We were recently treated to a savory dinner at barcito in DTLA (South Park, a few blocks east of Staples Center), and I need to tell you all about it. Because look at that drink. It was as good as it looks. Also, this Argentinian gem will be featured in dineLA’s summer series from July 14-28. If you’re planning your must-eat spots, make sure this one is on your list.
This has to be by far the simplest recipe on the planet, but I actually do not like the taste of water and something needed to be done. Now before you say water doesn’t taste like anything, that’s precisely why I don’t enjoy it. I drink it because I have to. On the other hand, I can go through cartons of coconut water in one day if you let me. But those calories add up. Cue in the solution to my issue here – Cucumber lemon water. It’s water with spa appeal. And who doesn’t want to feel like they’re treating themselves to a refreshing drink for the body and soul? Every sip says “I love you” to your digestion and overall health.
Cucumber lemon water is not only tasty but it’s great for detoxing. I’m not even kidding. You will “go” often.
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.
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 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.
I’ve been lessening breads and gluten from my diet for a while now, but after my recent labs … It’s a wake up call to hustle up more even more. My body just doesn’t respond well to certain foods and I need to step up my health game, pronto. One of my biggest weaknesses is bread. To redirect my cravings, I’ve been stocking my pantry and refrigerator with hearty replacements like sweet potato, squash and avocado to eat with a chicken or tuna salad. I mean, there’s nothing like a nice toasty piece of French bread but if you have to cut down, try adding more avocado to your diet to keep you full and, most of all, healthy! It’s the kind of fat you need and want in your life.