Bell Pepper Beef Stir-fry - [Cooking]

(Pictures for this recipe taken with my Canon Rebel XTi.)

It's bell pepper season at the farmers' market! With modern growing and transportation methods, bell peppers have become so ubiquitous as a year-round staple that most of us probably don't think about their natural growing cycles. However, bell peppers are actually a type of berry. Like all fruits, they're best enjoyed at the peak of their ripeness and freshness. Bell peppers become the most sweet and flavorful between July and November, which means that now is the perfect time to load up at your local farmer's market!

The optimal way to appreciate bell peppers in season is raw. However, if you intend to cook your bell peppers, you should pick a cooking method that preserves their natural sweetness and crispness. Stir-frying is ideal for this, since the short cooking time leaves the bell peppers close to their natural state. This basic recipe for Bell Pepper Beef Stir-fry is quick, easy, and delicious to make. It's a great meal on a hot summer day.

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Kaju Market Hotteok Stand - Los Angeles, CA [Eating]

(Pictures for this review taken with my Canon PowerShot SD800is.)

What's your snack of choice when you're cruising the city late at night? Do you like wrapping your lips around the obscene, incestuous porcine coupling that is the Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog? Are you lured to the kaleidoscopic glitter of roasted meat served up at the many taco stands that dot La La Land? Maybe you're the kinky type, seeking out flavor-packed abominations that aren't completely one thing or another, only to find yourself crying in a shower the next morning. No, it never washes off. But, if you're like me, you'll find yourself obsessively checking Twitter again later that day.

Still, I usually like my after dark street food encounters like I like my women; sweet and almost too hot to handle. Near downtown Los Angeles that can mean only one thing. Hotteok, the Korean version of crispy fried napalm with a nutty finish. Luckily, I can always get my fix in front of Kaju Market on the corner of 5th and Western.

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What crawled up this guy's ass and died? This is most insulting portrayal of my hometown I've ever read. How dare he use Lancy in this piece of shit article? How dare he!?!

"Saratoga is a beautiful privileged place, and it makes you feel, if you don't love it and become a part of it, that something is wrong with you. It's a debilitating feeling, a special venom, that paralyzed me within a day of arriving. Because the only place you can go from Saratoga is down."

Blow me, Mark Ames! Eat shit and die you worthless motherfucker!
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LED Sheep Art!

OMG. This is the most inventive use of LEDs and sheep ever. Ain't technology grand?
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Happy St. Pat's!

"OBama O'Leary, O'Reilly, O'Hare and O'Hara. There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama..."
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Train of Sick

I'm one sick panda. Not so much in terms of degree, but in terms of duration. Two weekends ago, I got a cold. Then my ears got blocked up during the cold. Then I had insomnia for a few days because of how uncomfortable the ear pressure was. Then the ears unblocked and the cold went away. But, we had daylight savings time, which threw off my sleep schedule and gave me another night of insomnia. Then allergy season hit, right as my cold was getting better. Then, my ears got blocked up again...

I just wanna feel rested and not sick!
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Hamilton Petit Cafe (A Call to Action) - Huntington Beach, CA [Eating/Crazies]

(Pictures for this review taken with my Canon PowerShot SD800is.)

I am one seriously pissed off panda. I can't remember the last time I was this angry. We have rising gas prices, plummeting real estate values, double-digit unemployment, the specter of economic depression, and stock markets that have fallen with such rapidity that they threaten to drag the rest of the country into the Abyss with them. While criminally irresponsible Wall Street CEOs demand handouts from the federal government, and usurious financial institutions exploit us with our own tax dollars, small businesses, the backbone of the American economy, collapse left and right.

(What we're losing.)

Are you worried about your job? I am. Everyone I know is. Consumers aren't spending. Retirement savings, home values, and investment portfolios have been cut in half. The unemployment rate hasn't been this high since 1983. People aren't just feeling poor, they're becoming poor. Businesses can't get the short-term loans they need for day-to-day operations. Even if they could, who's going to buy their goods or services? Credit card rates are being arbitrarily jacked up in excess of 30%. 30%! You'd get a better deal from Big Tony. Sure, his boys might break your legs, but at least he'd have the decency not to do it while taking a federal handout. It's not just us, either. Thanks to globalization, the world is now flat. Everyone is getting screwed with their pants on in an international clusterfuck.

If you're not worried, you haven't been paying attention.

"But Chubbypanda," you say, "Isn't this blog supposed to be about food? Why are you ranting about the economy like Rick Santelli before his entirely justified and glorious bitch slapping by John Stewart?"

Because, dear reader, everything is about the economy these days, even food. People are eating out less. A lot less. Restaurant spending is down 12%. Around the county, independent restaurants are closing shop left and right. From small mom & pop eateries to iconic mainstays like New York's Rainbow Room Grill, the recession is taking its toll.

(You'd pick a Big Mac over this Croque Madame?)

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