Daily Archives: October 27, 2010

Pickles n Pocky

dinner - product review - snacks

Remember my trip to the pickle factory back in August? My sour stash just ran out, and like magic, a new one appeared!

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Dawn suggested I give Grillo’s Pickles a try. They’re actually only available on the East Coast (look for them at Whole Foods) but they were kind enough to ship me some samples!!!

LOVE that there’s no sugar in these.

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Abe and I each snacked on a spear before dinner…

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…and are both big fans. Nice n sour, crunchy, and fully penetrated with flavor. Plus, they sent me an awesome T-shirt so I can be a Grillo’s Pickle Lover for Halloween:

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Can’t believe that’s this Sunday! I actually rarely dress up, but Julius does. Remember his fire hydrant costume last year?!

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He’ll parade around in another ensemble this year – just not sure what yet. Suggestions?!

Leftovers for an early dinner:

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Sugar snap peas, brussels sprouts and Coconut Roasted potatoes, with grilled chicken (for me; Abe had a veggie burger)

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More randomness for dessert – Vegan Coffee Toffee, frozen mango chunks, and some Cinnamon Sweets cereal

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Three hours of chorus rehearsal later (tickets for our Holiday Concert on December 5th are now on sale!) I dug into the Pocky from my San Diego Asian Film Festival SWAG bag:

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Once you start munching on these chocolate-dipped biscuits, you can’t stop! I went back for another handful after this serving:

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Lots of exciting news to share!!!

T Salon for Two

bakeries/cafes/dessert places - soup/stew

Hey kids!

I’m blogging from T Salon, where I just had lunch and gave my cousin Amy her vegan cookies. Still had a Living Social Coupon so we got $20 worth of food for $10.

Miso Kale and Tofu Bowl:

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Warm, comforting, and chock full of stuff

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Comes with a side of delicious toast too

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Had a bite of the Indian Market Egg Salad

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Really good!

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I learned my lesson from my previous visit and packed my own pear.

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This time the WiFi works so I’ve gotta get back to work!

Happy Hump Day!

Variations on a Theme

dinner - vegan

Sad to see this yesterday afternoon:

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Our dear friends Michael and Katie are moving back to the east coast – I stopped by to say Ta-Ta For Now :(

Since the oven was already cleared from the Almond Butter Cookies (I usually store all my extra pots/pans in there – probably another reason I’m too lazy to bake) I decided to make an all-roasted dinner.

The first dish was blog inspired – I put my own spin on the Nut Butter Crusted Root Veggie Fries I’ve been wanting to try since their “debut” earlier this year.

Start with a tablespoon of Nut Butter – I used Coconut PB – and combine with a teaspoon of oil (I kept the Coconut theme going with some Nutiva EVCO)

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Toss with a pound of fingerling potatoes and some salt + pepper…

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…place on a baking sheet with parchment at 375 for about 45-55 minutes (flipping once) until crispy.

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Also roasted a bag of frozen brussels sprouts with Garlic Gold Parmesan Nuggets

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and baked a patty using the Casbah Falafel mix

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The Roasted Coconut Potatoes were really terrific – I was almost expecting them to be sweet, but they’re just deliciously nutty and have an interesting, not-too-oily crust.

Still, they needed ketchup. But since we are basically out of that, they got mostly German mustard.

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Dessert literally arrived on my doorstep as I was opening the freezer to see what options we had.

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Chocolate Inspirations sent a whole bunch of their gourmet sweets. Since my dinner was entirely vegan, I decided to continue with the cruelty-free theme:

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The Caramel Cup is “made in small batches with the finest ingredients to give you the fresh taste of homemade caramel with the expertise of a chocolatier.”

It’s mini, but packs quite a sweet punch! Rich, creamy, and totally satisfying.

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Rejoice, lactose-intolerant and vegans! You can order their products online as a gift (to others or yourself).

We had a little “Lynn Chen” theme going with our evening entertainment – started by watching some DVD extras for “White on Rice” and stopped to catch my four lines on NCIS: LA (full episode available online now). It’s always a little weird viewing myself and I much preferred when we switched to Netflix Wii Watching, hopping around the romantic comedy genre until we finally settled in to watch a classic, “When Harry Met Sally.”

That movie is still great – we were up until 1am! My midnight snack:

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I haven’t been feeling my usual hot cocoa lately and have been craving crunchy, cold things before bed instead. Apples are perfect. Tis the season!