Sunday, August 22, 2010

lessons from a week's end

Hello my friends, I hope you've had a fun yet relaxing weekend! I finally was able to sleep in, relax, catch up on freelance work, and completely unpack from the Healthy Living Summit trip to Chicago. I also did a great deal more, and from those experiences learned a few things worth sharing:
Scout Mob is my new best friend. Yes, this is me strongly suggesting that you join.
 North African countries serve the perfect balance between their cultural influences. So does L'Orange Bleue.
Crunchy Granola Gal is a fabulous Friday dinner date.
 Dinner #2s are sometimes necessary to supplement a shared appetizer.
 Folk-influenced blues music results in a wonderful ambiance and dance floor.
 I'm really going to miss having my daily breakfast oatmeal on Road Trip USA.
 There is no place like home, or the amazing people that I know and love there. 
Pure Food and Wine, now serving lunch, truly is all it's hyped up to be.
  Sea vegetable salads are worth ordering, each and every single time.
 No matter how often you actually see each other, bloggers, like VeggieGirl, make amazing real life friends... or blends :).

 A Cacao Latte (banana, almond milk, cacao, vanilla) should always be the dessert response to a chocolate craving. I wish this were possible.
South Street Seaport has an incredible Sunday farmer's market. Crashing Leslie, Sofia, and Katie's date is less thrilling when they invite you to crash it ;). Ice cream tastings are far more fun in cute little mini-cones (or so I've heard).
 And, simplicity, plus a nearly bare fridge, creates beautiful solo Sunday night dinner meals... especially when paired with a glass of Pleasantville Red.

P.S. Last night I threw together a salad and a zucchini scramble. The eggs I used were fresh from Saturday's farmers market but please be aware and cautious of the current egg recall. Thanks and stay safe!


  1. Ahhh I love the looks of all your food- especially the first sample platter :)
    I love how elegantly you set your table even when you're just eating by yourself- very classy :)

  2. Looks like you've been having a great time with friends!!

  3. You're quick!!! Loved having lunch with you and we WILL do it again soon :)

  4. Life doesn't get much better when it's full of wining and dining!

  5. What a fabulous time with lots of delicious food. :)

  6. Pure Food and Wine is absolute heaven, I agree. I've only been there once, but am dying to return...perhaps we could do a meetup there when you get back from your road trip? Hope you have a wonderful start to your week love!!

  7. Amen, sister! I'm so glad you crashed our date, but I wish we'd gotten to see more of you! We MUST do something soon, my dear.

  8. That cacao latte looks out of control! Love all the pictures from your various dates - the place you went with crunchy granola girl looks really cool.

  9. I'm a huge fan of African cuisine. I first tried it last fall, and I was totally hooked--I mean who wouldn't love lots of lentils, veggies, and coconut milk??

  10. what a lovely weekend recap! we will surely have to scoutmob-it-up if not before than very soon after your return from your awwwesome road trip - which, by the way, i cannot wait to read/ hear about!

  11. sprinkledwithcinnamon: Oh it was as delicious as it looks. And, thanks! I have to make the extra effort to enjoy a meal alone :).

    Nicci@NiftyEats: Yes ma'am. Come join in on the fun!

    VeggieGirl: Efficient, my love, efficient. See you soon!

    Sagan: No it doesn't. Now what are you doing living so far away from it all?

    Dorry: You've got that right! Great weekend in my book :)

    Gabriela: Thanks, you too! A Pure date is definitely in order upon my return.

    Katie: And that is why there will be things like dinner clubs very, very soon :).

    Angharad: Out of control doesn't even begin to cover it ;). L'Orange Bleue is a beautiful restauant, I highly recommend it!

    BroccoliHut: Exactly!

    crunchygranolagal: Definitely, definitely. And I cannot wait to start blogging about it :).


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