Archive | May, 2011

Pittsburgh Foodie Field Trip

15 May
A few months ago a friend of mine took me around Pittsburgh’s Strip District, and a bit of Oakland. The result: I have new staples to my diet and I’ve got new places to shop.
In the Strip District, we visited Lotus Food Co., a Chinese grocery store. It was awesome, and cheap. And they had loads of gluten-free stuff that my sister would adore. The sauces there were much cheaper than in regular grocery stores. I got a basket full of what I thought would come to about fifty dollars. It came to twenty-two big ones :D. While there I bought udon noodles, a special soy-based sauce to cook the udon in, ube powder(a purple sweet potato powder), seaweed, and dorayaki (basically a small pancake filled with red bean paste= really, really good.)
My family totally loved the udon noodles and tempura (just dip fresh veggies in a flour/water batter and fry). New staple. Tryyy it.
Also visited the PA Macaroni Co. for pasta and bread, and Wholey’s for fish.
After we had bubble tea at LuLu’s Noodles in Oakland (bubble tea was also new to me, and is awesome), and then had a feast 🙂
Pictures!
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Caffeine in Florence

15 May
So when I went to Italy, I was super excited and expecting something completely different when it came to the coffee. I was right to be excited, it was awesome. But different from what I expected. After my trip I decided that I will, in the nearish future, buy a super-high-tech espresso machine. And fresh coffee beans.
morning: cappuccino
lunch: cappuccino if early, espresso Italiano if later in day. Espresso is taken like a shot of alcohol, and is about 1.50 euro wherever you are. Mix a packet of sugar in it. [Btw they don’t have any fake sugar like Splenda.] If you add any more, you might as well get an espresso Americano. Which, I learned on my trip, is watered down espresso >.<
dinner: wine, not espresso.
Hot Chocolate is acceptable to drink any time. When you go to Florence, definitely try the hot chocolate. Its like drinking candy, only not overwhelming 🙂

Spaghetti squash, sweet potato fries.

15 May
Apparently, I can blog from my iPhone -.-. I’m going to try blogging shorter posts to try and start writing again. so here goes.
some stuff ive made recently 🙂
I tried spaghetti squash. I would consider it kind of a failure but it was still ok.
I boiled it until soft, about 30 minutes. Scooped out the seeds, shredded out the rest with a fork. I tossed it with a marinara sauce.
What I learned: Drain the shredded “spaghetti” before you use it. It tasted good otherwise. I might try again in a week.
I made a Santa fe turkey sandwich:
Turkey bacon, sliced turkey, cheese, roasted red peppers, lettuce, tomato slice, and chipotle mayo [I think Kraft sells a pre-made one] on a hoagie roll. Pretty good if you’re in the mood for something different.
Served with sweet potato fries, which are awesome! [and orange].  The ones I used were by Ortega and they’re really good. I made them once from sweet potatoes myself but they didn’t turn out nearly as well.
Aaand a BLT with egg.  always excellent.

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