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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Current Obsessions: The Food Edition

Every now and then, I like to take a step back from my everyday habits and look at what it is I'm currently addicted to. Sometimes it's a particular TV show I can't stop watching on DVD, sometimes it's a song on endless repeat, sometimes it's an author whose books I've read multiple times but just can't seem to quit.

This time, they're all about food. Huh. Go figure! Anyway, here they are, in no particular order:

1.) Sriracha -- This is an Asian condiment, sun-ripened chilies ground with garlic and sugar to a smooth paste guaranteed to ignite your palate and brighten the flavor of whatever you put it on. I can't take much of it, but even a few drops are enough to get you hooked on the criminally addictive combination of spicy, salty, and sweet.

2.) Momofuku -- Clearly, I'm on an Asian kick. I just got back from NYC, where I had a little of every Asian cuisine I could get my hands on, so sue me. And what with one thing and another, most of my meals seemed to revolve around David Chang's chain of phenomenally popular, revolutionary restaurants. Whether it was ginger-scallion ramen at Noodle Bar, chicken and lemongrass banh mi at Ma Peche, or crack pie at Milk Bar, I was all over it. And now that I'm home, I'm finally digging into one of my coolest birthday gifts from last year: the Momofuku cookbook! It's amazing, seriously. Chang's voice and style come through loud and clear in every single recipe, and his story is a fascinating one. And then there are the recipes themselves! I can make my own ginger-scallion noodles now--and believe me, I plan to.

3.) Bolthouse Farms Perfectly Protein drinks -- My favorite, by far, is Mocha Cappuccino. Coffee, low-fat milk, cocoa, vanilla, and all of that bumped up with extra protein and amino acids. I'd drink it to be healthy, but honestly, I just love the way it tastes.

So what are your current food obsessions?


All food is my obsession, hence my issues. Currently, I seem to be devouring whatever chocolate gets in my way. I am a one-woman chocolate wrecking crew. Alas.

Hi Louisa. The Bolthouse drink sounds delicious. I'm currently hung up on Oregon Chai's Chai Tea Latte concentrates. They come in regular or decaf, are USDA organic certified and have vanilla, spices and honey in them. All you do is add milk and heat if you like it warm. Personally, I love it either hot or cold. It's a great mid-afternoon pick-me-up.


Sriracha is a staple in our [asian] household :)

Roasted veggies! Mostly cauliflower and broccoli. My husband mixes them with garlic powder, thyme and oregano and then roasts them in the oven until they are nice and crispy. I would eat them every minute if I could!

While Sriracha is definitely Asian-inspired, it's as American as it gets - and therefore totally perfect for Momofuku. ;-)

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