Hi!! I'm still alive--promise! (And missing you all more than you know!). Life has been BUSY...I'm currently searching for a new apartment, finishing up grad school technicalities (I've decided to stay in DC for my master's!) working full time at Sweetgreen, and enjoying every minute living in a city I love, surrounded by people I love more.
There's so much to share, so how about a mini-slideshow?
Idaho State Society STOMP!
Basically a bunch of DC-living Idahoans gathered together and danced into the wee hours of the night to Blue Grass and Country music!
fellow plaid-loving Idahoans...my brother is in the middle
Uncle Kent's Visit--Dinner at Bistro La Bonne
I'm not a huge fan of mussels' texture, but the wine-butter sauce these were cooked in was scrumptious!
INCREDIBLE salmon entree! Everything was cooked perfectly, and the flavors--including the lobster bisque sauce, which I was skeptical about--really melded togther well.
I enjoyed Bistro La Bonne, and will definitely return in the near future. It's hard to believe, but this was the first TRULY French restaurant I've ever dined at!
And No French meal is complete without roses from a monsieur lover unlce! :-)
Blogger Meet Up: Dinner at Neyla
Last night I met Lauren, from Biochemista, for a fantastic meal at Neyla in Georgetown. Lauren and I have been trying to get together for over a month, but our crazy schedules kept multiple dinner dates from atually happening! I guess sixth time's the charm!
I completely forgot to snap a picture of Lauren, but not to worry, I'm sure she'll be appearing on the blog again very soon! We had so much fun chatting!
For my entree, I chose the shrimp kebab:
Laura went with the chicken kebab:
And check out the bread basket!
And speaking of cooking...
Or the lack thereof...!!
There are 58 "must-make" recipes flagged in my Bookmarks tab. 58!
And there are nearly fourteen times as many blog posts that I want to read!
In a perfect world my tastebuds would be tantalized by home-cooked dinners every night of the week. I would cook one, maybe two, of these recipes each day, and sit down and savor them with a glass of sweet wine while reading blogs and finding more recipes to bookmark.
My passion for getting creative in the kitchen is just as strong as ever, but the reality is that made-from-scratch meals have become more of the exception than the rule in my life over the past month. I finally understand what it's like to come home after a full day of work and--brace yourself--be too exhausted to cook. *gasp!*
Plus, check out my kitchen...
I live with two undergraduate boys who are just learning how to carry their dishes to the sink. Next week we're going to work on loading them into the dishwasher. ;-) (**Brett and Jhaan, you know I love you!**).
Fortunately this kitchen situation is temporary! As I mentioned, I'm currently looking for a permanent place to live--a place where I can cook again! :-)
Don't get me wrong, I still turn on the stove most nights of the week. It's just that my meals generally require no more than 10-minutes cooking time. Eggs + cheese + greens is my go-to fuel.
sauteed Swiss chard in olive oil and garlic, scrambled egg, Laughing Cow Blue Cheese wedge
Unless, that is, I turn to something that's been prepared for me.
Don't worry, I haven't stooped this low (yet!). We have access to thousands of packaged food items that are slapped with "good-for-you" food labels. The challenege is determining which of these foods truly are healthy.
The cover of the November issue of Women's Health magazine promises readers a list of "The Healthiest Foods for Women."
It turns out that this list is really a complilation of "The 125 Best Packaged Foods."
Nonetheless, I was excited to read this article, as I was hoping to find some new-to-me products worth trying.
First on the list?
(do we really need to add fiber to cottage cheese?)
What do you think about these picks?
I was surprised and slightly dissapointed. While none of these foods is inherently bad--in fact they're far from it--I don't think that they deserve "health food" awards. Women's Health gave each of these picks a blue dot, which, according to the color code accompanying the article, indicates that they "promote weight loss."
That's what really hit a raw nerve.
Guys, I used to buy into the hype surrounding "diet" packaged foods. Let me tell you, they in no way promoted weight loss. Instead they left me feeling unsatisfied and craving the real thing. My package of Hostess 100 calorie pack cupcakes would turn into two...three...four!
There are so many better-for-you, artificial ingredient-free picks out there!
So, I present my own (very short) list of "The Healthiest Tastiest Packaged Real Foods for Women."
I like these foods because they contain real, recognizable ingredients. These are not "wonder foods," but they sure are tasty! I've just included those that I've eaten in the past two weeks and that I regularly stock in my apartment.
Lundberg Creamy Parmesan Risotto
AMAZING!! If you love risotto, TRY THIS!!!
Trader Joe's Chile Lime Chicken Burgers (no link)
Totally yummy! Serve with a big dollop of guacamole! Melted cheddar on top takes it to another level :-)
The tastiest chicken sausage I've tried.
I think that this is the CREAMIEST frozen yogurt available in the grocery store. Sure, it doesn't replace the soft stuff you get at a fro yo shop, but when it's slightly melted (zap it in the microwave for 20 seconds), it sure comes close!
Ok, props to you if you're still with me! I apologize for the super long post! There's so much I've wanted to share lately, but there's been so little time.
I hope you all are enjoying your last week of October!
Much love, good eating and healthy, happy living! <3 xoxo
What's your favorite easy go-to meal?