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Blogger dinner at P.F. Chang’s + lots of eats

May 4th, 2009 · 15 Comments · beef, Boston, breakfast, dessert, Eating out, restaurant reviews, salad, snacks, yogurt

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 :)

the group

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):

Oolong marinaded sea bass + brown rice

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.

Saint M Riesling

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 :)

fortune cookie

[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:

chocolate souffle + strawberry

[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):

TJ's chocolate souffle

Ok, let’s back up to pre-dinner eats (note there was no legit lunch because the race was during lunch time)…

honey oikos, fresh strawberries + blackberries, kashi golean, Zoe's honey almond graonla + walnuts

banana bread slice

[yogurt + banana bread + coffee = 470 calories]

race gadgets

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!

Mojo mountain mix bar

[180 calories]

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!

post race raisins

[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. :mrgreen: Food was kind of random, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves (and you can scroll over for descriptions).

1 kashi heart to heart with Barney Butter and 1/2 banana + oikos with blackberries, strawberries and pb puffins

[371 calories]

3 AK MAKs with light laughing cow cheese and grapes

[142 calories]

lean beef burger with light laughing cow and 1/4 avocado on Ezekiel english muffin + carrots and snow peas

[435 calories]

banana bread slice (freezing the rest!) + tea

[217 calories]

complete randomness in a bowl: broccoli slaw, snow peas, edamame, 1/4 orange, red grapes, all dressed in some juice from an orange and soy sauce

[141 calories]

2 donut holes

[~80 calories]

dark chocolate PistachiOats cookie

[60 calories]

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?

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15 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Alison

    I love PF Chang’s. It started out in Scottsdale, so it’s been around for me for years. I should check it out again.
    Love the souffle. I think I’ve seen those at TJs. I’ve made them by hand before – they’re actually pretty easy. But I bet the TJ version tastes fabulous.

  • #2 - Hangry Pants

    hahaha – you definitely tricked me with the soufle.

  • #3 - Lara (Thinspired)

    What a fun dinner. I had no idea the nutritional info was online for PF Changs–you know I love that stuff! Sorry the sea bass was a slight disappointment. It looks like dessert saved the night!

  • #4 - Elina

    Alison, I’d love the recipe for the soufle (is yours healthy?). The TJ’s one is not bad – great when you feel lazy, but not amazingly delicious I’d say, but I’m a chocoholic so I need intense chocolate flavor to be really satisfied.

    Hehe, Heather – I thought I might 😉

    Lara, actually the company at dinner saved the night. We had so much fun chatting, I didn’t even care about the food :)

  • #5 - not sister inna

    Awww that dinner looks like so much fun! I’m actually not a huge fan of PF Chang’s- I think it’s over priced for what it is- but who cares when you have company like that right?

    The pistachioats cookie looks really good- where did you find it? Also, sorry I know this is random but- have you seen the kashi cookies anywhere? I’ve been looking for them everywhere and can’t find them! I’ve only seen them on your blog before…

  • #6 - Elina

    Inna, I received the pistachiots cookies in a goodie bag I got from Meghann. They sell them online too and in some stores in the US (but none in Mass I believe). The kashi cookies are sold at Shaw’s by Fenway, I know that. Are you looking for a box or individual cookies? They are in a box. Try the natural/organic section maybe (although they’re not organic but sometimes they put kashi products in those isles).

  • #7 - not sister inna

    Thanks Elina! I was looking for Kashi cookies in a box but I didnt try the shaws by fenway. I did try the shaws in porter square, market basket, whole foods and trader joe’s, all with no luck. glad to know where i can get them!

  • #8 - Sharon

    Oh wow, what a fun time. I totally love everything!

  • #9 - Kelly

    Looks like a fun blogger dinner. I love when you can find nutritional info online. What are those donut hole looking things in your picture?

  • #10 - RunToFinish

    what a fun meet up! seriously you guys are lucky in big towns to be so close, everyone is so fun!

  • #11 - Elina

    Kelly, those ARE donut holes (review to come soon!) :)

    Amanda, you travel to Boston for business sometimes, right? We should organize a blogger dinner next time you’re in town! 😀

  • #12 - K

    That souffle looks restaurant quality – gotta love TJs :)

    That Mojo is one of my favorites, so good! Are those Holey Donuts?!

  • #13 - Lauren

    I’m sorry I missed out on dinner – leaving the couch after my bachelorette party just wasn’t an option 😉

  • #14 - Elina

    K, they are Holey Donuts. You know I wouldn’t be consuming full fat donuts on regular basis 😉

    It’s ok, Lauren. We missed you but you only have your bachelorette party once so I’m glad you partied your heart out :)

  • #15 - Brooke (HomegirlCanEat)

    What a fun blogger meetup! PF Changs is so good but I totally agree..kinda greasy but then again, it is Chinese food! And I have to say that I’m SO jealin’ you live(or were just visiting?) in Boston!! I visited last year in Feb and despite the was such a gorgeous and fun city!!