Monthly Archive: January 2012

WIAW 2/1: Turkey Salad… I’ll explain

Posted by Lauren

So, hey. It’s February. And, on the off chance you clicked over from Jenn‘s fab collection of WIAW posts, welcome!

Nicole and I keep up this blog haphazardly, sometimes posting within 5 minutes of each other, other times asking “can you post? I don’t feel like it.” Nothing is forced over here, there isn’t really a format, and 85% of the time I post to simply journal my week-to-week activities (Vegas trips, donut cakes, my favorite Bay Area restaurants, some runs…).

There are some negative thoughts about WIAW on the internet centered around two arguments:

  • food looks disgusting
  • meals/snacks are repetitive

Well, hopefully you keep reading because something unusual happened irrespective of WIAW (heck, I didn’t even realize it was time for WIAW until Nicole sent me a text about it!) But first, let’s get through today because a few odd things happened!

Breakfast: Repetitive! (Ha… sorry.) See my last post if you care.

Before lunch, I biked ~1 mile to our headquarters. I gingerly balanced my heavy gym bag (containing my laptop) in the basket of the cruiser. I also carried on a conversation with Kyle. My motor skills + phone operating abilities are quite extensive.

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Lunch: Tuna sashimi bowl with veggies, sriracha, and I added Hawaiian pulled pork/steamed veggies…

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Midday snack: Lots of grapes, some cheerios, a few M&M’s + yogurt pretzels (while chatting with Krish in the kitchen)… and this not-so-good cupcake.

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As the proud owner of Boo Radley’s Cupcakes, I make it a point to sample other cupcakes as “research” research. This one had a few symptoms of a sad cupcake:

  • identity issues – with frosting barely covering the top I had to wonder if it was actually a muffin
  • crumbly
  • dry

Oh well! It was better than nothing! Eventually the time came to return to my building. Sadly, I could not locate one of the communal bicycles, so I chose to scooter my way back. Folks, scootering is so much fun! When was the last time you went on a scooter ride??

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Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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Now let’s talk turkey. I came home from a long day at work, a tough scooter ride, and all I wanted to do was be lazy. My mom used the blender to mash up chilies for her dinner, so I decided that instead of chopping my turkey + tomato + romaine lettuce, I would pulse them in the blender for a second or two.

That didn’t really work out. But, I am so glad it didn’t!

The pulsing instantly over-mashed my turkey, to which my mom asked “are you making a turkey smoothie?” (sorry Nicole, it’s part of the story, please don’t gag).

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Determined to make the most of it, I took my mom’s advice to make turkey salad. Think: tuna salad, egg salad, curried chicken salad. Good thing mom is always right, because “turkey salad” turned out delicious!

Turkey Salad

Serve with crackers or in a sandwich

  • 2 thick slices deli turkey (use more if you have thin turkey)
  • Romaine leaves or spinach leaves (add to your liking)
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend/process until it reaches the desired consistency. Top with blue cheese crumbles and walnuts (optional). Serve with crackers or in a sandwich.

If tuna salad sandwiches and egg salad sandwiches are so popular, why can’t it be kind of normal to make a turkey salad sandwich. Nicole seemed skeptical when I talked to her on the phone about it, but I promise it tasted surprisingly good!

You can’t say you’ve seen turkey salad on WIAW, right?

After dinner I went to get frozen yogurt at Yogurtland with Katie G and Megan to discuss The Lucky One, our book club’s January pick!

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My mix: vanilla, peanut butter, yo frappe (caramel/mocha/java mix), and chocolate milkshake froyo flavors with muddy buddies, gummy bears, cheesecake bites, and Butterfinger.

January Book Club: The Lucky One, by Nicholas Sparks

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“Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero…believes he’s found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he’s never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured…..” blah blah blah (Source)

Our thoughts on the book were all over the place. Megan was disappointed that the main character was another I’m-so-pretty-and-perfect-everybody-loves-me kind of girl. She appreciates it when the heroine’s have a bit against them. Granted, Beth is a divorced, single parent. Katie appreciated the less suspenseful ending, because high stakes plots make her a little anxious. I thought the book lacked a lot of plot build-up. At the end, there was nothing that tied me to any of the characters. I rooted for Logan and the evil Sheriff equally. Does that make me heartless? No. I think it means Nicholas Sparks needs to do a better job on his next made-for-movie novel.

Oh, and the “climax” of the book reminded me a lot of the 1990 movie Mermaids (starring Cher, Winona Ryder, and Christina Ricci) – where Ricci’s character falls into a river (around 3:00 in the vid) while Ryder’s character gets her V-card swiped. Anybody else?

Questions: Last time you rode a push scooter? Last time you watched a movie with Winona Ryder? What sounds more appealing: a turkey salad sandwich or a turkey smoothie?

p.s. Nicole hates the phrase “turkey smoothie” – I just couldn’t resist.

-Lauren

Camera+ and Productivity

Posted by Nicole

The Camera+ app is amazing.

[honey nut cheerios, banana, vanilla soy milk]

[vegetarian chili, toast]

[special K, blueberries, vanilla soy milk]

[salad, veggie patty]

[salad, broccoli, strawberries, pineapple]

[salad, salsa, black beans, 5 lbs of guacamole]

[wile rice/kale salad, glazed carrots, cottage cheese]

[raspberries]

[cinnamon oat bran]

Can you tell I’m obsessed with the HDR setting?  Seriously, go download it and take some pictures.  It’s fun.

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On a not food-related note, today has been extremely productive.

Went to class at 9:30.  I’m proud to say that I have not missed a class this semester.  This is quite an accomplishment considering last semester’s attendance record.  (sorry Mom, if you’re reading this…)

Went to the gym for my second class of the day.  Getting a grade for going to the gym is awesome.

Quick 1.25 mile run before doing…

LiveFit Day 25 – Legs.  Only one more workout before Phase 2!  Yay for staying committed to something.

– Went to another class……. marketing.  I learned that the McDonalds in India ONLY serve vegetarian patties.  CRAZYness.

Watched more episodes of Hart of Dixie than I’m willing to admit.  Wade is so dreamy, I can’t help myself.

– Forgot about my “cleaning is overrated” statement and removed 5 Clorox wipes worth of dust from my desk and dresser.  It’s amazing how dirty our room is considering no boys are allowed in…. ha ha ha.

– Apple should pay me to promote them ;)

– Considering how much I hate the color pink, I sure have a lot of it.  Note to self: develop new pictures.

Vacuumed the entire room.  Goodbye gum wrappers, bobby pins, and a ridiculous amount of hair!  Then I kinda made my bed.  Extra sweatshirts are always at the edges of my bed in case I get freezing in the middle of the night.  Planning ahead or extreme laziness?

– Updated the Blogroll!  Check it out.

– Now I need to read two chapters from this book.

Wish me luck.

Almost Lost + Cereal Monster

Posted by Lauren

Ahhhh. A regular Monday!

Yesterday’s breakfast was not one befitting a champ. When I go into work, I tell myself to make oatmeal or eat an egg sandwich, but then I walk past the cereal bins and my knees buckle. Oh cereal, why do you have to be sooo good? They swapped out healthy raisin bran for regular raisin bran, so the flakes aren’t as crunchy, but that doesn’t stop me!

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On the side: coffee. fruit. Two musts these days. Maybe if there was a freezer where I could keep my blueberries I would make oats more often. Shout out to Miranda and Tyler who remember the good ol’ oatmeal days over in Monterey (miss you guys!)

Lunch featured a trip to the salad bar downstairs. I went with turkey and eggs as a source of protein, spinach as the lettuce bed, and all sorts of other veggies…

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I shook that around with some balsamic vinegar and sriracha to make a spicy, tangy dressing. Later I snacked on grapes and more cereal. Cereal monnnnnstteerrrrr.

Oh, by the way, the roommate and I were up early (5 am!) to hit the gym. I left my phone there on Sunday when they closed at 8, and was nervous somebody would find it and take it. I have pretty bad luck with that type of thing. For one, I’m extremely forgetful, and two, people aren’t as honest as they used to be.

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Obviously I found a way to take the picture, above, so we can all let out a sigh of relief – my phone was almost lost! Luckily it was on the same elliptical from last night.

Side story: I finished up Sunday’s workout but really wanted to catch the finale of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cookoff to see if Coolio and his restaurant concept, Chez Cooly’s, could beat Lou Diamond Philips (sp?). I connected my head phones into the elliptical for the last 2 minutes of the show and put my phone on the side of the machine. When Coolio lost (tears!!), I had to get outta the gym because they were closing/I was too upset about Coolio’s loss to be in public. I left without grabbing my phone…. then at 5 am there was a lady on the elliptical with a towel over the top. I walked around the machine once or twice and finallyyyyy she asked if I was looking for –pulls out phone– this. Um. Duh! No, I just want to check you out from all angles? Ha! My mom is convinced the [older] lady wanted to steal it, but she seriously looked like a 3rd grade teacher so I’m sure she wasn’t going to.

p.s. I find it offensive the judges didn’t like the orange decor of Chez Cooly’s. We obviously like the orange color scheme here on the blog –looks left, looks right– whatever!

My morning workout included: 20 minutes elliptical and Day 78 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer program:

  • barbell squat 30x @ 60# (I was lazy and used the machine in the picture above – which, by the way, I don’t think I used correctly. Every time I squatted, the weights would catch and it was like I wasn’t lifting anything. Then again it was 5:30 am and I didn’t care. Any insight on why that might be?)
  • leg press 30x @ 50#
  • stiff-legged barbell deadlift 30x @ 40# (my hammies hurt today!)
  • barbell lunge 30x @ 30# (I used 2 15# dumbells instead of 1 30# bar)
  • calf press on the leg machine 30x @ 50#

Repeat cycle 3 times total. I love the week 11 and 12 workouts. Compared to weeks 9 and 10, these go by much faster!

After work I decided to run/walk for a bit to stretch out my legs…. then I came home and had a healthy snack:

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Turkey with hummus; sauteed spinach, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms in a hummus-y sauce.

I’ll be honest, that plate of greens + turkey was just the beginning of a night of snacking:

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Multigrain cheerios, nutella, and (unpictured) tortilla chips……mmm. But also, why?? Ha.

I watched an episode of Pretty Little Liars online (but I don’t think it was the most recent one according to an article I just saw??) and the 100th episode of Gossip Girl!!!

Spoiler alert! HARRIET THE SPY is GOSSIP GIRL?!

I thought the episode was fantastic! If you are a GG fan, please let me know what you thought of the episode in the comments! Do you root for Chuck or Dan? How creepy was that speech Louis gave to Blair while they danced? Skeezmaster!

K, I am kicking off breakfast just like yesterday…. with egg whites, cereal, and fruit!

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Happy Tuesday, folks! Cheers to being a cereal monster! :)

-Lauren

Crab Feed Dominance

Posted by Lauren

PREMATURE POSTAGE, whoops!

Update: I added most of my comments but shrugged off the other pictures I was going to add. Oh well :)

Since it already went up before I could type and add all the pictures, I’ll just keep it up and fix it later!

On Saturday night, my mom + David + his son Sam + Kyle + myself went to the I.F.E.S. Society’s Crab Cioppino, held at a rental/banquet hall in Mountain View. “This Portuguese Organization has been carrying on the Portuguese traditions of the Azores and serving the local communities since 1926.” 

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I braved the cold weather in my new-ish North Face fleece and relied heavily on Doze to keep me insulated. If Nicole was there, I probably would have forced her to either A) hug me for 80% of the time in line or B) walk through the aisles of Safeway. Consider yourself lucky, sister.

After over an hour and a half, the doors finally opened!

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The black star they stamped on my forehand is still there. Nope, coworkers, I wasn’t clubbing this weekend. I was at a massive crab feed.

About 400 people signed up for crabs. They must love crabs. Crabs can be fun!

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Our party filled up almost an entire table! David knew a lot of the people, because this is kinda his thang, but we definitely got to know them! The lady sitting across from David in the picture below (in red), challenged him to a crab eating contest.

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The stakes were pretty high! Bragging rights for the next few weeks meant quite a bit to these two! There are only 3 crab cioppino’s a year (Feb 25 and Mar 31 are still on the calendar), so it can get pretty intense.

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Kyle sported the prerequisite crab bib. Honestly, if you weren’t wearing it…. I wouldn’t want to hug you. Crab juices everywhere, know what I’m saying?

There were vases of red and white wine at each table, but I opted for the free coffee and soda. Everyone else enjoyed the vino….

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First course: (standard) salad, pre-dressed in an Italian vinaigrette. Plates of (standard) garlic bread also made their way around the table.

Eventually it was time for the main course: all you can eat, large, jumbo crabs in a spicy cioppino broth.

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This is the largest silver mixing bowl I’ve ever seen by the way.

Kyle and I dutifully cracked our crab and picked all the meaty pieces out. We didn’t share crabs. That’s just gross. ;) I honestly have ZERO sense of time, but I do know that Kyle stopped eating crab well before I did. Am I bragging? Ya, maybe a little. I know he’s watching his weight HAHA just kidding.

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I was like Thomas the Tank Engine. I kept chugging along. Pick up some grab, split apart the legs, start at the hinge area and eat that, break legs into sections, crack the individual sections and eat, use a crab talon to scrape out the little sections. Repeat, repeat, repeat……..repeat, repeat….. repeat…. you get the idea, right?

Well, turns out I was the last one at our table to stop eating. And that is 20% because I think people were making fun of me. What can I say? Crab is delicious! Nicole and I can eat the imitation stuff like candy (well, not like candy…. that would be ridiculous).

My tips for first timers:

  1. Put your hair up into a bun
  2. Place a roll of paper towels right next to you
  3. Add a few sheets of paper towels to your lap
  4. Wear that bib!!!
  5. Slow and steady!
  6. Be careful, cracked crab can be very sharp! Kyle cut his finger…
  7. Don’t get competitive, just enjoy the yummy crab

Alright that’s all…. I hope you had a chance to read the updated version. My finger got a little trigger happy on my mobile earlier this morning.

Question: Crab or Lobster? Ever been to a crab feed?

My high school has a ritzy Crab and Pasta Feed fundraiser that I might attend next year….. ours is actually this upcoming weekend, but I’ll be in SLO with my roomies! (Super duper excited!)

-Lauren