Last Day in the Bay

Last Day in the Bay

We spent our last day with my cousin and her wife in the same casual way as the previous day, but with the addition of a drive to the city.

I woke up early again, but went out for my run later than the day before in order to have a relaxing, sit-down chat over coffee with the cousin and her wifey.

After coffee, I went out for a 10 miler and came across this beautiful mural along the way.

10 mile solo run
10 mile solo run

I loved the trail I ran along, and there were two amazing bridges I came across that were pretty much architectural eye candy…

I quickly showered and got ready when I got back, since everyone was waiting to head out into the city. We had plans to go to the Exploratorium and have lunch. Our plans quickly changed when we found out tickets were a steep $30 and $25 with a student ID…our lunch plans didn’t change though.

We parked in Embarcadero, and dined at Osha Thai in the area.

Embarcadero
Embarcadero

It definitely looked like a fine dining kind of place on the inside, but my cousin told me that when she used to work in the area, she would often come down here with colleagues for lunch.

Ready for some Thai food?
Ready for some Thai food?

We ended up ordering everything family-style, and started off with these spring roll appetizers that were dipped in a delectable peanut sauce.

Spring roll with peanut sauce, spicy eggplant, and param
Spring roll with peanut sauce, spicy eggplant, and param

We split bowls of brown rice, Param (a vegetable and tofu dish with everything cooked in peanut sauce), and spicy eggplant. We also surprisingly ordered just enough food for all us without feeling hungry/stuffed. That was certainly a first for us!

Instead of going to the Exploratorium, we decided to head on over to the Jewish Contemporary Museum. We had to only walk for a few minutes back to the parking garage, but it had already gotten freezing-cold and the rain was icy too.

Jewish Contemporary Museum
Jewish Contemporary Museum

We did make it to the car in one piece though, and from there, found parking at a decent area by the museum. Despite finding good parking, we only spent about 1.5 hr at the museum, since there was really only one floor of exhibits, and one special exhibit on the ground floor.

It was time to leave after browsing through the gift shop…because dessert was calling our names. I actually had thought about suggesting to my cousin that we visit The Baked Bear for some ice cream-cookie creations, but he brought up the idea herself!

The Baked Bear, North Beach
The Baked Bear, North Beach

We were all giddy once we got to the food truck in North Beach. It didn’t matter that it was freezing cold out if a cookie bowl and ice cream was involved!

I ended up getting a chocolate chip cookie Bear Bowl with a huge scoop of birthday cake ice cream. My cousin got a cookie bowl as well with coffee ice cream.

The Bear Bowl = Chocolate chip cookie bowl + birthday cake ice cream.
The Bear Bowl = Chocolate chip cookie bowl + birthday cake ice cream.

My sis got a brownie bowl with chocolate ice cream (of course). We all allowed each other to take samples from each of the bowls, but I was fully content with my chocolate chip cookie + birthday cake ice cream combo. I thought the birthday cake ice cream could have had a stronger flavor (it tasted mostly of vanilla), but I had to give it points for its creaminess and color pop from the sprinkles!

We walked back to the car, and drove past the pier. I ended up falling asleep for the second part of the drive and woke up right as we rolled back into the apartment, haha!

Driving past the pier.
Driving past the pier.

After resting up for a bit, my cousin’s wife offered to make dinner and we watched an old Diane Keaton movie.

Roasted cauliflower, daal, and rice
Roasted cauliflower, daal, and rice

Basically, it was another cozy evening spent indoors in the company of loved ones, and the perfect way to end an enjoyable weekend 🙂

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Peanut Flour Power

Peanut Flour Power

Disclaimer: Again, I was not monetarily paid to write this review. This review is based on the products and information I received from MyOatmeal.com. All opinions are my own.

When I reviewed my oatmeal packets from MyOatmeal.com a few weeks ago, I did not mention that they also threw in a bag of PB Lean for me to try. Just like my hefty oatmeal bags, this bag was full to the brim:

PB Lean

According to the nutritional stats, 12 grams of the flour is 45 calories. Hard to see, but it’s obviously also packed with protein as well.

Nutritional Stats

The first thing I did was mix it in with Greek yogurts of various flavors.

Delicious Yogurt Combos

My favorite combination was with a blueberry Greek yogurt. Surprisingly, the peanut flavor was prominent but it complemented the blueberry fruit preserves nicely. Almost like a blueberry-flavored peanut butter? Is that possible :P?

Another fun dairy mix was with Kefir. Peanut butter smoothie, anyone?

PB Kefir

Mixed with a good amount of water (more for a liquid consistency, less for a spread consistency), it made the perfect sauce over fruit.

Peanut flour sauce over sliced mango.
Peanut flour sauce over sliced mango.
Peanut flour (thicker) sauce over slice strawberries and English muffin,
Peanut flour (thicker) sauce over sliced strawberries and English muffin,

It’s even great on English muffins without fruit for back-up.

Over English Muffins

With the discovery of an empty chocolate peanut spread jar, it was OIAJ time. I took the opportunity to mix PB Lean with some oats, add water, microwaved for about a minute and thirty seconds, and take a quick picture before scooping it all in into the (almost) empty jar.

Prep for OIAJ

It actually turned into an oat cake of sorts, since PB Lean probably acted as a binding agent.

Speaking of cake, the PB Lean was a great ingredient in my weekend morning muffins:

Blueberry and Cherry Peanutty Muffins

Blueberry and Cherry Peanutty Muffins
(makes 8 servings)

Dry Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup of flour
  • 1/3 cup peanut flour
  • ÂĽ cup brown sugar
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

Wet Ingredients

  • ÂĽ cup of diced blueberries and cherries
  • One egg
  • 2 oz. butter or olive oil
  • ½ cup milk
  • Vanilla (optional)

Directions

  1. Mix dry ingredients separately in a bowl.
  2. Melt the butter in microwave, and cool.
  3. Mix egg, milk, sugar, vanilla, butter, and stir well.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, blending. Don’t overwork.
  5. Add more milk to get to desired consistency (pourable, thick like a waffle batter)
  6. Pour into muffin pan (spray Pam into paper muffin cups).
  7. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes, or until it passes toothpick test.

We only made six muffins, so with the leftover batter, we experimented with a microwave cake.

Blueberry and Cherry Peanutty Microwave Cake

A funny observation was that we noticed either the muffins had all blueberries, or all cherries. There wasn’t a balanced mix :P! I lucked out with the all-cherry muffins though ;).

What’s your favorite way to use peanut flour?

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