Pro-Tip Tuesday:
How to Fit More Gym Clothes in Your Bag

Did you make a resolution to get active and work out more this month?

 

Are you feeling frazzled trying to stuff all your exercise clothes in a gym bag so you can work out before your commute home, but kind of favoring that “Old Bag Lady” (or Old Bag Gentleman) look in the process, juggling large. lumpy sacs of clothes and food and work tools on the way out the door?

 

Here’s a travel tip that I found works well for workout commuting as well: Continue Reading

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Wellness Wednesday:
What 2017 Goals Do You Have?

Warning to new parents: this post may stir up your rage nerve, as it involves talk of sleep.

With the new year comes a feeling of renewed opportunities. Even if you weren’t making up new year’s resolutions, your friends might be talking about theirs and getting you thinking. I also have a few who eschew the term ‘resolution’ and prefer to think of ‘goals’. So, in deference to them..

This January, I’m attempting a goal to finally fix up my sleep habits, which currently consist of going to sleep too late, then waking up kind of early anyway. It’s been about a two-year slide into staying up later and later, between 10:30pm and 1:30am. Current target: 7.5-8 hours of sleep. Besides, I kind of feel like I’ve tried plenty of food and exercise-related goals and this will be an interesting change of pace. I’ll try to check in each Wednesday this month for a recap of how it’s gone. Step 1 in increased self-discipline: get next week’s “Wellness Wednesday” notes online before Thursday!

I’m going to try to tackle one primary thing each month (provided previous month’s goal is met) with an overall theme of more self-discipline. Last year’s “read more” goal went well for the list of books I started with, but fizzled in momentum mid-year.

What are you resolving to shift in your life in 2017?

Inspiration: hop on over to my fellow Minnesotan and food-related blogger Lee Hersch’s Fit Foodie Finds for other ideas on getting more healthy!

For those with small children who tenaciously still red this:

Any lessons learned or reflections from sleep training your kids, that you think could transfer here?

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Pro-Tip Tuesday: Free Seeds for Gardening, Summer Dreams Included!

upoAre you stuck inside, dreaming of next year’s garden? Are the kids (or your inner child) driving you nuts as you scrape the bottom of the bucket on distracting -er- enriching indoor activities to keep them busy learning?

Maybe your New Year’s resolution was to save money to put them toward some personal goals.

Did you know, you can get free seeds for gardening? Continue Reading

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Fun Fact Friday: How to Get Food the Wong Way, Right Away?

Did you know, part of the new redesign included a new option to subscribe to this blog, and get notices instantly, any time there’s a new post?

Yes, that’s right. Now you can get a notice of any new post on Food the Wong Way, right away -as soon as it’s published. To subscribe, scroll down, allll the way down to the bottom of this page, and you can enter your email. If you try it and feel like you’ve spammed yourself, you can unsubscribe at any time. I haven’t been spamming anyone additional emails beyond when there is a new blog post, so I doubt you’ll get sick of it.

Happy Friday!

Sincerely,

Yiling

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Food-Related Podcasts Worth A Listen

Happy New Year!

If, like me, you have been cocooning for the winter and don’t feel like leaving the house,* here are some of my favorite food podcasts. The overall theme appears to be stories on food and its origins, and how it connects us.

Gravy: the Southern Foodways Alliance has been putting out some really exciting stories over there, exploring stories and histories of food from different cultures living in the United States that traditionally haven’t had a loud voice in the mainstream.

The Sporkful: funny, down to earth. “The Sporkful isn’t for foodies, it’s for eaters.”

Gastropod: food with a side of science. Heard their oyster episode just as I was putting finishing touches on my post about going to Taylor Shellfish on a road trip. I’ve really enjoyed their stuff.

Racist Sandwich: lives in the intersection between food, race, gender and class, and shares some very frank perspectives. Continue Reading

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Chef Kyle Wisner’s Lunch Break Demo @the Book Larder

One overcast Monday morning, I ventured over to the Book Larder, a community cookbook store on Fremont Ave of Seattle. I’ve ridden past there many a time by bike and by bus, and always meant to go. Finally, I found time and managed to sign up for classes a few days ahead.

Note: if you are scrambling for last minute gifts for people who love to eat, cooking classes may be a good option that ships instantaneously! Be mindful to check if it’s a demo, or hands-on, as that may matter depending on how much your loved one likes to cook (i.e. more hands-on for those who are into working with their hands, more demo for those who are more into eating the final product). Go ahead, click away from this post, I won’t mind.. 🙂

Chef Kyle Wisner did a delicious demo for the group on some straightforward recipes for swift home cooking, perfect for a hectic holiday season. Below are some recipes he shared, editorial commentary is my own.

Pork Roast

Ingredients:

Center-cut pork roast
Enough za’atar spices to cover surface of the roast
kosher salt to preference

Tools: oven, , baking dish, meat thermometer

Steps:

  1. Salt the roast “aggressively”, like any steak or other big cut of meat, rest the roast out to room temperature before roasting. Preheat oven to 400 (or 425F if your oven is weak sauce).
  2. Cover surface in za’atar spice.
  3. Bake roast in oven until it reaches an internal temp of 120F, approximately 18-30 minutes. It will likely still be a little pink in the middle, but the juices will disperse back and finish as you let the roast rest a while before serving.
  4. Optional: bonus points for drawing a depiction of “aggressively salting.”

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Welcome to the Newly Redesigned Blog!

Dear Food the Wong Way readers,
We are happy to officially announce the launch of a newly redesigned website!

Cynthia Oconer has worked with me for a fresh new look with an emphasis on images. After all, you eat with your eyes. All this, while negotiating time to work on it between both our busy schedules stuffed with life.

Thanks,
Cynthia!

Here’s a few of the changes:

• A fresh title banner at the top featuring fun cooking tools with a crisp, unified layout and matching color scheme
• More menu options with tools to help your browsing
• “Read More” buttons to give you a view of more posts on the landing page
• A slide deck on the landing page you can click on to get to recently featured posts

Post below to share your thoughts and suggestions.

Thanks for your faithful readership, hope you enjoy the new look!

Yiling

A little about Cynthia:

Hi, I’m a Seattle transplant and enjoying the scene thus far. I’m excited to work and offer my energy and enthusiasm as a dedicated professional using my skills to create quality design solutions that fit the background and culture of the organization.
Check out my site at

 

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Pro-Tip Tuesday: Buy the Oranges, and Make Macaroons too!

Pro-Tip of the Day:
Have you been buying those boxes and bags of oranges on sale at the store?

Next time pick up a bag of coconut flakes and sliced almonds, and you can make this quick, yummy (gluten-free) byproduct treat from in-season fruit!

Just remember to take 30 seconds to grate the rind off before you eat the orange, and you’ll have enough for this recipe. Note: try not to take too much of the white parts (the pith), that’s bitter. Continue Reading

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Pro-Tip Tuesday: Tea Infuser + Dessert Dusting

How can you dust powdered sugar on your holiday desserts without making a mess, AND conserve the left over for the next round?

Try a tea infuser! Here’s the shortest video I’ve ever intentionally made, lol.

I’m pretty sure even if you don’t have one with an easy handle and all, it’ll still work neater than a gigantor flour sieve. Then you can return the rest to the bag! You know how I hate food waste..

For the delicious (although blurry) gluten-free chocolate cake in the limelight of this video, Continue Reading

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Pro-Tip Tuesday: Splitting Squash

This post is dedicated to my friend Abby, who inspired me to share this tip on how to cut into a stubborn winter squash when she told me she had a butternut waiting at her new apartment.

Happy Thanksgiving week to those in the U.S. (and happy Autumn harvest to the rest)! Got a squash on the menu to make? Here’s a tip for splitting squash. Why muscle through it, when you can use tools. Continue Reading

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