Comfort food and cozy vibes

I don’t know if it’s because the temps got slightly cooler here or what, but we’ve been eating some serious comfort foods and so I have some fun random pictures to share with you guys.

After looking high and low for a bagel place here we have finally maybe found one! I really wanted a bagel one Saturday and after a nice long hike we found one at 42nd Street Bagel Cafe. I got the super onion bagel with lox (they were out of the everything bagel 😦 ). This bagel reminded me so much of a NY bagel-it was chewy with a dense crumb and I would definitely come back and get some Sunday morning bagels!

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This was a big comfort food night at Yard House. We ordered what felt like everything-the chicken lettuce wraps, buffalo cauliflower, roasted Brussel sprouts and potatoes, cheeseburger, and the truffle fries.

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My favorite thing here had to be the lettuce wraps and they were so delicious that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them-so much so that I am making shrimp lettuce wraps tonight!

We grabbed some sweet treats from Sprout’s and some of these were good and others not so much. The glazed lemon cookie was a not favorite. The glaze was so sweet and didn’t pair well with the lemon cookie. The rest were actually pretty yummy!

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In order to balance out all the comfort food I went to Panera and ordered a Mediterranean grain bowl. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. The rice, chicken, hummus, and all the fresh ingredients were really delicious! I would get this again without the dollop of yogurt on the side.

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I ordered this fish dish from Luna Modern Mexican Grill when I went out to lunch with the girls. It was pretty, but not the best thing I’ve ever had…

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Of course, we love sweets a lot in this house and whether that’s cookies or ice-cream we’ve been eating it all!

Have you guys been feeling the need for comfort food recently? How are the temps where you’re living?

Snacks I do like

After my post on snacks that failed me I felt a little bad…well bad enough to show you guys that there are some snacks I really like.

Some of these are old and have been in previous favorite posts and some are new, but they are all delicious to me.

These plantain chips are an old favorite…I feel like I’ve loved these for years now. They are crunchy and savory and I would pick these over potato chips for snacking. I do try to pair them along with something a little more filling like baby carrots since I could mindlessly eat the bag otherwise!

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I love these little granola bites. They say each pouch has the same nutrients has a serving of vegetables, but I like them because when I need something sweet but also a little more nutritious these fit the bill.

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Almonds are a great nut and have some protein, fat, and just taste delicious when roasted and salted. I like these particular ones from Trader Joes. They are so easy to stash in my bag or take in the car to prevent any hangry episodes.

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Speaking of Trader Joes, I discovered these grapes while doing some grocery shopping. They were sampling them and I was intrigued by the shape. I adored them because they were sweet and had to get some! Definitely a fun fruit to try out and we ate them up pretty quickly!

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I know I’ve talked about Mary’s Crackers, but these everything seasoning ones are new to me and I really enjoyed them. I love the garlicky flavor that it has and pairs well with any hummus. I haven’t tried it with cheese yet, but I’m sure it would be delicious…now that I say that a cheese board with these crackers seems like an incredible idea!

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This savory Tex-Mex trail mix from Target is not a new favorite, but I recently repurchased and remembered how much I enjoyed these last year. I don’t need to tell you guys how fun it is to eat trail mix-the different textures and flavors prevent boredom so a pretty great snack for me.

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What are some of your favorite snacks? Anything new you’ve discovered? Let me know in the comments!

 

Snack Fails

Happy Monday my people!

I am usually a pretty optimistic person and tryy to find the brighter side of things and as much as I don’t like starting the week with a “negative” post I thought this would be a fun one.

I don’t want you guys to make the same snacking mistakes I did and recently I’ve had quite a few fails!

The first and saddest are these Annie’s Crispy Snack Bars. They are supposed to be a “healthier” (read:cleaner) version of the beloved Rice Krispie treats, but alas they are not the same and I am not a fan. These seem almost too sweet and definitely don’t have that same vanilla marshmallow flavor as the other guy…if you have ever had a Rice Krispie treat and loved it-don’t bother with these.

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I actually don’t even have these in my house anymore because I took them to work and let everyone else eat them. The Bear Naked Peanut Butter and Honey granola bites…dry as the desert. I could only eat 2 at a time because it took so long to just chew one of these down!

I really enjoyed Vegan Rob’s Cauliflower Puffs so I was certain I would enjoy the Brussels Sprouts Puffs. I wasn’t exactly wrong, but I wasn’t 100% right either. They are enjoyable for a puff, but honestly I’d rather just eat Hippeas than these. I was hoping for a Brussels sprouts flavor and there is zilch. There’s nothing bad about them, but I would not repurchase because there are other puffs that I enjoy eating more…

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This next item is technically breakfast, but it could be a snack?! I enjoyed the Kodiak Cakes Pancakes so much I thought I would enjoy the waffles. One-hundo percento wrong! These are dry and lack flavor and I will definitely be finishing the box, but I will never get these again!

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I don’t want you guys to worry that I will be throwing all this stuff out because I won’t. I’ll take the Annie’s to work and have my work buddies give them a shot and the puffs and the waffles I’ll finish up myself. I always feel really proud of myself when I buy something I don’t like and still get through it-I think that’s a part of #adulting.

I hope you enjoyed this post and please let me know if you’ve tried any of these items and what you thought?! I would love to hear if you loved them or disliked them or even what snacks have failed you…let’s chat in the comments 🙂

Till next time!

Food Favorites

I’m sure you’ve figured out from the title of this post what we will be talking about! I love food and my favorites change all the time so let’s start talking about these before I move on 🙂

Both the hubs and I love a good gummy candy, but it’s super hard to find one that has no pork gelatin. AND if they don’t have it they tend to be super hard and not enjoyable at all. That is, until now! Trader Joe’s has these Scandinavian Swimmers (a knock off Swedish Fish). These are sooooo soft and the flavors are tasty! Try them if you love gummy candies!

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This is one amazing hot sauce. It’s not just any hot sauce though it’s Peri Peri sauce. It’s spicy and tangy and so yummy! I dip my quesadillas in these all the time and it’s the perfect acid component. NOMS!

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Okay, so my go to bread is usually sourdough, but I don’t like making PBJs with it. I really wanted some white bread, but still wanted some nutrients of whole grain. I found this in the grocery store and had to pick it up! It’s been really making my PBJs super yummy!

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I love hummus (who doesn’t) and this Everything Hummus is everything. If you like everything bagels you will love this! I dip carrots, pita chips, crackers…whatever I can find in this. I bet it would make a pretty snazzy sandwich too 😋

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That is all for my food favorites (for now)! Tell me what you’ve found at your grocery store and been loving!

Meals and snacks

Happy Thursday my friends!

I mentioned a few posts ago that I’ve been in a more snacky mood recently which has been fun, but I’ve also had to reign it in to make sure I get my colors and protein.

To be completely honest I probably do a pretty okay job at getting in my protein, but I do what I can and don’t stress too much about it. I’m great at eating veggies and fruit so the colors part is a little easier for me 🙂

This was a yummy breakfast one day when I wanted something simple. I did eat half a plate of spinach before this while deciding on what to make for breakfast! Eggs, sourdough toast, and tomatoes noms!

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Boom Chicka Pop has my heart with this sweet and salty kettle corn. I LOVE this stuff and have gone through more bags then I can count. If you haven’t tried it, you absolutely need to! It is crack!

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We had lunch out one day and I got Panera’s pick two while the hubby got a bowl from Cava. I picked the chicken frontega and cobb salad and both were yummy. I definitely did not finish everything and had leftover salad later that day as a snack 🙂

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Okay, so I constantly hear about these Mary’s crackers and I always go back and forth about trying them because to be completely honest I don’t know how I feel about paying $5 for a box of crackers! Recently, though I have been huge into cheese and crackers (going back to the snacking) and have been loving trying new ones out. These were on sale for $3 so I figured I would give them a shot and boy am I glad I did! They are nutty and crunchy and so good!

I’ve been eating them with guac, cheddar, brie, hummus, and just straight outta the box. They are so yummy!

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Speaking of brie (and cheese and crackers), I’ve been loving these little individual brie bites from TJ’s. I like that they are portioned out and easy to eat. They are super creamy and delicious!

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This meal is a perfect example of my recent snacky meals. I could eat this and then have grapes for dessert and be perfectly content. I want to say I would be content forever, but we all know that, that would be a BIG lie and I will be onto something else right after this post comes out 😅

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This next item could be a snack or a dessert or your snacky dessert? I don’t know, but it is pretty darn good! These are a Costco find-Greek yogurt bars coated in dark chocolate. The chocolate is actually really creamy and not bitter like in most dark chocolate. The yogurt part inside is like the texture of soft ice-cream, but thicker. It is a little tart, but enjoyable. They go in your fridge so the texture stays consistent!

Both hubs and I have both been enjoying these. They are pretty small, but I am good with half of one usually. Right now, I prefer the vanilla over the strawberry, but that will probably change soon!

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This post has been long enough I think so I will cut it off there! I will see you lovelies Monday with another post, but meanwhile let me know what your favorite snacks are and if you’re eating has changed in the New  Year. Till next time!

 

Full Day of Eating on a Saturday

I am so excited to bring you guys along for a FDOE! This particular Saturday was especially delicious and filled with a lot of yummy treats 😍!

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We started our day with a late brunch from Wake and Late. I got a carne asada, egg, cheese, avocado, pickled jalapeño and potato burrito while the hubby got a egg white, spinach, pickled jalapeño, onions, avocado, and red pepper burrito. They also grill the burrito after to make it nice and crunchy!

We both enjoyed our very filling burritos and needed something sweet 🙂 we ended up sharing this nutella macaron from a random French bakery.

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We ended up going to Century City Mall to find a suit for hubby and while there we noticed that 85° Bakery was open. I could not not check it out you guys. That would have been a major food blogger sin, right?

I knew you would understand!

We got the honey cake, coconut roll, and milk bun. Nothing was super sweet, but everything was delicious! If you have one of these around I would definitely recommend checking it out.

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We didn’t eat it all and saved some for dinner dessert 😉

We walked around the mall for a little while longer and then left. I was super tired and the hubs was too, I think, so we both napped. I honestly have no idea how long we were out for, but it wasn’t more than an hour?!

For dinner we had decided on wings from Big Al’s Pizzeria. We headed on over because it’s a little over an hour from where we live. I’m definitely glad we went when we did because it was packed in there, it took about an hour to get our food, and another hour to get back home with it.

We ended up getting the buffalo, the dragon, and the Jamaican. The dragon was the spiciest and the most flavorful. The Jamaican was sweet and sticky. The buffalo was a really rounded buffalo flavor-not too vinegary or too spicy.

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We really enjoyed the wings, but as always needed dessert. We snacked on chocolates, the rest of our 85° Bakery, and some grapes because #health.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this somewhat long post. Thanks for sticking around to read it all! I hope you’re having a great start to the week!!

Snacks I’ve been loving

The snacks I love change a lot, not because I stop loving something but because I find something else or my cravings change.

During the summer I love fresh fruits and cold, crisp veggies while fall and winter I prefer warmer more comforting things like hot cocoa or a small bowl of soup.

Recently my snacks have been leaning more towards the sweet side since my cravings have been more on the sweet side.

I’ve been eating fruits like grapes, berries, and these yummy figs. I love the crunch of the seeds that are inside and the beautiful mild sweet flavor.

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Dark chocolate almonds help satiate my sweet tooth and keep me full a little longer with a little protein punch.

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This last item is more of a dessert snack (whatever that means). I found these wafer cookies at Eataly and they were on sale. I got a vanilla and hazelnut flavor-LOVE both. They are light not overly sweet.

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Are you a snacker? What’s your favorite thing to munch on?

Random Foods I’m Loving

I’ve been loving a lot lately and I know from this blog you know how much I love food so here are some foods I’ve been really enjoying!

These snap pea crisps are light, crunchy and delicious. I like that they have a little bit of protein in them and they really satisfy my crunch tooth 😉

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Speaking of crunchy things these plantain chips are not filled with protein, but they are savory and delicious. These have been my favorite flavor recently!

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This jackfruit curry from Trader Joe’s has been hitting the spot when I need a meal I don’t need to think about. It is spicy and flavorful!

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I just can’t seem to get enough of s’mores this summer and so I keep eating them and eating them…

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Last, but not least the roasted potatoes from TJ’s has been my go to for breakfasts. I’ve been making breakfast burritos every morning and these are the perfect addition to them!

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Obviously this isn’t all the food I’ve been eating or enjoying, but these are some of my more recent favorite finds (minus the s’mores) so I wanted to share! I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what foods you’ve been enjoying this summer!

 

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 brûlée, 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??

Weekend

I LOVE weekends especially when the hubs and I are off together! We always get into some shenanigans and eat some fun things!

Here’s a weekend recap:

We started Saturday with a workout and brunch! Brunch included breakfast burritos (veggie and hot link-hot link was the fave)

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and shared a donut all from Cofax

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We ended up walking around the area for a while and checked out some fun shops and ran into this cool huge tree–this pic isn’t doing justice to how big it really was.

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After all that walking I was craving some ice-cream and this place really hit the spot!

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Since brunch was so late we didn’t have too much of an appetite by the time it was dinner so we had a meal of bread, butter, brie, and olives. I was floored my husband was down to have this as a meal…but I think he enjoyed it 🙂

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We ended up catching a comedy show at the Comedy Store! The hubs is a fan of Chris D’elia and that’s the main reason we picked this specific show.

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We ended up staying up pretty late and so we got kind of a late start Sunday morning. We woke up and went to workout.

Post workout we grabbed McDonald’s. I can’t tell you how long it’s been since we’ve had Mickey D’s, but I will say the fries are still bomb!

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Post Mickey D’s we went for a nice hike. It was such a gorgeous day and we wanted to be as active as possible!

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Look at us looking our best! HA!

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That’s my “I’m on top of the world” pose

The hike was also to prepare us for these donuts from DK Donuts…

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We picked up some groceries and drove home to chill and relax before the work week! I cannot remember to save my life what we ended up eating that night, but I’m gonna say it was something low-key.

What did you guys do this weekend? Let me know in the comments below!