As of yesterday, nearly every single one of my friends has graduated and/or moved away for the summer, leaving me with just my car, my apartment, and lots of magazines. This past week I’ve eaten at home a total of 3 times, and those 3 Lean Cuisines were delicious. My friends and I have eaten out for breakfast lunch and dinner basically since finals week ended… May.. 15? So starting with my boyfriend’s birthday on the 15 until now we’ve eaten our way through Dallas feasting on Benedicts, Beers, Burgers… Salads, Sandwiches, Sangria… are you getting the idea? (As in, my shorts are feeling a litttttttle tighter).
Sangria c/o Black Friar Pub
One of my best friends corrected me yesterday when I invited her to come to the farmers market with me today and told me the real place to go is Central Market. DEAR GOD, it’s like Whole Foods on steroids. I entered with a shopping list of literally five items… and left with like 15 (I really am on a budget, this was me splurging I swear).
Thank you, Monica, for leading me to heaven on earth AND for responding to my crazy texts describing my experience while I was there
The main reason I went was for the produce - gathering up items to make a strawberry balsamic salad similar to the one I had eaten at the Common Table: Peppered Strawberry Balsamic Salad.
My version turned out pretty passably (B+ ish)
Slivered almonds, 2 fresh strawberries, 2 cups spring mix lettuce, balsamic vinaigrette, 1 oz peppered goat cheese
Toasted a small handful of almonds in a pan over medium heat, checking and stirring constantly to avoid burning. They’re done when lightly browned and aromatic; Slice the strawberries; Toss the lettuce with dressing in a bowl; Plate greens and top with sliced strawberries, toasted almonds, and the goat cheese.