A Grapefruit Yakult with Coconut Jelly from CoCo rewarded my exercise-and-cake-finalizing efforts, bringing about invigoration and zing to an otherwise incredibly hectic day.
It was regrettable that the Beef Shawarma was not only tough and dry, but also peculiarly sour. The hummus was soupy and similarly tart, as if lightened with lemon juice (likely, to be fair). Black and green olives had been plopped onto the surface, enabling a brief period of infusion. The accompany Pita wrap was as dry and rigid as the shawarma. It should also be noted these observations were made following a ridiculously lengthy delivery period, exceeding the UberEats estimate of 10-20 minutes and extending it to 40 minutes instead.
Shortly afterwards, I would be whisked to an area of indoor plumbing and served treats from Lazio Bakery. The cannolis were fabulous: creamy within and crunchy on the outside without unnecessary rigidity or greasiness - quite the departure from the Goodfellas' variation I had praised prior. The Eclair, however, was less impressive with tacky, overly stabilized "custard cream" and a soggy casing, entirely dissimilar to the likes of BeardPapa's.
- #113 Fried Squid Pancakes
- #102 Grilled Beef, Shrimp, and Avocado Rolls (4 pcs)
- #520 Grilled Pork Chop, Grilled Chicken + Fried Egg Rice Plate
- #N01 Iced Coffee with Condensed Milk
Comprising of buttery avocado, lightly seasoned shrimp, and charred beef slices, the rice paper rolls satisfied our individual needs for umami and freshness. The dipping sauce persevered as being too sweet for my preference, though the julienned carrots and peanuts are always a nice touch.
Admittedly, their reputation had plummeted since the last visit, but service levels and food quality had been proved consistent enough for further business - whether dine-in or takeout.
Leading up to the release date, I had ensured not a single entity engaged in regular correspondence would be unaware of the movie name and its significance. Many had taken to watching the 125-minute segment on the first day and reported back that Jinyoung had made very few appearances - that "there wasn't much of him". Of course, I was in agreement with this statement. I can also have more Jinyoung before my eyes.
1) Banana Pecan Muffins
I had two extra bananas for experimentation, and opted for a nutty take on muffins in the absence of bran. The objective to was adjust the quantities of liquid, fat, and flour to produce a batter that would bake solid without rigidity and grease dissipation. Despite blue sky not being the most similar guideline, confidence had been instilled through repeatedly successful outcomes (with numerous alternatives for buttermilk and add-ins).
- Addition of two bananas, mashed
- Addition of 50 g of homemade pecan butter
- Substitution of melted butter for oil (as per usual), but further reducing it to 60 g
- Reduction of buttermilk/yogurt quantity from 315 ml to 250 g (I know, I know - it's not a 1:1 ratio for density)
- Substitution of 100 g of oats for the specified 90 g of wheat bran
By including mashed bananas and nut butter, I was increasing the proportion of fat and liquid. The amount of melted butter was reduced to compensate for this, as was the plain yogurt. My reluctance to increase the amount of flour would be offset by rolled oats instead, for they were the safer option to keep gluten development at bay. Frankly, the oats were barely noticeable in the batter, for they dissolved nearly in their entirety, giving way to a soft, spongy consistency after baking.
Any run-off was reserved in a small container for drizzling over re-toasted specimens in the subsequent days.
The staple SK formula was crafted once more. Still unmarbled, I erred on the side of caution by adhering to a single portion.
Crisp edges and a plush, delectable interior confirm this specimen superior to the likes of four-dollar Starbucks' slices.
From this point ensued an interesting variation with the Cardio-Tramp: lying sideways, hips stacked and lower oblique gently lifting from the Carriage, we would proceed with jumping - this time strictly using the top leg for maneuvering. The bottom leg would rest on the Carriage, bent, such it would not drag along the Reformer frame or springs. The outstretched leg was lifted to hip height and maintained in line with the rest of the body. Two modifications were later added:
- Pushing out with the top leg and lifting the leg to the ceiling (jumping side leg lifts)
- Hovering the top leg above the Cardio-Tramp and pushing out using the bottom leg
This imbalance was made more evident when switching to the next set of exercises. Following light hamstring and inner thigh stretching, we would thread both feet through the tension straps and lower the legs such that a neutral spine could be maintained. A Pilates Ring was first fitted between the legs to engage the inner thighs. Squeezes of the ring and lowering of the legs using an imprint pelvis were conducted. The Ring was then brought over the feet to work the gluteus medius. We would push out against the Ring several times before lowering and lifting the legs once again. One variation of this move was to bend the knees to tabletop position while maintaining a neutral spine and "power" on the circle, extend the legs, then bring them back in.
Finishing the class were oblique stretches/spinal rotation in mermaid position and hamstring stretches with hands gently placed atop the footbar (in the highest position) for support.
This was my type of comfort food.