Tag Archives: food

Don’t Need Ketchup

Original Hippie Hash

Last night as I slunk off from a bar called Rush wondering where I should go since I was now inebriated, alone, and had $12 in my pocket(does anyone else “run away” like this or is it just me?). Fleetwood Diner it is. This place is historic in Ann Arbor, MI. It’s like a cousin of the “hole-in-wall”: hole-in-trailer. The diner itself is literally a trailer.


It’s very small, and because of it’s popularity in the magical hours of *drunk* the outdoor seating is used year round. 

I wasn’t that drunk actually. So I pulled up a seat at the bar and just ordered their famous dish- Hippie Hash. Veggies over potato hash with eggs and toast+feta. Truly a perfect combo. And trying to be less annoying I opted out of ketchup and you know what America? You don’t actually need ketchup on everything. IT’S GOOD. ALL GOOD.


Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Culinary Adventure Quest

I was watching Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern  during a lull on my spring break vacation. Kiawah Islands of South Carolina were quite beautiful, but vacation is vacation and you have to sit on the couch some of the time and do things you always do. So yes, I did go all that way to watch t.v?! Anyways, Andrew’s episode was less “bizarre” and more normal. Like Chicago, normal. I wasted no time in noting all the joints he visited and have made it my next adventure to eat at these restaurants:



This place is more like eating a science experiment than eating at a restaurant. They freeze things, they take the essence out of foods and drink them and make cocktails out of test tubes and eat dessert that looks like an art piece… incredible stuff.

I can’t get over how cool the desserts are. You just eat it right off the table. RIGHT OFF THE TABLE.

Also, don’t even know what these are or taste like….but would one bite= one drink??!!?

So much to ponder.


om nom

om nom

If you have ever caught a Rick Bayless tutorial on tv, you understand that he’s a cool guy. I have recently become obsessed with Mexican food- and street food is the bomb. It is risky, it is fried, it is delicious. Also Rick Bayless seems like such a nice guy. Hoping to run into him at Xoco and seem like a really cool foodie, chill, young woman, just out enjoying some Mexican street food, hi.

Other restaurants that were mentioned were:

  • Blackbird
  • Graham Elliot (junk food in a high class wrapper. Modern food essentially)
  • Uncle John’s (so low key it don’t have a website)
  • Maxwell Street Market (not really a restaurant but um hello mexican food)


I can’t wait to try these restaurants! I LOVE FOOD. 

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Spaghetti with Spicy Eggplant

So I have been trying to think of a food that I only ate as a kid that would take me flyin down memory lane, and it’s lead me to think of a lot of other things from my childhood that shaped me. I moved around a little as a child, so my influences are eclectic at best.

I spent most of my childhood indoors watching t.v and reading (I did not play outside or climb trees), so I think T.V is the most important aspect to examine.

  1. ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?- This actually is a Canadian t.v show (Thanks again, Michigan) that I enjoyed for a bit. I remember it was kind of like Goosebumps. Actually I don’t really remember much, but WHATEVER. Here’s Ryan Gosling on it.
  2. AROUND THE TWIST- I couldn’t remember the name of this show for the life of me, but I guess googling the only part of any episode I remember guy uses magic remote to win spaghetti eating contest actually came up with the answer: Around the Twist. I thought it was Canadian, but it is Australian. Why was it playing in Michigan? I will never know.

  1. POWER RANGERS- I loved the Power Rangers. I made sure I came home every day in time to watch my line-up of 4 1/2 hrs of television- IT WAS NO JOKE. No one disturbed me during this time, it was just me, my family’s tacky 90’s couch with velvet pillows, and a glass of extra salty buttermilk (I’m as clueless on that one as you are). The most concerning aspect of this memory is not that I liked a violent children’s t.v show, that I watered down my buttermilk and put alarming amounts of salt in it, or that I used to watch 4 1/2 hours of television a day as a 6 year old, but that I would pretend I was Divatox. As I watched Power Rangers I literally would take on the role of Divatox in my mind and  I would become her. I would drink my buttermilk like she would have, I would practice the Divatox laugh, I felt evil, and I enjoyed it as a natural part of my day. At the time it was a lot of fun and my family never really questioned me, bless them. I guess it was just the actress in me.
  2. BARNEY- No explanation needed. This show was amazing. I even remember a poignant moment in first grade when I got the “troublemaker/bad ass” of the class to admit to me that Barney was cool and that we both had a mutual love for the music bro! To prove that this kid was indeed the “troublemaker/badass” I’ll have you know that he killed some of our class butterflies and always made people cry. What a troublemaker and badass. The one aspect of Barney that comes back to haunt me is that (I think) I recognize when current actors were  kids on Barney. IMDB doesn’t back me up on this but I swear Tina Majorino was on Barney. Apparently Selena and Demi were on Barney though??

So all I can really glean from this analysis is that I liked salty buttermilk and spaghetti? So I’ll skip the buttermilk for now and make a grown up version of Around the Twist spaghetti: Spaghetti with Spicy Eggplant.

Serves 6

  • 2 medium eggplants, with skins, 1 in cubes
  • 1 Tbs kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 c extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 c diced fresh tomatoes
  • 10 canned piquillo peppers OR 3 roasted bell beppers (skins and seeds removed, cut in 1/2″ strips)
  • 2 Tbs minced garlic
  • 2 c Salsa Rossa* OR canned tomato sauce
  • 1 c fresh basil leaves, cut in strips
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbs fresh oregano
  • 2 Tbs chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • shaved Parmigiano
  1. Cover eggplant with salt so it can dehydrate, leave in a colander for an hour
  2. When dehydrated, heat 1/4 c olive oil in skillet and crisp eggplant pieces, one layer at a time, one side at a time. They should be crispy and delectable.
  3. In wide pot, heat 1/4 c olive oil, add diced tomates and peppers, cook on high, stirring 3 min. Lower heat, add garlic, cook 2 min. Add eggplant, Salsa Rossa, cook, stir gently, add basil, red pepper flakes, oregano, parsley.
  4. In a large pot, boil pasta till done. Reserve some water just in case it’s needed later. Add pasta to the sauce and add water if too dry. Top with shaved Parmigiano.

*Salsa Rossa

  • 3 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb very ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • salt/pepper

You have to make this ahead of time if you want to use it. (Use it, it’s so much better!)

  1. Heat olive oil in skillet, add tomates, garlic, red pepper flakes, saute until tomatoes are soft.
  2. Stir in basil, add salt/pepper to taste.
  3. Puree or leave chunky.
This recipe is from Best of the Best Vol 11 and more specifically Cristina’s Tuscan Table– Cristina Ceccatelli Cook
Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
%d bloggers like this: