I’ve been here for a week now, and despite my eagerness to get back to clean, creative eating, there isn’t too much that’s blog-worthy. The kitchen here is limited, as are my funds, and there is still much that draws me away – there are a taqueria and a pizza place that are both quite good, and bf’s old friends to catch up with. For now, I do what I can.
My first full day here, I made the lunch I had been craving, a tofu salad sandwich with lots of veggies. It wasn’t the best I’ve ever made, but for throwing it together with no recipe and a limited pantry, it was right decent.
Only bad part was that I was so used to being a piggy that this didn’t fill me up, at all. I’m slowly coming back around. I also had it open faced on toast with avocado.
I had been craving spaghetti, so one night we cooked it up. Whole grain noodles, plain jane store-bought marinara jazzed up with spices, and sauteed chopped baby bella mushrooms. One the side, zingy lemon pepper zucchini made with earth balance, red pepper flakes, black pepper and lemon juice. This made for many leftovers.
I’ve also been munching on cherries, which I found at a good price. They’re big and juicy, but unfortunately not too flavorful.
Yesterday bf and I jaunted off to San Francisco and the East Bay to explore a bit. Around lunchtime we were in Berkeley and wanting Asian food, and we came across Boat Noodle House on Shattuck Ave. All the noodles sounded good, but I went for a green curry, which was moderately spicy and very tasty, just like a green curry should be. Plenty of fresh veggies and basil. (Don’t know why I didn’t scoot the bowl closer to the rice for a better picture, I always feel awkward taking pictures in restaurants and try to do it as quickly as possible.)
When we came in view of a Whole Foods, I squealed and we had to stop. I know a lot of people don’t care for Whole Foods, but my stance right now is that I think it’s amazing. I’ve never been in a place with so many options. Everything I would normally have to order online or go to a specialty shop for, they have. Right there. And premade things like bagels and salads and hot food. Maybe once I’m used to it it’ll lose it’s charm, but for now: I <3 Whole Foods.
We were going to watch bf’s beloved Oakland Athletics play that night, so I bought some food to carry me through the game. There were so many choices that I had a hard time (not to mention the prepared foods are pretty pricey), so I settled on this meatless chicken salad sandwich.
The sandwich was good, but not great. The veggies were fresh and everything tasted nice, but I’m not sure I’d buy it again. Unless I was going to another baseball game and needed a quick dinner.
I also got a vegan banana blueberry muffin out of the bakery case. (The everything bagels are vegan too, I will definitely be eating my fair share of those.) The sandwich filled me up before the game, so I brought the muffin in to eat during. It was huge, moist, and sweet-but-not-too-sweet. A good deal for the price, though I think I’ll go back to making my own muffins when I can.
I wasn’t planning on buying any other food at Whole Foods, but when I saw the mangoes I knew I had to have one. They were the hugest mangoes I have ever seen, and on sale two for $3. Here’s my mango posing with his fruit friends, to show off his size.
I’ve just seen that the kitchen has a blender, so perhaps tomorrow morning I’ll see if it’s powerful enough to make them into a smoothie.