On hump day…

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We bibimbap.

It sounds like a dinosaur species. I suppose it’s a funky little word when your imagination runs as wild weird as mine. Yet in reality, it’s a signature mixed rice kind of Korean dish. This one was from Graze, a brunch time favorite hideaway. The crispy rice is hidden underneath the beautiful mixture of fresh vegetables and a fried egg. There is nothing, I repeat nothing, that does not work with a fried egg on top. The dish was pretty spicy, my tongue may or may not have lost sensation for a hot sec, but in all, I would totally get it again. Loved it.

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And aside from a cheese curd-filled evening (yolo), it was Clarita’s last day in Madison. Officially. After a nice little trip extension, my romantic week in Madison was more than I could’ve ever asked for. When you forget about the frigid weather, slushy concrete soaking up your socks and bourbon-vodka-Merlot induced hangovers, you know life is just…good. That’s the mentality I wore like a veil. Until reality hits me in the face tomorrow bright and early.

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And then…a little homemade appetizer. The appetizer to my appetizer to be precise. Because I did proceed with a wild bowl of guac. Yes, I threw every spice in my peeling wooden, potentially moldy cabinet into my guacamole. Paprika, oregano, ginger, turmeric and the likes. Just because. But these were my crunchy chickpeas. I don’t think i’ll be eating them watery and smushy for quite some time now. I simply mixed up some coconut oil spray with cinnamon, ground ginger and a dash of curry and turmeric and baked those babies for about 35 minutes on 350 degrees with a quick broil to top it off and…boom.

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