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I'm really not that great at cooking but I read cookbooks and make an effort to get better at techniques. I come from a Filipino-American background, so both types of cuisine are normal to me. Some favorite cookbooks I've had the chance to read are Isa Chandra Moskowitz' Vegan with a Vengeance & Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa series, America's test kitchen family cookbook, Todd Wilbur's restaurant copycat books, Nigella Lawson & many others I can't remember. :D I'm a college student, but I don't live in a dorm or anything so I have a kitchen to experiment in. Foods of the RAMEN persuasion are out of my diet and will hopefully stay that way. I try to make things from scratch since I am semi-purist when it comes to cooking. I cook because I'm sick of fast food and how unhealthy it helps to make the world, both in people's health and direct or side effects on the planet. Some ingredients in processed foods which piss me off are hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, a high sodium content, sugar substitutes, etc. I typically won't buy a product if I know it contains any of these and try not to buy any of that manufacturers' other products either. Sometimes I don't feel too good about eating at restaurants because of what could be in food either.
ROFL WAFL is my specialty. :D
I'm really picky about food - I won't eat seafood or many vegetables. I love almost all fruits except for mango.
I'm not really a fan of red meat simply because I didn't eat beef growing up. I love it in spaghetti sauce & chili though.
Junk foods: GOOD french fries & GOOD milk chocolate, tiramisu, & ice cream.
Filipino "junk" foods: lumpia (chicken/tofu w/ veggies), bibingka, linapet, tinopig, pancit, mamon, ensaymada, ANYTHING UBE OMG! :D
Sources of protein: chicken, tofu, & edamame. I'm always trying to improve my chicken. ;D
Steakhouse dish: Outback's Alice Springs chicken & their honey mustard sauce.
Restaurants: I know what I like. No fancy food, though.
Teriyaki places: Tokyo Teriyaki (Colby Ave, Everett WA), Tokyo Stop Teriyaki (State St, Marysville WA), I Love Teriyaki (Willow Pass Rd, Concord CA), Matsu Sushi (Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill CA)
Thai: Thai Osha (Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill CA)
Italian: New York Pizza (Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill CA) Melo's Pizza & Pasta (Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill CA)
Chinese: the now defunct SUN SUN GARDEN :( (Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill CA)