Ciao, February

Highlights from this week…

Brunch in Brooklyn at Otway, which is gorgeous and amazing.

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I had a soft-scrambled egg sandwich with gruyere, scallion, and green garlic.

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Plus crispy potatoes.

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And a bloody mary.

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Treats at Ciao, Gloria.  Adam and I shared a cortado and a cinnamon roll.

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Snacks this week were all about Trader Joe’s garlic naan and artichoke and jalopeno dip.

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Asian Kit-Kats!  Purple sweet potato and cookies and creme flavored.

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Adam’s work gave him nice champagne around the holidays and we finally drank it in cocktails with mango smoothie.

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Big salad bowls with romaine, Trader Joe’s cilantro dressing, sumac, cucumber, tomato, zhoug, fresh mint, and roasted chickpeas.

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One of my best sheet-pan hash dinners to date – brussel sprouts, grapes, turkey andouille sausage, and gorganzola.

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A Bevy Of Beverages

My favorite bites this week were actually sips!  {I really want to make an “all about the beverages/Benjamins, baby” joke here but I’m holding myself back}

Highlights…

My new all-time-favorite coffee combo = Grady’s Cold Brew concentrate with the new Chobani sweet cream creamer.

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This week’s yogurt bowl combo was vanilla bean Greek yogurt with fresh blackberries and Trader Joe’s peanut butter with chia and flax.

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A girlfriend and I (and her baby!) met up in Nomad for lunch.  Salads at Made Nice – I had the frisee romaine with potato croutons, egg, and buttermilk vinaigrette.

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Ice cream at the new Milk Bar flagship – I had cornflake soft serve with fudge and sprinkles.

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New favorite kombucha is this juicy one with watermelon, hibiscus, and green tea.

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Milkshake IPAs (aka IPAs with lactose) are my favorite and this Gotta Get Up To Get Downstate guava one from Swiftwater is 10/10.

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I just discovered an amazing Asian grocery store near our apartment so we had some pretty great snacks this week.  Like numb and spicy hot pot chips.

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And yogurt gummies and passion fruit gummies.

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Easy dinner from the Trader Joe’s freezer section – meatless breakfast patties and cauliflower pancakes.  Plus roasted green beans and a dipping sauce made with honey habenero hot sauce.

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Chicken and waffle nachos!  Multigrain waffles, waffle flavored chicken bites, cheese, scallions, and a maple Cholula aioli.

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Have a great weekend!

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Hot Sauce And Cinnamon Gum

Flavor themes from this week include – hot sauce, coffee, chocolate.

Highlights…

Fun in coffee.  Iced with fancy egg nog.

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I had forgotten how much fun it is to have a milk frother!

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This bottled New Orleans coffee was delicious and contained 10 grams of protein.

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Seasonal fun at Doughnut Plant – a marzipan star and a mint tree filled with chocolate pudding.

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Still obsessed with these cookie dough Perfect Bars.

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Plain2% Greek yogurt bowl with chocolate sunflower seed butter and fresh blueberries.

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Just before I left VA one of my officemates got me hooked on cinnamon gum and lately I have been loving this version from Mentos.

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It was Adam’s birthday this week!  He got multiple cakes at work and brought me home a delicious slice of s’mores cheesecake.

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Amy’s tortilla casserole with black beans frozen meal.  Topped with copious amounts of Cholula.

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Shredded potatoes with smoked mackerel salad and soft scrambled eggs.  Topped with furikake.

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Breakfast cheese fries.  Sweet potato waffle fries with cheddar, eggs, maple chicken sausage, broccoli, and shishito peppers.  Topped later with Kewpie and Sriracha.

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My current favorite sheet-pan hash is Japanese sweet potato + bok choy + green onions.  Plus salmon candy and cashews on top.  Topped with furikake, Kewpie, and Sriracha.

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I made a yummy version of this baked Spanish rice recipe.  I added fish sauce and green olives and subbed in vegan soyrizo for chorizo.  Topped later with Cholula.

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FYI – there will be no post this weekend for the best reason ever: I am going home for a few days with a couple of NY friends!  Ocean, rum, and warm weather, here we come!

Good Tidings And Cheer

Is everything I have to share this week celebratory in nature?  Yes!  Thankfully I have a lot to celebrate.

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In ongoing goodbye festivities… Some coworkers and I went out for a very dietitian-y lunch at Roots.  I had a kale salad topped with miso chili tofu, eggs, and other goodies.

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And some coworkers and I went out for a much more on brand happy hour at Vitae – in addition to our cocktails we also got to taste-test some marshmallow simple syrup!

My cousin and her fiance hosted an absolutely fantastic Thanksgiving dinner.  There were 14 people in attendance but the platter of nachos I made for our appetizer was probably a still bit excessive!

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Most exciting morning of the week?  I had eggnog Greek yogurt, cranberry seltzer, and a peppermint mocha.

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In yogurt bowl fun… Vanilla bean Greek yogurt with cranberry sauce and granola.  And a holiday cheer kombucha on the side.

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Wegman’s eggnog Greek yogurt with cinnamon Chex and a banana.

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Thankful For Nachos

Do I have zero chill?  Yes.  And did I fully lean in to all things holiday/Thanksgiving flavored in the second week of November?  Also yes.  I couldn’t help myself, I was ready for cranberry and eggnog and cozy cheer!

Holiday highlights from this week include…

Eggnog in my coffee!

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Cranberry seltzer.

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Pumpkin pie marshmallows.

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Thanksgiving nachos.  Trader Joe’s turkey and stuffing kettle chips / swiss and gruyere cheese / turkey andouille sausage / roasted green beans / poblano peppers / cranberry sauce.

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Thanksgiving totchos.  Tots / swiss and gruyere / poblano peppers / green onion / brussel sprouts / cranberry sauce.

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Upcoming highlights?  I am heading to New York this afternoon to visit Milk Bar’s Thanksgiving croissants my loving husband and dog.

Cafe Con Leche, Cerveza Con Calabaza

Adam came to visit me last weekend, aka I had the best weekend ever!  He probably won’t be back in Virginia until my cousin’s wedding next year so we made the most of the visit.  We went to several old favorites and couple new favorites!

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Weekend highlights include…

Saturday was National Pumpkin Day and Tropical Smoothie Cafe sent me a free coupon to try their Pumpkin Pie Smoothie to celebrate.  Made with real pumpkin, Ghirardelli white chocolate, cinnamon, and non-fat yogurt.  It was very pumpkiny without being boring and just sweet enough.

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Drekker‘s Everybody Love Everybody is a rainbow sherbet sour and it’s PINK!

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Hardywood had a Halloween-themed black IPA on tap – the Heebie Jeebies!  Plus I had a None of This Makes Sense double IPA (my current favorite beer) and a soft prezel with cheese sauce.

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Gaujiros Miami Eatery is Charlottesville’s new Cuban spot and it is damn good!  I had eggs with beans and rice plus fried cheese.

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Plus a Cortadito that was so delicious I went back again the next day for another one!

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Quality Pie.  We split a Spanish Tortilla.

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And I had (super buttery, garlicy) foccacia with egg and cheese.

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Dinner at Comal with my cousin and her fiance.  I didn’t snap any photos but we had an absolutely amazing meal at this new Oaxacan spot in Belmont.

P.S. No more posts coming from me this week.  Tomorrow morning I’m on my way to Ohio to celebrate my grandma’s 90th birthday!

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It’s Pumpkin Month!

It’s Pumpkin Month!  Check out my exciting, gourd-y stash:

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Related note – my coworkers know me so well!

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This week’s eats highlights were all about burritos, bowls, and tasty take-out…

I go in a bit later on Wednesdays (so my timing works for after-work yoga, which I actually made it to this week, whee!) so I took myself on a breakfast date to Marie Bette for one of their outstanding pretzel croissants.

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This Trader Joe’s breakfast burrito – with eggs, cheese, chicken sausage, and potato – was pretty great.

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And this adobo chicken burrito from Whole Foods wasn’t half bad either.

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Pumpkin spice latte from La Colombe.

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Pumpkin spice bar with pumpkin jellies!  Those gummies were such an exciting find from H-Mart.

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Lunch from the food trucks/farmers’ market that sets up at the hospital.  I got nachos with spicy chicken.

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Roasted shredded brussel sprouts with hot smoked salmon, pumpkin seeds, spicy peanut vinegarette, and zhoug.

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Roasted broccoli slaw with sesame ginger baked tofu, honey butter almonds, spicy peanut vinegarette, cucumbers, and zhoug.  And when the zhoug ran out I topped it with sriracha.

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