March 17, 2012

Update & 12 Random Facts About Me

Hi everyone!  Well, I made it to Singapore and I've been enjoying the sights and food here for the last two days.  So far, I love how clean, modern and well-run the city is.  I also love how Singapore is a mix of so many different Asian cultures all together, and that is definitely reflected in the food too. Here's a shot of the first meal I had here - a huge masala dosa with sambar and two kinds of chutney (for less than $4 from a food court!)

Since I'm out of the country right now without access to a kitchen, I thought I would take this chance to do a different kind of post instead of a recipe (before I get too busy with the conference starting tomorrow).

I think its fun to get to know the people behind some of my favourite blogs, so when Heather of Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes tagged me in a "12 things you didn't know about me" post, I decided to play along by listing some random facts about myself and then answering the questions that Heather posed.

Here are the Rules:
1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself in the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you’ve tagged them.

12 Random Facts About Myself:
1. I've been in school nonstop ever since I first started - after my undergrad I did a Masters, and now I'm working on my PhD.  I still don't know what I'm going to do with my degree when I'm done!
2. I'm always getting comments from people about how young I look - it can get on my nerves a bit, but I know I'll appreciate it later on once I'm older.
3. I lived in India for four months in 2010, and I love the culture and food there. I've learned to make a few of the dishes that I like myself at home, but it still doesn't compare to the authentic versions!
4. Two of my favourite books out of the ones I’ve read recently take place (partly) in India – Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya and The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais (which also has a cooking element)
5. Even though I’m right-handed, I eat with my fork in my right hand and knife in my left, which I’m told is unusual (it also takes a conscious effort to set the table for others!)
6. I'm not much of a tea drinker, but my Dad recently introduced me to a new kind of tea that has now become my standard of comparison for all other teas - Uncle Lee's Snappy Ginger.  I always add some sweetener (and sometimes milk) to tea, but I think this is the first kind that I don't need to add anything to because it tastes so delicious on its own!
7. I've had some pretty cool animal experiences - including swimming with dolphins, hugging a koala, and very soon I'll have the chance to ride an elephant!  Still on my list is hugging a panda.
8. I watch far too much reality tv - including every season of Survivor.
9. I'm not a fan of chocolate and I don't like when ad campaigns assume that chocolate is every woman's desire - I would take vanilla or fruit flavours over chocolate any day!
10. I'm pretty much obsesssed with anything related to mango, coconut and beets.
11. I have a few little irrational quirks, like preferring even numbers over odd, and I don't like stepping on sidewalk cracks.
12.  I've never had a favourite band or music genre - I listen to a variety of songs. If you look at my ipod, you'll find everything from Oldies to Indie music; Christmas carols to Hindi songs. 

Q&A's from Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes:
(I chose a selection of her questions to answer)

2. What is your ultimate food weakness? - Fresh bread - but not the hard crusty kinds - I prefer soft, doughy bread. 
3. What is your favorite book of all time? - I can't think of one all-time favourite, but see above for two of my recent favourites...also Room by Emma Donoghue
4. What is the most exotic place you have travelled to or through? - I’ve been lucky to have travelled to a lot of countries…some of the more exotic ones are India, Bangladesh, Australia, Uruguay, and now Singapore and Thailand
5. What is your favorite aspect of blogging? - Blogging has really expanded my cooking horizons and I like how it continually challenges me in the kitchen! I also love being able to share the recipes I make with such a supportive group of other bloggers and readers
6. Would you describe yourself as a control freak, perfectionist or laid back & why? -  I don’t see myself as a control freak (although my family might disagree!) I’ll admit that I am a perfectionist – especially when it comes to baking and schoolwork
7. Favorite Cocktail or Mocktail- please share! - I’d probably have to go with my favourite summertime drink – pina colada...although banana daiquiris are also really good!
8. How do you celebrate your birthday  - My birthday is usually a small celebration with my family – I share my birthday with my twin sister so the two of us choose what we want for our birthday dinner and what kind of cake – although now I like to make my own cake (last year, we each made our own and had two birthday cakes – hers was lemon raspberry and mine was a raw carrot-coconut cake)
11. Who are the bloggers that most inspire you to be a better blogger, writer, photographer or all around person? - Too many to name and I don’t want to leave anyone out!  But I'm definitely more inspired these days by bloggers who focus on healthy food, including vegetarian, vegan and raw food blogs. 

So there you have it - now you know a little bit more about me! 

I decided not to tag anyone new in this game because Heather already tagged the same people that I would have! But feel free to play along by leaving me a comment so I can get to know all of you better too!

Have a great weekend!


  1. Thats some write up. hugging a koala and swimming with dolphins! and i cannot guess your age. you do look very fresh (to use a different term):)) great to know more about u Genevieve. Now i need to soak up some lentils and rice to make me some dosa on my new girdle that ma sent me!

    1. Fresh is a nicer term! Hard to believe, but I am 25...I'm impressed that you can make your own dosa - I would love to be able to make them whenever I wanted!

  2. That dosa is making me SO hungry right now. I hope you're having a great time in Singapore--and taking pictures of everything else you eat there! :D

    I'm definitely with you on the reality shows. They are my vice!

    1. Thanks - I'm really enjoying it here so far, and taking food pictures when I can!

  3. Thanks for playing along, I loved getting to know you better!

    I cannot wait to hear about Thailand - I hope you are having a blast and make sure you return home safe :)

    Mmmm your lunch looks so incredible too!

    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad I had some time to explore Singapore before the long conference days began, there's lots to see here! My trip is going to go by too fast!

  4. awesome! thanks for sharing, i totally agree w so many of your answers! i was actually traveling this week too, although just to austin tx - so fun to hear about your exotic travels!

    1. Thanks! Austin would be a cool place to visit too!



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