Posts Tagged ‘food’

Achetez a Profusion

August 3, 2010

I caught sight of this little sticker on my banana this morning. I like how the phrase is also written in French. As if the French comprise a majority, even a large minority, of overweight people in this country.


$9 French Onion Soup!

November 7, 2009

I’m sorry, but for $9 bucks, I expect more than this!  I don’t give a damn if it’s the Ritz.
I expect first rate soup.  Usually I’d get soup AND a sandwich for that.

My Mamma made the best french onion soup.  It comes to about $2 / bowl.

All three of us ate for about $11. 




Family Dinner – Cold Cuts!

September 21, 2009

So due to the rain today, our dinner plans to grill hamburgers tonight were foiled.  So instead, Carmen remembered an off-handed remark my mother made one day while they were all out eating sushi.  My mother said, “I don’t eat this kind of food.  For me, I am happy with just bread and salami or prosciutto and good cheese.” So that’s what we ate, along with some great soup and some veggies. Phenomenal!

And there are some pictures of me with my new goofy hairdo…  and one of my nephew, Giovanni.


Rat Food

September 21, 2009

My mother is up in arms at the thought that we may have a mouse in the house.  Hopefully just a tiny mouse and not a great big rat!  Whatever it was, it ate into my peach.  I was going to use that peach for a smoothie! 

And whatever it was, it must have a finicky palate because it spit out the peach skin back into the fruit bowl!  =]

We heard a lot of strange noises and tried to find out if there really was a rat, but we were unsuccessful.  Today, the noise is gone.  And so is the peach!  Au revoir, Misseur Rat!


3 Days of Dinner

September 21, 2009

My mother is amazing!  She loves that I’m home.  And goes out of her way in the kitchen…

Somehow, I accidentally included one from dinner at my brother’s house, the first one with all the salami. 

As for the other two, one was leftovers.  And the other was amazing Borsellini with butter and sage, and a chicken cutlet Milanese.  Mmm MMM!


Cooking Lessons

November 12, 2007

There’s no way to say this other than just to admit it… I’m an Italian who can cook very few Italian dishes. This isn’t to say I can’t cook. I have a few tricks up my sleeve, mostly some of my favorite dishes that my mamma used to make. But aside from risotto and some fairly basic pasta dishes, I’m not a great cook when it comes to Italian food.

That’s why I’ve decided to make the best use of my incredibly slow Saturdays at the restaurant (Il Boccaccio at Hermosa Beach) by learning to cook food from the motherland. And therein lies the irony, because the chef who teaches me each Saturday is, as you may have guessed, Mexican. Don’t laugh, though, because damn, vato can cook!!! Plus, if you laugh at him, he may kill you. =]

Last week I learned to make poached salmon (not necessarily Italian). This past Saturday, we made fresh pesto… not too difficult in itself, but you have to start from the basics. It culminated in this, spaghetti al pesto!

Pesto nella cucina

And here is the chef himself, Manny (his face is dark to maintain his anonymity, not because I’m a bad photographer!). Can’t wait for next week, cannelloni con la zucca (cannelloni stuffed with pumpkin) !!!

El Chef Manny