Summer Fruits And Veggies

It was a very good week in fruits and vegetables here!  We went to Whole Foods on Saturday to stock up.  With our new, pandemic-induced, bimonthly grocery schedule our first week of dinners/snacks always feels a lot fresher than the second week.

Highlights include…

Could Perfect Bars be any more perfect?  They are the optimal balance of sweet and savory.  I loved this trail mix flavor.

IMG_3374

My parents sent us a box of tamarinds and I found these strawberry cherries at Whole Foods.

IMG_3344

I also snagged a bag of genips (<– Caribbean fruit that I grew up picking from a tree near my house but have had an impossible time finding in New York) on the street corner near my hospital!

IMG_20200630_153811_864

Watermelon-themed things since it’s almost July 4th.  The winner of the bunch was definitely the Hal’s Seltzer.

IMG_3352

This dinner was brought to you by the color orange!  Salmon/trout salad bagel melts / local heirloom tomatoes with a bit of salt and pepper / roasted gold zucchini.

IMG_3367

We have been loving this black-eyed pea salad combo for almost a decade.  This batch was actually made with fancy heirloom yellow eyed beans since BEP were sold out at the store.  Beans, green pepper, smoked almonds, sharp cheddar, and green Tabasco.  It is such a simple combination but super satisfying.

IMG_3359

Roasted green zucchini topped with Moroccan tofu cubes and a simple yogurt sauce (plain skyr, mayo, olive oil, sumac, paprika, salt, and a little water).

IMG_3380

Our best meal of the week was this trio – baked tofu (cooked with a mix of soy sauce, rice vinegar, fish sauce, Sriracha, and honey) / Chinese smashed cucumber salad / fancy mushroom medley sauteed with salt, pepper, and butter.

IMG_3391

Team Unicorns

Highlights from a very yummy week…

Still obsessed with Dalgona Coffees.

IMG_2716

Also yogurt bowls with fresh berries.  Plain skyr with blueberries, blackberries, and amazing espresso vanilla cream granola.

IMG_2719

Skyr with berries, cinnamon, maple, and TJ’s flax and chia seed peanut butter.

IMG_2734

This cola seltzer was a very limited released and I was quite sad to finish my last bottle this week.

IMG_2682

Since we did several nights of sandwiches for dinner chips as a mid-day snack just felt appropriate.  Seaweed chips and kettle corn popcorners.

IMG_2693

IMG_2694

Our cocktail hour was 10/10 this week.  We are fully obsessed with homemade frozen painkillers!

IMG_2689

Ninja vs Unicorn double IPA.

IMG_2736

Romaine salad with TJ’s Greek feta dressing, cotija cheese, rainbow shredded carrots, and fried eggs.

IMG_2699

A turkey sandwich on sweet Hawaiian bread with smoked gouda, mayo, mustard, and pickle relish.  Plus a side salad.

IMG_2705

Best meal of the week = a soft-scrambled egg sandwich with smoked gouda and spicy mustard.  Plus roasted okra.

IMG_2725

It’s Not Delivery, It’s Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough

I made some damn delicious meals this weekend; all of my dinners were winners.  I am midway between my bimonthly grocery trips now though so we’ll see how next week goes.

Highlights include…

Phin coffee.  We are head over heels for this system, the results are so velvety!

IMG_2357

We ate yogurt bowls as a family.  Mine had 2% Fage, honey, candied walnuts, cinnamon, espresso powder, and blueberries.

IMG_2361

TJ’s vegan tikki masala.  9/10.

IMG_2373

Leftover turkey meatballs.  This simple batch – seasoned with salt, pepper, TJ’s umami powder, and Korean chili flakes – turned out so good.

IMG_2341

We made Hummingbird High’s small batch brownies and they were hands-down the best brownies I’ve ever eaten.  Insane.  I added espresso powder and didn’t have any cocoa powder and they were next-level fudgy.

IMG_20200410_105751_383

Greek veggie bowls.  Cucumber, baby tomato, roasted chickpeas, olives, fresh mint, TJ’s Greek feta salad dressing, and TJ’s zhoug.

IMG_2354

Pizza salad!  Romaine, Greek feta dressing, roasted tomatoes, sharp cheddar, and pepperoni croutons (aka turkey pepperoni that I baked until crispy).  Plus homemade garlic knots.

IMG_2369

I made stromboli!  With turkey, turkey pepperoni, and mozzarella.  Plus roasted green beans.

IMG_2375

Important update – this is how the dog likes to spend most of his time, on my lap, under a pillow.

IMG_2339

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee*

*please read the title to the tune of the Brady Bunch’s “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”

It was an exciting week in home entertainment for us – I started watching Schitt’s Creek, and of course fell in love, and borrowed my mom’s Prime log-in to binge watch all of Absentia.

It was also an exciting week in home caffeination – I had a different (fancy!) coffee drink every day.

Highlights include…

Dalgona coffee!  Here is an explainer.  I used instant espresso powder and looooved it.

IMG_2322

Lavendar latte.

IMG_2240

Vietnamese coffee made with a phin filter.

IMG_2330

Lavazza espresso.

IMG_2275

2% plain Fage Greek yogurt with blueberries, candied walnuts, cinnamon, and maple syrup.

IMG_2254

With blueberries, cinnamon, maple, candied walnuts, and maple walnut granola.

IMG_2307

If you think the dog doesn’t get his own yogurt and berries bowl you’re crazy.

IMG_2243

IMG_2249

Soft-scrambled eggs with mozzarella and Korean chili flakes / tater tots with Sriracha, Kewpie, and furikake / baby carrots.

IMG_2313

Egg and cheese onion bagel with soft-scrambled eggs with mozzarella plus Sriracha and mayo.

IMG_2300

The Starburst soda pop flavored jelly beans are pretty darn good, especially the cola and lime flavor.

IMG_2259

Number 2 Pencil’s single-serve chocolate chip cookies are fantastic.  I added rainbow sprinkles and espresso powder.

IMG_2282

Local pizza with fried chicken, roasted zucchini, and hot peppers.

IMG_2329

Giant salad bowl – romaine lettuce, Trader Joe’s balsamic and fig dressing, Trader Joe’s zhoug, celery, tater tats, and turkey meatballs (made with panko, egg, Trader Joe’s umami powder, and Korean chili flakes).

IMG_2262

Giant salad bowl – romaine, balsamic, zhoug, celery, candied walnuts, fresh mint, and baked seitan.

IMG_2293

I’d say “have a great weekend,” but doesn’t every day basically feel the same at this point?

Super Bowling

Five things from the weekend –

{1} I did not watch any of the Super Bowl but I did go bowling!  I am not good.

IMG_20200202_134052_043

{2} Best salad combination = romaine lettuce, cilantro dressing, zhoug, celery, tomato, and chorizo seitan.

IMG_1576

{3} This Moophoria line from Ben & Jerry’s is surprisingly good.  We bought it because the mix-ins (brownies and marshmallow swirl!) sounded so yummy and were pleasantly surprised by how much we liked the fluffy texture of the light ice cream.

IMG_1587

{4} Japanese shave ice at Bonsai Kakigōri.  Strawberry with black sesame brittle and housemade whipped cream.

IMG_20200201_160008_986

{5} We spent an afternoon walking around the Lower East Side.  LES is my current favorite spot for street art.

IMG_1591

IMG_1596

P.S. No posts from me for a couple of weeks – I am going home to spend some time with my family.  I am sure to be posting on Instagram, I’m @emilywax.

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.

IMG_1322

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

IMG_1308

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.

IMG_20200122_120729_566

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

IMG_20200122_125336_493

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

IMG_1367

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

IMG_1369

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.

IMG_1386

And yogurt gummies and passion fruit gummies.

IMG_1400

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.

IMG_1317

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

IMG_1356

Have a great weekend!

IMG_20200122_084710_440

Nacho Zip Code

My stuff, my husband, my dog, and I all finally live in the same place (New York) again!  What a surreal week!  I worked Monday-Tuesday, moved Wednesday, and unpacked Thursday-Friday.  I am thrilled to be with my amazing family and excited to be back in New York but am deeply mourning leaving Charlottesville, and my fantastic Virginia family and friends, and my unbelievably great job.  <– it’s an extremely good problem to have 🙂

My last Cville weekend was low-key because I was a bit under the weather.  I mostly watched tv in bed, drank Gatorade, and spent $8 on precut fruit.

IMG_0734

Before I knew it it was Tuesday and I was drinking my very last hospital coffee!  Sidenote – the coffee stands in the hospital served my favorite iced lattes in Virginia and I am going to miss them greatly.

IMG_20191203_072916_841

Also that afternoon coworkers took me out for coffee and then after work we went to Hardywood for a final round of marshmallow gingerbread stouts and by the time I packed my car I was a drunk, overly caffeinated mess.

My last night my family took me out for nachos – multiple plates! – and margaritas and I got to tell them how unbelievably grateful I am for their hospitality.  I lived with my cousin and her fiance for the last 4 months and they could not have made my life easier or more fun.  A lot of people thought I was insane for choosing to live apart from Adam and Webster for so long but one of the biggest silver linings of situation was the time I got with my Virginia family.

20191203_201243

And they would be thrilled to know that the very first thing I ate in New York was nachos!

IMG_0737

Once we got the car unpacked Adam and I headed to I am Nacho Mama for bbq chicken nachos and fancy honey coffee.

IMG_0743

IMG_0740

I also had tacos – griddled cheese and salmon.

IMG_0745

Last night we had a fancy dinner at our local mall, Tom Colicchio’s restaurant Small Batch.

IMG_0747

Little gem lettuce with pecorino cheese, radishes, fried soft-boiled egg, and ceasar dressing.

IMG_0749

Local duck breast with honeynut squash, figs, and black garlic.

IMG_0751

Chocolate souffle cake with milk chocolate sauce, cookie crumbs, and bourbon-brown sugar ice cream.

IMG_0755

Good Tidings And Cheer

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

IMG_0693

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.

IMG-20191126-WA0029

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!

IMG_20191128_152853_677

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

IMG_0703

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

IMG_0719

IMG_0715

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

IMG_0725

A Perfect Weekend

An ideal weekend would involve time with my boys, but this weekend did include several (quite yummy) snack items from the Perfect Snacks company!  Also a trip to the Farmer’s Market, an afternoon of day-drinking with my cousin, and a Sunday shift at the hospital.  Also, apparently, me being way too excited about everything I ate.

Highlights…

Cinnamon bears with espresso is the best combo.

IMG_0071

Whole Foods uses a chocolate powder – versus a syrup – in their iced mochas and I am obsessed with them.

IMG_0073

This local cold brew – with chicory, cinnamon, and lavender! – was pretty good too.

IMG_0128

Still obsessed with this chocolate chip cookie dough bar that has no internet presence (they seem to be sold exclusively at Trader Joe’s?).

IMG_0122

Breakfast biscuit from Ace with pimento cheese, a sunny side up egg, and jerk chicken.

IMG_20190928_135151_591

Perfect for Apple Month – a caramel apple cocktail from Vitae!  Vitae Golden Rum, Zirbenz Pine Liquor, lemon juice, salted caramel syrup, and cinnamon apple cider.

IMG_20190928_134718_404

Still obsessed with the IPAs at Hardywood.

IMG_20190928_152321_101

These new peanut butter cups are extra-strength delicious!  They aren’t overly sweet and they don’t contain any palm oil, my two requirements in peanut butter cups.  They’re still not a “health food,” but compared with Resse’s they do have an extra 3 grams of protein and 10 grams less sugar.

IMG_0078

The last of my superior salad mix – romaine with Greek feta dressing, chorizo seitan, honey butter almonds, celery, and zhoug.

IMG_0109

Superior Salads

Fun things from this week: It’s Friday! // I have plans to see my boys again in less than 15 days! // Yesterday I went to Hardywood with a coworker for happy hour and free pretzels and pimento cheese. // I finally made it to the farmer’s market that sets up on the hospital grounds and had a really excellent iced mocha with macadamia milk. // The weather is starting to get a bit cooler but still isn’t cold yet.

Highlights included…

Local nitro cold brew with maple.

IMG_0041

Nothing beats Stumptown.

IMG_0004

Strawberry lingonberry yogurt with chocolate peanut butter is a pretty great combination.  Plus a Pazazz apple.

IMG_0011

Bars on bars.

IMG_0047

I had some really excellent topping ingredients on hand so I made this a week of salads.  Honey butter almonds and zhoug are fantastic on their own and even better when paired together.  Especially with a fun variety of proteins!

IMG_0019

Romaine / Greek feta dressing / zhoug / honey butter almonds / baby tomatoes / chorizo seitan.

IMG_0027

Romaine / champagne vinaigrette / zhoug / honey butter almonds / celery / vegan chicken salad.

IMG_0056

Romaine / champagne vinaigrette / zhoug / honey butter almonds / baby tomatoes / turkey pepperoni.  <– pro tip: if you bake pepperoni at 350 degrees for 15 minutes it turns into pepperoni chips!

IMG_0060