What I Ate Wednesday #92: Breaking the Plan

We’re usually pretty good about sticking to our weekly meal plan even if we do swap a few days every now and then. I’m kind of a stickler for eating at home during the week, but when Nathan walked in after work yesterday asking if I wanted to grab a cocktail, I couldn’t say no. It had already been a long week and it was only Tuesday! It was an impromptu date night and it was just so nice.

[Breakfast]
Coco-Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes
I’ve been loving a new protein pancake recipe this week—I’m calling them coco-peanut butter pancakes. I’m still adjusting ratios a bit for the perfect texture but I will definitely be sharing the recipe soon.

[Morning Snack]
Peanut Butter Jelly PB&J Yogurt Bobs Red Mill Granola Blue Diamond Blueberry Almonds
And because I haven’t had enough peanut butter, this PB&J yogurt “parfait” is hitting the spot!

Ingredients
– 1/2 cup greek yogurt [I use 2% Fage]
– 2 tbsp peanut flour
– 1 squeeze Pure Via [the vanilla is my favorite!]
– Splash of coconut almond milk
– A couple of your favorite berries [strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries are my fave!]
– A few Toasted Coconut and Blueberry Almond Breeze almonds
– 1 tbsp granola [I use Bob’s Red Mill Honey Almond]

Directions
Mix your greek yogurt, peanut flour, stevia, and coconut almond milk together until smooth. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

[Lunch]
Kale Spinach Salad Sweet Potato Avocado Turkey Meatballs
I was loving the smoothies at work for lunch but recently I’ve been in more of a salad mood. Especially with the delicious leftover brussels and sweet potato we’ve had!

[Afternoon Snack]
Forte High Protein Gelato Espresso
I pretty much could have eaten a horse yesterday. This was snack #2 after a lemon vanilla Luna protein bar. The gelato is pretty amazing and I’ll be posting a real review soon!

[Happy Hour]
Prizefighter Mezcal Rye Cocktails

Prizefighter Happy Hour
Prizefighter is known for their cocktails. I’ve only been there once before but Nathan never had before and it was such a gorgeous night; perfect for a drink outside! My drink was the Tennessee Rye – rye, orange bitters, lemon, and soda. His was the Reconquista – mezcal, punt e mes, and aperol. They were both perfectly balanced and hit the spot. We’ll be back for sure!

[Dinner]
Jasmine Thai Fresh Roll Peanut Sauce

Jasmine Thai Ginger Chicken Salad

Jasmine Thai Drunken Noodles
Dinner was an early one at Jasmine Blossom. They have an awesome happy hour—$3 drinks and $5-7 appetizers.

I got the fresh roll filled with beets, carrots, vermicelli noodles, mint, and lettuce and served with the most delicious peanut sauce I’ve ever tasted! Because clearly there’s never enough peanut butter in my life. I might have been nice enough to share the roll with Nathan too. I also got the ginger chicken salad which I love—it’s light and super flavorful. Nathan ordered the chicken pad kee mao which is essentially drunken noodles and again, delicious.

[Midnight Snack]
Dinner actually kept me full longer than I expected but my stomach was grumbling before bed so I grabbed a spoon, a jar of PB, and a little granola. Mmmmmmm.

And now it’s just a few more days till we’re headed home 🙂

Food for Thought

Do you stick to eating at home during the week or do you go out?

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary shipment of Toasted Coconut and Blueberry Almonds from BlueDiamondTasteMakers.com. All thoughts and opinions of the product are my own.

Will Run for Beer

Have you entered my Peanut Butter & Co. giveaway yet?

Well this was another relaxing and fun weekend! Friday night I met up with Kara for a drink at Prizefighter. I hadn’t been yet but heard that they were known for their cocktails. Since it was rainy, I was feeling something nice and warming and opted for the Nuevo Viejo.

Prizefighter Summer Summer Tone It Up TIU

I could use some help on my cropping skills.

We met up with Nathan at Summer Summer for some delicious Thai food for dinner. And lucky for us, they had a good amount of options on the happy hour menu.. cheap date 😉

Saturday was pretty laid back. It’s been raining constantly since Thursday so that doesn’t really make for fun times outside. We went out again for dinner to get out of the house and revisited The Bureau 510. I got the Mother Nature sandwich that I was eying the first time and it was great.

Mother Nature Tofu Vegetarian Wrap Bureau 510

Grilled tofu, avocado, alfalfa, onion, red pepper spread, butter lettuce, lavash whole grain

I also got an awesome package from Caitlin and immediately had to dig into my goodies!

Cait Plus Ate Quest GoMacro Bar

She’s the best!

GoMacro Bar Trader Joes Peanut Butter M&Ms

Greek yogurt mixed with TJ’s chocolate coconut milk ice cream, topped with a sunbutter GoMacro bar and a few PB M&Ms. Perfect night time treat!

Yesterday I braved the rain and met up with Melissa, another Tone It Up-per, for the Park Chalet Beer 5K. Being sick all week, I considered skipping out because running in the rain may not be the best idea, but I was feeling much better so I decided to give it a go and I’m so glad I did!

Buffalo Golden Gate Park San Francisco

We met some friends along the way

I’m usually not one for enjoying the rain, but there was actually something nice about it. Maybe because I was actually treating this as the fun-run that it was so I was just taking it all in. But that definitely deserved a brewski [or 2] afterward!

Park Chalet City Beer 5K Run

Cheers to finishing the run!

Those beers really did me in and I was happy to get home and into warm, dry clothes. Nathan took the reigns on dinner and roasted a beautiful bird! I added some roasted asparagus and naan on the side and heated up some korma sauce. Indian in a snap 😉

Roast Chicken

He knows his way around a bird!

Weekly Meal Plan

Saturday – Went out
Sunday – Roast chicken, asparagus, & naan with korma sauce
MondayChipotle black bean burgers, roasted potatoes, & side salad
TuesdayHealthier Cincinnati chili over zucchini noodles
Wednesday – Leftover roast chicken with panzanella salad
ThursdayBlack rice salad bowl with chipotle orange chicken, cashews, & feta [a repeat from last week!]
Friday – Valentines Day! We always work together on dinner and dessert and we’re still discussing our options.

We also have a new addition to the kitchen.. now we just have to hang it!

Chalkboard Weekly Menu

I could use some help with my chalkboard handwriting!

But now we won’t have to check the blog for reminders on the menu 😉

Food for Thought

Have you ever done a race or fun run in the rain?
What’s on the menu at your house?

What I Ate Wednesday #56: Date Night

On Friday, Nathan and I decided on a bit of an impromptu date night and made our way over to Ten Ten for a little something new. We had been there for lunch once before but never for dinner and had only heard great things. Especially about the brussels sprouts.

We made it there just in time to end happy hour so we ordered up a couple drinks and an order of the famous baby cabbages. It’s definitely out of the ordinary for me to suggest a fried appetizer, but at least it was a veggie, right? 😉

Fried Brussels Sprouts Bagbys Ten Ten Happy Hour Baltimore Maryland MD

Fried brussels sprouts with chili vinaigrette dipping sauce

Holy moly did they live up to their reputation! The brussels are served with a sweet chili vinaigrette dipping sauce which only enhances the flavor. They were perfectly crisp and not greasy. I would say, however, that they were a bit salty but it was entirely too easy to polish off the bowl! Love the little brussel chips!

And what goes better with fried brussels sprouts than a nice citrus-y cocktail? I ordered the Hoop La—a brandy cocktail with combier, lillet blanc, and lemon. It was nice and light but full of flavor. It definitely hit the spot.

Bagbys Ten Ten Hoop La Cocktail Happy Hour

Hoop La! – brandy, combier, lillet blanc, lemon

For dinner, Nathan went with his new favorite—a ragout with homemade pasta. Ever since the honeymoon, if we see homemade pasta on the menu, he’s all over it!

Pork Ragu Tagliatelle Bagbys Ten Ten Baltimore Maryland MD

Pork ragout with housemade tagliatelle, cunningham farms heirloom tomatoes, parmesan

Nathan describes this dish as “a hug from your mama in a bowl.” At least his descriptions are better than his pictures 😉 The pasta was tender with a little bit of bite.. pretty darn close to what we had in Italy! The ragout was hearty and rich, accented nicely by the parmesan cheese. The portion was just the right size.

I was a between a few seafood dishes so I asked for the server’s recommendation. I was told I couldn’t go wrong with any of them, so I guess we’ll have to go back soon, but this time I ended up with the pan-seared rockfish. Rockfish is one fish that is local to Maryland and the server said that they had been getting some great catch recently.

Rockfish Bagbys Ten Ten Baltimore Maryland MD

Local pan-seared rockfish with stewed red peppers, fingerling potatoes, olive tapanade

The potatoes were nice and crisp around the edges and the sauce from the stewed peppers was nice and light. I’m not a huge olive fan, but the small dollop of tapande on top gave the perfect amount of saltiness to the fish. And the fish was incredibly meaty but flaked apart nicely. I needed my knife to cut through the crispiness of the skin which, if you ask me, is the perfect preparation.

All in all, we were very pleased with our meal. There are definitely more than a few other items on the menu that we’d like to try [roasted mushroom toast, anyone?] and would love to head back soon for another date night.

Food for Thought

Do you prefer to hit up happy hour first or just sit down to dinner?

Do you have a favorite date night restaurant or do you try to go somewhere new?

What I Ate Wednesday #50: Tap 42

As promised last week, I wanted to go into a little more detail about one of the places we went for lunch while we were in Florida. I happen to have married the research master when it comes to traveling, and when he sent me this website, I went nuts! Tons of good beer, cocktails that sound incredible, and so many healthy menu options. We didn’t have set plans during our stay, but I knew I wanted to get here.

We took a seat outside and immediately scoured the beer menu. I thought about a cocktail, but when I saw Schnebly Miami Brewing Co. Coconut Blonde, I had to try it. When I asked the server about it, she offered me a sample saying people either love it or hate it. I loved it. No, really.. I loveeeeeddddd it!

Tap 42 Miami Brewing Co Coconut Blonde Ale

It’s brewed with coconut water so the coconut flavor is very apparent. Also, it being a blonde ale, it was perfect for the hot weather; very refreshing and slightly sweet from the coconut flavor. Nathan ordered a Cigar City Jai Alai. He’s had it before but I got a chance to try it this time. I’m not much of an IPA gal, but this has a perfect balance of hops and malt; it doesn’t leave a bitter taste in your mouth at all. Both beers are highly recommended!

With all of the wonderful choices on the menu, we asked the server for her recommendations. Nathan went for the burger.

Tap 42 Lamb Burger

The Drunken Goat – Lamb and Beef Blend, Tomato Jam, Arugula, Bourbon Red Onions, Goat Cheese, Dijon

This burger was a combination of lamb and beef and was full of flavor. As for the toppings, the goat cheese stole the show; it was hard to really pick out the flavor of the tomato jam or dijon. It was also rather greasy making the bottom bun a bit soggy. He ordered the fresh cut fries on the side which were great. They were nice and crisp and seasoned well.

I, on the other hand, went for the power pack bowl with chicken and a side of kimchi pasta salad.

Power Pack Bowl Tap 42

Power Pack Bowl – Swiss Chard, Corn, Lentils, Avocado, Quinoa, Pumpkin Seeds, Broccoli, Edamame, Carrots, Grilled Potatoes in a Tomato Harissa Sauce

This was a bit different than I expected when it came out, but I dug right in. I expected more of a spicy punch from the harissa sauce; it was rather light and seemed to be more of a regular tomato sauce. I loved all of the different textures from all of the elements of the bowl.

Kimchi Orzo Pasta Salad Tap 42

Kimchi Orzo Pasta Salad

The pasta salad was also a bit less flavorful than I had expected. Since kimchi is a fermented cabbage, it usually has a rather notable, pungent flavor that I was hoping to experience in the pasta salad. And even though it didn’t quite hit the mark, it was still an enjoyable side. Next time I’d go for the brussels!

Overall, I would say Tap 42 has an incredible concept, but their execution is lacking. I think they could really have something special if they concentrate on perfecting their flavors. I’m still intrigued by the menu and would love to go back and try some more dishes. Maybe it was just what we ordered.. I’d be up for another trip!

Food for Thought

Which dish would you have ordered?

Would you get a beer or a cocktail?