Happy New Year! Hope you all had a fantastic new years eve and is enjoying this wonderful new years day! It is surprisingly warm today in NYC, with temperatures in the 50’s. The snow is melting outside and it feels nice to be indoors at home. So far, it has been a pretty relaxing day – doing some chores at home, writing this blog post, getting some work done, and thinking about making some vegan cornbread later this evening.
I decided to browse through my photos and posts from 2010. In the past year, I purchased a large cast iron dutch oven and gave a try at the famous no-knead bread recipe. I had also challenged myself to eat out of my pantry for a few weeks, with the goal to clear out my pantry, reduce clutter, limit wasting food, and saving a few bucks while doing so. Last month, I made savory dumplings and attempted to make the dumpling dough myself.
In 2010, I made trips to Boston, MA, Orlando, FL, Chicago, IL, Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC. I went to Lollapolooza for the second time and enjoyed amazing musical performances and explored their awesome Chowtown. I traveled to London, UK for the first ever and stayed for a few days. I also attended a good number of food festivals (1, 2), food crawls (3, 4, 5), and events (6, 7). A couple months ago, I had the opportunity to host my first giveaway on LookyTasty.com, which was lots of fun.
My food and health goals for 2011 are to eat well, be healthy, minimize stress, and stay fit. Earlier this week, I went to the doctor to get my results from my abdominal sonogram, upper gi endoscopy, and biopsy. Luckily, nothing horribly serious was identified. Part of my stomach pains were caused by inflammation of the stomach lining, or gastritis, which can be treated with acid blocker medicines. The doctor advised me to avoid spicy, fatty, and acidic foods and other foods that might be problematic. Regular exercise is also helpful. Although I’ve been taking acid reducer medicine, I still found myself having uncomfortable reactions after consuming certain foods. I guess my first step is to figure out a good balanced diet and eating habit that works for me, without the food intolerance and adverse side effects. There will still be food adventures – more cooking in the kitchen with the occasional dining out. Although it feels like a love/hate relationship with food right now, there’s an awesome year ahead for us. Happy 1/1/2011!