Thank you everyone for the congratulations! And yes, I am very much looking forward to the future, and sharing it with you. The graduation ceremony is this Friday–whoa I can’t believe it. As for the coconut busting… I think you guys should give it a shot. Maybe let your inner Towanda out (anyone seen “Fried Green Tomatoes”?).
As I was walking up the stairs to my friends place I noticed something magical.
My friend had invited me over for lunch since she had gone to the farmer's market--look at the bounty!
She also brought back bread.
The woman who makes this bread actually grinds the wheat right before she bakes it, so this loaf was incredibly fresh!
Deliciously fresh, from the farm, and from the home.
The beets were simply steamed and drizzled with balsamic, caraway seeds, and sea salt. We made a dressing out of the cilantro with olive oil, balsamic, minced garlic, sea salt, and pepper. Lastly, the salad incorporated all of the different veggies she had gotten. For the bread we dipped it in a mixture of olive oil and black pepper.
At the store this drink caught my eye.
I remembered seeing this on a few blogs, and thought it was interesting. This KeVita drink tasted a lot like kombucha, and I went back to try another flavor: mango coconut and lemon ginger. I haven’t tried the lemon ginger, but I really enjoyed the mango coconut. The original coconut flavor didn’t do much for me though.
The nice thing about my step-dad being here is that we've been going out to eat.
I’ve talked about it on here a couple times, but I have a hard time justifying things when it involves spending money. I have no problem with necessities, but things like going out to eat are hard for me to do. I definitely enjoy it, but I guess I feel like I need my parents “okay”, since I’m financially dependent on them. I know that they wouldn’t say no, but I guess that’s the overly-practical side of me. But enough of that because the thing in life is that not every moment needs to have a reason. There are times to simply be. Let things happen. As Pablo Neruda wrote in the poem “Keeping Quiet“, “life is what it is about.“
We went to another local dining spot called The Urban Farmhouse. I remember going there when it first opened back in February of last year, and it was nice to see that this place is frequented a lot. With inviting doors that are as tall as the cafe itself, and an open kitchen… you feel like you just want to sit back and relax. And then you pick up your plate of delicious food!
He got lox and cream cheese with fresh dill.
The salmon was so vibrant! Maybe because it’s caught the old-fashioned way with a hook and line.
Someone that works there highly recommended their strawberry and spinach salad to me.
“Fresh organic strawberries and organic baby spinach sprinkled with healthy, fresh roasted almonds and lightly tossed with our Honey Lemon Dressing“ I ordered some tofu to go with it, and a bread roll from The Flour Garden with some of the creamiest butter ever. They also have a big jar of the best animal crackers, so of course I got a handful!
Mmm roasted almonds make all the difference.
I've been inspired by the beautiful salads I've been having while dining out.
Here I made some yellow split-pea crisps to sprinkle on top of a very colorful salad. I just chopped up some red cabbage, summer squash, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and an avocado all over a bed of romaine. My dressing of choice for this salad? A dressing named for a goddess.
We also went to one of my favorite local restaurants, Ipanema. One of my friends was working there that evening so it was nice to see him, and he gave us his personal recommendations.
Housemade fettucine with roasted garlic, peashoots, arugula, pecorino romano, and pumpkin seeds.
This was delicious and worth waiting for the pasta to be done. Actually, I didn’t mind waiting at all. It was a beautiful day and we were munching on polenta fries with kalamata ketchup. I actually went on bought myself some pumpkin seeds after having this. I loved the idea of using them instead of pine nuts.
My step-dad ordered the chile-braised jackfruit huarache with pinto beans, salsa verde and crema mexicana with spanish rice.
He let me try some of his dish as well, and it was very tasty! My favorite part was the crema mexicana.
My friend got us a slice of apricot almond cheesecake to sample.
This is the place I go to with my friends when we want to have delicious desserts! A friend of mine loves their pies so much that for her birthday she ordered a whole one. I brought back a slice of their Mexican chocolate cake for my roommate to enjoy while she was busy writing paper after paper for finals. Luckily, she let me try some (I was hoping she would!) and it was very interesting. A little bit spicy, and kind of had the texture of a pudding.
The other night I pulled out the cast-iron skillet.
I had a butternut squash sitting in my kitchen for awhile, and I’ve had this recipe for these multi-grain butternut squash fritters bookmarked for awhile as well.
Beau said he finished his batch by eating them like a pancake with butter and maple syrup.
What was the last tasty thing you ordered when you went out to eat? Or have you been craving something from one of your favorite restaurants?