Saturday, October 30, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Double Coconut Nuts Granola
Source: Healthy Coconut
- 1 & 3/4 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup slice almonds
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut (I used coconut "chips" instead of flakes...they were a bit more substantial, which I like)
- 2 tbsp agave (You could sub in honey if you don't have it)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (If you don't have it, any oil would probably work here...although then it would only be Single Coconut Granola)
- 1 tbsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Put agave and coconut oil on very low heat until thin. Stir in almonds, walnuts, coconut and vanilla. Mix until they are coated well. Add oats to the mixture and mix well.
Transfer the mixture on a greased non-stick cookie sheet. Spread them evenly. Bake for 10 minutes and then stir mixture. Bake for another 10 minutes or so. Watch it carefully. The mixture will turn brown quickly.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
I kind of disappeared from Blogland before the trip so I didn't have a chance to let my readers know that I'd be traveling but...well I did! :)
Three of my college girlfriends/sorority sisters and I decided a while back to have a little reunion trip in Seattle, where one of the girls currently lives. Needless to say I was SO excited for a vacation and for a chance to catch up with the girls.
Instead of going over all the details of trip on the blog (which, I admit, I'm too lazy to do) I figured I would just focus on the one area that I typically gravitate towards: FOOD!
Because, vacations are all about the food anyway, right?!
We all arrived in Seattle late on Wednesday night so our first real Seattle meal was breakfast the following morning. For that we walked down to Pike's Place Market for a local Russian Bakery called Piroshky, Piroshky for....well, piroshkys!
A piroshky is a handheld, stuffed pie that can be filled with any variety of fillings. My piroshky was stuffed with "Smoked Salmon Pate" or basically a smoked salmon and cream cheese mixture. It was a really tasty filling but my favorite part was definitely the doughy bread...I'm a carbaholic! It was also great that the piroshky was portable so we could continue our exploring while eating.
For lunch later that day we found the food truck called Maximus Minimus, which is shaped like a metal pig!
They're known for their pulled pork sandwiches which are either spicy ("maximus") or mild ("minimus"). I ordered the "maximus" pork sandwich but was disappointed at how non-spicy it was. I'm a Texan, darnit...if you say it's gonna be spicy then it should at LEAST make my tongue burn a little. :) But other than the disappointing spiciness, it was a delicious sandwich!
They also have cool drink options: Ginger Lemonade or Hibiscus Juice.
I had half of each combined, which was a sweet and tasty combo!
That night we decided to save a little money and cook our own meal! We went to Megan's apartment and cooked Seafood Risotto for dinner.
Yum!! I don't have the exact recipe that we used for this but this one looks really similar. It was actually really easy!
To finish off the night, Megan and her boyfriend Scott took us to their favorite ice cream shop, Molly Moon's.
Friday morning we just made breakfast at the apartment (scrambled eggs & toast), which is totally unexciting.
But we made up for it with lunch!
Caribbean Grilled Pork Sandwiches from Paseo, which is simply an open-air food booth located close to the Seattle beach. It doesn't look like much from the outside....
But OH.MY.GOD. do they ever know how to make a good sandwich!!
The pork was sooooo tender and juicy and the toppings made it all come together...grilled onions, avocado, lettuce, cilantro & garlic aioli. Holy crap this was good! I want another one now!
And well just look at this view that we had as we ate:
Yum on two counts: sandwich + view of ocean.
The only downside to this sandwich was that it was SO messy to eat! They totally fell apart on us but we didn't mind....we were too busy scarfing to care about the method of eating.
Friday night we went out to a restaurant called Eva, which specializes in fresh, local and seasonal cuisine.
We started out with an order of the mussels steamed with golden tomato, lime leaves, lemongrass and ginger. I forgot to get a picture of them before we devoured them so this is all you get.
The buttery leftover sauce was perfect for bread dipping!
For my main course, I ordered the Roast Pork which was served with southern green beans and grits.
This was SO YUMMY! The pork was soooooooo tender and juicy. The only thing I disliked was that I wished they had given me more grits. It looks like a lot in the photo but it wasn't nearly enough in real life. :)
Megan ordered the Roasted Quail with Chorizo Bread Pudding Stuffing and Sherry Jus.
Courtney ordered the Filet Mignon with Salsa Verde and a Saute of Roasted Potato, Red Onion and Autumn Vegetables.
And Lindsey ordered the Washington Salmon with Summer Squash Moussaka and an Eggplant Yogurt Sauce.
This was probably the only slightly disappointing dish from the bunch. It was just "eh".
We finished the night with an order of the Warm Apple Crisp with Cinnamon Ice Cream.
There's a pic of all of us with our delicious dessert!
Saturday was our "outdoorsy" day. We drove out to the Cascade Mountains and did a little hiking.
It was BEAUTIFUL!
Since we were hiking we kept lunch simple by packing Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches.
On our way back to Seattle we stopped into the Red Hook Brewery for a few brews and a snack.
We ordered a couple "flights" of brews for tasting purposes.
And a MASSIVE pile of nachos to share.
Totally hit the spot and canceled out all the calories that we had burned during our hiking excursion! :)
Saturday night we went out to a restaurant called Etta's, which is a Tom Douglas seafood restaurant.
We started out each ordering one of their DELICIOUS specialty cocktails.
These were so fun! I ordered the Vanilla Lime Martini but we all tasted each other's drinks and I think the overall winner was the Blood Orange Margarita!
For food we decided to just order a bunch of dishes and split them between the four of us. We started out with an order of the raw oysters.
The Ciopinno was flavorful and delicious and PERFECT for sharing, since there was a little of everything inside!
This one was good, but nothing too memorable.
Proper British Bacon! For some reason this just cracked me up. I mean, what is UNproper British Bacon??
So have YOU ever been to Seattle?? If not, I highly recommend you visit sometime! It's a beautiful and unique city. And if you visit in September or early October like us, you may get lucky and have perfect weather too!