Gratitude post | january 2020

January 2020 was love, family, more love from friends and family. It was delicious food, Sunday lunches with my siblings, Super Bowl, lovely date nights and fabulous Restaurant Week lunch with BFF….January was an ice cream cone, the most delicious almond croissant from the best bakery in the United States according to Bon Appetit and Filipino dishes cooked with love by my sister in law…..

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In my kitchen | Simple and hearty red lentil soup

It is still winter here in the Bay Area even though spring is trying to break through. The temperature has dipped into the 30s this week. Even though it is often sunny, it is also pretty chilly.

It is also still definitely soup weather. I am happy to come upon a recipe for red split lentils soup while shopping at Trader Joe’s. My version (inspired by Trader Joe’s recipe which uses wine but I do not like wine in my cooking so I am omitting it) is very easy and quick. I am a fan of simple yet hearty meals as I do not have much time to cook with my very demanding job. I also believe that great food should not be fussy and complicated. This soup not only brings comfort to the soul but makes me feel like I am doing something kind for my body.

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San francisco restaurant week 2020 | market bar

NOTE: MARKET BAR IS TO CLOSE ON APRIL 26, 2020 AFTER 17 YEARS OF BEING IN BUSINESS.

Restaurant Week in San Francisco brings sunshine to the dreary winter weather after the holiday festivities are over. BFF and I eagerly await Restaurant Week every January. We have been going for years. In fact, she told me that this has been our 11th year with Restaurant Week this year. During Restaurant Week, participating restaurants provide a prix fixe menu at discounted prices in order to entice customers to try their offerings.

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