Can We Taco About This: Santa Barbara Part Two
On this particular afternoon in SB, it was one of the coldest days in recent years in NYC....I tried not to rub it in that I was wearing shorts!
In the previous post I spoke about the performance milestone involved in this experience and in this post I'd like to discuss an equally important topic: FOOD!
I've blogged before about cooking "on the road" in hotels, sometimes with nothing but a microwave and a mini fridge. Fortunately, in SB I had access to a full kitchen so I was able to prepare nearly all of my meals for myself. I am, surprise surprise, extremely picky about what I eat before I sing. Food affects the way I feel, so if I can eat more or less of certain things then I really enjoy eating pretty light all day and waiting until the day is over to let loose a little. It helps me to feel energized and satisfied, but not too full, sleepy....let's just say bloated. Plus, cooking for myself helps to make me feel more at home wherever I am. I spend less money and it's healthier. Win win win.
Food-wise, there are two things I noticed during my weeks in California. The seafood and the produce were spectacular! It was just so fresh--never before have I ever bought lettuce that tasted so fresh and lasted so long in the refridgerator--nearly 2 weeks!
In the kitchen, I always had prepared quinoa ready to go and would mix it with anything from scrambled eggs, cooked broccoli, a laughing cow cheese wedge and veggie sausage in the morning to avocado, cooked spinach, chicken and oil and vinegar for lunch or dinner. I always had baked sweet potatoes ready to go. The skin peels right off and I could mash it up or dice it up and eat it quickly. New to my cooking routine during this trip was tofu. I am not a vegetarian, but I have always enjoyed tofu cooked in every way imaginable. Turns out, no matter how I cook it I really enjoy it: diced up in soups, sautéed in a pan or baked in the oven. I like the texture and it pretty much takes on whatever flavor you add to it. Once it was prepared, I enjoy eating it cold, as well.
I did eat out a couple of times and only had a desire for Mexican food! Why would I want to eat anything else??
Fish tacos! Served with a side of Caesar salad....odd choice, but delicious. I'm thinking...very California.
Shrimp tacos! Look closely: there are two kinds of salsa. One with tomatoes and one with Papaya. Ordinarily, Papaya is on a very short list of foods that I find gross. But at this restaurant I couldn't stop eating it. Amazing.
Is there anything better than Mexican food? For me, there sure is: Singing for a living in a city known for great Mexican food!