Naughty Or Vice

I did not do such a hot job taking photos the last week so I only have a minimal amount to post.  We’re at that point in winter where I hate everything – particularly having to wear jackets, boots, and multiple layers – and just want to hibernate.  Let’s just share the top five from the last week.  More accurately, five photos of the top eight things…

Blanchard’s Dark as Dark coffee.  Roasty and smooth.  And yes, I stick with iced even when I’m holding my cup with a begrudgingly gloved hand.

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Peppermint gummy bears and licorice bears.  The mint-anise combo is surprisingly delicious.

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Holiday spice kombucha is my favorite Health-Ade flavor.  And Trader Joe’s eggnog yogurt is one of the very best holiday items, second only to actual ‘nog.

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Vice Cream ice cream.

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We generally only buy unsweetened (and unsulphered) dried fruit but I will absolutely make an exception for Trader Joe’s hibiscus.  They are sweet, chewy, and just a bit tangy, plus they look totally alien and cool.  And Adam and I were both very impressed with this vegan jerky.

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Yum Yums And Cheer

I had some real flops in the dinner department this week, and I don’t photograph my work lunches, so most of what I have to share in this post is dessert!

I tried chocolate oat milk in my iced coffee and I didn’t totally hate it.

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Wegman’s coffee counter shopping treat, salted caramel cold foam iced latte.  Cold foam gets two thumbs up from me, I would get it again on an unflavored latte.

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The cookie butter flavor at Red Mango is hands down the best frozen yogurt I’ve ever tasted!  Topped with mochi and butterscotch chips.

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Homemade tahini cookies stuffed with m&ms.  A riff on this recipe because No. 2 Pencil’s cookie recipes are all genius.

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Chipotle salads are my favorite restaurant meal at the moment and I’m not even ashamed about it.  My perfect combo = greens, chicken, extra fajita veggies, corn salsa, hot salsa, sour cream, and cheese.  Eaten at home with a super tasty Dogfish Head Dragon and Yum Yums beer.

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This salad was a homemade dinner success!  Sauteed broccoli slaw / shredded chicken breast / toasted almond slivers / a food processed sauce of cilantro, parsley, orange juice, lime juice, evoo, honey, and rice vinegar.

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New York, New York

Adam and I drove to New York for a fantastic weekend visit!

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We did tons of city walking punctuated by coffees and ice creams // Brunched with friends at Vinegar Hill House // Tried a new place for dinner on Saturday that was just terrible and ended up having the best night ever getting a variety of things from DeKalb Market and eating in bed in front of Chopped //  Bought coffee and halvah to bring home to Charlottesville…

Also, I didn’t snap a picture, but we shared a a baklava croissant from Cafe D’Avignon that was the best thing I ate the whole trip month!

Here were five highlights…

{1}  Maple Shay from Brooklyn Roasting Co.  Espresso (four shots for me!) with ice, milk, and maple syrup.

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{2}  An iced latte from Terremoto, with housemade rose syrup.

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{3}  Drinks from Ramona in Greenpoint.  We had a frozen mango Thai iced tea with coconut whipped cream and “The Harpooned Heart” – vodka, coconut, almond, vanilla, mint, lime, pineapple, and peppercorn bitters.

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{4}  Big Gay Ice Cream.  I got vanilla soft serve, in a cone lined with Biscoff, topped with dulce de leche, and coated in sprinkles.  It was out of this world.  The sprinkles were the best part, the best I’ve ever tasted.

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{5}  The Little Mule combo from Chef’s Club Counter.  It was white american cheese, cotija cheese, pickled jalopenos, fried egg, and chipotle mayo.  Served on an Impossible Burger.  We kind of swooned over it.

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My Kingdom For A Coffee

Random things from the weekend…

We tried what felt like a million different coffees.  I have yet to find a local ready-made option that can keep up with Grady’s.  Iced Vietnamese latte from Cville Coffee.

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Iced latte from Grit.

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Ice latte from Feast.

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Muddy Waters was meh.

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But much improved with a large scoop of violet marshmallow ice cream!

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We had really good bagels at Bodo’s.  Everything with olive cream cheese.  They are made fresh all day long and the texture is perfection.

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And only ok doughnuts from Duck.  Strawberry glazed with rainbow sprinkles and marshmallow drizzle.  I did not like that they were served fresh – aka hot – because it ruined the frosting.

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I made a delicious vegetarian dinner.  Cauliflower rice roasted in the oven / baked extra-firm sprouted tofu / scallion peanut salsa loosely based on this recipe.

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I am incapable of having peanuts in the house and not eating five plus handfuls per day.

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We went back to Maya and loved it a 2nd time!  We had two fantastic appetizers: a local mushroom plate with Sharondale Farm mushrooms, pork belly (for Adam!) spring onion grit cake, buttermilk curd, sunflower seed and sundried tomato pesto, and lemon parsley aioli // pimento cheese fritters(!!!) with hot pepper jelly and chive sour cream.

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I had the crab cakes for dinner, with sweet corn and green tomato chow-chow, smoked onion aioli, and mache.  Plus sauteed broccoli and leafy greens.

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And we somehow also ate peanut butter fluff pie for dessert.

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How is it possibly already August this week??!

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What-A-Melon

Four things I ate this week…

Stumptown Founder’s coffee brew with TJ’s chocolate almond-cashew milk.

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Watermelon juice.  Kids, it is June!

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Heirloom naval orange with vanilla bean yogurt and a new flavor of Polar Seltzer I didn’t care for.

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Cheesy chicken and brussel sprouts.  This recipe but with low-fat sour cream, minced garlic, smoked paprika, and cheddar in addition to Parmesan.

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Important FYI – It’s National Doughnut Day today!!!

Bunny Bites

The best things I ate this weekend were…

Easter candy!  So much Easter candy.

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Plus I made Oreo truffle balls with purple marshmallow Peep Oreos.

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Lunch at Little Skips, an adorable coffee spot in Bushwick.

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I got a bomb latte aka a latte that’s the bomb because it has sweetened condensed milk in it.

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And a vegan blt with smokey maple tempeh bacon, tomato, mixed greens, and house-made vegan cilantro-lime aioli on wheat toast.

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Hawaiian desserts at Mahalo Bakery.  We split a milk lovers cupcake (vanilla cake infused with a concoction of milks with cardamom spice and topped with whipped cream) and a slice of haupia pie (layers of semi-sweet Belgium chocolate, haupia, and coconut whipped cream).

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Black eyed pea salad.  We love this dish, it’s super tasty but easy-(black eyed) peasy.  BEP / green bell pepper / smoked almonds / Kerrygold Dubliner cheese / Cholula hot sauce.

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Spicy cabbage salad with shrimp.  I loosely followed this recipe from Bon Appetit that I am obsessed with.

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Have a great week!

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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Snack attack.  Peanut butter puffs.

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Mexican marshmallow shortbread cookies.

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Super sour soda and cola hard candies.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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