My 4th of July weekend was wonderful. The only thing that I could really complain about was the heat—and even with the weather blazing like fire, I still had cravings for spicy food!
The weekend began Friday evening when we set out to one of our neighborhood parks to watch the annual fireworks show our town holds. We brought the spread for a picnic, which included veggie dogs, hot dog buns, pico de gallo salsa (homemade), corn on the cob, and freshly sliced watermelon. When the sun set and the sky turned dark enough, the 15-minute fireworks show began.
It truly was a bittersweet moment, knowing that this would be the last time I watched my hometown’s fireworks show—but then I thought about the future 4th of Julys’ to come in LA and any sentimental feelings I had went away 😉
The next day, I had a craving for homemade pizza—but wanted to have it with a barbecue twist. So after a late afternoon shift at work that ended as the sun set, this dinner was a delicious treat to munch on when I came home at dusk:
- - 2.5 oz. of pizza dough
- - ½ cup of Boca meatless crumbles or Tofurky meatless pepperoni slices or sausage
- - 1 medium onion
- - Sliced green pepper
- - 2 cloves of garlic
- - Spoon of jalapeno peppers
- - 4 or 5 mushrooms (sliced)
- - Shredded Cheese (mozzarella or your preferred cheese)
- - Olive oil (to sauté)
- - Sugar
- - Barbecue sauce (or mix ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce and salt)
- - Steamed broccoli (for the side)
- Roll the pizza dough out to desired size.
- Bake in toaster oven for 8 minutes (4 minutes per side) at 375 degrees F.
- Heat olive oil.
- Roast chopped garlic and brown the onions. Add the “meat” and mix thorougly.
- Add bell pepper and mushrooms and sauté and peppers. Start to cook.
- Add the barbecue sauce, and cook another minute until the whole topping is not runny.
- Top the pizza with the barbecue topping, and cover with mozzarella or other preferred cheese.
- Return pizza to oven and broil till cheese is cooked to your liking.
- Add some steamed broccoli as a side, or another mix of steamed veggies, and eat up!
For dessert, I had my most recent favorite—greek yogurt mixed with carob chips! I added even more carob chips to the cup as I ate through it, making sure that each spoonful was covered with a disproportionate amount of chips.
On Sunday, I had the morning free so that was spent at the gym. I immediately took a shower after coming home, and got ready for another day’s shift at work. This time I would get out in the early evening, so I planned to go out to have dinner with my Dad and sis.
We chose to visit Freebirds, since none of us had ever frequented the place, but were always curious about the “world famous burritos”.
This location was divided in half longways, so that there was a brick divider between the ordering counter and the actual dining area.
I decided to go with the smallest size—the Hybrid. The next one up was Freebird, then Monster, and for the ultra daring there is the SUPER MONSTER (which is not even featured on the menu)!!!
Since I went with a burrito, my sis decided to try an order of the Veggie Nachos and let my Dad have some of that. We both made our way down the counter, designed in a way similar to ordering a sandwich at Subway.
I picked out a tortilla (cayenne flavor), skipped over the meats, asked for queso sauce, and loaded up on veggies. At the end, I had my server pour on some pico de gallo and hot tomatillo sauce. For a small burrito, the end product was still quite hefty.
There was a separate counter for payment, and a soda dispenser right across from it where we got our waters. There was also a sauce dispenser shaped as motorcycle bar handles!
We then sat at a table to feast on our orders—but not without looking up at the ceiling and chuckling at this sight:
My burrito was bursting, but the filling was kept inside nice and tight thanks to the careful wrapping of aluminum foil—at least until I reached the very end of the burrito. I couldn’t finish my burrito without having some sauce coated over my fingers.
At least it wasn’t death sauce.
My sister’s nachos looked extremely appetizing. She liked the taste, but found the chips to be too flimsy to hold all of the various nacho toppings.
We finished up close to 6pm, but it was still blazing hot outside and felt like it was 3pm. Weather-wise, and food-wise, my long weekend was a fiery one for sure!
What foods did you feast on to celebrate the fourth of July?
What do you like to eat when it’s hot outside?© Copyright 2014 P, All rights Reserved. Written For: Will Study for Food