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Zuni Cafe-Style Pollo a La Brasa Chicken

Dinner, Healthy, Healthy (ish), One-Pot Meals, Winter

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.

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Spicy Lobster Bucatini with Burrata

Desserts, Dinner, One-Pot Meals, Quick and Easy

Spicy Lobster Bucatini with Burrata

Do you know what feels decadent? Buying lobster tails and cooking them at home. Hence, the reason why I named one of my favorite pastas on this blog “pay-day lobster pasta.” It’s not every day we eat lobster. But today I’m bringing it with this Spicy Lobster Bucatini with Burrata.


How to Cook Lobster Tails:

The worst thing you could EVER do in your life/cooking is to overcook seafood. It’s a true crime. Here’s how I do it:

  • Cook lobster in gently simmering water for 8 minutes, just until they turn opaque.
  • Run under cold water to cool them down.
  • Flip the lobster tail over and using kitchen shears, cut slices onto each side and pull back the bottom part.
  • Remove the lobster tail meat and then chop it up.

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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Dinner, Instant Pot, One-Pot Meals, Quick and Easy, Soups, Winter

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

It’s raining in LA. TIME TO THROW A PARTY and make some Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup!

A soup party, that is.

I love tortilla soup. I am embarrassed to admit that my intro to tortilla soup wasn’t the most authentic experience. It was quite the opposite. It was when I worked at Alexander’s/Houstons and would steal little bowls of it and eat it in the back while I sat on boxes of napkins. I wasn’t the best employee, if I’m being totally honest, but I was about to graduate high school and felt like my whole world was going to change so I had a super “whatever” attitude.

When I went to make this, I wasn’t going after a super traditional version, though I did want to know the history. I found this article in the LA Times that speaks a bit about the history of tortilla soup. It’s super interesting a worth a read.

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