iMobsters and World War Apps

18 Dec

Recently I am playing the games by Storm 8 entitled iMobsters and World War on my iphone.

I really don’t know why I play these games. There is no animation and no actual fighting scene for you to enjoy except those very lively vocal and sound effects in between the game play.

So what are the games about? Yeah, just press buttons, I attack, sometimes I win but mostly I lose my games. Then I go buy stuff, spam my invite code to get more people to become my ally. And then repeat everything again and again until I ask myself why am I playing these games. But I keep repeating this all over again and again. And I can’t stop playing it! Why are these games so addictive.

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Salumi in Seattle

16 Nov

Every time I visit Seattle I must visit this busy restaurant for lunch.  You may call it a narrow storefront, a counter, or a tiny restaurant.  It is a very busy place where you can find house-cured Italian meats along with hot or cold sandwiches, and platters.  Cooked meats includes sausages, meatballs, oxtails, whereas cured meats vary from salamis, coppa, culatello, pancetta, prosciuttos and cured lamb.

I have been to Salumi countless times.  When I first went there the lineup was over 10 people long. Now I figure if I arrive before noon, I should miss the lunch crowd.  But there is always a line of 5-6 people ahead of me. When I order, I always have a difficult time to decide on a sandwich.  Sometimes it is because there are a few choices of meat that I want to try, but sometimes it is just because they tend to run out of certain meats, cheeses or breads.

Salumi is a small restaurant.  There is only one big table where people eat and mingle. Free water and wines (for $4.5/glass) are available on the same table for self serve.  It seems that they have a small room that you can reserve for special occasions (for $40/people, of course!).

Last week, my hubby and I waited in line for just 15 minutes.  I call it a blessing already.  We got two sandwiches to split: the culatello with mozarella on ciabatta with garlic spread and olive oil, and the grilled lamb on ciabatta with peppers and onions.  They were so flavorful. The sandwiches and meats there are truly of the higher quality. I definitely found an appreciation for the authentic Italian taste.

Also, I overheard that the “meatballs” are huge and they taste sensational.  Anyway, if you are in Seattle, Salumi is worth a try for lunch.

Salumi
309 Third Ave South Seattle
(206) 621 8772
Tuesday-Friday 11am-4pm

Cute Dog Plushie

6 Nov

Side story: My dog P loves plush toys. He likes to play with his plush toys from time to time to amuse himself. Sometimes he likes to play rough with his plush toys; sometimes he likes to carry them from room to room and sometimes he likes to chew them.  He is one plush toys lover but also a destroyer.  That’s okay to me as long as he is having fun. I just need to buy new toys in order to keep up with him.

So yesterday after seeing him ripped open an elephant plushie, I went online shopping for new toys.  I came to a website called Funny Fur.  There were some cute plushies that caught my attention.  The site fills with many unique plushies such as these ones:  (They are “High Life” plushies but so funny and adorable in my human eyes).

Dog Plush Toy(Grrrona, Kennelone,ibone,arfsolute,appawtizer and Muttstercard)

growlextoy (Growlex)

Crave for Cupcakes

31 Oct

After a friend who recently baked some cupcakes I was tempted to bake some of my own.  So I began to look for some recipes.  When I think of making cupcakes, I automatically would think of Martha Stewart.  So I checked out her website and found some recipes. This would be my first time to make cupcake so I sort out the difficulty recipes and chose some easy to follow ones.

buttercreamI know cupcakes usually have icing on them.  Buttercream? Yes, I love to eat buttercream so I decided to make some buttercream icing.  Banana?  Yes, I love banana so I also decided to make banana flavoured cupcakes.  In the end, I made the buttercream on my own by following the recipe and I bought a banana muffin mix from the supermarket.

Banana MuffinThe making procedure wasn’t too hard. I got help from my darling and we managed to baked a few cupcakes. The cupcakes came out pretty nice and even sized. The buttercream icing turned out sweet and smooth. We experimented and played around with the icing using cake decorating tips.

Finally, here are the end results.

Cupcake showcase

Boo! Happy Halloween! There is one cupcake with a little “Halloween” touch too. Here’s a closer look of the cupcake. Q. What is it?

Brain CupcakeA: It’s a “Brain”.

Return from Abroad

22 Oct

I’m back. Recently I spent a whole month over in HK. This long overdue trip was my first holiday for over two years. I had a great time catching up with my family members and friends but also got to know baby J. It has been a wonderful time but hectic. I won’t be taking any long trip soon. I am drained from this trip.

Thrill Ride on Sea to Sky

11 Sep

s2scI always imagine myself riding a motorcycle on the Sea to Sky Highway.  It may not sound adventurous to some riders, but It is a big goal for me as a new rider.  I just started riding again in this summer, and throughout the summer I have been riding regularly. Before I take on the hwy, I need to know if I would be ready to go for higher speeds. In August, I felt that I am ready to taste the hwy. I rode my bike onto Sea to Sky highway 3 times and they were  all group riding. Having ridden in a group, I felt more confident and fun.

s2sb Sea to Sky hwy is a scenic drive. One side is the ocean, and the other side are rocky mountains. It has been undergoing an improvement project for the Winter Olympic 2010, which includes straightening, widening and improving sightlines. Althought the improvement has eliminated serveral sharp curves, there are still many curves, which sport riders like.

s2sRiding on the hwy gave me great pleasure. My first ride on the hwy was the most nervous. The adrenaline rushes through my veins at every curve. Am I too slow or too fast? Did I set up properly when entering the curve? At fast speeds, some curves did catch me off guard. As I rode on, the riding experience got better; I could find my comfortable speed level, though at some points there are vehicles were still blowing by me like I’m standing still.But the second and third rides felt lot easier and more relaxing. I managed to beat my previous top speed riding on the same hwy, and I even managed to take a few peeks towards the ocean to enjoy the views. I now fully understand why the Sea to Sky hwy is notable for scenic drives in BC.

s2sdA little fact of the Sea to Sky Highway: it is the name given to a section of Highway 99, north of Vancouver, beginning at Horseshoe Bay and to the north past Lions Bay, Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton. Now it has 4 lane sections with scenic passes for both the Pacific Ocean and rugged mountain peaks.

Fortune Cookie Brings A Smile

6 Sep

two Chinese fortune cookiesA fortune cookie is a crispy Asian American cookie usually made of flour, sugar, vanilla, and oil with a “fortune” wrapped inside. It is usually served with Chinese food in Chinese restaurant. Nowadays, there are not many Chinese restaurants in my area that serve fortune cookie. But today I am surprised to receive one fortune cookie after a nice meal. Then, I remember how much fun fortune cookies were when I was a kid. However, the fun of cracking open a fortune cookie still exists. Although I am not too fond of the taste of the hard cookie, I still love to see what my fortune says. Sometimes the fortunes are great, sometimes they are funny and sometimes they are nonsense. The most important thing is that my friends and I have a great time passing them around and share what their fortunes are. It always put a smile on our faces!