Wrapping And Jap(anes)ing

Posted on August 9, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hey again! I’ve been trying to read/comment on some of your blogs but the internet connection here is s…l…o…w… I will never complain about the occasionally Page Load Error again.

Before lunch we sat around and watched some Family Guy(typical teenagerdom. For lunch, Miss Chris made her famous buffalo wing dip; this stuff is soo good. It’s basically shredded chicken and hot sauce baked under sour cream and then topped with Mexican shredded cheese at the end so it tastes like buffalo wings. I couldn’t quite bring myself to have chips and dip for lunch–that’s just a bit too weird for me. So I grabbed a FlatOut wrap from the fridge and plopped the dip in the center with some lettuce to make a burrito.

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

They obviously thought it was a smart idea because some of them followed suit. Boy was this delicious! After lunch we went used car shopping(lol?). Did I mention it got Hot with a capitol H yesterday? It was 100 degrees while we were at 1 dealership. This, however, made the Z-Bar I packed deliciously soft and melted so I ate it along with some complimentary car dealer coffee.

Melted Z-Bar And Coffee

Melted Z-Bar And Coffee

Then, believe it or not, they actually bought a car! I thought it was so weird/cool that they would just do that on an impulse–not something my family would do. Okay, it wasn’t really on an impulse since they had been shopping online for the past week, but it certainly felt exciting.

Test Driving The New Car

Test Driving The New Car

After the dealership we stopped at Target. This was actually the first Target I ever went to way back when.

Target

Target

Since then they’ve moved up to New England and I’ve become addicted, lol. They don’t have the same great Archer Farms selection down here but I got some whole grain bread. Is it weird that I’ve been craving the taste of whole wheat and flax? I guess we just get used to certain things after having them so much.
Then it was time for the birthday dinner.

We went to a hibachi Japanese restaurant. Let’s just say it’s a good thing I’m not reviewing the restaurant.

Prepping The Meats

Prepping The Meats

Chopping Skills

Chopping Skills

Onion Ring Volcano

Onion Ring Volcano

Salmon With Weird Sauce

Salmon With Weird Sauce

The atmosphere was kind of cool but the chef couldn’t have seemed more out of it(I’m sure he’s done the same routine for 5 years). It was also definitely one of those times when the customer shouldn’t have seen how they cooked the food. He kept pressing down my salmon and smothering it with cooking oil. I felt like grabbing it and cooking it myself; alas, I held off. He topped it with some sauce that went weirdly with it. I think it had brown sugar? I dunno, I tried to avoid it and eat of the salmon what I could. The important thing was the birthday boy had a good time and that’s what mattered.

A Happy 20 Year Old

A Happy 20 Year Old

After that we did something I haven’t done in soooo long: go bowling! I admit, I really sucked at first, but we all did so it felt ok. I actually did not-so-bad the second time, getting a 121 at the end.Not shabby, huh? 😉

At The Bowling Alley

At The Bowling Alley

After that we meandered home, stopping at Starbucks and Barnes & Nobles. I needed to pick up something for the flight home. Recently, there’s been three books I keep wanting and not wanting to get: Thrive; In Defense Of Food; Eat This Not That The Worst Foods In America. Well the first one they didn’t have and the last one was 25 dollars so I settled on In Defense Of Food.

In Defense Of Food

In Defense Of Food

I can’t wait to see what this has to say. I’ll admit I’ve been avoiding nutrition books since I feel like I’ve finally found a method for eating that’s been working for me and I don’t want to be swayed. At the same time, this is really the subject that interests me so I had to read the book at some point.

I had a certain taste for dessert:

Newman's Own Organic Orange Dark Chocolate

Newman's Own Organic Orange Dark Chocolate

I was definitely thinking about this one all day. At first I was a little nervous; the chocolate didn’t have a strong citrus odor and usually with chocolate the aroma ties in with the flavor. All that nerve was definitely set aside when I tried it. The citrus flavor was just at the right level and didn’t overpower the chocolate but was distinguishable and pleasing. It reinded me of one of those chocolate oranges I would get at holidays as a kid. But what I really like is that this has a dark chocolate base as opposed to milk chocolate. I tihnk the sweetness in milk chocolate would have made this taste like a glass of OJ but with the dark chocolate it genuiinely tasted like chocolate with citrus. A+ for this one, right up there with the mocha milk.

This morning I had a great 5 in the Georgia sun. I came back, shower, and refueled with this:

Vanilla Chobani With Raspberries And Almonds, Toast With PB And Banana

Vanilla Chobani With Raspberries And Almonds, Toast With PB And Banana

I’d seen the microwaved banana spread on other blogs but never gave it a try. I figured since the all-natural spreads are limited down here I’d give it a try and I think I have a new love! It’s not quite my banana pineapple rum jam but it has good flavor and is so nice and warm on the toast. Thanks for turning me on to yet another new thing, bloggers!

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I want to get ‘Thrive’ so bad – Brendan Brazier is a straight boss. & too bad about the restaurant…


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