Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Great American Breakfast Sandwich

I have a thing for breakfast. If I had countless hours in the day, what I wouldn't give for a leisurely meal on a veranda or at a French cafe. Despite being in a rush to beat the clock most mornings, I do make an effort to plop down at my desk and schedule a few minutes to enjoy my breakfast. Lately, my favorites have been homemade bread with a smear of almond butter and honey or oatmeal w/ cranberries and walnuts. Yum. Weekends allow for more extravagent concoctions like the sandwich above - a toasted panini with 2 fried eggs, turkey bacon, tomato and avocado. A sandwich like that makes me want to experiment a bit more - maybe I'll bake a batch of cheddar biscuits or some ginger pear muffins.

One of my favorite places for inspiration is the blog Sadly, the blogger just pulled the plug on her project but it's still chock full of inspiring recipes and lovely photos.

Now that the weekend is upon us, maybe I will break out the muffin tins.....

Monday, January 26, 2009

Marukai Market

Those of you living in the LA area are probably familiar with Marukai Market, an emporium of Japanese food, household and beauty items. For those of you on the East Coast, particularly NYC, it's like Pearl River Mart. Most of my NYC friends know that I'm a big fan of Pearl River so when I found out about Marukai I was thrilled.

They have a bunch of locations around Gardena and Torrance. And when you're done with shopping at Marukai, stop by Shin Sen Gumi on Western Ave @ 185th. It's a great Japanese BBQ restaurant that I went to with my office's Foodie Club.

While I will be making many more trips to Marukai in the near future, I already have a few favorite products. I rediscovered my favorite tea, Ganmaicha extra green. It's perfect for those of you who like the flavor of well-toasted brown rice and popped rice - it adds a slightly nutty flavor. Aside from that, I picked up some Crunky chocolate - YES, that's the name. It's a better version of Nestle Crunch. Lastly, I picked up some tasty rice crackers as shown above.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Coffee Talk

A while back I stopped drinking coffee. Some of you may consider this a sin or part of some bizarre personal challenge - maybe even a resolution of sorts. But no, it just sort of happened. I still enjoy a cup every now and again but lately I've been into tea. Fruit tea, green tea, white tea, chai tea what have you.

Anyway, I came across these photos I took this summer and became nostalgic. Maybe I will have a cuppa Joe tomorrow....Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Some of my favorite pics from Vesuvio's in SF....