Tri-Colore Salad with Anchovy Vinaigrette from Pizzeria Mozza {recipe} – Uggs, Ughs, and Ruts

tri colore salad with avocado cheese and fried egg
Contrary to what you might think about standard wardrobing for a SaHB (Stay-at-Home Blogger), I did not own a single pair of Uggs the first seven years I was food blogging.

“Oh. You too faaancy for Fuggs, huh?”

Well, yes, kind of something like that. Or something like I was too cheap to spend money on what were essentially turtlenecked house slippers to me.

uggs, beige, on shag rug
Somehow though, I broke the unreasonable, totally unjustified, hateful bias I had against the shearling-lined homage to fashionable anti-fashion, bought a pair of Uggs, and wore them non-stop since the day I got them.
Valentino Rock Stud Peep Toe, Black Patent
And by “non-stop since the day I got them,” I mean that I also bought a pair of Valentinos around the same time that are about 10 times the price and 100 times the hotness, but still, even a year later, had not yet even take those Valentinos out of the box, never took them out even when we went out to a white-tablecloth Sunday brunch at Mozza, because I tried, I did, to slip by…

“Are you wearing Uggs under that maxi skirt? To brunch?!”

Oh, these? “Ughs?” (LOL IRL.) Oh nonono, silly. I just forgot to take off these things that are more comfortable than actually being barefoot. Let me go kick them off and shove my feet into size 5-toddler glass slippers with 10″ spike heels and hellfire hot coals for insoles, ‘k?!

I had found myself in a new daily uniform: tattered 20-year-old (20 years, really) hoodie over yellowing wife beater, stretch-denim-let’s-call-them-what-they-are-“jeggings,” and those then-brand-new Uggs.

do that, you know. As much as I love looking at all different kinds of pretty clothes and expensive shoes and colorful makeup, the reality of daily dressing, at least for me and my delicious life, is wearing the exact same thing every day, even when it’s something I had previously sworn on my six bridemaiddresses‘ grave that I would never wear.

Like yoga pants.

Like powder blue terry-cloth tracksuits.

Like Uggs.

If, somehow, an article of clothing makes its way onto my body, once it’s on, It. Is. On.

Before hoodie-jeggings-Uggs, it was a long sleeve t-shirt, notlululemon-probably-costco black yoga pants, and flip flops. Before that, spaghetti strap tank with built-in bra-lette over Mom-jean cutoffs, and I don’t even know what shoes, probably taking it down to ever classy Britney level, barefoot. So basically, not only did I wear the exact same thing for months at a time, but when my inner Department of Health mandates a change for “biohazard” reasons aka “Shouldn’t you do laundry a little more often than once a quarter?!” it was into the French instead of Tahitian of the same fucking vanilla.

I do that, you know, in a lot of things.




And if I ever actually get that far, relationships. And if I ever actually get even further, clothes in relationships.

I like to call it consistency.

Even better, commitment!

I think everyone else calls it “gross.”

You’d think that someone who has made the kinds of life choices I have wouldn’t find herself in ruts of any kind so often, so deep. I’ve chosen so far to forgo a steady job, marriage, and children — “life things” that normally force people to watch the clock, check the calendar, and not only make plans, but stick to them (not that people actually stick to plans anymore, but that’s a topic that requires its own blog post). I can chase any travel whim! I can change my mind on a dime! I can (and should) change my clothes on a Forever 21 H&M Zara dollar!

But the reality of human life is that it runs on routines. To some degree, it has to because routines create a basic structure and a sense of security, like “if I fall asleep tonight, I know I will wake up around this certain time, and will go to work.” Otherwise, people would wonder what the hell is going to happen every single minute of the day. Some of us consciously choose to have regular schedules, and some of us, no matter how free-spirited and spontaneous we try to be, will be just that — trying to be spontaneous in the face of this biological, natural, right down to the molecular in-your-human-DNA tendency to regular rhythms.

Our eyes always seem to be drawn to patterns. Without an alarm clock, we still wake up at roughly the same time every day. We spoon the same mix of dried fruit and granola into our yogurt every morning. We drive the same route between home and office every day. We eat the same three or four things each day, every day.

Rather, we would eat the same three or four things if it weren’t drilled into our heads that bigger! broader! wider! variety of foods is so much better. Better for…what exactly? Not sure. My dogs eat the exact same thing twice a day every day and they are happier and healthier than anyone else I know. Except for other dogs.


We put on the same fitted flannel button-down, heather grey t-shirt, and j.crew “dressy-because-they’re-expensive” sweats. Wait…really?

Really. When sweats cost that much, I’m sure as hell going to wear them as “dress sweats” with bedazzled “cocktail Uggs” to a party. Or brunch.

I’m never aware of how deep of a rut I’m in when I am in it, only shamefully realizing it when I reflect back on a past week or past month or like I am now, a past year. Or two. Or three. It takes a long time to carve out a rut.

I braced myself as I pulled off those Uggs from under my maxi skirt.

Dry, flaky skin. Callused. Cracked. Nail polish faded and chipped down to just enough molecules to recognize the color, some safe, neutral shade of pink. Everything overgrown, and we’re not just talking about feet “down there.”

But even after months of neglect-bordering-on-complete-abandonment, the condition of my feet wasn’t as bad as I had expected. I didn’t gasp, didn’t recoil in horror, didn’t grab my phone because I felt the need to overshare an utterly grotesque “omgyouhavetoseethis.” It was nothing a proper pedicure couldn’t fix, and I could even do it myself.

I let out a sigh. Half a sigh of relief, mostly a sigh of disappointment that I wasn’t shocked into taking some sort of more drastic action right then and there.

I wore closed-toe pumps to brunch. I came back home and gave myself a full pedicure. And as soon as the bright turquoise essie “Mint Candy Apple” had dried on my toes, I slipped my feet right back into my Uggs.

But don’t worry I don’t wear those Uggs anymore.

I have a new pair, different color.

tri colore salad

Tri-Colore Salad with Anchovy Vinaigrette {recipe}

When I lived within walking distance of Pizzeria Mozza, my then-BF and I ate there at least once, more likely twice, and every once in a while, three times a week. I only recall one time when my salad order was something other than the Tri Colore Salad which, with its Anchovy vinaigrette and generous coating of grated parmesan, is essentially an Italian Caesar (please tell me you find “Italian Caesar” as funny as I do). After I learned that I could make the Tri Colore Salad at home… Let’s just say that I had to force some avocado and fried eggs on there to change it up a bit every once in a while.

Recipe inspired by, based on, and pretty much almost exactly like except for a few things, a recipe from Mozza

serves 2 to 4 depending on serving size


For Anchovy Vinaigrette (makes between 1/3 and ½ cup):
4 anchovy fillets (original: 5)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (original: 1½ tablespoons)
juice from half a lemon, plus more to taste (original: 1 tablespoon)
1 garlic clove, very finely minced
½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil (original ½ cup)

For Salad:
3-4 generous handfuls each of arugula, frisee and radicchio or red Belgian endive
Anchovy Vinaigrette
salt and pepper to taste
¼ to ½ cup of grated Parmesan, or 3-5 thin shavings per serving
optional: sunny side up eggs, shredded chicken, avocado (total blasphemy, I know)


Make the Vinaigrette: In the bowl of a food processor or a blender, pulse the anchovies, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. With the food processor running, add the olive oil in a slow steady stream. Taste and adjust with more salt, pepper or lemon juice. Vinaigrette can be made and kept in air tight container in refrigerator for 3 days.

Make the Salad: Toss the salad greens in a large bowl with about ¼ cup of the vinaigrette to start. Taste and adjust by adding more vinaigrette if needed (but not salt).

Sprinkle with ¼ cup of grated parmesan and toss. Taste again for seasoning. Adjust with more vinaigrette, salt and/or pepper, or parmesan. Pile salad onto serving platter or individual plates. If you are using parmesan shavings, divide the salad among individual plates, then top with 3-5 shavings.

{100 Posts in 100 Days, no. 009}

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 EyetalianScallion March 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm

einstein supposedly only had 1 outfit (like 10 pairs of the same shirt & pants). i’m sure he would approve of summer/formal uggs.


2 Friv 200 - Friv 2 April 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

oh oh nice


3 dewbster April 17, 2014 at 9:37 am

only one fried egg on top? what is this, auschwitz?


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