What I Ate Wednesday #70: Beer, Food, and Sunshine

Monday we took advantage of Nathan’s day off and went into San Francisco for the day. We also took advantage of sleeping in and having a nice breakfast at home.

Protein Oatmeal Love Grown Foods Granola A Loving Spoon

I’ve been loving topping my oats with my homemade nut butters, honey vanilla-bourbon peanut butter, and Love Grown granola.

After we were sufficiently fueled up, we hit the road! First stop was Rogue Ale House. Nathan had been before, but I’d never had a chance to go and it was such a nice day, I was excited to get some beer and sit outside.

Rogue Ale House Sampler

I tried the Beard Beer, Old Crustacean Barleywine, Menage-a-Frog, and XS Imperial Stout. Nathan’s Double Chocolate Porter was the winner.

We didn’t have a set lunch plan but after some Yelping, we landed on Lai Hong Lounge. It was that good on Christmas!

Lai Hong Lounge San Francisco Chinatown California CA

Pea shoots, garlic cabbage core, XO beef chow fun, coffee-rubbed ribs, pan-fried mushroom buns, and pork shu mai.

We ordered entirely too much and came home with leftovers of everything. The coffee-rubbed ribs were almost like dessert; they were even served with some whipped cream on the side! It was all so good.

We were in need of a post-lunch walk and what better place to go than Buena Vista Cafe? We haven’t had an Irish Coffee since we were last in San Francisco in May 2012!

Buena Vista Cafe Irish Coffee

Just as good as I remember.

And then we continued down to the pier. It was so nice to be out in the sunshine and enjoy the fresh air.

Alcatraz San Francisco California CA

San Francisco California CA

After a nice walk, we made our way back home for a nice, light dinner. Thank goodness because we were still stuffed from lunch! We ended up not sitting down to eat until about 8:15.. whoops!

Roasted Portabello Mushroom Spicy Mango Slaw Chunky Guacamole

Roasted portabello caps with spicy mango slaw and chunky guacamole.

They were supposed to be tacos, but I opted to go tortilla-less for something a little lighter. Nathan made his into a burrito.. whatever works! The slaw was SO good and even though I only made a half recipe, there was still a ton leftover. It made a great addition to my salad and Nathan’s turkey meatball sandwich yesterday for lunch. Another meal plan success!

Monday was such a fun day. We didn’t go crazy doing too much running around, but it was a nice, relaxing day doing what we love—beer, food, and sunshine.

Food for Thought

When you go to a brew pub, do you opt for a sampler or a pint?
Have you ever had a real Irish Coffee?

My First Attempt at Meal Planning

Happy Monday! Hopefully you’re all as lucky as Nathan to have off for the holiday. I know I’m happy to have him around for an extra day!

Saturday we planned on loading up on groceries and really stocking up our fridge and pantry with some of the basics. I’d say between Sam’s Club and Berkeley Bowl, we did a pretty darn good job. I also made my very first meal plan for the week [Saturday-Friday] so we had a pretty definitive list to go by which was so helpful! In between all of the shopping, we stopped for lunch at Pyramid Alehouse.

Pyramid Brewing Co

It isn’t a brew pub trip if there isn’t a flight of beer!

After lunch, we walked around a bit to explore the area and just so happened to have walked by San Francisco Creamery Co. I’m a sucker for homemade ice cream so I had to convince Nathan to split their smallest size of Apple Pie ice cream with me. Their sizes were described as “the size of a baseball or the size of a softball.” Holy moly that was the tastiest baseball I’ve ever had!

San Francisco Creamery Co Apple Pie

Chock full of pie crust and chunks of apple!

We finished stocking up on groceries for the day and made our way home for a relaxing rest of the day and a night in. I was excited to get started on dinner since it was the first night of my weekly menu! I had so much fun putting the menu together from all of my pins and I can’t wait to see how everything turns out.

SaturdayBaked Turkey Meatballs with leftover pesto gouda smashed potatoes & zucchini noodles

Joy the Baker Baked Turkey Meatballs Zucchini Noodles Pesto Gouda Smashed PotatoesThe other day I found a spicy smokey chipotle bbq sauce from Marshall’s for $1. I figured if it was terrible, it was only $1, but we both loved it! I adjusted the meatball recipe to make bbq meatballs instead of tomato sauce and this dinner was a big hit!

Sunday – Roast chicken, roasted potatoes & broccoli, & pea shoots.

Roasted Chicken Potatoes Broccoli Pea Shoots

We originally planned on doing a whole roasted chicken at home but since we were going to Sam’s Club anyway, we couldn’t pass up the $5 roast chicken. All the deliciousness and none of the work 😉 And we were so happy to find pea shoots at the store and they were stupidly easy to make and so light and tasty. We will definitely be loading up on these again!

Monday – Roasted portabello tacos with spicy mango slaw & chunky guacamole.
TuesdaySlow cooker ginger and orange glazed pot roast with roasted asparagus & potatoes.
WednesdayPretzel crusted chicken and brussels sprouts with wheat berries & dried cranberries. – Nathan isn’t a big quinoa fan and I love the extra bite that wheat berries have. I’m excited for this one!
ThursdayJamaican jerk chicken, fried plantain, & coconut fried quinoa with macadamia nuts. – He is definitely excited for this one and has been asking when I’m going to make it since I first showed him the recipe!
FridayCauliflower crust pizza. – I’ve seen so many recipes for this but have yet to try it. Friday is pizza night, right?

That’s a lot of food! I’m well aware that we might have to take a look mid-week and decide if we’re going to swap one or two recipes out for a night of leftovers, but hey, it’s only the first week of this and it’s been successful so far. I also want to make sure there are plenty of leftovers for Nathan to take to work with him for lunches and it definitely looks like he will. I’m pretty darn excited to get cooking this week!

I also have to mention how excited I am about my special delivery on Friday!

A Loving Spoon Honey Vanilla Bourbon Peanut ButterNot only is this peanut butter incredible, but so are the story and the girl behind the company. I’m so excited to have won a sample of it and I can’t wait to try other flavors. Thanks, Sarah!

This is going to be a good week, I can feel it 🙂

Food for Thought

What is your dessert weakness?
Are you a weekly meal-planner?