April 2010


Apparently today is National Oatmeal Cookie Day…Rachel and I must have subconsciously known that when we decided to get this lovely little treat last night:

So we celebrated a day early! Hopefully Saturday is National Share a Pint of Half Baked Ice Cream, because we did that too…

Total domination and it was AH-mazing. Rachel and I have been like two ships passing in the night lately, so we scheduled a Thursday date and went for a nice post-work drink and chat session.  Rather than going for Round 2, we headed home so we could slip on the sweats and watch Parks and Recreation, one of my favorites. I actually saw some of the cast at a comedy show a few weeks back and they were all hysterical, especially Amy Poehler (obviously) and Aziz Ansari, who plays Tom.  We love quoting this show…

Andy: April, you’re like an angel with no wings!
April: So … like a person then.

Tom: I want to open up my own club one day, maybe call it something like Club a Dub Dub, or the Club Marine. Sort of a submarine-themed club. Or Tom’s Bistro. The word bistro is classy as %#@$.

Love it!

I ate my ice cream with a baby spoon, my most recent favorite purchase. I can pretend I eat slowly and actually attempt to savor my food.  Now I think my Ben & Jerry’s craving is put to rest…at least for today ;)

Speaking of desserts, I leave you with a cupcake explosion that I’m seriously tempted to recreate…

I’ve gotten into a rut! Lately I’ve been eating the exact same thing for breakfast every day, and I’m looking to mix it up a bit but don’t know where to begin!

All winter, it was oatmeal with canned pumpkin, cinnamon, and curry powder. Now I can’t find pumpkin for the life of me, so I’ve been eating oatmeal with diet hot cocoa mix (25 calories for a creamy chocolate taste, sign me up!) and banana.

Lovely, no?

I always have good intentions when it comes to branching out, but to be honest, I can’t seem to find anything else that is quite as:

  1. Easy
  2. Cheap
  3. Filling
  4. Healthy
  5. Low-calorie

I make breakfast at work so it has to be either cold or microwavable. And hopefully meet as many of the five requirements above as possible! Any and all suggestions would be awesome.

On the weekends, I do have my yogurt messes with Fage, banana, frozen fruit, fresh fruit, and cereal, but usually those are not really cheap or low-calorie, so I save them for Saturday and Sunday when I am not eating while checking work emails and can savor for a minute, or twenty.

One thing I have been on a roll with is my daily post-lunch dark chocolate fix. One or two squares is all I need to be a v. happy Kate. Here are two of my recent favorites…

Salt and chocolate is seriously the ultimate combo! Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be on the breakfast option list, so any other ideas are welcome :)

I’m not even going to try to explain the sporadic posting…let’s just say, I’ve been so busy that I often only find myself at home one night a week. Last night, I finally sat down to watch Gossip Girl and found out that I am not one, not two, but FOUR episodes behind!! Yup, I’ve been that busy.

However, I did remember to bring my camera to Planet Raw this week! Wednesday was Rachel’s birthday, and since we weren’t craving any one food in particular, we decided to finally check out this restaurant. We’ve passed it a million times but always been led astray by Italian or pizza :)

Since we were celebrating, I got the Rainforest (white wine, cacao, brazil nut, vanilla bean, ice & honey) and Rachel got the Orange Blossom (white wine, fresh squeezed OJ, nut mylk, clove, vanilla bean, ice & honey). The cacao mixed into my wine was surprisingly awesome!

We did have quite a few laughs over the Active Volcano, which lists red wine, BLOOD, and a splash of sparkling Italian water as the ingredients. Blood?! Needless to say, we skipped that one.

By the time we sat down to dinner, we were incredibly hungry. The host service was terrible and we sat down a good 40 minutes later than we were supposed to, so we immediately ordered Spring Rolls to start. I had seen these in Christie’s review over at The Actors’ Diet and they stuck in my mind all these months later!

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Shredded Veggies, Avocado & Thai Herbs In A Coconut Wrapper w/Peanut Sauce – these were SO good. The herbs were delicious and I loved the sauce. Our waitress brought an extra side of the sauce and I could have eaten it with a spoon.

For dinner, Rachel and I both ended up ordering the same dish – Green Curry Pasta. I know it’s kind of silly to not try and share different things, but this meal immediately jumped out at both of us.

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Zucchini Pasta Mixed w/ an Amazing Thai Nut Curry Kream Topped w/ Coco-Noodles – again, super good! Rachel thought it was a little too sauce-y, but for me, the sauces totally made the dish. I would – no will! – definitely get this again.

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Besides, how can you resist a dinner with flowers?

After, we headed back home for the Tatem family tradition: ice cream cake.

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Ah, that’s a little more reflective of my meals lately! I’ve been all about the indulgent eats.

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Pizza with tomato sauce, mushrooms, fresh mozzarella cheese, pancetta, spinach 

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Wine tasting 

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Warm chocolate brownie, organic vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce

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Easter candy and homemade Paska bread

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So big (TWSS!) – Ukrainian Easter bread made with yeast, flour, milk, eggs, salt, sugar, water, butter, and golden raisins

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Sprinkles cupcakes for Courtney’s lingerie bridal shower party – “V” is for vegan!   

Last weekend, I also took a quick trip to Vegas (1 hour flights are dreamy), where I enjoyed lots of amazing food, including highlights like French onion soup, duck, gourmet pizza, and lots of pina coladas.

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No, didn’t finish that one but I came close! Pina Coladas are definitely my favorite “vacation” drinks to order. I only get them when I am 1) on a trip and 2) somewhere warm.

Now I am back in LA and eating lots of vegetables. Okay, and more pizza. Thursday night I had delivery from Mozza and it was GOOD.  A little cold and chewy but the flavors were great. The pizza alla benno is like an ultimate Hawaiian pizza, with pineapple sliced so incredibly thin – much better and fresher than the usual cubes!

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Pizza alla benno: Speck, pineapple, jalapeño, mozzarella & tomato

Thanks to This is Gonna be Good for the photo! I was also really surprised by how much I liked the jalapeño – I’ve been really into spice. Biz would be proud!

So that’s a quick snapshot into my life lately. Tonight a big group of us are going to Sushi Dan for dinner and then dancing at Jane’s House to celebrate Rachel’s birthday. I plan on doing a whole lot of nothing before then! Maybe take a bike ride? Happy weekend everyone, hope all is well. Big kisses to all you bloggers :)

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