Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Summer Treats

So its been a while since I've posted anything... but I can tell you I have eaten since then... and I've eaten a lot. After working at Olive Garden for seven months, I've come to the realization that smelling and feeling like a dirty breadstick everyday is not very appealing. In order to balance out my daily intake of garlic breadsticks (I ate them out of pure boredom), I found some little restaurants that featured words like organic, garden fare, or refreshing in their menu instead of saturated, buttery, or creamy. Pita Jungle saved my life during those times. Its hip setting and its healthy, inventive recipes made me crave something that was not only tasty as ever, but healthy too. This amazing pizza features spinach, mushrooms, large tomato slices, and mozzarella cheese on top of a baked pita. With fresh ingredients, it would be just as easy and just as tasty to make it at home as it would be to get in your car and drive there. Unfortunately, the healthy streak didn't last too long due to my trip to New York, my diet regiment left in Arizona. First item on the New York list was a steak sandwich and a side of Mexican grilled corn from Cafe Habana. This little cuban corner street cafe is tiny. But its taste is anything but. Grilled steak, onions and peppers inside a yummy baguette and a spread of spicy chipotle mayonnaise makes this sandwich the best I've ever had. You could say I flew to New York just to have one. I could go on and on with things I've eaten this summer (giant portobello mushrooms as the Blue Bayou in Disneyland, mussaman curry galore nearly every week etc. etc.), but these two entrees might just be the highlight of my summer.

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