Archive of ‘pizza’ category

First Day Of Work

Remember that good news I mentioned the other day? Or maybe you wondered why I suddenly moved into Manhattan this weekend? I started my new job today. I’m a kind of marketing analyst for a small startup. So far – awesome.

This morning I woke up jittery so I went out for a jog. I did about 1.75 miles (?). When I got back I picked up my breakfast from Metro Cafe – a 12 ounce oatmeal made with skim milk + cinnamon, banana, and blueberries.

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I finished it, but it wasn’t very good. I’m not getting it again. What the what Metro Cafe? I’ll stick with your bagels. Tomorrow’s breakfast is going to be instant grits from a hotel we stayed at on the road trip. Hehehe.

Foodbuzz Festival Day 1

Now Coco and Sophia are both here!

Tonight we drove up to San Francisco for the first Foodbuzz Festival event. The welcome reception was from 5-7pm at the Hotel Vitale. This wasn’t the main food event of the day, but they did have two cool appetizers: gruyere gougeres with bacon and mascarpone and pork rillettes. They were provided by midi.

I tried the rilletes. Pretty good, but kind of salty. I didn’t try the puff things, but they looked cool.

After the reception we headed over to the Ferry Building for an amazing dinner event. Foodbuzz rented out a portion of the building and had restaurants serving food all the way down the alley.

As soon as we entered I saw mini cupcakes, and I couldn’t resist. Dessert first! I tried the pumpkin cupcake, but they also had red velvet, chocolate cinnamon, and an almond flavored one. I had an almond one on my way out for my real dessert. These were provided by Mission Minis.

I’m a veggie, I’m a veggie, from Abbeywood way

Last night we made pizza for our friends over at their house. I prepped the dough at our place (using my super awesome recipe) and took it, along with various toppings, over to theirs. We ended up with 4 pizzas…

Chicken, sun dried tomatoes, and mozzarella + parmesan.

Beef (free range, organic, grass fed), mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, and cheddar + parmesan.

Veggie – mushrooms, olives, cheddar + parmesan.

Unpictured veggie – mushrooms, red peppers, olives, mozzarella + parm. I’m sure you can guess which pizzas I had.

But we didn’t just have pizza. I made a nice veggie stir fry as well (Brussels sprouts, collard greens, red pepper, onions, burdock, and various sauces).

And our friends made this yummy bread topped with crab + mayo + curry dip. They baked it for a few minutes and it was delicious.

Dinner Party!

Last night Bobby and I hosted our very first dinner party!  We invited over our cousins, Miwa and Armand, and we had a great time.  Bobby and Armand are so similar and Miwa and I are really similar as well.  Bobby and Armand discovered that they went to the same comic convention thing (Comic-Con or something) a few months ago, and they both talked about how they didn’t want to drag me and Miwa along.  They see the same movies we do, so I think we’re going to see something with them soon.

We spend a few hours cleaning and getting ready.  I made a few different things…

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Caesar salad – hearts of romaine, olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper, lots of parmesan.  (Got this lovely Mexican bowl on sale at Kohl’s a while ago – it was on super sale.)

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Menu Plan Monday (vegetarian/vegan/macrobiotic)

This morning I went to the farmers’ market and snagged some pictures.  It was raining, so these don’t portray the usual vibrance… but I think you get the idea.  I love my farmers’ market.  (This is the Mountain View Farmers’ Market, by the way.)

At the entrance were some flowers

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So many fresh nuts4-farmers-market-nuts

So hard to choose!…9-farmers-market-veggiesFresh catches of the day…
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Mushrooms are delicious…
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These were gorgeous.  I miss having a garden…10-farmers-market-daffodilsPossibly the best honey ever!

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Freshly grown herbs8-farmers-market-herbsAnd lots of potatoes
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And my favorite… the samples!

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Menu Plan for the Week of March 01 – March 07

Dinner ideas

  • kabocha, bean, tomato, and swiss chard soup (recipe to come); farmers’ market bread and ezekiel pitas for carbs
  • teriyaki tofu; balsamic red swiss chard and onions

Menu Plan Monday (vegetarian/vegan/macrobiotic)

mpm2-1Menu Plan for the Week of February 22 – February 28

Dinner ideas: (some are recycled from last week; when I was sick I got lazy and didn’t make everything I’d planned on)

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Lunches:

  • Whole wheat pitas with nut butter
  • Brown Rice Tortillas with cheddar
  • Salads
  • Grainy blends – oat bran, or whipped wheat berries

Breakfasts:

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Easy Peasy Pizza Dough

I had never made pizza dough from scratch before last night.  But I should have – it was so easy.  And It ended up being great.  (Pizza is scary for me and I actually ate a whole slice – YUM.)  I think I’m going to try baking the dough just plain, like flatbread.  I usually buy flatbread at Trader Joe’s, but I think this would be a good alternative.

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Easy Peasy Pizza Dough (or Flatbread!)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups + 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 packet of yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (I just got my faucet to run hot and used that)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or a vegan sweetener)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • garlic and chili powder (or others)

Directions

Double Chocolate Oats, More Free Yoga, and Crazy Cake!

I’ve been getting some new readers recently and I wanted to say welcome!  Feel free to comment away; I love hearing from you.  I try to respond to all of the questions that I get but sometimes I miss one, so if I haven’t responded to you just bug me again.

This morning’s FREE yoga podcast – Salt Pond Yoga with Philip Urso.  I did the “rockin vinyasa at salt pond yoga (date – 3/11/07)” class, which was 90 minutes and a killer workout.  This was truly a vinyasa class, and there was no rest until we finally went into pidgeon at the end.  This class is not for beginners, but mainly because it would be hard to follow if you don’t know the poses well.  If you’re looking for a good sweaty vinyasa class, this is it.  This was the hardest class I’ve done in a while, and made me remember how much I love vinyasaGo flow.

Menu Plan Monday (Vegetarian)

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Menu Plan for the Week of February 1 – February 7

Sunday Dinner - Homemade pizzas, superbowl snacks (homemade hummus, celery, crackers).

Monday Dinner - Vietnamese Mixed Vegetable Soup (onion, tofu, greens, sprouts, tomatoes) with rice or couscous.

Tuesday Dinner - Soba noodle sushi!  Cucumber, tofu, avocado, sprouts, & soba noodles wrapped in seaweed.  Wasabi and soy sauce for dipping on the side.

Wednesday Dinner – Steamed mushrooms, tofu, and rice or couscous (plus chicken for Bobby).

Thursday DinnerTofu scrambles with leftover veggies.

Friday/Saturday Dinner – one night out; one night Curry (pineapple, tofu, water chestnuts, red pepper, onions, etc…) served over rice or couscous. If it’s good I’ll post the recipe. (This was planned for last week but I didn’t get to it.)

I love weekends

This morning was yoga.  My knees are bothering me again when I run – I need to find a nice soft trail!  I’m pretty sure it’s the concrete that’s hard on my knees.  I also walked for an hour during lunch.

I left my camera at home today, so I’m going to skip right to dinner for pictures…  Breakfast was the usual soupy oats but with 2% milk (very nice and creamy) and lunch was a salad with chicken breast and a whole wheat wrap.  Snacks included more wraps with smart balance and several honeycrisp apples.  Nothing unusual.

Dinner was quite delicious:

  • pizza topped with tomato, carrot, red pepper, eggplant, a chopped up veggie dog, and lots of rice cheeze (this was on a whole wheat wrap) – I did have the whole thing.

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