Real Food Real Talk

Before I divulge into a million reasons why I stopped blogging for a week, I want you guys to check out this podcast I’m featured in!

Real Food Real Talk, a Bay Area based podcast, approached me and asked if I wanted to share my favorite fall recipe with their listeners. The podcast started with a food-forward couple living in Oakland; they wanted to share their love of food and all things that goes along with it, such as gardening, food justice and natural products.

I had a blast talking with Jacqueline and I am now a happy subscriber! There is nothing like learning about things that are happening in your local community.

You can listen to it on their website here.(I start around the 1:00 minute mark).

Okay, so I did not break any bones, spill water on my computer (again) or elope somewhere tropical. I just really needed a break and all the extra time I could find. My calendar is pretty much jam packed every day between now and the last day of school. Last week I wanted to write but had no pictures to share; no cooking at home, no eating out or even any funny stories. Do not fret, because we do need to catch up.

I was going to post this picture last, but since we are SO over Halloween and already in November, I figured I’d get it out the way. My roommates decorated the house and it looked so good!

PS: Yes, we do have a boob light.

IMG_7536.jpg

Our gate had creepy crawlies and the upstairs pumpkin had snakes crawling out of it’s eyes and mouth. There is a lot more but one shot is enough to prove a point.

After a long morning of school, one of my classmates and I went to grab lunch at Nopalito on Broderick St.

IMG_7517.jpg

Nopalito is a fresh, sustainable Mexican restaurant that seriously prides themselves on how local they are. You can even visit their website and they show which farms they work with. Mi gusta.

I was going to go for a Michelada but had to do some major reconsidering when I saw persimmon horchata on the menu. It sounded too good to be true. Their horchata was not too sweet and you could tell it was made from scratch and not powder. The persimmon added a nice touch to it.

IMG_7519.jpg

Since we both are major food lovers, we opt to share everything. The first thing to come out was Huarache con Suadero y Chorizo. Black bean stuffed oval tortilla, braised beef brisket, chorizo, cilantro, queso fresco and salsa de tomatillo y chile de arbol.

Once this bad boy came out, I knew we were in for a real treat. Everything tasted fresh and the flavors so rich. They braise their meats really well.

IMG_7522.jpg

The softness of the brisket and chorizo + the crunchiness of the tortilla = the best thing that happened to me that day.

IMG_7523.jpg

Next was the chilaquiles, which was the fanciest Chilaquiles (Rojos en Cazuela) I have ever had in my life.

Chilaquiles is traditionally a breakfast dish with tortilla chips, eggs, beans and sauce. This had the basics and added guajillo & chipotle chiles, tomato, green onion, crema and queso fresco. Tasted similar (with no meat) to the first dish with a different presentation.

IMG_7527.jpg

I do not eat carnitas very often because it is so rich but the table next to ours ordered this and we both agreed that we had to get it too.

Braised pork, orange, bay leaf, milk, cinnamon, beer.

Cabbage salad, pickled jalapeño and salsa de tomatillo.

I want to go back for this full-flavored piece of pig right here.

IMG_7530.jpg

IMG_7531.jpg

Although I was one bite away from rolling myself to the car, the waitress mentioned they house-make popsicles and my weak decision making skills made me order one. It kind of tasted like a dark chocolate fudge popsicle.

IMG_7534.jpg

Sunday was my friend’s husband birthday and look at the waves near the bridge. Holy shit, my car was soaked when I parked. It kind of seemed like the splash water-rides at Six Flags or Disneyland.

IMG_7567.jpg

PS: This might seem like the most ultimate first world problem. Ever since I got the new Macbook that came out last week, all my pictures are coming out grainy on my computer because it is Retina and there are too many pixels and the pictures online can not keep up. 🙁

What’s new, what’s happening, what’s going on? I feel so out of the blog world, even though it has only been one week.

An Eco-Friendly Kind of Day

Today was a whirlwind of healthy, non-GMO and organic everything!

My friend Jacque and I sought out with a game plan in mind of things we wanted to cover. We figured lunch first would keep us happy, followed by shopping on Valencia St in the afternoon and wrapping up our day with grocery shopping.

I have heard mixed feelings about Gracias Madre, which is a vegan new-aged Mexican restaurant located in the heart of the Mission district. It’s hard to imagine vegan and Mexican food in the same sentence. When I think of delicious Mexican, I think of cheese on top of meat on top of more meat. However, after much deliberation, I give it two thumbs up!

Not only is the food vegan, but all the ingredients are produced organic and local, which is something I really admire in a restaurant.

Jacque and I decided to do family style, so we can maximize the deliciousness. We started off with papas al horno, which are basically potatoes roasted in olive oil and garlic topped with cashew nut cheese. This was the first time I tried cashew nut cheese, and I must say that I am impressed. It didn’t taste 100% like dairy cheese, but it had a similar consistency and the flavor was not too far off.

IMG_0613.jpg

The next thing to come to our table was an empanada. We ended up getting two appetizers and an entree, which was more than enough. The empanada was stuffed with plantains and served on their special spicy mole sauce with the same cashew nut cheese layered on top. This one happened to be Jacque’s favorite, I liked it but didn’t go crazy for it.

IMG_0616.jpg

My favorite was the chilaquiles, which was very different from what I imagined. The typical chilaquiles served in a traditional sense is fried tortilla, scrambled eggs, beans, rice and your choice of red or green sauce. Gracias Madre had to maneuver over some of the ingredients and delivered the fried tortilla with a tomato salsa, cashew crema, avocado and black beans.

IMG_0622.jpg

After wrapping up our food and paying our bill, we headed over to The Detox Market only to find it closed for good. The store was empty and anything remaining was boxed up and ready to go 🙁

IMG_0626.jpg

IMG_0628.jpg

I honestly never been here before, but Jacque raves about it. They sell organic beauty, health and wellness products. I was looking for a new face wash without harsh chemicals so I was kind of bummed. But, I bumped into a girl who told me about an amazing household oder eliminator that can be found at https://odorklenz.com/home-odor-eliminator/ so that cheered me up a little.

The next place we ended up was The Scarlet Sage Herb Co.

IMG_0633.jpg IMG_0634.jpg IMG_0637.jpg IMG_0642.jpg

They had a huge assortment of bulk tea ingredients and we went nuts. Jacque had a handy book of different elements of tea and the different properties that each herb has. It was a new experience for me; she made a tea for her boyfriend’s circulation and I made one for relaxation. With the day ending, we made one final trip to Rainbow Grocery, which is what I was looking forward to all day! Rainbow is a San Francisco co-op that serves only organic, local, sustainable, affordable vegetarian food and household items.

IMG_0644.jpg IMG_0646.jpg

Their produce is fresh and it’s one of my favorite places to shop. The pricing is somewhere between Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, so it’s not crazy expensive for the quality you get. My days are usually not so green and healthy, so it’s nice to have something different every now and then!

Do you have certain expectations when you grocery shop?