Foodie Friday! - Washington Version.

My boyfriend and i went to Washington DC a few weeks ago and my friend Jess brought us to Vapiano, a cute restaurant in their 'China Town' that specialized in home made pasta dishes. The atmosphere was dim light, spacious, with lots of high and low tables. There were some couch chairs and small tables in one corner and the place was PACKED!

I had these really fun squiggly pasta shapes, with scampi sauce, shrimp and added broccoli [my favorite!!]
They gave us fresh bread and olive oil, which was delicious. [almost always a winner in my book] The pasta dish was quite yummy; a nice amount of both shrimp and veggie, but the sauce was a tad bland for me. The pasta was a [smidgen] too al dente, but that's just my preference. 

The boy and Jess really enjoyed their meals too, and we totally enjoyed tasting each others pasta dishes. 

In a city with lots of expensive or fast food restaurants, i would recommend Vapiano's if you're looking for a pretty decent Italian place.

I wonder what shape of pasta i'll try next time we go to DC? 
Until then...!

Food Friday! - Veggies, Pesto and Rhubarb, oh my!!

Last Saturday night my friend Monica came over and we cooked a DELICIOUS meal!! YUM squared! We cooked up these REALLY fun noodles and pesto from Whole Foods.

I made a veggie mix of a peppers, broccoli, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, and added soy beans and pine nuts.

THEN! We made a rhubarb and cherry cobbler, which was INCREDIBLY splendid! BUT....silly folks who wrote the said it was for 18 people. Ha! Right...we almost devoured half of it just sitting there. I can't even image what a 'serving size' looks like.

What exciting things have YOU been cooking??
Tell me about them if you like!! :D

Food and Love ya'll!

PS: i love love the "bad romance" song from Glee. Hee!

One Year Ago Today...

One year ago...THIS was my life. Oh, how quickly a year flies by.

I can't even recall what this is, but i'm sure it was delicious! :p

I've never had a drum stick before this day, one year ago, and wow! was it delicious! I'm still hoping to have another one some day. YUM!

This is my friend Courtney, we made enchiladas i think, went for a walk and enjoyed delicious ice cream. :)

Ricky Frank is an uber talented artist and i had the honor of helping him at the Winter Park Art Festival. It was an amazing experience, and i learned a lot from him.

I hope i get the opportunity to work with him again some time.

Have a glorious weekend friends!

Smiles and Blessings,

One Year Ago today...

[[or in the last couple days..]] :D

I was in South Florida, visiting my family, and learning how to cook from my GREAT italian aunt. She's wonderful, her and my uncle both are, and i miss them very much.

We were learning how to make a proper "Aioli". Which is a combination of garlic, onions, olive oil, olives, pine nuts, parsley and basil. She makes hers with macaroni and broccoli.

Aunt Kiki's Aioli

Put oil in pot, put heat on medium (this will be a sauce) (this is for less then 1/2lb or a package of macaroni) a little more then a quarter cup of oil.
Add 5 or 6 cloves of FRESH garlic
Slice them thin, and brown them.
Then add Parsley, a level table spoon.
1/2 teaspoon basil.
6 olives cut into small pieces. (quarter pieces)
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic.
Some pine nuts (or you can add walnuts). Add a table spoon.
Let it simmer on medium.
Boil macaroni for 10 minutes.
After 6 minutes take 3/4 cup of the pasta water and add it to the oil.
Take a little at the time so it doesn't splatter at you.
Drain macaroni, then put it in dish and poor the sauce over it.


Aunt Kiki Tip!! *Buy [very white] garlic, put it in the jar, whole with skin on, without cover to keep them up to 9 days.**

I learned MAD card skillz playing with my Aunt over the last 20 some years, and it's always cool to see how close the game gets AND to see who wins... I WIN!! :D :D

This meal is really great, and very inexpensive. Add whatever veggies you have on hand, add a different type of nuts, use your imagination! You will be happily surprised at how wonderful this pasta dish tastes. :D