And Now My Favorite Color is Zhough

Highlights from the week…

Fancy shmancy coffee.  I cold pressed espresso roast with vanilla bean powder, brown sugar, and clove.


Honestly though, my current favorite-favorite combo is espresso, ice, and chocolate milk.


Milkadamia sent me a box for review [no cash was exchanged, all opinions are my own, yadda yadda].  Their macadamia nut milk is vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free.  The unsweetened vanilla has 50 calories, 1 gram of protein, and zero grams of sugar (1 gram carbohydrate) per 8 oz serving.  The milk has almost no flavor, but that is pretty much what I’m looking for in my nut milks because I want them to make my coffee creamy without distracting from the coffee taste.  The unsweetened vanilla went perfectly with a cup of iced coffee this week, no clumping or separation to be found.


I also used it in a smoothie with frozen blueberries and coconut chunks, vanilla, maple, and chia seeds.


My packed work eats were all about the Sumo mandarin and plain Greek yogurt combo.  With maple or granola.



Snack attack.  Peanut butter puffs.


Mexican marshmallow shortbread cookies.


Super sour soda and cola hard candies.


Mini sundae from Van Leeuwen.  Cookies and cream topped with hot fudge, almond brittle, and sprinkles.



All of our dinners this week had a Middle Eastern bent, thanks to lots of zhough and copious amounts of olive oil.  Like scrambled egg pita sandwiches.  Scrambled eggs / sauteed orange bell pepper and red onion / whole wheat pita / zhough.  With roasted zucchini.


Pita chip nachos!  Sharp cheddar / red onion and cucumber / marinated chickpeas with lemon juice, olive oil, fresh parsley, oregano, cayenne, and paprika / zhough and tzatziki.


Veggie bowls.  Sauteed red onion, yellow bell pepper, and roasted eggplant / tomato sauce / marinated chickpeas / zhough and tzatziki / fried egg.


Also pizza.  Is there a better food on the planet than buffalo chicken pizza??


It’s almost the weekend!  Who has green beer on their Saturday agenda?

Heart On My Apron

It’s hard to believe that the Valentine’s celebration of love fell on a week when America really needs some extra love <– but more importantly needs better gun control legislation.

– – There is no good segue from my opening thoughts to blathering about my lunches so I’m just going to abruptly start talking about food here. – –

Highlights from this week…

Chocolate covered strawberry smoothie – plain Greek yogurt, frozen strawberries, and chocolate milk.


Chocolate covered cherry iced coffee – espresso roast with chocolate milk and Luxardo cherry juice.


There is a snazzy new Hungry Ghost location near my work and their fantastic iced lattes have not been a good thing for my coffee budget.


Seriously though, the best coffee of my life was Sunday while grocery shopping – the frozen moolattas from Stew Leonard’s are unreasonably delicious.


Birthday cake flavored protein bar.


Sumo mandarin // conversation hearts // sweetened dried lemon and dried persimmon.


Lavender yogurt with blueberries // dark chocolate heart.


Vanilla bean yogurt with blueberries and a jaffa murcot mandarin.


Coffee and chicory yogurt with blueberries // cinnamon churro crispy treat.


Pinch of Yum’s bourbon chicken.  I used breasts instead of thighs, roasted shredded cabbage instead of rice, and upgraded to maple bourbon.


Cheesy baked crab dip – with shredded crab, cream cheese, cheddar, green onion, Old Bay, minced ginger, and fish sauce.


Scooped with orange bell pepper slices and Trader Joe’s coconut shrimp.


Spiralized zucchini sauteed with lemon and pepper topped with  extra-firm tofu crusted in peanut sauce (peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice, fish sauce, canola oil, sugar, garlic, and ginger).


I hope everyone has a fun, safe, love-filled weekend.


Emily Of Sandwich

This was a short week for me on the work front, I was off Monday from the weekend (with Adam!!) and off Thursday for a doctor’s appointment.  Wear your sunblock, kids – I have to have two moles surgically removed, one on my chest and one on my back, complete with stitches, giant gross scars, and a month straight of no gym and no normal showers.  At least I got a good lunch in Manhattan out of the deal?


We finally made it to Doughnut Project!  The Malter White was great, malted milk chocolate with a malted chocolate chip mini cookie and cookie crumble.


We got a gift certificate to the Russian Tea Room for Christmas this year and we enjoyed a super fancy lunch.  We had vodka, of course.


And caviar.


And I had delicious Kulebiaka for my entree –  salmon with slow cooked onions, mushrooms, and vegetables wrapped in pastry, served with braised caraway cabbage and mustard beurre blanc.


Yogurt bowl wins.  Greek with fresh strawberries and caramel almond butter.


Strawberry Icelandic style with a fancy tangerine.


Chicken quesadilla from La Esquina.


Best ever ice cream from Ice & Vice.  Malted vanilla with sea salt caramel.


Dessert at Vanilla Bean.  Banoffee tart for me and a crazy good iced latte.


Caramelized banana peanut butter cups.


It was sandwich week for dinners!  Croque Madame – rye bread, smoked turkey, sharp cheddar, strawberry jam, french toasted – with roasted broccoli and shishitos.


Jalopeño popper turkey burgers with smoked gouda and roasted green beans.  We didn’t have buns but I’m still counting this as a sandwich.


Asian-style turkey reubens – with gojuchang mayo and kimchi – with roasted shredded brussel sprouts.


May The Schwartz Be With You

^^^ That’s a Spaceballs quote for my title because this post includes a lot of meatballs!

Best bites this week…

Coffee combo from heaven, Birch cold brew roast and chocolate milk.


Even better, chocolate milk with a Grady’s cold brew.


Yogurt bowl wins.  Chobani mango with blueberries and doughnut cereal.


2% Greek with blueberries and a big scoop of MaraNatha caramel almond butter.


Important note – this is my new all-time favorite nut butter.  If you eat it straight out of the jar (as I’ve been doing all week) it tastes like delicious frosting!


Ball!  I made a batch of baked turkey meatballs with sage, lemon, and whole wheat panade.


Served on lemon pepper broccoli rice / with gussied up tomato sauce – with tomato paste, shredded sweet onion, garlic, anchovy, and oregano.


Plus we made toasted meatball subs!  With smoked gouda and Parmesan.


And a side of roasted broccoli.


I also did another round of hot dish.  This time an Asian take with shredded turkey, ginger, gojuchang, peas, shiitake mushrooms, bok choy, and sweet potato tots.


And you can never go wrong with pizza.  What am I even going to do when I don’t live walking distance from buffalo chicken?!


I work the next three days but I hope everyone else enjoys their weekend!

Good Coffee, Bad Coffee

Weekend coffee round-up:  The cold brew roast from Birch is fantastic.


This Vita Cafe vanilla coconut water coffee is pretty darn good.


And the vanilla iced latte from Panera is no good, terrible, very bad.  <– it was so sweet it was practically caustic, and that was with “light on syrup” and extra espresso!


Saturday, Adam and I spent the day in Astoria.  We finally got to check out the Museum of the Moving Image, which had a great Jim Henson exhibit running.




Plus we got a sprinkle cookie from Chip.


Spent some time at the gorgeous newer, bigger Kinship.  <– maple cold brew, for the win



And got brunch at Queens Comfort.  We shared the cornflake crusted chicken and waffle with maple tabasco glaze.


And the Super Marios Benedict – cheesy cheddar chicken patty, home fries, poached egg, and hollandaise.


Home-based highlights include a yogurt bowl for work – lemon Chobani, sour lemon raisins, blackberries, and strawberry granola minis.


Cocktail hour.  Sprite, grapefruit seltzer, and vodka.


Chicken hash bowls.


Duck fat / shredded chicken / yellow onion / spring onion / red bell pepper / arugula / tater tots / cream cheese / smoked paprika / and a fried egg.



I was not a stellar food blogger this week.  I had several work lunch parties and I didn’t take pictures then.  And it was a particularly heinously stressful work-week so adult dinners did not happen – one night I went out for drinks with a girlfriend, one night we ordered in pizza, one night I ate chips in bed and fell asleep fully dressed… you get the gist.  I do have photos of a fun box of samples and the exciting ensuing snacks!


MadeGood reached out to me recently about trying their goods.  They are a certified organic company that makes granola bars, granola bites, and crispy treats.  Their products are vegan, kosher, gluten-free, and free of eight common allergens (dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, egg, fish, shellfish, and soy).  PLUS they are made with a vegetable powder made of spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets, and shitake mushrooms and the granola products provide 20% of the RDA for vitamins A, B1, B6, C, D, and E per serving.



Normally I am unmoved by snack items with “hidden” fruits and veggies – though I do totally understand why they can be helpful for picky kids! – but in this case I am 100% on board.  The MadeGood products all had a savory quality that made them completely addictive!  Adam and I both felt that the crispy squares were the best crispy treats we’d ever tasted!  And the granola items struck a good balance between chew and crunch.  In short – I am a new fan.

Snack attack highlights from the week…

Kanzi apple / chocolate banana granola bar / vanilla crispy square / kale chips / chicken Sriracha Epic bar.


Strawberry granola minis / mixed berry granola minis / raspberry amazin’ raisins.


Apple cinnamon granola minis / chocolate chip granola bar / seaweed snack / Pacific Rose apple.


Malted milk hot chocolate (two pouches because I like my hot cocoa Turkish coffee style) / Lady Alice apple.


I’m sad it’s my last week for eggnog in my coffee.


But I did use plain skim in this Limitless Cold Brew so I could taste the vanilla.


Some non-edible stuff {ranked from least to most exciting}…

It’s Christmas next week.

I am almost finished with Felicia Day’s memoir (and loving it) so I started watching her web-series The Guild and I’m loving that too.

Starting this morning Adam is on vacation for the next 10 days!

Next week is our ten year wedding anniversary!!

I am off part of next week too so we can celebrate together!!!

Winners And Losers

I ate some really yummy prepared foods this week but I did not do so hot cooking my own meals.  I had the day off on Wednesday and I spent most of the day cooking/baking and it did not go well.

I tried to make Oreo marshmallow peppermint magic bars.  No.  I ended up with a molten stew of brown gook.


I couldn’t feed this to anyone but it actually did taste delicious and I did scoop a serving into a jar to eat with yogurt.

I also spent several hours making brown stock and then lentil and tortellini soup.  This venture at least looked like food but it tasted like… nothing.  We ate Chipotle bowls for dinner.


Here were some of the things I ate that did work —

This work lunch looks unassuming but it was truly one of the best things I’ve eaten in months.  Vanilla bean Greek yogurt with cranberry relish and maple + almond butter granola.




Plain Icelandic-style yogurt with cookie sludge, a SnapDragon apple, and La Colombe.



Cherry vanilla Chobani with golden kiwis and Heritage Flakes.


Some of my snacks were fairly fantastic as well.  Seaweed salad.


Turkey jerky.


Carrots and garlic hummus.




Coffee Chai tea.  Good Earth offered to send me a sample and since chai is my favorite tea and I love coffee I accepted.  It was delicious!  Just a bit spicy and roasty.  I drank a cup at work instead of a 2nd coffee a couple of days and did not resent it.


Hershey’s caramelized creme gold bar with peanuts and pretzels.  It was so interesting and tasty, way more complex than a regular Hershey bar.


Treats at Vanilla Bean, our new favorite Long Island spot.


I had a Nutella-studded brownie and a delicious iced latte.


I may not have cook-cooked dinner but my throw-together dinners were good.  Trader Joe’s frozen section did not let me down.


Fish sticks with roasted green beans and blue cheese and spicy cocktail sauce for dinner.


I also made great “Thanksgiving leftovers” baked sandwiches.


Sourdough, sliced smoked turkey, cranberry relish, mayo, and lots of Kerrygold Skellig sweet cheddar.


With burnt broccoli that still wasn’t terrible.


Please cross your fingers for no more kitchen disasters for me!