Avocado Cream Sauce

My hands have suffered enough today. It is so cold right now that if I do not keep typing, my fingers will fall off. I was so babied by the sun SF has been receiving and forgot how much of a pain in the butt the fog is.

I mean come on, this is kind of ridiculous.

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When I picked up a house-made pasta at the Farmer’s Market on Sunday, the lady suggested I make an avocado sauce to compliment the parsley flavors. I never heard of using avocado as a base for pasta sauce, but she told me the gist of how to prepare it and sent me home a little confused.

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Avocado Cream Sauce

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Serves: 2

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Hass Avocado
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Parsley
  • 1 Tbs Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 Lemon Juice
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil
  • Paprika, Salt and Pepper, to taste

**Note: I know it’s a strawberry yogurt container but I was too lazy to go to the store and just used a tbs of the plain side.

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1. Boil your favorite pasta in a medium pot. Make sure to watch the time so it is al dente.

(I happened to have a perfect one from the Farmer’s Market but any pasta will do!)

2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor except the olive oil. When it is starts becoming more creamy and liquid, add in the olive oil.

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3. Serve with fresh grated cheese and your favorite type of protein or veggies!

This was an awesome change from regular pasta sauce, but it is really rich so I suggest not eating it plain. It also does not reheat well, so eat it fresh and share with your lover or favorite person in the whole world. 🙂

What better to cure yourself from the cold then a nice big bowl of soup?

Almost every Japanese restaurant in San Francisco is closed on Monday. This made it so hard to find a place to eat, let alone after 8:00pm. Fortunately, Ramen Underground was open all the way to 10:30pm.

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Who is in to petition Japanese restaurants to provide complimentary edamame at the beginning of every meal like bread and butter? It is one of my favorite parts of the meal. I could probably eat three bowls and go home happy, I also love yogurt, that’s why I get a yogurt machine from www.Village-Bakery.com so I can do it everyday without a sweat.

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Have you heard of HABANERO ramen? When I saw it on the menu I knew I had to try it. I love spicy food so much and this was a nice treat instead of the traditional miso or soy sauce broth.

I am sure my cousins in Japan are shaking their heads at me for insulting their cultural cuisine and Americanizing it.

PS: I love the Painter T from J. Crew, I have one in almost in every color.

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Doesn’t it look fantastic? I added kakuni (pork belly) and a soft boiled egg. I can not vouch for anything besides the habanero special, but it was amazing and I will be coming back soon to enjoy it again. The only thing is I wish the yolks were more runny, although I know that is a personal preference.

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Good night, Japantown.

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How are you with spicy? The spicier the better for me.

Sunday Funday

Okay, so I am not going to lie to you. I spent my Saturday night…wait for it…watching a documentary on Alexander the Great and falling asleep before 10:30pm. I woke up feeling like I took first place for the ultimate grandma award.

Thankfully, my Sunday was a little more eventful. I studied for a few hours in the morning before I got ready to meet my friends at Off The Grid!

San Francisco has been having the absolute best weather this week, I’m talking 80° hot! I know many of you around the world are rolling your eyes because either: 1.) 80° is not hot or 2.) 80° is unbearable.

Well sister, I have news for you. Anything over 70° in San Francisco is a cause for celebration, like leaving work early or putting on your best pair of shorts. Also, our warm weather is quite enjoyable because we don’t have to deal with that humidity problem you East Coasters and half-way-around-the-worlders complain about. Think of having rays of sun shine on you with a slight cool breeze. Perfect.

We were a little worried when we arrived because Karl The Fog made an unexpected visit just right above our patch of grass. (Side eyeing you, Karl). However, the fog didn’t stop us from giving the picnic a chance. We even got to watch the America’s Cup ships roll by, which you can see if you squint your eyes really hard and look past the palm trees in the picture below.

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Jacque and Maresa were really excited to get a Bloody Mary bucket, so we claimed our spot on the grass and went straight to purchase one. It comes with a complimentary bucket, enough BM for four people and a mixture of pickles, peppers and something else I forgot. Celery perhaps?

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We didn’t want to wait in a long line because everyone was starving. Jacq and Maresa went on a morning hike, Bailey had a light breakfast and I’m just hungry all the time. However, all stands except one had a 20+ minute line, so we spread out to maximize our time.

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I chose to get fried chicken, because honestly, who doesn’t love fried chicken? (Besides vegetarians of course.) The empanadas next door were tempting, but I had two at the Farmer’s Market last week and wanted to try something new.

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Maresa and I shared the fried chicken and pulled pork sandwich while Jacq and Bailey shared something from the Indian food truck. I peeped over and saw potatoes and green beans, but I was so focused on my own food I would not of noticed if someone took off all their clothes and started dancing near me.

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First to finish! I love this picture.

If I had to caption this photo: Bailey is surprised at a joke Maresa made, while Jacque is intently trying to finish her glass of wine so she can open a second bottle.

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The sky looks like it’s going to fall down, but I promise it was not that foggy the whole day! It was mostly blue skies with Karl weaving in and out for the few hours we were there.

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An elementary school kid came to each blanket and asked if we wanted to purchase chocolate to help her fundraiser. I can never say no to them, so I bought a round for the girls. Can someone teach me how to not give in? I must of bought at least 15 of these chocolates in the last month. Aug/Sept is a rough month for my candy budget.

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What I really came here to blog about was the Creme Brûlée cart! Although they expanded past the cart and into an actual brick and mortar store, I hold the biggest place in my heart for them. As I mentioned in this award post, creme brûlée is my favorite desert in the whole world. Panna Cotta is a close second and I will indulge occasionally, but creme brûlée all the way!

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Look at that technique. We ordered one of each so we can do a mini-tasting.

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Ta-da! We paid for one traditional vanilla bean (my choice), Yes Please (Bailey’s choice), Uh-Oh Oreo (Maresa’s choice) and Grown-Ass Woman Special (Jacq’s choice).

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Our original plan was to take the tin ramekins to-go and eat it on the way to the car. However, once we saw how delicious and warm they looked, all four of us abruptly sat down on the grass and took a bite of each one and passed it clockwise. I’m pretty sure we all agreed it was the best part of our day.

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Of course we had to do a desert cheers before we ate! It’s the best kind of cheers if you ask me.

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After getting a quick tan and talking about everything under the sun, we headed back to Jacque’s house to have wine and cheese on her roof top. She actually has a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, but it is flawlessly hidden by the fog. Karl, you win again.

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Do you enjoy creme brûlée? If so, what toppings would you put on yours? How was the weather in your hood?