Hi everyone, hope you all had an awesome weekend! Sorry I have been MIA…I hate not being able to post but my computer was SO SLOW yesterday and every word took five minutes to type!! Why?!? Anyway, I’m here now!! Okay, backtrack. Friday morning I woke up a little early and shredded before work. It was great getting it out of the way and then I didn’t have to worry about it, which was nice. I kicked off the morning with the usual. So many good fruits, finally!
I was planning to eat the rest of my stir fry from Thursday for lunch, but at noon my boss paged the whole office on our phone intercoms and asked who wanted to go out! YAY! He hates leaving the office with no one there and sending calls to voicemail, but we did it anyway and all went to lunch — at Bloomies. Only my boss decides to eat at a department store! And yes, it was all sweet old ladies there, and us HAHA. I had a little piece of bread when we first sat down and then proceeded to order an amazing sandwich that had grilled chicken, avocado, cranberries, figs and some other good things that I am clearly forgetting in a sun-dried tomato wrap. AHH it was great! I also got some fries on the side, which I promptly split in half and gave the rest to our just-announced preggers VP. She is so tiny and healthy and has just started ordering a grilled cheese every afternoon. I love it. Sometimes work drives me crazy, but the people I work with are pretty darn cool. We had such a good time at lunch together…all of us talking at once and sharing food off each others plates. It’s cute!
After a fun lunch, the rest of the afternoon went pretty quickly. I got home and decided to take advantage of the nice weather with my good friend, 2 buck chuck. Isn’t he sweet??
I had a nice glass outside with a pre-dinner snack, yogurt mess!!!! I made this one slightly smaller than usual just to tide me over to our late dinner. I can’t drink wine and then not eat til 10 PM, just doesn’t happen!!! I think I might turn into this yummy creation, I eat it that much…
Julia and I got all gussied up & as soon as her friend Jen headed over to our place, of course I couldn’t find my wallet. I looked EVERYWHERE and then drove all the way back to my office…still no wallet. 40 minutes later, I got home and remembered I put it in my gym bag. DUH!!!!!!!! We hollered for a taxi and headed out to Yatai, our fave Asian tapas place.
We started with some cold bamboo sake and beers, but I ended up passing along the sake and drinking most of this Ginger beer and most of the Berry beer we ordered. Flavored beer rocks!!
For dinner, Julia and I split a bunch of the dishes we order every time, including the best CA roll in all existance.
And some insanely delicious crispy rice with spicy tuna.
Plus a newcomer to the usual rotation, tempura pumpkin with curry salt. OMFG.
Last but absolutely definitely not least, popcorn shrimp. I wish I could share a bite of this with everyone!!
After our amazing meal, we headed back down to Santa Monica Blvd and Bar Lubitsch, which is luckily right by our apt and an easy walk home at the end of the night. Julia, Jen & I enjoyed a few free shots with Jen’s friends and some dancing. Jules and I ended the night with some extra-flirty action on our parts. I may have gotten a text at 3 AM about my great looking ass, but of course, that was just factual reporting. Obviously. Julia & I smartly stayed awake chatting for a while after we got home, and I made us La Tortillas toasted with a bit of Chocolate Dreams. Perfect for sweet dreams to follow!
Three Things for Friday
- Shared my fries at lunch
- Ordered my wrap without cheese or dressing
- Split all my dinner plates with Julia
We woke up Saturday morning needing BREAKFAST stat. I actually slept until 9, which is possibly the latest I’ve slept in years. We headed out to Venice to check out Flake, a really cute cereal restaurant.
While you can order eggs & such, the star of Flake is the huge list of cereals and toppings!! I got a bowl with one scoop frosted mini wheats, one scoop raisin bran, topped with bananas and blueberries and served with skim milk. This place is perfect for when you are craving some cereal but don’t necessarily want to go out and get a whole box of just one kind. And it surprisinly held me over for a really long time!
All mixed up!!!!!
Plus a really frothy non-fat chai latte on the side.
Here’s where I become a bad food blogger, no pictures of the rest of Saturday, sorry!!! So after breakfast, I headed down to Laguna Beach for Becky’s big going-away party. I got to the beach at that awkward time when it’s too late for lunch but eating a big meal would spoil my dinner. Luckily, I had a Nature’s Valley bar in my beach bag, probably from last summer. Whatever, it did the trick! It wasn’t hot at the beach, but we played some bocce ball and the sun came out around 4, so we got a few rays!
Back at the house, we raided Becky’s closet filled with lots of things she can’t take to NYC (I scored tons of cute clothes and a pair of Gucci heels that are a wee bit too big but I’m determined to make fit anyway!!) and drank the house Cosmo Lights while doing our fashion show. A ton more people showed up, including Becky’s friends from high school and friends of the family. Her dad made an awesome taco bar with tortillas, chicken, rice & beans, homemade guacamole, pico de gallo, salsa & cheese. I had two tortillas plus a few handfuls of chips with the killer guac. He made a HUGE container, which the party devoured in no time!!! The food fest was followed by many games of beer pong in the front yard. I promise I will take pictures of the next Laguna weekend to share with y’all!!!! We also made Becky cry when we gave her the scrapbook made secretly during the party, where everyone made a page with photos and notes, like a way-cooler yearbook. I am going to miss her so much!!!
Julia came down when she got off work, carrying a big bag of muffins from her restaurant. Perfect to fill our bellies before bed 🙂 Sunday morning, I woke up and settled down in the living room with another half muffin (strawberry, MMM) and Twilight #3. Julia woke up a little bit later and we snuck out of the house for a bit to pick up coffees and flowers for Kate & Becky’s mom. I called my mom too and she got my package and loved it! I was sad that I couldn’t be there with her to make her breakfast in bed and spend the day together but I talked to her at least 5 times so it felt like I was there a little bit 🙂
When J & I got back to the Laguna house from our errands, everyone else was awake and Becky was whipping up a huge breakfast for her parents and the little group of us that spent the night. The spread included a gorgeous Mexican frittata…
…lots of bagels…
…and tons of toppings, like smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomatoes, onions, avocado, and capers!!
My brain was bigger than my belly, and I topped two big bagel halves and cut a little slice of frittata. I ate one of the bagel sandwiches and most of the frittata. It was amazing!
After our big meal, we all just laid around and read books for a bit, waiting for the sun to come out. When it looked like the clouds were sticking around for the rest of the day, we all gave Becky big kisses and headed back to LA. I brought along the other half of my bagel, which made for a perfect late lunch when I got back to the city.
The rest of the day was spent cleaning my room, doing laundry, attempting to blog, and finishing off Twilight #3 in between. Throughout the rest of the day, I sporadically snacked on a few different things, including strawberries,
5 leftover TJ multigrain & flaxseed crackers with hummus,
salad with baked tofu,
some shirataki tofu noodles mixed with 1/4 cup tomato sauce, basil, S & P,
and the final scoop of TJ organic soy-creamy non-ice cream ice cream.
Man, I love the weekend! Sunday nights are always so relaxing and bittersweet at the same time, you know?? This week is looking pretty busy because I have a lot to get done before leaving Thursday night for Boston to see my Rachiekins! Hope you are all having a good Monday, can’t wait to catch up on your fun lives 🙂
Three Things for Saturday
- Skipped the Lucky Charms & Cinnamon Toast Crunch @ Flake
- Ate a light snack between breakfast and dinner so I wouldn’t fill up
- Cut my Cosmo in half with soda water
Three Things for Sunday
- Saved half of my breakfast for lunch
- Made salad & shirataki instead of continuing to snack
- Ate a healthy dessert portion (you can’t tell from the picture, but I just had one scoop and then closed down the kitchen!)