Los Angeles’ Finest
Trader Joe’s Mixed Berry Sparkling Water.
This random beverage has been consuming my thoughts during the long days of Ramadan. I have no idea why I am craving sparkling water because normally I don’t drink it. As a matter of fact, I get irritated when I ask for water at a restaurant and the waiter asks me if I’d like a bottle of sparkling or flat for the table.
“I’ll take tap,” I always say with frustration. This usually coincides with my brother’s reply of, “I’ll have a glass of Los Angeles’ finest.”
We are a sarcastic bunch, aren’t we?
So as someone who scoffs when anyone ponies up the $6 for a tiny bottle of Pellegrino I realize I only have karma to blame for my TJ’s Mixed Berry Sparkling Water craving.
I was also randomly craving cookies, and since Maya was driving me bonkers again we made this recipe not once, but twice in two days:
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup of flour (I used whole wheat)
1/3 cup of baking cocoa (I used Trader Joe’s)
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 stick of butter, softened (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. With an electric mixer combine the butter, sugar, and vanilla until creamy.
2. Add the egg and blend again until well mixed.
3. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients and blend the dry mixture into the wet mixture in small batches.
4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
5. Using a tablespoon (or the handy scooper we bought at Bed, Bath, and Beyond – see above) drop the batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Makes approximately 20 cookies.
So after nearly 10 hours of dreaming of sparkling water and double chocolate chip cookies, guess what happened when the sun set and I could finally eat again?
I had no desire for either. Instead I enjoyed my Brita water and a bowl of brown rice with peach salsa. Go figure.
PS – There is a serious humanitarian crisis in Pakistan due to terrible flooding. My friend LawyerLovesLunch did a very good job of articulating the fact that the victims could really use our help. Please check out her post here and consider donating to the Red Cross or Unicef if you can.