and energy from cooking much to go raw!

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A is for … Apple! Added crunch from fruit & nuts (in this case, walnut ½s & pieces) suppresses appetite & burns calories!

Gotta ♥love♥ my greens!

Piña

P is for … Pineapple & pecan chips for sweet flavor & savory crunch!

Speaking of freshness, I had a little more time this morning to whip this up for breakfast!

Banana Nut Chocolate Crepe

Banana Nut Chocolate {Jif Mocha Cappuccino Hazelnut Spread} Crepe created with a smile 🙂

#TGIF

Banana Nut Chocolate Crepe

Melt in your mouth … Let my tongue & palate ♪sing♫!

2 for Tuesday: 2-step Tex Mex Chili

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 06/16/2015 at 20:10

Who’s in the mood for good study food?

🙋🏻I sure am! 💭

My mom always comes through for me:

  • After I returned from my 🎾research🔬 🚘trip, she and my Bestie‘s mother both welcomed me 🏡home🏠 with chili: Mami Aya‘s colorful vegetarian 🍆variety🌽 & Mama Maggie‘s award-winning 🍖meaty🍣 version!
  • Today, Nanay cooked this southwestern🍛 recipe, chock full of veggies and meat (her lean ground white turkey)

Study Chili

Mami Aya’s Tex Mex Chili🍲 pairs perfectly with Trader Joe‘s Veggie Flaxseed Tortilla Chips! Jalapeño adds that extra kick! #pica 

Excellent timing for this hearty, savory dish🍲 while I crank out 💡study📈 on this ⚡️rainy☔️ day!

Foodie Friday: Classic Cold Remedies

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/13/2015 at 10:00

Happy Friday the 13th!

Homecooked Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is where it’s at!

We’re never too old to need our mothers ~ so if they’re still with us, then let’s be grateful!

Cold Combat Remedies

Add freshly-squeezed OJ to the mix for Vitamin C to combat the cold, and I’ve got it made in the shade!

My own ♥Mommy Aya♥ came through for me during my cold that took its toil and my voice this ♣Spring Break♣.

Valley Oranges

These oranges came from my former post in the Rio Grande Valley!

As a retired Registered Nurse after over 4½ decades, my Nanay attended to me for the first time since I was a child!

Nutella Brownies

Chocolate = the perfect cure to cheer me up, in the form of my mom’s Nutella brownies!

I think that my need to be put on bed rest (while my ♥A&A♥ held vigil by my bedside) was †GOD†‘s way of telling me to slow my roll

Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies also are. Always. On. Point.

Despite my week ☼off☼ from teaching and tutoring, I had still been on-the-go in the recent wintry weather with my traveling, researching, reporting and photographing!

Juicer Pitcher

This juicer doubles as a pitcher!

So much for tracking miles on a fun run or hitting the driving range … for now!

Foodie Friday: Islander Nation

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/06/2015 at 19:00
Texas Peach

Texas Peach for me, Blackberry Bourbon for him

When we celebrated my buddy’s book being published this past week,

Jalapeño Drink

The jalapeño was more than the garnish to this Texas Peach ~ it added the kick!

I had to have steak before Meatless Friday

Caesar Salad

So I’ve had my share of Caesar Salads, but I liked the presentation on this square plate

And since we were in conference at Corpus Christi,

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Surf ‘n’ Turf + *Loaded Baked Potato & Veggies for yours truly, Scallops with Lobster Cream Sauce & Butternut Squash for my friend

I might as well have Surf ‘n’ Turf!

Baked Potato Fixings

It helps to have the fixings* on the side to limit my portions!

Water Street Seafood Company offered one of the best key lime pie that I’ve ever tried!

Key Lime Pie top

The raspberry drizzle was icing to this pie!

Lime was in the air, both at the beach and the hotel!

Key Lime Pie side

Key Lime: slice of Heaven!

Thirsty Thursday: Blessed Angels

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/25/2015 at 14:45

🎼We are the 🏆Champions, my friends🎸 ~ Queen👑

Our Religious Ed class won the 🍜Souper🍲 🏈Bowl🏉!

Since my R.E. students and my mom contributed the most non-perishable food items to our 🍞Loaves and Fishes🐟 food drive, we won a pizza🍕 party!

As we were about to cover the Last Supper🍷 in last night’s 📖class, we shared our meal. I couldn’t have been more blessed🙏 to have helpful students who offered to serve each other.

Therefore, they deserved to earn 📜awards, hence the ceremony👏 that we had during our 🍛dinner.

Floral Friday: Bouquets, Bows and Arrows | The ELAINE DISPO Journal > †R.E.† ♥V-Day♥R.I.P., ~*~Nanay BETTY~*~ on her 22nd Anniversary

♥heart♥-shaped ring watch

♥heart♥-shaped ring watch from ~*~Nanay BETTY~*~