Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Food Buzz Fest: Saturday Edition

Saturday, after going to a few sessions, Marissa and I decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and skip class to explore.
We meandered over to the ferry building and poked around.





Then it was time to head over the the tasting pavilion where we ate and drank til our hearts and stomachs were content.





When we were completely food-ed out, we went our separate ways to prepare for the night's festivities!








What an amazing end to an amazing weekend.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Foodbuzz Blogger Festival- Friday Night Festivities

This past weekend (November 5-7th) Foodbuzz held its second annual bloggers conference. I was lucky enough to experience the food coma that are the festivities. Friday's festivities included check-in (aka grabbing swag bag) and then boarding a bus headed to Fort Mason for the sole purpose of gorging on some of SF's finest foods.


This is where I met my partner in crime for the weekend, Marissa of Jar Full of Dreams.


We got seated at separate tables where bloggers did a gift exchange and munched on small treats (and speakeasy ale)(or wine... I chose the former).




After the gift exchange and a welcome speech, we set out on a mission: eat everything. The food coma that ensued will tell you we accomplished our mission.


We started withStrauss ice cream and Speakeasy ale. Then tried Mission Minis tri-colored, tri-flavored mini cupcakes. One of each flavor: vanilla, pumpkin, and cinnamon.Then we moved onto tacos. Delicious, delicious tacos (and more beer).




Tacos were grabbed, now all we had to do was acquire a table. The table we spotted only had one guy standing at it so we figured there would be plenty of room for everyone. Little did we know, we grabbed the worst table ever. The lone guy at the table was a Cody Ross look-alike we dubbed the Food Truck Pimp. When our plates had been licked clean, the FTP (Food Truck Pimp) proceeded to run us all around the pavillion, claiming everything was "the best *insert food here* of San Francisco". The only Best Of I will give him are these little porky babies served on the side of a pork sandwich. 4505 Meats Chicharrones, I love you.



During our time in the pavillion we tried desperately to find more food and ditch the FTP. In our search, we found paella, Roli Roti sandwiches, and more of the chicharrones i love so dearly. SCORE!





When all had been tasted, we rolled ourselves back to the bus. I rolled myself onto BART, found my way home, and let my food coma lull me to sleep.

Friday, October 15, 2010

My Adventure In Soft Foods



As you know, I recently had a tooth pulled and was banished from the world of food.
No hard foods, nothing that can break into pieces and find its way into the cavity of the non-existent tooth, nothing spicy, etc...
To remedy this, I made something I knew I could eat: Muffins! Muffins that are like doughnuts!





Doughnut Muffins by How To: Simplify

Ingredients: For the muffins:
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
For the coating:
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin tin.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  3. Combine oil, sugar, egg and milk in a large bowl. Add dry ingredients and stir only to combine.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. While muffins are baking, melt butter in a small bowl. In another small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Shake muffins out of the muffin tin while the muffins are still hot.
  6. Dip muffins in the melted butter and then into the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Place on a wire rack and allow to cool.

These muffins are delicious! They're a perfect soft food and they're great for a grab and go fall breakfast or snack.

They even got the BF seal of approval/make again now please!


:)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Numb



Heads up: wont be eating/making anything spectacular. ...

Got my tooth pulled.

Only soft foods for me.

:)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My adventure in cooking



This has been a big hit with BF. It's so easy and can be stuffed with whatever you have in the fridge. Its a little time consuming but I like to prep before I go to work and BF puts it in the oven when he gets off work.

I found Stuffed Italian Chicken in a Slightly Indulgent Tuesday email and I had some chicken that needed to be cooked. It is so perfectly simple and also can make a special weeknight dinner.

I butterflied and pounded down a boneless, skinless chicken breast. Then I stuffed it with cottage cheese, olives, and gorgonzola cheese. I rolled it all up, covered it in spaghetti sauce, and baked until done.

It even got the BF seal of approval/make it again now please!

:)

:)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Another Great Smoothie



It is insanely hot here.

Too hot to turn on the oven, slave over the stove, or even eat sometimes.

Last Saturday was one such day where dinner just wasn't going to happen.

After a trip to the grocery store to load up on delicious food and fresh fruits and veggies , I was too hot and lazy to make dinner so I made a smoothie.


Ingredients

7 strawberries

1 banana

1 tablespoon lime juice

Handful of ice

Directions

Throw everything into a blender and whip it up!


:)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Failure Friday




These just came out of the oven.
I failed at snickerdoodle blondies.
If you want to see how bad I failed, check out Brown Eyed Baker's post
That is how they are supposed to look.
I even followed the recipe perfectly.




This is all after something I was promised didn't turn out the way it was presented. To take my worries away I decided to bake something for a mini trip I am taking this weekend.
I bought flour, sugar, baking soda. Turns out I needed brown sugar so I had to go back to the store. Then I used all the butter so now we're out. Also I ran out of vanilla extract.
I also go egg shell in my batter. And burned my hand on the stove top. And burned the entire bottom of my blondies.
I am officially over today.
And i don't even have anything sweet to snack on.
Failure Friday, you win.


:(

Friday, July 16, 2010

I Have To Come Clean!

A while back the wonderful people over at POM Wonderful sent me some of their amazing POM juice and I haven't gotten around to breaking the news. And just know that the people at POM sent me this stuff on their own free will because they are wonderful people.
All I have to say is it tastes great.



Its sort of sweet, sort of tart. It's really amazing actually. I'd really like to have another go with it.
And I say this not on a bad note...
With all due respect..
Um..




It tastes really lovely with gin. Because frankly by the time I got it open I needed a drink.
I could not use this wonderful product unless there was a big strong burly man in the house to open it.

But thank you POM Wonderful people. When I did get the bottle open it tasted fantastic!


:)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wordless Wednesday (special edition with words)

Happy 24th birthday, Adam, my love.

Happy 'your favorite show coincides with your birthday so I put it on your favorite cake (dorie greenspan's cheesecake)' year.




You bought your first house days before you turned 24.



I love you so much. I'm so glad I got to be apart of such a special time in your life.


Happy birthday, my love.

<3>

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday



Gluten-Free Cookie Review


Remember those glorious Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip cookies I made?
Well.. These are somewhat similar.

After going on a hunt for gluten-free pizza crusts at Whole Foods today I came across some gluten-free chocolate chip cookie mix ON SALE! So naturally I snatched it up. When I got it in the car I thought "hey let's compare and contrast with Betty Crocker's gluten-free chocolate chip mix".
And that is what I am going to do.

At just about $3.50 (on sale at Whole Foods) this mix is decent for its price. It's all natural all organic free range cage free dairy nuts allergen free, whatever etc.
It only calls for an egg and 2 TBS of butter (or oil) which is ridiculously easy (even for someone who is out of butter).





Aside from the grittiness, not enough chips, and the way they didn't come out so pretty, they weren't awful. If they were still on sale and I happened to be at Whole Foods sure I'd grab them.
I'd give them a second chance.



:)



College Kid At Heart


Last long weekend my parents took a mini vacation leaving me the house to myself and a completely empty refrigerator.
On one hand I had the house to myself on the other I had no food.
When I have no food I try to think of the most economical way to feed myself. It usually comes down to one describing word and three ingredients: Pizza. Pepperoni, olives, mushrooms.
Since this was a special weekend (I had a Saturday off and the house to myself) I decided to peruse the aisles of the (not so) local Whole Foods for a special treat: gluten-free pizza crust.
Luckily it was relatively cheap ($4 and change for two frozen crusts) or I wouldn't have been eating that weekend.




My thoughts on this Thursday?

LOVED IT!

It didn't taste any different than a normal glutenous pizza crust. It came out perfectly crispy and delicious.
It is definitely a buy again.


:)