Vanilla almond oatmeal topped with caramelized bananas. This caramelized banana almond oatmeal is deliciously simple and perfect for breakfast.
These last few days have been all about my friend’s wedding at the San Francisco Zoo. Since I was part of the bridal party, we went to get pampered the day before, then had to wake up early to get ready for her big day. It was sooo much fun. Cocktail hour included riding the carousel, feeding alpacas, petting possums and hedgehogs. And oh my gosh, I got to feed a giraffe! How often do we get to say that we get to do these things at a wedding?
Last weekend, my sister and I got to go see Hamilton at the Orpheum Theater. Remember how I mentioned that we entered the lottery through the Hamilton app? We won two $10 tickets to the show. And guess what? We ended up with front row center seats.
If you haven’t seen the show yet, I highly recommend it. It was soo amazing. The storyline was interesting and the songs were soo good. But most of you probably already know that from listening to the soundtrack. And definitely enter the lottery for a chance to win super cheap tickets. Go now!
Chex cereal, pretzels, and crispy mochi nuggets tossed in a sweet and savory furikake seasoning and crushed red peppers. This spicy furikake chex mix is the perfect snack.
Soo…. you guys know that musical everyone’s been talking about: Hamilton? Well, this is a PSA in case you didn’t know, but…. If you want to see Hamilton, and it’s playing in your city, I highly recommend downloading the Hamilton app and entering the lottery daily. You can win up to two $10 tickets to see the musical. It’s really really possible. My cousin won a pair a few weeks ago for the New Orleans show. And we just got a pair of tickets for San Francisco. <3
But let’s talk about this spicy furikake chex mix.
Spring is here, and every once in awhile it actually feels like it. You know, in between the grey clouds and the rain. I was having brunch with a friend at Santana Row, a high end shopping area in San Jose, to catch up and to celebrate my birthday late. The cherry blossoms are finally blooming, and it’s so nice to sit outside on the patio to take in all the sight.
Green curry filled with shrimp, broccoli, carrots, and eggplant served over soba noodles. This shrimp coconut green curry soba noodle bowl is the perfect weeknight dinner.
Have I ever mentioned that Thai food is a staple in our house? My sisters and I grew up eating a combination of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai food. Asian foods are always so flavorful. So many different spices and bold flavors.
Whole roasted cauliflower seasoned with everything spice and crushed red pepper. This everything spiced whole roasted cauliflower is delicious as a starter or as a snack.
Can we talk about the love I have for cauliflower? Especially when it’s roasted? It’s not a new thing, this love for cauliflower. But it was definitely renewed after my recent trip to New Orleans.
The fun part about traveling when you’re a food blogger is that so many things can inspire you. Every place that you travel to will have their unique and distinct dishes. New Orleans happens to have so much to offer in terms of delicious food and fun inspirations. Almost every meal I had made me want to return home and replicate it.
I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since I’ve come back from my vacation in New Orleans. I’ll share more photos at a later time, but one of my favorite parts of the trip was getting to indulge in beignets. There are Southern comfort food and Cajun restaurants in San Francisco that offer beignets. But the thing is, it’s just not the same as the beignets in New Orleans.
So during our stay in New Orleans, is it any surprise that we overindulged in beignets? We had beignets three separate times over the week. lol. My favorite still remains to be the original Cafe du Monde location. Service is definitely not amazing. But the beignets are soo worth the crowds, the sticky ground, and the bad service. So is the coffee. And I don’t even drink coffee. lol.
Shredded chicken tossed with torn mint, red onions, and fried shallots. This Vietnamese shredded chicken salad is simple, delicious, and perfect as an appetizer or a light meal.
I’m home from vacation for a few days now, and I wish I was still on vacation. As always. I spent almost a whole week indulging in southern comfort food and eating to my heart’s content, or more accurately, my stomach’s content, all the crawfish and beignets that I’ve been craving and dreaming of for years. We have Cajun restaurants in the Bay Area, but it’s just not the same! If you haven’t been to New Orleans before, I highly recommend it. The most amazing food, the most beautiful architecture. Foodie heaven. And a week was just NOT enough.
That said, southern comfort food can be really heavy. Halfway through the week, I felt like I needed lighter meals. Something that wasn’t fried, something that wasn’t covered in loads of butter. lol. Now that I’m home, I feel like I need lighter meals, at least for the next few weeks.