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Restaurant Week at Sushi Taro

I have always steered very clear of Restaurant Week (RW) in DC in the past for many reasons. In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept, RW happens twice a year – once in January and once in August – and many restaurants offer 3 course lunches for $20.12 or 3 course dinners for $35.12 for the entire week. A lot of big cities around the country do restaurant week, and it’s supposed to be a good opportunity to try out restaurants you might not be able to afford otherwise, or just ones you’ve wanted to try and haven’t gotten around to.

When I go out to eat, I don’t normally order 3 courses for myself, so that’s a big part of the reason I avoid it. Also, having worked in the restaurant business myself, RW was always so chaotic that the service offered was never up to par with regular standards, and the food was never as good. On top of all that, I never planned for it in advance, so by the time I even contemplated checking somewhere out, all the good places have been taken.

This time around for some reason, as soon as the email went out announcing restaurant week a month or two ago, I made a reservation at several fancy schmancy places I’ve been wanting to try but haven’t gotten around to. I wasn’t even sure if I’d make it out to any of the places but figured reservations couldn’t hurt in case I did want to go when the time came. After that, I sort of forgot about my inclination to make so many reservations, until I got a reminder from OpenTable of all my reservations coming up.

The one that made the cut was Sushi Taro, an upscale, authentic Japanese restaurant located in the Dupont Circle area.

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I’d heard great things about the restaurant and had been wanting to try it for some time,  but it’s quite expensive so definitely would be more of a special occasion place than a don’t feel like cooking sort of night out. After doing some browsing about DC restaurant week on the web, I read a lot about it being a good value for RW, so at that point I was sold.

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My date for the night was my good friend Elena, and we had gone back and forth pouring over the menu all week leading up to our reservation since we found it on their facebook page.

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The deal for restaurant week there is that you get four courses for the $35.12. The tasting menu that you get normally costs $80, and doesn’t include the dessert, so it was certainly a good deal. We also ended up both getting the pairings, which brought the cost up to $50 per person, but was totally worth it in my opinion.

The first course was a box tasting plate that had three items that you didn’t get to choose.

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It came with a 5 oz. pour of Kirin Ichiban beer, which was a nice accompaniment.

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Starting from the right, there was a soba noodle dish with tempura pieces, nori, and fried scallion in a light soy dressing. This had such a nice blend of textures and flavors and really tasted wonderful. My only complaint is that there wasn’t a little more!

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The middle had four small pieces of sashimi – two salmon and two yellowfin tuna. The fish was as fresh as could be and literally melted in my mouth – absolutely delicious.

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The left side had the weirdest thing of the evening.

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Jelly coated crab in a creamy corn sauce, garnished with a slice of okra.

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Now I normally consider myself a VERY adventurous eater, but I just could not get down with this. I tried it, but the jelly coating was flavorless gelatin and just didn’t do it for me at all. The other two parts of this tasting box were so awesome though that it made up for this part of the dish for sure.

The second course was the only hot course and one where we had a choice. In addition to what we both ordered, there was a 10 hour braised black pork belly with sweetened soy sauce or a tempura fried softshell crab with vegetables. We were both trying to be healthy, but after seeing the softshell crab come out for other tables, I would definitely give that one a try if you need a little tempura in your life.

The dish we both went with was a black cod marinated in a sweet soy sauce, which was also awesome.

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It came with a piece of eggplant and a sweet pepper, and was very buttery and delicious. It was cooked with the skin on so the fish was very flavorful, yet mild, and was just the right size.

This warm course came with two small pours of sake, one filtered and one unfiltered.

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The sake on the left that was filtered was dry and very refreshing. The one on the right that looks a little milky was the unfiltered one, and it was a little on the sweet side but also delicious.

The third course was a sushi sampling with three choices. With my little research on the dinner there, I found out that the 7 piece course was also known as the amateur, so I went with the 5 piece option, though there was also a 4 piece option known as the sushi foodie. The sushi also came with your choice of half a california or spicy tuna roll, but we both opted for the spicy tuna.

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The fish was as fresh as could be and a really nice assortment as far as sushi options go. From the left, there was tuna, snapper, mackerel, octopus, and raw sweet shrimp. The only one that was new-to-me was the raw shrimp, and it was a little weird to be eating raw shrimp, though I’m sure that was 98.5% mental. When I go out to sushi, I normally order SO MUCH more than what is pictured above, but just having that amount really made me savor every bite. I loved it.

This course came with one final glass of sake, another filtered, dry sake that was perfect with the sushi.

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The last course was a very small scoop of ice cream – your choice of mango or green tea. We both got the green tea ice cream – which is hands down my favorite kind of ice cream in the world.

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It was about half a scoop, which was the perfect size to end the meal with.

This meal overall was out of this world. I was really impressed with the attentive and friendly service, descriptions given on each item put down before us, and the quality of the food. Our server did not seem at all rushed and made sure to check in on us frequently throughout the meal. I also was happy because I left the restaurant feeling great – like I had a good, solid meal, but not at all overly stuffed like can happen with 3-4 courses. I would hands down recommend Sushi Taro for restaurant week and plan to make a reservation there each time the week comes around!

Do you have restaurant week where you live? What’s your approach – try new-to-you restaurants, fancy places you don’t frequent, or avoid it all together?

Chocolate PB2

First, can I just say how much I love Amazon.com? I order things from them all.the.time. and the prices are great, the delivery is fast, and the customer service is excellent. A prime example is how last week, I ordered a new hairdryer and diet cream soda mix for my SodaStream. Since I am an Amazon Prime member, it was set to arrive with two day shipping on Thursday (one week ago today), and the tracking information said it was delivered.

I came home after work and the package was nowhere to be found, but I decided to give it a couple days since I was going out of town Friday through Monday. When I got back on Monday evening, the package was still not in my building, and I finally got around to contacting Amazon yesterday. I went on the site and sent them an email through the Contact screen explaining how the package never arrived, and not one hour later I had an email back.

They put a replacement hair dryer in the mail with free overnight shipping that will be arriving today, and issued a refund for the soda mix since that was through an affiliate and not amazon.com, but I was told I can reorder it on the site if I want to. Talk about excellent customer service!

Chocolate PB2

Another purchase I made a few weeks ago from Amazon was for PB2 Chocolate Powdered Peanut Butter and now that I’ve experimented with it a bit, I’m ready to report the results.

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So what exactly is powdered peanut butter? It’s basically just dehydrated peanuts where they press the oil out of roasted peanuts so the moisture and most of the fat is removed and it literally resembles a flour.

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The ingredient list couldn’t really be more simple, just roasted peanuts, cocoa powder, salt, and sugar. And the nutrition information isn’t too shabby either. A 2 tablespoon serving (12 grams) has just 45 calories, 1g fat, 6g carbs, 1g fiber, and and 4g protein (1 Pt+ on Weight Watchers).

All you do to make it into a peanut butter like spread is add water and mix it up with a fork, which works better than a spoon in breaking up the clumps in my opinion.

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You can add as much or little water as you’d like to make it as thick or thin as you want, which I love. I tend to add less water if I’m going to use it as a spread like on an English muffin or to dip into apples, or else I’ll add more water if I want to drizzle it over something like a syrup. And at just 1Pt+ per serving? You really can’t beat it.

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Now PB2 has its pros and cons like anything else. Let’s get the cons out of the way. This is NOT exactly the same as peanut butter. It’s a good alternative, but it’s definitely not the real thing, so don’t go in expecting to have something just as good as Dark Chocolate Dreams (which I cannot have in the house…) I also wish you could buy it in stores, but I buy everything online so that’s not a major con for me.

In terms of pros, since I have trouble with portion control on nut butters in general, it’s really helpful for me to get it in powder form so I can control just how much I make. Also, even though its not quite Dark Chocolate Dreams, I still think it tastes quite good and I’m excited to have it in my kitchen!

What store, online or in person, do you shop at the most?

For me it’s Amazon, no question.

SodaStream Home Soda Maker

I get offered a lot of different products to review on here, but I only like to use my blog for things I really love (like my Tofu Xpress) and that I would buy whether it was sent to me for free or not. Sometimes that is hard for me because as you probably know, I LOVE free stuff, but my new tiny apartment can only hold so much!

Today, I have an amazing product to share with you that it was VERY easy to make room for: The SodaStream Home Soda Maker.

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It’s actually something I’ve had on my list to get for a while because my parents and sisters all have one and it’s pretty awesome. It basically makes soda water out of tap water and is very compact, easy to use, and economical over the long-term if you drink a lot of seltzer!

So when I was offered a free one in exchange for a review on my blog, I happily obliged. They retail around $99.95, which is kind of a lot for a kitchen tool, but I LOVE bubbly water, and with this I’ll never buy a bottle of seltzer again. So I feel like, over time, it’ll pay for itself.

I had no idea they would send me so many flavors of the soda…

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Definitely more than I need!

The set-up could NOT be any simpler.

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Step One: Take Everything out of the Box.

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Step Two: Remove the cap from the carbonating bottle.

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Step Three: Place the capless carbonating bottle into the top part of the SodaStream.

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Step Four: Place the top part of the soda stream back into the bottom, with the carbonator attached.

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That’s it!

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Making the bubbly water is even easier. They give you two reusable bottles with the SodaStream, so you fill it up just to the “fill line” with tap water (or Brita). Place it in the fridge until chilled (if desired).

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To fizzify the water, just remove the cap and screw it into the soda stream.

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Once it’s attached, you’re literally 5 seconds away from soda water.

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Press the button on top of the SodaStream.

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And that’s it! You can press it twice for standard bubbly water, more if you want it more bubbly, or just once if you want a slight fizz.

To make flavored soda, you just take whatever flavor you want.

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Take one capful of the soda mix.

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And then pour it into the filled, fizzed, bottle of water and you’re finished!

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I seriously LOVE the SodaStream and have already used it several times since moving in less than two weeks ago! I usually keep both bottles filled in the fridge, one with regular seltzer and one with flavored soda (this one is diet grapefruit). Once I run out of the soda mixes they sent me, I’ll probably just stick with the regular seltzer and add lemon, lime, or citrus to it if I’m craving some flavor. Soda water feels so fancy to me to have at home and to be able to offer to guests – love, love love!

So tell me – which do you prefer – fizzy or flat water?

Unwrapped Lettuce Wraps

Hey! Those Chia Seeds seriously kept me full until after 1pm.. unheard of. I’m excited to experiment with them in different ways because there are a ton of ideas all over the place!

For lunch today, I used leftovers from last night’s lettuce wraps to make a salad.

Onto my plate went:

  • torn organic green leaf lettuce
  • bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup rice noodles
  • mango chunks
  • marinated tofu
  • pickled red onions for garnish

There was so much going on in this salad and the flavors were awesome. It was easier to eat than the wraps last night because the lettuce didn’t work well to hold everything together.. so throwing it all together and diving in with a fork worked well. With the salad, I had some red grapes (on sale at Whole Foods!)

And a serving of Dr. Krackers Seedlander Snackers.

I had commented on Kath’s blog about how I had never tried these crackers before but they look so good, so someone from Dr. Kracker reached out to me and asked if I’d like to sample some. They sent me a box with all the flavors, so I’m really excited to make my way through them. According to the Dr. Kracker website, “Millet-crunchy and molasses-sweet, our Seedlander Kracker is baked with our specially milled, 100% whole grain organic spelt flour, combined with organic pumpkin seeds, millet, sesame, flax, and poppy seeds. Its sturdy texture and nutty, slightly sweet flavor make it the perfect cracker for cheese and fruit plates and creamy dips and spreads.”

As you can see from looking at these up close, they are LOADED with different kinds of seeds. They are very crunchy – in fact, I was a little taken aback by how hard they were at first – but once I got used to them, I was in love! They taste so good, and have just a hint of sweetness. They went great with my sandwich and I’m looking forward to figuring out new ways to use them and try the other flavors!

As I was eating my lunch, I noticed that I ate my whole salad first, then moved onto the crackers, and then finished with the grapes. I never really noticed before that I finish one thing before moving onto the next.. strange!

Question for today: Do you eat a little bit of everything in your meal and finish it all together, or do you finish one item at a time (like I do apparently!) when you’re eating?

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Anyone have any fun plans?

Yogen Fruz

I’m still dreaming about the Oats in a Jar from this morning… so, so good! They held me over until after 1pm and I wasn’t even that hungry by then, it was just time to eat. I had two yummy things for lunch today. First, I took some of the leftover soba noodles (not with the egg) and added in the marinated tofu and a little extra sauce.

I actually accidentally spilled a lot of it out over my desk, and luckily I had just cleaned my desk this morning so I knew it was safe to eat, but very close call. I ate it cold and it was so good. This sauce is something I’m going to have to try to re-create at home because it adds so much delicious flavor and has next to nothing in terms of calories. With my soba noodles, I had a salad with a base of fresh arugula from the Farmer’s Market.

The arugula is so fresh and peppery… I’m so glad I made this purchase! On top of the arugula, I cut up three radishes (also from the Farmer’s Market), added some spicy banana pepper rings, and fresh shaved Parmesan. Though you can’t see it, I also added the rest of the Kiwi Salsa to this salad which tied everything together. I brought in all my salad ingredients packaged separately today and it makes a HUGE difference in the freshness of the salad.

For an afternoon snack, I had a real treat today. I went to my favorite frozen yogurt place, Yogen Fruz, which I’ve written about a few times on here. I was in touch with the people over at Yogen Fruz and they asked me to come in and try one of their NuMixes to see what I thought. They have Pina Colada, Chocolate Almond, Lychee Green Tea, Chai Latte, Key Lime Pie, and Mint Chocolate Chip flavors of the mixes. Basically, they take their regular frozen yogurt, mix a flavor into it, and then add the toppings that go with it. Today I tried the Key Lime Pie kind, where they took the nonfat yogurt, added key lime flavor, and then top it with graham cracker crumbles.

It really tasted like key lime pie! I love how Yogen Fruz mixes the flavors into the frozen yogurt so the yogurt itself gets flavored rather than just the toppings (which they have plenty of, too).  The only thing I would change is that the graham crackers themselves were ground really fine, almost to a powder, and I would have preferred them a little chunkier. Flavor-wise though, this was spot-on, and definitely something I’d try again.

I think I’m going to go on another bike ride tonight since its so gorgeous out and is supposed to rain all weekend (boo!). Other than that, not sure where tonight will take me, but my first day off in a while is so close, I can taste it!

Siggi’s

Hi! Man, I have been so tired lately even though I’ve been getting plenty of sleep. I think working on the weekends just throws my whole body off because I really need the time to relax and focus on myself and not my job. Luckily I earned a few hours of comp time, so I can take a few hours off one day soon. I’m supposed to go see my sister in Philly this weekend, but I might just stay put it and take it easy, but TBD. I could really use some down time!

For an afternoon snack, I had a new-to-me kind of yogurt.

Siggi’s sent me some coupons to sample their yogurt, so I picked up a few containers of it at Whole Foods. According to their site, “Skyr is the traditional yogurt of Iceland. It is made by incubating skim milk with live active cultures. The whey, the water naturally found in milk, is then strained away to make for a much thicker, creamier, concentrated yogurt. So to make just one cup of skyr, with all that water going out, you need 3 – 4 times the amount of milk required to make a regular cup of yogurt. As a result of this process skyr comes out with 2-3 times the protein count of standard yogurt.”

So it’s a thick yogurt, similar to a Greek style and still nonfat and creamy. The Whole Foods by me carried it in Plain, Blueberry, Pomegranate & Passion Fruit, and Orange and Ginger. I picked up one each of the last two and will try the other one tomorrow.

When I first dove into the yogurt I was a little disappointed because I was expecting it to be like Greek yogurt where the flavor is at the bottom and you mix it into the yogurt. This was pre-mixed so the whole yogurt was flavored. Once I got over that, it was really good. I mentioned I wanted to have a more substantial afternoon snack, so I mixed in two sliced up kiwis and a crushed Weetabix biscuit.

And that really made the yogurt! The yogurt is smooth since its premixed so the mix-ins really gave it a nice texture. And, it worked! It kept me full for a few hours, so I came home and worked out and felt great during the workout.

I did intervals again today which were killer! I did 20 minutes of jogging for 2 minutes at 5.5mph then sprinting at 7.5mph for 2 minutes. I’ve heard doing intervals can really help with your speed, so I want to find another 5k to run soon and see if I can shave a few seconds off my time. After I did the intervals, I decided to do a little yoga, and I found “Less is More Yoga” on ExerciseTV on Demand. It focused on cardio so the poses kept moving to keep your heart rate up. I really enjoyed the workout and think this is my favorite yoga so far that I’ve found on demand! It was challenging and my heart was definitely beating fast, but I felt like I could keep up which is hard for me since I’m so new to yoga!

After that, I was hungry. I had some grand plans to make a big dinner but just wasn’t feeling it, so my boyfriend offered to make us eggs and grits. He did my eggs sunny side up and served them over ~2/3 of a cup of grits.

He also made some frozen broccoli and we grated some parmesan over everything.

I love when the yolks are runny in eggs and how it oozes all over when you break them with your fork.

It made the grits taste so creamy even though there was no butter in them, just water and salt. Mmmm. Eggs make the best quick meal.

What’s your favorite way to have your eggs? I love to have a poached egg over salads or in soup or on an egg sandwich with cheese!

Wrapped Up

Today has been kind of a weird day. I was so exhausted after I got out of the course around 3:30 so I decided to come home and nap. I rarely nap in the middle of the day because I’m always working (obviously) and then when I get out of work its usually too late to nap. It always throws me so off because I wake up and can’t tell what time of day it is and just feel lazy afterwards. I definitely need it though because I’ve only slept around 6 hours the last two nights, and I almost always get at least 8 normally.

I was thinking about going back to Whole Foods for lunch today because it was such a treat yesterday, but we had less time for our break today so I decided to stay a little closer to the hotel. I took the two course instructors to a little sandwich shop right on the corner, and we got food and sat outside to eat it. I was starving by lunch time, and did end up eating that banana shortly after my last post, so unfortunately that oatmeal didn’t hold me over as much as my normal oats. I think the toppings were good but I needed to add a bit more fruit and/or protein to it.

The weather was incredible so it was really nice to get some time outside. The vegetarian options were pretty limited on the menu, but I spotted a Veggie Wrap, and had them to hold the honey mustard, add tons of veggies, and got it with mozzarella cheese for some protein.

The wrap was actually really, really good! I was a little worried it might not be that great, but the veggies were really crunchy and fresh, and the mozz was perfect in the wrap. They put in lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, sprouts, roasted red peppers, avocado and the cheese. I also got a bag of popcorn for us to share, but we only got through about half this bag (which had 3.5 servings).

The popcorn was really lightly seasoned with salt so it was tasty and crunchy. The cookies from yesterday made an appearance again today, and this time I had one. It was a chocolate cookie with caramel crunch through it and I ate it too quick to snap a picture, but oh man it was good. These cookies are going to be around me for the next several days so I have to be careful… But the course is all done now, so now we move into the conference itself.

After I came home I passed out for a good 2 hours and then I woke up pretty hungry. For some reason, I never like to buy any yogurt other than nonfat, but in the samples that Chobani sent me, there were two containers of the Pineapple 2%. They actually have the same number of Weight Watchers points as the other Chobani nonfat flavors, so I’m not sure why I shy away so much. The stats are 160 calories, 2.5grams of fat, 0 fiber, 13grams of protein.

I ended up mixing in some chopped kiwi and a crushed Weetabix biscuit, and even though I had this almost 3 hours ago, I’m still feeling pretty full from it. There were pineapple chunks in the bottom of the yogurt and they were almost crunchy and so good. I really like this flavor. And pineapple and kiwi went together SO well. I think that should be made into a new flavor combo. They always have Strawberry Kiwi and Raspberry Kiwi flavors, but pineapple kiwi really works! I loved this yogurt and think I need to get over my fear of low-fat yogurt instead of nonfat. I seriously don’t know why I have this complex about it!

Now I am starting to think about eating again but today has been so off. I have to go to the hotel tomorrow from 1:45p – 9p or so, and I’m planning to go check out a market tomorrow in Courthouse, VA. Tomorrow is the first day of the Farmer’s Market, and there’s also a bike vendor who comes with used bikes. The bikes are tuned with new tires and ready to ride, and I’ve been really wanting to buy one since my ride with my dad over Easter weekend. Keep your fingers crossed that I find a good one!

Chobani Pomegranate

Today is going by so quick because its my last day in the office until next week! Those waffles for breakfast held me over for a good 4 hours. I had them around 8:00am, and didn’t start feeling hungry until after noon. I had some good lunch to look forward to, so I didn’t wait too long after that to dive in. The star of the lunch was the leftover Mini Stuffed Peppers from last night.

I just heated them up in the microwave for 1 minute and they were delicious. I actually just picked them up and ate them with my hands… classy, I know. I had the rest of the Black Bean Cilantro dip from Friday night with some celery and baby carrots on the side:

Yum. Very satisfying and veggie-rific lunch.

For an afternoon snack, I was so excited to dive into the highly sought after Pomegranate flavor of Chobani. I’ve been looking for this flavor everywhere because I’ve heard such good things, but couldn’t find it. The people over at Chobani were kind enough to send me some samples and they arrived today! I wasted no time.

This flavor is SO good! The yogurt itself is so thick and creamy, and there are actual pomegranate seeds at the bottom of the yogurt. It tastes like you’re eating them straight from the fruit. I tried to capture a picture so you could see the texture but it didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped.

The seeds themselves are a little crunchy and are a perfect texture against the creamy yogurt. If you see this on the shelf at your grocery store, BUY IT. It is seriously so good. There are only 140 calories and 0 grams fat in the container, but it packs in 14 grams of protein. I just had it so I can’t say yet, but I think this will hold me over for a while. Yum, yum, yum. I’ll be doing a Chobani giveaway next week, so stay tuned if you love Chobani yogurt or if you haven’t tried it yet but would like to!

Hope today is good!

Present

Hi! I’m going to make this quick because I want to get to bed so I can get some sleep before my race tomorrow!! Eek! I’m excited but getting nervous now that its very quickly approaching. We did a bit of shopping today (Costco, Target, etc) and after that, we had an amazing dinner, the best Vietnamese food I have had in a lonnng time (dare I say, ever?!) We went to this place called Present that I’ve been dying to try and it seriously blew me away. The wait staff was really friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, and the restaurant was packed, which is usually a good sign. We had to wait a little while for our table, but it was totally worth it. The menu was pretty extensive and I saw a ton of items I wanted to try, but there was a “Chef’s Recommendations” page at the end of the menu that had highlights from the whole menu. We decided just to stick with that part of the menu since that helped limit the choices somewhat and we didn’t know where to start! I had the spring rolls (shrimp only) to start:

These were delicious and really fresh. The sauce they came with was a little different than normal and just incredible. For my main course I got something called “Treasures from the Sea.” It was actually on the starter menu but was a dinner size. On the menu, it’s described as, “A salad made with fresh pineapple, julienned carrots, sweet onion, lemongrass, fried garlic, roasted peanut, tiger shrimp, and ivory calamari on a bed of half cut pineapple.” I love pineapple, shrimp, and calamari, so I figured this would be a good choice.

And boy was I right! I just wish I had eaten it a bit slower because it was so good but over so fast because I basically inhaled it! 😛 The pineapple was perfectly ripe and the flavor of the salad was just amazing. It also came with those rice crackers that are fried, that were perfect for eating the salad off of. Ah I seriously can’t even convey how out of this world this was. I cannot wait to go back because there are so many other things on the menu I want to try! The presentations of everything we saw come out of the kitchen were just gorgeous. Down to the little details…

Like the white radish flower that was on my plate next to the half pineapple the salad was served in. So, so good! I think I found my new favorite Vietnamese restaurant!

Off to bed!! Be back tomorrow after I’m done the race!! Eek!

Packet Pickup and Chef Geoff Tysons

Hi! Hope your weekend is going well so far – mine is! We went to the Health and Fitness Expo to pick up my race packet for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and it was SO crowded. 15,000 people will be running the race tomorrow, so I guess that’s not too surprising. I bought some new running socks, some gel blocks, and a chaffing stick (no more battle wounds please!) and picked up my bib number, packet, and t-shirt. Surprisingly there was nothing cool in the rack packets except flyers about different upcoming races. I was expecting there to be some cool free stuff since its such a huge race… sad. Take a look at the crowds at the expo:

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After the expo, we went to Chef Geoff Tysons to have lunch.

Wil was working there, so treated us pretty well. 🙂 He first sent out some stuffed piquillo peppers which had manchego cheese and were marinated in olive oil.

I had one of these peppers. So good. After that we got a bread basket with crusty warm bread. It comes with a white bean dip with olive oil instead of butter or olive oil like most places, which I think is a nice touch.

I had one piece of bread and a little bit of the dip. Very similar to what we had at home last night, but I think I want to try to replicate this at home. They use roasted garlic so its so garlicy and delicious. A tiny amuse bouche was sent out before our main courses arrived:

This was roasted yellow beets with green beans and shallots. It had a light vinaigrette over it and was so fresh and tasty. I loooove beets. The veggie sandwich screamed out to me on the menu so I went with it.

This had grilled zucchini, hummus, feta, arugula, and tomato and came with mixed greens tossed in a champagne vinaigrette.

The veggies on it were so good and the focaccia bread the sandwich came on was really soft and tasty. We also got some sweet potato fries that my mom and I shared:

Mmm I love sweet potato fries! Everything was so good, and we glanced at the dessert menu but were so stuffed we couldn’t order anything. I did get a nonfat cappuccino to end the meal:

Quite a lunch, eh? I’m still feeling full from lunch, but we’re planning on having a light dinner tonight at a Vietnamese restaurant and doing a little shopping beforehand. It’s going to be an early night because my race starts at 7:30am tomorrow so I have to be up pretty early. I’m pretty nervous because being sick has caused me not to run since last Friday! This will be the longest race I’ve ever run, but I did run the full 10 miles two weeks ago today so I know my body can handle the distance.

I’ll check in later!

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