As usual, the weekend went by super fast and here we are at Wednesday already. Where does time go?! It has been quite a busy week, so thank you in advance for understanding.
When we first got there, we found a cute little table tucked into the back corner and got to work checking out the menu. The ambiance was friendly and warm – perfect for a foodie get together!
After perusing the menu, Lo and I decided to start by splitting the Hummus & Pita, which was described as “creamy Mediterranean chickpea dip served with raw veggies and whole-wheat pita wedges.”
It was FANTASTIC. The pita wedges were brushed with oil, which provided an extra flavor boost. The hummus itself was perfect consistency – not too creamy, but not too flaky, either. It even rivaled Sabra – I’m just sayin’ That’s really hard to do!
I also decided that a drink was in order, since there were so many delicious options to choose from. I ended up going the smoothie route: blueberry and carob. Holy. Yum. The contrast of the sweet blueberries and rich carob is pretty hard to beat. I will definitely be trying this one at home!
For my entree, I decided to stick with what I had gotten the last time I was here, since I knew it was good: a bowl of vegan chili served with a big ol’ slice of vegan cornbread.
Of course, the cornbread was my favorite part It definitely tastes a bit different than the cornbread I’m used to having (aka from a box…), but I liked it overall. It complemented the chili very well.
Although we were feeling quite stuffed at this point, Lo and I decided that we were not leaving without splitting a dessert. After going back and forth with each other and with our waiter, we eventually decided to try the blueberry “cheesecake,” which wasn’t actually cheese but rather some type of blueberry puree (perhaps some nuts in there as well?) and a delicious gluten-free crust. I apologize in advance for this terribly blurry picture – I couldn’t get it to turn out! The blueberry compote drizzle on top was definitely the best part. I’d love to get the recipe and drizzle it over oatmeal or ice cream
We had a really fun time talking about the new and exciting things going on in both of our lives, as well as blogging and general girl stuff. I hope we have a chance to meet up again soon. We snapped a picture before we left to make it official – Lo is on the left and I’m on the right, if you didn’t already know.
I can’t believe that was already 5 days ago.
When I got home, I was greeted with a super sweet bouquet of congratulatory flowers from Bobby
The vase is actually a reusable mug! Does the guy know me well or what? It made my day!
Also this weekend, Bobby and I got to work on framing and hanging three posters around our kitchen. I had gotten these for free last winter when I worked at a publishing agency, and knew they would be perfect decoration at some point. What do you think?
Last but not least, I wanted to share the meal that we made on Sunday night. We decided to go the burger + fries route, and it did not disappoint. There were two types of fries involved: sweet potato and white. I covered each with a mixture of olive oil, onion powder, pepper and Emeril’s seasoning (from Foodbuzz). I put them in the oven at 425* for 15 minutes, then flipped them and put them back in for another 15. They came out perfectly crispy and delicious.
Bobby got to work on the turkey burgers. When I turned around to take a picture, he said he didn’t use exact measurements, but he did make a cool design with the ingredients 😉 Judging by the picture, I’d say he used roughly 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup bread crumbs, 2 eggs (not pictured) and a “star design” amount of ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire with 2 packets of lean ground turkey.
He then mixed it all together by hand and split them up into HUMONGOUS patties. We added them to a skillet with a little olive oil and put them on medium-high heat.
At the same time, we also had a skillet of mushrooms + onions, seasoned with the same combination as the potato fries and doused with a few tablespoons of 312 beer for some extra flavor
Everything turned out delicious! I had the rest of the 312 beer with my dinner (and pretty flowers).
I was really impressed with the way the burgers turned out. I had mine on an Arnold Sandwich Thin and topped it with more ketchup + mustard. The mushrooms and onions turned out perfectly tender.
But the highlight of the meal was the fries! The seasoning had a slight kick to it and because they were made at home, they didn’t have a greasy, “fried” feel to them. Definitely will make these again!
I love cooking at home
I’ve still got a little bit of fixing up to do with the notes I took from my interview with a Food Network host, so I will have that up either tonight or tomorrow morning. In the meantime, I’ve loved the guessing game, so I will give you a clue: SHE really knows her CHOW.
Have a great hump day, everyone!