This is the question my mother has asked me consistently starting the moment I moved to LA. I don’t blame her. LA— land of obsession and an odd ideal of beauty— can have an impact on a gal. Especially when one gal in particular is called out on being “corn fed” or, my personal favorite, “pleasantly plump.” Conversely, that gal has outright been told her appearance is the opposite of those. Don’t even get me started on the number of times a day height is the topic of discussion.
LA is a strange place in which people feel they can openly comment about another’s body. To me, it’s mostly hilarious. And weird. Yeah, definitely still weird.
Oddly enough, in such an image-driven city, I’ve been eating extremely well. Luxuriously, even. Most of it is due to the fact we’ve been fridge-less. Wednesday, September 5, is a huge day, my friends. Our fridge arrives. Greek yogurt, cartons of hummus, eggs, cucumbers, greens, grapes, berries, almond milk— these are the foods I daydream about. And ice! Ice! Such a commodity.
But let’s take a look at the collage (I have a slight obsession with collages right now). That’s what my eats have been like lately, and it’s been fabulous. In detail (from right to left):
1. Tuna niçoise salad with potato leek soup from The Mercantile.
2. Plain Quaker quick oats with peanut butter and strawberry jelly from my kitch!
3. Trio of baba ghanouj, tapenade and hummus with pita from Ulysses Voyage at The Grove.
4. Some pretty, delicious drink from Laurel Hardware.
5. Egg and pork chop from Laurel Hardware (I didn’t even think I liked pork chops prior to this).
6. Hummus plate from the French Quarter Market (whose site has really sexy music that plays automatically…always a fun treat).
7. Fruit, granola and yogurt plate from Laurel Hardware (obviously someone has found a favorite place).
8. The Gangster from…this is getting embarrassing.
9. Chicken, brown rice and california roll bowl from a little hole in the wall.
10. Salad from Whole Foods (multiply this by 20).
11. All Hail Kale salad from Veggie Grill (the only kale salad I crave).
Ciao for now,
Question: If you didn’t have a fridge, what perishable food would you miss the most?