Hi everyone! Did you have a good weekend? I can’t believe Monday is here already!
First of all…
WELCOME TO EATINGBENDER.COM!!!
Yes, I finally got around to snatching up my own domain and now every time you visit the old site it will send you to this new address automatically. There should (hopefully) be no need to update your Google Reader if you use it – let me know if for some reason that’s not the case!
I appreciate all of the feedback and comments you gave me on the Hungry Girl interview. You are way too kind For those of you who thought there were other topics that coulda/shoulda been addressed – I hear ya. Your opinions about her way of eating and recipes really run the gamut. To me, that is just further proof of the fact that everybody and every body is different. There is no one set of rules that everyone needs to follow and no one person has the authority to tell you what to eat and how to eat it. To each their own – I firmly believe in that philosophy and am glad that this interview was able to show how one woman chooses to nourish herself.
We had a lot of fun this weekend, some of which finally included an opportunity to cook in the new kitchen. On Friday night, Bobby and I got home from work and decided to have a low-key night in. We started by opening a bottle of white wine that one of my best friends gave us as an engagement present.
Then I cooked with wine. This time, I didn’t put it in the food 😉 (Horrible joke made of a great quote!)
The menu included one of these four star ingredients:
I added it to the pan of shrimp for a burst of flavor………..BAM!
The food turned out splendidly: Annie’s Whole Wheat Shells and White Cheddar topped with Emeril’s spiced shrimp served with corn on the cob, white wine and The Office
I swear the TV is not actually that blinding! The macaroni + shrimp was a cheesy/spicy flavor fest.
And the corn on the cob tasted just like summer. I topped it with a bit of butter.
We were so pleased with ourselves for finally cooking something from home!
The next day, I was super excited to head up to Evanston (my college town, which I miss dearly) to meet up with three fabulous foodie bloggers for lunch: Caroline (in town visiting), Ashley and Mara!!! We met up at the vegetarian-friendly Blind Faith Café. I couldn’t believe I had never been there before.
The girls and I started talking about all the different menu items. It was very hard to choose! Eventually, Caroline and I decided to be twins and ordered the Barbeque Seitan Sandwich.
This was my second time trying seitan. The last time was with VeggieGirl! I have to say, it went much better this time around. The way it was cooked made it much more appealing, and you can never go wrong with something slathered in BBQ sauce – right, Caroline?
I had a great time talking to the girls. Meeting bloggers is always the best! Here’s a group shot (courtesy of Mara and her camera). From L to R: Mara, me, Caroline and Amanda!
After lunch, Mara said she wanted to go to a shop to look at new nose rings, and I decided to join her. It was great catching up further and we had a blast looking at all the unique stuff in the shop. We walked out and decided that we weren’t feeling quite “fulfilled” yet, and knew the remedy: Red Mango!
Mara was kind enough to treat me (thank you!) to a regular yogurt topped with fresh blueberries. Ah, nothing hit the spot better on an incredibly humid, hot day. I heart you, Mara and Red Mango!
After our blogger meet-up, I headed back downtown (crazy traffic courtesy of Lollapalooza) and ended up meeting my friend from college, who had driven up for the weekend. It was so nice to see her again, even if it did make me a little nostalgic 😉 We ended up going to Thai Spoon and Sushi for pad thai. The last time I went there was for another blogger meet up back in February!
Well, one night at this restaurant wasn’t going to cut it. The prices are too right! I ended up craving sushi last night after reading Mara’s recap post, so I asked Bobby if he would be up for going there again! I started out with a mixed berry bubble tea – I love those tapioca balls!
For dinner, I went with the California and Philly Rolls. They were 1/2 price and cost a grand total of $5.50 for the entire plate. Not bad, considering six pieces from Whole Foods cost almost $8.00!
I am so glad we found this restaurant!
It was a fabulous weekend. I actually went bowling yesterday with Bobby and his new work crew. We had a great time and all of his new buds are really nice! I even bowled 100 – who knew?
What was your favorite part of the weekend?
Have a great start to your week!