I was crashing hard last night when I was blogging so I didn’t get a chance to talk about the fun blogger dinner we had at P.F.Chang’s last night after my 10K race. I’m going to cover 2 day’s worth of food in this post, if that’s ok with you 😉 In attendance were Ileana, Tina, Sabrina (who organized the whole thing), Sammie (holding her son D who stopped by to say hello at the end), and Shannon. Sabrina’s friend Lauren also dined with us (she was the photographer here). Here they all are (and me between Sabrina and Sammie). Such a lovely group of ladies
I think there were supposed to be more of us, but we had a few no-shows. It’s ok – we had no shortage of things to talk about! We chatted basically non-stop… I guess we have a lot in common 😀
P.F.Chang’s is a chain restaurant, but I’d say it’s one of the better ones. The atmosphere is pretty nice and the food is consistently good. One of the things I love most about P.F.Chang’s is that they provide nutritional info online. For someone who counts calories, that’s a huge plus. I know there won’t be any mystery sauce, unaccounted for in my calculations. I actually was running late for the dinner so I had my husband look at their menu online while I was doing my hair and give me some “safe options.” One of the things he mentioned was lower in calories was the oolong marinated sea bass. It sounded very unique (I definitely wouldn’t make it at home!) and when I saw that the printed menu said that some say it’s their best dish, I knew I had to get it! It was one of the more expensive items on the menu, but I figured I deserved a treat after my race 😀
I was presented with this when we finally got our food (well I added the brown rice from a separate bowl):
Actually it doesn’t look so bad in this pic but it looked kind of messy in real life. For being $20+ I was hoping for a little bit more effort in the presentation. The other thing I instantly noticed was how greasy it was… and of course the clear lack of vegetables (a few leaves of spinach don’t count!). I called the waitress over and ordered a side of steamed broccoli (unpictured). That really helped bulk up the dish and make it a bit more fresh tasting. The sauce was great, but honestly it was bit too salty and I could do without the oil. I ate 1/2 of this and took the rest home to my husband who looooved it!
Oh yeah, and to help ease those sore muscles, I got a glass of Saint M Riesling 😉 I rarely drink white wine, but this was a great glass – very fruity and sweet. Exactly what I wanted.
I almost ordered dessert on autopilot (I always order dessert!) but no one else wanted dessert and I was actually very satisfied at that point. The fortune cookie ended dinner on a sweet note
[Dinner calories = 527 (if they’re not lying on their nutritional info online – it tasted like a lot more than that!)]
Oh and while blogging about my 10K race my sweet tooth came back (and actually I was too low on calories for the day) so I made myself this chocolate souffle:
[270 calories + strawberry for garnish = 275 calories]
Before you’re too impressed with me, here is where the souffle actually came from (I just baked it and added the strawberry):
Ok, let’s back up to pre-dinner eats (note there was no legit lunch because the race was during lunch time)…
[yogurt + banana bread + coffee = 470 calories]
I almost forgot to snap a photo of the bar (that’s why you only see a tiny leftover piece) – it was my pre-race snack and fueled me perfectly!
After the race, while getting ready like a speed demon, I munched on these raisins I picked up from the goodies they were giving out to runners at the race. These raisins were so juicy and sweet and they’re 100% natural – just grapes, sun dried… oh nature’s candy. I need to buy some more of these mini boxes to keep on hand. I loved them!
[130 calories + grapes pictured above = 162 calories]
Total calories for the day: 1615
Now onto today (Monday)… I am very sore. I guess I really pushed my body to the limit yesterday because I am very rarely sore. I am still so happy just thinking about the race though, and again very proud of myself. Food was kind of random, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves (and you can scroll over for descriptions).
Unpictured is also some trail mix I had at the spa today (got a massage!) + another sliver of banana bread (must freeze the rest asap!). I’m stuffed now!
Total estimated calories for today: ~1750
How was your Monday?