Hello Summer

It has been a great semester, and this is unfortunately my last post. Well, my last post that will be graded, at least. If you haven’t read some of my previous posts, this blog started as a class assignment for a communications class.

I will be graduating in just a few weeks, but I don’t think I’m ready to give this blog up just yet. This summer I will be traveling to Japan to visit my sister and in July I will be moving to New Zealand for a year. I think it will be a great opportunity for the chance to taste food from other parts of the word and can’t wait to share it with you.

This blog was a fun experience for me and, even though it might a little quieter around here, I still plan to update this page with my food adventures.

Homemade Quinoa Salad Recipe

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Some people think that becoming a vegetarian would be too difficult for them. One of my good friends, Lexie, has been a vegetarian for most of her life and says that finding unique recipes to try is one of her favorite parts of being a vegetarian. With so many different recipe blogs and sites like Pinterest, it’s actually really easy and fun to explore different foods and add some variety to your diet.

I love watching her cook because I can tell how much she enjoys it. You can watch Lexie making one of her favorite recipes she’s found on Pinterest and learn more about being a vegetarian here.

In Honor of Grand Prix

If you haven’t noticed, there’s a new Mexican food truck outside of Harry’s. While I typically go for a burrito or pizza after a night of fun, apparently people from other countries do it differently. I thought this was video was pretty funny, especially since, after Breakfast Club, the line for Chipotle was out the door and around the corner.

 

Let Me Tell You About Wonuts

There’s nothing better than a great food mash-up. First there was the cronut and now you can now get a wonut (a waffle/donut) at Waffles Cafe in Chicago.

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It’s made with a waffle batter that’s a little thicker than normal cooked on a waffle iron.

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The wonuts, which are now crispy like a waffle but also fluffy like a donut, are then moved to the deep fryer.

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Then comes the best part, the glaze.

tmg-slideshow_xl (3)And finally, icing and toppings like sprinkles or nuts are added.

tmg-slideshow_xl (4)They have different flavors of batter and glaze, and feature a variety of wonuts like Mexican chocolate, whole wheat with candied fruit, green tea and birthday cake flavored. Personally, I think this red velvet wonut looks divine.

tmg-slideshow_xl (5)I think might need to make a trip to Chicago soon.

Survive Easter Brunch This Year

The holidays can be a stressful time, especially if you’re hosting family. I love reading articles that offer different tips and tricks and I found one on Yahoo! Food that offers you some ideas for how to make hosting Easter a breeze.

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  • Start later in the day; around noon
  • Dress in something comfortable and colorful
  • CHAMPAGNE
  • Try a frittata if you have a big group

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  • Serve prosciutto or pre-cooked ham instead of baking a ham
  • Top all your dishes off with chopped herbs
  • Bake treats ahead of time for your guests to take home with them

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Read the whole list with full details on Yahoo!’s page and be sure to check out their Easter section for more ideas to make your holiday special.

Make Your Own Sushi, Save $$$

Though it’s not for everyone, sushi is one of my favorite things to eat. My family loves sushi as well, but sometimes going out to eat is pretty pricey. Bargain Babe shows how much money you can save by making sushi at home as opposed to going out to eat at a sushi restaurant. My dad loves to make his own sushi, and it’s a fun activity to do when we’re all together. Plus, it’s actually easier than you might think. Here are some main tips from Bargain Babe’s site.

1. Prepare sushi rice. It’s not just boiled Japanese rice.Sushi-two-rolls

2. Chop all roll ingredients, such as fish, avocado, cucumber, and lay out any extras like sesame seeds or spicy sauce.

3. Lay a sheet of seaweed paper onto your roller, shiny side down. Note the suggested cut marks for later.

4. Lightly press a THIN layer of rice on the bottom 2/3 of the sheet, making sure to spread the rice to the edges. Have a bowl of water handy to unstick the rice when you are done. Or, wear rubber gloves and rub a dollop of mayo onto your hands. Friction be gone!

5. Add toppings across the middle of the rice. Add more fish than you think you need.

6. Grab the edge of the paper closest to you and pull it across the toppings using the bamboo rollers. When the edges of the rice meet, give the rollers a light squeeze, then continue rolling until there is just an inch of the seaweed paper showing. Dab a finger into a bowl of water and moisten the edge of the paper. Roll the rest of the way, give your creation one more squeeze, then pull back the bamboo roller. Cut your roll into about 6 pieces and take a bite!

This past weekend I went home to celebrate my mom’s birthday and we made our own sushi and nigiri, which is just sliced raw fish on top of a ball of rice. We also got the chance to Skype with my sister who is currently living in Japan. While we ate dinner, she was eating breakfast. We all think that preparing dinner together is a really great way to get closer as a family and my sister loves making sushi at home because, since she’s a little pickier, she can customize her rolls.

Food Documentaries You Should Watch

You know what they say about April showers and May flowers? Well, unfortunately it looks like we’re in the middle of said showers and it doesn’t seem like this rain is letting up anytime soon. What better way to spend a rainy afternoon than curling up and watching a movie? Since you’re going to be stuck indoors anyway, you might as well learn something too. I’m a huge fan of the documentary section of Netflix, and I found a really interesting list of some of the best food documentaries that you can stream right now. A lot of the films look like they’re meant to scare people, but some of them take an interesting journey into the world of different foods. You can view the full list here, but these are some of the ones I think look really interesting and will probably end up watching sooner or later.

“Spinning Plates” takes a look at three very different restaurants and shows all the work that goes into creating a great restaurant

 

“A Matter of Taste” follows perfectionist chef Paul Liebrandt through his journey of starting his own Michelin-starred restaurant

 

I’m actually really jealous of this guy. “The Great Chicken Wing Hunt” follows filmmaker Matt Reynold’s cross-country as he searches for the perfect chicken wing. What a great job.

 

I had to watch “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” for a previous class and it is a really interesting piece that takes a look into the Japanese culture by focusing on Jiro, the owner of an extremely popular sushi restaurant. I guarantee your mouth will be watering by the time this one is over.

 

“At its core, “Forks Over Knives” is a convincing case for veganism. Through interviews with scientists and doctors, the film suggests that a whole grain and vegetable-based diet could help banish heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and other major health issues.” This one hits close to home for me, since heart disease runs in my family.