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I’ve moved to NJ to stay with family for the summer while I do an internship in NYC. Therefore, blogging has halted a bit. It seems from my stats that people (about 3 or 4, but people nonetheless) have been looking at this blog, so I’d like to assure that more posts are to come soon. I have been keeping a journal and taking lots of pictures, I just need to find time to put them into the blog. So stick around!

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Simplicity

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~Leonardo DaVinci

There’s something so satisfying in the simple.   While I admire the amazing things chefs like Ferran Adria do with food, sometimes you just want an egg sandwich or some rice pudding the way it was meant to be.  Not too many frills.  Just simple comforts for a Sunday afternoon.

Egg and Cheese Sandwich on Wheat Toast
Egg and Cheese Sandwich on Wheat Toast

This sandwich is simply scrambled eggs mixed with pepper, salt, garlic powder, sriracha sauce, and sharp cheddar cheese.

Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding)
Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding)

A simple combination of milk, sugar, rice, cinnamon and vanilla.

La Paz: Meh

La Paz is a Mexican restaurant in Nashville that I had heard mentioned several times but had never been to.   This past Friday I went with my fellow interns from work, and I gotta say I wasn’t really impressed with the place.  The ambiance of the patio where we sat was nice and festive, but the inside seemed too bare and uninteresting for me.   I made the mistake of ordering tacos when I should have ordered something more interesting like the “Cuban” quesadilla.  I got two tacos, two mounds of sour cream and guacamole, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and rice and beans for $11.something, when I could have gotten something of comparable or better quality elsewhere.   I’m not sure I can write it off completely, but I don’t see myself going there again.  I’ve been staying with at a friend’s apartment off of Nolensville Pike during the week (which has spotty internet access hence the lack of frequent posts) and there a few Mexican markets and taco stands around there that I’ve wanted to check out.  Oh, a Mexican place I enjoy when I’m in Columbia is Taco Express.  Good food and I can get a HUGE cup of horchata (delicious Mexican rice drink) while I’m there.  I’m going to have to stop by soon…la paz

WARNING: This Post is Not Appropriate for Vegetarians Due to Roasting of Tasty Animal

Yesterday I went to the graduation party of a Cuban friend of the family and of course, as is tradition with large Cuban gatherings, a whole pig was seasoned and roasted to a delicious crisp. It looks a little brutal when its done but it smells and tastes amazing. I remember when my family had a party a long time ago we bought a whole pig and we had it hanging from the gate awning until it was ready to roast and there was a nice little puddle of blood underneath it. I can only imagine what the neighbors thought. :D Along with the pork, the graduation party also had moros (rice and black beans cooked together) and yuca. Here’s some pics:

Moros y Cristianos
Moros y Cristianos
Yuca
Yuca

Pics of the pig after the jump…

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