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This is one of my favorite (lighter) lunches from Tacubaya, which is this kind of expensive place around the corner from my work. I get half a primavera salad, which is greens, red cabbage, carrots, avocado, and pumpkin seeds in in a lime dressing. I also get a taco (homemade tortillas!) with carne asada. I sometimes get another taco, sometimes not.
- Nellie

Don’t know what to do with all your leftover Easter ham? Make scalloped potatoes! Mine were a lightened up version with a skim bechamel, shallots, and thyme. Heavy cream would have been way better. This was still good, though.
- Nellie

I bought my first ham for Easter brunch yesterday. It’s good, but not as good as the ham I got at the Pasta Shop for lunch last week. For leftovers, I fried an egg, and dipped the cheddar chive drop biscuit in the yolk. On the side was wilted Russian kale with spring onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, and olive oil.
- Nellie

You can never have too many avocados, I say.
- Nellie

Lentils with baked salmon, Parmesan couscous from a box, and roasted asparagus. Happy birthday, Papa Faux Pasta!
- Nellie

Banh Mi Saigon (198 Grand St) is a jewelry store, bakery, and home to the finest Banh mi I’ve had to date in New York. I’m sprawled on some steps in Soho, covered in crumbs and in heaven while creepy Italian men keep trying to talk to me about my sandwich as I glare at them with stuffed cheeks.

-Paulina

I wanted pancakes but I had yogurt with granola instead. Story of my life.
- Nellie

Detroit style pizza (“entry level deep dish”) from the pizza truck at Violet Crown in Austin. I cannot divulge how much time I spent here with my friend Audrey drinking $2 whiskey sours instead of waiting in line to watch a bunch of scragglehairs.

-Paulina

Shrimp taco salad. So. Good.
- Nellie

Sister swap! I’m in Austin two weeks after Nellie visited. This is the Gonzo - turkey, provolone, strawberry jam and chipotle dressing on Texas French toast. “I like to order it when I’m feeling kooky,” said the girl working the food truck.

For what it’s worth, the first thing I ate here was Jimmy Johns. Always and forever, you my girl, Jimothy Jernathon.

-Paulina


Taking an open-ended sabbatical (“millenialing in casual town”) and therefore all about the lingering breakfasts. Roasted organic yams with Kerrygold Irish butter (always salted!) and “maple surple” as I used to call it, grazed with sea salt. Real simple, as in I got the recipe from Real Simple.

-Paulina 

Best airport food I’ve ever had. Tender brisket, mustard potato salad, pinto beans, and coleslaw. Unffff.
- Nellie

I’m in Austin and I’m gonna eat all your BBQs… still really want ribs and brisket before we leave, though.
- Nellie

Recent eats, week five of better choices:
- barley chicken soup with Cheddar Bunnies
- spaghetti squash with chorizo, goat cheese, Parmesan and tomato sauce
- baked potato soup with celery root and leeks
- herb crusted tilapia with brown rice pilaf, collard greens, and steamed carrots

- Nellie

Cookbooks hit you where you live. You want comfort, you want security; you want food; you want to not be hungry; and not only do you want those basic things fixed, you want it done in a really nice, gentle way that makes you feel loved. That’s a big desire, and cookbooks say to the person who’s reading them, if you will read me, you will be able to do this for yourself and for others. You will make everybody feel better.

- Laurie Colwin, More Home Cooking