Korean Cart, Take Two

Today Emily (my work spouse, as others have put it) and I decided to go sit in McPherson Square to eat lunch, and it was such a good decision. I decided I’m going to bring a designated picnic blanket into work for lunches for the summer so spreading out in the grass is always an option. I brought my lunch but she needed to buy something and asked for an idea, so I suggested the Korean Cart where I got those awesome dumplings!

It is located on K Street NW, between Vermont and 14th St. The food is homemade every morning and the cart is family run. There is a father-daughter team serving the line of hungry people constantly lining up.

And the food is SO good. And affordable, especially for DC!

After Emily picked up her lunch (Mandu with the mild salad), we walked over to McPherson Square to sit and have our lunch, and a lot of other people had the same idea!

Food just tastes better when you eat it in the sun, I think. Here is Emily’s lunch from the cart:

I had leftovers from last night

and two plums

It was really hard to convince myself to come back to work, as I’m sure you can imagine. But, here I am! 🙂

Excited to get through the afternoon so I can hang out with my girlfriends. Happy almost weekend!


Ahh tomorrow is Friday. Thursday night is definitely one of my favorite parts of the week. 🙂

Afternoon snacks included popcorn

and a Fuji apple (last one!)

Once 5 o’clock rolled around, I did end up taking a nice stroll to Trader Joe’s. It’s about 12 blocks (or around 1.5 miles) from my office and it was perfect outside. I picked up the GM essentials and a bunch of other things I didn’t need (always how it goes for me at TJ’s) but left a happy camper.

I got home and experimented with my GM recipe and found one I really liked AND that’s really green. Woohoo.

This green monster contained 1 cup soy milk, 1 large banana, 3 frozen strawberries, frozen pineapple chunks, and lots of spinach. I realized that if I use just a few strawberries or blueberries, it’ll stay pretty green and still have the extra flavor. That probably should have occured to me earlier but that’s what experimenting is for.

I did a quick run to Target to get a few things, and I found some awesome snack bars.

They are all natural and delicious. I love it when the ingredient list is relatively short on snacky things. I ate one while I was shopping and I actually went back to buy another box – they were that good!

I came home to throw together a quick dinner, and I pulled out this ravioli I had purchased at Whole Foods over the weekend:

These were Roasted Vegetables Ravioli by La Pasta and were incredible. They are described on the front as “Roasted red pepper, eggplant, carrot, onion and zucchini wrapped in whole wheat pasta” and the ingredient list is so short! They are fresh pasta and need to be kept refrigerated, but cook in just 5-6 minutes. They were a little pricey ($6.99 for the box with two servings) but definitely worth it for a quick and delicious meal. I heated up some vegetable broth while the ravioli were draining, and added some white beans and mozzarella cheese. I would have used red sauce, but I was out! I put the ravioli back in with the broth, beans and cheese, and then added some fresh spinach and mixed it all up.

I also had a glass of Rioja with the pasta

that I’m still sipping on now. This meal took about 10 minutes to throw together and was really good. Maybe I’m onto a new theme here 😉

So excited that tomorrow is Fridayyy… I’m meeting up with some girlfriends after work and getting a new haircut Saturday (eek!!) so nothing crazy, but I just looove the weekend!

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