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"Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss." -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Who is Philippa?!?! + Posting Days

Hi. My name is Philippa and I’m really bad at writing regularly on this blog.

So welcome. Again.

I just want to briefly introduce myself, once again, because believe it or not I’m not the same person that was writing on this blog 1 or 2 years ago.

Again, My name is Philippa. This year I am an incoming sophmore in highschool. I have a new interest in sports like soccer.. (GO BULLDOGS!) And I want to start writing on my blog again because I’m in highschool and this is my second year in a new school so I want this platform to document my adventures… There’s more to know about me, but I’m going to end here so it doesn’t sound long and boring. You’re welcome 🙂

I will be posting every Friday. I chose Fridays because I can re-cap what happened throughout the week 🙂

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Quote By Aristotle Onassis:

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

~Aristotle Onassis

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Eating at Madison Square Eats ( October 7, 2013 )

Hi! Sorry this was posted really late, but this is my review the day I went to Madison Square Eats. Also, I took the pictures myself.

It started off with humid and misty weather on our way to Madison Square. There weren’t long lines, but it was a good crowd for the weather.

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There were about 25 restaurant stands in Madison Square Eats, and we ate at six of them. It was hard to obtain a table because many people wanted to sit and eat.

The whole experience was very interesting, from the weird weather to the outstanding flavors in the food. The prices of the dishes we ate ranged from $3-$10.

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I looked around for a while to make up my mind about  some dishes that seemed interesting to eat, and to find some restaurants I’ve never eaten at before.

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First,  Seoul Lee Korean Barbecue.  I ordered the sesame chicken taco and the bulgogi beef taco. To tell you the truth, the beef taco was very tender but seemed to be dry. On the other hand, the sesame chicken taco was nothing like I expected it to be. First, the sesame chicken wasn’t even sesame chicken. It felt just felt like plain chicken, missing it’s sweet, sesame flavor.

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The orange sauce drizzled on the taco without having any option was very spicy, so it took the whole flavor out of the taco and the chicken itself. But, as for the beef, the sauce actually went really well with it.

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This dish was one of my favorites. The Hong Kong Street Cart made this fried oyster dish for quite a good deal: four oysters for $10. The crispiness and crunch on the outer coat of the fried oyster made a good complement for the inner tender filling of the oyster. It was also very memorable because the peanut-citrus dipping sauce was a light, sweet addition to the dish, but it was not sour.

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From Delaney’s BBQ Tacotown, the beef brisket taco was my father’s favorite of the day. The strongly smoked meat was garnished with pickled onions, grated cheese, and cilantro. We didn’t get the chili sauce with it.

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This was also one of our favorites of the day. Mayhem & Stout, which now has a restaurant on Second Avenue, serves slow-braised sandwiches. We took the half sandwich for $6 containing braised pulled pork, and for a little kick added Dragon sauce, which is basically Asian BBQ. The meat was juicy and tender.

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SD26 is a Italian restaurant on Madison Square Park, which I went to at my 11th birthday with my father. It was suprising to see that SD26 had a stand. We tried the “Prosciutter,” a small croissant filled with prosciutto and mozzarella cheese ($3). I liked it because the sweet, buttery flavor of the croissant was complemented well by the saltiness of the cheese and ham.

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Finally, we stopped by the Doughnuttery stand and treated ourselves to mini donuts. You buy sets of six, which you can mix up. We got three plain and three rainbow sprinkles. The donuts are $1 each.  They’re about one and a half inches across.

I recomend you guys to stop by and visit Madison Square Eats for a wonderful experience tasting new dishes, and learning more about the restaurants near you.

Here’s more information.

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Quote by: Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Beauty is whatever gives joy.”

~Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

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Simple Recipe: CORN SOOFLE.

Hello! Today my introduction will be really short. This article contains how to make a traditional meal for the whole family to enjoy! I actually interviewed my dad for this recipe, (credits to him!) He told me this is the easiest recipe in his life so I decided to show you how to recreate this. Hope you like it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of sweet corn (drained)
  • 1 can creamed sweet corn (not drained)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 stick of butter (melted)
  • 1 box of JIFFY “Corn Muffin Mix”

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients (doesn’t matter order) thoroughly in a bowl.
  2. Pour into oven proof dish or aluminum tray and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until firmly set.
  3. Serves four people.

*If you want to serve more people just multiply the ingredients.*

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Quote by Oscar Wilde:

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”

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Narwhals “unicorn of the sea”

It has a long tusk, it’s big and likes the water. What is it? Give up? It’s a narwhal, also known as the “unicorn of the sea”.

Narwhals are one of the deepest diving marine mammals, making dives of over 5,400 feet. Studying the animal’s diving behavior is interesting for biologists because not many animals can handle such intense pressures below the surface of the water for so long.

Narwhals are pale-colored porpoise found in Arctic coastal waters. These interesting animals have two teeth. In males, the more projecting tooth grows into a sword-like, unicorn horn shaped as a spiral tusk up to 8.8 feet (2.7 meters) long. The tusk tooth grows right through the narwhal’s upper lip. Scientists are not certain of the tusk’s purpose, but some believe it is important in mating rituals, maybe used to impress females or to battle. Females sometimes grow a small tusk of their own, but it does not become as projecting as the male’s.

Narwhals are related to bottle nose dolphins, belugas, harbor porpoises, and orcas. Like some other porpoises, they travel in groups and feed on fish, shrimp, squid, and other aquatic sea creatures.

Narwhals are such interesting creatures that not everyone is aware of… so if you want to find out more information visit the links below!!

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http://www.defenders.org/narwhal/basic-facts

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/whales/species/Narwhal.shtml

http://www.seaworld.org/animal-info/animal-bytes/animalia/eumetazoa/coelomates/deuterostomes/chordata/craniata/mammalia/cetacea/narwhal.htm

http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/nmml/education/cetaceans/narwhals.php

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