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Xchel Manuel Hernandez-Zendejas, What Are You Eating?


​Xchel Manuel Hernandez-Zendejas

Improviser with The Light Rail Pirates, stand-up comedian and conqueror of minimum wage jobs; is performing at The Comedy Spot in Scottsdale Friday, November 27 at 8 and 10 p.m.

What'd you eat for dinner last night? Pre-marinated chicken kabobs from Sunflower Market and brown rice, then I topped it all off with some Ling Ling frozen pot stickers. Those babies are restaurant-quality.

Favorite food:
Pepperoni pizza

Least favorite food: Most vegetables

Favorite dessert: Baked cookie with vanilla ice cream on top

Favorite local restaurant and meal to order there:
Boulders on Broadway (530 W. Broadway Road) in Tempe has a bacon cheeseburger to die for. I love that it's not round like regular burger, but long like a sub. The inclusion of cheddar cheese and thick slices of bacon make this bad boy hard to stop eating. Also, their waffle fries make the meal ridiculously good.

Favorite local bar and cocktail to order there:
Bikini Lounge (1502 N.W. Grand Ave. in Phoenix) was the first bar I ever hung out at, and I fell in love. Located right off of Grand Ave. and Roosevelt St., this bar is more than just a regular ole shindig. It has the pizazz to make anyone enjoy their cold small pitchers on a bad day. The best part: the beer is cheap.

Favorite thing to cook at home: Pan seared chicken

Favorite memory involving food: When I was a kid, my dad would always take me out once a week to eat pizza. It was our time to bond, and I really appreciated being rewarded for all the hard work I did at school. My dad was also very frugal, so it was nice of him to step out of burning things in the kitchen and get some Peter Piper Pizza. Every Thursday was my favorite day.

Recipe or food tip to share: The national health kick has been plaguing me for quite some time. I hated eating baked chicken breast because it was dry. I started associating healthy food with a dry/bland taste only Diet Coke could chase down, until I learned you can trap all the juices inside and make it in a jiffy. Pan searing is the secret to making your tongue bend to its knees and accept the healthiness of chicken breast. The best part is you can put it on anything. Salad, pasta, me, and it still tastes good. I picked up the recipe from the Food Network website ( Don't believe me...just try it won't regret it.

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