Monday, August 24, 2015


Weekends are treasures.  We try to get out there and make the most of the two days we have off.  My weekends have consisted of long runs on Saturday mornings.  That means, no Friday night turn up.  I allow myself two beers and then a no later than midnight curfew.  I'm Cinderella.  But it's for own good.  I'm running or at least training for, haven't registered for, a full marathon. It's pretty daunting thinking about those miles, but in the end you really get to eat whatever you want to, if your body permits, of course.  The best part of the weekend is that I don't think about work, it's a very welcomed end to, what seems to be, a long work week.  It's the freakin' weekend, I'm about to have me some fun. 

Friday: Dinner at BCD Tofu House in Irvine.  SO. MUCH.FOOD! 

It was warm out and it was a long week. The Mr was out in Vegas and I didn't want to eat a salad or slices of cheese.  Because that's what my body did not need was more dairy.  I had yogurt for breakfast and ice cream with lunch.  I quickly remembered why I can't have a lot of dairy.

Shared: Bolgolgi. 
Ordered: Original, spicy Soon Tofu
Banchan: Small fried fish, kimchee, potato salad, fish cakes, gochujang- refilled by a lady walking around with a banchan cart. You know how people always say when they become rich that they want to wear a new pair of socks everyday?  I want a banchan lady to follow me around and just feed people. 

Nailed it!
But not really though...I took a lot of it home and fashioned some great left overs meal that fed me and Shane on Sunday and Monday. 

Saturday: Kihon

After a 18 mile long run in the morning, I napped. Then napped again.  I decided that I needed to move from the bed so I went and got ramen and some nigiri. I felt right.   The egg was perfectly soft cooked and the broth had a good flavor.  I also had the yellowtail and the Spanish Mackerel, my favorite.  I needed that.  I was starving come 6pm.  

At the bar a met a nice couple that live on the Naples Island.  It was all LB locals and it was great.  

I was going to head out to the local bar, but that meant walking there and a legit concern, I kid you not is that if I needed to run, I couldn't.  So I decided to drink Jameson and sparkling water at home and watch movies will 3am. #adultthings Is it #adultthings when one of the movies you watched was Katy Perry: Part of Me?  #katyperryfamily

Sunday, Shane made it back and after a 9am nap, and a lunch of my BCD Tofu leftovers, we headed out on the motorcycle San Diego.  We stopped in Normal Heights, my bother's old stomping grounds.  It is a cute neighborhood.  We got some coffee at Dark Horse and then some popsicles at Viva Pops.  Pictured is a guava passion fruit with coconut milk and Shane got the raspberry lemonade.  Perfectly refreshing after a long ride.  

I may have napped more than one should in one weekend, but it was totally worth it. I felt refreshed and my legs not hurting so much.  So it was a winning weekend!    

Thursday, August 20, 2015

This Week in SnackChat

 Trying to get back into the regular posting.  I'm trying guys!  I love the SnackChats so keep them coming!

 Hey, that's me! This is probably the best lunch you can get in Orange County.  It's called Rasoi Curry Point and it is $8.99 for all you can eat Thali Platter lunch and I am not kidding you, its fucking good. This isn't an ad, this is from meeeee!  The owner was super nice and very thankful for us just showing up but really we were the most thankful.  The food was filling and comforting.  It wasn't anything that was familiar to me, but it felt that way.
  Then I did some research and they have a plate called the Tustin Chicken and proceeds from the purchase of this placte go to the Suchita Memorial Scholarship. Gah. Eat local guys and while we were brought here because of Yelp, I still think people who write reviews on Yelp are dick fors, I have to tip my hat for the recommendation.

Where did nom come from?

 Probably the oddest grouping of Do Us a Flavor

Cute! I've been eating Spam this last week because we are trying to clean out the cupboards.  

So is it buffalo cheese or buffalo meat, or buffalo sauce?

Classic beer can chicken.

It's a bunt and BUNT!
BUUNT? Oh I know, it's a cake! 

Yes, I just quoted My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

If those are Lean Pockets, then I would say they are both healthy.  I mean it has lean in the name.

Are those eggies?

The breakfast of champions. 

Rancheritos, Doritos, Fritos, Tostitos.  Welcome to the ito family.I can't wait to eat you.

 Oh hey, follow me! @log.lady on SnapChat

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Too Hot to Cook

In an effort to keep the apartment kinda, to cool clear out the cabinets, ad make salads more exciting,  I've been adding grains and seeds like quinoa, barley and farro to my salads. I usually mix in a little fava bean pesto and then top with whatever vegetable we have in the fridge and what ever dressing I feel like I can't say it's an original idea because it is not. I check the Sqirl site daily for inspiration. My original idea comes from using the  assorted loose leaf teas I have.  Yes, I cook my grains in tea using the tea divers I have.  #thuglife #notthuglife 

Just bring whatever liquid you are using to a boil and then add the infuser for like 2-3 minutes.  You don't want to make the liquid bitter.

Here is one variation I made for a friends housewarming party (she's vegan):

farro and barley cooked in coconut green tea.  I just followed the packaged instructions and added a little salt. topped with sauteed shitito pepper in coconut oil, red leaf lettuce, cucumber, radish and macerated nectarine.  The dressing I made was a lime and soy sauce dressing. Toss that shit and boom as sweet and tart summer salad.  

Then I though, can I cook quinoa in my fancy rice cooker? Answer is yes, but I wanted to use chicken stock and a different tea.  So this time I used Earl Grey.  I steeped the tea in chicken stock and then added it to the rice cooker with the quinoa. Since I've been into ratios lately, the ratio for cooing quinoa is 2 part liquid to 1 part quinoa.  So 1 can, 16 oz cooks about 1 cup of dry quinoa. The result? A less earthy and more aromatic quinoa.

So now, my mind is spinning with what else I can cook with tea. Then I found a Salmon Poached in Jasmine Tea.  I will make this shit.  Till then, what do you do to keep cool this summer?

Monday, August 10, 2015

This Week in SnackChat

I should really call it this month in SnackChat. Sorry guys!  I promise to keep up, in the meantime keep them coming, and I will keep on posting.  T

Let's catch up shall we! This is actually the part 2 of the part one a month ago. Geeze! Sorry! here were too many pictures so proceed after the jump!

This size of that Pringles can is not conducive to a "Once you pop you can't stop" lifestyle.  Which is now my new life motto.