Heaven on a Plate

Have you ever had one of those meals that was so delicious that you literally thought you were in love at first bite? Well, I hope you’ve had the pleasure because this “falling in love with my food” situation recently happened to me and, holy cow, I thought I was in food heaven.

I recently planned a day trip to Miami with a couple of my girlfriends and one of them, who happened to know the area quite well, said she had to take us to this chic espresso bar for lunch. She said it was called Aroma. I almost stopped dead in my tracks. (I have to put in this small tidbit: Most of my friends would call me enthusiastic and quite excitable.) This tidbit applies here because when I heard that we were going to the Aroma Espresso Bar I thought I might just keel over with excitement. I had been to Aroma a few times when I had spent some time in Israel, but I thought that Aroma was only located in Israel. I had no idea that they had any locations in America (I’ve now learned they have four American locations- three in New York and the one I went to in Miami.).

This was the best meal. Ever. I had a combo meal. Half of my lunch was a goat cheese, tomato, and basil sandwich on a thick piece of whole wheat bread. The other half of my meal was a sweet potato and lentil salad with a lemon vinaigrette. Seriously, this meal was heaven on a plate. Alongside that hefty meal, I ordered an Ice Aroma. An Ice Aroma is kind of like a coffee smoothie, but it has such a rich taste and creamy texture. They serve it with a little chocolate on the lid and truly, this drink was I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E! Best. Meal. Ever.

When I went to Aroma in Israel, I loved the food, but I was so concerned that I wouldn’t be able to have it again for such a long time because my trips to Israel are few and far between. Eating at Aroma was great in more ways than one. I, of course, loved the food, but eating there also brought back a flood of memories from my time in Israel- memories I hold very dear. As soon as I stepped into the beautiful, large, chic, minimalistic and familiar espresso bar, I was greeted with so many memories and the anticipation of biting into the food I loved while I was overseas.

This meal was the start to an awesome day in Miami. My girlfriends and I ate, shopped, and sunbathed! What a perfect day. It really couldn’t have gotten much better than that!

What’s your perfect meal? Does it bring back memories for you?

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The Cupcakes I Made

Last month my sister and I visited our friend Shira at her home in Atlanta. Unfortunately, due to distance, school, and time, our visits are few and far between. Luckily for me, though, Shira and her mom, Debra, have come down to Florida for vacation and they were able to join my family and me for Friday night dinner. In honor of their visit, Jessie (my sister) and I made red velvet cupcakes. We used a boxed mix for the cake but made a really simple cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

The cupcakes were delicious and a hit with my friends and family! I think there’s something very powerful about food. Obviously, we need it for nourishment, but food also seems to be a kind of glue. I truly think we bond over food!

One of my Favorite Things

I love my job at Mr. Food for many reasons, but I especially love that my job provides me with such easy access to recipes for just about EVERYTHING! We now have a selection of free recipe eCookbooks, each including a collection of recipes on a theme.

I’m sure you’ll probably think I’m just partial when I tell you that I think this is really one of the BEST cooking resources you have available. It’s a bunch of free recipes… what could be bad!

I hope you decide to check out the eCookbook! Everyone here works really hard on them!

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Do you have any favorite recipes or meals? Please share with me!

In the Spirit of the Holiday…

I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen a lot lately, and in the spirit of the holiday, I’ve decided to try my hand at one of my favorite desserts: chocolate covered strawberries! Making these strawberries was really quite simple; it only required a few ingredients: 1 package of white chocolate chips, strawberries (1 bought a pound), and blue food coloring.

I started by melting the package of chocolate chips over the stove until it was creamy. I moved the chocolate to a bowl.

Next, I dipped the washed strawberries into the white chocolate, leaving some of the strawberry exposed, and placed them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. This only used about 2/3 of the melted chocolate.

I mixed the remaining chocolate with 3 drops of blue food dye and placed the chocolate in a zip-top bag.

I snipped a corner off of the bag and drizzled the chocolate over the tops of the strawberries! I allowed the chocolate strawberries to harden in the fridge. Delish!