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Winter Quarterness
January 12, 2015

Winter quarter started last week and this will be a busy term for me. I didn’t realize I chose three difficult core classes to take in one go- but I’ll find a way to manage. My classes include database design & development, intermediate java, telecommunications, and corporate finance. The hardest class would probably be java because I’m not too much of a programming fan (but it’s good to know). The good news is that I have a basic concept on all four classes; and I actually do look forward into taking classes that actually pertains to my major.

My boyfriend and I had a Tues-Date at Korean BBQ! This was my third time eating at a Korean BBQ house and it was another great experience! The waitress gave us an assortment of appetizers to sample. The place we went to required a minimum of 2 orders to use the grill, but the waitress was nice enough to let me slide with one order (since my boyfriend is a pescetarian). For this type of food, I rather cook it on the grill on my own instead of having the kitchen cook it for me. Everything was so delicious! I definitely got my fix for Korean BBQ for the quarter… ☺

With an attempt to follow my goals for 2015, I prepared a “chirashi cup” inspired by a Pinterest pin. To make this even more cooler, I borrowed my boyfriend’s DSLR to take the pictures. The quality is on-spot and makes the food look even more delicious. I used salmon and bits of tuna (both sushi-grade), tobiko, and ikura. Eating from a cup isn’t the most efficient way of eating every day but it sure is fun!

12 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ January 12, 2015 at 2:29 am

    YUM YUM YUM. Korean BBQ, FTW! Btw, I wouldn’t really call those appetisers. They are actually called “banchan” which translate to side dishes because they are meant to complement the main dish in a Korean meal. 🙂 I’m glad they let you slide with one order. That’s nice of them!

    As for your classes — wow! They do sound quite heavy-duty! Good luck with them! I especially wish you luck with Java. I ended up dropping one of my computer classes in college because I couldn’t hack Java (and I was also taking a math class that was killing my butt), so yeah 🙁 I’ve definitely not got the mind for programming, but I think you can handle it better than I did!

    Take cares, Nancy! Don’t overwork yourself!

  2. jolene ☆ January 12, 2015 at 6:13 am

    oh YUMMMM. i love korean bbq, AND chirashi don – your post made me so happy hehe. the chirashi don you prepared looks so wonderful! i’ve recently had an overdose of chirashi don though (as I tend to do when i find something i love to eat) so i’m steering clear for just a little while more 😛

  3. Uglyfish ☆ January 14, 2015 at 2:51 am

    Good luck with your classes, especially Java! It sounds like you’ve picked some really exciting classes too take, I hope you get everything you want from them! The food looks delicious, and it is so nice of the waitress to let the order slide so you could use the grill too! The chirashi cups looks amazing too, and they’ve left me really wanting some yummy salmon!

  4. Sean ☆ January 14, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I’ve never taken Java, but if the course is like any programming course I took in college then it should be a breeze. For some reason my high school programming classes were harder than my college ones, but maybe that’s because there was more time, who knows.

    I’ve never had Korean BBQ, it looks interesting, but I don’t like fish.

  5. Cat ☆ January 14, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Good luck with your classes! Yum, I love Korean BBQ, though I haven’t done the cook it yourself thing on the grill in a while. I think it’s fun to do, but I usually just order a dish that they cook in the kitchen 🙂

    The chirashi cups look both tasty and pretty! I can see how it’d be harder to eat them in a cup, haha. Makes for a nice presentation though!

  6. Holland ☆ January 15, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Ahhh, that’s a familiar road, that is. I miss it 8’3

    Tsk tsk! You have to be careful when choosing what classes to register for. I always tried to balance my own schedule with, say, one upper-division course and two to three lower-division ones.

    I have problems enjoying Korean barbecue. It always looks SO GOOD in pictures. Then I get there and I don’t want to be there, and I don’t like the food, and I don’t know why!

  7. Jean ☆ January 16, 2015 at 3:35 am

    Hi! Just dropped by at your blog! 🙂
    I kinda know how it feels when you take 2 to 3 hardest subejcts in one go. I am also taking 2 of the hardest subjects in one term because I have no choice and I am also nearing to college graduation but like you, I will balance everything. Goodluck on your studies!

    I like to eat Korean food because I am a big fan of Korean films and seeing those photos makes me hungry huhuhu.

    Have a nice day! 🙂

  8. Karen ☆ January 17, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Your blog post… making my hungry…

    I LOVE Korean BBQ! When you enter the restaurant, and the smell of delicious meat grilling.. That’s the perfect moment. Haha. I always go for the bacon and bulgogi.

    You should try Mookata (Thai BBQ). It is equally as delicious.

    I wish you all the best for your classes. 🙂 They mentioned it was 3 difficult core classes. I hope you can manage them and get good grades. 😀

  9. Pixiechronicle ☆ January 18, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Foodies rule! Those foods look certainly delicious.

  10. Agent Q ☆ January 18, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Talk about an intense set of classes! You’ll be learning quite a lot this coming term, so make good use of your time. 😛 All the struggles now will pay off [in a literal sense] in a long-term, so embrace the challenge. And let us begin!

    When you said sushi-grade, did you actually wash them yourselves or did you have the vendor pre-wash everything? I’m always cautious of handling raw seafood myself while blindly trusting that the cooks in sushi restaurants wash the raw meat thoroughly.

    • Nancy ☆ January 18, 2015 at 10:36 am

      When I mention sushi-grade, I mean the cuts are specifically set for sushi (unless it’s left out for too long, it’ll be pushed to be cooked) since not all salmon/fish can be eaten raw for sushi. There’s some special treatment the fish cuts where it has to be sent to the freezer at a certain temperature to kill all parasites; meanwhile, regular fishes don’t go through special treatment like that. Basically, “yes, this fish can be eaten raw for sushi.” Buuuut as for preparation at home, I like to wash the cut again right before I chop it up and eat it (I try to eat it ASAP before anything else happens- though I have tried both ways and haven’t gotten sick yet *knocks on wood*)…. And thoroughly soak up the wetness from the water with a bunch of towels that don’t leave lint behind.

      But some sushi restaurants, I’ve seen them prepare the cuts of fishes. One restaurant, the chef took half of the tuna’s body and started splitting them into the whole cuts and put it in the sushi bar’s fridge. Didn’t see him wash the cuts BUT the sushi place has a solid 4-star on Yelp so I’m assuming people didn’t get sick from it! Another restaurant (some AYCE), the sushi chef guy started opening packs of defrosted tuna and started chopping away without washing it. Maybe it’s safer to not wash it assuming that everything is taken care of… I get my sushi-grade fishes from a reputable place (Marukai) except none of the fish-preperaer guys could speak English so far. Time to learn Japanese X’D.

  11. Claudine ☆ January 19, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I looooove Korean BBQ! My dad used to take me there every week when I was still in college, so seeing Korean BBQ brings back a lot of good memories and makes me go yum! The appetizers in Korean restaurants are so good, yeah? We often order seconds of them 😀

    Wow, your subjects sound difficult, though I am only familiar with corporate finance! Haha! Good luck with all of those subjects and just give it your all!

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