Hello friends and fans!!

I know that this post has been a long time coming and it makes ¬†us happy to hear friendly reminders about our bloging duties. Truth is, things got a little busy in the last 14 months with work/school/moving/stuff and thus posting on the blog fell out of our routine To-Do-Lists. But since I’ve returned to the glorious Bay Area, I will continue blogging our food/non-food adventures for all of your viewing/reading pleasure. Thank you all for continuing to support our blog despite us slacking off ;D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers with a coconut!

Hello and sorry to our neglected fan base!! Due to our super hectic and busy lives, updates on our little project have been pushed to the lowest of priorities (sad face). However, I promise that this next MEGA POST will make up for the time-off and make mouths water!

Can you guess where the pictures from our current adventures will be from?? Here’s a hint!

The other day, we were watching The Best Thing I Ever Ate on Food Network and they featured a delicious looking deconstructed egg salad sandwich. Inspired by the soft-boiled eggs and minimalist recipe, we decided to give it a shot. However, due to lack of experience in making soft boiled eggs and Eric’s penchant for mayo overload, we ended up with medium-to-hard boiled eggs and not-quite-deconstructed egg salad. Kind of a failure, but tasty nonetheless.

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 6 eggs
  • mayo to taste (obviously we put a lot…like a cup)
  • chives
  • salt and pepper

Bring the eggs to a boil, then remove from heat and let sit for 7 minutes. Rinse the eggs in cold water, allowing them to cool rapidly and form a thin space between the membrane and the egg for easier peeling. Slice into quarters, then add mayo, chopped chives, salt, and pepper, quantities depending on how you like your egg salad. Stir! But try not to be too vigorous, you don’t want your eggs to become mush!

We had ours atop toasted bread spread with homemade pesto and topped with mixed greens. Personally, I think pesto makes egg salad even better!


This was a super easy little snack I made myself a while back, when we were obsessed with Brie cheese. We’d buy whole wheels of it from Costco and eat it with anything, but we particularly enjoyed them with Trisuits. And Wheat Thins. And sandwiches.

Somehow in the course of my internet trawling (okay, I’ll admit it, I saw it on someone else’s Facebook), I came across this recipe from Real Simple and thought that it sounded like a fabulous combination of flavors.

Ingredients

  • bread (I used Orowheat’s Country Buttermilk)
  • honey mustard
  • nectarine, thinly sliced
  • deli turkey (my favorite is Hillshire Farms Honey Smoked Turkey, Ultra Thin)
  • Brie, sliced
  • salt and pepper

Spread the mustard on the bread; top with turkey, Brie, and nectarines; sprinkle with salt and pepper. So simple and SO good.

We had a couple unexpected visitors show up by the apartment this weekend…cute, but noisy!

I know this blog is supposed to have posts on recipes of yummy dishes, but I felt like I just had to sneak a post about Sprouts in here. Well I guess post this isn’t so out there if you think about it.. seeing as how great food comes from fresh ingredients. One of the biggest things about moving from San Jose to Irvine meant moving from Safeway (awesome!) to Albertson’s (not so awesome). I found myself always comparing the two supermarkets, increasingly so as I began to cook more.

The roomies and I didn’t discover Sprouts until we moved into the Woodbridge community. I must say that it is a darn shame that we discovered such a SWEET market so late. So now I feel that I must share with you all (esp. Irvine kids) this super duper gem of a place. I’ve narrowed the long list of Sprouts’ awesomeness down to 10 for your viewing pleasure.

10 Reasons Why Sprouts is so darn GOOD

1)Produce. The variety of produce and meats is huge, fresh, and CHEAP (they have double ad days, see below).

2) Cold Foods. Their cold foods section has every single type of potato salad, egg salad, tuna salad, chicken salad that you can imagine. They also have pre-made, packaged meals made the day of if you’re feeling lazy (the cheesy double baked loaded potatoes are a must).

3) Dried Goods. Five isles of dried goods ranging from candies to fruits to trail mixes to rices to sugars to spices to beans to oats to infinity and beyond!! Seriously, there’s so much stuff, it’s great.

4) SALE, SALE, SALE!! Best part is, you don’t have to sign up for anything to get the discounts. Sprouts also has something they call “Double Deal Wednesdays.” If you go shopping on Wednesday, you get the discounts on the ads from last week ON TOP of any discounts they print in the ad for this week! It’s brilliant!!

5) Interior. Large, roomy and well lit. The market doesn’t smell funny and its always squeaky clean.

6) Location. Sprouts is hidden away in the Westpark plaza right next to Marshall’s on Alton and Culver. It seems that people don’t know about Sprout’s because they don’t know where it is and since people don’t know about it, the wait is never long (unless you go on Wednesdays).

7) Staff. The staff there is helpful, and always friendly. Ive had a many fun conversations with the employees and have never had a bad experience with them.

8) Hands down the BEST Honey Mustard Pretzels. I don’t know too many people who would actually say that they enjoy pretzels, they’re always the last thing left over in the bag of Chex Mix. When I had my first tiny fragmented piece of Sprouts Honey Mustard Pretzels, I instantly became a believer. I’m still not a fan of pretzels, but the honey mustard powder just completely blew me away. If you haven’t had any yet, you HAVE to go get some… NOW!!

9) Loaded Cheesy Double Baked Potatoes…. enough said.

10) Deli. I’ve never seen such an extensive selection of fresh sausages and kabobs in a super market until shopping at Sprouts. They have everything from chicken jalapeano sausages to andouille sausages to gigantic skewered kabobs.

Hello friends, family, fans, world!!

We apologize for being horrible bloggers over the last few weeks. I know many of you guys have been hounding me for new posts and recipes! Truth is, school work has piled up like dirty dishes in a small sink. No one likes doing it, but it must be done!! With that said, we probably won’t be posting anything new until after next Friday when finals are OVER. I promise that we will begin posting more frequently after. Y’all can expect many pictures/posts on our epic quests for fattiness all over Northern California.

Until then, let us know if there are any particular dishes that you guys like to eat/want to learn how to make! It would give us the incentive to try out new recipes, as well as putting our own spin on some of your favorites.

“Finals Cat” Photo Exhibit