Friday, June 24, 2011

Easy Peasy Fish Tacos

I try to shop at Fresh n Easy because it's cheap fast and they offer a good selection of products. I saw a pack of Parmesan and herb crusted tilapia for about $4 and I thought that would be delicious over a green salad. It made a great low-cal lunch. The next day I still had the other fillet hanging out in the fridge so I decided to try doing fish tacos since I had a nice array of ingredients. If you have fish, tortillas, and any kind of topping like cheese, greens, or a nice sauce then these are for you.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Eggplant Stack, by Steve Martarano

I mentioned previously that Hubs and I ate at Martarano's at the Rio in Las Vegas. For an appetizer we shared the eggplant stack, and it was amazing. The ingredients are those found in eggplant Parmesan with the addition of balsamic vinegar and an arugula salad, yum! I saw an episode of the Real Housewives of Miami on Hulu, and one of the girls hosted a luncheon where they had a cooking lesson from chef Steve Martarano. That gave me the general idea of how to assemble this dish! I also found the actual recipe (or at least I'm assuming it was) on this website, check it out for yourself for the complete measurements!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Treats for a Foodie

Today I went grocery shopping with my mother, we went to North Park Produce and Fresh n Easy (same shopping center). I needed more extra virgin olive oil because I only had about a 1/4 cup left. I was watching something on Hulu and learned that Spanish olive oil is apparently the best, I had no idea. They do tastings of olive oil there, just like you would with wine. I figured if it was that good then I simply must buy some! North Park Produce only had Moroccan olive oil, the shelves were pretty bare =( I'm excited to try the Moroccan oil though, sounds exotic. I also grabbed a bottle of Rachael Ray's balsamic drizzle. I've made my own and it tastes amazing, but it makes the ENTIRE apartment smell so strongly of vinegar that is stings your eyes and makes you cough up a lung. Sad and unfortunate.

We popped on over to Fresh n Easy to get cheeses, ground beef, bread, and more treats. I went to the oil aisle and saw Spanish olive oil! I danced around and proudly showed my mom what I found. I was like a dog with a dead pigeon in it's mouth. I also purchased a large bottle of regular olive oil for sauteing, as well as (gasp!) white truffle oil! I was so happy with my little finds. I've wanted truffle oil for some time now but it's pretty pricy. This bottle was $7, which I happily paid. For Father's Day my aunt is hosting a wine tasting party and she said we were encouraged welcome to bring food for appetizers. Sticking with the Italian theme I have decided on bruschetta. I picked up four loaves of Italian baguette, a container of mascarpone cheese, and plenty of tomatoes and basil. I plan on my dish being everyone's favorite, how could it not be with the addition of truffle oil??

Being the weirdo I am, my thoughts constantly revolve around food whether it's what I'm going to cook next or some ingredient I've been obsessed with finding. I know, I'm sick. There is truly something wrong with me. No one should enjoy food this much. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go chug a bottle of olive oil. Buon appetito!

Sunday, June 12, 2011


It's finally time for the post about HAWAII!! I'm lame and slow to get this up, but it's not like anyone is breaking down the door or flooding my email for pictures so I'm sure it's all good. I'm going to give a rough run down of what we did all 7 days and 6 nights and include some pictures! There are literally hundreds so I'm just going to include some of my favorites ♥

On Sunday we explored around the hotel, we didn't get into the room and settled until 5 pm. We stayed on the island of Oahu, at the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club. It was ridiculously nice, I highly recommend staying there or in that area if you're looking for a nice quiet getaway!