Sunday Shenanigans!!

While I usually sleep in till noon on Sundays, I was super pumped yesterday to get up for a 10am spin class. Though I realize now that I’m no morning work-out woman, I still managed to impress myself and the bf for actually following through with the whole thing. Though it set me up for 3 packs of kettle corn at 10pm last night. -_- Not a good trade-off, but HEY they were 100-calorie packs!

I was famished after spin and wanted something hearty. So guess what I had? :P MORE TARO!!!!

Brunch

Taro mantou’s are my childhood favorite . They’re literally dense, soft buns that are steamed and eaten in China and Taiwan usually as a breakfast food in addition or replacement of rice. Cantonese people like to fry them and dip ‘em into condensed milk as a dimsum dish, which is also yummy!

Chinese Mantou (aka Steamed Bun)
Chinese Mantou (aka Steamed Bun)

I ate my mantou’s with super-flavorful and hearty century egg and soft tofu. As you have all come to know…this is my default “GIVE ME FOOD NOW” dish made with 2 eggs, 1 pack of tofu, oyster sauce, soy sauce, & furikaki.

*Disclaimer* Century eggs aren’t really ancient eggs, it’s just the way the eggs were processed that made them black and “century”-like.

My Century Egg & Soft Tofu Breakfast
My Century Egg & Soft Tofu Breakfast

I also had a plate of 1 WW toast, a fuji apple, and 2 poached egg whites. GOD I love egg whites when they’re warm and soft…mmmmm…

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Afternoon Snack from a kind friend!

One of the boyfriends best friends lives upstairs, and since he’s currently interviewing for jobs has A LOT of spare time on his hands. This lovely lovely boy baked some DEADLY apple walnut bread. I was jealous of his mad skills after sampling a slice of this awesome, moist cake. He used this recipe, but promised he cut the sugar AND the oil amounts.

Homemade Apple Walnut Bread!
Homemade Apple Walnut Bread!

Nick and I went to Borders after snacking to work up an appetite for the dinner party, which was at the Grand Lux (owned by Cheesecake Factory…so you can imagine how huge their portion sizes were)!

Dinnar at the Grand Lux!

We met 5 of our friends, and a super special guest of honor who was visiting from Kuwait at 7pm (surprise! Everyone was on time!). The boyfriend and I was both realllllly hungry and dived right in to the sourdough bread roll.

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Between the two of us, the boyfriend and I shared the Manhattan salad with giant shrimp and chicken, and the cedar plank salmon. We DID end up clearing our plates.

A Chopped Salad with Romaine Lettuce, Asparagus, Tomato, White Beans, Fresh Beets, Red Onion, Lentils and Assorted Vegetables
A Chopped Salad with Romaine Lettuce, Asparagus, Tomato, White Beans, Fresh Beets, Red Onion, Lentils and Assorted Vegetables

Cedar Planked BBQ Salmon Roasted on a Cedar Plank and Glazed with Sweet and Spicy B.B.Q. Sauce. Served with Mashed Potatoes, Corn Succatash and Crispy Onion Rings
Cedar Planked BBQ Salmon Roasted on a Cedar Plank and Glazed with Sweet and Spicy B.B.Q. Sauce. Served with Mashed Potatoes, Corn Succatash and Crispy Onion Rings

All I can say is that the salmon was heavenly. The fish was well cooked but very moist. The BBQ glaze had a spicy kick to it that I loved, and you can definitely taste the aroma from the cedar wood plank that the fish came on. The corn succatash was warm and very buttery, while the mashed potatoes were merely “decent” because it was actually served luke warm. I wasn’t interested at all in the onion rings, so no review!

Because I can’t resist, I gotta rate our dining experience!

Overall: 4/5 (We definitely want to come back to try other things!)
Taste: 4/5 (Lukewarm food isn’t always tastiest)

Originality: 5/5 (I guess you can’t find such an extensive tasty menu with such giant portion sizes elsewhere right?)

Value: 3/5 (Average I guess…it ain’t cheap)

Service: 4/5 (Our server was polite but he mixed up two people’s doggie bags)

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Snacking…all night long

BAD ME! I know I know! While the crew went over to someone else’s place to play taboo and jenga, I went home to do laundry. I didn’t plan for snacking, but I knew I wanted dessert….but ended up overdoing it with the popcorn. GAHHHHH. I started innocently enough with an apple and some green grapes that were going bad.

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Then I convinced myself I wanted something crunchy and warm, so I made a pack of those 100 calorie kettle corns. But once I finished that, I wanted more…and so here I go 3 MORE TIMES, but you only get a picture of ONE,  so as not to gross you out. Strange enough…I didn’t feel too crappy after that. HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. What’s wrong with me? Or…does it actually mean that it was GOOD??

Popcorn 3 times
Popcorn 3 times

Along the side, I also had a handful of almonds that I didn’t photograph and fresca. OH YUM fresca.

So there was my Sunday, and now I wonder…Does looking at food blogs make you more likely to eat??? Because when I watch food network or read food blogs, I catch myself salivating, snacking, or having some sort of craving. Anyone have tips on how to not let yummy food pictures sabotage your eating habits??

P.s. I’m bored of my layout. Will anyone be offended if I change it?

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