July 18, 2010 § 18 Comments
It seems like everyone’s opting for Plan C with the bike riding. I like that idea too. However, we must take into account that Newport Beach is about 50 miles away from where I live. Dmitri have been doing alot of research all day today, looking up bike trails and roads to take. So I might be able to make it there on bike, but the question is, will I be able to make it back? It would totally be like a bike marathon or something like that.
So-Cal has officially entered summer. I cannot believe how hot it was today! I feel like I’ve been in some sort of semi-heat stroke the entire day–woozy, dizzy, heated, while downing H2O like nobody’s business.
The morning started out nice enough, about mid-80’s, when Dmitri and I headed out to TJ’s and Sprout’s for our weekly grocery run.
Guess what I found at Sprout’s?!?!?!??!
An 18-oz box of blueberries for $1.88!!! This was definitely a steal. I was screaming in excitement to Dmitri when I saw it: “Oh my gosh! A humongous box of blueberries for $1.88?!?! Do you know how rare this is? Look how plump they are!”
Dmitri didn’t answer, but only held out the basket. The end. I couldn’t resist. This week has been such a good week for me in terms of steals, from the $3 locally grown and organic plums to this Hugh Jass box of blueberries. Life is good.
We lounged by the pool for a little while after we got back. Well, it got too hot too soon. Not to mention it was almost noon with the blaring sun right above us. I refuse to get skin cancer!
Once back in our shadier and cooler sanctuary, we whipped up a pizzalicious lunch featuring TJ’s Garlic Herb Pizza Dough. Obviously, I failed at making my pizza “round,” but who said pizzas must be circular? Heck, I can make them heart-shaped for all I want. But again, that’d be too hard for me. :-P
I didn’t go the “traditional” pizza route, i.e., I didn’t do the whole cheese shebang. Instead, I used Mae’s humnut cheese. I’m not a big fan of the uber cheesy pizza, but I am a big fan of hummus! This was delicious!
I topped the pizza dough with TJ’s Pizza Sauce, the humnut cheese, some broc, eggplant, tomatoes and roasted red peppers.
Perhaps it was the heat, perhaps my breakfast was fillin’, but I only ate half of this long pizza. Oh well, leftovers are good :-D
The heat made both Dmitri and I very lazy and sluggish, and we ended up spending half of the afternoon just bumming around the house. Him watching Lost while I blogsurfed and watched one episode of Gossip Girl. We finally decided we couldn’t stay in the house forever, and braved ourselves to step out to the sweltering heat and into somewhere with AC.
Target. Barnes & Noble. Shoe Store (Dmitri needs ‘em).
My family has a strange addiction to flavored-water drink powder. Okay, I confess I had one too! But I am trying to limit my intake as I know now that they’re nothing more than just chemicals, fake sugars, and artificial yucks. Nevertheless, while throwing in boxes after boxes of Crystal Light, Propel, and Target-brand drink powders into the basket, Dmitri and I couldn’t help but notice this enticing flavor.
Let’s just assume it somehow creeped into our basketful of Crystal Light too.
It certainly made me drink my water though! I am now well-hydrated :-D
Is this going to turn my tummy red?
It was a tad sweet, and tasted nothing like Strawberry Daiquiri. It’s still a nice way to slurp up ice cold water nonetheless.
We kept dinner simple, with the “main” course as this amaaaazzzinnnnnnggg salad.
I tossed together some sliced strawberries, spinach, arugula, toasted walnuts, toasted pine nuts, and feta cheese. In another bowl I mixed together about 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup of olive oil, some salt & pepper, and an overflowing teaspoon of honey. I added the dressing to the salad and tossed tossed tossed.
Voila! Summery salad in minutes! I’m so glad that I made more than enough, because that means I’ll get to eat this again for lunch tomorrow! Yay for leftovers again!
Dmitri decided to go the pizza route again, but this time using toast as the “crust.” I stuck to roasted butternut squash, again leftovers from the other night.
I topped half with leftover arugula pesto and some parmesan cheese, and the other half with marinara and cottage cheese. Both halves were equally yummy!
So now, here we are again, another Sunday night. The dreaded night before the Monday. BUT! Last week of research for me!!! I’ll be at my Home Sweet Home in 1.5 weeks :-)
+ What are your favorite pizza toppings? Do you like cheese on top of your pizza?
July 6, 2010 § 17 Comments
Annnnnnnnnndddd I’M BACK!!!
I hope y’all had a fantabulous 4th of July weekend! Whew this past weekend had been a BLAST up in San Francisco for me! The weather was actually warmer than I expected, with clear blue sunny skies on Saturday. Behold as I fill you all in with food, fun, and love.
1. The Food
Saturday lunch my girls and I went to famous Cheeseboard in Berkeley for lunch. Best. Pizza. Ever. The restaurant serves only one kind of pizza a day, but everyday the ingredients on the pizza vary. That day they served pizza with mozzarella, goat cheese, spinach, tomatoes, and garlic olive oil. I thought the garlic olive oil was the BEST part! The homemade pizza crust was thin yet chewy and crusty, just the way I like it! It has an indoor and outdoor seating area, with a live band playing inside. People were constantly streaming in and out of the restaurant, and the place was bustling with people. We even had to sit on a bench on the sidewalk simply because there were no seats! At $2.50 per large slice of pizza + one small sliver, it certainly is CHEAP! I regret that I didn’t take a picture :-(. It was really hard to get my camera from my purse as the three of us were squished on a little bench, juggling our pizza on our laps, purses tucked behind us, cups of water just inches from our butts. But I assure you the pizza was phenomenal. I swear I heard the angels singing when I took my first bite.
Cheesecake Factory was also in the picture during my stay in SF.
Nothin’ like warm bread with olive oil + balsamic vinegar.
Of course there were lots of other eats in the city, but I was too busy eating to be taking pictures. Heheh!
2. The Fun
Each day was filled with 7+ hours of walking in the city, in Berkeley, and bart/bus rides here and there. Got my workout there!
3. The Love
I love the girls I spent my weekend with. We knew each other for over 8 years, and we are practically inseparable! :-)
This weekend would not have been so much fun if it weren’t for…
Despite it being lots of fun, I was ready to jump back to normal eating + exercising! Yes I did walk like 1304984098752 miles each day, but I also ate tons. My body was definitely out of funk this morning when I practiced yoga.
Alright, I got lots to catch up on blog-reading. I’ll try to get on the same page with everyone these few days!
+ What fun things did you do over the weekend?