I’ve Got Lucky Taste Buds (Food on Fire)

by Jenn (eating bender) on October 21, 2009

Do you know how fantastic you all are? If you’re ever looking for some cheap, quality wine recommendations, just read the comments in my last post. I wrote them all down and plan to go on a scavenger hunt :) Last night at Trader Joe’s I bought “Two Buck Chuck,” so I’m on my way! Gracias!

Also happening last night: a blogger meet-up with Michelle from Lucky Taste Buds! We decided to grab dinner together since we both live in the city and have no idea why we don’t meet up more often.

But first…a new breakfast treat. Also known as, “this is as close to pumpkin pie as you’re going to get.”


My idea was sparked thanks to Caroline, who mentioned she wanted to try the Stonyfield pumpkin yogurt in this post. Coincidentally, I had bought said yogurt over the weekend with a coupon and from that point on, was on a quest to recreate pumpkin pie in breakfast form.

The ingredients:

  • The “pie filling”: 1 serving cup Stonyfield pumpkin yogurt
  • The “crust”: 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean
  • The “topping”: 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • The “I bet this would make it taste even better”: 1 tbsp. Maranatha almond butter

In true Caroline fashion, I layered them into a parfait for the ultimate flavor experience. It was great!


Served with Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cocoa to make it part of an official fall balanced breakfast šŸ˜‰


Jumping ahead to the evening, I met up with Michelle for dinner at OYSY Sushi Restaurant. Are we sensing a trend here with the sushi? I seem to not be able to get enough of it these days!

OYSY was definitely very urban chic. The dim lighting and fancy menu options were very intriguing! After sitting down at the sushi bar, Michelle and I ultimately decided to split two appetizers and two maki rolls. I got to choose the appetizers!

I went with…

Grilled Salmon with Sesame Sauce

This was perfectly portioned for two to split. The sesame sauce was great and the salmon was tender. I really enjoyed it and had fun trying to eat it with chopsticks šŸ˜‰

Fun Fact: I use chopstick helpers every time a fork is unavailable. I carry them in my purse. (Dork!)


My second choice was…FOOD ON FIRE!


What, did you think I was joking?! It really was on fire! This dish was made up of several different types of seafood (scallops, shrimp, crab) and tossed in a very spicy sauce. It was then put into a clam shell, topped with avocado, surrounded by Bacardi…and lit on fire!


Fortunately for us, the fire did die down eventually, and we were able to eat it šŸ˜‰ I loved the spiciness of this dish – quite the kick! Anything that is a combo of seafood almost always tastes amazing.

Michelle was given the task of ordering our maki rolls. She has GREAT taste.


This one featured sauteed scallops, asparagus, cucumber, green caviar (masago), and spicy sauce. Michelle said it reminded her of Gliding Calm – I agreed :)


For her next trick…


This roll had masago, tuna, yellowtail, cilantro, avocado, green peppers, chili oil, spicy sauce, and lime juice. Michelle and I both agreed that the cilantro and lime were very present in each roll. Considering I’m a huge fan of both ingredients, I really enjoyed this one.


I really enjoyed chatting with Michelle and catching up on work, life, and fun stories. It had been way too long since I had seen her last considering we live in the same city! We need to do this more often :) Before we left the restaurant, we took a picture together (I made it B&W because I thought I was artsy). We then went to Trader Joe’s to shop around for a bit – where I picked up Two Buck Chuck for $3 – and said our goodbyes. Before she left, Michelle gave me a goody bag of treats that I was definitely not expecting. You shouldn’t have, but thank you! :mrgreen: I can’t wait to try all of them.


Hurray for blogger get togethers!!

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Have a lovely hump day, everyone! We’re half way there!



{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica October 21, 2009 at 7:17 am

I love your pumpkin pie parfait! It looks delish. And all of the sushi has my mouth watering!


2 brandi October 21, 2009 at 7:39 am

that yogurt breakfast looks great! what a fun dinner :) If I’m ever in Chicago, you’ll have to take me out for REAL sushi, for sure.


3 Jenn (eating bender) October 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Get your boot-ay to Chicago, STAT! :)


4 Katie October 21, 2009 at 7:49 am

I love Oysy!! My fiance and I went there for new years dinner last year in Chi Town!!! I love Chicago, he is from there, we are going there again this new years for 3 days : ) I LOVE your blog!! YOur Pumpkin Parfait is awesome!!! What a yummy creation!!! I hope you have a great day! I am doing a giveaway on my blog if you would like to enter!!

Katie xo


5 Jenna October 21, 2009 at 7:50 am

love the breakfast parfait!


6 Rose October 21, 2009 at 8:10 am

OMG. I want that for breakfast!


7 lindsayruns October 21, 2009 at 8:22 am

That salmon looks amazing!!


8 Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 21, 2009 at 9:20 am

JEALOUSSSS!!!! I love both of you and am SO glad you’re hanging out :) Oysy is among my favorite sushi places too… we still have to go to Tank!
Thanks for linking back to my giveaway :)


9 Erica October 21, 2009 at 9:21 am

What a delicious breakfast! I have been wanting to try that pumpkin pie yogurt- maybe I’ll pick one up at the food store today. Glad you guys had fun at dinner- the food looks AWESOME and I have always wanted to meet Michelle- she seems like such a sweetheart


10 Mama Pea October 21, 2009 at 9:56 am

Isn’t it funny that you can say, “This reminds me of _____.” and its about someone that you’ve never met? I do that all the time!

I need to find a way to vegan-ize your breakfast, it looks incredible!


11 Alisa - Frugal Foodie October 21, 2009 at 10:19 am

You lucky foodie you! Caviar covered sushi? How indulgent!


12 ksgoodeats October 21, 2009 at 10:43 am

First of all, the breakfast? So much pumpkin, I love it!! How festive!

What a great bloggers meet up – bloggies are the best to go out to eat with. Now that I’ve finally tried sushi and know how delicious it is, I don’t blame you for not getting enough of it these days :)


13 Melissa S. October 21, 2009 at 11:14 am

whoo! what a great dinner!!! i’m still jealous of the sushi and seriously need to come up there and try…i’m saving my $$$ now!

and yay for tj’s 2 buck chuck!!! i can’t wait to get home and get my hands on some!!


14 Jenny October 21, 2009 at 12:01 pm

you and your taste buds are soooooper lucky! espech after that pumpkin pie-esque parfait.

that restaurant sounds like a fire hazard waiting to happen… but looks tres gourmet nonetheless!

Happy hump day to you Jenn!


15 The Foodie Diaries October 21, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Looks like such delicious fun! Now i want sushi!

And that breakfast–divine!

Hope your Wednesdays going well, love :)


16 Lyss October 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm

i dont even like pumpkin but that breakfast has me drooling! three cheers for not burning your mouth :) i know i would have!


17 Tracey @ TropicalHappiness October 21, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Wow! Your “breakfast treat” looks gourmet!


18 on the rocks October 21, 2009 at 1:27 pm

i love 2 buck chuck. trader joes in general has such a great selection of cheap wine. also, u you have a bev mo by you….they are having a 5 cent sale right now. buy one bottle of wine and get the second for 5 cents. they do this sell about 4 times a year. its awesome!


19 Andrea (Off Her Cork) October 21, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Love the food on fire! And I’m totally getting some chopstick helpers because I can’t use the sticks to save my soul.


20 Diana October 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Omg sushiii everywhere! I miss sushi.


21 Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) October 21, 2009 at 2:52 pm

I just got back from Chicago on Sunday night!!! Next time I go, I’ll have to try that sushi place. I went to Friends Sushi and thought it was good…have you ever been there?
Your pumpkin parfait looks yummy!


22 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) October 21, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Yogurt + Kashi Go Lean is just a magical combination. I can’t imagine ever eating that cereal with milk again – it marinates in yogurt so much better! Especially when I supplement with extra kamut puffs. :)


23 luckytastebuds October 21, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Jenn!!! :) You are one fast mama! You make me look lazyyy bad. I had such a blast last night too!!! I’m worried it’ll get too cold and we’ll wanna hibernate before we meet again! Let’s do something with Mara. :) Perhaps somewhere closer to you?

I’m loving that pumkin parfait. It is DEFINITELY up my alley…now i just have to go buy some pumpkin yogurt huh? Happy Wednesday my dear…halfway through the work week!! yay!


24 Lo October 21, 2009 at 5:25 pm

omg girl i went there last tuesday!! that dynamite is freaking awesome!! lets meet up next week :) how about Yolk? it a kitchy breakfast/brunch place :)


or karyns is always great!


25 Shannon October 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm

i need to find that stoneyfield pumpkin yogurt :) what a parfait!! thanks for the link love :) faaaabulous sushi!


26 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 21, 2009 at 6:36 pm

I recently made a Vegan Bananas Foster and lit it on fire. It was pretty fun in my kitch that day! I would love to go out for fire lighting sushi with you next time I’m in Chicago!

Good deal on the Three Buck Chuck, I think I told you to pick up some Two Buck Chuck in my last comment. Great minds think alike!

And a bit of housekeeping for you…your Twitter Follow Me button leads on a fast track to someone else’s page…not yours. It’s Twitter/YourLink whoever that is..but it’s not you sweet Jenn :)


27 Jenn (eating bender) October 21, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Holy guacamole – thank you! I didn’t even realize the link wasn’t correct. It’s fixed now :) Two things: yes, we definitely need to have fire lighting sushi when you come to Chicago and yes, it was you who told me about Three Buck Chuck. Thanks so much for the tip, I can’t wait to try it!


28 broccolihut October 21, 2009 at 9:53 pm

What a fantastic breakfast–all my faves in one dish–pumpkin, GoLean, and almond butter! I am proud to have inspired such a masterpiece:) Must find that yogurt ASAP!


29 glidingcalm October 21, 2009 at 10:11 pm

oh baby girl!!!!!! you are so sweet! both of you! to think of me!! no wayyyyyyy.

soo fun that you met up with the lovely Michelle! I’m kinda jealous over here, but someday maybe we can all sit down for a treat!

that meal looks delicious, and your pumpkin pie breakfast is TOO cute for words. I had pumpkin yogrut this morning too šŸ˜€

love you jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeennniferrrrrrrrrr


30 Lara (Thinspired) October 22, 2009 at 5:21 am

I’m so jealous of your meet-up with Michelle! I bet that was a tasty night indeed–you both have such great taste in food!
I’ve been having a similar breakfast lately but with pumpkin butter….SO good!


31 VeggieGirl October 22, 2009 at 6:22 am

AWESOME meet-up fun! :)


32 Tina October 22, 2009 at 7:11 am

Oh yum, that summer roll looks awesome! And I love how the other one is all green :)


33 carolinebee October 22, 2009 at 10:54 am

That looks like a funnnn place! I always go to hole in the wall sushi joints but I need to class it up šŸ˜€ I heart Michelle so much, I only know her thru blogland but she calls me hilarious nicknames and I love it! I am soo there next time..


34 runningaroundnormal October 22, 2009 at 11:17 am

That is pretty darn close to pumpkin pie! LOVE! Sounds like you had a blast at dinner. That place looks cool!


35 Andreaaa October 22, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Hey, so this is the first time reading your blog (you have really nice cups and bowls and such haha) but what exactly is coffee cocoa and how do I get some? Those are like my two favorite things in the world and it bothers me that I have waited this long to hear about them being together.


36 Jenn (eating bender) October 25, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Hi Andreaaa :)

Coffee Cocoa is a completely made up recipe that combines my two favorite things in the world of hot drinks! You can see how I make it here: http://eatingbender.com/sunday-brunch/coffee-cocoa/

Hope that helps! Glad you stopped by to visit!


37 jenngirl October 22, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Looks like I need to get my hands on some of that yogurt!! Yum :)


38 gina (fitnessista) October 22, 2009 at 6:22 pm

hi friend!!! just catching up on your life now that i’m back in valdizzy for good šŸ˜€
looks like you’ve been up to some awesome thing as usual
i love the meet up and that food on fire looks right up my alley :)
wish you lived closer so we could drink some vino together! maybe in az??
hope you have a great night!


39 CaSaundra October 23, 2009 at 10:44 am

Yummy creation! I love layered treats–they’re fun to eat :-) Ok, so not trying to rhyme there!


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