Lunching

While trying to run errands we decided to grab some lunch and Panera sounded perfect and a salad sounded even better.

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The Cobb salad was fresh, crunchy, creamy and delicious. I enjoyed every bite! We all know how I feel about bread and butter so this was a win. I didn’t end up eating all the salad or all the bread, but I was full and happy.

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Obviously my dessert tummy still needed a lil’ sumthin’ sumthin’ so we grabbed a huge churro and some soft serve for dipping ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Is there anything more perfect in the heat?!

What’s your go to lunch when you’re out and about?

Cute stuff for the house

I love finding random knick knacks for the house and a recent trip to Home Goods led to finding some cute things!

Did we need another utensil holder? Probably not, but this one was too perfect to pass up so here we are with one more…

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We are constantly drinking in this house and when I saw these adorable plastic tumblers I couldn’t resist. They are also much larger than our current tumblers sooooo less getting up for refills during a binge watching session ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Pineapple cup. Do I need to say more?

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Gleeful

I am so gleeful and excited to tell you guys that I have my own domain! What used to be grubbingwithjess.wordpress.com is NOW grubbingwithjess.com AHHHH!!

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I honestly had no idea how happy this would make me and now I just wanna shout it from the rooftops. I am so pumped to continue posting about food and life and fitness! Anywho thanks for coming along on this journey with me and I hope you stick around ๐Ÿ˜€

See you lovelies Friday for an actual post!

A perfect meal

Well, this would definitely be ONE of my perfect meal ideas amongst many (I can’t pick a favorite of anything), but this one just will not get out of my head so I had to share.

One night for dinner through a series of events we decided on pizza, ice-cream, and brownies for dinner/dessert.

We had some cheese pizza which you know by this point is a favorite of mine ๐Ÿ™‚

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And we made a boxed brownie which we added chocolate chips to so it would be extra fudgey, chocolatey and rich.

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We decided to make those brownies because we bought this ice-cream.

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Lemme tell ya friends. This combination was incredible. The warm brownie, the incredibly rich and creamy ice-cream-I die!

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Major drools over here…

Now that I have shared one of my favorite meals I wanna know what your perfect meal would be. Talk to me in the comments!

Till next time!

PSA: Potatoes Do Not Kill

I think the title is pretty self explanatory, but the reason I am bringing up my love for spuds is because I feel like they have such a bad rep.

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Listen, potatoes are not all bad. They are a good source of potassium which can help in regulating BP. If you’re eating them as fries maybe not so much, but a few fries here and there never hurt anybody either.

I preach and try to live moderation the best I can and I don’t believe in good or bad foods. I feel like there’s a cycle for all foods-one day it’s healthy and in 10 years from now it’ll be the worst possible thing for you according to some study.

I love potatoes and they help add some bulk to my breakfasts and help with satiety, but they also just make me happy. I don’t eat a huge pan of them, but having some thrown into a taco makes me smile.

Have a baked potato, eat a few fries…I promise they aren’t out to get ya!

Astro’s Doughnuts

You guys know I’ve been on a little bit of a doughnut kick recently and so I felt like I needed to post about Astro’s. Also, it’s July 4th and what’s more American than some fried deliciousness??

Astro’s serves doughnuts AND fried chicken…um what? Where have you been my whole life??

We came here one morning and skipped the fried chicken this time and stuck with the doughnuts. We ended up with this delicious box of (from top left to right) strawberry rhubarb, cherry pie, PBJ and the bottom row (left to right) is creme brรปlรฉe, vanilla glazed, and birthday cake.

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The strawberry rhubarb and vanilla glaze were both really chewy, soft doughnuts. The vanilla glaze was sweet, mild, and mellow while the strawberry rhubarb had a zing from the strawberry glaze.

The cherry pie had some crunch from the sugar sprinkles on the outside and the filling was tangy and slightly sweet. Just like cherry pie!

The PBJ tasted exactly like a PBJ, but it was probably my least favorite because the jelly filling had made it a little soggy blargh!

The birthday cake was our only cake doughnut and it was a chocolate base. This tasted like a really yummy, rich chocolate cake. It was soft and the cake was slightly sweet, but the glaze is what really sugared it up! The bit of frosting piped in the middle was a perfect texture contrast since it was light and fluffy while the doughnut was pretty dense.

Do you have Astro’s in your state? What’s your favorite doughnut from them??

Back to Cali

Our trip back from Oklahoma was pretty uneventful, but we had some delicious pho and bahn mi from SFO.

We had a couple of hours at SFO so we walked around and found our way in the international terminal. We were hungry and when we spotted Mum Fresh we were hit with delicious smells and couldn’t resist.

We got the chicken pho and added in some sriracha for that spicy brothy goodness. The noodles were light and chewy. Before the sriracha the broth had this slight sweet flavor from the thinly sliced white onions I think. The chicken was tender and when you bring everything together it was comfort in a bowl.

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The bahn mi was also chicken and it had all things that make a bahn mi a bahn mi-jalapenos, cilantro, carrots, etc. The bread was crusty yet chewy and didn’t cut up your mouth. The spicy savory flavor went really well with the pho…

After we had this I couldn’t stop talking about how delicious it was!

If you ever find yourself in SFO with some time to kill I suggest you hit up Mum Fresh!

Torchy’s Tacos

I had heard a lot of great things about Torchy’s and so when we learned that they had opened up Torchy’s in OKC we had to check it out.

The siblings all went out one afternoon and had some tacos ๐Ÿ™‚

I got 3 tacos:

Mr. Orange which is blackened salmon, corn and black bean relish, cotija cheese, cilantro, and avocado sauce. This was light and fresh and had good flavor, but may have been my least favorite of the three.

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Chicken fajita which is grilled chicken strips, grilled onions and peppers, pico, cheddar jack cheese, and tomatillo salsa. This was messy, but delicious and honestly just tasted like a fajita.

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Chicken fajita on the left and The Wrangler on the right

I also got a breakfast taco-The Wrangler which is potatoes, eggs, brisket, and cheddar jack cheese with tomatillo salsa. This was my favorite! I loved the tender pieces of shredded brisket and the bite of potato. It was amazing! I’m sad I didn’t get to go back and have more of these…

The hubs got a salad and shared my tacos (thank God because my eyes were bigger than my stomach…what’s new?)

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This looked yummy and he said it was good!

For dessert we had their Lil Nookies. This is fried chocolate chip cookie dough that they dust with powdered sugar and you get some cherries to go along with it. These were AMAZING especially warm. They were gooey and chocolatey and crisp on the outside…just be warned they are super rich and pretty sweet!

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I didn’t think I would enjoy Torchy’s as much as I did, but I really loved it and would definitely go again.

Do you have a Torchy’s where you live? Do you love it or can you live without it?

Eating Doughnuts in OKC

Umm so this was not intentional, but we had our fair share of donuts while in OKC. We had some Jonuts (their version of cronuts) from Kitchen 324 and some more donuts from Hurts Donuts. Not all on the same day so don’t be alarmed!

The Jonuts were delicious and all filled. I don’t quite remember all the flavors, but I know that there was a citrus one because I tasted it on all the other Jonuts. This was sweet and pretty heavy and perfect for sharing which is what we did.

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We all took bites of each one, but they all tasted the same to me even though they were supposed to be different flavors!

Hurts Donuts was a decision we made while looking through Yelp while trying to wake up one morning. They looked SO good!

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When we walked into the store, the smell alone made me sugar high. It smelled like sugar heaven!

We got 18 donuts from here ranging from strawberry cheesecake to peanut butter chocolate and of course we had to get both yeast and cake.

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After dinner one night we all sat around and took a bite of each-to say that we were delirious from the sugar that night was a little bit of an understatement. BUT when you’re a foodie and food blogger you do what ya gotta do ๐Ÿ˜‰ it’s a tough job!

Both places were delicious and I would recommend both places if you ever find yourself in need of a good doughnut while in OKC ๐Ÿ™‚

Oklahoma

We recently made a trip to OKC and I am just getting around to putting up these posts (shmurp)! It was filled with a lot of family time and quite a few babies ๐Ÿ˜€ We had a great time!

We did workout while there and I had a lot of gas station coffee (which is actually pretty good there). We drank cherry limeades from Sonic and visited a few friends, but mostly we just sat around and talked and laughed and threw aluminum foil balls into trashcans.

The other thing we did a lot of was eat ๐Ÿ™‚ I definitely did not do a great job taking pictures, but hubby stepped in and took lots of great pictures. Thank the good Lord for him…imagine how bored you’d be reading about the delicious food I had with no pictures!

The best part of being home is having mom’s home made cooking-whether it’s my mom or my MIL the food is always delicious! We ended up having a little get together while there and my MIL made some yummy food…

There was chicken-grilled and flavorful

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Biriyani (rice, chicken, spices, etc) and a chickpea curry

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We had some salad (#health) and the orangey rice you’re seeing was one of the desserts.

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We also had fruit and naan and other dessert which we didn’t get pictures of, but I will continue to dream about and salivate over.

We had a really fun visit and we were sad when it was over, but it’s always nice to come home ๐Ÿ™‚

What’s your favorite part about visiting family and friends? Let me know in the comments!