I’m free (again)! After a short return to work I’m back on vacation for the next week, woo-hoo!
Honestly? I need a vacation. I was only back at work three days but I stayed late for more than an hour on Thursday and Friday and now I’m tuckered out.
Thankfully I had a few exciting things to get me through my week. Like a luscious line up of fun new beverages: Black Hand nitro cold brew / Secret Squirrel Vietnamese iced coffee / La Colombe triple draft latte / Maeil caramel macchiato / Harmless Harvest strawberry coconut water.
And an extra exciting package of product samples from Noosa.
Noosa yogurt is already pretty much angel pudding, so when they offered to let me try their new line of Noosa Mates (yogurt with premium mix-ins) I jumped at the chance.
They were even better than anticipated! Loved them all. I was happy with the portion of both yogurt and toppings and each one has between 240-270 calories. Banana Chocolate Peanut with Guittard chocolate chips and salted peanuts.
Honey cranberry almond with pepitas and granola.
Maple ginger with candied ginger and gingersnap crumble. I wasn’t expecting to like this because I think that I think that ginger is too spicy, but it was delicious! The candied ginger was chewy and delightful.
I ate some fun stuff on my free days too. Like doughnuts (which were just awful, but how cute is that pink wall?!).
And a trip to Red Hook.
We had key lime pie from Steve’s.
And crab sandwiches from Brooklyn Crab. Snow crab roll with Cholula-orange aioli.
Alaskan king crab roll with warm butter and chives.
Plus cole slaw.
And a Passion Paloma with mescal, passionfruit puree, and grapefruit soda.
Plus we stopped at Baked for coffee and brought home a grasshopper bar for dessert later in the week.
After a long span of eating every meal out, I was excited to make us a fancy dinner.
Smoked turkey kielbasa with onions and bell pepper.
Plus pommes aligot <– super cheesy potatoes. I loosely followed this recipe. I had to lighten up a few ingredients to accommodate what we had in the fridge (less butter, 2% milk instead of cream, low-fat three cheese cheddar blend) and it was still insanely yummy.
I served my leftovers piled all together in a bowl with smoked paprika maple mayo on top.
By the end of the week I was so exhausted by my three days of work that I got Chipotle instead of cooking anything! Rice / sautéed veggies / chicken / pinto beans / corn salsa / spicy salsa / sour cream / cheese.
Have a great weekend!