Two-day highlights (+a giveaway alert)

With my last post on dinner at Marlow & Sons in Brooklyn (have you checked it out yet?), I’m going to end NYC recaps. We did have a pretty delicious brunch at Egg before leaving, but I’m going to go out and say that it was not worth the hour+ wait. Maybe they never recovered in my mind after not offering bloody mary’s. 😉

So we are back to semi-regular food journal blogging. After a weekend away, I jumped back on the cooking wagon right away. That’s the best way to ensure that I’m eating nutritious foods. Here are the highlights:

I dug deep into my freezer and found an old box of Holy Donuts, which made an appearance in Monday morning breakfast.

I don’t know what kind this was. It was a bit stale but still filled me up.

I added something new to my green smoothiesprouts. They made the smoothie taste a bit “healthier” but the almond milk + banana + peanuts still added a good amount of sweetness. Not bad. Not bad. :)

Lunch was a grilled veggie + Samira’s Homemade jalapeno hummus + Foxboro Cheese fromage blanc wrap. Yummy. No picture.

Dinner was AMAZING! Adam mentioned he was craving Chinese food over the weekend. Before I even had a chance to say: “I’ll make some” he added: I want it to be authentic and greasy. No can do on the greasy part. Sorry. I still made a Chinese dish for our Meatless Monday dinner and it was authentic tasting.

Pineapple tofu stir-fry (recipe from Eating Well can be found here)

The sauce was sticky, sweet, sour and a little spicy (I added chile-garlic sauce). This was seriously perfection. I HIGHLY recommend this recipe.

TUESDAY

started on the right foot. With brunch! Well actually breakfast since it was 8am but it tasted like brunch. 😉

Grilled eggplant, tomato and bacon egg & cheese

+ a bloody mary (virgin don’t worry, I don’t drink before work 😆 )!!!

I picked this McClure’s bloody mary mix up in Brooklyn before we left and I’m so happy I did. This mix is spicy and super pickly (not a word, but you get it, right?) – just how I like ’em! I actually had another glass after dinner. This time I used about 1/2 mix and 1/2 water and it was a little less “I’m drinking tomatoey pickle water”… even though honestly I totally could. Yes, I am obsessed with everything-pickle. I may just make a quick one right now to take to work. 😀

Conclusion: if you see this mix, buy a case! 😀

LUNCH

Leftover pineapple tofu stir-fry in a wrap + carrots. Yep, still amazing.

DINNER

I picked up some grass fed beef at the farmers market the other day and decided to make Lauren’s beef, potato and root vegetable stew for dinner last night (recipe can be found here).

Yes, I know it’s basically summer but I don’t care. This was made in my crockpot (I just threw everything in after browning the meat) and was delicious. I did add a whole bunch of hot sauce, extra salt and pepper and garlic powder to flavor the broth a bit more. After about 6 hours in the crockpot, the meat was tender and the broth thickened up around the veggies.

Summer or not, I still enjoyed this inside our air-conditioned condo. :mrgreen:

In other news: I tried a pecan pie larabar yesterday and thought it was incredible. Have you tried it yet? You should. :)

Oh and of course I promised a giveaway. This one is mostly to Boston readers. Remember the Healthworks event I attended at Alibi? Remember that crazy awesome swag-bag? One of the things included was a free cut + color from a new hair salon on Newbury Street – Rock Paper Scissors. I’ve tried enough salons to know that I can’t cheat at my girl Amanda at Jerel 119 but maybe you’re up for a free hair-do? Sues and Colleen really loved the experience there and have some pretty awesome cuts to show off.

So here are the giveaway rules:

1) Leave a comment if you are interested in entering the giveaway.

2) For an extra entry, blog or tweet about this giveaway (and come back here and let me know you’ve done so). If you don’t have a blog or a twitter account, tell a friend about this giveaway and after they enter, come back and tell me you’ve referred them here.

I’m going to have this open for a few days. If you win, please take some before and after pics and share them with us. Cool?

The rest of you are welcome to comment on anything else in this post. I think there is some good material here, no? 😉

All right, it’s time for me to make my bloody mary and run to work. Happy hump day!

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40 comments to Two-day highlights (+a giveaway alert)

  • Glad to seeyou aren’t drinking beforework 😉 I love a good, spicy bloody Mary!

  • I owe you a thank you. I saw the breakfast pizzas a while back and finally tried myself. I am in love! The crispiness, the fruit, and the mix of better butter and yogurt – its is awesome. I think the ultimate goal of blogging is sharing ideas to inspire other people and you’ve done that for me :)

  • Krystina

    I would love to win the giveaway! Thanks for offering it.

    PS that tofu looks AMAZING. must.try.asap.

  • Amy

    I live in Boston and love your blog! I’ve been trying to find a new stytlist-I’ve tried a few new ones-but haven’t found one that I love and would be so psyched to try someone else new!

  • Elina

    Marina – I’m so glad you enjoyed the breakfast pizzas! I haven’t had one in a while. Must change that asap. They really are delicious! :)

  • Jen

    I’ve been thinking about breaking up with my hairdresser recently… I’d love to try something new.

  • I love that you are so loyal to your stylist. I definitely was in high school but will admit since college I’ve hopped around. All your meals look fantastic and quite yummy.

  • Ali

    OOOH I’d love to win Elina- I always got to Supercuts because I’m cheap! Thanks, hope all is well :) xo

  • Carolyn

    Would love to win!

  • sister inna

    ahh you went to brooklyn kitchen in the end! i should have figured you were reallllly eyeing that bloody mix! good to know i’m gonna stock up asap :)

  • Beth

    I’ve never been there, would love to try that salon

  • Yay, you finally got your bloody mary — sort of :) But dude, some days I feel like I NEED a drink before work hahaha.

    Happy Hump Day to you too!!

  • Tweeted it! @mmoyal85

  • Marcie

    Awesome, great giveaway!

  • Erin

    Love your blog and I’m in desperate need of a new salon!

  • Julie

    I would love to win this contest, I’m indesperate need of a hairstyle-overhaul!

  • I was in Detroit over the weekend and picked up a jar of Spicy McClure’s pickles. They are sitting in my fridge (unopened) as I type this.

    Can’t wait to get home and bust open the jar to devour them.

  • junghwa

    i would love to enter the giveaway!

  • I would love to win!! I JUST got my haircut a couple of weeks ago, but the people at RPS wouldn’t extend the expiration of the coupon, so I’d love a chance to check them out.

  • Courtney

    I would love to win, I havent gotten a cut since January bc Im so cheap!

  • Awesome giveaway! I want to cut and color my hair similar to your fabulous sister!!

    I want to try that tofu stir-fry, but I’m too lazy to press tofu. Maybe I’ll suck it up and do it next week. It looks great!

  • *Andrea*

    great giveaway!!! i love newbury street :)

  • I’m totally obsessed with pickles too! I think I’d probably love bloody mary’s if I just gave them a chance but now I’m pregnant so maybe the virgin one will have to do!

  • wow, that pineapple stirfry type dish looks and sounds absolutely delicious!!

  • WOWZA that would be so so so awesome!! i never heard of that salon but obv frequent newbury st quite often (on another note on friday night I saw Jill zarin from real housewives of NYC eating there with her hubby!!) but anyways, I would LOVE this!!!

  • Beth G

    I feel like even after many years in MA I still don’t have a hairdresser I trust. And, my hair has been straight and boring for my entire life. I need help :o)

  • wow i wanna look into ur freezer and see what other magic eats are lurking in there. wanna know whats at the bottom of my freezer? old bread crumbs and a bent up ice pack.

    DONUTSSSS!!! hehe

    loving ur brunchwich.. so perfect outside too!!

  • Mmmm! I want that eggplant breakfast sandwich! I love eggplant in just about anything!

    I also love finding things buried in my freezer :)

  • meg c

    what an amazing giveaway, i’d love to win!!

  • Laura

    I jump from salon to salon using student/first time client coupons and I have yet to find one I like!

  • That eggplant + bacon + egg sandwich looks to die for!

    Awesome giveaway, too. :)

    Jenn

  • I would love a new haircut!

    I love big weekday breakfasts. They keep my energy up all day, much more than I ever need after a big brunch on a weekend :)

  • katie

    I would love to win a haircut – what a fun giveaway for the Boston girls:)

  • In response to your comment on my blog we stayed at a Sheraton near downtown as I used some points I had saved from my job. It was perfect as it was not a far drive at all and was also close enough to the downtown area of Burlington to see the local sites. It was nothing special, but served its purpose. I also believe they have an Inn at Shelburne Farm, the site of festival, which sounds like it would be gorgeous.

    We just got regular tickets and ended up going to one of the seminars (a cheese pairing beyond wine & beer) which was pretty good, but honestly there is soooo much to eat and drink that it is not necessary. If it is anything like last year the samples are generous and plentiful. We had to take breaks to go sit by the lake to pace ourselves.

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  • KellyB

    My hairdresser is on the cape and I need one up here desperately, just ask your dad.

  • Paula

    I’d love to win. I need a haircut bad. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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