Finally!

Finally!

I had no trouble getting back into my routine after returning from Las Vegas, but one piece of news threw me for a loop.

Freebies from the IDEA/BlogFest Expo! An RX Bar in Chocolate Chip flavor! Too much nuts IMO, but not too shabby of a flavor.
Freebies from the IDEA/BlogFest Expo! An RX Bar in Chocolate Chip flavor! Too much nuts IMO, but not too shabby of a flavor.

One of my undergraduate assistants informed me that the week would be his last, even though he originally had plans to stay and help me out for a longer period of time.

A new-to-me Trader Joe's find I picked up that week---
A new-to-me Trader Joe’s find I picked up that week—Greek Whole Milk Yogurt (Avocado Citrus) mixed with peanut powder. It fueled me through a 12hr day x-x

Even though his change of plans was a disappointment, he still came in over the weekend, and so at least I had one solid weekend free from the constraints of lab. I definitely took advantage of this.

Another cool freebie! La Colombe Coconut and Vanilla coffee...the coconut flavor was pleasantly surprising in taste, like a splash of coconut water was added to some iced cream coffee!!
Another cool freebie! La Colombe Coconut and Vanilla coffee…the coconut flavor was pleasantly surprising in taste, like a splash of coconut water was added to some iced cream coffee!!
 
I was able to take the car out to Encino, and from Santa Monica it was an (almost) easy drive up the 405. I was also able to avoid paying for street parking by finding a neighborhood to park at and from there walk over. 
 
Veggie Grill, Encino
Veggie Grill, Encino
 
Veggie Grill was my destination since they sent me a $5 off birthday coupon that I couldn’t resist… 
 
Mondo Nachos, Veggie Grill (Encino)
Mondo Nachos, Veggie Grill (Encino)
 
…and the dish I couldn’t avoid ordering, despite having it before AND the fact that their summer menu had a mouth-watering array of options. A plate of Mondo Nachos sounded just perfect at the time. 
 
Compared to the plate I had at the WeHo location more than a year ago, I felt like it lacked a lot of guac and soy crumbles (they replaced it with grilled chik’n this time around). This was more of an observation than a complaint, however. I also brought my laptop and did some work at the restaurant for a few hours after eating. I guess it’s more “normal” to set up shop like that at a Starbucks or a cafe,but Veggie Grill had a jammin’ playlist so I wasn’t too pressured to get up and leave! 
 
I headed out a little after 1 and my next stop was in Grocery Outlet in Burbank. I inevitably had to face traffic, and it took me almost thirty minutes to get from Encino to Burbank. 
 
Burbank Grocery Outlet
Burbank Grocery Outlet
 
When I did arrive however, I was ecstatic to finally be stepping into one of GO’s newer So Cal locations. Ah, it had been too long! 
 
I made out with a week’s worth of food with plenty of change to spare, so it only made sense to drive by Glendale and finally get me some Yoga-Urt! They had been on my radar for quite some time now, and I’ve actually been following them on Instagram since their opening two years ago in 2015! Getting there by public transit always posed a challenge, but with a car handy it’s really not that impossible to get to. 
 
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The shop is very small, with a few patio chairs and tables in the front. There’s also a huge blackboard wall near the entrance, the contents of which are frequently changing. 
 
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They offered a lot on their menu, but their flavors of soft serve were limited for the day.

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A turmeric/gold rose flavor sounded unique, and was listed as one of their offered flavors, but unfortunately not on the day I visited.

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A small cup of froyo with one topping proved to be pricey (~$6!), but since it was vegan-friendly and a hand-crafted kind of place, I thought it was a worthy treat to splurge on. I ended up going for the Peanut Butter Prana topped with dried mulberries.

PBP & Dried Mulberries
PBP & Dried Mulberries

I enjoyed my cup outside, and marveled at how thick the soft serve was. It was like those So Delicious ice creams I rave about, except smoother and creamier. The mulberries added some varied crunch, but to be honest they weren’t a vital component.

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After spending the day driving and eating through North LA, I made the drive back home, and spent the remainder of the evening napping and catching up on some work. I was squeezing every minute out of this “free” weekend, because who know when my next one will be!

A new Nuts 'n More flavor for me to try. I picked it up from the Vitamin Shoppe near the Veggie Grill in Encino. Definitely found it more blanaced in the oil-to-butter ratio. The vanilla flavor was mixed throughout, and it didn't have those crystalized sugar pieces at the bottom like I observed with Cookie Butter.
A new Nuts ‘n More flavor for me to try. I picked it up from the Vitamin Shoppe near the Veggie Grill in Encino. Definitely found it more balanced in the oil-to-butter ratio. The white chocolate flavor was mixed throughout, and it didn’t have those crystallized sugar pieces at the bottom like I observed with Cookie Butter.
 
 Is there something you finally got done recently?

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Good Food, Bad Food: A Mini Review

Good Food, Bad Food: A Mini Review

Haven’t had a food-related post in a while, so I thought I’d do a mini-review on some good (and surprisingly not so good…) bars and yogurts I had this week.

Chobani Flip – Nutty for Nana

I was more than eager to try (and stock up) on these yogurts since they were on sale at Grocery Outlet for $0.79 each! I left with three since I already had a stockpile of yogurts at home and didn’t want to reach the hoard-er line. (Haha, get it?) 😉

Awesome toppings, but bland yogurt.
Awesome toppings, but bland yogurt.

Anyways, the topping in this yogurt included dark chocolate chunks and honey roasted salted almonds, and while I can’t complain about this, the yogurt tasted nothing like the regular Banana Chobani cups. I wouldn’t enjoy eating the yogurt on its own, but since thankfully it came with great-tasting toppings, all ended well :).

Greens Plus – Chocolate Energy Bar

I oftentimes visit Trader Joe’s in the early morning or little after noon, but it is seriously a mad house between the times of 3-5pm (at least the ones near me). Apparently, I found out my favorite bar, which I often purchase from TJ’s, is pretty popular. It’s cousin, the Greens Plus – Chocolate Energy Bar was overstocked, so I settled for it that day.

Good, even great...but not my go-to.
Good, even great…but not my go-to.

While it still has the smooth chocolate coating as its counterpart, the filling felt lighter and had some crisp to it. I prefer the protein version of Greens Plus bars because the filling feels more substantial to me (and well, they taste much better in my opinion).

Perfect Food Bar Carob Chip

It is a rare occasion that I find so many faults with a bar, but as of right now, the Perfect Food Bar brand leaves an awful taste in my mouth. How can a bar that’s touted to be wholesome and full of natural ingredients cause me to gag? I can’t judge all of the flavors in this line right now, but if they are all like the Carob Chip flavor, I’ll be passing them up.

Eww @ this bar...
Eww @ this bar…

Maybe I shouldn’t have read the ingredients before chomping in. I think after I read “tomato” and “dried whole egg” powder, my appetite sunk. I spent a few seconds eyeing my oddly orange colored bar, and all I could think of was tomato/vegetable/eww (okay, so a tomato is technically a fruit, but why, oh why, mix it with carob?!).

I managed to finish the bar because a) it was pretty pricey and b) I hate wasting food, but not even two pieces of Orbit gum could get rid of the gross aftertaste. Do yourself a favor when it comes to this bar and stay. away.

Siggi’s Blueberry Yogurt

Since I had the excuse-of-a-bar mentioned previously for breakfast, and because I had an aftertaste in my mouth that desperately needed to be erased, I tried a new-to-me flavor of Siggi’s…blueberry.

Siggi's, I know you can do better!
Siggi’s, I know you can do better!

I thought it would taste just as pleasant as this flavor I had a while back, but it turned out to be subpar and disappointing. The blueberry flavor was somewhat bland, and the texture wasn’t nearly as thick as the acai and mixed berries flavor.

But since I know Siggi’s can do better, I won’t count this outlier against them ;).

Have you had any foods that did not meet up to you expectations recently?

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