Food Diary

Curry Coconut Chips

Dear Diary,

There has been so much chatter about coconut chips that I had to find out what the big deal was. Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals so if it can be turned into a chip, I’m all about it.

photo 2

After scouring Google for a few minutes I grabbed a whole coconut and a vegetable peeler and got to work. I shaved off about 1/2 of the coconut, tossed the shavings in a tupperware container with coconut oil, curry powder and sea salt and shook it up to cover the coconut in the seasonings (think shake and bake). Bake the coconut at 300 for 20 minutes, or until slightly golden. Mix every 5 minutes to make sure they cook evenly.

photo 3

Until Next Time,

Rebecca

P.S. They totally taste like potato chips!!

Advertisements

The Present Moment Cafe – St. Augustine

Dear Diary,

My taste buds have a vegan burger story for you!

present moment

Present Moment Cafe is a quaint little raw food cafe located in the heart of historic St. Augustine. Whether you are dining on a couch, propped up at the bar or seated at a table you will get the same homey feel throughout the entire cafe. The fresh juices are a perfect accompaniment to any meal and the cashew based hummus is a must try starter. The real star of this story however is the burger! The house regular, that graces the menu with its presence on the daily, is the sunlight burger and oh my it will bring some sunshine to your mouth with its flavor bursting deliciousness. Present Moment doesn’t stop there and will take the burger base and create a daily special burger with all new flavor profiles to mix it up. Pictured below is a southwest style spin on the classic sunlight.

3

If you are in St. Augustine make sure to check out this hidden gem. Just don’t get your heart set on a Sunday Funday raw meal beacause you will find a closed sign on the door.

 

Until Next Time,

Rebecca

The ultimate farm discovery

Dear Diary,

I am in love. I have no doubt in my mind that I am having a foodie love affair with Freshfields Farm.

unnamed

Imagine walking into a grocery store/ farmers market/ roadside vegetable stand/ heaven and you have a good idea of Freshfields Farm. The store winds around like an airport or amusement park line with fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs gathered around you. The hand cut meats are fresh, never frozen and amazingly inexpensive. I was astounded by all of the organic and local offerings, including the farm fresh eggs. My best tip to the new shopper: make sure to grab what you want as you go because this line of glorious produce dead ends at the checkout with no turn around lanes.

Once loaded up on all the store had to offer I ran home to create the perfect dish. I couldn’t decide between the chicken breasts or salmon filet so I went with both. Maple plank salmon and Mediterranean spice rubbed chicken were tossed on the grill while I starting chopping up fruit in the kitchen. To top off my proteins I made a salsa using pineapple, mango, nectarine, cilantro and lime. I finished off the dish with some asparagus and dug in to my amazing farm to table dinner.

unnamed

Until next time,

Rebecca

 

DIY – Tuxedo Strawberries

Dear Diary,

Valentine’s day is right around the corner so today I created something extra special. Getting your friends or loved ones presents can get expensive so I wanted to be able to share the love without breaking the bank.

strawberries

Grocery list: strawberries, white chocolate, dark chocolate, wax paper and Crisco.

Make sure to rinse and dry your strawberries before starting. In a microwave safe bowl melt the white chocolate and a small amount of Crisco. I heat the chocolate in 30 second increments so it doesn’t burn. Once the chocolate is melted dip your strawberries in to create your first coat of chocolate, the tuxedo shirt. Place them on the wax paper to set.

While the white chocolate is drying on the strawberries melt the dark (or milk) chocolate with a small amount of Crisco. To create the tuxedo jacket dip the strawberry on its sides, one at a time, leaving a “v” of visible white chocolate in the middle of the flat side. Return the strawberry to the wax paper, white chocolate side up.

For the buttons and bowtie I like to use a piping bag, or plastic bag with a piping tip. You can also use a toothpick.

Until next time,

Rebecca

Pacific Fusion – PVB

Dear Diary,

I have to tell you about an amazing sushi/Thai restaurant hidden out in Ponte Vedra Beach that not only has delicious food but the service to match.

2

Pacific Fusion has a wonderful atmosphere for grabbing lunch with coworkers or dinner with your special someone.  Looking for some tasty suggestions?? The Mango Tango roll is a flavor explosion of fresh mango, shrimp and eel sauce. The combination is simply perfection. My favorite and ultimate go to however is the Pacific Roll. The soybean paper mixed with the crisp lobster tempura, asparagus and smooth cream cheese. It is a foodie dream come true! If you are looking for a great meal, craving sushi or just want to try out a new place make sure to stop by Pacific Fusion.

sushi

Until next time,

Rebecca