After a long work week, Kyle and I soaked up the weekend like two sponges. And of course, I’m only just now getting around to blogging about it. So pathetic. But let’s just pretend this is timely and the weekend was yesterday, okay?
Starting with a Friday date night at Whole Foods.
He got off work before I did so he walked from our apt and met me there once I peaced out of the hospital.
I had salad bar ADD, but eventually got myself squared away with a monster salad – complete with BBQ tofu, croutons and Caesar salad dressing.
Under there is a whole lotta spinach, kale, peas, carrots, and I don’t even know what else. Kyle called it a Buffalo Caesar. Works for me.
He went the Indian route. A bunch of vegan yumminess that looked real good.
Back at the casa we watched Olympics until we were both too tired to keep our eyes open any longer. And yet, for some reason, we both woke up way too early the next morning. Bummer.
I had two fried eggs with cornbread (and Earth Balance). And almond milky iced tea.
I read and watched the Olympics while Kyle had an ironing party in the living room.
He really does call these ironing parties, by the way. He schedules them into
our his calendar (I don’t use the calendar). I think it’s hilarious.
Half way through!
I kept him company and munched on grapes. Then we ran some errands together, including picking up groceries for a dinner party later that night. More on that later.
Yes, I got a veg juice while at WF. It had quite a bit of ginger and was spicyyyy. 🙂
Once back, I had a real lunch.
Fumi tofu salad from the previous night’s trip to WF. Wow, I just realized that was two visits to Whole Foods in like 12 hours. No comment.
Anyway, I had three times this bowl and added soy sauce and picked out the almond slivers. I wasn’t in the mood for them.
Post digestion, I went for a quick run (it was approximately 150 million degrees outside). Then it was time to get ready for our friends to come over.
- crackers with brie & hummus (apps)
- kale salad
- fresh bread
We went to Santa Monica Seafood (the best of the best) for the fish. Since we needed 6 filets, they got a massive fish to cut to our specification. Fresh and wild.
I wanted a million other things there, but we managed to stick to just the fish (okay, that’s a lie, we got the cheese there too).
For the fish, we made a sweet smoky spicy rub using this recipe.
I was intrigued by the cocoa powder. For the 6 filets we 1 1/2-ed the recipe.
Rubbed it all in and set it the fridge until grilling time.
Then I made candied walnuts for the salad using this recipe. Followed by a simple sweet lemon vinaigrette (I’m not sure why it’s green).
The recipe is in my ebook.
Lastly, I threw together the apps. Nothing super fancy – Sabra hummus, fancy brie and WF entertainment crackers.
After chatting and catching up, Kyle got to grilling and I made the salad.
Look at that!
Sourdough & olive bread. And of course, the kale salad.
My first portion is below (minus the Earth Balance).
After dinner we played games (like adult Uno) and before I knew it, I was yawning and it was midnight. Snooooze.
Another snacktastic morning.
Leftover candied walnuts. 🙂
And the weekend dates continued!
My uncle was in town and joined us for br/lunch at Rose Cafe in Venice. It’s absolutely unacceptable that this was my first visit to this place. I’ve heard people sing it’s praises for years!
I’m happy to say it lived up to the hype.
My uncle and I both got Arnold Palmers and the tofu scramble. His had fruit on the side, mine had potatoes. Both the scramble and the potatoes were delish.
Kyle got a spinach & tomato benedict with potatoes. He also got avo on the side and shared some with me.
I’m definitely going back…there was a veggie burger on the menu that sounded pretty awesome.
We hung out with my uncle for a bit after lunch and eventually he headed back to his hotel and Kyle and I went for a walk (slash grocery run).
On the menu for our Sunday night family dinner: tortilla espanola and a tomato salad. With OUR tomatoes.
I picked so many the previous day!
Kyle’s the tortilla master…I showered and by the time I came back downstairs he was almost done and it smelled awesome!
All I did to the cherry tomatoes was drizzle balsamic, olive oil, salt & pepper on top.
I wish this picture actually showed how amazing this was. Simple. But perfect. Actually, spanish tortilla is pretty much the same. It’s only really two ingredients.
Kyle’s so good at it.
I cut it into quarters, thinking we’d each have half and the rest would be leftovers. Wishful thinking Elise.
This was my first plate.
I was going to have a smaller sliver for my second portion, but Kyle called us both out. I believe he said “let’s not kid ourselves and just finish it off.” Which we did.
I had candied ginger and dark chocolate for dessert. Twice.
And that was our date filled weekend.