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BAYFOOD COOKS: Or, when you’re watching New Girl, you can enjoy this pretty Blueberry Lime Salsa! Okay, I don’t really know what that has to do with New Girl per se, but I feel like Jess would like it because it’s pretty and it’s in a mason jar and she’s a hipster. 

I actually really disliked the show during the first season. My roommates would watch it every Tuesday, and I would reluctantly join them but I found it really try-hard at first. But then I started watching the second season and IT WAS SO MUCH BETTER. I think it’s because they took the focus off of Jess and incorporated the other characters more. Winston is my favorite. Anyway, then I went back and watched the episodes I missed and I totally love this show now.

I found the recipe here and I thought it looked so pretty that I had to try it. It originally used strawberries, but I don’t eat them anymore because of a silly mild allergy, so I substituted raspberries, with about 1/4 cup. I left mine a little chunky too since I like that. It was surprisingly good! I’m trying to broaden my horizons by incorporating more sweet and savory things, so this seemed like a good opportunity to try it. The fruit helps from making it feel like it’s a heavy snack and makes you sort of feel healthier, lol. 

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BAYFOOD COOKS: So, The Mindy Project comes back on today, and what better way to watch the show than by eating a Kal(e)ing salad? HA. Get it? Yeah. I know, it was lame. And besides, I’m pretty sure Mindy Lahiri wouldn’t want to be eating a salad, but rather a bear claw or a slice of pizza. I would too, tbh.

But seriously, I tried kale and I’ve decided it’s super over-hyped. While it has some nutrients I actually really need since my medicines depletes me of them, I feel like kale tastes like grass. So, I just decides to put a yummy dressing over it to help mask the grassy flavor. This salad had kale, spinach, avocado, cucumber, boiled egg, and feta with a homemade dressing. 

I usually just make dressing for myself since no one else eats it lol, so you can always double it if you want it for more than one person. I usually have leftovers anyway. I made my own version of a “Green Goddess” dressing:

LOW(ER) FAT GREEN GODDESS DRESSING

  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt (can be nonfat or lowfat, depending on your preference)
  • 1-2 tablespoons Best Foods Light Mayonnaise
  • 1/8 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped scallions
  • 1/4  teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt (optional) and Pepper to taste

 Using more yogurt instead of mayonnaise helps cut out unhealthy fats and I think it tastes better since you don’t have just that mayonnaise taste and oily consistency. I was happy with my results; it was pretty good! The dill was also stronger than I thought; I forgot dried herbs can be a lot! But I really liked the flavor since I haven’t utilized dill in a long time. It was nice having a thick dressing for once instead of a vinaigrette for a change after so long. I tend to stay away from the creamy dressings anyway since they contain more sodium. 

Whenever I make this dressing, I sometimes switch it up, like using chives or something else that’s green and around, lol. It all tastes really nice with those grassy leaves and eggs! 

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John’s Ice Cream (Berkeley, CA)

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Dandelion Chocolate (San Francisco, CA) - Papua New Guinea S’more made with homemade graham, marshmallow, and chocolate.

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El Tonayense (San Francisco, CA) -Before the Great Food Truck Race and the food truck craze, there is La Tonayense truck parked in front of the Best Buy parking lot on 9th and Harrison.

The truck generally starts cooking at 10:30 am and by 11:15 am or so they start serving tacos and burritos.  

My favorites are the carnitas and Lengua, and it is the perfect snack food or a meal.  

Lines can be long sometimes but the food gets served quickly.  It generally opens until at least 9:00 pm, rain or shine.

Nothing fancy, always consistent, it is one of my regular stops time and time again.

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Bi-Rite Creamery (San Francisco, CA) - The other flavor I got was the White Chocolate with Raspberry Swirl. Raspberry is one of my favorite flavors and it sounded like a good contrast to the salted caramel. This was a good choice too! It was so creamy but you could taste the sweet fruit as well. I like that their ice cream doesn’t taste overly sweet to the point where it’s too much. It’s just, really good, for a lack of a better explanation. I only wish I had a better picture, but since it was underneath my salted caramel, this is was all I got… and then it went into my belly.

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Bi-Rite Creamery (San Francisco, CA) - I read everywhere that the Salted Caramel was a must have here, so I went for it! It was my cheat day, so might as well go all in. I think this is the best salted caramel anything I’ve had. The internet was not joking. It had the right amount of saltiness without being too bitter and the caramel was perfect so that it wasn’t overly sweet. It was just so light. I don’t know how else to describe it. I was eating it really quickly because it was melting fast (for some reason only the Salted Caramel was melting on everyone’s cone or in their cup), but it was totally fine because I didn’t feel like I just consumed a ton of milk. I usually get full and can barely finish a scoop, but I could have totally gone for more than 2 scoops! So. Worth. It.

The bottom flavor on the cone is a Mint Chip. It was a good flavor, but it’s one of those safe flavors that you know will be good no matter where you go.

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Bi-Rite Creamery (San Francisco, CA) - Bi-Rite has literally been on my list of things to try for four years. For some reason, anytime I was in the city I never had the chance to go! I mean, I’ve even spent the day at Dolores Park before but somehow never managed to go over to Bi-Rite…. Anyway, post-transplant, I was really worried that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy ice cream if it wasn’t pasteurized, but I’m happy to find out that any ice cream shop that uses Strauss Diary is pasteurized. Let the ice cream hopping begin! 

I headed into SF during one of these amazingly warm weekends we’ve been having. The weather was perfect for once and I didn’t even feel the need to wear my jacket. Found parking pretty close on the street (major score) and while the line was long - we were in the third tier of the line - it moved pretty fast. It took about fifteen to twenty minutes to get up tot he front, which honestly wasn’t that bad at all. 

They have seasonal flavors which change regularly and some of their classic mainstays. It was so hard trying to decide what flavor to get when they had interesting ones like Balsamic Strawberry (even though I’m slightly allergic to strawberries now), green tea with matcha, roasted banana with fudge swirl, Coffee Toffee with almonds and Ritual coffee, and Basil. They also have a soft serve window to the side as well as another window at the end where you can pick up pies and cakes. I got the single cup which was $4.00 but you also can get two flavors, which is pretty awesome. I learned my lesson from Humphry to stick with a cup like I usually do. Service was really friendly, which always makes my day. Personally, I always feel happy when it seems like the people working there are having a good day too. :)

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Berkeley! On September 28, there’s a Vegan Sandwich (FINE, Sammich) throwdown and you should go there to eat all the sandwiches and vote on them and then eat some more. MAKE IT HAPPEN, SF BAY AREA! You eat those sammiches!!!
Get your tickets here. (Oh! And $3 from every ticket goes to Factory Farming Awareness Coalition! Excellent!)
(Also, the same folks are putting on a vegan iron chef event in February and they want home chefs to compete! You should totally apply here!)
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Berkeley! On September 28, there’s a Vegan Sandwich (FINE, Sammich) throwdown and you should go there to eat all the sandwiches and vote on them and then eat some more. MAKE IT HAPPEN, SF BAY AREA! You eat those sammiches!!!

Get your tickets here. (Oh! And $3 from every ticket goes to Factory Farming Awareness Coalition! Excellent!)

(Also, the same folks are putting on a vegan iron chef event in February and they want home chefs to compete! You should totally apply here!)

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