Good food, good friends, and a bit of work; ’twas the perfect Sunday!
Any day is sweet when your morning starts off like this –
If you don’t want to start your day with sweetened condensed milk I’m not sure we can be friends. I only had a small taste, I was using the SCM in a fun recipe and licking the spoon is practically a requirement.
We had brunch plans at noon so I also had this Cara Cara Orange in the a.m. to hold me over.
Good thing too, the wait ended up being lengthy.
Thankfully Betty’s was worth the time.
3rd year has been busy so it was great to get together with some medical school friends.
A Bloody Mary (extra spicy) was ordered the minute we got to our table.
Not gonna lie – I got a little buzzed; I’m officially a light-weight.
For my meal I had my eye on the vegetable hash –
Corn and poblano peppers topped with runny eggs sounds like heaven on a plate, but sadly they had run out. I ended up making a last-minute decision and choosing the apple and cranberry french toast streusel casserole.
The casserole was good but I should have stuck with savory, I just wasn’t feeling sweet. I ate about half plus two incredible stolen bites of Adam’s lox Benedict.
I didn’t have to wait long to eat again (do I ever?!); we went to the movies this afternoon and I polished off 90% of these pretzel bites.
This is literally the only time I would ever considering eating fake cheese, but boy do I shovel it in with pretzel bites! We saw “Cabin in the Woods.” I hate horror films a lot (even “horror comedies”) but we’re obsessed with Joss Whedon so we had to go. I didn’t adore the movie itself but I loved the fact that it was basically a giant commentary on the genre. No “Serenity” though 😉
Our friends were talking about the “five languages of love” at brunch so when we got home we decided to take the quiz. Here are my results –
And here are Adam’s –
We both are indifferent to gifts but need physical touch and quality time (I could have told you that before the quiz!) You’ll notice that I care much more about acts of service than Adam; a good thing since I’m basically worthless!
But I did make us an awesome snack.
When we lived in Park Slope there was a coffee shop on our block with the best-ever coffee granita. We were obsessed and Adam got a granita for free two years in the row because he was the first person to order it at the end of winter. This was my attempt at a Thai Iced Coffee style granita.
I know it looks like dog food but I promise that the taste and texture were great. Here’s the recipe –
Thai Iced Coffee Slush, serves 6
- 6 heaping Tbsp espresso roast ground coffee
- 3 cups water
- 14 oz can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
- Place grounds and water in coffee maker of choice and brew according to manufacture’s instructions. Remove finished coffee from heat and allow to cool completely.
- In a large bowl, whisk together coffee and sweetened condensed milk until homogenous.
- Pour mixture into a 13 x 9 inch glass casserole dish and place in the freezer.
- Freeze 8 hours or until fully frozen. Use a fork to break up the mixture every 2 hours or so, scraping the tines through until you’ve achieved a texture similar to wet sand.
- Serve immediately. Slush will keep in the freezer indefinitely but you may need to use a blender to break it up if you wait more than 1 – 2 days to serve.
We loved it! The slush was milky and sweet but the coffee flavor was strong. Each serving has less than 200 calories so it’s the perfect light, summer treat.
We weren’t done having fun yet; next we cashed in a Living Social deal for dinner at Spicy Thai. Spicy Thai has my favorite pad see eiw in Buffalo but I was craving spice so I branched out.
Spicy Tofu – “(comes hot and only hot) fried tofu with green beans sautéed in spicy chili, garlic, and basil.” I requested mine extra hot and with broccoli thrown in for some extra veggies.
Awesome. It actually wasn’t as spicy as I’d hoped but the flavors were delicious. I loved how the tofu was a little bit sweet. I ate 2/3s and then gave the rest, and all of my rice, to the husband.
He ordered the Pad See Eiw and I took many bites of that as well.
My tofu may not have been hot but my dish did come with some of these killer Thai peppers.
I always pick around the darker dried ones (I had a really bad experience at a Panda Express once) but today I tried one of the soft, bright red pieces. I spent a minute in tears with a tongue that felt like it had a hole in it, but ended up with a really pleasant spice flavor. Adam – who used to ardently hate all things hot – even tried one.
I’m so proud of him for branching out! He’s even the occasional Sriracha fan now.
On our way home we stopped in at Starbucks to get me the chocolate hazelnut tart that I’ve been mooning at for weeks.
I Googled when we got home and if I’d know that this guy only had 180 calories I probably would have gotten one sooner! The shortbread crust was everything I was hoping it would be.
Actually, Adam attempted to get me one of those last week but misunderstood and purchased a little apple pie instead (no thanks). I may not have eaten his treat but I was incredibly thrilled by the gesture. I guess I do care a little bit about gifts!
What is your most important language of love?