More Delica yums (San Francisco), oatmeal, & working out!

On Wednesday Bobby and I were up in San Francisco again for a job interview (Bobby’s). We had to go to Delica rf-1 again; we go there almost every time we are in SF. Delica is a sweet little Japanese deli/delicatessen with takeout foods. They have salads, bento boxes, soups, and other cute Japanese dishes.

I got almost the same thing as I did last time (3 salad combo), except I doubled up on the Spicy Burdock Root Salad (A spicy mix of braised burdock and konnyaku (mountain potato) tossed with thin slices of white onion, celery, julienne carrots, and wild mizuna), and got a single a serving of Hijiki and Soybean Salad (Hijiki (seaweed rich in calcium, iron, and fiber) mixed with dried soybeans, edamame, konnyaku (mountain potato), daikon, wild mizuna, fried tofu, and kuko (wolfberry)).

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Bobby got the 2 salads + 1 main item combo (like last time). He opted for the Spicy Burdock Root Salad (this is our favorite), the Wasabi Garlic Potato Salad (Garlic potato salad with wasabi mayonnaise, edamame, snap peas, and romaine hearts), and for his main item he got Sweet & Spicy Chicken (Marinated chicken, lightly fried, served with sweet & spicy sauce).

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We split that iced tea.

I made my rice cooker oats again for breakfast one day this week…

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This time I topped them with chopped dates and a whole bunch of sesame seeds. I love adding sesame seeds to oats – they give a nice chew and crunch. I couldn’t decide which picture I liked better.

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Have you tried rice cooker oats yet?

You guys had some really good input about my post regarding rest days. I continued my pattern of unintentional and/or fun workouts the last few days – I had my accidental 5 mile walk on Thursday, yesterday I did 20 minutes of Tom Morley yoga and about a mile of walking (I consider yesterday a very lazy day; I just walked to the grocery store but got too much stuff and Bobby had to pick me up), and so far today I did a 35 minute video – Self: Slim and Sleek, Fast! Bobby has class all day so I’m on my own. We were going to go to a pumpkin festival but that will probably happen tomorrow instead.

Oddly enough, Meghann and Kath both posted about non-rest rest days yesterday! Their opinions were similar to mine. Remember to check out my workout page if you ever want to see what I’ve been doing. And don’t forget about my yoga page – it has lots of great (free) yoga resources. I should probably update it because I’ve found some more (free) sites.

Another post I enjoyed reading was Tina’s post this morning – she ate a pretty amazing looking muffin for breakfast. Muffins are actually one of my favorite foods, but I don’t really eat them that often. She reminded me that I should definitely treat myself occasionally! Back at Cornell, Bobby and I used to go to a cafe called Mate Factor and they had the most amazing muffins. This is their raspberry one (old picture). I’ve posted about Mate Factor HERE and HERE and HERE.

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I’m off to shower and enjoy this lovely fall Saturday. What are your plans? What’s your favorite muffin?

Dragon fruit! Roasted Seaweed! Friends!

I have some new foods for you guys to check out. I’ve seen dragon fruit on Coco’s blog, so when I saw it at 99 Ranch (Chinese grocery store), I knew I should try it. It was $3.49/pound. I think this fruit was about $2. I should really look for dragon fruit recipes. Any suggestions?

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I cut it in half and took off the peel; then I cut it in pieces and ate it plain.

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It was kind of boring. It wasn’t very sweet, and didn’t have a very distinct flavor. I guess dragon fruit just isn’t my thing. It was worth a shot though. I hear that it’s better chilled (?). Here’s some dragon fruit nutrition information…

Dragon fruit is also called pitaya. In Chinese it’s huǒ lóng guǒ (火龍果/火龙果), which means fire dragon fruit, or lóng zhū guǒ (dragon pearl fruit). In Vietnamese it’s thanh long (green dragon). The redder the fruit, the more Vitamin C it has. It’s also a good source of fiber, phosphorus, and calcium. Dragonfruit has albumin antioxidants, which are helpful for preventing cancer. It’s pretty versatile – diabetics in Taiwan sometimes eat it instead of rice. Dragon fruit is very low calorie.

If you hadn’t noticed, my new favorite photo place is outside on my balcony. I balance food on the thin railing, which scares Bobby… but it usually gives me perfect lighting.

I found something to make up for the dragon fruit disappointment though…

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Korean Roasted Seaweed! These come in packs of 3 and they were on sale for $1 per pack (of 3). The ingredients are just seaweed, oil, and salt. They are crispy and very slightly oily (not overly so) which gives them a nice flavor. I used to go through packs of these like crazy, but for some reason I stopped buying them a while ago.

I picked up these seaweed treats and a bunch of other goodies at 99 Ranch last night when I met up with my new bloggie friend, Linda. I met her at the KERF meetup on Sunday and it turns out she lives pretty close. I actually met up with another new friend yesterday too; we walked and talked and got yummy tea together. I accidentally ended up walking about 5 miles. I love making new friends 🙂

How do you usually meet new people?

P.S. I got on Foodgawker and Tastespotting yesterday! I love my new camera!

Good bread & some workouts

The other day I got a lovely present from Foodbuzz‘s Tastemaker program…

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Thanks! These are two loaves of Nature’s Pride bread – 12 Grain and 100% Whole Wheat. Both breads had a decent ingredient list, but I was disappointed to see dairy products there. You really don’t need milk to made great bread. The ingredient list was long, but I didn’t see anything too scary, and the lack of high fructose corn syrup was a plus. I immediately ate a slice of the Whole Wheat and promptly tossed them in the freezer to stay fresh. The next day Bobby enjoyed 2 slices of the 12 Grain…

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This is a vegetarian breakfast of 2 scrambled eggs, 2 slices of toast (dry), 2 veggie sausages, and 3 veggie bacons. He loved it. He actually prefers veggie bacon and veggie sausage to the real deal, which I find very cute. I enjoy veggie bacon, but I don’t particularly care for veggie sausage (or real sausage, for that matter).

Aside from eating very yummy things, I’ve been changing up my exercise. I’ve found that even if I don’t plan on doing anything on a certain day, I always manage to get in a workout. I looked back on my Workout Page to see how often I take a rest day – I’ve had 7 rest/lazy days since the beginning of January. I almost *always* find something to do, even if it’s just 20 minutes of yoga. Treating exercise as a natural part of life, and not a chore, makes it that much more enjoyable. I never dread exercise; I actually look forward to it. As long as I keep changing it up, I don’t get bored.

I definitely wouldn’t advocate doing intense exercise every day. But the kind of exercise I do is something that you absolutely CAN do every day. Yoga stretches as it strengthens; I don’t do killer cardio sessions; I walk a lot; I’m gentle and listen to my body. I think I’ve learned what works (for me at least). Here’s what I’ve been up to the last few days…

For the last couple of weeks I haven’t been doing long yoga practices at all. Actually, I haven’t really been doing many short practices either. Yesterday I did Tom Morley’s “Buns & Thighs Yoga“, which was 20 minutes. The other activity I did yesterday was walking in San Francisco – about 3.5 miles.

I found a fun new video on Comcast’s Exercise TV (On Demand) called “Disco Abs“, featuring Cheryl Burke. It’s 30 minutes long and it’s a pretty good workout. I get really into all the disco moves and totally rock out in my living room. I did that on Saturday and Monday.

On Sunday I walked around in San Francisco (about 3 miles or so, maybe a little more). I was carrying a whole bunch of stuff so it was really tiring.

On Tuesday I did actually work myself out pretty hard (for me) – I jogged/walked for 5.18 miles on the treadmill (0% incline). This is not normal for me; I was feeling stressed and I needed a way to let off steam that did not involve pulling my hair out. It definitely worked; I felt great afterwards. I cooled down with about 5 minutes of yoga-ish stretching.

Do you take rest days? Or do you keep your exercise low key enough that you don’t need them? Do you ever crave a sweaty gym session?