(FBC 4) No me gustan las margaritas

Well, if the title of the blog doesn’t give it away this post is all about my dislike for margaritas. I just turned 21 five months ago so as far as alcoholic beverages goes I’m still pretty new to the scene. I know it sounds crazy that a college student is “new” to drinking but believe it or not it’s true.

When I read that my professor wanted me to take a food trip I couldn’t decide what or where to go. I wasn’t traveling for spring break and I couldn’t think of a new food to try that I was completely unfamiliar with, then one day it hit me “I have never  had one of the most commonly ordered alcoholic drinks…the margarita.” It was the perfect option because it was easily accessible and I got to find out what all the margarita hype was about.

With this food trip in mind five of my friends and I piled in my corolla and set off on our margarita adventure. We settled on a restaurant that all of my friends swore had the best margaritas. We got our menus and placed our drink order. My margarita of choice? A frozen lime margarita with a strawberry swirl. When the waiter sat it down in front of me it was much bigger than I expected. I mean the glass was almost the size of my face! The frozen liquid inside did look delicious and I couldn’t wait to try it. My friends documented the process of my first drink….

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Laughing before the first drink…
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Taking the first drink…
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After the drink.

Soooooooo apparently Tequila is just not a thing I enjoy….at all. This margarita must have been like 90% Tequila, 8% Lime, and 1% Strawberry. It was just not for me if you couldn’t tell by my face in the third picture. I don’t understand bow people can drink these because just he thought of tasting tequila again makes me want to cringe.

Although I didn’t like my first margarita the trip to try it was fun. We only went up the street but we made jokes and shared quality time with each other. In the end food is supposed bring people together and that’s what this trip did for me.

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(FBC3) More than rice?

Today I decided to make rice for dinner. You might be thinking that sounds like a bland thing to eat for dinner but I love it. When I was little my mom used to make rice for me when I was home sick and it just brings back all these fond memories I have of quality time with her. Just the thought of making rice brings me joy simply because it reminds me of better times.This food blog challenge was supposed to be me making a dish and analyzing the aesthetics of it. The aesthetics of this rice go deeper than just how it looks. Each step is  brings me a memory from my childhood. When I gather the ingredients I remember my mother lifting me up to get ingredients off the top shelf and me laughing the whole time. Its little things like that which make this one of my favorite dishes. From start to finish I smile the entire time while making it.

Besides the fact that this rice brings me back to a simpler time its also quick, its easy, and its cheap; all of which are important to a broke college student like me.

The first step is to gather all the ingredients for my rice:

  • 2 Cups Long Grain White Rice
  • Hot Sauce
  • Chicken Bouillon
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • 2 3/4 cups water

After that I just add the rice and water together in my rice cooker. (p.s. I LOVE MY RICE COOKER! I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT!)

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The sound of the rice hitting the pot reminds me of a time when I was little when I got rice all over the counter and floor because I knocked the pot over mid pour. My mom and I still laugh about it to this day.

Next I like to add the chicken bouillon. I use the cube version but powder works just as good.

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Chicken Bouillon cubes make the rice taste amazing.

After the bouillon is in I just eyeball the rest of the ingredients (just like my mom always did). If I want the rice to be really spicy I just go to town with the hot sauce!

After all the ingredients are in, I close the lid and set the rice cooker on the white rice setting.

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The entire time the rice is cooking the smell of chicken and garlic fill the air. My mouth starts to water and I find myself looking forward to this simple meal more and more.

After about 30 minutes the rice cooker timer goes off and the rice is ready!

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While it may not look like the most appetizing thing I have ever seen, it makes me happier than almost any other dish I have ever prepared.

The rice may be simple but the memories behind it are what make the rice appealing and delicious. I can’t help but smile when I eat this dish.