1 lb beef cut into strips (something tender)
1/4 onion, chopped fine
1-2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups rice
2 cups broccoli florets, frozen.
Stir fry the beef in a little oil along with the onion, ginger and garlic.
Add the soy sauce and water.
Add the rice.
Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Re-Posting from Baltimore Post Examiner:
‘A New York Moment’ is sometimes all you need
I was in New York City last weekend for a high school reunion. I went to boarding school on Switzerland and they have “all school reunions” in different cities around the world throughout the year. Anybody who went there can attend. -
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I have a guest blogger today! Bob is a traveling fool who loves to learn about people and places. You can find out more about him at the Traveling Tripster.
A wonderful trip to New York City in the US
New York City in has always seemed like an exhilarating place to visit. It is without doubt one of the most popular and expensive vacation cities in the world. As a first time visitor to the city, I found New York to be completely mind boggling and memorable. There are numerous amazing places to visit and things to do. Whether for a one day visit or extended vacation, I think New York City has it all.
A walk around the Central Park
I chose the popular Central Park as my first place to visit. I suppose you can consider it a kind of irony to visit a park within one of the most densely populated and technologically advanced urban areas in the world. This wide expanse of greenery is a visual treat. I rented a bicycle and rode around the park taking in the vibrant colors in the form of plants, animals and people. This place has it all – water bodies, rolling fields and also beautiful walking trails. Cycling through, I saw the Bow Bridge and the Alice in Wonderland Sculpture. The view of the lake over which the Bow Bridge stands was breathtaking.
The iconic Times Square
I continued my tour with the Times Square – something which New York City is synonymous. I walked around taking in the sights of the massive billboards all around the square. This is also the place of many famous Broadway shows and other well known attractions. I watched various peddlers selling jewelry as well as art pieces on the street. Although crowded at times, I found Times Square to be very pedestrian friendly. I was often tempted to enter one of the many shops lining the street. I ended up buying some beautiful tokens to take back home!
A run through the Yankee Stadium
As an all-time baseball fan, Yankee Stadium was a must visit for me. I opted for the guided tour which took me through the clubhouse, Monument Park and also a stroll around the New York Yankees Museum. I was fascinated with the history of the game presented here. The company of fellow baseball lovers was a welcome addition because I was able to get into friendly debates about who I felt was the best team. I made a mental note to attend one of the sporting events in the city on my next visit. The energy and enthusiasm here was truly infectious.
The beautiful Brooklyn Bridge
I had seen this iconic bridge countless times in various movies and television series. But seeing it with my own eyes was even better. I got a taste of commuting with real New Yorkers. This bridge connects Manhattan to Brooklyn and it is indeed a view to behold. While in Brooklyn, I also treated myself to the scrumptious pizza at Grimaldi’s. This pizza joint is located right under the Brooklyn Bridge and serves coal fired pizza, which left me wanting for more.
A view of the beautiful skyline of the city
Anyone visiting New York City will have the Empire State Building on their list. So did I. I wanted to experience the view of the New York City skyline that I had heard so much about. And I also wanted to see the city in its glorious lighted self. Hence, in the evening, I rode up the Empire State Building in the elevator and walked out on the observation deck. I feasted my eyes to the beautiful, 360 degree view of the city skyline. The view of the waterways, skyscrapers, bridges, islands was picturesque. The brightly lit city seemed to shimmer beneath the gradually darkening horizon.
A taste of the NYC nightlife
My visit to New York City would have been incomplete without experiencing the amazing nightlife this city is famous for. Hence, I strolled out after dark and went to the Lower East Side where all the popular bars are located. I decided to try a comedy club and amidst refreshing drinks, had a gala time laughing and cheering the talent there. I met a number of interesting people and socialized well over great food and lively music. The NYC nightlife is definitely not overrated. At the end of the night, I went back to my hotel, with the satisfaction of having spent a wonderful day in this sparkling, lively and classy city.
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Food Friday Number 52!
1 19 ounce can chick peas (garbanzo beans)
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste) – use fresh if you can find it
2-3 Tablespoons water
Rinse the cooked chick peas in water. Add to food processor and process.
Add the oil, tahini, garlic, lemon, and salt.
Process until smooth.
Add water to soften to desired consistency.
Serve with Pita Chips.
The Blue Ridge Mountains, western Virginia.
We went to gawk at the fall foliage along with everybody else. It was worth it, tho. Lovely day.
I know several people who say they just don’t get Facebook and what a waste of time it is. I agree it is a pretty strange concept but for TCK’s (Third Culture Kids) is it an amazing thing. I went to a small boarding school in the Swiss Alps when I was a teenager. I bonded with my schoolmates and my teachers. We all knew each other, we had good times and bad, we helped each other with school and with life, we traveled together, we ate together, we hiked together, and we cried when we said good-bye.
Years past and we lost touch. I would run into people from time to time but they would come and go. We all moved around too much. Many of us did not grow up in one place or even in the US but most of us came here for college. It was too difficult to keep track of people.
Around 2007 I asked the school for an email list. It was pretty sketchy but it was a start. I started an email list and invited people to join. I built the list of names up and organized a reunion. For those who went it was like coming home. We picked up where we left off like we had never been apart. The connection was still there.
With Facebook we were able to find more and more people. We had a couple more reunions and now we are old friends again. We are connected. Facebook is virtual and kind of annoying sometimes but it gave us the venue to come back together and reunite with old dear friends. For a TCK, that is pretty special.
Now we see each other more often as well. We still have reunions but we also have lots of mini-reunions and get-togethers. We are still splattered all over the world but we all travel and it is nice to know who we can call when we land in Sydney or London.
There are several “groups” on Facebook for my school and I saw this post recently:
“It’s moments like these that make me understand what TASIS was really about! We were just kids, we lived together, we laughed together, we had arguments together and we graduated together! Then, for many years we lost contact but when we found each other again on FB it seemed that not even a day had passed and …we lived together, we laughed together and we had arguments together! We exchanged pictures, ideas, memories and thoughts and were just happy to have found each other again. We are blessed to have lived this experience because it’s definitely not normal!”
No, it isn’t normal, but we aren’t exactly normal people. So for those of you who hate Facebook, I understand. But for some of us, it has made a difference.
(photo courtesy of Kent Oztekin)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups cubed potatoes
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup white wine
2 Tablespoons flour
3/4 pound cooked lobster, cut in pieces
1 cup cooked corn
1 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon chives, chopped
2 cups milk
1 cup cream
Cook potatoes, onion, salt and pepper in the olive oil for about 10 minutes. Add the wine and simmer for another 10 minutes or until the potatoes are done. Sprinkle with flour.
Add lobster, corn and butter. When butter is melted, add paprika, chives, and milk. Heat to a low simmer, stirring occasionally.
Add cream and heat through.
Public gardens are common around the world. Most cities and even small towns have gardens for people to stroll in and enjoy the plants and flowers. The U.S. Botanic Garden is a little different. It is exotic. It has a room just for orchids. Other rooms are for desert plants, medicinal plants, rare and endangered plants, plants from Hawaii, and a jungle. It is rare to see so many different kinds of plants in one place. How did they all get there?
In 1820, US Congress granted the Columbian Institute five acres of land to establish a Botanic Garden. A letter was sent to foreign dignitaries soliciting plant donations. Although they received a good response, and plants were sent from near and far, the finances were never enough to maintain the collection. In 1837 Congress withdrew support and the land reverted to the federal government.
However, that wasn’t the end of it. In 1838, Congress commissioned the US Exploring Expedition to examine and chart remote areas of the globe. Lt. Charles Wilkes set sail on August 18, 1838 with six vessels. Nine civilian scientists joined him including two botanists, William D. Brackenridge and William Rich. The naturalist Charles Pickering was also on board. These men collected pant specimens at every stop.
In four years they logged 87,000 miles, lost two ships and 28 men. They were the last all-sail naval mission to circle the globe. They explored 280 islands and 800 miles of the Oregon coast. One significant discovery they made was Antarctica was a continent and not a series of islands as previously thought. The scientists, with the help of the crew, collected over 60,000 plant and bird specimens including 254 live plants.
Charles Wilkes received a court-martial on his return. He lost one ship on the Columbia River bar, mistreated his officers, and cruelly punished his sailors. The ship’s doctor, Charles Guilou was the major witness against him. He was acquitted except for the illegal punishment of his men. He currently accepts visitors at Arlington Cemetery.
Upon arrival, plants were temporarily housed at the US Patent Office but in late 1842 a greenhouse was added to the building. Congress approved $5,000 to relocate the plants to the greenhouse and soon the Botanic Garden was on its feet again. Over the years other expeditions, such as Commodore Matthew Perry’s trip to Japan in 1852 brought more plants to Washington DC. The US Botanic Garden grew and matured and in the 1920’s was relocated to its current site at the bottom of the US Capitol building.
After a renovation in 2001, the US Botanic Garden has state-of-the-art environmental systems across its eleven gardens. At the center is the Jungle under a central dome that rises 93 feet. Visitors can climb to the top to see the jungle canopy.
The US Botanic Garden continues to receive support from Congress and has more than 60,000 plants in its collection for exhibition, study, conservation, and exchange. Plants from around the world continue to be collected and studied.
It is a lovely place to visit anytime, but especially nice in winter when it is cold outside and tropical inside! You will find it at 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington DC.