Foodie Friday: Chicken Katsu Salad

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Well my dear friends, the time has come. I’ve reached the point in my life where my metabolism is starting to crap out on me and I need start thinking about eating healthier. I have been experimenting with salads as of late. And I have come to LOVE Chicken Katsu Salad. Ok, so it’s not the healthiest of salads but believe me, it’s healthier than the crap I’ve been putting into my system.

I love the crunchy texture from the panko on the outside and the juicy chicken on the inside. In conjunction with the sesame dressing it is Yummmers! The salad mix and the vegetables help give it kick of freshness to the fried goodness.

It’s quite the easy meal. Find your favorite salad mix. Throw in some grape tomatoes or whatever veggies you dig. Fry up your chicken katsu and top it off with your favorite sesame dressing! I have an unhealthy obsession with sesame so I threw some toasted sesame seeds on top as well. While I was cooking, I was snacking on pine nuts so meh, threw that in there too! haha. OH – it was goood.

I used a chicken thigh because that’s what was thawed at the time. First, I dipped it in a beaten egg and then coated it with panko. I did this process two times but I like the extra breading. If you want go light, one coat is perfectly fine. I know people also like to coat it with flour as well but I skipped that step because I wanted more panko!

Next, I fried it in a pan at medium heat for just a few minutes on each side. After it’s reached a golden color or in my case I like things slightly burned, throw it in the oven. I put it in the oven at 220 degrees Celsius for roughly 10-12 minutes to allow it to fully cook through.

Of course you can do the same with chicken breast but remember to pound it out well and go through the same process.

That’s my super lazy and somewhat healthy meal at the time. I’m no chef so this cooking and eating healthy thing is a learning process. I know I’m not alone on this one, so don’t be frontin’!

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5 days of positivity: Day 3

Day 3:

  • I am beyond blessed to have had a grandmother who loved and cared for me like I was a sick puppy at all times. Many Lao people can understand when I say affection is uncommon. My adorable little grandma gave me hugs like I was her doll and planted those sniff kisses like she wanted to snort my sweat. Although she’s in a better place now, I still see her in my dreams and I’m the one giving her the teary eyed bear hugs.
  • In a house full of women, I also grew up with a man with little words. His exterior was quite intimidating and he yelled a lot. But he was the man I called, “Dad”. I cherish our memories of cooking and fishing. But my favorite memories are our photo shoots. They were pretty lame pictures where he set out the tripod and ran back and forth. He, of course, stood there w/o a smile and made me hold something ridiculous like snow or a pinecone. In hindsight, they were hilarious and he made me fall in love with photography. He may have not been my biological dad but I always thought of him as my dad. I appreciated his presence in my life and I will never forget the memories and the impact he had on me. Dad, I swear I’ll never play tic-tac-toe on the walls again.
  • I am so lucky and thankful to have a handful of women that treat me as their own. My aunts have been so amazing to me growing up. They are so special to me and there are no words to express my gratitude. If I were to address them each individually, I might as well write a short story (more than I already have!)

    And to the woman who spent hours upon hours in the labor delivery room giving me the gift of life…I do appreciate and deeply love you. While we argue and fight more than a majority of other mother/ daughter duos I can’t deny the fight you have put up to provide for us!! You’re one tough cookie – and you do it lookin’ beautiful!

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5 days of positivity: Day 2

I forgot to post this on the blog yesterday!

1. Every so often, we like to live spontaneously. First spontaneous move we made was the move to Florida. We felt trapped in expectations in MN and felt that a big move could open our eyes to a new, independent world.

Florida brought us so much closer as a couple. We had the time and energy to just focus on each other. It strengthened our bond and made us the unstoppable pair that we are today.

I am so thankful that we took the giant leap into the unknown and landed with both feet on the ground.

2. Next spontaneous move was the move to HOLLAND! We were joking about David doing an international assignment at a friend’s house and 2 weeks later we were packing up for our next chapter!

I am so thankful for the opportunity to embrace a new culture. Holland has introduced me to so many new things and a new way of life.

3. Because of the above, we have been so fortunate to satisfy our wanderlust and travel to exotic and historic destinations. Within the year, we will have seen over 10 countries and countless cities already! Preston is one lucky little punk!

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5 days of positivity: Day 1

I was challenged on Facebook to participate in a positivity challenge. Every day for 5 days, I need to post 3 different things I am grateful/thankful for. I have many things in my life to be grateful for so I figured why not?

I decided to post it on here as well so I can refer back to it when life knocks me down. There is much to appreciate and we do so little to acknowledge it!

Day 1:

1) I hit the lottery when I married my husband. I am so thankful to have such a supportive, caring, and understanding life partner. Sometimes he is so analytical it drives me crazy but that is what balances us out. He puts up with my crazy and makes me laugh until my cheeks hurt. He granted a wish that I never thought possible, to watch my baby grow. It’s the single most profound gift he could give me. We are months away from our 8 yr mark and I can’t imagine a future without that nerd.

2) On February 22nd, 2013 I was blessed with an incredible gift, a little baby boy. He was nice to me the entire pregnancy and wanted to make a GRAND entrance. He flipped my world upside down and made me see life in a different light. All of a sudden it’s not about us anymore. I used to place value on frivolous things and now I know there’s so much more to life. I’m so thankful that he has changed me for the better.

3) Can’t do day 1 without mentioning my insane family. Even though I didn’t know my dad growing up, my HUGE family has overflowed that “gap”. Family is scattered all over the place but will welcome each other with open arms in a moments notice. They drive me nuts sometimes, but I love em!

Jetsettin’: Geia sas Greece!

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Greece has long been on my bucket list thanks to the American TV shows such as Hercules and Xena Warrior Princess.

Greece did not disappoint. While we didn’t go to any museums we still thoroughly enjoyed Acropolis and seeing the Temple of Zeus. I’m so glad we chose a hotel in Athena’s neighborhood because it made the hike up to Acropolis so much easier.

To get into Acropolis was 12 euros and hold on to your ticket because that is also admission to the Temple of Zeus too.

Just our luck, there was some construction on the Parthenon!! It was interesting to see where they patched up the ruins to ensure that it doesn’t collapse though. The view of Athens from The Acropolis was quite the site. You could see all the way to the coast!

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We took a ferry over to Aegina which was the closest island to Athens. It was an adorable little island with boats lining up their coast. We didn’t stray too far from the port. We had about 6 hours and we probably had plenty of time to explore but we wanted to spend more time at the beach. The beach was ok. Well, there wasn’t much of a beach at all. There was a small beach with some umbrellas and sun chairs you can rent for 6 euros. The water, however, was pristine. Once I got the nerve to dip myself into the water, the temperature was perfect. Ittybot, of course, LOVED it. He’s a natural water baby unlike his parents.

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The most impressive part of Greece to me was their food. I never had an interest in Greek cuisine but boy oh boy was I missing out! I did a “Foodie Friday” post about it here.

Next time we visit Greece – if there is a next time, we would like to straight to an Island. Planning a trip to Greece is probably one of the more stressful trips to plan because there are just so many islands to choose from! If anyone has any suggestions, please shoot them my way!

Until next time, JoopJoop!

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Jetsettin’: Ciao Roma!

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We were looking to plan a trip to Greece and I discovered that it is less expensive to do Rome & Greece than to fly directly to Greece. We had planned to visit Rome anyways, so why not do both!?

To be standing in Rome amongst all the history was surreal. They have done a marvelous job safeguarding the ruins.

We accidentally stumbled upon the Colosseum. I know, I know, how do you stumble upon it? Well, we went the wrong direction from the Pantheon and well, there was the Colosseum instead! The Colosseum was unbelievable. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go into the Colosseum but I am so glad we did. How can you go to Rome and NOT go in?!

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How to skip the lines at the Colosseum:

  1. Buy your tickets at Palentine Hill. The ticket you purchase from Palentine Hill is good for Palentine Hill, The Roman Forum, AND the Colosseum. I suggest after purchasing them, head over to the Colosseum right away. There is a whole separate line for people who already have tickets and you get to walk right past those who are still waiting to purchase the tickets!
  2. Buy your tickets online. You can purchase your tickets online here. There is a 2 euro processing fee for each ticket (that’s why the price is listed at 14 euros vs 12 euros). I think it’s well worth skipping the line in the scorching heat. Print out your tickets prior to visiting and you can skip, hop, or frolic past the suckers that procrastinated.
  3. You can also purchase the Roma Pass. This option is more geared towards the people that want to do EVERYTHING in Rome. We weren’t interested in visiting the museums. Ittybot would definitely disturb the peace.
  4. You can also book a private tour. Now they will get you in front of almost any line if you’re willing to devote the time and money.

Of course we did the other typical tourist spots like the Vatican City, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain.

To my disappointment, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish steps were under construction so I didn’t get to see them in all their glory.

The food was great, however, I was expecting a little more. Maybe it’s because I was so spoiled in Positano and my expectations were ridiculously high. Don’t get me wrong, it was still good! My favorite would have to be the gelato. Oh.Em.Gee. The gelato. I got tirimisu on the first day and mango on the second. It was quite amazing.

We only spent 2 full days in Rome and I think that was plentiful for us. We knocked out all the sightseeing stuff on our first day so we could relax on Day 2. We had to call it an early night on Day 2 anyways because we had to be at the airport by 4:30am!

Here are some other pictures from beautiful Roma!

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That’s all for now! I’ll post about Greece next so stay tuned!

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Adventurebots Travel Diaries!

I’ve been busting my behind getting caught up on our travel dairies for our other channel “TheAdventureBots“. I’m proud to say that I am all caught up and I can start posting other goodies on the channel. Some travel tips maybe? You’ll just have to stay tuned!

Thailand Travel Diary:

Positano, Italy travel diary:

Paris, France travel diary:

Prague, Czech Republic travel diary:

Road Trip travel diary:

Rome travel diary:

Greece travel diary:

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