Every now and then I wonder what it would be like to own a restaurant. And what my restaurant would look and feel like. I think about what I would serve, what my story would be, what the decor would look like. And then I immediately remember the skinny profit margins, back-breaking work, my lack of experience in that area and tell myself that I’m crazy lol. The idea soon flies out the window! My family thanks me.
But if I did in theory own a restaurant, this would be on the menu. Food like this would be served. It’s a roasted chicken with flavors of Peruvian pollo a la brasa, my favorite chicken ever. But served over a bread salad, reminiscent of Zuni Cafe. It would be a merging of cultures, both of which I identify with and are mine. (Maybe San Francisco isn’t my culture but you know what I mean!) I would say that my food and the food I would want to serve leans feminine. This is an attribute by the way. Girly food is dope.
Before the holidays, I ate SO many cookies. Too many cookies. I was feeling a bit sluggish and vowed to eat super healthy at the beginning of the year. Basically, like everyone else in the world lol. But then I went to Peru and drank the water (from a glass of chicha that wasn’t boiled) and couldn’t eat for nearly a week and a half. When I returned this Ginger Shrimp Stir-Fry with Garlic Bok Choy was in order!
Most of the time—especially during the week—I want something FAST.This dish is it! It comes together in literally under an hour. The cooking takes about 30 minutes. It’s from A Common Table: 80 Recipes and Stories from My Shared Cultures. I cannot tell you how much I love this book. There are tons of recipes I want to try. This one popped out at me because it was something I could see myself making over and over and over.
WHO AM I RIGHT NOW? This recipe title sounds so very…how do put this? Los Angeles. This recipe sounds very “LA.” But the truth is, I make iterations of this drink all the time and I love it.
I’m not sure if you’ve heard but oat milk is all the rage right now. And in my typical bratty behavior, I snubbed it for months. I honestly drink my coffee black anyway but a few weeks ago, after I drove across town for a meeting and needed an afternoon pick-me-up, I stopped in a cafe and ordered an oat milk cappuccino. IT WAS GOOD.
It tastes kinda like nothing. It’s a really good texture—not too heavy or thick, not too thin. It provides some nice foam and marries with the espresso so very well.
I figured it was time to put it to test in a more sweet capacity so enter: this hot chocolate. I added a scoop of collagen to the blender, along with some melted chocolate, oat milk and a teaspoon of maple syrup. Blended right up and it’s oh so good!