Monthly Archives: March 2013

Out with the Old, In with the New

Soon we will be making the long awaited transfer to the new MAD building. Today, I got my first glimpse of the exciting building. I stepped in and was overwhelmed with the delicious smell of fresh paint and new furniture (that is not sarcastic). Although ecstatic for the move, I will miss this building. It is very conveniently placed, it’s in the perfect spot right next to where I park. At the new building I will have to park on Canon Perdido and then when lunch comes it will take minutes more to walk to, this is a terrible issue. Even worse, when I’m a junior I will have to walk all away across the school, but at least I’ll have a parking spot and won’t have to hit pedestrians to find one anymore. I am really excited to have a girls and boys bathroom, but will miss the paper towels from the old building. It was always a mystery who or what gender is going to be in the stall next to you. The only part of the old building I’ve gotten to use was the computer room and lounge to buy food, I can’t wait to take advantage of the new green room next year!

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the old green room which i once had two minutes of fame in.
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boxes we had to move to the new building
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the old computer room
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All Hail Los Arroyos

My favorite ¬†Mexican food restaurant is by far Los Arroyos. It’s not nearly as authentic or inexpensive as La Superica. In fact, it’s probably the nicest Mexican restaurant I’ve ever been to, but I’m a huge fan of their food. Although you may be thinking, Mexican food is inexpensive and all tastes the same, there is something special about Los Arroyos. Their rice and beans are extraordinary, and their steak is ugh (super bomb.com). Last night, my angelic mom blessed me with a baby sized burrito. I’m not saying a baby burrito, I’m saying 8 pound, 6 ouncer burrito, slathered with sour cream and guacamole. Holy moly was this burrito a day maker. It’s called the Fajita Burrito, it contains steak, cheese, black beans, and grilled bell peppers, tomatoes, and onions (rice comes on the side). There’s really nothing else I could ask for in a perfect meal. If you do take my advice and order this lovely slab, try ordering it with the rice inside, and don’t forget to get a coke with lime.

Check out their menu here!

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Sandwich Fixings

Last night I was craving a BLTA (bacon lettuce tomato avocado sandwich), unfortunately the only place that serves a sandwich after 4 in Montecito is Von’s. When I got to Von’s I realized I only had five dollars so I just bought turkey and decided to get creative at home. Warning: this is not a BLT. I toasted a piece of my favorite bread, Milton’s, then smeared avocado on it. I then layered fresh, thin turkey, and slathered some mayo and mustard on it. I took a bite and realized it lacked a little flavor, so I sliced a perfect little tomato and finished with a sprinkle of garlic salt. For a lower calorie sandwich, I left out the top piece of bread. Surprisingly I save around 200 calories by leaving out the piece and using less mayo and mustard. I’m a huge sandwich fan, one of my favorites being a BLT. I don’t have the patience to cook two pieces of baking for my sandwich though (I’m against microwaved bacon). If my steps were not appealing to you, hopefully this website will inspire you to make a BLT!

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Grilled Cheese &Tomato Soup, A Dynamic Duo

I don’t know who created the beautiful duo of tomato soup and grilled cheese, but they are an inseparable pair. Whenever I’m sick, my mom brings in a tray with a cup of soup and grilled cheese. Last night, she knew I wouldn’t like the dinner she made it for me. My favorite place to get the dynamic duo is Nordstrom’s Cafe. For a great price of $5.50, you get a grilled cheese, cup of tomato bisque, grapes, chips, and fresh lemonade. I am not a fan of Campbell’s canned soup, I actually can’t stand the tomato soup. Weird how I hate one type of tomato soup, yet Nordstrom’s tomato soup is one of my favorite foods. If you want to get extra creative, try making your own tomato soup. Unless you’re only recipe is cereal, I’m sure you know how to make a grilled cheese. Here’s a recipe, start cooking now!

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Cuddling with Coffee Cake

On this wonderful Friday, my angelic mother blessed me with the gift of coffee cake. My mom leaves before I do so she puts my breakfast in my car. This morning was extra special, I opened the door and mystical things filled my nose; I knew it was the long awaited coffee cake. For some reason, my mom really loves me and wakes up extra early to slave in the kitchen. This morning was a perfect morning for this chunk of sugar and cinnamon. The melting cake in my mouth distracted me from the fact it was so foggy I couldn’t see the bottom of my driveway. If you are interested in making someone’s morning, or just your own, I can’t promise you my mothers recipe but check out some of these below! On your next rainy Sunday, try making one of these cakes, they are perfect with some hot tea or coffee and a movie!

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Apple Coffee Cake

 

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MAD for Mad Lunch

Each second Wednesday of the month is a very special Wednesday. Not is Monday and Tuesday over, it’s also late start. If you’re a part of the MAD academy, Wednesday is even cooler. The special event that occurs is the MAD lunch. Even the VADA kids try to swoop in on our delectable delights. The bell rings and it’s a stampede, few deaths have a occurred, many cases of shin splints. RIP to those weaklings who probably didn’t have a good breakfast or didn’t have any protein from skipping the last MAD lunch. If you skip the lunch you are probably a tool and shouldn’t go to school. This weeks lunch was a bitchin burrito bar followed by a suave sundae setup. If you’re not a part of the super sick society of MAD you should pay members to be your friend in hopes their coolness will rub off on you. Here’s the link to the website if you want to drool over beautiful people. Check out my photos of my friends and ice cream, which is also my friend.

Shout out to the Moms who slave for us and provide us with feasts of freakin’ fantastical food.

Lexi, Taken by me

Lexi, Taken by me

Nikole, by me
Nikole, by me

ice cream, by me
ice cream, by me

 

 

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Big Alex Takes a Trip to Little Alex’s

Little Alex’s will always have a special place in my heart. Honestly most of the food sucks but that doesn’t stop me from going. Maybe because I always considered it my restaurant, or maybe because I saw a dead body outside of it, or maybe because I’m bewildered by the flat screen that they only show one image of a apple fritata on. Anyways, Little A’s may have disappointing burritos, but they do make a pretty bombassdankass taco salad. I constantly crave this ranch drenched pit of deliciousness, but I am often disappointed. Calling it a salad is an embarrassment to all actual salad eaters, so I’ll just call it a mush pot because it basically turns to mush in a plastic container after two minutes. The mush starts out as tortilla chips layered with beans and rice then topped with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, avocado, and your type of meat (go with chicken). I think the beans are to blame for the sogginess. If you ever wander in there and find yourself ordering the taco salad (mush pot), I suggest ordering it with beans on the side. That way it won’t soggify too quickly (yes I know soggify isn’t a real word). Go in, try it, comment below on your opinion.

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True Life: I’m in a Relationship with Pizza

I’m a huge fan of pizza. I don’t think I’ve ever not enjoyed a slice of pizza. My favorite pizza is from Via Vai in Montecito, it’s so thin and the sauce is the perfect blend of spices yet a little sweet. I think there are 3 types of pizza; sophisticated, thin margherita, thick crust with tons of cheese, and greasy fair pizza. If you are a resident of Santa Barbara, here are three places to find these three pizzas. As said before, Via Vai has incredible margherita pizza, but you can also find margherita pizza at Olio E Limone. Giovanni’s located in Montecito and Santa Barbara has a thick crusted cheesy delight, if you’re further interested check out my past post about it here. Another favorite pizza is Rusty’s greasy Hawaiian¬†or sausage pizza; I’m a frequent buyer due to their delivery services. An important addition to every pizza ranch, frowned upon at most fancy Italian restaurants, but definitely welcome at Rusty’s and Giovannis.

Try having a pizza party at home, they’re inexpensive and super fun! Get started by clicking here!

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Situation Citrus

Citrus is a critical part of people’s diets. Whether its lime, grapefruit, lemon, orange, blood orange, they all contain important vitamins. Citrus is a world loved fruit, actually a preferred taste around the world. It’s surprising how delicious yet vitamin filled a small fruit can be. Citrus is mostly known for the huge amount of vitamin c, but they are filled with tons of other important nutrients. The essential vitamins are important for normal growth and development. It is important to buy organic citrus produce because citrus trees are constantly sprayed with pesticides. Lemon is amazing for your body. It helps with weightloss, boosts your immune system, clears skin, freshens breath, and many more benefits. Adding a lemon squeeze to your water gives your body all these benefits with zero calories and refreshes you. Don’t mistake lemon water for lemonade because lemonade is loaded with sugar. Stay away from sugary citrus drinks and start squeezing your own!

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Trifle?

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Last night I had a big family dinner and my Grandpa’s girlfriend made a special dessert called a trifle. We all had to guess what it was, I thought it was going to be a chocolate mousse with coffee cake; my prediction was very off. The cake was a layer of pudding, berries, vanilla cake, whipped cream, more berries, more pudding, more cake, and more cream. If it was my recipe, I would call it “berries n’ cream cake”. A special addition she adds is slivered almonds, it adds a surprising crunch to the soft, creamy pudding cake. The dish is served cold, the cake absorbs the pudding so it is soft and melts in your mouth, the explosion of a blueberry or juicy raspberry is very exciting. I didn’t get a chance to get her exact recipe, but here’s a similar one that I recommend trying! The presentation of food is important, not only is this cake beautiful but it’s delicious!

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