why not

Why not?

It’s been over a year and a half that I moved to Texas and after a good handful of attempts to ignite my passion into a business. They all have failed.

I don’t look at the failure as a bad thing, so it’s kinda of awesome to have tried and to really know what DOES NOT WORK here (North Texas). All jokes aside. It takes guts to put yourself out there and try it and I have to forever thank my better half who has encouraged and supported me through every single crazy idea I had.

McKinney, Texas has a piece of my heart. I love this town, one of my favorite things to do from spring to fall is to go their Farmer’s Market. I know most of the vendors, it’s real small and authentic. It makes you feel like you are really helping a community and their residents.

So, a couple weeks ago I decided to be a part of this amazing community I admire so much. It will be hard, but I am going to try.

Once or twice a month (depending on availability), from June to October. I will have a table as a vendor at the farmer’s market I love so much, for the first time ever.

What will I sell?
Two homemade products. Wella’s Crisps & Helena’s Preserves.
Wella’s Crisps are a nutty cheesy buttery crisp baked with love.
Helena’s Preserves are my grandma’s “geléia de bergamotas”, bergamot jam per say.

Excited to start.

Stay Hungry,
XO
Manoela

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Mesero Dallas

Being the food addict that I am, I have the habit of asking Texans where is their favorite place to eat. Unanimously, the answer is always bbq or tex mex. Under Tex Mex answers, the answers are usually Mi Cocina, Taco Diner and Mesero.

For those of you not from Texas, all those 3 places belong to the same restaurant group. I have eaten at all three. Mi Cocina is a simple set up, food is good, comes out fast and there’s no fuzz. Taco Diner has a terrific set of salsas paired with warm salty chips, the tacos are okay, almost meh.

Took me a year to finally go to Mesero. Hearing so much about it, I unfortunately created a huge expectation in my mind. We went there last saturday, we were walking down Katy Trail as usual, and decided to check it out.

We sat down, no one came for a good 5 minutes. The server was not very friendly, even after I mentioned it was my first time there. Someone once told me they make mad margaritas, so we got two originals. The waiter brought us the salsa trio and chips. They are exactly like the ones from Taco Diner. We ordered the Tacos Callejeros & Queso Mesero (House Favorite). Food came in fast and I must say the Queso is really tasty, a little too small for $10.95 but still good. Now, the tacos were a complete disappointment, under seasoned, rice was not freshly made and to top it all off I took a bite and I almost broke a tooth, yes, there was a huge piece of bone in it.  

The waiter came, didn’t apologize and brought me a piece of napkin to place the bone onto. She said she was going to take it to the chef. Note: She did not remove my plate immediately. Oh, when that happened I was done with everything. No one came over to apologize, or to replace my plate.

I salvaged what was left, being extra careful to not find anything else.

The bill came, we paid and left. They didn’t charge me for the taco, obviously. But i can’t still wrap my head around the fact that NO ONE came to apologize for what happened.

In my opinion Mesero like so many other tex mex restaurants in Dallas miss one thing that us latinos know it too well. Good latin food needs to be made fresh, from scratch and with passion. It’s that simple.

There is not a picture to post for obvious reasons. 

Stay Hungry!

Manoela

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Today.

This new morning.

Bright and warm.

I love you earth.

I believe in love.

Resilience is something you can’t give it away.

Life teaches you to be stronger.

So, to the orange person I say:

“Love Wins”

 

So, let’s get the politics out of the way and talk about food, right?

Last night we went to this little place in my favorite town, McKinney, TX.

Rye is the name of the place, it has a soul of it’s own.

It sits close to 40 people, not bigger than your living room, it’s cozy and unique.

Their cocktail list is a masterpiece. Turning the old into new seamlessly.

Fritto Misti x 2 – yes, I ordered again. (that only happens at places I fall in love with)

“Book Club” Peppers

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Pork Belly

Lamb Meatballs

 

If you ever in McKinney, TX. Do your taste a favor and go to Rye.

Trust me.

 

Stay Hungry,
Manoela

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pizza

Last night we left work and grabbed a bite at the sushi place we like by our home: Blue Fish. We had two rolls, the Lava and Rock Manhattan.

Forgot to take a picture, so here is what’s in it:

  • Lava – Spicy Albacore tuna, jalapeño mix, Shrimp,  avocado, and cilantro. Served tempura fried over creamy wasabi, eel sauce, spicy mayo, and siracha.

  • Rock Manhattan – Shrimp tempura, snow crab mix, fresh jalapeños, topped with spicy tuna and crab meat, three types of caviar with creamy wasabi, eel sauce, spicy mayo, and siracha.

We were still hungry and wanted to use what we had in the fridge. So, this is what we made.

Voile! Sweet Potato Pizza my way! #create #eat #foodlover #foodartist #healthyfood #smokedsalmon #yum #goodbye2016 #welcome2017

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I am calling this a pizza, but it’s actually a thin sweet potato cake, goat cheese mousse, smoked salmon and sardines. I have a thing for sweet potatoes and goat cheese and the husband has a thing for sardines and smoked salmon. So I combined them and it turned out pretty delicious.

For the recipe click here!

Stay Hungry <3

 

 

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family time

This past week was so much fun, family, friends and my favorite places in New England.

The week started in the best note ever: Pickity Place.

So, for those of you that have no idea what it is. This place is a little gem in south of New Hampshire – Mason is the name of the town. They only take reservation by phone and a little piece of advice, have your date and number of guests ready. Their menu changes every month.

The Menu for December was:

  • Dip – Sweet Pepper and Onion

  • Soup – Mulligatawny

  • Salad – Fruits and Roots with Ruby Red Vinaigrette

  • Bread – Herbed Ciabatta

  • Entree – Roasted Boursin Chicken Thigh

  • Entree – Sweet Onion Souffle over Julienne of Savory Vegetables

  • Dessert – Chocolate Silk Pie with Crushed Candy Canes

Simply delicious and unique.

This was my fourth time at Pickity Place. A total group of 8. The tables fit 4 people sitting down. The sitting is always 4 per table, so always multiples of 4 is the best bet.

We went last week, December 18th. A Sunday and not to my surprise, the place was fully booked, duh.

Best of all. I got to share this experience with my family and most importantly with my dear husband and my cousin Roberto, who is a chef and a food lover like me and my husband 😀

 

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holidays

So, this is my first holiday season with an etsy shop!
For $20 bucks you get 24 crisps TWO DOZENS!
So, if you want to have a delicious savory nutty cheesy crisp that melts in your mouth and it goes perfectly with wine!
Your problem is solved!
In case you are wondering. Yes, I make them from scratch every single time!

Wella's Crisps

ORDER HERE!

 

 

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tonkotsu

Thanks to the guys at Ramen Tatsu-Ya  my husband and I fell in love with tonkotsu.

If you are ever in Austin, TX = you MUST try their food. It’s absolutely phenomenal!

8557 Research Blvd #126, Austin, TX 78758

This labor intensive bone broth from Japan is by far my favorite soup of all times.

We followed this recipe: Serious Eats Blog

Made a few adjustments to our taste and voila!

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coxinha

co-SHEEN-ya

A Brazilian staple. A typical bar food, or something that we eat when we go to birthday parties, etc.
once you try it, you will never forget it. In my humble opinion the secret is in the dough.
I did extensive research on the subject and turns out that majority of the recipes are fairly simple.
It’s a labor intensive process but the ingredients are simple and here is my to-go concoction.
you need: 2 chicken breasts + 1 onion + 4 cloves of garlic + evoo + butter + water + chicken bouillon (side note: I bought a whole chicken, boiled the bird down, end result: less flavor than bouillon) + parsley + salt + pepper + red pepper flakes
dough: 1 liter of water, 2 tablespoon of good bouillon, 4 cups of flour, evoo + 1/2 cup oil.
enjoy!
cold beer in the fridge PLEASE <3

 

 

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