Recipe: Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

One of N and I's favorite things to do together during visits (insert gripe about how much long-distance sucks here) is cook together. Neither of us are particularly avid cooks usually, and we both kind of get hangry, so we end up picking easy-medium recipes and divvying up the tasks. He doesn't like cutting raw meat, which I don't mind so much, and I don't like cutting garlic, which he doesn't mind, so basically we make a perfect team. This time around we went for this recipe for chipotle shrimp tacos with avocado salsa. In addition to the recipe, we added some cabbage mix, avocado slices, and mozzarella to the tacos. And, let me tell you, they turned out fantastically. Like so darn good that N ate nine of them in one sitting (don't tell him I told you that). I don't think my stomach's actually physically capable of eating nine tacos at once, but I can assure you that both of us needed some food-coma-rest-time after that. Point being, highly recommend. Eat on!


Tuesday Tunes: Bollywood Edition!

Oh man, the last Tuesday Tunes was way back in November! This Tuesday, I want to get my Bollywood on! I actually can't believe I haven't done a Bollywood edition, because though I go through phases with Indian music, there is some great stuff out there, dancey and otherwise. Here are some of my favorites! Also, if you're the type, some brief Googling could easily get you the translations.

1. "Dilli Wali Girlfriend" - Arijit Singh & Sunidhi Chauhan (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
2. "Chaiyya Chaiyya" - Sukhwinder Singh & Sapna Awasthi (Dil Se)
3. "Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen" - Manna Dey (Waqt)
4. "Taal Se Taal" - Sujata Trivedi, Alka Yagnik, & Udit Narayan (Taal)
5. "Ishq Kamina" - Alka Yagnik & Sonu Nigam (Shakti: The Power)



Two posts in a week? Whaaaaat?

In honor of throwback thursday, I want to share a place I discovered while tramping around Portland last year. It's a little shop, hidden between offices and thrifty boutiques on a fairly empty side street, tucked away from much of the hubbub of downtown. As soon as I spotted the lettering on the window, my interest was piqued, and I had to step inside.

Oh, it was marvelous! All sorts of knick knacks and stationery organized just right for the compulsive mind. Feeling maybe a little giddy, I made sure to take a little peek around every last corner and came upon these:
I stood in front of them for maybe 5 minutes, gingerly pressing the buttons on each, hoping one would fit right with my fingertips and scheming how best to fit one in my bag for the return trip. Once I had come to the horrible conclusion that I would not be taking one of these beauties home with me, I had to tear myself away, and immediately found solace in these numbered organizers.
Surely, I could spare a little room for Boxes No. 1 & 2?
And maybe a few pens? It was Gelly roll heaven, I tell you. 9-year-old me would have been thrilled by the selection, and I must admit that 22-year-old me was pretty thrilled as well.
Needless to say, I left with a little spring in my step and a little light in the wallet. Thank you, Oblation, for making this trip just a little bit more special.


Mid-Summer Crises

I'm in strange place in life where my time here is certainly winding down, but the future is uncertain. Anxiety and ups-and-downs are the words of the month, but also a lot of fun has been had, seeing old friends and making new ones in this last hurrah. It's hard for me to always keep my self-esteem up and my attitude positive in times like these, but today I am ready to go, armed with a list I possibly spent too long making, but full of inspiration. Today, I'm going to make myself proud.
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