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Hi. I'm Jaime

Find joy in the little things. Travel when possible. Pet all the dogs. Use hyperbole and curse words prodigiously. Write it down. Always ask about hot sauce.

The Best Meals I've Ever Eaten

The Best Meals I've Ever Eaten

I realized very early the power of food to evoke memory, to bring people together, to transport you to other places, and I wanted to be a part of that.
— José Andrés Puerta

- Veuve Clicquot + fries with an ocean view on the Space Coast. 

- Those Christmas cookies my sister made with a ton of almond extract.

- The baklava John makes from scratch (!!) every Thanksgiving. It's all pistachios and hazelnuts and orange blossom syrup and just magicmagicmagic. 

- Valentine’s Day gnocchi with vodka sauce . We  shopped at the Italian market and bought super fancy 00 flour and I drank entirely too much champagne and made John do shots of warm vodka. 

- Watermelon or apples + peanut butter shared with Indiana and Roxy while watching New Girl.

- Stovetop popcorn. When my aunt and grandma made it for me, when Mom makes it for me and puts a ton of turmeric in it and serves it out of that big plastic container or when I make it (sugar+salt+cayenne+onion powder) and hand-feed it to the kids. Nothing feels more like home. 

- New Year’s Day Fried Green Tomato and Pimento Cheese Biscuits at the Loveless Cafe in Tennessee with the only ten I see.

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- Baby Corn Manchurian at Taste of India

- Mughal Back Room Feast, Level 5 Gobi Manchurian and Bullet Naan at Indus. Sniffling through the whole damn meal but you can't stop eating because it tastes so good. 

- Kasespaetzel in Stuttgart, vegan currywurst mit pommes fritte in Munich and Christmas Eve Obadza in Rothenberg.

- Fresh fruit every day in Colombia. Tiene maracuya or la sandia?

- Post-hike Animal-Style Fries, a grilled cheese and Diet Coke at In-N-Out in Vegas.

- Fried pokeweed and golden corn cakes with lemon aioli and charred onion dust at Husk in Nashville. 

- Hot and Sweet Pecans with Steen's Cane Syrup and cayenne at Vacherie in New Orleans and drunk girl fried okra at Nola Po’Boys.

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- Breathing in the mythology of Springsteen and eating cannoli donuts in Asbury Park, NJ. 

- Many cups of tea (in my blue mug) and several Digestive biscuits at Mom’s table.

- Howley’s at the bar with Dara who always knows that a shitload of lemon means a shitload of lemon.

- Pizza with John. Domino’s or Pizza Paradise or that place in Staten Island with the fried eggplant or literally anywhere as long as we’re sharing.

- This goddamn insane bastard of a pizza at Birravino in Red Bank with ALL of the burrata on it. 

- Bread, butter and vegetable soup in Ireland.

- Tea and hot buttered toast anytime, anywhere. 

- Wawa Diet Cokes and soft pretzels with Sarah.

- Vegan Chicago dogs at Wrigley Field watching the Cubbies play the Nats. 

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- Avocado-based birthday dinner at Billy’s. Fried avocado tacos topped with avocado-tomatillo salsa and guacamole. 

- Cheerios/Chex sauteed with chili powder, salt, cumin, sugar and turmeric eaten while sitting on the couch, catching up on whatever I’ve DVR’d. 

- Wine and homemade cheese plates. Always. On a boat in the Keys or on the couch while watching Game of Thrones.

- Third date with John where he took me to Darbster/10th date with John where I took him to Cut 432 where the chefs made me an amazing vegetable plate.  

- Legit Indian Thanksgiving dinners with mutter paneer, Gobi Manchurian and crispy fried kale garnished with pomegranate seeds. 

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- Mole-rubbed carrot tacos at Big Star in Wicker Park, Chicago.

- Tacos in Austin. Dipping every bite into Salsa Dona, ordering entirely too much (and finishing every bite) at Torchy’s and that teeny place that served migas tacos. 

- Tacos at Cholo Soy with puckeringly delicious margaritas (no salt) and chifles with housemade habanero+pineapple sauce.  Especially after a bad day when I got drenched, the wine bottle smashed and there was broken glass and Merlot all over the universe.

- Yuca Brava at Zipitios

- Glazed donuts torn up into little pieces and eaten in the car on a roadtrip. 

- Homemade bhel with the family where we gossip as much as we eat and I use entirely too much ambli.

- Chips+salsa and margaritas (rocks, no salt) with anyone at anytime.

- Craft beer and veggie hot dogs from PS561 while playing Cards Against Humanity or Giant Jenga. 

- Free brunch at Copper Blues where we drank all the mimosas

- Post 33rd Birthday brunch at Hullaballoo where we sat outside in the sunshine and that Diet Coke saved my life and I should have gotten an egg on my pancakes but next time. 

- Post-Engagement croissants and champagne in the kitchen.

And They All Lived Happily Ever After (Spoilers for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)

And They All Lived Happily Ever After (Spoilers for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)

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