Hi. I want to know everyone’s Thanksgiving plans this year. What are you making? Is there an original family dish that you must have every year or something unique that I might not have thought of?

My family is small and scattered throughout the West coast, so I have not done a traditional Thanksgiving in a long time. It will be only a few people at the Lisbon House and I want to keep things nice and easy. Perhaps I will make Brussels sprouts and order the #2 at Popeyes. If only that was possible.

The weekend was far from eventful. There was a lot of lazying around the house, research on Pink Slime (remind me to never eat a burger again) and taking naps while trying to watch Donnie Darko for the first time. I am going to get through it one day, I promise.

While working on Saturday, Taylor texted me and told me that she wanted to go eat ramen. Since it was less than five blocks away from my job, I happily agreed and walked over after work.

I had to make the hard decision of choosing between my classic habanero ramen or a new spicy sesame cold ramen. I really wanted to try the latter but knew I would miss the habanero if I did not order. Next time, I promise myself I will let my hair down and order a new kind.


In la noche, the whole gang went to Dear Mom, a cool hipster bar in the Mission, to celebrate a roommate’s birthday. Yes, there are a lot of November birthdays at our house, we are all Valentine’s babies. 🙂

Taylor and I had a fail of a Photo Booth session.

Picture 1: Okay, let’s do a smile pose. 1, 2, 3…oh shit. I’m not looking up.

Picture 2: Kiss me on the cheek. 1, 2, 3…dude you’re hover kissing me. Okay, my turn to show you how it is done.

Picture 3: 1, 2, 3…um. Whoops, sorry. I was not ready yet.

Picture 4: We get four pictures? Okay…do the hand glasses. 1, 2…what’s the hand glasses? Ahhh 3.


Sunday morning was nice and relaxing. I tried to do an artistic shot but clearly it did not come out correct.

Just wanted to show that you need to put on your rose colored glasses sometimes when blogging.


The bread looks like ordinary white raisin bread but it came from the best bakery, they seel the most amazing french baguette loaf. Anyone who has had Chinese bread knows that it is 20% soft, 20% buttery and 60% delicious. My vanilla cappuccino was awesome, although it started to settle in the picture below.


After breakfast, I headed to the Farmer’s Market to pick up delicious Bolani, hummus from The Hummus Guy and various fruits and veggies for the week to come.

Taylor and I always crack jokes about each other because we will bring home a ton of produce only to be counterproductive and get Chipotle for lunch. You can not mess with tradition, right?


Just like Underground Ramen, I have to get the same thing every time. White rice, a tiny amount of black beans, fajita veggies, 1/2 chicken, 1/2 steak, hot sauce and lettuce.


After the smallest bit of homework was completed, we set out to bake a surprise brownie cake for Sarath. My floor does not have an oven so we baked our little hearts out on the second floor.


Sarath came home from a long Sunday Funday and made a wish for the new year.


Ghiradelli brownie cake, vanilla bean ice cream and fresh Farmer’s Market strawberries. 🙂

I feel kind of bad because we made her serve her own cake. Happy birthday Sarath, we love you! xxx


Also, in the midst of all this extreme baking, I busted my lip open and now I look like a football playing hooligan. 🙁

What do you get at Chipotle and is it the same thing every time?

Who else does not care for the word ‘hodge podge’?

24 thoughts on “Hodgepodge

  1. Sounds like a great weekend, minus the busted lip!

    I love the way y’all served the cake in wine glasses – creative!

    And I get the same thing at Chipotle every time – brown rice, black beans, fajita veggies, all the salsas, little cheese, lettuce and guac. Perfection!

  2. I like hodgepodge! It’s actually one word; seems very British to me, though I may fancy ‘willy nilly’ better, though I think that may have a slightly different nuance.

    Turkeytime:: most bizarrely, the turkey is actually my least favorite thing on the Thanksgiving table spread. Aside from my god mother Jacqui’s mulled wine martini (which will sneakily have you underneath, rather than properly seated at the table, in no time), I HAVE to have my mom’s Puerto Rican stuffing. Who cares about a bland, everyday kinda meat, when you can have this generations-old hodgepodge of all things latin-y??
    Pork, beef, chorizo, potatoes, tomatoes, bread, sofrito and 3 hours of simmering bubbly foreplay in a roasting pan, seasoned to absolute perfection.
    Ya, nobody doesn’t want that.
    Hell, you could even go multi-cultural, get crazy and fry an egg on it.
    Needless to say, that’s my family (and any other guest that’s graced us with their presence’s) must-have.

    Ps. Is this why you asked me for the recipe for picadillo the other day? That dish (I think) is Cuban and it’s different..

    Pps. Puerto Rican Thanksgiving on Friday at my mom’s. If you don’t come she’ll go all Ricky Ricardo on your ass.. just sayin’.

    • Sister of mine,

      I have already thought of doing a 12 hour fast before the meal-of-a-lifetime that will publicly known as ‘Puerto Rican Thanksgiving’ from here on out. This year being my 4rd (or 5th) in a row, it is my tradition just as much as yours. 🙂

      See you on Friday! 🙂

      PS: I am so excited to see you guys!
      PPS: I will be wearing my big girl jeans to leave enough room for tostones + avocado. Mmmm. I think that is my favorite.

  3. I ALWAYS get the same thing at chipotle – being a vegetarian is limiting, but down to toppings its the same exact thing. Until this past Friday when I decided to venture into soft tacos – worst decisions of my life! They got so soggy from all that sauce running into the tacos I had to eat the filling with a fork and throw out the rest. Reminder to self : Stick to what works!
    I love those photo booth pics.

  4. We’re pretty standard at our thanksgiving. Turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, a green veggie (brussels/green beans), sweet potato casserole, rolls (never a fan of), and finish the night off with pies. Usually a sweet potato and another new creation by yours truly, but this year I’m going old school with apple pie and pumpkin cheesecake bars.

    How did you bust open your lip!?

    • Nothing like a well made apple pie. What some people say is plain, I say is perfect right out of the oven.

      And there was just too many cooks in the kitchen!

  5. Chipotle needs to move here, stat. Haha, but when I was there, I preeeeettty much got exactly what you would to the T- the only thing different was I’d always change up the two meats.

    Hodge podge is probably my second most used word on instagram. oops.

  6. For a weekend in which you said you did nothing, you managed to pack a whole lot in there!! Man, I haven’t been to chipotle in FOR.EV.ER. Might have to change that today.

  7. Mmmm that dessert looks bangin’!!

    Have you heard of a cheese maker around here called Sonoma Jack? They make this Habanero Jack cheese that you’d like if you’re a Jack fan. I tried a bite and it almost burnt my mouth off because I’m the biggest spice baby ever, so I think it’d be up your alley! 😉

  8. Goodness gracious, could your life be any more adorable? Your food life, that is. Though, your social life is SUPER precious too! I love every detail that you guys put into everything that you do – your adorable capps to your cute wine glasses with tags. So awesome. And that ramen is looking SO SO good right now.
    I never get anything different at Chipotle, or restaurants, for that matter. Why mess with a GOOD thing? 🙂

  9. uggh, the lips, not a fun thing. I just slit open my fingers while cleaning, red dots of drips everywhere, hate clean ups.
    The desserts looks so fancy and yummy. Chipotle one of our favorites..same bowl everytime.
    Growing up thanksgiving was not known, but I love and enjoy the process and the concept. It’s always small tandoori birds, and spicy beans and lots of laughter.

  10. Ghiradelli brownie cake with vanilla bean ice cream and strawberries!!! Wow yall are so so sweet to make this for your friend!
    Sorry you busted your lip…but am curious how it happened while you were baking?

    I really need to get myself into a Chipotle soon! I always end up going to Moes – its hard for me to pass up on a whole gang yelling “welcome to Moe’s” when I walk thru the door 🙂

  11. Looks like a nice weekend and that Chinese bread sounds delicious! I think that shot is very artistic, actually.

    I am obsessed with Chipotle and get the same thing every time. A veggie burrito bowl soothes my soul. I just wish it wasn’t always so darn busy but I guess the line moves quickly.

  12. Ghiradelli brownie cake, vanilla bean ice cream and fresh Farmer’s Market strawberries…. Sarath is one lucky gal to have you 2 as friends.

    I’ve never heard of Chinese bread before, but it sounds delicious.

    Hope you’re having a fabulous week so far <3

  13. I have never had Chipotle because it doesn’t exist in any of the places I have lived! Sad, I know. One day it WILL happen because I see their food all the time in the blog world and it looks delish. Ghiradelli brownie cake? Sign me up!

  14. Chipotle: salad with fajita vegetables, chicken, mild salsa, light sour cream. Yes, I get the same thing every time hahah but it took me awhile to figure out what it was I liked best. No crazy Thanksgiving meals around here–turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie. Pretty typical, but still delicious. Also lovinggggg the desserts in the wine glasses–makes it look extra fancy.

  15. Oh, no, how did you cut your lip while baking? I feel for you because I had a cup lip pretty bad last month, but that was because I got drunk and passed out on hardwood floors. That is a blog post for another day. LOL. At Chipotle, I always get the chicken bowl because I’m lazy and don’t like eating with my hands, so no tacos or burritos.

  16. – In Miyazaki’s films there often appear many kinds of delicious looking food. Like the sunny-side up egg and bread in Laputa, Tendon, Anman and Onigiri in Sen to Chihiro and the bacon and eggs in Hauru… (Note: Tendon (天丼) is the shrimp tempura in a rice bowl which Kamaji eats for lunch, Anman(あんまん)are bean-paste buns Chihiro and Rin eat it in the night at the balcony and Onigiri(おにぎり) is the rice ball that Haku gives to Chihiro when she was crying.) In Ponyo, the best is the Ramen which Lisa serves to Sosuke and Ponyo, even though it’s just instant noodles. Miyazaki’s favorite is the one with spinach added to it. However, it wasn’t easy to draw and as a result it was changed to green onion as we can see in the picture. There are also two pieces of ham on the ramen to be seen. In that particular scene where Ponyo eats the ham, the animator drew Ponyo taking the upper piece first, however the Sakuga director checked it and corrected it. Ponyo takes the lower ham first, because it is dunked in the soup and can be much warmer than the upper one. It’s a delicate persistency. Like this ramen episode, the movie shows various examples of delicate persistency and direction everywhere.

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