When my TMJ disorder got really bad, soup became my best friend. Over the last couple of years my fiance and I have learned to create a variety of different stews, soups and purees packed with flavor and hearty ingredients that are easy on my jaw, simple to make and gluten-free. We recently made a turmeric chickpea soup with Mountain High Yoghurt, and it was all of the above and more!
Like I mentioned in this post, I’m going to share a lot more of what we eat and do around these parts to feed our soul. I also want to share how we keep it all as simple as possible. Unless it’s a special event or a weekend cooking with the family, our everyday meals need to be manageable with a touch of a garlic, a dash of salt and 100% gluten-free.
We’re a busy family so there is not always a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. But we make sure to stock up on fresh veggies and herbs for quick meals throughout the week. One of our favorite dishes these days is this pesto chicken gluten-free pasta with asparagus and tomatoes.
However, the problem has been that I substituted breads and pastas with grains like rice and corn. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten as many tortilla chips as I have this past year. I seriously cannot get enough of them. They’ve been a huge comfort when I needed to snack on something when I was no longer able to reach for crackers. There was a time when I was able to eat anything I wanted. As I’ve gotten older, my body has changed and I’ve had to make many adjustments.
A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by Chevy to drive their new Cruze Hatchback to Vegas from LA to see the Latin Grammys. Um, me? Road trip? Vegas? Sign me up!
If you’re looking for a ride to take you around the city without hassle or if you’re planning a road trip, this little baby has got some nice pull. It also has a lot of room, which was surprising for a compact car. It also comes equipped with built-in Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G LTE WiFi and has a host of safety features that made us feel pretty confident during our 5 hour drive.
I recently went on a wine tasting tour (and dinner) at San Antonio Winery in Los Angeles. It was founded in 1917 and is the oldest producing winery in the city with over 99 years of winemaking. I’ve driven by it a million times, and decided it was a high-time I went inside to take it all in.
I tried several wines in their wine tasting room (hiccup!) before deciding which ones were my favorite. If you’re looking for a bottle of wine to gift these season, may I suggest the following?
I just noticed that all of my pictures from Vedge Restaurant are void of people. That’s probably because the food was THAT good. I just focused on the burst of flavor in every bite. People? What people?
I’m so not exaggerating about how delicious the food was at Vedge. I find that really good vegetarian dishes are a feast for the taste buds. The mix of flavors and ingredients is always a fun discovery for those of us who rely on steak and chicken to be at the core of every meal.
I have so many pictures from my trip to Philly, I’m still trying to figure out how to sort them all into posts. I had such an amazing time. More than I thought I would. You see, up until this trip, I had a very complicated relationship with Philly. My ex (and son’s father) is from the outskirts … So I only knew what was introduced to me at that time. I knew the more suburban, conservative, Protestant side, which was a completely different world than my upbringing in the Bronx. I’m not saying there was anything wrong with it (in fact, I gained a great deal from that experience) but at that time I was a feisty 20-something year old with a lot of sociopolitical, art and cultural interests that did not fit in very well. I was basically Angela from My So Called Life in a Rockwellian world. It really didn’t need to be so complicated, but it was.
I live in the Pasadena area and realized that I blog way more about things I do and see around the country than what’s happening in my own backyard. It makes no sense to me because I absolutely adore this city. I reached out to several businesses to see what was happening around town, and was quickly invited to the Playhouse District Wine Walk. How cool is that? You buy a ticket, show up at the Pasadena Playhouse, they give you a map and a glass for an evening of swirling, sipping and strolling.
If you follow me on Snapchat then you probably saw a million snaps on Wednesday of me at Hipcooks in Los Angeles. My friend Romy invited a group of us to cook, bake, eat and drink … And I got carried away documenting all of it. Who knew cooking would be that fun? But, shhh, don’t tell my fiancé. He will expect more fun-loving grilling and chopping in the kitchen from me, and I can’t say I’m quite there yet. I can cook and do enjoy it sometimes, but I’m no Martha Stewart. He pretty much handles most of the cooking around here, and knows how to prepare some really fantastic dishes. Why ruin a good thing, eh?
My mom used to serve them with potato salad when I was kid, and it was seriously the best treat ever. What can I say, I was a wild child. These days, I’ve been serving up it a lot more as I am now completely gluten-free. After two years of playing around with the idea (even though my doctor had been urging me the whole time), I finally dove right in. It all happened after an art show with a friend of mine, who told me that she actually does not eat gluten at all. My reply was “Ohhhh, that’s what you mean by clean eating?” Doh. I knew she had a lot of food particularities, but I can’t say we ever discussed it at length until that night. It gave me the courage to stop salivating over breads that are obviously causing more harm than good. According to my labs, I had a lot of inflammation and issues that my naturopath was convinced is food related. In fact, she thinks that it has contributed to my TMJ disorder.
This post is in collaboration with Kohl’s and Latina Bloggers Connect. Opinions are mine.
Ever since I was a little girl, my family always set up a beautiful spread for guests while my mom cooked Easter dinner. We would go to church, pick up my grandmother from home and set a table with appetizers and things to drink while my mom made her famous asopao de camarones. It’s a tradition that I’ve kept even when it was just my son and I at home alone as a homage to my family back east, who I love and miss dearly. May the traditions live on!
This weekend, my fiancé and I went to Kohl’s to pick out a few servers for our Easter spread. We always set up the table with delicious appetizers to keep us fed while we cook. Well, while he cooks. He makes a phenomenal asopao de camarones, similar to my mother’s recipe. While things are going on in the kitchen, we like to play music and snack on olives, cheese and dips. We got this really cool Food Network bamboo serving tray for some of our favorite mediterranean snacks. We decided to go with items that can be used year round for a variety of occasions.