I realize I haven’t done a great job of keeping you posted about life or food via my blog. Twitter is my new favorite tool for annoying updates about myself and you can find me @kristamaesmith.
But I do have a few things, I would like to share with you.
First in food.
April 5 is officially Cafe Rio Day in Utah. So thank Governor Gary Herbert for giving you a reason to sit down with chips, salsa, guacomole, relleno and margaritas today. Or is that just me?
Meditirina was kind of a let down last time I was there. The house made sangria was delicious and the patas bravas were as delicious as I remembered. However the Drunken Oreos were soaked, not dipped, in port wine, not a reduction sauce. All in all, Manfriend and I still had a good experience, but I think I’ll stick with my own Drunken Oreos in the future.
And I’m on a mission to steal the bruschetta recipe from the Meditirina kitchen as well. Balsamic and tarragon soaked strawberries with chevre cheese on top of crisp, buttery bread. Mmmm….so good!
In the past two months Millies and the Soup Kitchen have been mainly responsible for keeping my grease quota. But I’ve blogged enough about them for you to know how much I love burgers and onion rings from both of these great Sugar House icons.
Second in life…
I’ll be graduating May 29 at 1 p.m.-ish at the E Center in West Valley, UT. If you like me enough to read my blog, you are invited. Of course, leading up to that I’ll be in a panic about finishing my senior project, writing a research paper, writing a film theory paper, editing the paper and writing a column. So in advance, I’m thanking you for your patience. (Especially, Manfriend!)
I’m in the middle of my application to teach in Taiwan, but I feel good about getting it done on time. Next weekend, I should be able to get the video done. Once I have my passport, I will be elligible to begin training.
Otherwise things are pretty normal. The St. Patrick’s day party was fun. We played “Apples to Apples’ for forever. Long enough anyway for me to leave and talk with Harry. The sidecars were awesome! The combination of one part cognac to three parts lemon juice is so good! I love the sour tanginess of it.
I’m looking forward to trying an old school daquiri with rum and lime juice, next.
The potatoe skins were pretty good. I completely forgot to add any butter. Luckily, no one seemed to notice. I think they were distracted by the bacon. Or the booze, whatever.
Finally I tested out the Black Magic Chocolate cake recipe Amber recommended. My version didn’t come out quite as good. I think because I did a buttercream frosting instead of cream cheese frosting. So next time, Sis, my chocolate will beat up your chocolate. Or at least, taste as good. The cake was easy to bak and did well divided up into a dozen cupcakes and a 9″ square cake pan.
The next shindig I’m putting on will be the Mad Men cocktail party. So get out your cocktail wear and tell me your favorite classic cocktail. We’ll be partying Don Draper style following my graduation.
I know, you’re excited. I am.