Happy lunes, mi gente!
(I always want to call you my foodies, but I’m not sure the term exists en español. When I lived in España, I once tried to explain the concept of a foodie to my host-mom—but my lack of español eloquence/proper pronunciation got us nowhere. I’m pretty sure that confusing conversación left my señora thinking that I was both loca and obsessed with food (neither entirely untrue); it left me still-uninformed of the español translation of la palabra “foodie.” Any native español speakers who’d be kind enough to enlighten me?)
I have an abnormally manic Monday—so I’m going to attempt a short and sweet recap in weekend discovery-form. Let us begin on a healthy note before digressing into the wonderful world of weekend indulgence.
During this fin de semana, I discovered…
–Kev Thug really is a thug.
Well, I found myself in a minor conundrum. I found the sneakers I’ve wanted online for much less than the what my local running store charges. El problemo? I really love the neighborhood running store, and I prefer to give my dinero to local businesses when I can.
Kev Thug to the rescue. As soon as I told father dearest of my consumer’s conundrum, he called the running store and explained that he’d rather buy the shoe from them if they’d meet him halfway on the price difference.
They did better and matched the online price. Success!
I realize this makes Kev more a savvy barterer than a thug—seeing as his solution wasn’t to rob/vandalize/hold up the running store—but the word thug carries so much more street cred.
Onto actual food discoveries…
–Applesauce and Greek yogurt are quite palatable partners in crime.
–Persimmon hype validated. Pretty, photogenic and delicious? Formulaic foundation for food blogger obsession.
This was my first persimmon, and I loved it. Its texture was sort of like a firm tomato, and it had a wonderfully subdued sweetness. Did I mention it was muy bonita? I can’t wait to play around with pretty persimmon photography.
The next two discoveries came on Saturday, which—as I’m sure you’ve heard—welcomed NYC’s first snowfall of the season!
-It feels unnatural to eat fresh, very out-of-season fruit when it’s snowing outside.
Unnatural, pero delicioso.
–Less unnatural? Eating Chinese take-out in a winter wonderland.
Chinese eggplant y pollo in garlic sauce. Favorito.
Vegetable egg fu yung. This was another weekend first. Increíble—but a little too greasy to be more than a one-bite encounter.
And obligatory brown arroz.
Back to unnatural eats, the following concoction epitomizes the word.
Graham cracker dipped hummus? I sort of tried this expecting to be disgusted (which is, in itself, pretty unnatural), but much like that watermelon, this combo was unnatural, pero delicioso.
I want to advise you to try this—but I’m not sure if it’s one of those weird flavor combinations that only my freaky taste buds enjoy.
The following is a confirmation of a discovery I made long ago:
I detest 100-calorie packs.
Take a look.
10 “cookies” sized similarly to the cereal pieces in Cookie Crisp.
A.K.A. cookie comedy.
Amigas, if you find yourself in the mood for a cookie, eat a cookie. Ten baby cookie imposters do not bear the same satisfaction.
And now a monumentous (you know, monumental + momentous) discovery…
I LIKE CHOCOLATE.
After carrying my “I’m not a chocolate person”-card for all 22 years of mi vida, I am beginning to suspect that my taste buds have evolved and now enjoy chocolate.
Exhibit A: You love a certain brand of kettle corn popcorn so much you’ve declared that it’s best sans any addition. You feel uncharacteristically compelled to add cocoa powder to said kettle corn. You love this.
Exhibit B: You love your Fage simply sweetened with sugar and cinnamon. Again, you feel uncharacteristically compelled to add cocoa powder. Again, you love this.
Exhibit C: You love lemon pound cake—straight up. You feel compelled to add dark chocolate chips. At this point, chocolate additions are no longer uncharacteristic, and it need not be stated that you love this.
Exhibit D: Despite having a freezer full of bran VitaTops at your fingertips, you reach for the Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip variety. You deem this the best VitaTop flavor you’ve tried thus far.
I believe exhibits A through D are sufficient proof of my blossoming chocolate love affair, so I’ll move on to a few final not-entirely-chocolate-related discoveries.
-When your VitaTop is missing a peanut butter chip, it is not only acceptable—but encouraged—to compensate with a spoonful of nut butter.
–Especially if it comes in the form of the highly-coveted Barney Butter.
Best. Almond Butter. Ever. I only wish my newest nut butter discovery came in a bigger jar—mostly because the little jar reflects my over-consumption so harshly.
Another chocolate-featured discovery:
Neopolitan ice cream sandwich.
Just do it.
And, before I bid you adieu, I’ll leave you with a conflicting piece of chocolate-loving evidence.
-While it is apparent that I have developed a newfound appreciation for chocolate…
…it seems I still favor my beloved non-chocolate options.
Good to know I’ve not lost myself entirely.