After Saturday’s nightcap, Kyle and I found ourselves sucked into an A&E marathon. Has anyone else ever seen The First 48? Because we had finished our Netflix-ed Dexter DVDs the previous night (and didn’t want to pay $11.99 for the Hyatt’s On-Demand films) our TV options were limited. Turns out The First 48 is a really good show…so good in fact, that we’ve now seen the entire first season.
Anyway, Sunday started the same as Saturday (plus football). Coffee, pool lounging, gym time, and eventually lunch.
Kyle ordered the Seitan Chimichurri Fajitas, which came with brown rice, black beans, guacamole and the usual goodies, in addition to seitan sautéed with onions, peppers, and drizzled with a chimichurri sauce.
He also got a small salad with his meal.
His plate was clean at the end of the meal. I tihnk his only complaint was that the tortillas weren’t able to hold up to the challenge of being stuffed with everything.
After going back and forth forever, I finally decided on the Greek Gyro bowl.
It had thinly sliced peppered seitan sautéed with shallots on organic quinoa, steamed vegetables, organic greens, with a lemon garlic sauce and hummus. And it was served with grilled flatbread on the side.
Quinoa, kale, seitan & hummus…all the ingredients for an Elise favorite.
To be honest, I liked it, but didn’t love it.
I just couldn’t help but think I should have ordered something I couldn’t have made on my own. I should have ordered a sammie or burger again since the Scorpion burger from the previous day was pretty epic. Oh well. At least now I know for future trips (and there will be many) to the Westwood location of Native Foods.
Aside from the simplicity of the dish, it was a bit too lemony for me, but I still enjoyed the seitan very much. I can’t seem to get enough of the stuff lately!
After digesting and getting some goodies for the road, Kyle and I (sadly) said goodbye to Palm Springs and headed back to LA LA land.
Truly, this photo could be either Palm Springs or Santa Monica.
But the rocky, non-green, desert mountains were definitely a new sighting for me. I’m used to lush, green rolling hills, not dry, brown ones. It was so weird, I was taking pictures left and right.
We made it home in 2 hours flat. Knowing I had a lot of prepping to do for the work week, I cut myself some slack and got WF for dinner (while stocking up on grocery essentials for work lunches).
Salad bar smorgasbord.
Eggless egg salad, red quinoa, chickpeas, shredded veg, lentil salad, kamut blend, veggies, edamame, Israeli couscous…and who knows what else.
Of course there was a lack of carb-age which I remedied with Alvarado Street sprouted bread and hummus.
Quiz: What do you do when you receive a bucket of vegan marshmallow fluff in the mail?
First, you make sure to get dark chocolate at the store.
Then, you make a vegan s’more.
One layer Lindt extra dark 85% cocoa chocolate topped with Suzanne’s ricemellow creme.
Yum Yum Yum Yummmm…
The best part about this vegan marshmallow alternative is how identical it tastes to real marshmallows! And the best part is, it’s vegan, gluten free, and doesn’t have any GMOs. Plus, there’s no refined sugars, corn sweeteners, cane sweeteners, preservatives, artificial additives, fat, or cholesterol.
Trust me, my next grocery list will definitely have graham crackers on it.
In the meantime, I’ll pretend it’s not 80 degrees outside and cuddle up with a warm mug of cocoa.