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Then I Discovered Avocado...

and my life has been forever changed. So of course I like guacomole is on my list of Chipotle sauces, but now I can single handily enjoy it in its purest form. 

Add less than a sprinkle of salt and and pinch of black pepper and the cypher is complete. Welcome to my new snack life. 

WARNING THIS IS WORKING FOR ME, DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU.

Throughout the day, I find myself snacking but instead of the man made sweets I snack on fruits, nuts and water. By the end of the day, I'm ready for supper and cook my dinner. I only tell my mini testimony because after eating "fake" healthy I decided to have a corn dog, coconut cream slush and mozzarella sticks...my stomach enjoyed but my skin disagreed and it showed. So I'm back to my home cooking and fruits & joint. I found some great recipes that include avocado. I'm sharing, so check them out here.

Patience= Elderly. Baseball. Sailing a Boat.

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I think that’s how I’ve learned it. I know if you’re a parent you probably learn it that way to but I’m not a parent so I can’t identify with the exception of Isaiah, Xavier, Nick and Javon:) (my favorite babies)

Maine was such a great trip. I feel so refreshed. I was able to live in the present and enjoy each moment. So grateful for friends like Matt for inviting me on the adventure, I can’t wait to go on more. Never thought I would be…nah take that back, my imagination is huge I always saw myself sailing a boat, digging for artifacts, gardening, blasting music and dancing like no one yet everyone was watching. 

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Day by day just trying to get my entire life together but I’m enjoying the process and the journey in front of me. OK, promise not to get deep…THAT TRIP WAS POPPIN!

Mouth Adventures: I Went to Mexico For a Chimichanga

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What: Chimichanga

Where: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Beverage: Peach Margarita

Rating: 5/5

It was all of that and some more! From the crispness of the shell to the cheese it was everything I thought it would be. The setting was so nice as well! The best part was that I was actually in Mexico so I could say I had the best chimichanga ever!

The guacamole added a great refreshing taste to it as well. I’m not sure what the name of the restaurant was but if you’re in Playa del Carmen, walk down Fifth Avenue and it’ll be on your left right across from Soho!

By the way the Peach Margarita was delicious as well.   

Mouth Adventures: Be Natural in the Desert.

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What: Pizza Cheese & Cream Cheese, Asparagus, mixed vegetables

Beverage: Tea| Goji berry, Schisandra berry, peppermint, ginger, hibiscus & honey

Where: Asia’s Back Yard

Rating: 5/5

Not only was the food on point but the presentation was so awesome. As much as I LOVE to go to restaurants, my sister Asia hooked it up! It was also very healthy. My favorite part was the tea in the Mason Jars (I just think everything tastes better in a glass jar). Also the pizza was cheesy and crispy, taking your taste buds on a theatrical ride of seasons that go together like cheese and pizza. Don’t forget to mention my middle name means asparagus in French:-P It was seasoned to delight and you could still taste the natural taste of the asparagus.

It’s very important to make your own food and for a restaurant feel, create your own environment as such!

Thanks Asia for a great meal and outside restaurant feel! 

Mouth Adventures: Seafood City Weather. I Love BX.

What: Crab legs x Fried shrimp x French fries

Where: City Island, Bronx, NY x Seafood City

Beverage: Shark Bite

Rating: 5/5

This is the ultimate place to go with your friends especially when it’s nice outside. When I go I usually see everyone I went to elementary school with (even though they act like they don’t know), if you’re from Mount Vernon that totally makes sense.

But let’s talk food! The crab legs are boiled and fried to a precise texture leaving your taste buds wanting more. The shrimp adds delight because if you wanted fried shrimp and couldn’t decide whether to get crab legs and share some of your friends shrimp you’ll be ok.

For a little twist I always add a nice beverage. At times Seafood City becomes the best bar of the summer. You really do get your money’s worth. Since it has been so long since I had been there, I decided on an old favorite; The Shark Bite, best describe by Lessie as ‘Gasoline’. But once it starts to taste good that’s when you’re good:)

Mouth Adventures: Logan's Slabs & Salmon. Gravy Included.

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What: Dill Salmon. Half Slab of Ribs. Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy. House Salad & The Rolls.

Where: Logan’s. Huntsville, Alabama.

Price: $25

Rating: 3/5

Not only were we good and hungry but the food was delicious. The purpose of this Mouth Adventure was to get some finger licking barbecue. But after starvation for about a two hours it was time to say no Cheddar’s this time but let’s find something new.

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It wasn’t new but it’s one of my favorite restaurants; Logan’s. Walking in you’ll be greeted by peanut shells on the floor from patrons at the tables. My focus was the Mashed Potatoes and Brown Gravy. I have always admired their fresh gravy and the rolls are just to LIVE for.

I also ordered a side of ribs to go with my salmon but I didn’t get to eat them because I was half way sleep at my table because the salmon was so tasty. Not to mention I had a Mango Rum Punch served in a jar. I recommend Logan’s to anyone looking for a laid back atmosphere, good food, but if you want a buzz either ask for more of a spike in your drink or have a tasty lemonade.

Don't Plan. Pack. Travel. Eat Well. Wildin' For Respect.

All in that order. For the next month I’ll be living in and out of a suitcase & that excites the phuk out of me. I’m looking forward to seeing my family, especially Anna Lee; eating good food, #PA, dancing, great weather and NO SNOW!

I’ll also start my Travel Journal this Wednesday so I have plenty of photos to share and then finally unleash my new project. I’m thinking around my birthday. But like I said, Don’t Plan.

Mouth Adventures: N'awlins In NYC. Shrimp Etouffee

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So I figured since I’m not celebrating Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, I’d at least share one of my favorite dishes! Rice is a must plus shrimp, that’s double love but then just when you think you’re getting RIGHT, here comes the gravy. 

How could one imagine all three favorites in one dish that actually tastes great together. Boom Dynamite…Shrimp Etouffee!

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 2 cups shrimp stock
  • 1 cup tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon creole seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound shrimp shelled and deviened
  • hot sauce to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (~1/2 lemon)
  • 1/2 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
Directions
  1. Melt the butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat, cook until it starts to brown sprinkle in the flour while mixing and simmer until it turns a dark brown.
  2. Add the onion, celery and peppers and cook until tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for a minute.
  4. Whisk in the stock, add the tomato, creole seasoning and Worcestershire sauce and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the shrimp and cook until cooked, about 5 minutes.
  6. Season with hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Mix in the butter lemon juice, green onion and parsley and enjoy over cooked rice.


Tip: If you do not have shrimp stock, simmer the shrimp shells in chicken stock or beer for 30 minutes

via Closet Cooking