Tuesday, May 24, 2016

144.4...Summertime BBQ

We took the kids to see the “Angry Birds” movie on Sunday night. I thought the movie was cute but my poor husband, who has never played the game, was bored and didn’t understand half of the jokes. Lol.

Beforehand, we stopped at Mia Francesca for dinner. I ordered the Halibut but they brought me the Branzino instead. They told me to keep the Branzino and they’d also bring the halibut. I got to try both!

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I loved the Brussels sprouts on the Branzino but enjoyed the halibut fish better.

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Ah Monday morning. You always seem to sneak up on me. At least I have my favorite breakfast to look forward to.

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I took the kids to school, then went to Hardline class at the gym. 

I needed to run some errands at the mall so I met my husband at Tender Greens for lunch. I had the Herb Brushed Albacore with roasted veggies and a salad.

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I also had the Roasted Tomato Soup which was good but it turned out to be too much food. Note to self. Skip the soup.

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Dinner was easy courtesy of Buitoni. 

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I heated up a jar of Trader Joe’s marinara sauce and made a salad. 

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All meals should be this easy to whip up!

Today’s breakfast:

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After school drop off, I went to Cardio Strength class at the gym. That class really sucks the life out of me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fabulous workout. 30 minutes of a choreographed type aerobics workout, followed by 30 minutes of strength training. I’m sweaty and spent afterwards. But I seem to drag the rest of the day. Or maybe it was the giant meal I had at cooking class…..?

Today’s class was another Phillis Carey winner: Summertime/Memorial Day BBQ. Perfect timing for Memorial Day weekend…I’m not sure if we’ll be doing any grilling yet, but at least I have some ideas.

The first plate had three recipes on it:

Mediterranean Deviled Eggs with Mustard, Olives and Capers

St. Louis Chili-Rubbed Ribs with Chipotle Stout BBQ Sauce

Cilantro Cabbage Slaw with Black Beans, Carrots and Red Bell Peppers

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So good. I’m ready for BBQ season to start! The cole slaw was fantastic. I can guarantee it will be on my blog at some point this summer! The deviled egg was really good too! I enjoyed the ribs as well….they’d be even better with more sauce!

The second plate had two recipes:

Grilled Sweet Spice-Rubbed Chicken Breasts with Fresh Strawberry BBQ Sauce

Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato and Bacon Salad with Jalapeño Jelly Dressing

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I can’t say I was the biggest fan of the chicken. It’s not the chicken’s fault, it’s the strawberries. I just can’t get on board with the fruit with food thing. But….the sweet potatoes were fantastic! So different!

Dessert was Root Beer Float Cake with Root Beer Icing and Ice Cream:

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YUM! Loved this. My son is a big root beer fan…will have to make this for him soon!

Have dinner with some friends tonight so there is more eating on the horizon! Sluggishness continues….

What do you do when you feel sluggish? I drink iced tea or coffee. Sometimes even sitting down for 15 or 20 minutes helps.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

146.6...Los Angeles Once, Los Angeles Twice

 On Wednesday night we went to dinner at Pamplemousse Grille with some friends. I hadn’t been there in ages! 

To start, I split the Heirloom Tomato Salad with Burrata with my husband: 

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For my entree I ordered the Basil Roasted Sea Bass (sautéed rock shrimp, polenta cake, sauce antiboise):

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Everything was fabulous! I really enjoyed both of the dishes I ordered! 

Thursday morning, I skipped my normal breakfast because I had a breakfast meeting at Snooze in Del Mar. I ordered an egg white omelet with caramelized onions, cheddar cheese and spinach. On the side, sliced tomatoes and wheat toast. 

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Then I hit the road for Los Angeles. I met up with my mom and we went to lunch and a bit of shopping at Neiman Marcus. I ordered the Salmon Tacos. 

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They were pretty tasty! 

After lunch, we went to my brother’s house to get ready for his Law Firm’s Anniversary Party. We headed to the party at Elevate Lounge in downtown Los Angeles.

My mom, my brother and I:

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We had a few snacks at the party then headed home. My sister in law picked up dinner at Thai Talay. 

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We shared Red Devil Noodle (flat noodle, pork, tomato, basil, egg with spicy sauce), Orange Chicken, Garlic Green Beans. The noodles were just ok. Not really spicy at all. The orange chicken was more like orange chicken meatballs, not what we were expecting. The garlic green beans were great though!

Friday morning, I got up, got packed and headed back to San Diego. I ate a Fiber One bar in the car on the way. I met some friends at Sushiya for lunch.

Miso Soup:

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Tuna, yellowtail, salmon sushi:

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Shogun Roll:

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En Fuego Roll: 

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Friday evening, we went to my son’s basketball game, then to Pizza Rev for dinner. 

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It’s so stinkin good.

Saturday’s breakfast:

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Then we headed BACK to Los Angeles! This time it was for my nephew’s birthday party.

I enjoyed two slices of pizza, salad and cake for lunch. 

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We went back to my brother in law’s house for the rest of the afternoon. Dinner was Wood Ranch BBQ.

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Their steak and macaroni and cheese there are out of this world. I had to seriously restrain myself from getting seconds. 

Then it was the drive back to San Diego. Ugh. 

Today’s breakfast:

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I took the kids shopping and to CPK for lunch. I had the Arugula & Asparagus Salad and the Split Pea Soup.

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Tonight we are off to dinner and a movie!

Go on any driving trips this weekend?

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

145.4...Stuffed Chicken Breasts

On Sunday I was looking through the freezer to figure out if I had anything to make for dinner Monday night. I saw a container of Sloppy Joes II and knew I had hit the nail on the head. 

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I had the buns and fries in the freezer too so all I had to do was make a salad! 

Breakfast this morning:

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After I took the kids to school, I went to Cardio Strength class at the gym. Seriously hard today. My heart rate monitor told me I burned 600 calories but I didn’t need that to tell me….I was a sweaty mess. 

Next up was a cooking class at the La Jolla Community Center taught by Phillis Carey. The class was all about Stuffed Chicken Breasts. Phillis always has the most delicious chicken recipes. The cool thing about these recipes is that you are learning the technique really….you can stuff them with anything! Never ending chicken recipes! :)

The first recipe was Greek Oven-Fried Chicken Bundles with Tomato, Red Pepper, Cucumber and Feta Filling:

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Crispy and delicious. Love the technique of oven frying….you heat some oil on a pan in the oven and then place the bundles on top of the hot oil to cook. Really tastes fried!

The next plate had two different recipes: Baked Chicken Saltimbocca Rolls with Mushroom Marsala Sauce and Herbed Polenta:

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This plate was my favorite. This would make a fabulous meal when you have company over. It was fabulous!

The next recipe was Boursin Cheese and Scallion Pocket Stuffed Chicken Breasts Topped with Port and Balsamic Roasted Strawberries:

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I’m torn on this one. The chicken with the boursin cheese in it was yummy of course. I can’t say I was a huge fan of the strawberries but I don’t normally like “fruit with my food”. The sauce from the strawberries was good with it but I pushed the strawberries to the side. It did seem like the people in the class liked it though so I’m sure I’m alone on this.

The last chicken recipe was Florentine Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Prosciutto and Provolone in a Tangy Tomato Sauce:

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Loved this! Great sauce and all the flavors in the chicken were delicious. 

Dessert was Almond and Cherry Torte with Lemon-Scented Sweet Cream:

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Amazing! Really enjoyed this. Phillis seems to always outdo herself.

Now I’m hanging at Starbucks enjoying a green tea before picking up the kiddos from school. Tonight, I’m attending my first book club ever! 

Are you or have you ever been a member of a book club?

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Monday, May 16, 2016

146.6...The Piano Man

By Friday night, I was spent. The Beyonce concert really did me in. I’m getting old. I cannot function off that little sleep. Somehow I dragged myself and the kids over to Alicia’s house for dinner. We enjoyed some pizza (like 3 slices) before heading over to my club for Bingo Night.

They had mini cupcakes there. I knew they would make everything all better.

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Well, that and some wine and Pringles. 

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I’m telling you, it did the trick. I felt like a new person. Lol.

I also felt a whole hell of a lot better on Saturday morning after a full night’s sleep. The kids and I went to puppy class to visit our new pup, then to McDonald’s for breakfast. 

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Egg White McMuffin. Really like this!

Lunch was a grilled cheese sandwich, veggies and ranch dressing. 

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Then it was time to head off to the Billy Joel concert at Petco Park! Two concerts almost in a row! 

We had dinner at the Lexus Club which was a buffet of all sorts of good stuff. I managed to get most of it on my plate. 

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Then it was time for The Piano Man!

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Unlike Beyonce, Billy Joel gave us exactly what we came for. He played everyone’s favorites and even came out and did an encore of like 4 or 5 songs!! No wind machine, no crazy sparkly bathing suit type outfits, just real music and a real piano. It was great! 

I have to say that things got even better on our drive home….

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In-N-Out. I died. 

Sunday’s breakfast: 

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I really didn’t do much on Sunday. I’m surprised I was able to make lunch.

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Another grilled cheese, veggies and ranch.

My husband had been out of town so we picked him up at the airport and went to Mona Lisa’s in Little Italy for dinner.

Salad with ranch dressing:

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Chicken Piccata (big surprise): 

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Breakfast this morning:

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I took the kids to school, then went to Hardline class at the gym. It was a great workout…I needed it!

I ran a bunch of Monday type errands (groceries, dry cleaning, etc.) then came home for lunch.

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Tuna, veggies and ranch.

When is Friday!?! 

Did you do a lot of cooking over the weekend?

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