Taco Truck Tortas

Howdy-doody eaters!

That was kind of a weird greeting. Let’s move on.

There’s a taco truck that parks down the street from my house every night — the La Azteca truck, for any locals who are interested. It’s actually right across the street from my Crossfit box and there have been many nights during running WODs that I’ve very seriously considered just running right over and getting some tacos.

Leon and I have been there a few times. We walk down with Charlie and sit in the folding chairs. The food is pretty great. It’s not like our regular dollar tacos, but since the truck is owned by the same restaurant the food is just as good.

Charlie has pretty bad manners.

Charlie has pretty bad manners.

And it only took us a couple of visits to establish our favorite dish — the torta with chorizo.

It’s this ah-maze-ing sandwich made with ground meat, jalapenos, tomatoes, lettuce, mayo, and refried beans.

The torta.

The torta.

The refried beans really make the sandwich. They take it from being a lame ground meat sandwich to being a serious thing.

One of us has gotten it every time we’ve gone to the taco truck. It’s that good.

(The fish tacos, which I think is what they were originally known for, were good, but not phenomenal.)

Fish tacos.

Fish tacos.

And while I’m not normally one to try to re-create my favorite restaurant dishes at home (because they’re really never as good and it takes away my excuse for getting take out), I figured that this sandwich was an easy one to make myself.


Ground chorizo, red cabbage slaw with lime, jalapenos, plain yogurt, and refried beans on a small loaf of wheat bread.

Red cabbage slaw.

Red cabbage slaw.


Ehh, not as phenomenal. I could have gone with a firmer, less doughy bread. The slaw was good, but I think I should have gone simpler and stuck with lettuce and tomato. But even with those little misses, m’gosh this was a delicious sandwich.

This is one serious sandwich.

This is one serious sandwich.

A really, really delicious sandwich.

So delicious that I literally inhaled in. It was messy and beastly and amazing. Not quite ah-maze-ing, but close enough. And it still gives me an excuse to walk down to the taco truck.

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Your turn, eaters:

Do you like to re-create restaurant meals at home?

What’s your favorite kind of food truck?

Later eaters!

WIAW: Hashtag Apostrophe

Whoa eaters!

I almost forgot that I promised you a WIAW post. And since I hate to break a promise…

Pre-Crossfit: apple and pb.

WOD: front squats

3-10-3-20-3-30 rep scheme. I got my 3-rep weight up to 98lbs, which pissed me off because a 100lbs front squat has been a goal of mine for months and I would have had it had I remembered that our bars are 33lbs, not 30lbs, meaning that I only had to go up 2lbs instead of 5lbs.

Weirdo breakfast:

Bacon with a side of my version of cold German potato salad.

Bacon with a side of my version of cold German potato salad.




Gap, also. And don't my arms look solid here?!

Gap, also. And don’t my arms look solid here?!

I’m attempting to find business casual attire. Would either of these dresses plus a blazer count? I didn’t get either.

Lunch & snack:

Blackened chicken wrap.

Blackened chicken wrap.

I forgot to pack a lunch so I picked this up at Whole Foods between shopping and class and ate half as lunch in the car. Then I ate the other half after my classes as a snack.

Two part dinner:

Steamed artichoke.

Steamed artichoke.

Salmon and quinoa.

Salmon and quinoa.

There was also a glass of wine and a small handful of trail mix in there.

I have been running around like crazy lately and that won’t stop until I finally get a day off next Sunday. That’s a full two weeks without a day off.

But at least I’m being productive, right?


(Fyi, the lack of an apostrophe in that hashtag annoys me so much, but it’s such a necessary hashtag in my life and I don’t want to look like a grandma/stupid celebrity that wrongly puts punctuation in hashtags, so I let it slide.)

Your turn, eaters:

What’s a food you’re looking to bring back now that it’s warming up?

What’s something from social media that annoys you?

Later eaters!


Hiya eaters!

I think North Carolina’s three week spring is over and we are in full on summer mode.

I even have the sunburn to prove it.

I have been waiting for summer to start for so long. In my head I have a running bucket list of all the things I’m really excited to do this summer.

Walking down to Best Way, the extraordinary beer grocery store in my neighborhood (on Walker Ave in Greensboro, for all you natives), with Leon and Charlie to buy expensive, hoppy beers and drink them in the kitchen while we snack.

Going to Virginia Beach for a weekend of big, comfy couches and washers and dryers and beer on the beach and Charlie digging in the sand and crab cakes and fish tacos.

Improving my Toms tan.

Wearing sundresses and eating froyo with extra gummy worms (because cold gummies are the best thing ever).

Going to Georgia for Brady, my brother, and my graduation party where we’re going to get my mother to drink out of a keg.

Buying lots and lots of fresh fruit and making pies and cobblers.

The list goes on and on. And Sunday, on a gorgeous sunny day that was supposed to be cloudy, Leon helped me cross another thing off my list — barbecue.

A few weeks ago Leon snagged a cheap beef brisket and decided to smoke it. Of course, I’m always up for a big hunk of smoked meat.

So we set up camp on the front lawn.



Charlie played in the grass. Leon sunbathed.pastrami02

I sat in the shade and tried to do homework.pastrami04

And we smoked a big hunk of meat.pastrami01

It was supposed to be pastrami. It’s been a while since I’ve eaten pastrami, so I don’t know how spot on it was. But I do know that after a few solid hours on the smoker this hunk of meat had a gorgeous crust. It was absolutely dripping juice between the cracks in the crust.pastrami07


In a word: it was meat perfection.pastrami09

Leon sliced a bunch off and we stacked it high on homemade bread with provolone cheese, sauerkraut, and lots of brown mustard.

This stack created a sandwich of amazingly epic proportions. And while I normally would never leave any part of a sandwich behind, even I couldn’t finish this giant beast.pastrami10


And while normally I would consider not finishing a sandwich to be a sign of failure (c’mon, my blog is called FoodBaby for a reason), I know that having a quarter of it in the fridge just means I get a midnight snack. And that there’s still a whole summer of big hunks of smoked meat ahead of me.

Barbecue chicken is on the menu for this weekend.

Your turn, eaters:

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

Later eaters!

Leftovers, I Love You

G’diggidy day eaters!

I’m coming to you live from my very comfortable bed after a very long day of school and work and general, all around hustling.

This is my life and I’m not mad about it.

And tonight I want to talk about a very big part of my life: leftovers.leftovers1

Yes, leftovers do count as a big part of my life. #ThisIsMeHavingItAll

I know I’m not the first person to extol the virtues of having a fridge full of leftovers. Everyone who has ever lost a pound will tell you that they did so by cooking a little extra at dinner and bringing the leftovers as lunch. Every busy mom and lazy college student will tell you they save loads of pennies by eating dinner’s extras.

So obviously my love of leftovers is nothing new or extraordinary. But I never promised to post anything new or extraordinary, so let’s push forward.

Eating leftovers does save you money. Yes, you pay a little extra to buy all this extra food to make, but it’s a lot cheaper to have self-made convenience food on hand than to buy a meal out.leftovers2

Example: This is a meatloaf sandwich I made this past Sunday with leftover meatloaf from the night before. I was a little hung over and craving greasy food. Instead of going to the grocery store and buying a frozen pizza and chips (my usual hangover cure), I toasted some bread, heated up the meatloaf, and went to town.


Eating leftovers also keeps you from eating junk food because, once again, after you make the food the leftovers become your convenience food instead of burgers and fries and Jimmy Johns subs.leftovers3

Had I not eaten this sandwich on Sunday I would have packed the meatloaf with a side of roasted veggies and eaten it between work and school (so I can use a microwave). A healthy meal on its own and made all the more healthy when you compare it to what I eat when I don’t have convenient healthy lunches — a turkey bacon and egg white breakfast sandwich that I pick up from Starbucks while I grab another coffee.

Moral of the story: Embrace leftovers. Buying handy Tupperware and a fun lunch box helps.

Your turn, eaters:

How do you feel about leftovers?

What did you eat for lunch today?

Later eaters!

WIAW: Spoiler

Hello eaters!

Sorry I didn’t post anything last night. I got so caught up in watching the election results. I seriously did not expect it to get called so fast.

But now that the election is over I look forward seeing less tweets and statuses about politics and more about high school girls posting passive aggressive things about their frenemies.

Because seriously, those are hilarious!

Alright, time to get down to business.

Breakfast #1:

You know what a few apple slices and some pb look like, right? If not, see here, here, here, or below.


Class on Tuesday was so freaking frustrating. We did the benchmark “Cindy:”

20 minute AMRAP (As Many Rounds as Possible)

5 pull ups

10 push ups

15 squats

I’d done this WOD before and got 14 full rounds plus 5 pull ups (which were jump assisted for me then) and 5 push ups.

The idea with these benchmarks is to see how much you’ve improved. Ya know, improve your time/score and the weight/skill level of what you’re doing.

So logically I should have gotten more than 14+5,5 rounds and been able to do the workout with kipping pull ups.

But that didn’t happen. Instead, I got 12+5,7 with kipping pull ups the first 3 rounds and then a more difficult than before jump assisted pull up.

I know I could have done a lot better had my back not made kipping pull ups really painful and that once my injury is all healed up that I’ll be back to beasting benchmarks like before, but it doesn’t make this any less frustrating.

End whine.

Breakfast #2:

Rotisserie chicken, lettuce, and avocado on Great Harvest higher protein Dakota.

I really need to work on taking faster showers so that I actually have time to make breakfast. Instead, I eat things like this while running around the house trying to leave on time. (Spoiler: I still never leave on time.)


During this appointment we went over my x-rays, planned out my treatment, and then I got an adjustment.

I’m going to go into all the details tomorrow, I promise. (And tomorrow I’ll have copies of my x-rays, which will be really cool. Right?)


It’s really not amusing when professors think that you not only don’t have other classes, but that their class is your full time job.


Ghetto fried rice.

Here’s a recipe: almost completely scramble an egg, add in leftover rice and stir fry, drizzle a bit of oil, and mix everything together over medium-low heat. And then you have ghetto fried rice.

Snack #1:

Please don’t try to get how many mini packets of Whoppers I ate yesterday. (Spoiler: the bag is empty.)

Snack #2:

Apple and pb.

While I was eating this in class it came up that one of my friends had only ever eaten Granny Smith apples. He even asked if pb and cinnamon were good on apples besides Granny Smith.

I was blown away.


Moo shu vegetables time 2 plus a few bites of sweet and sour chicken.

Chinese twice in one day? Yup, it was take out night for the week and I was craving moo shu vegetables. (Spoiler: I ate that for breakfast today.)


Wine while I watched the election results. And then some more Whoppers.

What do you think, eaters:

What’s one food/cuisine that you could eat almost every day?

How do you deal with being injured?

G’night eaters!

Ten-Cent Tour: Weekend Edition

Sup eaters!

I got back from Georgia last night and was so dileriously tired that I immediately stuffed my face, said lots of nonsensical things to Leon, and then fell asleep.

It was kind of glorious. Well, except for the part on my drive back when I hit a bunch of traffic, ate possibly bad beef jerky, and almost fell asleep.

So now I’m here to dump the contents of my phone onto the screen and call it a post.

(Ya know, because now that I have an iPhone it’s pretty crazy easy to do that.)

Friday night I went with my mom and her boyfriend to do paddle board yoga. That’s yoga on a paddle board.

Of course, I thought I was going to spend the whole hour falling in the lake. But somehow, I didn’t fall in once and it was a lot of fun.

Hell, I even managed a three-legged dog.

Saturday morning Mother and I hit up my absolute favorite antique/thrift store — Payne City Antiques!

I have a laundry list of things I’d still like to get for the house — another accent chair, table lamps, another floor lamp, little dishes to hold our crap, etc, etc.

I, of course, just ended up taking a bunch of pictures of silly deer things and sending them to Leon.

I did almost get this chair, which would have matched the blue chair I got a few months ago, but it was pretty wobbly and not worth it for $45.

Saturday afternoon I went a few towns over to spend the night with m’bestie, Coco, and go to a festival-thing.

We both wore sequins. We ate lots of cheese dip. We drank lots of beer. I only saw a few people from high school that I don’t like.

Then we woke up on Sunday super hungover.

Don't you miss the days when I used to post ugly morning after photos?

So, of course, the only logical thing to do was to stuff our faces at Waffle House.

I drove home and then woke up this morning bound and determined to beat the junk out of my system at Crossfit.

A 10-minute AMRAP and series of heavy overhead squats later, I declared myself junk free.

And that’s the ten-cent tour of my last fall break weekend.

Your turn, eaters:

What’s your favorite hangover food?

What was the last kind of adventurous thing you did?

G’night eaters!

WIAW: And Then…

G’day eaters!

Tomorrow I leave for Vermont and I’m so freaking ‘cited!

But because today is not tomorrow, let’s talk about yesterday.

That’s logical, right?


I had every intention of going at 6am yesterday, but with a super long day ahead of me I decided that sleep was more important.


Oatmeal with chia seeds and a plum, topped with peanut butter, and a piece of bacon on the side.

We still haven’t turned the heat on and it’s been getting a little nippy in the mornings. So I used that excuse to not eat the same breakfast I’ve been eating forever.

It was glorious.

And then I chugged the last few sips of my tea and left for work.


A pear and Justin's maple almond butter, and a Balance bar.

Halfway through my shift I took a snack break for what was by then a slightly scraped up pear and almond butter.

And then I chugged the last half of my first tall coffee of the day and got back to folding denim.


A salad with bib lettuce, yellow bell pepper, a bit of chicken, a piece of bacon, and balsamic vinaigrette with lots of pepper.

After work I headed over to school, found a sunny bench, and enjoyed this really delicious lunch.

A cheese sandwich on Great Harvest High Protein Dakota bread.

And then I quickly grabbed my second tall coffee of the day, skimmed a few chapters in my textbook, and did research for a project that my professor hasn’t assigned yet.


After my first class I ate the Balance bar pictured above.

And then I spent two hours doing a pretty stupid PhotoShop project that involved lots and lots of rotating and lasso selecting. But in the end I turned a picture of a pear into a line of Rockettes, so that’s kind of cool, right?


A roast beef, caramelized onions, and Swiss cheese sandwich with tater tots from the Lindley Filling Station.

After school I went home and figured out what take out to order because neither Leon nor I felt like cooking or doing dishes.

And then Leon went to pick it up. And I ate the whole thing.

And that’s it. Another super busy day in the books, but I’m more then okay with it because it brought me one day closer to Vermont.


Your turn, eaters:

What’s more important to you — sleep or exercise?

What are some lunchbox-appropriate snacks I can start packing?

Later eaters!

WIAW: Stressed and Soup

Hi eaters!

I’m procrastinating some last minute exam studying, so I figured I’m do something productive with my procrastination and share this week’s WIAW with you.

Breakfast #1:

Fruit n’ fat in the form of a plum and sunflower seed butter. I’ll save you the boring picture.

6 am Crossfit:

My trainer made a variation on the benchmark WOD “Amanda.”


Jump assisted pull ups

Push ups


Deadlift -> snatch pull -> snatch


Time: 18:16.

This was one of those WODs where I never felt like I got into a groove and instead was constantly struggling with motivation. Oh well, I finished.

Breakfast #2:

Two scrambled eggs with spinach and a blue corn tortilla with sunflower seed butter.

Are you getting tired of seeing this breakfast every week? I’m starting to get tired of eating it, but I can’t think of anything else that’s super fast, hot, and full of protein. Got any ideas?


I started pressing some Whole Foods 365 brand tofu the night before. I noticed the tofu was a bit weird and came off on my fingers as I was putting it in the press, but it wasn’t expired so I pressed on. (Pun intended.)

Boo crappy tofu.

But when I opened the press to start marinating it, it looked all kinds of funky. It was like I was trying to press silken tofu instead of extra firm. So it went directly in the trash (maybe it had expired way before its October date) and pressed some good old Nasoya.

I think they’ll be my tofu of choice from now on.


Charlie had a vet appointment for what I thought was an ear infection. I figured they would clean his ears and the hot spot he scratched just below his ear (which I thought was a symptom of an ear infection), he’d get some meds, and we’d be good to go.

Unfortunately, during them shaving the hot spot (and me having to listen to him cry from down the hall), they noticed he had a broken nail. I’d noticed it last week when it happened, but aside from a little extra licking, he didn’t see bothered by it so I didn’t think anything of it.

Yeah…apparently it was a big deal. It was a big enough deal that the vet said the entire nail would have to be removed, which required me to leave him so he could be sedated.

I was freaking the fuck out. But I’m a big girl, so I sucked it up, gave Charlie a few last pats, and waited until I got to the parking lot to cry.

Call me a baby, but he’s my sweet baby puppy and I don’t ever want him to be in pain or unhappy, and I could tell he was very much of both.

Luckily, I wasn’t home for more than an hour before the vet called that Charlie was wide awake and ready to go home. After rushing back to the vet, Charlie was very happy to see me (I was worried he would be mad at me or scared of me because I’m the one who took him there). He then proceeded to show his anger at the vet by leaving a really large poop on their front lawn.

Not being one to get in between a dog and his emotions, I left it there.


Both of us had a slightly traumatizing morning, so we took an hour nap. It was awesome.


Chicken and vegetable soup with half a dumpling.

It’s definitely getting to be soup weather, which I’m pretty darn excited about. And I was also pretty excited when I found that Leon had not only left me a dumpling, but that they kept well in the fridge for a couple of days.

Snack 1:

Chicken and mustard, and a pear with sunflower seed butter.

Buying that rotisserie chicken is already shaping up to be a pretty brilliant idea.

Snack 2:

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I’ve never hid the fact that I often use food for comfort. Some of those uses are better than others. I consider this a very acceptable form of food comfort, especially considering that I really did need a snack.


Tomato soup with extra crispy tofu "croutons."

This soup is a slight variation of Mama Pea’s recent recipe.

A grilled cheese (Cabot extra sharp cheddar) on Great Harvest higher protein Dakota.

Have I mentioned that I think she’s awesome? And that I want to be her friends? We could drink coffee, paint toenails, and pretend to be graceful while doing yoga.

(Side note — Have I mentioned I’m creepy?)

So for once, eaters, not only do I feel like I’m kind of living up to the WIAW theme for the month (it’s Fall into Good Habits this month), but I’m showing you a pretty balanced and typical day of food.

That almost never happens, so don’t get your hopes up for next week.

Your turn, eaters:

What’s something warm, easy, cheap, and protein filled I can eat for breakfast?

What blogger do you wish you could be friends with in real life? (You don’t have to say me, even though I’m super fun and am always up for going out for a beer and surprise you with random food and always tell you the truth about what you’re wearing.)

G’night eaters!

Lindley Park Filling Station

Hiya eaters!

I’m in an absolutely wonderful mood right now (I’m writin this in the morning, so let’s hope this mood continues throughout the day).

And the main reason I’m in such a great mood is because of Crossfit!

Today we did a benchmark WOD — Angie — that I’d done in June, which meant that I could see if I’ve made progress.

And oh boy, did I ever.


100 pull ups

100 push ups

100 sit ups

100 squats

In June I scaled the pull ups to 50 ring rows and the push ups to 50. I finished in 22:16.

Today I scaled the pull ups to 75 ring rows and the push ups to 75. I finished in 20:48.

I shaved almost a minute and a half off my original time while still adding 50 reps.

Yup, I’m beyond jazzed!

And to keep the good vibes going, I’m going to tell you all about the lunch that Leon and I had on Thursday.

We both had the morning off work/school, so when lunch time came around we decided to be indulgent and check out another of the restaurants in our neighborhood — Lindley Park Filling Station.

This place is always hopping on the weekends when we’ve walked down to Emma Key’s for burgers or Best Way for beer, so they must be going something right, right?

Well, they’re doing a lot of things right.

We started with a beer each. I went with a favorite of mine — Sweet Water 420 IPA.

Leon went with his “Thursday beer” — Natty Greene’s Buckshot.

They didn’t have a ton of beers on tap, but the ones they did have were good.

Also good was their outside seating. They had a nice patio area for eating (that they’re getting fans for in a week or two!) and a picnic table area for drinking. There was also space for a live band.

(The inside seating area wasn’t that great looking, so I’m curious to see how they do during the winter.)

After sipping and chatting for a few minutes, we cracked open the menu. Not only was there dozens of options for salads, burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers, but everything was named after a street or area in the Lindley Park neighborhood.

How cool is that?!

I went with the Wright Avenue:

Open faced pulled BBQ pork melt, Swiss cheese, slaw, on Texas toast (which I swapped for wheat bread), with a side of sweet potato chips.

Leon got the Tremont:

Ham or Smoked turkey, honey mustard, Brie, and lettuce on a baguette, with a side of fries.

(FYI — I have no idea where Tremont or Wright Avenue is. I need to explore the neighborhood more.)

Both sandwiches were fantastic! The pork was so good, but I think the BBQ sauce made the sandwich. The honey mustard on Leon’s was super grainy and not overly sweet, which played nicely off the Brie.

And of course, I would have liked a little more salt and pepper on the fries and chips, but honestly, when wouldn’t I?

Both Leon and I agreed that we’ll definitely be back to the Filling Station, probably for dinner and drinks to see what all the buzz is about at night.

Your turn, eaters:

What was the last great sandwich you had?

Do you partake of the occasional midday beer?

G’night eaters!

The Brat-Face Beast

Hiya eaters!

I did something special today — I got a haircut!

For some reason I have an issue spending money on things like haircuts and clothes and stuff like that. Sure, it’s part of my life everyday, but it doesn’t really serve a purpose the same way buying food (or flowers!) do.

Does that make sense?

Anyway, I haven’t gotten a haircut since…December, I think. And I was going to put it off a little longer, but when the ratio of split ends to non-split ends in any given lock of hair swayed too far too the split side, I decided enough was enough.

So I got the same haircut I’ve been getting since I was roughly 13. Fun, right?

Please excuse the hipster photo and Dorothy Ham hair blow out. I'm not always like this.

(FYI — My dog just rolled over in his sleep and has the hair equivalent of bed head on his butt. I think that’s a sign that he’s too lazy.)

But enough about my hair (even though it’s ah-maze-ing and soft and styled for the first and last time until I get it cut again), because that’s not the only single lady stuff I’ve been up to.

No, I also made a sandwich.

For as long as I can remember I’ve lusted over the humungous sandwiches that Ashley and Stephen (over at (Never)Home Maker) create. They’re big and juicy and layered with flavors. And I want to eat each and every one of them.

But I’ve always shied away from creating my own big, beautiful sandwiches because 1) Leon wouldn’t really consider it dinner food, and 2) there’s an art to making a quality sandwich.

  • A sandwich should be a complete meal (with MAYBE a side of chips, fries, fruit, or salad, but really, those are entirely optional).
  • It should be constructed in a way that it doesn’t fall apart.
  • All aspects should be made fresh (aside from sauces and spreads) and then assembled immediately before consumption.
  • Fresh bakery bread should almost always be used.
  • There needs to be at least two textures and three flavors (bread included).

Ya see eaters, that’s a lot of work to go into a sandwich, especially if it’s going to be lunch.

But since Leon is away and I get to indulge my every little whim and fancy, I made a sandwich. A damn delicious sandwich.

A sandwich that I have named…

The Brat-Face Beast

Sausages are great. Sausage fests aren't.

And if you can guess from the name, it’s all based around a delicious (local pork) bratwurst.

Step 1: Prep the layers.

Slice 4-5 <1/4” thick slices of sweet potato, lightly coat them in oil and chili powder, and then roast them in a 400F degree oven until crispy around the edges.

Cook the brat, which I did by heating a pan with ~1/4 c water to medium heat, adding a brat, and covering it until the water is gone. Then remove the cover and brown on all sides. Once browned, let the brat rest off the heat for a few minutes before slicing it in half long ways.

Slice a piece of ciabatta off the loaf, wide enough to fit the brat, and then cut it in half.

Slice off enough cheese to fully cover one side of the ciabatta.

Step 2: Assemble.

Step 3: Grill.

Ghetto-tize me captain.

I want a Panini press, but until I get one, this method worked well enough (I guess). Use what you have, as long as the bottom piece of bread gets crusty and the cheese is melted throughout.

Step 4: EAT.


This is messy, but it doesn’t fall apart.

There are way more than two layers of texture and three layers of flavor.

And once you eat this big brat-y baby, you won’t have room for any unnecessary and distracting sides.

In other words, this is a damn glorious sandwich.

Your turn, eaters:

What’s your favorite sandwich topping?

Grilled/toasted or cold?

Later eaters!