Garden Roundup: Winter Planting & Plant ID Needed

I spent the past two days cleaning out weeds and pruning dead matter from plants. Today, I finally got around to planting some items. Before listing them, let me tell you how happy I am for organizing my seeds into a gardening folder. Having everything labeled inside its little pouch made it so much easier to find items. Β Last week, I planted oregano, tarragon, marjoram and thyme seeds and will plant out moreΒ again next week. Today I planted flats of seeds of:

  • shiso
  • chives
  • scallions
  • spinach
  • tomato
  • dill

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Homegirl Cafe

I just got back from breakfast at Homegirl Cafe in Chinatown. I hadn’t been to the one in Boyle Heights, though I’ve driven past it. The one in Chinatown–across the street from Chinatown?–has been open for a few months now and I’ve been meaning to get there. I really wish I had my camera or at least my cell phone with me. This will be a photo-less food review.

First we went it just to get coffee ($1.50), and then I saw the bakery goods. Homeboy Bakery has a little corner where they sell desserts, muffins, and fresh made bread. Crap. I meant to pick up a loaf of the rosemary olive bread before I left. Anyway, I bought the kids a crisp ($2). It looks like pita bread dusted in sugar, it tastes like flaky bits of heaven. I ordered my coffee and then noticed a menu…with breakfast. Breakfast is served until 11am and it’s $6. 14 items on the menu and each plate is $6. I chose to have the omelet with spinach, queso fresco and morita salsa. I got it with a side of Homegirl potatoes.

The omelet is good. A little bland, but since no one in LA County can make a decent omelet, this one is utterly brilliant. The eggs were perfectly moist and had a little crepe like crust on it. Yum. Usually, I can’t eat raw spinach added into things. For some reason, my throat closes up. I still order it and I forget until I can’t breath again. So, I did it again and I tried it, but so far my throat hasn’t close up. They could use a bit more queso fresco in there and definitely some onion, but it was a good omelet. The Homegirl potatoes are your basic breakfast potatoes mixed with fried corn and onion. My first bite of the potato was ho-hum, but as you eat them, you realize there’s complexities in there. I don’t know what it’s seasoned with, but it’s quite tasty.

I also got a side of the tofu chorizo ($2). Now, anyone who knows me knows that two things I won’t eat are tofu or chorizo. For whatever reason, I absolutely love tofu chorizo. I thought my kids would too. Unfortunately, the little boy only eats 3 items and none of them were around and the girl who loves tofu refuses to eat it with “spicy stuff” mixed into it. So, I got to have the wonderfully delicious tofu chorizo all to myself. It’s served over potatoes with cilantro on top. The dish also came with a piece of baguette. The bread had sesame seeds on it which made the tofu chorizo even more interesting in your mouth.

I highly suggest you go to Homegirl Cafe if you can. One of the best bonuses: It’s right across the street from Chinatown Station served by the Gold Line.

If lovin’ you is wrong, I don’t wanna be right…

God help me, but I love me some Hickory Farms Turkey Summer Sausage. I don’t know why. It’s not entirely healthy, it does funny things to my belly and the chemical taste should just end it right there. None of that stuff can stop me from consuming two sticks in a day. Let’s put it this way: I’d rather my kids starve than share one thin slice of Summer Sausage with them. HAHA…I said “rather”. They do love it too. So much so that I have to buy 4 sticks at a time. Forced too, I am! I remember one year, someone gave me a footlong stick for my birthday. I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

Now get this: My husband talks crap about it all the time. “How can you eat that stuff?”, “It’s so sugary!”, “It can’t be healthy to eat 36oz of meat in less than a day.” Blah, blah, blah…in the next breath it’s “Can I have some?”

NO!

Just wanted to share joy and glory of the Turkey Stick. It’s my Little Pink Sock.

Tasty is…

Trader Joe’s Rice Crisps.

I first tried this about a month ago. Craving salt & vinegar chips and being at Trader Joe’s, I saw these things. Rice crisps? Can’t be all that bad. But it is a TJ brand, so it could be cardboard for all I know. I bought a bag. A bag is 4.2oz. It took my family of four almost 5 days to finish them off. There’s that many in a bag. Yummy, crispy, saborsitos. Delicious. We went back to Trader Joe’s the other day and I bought the sour cream and onion flavor. WOW. Even better than the salt and vinegar ones.

If you live near a Trader Joe’s and these are there, I highly suggest you grab a bag.