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April 2015

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: The Usual + A New Toy!

April 30, 2015

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Happy WIAW! How are you all on this lovely Wednesday? I am typing this post from my brand new MacBook Air, something I have saved up for for a long time! This is my first Apple computer so I have a lot to learn about it still. Any tips? It’s such a beautiful machine, so sleek and clean, I keep washing my hands before I touch it, my shiny new baby!

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Breakfast: recycled oats photo, my usual fare of rolled oats, cinnamon, raisins, chia seeds, hemp seeds and maca root powder.

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Lunch: spinach and mushroom quiche, I made this last night. Not so pretty and a bit too watery but good otherwise. Un-pictured snacks: an apple, almonds and snap peas!

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Dinner: Salmon patty with some green beans after a good workout, I ran 3 miles and did about 45 minutes of strength training.

trident salmon patties

Dessert: a chocolate chip cookie dough Quest bar doused in crunchy PB, delicious as always but I really wish I could have had this beauty that I demolished last Saturday again: a molten chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream from Hot Cakes. AMAZING.

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Hey look I found a picture of my face when my molten cake came to the table!

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Nothing better than a bite of warm gooey chocolate with a cold creamy taste of vanilla!

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Speaking of sugar, right now I’m watching that movie on Netflix called “Fed Up” a documentary about child obesity in America. It’s pretty good, I recommend it! Remember to eat your veggies people!

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Thank you for reading xoxo

Are you a Mac or a PC user? If you’re a Mac person, what’s your favorite feature?

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: Waffles & The BEST Salad Ever!

April 22, 2015

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Happy WIAW! Seattle has been gorgeous lately, kinda chilly today but we’ve had a pretty good sun-streak. I’m in love with cherry blossoms.

spring has sprung!

For breakfast I had two kodiak cake protein waffles, because I’m out of oatmeal for the first time in like ever! Don’t fret, I ordered 8 lbs through Amazon as soon as I realized I was out, and it’s supposed to be here today! I won;t run out for at least a month now ūüėČ

These waffles look¬†like they’ve been through the ringer lol!¬†I had some technical difficulties with the frozen blueberries.

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Ugly photos but pretty plate right?

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My waffle on Sunday looked way better (thanks to Ann, the waffle queen)!

waffle last weekend

For lunch I had the BEST kale and apple salad I have ever eaten. I also had it for dinner on Saturday so this pic is recycled because on my paper plate at work looks not so pretty! The recipe is from the Agate Pass Cafe restaurant on Bainbridge, you can find it here. Do yourself a favor and make it! It takes a bit of work but is well worth it!

kale apple salad

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In the recipe you make roasted pecans with just powdered sugar and cayenne, they taste incredible!

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For dinner, I had a salmon patty, sweet potato and hummus.

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For dessert, a coconut fruit bar!

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I’ll leave you with this…Sorry it’s off-center a bit!

 

What’s your favorite waffle topping? Mine is Greek yogurt and maple syrup!

Thank you for reading <3

Life

Things I Have Been Enjoying Lately

April 16, 2015

 Juicy plump blueberry Greek yogurt bowls

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Single-serving dessert recipes…except this one was more like 5 servings!

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Drawing, I enjoy it but don’t do it very often, it’s pretty relaxing.

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Spring! I love spring and it’s actually starting to show up in Seattle. Would you like a flower? ūüôā

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 Spring also means smoothie season! Last weekend I got my first fresh mango ice shake with aloe vera jellies from my favorite bubble tea place, Ambrosia.

pineapple smoothiemango bubble tea with aloe vera jellies

Cute accessories and colorful clothes! Look at these crazy Kate Spade purses, I think I would definitely wear one around, they’re so fun!

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Making treats for people, lots of co-worker birthdays lately. For one I made a chocolate cake in a jar with funfetti frosting. Super easy and fun to make!

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Hanging out with my girl Sulki! Which could mean Costco sampling or watching Bridezillas and painting our nails or eating chowder!

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¬†Fun pins on Pinterest! Coconut butter strawberry truffles from My Whole Food Life;¬†Mango chia pudding from Fascinating Food World by Nishu; and homemade sour watermelon gummies by Meatified! I hope to try all three of these recipes very soon. Surprisingly I have never made chia pudding so that’s a priority right now!

Strawberry Creme Chocolates - My Whole Food LifeSour Watermelon Homemade Gummies from http://meatified.com - just 4 ingredients or less! #paleo #gummies #glutenfree

What have you been enjoying lately?

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: Homemade Blueberry & Strawberry “Nutri-Grain” Bars

April 16, 2015

Hello! Darn I missed Jenn’s WIAW link-up by just a few hours but I wanted to get my whole day of eats in! Here is a pretty average day for me as far as food.

   Breakfast: my newest oatmeal mixture 50g oats, 1 tablespoon hemp seeds, 1 tablespoon raisins, 1 teaspoon chia seeds, 1 teaspoon maca root powder, 1 teaspoon sucanat and a dash of cinnamon!

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Lunch: a rare PB¬†& J¬†sandwich on Dave’s killer 60 calorie bread with mom’s homemade blueberry preserves and Adam’s crunchy peanut butter (crunchy is always better!) and some sugar snap peas.

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Snack: one of these homemade blueberry “nutri-grain” bars. They are amazing. Recipe is below if you are interested, which you should be because these taste like buttery treats but they are really healthy!

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homemade nutrigrain bars

¬† ¬†They look awful I know, but I don’t have a rolling pin and the dough got crumbly when I tried to lay the top sheet of dough on! Still tasted delicious though! They should look just like nutri-grain bars, my mom did this recipe too and hers look a lot better than mine hehe.

I hope this is readable, the recipe is from this awesome cookbook, Against All Grain by Danielle Walker. I’m thinking about making a chocolate version of these by putting homemade nutella in the centers instead of jam, sound good?

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I went to TJ Maxx after work and found a few good deals, a 12oz bag of hulled hemp seeds for only $4.00 on sale! The same brand and bag is like $14 usually, score! And I got two pairs of cute workout leggings which I really needed because I have been wearing like two pairs over and over again for about a year (washed of course :))! I also stumbled upon this GIANT box of Jelly Bellys for like 10 bucks, I almost bought it but stopped myself because I knew I would eat them all too fast and I really don’t need the 1,000 grams of sugar in this box haha.

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For dinner I had a juicy Trident salmon burger, some pan fried sweet potato with hummus as a dip. For dessert I sneaked in two unpictured flourless PB cookies with Enjoy Life chocolate chips, the best!

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Thanks for reading!

Eating, Review

B-up Protein Bar Review + Spring + Must-Have Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe!

April 2, 2015

Spring has arrived! It was so beautiful out for a few days, as I’m typing this it is overcast, raining and freezing cold, but it was really nice for a bit! Hopefully spring fights back against Seattle’s desire to be dreary. Last night there was a big thunderstorm actually, which is not very common here. I like thunderstorms, they make me want to get cozy!

Anyways, my friend Sulki and I went to see the cherry blossom trees on the UW campus because it was so sunny and nice out. As you can see, it was the place to be!

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How gorgeous are these blooms?!

cherry blossoms!

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Afterwards we headed to an outdoor mall nearby and between the paper/card store (we love cards!) we couldn’t resist popping into Menchie’s for a sweet treat. Mine looks like a bit of a hot mess but a really yummy hot mess! I got cake batter and peanut butter cookie.

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Sulki’s is a lot prettier to look at, those bright colors! She got cake batter.

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froyo menchies!

I also stopped at Target to grab some groceries and stumbled upon this gum. I don’t chew gum but the packaging got me! Plus I wanted to see what cake flavored gum would taste like. Verdict: not very good! As I should have known it just tasted like chemicals but I appreciate that they made the sticks of gum have sprinkles, like funfetti. I’ll find someone who likes gum to give it to!

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I went to a training away from the office last week and got back just in time to head to the gym but I was starving, like there’s no way I had the energy to workout and I had no food, so I ran to the GNC around the corner and grabbed this protein bar. I’ve heard about these, kind of a new Quest bar.¬†Here is the label and¬†the¬†ingredients list:

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INGREDIENTS: Prebiotic Dietary Vegetable Fiber*, Peanuts, Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate, Cocoa Butter, Natural Flavors, Palm Fruit Oil, Xylitol, Strawberry Juice Concentrate, Sea Salt, Sunflower Lecithin, Beet Juice Powder, Citric Acid, Stevia Extract, Monk Fruit Extract.ALLERGENS: Contains Milk, Peanuts, and traces of Tree Nuts (Almond, Cashew). *Go to www.bupbar.com to see results for fiber analysis.

Anything with that much fiber in one little serving makes me a bit skeptical and there have been some negative studies about xylitol and sugar alcohols in general. ¬†I haven’t read anything bad about monk fruit extract but I think it’s¬†a rather new ingredient on the market, maybe I’m wrong though.

Here is some info on monk fruit:

Monk fruit, also known as luo han guo fruit, is traditionally grown in the forested mountains of southern China, Reuters reported. Its antioxidant and vitamin properties have made it a popular remedy for anything from a sore throat to diabetes, and its naturally sweetened flavor makes its dry form a practical ingredient for soups and teas. Manufacturers report that one gram of monk fruit extract is equal to eight teaspoons of sugar…and¬†In its pure form, monk fruit is considered 300 times sweeter than sugar…California-based Zevia recently launched its brand of zero-calorie sodas, sweetened with a mixture of monk fruit extract and stevia.”¬†(source:¬†http://www.medicaldaily.com/monk-fruit-first-healthy-artificial-sweetener-also-tastes-great-265647)

I tried Zevia once or twice and it tastes really good! You’ve probably seen it at your local grocery store, or Whole Foods:

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Okay now my review: I chose the PB&J flavored bar because I just love PB&J! They also have: vanilla peanut butter, peanut butter, sugar cookie, chocolate mint and cinnamon roll.

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Whoa that’s pink, wasn’t expecting the layered color look. Smells like PB&J kind of.

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Tastes a bit chalky but the peanut butter layer is good. I can kind of taste the stevia but not anymore than in a Quest bar. The jelly layer is to fake and weird for me though, too chalky and whey-y (haha not a word at all). I’m not the biggest fan of protein powder (unless it’s mixed in a smoothie) but I do like quest chocolate chip cookie dough bars and they taste better than this one.

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Verdict: I would probably try the peanut butter one because generally anything with peanut butter I enjoy, but I’m gonna say “no thanks” to the others. Of course, one should always try to eat some plain Greek yogurt or hard-boiled eggs over processed bars but sometimes you need a quick fix! (And sometimes I microwave a chocolate chip protein Quest bar and eat it for dessert : ))

After that I got a solid workout in though! I’ve been trying to run at least 3-4 times a week and mix in some strength training.

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 Makes me laugh!

My spring-y nails!

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What I have been eating for dinner like every night, Trident salmon burgers form Costco, 20g protein, nothing but fish. So juicy and delicious!

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My BF’s birthday is this Sunday, on Easter, so I made him a bunch of cookies to send in a birthday package! Including his favorite, snickerdoodles, which turned out AMAZING, thanks to Mrs. Sigg’s recipe. I used all butter instead of half shortening half butter.

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They turned out perfectly puffy, slightly chewy and thick.

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Obviously I had to make sure they tasted okay ūüôā They look yellow in this photo but they are white, it’s my darn kitchen lighting!

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¬†Next I made him this espresso chocolate chip shortbread recipe. They didn’t look too pretty since I don’t have a rolling pin but I think they turned out good! These are not very sweet but very buttery and have¬†strong infusion of espresso, perfect for my coffee-holic boyfriend.

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I got him this card (I hope he doesn’t see this blog post before Sunday!), he likes the grumpy cat¬†so this is perfect!

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His box all packed up, it also had some Easter basket straw filling, some chocolate Easter eggs and a few other little surprises! I topped it off with an old camera booth thing from when we first started dating, we look totally silly¬†but I thought it was a nice touch ūüôā

greg's bday box

If anyone can get through this super long post, I will be amazed! My mom came to visit last weekend so I want to share what we did. We walked to Capitol Hill and got lunch at Rancho Bravo Tacos, which is in an old KFC building but is super cheap and tasty Mexican food. Mom got enchiladas and I got a veggie burrito.

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rancho bravos tacos burrito

Mom also brought my pup, Gryphon, to visit. I miss this little weasel so much! I got him a bow tie, which only enhances his natural beauty. Unfortunately, Gryphon is getting to be a senior citizen so he couldn’t do¬†the walking we had planned but he was just as happy to take a nap in my apartment with his toy squirrel!

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Quite a stud huh?

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Many kisses were shared.

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After lunch, mom and I got her first Molly Moon’s ice cream experience. SO delicious! I got a huge waffle cone (which they make there) with salted caramel and melted chocolate. I also tried the earl grey which tasted really good but I was in a chocolate mood.

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Mom accidentally ordered a sundae with salted caramel, melted chocolate, toasted hazelnuts, fresh whipped cream and fresh chocolate sauce. We got flustered while ordering and mom order this, she only made it halfway through after being induced in a sugar coma!

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Mom and I. My eyes look so dark and devilish!

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If you could only eat one flavor of ice cream for the rest of your life, what flavor would it be?

 

 

Eating

Tasty Seattle Eats

April 1, 2015

Today I thought I’d share a ladies night meal and some work functions I have attended recently! My lady-friends and I decided to go to Tilikum Place Cafe for dinner the other night. I have never been but I’m always excited to try new places, and it has pretty good reviews. The pictures are pretty bad because of Iphone + low lighting.

I had the hand cut pasta with sage butter, toasted hazelnuts and Parmesan and the roasted beet, pear, celery, frisee salad with cashew vinaigrette.

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The salad was AMAZING, so creamy but no diary products, just cashews are used. I love beets too.

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The special – a fish dish split by two of the ladies.

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My pasta. It would have been very good except it was  VERY salty so it was just good.

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After dinner we obviously needed some gelato so we went to my favorite, Gelatiamo (google it if you are in Seattle downtown area!), for a scoop or two. I opted for two: malt ball and chocolate chip mint! I love how creative their flavors are.

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gelatiamo ladies night

The next week, I had a work function and we went to Blueacre for a dinner, which is a seafood restaurant downtown. Below is our group’s menu: I chose the crab cake, baby lettuce, grilled salmon and panna cotta.

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My crab cake was small, delicious, fresh and had a tangy sauce. I always want more!

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blueacre seafood crab cake

Blurry picture but the salad was very good, I love goat cheese and the lavender infusion wasn’t too strong.

blueacre seafood salad

My salmon was on par too! Except the bones surprised me and I almost choked, you’d think I would be more skilled after growing up eating fresh salmon! I love that they added nuts to the dish, it adds¬†a nice crunchy texture.

blueacre seafood salmon

My panna cotta was alright, a little lacking in flavor and the dried fruit/raisin topping was too sweet. the white chocolate crumble was chalky too. I did like the guava curd though! It does make for quite a picture.

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I should have chosen this cranberry-rhubarb crostada! My co-worker let the table have hers since she isn’t eating sweets right now and it was real tasty!

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The lunch options at this work function were very good, healthy and very Seattle. The beet salad, roasted asparagus, sweet potato chowder and squash ravioli were my favorites.

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The sweet potato chowder was the best, I need to re-make this somehow! Anyone have a good sweet potato chowder recipe?

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I also had the best dessert. Terrible photo but it was a chocolate pot de creme with a sort of hazelnut brittle.

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At the end of one long meeting day my co-workers and I  stopped by Urbane for a snack. Awful photo, sorry!

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I chose the kale, hazelnut, apple Parmesan salad. It was incredible. Super cheesy, like this barely counts as a salad cheesy.

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Sometimes for work we get to do fun things, like have a reception and dinner at the Experience Music Project (EMP). It’s a interactive museum that’s pretty fun, they have a Star Wars and Nirvana exhibit right now. This is the famous guitar funnel, it’s actually quite huge and the guitars play music!

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We had some passed hors d’oeuvres, including mini tacos, so cute!

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The next day I¬†headed out to a working lunch at Purple. A very popular business lunch spot in Seattle. I had never been there before actually! They also are apparently the first place to make sea-salt caramels! Which they serve as one of their desserts now. Kind of odd to serve a candy as dessert but I love caramels so I was excited to hear that. I love their decor as well, kind of Game of Thrones-y ūüôā

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 We started with the baked brie (naughty naughty!). As expected, it was heavenly.

purple seattle baked brie

I selected the kale Caesar salad and a small margherita pizza. The salad was disappointing because it was not all kale! The pizza was not very flavorful either. I have heard so many good things about purple, maybe I just chose the wrong items this time.

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We HAD to try the caramels of course, so we ordered a box of 12 to go, since we had a meeting. I enjoyed them very much, they are so buttery, chocolate-y and rich.

purple wine bar and cafe sea salt caramels

And then I went to Costco and bought 4lb of strawberries. I know, a bit of a random post but I wanted get in as much as I could!

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Thanks for reading! : )