Something interesting happened yesterday. Our marriage license from Jamaica shipped and came right to our doorstep. I opened it all excited to see what it looked like and was greeted by an explanation of both of us: Brian – Bachelor; Juli – Spinster. Since I’ve never seen the word spinster, we looked it up. Let me quote Webster: “an unmarried woman who is past the usual age for marrying and is considered unlikely to marry.” What.The.F*ck. Come on, Jamaica. I thought I was young for getting married at 27 years old and you’re calling me old AF and unlikely to find a man willing to marry my old ass. You suck, Jamaica. Get outta here.
You know what I need to look up? What we do next. Are we married in the US? I’m actually not 100% sure. But I already have to go to a reception my mom is putting on for us, I don’t want to have to do ANOTHER thing wedding related. I feel like we’ve been getting married for 2 years now. When is it, “hey, we’re just married. period.”
Another thing that made absolutely no sense to me was Whole Foods the other day. You know how Whole Foods is super green, all about recycling and the earth and giving back while charging you $11.99 per pound for their hot bar? Well the other day I had to go to the bathroom while grocery shopping. I did my normal hoveroverthetoilet in hopes of not touching butt cheeks with a random who was shopping that same day. Well while I hovered and had my probably 15 second pee, the toilet automatically flushed FOUR TIMES. Four. So I’m sitting there getting backsplash of my own urine, hating life, and then once I was done, it wouldn’t flush. What in the?! How can you be so green but then have toilets that flush a billion times per pee. And automatic sinks that don’t turn on? Can you imagine if someone was having a bad day and ended up in the bathroom for a while. That’s AT LEAST 40 flushes. I hate the automatic flush. It’s bullsh*t.
Have you ever made your own ceviche? It’s so bomb. Instead of cooking your fish on a grill or in a pan, you actually let the citrus cook it for you. So it’s pretty much the easiest cooking process ever. When I was in Costa Rica, we wandered the farmers market and I had literally the best ceviche in the entire world. I wanted to go back and have a million more little cups that they were selling, but I was distracted by ice cream. Since I’ll be heading back to CR this next year, I will be hunting down that ceviche and loading up. It was the most refreshing and flavorful thing I had the entire trip. So these tacos may be for Cinco de Mayo, but they are totally Costa Rica inspired. And I can say, my ceviche isn’t as perfect as the kind I had in CR, but practice makes perfect!
- 2 Mahi Mahi filets, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 jalapeño, minced (remove seeds and rib for less heat, your choice)
- 1/4 white onion, minced
- 1 mango, diced
- 1/2 avocado, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- zest of 1 lime
- 1/4 - 1/3 cup lime juice (enough to cover all the ingredients completely)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons cilantro, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- healthy pinch of salt
- pinch of freshly ground pink peppercorns (I prefer pink instead of black, but you could use black pepper)
- siete tortillas
- Place all ingredients in a non-reactive bowl and mix well to combine. Cover and store in the fridge for at least 10 minutes or for up to 3 hours. The longer it sits, the better it will taste!
- Serve in tortillas or with plantain chips on the side! You can use a slotted spoon to remove some of the excess liquid, if you prefer. I just like having all the liquid to drink up after!
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