The past few days have been mighty nice out here in California. Sunny days + not too warm + lots of outdoor activities = plenty of fun. Yesterday I shared my thoughts on the art of conversation, especially in terms of my age-group and generation. But, let’s back up a bit. On Friday night, I was able to attend my first Dodger game of the season. We’ve been going since I was a baby, so I’m a die-hard fan. The recent fan-favorite Puig had a less than impressionable game, but they still came out with a win. (GO BLUE!) Also, because it’s Los Angeles, there were quite a number of celebrities out. We even got to see Jon Hamm in the flesh. He must have been filming something because he and a few other individuals would walk up and down the aisles with video cameras between innings.
You would think I would go for a hot dog, especially since it’s a Dodger game, but honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of Dodger dogs. Instead, I sampled the Vegan Chili Sandwich. I really couldn’t taste any difference between that and a regular chili sandwich, but I probably ruined it’s “healthy” status with the overwhelming amount of condiments. Oh well. I also split some Gordon Biersch garlic fries with my friend but was less than impressed. Soggy and lacking in flavor.
Saturday = Garage Sale + solo hike on the trails + girl’s night out. My mom, sister, and I picked up some things at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena and then ate out at Blaze Pizza. It was my first time at the make-your-own pizza place and I was in love. Think of it as a pizza-styled Subway, but better.
On Sunday, I headed up to Lake Arrowhead with a few old friends. For the next 24 hours, we were able to rest, relax, and soak up the gorgeous surroundings.
Alright, for a full day of eats. Let’s look at Tuesday. Started out with half of this KIND bar before going to work out on the elliptical. I finished the other half later in the morning when my “blood sugar was feeling low.” I highly doubt my blood sugar count was actually low (goodness knows I have no clue how to calculate it), but it’s a phrase my family likes to use.
When I got back from the gym, I tested my luck with a green smoothie and actually found success. This is a recipe that my friend from college uses (pretty much on the daily), so I was quite pleased with the result.
Almond-Banana Power Smoothie
1 cup almond milk
1 cup spinach
1/4 cup oats
1/2 frozen banana
1 scoop protein powder
1-2 tbsp almond (any nut) butter
I ended up working on various projects including job search + scrapbooking + errands. I also had to finish up the last part of Monday’s Bachelorette since I had fallen asleep before it ended. Anyone else watch the Bachelorette? Once I was finished with that, I started listening to TED talks online. More on that subject in the next couple days.
Lunch was a nice little surprise when my mom came home with our favorite – passion fruit tea with tapioca pearls along with a pork bun. I supplemented it with some of the weekend’s leftover grilled veggies.
The rest of the afternoon was filled with errands for our upcoming Lake Mead trip and more scrapbooking. I had it in my head that I needed to finish our UK adventures scrapbook, or at least get the pictures on pages. I did end up getting a majority of the scrapbook accomplished and just need to write in subtitles and such. From there, I complied a snack of watermelon, celery + sunflower seed butter, and grapes. An odd, but epic combination before hiking the back trails.
Dinner consisted of our own version of eggplant parmesan. Basically eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables and I swear I could eat it every single day. I even found a recipe from someones’ blog for eggplant pizza crust.
Basically, we sliced the eggplant into thin slices. From there, we browned a segment of ground beef (or turkey or sausage) and make the tomato marinara sauce based on the package’s instructions. Add a layer of sauce to a pan (we used a ceramic bowl) and alternate – sauce + eggplant + cheese (light feta + parm). Once finished, place in the oven (~400) for about 15 minutes or until the eggplant is tender.
Unpictured: my sweet tooth won again. Even though I inhaled quite a lot of natural sugars between my smoothie and breakfast KIND bar, I have an urge to have a sweet treat later in the day. Lately it’s been strawberries with a little whipped cream and vanilla bean ice cream.
For more food fun, hop on over to Jenn’s page at Peas & Crayons. She even has a recent recipe for a homemade cookie cake (posted yesterday) and it looks oh so scrumptious.
Any good eats? What are your thoughts on the conversation culture and the impact of cellphones in our lives?