Skip the Drive Through
Following the announcement that San Diego will be moving back into the purple tier due to the continued rise in COVID-19 cases, my roommates and I are facing the grim reality of a regular rotation of home-cooked meals instead of indulging in all the great food San Diego has to offer (15/10 recommend the California Burrito at Rigoberto’s for the next time you are able to try). Lucky for us, we all have combined experience in the foodservice industry that allows us to many great items on typical restaurant menus without having to change out of our sweats.
For example, my roommate Marissa worked at Jamba Juice in high school. This is a trait in a friend I never knew I needed until we got a blender for our apartment. Any time I am craving a Caribbean Passion, I have someone who knows the exact ingredients I can use. (Pro tip I didn’t know before I lived with her: apple juice makes almost every smoothie better).
However, despite my access to endless smoothie recipes, I have been craving Cane’s sauce like you wouldn’t believe for the past couple of weeks. And since I am craving it, Cane’s is nowhere on any of our resumes. (Side Note: If it is on yours, I have an immense amount of respect for how busy your shifts probably are. Please know you are doing valuable work for the community).
Thankfully, Google and way too much time on my hands have allowed me to find a decent dupe recipe for the Cane's Sauce without leaving my bed. This success has inspired me to make a list of five links to duplicate recipes to satisfy cravings for food items you can find around San Diego. It is important to note that none of these are my original work, so all credit goes to the bloggers and cooks who created them!
1. Cane’s Sauce
The only thing that can make me justify a drive to Santee for a line that wraps around the building not once, but twice. 10/10 date idea but not really the best option when you don’t have an extra two hours on your hands.
Recipe:+Ingredients: Cane's Sauce
Prep Time: 3 minutes
2. Starbucks' Tomato Mozzarella Panini
Not unique to San Diego whatsoever, but a personal go-to of mine after meal plan got me addicted freshman year. Although I am lucky enough to have a roommate with a panini press, you definitely don’t need one to recreate this.
Recipe+Ingredients: Roasted Tomato and Mozzarella Panini
Prep Time: 45 min
3. McDonald’s Hash Brown
A delicacy for anyone who hasn’t tried them. They once saved my friends and I after we were hailed on while waiting outside in line for Daniel Caesar tickets.
Recipe+Ingredients: McDonald's Hash Brown
Prep Time: 10 min
4. California Burrito
The cure to any problem you could possibly have at 2 in the morning. I speak to this from personal experience (shout out to Trujillos <3). Here is how you can make something similar with just one trip to Ralph’s.
Recipe+Ingredients: California Burrito
Prep Time: 25-30 minutes
I think Sushi is definitely one of the foods I find myself avoiding making at home the most because it can get really tricky. However, this recipe breaks it down well and makes it so you don’t have to leave your couch to get your fix.
Prep Time: 20-40 minutes
This year has been the most confusing and chaotic to date for myself and many of the people I care about. As we swing in and out of quarantine and zoom in and out of meetings, it has been challenging at times to find the little moments that make it all worth it. While I have learned not to make promises to myself or anyone else about what the future holds, I can promise that if you, your roommates, parents, or whoever else you live with can set aside 30 minutes to give one of these recipes a try, you will find that you forget the rest of the world long enough to enjoy some good food and company.
Also, to quote one of the greatest movies ever made, anyone can cook! Don’t be afraid of a complicated recipe or intimidating technique. I am 20 years old and just learned how to cut a pineapple. If you are still a total novice in the kitchen, trust me, you are not alone.
As usual, hope you are all staying safe and happy. If you aren’t, WSS and its members are always here if you need it. Be sure to tag us if you end up making any of these yourself!
P.S. For anyone who is curious: