Guster Show & The Most Important Person in My Life
Last weekend we were in D.C. for the rally (I already mentioned this; I also posted about one of the signs I saw). We had to go up very early Saturday morning, because Friday night was a Guster concert in the city. This must be at least the 10th time I’ve seen them, and at least the 5th time with Bobby. They played at Beacon theater and the show sold out. (Guster cruise recap here.)
Here we are (10/29/2010):
Here is the same exact picture from 3.5 years ago (!) in the same exact theater seeing Guster together. That weekend was freezing cold and I remember driving either to or from the city in a vicious storm. It was March (?) of 2007 (a little over 1 year into our relationship). Back then I was not eating enough and hardly eating any fats at all and you can tell – I think I look much better now (above). My skin is better now too (my skincare tips here).
We have been together 4 years and 11 months exactly today. For a long time we celebrated our “monthiversary” every single 3rd of the month since our anniversary is December 3rd. I don’t remember when we stopped celebrating the 3rds – now we just give each other lots of hugs and kisses all the time, and we try to have a date night once a week. It doesn’t always fall on the 3rd but that’s okay.
The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear and Washington, D.C.
We ate well. Saturday night we ended up at a random Chinese restaurant – Sichuan Pavillion – that turned out to be one of the best Chinese restaurants we’ve been to. Definitely rivaled some of the fare in Chinatown. (My Joe’s Shanghai review here.) We got three things: shrimp fried rice, sauteed Chinese leeks and sprouts, and beef with broccoli.
I cannot resist beef with broccoli. Nor can I resist fried rice. Good thing Bobby was there to help me or else I might have eaten it all myself. Here is one of many of my plates. I like to steal all of the shrimp from the fried rice. Sorry, Bobby.
Sunday morning we had to walk around for a good 45 minutes before we found a place that was open for breakfast. D.C. is most certainly not New York. Au Bon Pain to the rescue! I got a toasted buttered whole grain bagel (I let them put the butter on because I don’t like knowing how much of it I’m eating) and a coffee with lots of cream and NuNaturals stevia droplets (I carry the dropper in my purse).
I will save the rest of my pictures for tomorrow. Sightseeing in D.C. to come.
Intuitive Eating & My New Snacks
I had a really great weekend; definitely full of intuitive eating. I ate when I was hungry, exercised intuitively (which = walking for me), and snacked on nuts. Nuts are a recent snack of choice for me. Continuing with my ever-increasing love affair with fat, I have stopped snacking on carby things (apples, bread, etc…) and made the switch to nuts (macademia, cashews, and almonds are my favorites).
Reminders & Questions
You have until tonight at 10:30EDT to enter my CSN Gift Certificate Giveaway!
What is your favorite nut? Have you been to D.C.?
“Now I think moral fiber‘s about finding that one thing you really care about. That one special thing that means more to you than anything else in the world. And when you find her, you fight for her… And maybe the stuff you do… isn’t so clean. You know what? It doesn’t matter. Because in your heart you know that the juice is worth the squeeze. That’s what moral fiber‘s all about.”
–Matthew Kidman (Emile Hirsch), The Girl Next Door.
I found my one special thing and I’ll fight for him forever. (Love you sweetie! Can’t believe we are getting married in 4 days.)
I also found another kind of moral fiber. (Trader Joe’s High Fiber Low Fat Organic Moral Fiber Blueberry Bran Muffins.)
These moral fiber muffins makes a delicious dessert spread with (full fat) cream cheese. Great breakfast too. I am always finding new fats to obsess over. Recently my fat of choice has been cream cheese.
Exercise of the day: walking to and from work (2.8 miles). I’m not even going to pretend I’ll have time for a 20-minute video today.
What’s your fat of choice? Do YOU have moral fiber?
I first learned about soba noodles from my half-Japanese fiance. He introduced me to “zaru soba“, a favorite of his mom’s, which is simply chilled soba noodles that you dip in a soy saucey sauce. I made it way back in 2007. They are usually topped with scallions and bonito flakes and sometimes seaweed. Ever since my first bite of zaru soba I have been on the hunt for more delicious soba recipes. I found a recipe in The Dancing Gourmet and decided to Maggie-fy it into this…
(Note – I think this would also be awesome if you subbed mushrooms in for the eggplant. Just saying.)
Maggie’s Miso Eggplant Soba Noodles
Ingredients (serves 1-2; 1 as a meal or 2 as a side)
- 1 bundle of soba noodles (it’s probably 1.5 – 2 servings)
- 1/2 of a small/medium eggplant, thinly sliced (I used a mandoline)
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon miso
- 2-3 teaspoons honey
- 2 teaspoons mustard
- 1-2 tablespoons water (or more, as needed)
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 of a medium cucumber, thinly sliced (mandoline again)
- a few spritzes of bragg’s liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
- Cook noodles according to package (usually boil for 4 minutes and then rinse in cold water).
- Saute the ginger and garlic in the olive oil over high heat for 1 minute. Add the eggplant and reduce heat to medium; saute for 2 minutes. Add a few tablespoons of water if it starts to dry out.
- Add the miso, honey, and mustard and continue to cook over medium heat. Add more water as needed to make this into a creamy sauce. Cook for about 2 more minutes.
- Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the scallions, cucumber, and noodles. Spritz with bragg’s or soy sauce.
- Serve garnished with cilantro (or whatever is in your fridge).
This really was good. I brought it for lunch, which wasn’t the best idea as I don’t like having noodles for lunch, but it worked. I actually don’t like noodles in general so the fact that I liked this must mean it’s pretty delicious.
I have another soba recipe coming, so stay tuned…
What’s your favorite noodle? Do you even like noodles?