Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Todo o Nada! (Part 2)

As you may have already learned in my blog post yesterday, last night was Agatha's big national television debut on "A Todo o Nada."

They told us not to take photos, and since I follow instructions, I wasn't planning on taking any.
When I realized no one was following the "rules," Tomas and I snapped this quick selfie
with the "A Todo o Nada" set in the background.
In hindsight, I wish I had taken more photos!

So, let me tell you a little bit about the game...
In order to win the prize, Agatha had to cross a long, shallow pool of water and then knock down all of the bowling pins at the end of the pool. Before the show airs, they have all the dogs practice first---which is  partly to their advantage and partly to their disadvantage. Some dogs enter the water during the practice round, realize they don't like it, and then when it comes to be their turn on live TV they want nothing to do with it. In Agatha's case, she entered the water without much hesitation, but when she had to knock over the bowling pins, she fumbled a bit the first time, which was to her advantage. When it was time for her to go again on live TV, she crossed the pool, arrived at the bowling pins and tried to avoid knocking them over, only tipping over two I believe. I honestly don't remember much...it all happened so fast.

I was on one side of the pool calling for Agatha, trying to lure her through the obstacle, waving a jar of peanut butter in my hand (her favorite), while Tomas was on the other end of the obstacle. What's supposed to happen is that the owners leave the dog at one end of the obstacle, run to the other end, and start calling the dog. Well, the big dog before us broke part of the obstacle, and while the crew tried to repair it, they had Tomas waiting with Agatha, while I was already going to the other side of the obstacle.  Because of this delay, Tomas didn't get to my side in time and didn't make it on TV! Although he wasn't all that excited about appearing on TV,  he saw it as the exciting reward for waiting outside (yes, the studio was OUTSIDE, underneath a highway overpass) for two hours. Isn't it crazy how on TV everything seems to be a certain way, and when you get to see the reality it is SO different. In any case it was a cool experience and I'm glad we did it. Agatha did fabulously! She may just have been one of the most well-behaved and obedient dogs there. It was a proud (dog)parent moment, and we feel so blessed that she has been a part of our lives for the past three years :-)

As for Willy, he stayed at home since he gets nervous & stressed easily, but we left the TV on for him so he could watch his sister. Crazy dog parents? Maybe so. I don't care. I love it.

Happy Saturday! Oh, and USA, I'll see you in 5 days :-D

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Todo o Nada!


"A Todo o Nada" is an Argentine gameshow that I find myself tuning in to quite often. While I don't watch that much Argentine TV here, this show just sucks me in...... probably due to the incredibly entertaining host, Guido Kaczka.


On Fridays, they have a special dog segment on the show where they have to conquer a certain obstacle in order to win, for example, a LED TV.


Last weekend, Tomas filled out the little online form and sent in a photo to enter Agatha. We never thought that they would contact us, or at least not for a really long time. Well, on Monday, we received a call from "A Todo o Nada" inviting us to come to the show on Friday night (tonight!) with Agatha. Initially, I wanted to say no. When exciting opportunities present themselves, I typically want to retract back into my shell, but I felt put on the spot, and just said yes. I also knew that if I didn't say yes, Tomas wasn't going to go by himself. So, we're going.

Agatha is super excited and has spent the entire week training!
Just kidding. Really, Agatha has spent the week lying in bed, eating and socializing at the dog kennel.
Just livin' the life, as usual.

I think it will be fun to see what obstacle is in store for Agatha and how she reacts!


I'm also super excited to be in such close proximity to Guido Kaczka.  :-D



Wish us luck!
Hope everyone has a a wonderful weekend! xx

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fringe Benefits

 

















Sources (from top to bottom): Pinterest, Kenza ZouitenFashion Editorials.com, Pinterest, Pinterest, WhoWhatWear, Collage Vintage,  Free People tumblr, Charcoal Alley, Pinterest, The Blonde Salad, Seams for a Desire, Honestly WTF, Pinterest, Pinterest, Nasty Gal, Etsy, Vogue .

Starting to see fringed pieces popping up all over for the coming season, and to say that I am obsessed is an understatement. ;-)

How do you feel about the fringe trend this season? 
Do you consider FRINGE to be a trend or a classic fashion staple?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chicken Katsu Curry


I first learned about Chicken Katsu Curry when I heard Benji & Judy talk about it on their vlog, itsJudysLife. I didn't know exactly what it was, but I knew that it would be something I liked. A mix of Japanese and Indian flavors = my personal heaven. I decided to search for video recipes on YouTube instead of written recipes in hopes that I would better understand what exactly is Chicken Katsu Curry. As it turns out, Chicken Katsu Curry is a Japanese curry which is a staple dish not only in Japan, but in Japanese restaurants all over the world. Where have I been?

I found this simple (in terms of cooking skill level) and informative recipe from Vah Chef. The recipe was very easy to follow, but I have to warn you, it requires quite a bit of kitchen ware---lots of plates, bowls, pots & pans were used, which meant quite a bit of clean-up, but honestly it was worth it. Knowing that, this is definitely more of a weekend meal, considering the preparation & clean-up time. I didn't follow all of the measurements exactly....I ended up adding a little more of most of the ingredients in the sauce because I like my meals saucy, and I wanted to make sure I had enough sauce. Nothing drives me more crazy than a meal that lacks sauce, dressing, condiments, etc. There ended up being enough sauce for both Tomas & myself, plus some extra, which we ended up eating with the leftover rice the next day.


The only problem I had with making this recipe was that when I went to cut my fried chicken cutlets, the breaded coating started falling off. I'm not sure if this was because of how I fried them, for how long I fried them, or due to my dull cutting knife. I should also mention that I substituted the panko bread crumbs with regular breadcrumbs since that is what I had in the house. Any ideas on why the fried coating would fall off of the chicken?

Either way, the taste was on point. How can I say the taste was "on point" if I've never had chicken katsu curry before? I don't know, but it's what I would imagine a good chicken katsu curry to taste like. The mix of a little bit of sweet (the honey), a little bit of salt (the soy sauce) and a little bit of spice (the curry) is the kind of flavor combination that is right up my alley, or even better, right up my "stairway to heaven."  I WILL be making this again, and probably very soon. ;-)




Have you ever tried Chicken Katsu Curry before? 
Do you prefer Indian or Japanese curry?