Hello and happy Sunday, everyone. I apologize for the delay, but yesterday was jam-packed because I had to clean my place, pack up my things and, most importantly, FLY HOME! I’m thrilled to be here with my family and have so much I want to discuss with you! As a result, I’ve decided to cancel Saturday’s edition of 5 New Things… and instead focus on the Whole Foods shopping trip and food reviews I’ve been promising you!
Shop Drop: Whole Foods (x2!!)
My first trip to Whole Foods came last weekend when I was able to use the gift card that I received from my cousin, Lisa I was pleased by the amount of fun food I was able to bring home for $20! A lot of the specialty items I love happened to be on sale, and combined with the coupons I was able to snag some great loot!
There were five bottles of Honest Tea, but I drank one on the way home Plus organic green grapes, organic sliced turkey breast, two Oikos Greek yogurts, two Chobani Greek yogurts, two flavors of Annie’s BBQ sauce and two Clif ZBaRs! It may not seem like a lot in volume, but the quality of the products combined with the fact that many of them were new foods that I had yet to try made this shopping trip very worthwhile (and even better – it was free)!!
The next trip to Whole Foods – that I KID YOU NOT WAS FATED TO OCCUR – came Saturday early evening with the family after our dinner. I don’t have a picture of the groceries because basically all I picked up was some yogurt and coffee creamer, but I do have a picture of the incredible coconut–strawberry sorbet I had for dessert!
I am officially in love with coconut. I really didn’t think I liked it, but ever since I had that coconut LARABAR, I’ve been hooked! This sorbet had pieces of coconut in it, too, which made it extra delicious.
Ok, and now for the picture that proves the Whole Foods trip was fate. Are you ready for this?
What do you see in the clouds? Why, a rainbow, of course! My family spotted this the moment we were leaving the store. I just thought it had to be fate that I was able to take a picture of nature’s beauty with the Whole Foods sign 😉 And you can only imagine how much my family laughed at me for that comment!!
How about another view with the mountains in the distance? Ah, I just love being home again!! Granted, it’s not my real home since my family moved here after I graduated from high school…but I feel like I’ve spent enough time here now that I can appreciate how much I miss it when I’m gone!!
Last but not least, the beautiful sunset…
Review: Old Town Tortilla Factory
Isn’t this restaurant cute?! My family and I have been here before so I knew what I was getting myself into, and it is definitely worth reviewing. It’s hands down the best Mexican restaurant I have ever been to – not only because the food is wonderful in taste, but also because the portion sizes are right and you never leave feeling stuffed and overloaded with sodium – a rarity in restaurant land these days!
My family started off by sharing an order of the chorizo fundido – a cheesy dip served with tortilla chips. The dip itself is made with cheese (obviously), grilled onions, spicy peppers and chorizo. The reason I think it’s so delicious is because it’s NOT the gooey cheese you get in some restaurants that feels like you’re literally eating a glob of ooze. Instead, it’s nice and thin – almost milky in texture – so you are able to enjoy more of it without feeling like it’s going to curdle in your stomach (one of my cheesy vices that I try to avoid as much as possible). This plate was licked clean by the four of us – minus the part where we actually licked the plate (although I think if we were at home, I would have)!
For my entree, I went with the Pollo Margarita. It’s served with four small pieces of chicken that are hollowed out and stuffed with green and red peppers, onions and cheese. The chicken is served on a bed of mixed vegetables – squash, carrots, onions and peppers – mixed with a cream sauce. The brown cake in the middle is actually fried potato – and I wasn’t really a fan. Not just because it was fried – it also had a funky taste going on and I figured I had plenty of other things on my plate to enjoy! Overall, I give this dish an A+ for taste, quality and portion size. It was the perfect amount of food!
But of course, it wouldn’t be called the TORTILLA Factory if there weren’t tortillas, right? There is a woman who stands near the front of the restaurant and makes various kinds of tortillas from scratch that you can smell as you’re walking in the door – heavenly. The version we were given during this visit were potato tortillas – and they were awesome.
These tortillas were incredibly doughy and warm. You could taste the potato flavor in each bite and the soft texture is unmatched. I had 1.5 of these delicious goodies because if you know me, you know how much I love my bread and carbohydrates It always has a way of making me weak in the knees – in a good way, of course!
Overall, my experience at Old Town Tortilla Factory was just about perfect. The food and atmosphere are out of this world, and it helped that the company wasn’t too bad, either 😉 I’m sure my family will definitely be back before I return to Chicago!
I’ll be back later with Sunday Brunch + 5 New Things…
I hope everyone is having a wonderful and relaxing weekend!