This healthier version of fried rice makes a comforting meal that you don’t have to feel guilty about.

I’ve shared my obsession with cauliflower and using it as substitutes for potato dishes. Recently, I came across several recipes like this one, for cauliflower fried rice. So of course, I had to make my own version.

I just went to the market and my fridge is stocked with vegetables, so I made this a vegetarian version. I wanted a lot of colors. I originally had a red bell pepper too, but it didn’t quite make the dish. You might want to skip the next two paragraphs if you’re squeamish about bugs.

My current favorite way to eat chicken is this baked method, which gives the chicken a crunchy coating just like it has been fried and without the need for bread crumbs. It’s also gluten free! The chicken comes out with such a great texture that I always make extra so I can munch on a few while I make my sauce.

I know I’ve made quite a few variations of these chicken dishes the last few months, but when I get an obsession, I just need to keep at it  until I get sick of it. I’m like that with music too. At any given time, there’s usually only about 2-3 songs I really enjoy and I just want to only listen to those. I end up skipping all the other songs on my list so I can listen to the same ones over and over again. My two current favorites are Blank Space (I still think Taylor Swift should just change the lyric to Starbucks’ lovers) and Take Me To Church (which I find really hard to sing along to).

Draft Republic

Draft Republic, owned by the Cohn Restaurant Group, recently opened in the Costa Verde plaza, replacing the former La Jolla Strip Club.

While I never visited the former grill-your-own-steaks restaurant, I was interested in trying out Draft Republic, which specializes in craft beer and housemade sausages. I recently went to check it out with my friend CC.

The restaurant has its own parking lot, which is nice because the rest of the plaza can get quite crowded. The interior is quite spacious, with plenty of seating and ping pong tables too.

Maple Bourbon Bacon Sticks with Apple Chips

I was worried this was just going to be thin slices of bacon glazed with maple bourbon, but I was happy to find that it was actually thick slices of smoked pork belly served on sticks. I really enjoyed the presentation and found the pork belly tender and smoky, finished with a sweet sticky glaze. It was quite delicious.