Cuckoo for Cauliflower

Healthy meals don’t have to be hard or without flavor. After weeks of lunch and dinner celebrations for my new chapter in culinary school, I really felt a toll on my body. This isn’t to say the meals weren’t amazing and full of memories but your body can only handle so much of eating out. Last night, I scoured the interwebs to find a cauliflower recipe that was simple and easy. Voila, the LA Times had my back.

Ingredients (modified from LA Times Version)

  • 1 heads cauliflower cut into small florets
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Pinch dry mustard
  • 1 small piece of fresh ginger julienned


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Whisk together the olive oil, curry powder, salt, cumin, coriander, mustard and ginger. Add the cauliflower florets and toss to combine and evenly coat. Using a big bowl is recommended.
  3. Spread the florets on a baking sheet and roast until golden-brown and aromatic, about 20 minutes.

1,2,3 you’re done. Easy peasy, cauliflowereezy.

What’s your favorite cauliflower recipe?

Eating Light in Italy

You know you’re in trouble when you start feeling full a few days in to your trip in Italy. While it doesn’t have to be the case (there are other options), your time in this beautiful country usually consists of carbs on carbs on carbs.

Trying to have a lighter meal before my birthday dinner, we were recommended Aurora Light. HA. Birthed from the Terminiello family, this restaurant is part of three owned by the family. For over a hundred years, they have also run the kitchen of the historic Ristorante ‘ O Canonico 1898 and Pizzeria Aurora in the same Piazza Tasso!

My dad kept to eating light with an insalata de barbabietole, arance e finocchi salad — a beet, fennel and orange salad.

My mom and my form of eating lighter was only having one main course, a plate of pasta versus the 3 to 4 course meals we had had until that point.

The pesto was very light, fresh and delicious. It made us feel like we were ‘eating less’. If only we knew what was to occur later that evening at Terrazza.

Grand Hotel La Favorita

If someone were to ask me which of the cities I enjoyed most while in Italy, I would have to put Sorrento at the top of my list. Nestled on the southwestern coast of the country, we were right on the water. Naples and Mount Vesuvius was at our backyard.

Walking into Grand Hotel La Favorita, we were engulfed with the powerful but beautiful smell of jasmine plants. Surrounded by these flowers were trees upon trees of lemons we became part of a lush Mediterranean garden. The lemon is very pervasive in the southern part of Italy. Another thing one would see everywhere was the limoncello in every storefront of the town center.

As we arrived to our rooms, each floor had a different tile scheme. Ours was beautiful hues of blue and yellow with birds being the focal point.

My favorite part of the hotel, aside from the beautiful views, was the buffet breakfast. It was the only place to have a dedicated man doing eggs, anything from scrambled to omelets.

I also wouldn’t leave without a drink on the rooftop or light reading by the pool. It is absolutely breathtaking.


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