Hey there, how do you like the new look? I didn’t like the big block letters. Block letters do not define me! 🙂 Moving along…today was a rush day. Crazy day. I slept in till 8:30am, which would have been fine if I didn’t have to take Roberta to the vet. After ingesting a pot of coffee (it’s only a 5-cup machine, calm down!) and scanning my favorite blogs, we loaded up Itchy-pants into the car and got her medicated. We had to rush back home to get ready for that baby birthday party. I inhaled this:
I abhor dishes 🙂 I toasted us up some whole wheat bread, spread on some chunky pb, split up a naner between the two of them, sprinkled ’em with cinnamon and a drizzle of honey. Then, away we went. So, I didn’t shoot any pictures of the party because I felt weird 😉 But, it was held in a ballroom, included a photo shoot, an ICEE machine, a soft-serve machine, a bouncy castle (indoors, no less) and catered food. This is a typical 1st birthday here. I informed my husband that if we ever spawn (which I don’t plan on anytime soon), baby’s first birthday is celebrated by stripping baby to diaper, putting a trash bag under the high chair and giving him/her their own cake. That’s about it, no bells or whistles here. In case you’re wondering, that’s a family tradition (I have a cool mom). I noshed on a salad (iceberg with Italian dressing, so, kind of a salad), fruit, a little salmon, some steamed veggies and pancit (Filipino food alert! Pancit is noodles that are pan-fried with different meats or veggies. It’s a very distinct noodle dish that you should Google and then eat. I will work for pancit).
We weren’t going to stay long, but I got sucked in by the juggler (at one point in life, I seriously considered circus college. At age 20. Thanks to some level-headed friends in my life, I nixed that). We sprinted out the door to head on over to the Okinawan festival and, at that point, I pulled a Shayna. With the crowds, the music and the weird smells abound, I had to leave. It wasn’t going to be fun. Interesting things weren’t going to amaze me. It took us an hour and a half to find parking for crying out loud and then, I couldn’t even figure out how to pay the machine!! I was sweaty, out of sunscreen (NOT good here) and hungry. So, we left 😦 Fortunately, it’s open tomorrow, so you may get a glimpse! But it was still a beautiful day out there:
We headed over to The Counter. Ours is owned by Daniel Dae Kim (Jin, from LOST. So hot. Not as hot as my husband, but pretty darn close); The Counter is a build-your-own burger joint that features happy cows (no antibiotics, vegetarian diet) and local and/or organic produce. It is delicious, if you’re feeling carnivorous. We started with the sweet potato fries with a horseradish aioli:
and what I have dubbed “The Greek”:
If you and your mate are splitting it (which we always do), they slice it in half and plate it separately!! Lurve that. This was a medium rare beauty on a whole wheat bun with red onions, black olives, mixed greens, pepperoncini, sun-dried tomatoes, feta and a garlic aioli. It was my best creation yet. Husband agreed wholeheartedly 😀
And then, to decompress from my rushed morning, I got to stroll around Whole Foods being a Whole Foolio and checking everything out. There’s a couple of products I wanted to see and I grabbed some naan bread, salsa, zucchini and chocolate. I was heading out when one of the kindly produce men gave me a slice of dragonfruit. Oh my. This was amazing. So amazing, in fact, that I had to ignore the 7.99 per pound price tag. Or, find the smallest guy they had:
You are destined for greatness tomorrow, young dragonfruit. We then vegged out for the rest of the evening and I flew through Water for Elephants (I recommend it!!! Finally a winner 🙂 ).
So, it’s way too late here and I have to get some beauty sleep because I have brunch tomorrow! Did I mention I love food? 😉 This brunch place pick was for my honey and he’s super jazzed about going. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get in a workout tomorrow as well. I hope all you U.S. readers are enjoying your Labor Day weekend! Good night and see you tomorrow with the brunch to end all brunches!