There is honestly no reason why anyone should want to read about what I eat, but it’s fun to write about sooooo…
I developed a love for cooking and baking in high school but my eating and cooking habits have definitely changed since coming to school. When you’re the one buying the groceries and doing all of the cooking/cleaning after a full day, you’re much less likely to try that new recipe from Ina Garten (who I adore. Luv her and always will) And the convenience of New York and all of it’s plentiful food options make cooking seem hard to justify after a long day. So here is what I seem to be unable to turn down:
1. Pret a Manger. Why do I freaking love this place? I’m not sure, maybe it’s there balsamic chicken avocado sandwich? Their “cup of goodness”? (plain yogurt, granola, cinnamon, and apples) Of maybe it’s because they have the best iced coffee and barbeque chips (my favorite afternoon snack last year) Yeah, it’s a little overpriced but I just can’t get enough.
2. Chipotle burrito bowls with brown rice, chicken, black beans, peppers and onions, corn salsa, pico de gallo, cheese, and lettuce. Amen.
3. Bagels with cream cheese from anywhere. MMMM.
4. I just discovered a chinese place near my apartment that has platters for $6. Huge containers of sesame chicken for $6? HELLO.
5. Salad from the salad bar in my school’s cafeteria. Again, why? I don’t know. This is nothing extravagant. I could easily buy the ingredients at the store and make a salad at home. But it just doesn’t taste the same. I pack mine full of veggies, chicken, cranberries, and the sesame ginger dressing. I am more than willing to shell out 6 bucks for this salad that I could literally get anywhere that offers a salad bar. I mean, 6 bucks adds up when you’re doing this twice a week! What am I doing..
As you can tell, when I do get food out it’s usually for convenience not the experience. Although I do have some favorite New York spots for an actual meal:
1. Shake Shack: Mmmmm. I could always eat a shack burger. It’s just so good.
2. Grey Dog: My favorite coffee shop/cafe near Union Square. Free refills on coffee and really, really great chocolate chip cookies.
3. Mad Dog and Beans: Mexican food on Stone Street. Best when warm outside to enjoy the outdoor seating on Stone.
And I cook too! Here are my staples:
1. Beans and rice and chicken. So cheap and easy and I top it with avocado and salsa, and pretend I’m at Chipotle.
2. Rice with chicken and stir-fry veggies with soy sauce.
3. Spaghetti and meat sauce made with ground turkey or ground beef, whatever is cheaper that week
4. Avocados with salt and crackers……when I don’t want to cook
5. White chicken chili. My favorite recipe. 4 ingredients, 1 pot of delicious goodness.
And when I am home, than I am able to experiment with new recipes. Because my mom’s pantry and fridge are full beyond my comprehension and I have the time to play around like I used to so much in high school. Can’t wait for Christmas break, where I can bake cookies just because I want to, and actually cook without having to go to the store to buy eggs. Because we always have eggs, and other essentials. Amen.