If I see one more Facebook ad broadcasting the latest diet pill college students are taking to get "skinny," I'm going to freak out. I'm not even in college anymore or concerned with trendy diet fads, but I guess Facebook is lumping me into the "female in her early 20s" demographic. Unfortunately for Facebook and the diet pill, their ad just isn't working for me.
I'm not against healthy eating or exercising, or even watching what you eat. Even though desserts are my favorite food, I still try to be aware of what I'm eating. I try to make my way to the gym a few times a week or do something active outside. Admittedly, I was born petite and was always smaller than everyone else -- which has its pros and cons. But no matter what age or size you are, I'm a firm believer that food should be something we enjoy, not something we have to avoid so we can look like the girl in the diet pill ad.
I'm not promoting junk food binge eating (although, I do have days where I do this) or a complete disregard for the biology and fat count of your food. All I'm saying is, why can't we celebrate what we're eating a little bit more, instead of celebrating what we're not eating? It's like our culture has become consumed with calories, physique and timeliness, but we've forgotten about all the important qualities of food and dining: the taste, how it makes us feel, the traditions we build with it, the creative things it cultivates, and the experiences we have with it.
If you love vegetables, great! A few of my favorite foods are vegetables, and they're healthy and delicious. If you have a gourmet brownie recipe, pass it on to everyone you know, so they can have a warm bite of heaven and relax after a long day. My point is, all food is great. So why can't we talk about how good food is instead of how bad it is?
In honor of celebrating food -- a spirit I definitely developed in college when I took an amazing food/culture class and wrote a fun 7-page paper about artichokes -- I decided to track all of my food experiences when I went to Washington D.C. last weekend. I know there are tons of great "foodie" blogs out there, but I don't think there can ever be too many. Enjoy!
Friday Night -- the food we enjoyed at home the night before we left.
Homemade pizza. The more cheese the better, in my opinion.
Yuengling ice cream. The Black and Tan was my favorite. For some reason, I was expecting it to taste like beer and was hesitant about whether beer-flavored ice cream would be good. But it's actually half chocolate and half salted caramel, and the combination was delicious.
I made a drink with Hpnotiq, and I got the idea from a yummy drink I had at Bonefish Grill the other month. I'm usually a beer drinker, but if you're in the mood for something sweet, 2 parts Hpnotiq, 1 part coconut rum and a splash of pineapple is perfect.
Saturday-- I wasn't able to capture every single food or drink I had in DC, since I was sometimes too busy enjoying it to remember to take a picture. These are the best ones:
We split a pupusa at The Tortilla Cafe for an early lunch. I've been here before on other trips, and I love their authentic Latin American dish. It's stuffed with pork and cheese, and even if you split it like we did, it's definitely worth trying.
What's better for a mid-afternoon snack than a pastry shop? My muffin was chocolatey and soft and perfect.
One of my favorite parts of our dinner was this toasted ciabatta bread with oil and spices. I'm a bread fanatic, and instead of butter, I always prefer dipping oil!
I wanted to try something different for my meal (sorry for the picture quality). I had never tried black squid ink pasta...I like the name. People rave about the taste of squid ink pasta, but it was average to me. The seafood in it was my favorite part --clams, shrimp and mussels. I had never tried mussels before, either, and I've added them to the list of every other seafood I love.
I'm embarrassed to admit I forgot to take a picture of our dessert: bread pudding.
Sunday -- We filled up on pizza before we made the drive back, and it was by far my favorite food experience of the weekend.
We stopped at a restaurant with the name of my last name. Arcuri was everything I hoped it would be, since they share my spectacular name. I didn't edit this picture at all, and I think the colors say it all. The pizza was cheesy and fresh, and probably one of the best I've ever had. The Arcuri clan is planning to make a trip down there, so I hope they're ready!
Our final stop was at a Trader Joe's on the way home, since I don't have any in my area. I already loved these stores, but the fact that they had sea salt brownies made them even better in my book.
I'm an adventurous eater, and I love trying new foods. I was even convinced to try kangaroo last year by my former professor and friend (it's surprisingly sweet and delicious, by the way). Please talk to me about food whenever possible or share food articles with me -- this way, I can hopefully avoid reading more garbage about diet pills and maybe Facebook will change my ads.
My favorite things are the simple ones: day-long book binges, cozy candles, dog kisses, ink on your hands, tree stars (leaves for those of you who never watched The Land Before Time) sweater weather, new ideas, local craft beer, punctuation, and knotty saltwater hair. Desserts are my favorite meal. I'm a creative writer and editor, and I created this space to keep my writing reflexes sharp and to share my simple ramblings with you!