Sunday Food

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Sunday Food

Making fancy toast on late Sunday mornings is one of my favorite things to do. There's nothing better than sleeping in (like, reeeeaaaally sleeping in), and then getting up and making brunch food in a bathrobe. 

Today's toast has a ricotta spread and is topped with garlicky, lemony kale, bacon, a fried egg, and red pepper chili flakes. Mmm!

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Filipino Lunch at Amboy

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Filipino Lunch at Amboy

There's a takeout window in the middle of a plaza in Chinatown serving up simple little Filipino delights! Thanks to a new friend from yoga, I got to enjoy a pretty hearty lunch at "Amboy" -- a new lunch spot with classic Pinoy-style meats and veggies sautéed in adobo, all lovingly bundled up in banana leaves and ready for eating on the spot or on the go. 

I treated myself to pork belly on white rice and added some bok choy so I wouldn't feel too guilty about eating all of that pork. I'll do a juice cleanse later. The pork belly was good and crispy, the rice a little sticky, and I liked the bonus cup of tomato-cucumber salad. The acidity of the tomato-cucumber salad balanced out the fattiness from the pork belly just right. I chowed down on my lunch at one of the picnic tables in the middle of the plaza, and I had an ice cold calamansi juice -- a.k.a. Filipino lemonade -- to wash it all down. 

Amboy is only open during lunch hours right now. I'm not sure if it will end up becoming a full restaurant, and I'm not sure how long this concept will be around, but I hope I can make it back so I can try the rest of the menu.

Ang sarap! :)

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Diego Pops

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Diego Pops

Whenever I travel, I try to make it a point to visit and eat at as many different places as I possibly can. However, while in Scottsdale the other week, I found a place I couldn't quit. DIEGO POPS.

Diego Pops is a Mexican restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale with a funky aesthetic, a killer bar and patio, and banging tacos. We went there on a Sunday night and chowed down on four different types of tacos -- all wrapped in warm corn tortillas: 

  • Adobo BBQ chicken with serrano and slaw
  • Braised green chili chicken with a mild crema, cotija, and house slaw
  • Braised pineapple pork topped with a zesty pineapple relish
  • Grilled salmon with fresh chiles, serrano ranch, chipotle aioli slaw, and crispy leeks

For dessert, we had vanilla and coconut ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce and graham crackers lining the bowl. This was our server's favorite way to have his ice cream. :)

And then I found out that Monday was "Taco Monday" at Diego Pops -- and that they had a happy hour with 1/2 price appetizers and cheap drinks! So... we found ourselves back at the restaurant the next day after an afternoon walk through Old Town.

The second time around we had the charred skirt steak tacos, the plantain tacos, and an order of Diego Pops' famous Brussels sprout nachos (pictured below). BEST. NACHOS. EVER.

The Brussels sprout leaves were mixed generously throughout the nachos, and everything was covered with Mexican street corn, queso Oaxaca, fresno chiles, pickled onions, and roasted garlic beat crema. And on top was a glorious fried egg, which oozed its delicious yolk all over the nachos when I cut through it. 

I never would have imagined Brussels sprouts as the main ingredient in a nacho dish. It was absolutely tasty, and I'm sure the Brussels sprouts pretty much balanced out the chips and cheeses. Super healthy, right???

Next time I'm in Scottsdale, there's no doubt that I'll be back for more tacos and nachos. Especially if my visit falls on Taco Monday. #tacoseveryday

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Saturday Breakfast

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Saturday Breakfast

I live two blocks away from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, and it's a dream come true. I can walk to the market in five minutes, and I can shop and eat and get back to the apartment in less than an hour. And that's including a quick walk to the beach to make my grocery list.

The past few Saturdays, I've gotten into this routine: (1) go to the market and check out the stands, (2) walk to the beach and make a list, (3) walk back through the market and buy my produce, and (4) get back home and make a super fresh breakfast.

My Saturday breakfast menu consists of an egg-in-a-hole (or two) and some random assortment of market greens and tomatoes tossed with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and sprinkled with fresh lemon juice. This Saturday I made an arugula and tomato salad (photo above), and last Saturday I had an arugula and kale salad with tomatoes and bacon avocado (photo below). Yep, that's right. BACON AVOCADO.

Quick aside: Bacon avocados are the best. They're creamier than Haas avocados, and they have this buttery texture that just melts in your mouth. Mmm!

I'm really enjoying living only a few minutes away from the market. In Tennessee, I would go to the market almost every weekend -- but I had to devote a good chunk of the morning to driving to the market, shopping, driving back, and prepping my veggies. Now the market experience is so easy. Literally in less than hour I can get all my produce and come home to make breakfast, which gives me even more time on the weekends to keep exploring this new city that I'm loving. 


Update: Sunday Breakfast

I made the same thing with the addition of artichokes to the arugula and tomato salad. And because it turned out prettier, I decided to change out the cover photo with a pic of today's (Sunday's) breakfast plate. You know, because that's what #foodie #bloggers do. :)

Here it is... my Sunday (February 7, 2016) breakfast:


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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year

Looking over my new hometown of Los Angeles and celebrating the new year from Griffith Observatory. Welcome, 2016!

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