No, I don't have an immediate trip planned to NY, but I have a new reason to go: bocadillos!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
No, I don't have an immediate trip planned to NY, but I have a new reason to go: bocadillos!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I planned to make blueberry muffins this morning before work, since I had some leftover blueberries that I bought recently at Trader Joe's. Btw, they are an excellent source for blueberries, and all things yummy such as olive oil, whole wheat pasta, guindilla peppers, fig bars, etc.
You get a HUGE container of blueberries for $5.99.
You should go get some of these blueberries now...and take some to work for snacking and they are also good for smoothies. Use the rest for - baking!
In this morning's case, I made blueberry bread since I left my muffin tin elsewhere and need to get a new one (some might say that could imply I made breakfast for someone else, left the pan there - and you can read into that what you wish).
I baked the bread at 400 degrees in a rectangular bread pan - like the one you make banana bread in - for 30 minutes.
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 stick melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 ¼ cup blueberries (put these in at last otherwise your dough will be purple!)
Sift dry ingredients together. Beat eggs w/ sugar, add milk, vanilla and melted butter goes in last. Add the dry into the liquid and combine. Fold in blueberries. Use paper liners in your muffin tin and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes 12.
You must make these muffins. They are delish! My mom gave me this recipe out of the Fanny Farmer cookbook. I use a little cinnamon on mine put a some "sugar in the raw" on the tops.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
This store is opening downtown...looks like a pretty cool place.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
My Mom had me over for dinner tonight and made the most beautiful baked penne pasta with whole milk mozzarella and sausage which was procured from Niccoli's deli on 16th Street. She told me she always likes to go there because it's a great store filled with yummy products and delicious looking sliced meats.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
A good friend and my Mexico connection recently gifted me a package of coyotas. Coyotas are Mexican pastries from the mainly Hermosillo region - as shown by the packaging (see picture). A relative of my friend gets these directly from the baker so I am feeling quite privileged with this fine treat!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
This is pretty cool, you might want to check it out!!
(From their email)
We're letting the cat out of the bag - but just this once! This Friday, Feb. 12, Urban Cookies is launching Feel Good Fridays and giving out 100 free chocolate chip cookies at our retail store.
The Fine Print:
1. Start following us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/urbancookies) to find out our next giveaway date.
2. One cookie per person please :)
3. Free cookies are only available at our retail store.
4. If you get a free cookie, Pay it Forward and make someone else feel good.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Food City had red bell peppers on sale last week - 4 / $1.00.
You will ask regarding the title of this post...what does Disneyland have to do with eating good food? Plenty, I tell you. First of all, they have juice bars and frozen bananas. Second, they have a candy shop with licorice whips and white chocolate bark. What else does a foodie need, honestly?
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I am what you might call a chamoyada connoisseur. You can probably tell this by the address of my blog…
You might not know what a chamoyada is. Well, it’s a Mexican slurpee, of sorts. Take crushed ice, chamoy, mango pieces, Japanese peanuts, tamarind candy and a squeeze of lime. Put it all together and you’ve got a chamoyada.
My introduction to Oasis Raspados was through a good friend; we went to the location on
I’m reminiscing a little today... pardon me, I digress.
Back to the best chamoyada ever. It’s at Oasis Raspados. The
The chamoyada I had today had lots of mango pieces and a good sprinkling of tamarind candy (also known as serpentinas) and Japanese peanuts, just the way I like it.
They took a hiatus during the holidays, but now “they’re baaaaack!” Go get yourself a chamoyada, banana split or other tasty treat at Oasis Raspados right now.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
I'm at the Wildflower Bakery this morning at 44th St./Indian School catching up on some emails and surfing a bit. It's very pleasant, there are lots of tables and booths and the place is well lit with natural light - which I like. It's also close to my bank and in between home and work, an added bonus. I'm having a lemon calistoga water and enjoying my little netbook that my friend and IT specialist at Clear Skies IT Solutions helped me procure last year.
Btw, if you need computer repair help, get in touch with Clear Skies IT Solutions at email@example.com, they have reasonable rates and will come to your home or office.
In conclusion...Wildflower Bakery has yummy pastries, coffee, soda and salads/sandwiches...it's worth checking out.
This chart came from a food blog I believe - don't remember which one exactly right now. But it is a good guide to living a healthy life. Minimal animal protein and sugars with healthy fats and emphasis on whole grains, fruits and veggies.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
2010 INTENSIVE SPANISH CONVERSATION IN MEXICO
THE LEARN, LIVE AND LOVE SPANISH STUDY PROGRAM IN CUERNAVACA, MEXICO is celebrating its 23nd. consecutive year. The program which will take place June 18– July 3, 2010 is open to all students and members of the community. Students study at the well known UNIVERSIDAD INTERNACIONAL CENTER OF MULTICULTURAL STUDIES where they are totally immersed in the study of Spanish language and culture. Students are not only taught by Mexican university professors, but they also live with Mexican families.
Living with a Mexican family is the ideal way to learn Spanish in the shortest time possible. The purpose of the program is to offer students the opportunity to achieve fluency in Spanish conversation and an understanding of Hispanic culture. Classes are held daily from 8:00 a.m. – 4 p.m., and students study intensive Spanish conversation 3 hours a day in small classes with 5 students and one professor. The rest of their program includes classes on Latin America and workshops on different subjects like music, art, dance, literature and history.
COST: REGISTRATION, ROOM, BOARD & TUITION for PLAN A is
$860.00 (Private room and bath) or $785.00 for PLAN B (shared room and bath). Not included in the cost: transportation, books and spending money. Students fly
to Mexico City and then take a bus to Cuernavaca, The City of Eternal Spring. Cuernavaca is an ideal place to study in that it is close to many interesting places: Mexico City, Puebla, Acapulco, Taxco, Tepotzlán, archeological sites as well as beautiful natural refuges.
This study program has been highly successful, and over the years, many university and community college students have enjoyed learning Spanish at EL CENTRO along with community members that have included college administrators, lawyers, doctors, teachers and business people. Families are welcome to participate in the program.
Virginia R. Foster, Ph.D. has been resident director of the program and can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 602.254.9620.
¡¡¡¡NOS VEMOS EN CUERNAVACA!!!!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I will try to do a proper translation.
LENTEJAS CON ALITAS DE POLLO
• 300 g de lentejas • 1 cebolleta • 1 cebolla roja • 3 dientes de ajo • 1 pimiento morrón asado y pelado • 8 alas de pollo • 3 patatas • sal • pimienta • aceite • agua.
Cuece las lentejas (previamente remojadas) en agua con una cebolleta, sal y un chorro de aceite, durante 40 o 45 minutos. Después, añade las patatas, peladas y troceadas, y déjalo hacer otros 15 minutos.
Salpimenta las alas de pollo y fríelas, hasta que estén doradas, en una sartén con aceite donde habrás puesto 3 dientes de ajo, enteros y con piel, y la cebolla roja picada.
Sirve las lentejas en una fuente y coloca sobre ellas las alitas. Acompaña con la verdura (cebolla y ajo) y los pimientos en tiras.
LENTILS WITH CHICKEN WINGS
300 grams of lentils, 1 small green onion, 1 red onion, 3 garlic cloves, 1 peeled roasted red pepper, 8 chicken wings, 3 potatoes, salt, pepper, oil, and water.
Cook the lentils (that have already soaked) in water with the green onion, salt and a tiny amount of oil for 40-45 minutes. Then add the potatoes (peeled and cubed) and let everything cook another 15 minutes.
Season the chicken wings with salt and pepper and fry them in a skillet with oil that you have added 3 whole garlic cloves to (do not remove the skin or chop them in pieces), until they are golden, along with the chopped red onion.
Serve the lentils in a serving bowl surrounded by the wings (you could put the bowl on a platter). Serve the garlic and onion on the side of the wings, sprinkled with the red pepper pieces.
Sorry, I haven't made this yet, so I don't have a picture...
I'm a huge fan of lentils and chicken wings. Just have never eaten them together this way. Can't wait to try it.
Found today on azcentral.com
Desperate to save police, fire and other city jobs, a divided Phoenix City Council on Tuesday approved a sales tax on grocery items that will generate tens of millions of dollars a year.
The 2 percent food tax will take effect April 1 and expire after five years, though Mayor Phil Gordon said the council has the option of reversing its decision after it hears from the public during 15 budget hearings planned for this month.
The tax on milk, meat, vegetables and other food purchased by shoppers will generate an estimated $12.5 million for the fiscal year that ends June 30. It will raise another $50 million for fiscal 2011. Food purchased with food stamps will not be taxed.
The extra tax revenue means Phoenix will have more money in its coffers to help close a $241 million general-fund budget deficit through June 2011. Last week, budget officials proposed cutting $140 million in services. Other special funds for things like transit also could get money.
City Manager David Cavazos proposed eliminating 1,379 citywide positions, including nearly 500 police officers and firefighters. Among the dozens of targeted cuts, libraries and senior centers would be closed, an after-school program would be dismantled, and bus and light-rail service would be significantly reduced.
It's unclear exactly where the extra money would be allocated. On Feb. 9, Cavazos and other staff will offer options of how they can reverse proposed cuts using food-tax revenue.
Phoenix shoppers who buy paper towels, toothpaste and other non-food items at a grocery store already pay an 8.3 percent sales tax, 2 percent of which goes to the city. But Phoenix has not taxed food items since the early 1980s.
After Tuesday's vote, Mesa and Surprise are the only Valley cities that do not tax food items, though Surprise is eyeing a 1 percent food tax.
Elizabeth Van Wie told the council that the tax will be devastating for her family of six, which spends $900 to $1,300 a month on groceries. Business at the Van Wies' car wash has taken a 60 percent dive during the recession, and the family has begun growing vegetables to save money.
She suggested taxing fast food, cigarettes or alcohol, instead. "To tax a basic need for my family is disastrous," said Van Wie, her four young children in tow.
But union leaders argued the tax would keep more police officers and firefighters on the streets and emergency response times down.
Pete Gorraiz, president of the United Phoenix Firefighters Association, said city budget officials told him the food tax could provide a $6.9 million boost to the fire budget, saving nearly 40 firefighters' jobs and up to eight civilian employees. The extra revenue would spare three engine companies and an ambulance.
"There are services, and there are critical services," Gorraiz said. "In our business, if you start taking away our ability to meet response times, it's literally the difference between life and death."
Council members approved the tax on a 6-3 vote, with council members Sal DiCiccio, Bill Gates and Peggy Neely dissenting.
DiCiccio called the tax regressive, saying it harms the working poor, seniors and others on fixed incomes. Gates and Neely said they objected to pushing the tax through without giving residents enough time to have their say. Gordon had called for a special meeting just 24 hours earlier so the council could vote on the tax.
"We need to wait until everyone has had an opportunity to weigh in before we vote on this food tax. That is the Phoenix way of doing things," Gates said during the four-hour meeting. "I'm concerned this will enflame some people who will say, 'I didn't have the opportunity to be heard.' "
Gordon said that the sooner the council adopted the tax, the more money there would be to reduce proposed cuts. Implementing the tax in April means the city would have an extra $12.5 million for the current fiscal year.
Added Councilman Michael Nowakowski, an early supporter of the tax: "We're investing in our kids, we're investing in our seniors, we're investing in our libraries and our parks. We're investing in our future."
But local grocers and shoppers said Phoenix's food tax will hit them in their pocketbooks at a time they can least afford it.
"You can't do that to people right now in this market. They're being crunched in every possible way, and this was the only area they were not being taxed on," said Ken Schnitzer, owner of Luci's Healthy Marketplace, a specialty grocery store that opened last year in Phoenix.
"We're a new business that is trying to make it," he added. "Obviously, this will hurt our sales because people can't spend much money, and these are essentials that people need on a daily basis."
Buying cookies and other snacks at Bashas' Supermarket at Seventh Avenue and Osborn Road, Mark Evertz, a snowbird from Montana, said he may start spending winters in Mesa or another community that doesn't tax food items.
"It doesn't take long before a few pennies here and a few pennies there start to add up," said Evertz, 59, a disabled veteran who relies on his fixed pension benefits.
A Tesco supermarket in Cardiff, South Wales has banned customers from shopping in their pajamas, thisissouthwales.co.uk reports. A spokeswoman explained that the move was in response to customer complaints pertaining to other shoppers' outfits.
The store has installed a sign labeled "Tesco Dress Code Policy," which reads: "To avoid causing offence or embarrassment to others, we ask that our customers are appropriately dressed when visiting our store (footwear must be worn at all times and no nightwear is permitted)."
Jeans and sneakers are permitted.