The blues

July 24, 2008 § 6 Comments

So yeah, summertime and the beach go hand in hand, but while I’m daydreaming about my trip back to Florida next week, I’m stuck in here in hot smoggy Atlanta dealing with what I’ve got. Blueberries. TONS of them.


(image via dr. superfoods)

Blueberries practically scream summer to me, and I’m pretty sure I eat more than any human should consume. My fridge at work always has at least one pint of them, as I throw them in my lame no-sugar added instant oatmeal. I pop in a few more after lunch/ before leaving, and next thing you know I’ve eaten 4 pints in two days. Ooops. Thankfully they’re really healthy and good for you. Imagine that, me eating something healthy… on purpose.

But if healthy isn’t your thing, you must try this fantastic Mama’s Blueberry Buckle recipe that I snagged out of CL a few years ago. This is always a winner, especially for summer grills and get-togethers with friends. It’s also a perfect excuse to have ice cream. Oh, and a pint of blueberries is currently only $2.50 at Whole Foods… GO!

Wah

June 25, 2008 § 2 Comments

I don’t know what the deal is with me, but I’ve been feeling like ass all week. I thought it was a sinus infection, but now my whole body hurts. I don’t do sick well. Bitch moan, bitch moan, whine. I just hope my head doesn’t feel like exploding when I get on a plane this weekend. POP!

It’s times like this when I really just want to curl up in bed with a good book, then stuff my face full of comfort food before taking a long nap. Last night we made another one of our new favorites – a spicy meatloaf (with a recipe snagged off of Weight Watchers, of all places). It’s such a simple recipe, low-fat using a binder of oatmeal instead of bread crumbs, yet it’s so satisfying. Probably one of the best meat loafs I’ve had (my dad is probably rolling over in his grave – sorry!).

Spicy Meatloaf

1 sprays cooking spray
1 1/2 pound uncooked lean ground beef – 7% fat
1 cup rolled oats (I accidentally used steel cut oats and it worked out fine, so I’m not changing it)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp garlic powder
4 oz canned jalapeno peppers, diced (you can use mild chilies if preferred, wuss)
1 large egg
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
8 oz canned tomato sauce, divided

Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray. Combine all ingredients, except half of tomato sauce, in a large mixing bowl; set remaining tomato sauce aside. Spoon meatloaf mixture into prepared pan and smooth top. Bake for 60 minutes; spoon remaining sauce over meatloaf and cook 5 minutes more. Slice into eight pieces (if you’re on WW, this is 4 points per piece).

“Who had the fish?”

June 22, 2008 § 4 Comments

I have to admit I was pretty excited about our second foodie group outing. We were meeting at Machu Picchu, a Peruvian restaurant that I’ve enjoyed dining at before. Wow, were we in for a surprise.

The only thing I noticed that was different in the dining room was that 1. the furniture had been moved around and 2. I was greeted by someone who was definitely not Peruvian. Fine, I thought, no problem. Then I ordered a Cristal beer, to which the server started laughing and asked if I was with P. Diddy’s group. Wha? I informed him that it was a very popular Peruvian beer, one that I have had in this very restaurant, and was told that they no longer carried it but I could order a Corona. Another person in our party ordered a glass of red wine, which came out in a goblet over ice. Hmm…

I then asked for a menu (since we weren’t given one even after we got our drinks). We were given one and told to share since they were running short of them (there were only 2 other tables seated in the restaurant), then instructed to order by number since the server was new and wasn’t fluent in Spanish. Totally fine, no problem, in fact that made things easier on us. WRONG.

The food came out and the shit hit the fan. Some of us actually got what we ordered, then the rest of us sat there trying to figure out what they were bringing out. The server kept asking “who had the fish”, and was enraged when we couldn’t answer him. Um, 80% of our table ordered fish dishes! He then proceeded to YELL at us while we were trying to laugh it off. I’m not normally bothered by inept people enough to do anything about it, but it just couldn’t be helped and I had to tell him to calm the fuck down. The owner/manager tried to smooth things over and sent him away, but honestly I would have sent him home at that point. He gave a measly apology before we left, which I discount because he took the opportunity to lay blame instead of responsibility. Lame.

Seriously, it was a totally unreal experience. Never mind the fact that our server was completely ignorant about food service (any service, really) and had the audacity to blame us for his retardedness, but food was sub par and nothing like the wonderful dinner I had on a previous trip. I’m pretty embarrassed at the fact that I’ve ever recommended this restaurant, but hey, that’s the chance you take when you dine outside of the norm. It’s too bad, since my previous experience was so great and exactly what Atlanta needs in Peruvian cuisine. Also bad is that this had to happen to a table of no less than 10 local bloggers and Yelpers.

BUT, the one awesome thing that happened was that I finally got to try leche de tigre “milk of the tiger,” which is basically a shot of all the juices from the ceviche dishes. Drew and I got our drink on.

1 Bite 7 Days

June 18, 2008 § 1 Comment

While jealously reading about the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn, I stumbled across the 1 Bite 7 Days site. 1 Bite 7 Days is a “documentary and tasting experience based on a Japanese proverb that says for every new food we eat, we gain seven days of life.”

I simply love this idea. I really don’t understand people who don’t try new foods. I can totally understand people not liking certain food (like raw tomatoes – blech), but to not even venture to TRY something? Closed minded people, I tell you. I can’t believe people would miss out on so much good food out there. Guess they won’t be making my next dish (a favorite, very addicting snack!).

My kind of pie

June 17, 2008 § 2 Comments

Step one: decide you don’t want to make your own crust and buy a whole wheat, pre-made thin crust at the farmer’s market.

Step two: sauce. Do the same thing as step one.

Step three: add fresh basil from the garden, then cover with a skim mozz/parm/asiago/ romano cheese mix.

Homemade Pizza

Step four: toppings! We chose button mushrooms and onion.

Homemade Pizza

Step five: bake. Wait impatiently. Keep looking at the oven.

Step six: sprinkle with some red pepper flakes, then devour.

Homemade Pizza

The Foodies

June 5, 2008 § 4 Comments

During a recent dinner to the former Frank Ma’s for Hakeber’s birthday, I came up with the idea of starting a regular dinner outing for the more “foodie” types of us within the group. There are several of us who love to try new cuisines and are a little more experimental. Plus, I’m just so sick of total lack of diversity in cuisine in and around the area. Lately anything good we’ve had around the ‘hood has been standard, comforting pub fare. Everything else is just overly-pretentious, stylish food(?) without flavor or substance. Yeah, I’m getting all Gordon Ramsey on you. So there.

his past weekend we ventured out to Panahar, a Bangladeshi restaurant on Buford Highway. I’m not going to go into much detail about the food (you can read the yelp! reviews instead), but I have to say that this is something I can really get used to. I had so much fun, and it’s even better to have people in the group take turns picking out the next visit. So we’re off to Machu Picchu next for some Peruvian cuisine. I personally have been there before (LOVE), so I’m excited to go back to try more dishes. Papas a la huacaina, here I come.

Boing

March 24, 2008 § 5 Comments

Vault

They were handing out hundreds of these today at the student center.

Either absolutely nothing will happen, or I’ll be bouncing off the walls in about an hour.

Steak alchemy: how to turn a cheap steak into a prime cut

September 16, 2007 § 3 Comments

I love this post.  Steak + chemistry = awesome.

This is my favorite wine in a box

August 31, 2007 § 1 Comment

This is my favorite wine-in-a-box

Reason #2615 for hating the AJC

July 19, 2007 § 5 Comments

Their “Best of Atlanta” Winner for Indian food this year is Imperial Fez.

Yep. The best Indian restaurant voted for is actually a Moroccan restaurant. Not only are the two countries, oh, THOUSANDS of miles apart, but the cuisine is ENTIRELY different.

Idiots.

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