Colombian Hot Chocolate

One of my favorite memories growing up is from first grade when my mom came into my class and taught everyone how to make Colombian Hot Chocolate. Looking back, I have no clue why this happened – I’m guessing it was some sort of cultural education day or something. Who knows really.

At any rate, until that day I had no idea that the hot chocolate drank in my family was completely different from what my friends had at home. Not only is it different, it’s way better (not that I’m biased or anything haha). Colombian’s melt entire chocolate bars into their hot chocolate, making their version of the drink super dense and luxurious. I usually make this when I’m in the mood for a sweet snack because of how filling it is, especially with some guava paste on toast!


Tools:

Chocolatera (may be replaced with an aluminum saucepan)
Molinillo (may be replaced with a whisk)


Ingredients:

4 Cups Milk
4 Bars Sweetened or Unsweetened Colombian Chocolate (Sol & Luker are prominent brands)
2 Cinnamon Sticks
3-4 Whole Cloves

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Directions:

1. Start by adding your milk, cinnamon, and cloves to the chocolatera. Heat the milk on medium high.

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2. Once the milk has come to a light simmer add in your bars of chocolate. An easy way to know how much chocolate to add is one bar per each cup of milk.

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3. Here is where things get exciting, you’re now going to use your molinillo to beat your ingredients together! To do this place the molinillo between your hands and rub your palms back and forth (like you’re cold). The movement will create a frothing motion and combine your ingredients for a smooth consistency.

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4. When you serve your hot chocolate make sure to strain it as you pour – otherwise you might end up with cloves and cinnamon sticks in your drink.

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Now, here’s the part where Colombian’s really deviate from regular hot chocolate drinkers. Instead of whipped cream or marshmallows we top our toasty beverage with a slice of cheese. My mom and dad always served ours with muenster, but really any type of mild cheese will do. When I don’t feel like putting the cheese directly into my chocolate I’ll melt it onto toast and dip those into my drink. Sound weird? Yes it is a bit, but trust me the combination of sweet and salty is delicious, decadent, and really hits the spot on a chilly day. Enjoy!

ⓛⓞⓥⓔTricia

Bicycle Music Festival at Lake Merritt

Hello everyone! I hope you all had fantastic weekends! Mine was… hot. Which is quite funny because I literally just wrote a post on welcoming fall at the end of last week. But yes, I feel like summer in the Bay Area is a bit extended and really doesn’t end until late October so the days have not exactly been getting cooler.  At any rate I’m going to keep pretending autumn is here until it truly arrives in November haha.

So, speaking of hot weather, we decided to get out of our blistering apartment and head over to the Bicycle Music Festival in Oakland on Sunday – which was an absolute blast! Basically we grabbed a spot on the amphitheater lawn, lounged around in the sun next to the lake, and chatted the day away with friends. They also had the most delicious smoothies and ice cream that you made by peddling bicycles with blenders and churners attached. At the end of the day the entire festival (including the performers who hopped onto a pedal powered mini-stage) got on their bikes and paraded down the Oakland streets to the Omni Commons for an indoor concert. So yes, it was a pretty awesome way to spend a Sunday and I’ve made a small gallery for you to share the experience with me!

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Photo Credit: Bicycle Music Festival

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Yogurt Granola Breakfast Parfait

Hello everyone! I’m not sure about all of you, but I am pretty atrocious when it comes to eating breakfast. Most days I’ll make myself some coffee and that’s that- for whatever reason I have a hard time getting hungry in the morning which isn’t a healthy habit and is something I’m trying to fix. So I’ve begun delving into the mystical world of light breakfasts. Lame, I know. Most adults probably have the whole breakfast routine down, yet here I am sorting it all out at 25 – sigh. However, I will not be discouraged! I’ve found a couple of recipes that’ve been working out nicely – one of which is this yogurt granola parfait.

Eric got me hooked on this after a business trip to Seattle where I’m guessing he had it every day because he came home ever so slightly addicted to the stuff. I’m not going to lie I was a really hard sell on the idea of parfaits – for whatever reason I couldn’t imagine the combination of yogurt and granola to be tasty. But I stand corrected! The granola and fruit give you something to bite into while the yogurt adds a nice overall smoothness to the dish. I’d definitely recommend trying this out if you’re in the mood for something slightly sweet in the morning.

Yogurt Granola Breakfast Parfait

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Burning Man Photo Diary

Well, it’s been a whole week since I arrived back from Burning Man and as the crisp fall weather officially starts to settle in I’m really starting to miss the dry heat of Black Rock City. I don’t think there’s any way I could accurately describe the event – an art festival, a counter culture congregation, a giant disco rave in the middle of the desert – all of those describe small facets of the enormity of Burning Man. The real trouble with putting words to my experience is that, well I’d be doing just that – putting words to my own experience. Every person there went to the desert with their own agenda and, to me, the essence of Burning Man is the acceptance of/ working toward every person’s unique burn.

I met some incredible people there, listened to many wonderful stories, and came back a different (and I think better) human being. So I hope with the small bunch of pictures I took, I can convey even an ounce of the greatness that is Burning Man.

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An Accidental Guest Room Redecorate

Why yes, you read that right a whole eight months after first decorating our guest room I decided to re-do the entire damn thing. Why? I found some super cool posters at a garage sale. Don’t always look to me for the best life choices. But, also because every time I passed the room I felt as if it didn’t have enough color and I just wanted the overall feel of the room to be a bit more grown up.

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ⓛⓞⓥⓔTricia