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Onion Rings

Guys … I get to write a blog about one of my favorite things! ONIONS! As you know from my onion rant in The Peanut Stew Incident of 2021, I have an obsession with the (literal) stinkers. Bread those suckers and deep fry them and you’ll find me drooling at the table.

For Mother’s Day this past weekend, I ate a lot of my favorite things. My day started with Sprinkle Waffles, I had ice cream for lunch and I requested Turkey Meatball Subs for dinner. I wasn’t allowed to help with anything all day, so I got to relax with my feet up in the living room (it’s kind of my thing) while Steven Michael cooked dinner. Imagine my surprise when I heard the sizzle of something being fried, and my utter delight to find out they were homemade onion rings!

Lucky for all of you, Steven Michael was nice enough to document the process knowing that I would want to post about them! They were salty, crunchy and everything good about food that is terrible for you. Pass the plate, I want some more!

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Sanibel Salsa – A Burrito Fresco Recipe

If you’ve been following along from the start, you know that Steven Michael and I used to own the best restaurant that has ever existed. Yes, I am fully aware that my opinion is biased, but it’s the truth. The food was incredible, everyone agrees, but the spirit of Burrito Fresco is what lives in our memories more than anything. We were a crew of misfits who came together so perfectly to create a place where everyone was accepted, coming to work was fun and we looked out for each other – in short, we were a family.

One story exemplifies this more than any other that I could share. One night after closing, someone kicked our door in and stole a jar of donations that we had been collecting for brain cancer research off of the front counter. When our crew heard that Steven Michael would be spending the night sleeping on the booth seat because we no longer had a door, they showed up with laptops, movies and snacks to stay the night with him. What could easily have been the lowest moment for our business, became one of the fondest memories we have.

It was the people that worked there that made Burrito Fresco what it was for us, and for our customers. We owe everything to them and will never forget the love they showed us during our time together. We shut our doors almost five years ago, and we still talk to many of them regularly. Before COVID, we were having yearly reunions to catch up and stuff our faces with Burrito Fresco food.

Steven Michael and I have guarded the restaurant recipes closely, as they are so personal to us and represent something amazing that we did together. Today, that changes. We plan to release restaurant recipes within this blog. Letting go is hard, but knowing that our food will once again be enjoyed by people is making us smile today.

Below you will find one of our best selling items straight from the Burrito Fresco menu, Sanibel Salsa. This sweet pineapple mango salsa pairs well with fish, pork, chips or just a fork (seriously, go to town). Just last night, Steven Michael added this to shrimp quesadillas and it was delicious. We couldn’t stock enough of it when we had salsa booths at local public markets, so we have no doubt you’ll love it!

If you’re reading this as a former Burrito Fresco customer, let us know what recipes you’re dying to know in the comments below or any of our social media platforms. We’ll be sprinkling restaurant recipes in throughout the blog, so make sure to subscribe via email so you get them right away!

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BONUS BLOG – Roasted Vegetables

I AM HAVING A LUCKY DAY! Guys, I am super pumped today. Since the moment I woke up this morning, everything has been coming up Bitsy!

First, I actually got a great night of sleep. With the help of some melatonin gummies, I was able to get some quality rest with a side of really trippy dreams. Then, Ellis got right out of bed and ready for school with no issues (this is HUGE).

At Starbucks this morning, I decided that today was the day to finally try their new Pistachio latte. This could have gone either way, but (spoiler) it’s super yummy. AND, when I got to the drive thru window, they gave me a free spinach & feta wrap that had been made accidentally. A FRIDAY MIRACLE!

To top it all off, about an hour after I logged into my work computer, I got a notification that there were required installs waiting – ugh. Normally, the installs are followed by a forced restart and having to relog into everything – a total bummer. BUT, today the installs just went through with no restart required! If your work computers do this, you know what a big deal this is.

And so, I have started singing my new catchy jingle every time something good happens to me.

🎶 Everything’s coming up Bitsy! 🎶

I figured that as I’m having such a great day, I would spread some of the love around. So, here is a super special Friday BONUS BLOG on one of my absolute favorite sides a la Steven Michael. You will feel just as lucky as I do today when you sink your teeth into these roasted veggies! They pair well with literally any meal, and can be made using any of your favorite vegetables.

I hope that wherever you are, some of my luck is rubbing off on you as you read this post. Comment below and let me know how your day is going! I know I’ll be buying lottery tickets tonight 🤞, but for now I’m going back to work as my lunch break is over. Who knows, maybe I’ll get a huge promotion today!