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Another visit to Wired Cafe…

I woke up late today, had a small breakfast consisting of junk food from the convenience store. Had to wait around for the mailman so I could pick up an important package for myself; after receiving the package, I decided I would go out for some dessert.

I ventured all the way back to Wired Cafe to get free wireless and try out one of their desserts. This was the chocolate parfait; expensive (around 600 yen), yet it was so delicious anyway. Cornflakes, soft cream, chocolate drizzle, marshmallows…my mouth is just watering trying to re-live the experience.

It’s too bad that I am not staying anywhere close to Shinjuku; Tachikawa is 26 minutes from Shinjuku. A long and somewhat expensive train-ride; I am not aware of any free wireless spots in Tachikawa, so in order to get Internet working on my laptop, I have to come to Wired Cafe. I could use the Internet cafes in Tachikawa, but I really prefer using my laptop to access the Internet since my laptop has all the information I need.

#foodie holiday sweet treats

Happy Pi Day!

This whole week, I have been thinking “Why does March 14th sound like a familiar date to me?” I only know one person who has a birthday today; I don’t recall any special event occurring on this day.

But this morning I woke up and then realized….Ah! Today is Pi Day.

Yes, Pi as in the Greek letter “Pi”. For those of you not familiar with Pi, it is “the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi = 3.1415926535…” (quotation from the website). I remember in middle school and high school that all my math teachers used to celebrate this day with us in class, by asking each of us to bring in none other than Pi, er, pie to class to share with everyone.

So to celebrate this day, I went to the grocery store and bought myself this lovely little pie (just the right size for me!). It is a caramel apple pie with pecans. Smells delicious; I shall eat it later today.

#foodie sweet treats

No Pudge Brownie Mix.

Ever heard of No Pudge! before?

I know I had heard of it before, but I ended up forgetting about it and was only reminded by an LJ friend a few weeks ago about the product. Basically, Ms. Lindsay H. Frucci developed a brownie mix that has zero fat in it. It’s quick and very simple to make–just add nonfat vanilla yogurt to the mix. The box also comes with directions on how to make single servings from the mix, which is great for someone like me who has a hard time practicing portion control.

I made myself a single serving today, and it was delectable. At first, I was skeptical on how it was going to taste since the brownie mix didn’t look so promising. I also did not have vanilla yogurt, only plain, but the box said I could use plain yogurt and add some vanilla extract. Easy substitution, no?

My friend had said that the calories are not so “forgiving” but I say, for crying out loud, the “prepared” calories are only 120! That is probably A LOT better than most other brownies/dessert treats out there (Come on, Trader Joe’s sells tiny cupcakes capping off at 400 calories per cupcake. I think that’s insane right there; that’s approximately 1/3 of the calories I need daily).

I bought the No Pudge! Brownie Mix at Trader Joe’s by the way. If it’s not available at your local store, I recommend just ordering online. Comes in four flavors: Original, Raspberry, Mint and Cappuccino. Try it out and let me know what you think.