Posted by Nicole
As you can tell from the title, I’m back in Los Angeles. Let’s rewind…
My last night at home was pretty great. After a delicious dinner with my mom, David, and two of the future step-bros, I finished packing all my boxes and bags for the trip back to USC. Then I drove to Cassie’s house to join her and Jessi for a few fun activities:
- eating krispy kreme donuts and chocolate covered pretzels (totally don’t count as dessert, right?)
- watching Pitch Perfect (loved it!)
- making a list of New Year’s Resolutions (most of which were joking)
- puppy snuggles!
The only bummer was that I didn’t get to say goodbye to Lauren when she stopped my mom’s house. (Sorry sis!! Hopefully the container of muddy buddies made up for my absence?)
This morning, I woke up early for a trip to the gym.
My legs felt very sore from yesterday’s trail run, and I ended up running two miles and then completing the following moves with the cable machine:
- 3×10 chest flies
- 3×12 tricep pulldowns
- 3×12 trunk twist
- 3×12 single arm rows
Back at the house, I showered and made a tasty breakfast with one egg (fresh from Dahlia, our chicken), a cup of egg whites with collard greens, and a piece of amazing toast. Dave’s Killer Bread makes delicious bread that tastes extremely earthly and healthy. Try it.
Then I brushed my teeth, went to the dentist for a cleaning, came home, and said goodbye to all the Christmas decorations. Tear.
Fast forward 6 hours and my mom and I safely arrived in Los Angeles.
We unloaded the car and then took a little stroll around the USC campus. I had to leave my mom half a mile into our walk because I had dance practice from 5-8 PM. It was a tiring practice complete with running stairs and perfecting a routine for tomorrow’s game.
When practice ended, I was more than ready for food. At 8:45, my mom and I arrived at the Santa Monica Third Street Promenade for a late dinner.
Remember when I went to True Food Kitchen with dance friends a few weeks ago? The restaurant really made an impression and decided it would be a good dinner spot.
True Food Kitchen
Although the restaurant was closing in 15 minutes, they nicely sat us down at a table. Talk about wonderful service!
As we perused the menu, I ordered the Kale Aid Juice – kale, apple, cucumber, celery, lemon & ginger. This was the perfect blend of sweetness and bitterness, and it tasted like drinking handfuls of vegetables (that has to be a good thing…) Even my mom enjoyed it!
Then we had salads. My mom ordered the Harvest Chop Salad – squash, apple, pomegranates, walnuts, goat cheese & balsamic vinaigrette. This is the same salad that I ordered last time I visited True Food Kitchen and it was just as tasty tonight. I may or may not have stolen a few bites of the goat cheese and pomegranate seeds ;)
I chose the Autumn Ingredient Salad – roasted cauliflower, brussels sprouts, squash, mulberries, pomegranate & horseradish vinaigrette. Though I hoped the plate was a little more full, this salad was perfect. The horseradish vinaigrette was spicy, but also tangy and sweet because of the dried pomegranates. Also, this was my first time trying mulberries, so that was exciting. I would definitely order this again… or try to recreate the dish at home.
Next up, entrees! My mom chose the Butternut Squash Pizza – walnuts, smoked mozzarella, sweet onion & arugula. She thought the pizza was good, but kind of bland. I stole a couple slices and had zero complaints. I liked that the pizza wasn’t covered in too much cheese and it wasn’t greasy at all. The dough also tasted very fresh, and I saw the chef rolling the dough 5 minutes before this pizza was on our table. Fresh food is great.
For my main dish, I chose the Panang Curry – brown rice, potato, broccoli, ginger, carrot, mushroom & coconut shellfish broth. (Oops, totally just realized this is not vegetarian…) Anyways, I was very happy I ordered the curry. There were a lot of vegetables and the curry was a little spicy and full of that signature thai flavor. We used the curry as a dip for the pizza crust and it was yummy. I’m glad I have leftovers!
There are many more dishes on the True Food Kitchen menu that I want to try. Let’s hope there are many more trips to TFK in the future.
And…… it’s almost midnight. Busy day, time for bed!
Question: What’s your favorite “healthy/natural/local ingredient” restaurant?
Question: What are some of your 2013 resolutions?