3.1.2015 | TI8


Breakfast: All Star Doughnuts. Split a custard-filled chocolate bar. Orange juice.
Lunch: Turkey sandwich in the park across from the Asian Art museum after playing with cardboard boxes.
Afternoon snack: Sooo much chocolate chip cookie dough. Tessa and I made them from the Cooks Illustrated recipe. Very tasty. Not sure I actually ate a cookie.
Dinner: Ramen.
Dessert:  Might eat a cookie. Not sure I’m up for it yet, though.

Hot Cocoa

I love hot cocoa. I mean, really love it. But I feel like a lot of people are willing to count any warm brown liquid off as the real deal. It’s disappointing to me, when I’m shivering around a camp fire to watch someone tear open a pack of Swiss Miss. The powdered stuff just doesn’t have real cocoa flavor. It’s all the sadder because great cocoa is only 1 extra step.


Hot Cocoa
Recipe type: drink
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Serves: 4-6
A super easy recipe for hot cocoa with deep, rich chocolate flavor
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder. I like to use a mixture of regular and dutch process cocoa
  • ⅓-1/2 cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3½ cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  1. Combine the sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and water in a sauce pan.
  2. Stir over high heat until the mixture begins to boil. Stir to dissolve all the sugar and break up lumps in the cocoa.
  3. Add milk, reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring frequently, until the temperature reaches ~135F.
  4. Serve with marshmallows.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 oz


2.27.2015 | TI8


Breakfast: Grapenuts, cranberry juice
Morning Snack: Apple
Lunch: Falafel sandwich at Liba Falafel in Oakland. This place was amazing, though quite pricey. The falafel is good, but the best part is the condiment bar. The one challenge is getting enough of the good stuff into the pita. The owner recommended smashing the falafel, then opening it up to squeeze more in. Others just get the salad so you can dump stuff on top. Either way, it’s tasty.
Afternoon snack: Trader Joe’s peanut butter cups. Coke Zero.
Dinner: Barney’s burger. Split a Western bacon burger and fries
Dessert: Hot cocoa because of the cold walk home.

2.25.2015 | TI8


Morning Snack: Apple
Lunch: Sandwich from Cafe 15. This place is really good, but it’s expensive, and can be a zoo at lunch time. When someone orders from there for a meeting, though, I’m happy. The pastrami was really exceptional. Coke zero and chips with guacamole rounded it out.
Afternoon snack: An Arnold palmer (Iced tea and lemonade). In a a can that looked like a Coke Zero.
Dinner: Ate at Spice Monkey… lots of dishes. The best was a fried chicken dish.