La Cocina

I had something important come in the mail today.

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But I can’t tell you about it until next Monday, sorry! To make up for my vagueness, I will show you something else that came in the mail!

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I have an obsession for books. Not just the stories in the books, but physically having a hard copy of a book. This is a reason why I don’t ever see myself getting a Kindle, no matter how convenient it is. There’s nothing like finishing the last line, closing the book and then letting out a big sigh. Right?

My sidebar has been showing the same book since I created this website. It haunts me every time I look at it because I forgot about it for three months and then got really lazy about updating it. It is next on my mental to-do list, I promise.

Since you are so interested in my history with books (read: falling asleep), I had to put a bunch in boxes because my small bookcase only allows me to showcase my newest or dearest ones. πŸ™

I’m just going to wrap this up and tell you that my dream library has one brick wall and the rest of the walls are covered with books from floor to ceiling. That is all.

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Moving on, my coworker surprised me and bought me a bunch of my favorite Asian snacks. They’re probably filled with lead but they remind me of my sweet, sweet childhood. Have you ever had the pandas?! If you want a healthy option, one surprisingly healthy snack is popcorn. We don’t mean the one you buy at your local cinema. But one you make at home using a popcorn maker – check out this guide for more info as as they look at makers by brands like vonshef & more. When you prepare you own popcorn you can make it as healthy as you like. In fact many people ditch sugar all together when it comes to seasoning and use far healthier herbs and spices for a delicious savoury snack.

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La Cocina (the kitchen in Spanish) hosts a food festival every year to raise money for their community kitchen. This is actually my second time going and it’s my favorite festival ever. It makes sense because food+friends+more food+seeing drunk people dance is an equation for a good time.

They hold a vote every year for the public to decide which vendors are going to be at the fair, which I think is really fun and gives a great turn out. There is a variety of food trucks, restaurants and sponsors that set up their booths and give us an option for a little bite, big bite or drink.

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I started with a small bite, tostadita de tinga.

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Delicious, but it only got me pumped and ready to eat everything in site. I didn’t get to snap a picture of everything I ate, but I did also enjoy a Korean taco (which had seaweed instead of a tortilla) and a bite of some ceviche.

Not going to lie, it did get a little hectic moving around. It took around 20 minutes to move one block and the whole fair was seven blocks total.

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With over 80,000 people in attendance, food being sold out is bound to happen. Luckily Abby an I only waited in line for ~30 seconds before the scissors came out.

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We really wanted to try the ramen burger (the next Cronut) but the line was ridiculously long. I’m actually surprised it took them so long to sell out!

Instead, we used and abused these bad boys.

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The drink tokens were so nice that I wanted to take one home as a souvenir. However, for $5 a pop, it made more sense to let it go and enjoy the outcome.

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To be honest, this darling coconut was one of my favorite things there. Thank you Whole Foods, for the hydration.

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We really lucked out with the amazing weather, all the delicious food we ate and ridiculous side show attractions. Text me to see videos, please, they will make your day. πŸ™‚

Oh, and can’t forget the pho rolls. Stop it.

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Sunday was a little less intense, I went on my long run in the morning and picked my mom up from the airport in the afternoon. She had a layover in SF for a few hours AND it was her birthday! Talk about lucky for me.

After my run, I went to my friend T’s house because she did a little personal shopping for me. On Friday night, we met up for late night drinks and I grumbled about how me working early on Saturday interfered with my Saturday Farmer’s Market food run. She practically forced me to let her buy my groceries and to pick them up during the weekend and I obliged. Okay, she didn’t force me but she was very insistent and it’s hard for me to say no when people are stern with me. πŸ˜‰

Kale, baby bok choy, mushrooms, eggplant, avocados, peaches, grapes, tomtatoes, pita chips, hummus, bolani and peanut butter.

FOR. $12. DOLLARS!!!! I hit the Farmer’s Market jackpot! She’s been going to the Alemany FM for over five years so she knows where all the deals are and made friends with all the workers. Talk about my role model!

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Last but not least, a picture of my family. I took my mom to Limon and she had a blast.

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Aren’t those sunflowers gorgeous? She absolutely loved them!

Ramen burger, what are your thoughts? What’s your dream library (pictures are always welcome!)?

13 thoughts on “La Cocina

  1. I thought the same thing as you but then my husband bought me a Kobo and of course I couldn’t refuse! Now I only buy a physical copy of a book if I really love it and know I’ll read it again, there’s just something so comforting about holding an actual book πŸ™‚

  2. “They’re probably filled with lead” hahaha YOLO, right? Those little pandas are my FAVORITE. So many chemicals, yum. πŸ˜› I saw ramen burgers on the Today show a while back…apparently they really enjoyed them. I don’t know how I feel about them…

  3. How was your long run? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Pho rolls sound amazing – I love pho soup so um, in the form of a wrap? I’m definitely in!
    Looks like a wonderful weekend you had, and sneaky you for teasing us with a package you can’t share with us! Ha! I’ll tune back in to find out what that box is all about! Have a great day!

    • Two words: shin splints.

      I’m so proud of you because of your 1/2!! I want to reach into the computer and give you a hug! πŸ™‚

  4. I so know what you mean about wanting to physically hold the book. I also love looking at the top to find out how much you’ve read – can’t do that with a kindle!
    That foodie festival looks like so much fun! Love the coconut water in the coconut. Best way to enjoy coconut water in my opinion. πŸ™‚

  5. That festival looks incredible! I have been dying to visit San Francisco. My best friend lives there and raves about the foodie scene. I have a feeling I may never come home if I visited though πŸ˜‰

    I also like having hard copies of books. It’s like a tangible accomplishment once you finish them. I don’t think I could ever convert to an e-reader!

    Feel free to ship me one of those tostaditas πŸ˜‰ Looks so yum!

    • I agree! They are totally like a tangible accomplishment. Looking back at my bookshelf is like looking at past medals and certificates.

  6. omg yummm i want all that food now please πŸ™‚ i prefer books too. i am usually carrying around a big book in my purse at all times, because i’m nerdy like that, and i still cant get on board with the kindle. even though it would be lighter. i like my books! also- i nominated you for the sunshine award!! because your posts always brighten my day!

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