Easy Foodie Strategy : A Cheap Body Building Diet

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Look it’s a duck. It’s food.

Being a foodie is an expensive hobby. And sometimes not all the strange exotic food from the fancy restaurants are mouth watering enough to be eaten. Is there a way to bypass the “Expensive” part?

In an effort to save money and time I will be conducting some research on how to eat cheap and still get all the calories/nutrition needed to gain muscle and body mass. Get my money and time’s worth by cooking my own food.

So according to the bodybuilding website I will need to

  • Eat six times a day
  • Stay away from brand name or processed food
  • Avoid Sugary Drinks
  • Eat more Carbs – Rice, Bread, Pasta, fruits and vegetables
  • Lean Protein – Whey protein between meals, and casein protein before bed.

 

Onwards to specific examples:

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Looks easy and tasty. A restaurant would charge 10$ for this.

 

What’s for lunch?

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The bibb lettuce burger. Looks easy to make right? Cook yourself a $10 Gourmet burger.

 

What’s for Dinner?

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Cook the Shrimp and brown rice. And then throw in all the vegetables. Simple right? Now you can save $15 because that’s how much you would pay if you ordered this at a restaurant.

Congratulations. You just learned how to save 35$ a day and still be a foodie at the same time. This method is called the cheapo Foodie technique.

I’ve tried expensive food at restaurants before and I know that I can save more money if I cook them myself and be creative with it. Tune in next time for more “cook your own exotic food blog entries!”

 

References:

  1. http://www.bodybuilding.com/content/meal-plan-for-every-guy.html
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My breakfast creations : Oatmeal with Sugar Cane and Hibiscus Tea

I decided to try something new by creating my own breakfast menu instead of going out to eat other people’s food.

Below I have invented the oatmeal with sugar cane, bananas, and hibiscus tea.

 

How did I made it?

That’s a very good question fellow traveler. To make this you will need some oatmeal, boiling water and a sugarcane.

1.Get a small bowl pour some oatmeal over it.

2.Then add boiling water to it.

3.Then drop in a sugarcane and…..  voilà!

 

What about the Hisbiscus Tea?

For the hibiscus tea you will need to purchase a box of hibiscus tea from your local supermarket. Then get some boiling water!

  1. Pour boiling water into your mug
  2. Add in the hibiscus tea bag and let it seep for 5 minutes. (or however long you would like it.
  3. When you are done, you will get this red looking liquid: 
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What about the Bananas?

For the bananas you will have to get a butter knife and cut out small slices of the banana. After that throw it into the oatmeal (photo not shown).

How would you rate your own dish?

The food I made was quite inexpensive but it was missing texture. The sugarcane added a nice sugary feel to it but it was still hard to eat. There was no flavor in the oatmeal at all!

 

I would give my dish a 1 out of 5 stars. One for being creative and a negative 4 star for having no flavor.

Maybe some chicken and fried eggs to the oatmeal would increase the rating.

 

Thanks for reading! Be sure to come back next time for more food stories/food photography from me!

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New menu: Oatmeal with Sugarcane. And those bubbles what are those?

 

 

Share : Starbucks Japan releases Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino — RocketNews24

This is cool! I found this post from rocketnews. Follow the link below to see their full post:

The new limited-edition release surprised everyone when it appeared virtually unannounced around the country today. You know you’ve got a winning product when you don’t even have to officially advertise it to draw attention. That’s exactly what Starbucks Japan has been doing lately, with last month’s custard puddings, and now again with their latest Frappuccino release, the Matcha White…

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Food Adventure: Rahn Nan Noodles

On December 7th I decided to go on another food adventure to try out a Thai dish that I’ve never had before. The dish I tried was called Rahn Nan Noodle.

What are Rahn Nan Noodles?

Rahn Nan Noodles are flat noodles with broccoli and black bean gravy. Some restaurants add baby corn to it as well (my dish did not had any corn).

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Overall Story:

When I arrived at the Restaurant the waitress was already busy getting to go boxes for another costumer. So I took this opportunity and wondered around to look at the design of the restaurant. This is what I’m thinking in my head as I explored my surroundings, “Wow everything is so plain and transparent here”.

The waitress recommended that I try the duck flat noodles or the chicken noodles. But I didn’t wanted duck because duck has too much cholesterol. So I asked her if shrimp is any good. She said she there isn’t a lot of shrimp in it and she does not recommend it. I went with the shrimp anyways just because I am already familiar with eating chicken and duck.

I ordered the Flat noodles with shrimp and broccoli with a spiciness level of 7.

When the food arrived, I took out my phone and other camera to take a few pictures. I’ve decided that it’s time for me to level up as a food photographer and take 20+ pictures of my food at different angles before I start eating. I didn’t come here to eat, I only came to take pictures. Don’t worry about me! :P.

Here are some pictures:

 

Finally, I was done taking pictures and it was time to eat. The broccoli tasted like normal steamed broccoli and there was nothing wrong with it. Once I tasted the broccoli I moved onwards to see if the noodles are any good. The noodles were all the way on the bottom of the plate and it was very hard to pick up. It was so slippery that I had trouble picking them up with chopsticks and fork. When I finally got a chance to try out the noodles, “oh yeh, this taste just like regular noodles”. I never had flat noodles before so I am not sure how to compare this to other noodles. I think the noodles are too soggy though.

 

The waitress kept coming back to ask me if everything was ok. I said yes everything was ok. But maybe next time I should try to say, “no your noodles are too (insert complaint or compliment here)” just to hear what kind of responses they might give me.

 

Future Plans:

*My next food adventure I will try to file a complaint or compliment to build up some confidence. I also want to try and talk to a few other people at the restaurant and ask them what they think of their food but I am too quiet at the moment. *Tune in next time!

 

My overall rating on this menu:

The soup was just right, not too salty, spicy or bland. The broccoli makes everything healthier because it is a vegetable. The shrimp seemed like it was cooked properly so I didn’t had any complaint about that. I didn’t think the noodles were as good as the waitress said it would be. In terms of price, the dish also cost 15$.

My overall rating will be a 5/10 for this particular menu just because the price is a bit too high for noodles.

I believe you can get two cheeseburgers at McDonalds for 2.79$:

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Thank you for reading. What kind of food do you normally order at a Thai Restaurant? Feel free to comment below!

Food Adventures : Steak Burrito, Fish Katsu

It was a dark cold Friday night, I was very tired and sleepy but I didn’t wanted to go home and drive an hour in traffic. So I decided to go grab some fresh grub  nearby instead.

The Steak Burrito:

Cost : 8$

It was delicious, I’d give it a 8/10 stars for being delicious. It seems that it was packed with meat, avocados, tomatoes and onions. I left out 2 stars because usually burritos have rice inside them. My Burrito did not have any rice! This left me even more hungry for something else.

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The Fish Katsu Bowl:

Cost : 12$

Next door to the Burrito Restaurant was a Japanese Sushi Restaurant. Although it was a sushi restaurant, they served Korean food and the majority of the employers there were also Korean. Fish Katsu is called Saengsun Katsu in Korean. After reading the menu for a few minutes I told the waiter, “I know what I want, I want the fish Katsu Bowl”. When I received my food I was very disappointed. The menu said that it was served with a salad and miso soup but I did not see any of that. The waiter told me that they mixed everything in the bowl together. All I saw on my bowl was rice, fish, sauce and little green pieces of something unusual. Maybe those little green things in the middle are the salad. Perhaps I should have confirmed with them first about the contents of the bowl instead of assuming everything is true on the menu. I’m going to give this a 5/10.

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But wait, let me take a look at that menu again from yesterday. [I took a picture of it with my phone] It actually says the plate not the bowl, is the one that is served with miso soup and salad…. How silly of me. I will now give this dish a 6.5/10 because there was only 3 pieces of fish in the bowl. Why not four or five pieces? “I’ll buy some raw fish and cook ten pieces to myself next time” says the guy that doesn’t know how to cook.

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Conclusion:

To summarize this up, I would say steak burritos are better then fish katsu :O.

Did you know that you can get two burgers of any kind with fries and a drink at Carl’s Junior for 5-6$. It’s unhealthy but it has more calories then fish and thats what I need to build muscle and get stronger!

Feel free to comment and let me know what you think about Fish Katsu or Steak Burritos. Tune in next time for my next food adventures!

References:

  1. *Pictures taken with my phone.
  2. http://www.mykoreanfood.com/fish-katsu/

Indian Food – Lamb Korma, Naan Bread, Rita

I went to eat Indian a few weeks ago and I thought I write something about it.

What is Lamb Korma?

Lamb korma is lamb inside Korma. Korma is a type of curry that contains lots of vegetables, spices, almonds and herbs.

What is Naan Bread?

Naan bread is a type of flatbread that originated from India.

What is Rita?

Rita is a type of yogurt with cucumber flavor.


My story:

It was a long day and cold night. After sitting at a coffee shop for a few hours to kill time, I decided to wonder around and find something interesting to do. It was so cold and noticed an Indian Restaurant. The Restaurant was called Curry and More. It had recently opened a month ago and it seemed really interesting so I decided to stop by and try out the food.

A : Table for one please!

B: Ok you take a seat over here

A: Where should I sit? Sits on an empty table nearby.

*The waiter directs me to the table at the far end corner instead.

And so I sat there and starred at the menu. And I decided to order the lamb korma with spiciness level 8.

When the food came I was shocked!

For something that costed 16$ you would expect the portion to be big but it turned out to be smaller then I thought. Below are pictures that I took with my Sony Alpha6000.

 

Overall experience:

I would give this plate a 7/10. The lamb tasted really good and the spiciness was just right.

The Rita and Naan bread were just ordinary sides to the Lamb Korma and I’m not sure how to rate them.  It’s good to eat the bread and yogurt together with the curry to cool off on the hot spiciness level.

 

Would I recommend this place to a friend?

I would recommend this place to a friend but I would also recommend them learning how to cook their own lamb korma to save money. It’s really expensive to pay 16$ to eat Indian food.

I would say go to an all you can eat Chinese Buffet and stuff yourself with calories of oily food instead to get your money’s worth!

 

What do you think of Indian food, have you ever had Indian food before?

 

 

How to make good travel videos!

I haven’t posted anything in a long time so here is my first post after a long hiatus!

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How to make good travel videos

 

Step 1. : Use a small camera to film your travel footage.

They say that less is better :), and it’s also useful so that people don’t notice you or stare at you while your filming and doing your thing. If they do come to you, ask them if they want to answer some questions for your travel video. For my videos I am using a Gopro Hero 4 Session and my Phone. I also have a mirrorless sony camera but I don’t usually use that unless I am in a setting where photography doesn’t draw too much attention.

Step 2 : Always bring an extra memory card.

And also bring some extra batteries too. It’s good to have some extra batteries and sd card around so you will always have a backup in case one runs out.

Step 3 : Remember to smile in your videos!

People like seeing other people smile so this is an important step! It makes you look friendly and approachable

Step 4 : Come up with a good story. 

So when you are filming make sure you are coming up with a good story to tell your audience. Don’t just film random stuff and post it up there. Make it visual and narrative with good voice overs. It takes practice but you will get good at it over time. It helps to write it down or send short emails to yourself when a thought sparks up.

Step 5 : Ask strangers about their insights.

Don’t be afraid to talk to strangers. They are an important aspect of your travel adventures and you will need them to help you make better videos. Approach someone near you and break the ice with a simple hello or joke. Then you can ask if you can film them or interview them briefly about their insights on the (insert location/debatable topic here).

 

That’s all I have for today. I also made a short 5 minute YouTube video about this. Please watch it and tell me what you think about the video.

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