Family Reunion

Family Reunion

Even though I spent a blissful weekend in south OC with the sis, I could NOT avoid returning only a few days later, because Dad was in town.

I immediately got myself over to Union Station on a Tuesday evening when I was able to leave lab for the day. I was not looking forward to the long weeknight train ride (daily commuters, I feel ya…), but I was able to get off at an earlier stop in Irvine, where my Dad was waiting for me.

After a big hug, we drove for a short while to Mission Viejo to have dinner with my sis. She was coming off a long day of classes so we picked a local, veggie-friendly place so she wouldn’t have to drive too far.

Barbonzai, Mission Viejo
Barbonzai, Mission Viejo

We got to Barbonzai earlier than she did, but she came a few minutes after us, after figuring out the strip mall parking lot.

Thought this poster was adorable <3
Thought this poster was adorable <3

Barbonzai had a small staff, but one of the employees had a really bubbly personality and was super helpful in explaining the menu to us. At the end, we decided to get some tabouli (Dad’s fave) as a starter. My sis and Dad got wraps, and I got a falafel bowl with their yellow falafel.

Tabouli // sister's spicy red falafel
Tabouli // sister’s spicy red falafel

My sis and I were pretty exhausted from each of our long days, and so we had to get some food in us first before we could have a nice conversation with Dad. Once I took a couple bites of my yellow falafel bowl, I felt a little bit more chatty πŸ™‚

Yellow Falafel ~ made with the delicious flavors of curry and coconut! Served with tomatoes, parsley, radish, pickles and our unique turmeric tahini sauce.
Yellow Falafel ~ made with the delicious flavors of curry and coconut! Served with tomatoes, parsley, radish, pickles and our unique turmeric tahini sauce.

Barbonzai closes at 8pm on weekdays, and while we didn’t want to hold up the staff with accommodating us, we tried to get as much time in all-together with the three of us before having to leave. We ended up stopping by Albertson’s which was across the way, and got some night snacks/morning munchables. My sis and I spotted the new Breyer’s low cal pints, and since they didn’t have Halo Top (I got my sister hooked, lol), I persuaded her to try the Breyer’s chocolate version while I got cookies and cream.

She took hers to go, and after saying goodbye to my Dad and I, drove back home since she had another long day the next day. I left with my Dad, and was able to stay with him that night and the following night, just like old times. We stayed in a hotel in Mission Viejo, and as soon as we checked in I crashed. I did not want to leave—just chill, eat ice cream, and sleep.

This: nah. Don't waste your money on it.
This: nah. Don’t waste your money on it.

This “ice cream” though—a HUGE disappointment. It was literally ice, chalky, and a chore to get through. Much like the Ralph’s version of Halo Top I had a while back…

The next morning, I went for a short (but painful—oooh those hills!) run, and when I came back, my Dad prepped some coffee from me from the hotel. He was driving up to LA for the day, and so we were able to spend a good hour together in the car since he dropped me off in lab. He picked me up later in the day, and we spent another good hour and a half driving back to the OC. We may have spent most of the time we had together in the car, but at least it was time spent together.

My sister had a closing shift that day, so it was just the two of us having dinner. We decided on Lemonade in Irvine since my Dad liked their cafeteria-like set-up based on our visit to the Pasadena location a while ago.

Lemonade, Irvine
Lemonade, Irvine

It’s a bit frustrating that they have yet to introduce any veggie-friendly proteins, but their veggie sides are pretty flavorful…so it’s not like we had absolutely nothing to choose from when making a plate of five different sides.

Mouth-watering veggie sides
Mouth-watering veggie sides

There was a colorful array to choose from, but I think I did well with my plate:

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It had curried (crunchy!) cauliflower, soba noodles, a sweet potato and corn succotash, and cheese-sprinkled broccoli florets. Despite the extra layer of salt and whatever else added to make this taste so heavenly, it was a quite a nutrient-dense meal especially for its size!

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My Dad’s plate was no exception:

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His plate differed from mine with the slaw, tortellini and tomatoes, and gorgeous beet red salad.

Needless to say, our dinners hit the spot, and after eating, we were both pretty full and tired to do much else. The hotel had a working pool and jacuzzi, so I was able to put my legs in and just relax. It reminded me of the times when I used to live at home, and my Dad and I would end our gym sessions with some time spent relaxing in the jacuzzi. It’s now only a few years ago since then, but so much has changed…

I took the 7am train back to LA the next morning, with it being my final day being a “nomad” carrying things to-and-from the OC over a few consecutive days. I didn’t mind though—if going the extra mile meant extra time with family and being in a city I truly love, it’s all worth it right πŸ˜‰ ?

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Do you prefer to save your relaxation time for the weekend, or try to have it spread out throughout the week?

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August Degusta Box

August Degusta Box

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Degustabox. All opinions are my own.

In regards to moving, I was for the most part OK with leaving my old place behind. Yes, it was closer to work and provided a lot of conveniences, but after two years it was time to move on. Funny thing was, I had to come back to pick up a package that couldn’t get forwarded in time…I didn’t mind though, because I came prepared with reusable bags to stuff all of my foodie goodies in!

Degusta Box for August!
Degusta Box for August!

This month’s box featured some portable snacks, great add-ins to my weekly yogurt bowls, and snacks that made me recall my childhood.

One of those childhood-recalling snacks were the Mini Cow Tales. As soon as I spotted them in the box, I literally ripped open the bag and had them as a snack on the train ride home. I forgot how chewy and creamy they were, but after biting into my first one out of the bag, the memories came flooding back! My sis and I loved having these as part of our after school snacks, and even opted for the different flavored ones when they were available.

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Loacker Rose Chocolates and Cow Tales

Another snack that was provided in the box, but not reminiscent of my childhood, were the Loacker chocolates. They became instant favorites of mine though, since they had a crisp cookie and caramel-like filling with a smooth chocolate layer over them. All in the shape of a flower πŸ™‚

The Goya Maria Cookies were exactly like the Maire Gold Biscuits my grandmother used to have. It’s interesting how the same type of cookie/biscuit is marketed under a different name on different continents. In India, they’re known as biscuits, and often seen in commercials alongside a piping hot mug of chai tea or next to a cup of milk with a chocolate drink mix if targeted towards kids. I was not a huge fan of these growing up, but the nostalgia that these biscuits brought me now made them more appetizing.

Goya Maria Cookies
Goya Maria Cookies

The box of Honey Bunches of Oats (with strawberries) was a fun find to receive, practically speaking. It obviously makes a good topping for greek yogurt.

Honey Bunches of Oats (with strawberries)
Honey Bunches of Oats (with strawberries)

And this Oregon Chai instant mix…

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Oregon Chai Tea Mix

While it’s intended for instant chai when added to hot water, useful for when you are on-the-go, I found it much more useful as a protein-powder sub-in. It added the mix of spicy, but sweet flavor to my greek yogurt, and this combination was a great vehicle for the Honey Bunches of Oats and a side protein bar. I put together this easy breakfast prior to heading for the train station on one of the weekends I had to stop by lab.

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I had to restrain myself from eating each ingredient separately since I was craving it so bad. Everything tasted so much better when mixed and paired together!!

After a long run last weekend, I was incredibly thirsty, and I was so proud of myself for storing this bottle of Alo drink, made with mango and mangosteen, in the fridge the night I brought all of my Degustabox goods home! I drank this bottle in less than a minute, while rolling out my muscles (as well as my poor posterior shin splint, ughhh) and watching the women’s Olympic marathon. The drink had just enough sweetness and its icy punch really quenched my thirst!

Alo drink
Alo drink

Some of the savories in this box included a jar of fine-tasting mayo and a new flavor/texture of Pop Chips!

Poppin' chips
Poppin’ chips

Pop Chips has ventured into the territory of Ruffles chips with it’s new Ridges line, and the flavor I tried was Cheddar & Sour Cream. Most of the pieces were broken so I was unable to compare a full-size chip to a Ruffles chip, but the chips were packed with flavor and light on the tongue.

Sir Kensington Mayonnaise - Chipotle
Sir Kensington Mayonnaise – Chipotle

The Sir Kensington Mayonnaise in Chipotle was creamy, spicy, and provided a punchy flavor similar to that of the Pop Chips. Instead of cheese, it was chipotle, but a slather of this spread in between two hamburger buns made for an easy snack while in lab.

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So creamy, so simple, yet full of flavor! Also very orange…

The final product in the box that I tried was the White Lily white grape seed all-purpose wheat flower. Since I was visiting my family for a week and would have more flexibility with kitchen space there (my live-in landlords at my new space do not prefer heavy cooking by their tenants), I packed it with me on my trip to Oklahoma.

A new all-purpose flour to try!
A new all-purpose flour to try!

This flour became a staple ingredient for a delicious pot pie crust, and was part of my all-time favorite dinner…a dinner I literally had on the daily when I lived with my family before moving to LA.

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A hearty, wheat-y bread biscuit, or can be used to top pot pies!
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  1. - 1/2 cup White Lily Grape Seed (WLGS) all-purpose flour
  2. - Greek yogurt (plain)
  3. - Cumin seeds and/or other spices
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  1. - Mix 1/2 cup of WLGS all-purpose flour with enough plain greek yogurt to get a dough-like consistency (I use about a 1/4 cup, and if necessary will add water).
  2. - Add a sprinkle of cumin seeds or substitute with your favorite bread-baking spices.
  3. - Bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes, or until dough is puffed and crisp on the outside.
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Once the crust was made, I added it to the top of a bowl of steaming hot veggies cooked in a beet (not beef, lol) broth, but you could use the crust/bread disc as a topper for any stew mix.

The second 12/ of a nothing-but-delicious pot pie.
The second 12/ of a nothing-but-delicious pot pie.

I wasn’t able to have the Vermont Smoke & Cure sticks due to them being non-vegetarian, but when I left them in our common room in lab, they were gone within minutes.

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Which of these products would you be excited to try?

Natural Sins Review

Natural Sins Review

When I first heard the term ‘natural sin’, I didn’t think of associating it with something that was actually natural…like fruit or vegetables! But in their flattened out, crisped form, I guess they are playfully given than name to hint at the fact they are the ‘naturally sinful’ snacking option compared to regular fried potato chips.

Packs of Natural Sins Chips
Packs of Natural Sins Chips

I was given the opportunity to try some unique fruit and veggie chips sourced from Costa Rica. Natural Sins chips are available in pineapple, mango, coconut, and beet, and I received samples of all flavors except mango.

I tried the beet chips first and was amazed by how large the crisps were. They were certainly packed with flavor, and even had some juiciness to them!

Beets chips
Beets chips

The coconut chips seemed to be the most dense in packaging, and there were plenty of pieces to go around as yogurt bowl or oatmeal toppings.

Crisp, desiccated coconut chips
Crisp, desiccated coconut chips

They tasted incredibly sweet and crunchy on their own of course! It made me realize how long it had been since I last snacked on some desiccated coconut…

The pineapple chips were truly authentic-looking…almost to the point of being frighteningly real!!

Pineapple chip! Kind of looks like a dried sunflower!!
Pineapple chip! Kind of looks like a dried sunflower!!

I didn’t let the appearance scare me though, because these chips were so succulent and extra crispy. Even so, they had a light, melt-in-your-mouth type of texture as well.

Overall, I throroughly enjoyed my samples of Natural Sins chips! I will definitely keep my eyes peeled (haha, pun intended?) for the mango chips, and maybe not be too hungry/will be patient enough to use them as a topping on a yogurt bowl or other dessert item for an even more appetizing snack?

Are you a fan of fruit and veggie chips? What’s your favorite?

Sunday Ethiopian Buffet

Sunday Ethiopian Buffet

After running strong on Sunday morning, and diving head first into sweets the day before, I wasn’t sure what I wanted for my late lunch. I ended up deciding on Ethiopian, considering that it had been a long while since my last encounter with injera πŸ™‚

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Sunday afternoon in Little Ethiopia.

Plus, it gave me an excuse to finally set foot in Little Ethiopia—where there are Ethiopian restaurants literally rubbing shoulders with one another. I’m not sure how they ALL survive, but I’m glad they do πŸ˜€

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Rahel VEGAN Ethiopian Cuisine!!

Rahel Vegan Ethiopian Cuisine was my stop for the day. It was refreshing to see that, even though Ethiopian cuisine is very vegetarian friendly, there was an entire restaurant devoted to serving just the vegan options of the cuisine.

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Interior decor

The restaurant was split up into two seating areas, but most people were seated in the larger room where a tall window brought in lots of sunlight.

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Menu cover.

As a single diner, I thought it was best to help myself to the lunch buffet offered between 11am-3pm each day, rather than figure out something from the menu.

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Buffet at the far end of the room.

The buffet was split up into a cold and hot section, and the injera rolls were kept inside a large basket. The cold food bar had mixed salad, beets (my love!), cut-up injera with spices, and dressing.

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Cold food section

I wanted to load up on all the side dishes, so I helped myself to one injera roll for every plate I ended up getting.

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INJERA πŸ™‚

Plate #1 was a masterpiece. Since I was sitting in the center of the room, it was hard not to draw attention to myself due to my phone picture-taking, but it’s all part of the food blogger duty πŸ˜‰

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Plate #1 : Injera, cut-up injera with spices, cabbage + carots, spiced cabbage, spicy lentils, kale

The spongy texture of the injera—perfect for absorbing all of the spices from the lentil stew and nutrient-dense veggies!

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Sponginess of injera.

Seconds and thirds (and an unpictured fourth) were necessary for the full buffet experience. I left Rahel feeling stuffed, but since I was only a 20 minute walk away from the Grove, I put my full belly to work.

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Seconds and thirds, cause it’s mandatory.

Carbs on a Sunday = a fun day πŸ™‚ .

Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Week of Eats / B’ Jammin Bars Review

Week of Eats / B’ Jammin Bars Review

What a busy and productive week last week was! I was also in a picture-taking mood, and managed to capture some (more like four…) pics of my eats as a result (which I also happened to post on Instagram πŸ˜‰

It was mainly a week of proyo and cookie butter (and I expect it to be similar this week as well, looking at my groceries! πŸ˜› )—nothing significantly different from my usual eats, but I don’t think there is anything wrong with sticking with what’s tried & true, especially if you can still mix up the “same ol’, same ol’ “ with some different add-ins!

Like Monday’s morning proyo—a mix that included pineapple Chobani, vanilla protein powder, an airline pretzel pack, an airline peanuts pack, and a Biscoff dollop.

Vanilla Pineapple Proyo with Biscoff, Pretzels, & Peanuts
Vanilla Pineapple Proyo with Biscoff, Pretzels, & Peanuts

Tuesday’s proyo mix was eaten a few hours before bedtime. Key lime chobani + soy vanilla protein powder + pistachios + Biscoff spread put me to sleep right away πŸ™‚

Vanilla Key Lime Proyo with Biscoff & Pistachios
Vanilla Key Lime Proyo with Biscoff & Pistachios

My final proyo mix for the week was mixed into an almost-empty Biscoff cookie butter jar (yes, I annihilated this jar within a week!!), and made for the perfect dessert following a simple crockpot meal.

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Wednesday morning was a rushed one. Since it’s one of my busier days of the week due to classes, I try to get my workouts done in the morning. This Wednesday was a success in that sense, and I was able to snack on these Quest bars lathered with Biscoff spread on the shuttle to class.

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Quest S’mores Bars with Biscoff

On Saturday morning, I did a repeat of Wednesday but because I ran out of Biscoff spread, I had no choice but to lather on some chocolate hazelnut spread. But that sounds like I’m complaining…and that would be completely false πŸ˜‰ !

 Quest Bars (S'mores and Cookies & Cream) lathered with chocolate hazelnut spread!
Quest Bars (S’mores and Cookies & Cream) lathered with chocolate hazelnut spread!

Speaking of bars, I’ve been meaning to write up a review of B-UP‘s latest product—B-Jammin’ bars—since I ordered the three featured flavors a while back. I just couldn’t find an appropriate time to finish writing up the post and publish the post, until I figured a conglomerate post would just have to do πŸ˜‰

Anyways, my order came with six total bars, two of each B-Jammin’ flavor available. I also received a few freebies (a wristband like before, a sticker/decal, and a bonus B-UP Peanut Butter bar original). 

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Two of each flavor for 6 total B-Jammin bars, plus a decal, bracelet/band, and a bonus B-UP bar πŸ™‚

These bars still have quite a bit of protein (~12 grams), and range from 150-180 calories. They also deliver a good source of carbs via the fruit fillings. And with fruit comes fiber, of which each bar has 11-13 grams of! 

I first tried Apple Pie Ala Mode, and found the wrapper hard to peel off because the outer layer of the bar was incredibly sticky. The apple filling wasn’t just apple, but included other “P” fruits like pineapples, peaches, and pears (<– alliteration galore πŸ˜‰ ). The filling also had a hint of spiciness due to the addition of cinnamon. 

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Apple Pie Ala Mode

PB&J was the second flavor I tried, and while I was a fan of the filling, I found the peanut flavor of the outer layer to be slightly  overwhelming. I will say that this bar did taste like a PB&J sandwich though—one that is chewier and less breaded of course πŸ˜‰ 

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PB&J

My absolute favorite was Vanilla Cherry Pie. The wrapper was easier to peel off with this one as well, and I was able to enjoy the bar in its entirety without having to scrape any ‘bar residue‘ from the wrapper. 

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Vanilla Cherry Pie

 I think this bar turned out to be my favorite due to the addition of actual cherries (along with all of the fruits used in the Apple Pie Ala Mode flavor). I also appreciate how the enhanced red color for the filling was brought out more through red cabbage extract and red beet juice concentrate, both being natural food coloring sources when compared to some artificial (and most likely cheaper) sources out there…

What has been you go-to meal/snack lately?

Have you tried B-Jammin’ bars yet?

Passion Over Profit

Passion Over Profit

Last Wednesday was my busiest weekday last week, but even so, I still was able to spend some time with my Dad before his flight back home. My afternoon class lets us out an hour earlier compared to the afternoon class from my first semester, so we were able to spend a few, unrushed hours together for dinner.

I passed Silver Lake a few times when riding on one of the city buses during winter break, but it was my first time walking in the neighborhood.

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The area certainly had a ‘hipster‘ vibe, and we thought it would be interesting to visit a nearby supply store before heading to the restaurant nearby. The shop mostly had survival/camping/military-type goods, but there were some highlights…like the hanging camouflage suit!

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A LOL moment!

The restaurant, Flore Vegan Cuisine, was on the same street so we walked on over and found a place to sit inside the small establishment.

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The seating options outside were not that bad either!

We were seated in a booth near the wall and the bakery display—which housed delectable-looking cakes and cupcakes to one side, and produce supply on the other πŸ˜›

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It looks like it was voted “Best Restaurant” by LA Weekly back in ’12…

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There were so many choices, but I chose to get the Verde Bowl and my Dad got the Southwestern Quesadillas. We also asked for the beet salad as our deli side. While our food was being prepped, my Dad and I ended up having a conversation about how the people behind the small business operations (such as the many vegan restaurants in LA)  must really be in the business out of passion more so than profit. After roughly calculating the costs it takes to keep such a small, niche business open, we were amazed by how there are so many restaurants and cafes out there, but we were not surprised that many of them don’t keep their doors open for long…actually, I found out the other day that a restaurant I visited upon first moving to LA  had closed—and it happened just like that! 

Well, hopefully Flore has a brighter future, because the Verde Bowl I had was not only filling, but delicious with every bite! The unusual ingredients and varying textures made this plate (it wasn’t really a bowl…) stand out: 

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Verde Bowl ~ A wheat-free and gluten-free bowl with brown rice mixed in salsa verde sauce, nut ricotta, kimchi, fennel and radish sprout

I also made sure to try a slice of the quesadilla, and I immediately became a fan.

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Southwestern Seitan Quesadilla ~ whole wheat quesadilla of cashew cheese, seasoned seitan, tomato and shredded lettuce served with cilantro cream pico de gallo and daikon sprouts

The beets salad on the side was a flavorful addition:

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My Dad and I were both pleased with our dinners, and made sure to tip well (especially after having our restaurant business conversation)! After being dropped off back at my apartment, the rest of the week was spent being a homebody with the exception of school/running errands. I wanted to keep my energy stored for the 16 miler I had to run that Sunday, and for being able to accomplish the first-time feat, I treated myself to a late afternoon lunch at Sage Organic in Echo Park.

Compared to its sister location in Culver City, the Echo Park location was tiny, and I only recognized it from the street corner because of the joint KindKreme business it operates. I’m not sure if a stranger to Sage would have been able to spot it so easily…

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I had to ask a staff member if I had to seat myself or wait to be seated. When I informed him that it was just me dining, he motioned towards a table in the center of the restaurant, where I sipped on some water while looking over the brunch menu.

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Even though I was craving jackfruit nachos, I found the gluten-free biscuits and gravy with walnut sausage to be eye-catching, and ordered that with confidence. What I got was an artfully-crafted, veganized version of the classic, homestyle dish:

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There were six tiny biscuits surrounding a mound of walnut sausage, all of which was swimming in a pool of gravy. What could possibly not taste good πŸ˜‰ ?

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I would have stayed in Echo Park for longer, but my legs pleaded me to just head back home, cozy up on the couch, and mindlessly watch the SAG awards. I think this will pretty much describe the rest of my Sundays until the marathon is over, haha!

Have you ever thought about opening a restaurant?

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Natural G Foods Wave Bar Review

Natural G Foods Wave Bar Review

When I came back from Chicago, I was literally shivering until I took some Tylenol and went to bed. I didn’t even notice that a package had arrived for me while I was gone. I had forgotten that Rick and Monica of Natural G Foods were kind enough to send me their Wave Bars to review.

Even though I was suffering from a bacterial sinus infection—fever, coughing, and fatigue—I fortunately still had my appetite, and was able to sample both bars the next morning.

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They sent me their baked apple and mixed berry soft-baked granola bars to try, and even though the fruit ingredients were obvious, the fact that veggies like carrots, pumpkin, beets, broccoli, and kale were mixed in with the apples, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries was a well-kept secret since I couldn’t taste them at all!

In addition to the half daily serving of fruits and veggies, these bars contain anywhere from 430-440mg of omega-3’s. As a vegetarian who doesn’t consume fish, I appreciate it when snack products go out of their way to include such ingredients for the benefit of the consumer.

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Baked Apple Bar

Both bars have a soft texture that reminded me of a soft oatmeal-based cookie. Vegetable glycerin works as the binding agent, and the sweetness that hits your tastebuds is derived from ingredients like monk fruit extract and agave.

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Mixed Berry

These bars are intentionally targeted towards kids as a mid-meal snack at 170 calories per bar, and whileΒ a singular barΒ may not sate an adult’s appetite , who says you can’t eat more than one at one time? Just keep an eye on your budget ;)!

Do you eat foods meant for kids? Sometimes I wish I could still order off the Kid’s Menus at restaurants because they oftentimes have a better selection than what’s offered for adults!!

Wednesday Survey

Wednesday Survey

Time for some fun today!

Ashley was a sweetheart when she tagged me for this survey, so I thought I’d fill it out for this Wednesday.

A: Attached or single?

Single. Never been in a relationship/had a boyfriend, and that’s a-okay with me because I was never looking for one. Maybe later, but not planning on it anytime soon because I’m loving me, myself, and I ;)!

B: Best friend?

I have two. My sis, and closest childhood friend. I am so lucky to have known these girls for so long…they mean the world to me!

C: Cake or pie?

Cake please! I’ve recently been craving a cupcake from Crumb’s!

Can I have them all?!? (source)
Can I have them all?!?
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D: Day of choice?

Saturday. Who doesn’t love staying up late on a Saturday night, curled up with a good book/movie/DVR’d TV shows?

E: Essential item?

Anti-bacterial and/or disinfectant wipes. They can come in very handy if eating out and you’re not sure if your table is squeaky clean.

I can be quite the germaphobe---I blame it on being in the lab ;)! (source)
I can be quite the germaphobe—I blame it on being in the lab ;)!
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F: Favorite color?

I like different shades of colors. I like this, this, and this, just to name a few.

G: Gummy bears or worms?

If they have no gelatin in them, I don’t mind either! I like regular gummy bears, and sour gummy worms.

H: Home town?

We moved around a lot when I was younger, so I don’t technically have a home town, but since I have lived in NorCal for 13+ years now, I guess I could say that.

I: Favorite indulgence?

Greens Plus protein bars. They can be pricey, but they are my favorite indulgence for sure! (Recycled pic below)Β 

Greens Plus Protein Bar - Peanut Butter and Chocolate

J: January or July?

July of course! I am a summer girl, and I’d rather be wearing shorts and a t-shirt vs. layers, jacket, boots, etc.!

K: Kids?

Not thinking about that right now…I still feel/act like a kid myself :P!

L: Life isn’t complete without…?

Family, friends, and the happiness/support they provide.

M: Marriage date?

I’m still single, how could I be thinking about a marriage date :P?

N: Number of siblings?

One fabulous younger sister ;)!

O: Oranges or Apples?

I do prefer apples over oranges. I still love citrus fruits though!

P: Phobias?

I don’t have any specific phobias (I think), but going back to the whole germaphobe thing, I don’t like touching my lab book without gloves/putting it on a workstation that’s not a designated lab bench. I know a lot of people who do do that (and they’re alive, haha), but I’m still sort of hesitant about it.

Q: Quotes?

I’ve heard/read a lot of great quotes, but I do like the one that goes along the lines of “shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

R: Reasons to smile?

Having a great support system (family + friends), living in a safe neighborhood, having the opportunity to have an education…there are lots of reasons to smile!

S: Season of choice?

Summer all the way! It’s nice and warm outside, perfect weather for ice cream, running (well, mostly), and tennis.

T: Tag 5 people…

Khushboo

Sarah

Allie

Alex

Katherine

U: Unknown fact about me?

I was a drum major back in middle school. I got to carry the mace and everything! Well…almost, since I was technically the understudy. But that was okay to me because I was the one out of two girls that tried out at the time and I got to be in a leadership position directing 100+ of my (uninterested) peers :D!

Don't be fooled, this can be heavy when you're marking time for the entire band! (source)
Don’t be fooled, this can be heavy when you’re marking time for the entire band!
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V: Vegetable?

I love lots of vegetables! Zucchini (raw) would be my least favorite, but I absolutely adore beets. Their color, texture, crunch and/or chewiness depending on how you prepare them make them the perfect veggie!

W: Worst habit?

I’m a nail biter! That’s why manicures/nail art just won’t do for me…I’ll bite them off!

It would be so cool to rock these nails!
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X: X-rays or ultrasounds?

X-rays? Ultrasound hints at something else, haha.

Y: Your favorite food?

How can I list just one?

Z: Zodiac sign?

Leo all the way! I used to have a fitted Leo shirt in elementary school that I absolutely loved. It even came with a sticker I so proudly displayed on my notebook :P!

Feel free to answer any of the questions above, or take the survey yourself!

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