Take Me Out

This weekend we: Ate all the take-out.  Took the dog on several long walks.  Washed the dog and turned him into an adorable woolly mammoth.  Did our grocery shopping for the next two weeks.

I also went on a really great run and started re-watching America’s Next Top Model.

Highlights include…

Obsessed with these Trader Joe’s bbq popped chips.  I prefer a smoky bbq flavor and this fits the bill.

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Even more obsessed with this Evil Twin pink pineapple IPA.  Served in a go-cup because we took a cocktail hour walk with Webster that knocked our socks off.

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We got great take-out from a local Mediterranean spot.  Tons of pita bread with all of the smokey eggplant dips.  Plus bulgar with tzatziki and chicken (plus roasted broccoli).

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And we ordered all of their desserts!

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We also got great take-out from a local Szechuan spot.  I had kung pow tofu with veggie rice noodles and Chinese cabbage with peppers.

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Painkillers In Quarantine

Highlights from the weekend…

Cold brew with chocolate milk.

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Cinnamon coffee.

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I ate my first apple in months – a very crispy Lady Alice – and it was delightful.

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Cookie butter Greek yogurt – with granola and chocolate chips.

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Beer!  The Grimm was too ear waxy for my tastes but the Kills Boro Amethyst sour IPA with blueberries and lavender was very drinkable.

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We were supposed to be back home in St. Thomas for carnival this weekend; instead we consoled ourselves with homemade Painkillers.  Nutmeg, pineapple juice, orange juice, rums, and I substituted low-fat coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk for coconut cream which worked out great!

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Leftover buffalo chicken pizza – with honey and Korean chili flakes – with baby carrots and blueberries.

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Roasted veggie bowls – broccoli, bell pepper, and cojita – topped with fried egg and Crystal hot sauce.

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Double Dry Hopped

Highlights from this week include…

Cafe Bustelo with chocolate milk, aka one of the best espresso-roast coffees with the best chocolate milk.

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Yogurt bowls!  Working from home means I can make a fresh yogurt bowl every day and I have been loving the crap out of having berries around.  Very excited that we are going to the store tomorrow and can restock.  Icelandic-style coffee yogurt with blueberries, blackberries, and coconut chips.

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Plain Greek yogurt with cinnamon, berries, honey maple granola, and TJ’s flax and chia seed peanut butter.

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Plan skyr yogurt with cinnamon, maple syrup, berries, and almonds and candied walnuts.

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Korean snacks from this month’s Snack Crate.

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Vanilla pineapple IPA brewed with lactose.  I’m pretty sure I want every single beer that Collective Arts sells.

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Other Half Double Dry Hopped Broccoli.  This was insanely drinkable and mellow.

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Buffalo chicken pizza.

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Ground turkey with shiitake mushrooms, onion, tomato paste, and sour cream on a bed of roasted cabbage.  This dish had so much umami!

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The best dish of the week = roasted cabbage // topped with seasoned baked tofu // and esquites.

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Back At It

Big news I’ve been waiting to share – I went back to work this week!  I finally found a job that is a good fit for my experience; I’ll be responsible for the ICUs at a hospital in Queens.  Great timing, right?!  I actually will be able to do some work-from-home days but this week I had to go into the hospital for training.

Food highlights from this week include…

This week’s coffee combo.

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I made Adam and myself dalgona coffees and he is smitten now too.

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Usually I don’t keep a ton of candy in the house but now that I’m unable to pop out for an ice cream whenever I wish I’ve started building up a stash.

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Amy’s chile relleno bowl with hot sauce.  <– my 2nd all-time-favorite frozen meal

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Trader Joe’s sriracha shrimp bowl with cashews on top.  <– my all-time-favorite frozen meal

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Brown sugar garlic chicken thighs / on a bed of roasted broccoli and green beans / topped with zhoug and Korean chili flakes.

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Egg casserole (very similar to this recipe) with tons of roasted broccoli and mozzarella.  Plus turkey breakfast sausage.

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We got take-out last night to celebrate the almost-end of my first work week.  Pizza loaded with vegetables – broccoli rabe, roasted zucchini, and olives – and garlic knots loaded with cheese.

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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!

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

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TJ’s vegan tikki masala.  9/10.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Lavendar latte.

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Vietnamese coffee made with a phin filter.

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Lavazza espresso.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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).

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

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

Virtual Road Trip

One silver lining to not getting to see any of my friends in person for the discernible future is that we’ve been doing a better job of connecting long-distance.  I spent hours on the phone with a childhood friend the other day and Sunday morning my cousin and I took an online yoga class together.  <– super fun fact? The yoga class was actually being taught by another one of my childhood friends!  Plus, I know that I am insanely lucky to be in such a good marriage, I’m at home with my favorite person on earth.

This weekend we took a trip to Virginia in the form of some of our our favorite drinks.  Coffee from Black Hand.

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Rum from Vitae.  With cinnamon coke and lime!

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We’ve been drinking a lot of fancy packaged coffees to help me deal with my withdrawal from coffee shop quad iced lattes.

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I used the last of my fresh berries in this yogurt bowl.  Plain Greek with maple, cinnamon, and TJ’s mixed nut butter.

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Delivery successes.  Bubble tea.

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Tons of Mexican food.

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Menemen, loosely based on this recipe.  I used sumac, chili flakes, pepper, smoked paprika, and fresno chilis.  Plus TJ’s rose fingerling potato chips, which were crazy addictive, I went back for thirds.

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TJ’s vegan orange chicken served on a big bed of green beans in gojuchang.

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