A vegetarian's (sometimes vegan's) life full of cooking, baking, travel, and photography with her puppy, Bulmer.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Yes, I know it is Thursday. Yes, I know we are closer to this Sunday, than the past Sunday. And yes, I am still going to post all about my past Sunday. Sorry I'm not sorry :)
Sunday started off with sleeping in until 10am (first time I've slept that late in awhile!!) Once I awoke I made myself an iced coffee and a vans waffle topped with vanilla greek yogurt and strawberry jam:
Yes, this is a picture from my WIAW post...
I wanted something light that would hold me over until my lunch date with my mom. After eating breakfast, I played with the pup while I waited for my mom to get home from running errands:
When my mom returned home, we set out for Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar. It's a restaurant about 30 minutes from my house that uses farm fresh and local ingredients, AND all of the entrees are under 500 calories. Basically a healthy eater's paradise :) We took the convertible because it was truly a gorgeous afternoon.
They have a vegetarain section on the menu because the owner is a vegetarian, which is so awesome!! I was so excited. It can get tedious having to look through every menu item to figure out what I can and cannot eat, especially since I have so many food allergies (but we will save that for another post). I was torn between the Garden Capellini and the Ratatouille Grinder, both options looked so yummy. Upon the waitresss's suggestion, I ordered the Ratatouille Grinder, and boy was I happy I did.
It was really delicious. Perfect amount of cheese and veggies and bread. AND it came with a fresh side salad. My mom really enjoyed her meal as well. She got the Thai Chicken Wrap with a side of potato salad.
After lunch, we walked over to the Gap because they were having a sale, and my brother needed shorts. Since we were there for my brother, naturally I purchased a ton of clothes for myself. I got these shorts:
and another pair of them in a cobalt blue color. I have already worn both pairs this week. I am a sucker for new clothes (I attribute that to my job at a women's fashion company, gorgeous new clothes literally surround me everyday....how could I not buy new clothes each week?...). I purchased a few other items as well including neon running shorts, a light weight navy checkered button down shirt, and just a light weight black and gray tee. Pretttttyyyyy happy with all of my purchases!!! :) ....now the next step is to tackle the disaster that is my closet. I should be embarrassed....but I'm not. Is that wrong?
After our shopping spree my mom and I headed to the brand new Whole Foods that opened up in the same shopping center. I LOVE grocery stores. Especiallyyyy Whole Foods. Needless to say I was like a frickin 5 year old in a candy store maniac, pulling things off shelves and throwing them into my mom's cart, trying samples left and right, "MOM CAN WE GET THIS?" "MOM OMG LOOK! HUMMUS IS ON SALE!!" "MOM! LOOK THEY HAVE INDIVIDUAL PACKS OF CHIA SEEDS! I'M GETTING THEM!" (I was actually legitimately pumped about the chia seeds. EVERYWHERE is sold out of small packages of them, and I am not about to spend a whopping $25 on seeds to add to my oatmeal, that's where I draw the line for food adventures).
45 minutes later, we were checking out with a cart full of awesome new buys which included: spinach artichoke hummus, chia seeds, organic spring mix, feta, whole wheat Mediterranean flat bread, organic hard cider (YUM!), green flash brewing co. beer for dad, bakery cookies, and bakery vegan spice cookies amongst a variety of other purchases.
Vegan Gingerbread Spice Cookie with Raspberry Preserves
Dinner was Hors d'Oeuvres style. We had the new spinach artichoke hummus, roasted red pepper hummus, feta dip, grapes, cheddar cheese slices, carrots, and toasted Mediterranean flat bread cut into dip-able pieces.
Guacamole and salsa with sweet potato tortilla chips and organic multigrain tortilla chips.
And Kashi Mediterranean Pizza cut up into small squares.
It was an awesome dinner. We were able to graze and chat and snack and hang out. I loved it :) Afterwards we watched a movie together and then I headed to bed. Perfect evening!!
What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday?
Do you ever have Hors d'Oeuvres for dinner?