2.26.2008

Pictures

from a catering event (for 250 people) that we did today...
The Eating Disorder Awareness Fair

Brownies...



Vegetable platter

Cheese and crackers platter

I've been tagged by AK to do a meme... The topic is - Five facts about myself.
The Meme rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.
Five facts about myself:
1. I started this blog after being inspired by several food bloggers. I thought that it would be a good memory lane for me and my love- food.
2. It was a drastic change in career when I switched from pre-medicine major to Dietetics. The rest is history and I know that Cherry and Food is synonomous. (My parents gave me a good start in life the day I was borned when they named me Cherry. They think that Cherry is sweet, delicious, expensive, rare, gourmet...and they love eating cherries!)
3. I love watching Food Network- my ultimate TV station.
4. It is impossible to associate good health with unhealthy bad food. I have to admit that I have a weak spot for desserts but I follow a healthy regime. One of which is drinking the Monavie juice everyday ( It is a blend of 19 fruits, including Acai berry. Oprah named Acai berry as the world's #1 superfood.)
5. I would love to learn the secrets of baking and cooking from master chefs...

The bloggers I would like to tag:
Su- The Journal of a girl who loves to cook
Elizabeth- Kuddle the Choice
Lily Wai
Aunty Yochana
she bakes & she cooks

2.20.2008

Sysco Food Fair in LA County

If you have never been to the Sysco Food fair, here are many pictures to wet your appetite or get your creative juices flowing!

What is Sysco? Here's an extract from Wikipedia"
"SYSCO Corporation is the largest foodservice distributor in North America. It distributes frozen foods, various canned and "dry" foods, "fresh" meats, imported "specialties", and fresh produce. The company also supplies various non-food items, including disposable napkins, plates, and cups; tableware, cookware, restaurant and kitchen equipment, and cleaning supplies.
SYSCO, an acronym for Systems and Services Company, services over 400,000 customers, which include
restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes, schools and colleges, summer "camps", hotels and motels, and industrial caterers, as well as regional and national chain restaurants."

Loma Linda University Medical Center orders almost all it's produce and products through Sysco. Hence, this was an important fair that all the managers from the Foodservice Department had to attend!

Pictures of beautifully carved blocks of ice; various fruits & vegetables!

Lemons in glass stand acts as a nice base for the flowers

Various equiptments, cookware, elegant plateware, classy setups were seen...

A wide variety of fresh vegetables... and fish

Ideas on how serving tables can be set up...

Different types of drinks...

Tamarind flavor was great!

Crushed candy to decorate the rims of glasses...

Seriously, I was stuffed-up. I left with an empty stomach, anticipated to eat everything...but...I couldn't! Only managed to taste-test essential items that could be possibly brought over to BMC!

Gyoza, dim sum, wontons...

Kabobs to be used for a tropical theme event I'm planning next month.

Japanese/Korean/Asian food...

The Mexican Corner...


Chocolate/cheese fondue fountain!

Bamboo rice? Aren't the bean/rice displays pretty?

I love this layered look! It's a huge bread layered with various types of vegetables!

A huge array of salad dressings:

Healthier snacks that can be brought in for Adolescent/Child group:

Granola Parafit that I'm thinking of adding to the menu:

Breads are always a staple. I might use the par-baked pizza crust for our pizza-days instead of the current frozen ready-made pizzas.

All things fried~sweet potato, apple pie balls, etc...

A few ice cream booths...

Excellent assortment of gourmet cheeses!

Delicious crepes and kabobs

Right now, feast your eyes on pictures of rich, beautiful and gorgeous desserts! (For my own notation, I have sepearted them into catergories according to various vendors carrying the items so that I can order them for fancy events).










You might be thinking, "Is that what a Manager-operations dietitan does? Going to Food fairs to sample food and look at pretty things?" No...it's a small part of the job although it's one of the highlights of being one. :) I get a preview of the latest and coolest innovation that is out there in the food industry and decide if it should be brought to the facility. It's amazing to see what is out there!
Many pre-made items help tremendously when it comes to mass cooking. I love baking and cooking but home- made items do not play in the commercial food industry where numbers and timing are of essence.
Well, I hope you enjoyed these pictures of my day at Sysco today! Take care and God bless! :)

2.18.2008

Happy (belated) valentine's day!

The "official" day of love. Isn't it ironic that we need something like that to remind us to love each other?

However, it's a good excuse to see gorgeous bouquets of flowers, red clothes and fancy heart-shaped tins of chocolates everwhere. To go along with the valentine theme at BMC, we had chocolate cupcakes and sugar cookies, beautifully decorated in pink or red. Everyone loved it. :)

Heart-shaped red sprinkles valentine cookies:

I will try to update more often. Life has taken a different twist- somewhat a little more complicated? I guess this is part of the growing-up process. I wonder when I'll stop "growing up?" Maybe never...I'm always learning.
It's a new day tomorrow and I am embracing it with open arms! :)
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I love this story on TRUE LOVE...
What love is all about.
It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, when an elderly gentleman, in his 80's, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him.
I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound. While taking care of his wound, we began to engage in conversation. I asked him if he had a doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I then inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer Disease.
As we talked, and I finished dressing his wound, I asked if she would be worried if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now. I was surprised, and asked him. "And you still go every morning, eventhough she doesn't know who you are?"
He smiled as he patted my hand and said. "She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is." I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, "That is the kind of love I want in my life."
True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.
"The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything that comes along their way."
Oh, by the way, peace is seeing a sunset and knowing who to thank.

2.10.2008

Gong Xi Fa Chai!

Chinese New Year is one holiday that I look forward to every year since I was a child. It is a time for family reunions and upholding traditions. Receiving Hong baos (red packets stuffed with lots of money), wearing new dresses, and eating Lo Hei are some traditional routines. However, I feel that as the years pass, the excitment of the CNY celebration dims. It's significance and excitment seems to be especially negligible this year. I wonder why?
I think most of my best memories were when I was child. Maybe it is because when I was a young kid, the impact of everything was magnified ten-fold due to inexperience?
But Chinese New Year hasn't completely lost it's charm, because it never fails to remind me of how blessed I am to have my family and friends, and how precious life is. Another moment in the year to relish the past and look to the future. :)
This year, BMC celebrated Chinese New Year with all the managers after the Administration Council meeting. It was a fine surprise as it was held in conjunction with a welcome party for me and farewell party for Renee. Every one at the meeting received a $1 or $20 hong bao. I was one of the lucky three people to receive a $20 hong bao with a proverb that says, "A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections."

Here are some pictures from Renee's farewell party...
I made Strawberry Trifle bowl cakes~ layers of strawberries, sponge cake, whipped cream and pudding.
Cream puffs drizzled with dark chocolate and powdered sugar
Picture above is : Chocolate-coated Almond-hazelnut Corn flakes cups.
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Today, we had a major catering event for the CD gradaution ceremony for 150 people. I managed to take a few shots of what the Nutritional service department did...

Fresh Fruit platters
Vegetable platter & artichoke dip...and cheese bruschetta bread (which i forgot to take pictures of)
Sizzly apple juice fountain
Before I sign off, I just want to say how wonderful it has been to see how my little blog has grown. I just checked the census on clustermaps and 645 people read my blog in a day?! 36,000+ views since 12 Feb 2007 (2 more days to a one year anniversary) and the other site meter said 19,000. I am not sure how they calculate it but the numbers seem phenomenal. To think that someone in Dubai, Australia, various part of USA or Europe is reading even this setence that I typed is mind-boggling. Sorry if I haven't been replying your questions or mails....have been really busy with work....
May this year be one that is prosperous in every way- spiritually, relationally, financially and experientially. Good luck~Cheers! :)
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