The Wonderful World of Food

The past few days of blog neglect has definitely been food-worthy, regardless of the lack of posts. But not to fear, I have a lot to share with you since my birthday. 😉

To celebrate my 26th year, my boyfriend, little sister, and I ate at Cascal, a Latin-infusion tapas restaurant, and SO good. This place offers some pretty interesting, but amazing, small plates to share, which is the best way to do things, in my opinion- that way you get to taste it all.

Vegetarian Eggplant Tian – Layered grilled eggplant, piquillo peppers, Manchego cheese, smoked tomato-paprika sauce
BEST dish: Wild Mushroom Empanadas with manchego cheese and truffle oil
Duck Confit Gorditas – Duck filled gorditas, chipotle-chile espresso sauce, cilantro relish, cotija cheese salad garnish
Cuban Wrap- Sliced, adobo marinated pork tenderloin, rolled in tortilla with cilantro mojo, watercress, piquillo pepper salad
All together
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake – Made with fresh caramelized pumpkin, spices, in a graham cracker crust. Served with a molasses whip cream

Dinner was excellent… but I think I could make a better cheesecake. Not as pretty of course, but I bet I could up the taste rating, plus make it healthier. 😉

And… I was chosen (sort of, along with some demanding), to be one of the lucky taste-testers for Alisa‘s test recipes for some new desserts. And she sent me a birthday card. She’s so sweet, as are her cookies!

Alisa's Blondies! The large chocolate chips MADE it for me.
Gluten free, dairy free, and made with love 😉
Hello... sprinkled with taste!

Chocolate Explosion Oatmeal Cookies

I even got the recipes… mwahhahaha! Thank you, Alisa! Definitely great birthday presents!

This weekend I got a chance to make some macarons. These guys are refined sugar free, dairy free, gluten free, and yummy.

Recipe coming soon!

There’s so much more to share, like all the great vegetarian/vegan dishes I’ve been playing with, or the Whole Foods Thanksgiving Dinner (also vegan) I attended earlier this week. But all that will have to wait for another post.

For now… I am grateful…

November 18th Gratitude: Cloudy days… I am fan of warm, sunny weather, but at some point there has to be a changing of the seasons. Today, in northern California, it’s cloudy, and a storm is on it’s way. As long as I’m nice and warm, bundled up indoors, I’m cool with the rain.


Where are you not feeling good enough?

Where are you feeling more than good enough?