Banibanoo

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A favorite lunch spot. I first tried this place a year or two ago with some friends from a bible study group. I was surprised that it was in my old neighborhood and I had never heard about it! Located not to far from the Plaza Manuel Becerra on Calle Martires Concepcionistas 19. Thank God it is close enough to my work so if I get there quickly I can have this amazing food during the week!

This Persian food restaurant is filled with natural light and the homemade style dishes are full of exciting colors and flavors. The menu of the day is a great price and you get your choice of three of the many dishes on display, a drink and a tea, coffee or dessert. It’s a good idea to have a reservation because this place fills up quickly, mostly with business people on lunch breaks.

Must try: The typical Iranian drink with cucumber and rose petals.

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Goop Detox

In the spirit of the new year a few weeks ago I tried a detox. Normally I wouldn’t even be interested in a detox but reading about Gweneth Paltrow’s Annual Goop Detox on her lifestyle blog, I changed my mind. It didn’t even seem like a detox, just good whole cozy warm foods, perfect for winter. It is all about eating clean unprocessed foods. No caffeine, red meat, dairy, added sugars and no alcohol. I loved this detox and highly recommend it. All the meals had so much flavor and were so filling and satisfying. My only complaint is that I feel like I was always cooking. By the end of the week I was exhausted of cooking (and really wanted a glass of wine).

Something that made a huge difference in flavor of all the dishes was making a homemade chicken broth and then using that in all the recipes. This alone gave each dish so much more flavors and depth. Normally in my own cooking I get lazy and end up using store bought broth and chicken bullion, but need to start making more of my own broths.

Our fave recipes from the Goop Detox were the Detox Niçoise Salad, the Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili and the Kitchen Sink Thai Fried Rice. We’ve made all of these recipes at least three times each and it makes enough to have dinner and then bring leftovers to work for lunch the next day.

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Homemade Chicken Broth
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Thai Fried Rice (we used green beans, peas and cabbage for the mixed veggies)