Gallo Pinto

I lived in Costa Rica for a year in 2007-08. I did a home stay with a family for school. Every morning, unless busy or at work, my host mother would make me a big breakfast. It was gallo pinto, toast with butter, eggs, and fresh pineapple. I usually had water or strawberry juice to go with it.

Costa Rica made me step out of my food comfort zone. I, until then, wouldn’t eat peppers and onions. I also had a lot of weird eating habits- I would wipe down meat that was covered in sauce. I’m still not a fan of sauce but I’m not that extreme anymore. I also tried pesto for the first time at this great restaurant too.

So whenever I miss Costa Rica or just want an easy dish I make gallo pinto.

 

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My Own Private Burger

I had a hunger for some meat. Now usually I would just eat some chicken but it was late, the chicken was in the freezer. And I wanted something fast. Enter burgers! I did not make them but bought them, they were on sale because of the footballs game. I also had hot dogs but no buns.

I sauteed some onion. Added some cheese and BAM: dinner. However my body reminded me that sometimes beef is a no go…

 

Birthday, extended

So every year I get coupons from different restaurants for a free entree for my birthday. I try to use every one but it gets hard- time limits and going out to much. I never really ate by myself until I moved. Now it seems as normal and easy as going to the movies alone. My many feasts:

 

Father’s Day

So I didn’t spend Father’s Day with my dad, I spent it was my grandpa. It’s weird because my grandma wasn’t around to complain about Polish food- which she doesn’t like. But we went to the Polish restaurant, named Krakowiak, like always. I decided to try something new too. It wasn’t a big crowd- my two aunts, my mom and me.

I got the goulash with potato pancakes, I usually get the pierogi. And for dessert I got the sweet cheese blintzes which are my favorite. I use to make them at home. I gave my cucumber¬† salad to my aunt. I can eat cucumber but I’m not really a fan of it.

 

More Toast…

I made home fries with the leftover home fries. When I was younger my dad would do a big Southern breakfast. My step-mom would go to church while the rest of us slept in and my dad cooked. He’d make waffle, pancakes, home fries, hash browns, bacon, sausage and eggs. He’d have a whole spread and everyone would come down to eat.

I guess I don’t get why place list home fries but it’s just potato. It’s so annoying. Home fries should have peppers and onions and be flavored. So I doctored these up to remind me of Sunday morning breakfast.

 

Wedding in Nowhere USA

So a friend of a friend, who we both went to high school with, got married. In was in PA where the nearest town was an hour from our hotel- the ceremony was an hour away and the reception a hour away from the ceremony which was an hour away from our hotel. The roads barely had street lights or traffic lights. They were not something I was use to driving on- there were a lot of winding roads.

The wedding was nice, the day before had been rainy. The bride was beautiful and the music was great. The food was good too. They had a table with a huge pile of antipasto- which I couldn’t really eat. I’m not a fan of salami.¬† They did have a buffet of pasta though. There were five different types of pasta, veal and cod. I don’t eat cod or veal so I stuck to the pasta. There was gnocchi in a vodka sauce and stuff ravioli (two types), a garlic sauce with noddles and some vegetable dish. There were also some really good cocktails. It was a very Italian wedding.

The wedding cake was huge, and the portions matched- we were able to take some food home there was too much. Besides the cake there was ice-cream and chocolate lava cake. They had a gluten free options because someone was allergic.

Our hotel also had breakfast in the morning. They had a nice spread of things, you could make your own waffle if you wanted. There was also pancakes and eggs along with cereal, yogurt, and fruit.

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Toast

I met up with Rosie and Marc to go to a diner in Red Bank. Toast now stand where the Red Bank Diner use to be. I have so many fond memories of the Red Bank Diner. Toast is great too though. We have a running theory that they’ll never hire an unattractive person- seriously all the staff are solid eights and higher.

I got pancakes, eggs, and home fries. The eggs were not runny or wet. I hate runny or wet eggs. It just grosses me out for some reason.¬† I wasn’t able to finish everything. I took the home fries for another day.