Month: December 2012

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views. Click here to see the complete report.

Cooking for Christmas in Cape Town

Ok, so I love cooking, and I usually help make something for Thanksgiving or Xmas dinner, but I have NEVER, cooked the entire meal by myself, let alone for 8 people. So this xmas was definitely a first. Complicating the situation was wanting to cook a traditional (my family’s traditions that is) dinner in another country. Why? Because half of the ingredients I want are either called something different, some different variety that I’m not used to, or not available at all. Needless to say I was pretty worried when I was cooking that things wouldn’t taste right, let alone cooking a turkey for the first time too. Let’s run down the issues: 1: White potato pie: I started the xmas eve baking sweet potato pies. I baked the potatoes, and cut them open to find that they’re white here and not orange. Tasted mostly the same, a little bit starchier, but hey, I just figured I’d make a white pie. 2: How many grams of butter? In the grocery store I couldn’t find butter …

INSANITY–Fit Test #4

So despite my 2.5 week hiatus, I actually did pretty well during my fitness test today. After the fitness test and the actual hour long workout after that, exhaustion had a new meaning for me. It’s all good though. As I cook the entire Christmas dinner for the first time ever, I know that these workouts will help me at least maintain my weight while I eat and drink entirely too much. Fit Test Results: Exercise: Test 1|Test 2|Test 3|Test 4 switch kicks: 45|92|113|106 power jacks: 32|45|51|58 power knees: 66|77|103|112 power jumps: 16|22|30|42 globe jumps: 8|8|9|10 suicide jumps: 11|16|15|18 push-up jacks: 18|23|24|25 low-plank oblique: 32|42|50|51


Saturdays for me mean Old Biscuit Mill for breakfast/brunch. Old Biscuit is like an outdoor market/shopping center, but on Saturdays, there is a whole section of food vendors, and the food is EXCELLENT for a food-lover like myself. I always tell myself I’m going to try new things when I go, but there are certain things that I like so much, that I always end up filling up on those. My usual is a breakfast of a potato pattie (like a big latke) with a poached egg, topped with either smoked salmon or bacon and hollandaise sauce. After I make a little room in my stomach, its a kebab of different mushrooms. Then wash it all down with either some fruit smoothie, sangria, a beer, or when I was here in winter, hot chocolate. But there are so many other things that look great–paella, flat bread pizza, juicy burgers, indian curries, middle eastern foods, crepes, dessert waffles, dumplings, sausages, and even a new york bagel stand. There’s also always a raw oyster bar that has …