Be”cuz” I was able to spend two wonderful days with my cousin, Lisa! We had a great time and packed many different activities into every hour we had together. And the best part is, she was more than willing (and wanting) to go on some foodie adventures with me! How great is that?!
I’m going to skip straight to dinner, since that’s where Lisa and I first met up. Bobby and I met her and my dad (who was in town on business!) at a local fish restaurant. It was SO. GOOD. We started out with an order of Oysters Rockefeller, which is basically oysters mixed in a creamy spinach sauce.
The group also shared an order of blackened calamari, which was seasoned with a bit of spice for a nice kick, and was honestly some of the best calamari I’ve ever tasted.
As for my entree, I went with the broiled walleye, which came with a cucumber dill sauce on the side (which I really liked), as well as beans and rice (in the bowl). The beans and rice were really good – red beans with red rice and pieces of sausage mixed in – YUM!
After dinner, my dad and Bobby parted ways with us so we could enjoy some girlie time We watched some old videos of the two of us when we were younger (at Christmas and family gatherings) and also started to watch Pride & Prejudice (with Keira Knightley) – on of my favorites. Lisa introduced me to the Stretch Island Fruit Co. bars, which are basically fruit leathers! I tried the Orchard Cherry – it was really good. You can get them at Costco and they come in several different fruit flavors!
We also shared a bowl of frozen red and white grapes while watching!
We started out our morning with a trip to Walker Bros. Doesn’t get much better than that Lisa and I decided to split two of their best dishes in order to try a little of each. We started out by splitting the gigantic Mediterranean baked omelette, which came with spinach, feta, tomato and mushrooms.
We also split the even more gigantic Dutch Baby pancake. It’s actually one of their lightest pancake options, if you can believe it! It’s completely hollowed out, so the actual pancake itself is quite thin.
We added powdered sugar, strawberries and bananas to the top of ours.
After breakfast, we were obviously pretty full 😉 But we enjoyed a nice walk to the gym and got in a good workout before coming back to get ready for the best part of the day – a trip to Whole Foods! By the time we got there, we were ready to eat our lunch/dinner, so we made a trip to the hot bar! I started out with a Pomegranate Iced Tea from Sweet Leaf.
Then came the goodies! There is so much in this bowl! I tried the bok choy, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, kale, red potatoes, carrots, turkey meatloaf, turkey meatball, maple-glazed tofu, Greek salad, cranberry quinoa, broccoli stir-fry, garlic, artichokes, hearts of palm…that probably covers half of it 😉 But seriously, it didn’t disappoint – the hot bar is just too good to pass up!
Of course along the way I picked up some goodies to bring home! I’m especially excited about the new bars in the picture!
Which leads me to my next find of the weekend. I’m not sure if it’s already been discovered by other bloggers, but I was SO.EXCITED. to see that Clif ZBaR has a NEW FLAVOR: Blueberry!!!
I was so excited, in fact, that I couldn’t wait to try it out, so I had it that night! Let me tell you, it was a great alternative to the normally very chocolate-y flavors that I associate with the ZBaR! It tasted a lot like a blueberry cobbler!
We spent the evening at the theater, where Bobby, Lisa and I saw Dark Knight – again! Lisa hadn’t seen it yet, and Bobby and I knew we wanted to see it again, so it worked out well 😉 It was just as amazing the second time around!! When we came home, Lisa and I had our dessert that we picked up at Whole Foods. It was an amazing lemon meringue tart, which I ate in about two bites!
I knew I wanted Lisa to try one of the pancake recipes I’ve made in the past. We decided on Ebleskiver pancakes, because they are just too cute not to I made two batches – one with blueberries and one with white chocolate chips in the middle. They came out better than ever!
I just love the fact that you can get so many pancake balls out of this recipe. And the cottage cheese adds extra protein, so they have great nutritional value!
After breakfast, we headed out to the main event of the day – Veggie Fest! We couldn’t believe our luck in finding this festival while she was visiting – what a great idea 😉 An event dedicated to healthy food? We’re on it!
There were several different booths at the festival, many promoting different healthy living options such as meditation and homeopathy. But the best part was obviously the FREE FOOD! Lisa and I enjoyed so many different samples!
First, there was manna bread from Nature’s Path, which tasted absolutely amazing!
Then there was some Gorilla Munch cereal.
A piece of organic blueberry toaster tart!
Some really good instant oatmeal!
And a curry-flavored lentil dish that was made right in front of us!
Then Lisa and I stopped at a booth where they were selling fresh smoothies. We picked up two mango smoothies, which were made with mango, apple juice, ice and honey. A little too much honey, unfortunately – the guy making them just wouldn’t stop adding it into the blender! It was extra sweet, but still good. I somehow managed to drink it all regardless of the sugar content 😉 It was tough, let me tell you.
After our smoothie break, it was back to the FREE FOOD! We went to another booth where they were having a cooking show, and tried out some eggplant parmesan and pasta primavera.
Then we couldn’t believe our luck, because we managed to hit up all the other booths just as their cooking shows were ending – so we got to try out the final products all at once! We started with some “Chik’n” cacciatore with a mix of veggies.
There was also a South of the Border booth which had a fresh tortilla topped with seasoned tofu and fresh peppers. Lisa and I didn’t like this one much – we both agree that the eggplant parmesan was our favorite!
After the festival, we came back to my place and played some Mario Kart on the Wii with Bobby. I was kicking some serious butt, if I do say so myself 😉 I don’t know how it happened, because usually I’m not very good at that game! But I got first place the majority of the time!
A few hours later, it was time to have one final foodie adventure before Lisa’s flight. We headed over to Cosi because she doesn’t have them where she lives and wanted to try it out! I got the Pasilla Lime Shrimp sandwich on whole grain bread. The guacamole they served with it was amazing – definitely not the tainted stuff we’ve been worried about! It also came with chips on the side.
The best part is, I ordered my 10th entree – which means the next time I go to Cosi, my entree will be free! I think that means a Cosi trip is in order at work this week, don’t you?
Whew! I’m exhausted just writing about all the incredible things we did this weekend! This post captures most – but not all! – of the fun we had, and I am so glad that Lisa was able to visit! I’m looking forward to doing it again in the future But I also can’t believe the weekend is over already – yikes! Where, oh where does the time go?
I’m off to get ready for work now! But I’ll be back later to answer questions in the comment section of my last post, and also to get started on catching up on what went on in the blogging world over the weekend! I’ve missed you all 😉 Have a great Monday (if there is such a thing)!