After some dreams involving puppies (is there anything better?!) I hung out in bed til late this morning, did 30 minutes of lazy upper body conditioning while watching guilty MTV (“The Hills”/”The City”) and around 11am, grilled a leftover shepherd’s pie patty (I kept them in the freezer) wrapped in a French Meadow Sprouted Grain Tortilla.
I’ve been eating a lot of brunches lately, have you noticed that? I’ve been having my evening snack around 11 or midnight, right before bed, so I’m never really hungry til 12 hours later, and by then I’m in the mood for savory food.
Some strawberries and peppermint tea too….
I did my hair/makeup for the Macy’s event and packed a snack for later – an organic apple and some Sahale BBQ almonds/Beach Bash trail mix. It took a little more than an hour to drive down to Costa Mesa.
I did wind up eating the apple while I waited around for the event to start, but the trail mix went untouched.
Macy’s did a really good job with the event….
…there was a pretty great crowd:
It kicked off with a dragon dance…
Then I took the stage with Michelle Ngo, Fashion Director at Skinnie Magazine.
I was supposed to only interview her about fashion stuff, but she turned the tables around and started asking ME questions too!
I was not prepared for that! Good thing she didn’t ask me any fashion-related questions. Although I think I looked pretty sharp in the outfit dress goddess gave me (yes, I already wore this two weeks ago – I’m getting my mileage out of it!!!).
After I was done “working,” Abe and I had a super early dinner at Anqi, located inside the Bloomingdale’s on the other side of the South Coast Plaza mall.
I’d heard about this place from “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” This is actually a new sister restaurant to the one featured on The Food Network (Crustacean, in Beverly Hills) but during the day it has a much smaller (and cheaper) “Noodle Bar” menu. Two chefs operate in the outside kitchen by the bar while the back kitchen preps for dinner service.
Lucky for us, this menu has their famous garlic noodles, the ones highlighted in the episode.
I’ll be honest, they didn’t look as pretty as I’d expected…
…you can’t tell in the photos because Abe’s camera makes everything appear 10x better, but they were both greasy AND dry-looking at the same time.
But my Lord, they tasted great. Insanely good, actually. Abe described it like “eating garlic bread in pasta form.” I agree – each strand of noodle was infused with butter and garlic and ???? There are a bunch of recipe theories online. A lot of them sound like garlic bread ingredients, indeed.
Equally underwhelming in appearance were the Wok Tofu and Assorted Seasonal Vegetables, which were almost gelatinous:
Unfortunately, they weren’t as good as the garlic noodles. They were just okay – I did like the texture of the tofu and the crispness of the veggies, but the sauce was just meh.
Back in Los Angeles we rewarded ourselves for sitting in traffic by stopping by our favorite gelato place, Scoops. As usual, I tried a sample of two intriguing sounding non-soy flavors (Red Velvet Cake and Goat Cheese Fig) before getting two vegan ones – Cream Cheese Oreo and Maple Almond.
Abe went vegan too – Coffee Molasses and Vanilla Chocolate (INSANELY delicious) – he added chocolate sprinkles.
Mid-way through mine I added some too (they’re free!)
I always get a kick out of their flavor suggestion board:
It’s only 9pm – I will definitely be having another snack before bed! Probably some fruit and a hemp milk hot chocolate.
How was your Saturday?