>Another Friday, Another Lunch

>Working from home is great. As if I had to tell you. As I mentioned last week, it ‘s been a very positive change for me. This week’s newly discovered benefit? Convenient whenever-I-want-them lunch and snacks. Today I woke up with a huge craving for Egg Salad. You know the rest of the story…

This is supposed to look appetizing. It certainly tastes appetizing.

Easy, Adaptable Egg Salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs, hard boiled (I used this method – it never fails!)
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 green onions, diced. (I use both green and white parts)
  • Non-fat yogurt
  • Dijon mustart
  • Salt and Pepper 

Directions:

  1. Peel and rough chop the hard boiled eggs. Place in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the celery, green onions, 2 or 3 big spoonfulls of greek yogurt, a big squirt of Dijon mustard, salt and pepper to the bowl. 
  3. Mix/mash all ingredients together until you’ve reached the desired consistency. (A Food Processor would come in handy here!)
  4. Enjoy! (I like it served on toasted bread)

All the ingredients in one bowl. Now mash!

It’s that easy. Add more yogurt if you like it less thick, add more mustard if you like that kick. You get the idea. It’s so easy!

A few notes. I use greek yogurt because I’ve simply never been a fan of Mayo. But feel free to use it if you wish. I like that the greek yogurt is thicker, and adds a bit of sourness/tartness to the mix. Also, I’ve added everything from chopped walnuts, diced green apples, curry powder, paprika, etc. Whatever you have in your refrigerator/pantry is game! I also sometimes switch out the eggs for leftover shredded chicken for, you guessed it, Chicken Salad. Genius.

Delish. 

>Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow…

>So two close friends are packing up their belongings and moving to that city by the bay.

Selfishly, it’s always a little sad to see friends go. But knowing they have great jobs and (hello!) a great city waiting for them makes it very exciting. Word on the street is that San Fran has some tasty eating establishments 😉 Also, yet another excuse to take a weekend trip to the Bay Area!

So to send them off in style, we headed to Starlite, a restauarant/lounge/bar in what I guess would be Mission Hills(?). The drinks here are uh-mazing. In particular, this:

It’s a Starlite Mule and it’s sooo good. I also love the mug they serve it in. I only had one. These suckers are mad-crazy-dangerous. You do not taste the alcohol, but oh boy, is there some: Rain Organic Vodka, ginger beer, lime, Angostura bitters. It tastes refreshing and zippy. Yes, zippy.

So zippy!

We also snacked on their Sausage plate (meh) and some clams (hurrah!)

Kind of disappointing.
 
Kind of not disappointing. (Yay garlic and butter!)

Starlite itself is about as close to San Fran as you are going to get in San Diego, so it was an appropriate venue choice. It has a dark, moody, retro vibe – lots of dark wood, brick walls, soft twinkle lights, glass. I dig, cats. In the summer this used to be a favorite to sit out on the patio and people watch. Gotta bring that practice back into rotation.

Anyway, to the point at hand – Good luck Josh and Chrissy! Can’t wait to visit soon 🙂

Some more pictures of our night:

Josh and Adam.
Chrissy and her audience of men 😉
This chandelier looks amazing in person. The lights are blue and so pretty!
Adam thinks I should post more pictures of him.
And because we had Journey in our heads, I put on my Journey t-shirt (best shirt ever) and Tino and I had a jam session to end the night. He’s very musical.
Yes, we are sharing a blanket. It was chilly!

>Afternoon Pick Me Up

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That is all.

>Everyone Loves Bath Time! (That’s a Lie)

>So living next to the beach has it’s pluses. In fact, it’s mostly all pluses (do I really need to elaborate?) BUT when you have a puppy suddenly that warm, beautiful white sand is everywhere. Including all over Tino. So last night was bath night.

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Why do you hate me so?
I suppose it could have gone worse. 
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Escape!

It definitely could have gone much better. 

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He sulked for the next 30 minutes. In puppy time, that’s an eternity.
At least he smells (and feels) great.
Dinner was a mish-mash of things. I had guac left over from earlier in the day (bummer!….) so in a few minutes Adam made a nice plate (for two) of cheese and crackers and ham and chips – for the guac. The cheese, crackers and ham were awesome. Especially because it was smoked cheddar from Trader Joes. Delicious! The chips? Not so much. To quote Adam, “they taste like Trader Joes.” We determined this meant “healthy.” He was right. They were thick and course and kind of bland. Boo. We love food around here, so we don’t take kindly to anything that wastes our time.
Luckily, this past weekend Adam’s mom showed me how to make homemade tortilla chips from corn tortillas. I had just so happened to bring some corn tortillas over (I was meaning to make quesadillas…I forgot the chicken, hence the cheese and crackers). In ten minutes we had edible chips. Phew! Crisis averted. 
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This is not “diet” food. 

Homemade Tortilla Chips
Ingredients: 
  • Corn tortillas
  • Vegetable oil
  • Chili powder
  • Salt

Directions:

  1. Pour vegetable oil in a frying pan over high heat. Fill with enough oil so that the oil is about 1″ deep.  
  2. In a small bowl, combine equal parts salt and chili powder (I used about 2 tablespoons of each and had leftover seasoning).
  3. Take about 6 corn tortillas and stack them up in a pile and cut to create triangles. I cut the entire stack lengthwise 4 – once vertical cut, one horizontal (you know have a cross) and then two diagonal cuts. This makes sense, right?
  4. Once the oil has heated up (I drop a little piece of corn tortilla in the pan, if the oil starts bubbling around the tortilla, it’s ready) place your tortilla triangles in the pan, careful to not put too many so that there is no overlapping. 
  5. After about 2 minutes on each side (they will be nice and golden) place on a plate with a paper towel to allow to drain and cool.
  6. While still hot, sprinkle the salt mixture lightly over the chips.
  7. Place in serving dish of your choice and enjoy! 

These chips are incredibly delicious. And you can put whatever seasoning you want on them. Next time I’m thinking just salt and lime juice. Although, these were pretty great and sometimes you should just let a good thing be.

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Crappy iphone pic!

>Green Tea and Guacamole

>What? Your breakfast is better?

In truth, I only had a few bites – quality control! But the tea was good. (I had some Trader O’s too)

Why was I making guacamole at 7 in the morning you ask? Because I have a big mouth, and last night at happy hour with the work crew I mentioned that I like to make guac…in fact, I’ll bring it to work tomorrow for our big company meeting. Dummy.

But I do love guac, and it gave me an excuse to use the new ceramic knife Adam’s parents gave me.

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Cut’s like a Knife! (But it feels so right)
The knife is amazing. I love it. 
I also love this: 

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I wonder how many of my posts are on guac…
Tino was drooling.

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Give me Some Guac!

And because it was the morning, and I had been drinking poor man’s coffee (tea), I left this mess for after work. 

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Sigh.

>About that Playlist….

>The streak has come to an end. I didn’t make a Valentine’s Day playlist this year 😦 I was listening to music, however. Well, one song. Over and over.

Behold:

Paul McCartney, you complete me.

>VDay a Success

>At 10AM yesterday, I was ready to call Valentine’s Day a success. Really, it doesn’t take much (aka a cupcake). But last night was pretty great. My #1 Valentine took me and my #2 Valentine out for dinner. I was planning on a quiet dinner in, so this was surprising.

Another surprise? This:

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Flowers + Wine. Adam gets me.

Adam called around to a few places to find somewhere that would accommodate all three of us. (Adam + Me + puppy). Fortunately for us one of the restaurants, a restaurant I have been itching to try for some time, went out of their way to accommodate us. Since it’s still technically winter, they don’t typically do their outside seating right now. However, the owner graciously set up a table for us anyway and brought out one of those large standing heaters. As I just stated, it is February so it can still get pretty chilly in the evenings. Especially when by the water. Luckily for us, this was not the case last night. I was warm and toasty.

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Private dinner for 3

All in all it was a fantastic night. We ordered a bottle of Chianti and munched on bread/breadsticks and some Calamari to start. The Calamari was okay, the breadsticks were scrumptious! They were seasoned with red pepper flakes. I don’t believe I”ve ever met a pepper flake I didn’t like. For the entrees I ordered the Ossobucco di Tacchino and Adam ordered Filetto Con Pepe Verde.

The filet:

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the Ossobucco:

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I’m not one to brag (I totally am) but my selection hit it out of the ballpark.

There were no leftovers:

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Yummy yummy in my tummy.

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Adam contemplating our delicious dinner.

Tino enjoyed his puppy treats, but still managed to find time for a quick nap.

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Little bear cub was tired after meeting some passing German Shepherds.

I can’t wait to go back. The staff was attentive and more than accommodating. And in warmer weather – they have Yappy Hour. Oh yah. We’ll be back.

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Job well done, Adam.

We ended the night in PJs, watching the DVR and pretending not to like eachother:

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We are too cool for school.

>Now This Is How To Start A Monday

>I arrived to work, late, because of a dead battery, and feeling a little grumpy. Then I saw this on my desk:

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Red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting and a little fondant heart with my name on it, courtesy of my Co-Worker Des. Des, you go girl.

I immediately ran down stairs to the cafe below us (Influx Cafe…. it’s amazing) , ordered my favorite drink – an Americano with a little steamed milk on top and took my first bite.

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yeaaaaaaaah

My Monday? Fantastic so far.

Happy Valentines Day.

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My two Valentines.

>Friday Treat

>Tell me he’s not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen.

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>I’ve Been Doing Things

>I don’t know where this week has gone. Somehow it’s Friday. I know I was busy, but suddenly I can’t really tell you with what I was so busy with. Hmm…. Too busy to think? I’ll go with that.

Every Friday I work from home. Surprisingly it has become one of my most productive days. Today, my work from home station is the local Starbucks. I woke up this morning wanting an Iced Green Tea and so Starbucks it was. For some reason, they’re always really good at here.

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Must be something in the water.

When the barrista asked if I wanted to try the Trente size I laughed. Yah right! Now, 30 minutes later I have almost finished my iced tea…and I’m still thirsty. Hmmm… Is this a bandwagon I might end up jumping on after all?

I have some more food-related posts coming soon – recipes, restaurant visits, etc. AND watch out for my V-Day playlist! I’m not much of a Valentines Day gal, but I love music and I love playlists and I’ll take any excuse to make one 😉