Today, I’m going on a date!

Eeeeeep. I’m going on a date… I won’t say much for now except that I will meet with someone for tea/coffee. 🙂 I’ll channel my inner Liz Lemon –

On a side note, I attended the Pharmacology lecture of my mini medical school series and I just wanted to let you all know: Throw out your grapefruit juice if you’re taking any sort of -statin (high cholesterol) medications! (Avoid that food-drug interaction that you don’t want! And yes, that means Crestor, Lipitor, etc.)

Have a lovely hump day!

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Today, I’m ready to begin.

It feels like I just finished final exams, but my classmates and I are back at it again, this time as second-year students. The courses and expectations are less confusing, more demanding, and I am just as overwhelmed.

My plans to enjoy the last weekend of summer were interrupted by a sudden illness on Saturday night, and I spent a day in the hospital. Since I was on the upswing and school was starting, the doctors allowed me to leave on Sunday night, but I’ve been going back for IV antibiotics and checkups every day between classes. All of it has left me exhausted, and only today have I gotten all my syllabi, lectures, exam topic lists printed out and organized. Now, to open a textbook …

I’m a little worried about managing my time and juggling physiology, anatomy, and biochemistry this year.

The only way out is through; today, I’m finally feeling readier to go at it.

Coffee sleeve from Joe Van Gogh, my favorite café on campus.

Coffee sleeve courtesy of Joe Van Gogh, my favorite café  when the -arkies and I lived on campus.

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Today, I enjoy solitude at the country french cafe & bring you recipe for Rice Bowls (donburi issue)….

Country French Breakfast


I love being with people. But I also love being alone. I love socializing. I also love going to restaurants, cafe’s, movies alone. Just add an iPad/Laptop or a great read in my purse and off I go! So that brings me to where I am now: La Madeleine Country French Cafe. One thing I love about them? Their wonderful selection of Baroque music. Wanna learn French? Just hop over to the ladies room and you can learn your Bonjour, Je m’appelle [insert your name]…, oui, merci beaucoup and all that jazz. My favorite is sitting here sipping my coffee and having some toast with jam & butter. Oh what a life :]

This past Thursday, I said goodbye to a friend over at When Babel Fell.  She is starting a new journey in Japan… and I, of course, wish her the best of luck! I must also thank her because she took me to a local Japanese restaurant (Matuba Japanese Restaurant) where I realized my fascination for Donburi, or rice bowls!

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I ordered the Katsudon and Gyoza. So delicious. I have decided to try to perfect my Katsudon-making skills. And so here’s mineeeeee.

Katsudon/Katsu Donburi [Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl]

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What you’ll need:

  • Pork chops – boneless
  • Flour
  • Panko
  • Egg – 2
  • Rice- I like using sushi rice
  • Dashi
  • Mirin
  • Miso
  • Soysauce – a little dash
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Vegetable oil
  • Onions (Red or Yellow)
  • Green Onions/Scallions


  1. Cook your rice in the rice cooker 🙂
  2. Take the pork chops and make little shallow vertical slices up top
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper and dredge with flour
  4. Crack and egg in a bowl and dip the pork chops in the egg and then into panko.
  5. Lightly fry in a pan with vegetable oil
  6. Take out of pan, cut pork up into slices and set aside
  7. Sautee onions and some of the scallions in vegetable oil
  8. Place your pork cutlets into the middle of the pan
  9. Pour in mirin, dashi (just a little sprinkle), soy sauce (the tiniest dash you can think of), a little bit of chicken broth or water, miso and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low/medium setting
  10. Crack the second into the remainder of the egg (from making the pork cutlets)… beat lightly, not all the way. Make sure the egg whites and yolk are not quite mixed
  11. Pour egg mixture gently over the pork cutlet/onions (distribute evening)
  12. Cover pan with a lid and let egg cook… when it seems almost done, turn off stove, remove pan from heat
  13. Take a bowl of cooked rice and lightly scoop out your pork/egg mix – place on top of rice
  14. Pour rest of broth from pan over the bowl of pork cutlet rice.
  15. ENJOY ~
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Today, I find samples and samples!

I love receiving free things… especially since I’m now in the process of applying to schools (crossing my fingers) … More school means more money being taken away from me. What does that mean? Gotta save!

I was happy to have stumbled upon this Biore rewards program as I was browsing through blogs (I found it here at All About Freebies – thanks for sharing!) You can become part of the rewards program by clicking here, and you’ll automatically receive 50 points. You can redeem 10 points for a Deep Cleansing Sample Pack now… I got mine a couple days ago and can’t wait for it to arrive in the mail!  You can answer the daily trivia and completely daily tasks (they total up to 10 points). You can also receive points for visiting the app (on fb) a certain number of days in a row, etc… and there’s more! You can receive points (100 pts) for joining on your mobile… and earn even more points (600-900) for providing codes that are in specially marked packages. I happened to find a box of Biore nose strips that I had bought a few months ago! Lucky me! I did not throw away the packaging and found my reward code! That alone gave me ~700 points! They should still have some sample packs left.  When you get to 2600 points, you can redeem those for a full-size items! So will you join?

See the pink band at the top left that says Prove It Rewards? Those are the products that have the codes! via

See the pink band at the top left that says Prove It Rewards? Those are the products that have the codes! via

Here are some other samples that I’ve either gotten in the past or am waiting to receive 🙂

  • Arm & Hammer sensitive toothpaste (toothpaste)
  • Exclusive Pureology Sample (hair)
  • Gevalia Coffee (coffee)
    I got this in the mail a few weeks ago, it was actually pretty good! I was able to make a whole pot of coffee! 🙂
    Nescafe Taster’s Choice Stick Packs (coffee)
    Six instant packs … I tried the hazelnut/vanilla ones… I actually combined them since each pack only makes 6 oz… I just don’t like watered down coffee.. but as far as instant coffee goes, Nescafe prob has the best (in my opinion).
  • Cetaphil Sample  (skincare)– I’m not sure if these are still available! I was able to grab one… seems like they’re one-time sample packets! You get to choose between 3 different items, I believe.
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