Someone should warn you when you are searching for apartments that it is dangerous to live next door to an amazingly delicious Caribbean restaurant and across from a bakery that makes salted chocolate chip cookies I would be happy eating forever. In theory, these things start as a selling point, until all you want to do is order Jerk Chicken Enchiladas, fried plantains, black beans and rice, and Guava Caramel Flan every night and watch reruns of Felicity. And then beg your loving boyfriend to run out and buy a big, honking chocolate chip cookie to top things off.
So when those days come, I usually like to challenge myself to try and make things at home like this simple recipe for Black Beans and Rice. It makes a great side dish or full meal, and although not quite the ridiculous meal I described above, a much better choice in the end and one that I can feel food about. Meals like the one described above are best saved for out of town visitors and special occasions.
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