New York is knows for having the best bagels. Nothing beats a freshly baked bagel…actually anything freshly baked is wonderful! There are so many bagel flavors and sandwich combinations you can order in a New York bagel shop. I’ve even seen rainbow and an Oreo bagel!
A very popular bagel sandwich is bagel and lox. Lox is smoked salmon which is paired with a cream cheese bagel. You can add toppings like red onion, capers, and dill. I wanted to create a vegan and budget friendly recipe for those days you have a taste for smoked salmon but might not have it at hand. I used a tomato which is an affordable and common staple in your kitchen.
Although you can use any tomato, I find that plum or roma tomatoes works best because it keep its shape as you slice it to resemble salmon pieces. It is very important to squeeze out the seeds and liquid from the tomatoes because this helps absorbs more flavor from the mixture.
Before I moved to New York, Aldi’s was one of the stores I did most of my shopping because their prices are so reasonabe. In comparison to bigger named supermarkets, going to Aldi’s saves me half at the checkout. You get more bang for your buck! Not only are their prices good, so is the quality of their food and produce. Another thing I also love about them is that they clearly specify with symbols allergies in the back of their products. (more…)
Trader Joe’s is an excellent store I go to buy quality ingredients and specialty foods at a great price. I try to go once or twice a month to stock up on my “staples. This is my first of many TJs haul on my blog. The way I would like to “break down” my hauls are by meals and explaining why I got each product. (more…)
Who doesn’t love banana and chocolate? It’s such a great combo. Well, anything with chocolate is delicious! Here is a banana chocolate chip muffins recipe that is quick and easy to make on those “sweet tooth” mornings.