Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Monday, Monday

 Typically I really dislike Mondays for a number of reasons. It means the end of the weekend, and more importantly my sweetie goes back to work. Weekends are my favorite because we can sleep in and have a nice leisurely two days together. Yesterday was a great Monday because Dan took the day off from work. That was nice since he will be in Oklahoma today and tomorrow morning.

We met some friends at the Inner Harbor for a nice leisurely tapas lunch as La Tasca. I was so busy chatting that I completely forgot to take pictures (sorry). We did have some nice things though these included: spinach salad with pear, walnut and date (hold the cheese), vegetable paella, wild mushrooms sautéed in olive oil with garlic, potatoes brava, and seared asparagus. This restaurant is very reasonably priced and has a nice waterfront view of the harbor.

Speaking of the harbor, when we got there we found out it was flooded. I haven’t seen this since the last hurricane came up the Chesapeake Bay and flooded part of down town. I have included two pictures I took with my phone.

After lunch we ran a few errands (Costco and Whole Foods) before heading home. It was just a typical day in the life of an “old married couple”.

Yesterday we went to a different Costco, the one at Arundel Mills mall. For the life of me I don’t understand why each Costco carries different things. But they do and you just need to keep that in mind when you are shopping at Costco. This store had Marantha Almond Butter, which I haven’t seen at the other local Costco locations. They also had Fage Non-fat yogurt. Why didn’t they carry that when we ate non-fat yogurt every morning for breakfast? While we were there I picked up a Yoga DVD for the Wii and a couple of pairs of yoga pants (yay).

How do I go into Whole Foods and buy a tiny bag of groceries and spend $45? But we needed the flaxseed oil. As I have told you before I am trying to learn to love it. The hubby and I decided we will add a little to his salads for extra omega 3’s and calories. Flaxseed oil has an omega 3:6 ratio of 2:1, which is pretty fabulous for anyone that is interested in reducing inflammation. We also bought a couple of envelopes of green drink since we didn’t know how the TSA would react to green powder in a baggie in his carry-on bag.  The hubby wasn't in the mood for a pat down before his flight.

After shopping we can home and had a quick spinach salad with cucumber and falafel for dinner. The dressing I used is something that I have just started making which we like. I combine raw cashews and salsa, in the blender and puree until smooth. It is fast and has a lot of flavor from the salsa. The hubby likes creamy dressings so this works well when I am out of fat free hummus for our salads.

Speaking of fat-free hummus I need to make another batch of that today. I will be back later today after I try out the new Yoga DVD and get my chickpeas cooking. I hope you are all having a great day and keeping warm.


  1. Heather,

    Thanks we had a great time. There is nothing I love more than a long leisurely meal with friends.

    Food shopping is also a favorite activity of mine (I am so weird that way). I also bought some plantains and need to figure out something to make with them that isn't fried.

    Can't wait to try the Yoga Wii game either. You are right, it was fabulous. Your description is much better than mine.

    talk to you later,

  2. Gorgeous shots!! Sure beats Lake Michigan :)

  3. Sarah,

    Thanks! Where you see the brown brick going down to water there should be more brick. In the second pic you can see light poles in the water, that should also be above water.

    The reason this is odd is normally the water is at least 8 to 10 feet below the top of the brick. I have only ever seen the promanade flooded like this one other time in 30 years. It is very unusual.

    I love lake Michigan too. But it has a very different charm. I miss lake Michigan, but I love to sail so that may be part of it.

    talk to you later,

  4. Sounds like a great way to spend the day...thanks for the update:)

  5. Rose,

    We had a great day even though the weather was alternately gray and rainy then sunny. At least it was a nice warm day with temps in the upper 50's.


  6. Molly,

    I like the seasonal chapters too. I always said if I ever wrote a cookbook that would be how I would group the recipes. It just makes so much sense.



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