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Monday, April 15, 2013

TACOS and whatever else other stuff that isn't as important as TACOS


Still using up the mangoes. These have been breakfasts most mornings.


Supplemented later with tamari roasted almonds, which are dangerously addictive.


Lunch in blooming Union Square Park:

Raw chard, hummus, tomatoes, avocado, raw sunflower seeds, nooch, onion. This on repeat thrice more.
Lunch at home with a mangled California "burger" (atop chard):

 How the hell does anyone cook these things without destroying them? To quote Homer J. Simpson, though: “It’s still good! It’s still good!” (Not vegan)
Grocery haul to Trader Joe’s this morning.

Kimchi, romaine leaves, cauliflower florets, 10 minute barley, tofu, raw agave syrup, Pure bars, dates, organic lemons, raw sunflower seeds, tempeh, GF brown rice bread, chocolate chips, sunflower seed butter. Also unpictured unsweetened applesauce.
Not heavy on the produce because I pick that stuff up at local stores rather than lugging it on the bus. Pretty excited to try that kimchi! It’s been a really long time since I’ve gone to TJ and they have a bunch of new products that I mostly did not impulse-buy. Nota bene: this kimchi is vegan (thank you! So unnecessary to add fish!) but they also sell dried kimchi chips, or flakes, or something that I was curious about but they contain anchovies.
Dinner with G at Taco Chulo. We used to go to Taco Chulo a lot. I’ve probably blogged about the remains of a burrito, but here you see it in all its fresh glory. Thank you, Greg, for "de-freakifying" me.

Nopalitos taco

margaritaaaaaa!!!

Shared chips with guacamole and salsa

Greg’s Santa Cruz taco. Plus a couple beeahs.
A Ridgewood tour is coming forthwith.

30 comments:

  1. Oooooh tacos!!!!! Yum!! And a margarita to wash it down, perfect! beautiful looking food all around. I'm looking forward to chowing down on some mangoes myself. Union Square looks beautiful, I'm obsessed with cherry blossoms (as I'm sure you can guess from my giant cherry blossom tattoo ha). Salads are gorgeous as always and what a fun haul!

    Chips with salsa and guac will forever own my heart. This is making me look forward to cinco de mayo with my bestie in Florida!!

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  2. Good for you for the vacation time! It sounds like it'll be a blast.
    I don't know that I've ever seen a picture of yr tattoo but cherry blossoms ARE so beautiful. There are a lot of flowering trees here in QUEENS and I love it. Perfect season for guacamole and a strong drink :)

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  3. Excellent post. Those Tacos look incredible. I'd eat at Taco Chulo all the time (when not eating at Champs).

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    1. They are within walking distance. You could probably eat a lot at one, walk it off while going to the other, and eat a lot there too. If you wanted.

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  4. Nopalitos... is that cactus? ZOMG SO EXCITING that people eat cactus in America!

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    1. Yep! Cactus it is. It's pretty easy to find around here - they sell it in most corner bodegas and grocery stores. Do you eat it a lot in Australia?

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    2. Uh, no. There's the whole "lack of cactus" thing that gets in the way. Prickly pear, though, which I think is a kind of a cactus, exists, but I've never eaten it.

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  5. Another delicious and healthy post. When you had hummus to your salads, do you thin it out?

    I've only cooked the Dr. P's in the oven, and they seem to do well that way. I know they recommend the pan version, too - but I'd rather toss it in and walk away. Ha!

    Tacos and margs - sign me up.

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    1. I didn't thin the hummus out in this case. I usually don't unless I'm specifically making hummus dressing.
      Took yr tip and cooked the burger. It took a while longer but it did stay together.

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  6. Isn't the color of mangoes gorgeous? Why did you put not vegan after the Dr. Praeger's? It says on their web site that the California, Bombay, Tex Mex & Italian Veggie Burgers are all certified vegan. We used to buy them at Costco until they disappeared. Now I see they make a GF version, too. The only way to cook them is in oil in a cast iron frying pan until they get crisp on each side. Then they might stay whole, briefly.

    I want a taco and homemade chips. And a Margarita.

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    1. Andrea, I think she was referring to the non-vegan food in the video? In any event, I highly recommend Don Lee Farms vegan burgers from the refrigerated section of Costco (on the East Coast anyway). Very soft burgers, but they somehow remain intact.

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  7. OMG! I bought kimchi for my husband at TJs and he took one bite, spit it out, looked at the package, and said "Yeah, I thought this tasted weird; it's got shrimp in it!" I think it was the dried kimchi. Eeek! YUCK!

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    1. Eek, yuck indeed. Worse is when they sometimes add BEEF BROTH UGH

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  8. How have I missed Taco Chulo? And why aren't the tacos rolled? Is the chef suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome? And do I spy cactus in your taco? So many questions!

    Also, why just leaves? Don't you like the romaine hearts? Glad to hear the kimchi was good (just added it to my shopping list), but how did you resist the sweet and salty coconut chips?

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    1. Taco Chulo is GREAT. You'd really like it, I think, and the menu clearly states what's vegan. I didn't know tacos usually were rolled; doesn't that make it a burrito? I don't know what the difference is! And yes, cactus indeed!
      As for the romaine leaf only, another question you could ask is why I bought romaine at all... I think I had something specific in mind and figured leafs would be easiest, but now it's all a blur.
      I SAW those coconut chips! I was so close to buying them but... grocery shopping and then taking a bus home will keep you on the straight and narrow. sometimes.

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  9. Heck yah for tacos & margaritas!

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    1. I really want to make the ones you just posted! maybe with sweet potato instead of squash.

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  10. You're winning on the dinner front right now. I most heartily crave tacos and all that good shiz. Margaritas are poisonous if you ask me, but sure, I'll crave one of those too just for completeness!

    What's on top of the nopalitos taco? Is that something avocado based?

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    1. Oh geez, I love margaritas! I don't usually drink tequila but these are delicious.
      The green sauce is actually the verde salsa. It does look different...

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  11. Both of the tacos look really good! Looks like a great restaurant.

    A veggie burger crumbled on a salad is a great idea. I'll have to remember that!

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    1. I took the burger in a salad idea from Ginger is the New Pink, it's a really quick and easy way to add something hearty!

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  12. TACOS TACOS TACOS indeed. (I mean, everything else looks fabulous too--but come on! TACOS!)

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    1. BURRITOS! is also another acceptable thing one might yell.

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  13. oh my gosh i love good Mexican food. this looks so good! i was in Union Square today too!! A bit chillier than Monday though...ah well...sunday is supposed to be a nice day. yay for Tj's!

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    1. The weather has been beautiful! makes me crave mexican for sure.

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  14. I shouldn't click on posts about tacos before I've had breakfast. Everything looks delicious. I love Mexican food soooo much. And you're right about those Praegers burgers. They are delicious and healthy, but impossible to keep in one piece. Perfect for salads.

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    1. You can make tofu rancheros for breakfast! Just go easy on the margaritas in the morning :)

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  15. I only recently found out that some kimchi wasn't vegan! Why would you put fish in kimchi? Anyhow, I'm sure the kimchi I've bought has been vegan because I'm pretty sure I read the ingredients the first time. But, now, I'll guess have to read the ingredients on things like pickled asparagus, marinated mushrooms, and tamari almonds!

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    1. Pickled and marinated things are usually okay... although I once bought spicy pickles that had fish sauce in them. Ugh, yes, labels!

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