“Give a Cup” for Kale

In celebration of their new line of Single Cups, I’ve been asked by Peet’s Coffee to share something I “Give a Cup” about! I’m actually really into their topic from this past week which is KALE. Each week, you get to weigh in on a different topic and help determine where the next sampling of Peet’s Single Cups will be. Pretty cool, right? Give your own cup each week here to join in on the fun!

Anyway, onto kale. I’ll be perfectly honest – until I moved to California 3+ years ago, kale was not even close to being on my radar. Today, I eat kale in some form nearly every single day. Plus, there’s so many kinds of kale! My favorite is dino kale but I usually eat lots of curly kale since it’s so common. Anyway, some may think it’s a bit hyped up in the food world at the moment, which holds validity. But in the long run I believe kale is here to stay! Here are some reasons why I love this leafy green, including a few favorite ways to eat it.

 + Kale is packed with nutritional benefits including being low in calories and high in fiber. Great for detoxes and is high in antioxidants!

+ Instead of eating potato chips, kale chips are a tasty alternative for those afternoon or late night munchies. Flashback to my recipe I posted back in 2010. Who knew I was at the forefront of a snack trend?

+ I really got into kale caesar salads sometime over the last year. Here is a great recipe from Chef Phoebe Lapine which is pretty much exactly how I make mine (minus mustard). Anyway, I attribute my love of kale caesar salads to my discovery of the one from Four Cafe in Eagle Rock. I went through a phase where I was eating it at least once a week before I finally decided to give it a go in my own kitchen. This is also when I discovered the wonder that is baby kale. Just try it – trust.

+ Kale is a great ingredient for both juices and smoothies! I have a green smoothie at least 3 mornings a week which usually consist of 2 stems of kale leaves, a banana, almond milk and sunflower seed butter. This is a great guide to get you started on all sorts of green smoothies. #yummy

+ I’ve heard from many friends that they don’t like kale because it’s tough and bitter. Want to know a secret? You need to massage your kale before you eat it raw in salads! All you need is some olive oil and salt. Read all about here from the Huffington Post.

*This post has been sponsored by Peet’s Coffee, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Caesar salad photo borrowed from the yummy blog, Feed Me Pheobe.

Golden Road Brewery

Goldern Road Brewery Glendale Eat local

Hidden a bit off the beaten path in Glendale, Golden Road Brewery flourishes as a locals pub (and brewery of course!) that serves up fresh and local food paired up with wonderfully refreshing beer. I’d heard about this place from my gal Kelsi as a great spot for veggie/vegan friendly food and the boyfriend had been picking up their eco-friendly 16-ounce six packs from our neighborhood liquor store. So it was a total no brainer when I was in the area the other weekend to make a pitstop for some grub and brew!

They have a pretty extensive menu which would make even the most discerning foodie squeal with delight (no joke)! I ended up getting the Bahn Mi (deep fried tofu, julienned vegetables, pickled carrots, jalapeños, fresh herbs + sriracha mayo) which was way tasty but I’m totally dying to try the Coconut “Noodle” Salad (young thai coconut, julienned vegetables, napa cabbage, spiced peanuts, fresh herbs + almond chili sauce), Crispy Sundried Tomato Polenta (roasted fennel, brussels sprouts, pearl onions, cherry tomatoes + white bean puree) and pretty much their entire snacks menu including the Dino Kale Rolls (filled with white bean puree, bell peppers and pine nuts over olive oil sautéed quinoa) or what about some Wild Mushroom Risotto Fritters with vegan pimento cheese? To D-I-E for.

We both got glasses (me a mini!) of the Golden Road Hef and best part was taking a growler home (which are refillable…rad!)

Golden Road Brewery Glendale

Golden Road Brewery Menu and Beers

Golden Road Brewery Glendale Menu

Golden Road Brewery Snacks Menu

Golden Road Bewery Glendale Paper Menu

Golden Road Brewery Hefeweizen

Golden Road Brewery Vegetarian Tofu Bahn Mi

Golden Road Brewery Vegetarian Vegan Tofu Bahn Mi

Goldren Road Brewery Blue

Carrot Fries

Carrot Fries

Photo: Wishful Chef

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a recipe but I promise, this one will makeup for all the lost time! I first saw this idea on Pinterest and it literally tickled me pink thinking of it. Carrots… as fries? Now mind you, I was in the company of a hefty amount of carrots as we’d been getting a ton in our bi-weekly CSA produce box. I desperately needed a way to eat mass amounts of carrots… and fast.

I made them at first alone, then also mixed them with sweet potato fries. Results? I was speechless, and so was the boyfriend who is not normally a fan of carrots (nor sweet potatoes). Give it a go. I promise you’re going to be addicted.

Carrot Fries (adopted from Wishful Chef)

6-8 carrots, washed and cut into 1/2 inch wide strips
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoons rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven at 400°F. Cut carrots into french fry strips. In a large baking sheet ( I line with parchment paper ), toss carrots with olive oil, dried herbs and salt & pepper.

Arrange in a single layer and make sure to flip the fries over two or three times to brown evenly. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.

 

Korean Snacks at Gook Hwa House

Gook Hwa House

 

Completely obsessed with these little red bean cakes from Gook Hwa House located outside of the Assi Supermarket in Koreatown. How have I lived here for a year and not discovered this until now, I do not know. Made fresh on the spot, you can help yourself to however many of the little delicious morsels as you can stuff into a bag. Okay, they’re 9 for $3 but it’s pretty much a whole bag full. What’s even cooler is that its literally all self serve…even when it comes to paying. You put your money in a bin, and take the proper change from the other bins. Kinda cool right?

Since I’m Chinese, and not Korean I have no idea how to pronounce these but the red bean cakes are called “gook hwa bbang” and the little sweet pancakes they have that are $1 each are called “ho dduk” which are a favorite of the boyfriend. They taste like an asian cinnamon roll pancake…if there were such a thing. This dude seriously has the best job ever. Hanging out making delectable treats all day. I confess, I end up eating all 9 in one sitting! Yes, this is why I still can’t fit into my favorite pair of Cheap Mondays.

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Broccoli Romanesco and Orzo Medley

Broccoli Romanesco

 

I’m so late with this post, but a while ago I picked up a gorgeous head of broccoli romanesco at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market from one of my favorite heirloom vendors. It was a fascinatingly beautiful vegetable…that looked almost mathematical and even perhaps like it had come from space. I did some interweb searching and found NO GOOD RECIPES on how to make this italian wonder…so, I took matters into my own hands.

 

Purple Cauliflower and Romanesco

Broccoli Romanesco and Orzo

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