Chinatown Hops

Bar hopping is not a new concept, especially to this corner of the interwebs. Saturday, however, we did a little different kind of hopping; we hopped around Chinatown for some dim sum! But before we get into that, I got to spend a little extra time with Nathan on Friday. He worked from home so we took a little lunch break to try a new Mexican place.

Chile Jalapeno Pork Al Pastor Guacamole

Pork al pastor salad with extra guacamole!

It’s a good thing we got out when we did because I wasn’t feeling so hot later that night. All I wanted for dinner was a big bowl of mac and cheese [you know, the kind with the powdery cheese..] and some roasted brussels. Seeing as how we had none of the above [don’t worry, that was remedied on Saturday!], Nathan made me a delicious egg, cheese, pork, and ketchup bagel sandwich. And, of course, some chocolate chip cookies on the side. What a guy 😉

Laughing Cow Cheese Egg Bagel Pork NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

I can’t remember the last time I had a bagel before this.. YUM!

Thankfully, my bagel-wich did the trick and Saturday I was up and ready to go for some dim sum Chinatown hopping. First up was the finger food.

Baked Barbecue BBQ Pork Bun

The biggest baked pork bun I ever done seen!

Dim Sum Shumai Pork Chicken Shrimp Dumplings

Chicken & pork shumai + Shrimp & chive dumpling

That pork bun was ridiculous. We split one because they were so big! The dough was so soft and a little sweet, kind of brioche-y. Oh man, I could go for another right about now.. Anywho, then we went for some of the hot food.

Chinese Barbecue Chicken

Chinese BBQ chicken.. not the prettiest, but one of the tastiest!

Chinese Barbecue BBQ Pork Nathan

Chinese BBQ Pork.. I loved Nathan’s enthusiasm ha!

Alright, so maybe we hopped over for some beer after our Chinatown excitement.

Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout Pumpkin Patch Ale

Pumpkin beer + stout. It’s that time of year!

And then we went for a little walk to the water where I finished a half marathon.

San Francisco US Half Marathon

I WIN!!

Ha! I couldn’t believe they still had everything up from 2 weeks ago.. obviously I had to go for it.

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco SF California CA

Such a beautifully clear day.

Saturday was awesome; exciting but relaxing. I wish everyday could be like that. Yesterday was pretty darn relaxing too and after the gym I picked up a little treat that my mom sent out to me.. just a package of my favorite local Baltimore granola!

Micheles Granola Baltimore Apple Quinoa

Apple quinoa granola is just that exciting.

I have a feeling that bag isn’t going to last too long. But in the meantime, I should probably do something about the rest of my meals.

Weekly Meal Plan

SundayCrunchy stuffed buffalo chicken with ranch roasted potatoes & broccoli
MondayLemon tarragon turkey burgers with baked onion rings
Tuesday Pomegranate jalapeno chicken with bacon pomegranate brussels sprouts
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Honey balsamic chicken leg quarters with caprese stuffed portobellos
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

Have you ever tried dim sum before?
What’s your favorite comfort food?

Marvelous Weekend Recap and Monday Meet Up!

Monday already? The weekend always flies, but it was another good one. Yet again, I failed at taking many pictures, but I do have a little bit of a recap..

Marvelous is finishing off Friday with another no-grain maple chia cake from the awesome STUFT mama and a going away party for a friend at The Red Star. We’d never been there before, but they had some good happy hour special and the food was good. I, of course, went for a salad which was a bit small, but I should be used to that. Next time I’ll definitely go for one of their sandwiches or the awesome looking fish tacos!

STUFT mama No Grain Maple Chia Cake Peanut Fluff KIND Granola

No-Grain Maple Chia Cake a la STUFT mama

Marvelous is driving out to the burbs on Saturday to hang out by my parents’ house. Their A/C bit the dust while they were away and were able to get someone to come out and fix it on the weekend. I made a little day trip out of it and headed over to Target and Trader Joe’s.. wish we had those in the city! I finally found the new flips I’ve been looking for. They’re already gone.

Chobani Blueberry Power Flip

Blueberry yogurt with walnuts, hemp seeds, & chia seeds.

Marvelous is a Saturday night was spent with friends, grilling, drinking [too much] sangria, and playing games. The boys really enjoy video games.. especially Nathan.

Nathan Madden XBOX 360

Cute, right?

We also played Cards Against Humanity. If you’ve never played, you should definitely get on it.. it’s hilarious! And only made better by sangria 😉 I also made a killer guacamole with a secret ingredient which I’ll be sharing soon. That lasted about as long as the sangria.

Marvelous is Farmers’ Market Sundays. We got there bright and early before the crowd got too crazy and walked away with a nice haul! You have to know where to go and I found a stand where everything is $2. I got 6 zucchini, 8 beets, and a ton of green purple beans. I also picked up some beautiful swiss chard, HUGE blackberries, lemon pistachio granola from Michele’s, peaches and nectarines, and of course, Zeke’s coffee. Totally lucked out with the granola.. last week was supposed to be the final week for the lemon pistachio seasonal and we didn’t make it to the market. I was pretty psyched when I saw that they still had it!

Baltimore Farmers Market Blackberries Fuji Apples HIIT

Farmers’ Market haul, huge fruits, and a great run!

Marvelous is a great run after the market. I’ve been trying to do Sunday runday and yesterday I did 10 minutes run, 5 minute sprint HIIT, 5 minute recovery, three times through for 60 minutes. It felt good to switch it up. I also went to the store to stock up on a few more things for the week.. it must be the season for ginormous fruit because these apples were bigger than my hands!

Marvelous is the Orioles sweeping the Rangers. Or really, they can sweep any team and I’ll be happy! 🙂

Marvelous is meeting up with some fantastic Charm City Healthy Living Bloggers tonight. I’m so looking forward to it.. it’s about time I get to meet these ladies!

Food for Thought

Tell me what was marvelous about your weekend!

What I Ate Wednesday #43: Bachelorette Style

Whoa.. it’s definitely been too long! The past few weeks have been such a whirlwind and with the wedding in 11 days [holy crap!], I don’t see anything slowing down any time soon. My most recent whirlwind kicked off with my bachelorette party in New York City. It was so much fun and completely exhausting. But of course, I dove into some tasty treats while we were there!

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Bachelorette Party NYC New York City Sushi Rosa Mexicano Baked by Melissa Mini Cupcakes Mimosa

Saturday

[Breakfast]
Protein oats and coffee. I was in for a long day on Saturday and I knew I was going to need something substantial to get me through all of the drinking excitement.. which promptly started at 9am with mimosas on the bus!

[Lunch]
I had planned to go to Green Symphony which was right around the corner from the theater where we were going to see Avenue Q [so funny!]. Fresh juices and smoothies, salads, wraps, sandwiches.. what could be bad? Except for the place being closed..

Sushi it is! And a large cocktail. I had no complaints on the change of plans!

[Post-Show Pit Stop]
Baked by Melissa mini cupcakes. These itty bitty bite-sized cupcakes were so cute and SO delicious! I got French Toast, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, and Peanut Butter Cup [obviously].. 3 for me and 3 for Nathan. His barely made it home to him 😉

[Dinner]
Rosa Mexicano. Their guacamole, made table-side, is incredible. I couldn’t get enough of it! The skinny margaritas and grilled fish were fantastic also. The fish came with a creamy corn dish and beans on the side and some homemade corn tortillas. I was a happy camper!

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Bachelorette Party NYC New York City SoulCycle Greensquare Tavern Brunch

Sunday

The next morning, a few of us woke up bright and early [like 6:30am early!] for a SoulCycle class. I had to.. I was in New York and I’ve heard so many awesome things about SoulCycle that I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity! It was totally worth the crack-of-dawn wake up call.

[Brunch]
Greensquare Tavern. I highly recommend this place! They have a la carte dishes, but most of us went for the pre fixe.. an entree, unlimited coffee, and 2 drinks of your choice [mimosa, bloody mary, or screwdriver]. It also comes with a bread/muffin basket which was promptly devoured. I’m talking seconds!

I ordered the Eggs Provençale and 2 mimosas.. it totally hit the spot! I can’t say no to a poached egg.

It was such a great weekend and I’m so glad my friends could make the trip with me! [And also let me steal some.. or lots.. of their pictures!] 😉

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Bachelorette Party NYC New York City Avenue Q Rosa MexicanoTone It Up TIU

Food for Thought

Have you been to NYC? What is your favorite place to eat?

What I Ate Wednesday #42: My Current Loves

When I suddenly realized that it was time for another edition of WIAW, I also realized that I have unfortunately not been doing a great job of taking pictures of my food and also of switching up what I’m eating. So because I’ve been eating so much of the same, I thought I’d share the favorites that continue to reoccur on my plate.

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Micheles Granola Pistachio Lemon Seasonal Fresh Beet Juice Avocado Tomatillo Salsa Protein Oatmeal Proats

[Breakfast]
I’m on an oatmeal kick again and I just can’t shake it [not that I’m trying to..] Here’s my favorite recipe as of late..

– 2 egg whites
– 1/2 cup oats
– 1/2 cup lite coconut or almond milk
– 1/2 cup water
– 1/2 banana
– Cinnamon. All of it. I love cinnamon

Toppings
– 1 tbsp nut butters [I usually do 3 tsps of different nut butters!]
– Sprinkling of granola; my go-to right now is Michele’s Pistachio Lemon.. it’s a seasonal flavor and SO good!

Cook the egg whites separately with a sprinkle of cinnamon and set aside. Add milk, water, banana, and cinnamon to the pot and mash the banana until it melts in. Add oats and bring to a boil, then simmer until almost cooked through. Add egg whites back in and combine. Pour into a bowl and top with nut butter, granola, and a little more cinnamon. I told you, I love cinnamon!

[Lunch]
Spinach and cabbage salads with tons of fresh veggies, turkey quinoa burger

, and the easiest guacamole in the world. I take 1/4 avocado and mash it up with whatever salsa I have on hand. Right now I’m using tomatillo salsa and it’s crazy good!

[Dinner]
We’ve been crazy busy lately [oh, weddings..] so dinners have been out a lot. Or just the usual roasted vegetables and whatever protein I can get my hands on!

[Snacks]
Pink lady beet juice [out of old coconut oil jars.. it’s normal]
– Apples
– Yogurt [Chobani.. duh]
KIND bars

Food for Thought

What are you current go-to foods or meals?

What I Ate Wednesday #11 – Day Tripper

I bet you have that song stuck in your head now.

No? How about now?

Over the weekend, Nathan and I were tasked with seeing 2 wedding bands. The first one was in DC and with that being at least an hour away, we decided to make a day trip of it. Clearly the first thing to do when deciding on a day trip is to pick out where we can stop for lunch, drinks, and dinner. Who doesn’t plan their day around food?

Breakfast

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Chocolate Coconut Zucchini Protein Pancake Tone It Up TIU Bombshell Spell Peas and Crayons

Typical.. a chocolate coconut zucchini protein pancake (similar recipe to this guy!) topped with the new Earth Balance coconut & peanut spread, coconut, and cinnamon. Of course, I ha my Tone It Up Bombshell Spell and Chocolate Coconut coffee with almond milk. Between the coconut & peanut spread and the chocolate coconut coffee, I was in heaven!

P.S. Make sure to check back soon.. I’m hoping to be doing something fun with Earth Balance!

We made our way off to DC where we had reservations at Oyamel, a José Andrés restaurant. I love tapas restaurants and being able to taste a bunch of things makes it such a fun experience. I would definitely go back!

Lunch

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana Jose Andres ThinkFoodGroup Washington DC Mimosas Chips Salsa Mexican Squash Salad Queso Fresco Peanuts Chicken Fish Tacos Guacamole Pico de Gallo Mexican Coffee

We had to do it fancy and got a pitcher of Farmer’s Fresh Mimosas with plum and lemon verbena. Delicious! I could have had the whole pitcher myself 🙂 The fresh salsa was wonderful and the Mexican squash salad was light and delicious. I loved the topping of queso fresco and crushed peanuts. This is definitely a dish I would consider a summer staple.

I followed that up with a chicken taco with their homemade guacamole and grilled scallion. I have to admit, the guacamole might have been my favorite part of the meal (other than the mimosas!) Next time, I’m definitely getting that to start! I also had a fish taco with pico de gallo. Once again, so fresh and light. We each finished off our meal with Mexican coffee. Full of flavor and a nice jolt to our systems! It was a great meal and so nice to have a light lunch before hitting the town!

After lunch, we explored DC a bit. We took a nice walk over to the Lincoln Monument and then found some much needed air conditioning at the American History Museum. The heat must have messed with our heads; once we cooled off at the museum, we realized we’d much rather cool off with a beer. Off to RFD! After splitting the pitcher of mimosas, I decided to keep it at one beer. What was that beer you ask? Oh, I can’t remember because I forgot to take a picture! Professional blogger over here 😉

Don’t you worry though, I definitely didn’t forget to take a picture of my froyo!

Snack

froZENyo Washington DC Froyo Zombie Coffee Barr & Table

I don’t mess around with froyo (also a very important summer staple.) Mostly peanut butter with a touch of cheesecake, dulce de leche, and coconut. And of course I had to top it with peanut butter cups. I have a slight obsession with chocolate and peanut butter. Can you tell?

Dinner

Matchbox Pizza Washington DC Barr & Table Oven Dried Tomato Fresh Mozzarella Roasted Garlic Artichokes Pecorino Romano

Since Nathan indulged my obsession, I indulged his and we went for pizza for dinner! Matchbox features tons of pizzas with a thin, crispy crust. We started off with the large apple/pear salad. I would give the salad a big miss next time. I wouldn’t call it a large and, unfortunately, I had no desire to take a picture of it. But at least we got a little veggie!

When it came to ordering the pizzas, we went back and forth with what we wanted to split. They have so many different kinds and they all sounded wonderful! If we could have, I would have gotten a different kind of pizza for each slice, but since we could only split it in half, we went for the Oven Dried Tomato with Fresh Mozzarella (their version of the margherita pizza) and the Veggie with roasted garlic, artichokes, oven dried tomatoes, pecorino romano, and mozzarella. We each tried a piece of each and went our separate ways. He finished the margherita and I finished the veggie. It’s why we work 🙂

And dessert? Oh right.. had that before dinner. Whoops! (I would have had another one if I had my chance!) We did finally make it to see the band, but the food was the real highlight of the day trip!

Speak Up!

Where is your favorite day trip? Do you plan where you’re going to eat before you head out or just see where the road takes you?

Tortilla-less Chicken Enchiladas and a Frontera Product Review!

Recently I’ve really been enjoying making my own sauces from scratch. I can control what goes in and adjust the flavors to my mood. However, when my local Harris Teeter had Frontera sauces on sale, I decided to check them out. I picked up the Green Chile Enchilada Sauce and was pleasantly surprised when I flipped it over.

Frontera Kitchen Green Chile Enchliada Sauce

The rather short list of ingredients include:

Tomato, tomatillo, water, poblano chiles, onion, milk cream, lime juice from concentrate, cilantro, garlic, salt, serrano peppers, evaporated cane juice, xanthan gum.

And to top it off, check out the nutritional info!

Frontera Kitchens Green Chile Enchilada Sauce Nutritional Information

Green Chile Enchilada Sauce

I figured with stats like that, I couldn’t go wrong toat least give it shot!

Tortilla-less Enchiladas

Barr & Table Tortilla-less Enchiladas

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 bell pepper, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
3 cups button mushrooms, sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 packet Frontera Kitchen Green Chile Enchilada Sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp oregano
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Mix all spices together in a small bowl and sprinkle on the chicken. Feel free to adjust the amount of spice to taste. Place the chicken on a sheet pan and pop it into the oven for about 30-40 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken, and flipping half way through.

While your chicken is in the oven, slice your bell pepper and onion. Sautee on medium heat until tender, then add your sliced mushroom. Sautee for a few more minutes until the mushrooms are tender too.

By this time, your chicken should be just about cooked through. Remove from the oven and slice into about 1/4″ pieces. Toss your garlic into the pan along with the sliced chicken and your Frontera Green Chile Enchilada Sauce. Sautee just until heated through and serve!

My favorite way to serve this dish is with my quick and easy chunky guacamole.. recipe coming soon!

Product Review

To say that we were pleased with this sauce would be an understatement. It tasted clean and fresh, definitely not something you expect from a packaged sauce! We also have a package of their Red Chile Enchilada Sauce and I cannot wait to give that a whirl!

With a product like this, I would 100% recommend purchasing not only their enchilada sauce, but any of their products. Next up? I’m thinking hot sauce and salsa!

Speak Up!

Have you tried Frontera products? What is your favorite packaged sauce?