Between my house and Santa Monica is one of my favorite little shopping centers.
There's a Whole Foods. Right next to a 99 Cents Only store.
I go to the 99 Cents Only store first because there's an excellent chance I'm going to find something great, something that's also next door at three or four times the price.
Yesterday, I found a jar of oganic tahini for 99.9 cents. It would sell for at least $5 elsewhere.
The clerk was asking me what it was good for, and I mentioned hummus, which she didn't know about, so I gave her a simple off-the-top-of-my-head recipe.
By L.A. standards, I'm not a foodie. I cook a lot, and I'm a decent cook, but I'm not all that fancy. The plan is easier when I'm focused on simple food. I can handle limited portion sizes when the food isn't particularly yummy. If I make really good stuff, it works better to portion it out for a few meals. Presentation also helps so much. I feel more deprived when I eat my meals on the run, one section at a time. Making a big, full plate satisfies.
22 hours ago