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  • Paula 8:36 pm on July 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Four Breakfasts 

    Today I ate breakfast.

    For every meal.

    And it was wonderful.

    Brunch at a new-to-me place I found on Yelp called Sweet Pea’s, which serves breakfast all day (or at least until 4pm when they close). We sat right where that lady in the green sweater is sitting. Lucky her, pre-warmed chairs!

    Mine, minus the fruit salad that I gobbled down. Artichoke, tomato and cheddar egg white omelet + 9 grain toast with strawberry jam.

    As any good brunch partner should do, I also sampled my companions’ dishes.

    Ham, egg and swiss cheese crepe.

    Grilled chicken and pesto crepe with mozzarella, tomato slices and basil pesto. According to the waitress, this is one of their most popular savory crepes (along with the mushroom, feta and spinach crepe that comes with white wine and mushroom sauce). The best part is that all the crepes can be made with either white or buckwheat batter. You can’t beat buckwheat when it comes to savory crepes. I would probably stick to the normal ol’ white for dessert though.

    Breakfast, numero dos happened a little while later. Eating Right Muesli + 100% Natural Granola with almond milk. I had this X2 while hanging out with Denis and his parents, who had come over for a BBQ. Note Denis trying to infiltrate the picture while making awkward flexing poses.

    Denis’ mom came bearing gifts.

    And oatmeal raisin cookies! Yum. I love homemade cookies because they are never as greasy feeling as the ones at, for example, Mrs. Fields. I think the fine folks at Mrs. Fields keep their cookies tasting super fresh all day long (and maybe for a few days after) by giving them the same mysterious treatment that Hostess gives Twinkies. Curiously moist.

    You guessed what was for dinner… more breakfast!

    Egg beaters with mini portabella mushrooms and crab scramble.

    I made the fruit salad with some berries I had in the fridge and one of SIX cartons of raspberries I picked up from the happiest place on earth IKEA Costco earlier (more on that later).

    And, finally, for the fourth breakfast: a giant oatmeal raisin cookie for dessert!

    The oatmeal makes it count as breakfast, right? And, to definitively squash any unfounded doubt, Denis’ mom used 3 whole cups of oatmeal in the batter!

    I’m officially full, but I’ve been saving the best for last. It’s bulk paper towel time.

    The holy grail of oatmeal. Over 110 servings!

    Denis loves this stuff. He puts Tobasco on everything. It’s a sickness.

    Oh baby, oh baby.

    Back to work after the three day weekend tomorrow. I think I’ll spend the remaining hours watching the new Anthony Bourdain episode in the Caribbean and then, who knows, arrange all my new kitchen sponges into castle formation?

    Peace out trout.

  • Paula 1:09 am on July 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Vino, and Bagpipes, and Sweet Peppers. Oh, My! 

    I hope everyone had a great July 4th!

    We just got back from watching fireworks at Shoreline with my best friend from high school (is it just me, or are shows getting shorter and July nights getting colder?), and decided the mood was right for some blogging. Actually, there was one between step – I had to jump in the shower after my left leg literally sunk half a foot into a treacherous mud pit that was hidden in a grassy patch during the journey back to the car post-show. Pbfthh, grass, pbfthh!

    I pretty much failed at taking pictures today despite dutifully toting my camera around to brunch with a gal friend from college (egg beaters scramble with chicken and portabella mushrooms + 2 slices buttered, jammed and honeyed w.w. toast) and a holiday BBQ (mangoes + all beef burgers + baklava). I did, however, manage to take pictures of my snacks. ❤ snacks.

    On a completely unrelated note, I also managed to buy a pair of overpriced jeans. You know something is wrong with the world if jeans are pricey even when they’re $100 off. Whoops, my credit card slipped. ::End digression::

    Finally cracked open the Raw Revolution bar that I bought yesterday. This picture was taken on my legs (even though it may not look like it, I swear I’m actually wearing clothes here), in a moving car, by my iPhone. I wouldn’t have posted it, but I wanted to capture the texture, which was pretty homogeneous with seeds from (I think) the dates. The couple raw food bars I’ve tried have all been pretty crunch-less like this, although this one was admittedly pretty tasty. I’m not convinced agave nectar is any better for you than cornstarch though, and it definitely isn’t cheaper, so I’m not sure if I’m sold on the whole raw food movement.

    Nutrition facts from the Raw Indulgence site:

    Organic,91.7% Raw, Kosher (parve), Vegan, Free of preservatives, refined sweeteners, gluten, soy, wheat, peanuts and all animal products. Made in a gluten, peanut and animal product free facility. Caution: may contain naturally occurring shell & pit fragments.

    Nutrition Facts Serv. Size: 62 g, Servings: 1, Amount Per Serving: Calories 280, Fat Cal. 160, Total Fat 18g (27%DV), Sat. Fat 3g (16%DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. 0mg (0%DV), Sodium 5mg (0%DV), Total carb. 28g (9%DV), Fiber 4g (17%DV), Sugars 15g, Protein 8g, Vitamin A (0%DV), Vitamin C (8%DV), Calcium (6%DV), Iron(20%DV). Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. INGREDIENTS: CASHEW, DATES, AGAVE NECTAR, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, ALMONDS, SPROUTED FLAX SEED
    OMEGA 3: 3.6mg
    OMEGA 6: 1.1 g

    After the BBQ, we swung by WFs to pick up some snackaroos for the fireworks pre-game. This was my personal lineup that I actually made a respectable dent in. Once I pop, I can’t stop.

    Today was definitely a day of home-style indulgence. Yesterday’s trip to Monterey was also indulgent. But perhaps in a… classier (?) way.

    Allow me to explain.

    The perfect day.

    One last thing that I need to share before I hit the sack. I randomly acquired these bad boys today. Apparently they’re sweet, but they look like they should be devilishly picante.

    I can’t wait to figure out what to do with them!

    We set the alarm clock in hopes of making it to the gym after all the heavy food has settled to the depths of my stomach. I give us a 60% chance. G’night!

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