There are some, ahem, “food items” which we placed on the alter of good health that I never expected we would eat again. Doughnuts are one such “food”. We would talk about them: “Remember when we used to eat doughnuts?” We’d think about them: Dunking in coffee. Or in milk. But we truly assumed we’d never actually eat them again. That was part of our old life.
Have you ever gone to the movies and not ordered munchies because there wasn’t anything decent on the menu? Maybe some of you are fine with this. Not us; when we began to be strict about eating only real food we went to one of the larger cinemas in town to see The Hobbit. I had called ahead to ask about ingredients in popcorn and, as expected, it is artificially colored and popped in artificially flavored oil and buttered with artificially flavored margarine. In fact, the only non-toxic offering their concession sells is bottled water. It was rough.
Owner Shari Scott says she doesn’t want to toot their own horn, so I’m going to do it for them! (Toot! Toot! Toot!) Todd’s Restaurant @Ryan Field serves seriously good food.
In our food loving family, there’s nothing we love more than Mexican Food. Growing up in San Diego, one always-present comfort throughout the years was the Tortilla Guy. This wonderful soul walked through the neighborhoods of my beach town calling out, “tortilla! tortilla! tortilla!” and, even better, “tamale! tamale! tamale!” I can still hear his voice!
Doesn’t everyone have one of those days when you just want a soda? In my old life, I was a Pepsi girl. I was never a twelve-pack-a-day kind of soda drinker but I liked to enjoy a cold soda with popcorn or a burger.
Nowadays I mostly drink water, green smoothies and herbal tea and, mostly, that’s what I want and crave. Mostly.
Mexican Food and More
We try to slip away for this treat about once a month. (If we’re feeling silly it’s called ¡El Noche de Bicicleta y Cerveza!) We live under a mile from downtown so we can easily bike anywhere we’d like to go. It’s especially great in the summer, after the sun has gone down and we can be outside and still live. Then we can ride down and enjoy the fresh air and it feels cleansing. (Well, hot and sweaty, but cleansing still.)
July 1-14, 2016
It’s Harvest Season in the desert, when local farms like Forever Yong Farm, Sleeping Frog Farms and Sonoran Hydroponics receive an abundance from their crops. During this desert harvest time, we can celebrate with Food Conspiracy Co-op by choosing to eat local simply by paying attention to what we buy and where it was produced.
Obviously, shopping local is good for our economy but there is so much more to it than that.
Bringing Back a Simpler Time
When I was in Hawaii years ago, I found heaven in many forms. Aside from the intense sensory invasion of beauty in its many forms, one thing that still stands out after all this time is the food. Specifically the ice cream.
As I’ve been connecting with local business owners and staff, one question that arises is that of where WE shop. I’m finding that people are intrigued by the idea of eating 100% real food and are wondering how to even go about doing this.