Congrats to Stephen Colbert on winning his first Grammy! I’m so excited for him! Lady GaGa and Beyonce’s performances were pretty awesome, I’m a bit disappointed by the rest of them though. They just weren’t as exciting or as dynamic as I thought they’d be. Pink and Blink 182 had good performances that were more entertaining.
So this past Friday I went to Red Mill Burger with my friends Tanya, Jeff and Eric (look Eric! You’re famous now!). I’ve only been there once before and I don’t remember being that impressed with it, but I think I was trying to be healthy and got a burger or a chicken burger or some thing. This time, I followed the advice of GQ magazine and Oprah and got the Bacon Deluxe with cheese. It was bomb.
We had to stand in line, stalk tables until one opened, and wait about 15 minutes for our food, but it was worth it.
Totally worth not eating junk food during the week
The burger was so good, the crunchy bacon mixed perfectly with the hamburger patty. And they definitely didn’t skimp on the bacon. I got the Red Mill sauce on the side, which was some sort of a thousand island dressing. It was quite tasty putting it on each bite of my burger, and I dipped the onion rings in it as well.
Onion ring goodness
I really enjoyed the onion rings too. And my butterscotch milkshake. Definitely the best meal I’ve had in awhile. I can’t wait to go back there! Maybe I’ll try the verde burger? But I don’t know if I can stray from the bacon… Question of the day – Your favorite addition to a burger?
Ok, so I’m not actually eating the chicken cacciatore and watching the ‘Daily Show’, that’d be a bit too late for me to eat. I attempted to follow Martha Stewart’s chicken with tomatoes and mushrooms, and not gonna lie; mine looked NOTHING like her picture.
Martha's chicken cacciatore from her website
And this was my final product:
Mine looked nothing like that...
I also apologize for the steamy picture.. The food was really hot, I was really hungry and impatient…..
But i was so confused! Martha’s picture makes the cacciatore look like a really thick tomato soup, and mine came out like some sauteed veggies in tomato juice. There’s no way I could’ve eaten it with a slice of thick bread like her website recommends. It probably also didn’t help that I didn’t use four chicken breasts. I actually only used two, if that. I thought I could save some money by buying chicken breast still attached to the bones, which according to the package was over the recommended 1.5 lbs. I learned something tonight though – deboning chicken? Not the easiest thing in the world. I probably left too much meat on the bones, but I saved them and have hopes of making a soup out of it! And I probably only had half a pound of chicken in the cacciatore since most of the weight was the bones… and the chicken left on them. Still though, it turned out pretty good. I thought it would turn out bland, but I’m slowly learning how to salt things for more flavor! And I even left the spice out of this one! So question of the day – anyone know what I did wrong to make my cacciatore not a “thick, rustic soup”?
I went to a Young Adults group for my church tonight and didn’t have time to make dinner, minus a wrap with some veggies. I had a Flatout healthy grain wrap with avocado, grape tomatoes, lettuce and a red bell pepper. I also put mustard seed on there. I was reading MSN today and came across this article: I got healthy for my family. As I’m planning for Australia, I can’t help but take some extra precautions before I spend two weeks in a swimsuit on the beach! So now I’m going to try and integrate avocados back in my life! They are one of my top ten foods. Tomorrow night though, I’m going to make Martha Stewart’s chicken with tomatoes and mushrooms.. aka chicken cacciatore. Pretty excited! I’m hoping it turns out well.
I know I’ve been really bad at blogging lately, I need to get back into it! Find the passion again. But for now, I’m watching ‘Psych’ on USA. I don’t know why, but I find John Cena really cute… Not as cute as Shawn Spencer!
Question of the day: Favorite place to grab a burger?
Which is a bit unfortunate as I have a frozen bag full of filets from Safeway in the freezer. It’s a bit too fishy for my liking, I think next time I’ll stick to shrimp or halibut. I’ve realized it’s tolerable with my Trader Joe’s (Trader Ming’s???) red curry sauce and some veggies. I also like to add in some lemon juice and tonight I added some basil goop that came in the same package as my parsley goop from a couple weeks ago. It was actually pretty good. I know I should’ve taken pictures… But I’ve got about 10 more filets so I’m sure you’ll get some!
I went for a really long run tonight, and I have to admit, I started daydreaming about a cinnamon roll and cream cheese frosting.
Gooey goodness.. Throw some nuts on that thing and I'll be in Heaven
Sad, I know, but I needed something to keep my mind pre-occupied! I always crave nice, gooey cinnamon rolls with lots of icing and some sort of nut in it, but it seems that every time I have one, I’m always disappointed. The cinnamon rolls and Cinnabon didn’t come with enough icing (maybe this is why they sell separate containers of icing) but this was years ago and I’ve never wanted to go back, I also thought the roll was dry. I’ve noticed this is a problem with a lot of cinnamon rolls, they’re always really dry for me. I think this weekend, if I have time, I’m going to bake a batch! Hopefully I’ll be able to, I’ve been wanting a cinnamon roll for so long. I blame Ted Allen from “The best thing I ever ate” and introducing Ann Sather‘s cinnamon rolls.
Though maybe if I don’t have time, I’ll figure out where the best cinnamon roll in Seattle is and have one there! Question of the day – Where’s the best place you’ve ever had a cinnamon roll at?
*Photo credit to digigirl per foodgawker.com
Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America” is on right now. They’re attempting to make ravioli. I’ve always wanted to make homemade ravioli, that’s also on my “List of things to make.” I think a ricotta and mushroom ravioli sounds good? Maybe with some meat sauce? Or switch the meat and mushrooms? Either way, I really need to work on making it! I had a pretty busy weekend with lots of delicious food involved.
Friday night I went and saw “Xanadu” with some friends at the Paramount theater. (I recommend you go watch this! It’s hilarious) We went to Capitol Club on Capital Hill before hand and enjoyed their happy hour. I had the hummus platter (boring, I know, but I was still trying to work on the detox thing) but I definitely ate a few of their shoe string fries which were delicious and cripsy. My friend ordered the sauteed garlic mushrooms, which sadly, weren’t that good. They were cooked into way too much wine which overpowered the taste of the mushrooms. I lied, you couldn’t even taste the mushrooms. Glad I didn’t go with that dish!
Saturday morning after my run and before I baby sat, I met a friend for brunch at Toulouse Petit, the new New Orleans style restaurant in Lower Queen Anne right next door to Pesos. Both are owned by Brian Hutmacher and the chef is Eric Donnelly who I used to work with at the Oceanaire! Sadly though, I just realized this as I looked up this article in the Seattle Times. My friend’s friend works there so we visited him for lunch. Mori (the friend who works there) suggested we have the pork cheeks with eggs (breakfast item) and the muffaletta (lunch item). Since I’m not a huge fan of pork, I made Anthony order the pork cheeks (though he wanted the muffaletta) and I got the delicious “pizza in a sandwich.” I’m really glad I ordered the muffaletta as I wasn’t a huge fan of the pork cheeks, it just tasted like… over cooked pork. Anthony loved it, but it’s not my style. The muffaletta was so good though – I can’t even describe it. And since I’m still a “foodie in training”… I can’t even tell you what was on it. I’m terrible, I know. It was cheesy, tomato-y, meaty goodness! It was my first experience with food from NOLA and I can’t wait for more!
This morning my marketing group and I went down to Tacoma to meet with our marketing project, Hello, Cupcake in Tacoma. We talked social marketing strategies with the owner, and then after, ordered cupcakes! I got a carrot cupcake after my usual debate between carrot and coconut (carrot always wins, I don’t think I’ve ever had a coconut cupcake..) It was really good, the frosting was the perfect cream cheesy-ness and the cupcake was good as well. I think Cupcake Royale still has my vote though. One of the girls got a cupcake with chocolate frosting, but took off part of the frosting. I was intrigued by the frosting and tried it. It was WAY too rich for me. I’m a fan of chocolate frosting, but this was just too much. There’s no way I could’ve eaten a cupcake topped with this. It was almost like melted dark chocolate that had hardened just a teeny weeny bit on the outside. I can’t really describe it besides saying it was too rich for my taste. It really is a cute store though and if you’re in downtown Tacoma, check it out! It’s right across the street from the Tacoma Art Museum next to UW Tacoma on Pacific Ave.
Question of the day – Best New Orleans style food you’ve ever had NOT in NOLA?
Kelly and I had roommate night tonight! Roommate night = dinner + studying/movie. Kelly made home made tomato sauce tonight with veggies. We put it on top of wheat pasta and had some salad.
Tomato sauce.. Gotta love a roommate that cooks for you!
Gotta get your filling of veggies in!
And for dessert, instead of chocolate, ice cream or cookies (thank you detox) we made a fruit salad.
Mmmm fruity goodness
I went to Safeway during lunch today to get my weeks worth of groceries and they were having a sale on almost anything! Blueberries for $2, mangoes for $0.99, peppers for $0.99, but the winner? BEN & JERRY’S FOR $2!!!! I grabbed a pint of Stephen Colbert’s ‘Americone Dream’ to have a little treat after my detox. How could you say no to that?!? My friend asked why I didn’t buy more…
MSN posted this article today: Zowie! Teens guzzle hot sauce, end up in ER
I’m intrigued to know what this “sauce” was. And really, why do boys think this is a good idea? I’ll be honest though, I want to try it. I’m a sucker for hotness. Though I’m not sure if my stomach is ready for another “spicy hangover” as I deemed my Friday after 777 Challenge.
Question of the day – your favorite ice cream flavor?
It was really hard for me to get up today. I love long weekends, but it’s so hard to get back to reality after! I was going to go grocery shopping after class today, but considering I almost fell asleep during class, I’m pushing it back till tomorrow. I’m retrying my detox, so all plain and naturals foods for me again! After being sick last Wednesday, I caved and had a bowl of Korean ramyun with an egg dropped in it. My favorite comfort food! For dinner tonight I cooked some brown rice. Its the first time I ever cooked brown rice in a cooker, and definitely learned it needs more water than the package tells me! I love my soft sticky rice, not al dente style. I cooked a chicken breast in some olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. I also threw in some broccoli and green onions. I’m definitely learning to use salt more! It did make the meal tastier than the last time I made chicken breast. It turned out pretty good, so I’m happy!
I’m watching “Chopped” right now. Maybe I’ll find some inspiration for a meal soon! I have plans of eating tilapia while I’m on the detox. Anyone have any ideas of how to cook it? That, is my question of the day.