Chicago Dogs

Last year I went on my first trip to Chicago and had da best time evrrr! It’s definitely one of my favorite cities in the country. Josh and I actually thought about moving to Chicago after that trip but the winters…oof.

I began to envision myself walking down the street in January with two handfuls of groceries, with wind and snow and more wind all up in my face and it sort of stressed me out. So, for now, I’m just gonna make Chicago dogs.

Chicago Dogs

Chicago Dogs

Fourth of July is this weekend and I figured it was the perfect time to make one! If you’ve never had one, man, you’re in for a treat. On that trip to Chicago, I had my first Chicago dog and it was so memorable.

For this post, I teamed up with ALDI. Last week, I headed to ALDI and bought all the accoutrements necessary to make the best Chicago dog. They had nearly everything for these dogs, and basically all things summer-y at super affordable prices.

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Bacon Western Cheeseburger Sliders

I’m currently in Mexico recovering from my friend’s wedding, chilaxing by this pool, reading this book, and drinking way too many of these. More on Mexico soon!

Before I left El Ley, I made these burgers from Jon’s new book, THE SLIDER EFFECT.

Can I just tell you that I had SO much fun making these with Billy. I haven’t made sliders in way too long and was kindly reminded that they’re are so fun and cute to make and eat.

Bacon Western Cheeseburger Sliders

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Acaí Coconut Bowls

This past weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening of Smorgasburg! If you’re unfamiliar, here’s the lowdown: Smorgasburg originally started in NY but has moved to LA, where every single Sunday you can head to The Row in downtown Los Angeles and try some of the city’s best food vendors.

My favorites were:

Rucker’s Pie (Nicole’s pies are amazing!)
Bub and Grandma’s Bread (best bread in da city)
Nana’s Pops (chocolate + banana)
Ugly Drum (their BBQ is so bomb)
Birria from Burritos Las Palma
Amazebowls

Acaí Coconut Bowls

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Black Sesame Coconut Popsicles

It’s Popsicle Week!!!

I LOVE popsicle week. If you’re unfamiliar, let me give you the low-down. Amelia’s uncle and one of my favorite humans alive, Billy Green of Wit and Vinegar, hosts it every year. This year over 100 bloggers are participating!! WHAA!!! Amazing. You might’ve noticed this in your Instagram or blog reader this week and it’s all bc of his passion for all things popsicles.

Last year I made these very fun and festive Funfetti Cake Batter Popsicles. This year I wanted to get a little bit more grown-up, a little more sophisticated. Enter: black sesame paste. It’s one of my favorite ingredients (remember these cookies?). Think black tahini. That’s basically what it is and tastes like. If you’re having trouble finding black sesame paste, then just use tahini—it’ll taste EXACTLY the same.

Black Sesame Coconut Popsicles

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Baked Empanadas

We’re currently going through an insane heatwave in lovely El Ley. I made these cute things last week when going outside in the early mornings required a fluffy sweatshirt and turning on your oven didn’t seem like an insane thing to do.

In the world of empanada land, I would say that these are more similar to Argentina-style empanadas. The dough is flakey and baked, not fried. I love this dough because while it’s flakey, it’s not exactly like pie dough. It’s more toothsome than that. And the filling is SO good that I often times will just make the filling and pair it with cauliflower rice or something. This is if I’m trying to be healthy. If not, I eat it this way…

Baked Empanadas

Baked Empanadas

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Homemade Pocky

One of the greatest things about living in LA is my v v close proximity to Little Tokyo. Josh and I go to dinner there all the time and our favorite after-dinner-activity is heading to the Japanese grocery stores so we can raid them for all their candy.

We often times get new-to-us-candy but we always make sure we get all the pocky in all the crazy flavors. I thought about making simple homemade pocky but that’d be boring! Unless you live in a major city (and near a Japanese neighborhood), I’m guessing it’s kinda hard to find all of the crazy pocky flavors. They’re the best ones.

Pocky

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Eton Mess

in Cakes, Desserts

Eton's Mess

Eton mess is my favorite story because it involves a dog.

The story goes like this: summer-y people go on summer-y picnic and bring a mix of meringue and strawberries and whipped cream. A mischievous dog (picture Amelia type mischievous) jumps up and smashes said dessert. Summer-y people are very very bummed but eat it anyway because dessert is always necessary and they LOVE IT.

Eton Mess is born. I like to think that I made what was most likely in the back of the car, pre-dog. It’s a pavlova cake layered with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

Eton's Mess

Eton Mess is born. I like to think that I made what was most likely in the back of the car, pre-dog. It’s a pavlova cake layered with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

It’s something that can easily be put together. Add a few flowers on top and baby strawberries and it’s instantly a dessert that is VERY Instagrammable.

The good news is that it tastes good too.

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Baked Nashville Hot Chicken

Last September I went to Nashville (here, here and here) to work for Renaissance Marriott. Luckily, I was in New York just before that and my friend Ben told me every place to hit up. Prince’s Hot Chicken was at the top of the list and right when I landed, I took my nondescript rental car straight there. I ordered the HOT but immediately regretted my choice when a local woman sat down and told me she would never EVER order the HOT, “it’s too hot for me,” she said.

I was like uhhhh ok. I’m screwed. When it came, I ate it and it was totally tolerable for me, delicious in fact. But, I did grow up with a Peruvian mama who loved eating spicy food so my brother and I, like, love heat.

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S'mores Twists

Remember when I made these pumpkin twists? Those were tite. But that was a different time; the air was crisp, fall spices were in the air, everything was cozy…it was fall.

Right now it’s the opposite. It’s all about bbqs and outdoors and picnics and mosquitos. It’s summahtime. I feel like every year I have the urge to push myself to make some different iteration of s’mores. I basically want s’mores in everything. I want to eat all the s’mores.

This year I decided to take on the French tarte de soleil and turn it into the most American summertime dessert ever.

S'mores Twists

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Honeycomb Sugar Doughnuts

Today is let’s-eat-all-da-doughnuts-day. Or, if you’re trying to eat healthy, is more like stare-at-all-the-doughnuts-on-the-internets-day!

Whether you’re being an active participant or leisurely double-tapping all of the doughnuts you see in your feed, I’m here hoping to contribute to the conversation by the way of these fluffy, deliciously sweet thangs.

Remember when I went to London. Well, while I was there, I strolled through Borough Market since many of you told me to, and I visited Bread Ahead. I happily ate two doughnuts in the freezing cold, while feeling very much like a rich and lucky Oliver Twist.

Honeycomb Sugar Doughnuts

These doughnuts were fluffy and cream-filled. The cream, I believe, was mixed with honeycomb. I thought it was a splendid idea. I loved it so much that I recreated them here, though slightly different.

Instead of mixing the honeycomb in with pastry cream, I made a honeycomb sugar! YASS. Take honeycomb and blitz it with sugar. It’s the most delicious thing in the entire world. And it was all Billy’s idea lol.

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