Group Street Diet Natalie Morales

Natalie Morales will teach you how to make Cuban coffee.
Illustration: Maanvi Kapoor

This year, Natalie Morales became a director for the first time — and a director for the second time. In March, she released plan B On Hulu, today marks the release of Language lessons Which she co-wrote and starred in with Mark Duplass. The story of a Spanish language teacher in Costa Rica and her student in Auckland, told through Zoom (glitches and everything), and New Yorker praise Morales’ performance is “laughably clever, sympathetic, and charismatic.” Off of Zoom, during the limited time you haven’t clicked on the new movie, I’ve made a lot of Cuban coffee, stopped at the farmers market to buy pupusas, and managed to spend a long weekend in Ojai with some friends and her favorite chocolate.

Monday 30 August
I had some yogurt and granola with some mangoes from Miami that my husband sent me. Because that wasn’t sweet enough apparently, I sprinkled honey on all this thing. Oh, yeah, I also had half of a Milk Jar chocolate chip cookie. My sweet friend Dina sent me a whole box. I’ve never been there before, she just bought me a box.

I was out of town, and I recently came back. I didn’t have any groceries, so that was literally all I ate. Let’s see how long it will actually take to shop for groceries.

Lunch was from Tocaya Organica. Two Pieces Of Barrio Taco With Vegan Piccadillo And Queso Fresco And Iced Green Tea. I normally love this place, but unfortunately the tacos were cold and the server was very nice to me, so I didn’t complain and ended up eating the cold tacos.

Early in the evening, my friend Josh and Lauren came over for a glass of orange wine on my porch. They brought a really tasty bottle that I don’t remember the name of, but it had a great picture on the cover. If you make wine, all you really have to do to get me to buy it is get a cool label. I’m a sucker for good packaging.

It’s not that I need a cool sticker. Of course, I’ll get a regular label wine that someone recommends. Not that I don’t know much about wine, because I don’t really care that much. What makes me interested is the people who put effort into their packaging and making it kind of interesting artwork. I understand that this might be a gimmick, and that wine might be terrible, but that’s what makes me risk buying wine I know nothing about.

I got the vegetable ramen and mint yuzu lime juice from Silverlake Ramen. Only the best. It’s probably my favorite ramen place in LA, because I don’t eat meat. So it’s hard to get very good vegan ramen where the broth tastes really good – because I admit that ramen is all about pig broth. Silverlake Ramen does it really well.

Tuesday 31 August
I didn’t have time because I refused to get up earlier than I absolutely needed. I’m not sure why I would do this, although it does make my life more difficult. I had all these plans to go eat a nice breakfast to myself before that huge, long press day for my new movie, but unfortunately, I’m not that person. Breakfast was cream cheese and toast – Dave’s killer bread, thinly sliced, seeded – plus Cuban coffee – Bustillo – with oat milk.

I make it in a Cuban coffee maker. We call it that, but it’s like a mocha bowl or one of those sprinkles. It is a two-part system. It’s not like the Italian, where you only make espresso, because on the side you have this little metal cup. Imagine the size of a hexagon glass, but it’s a metal jug. This is correct? You put sugar in there, depending on how much you want.

Then, as the coffee begins to brew the first drops of coffee, you put a little drip in that sugar, then with the spoon whisk it until it’s almost like candy and has plenty of air in it. Then when the coffee is done brewing, you pour all the coffee into this little jug, that little jug. Everyone calls it espuma, it’s like the sugar foam that coffee actually has. This is how Cuban coffee is made. It’s really easy. I can teach you how to make it.

My lunch was leftover ramen and a tuna salad that I made with the can of tuna I had. A very basic tuna salad was tuna, mayonnaise, and garlic lorry salt, which I legitimately put on everything.

My husband always cooks with Laurie. I remember he was making pasta, and it would be olive oil and garlic salt or cream cheese and garlic salt. He made these frozen ravioli with a sauce of butter, cream cheese, and garlic salt. It was so good. I just think Lowry’s tastes good in every way. everything he needs.

For dinner, I prepared myself bean and cheese tacos with cholula. I used some Greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream and another from cilantro. Also, tikati. It’s been a long day, sometimes all you need are tacos and a beer. This was the dregs of what I had at home, though, and I really needed to go grocery shopping.

Cholula is something I discovered when I moved to LA, because LA is a big city for hot sauces, and Cholula sometimes is on the table. I’ve never liked Tabasco, and I’m probably one of two people on this planet who don’t like Sriracha. I also don’t like spicy things in general. Contrary to popular belief, Cuban food is not spicy. It is spiced. it is delicious. But it is not hot.

So Cholula came into my life like a true blessing. It’s often savory, and often really tasty with the tiniest little bit of spice, but it’s not a spice, like, lingering or getting stuck in your nose or sweating. It does give a little boost to food, but mostly it has a really nice flavor that makes things taste really good.

After dinner, I had leftover Kit Kats. Those were in my fridge. They were probably two months old. I had stayed in a hotel at the beginning of August and was really hungry and broke into the mini fridge and ate some Kit Kats and then didn’t finish the package. So I brought the rest home, and that’s what it was for.

Wednesday 1 September
There’s not much time again, so I ate Vans Power Protein Waffles and PG Tips tea with a little oat milk. I love these pancakes because (1) they are pancakes, and who doesn’t like pancakes, and (2) I’m a vegetarian – with a few exceptions of fish – so I’ll eat protein wherever I can get it.

I haven’t eaten beef since I was 17 because I’ve already had bad food poisoning from a burger at a place I work, but I probably can’t name it or I’ll sue. It was food poisoning, “I went to the hospital.” I stopped eating beef from there, and after a few years I stopped eating chicken, turkey and pork.

Pork was an important thing for me to stop eating because I’m Cuban and it makes up 50 percent of our diet, but I love animals a lot. This is the main reason why I am a vegetarian. I still feel bad about eating fish. continuously. Sometimes I dream about fish swimming in my stomach after I eat sushi, which is why I don’t eat it often.

Growing up, Cuban food was basically all I ate. I didn’t have a peanut butter and jam sandwich until I was nineteen or twenty, when a friend made me one. I knew what it was. It wasn’t something we didn’t have at home. Also, the idea of ​​that seemed strange to me. My friend was white. And I was like, “Can I have a peanut butter and jam sandwich?” It was like caviar to me. I’ve never eaten anything like this.

I also didn’t eat a lot of vegetables when I was growing up. They are not very popular in Cuban cuisine. So I ate my first asparagus at the age of 23, which is a lot for someone who is a vegetarian now. It was a learning curve. I had to close my eyes and eat random vegetables I had never eaten before.

Anyway, I forgot to have lunch because I was working all day, so I was starving. For dinner, I had a sandwich of white cheese, apple, fig, and a vegan chocolate protein shake from Stamp Proper Foods. I’ve never eaten there before, but this was very good, and yes, get off my back – no time yet for groceries.

Thursday 2 September
A brunch of spinach, quinoa, and sweet potatoes. It was the leftover chocolate shake from the night before.

My early dinner was a hippie sink bowl (with vegan feta, romesco, and more sweet potatoes), smashed cucumber, and Grain Lab’s coconut water. I hadn’t been there either before but my cousin and I were just around the corner trying to make good choices. The other option was Krispy Kreme, but your girl chose correctly. The hippie bowl was very good.

The main theme in my diet last week was that I didn’t go grocery shopping and didn’t have anything in my house. I like cooking. But my favorite thing is to look at what’s in the house and see what I can make out of these weird combinations of things I own? It’s my kind section a challenge. I find the challenge interesting, but this one was a bit too intense.

My late dinner was a cream cheese and jelly sandwich and a peanut butter and chocolate brownie.

Friday 2 September
Breakfast was Cuban coffee with oat milk, cream cheese toast and a medium boiled egg with garlic salt.

late lunch. I stopped at the farmers market in Echo Park and got some beans and cheese from Delmy’s Pupuseria with watermelon agua fresca. I was going to buy something from the library next to the farmers market, and I was also hungry, and I was like, “Oh cool. I’m going to stop here.” It doesn’t hurt that I love virgins. Pupusas are the best. I usually get them at any farmers market I’m in because they are always there.

I went to a small screening of my friend Joe’s new movie at his house, and there I had some cheese pizza. We were near Glendale, so I followed it up with lavender and strawberry frozen yogurt from Yoga-urt. I really crave sweet after salty.

I love ice cream. I can’t say I don’t like ice cream. I rarely refuse ice cream. I love Van Leeuwen, I love Salt & Straw, and I love McConnell.

Saturday 4th September
I was headed to Ojai for the long weekend, so I made some Cuban coffee, plus the only tortillas I had left were all broken, so I blasted them in the air fryer to make some quick tortilla chips. (I got an air fryer sometime last year when everyone else got one because we were all so bored out of our minds trying to figure out what to do with our lives, I guess. It became really useful, and I would really love to try it.)

Then I took some leftover beans and finally some yogurt mixed with some cole for a quick dip in the beans. I promise you, dear reader, I planned on grocery shopping as soon as I got home.

For lunch, my friend Alisa brought me a vegan sandwich from the Farm Shop. Pretty good dang. They also have ridiculously perfect fruit and charcuterie dishes that she brought with her this weekend. A +.

For dinner, we ordered some Thai food. I had the tofu pad ew and I had some from my friend David’s pad Thai and then my favorite chocolate: Tony’s Chocolonely. In fact, I was buying it in bulk, and that was a problem. I ate it so much that I was like, You need to stop doing this. That’s a lot of chocolate for one person. It’s also hard to find, so that’s fine. It is not always available everywhere. The last time I bought it from Amazon, it came from Iceland. That’s how out of stock here. I had no idea it was coming from Iceland.

Fortunately, my girlfriend happened to have some at her house, and I could taste a few. It was also lucky for her that it wasn’t my favorite flavor so I left it on the half bar. You’re most welcome, Michaela.

And yes, I finally ordered some groceries after I got back to L.A. I’m fully stocked and super excited.

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