Heavy Foods, Light Hearts

Where there are friends, there is food. Where there is food, there are friends.

My special guest that visited this weekend (who I mentioned on Friday) was my BU BFF, Rachel!

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She made a spontaneous trip down to New York to hang out and have some girl time. Needless to say, I brought her to places with lots of food, and I brought lots of food to her face.

Friday

Remember when I first opened that mega jar of peanut butter that I received from MyProtein? That was July 7th.

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I finished it on July 31st, putting it to rest the right way—overnight oats in a jar (with maybe 3 tablespoons of peanut butter left inside, sorry not sorry).

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Rachel arrived at night, and we enjoyed a Fish Friday meal of cajun flounder, barley, black bean corn salad, and green beans.

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Followed by dessert of ice cream, scones, and a looooong talk on the couch. #deepthoughts

Saturday

Late night chats means late wake up, but not too late to make some banana waffles for breakfast!

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topped with greek yogurt, peanut butter, strawberries, and maple syrup

Rachel and I went to a super posh and ritzy town in Connecticut, where ladies were wearing sundresses and heels, Lululemon was next to Vineyard Vines, and GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN WAS TWO FEET AWAY FROM ME.

*Geoffrey Zakarian in an off-white suit walks towards us*

Me: Oh my gosh, it’s Geoffrey Zakarian!!!

Rachel: What?

*Geoffrey definitely hears me but promptly pretends to see something across the street and walks in that direction with his two posse dudes*

Me: He’s a famous Food Network star. Oh my gosh, what do I do?

Rachel: Alison…it’s okay. He’s walking away.

Me: Wait, he’s getting farther. But I want to take a picture with him. Oh my gosh. He’s so famous.

He looked exactly like this!!!

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Apparently he’s opening a restaurant on the street we were on, so he must have been doing business for that. I was only slightly, extremely bummed that I didn’t have the courage to run across the street to take a selfie with him, but at least I spared myself from being that fan.

Anyway, after coming home and doing some yoga that was a little more intense than expected for both of us, we went to Mass and dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant.

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Rachel and I split the gnocchi and veal sorrentino. We were in rich, Italian, tomato, tom-ah-toe, mozzarella heaven.

Later that night we grabbed some delicious ice cream (<— redundant, I know) with Michael. Apple pie ice cream for meeeee.

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We walked, talked, watched old videos of my chipmunk-voice days, and some Iliza Shlesinger comedy before calling it a [very late] night.

Sunday

I woke up past 10 AM, which makes me kinda sad, but hey, it’s a summer weekend.

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cookie dough cereal

We had a slow morning of talking and stretching before going to a local Indian festival for food cultural immersion.

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we split a baked samosa

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and then split this tray of yummy, oily, flavorful fun

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split a mango lassi as well

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thanks, boo

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very tempted to jump into the water for a swim on a hot day

Our weekend ended with pork chops and chicken, the movie Chef, time with Daliza, and more girl talk.

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Needless to say, this weekend was filled with lots of rich, heavy foods that made me want to roll into bed right after eating them. But I loved every bite, and most importantly, I loved every moment with my homegirl, Rachel. It was an awesome weekend, and I’m sad that she has to go back to Boston today… Less than a month before we actually move in together for schooooooool.

(Minus the missed opportunity to take a pic with IRON CHEF Geoffrey Zakarian.)

Hope you all have beautiful Monday!

So tell me:

Did you have any yummy rich foods this weekend?

Have you ever spotted a celebrity in public?

Indian or Italian food?

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Boston to New York to Boulder

Good morning, sunshine (from Boulder, Colorado)!

Before I give you the lowdown on how I got to Boulder, I want to wish all the mamas in the world a {belated} Happy Mother’s Day! Y’all are real life superheroes— ones who are beautiful, strong, and loving. Of course, I am especially thankful for my own mother. I love you so much, Madre!

Alrighty. What the heck is up!?

I finished my freshman year of college!!! All I can think is: “That just happened” and “IT’S BLOWING MY MIND.” I’ll expand more on my feels tomorrow.

Final exams came and went, and so far they went well, despite organic chemistry being a sweaty and sniffly experience. While I was taking my last final on Friday, Madre helped me move out all my stuff from the dorm (I’m telling you— superwoman), and then we departed from Boston.

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I had a heavy heart saying goodbye to my friends and to the city of Boston, especially when my roommate threw this sap bomb on me:

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the cutest way to ask me to be her roomie again // love you, girl!

Also, Rachel wrote me the most heartfelt note that triggered some waterworks. But I’ll be back in Boston a couple times this summer to visit some friends, so it won’t be long until I return!

Upon arriving at home in New York (which almost feels like my secondary home now— whoa), I was craving my favorite oatmeal cookie dough smoothie, so that’s what I ate for dinner.

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with plain Greek yogurt for dipping, like old times

I also picked up some tapioca pudding at the grocery store. I’d say I got it because it’s my childhood favorite, but I probably got it mostly because I was feeling emotional/moody/tired. No regrets.

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Saturday was pretty busy, but I made sure to start it off right by “makin’ banana pancakes…” (I used this recipe from Cookin’ Canuck.)

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eaten with plain Greek yogurt, Nuttzo power fuel, and maple syrup // these were fat and fluffy pancakes! 🙂

And lunch was mama’s home cooking, which is always a win.

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curry catfish with sautéed tofu and zucchini over salad

After a long day of unpacking from Boston, packing for Colorado, working on a top secret Mother’s Day project for Madre, and Mass, my family and I went out for dinner at an upscale Laotian restaurant in the city called Khe-Yo.

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We ordered the special tasting menu, hence the epic amount of food (which we almost totally finished). So much delicious fish and so much sticky rice— Laotian food done right.

Our 4:45 AM wakeup on Sunday came much too quickly after I stayed up late packing, but I was still pumped to be en route to Colorado with my mom and brother. We’re here to explore Boulder for a few days, and then I’m going to Blend at the end of this week!

I very much appreciated this treadmill desk // found in the Minneapolis airport during our layover 

We traveled all yesterday morning, and then the rest of our day in Boulder involved lunch at Whole Foods, shopping, a workout, dinner, and blogging!

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Today we’re going to Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater! I am so excited for our Colorado adventures. I love seeing the mountains and breathing in the fresh air. The only thing that is throwing me for a loop is the SNOW that’s on the ground. Cue flashbacks to our snow-tastic Boston winter that lasted a little too long.

I hope you all have a lovely day!

So tell me:

What food were you craving this weekend?

Have you ever been to Denver or Boulder, CO? What do you love to do there!?

If you went away for college, did you feel like college became your home?

Facts About My Recent Eats

I now firmly believe that spring is on its way.

Boston has been gracing us with some gorgeous weather these past few days (after snowing twice over the weekend), and I can’t help but smile as I walk down the streets, breathing in the urban smoke and bus fumes fresh air. It’s not quite warm yet, but as long as I don’t have to wear my marshmallow jacket, I’m good to go.

I really don’t have time for blogging this week, but I’m blogging anyway. As I said on Monday, blogging is therapeutic, especially since my posts are typically lighthearted. So today I’m sharing you some of my recent eats, along with some fun facts about each!

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Thinking out loud style— with Amanda!

1) Pepper shakers don’t dispense the pepper fast enough for me.

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I only add pepper to my eggs nowadays, but when I do, it’s like a Boston blizzard of pepper. I douse my omelets with it. Sometimes I take the top of the pepper shaker off if it’s not coming out fast enough.

2) The dining hall does not know what curry is.

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This was sweet and sour chicken that they called “red curry chicken.” Delicious, but so incorrect. #offendedAsian

3) I didn’t finish off my almond butter jar just so I could have oatmeal in a jar.

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These weren’t overnight oats, but it still hit the spot. I microwaved some quick oats with cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and water. Then I stirred in vanilla protein powder and a sliced banana before letting it cool and dumping it into the almost empty almond butter jar. Perfect.

4) Some days, I unintentionally go pescetarian.

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baked scrod with barley + salad with tuna

Which is why I give up meat and peanut butter on Fridays during Lent, because giving up meat isn’t quite a huge sacrifice for me…

5) This Moroccan chicken and couscous dish had dried figs in it and I FREAKED OUT.

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I freaked out because I ♥ dried figs and this made me very happy.

6) This was the sandwich of my dreams.

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This was a whole wheat roll with roast beef, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, roasted vegetables, and honey mustard, all toasted until the cheese was melted. Yes, it was messy. Yes, it was bomb.

7) When the dining hall has Sargent Choice (all healthy options) night, I ironically become very stuffed because I want to try everything…because it’s all healthy, right?

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baked chicken nuggets with sweet potatoes, side salad, and honey mustard + turkey chili with cornbread

I’m storing some extra in the body in preparation for fasting on Good Friday. {jokes}

8) Hi, my name is Alison, and I am a bananaholic.

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I won’t deny that it’s a problem, but listen, I could be hoarding much worse things in my dorm.

The real reasons why I take so many bananas from the dining hall are the following:

  • I freeze some for snacks.
  • The bananas are usually greenish when I take them from the dining hall, so I let them ripen in the dorm for a little bit so that I can take them down to the dining hall to eat with my breakfast on a later day. I like my bananas slightly spotted when I’m eating them with toast, oatmeal, pancakes, etc. because they’re sweeter (and healthier!).

9) I’m on the brink of an emergency because I’m almost finished with my second jumbo Costco-sized jar of peanut butter of the semester.

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Alison’s body composition: 65% water, 25% peanuts, 10% bananas.

10) I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with nutritious and delicious eats! Let us give thanks (especially on this Holy Thursday!) for the food we have to nourish our bodies and souls.

Go be the sugar, spice, and everything nice in someone’s life today.

So tell me:

Do you have a holy grail condiment or spice?

Have you ever eaten an imposter ethnic food?

Is it easy for you to go meatless?

Recent College vs. Home Eats

Look who’s here!

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It’s my dear friend Rachel from college! If you’ve been following me through my Boston University adventures, you’ve probably seen this pretty face show up multiple times. She’s here in New York for spring break to be as touristy as a tourist can get, and I’m her guide. Except I don’t know the geography of NYC, so we’ll see how that all works out. Thank God for the grid system, eh?

We were overwhelming ourselves last night with the possible things to do in NYC, which is practically endless. With some advice from my roommate over FaceTime, we narrowed it down to a few bunch of places we definitely want to see (some of these are new to me too!):

So, basically, dessert. I realized last night while planning this that I am so lucky to have all these incredible sights, attractions, and places to eat so close to me. I don’t often take advantage of it when I’m home, but now that I have a guest, I’m excited to be a tourist in my own “hometown” (I don’t live in NYC, just close enough).

And speaking of all that food, here are some of my recent eats! I always must say that we are spoiled with the quality, variety, and healthy options of food at BU, but it’s definitely always a treat to come home to the kitchen and mama’s cooking.

I also don’t eat as much when I’m at home, but that’s only because I’m not walking around nearly as much as I do when I’m on campus, so I’m just not as hungry. That being said, I am still blessed to be eating well at home (and you bet I’ll be eating a lot these next couple of days in the city…!).

Recent College Eats:

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whole wheat apple pancake with banana and peanut butter + scrambled eggs + glass o’ milk

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two eggs scrambled with vegetables + oatmeal with coconut, blueberries, and banana

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apple chips (with and without peanut butter)

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lots of green apples (so much better than the red ones in the dining halls)

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baked fish with rice + salad

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salad with sweet potatoes, tuna salad, some sort of bean dip, and feta

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the biggest portion of baked fish I’ve ever received + broccoli and root veggies

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vegan pumpkin bread (with a smidgen of chocolate ice cream that I thought would be vanilla ice cream)

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blueberry cobbler a la mode

Recent Home Eats:

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Kylie’s “banana pudding for breakfast

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LOADED Greek yogurt bowl with chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, stevia, half a banana, a morning glory muffin, granola, and a large pool of almond butter 

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carrots and Sabra roasted pine nut hummus

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we found Nuttzo Organic Smooth Power Fuel at Costco!!!

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mini morning glory muffin drenched in Nuttzo

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classic

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chicken tamale (that dad brought home from a church event) + two scrambled eggs with spinach and tomatoes

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salad with homemade honey mustard dressing + seedy toast with sunny eggs and sriracha

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amazing welcome feast for Rachel a la madre: salmon steamed in banana leaves, Thai basil chicken, Lao baked egg whites (so interesting!), pan roasted brussels sprouts, and sticky rice

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vanilla bean ice cream with banana slices and cinnamon

Stay tuned for NYC eats coming at ya later this week. It will be epic, I’m sure.

Hope you all have a terrific Tuesday!

So tell me:

Are you ever a tourist in your own hometown?

Which of the places listed above would you want to visit in NYC?

What is the best meal you’ve eaten in the past week?

I Love Dairy {Recent Eats}

Hi!

I don’t know about the rest of the globe, but Boston was soggy sadness yesterday. The gloom, wind, and rain was so nasty that I had to change my pants three times yesterday due to them getting soaked every time I went outside.

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But there are many brighter things to think about besides the weather! Like today being the last day of classes, which means I’m a week out from being done with this semester. Crazypants.

Also, my roommate and I decorated our door for the holidays. We went on the extremely secular side with a Santa Claus “Tinder” profile. I’ve never been on it, but apparently Tinder is some sort of speed-dating-type app. We didn’t win best-decorated door, but props to my roommate for thinking outside of the box with this idea.

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The little bio for Santa says, “Don’t just swipe right [what you do when you don’t like someone on Tinder]. I’ll put you on my naughty list. 😉 “

We’re terrible.

I haven’t shown you all what I’ve been noshing since Thanksgiving! Something that I’ve really come to embrace recently is my love for dairy. My friend Sylvia was telling me about how dairy is addicting because of the lactose, and I told her I was okay with that. Cheese, yogurt, ice cream, milk— if you don’t want it, I’m your girl.

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Linking up with Jenn!

Breakfasts

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whole wheat apple pancake with honey and butter + peaches + scrambled eggs

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oatmeal with honey, pb, banana + scrambled eggs

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egg white omelet with veggies and cheese + corn muffin + apple

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whole wheat toast with pb and banana + eggs + glass o’ milk

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whole wheat apple pancake with pb and banana + eggs + glass o’ milk

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whole wheat blueberry pancake with honey and butter + cottage cheese with strawberry yogurt, pb, and banana

Lunches

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baked fish + potatoes + salad

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roast beef, cheese, lettuce, honey mustard sandwich + sweet potato tots + shrimp salad

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pineapple pork + rice + broccoli

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whole wheat grilled cheese with tomatoes and caramelized onions + tomato and rice soup + bbq chicken on spinach

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polenta and a bean veggie thing + salad with tofu and greek dressing (which has feta cheese in it!) + cottage cheese with fruit

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tofu + rice + salad with Greek dressing

Dinners

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chicken pita with dill yogurt sauce

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baked fish with eggplant caponata + butternut squash risotto

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salad with Greek dressing + roast beef, cheese, hummus, veg sandwich

Desserts

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honeycrisp apple (from home) dipped in Greek yogurt, pb, cinnamon

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peach apple crisp + vanilla ice cream

That last dessert just called to me. Not to mention some strawberry ice cream I ate straight out of the pint since my roommate bought a few for $0.25 each.

I used to freak out if I ate too much cheese or drank too much milk because the fat scared the crap out of me. ONE SLICE OF CHEESE PER SANDWICH was my rule. ONE CUP OF MILK. Like my life depended on it.

But last night I noticed that the person who made my sandwich put two slices of cheese on it. I contemplated taking a slice off, but a) the two slices were already melted together, and b) I just didn’t care. The more cheese, the merrier, am I right? As for yogurt, cottage cheese, and milk, it seems pretty obvious that I don’t skimp on those either.

I am thankful that I’m not lactose-intolerant, and I’m pretty sure veganism isn’t in my near future, but cheers to milk mustaches and not being able to sing well because of too much lactose!

^^^That sentence did not make any sense.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, compadres! (shoutout to Renee)

So tell me:

Do you love dairy?

What is your favorite form of dairy?

What is the best meal you’ve eaten recently?