Monday, January 22, 2007 13 No tags Permalink 0

I’ve been back at school for more than a week now, but while I’m pretty good at being in denial, I guess we have to face reality soon enough.
Today, I didn’t start classes until 1PM so spent all morning cleaning my room. I made my bed, put away my books, made a wall calendar….annnnnd….I turned my closet into a FOOD PANTRY! Cool eh? I’d show you pictures, but my roommate left her bras all over the place, and I don’t think she’d like that in the pictures and I don’t really want to move them with my hands.
So, I was trying to decide what I would put in my pantry and here are the items I came up with:

1. Tesco Peanut Butter, compliments of Shann, direct from London! When she gave it to me, Shann said that it tasted “different.” “Good kind different?” I asked. “Just different,” she replied. And she was so right. It is hard to describe, but it’s definitely saltier with a more complex, creamier flavor. The picture is of the crunchy one, but I also got a jar of the smooth stashed away for after this one is all pau.

2. Mini packets of furikake. Six different flavors ranging from cod roe to salmon. Fun, convenient and pretty darn good!

3. Jaffa Cakes from Shann who hit it right on the mark when she described it as a mini black and white cookie, with only the black, and a sploge of orange jelly in the center. It’s so intriguing, this Jaffa Cake and it looks like a mini spaceship but tastes of an chocolate orange cake. I don’t know what to make of it, but I like it.

4. Wow, so far most of my “pantry” is made up of stuff from Shann, including this box of organic dark chocolates. I like to eat one everyday around 4pm, it really jolts me up with it’s intense darkness and smooth texture, right when that afternoon sleepiness hits.

5. Olive Oil Cookies with Hawaiian Ginger from The Big Island Candies company. This company is most famous for their chocolate dipped shortbread, but I got tired of that pretty quick. These cookies are in a whole nother league of their own. A thin disk, lightly crispy with an unassuming taste of olive oil and bits of candied ginger. The oil is kind of haunting, not the most easy flavor to pick out, and works in sweets similar to the way Batali’s Olive Oil gelato does. Butter is still my favorite form of fat, but these cookies are a relief for bored taste buds.

Before Fan went to Disneyland, she asked what I wanted her to bring back. “A Corndog please,” I requested. (You can blame my need for a Disneyland Corndog on Elmo’s post). She came back to school later that evening and said that it would have been too difficult to carry a corndog back, and besides, corndogs are no good when cold. So she got me fudge.

Okay, so this is not a well balanced pantry. But I’ll have you know that I’ve also got a million pounds of brown, jasmine, and japanese rice in there, along with eggs, frozen dumplings from my grandma, soy milk, skim milk, miso dressing, spam, plain yogurt, greek yogurt, mccann’s oatmeal, peaches and pears, soba, english muffins, cheerios, shoyu, hot chocolate, nutella, miso soup mix, tofu, milano cookies, green tea, peppermint tea, black tea, darjeeling tea, vitamin gummy bears, and real normal vitamins.

Now excuse me while I go out and buy a mocha cookie from Some Crust.

13 Comments
  • Eddie
    January 23, 2007

    couldnt help but smirk when i read that you mispelled pantry in #4 =P it reminds me of those mad-lib books i used to play. hahahow do you say dduk? hmm…i’d say it sounds very close to ‘thud’, but switch the ‘d’ out with a ‘c’. rhyme’s with ‘luck’. *hoping we both pronounce luck and thud the same way*

  • anonymous
    January 23, 2007

    Hi Kathy!My webpage is http://www.misstsien.com/blog. I don’t have much up there yet – just some old reviews. But I do have an update on a Boston trip in the works. It is also Restaurant Week in NY right now so I’ll be going to Bobby Van’s next week so hopefully I’ll have some good stuff to write about! =)By the way – Congrats on your job offer in NY! =)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    January 23, 2007

    Hey Ed!Ahh, I’m so embarassed! okokok, I made the correction, ahem. PANTRY. ‘Thuck’ it is! :)Hey Taryn!Thank you! I’m going to go on over to your blog right now! So jealous you get to take part in Restaurant Week, am excited to read about it :)

  • KirkK
    January 24, 2007

    Hey Kathy – I think your “pantry” is better stocked than mine! Now how did that happen…. ;o)I hope you have a great semester!

  • Kat
    January 24, 2007

    Darn! I didn’t know you were back to school so soon! I really wanted to meet you! Ugh, but I was so busy with wedding planning. Bleh, well, hopefully the next time you’re in Hawaii : ) PS: Peanut butter is evil! (but sooooooo good)

  • elmomonster
    January 24, 2007

    I love those Big Island Candies cookies. At first I thought they were wierd and then it got really addicting.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    January 24, 2007

    Hey Kirk!Thanks! Right now 95% of my pantry is made of sweets…that has got to change! I need to add some protein or something…hehe :)Hey Kat!I’ll be back for spring break in the middle of March – want to meet up then? :) Good luck with your wedding planning! Peanut butter is evil, but still, it’s kiiiiind of healthy…right? hehe, I’ll do anything to convince myself! :)Hey Elmo!I know what you mean by addicting! At first I thought they were just okay, but then I ate another and another…and wait! Why can’t I stop?! Maybe they put crack in it or something…just a thought! :)

  • Mina
    January 24, 2007

    Just wanted to drop a note to say I love your blog… Makes me hungry all the time though!

  • Shannon
    January 24, 2007

    i’m so glad you like the english snacks! i would have gotten you digestives (there are so many brands there) but i figured you;ve been finding those here :o)you know, i know peanut butter is bad, but i learned once that if you are lost in teh woods you can survive on peanutbutter and raisins for a super long time. so i figure there’s something good about it, right?i had a mamoun’s falafel today!

  • anonymous
    January 26, 2007

    In the first picture, at the corner. Unless my eye has gone bad, It looks like some one’s bra

  • anonymous
    January 26, 2007

    orry, That was the second picute.

  • anonymous
    January 26, 2007

    Sorry, that was the second picture

  • Kathy YL Chan
    January 28, 2007

    Hey Anonymous!Ooops, that’s my roomate’s bra…shhhh…don’t tell! hehe :)

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