Meal Prep // Comments work

DISCLAIMER

I follow every Instagram health food trend. I have no food allergies but eat like I have a thousand. I live next to like 4 farmer’s markets, a co-op, 3 vegan cafes, and a Whole Foods and frequent all of them. Kale juice runs through my veins. Hate all you want in the comments because they’re working now.

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Maybe it’s just because adulthood is still a novelty, but I think it’s so much fun to grocery shop, cook, and put food in order.

Some days it’s nice to keep it simple

And some days u feel like a CRAZY PERSON

Anyway I love reading about other people’s food habits though, and enjoy making my own weekly plan so much I thought I’d share next week’s:

Grocery List

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Lemons
  • Avocados (the mini ones!)
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Zucchini
  • Apples
  • Almonds
  • Salmon
  • Roasted chicken
  • Yogurt (Siggi’s lately)
  • Granola (KIND’s cinnamon)
  • Kombucha (I like Brew Dr.’s lemon/ginger/cayenne)
  • Cheese (Beecher’s Flagship)

I usually plan two lunch options and two dinner options and fill in the rest with whatever is in the fridge or pantry. Also once a week on Wednesday nights my friend Shannon and I walk to our friend Sarah’s apartment and she feeds us the meal of queens (popcorn cheddar and apples) and also feeds our soul by listening to our gossip, so I don’t plan dinner then (thank you Sarah <3).

Breakfast

Coffee+cream, yogurt+granola

Lunches

spinach, strawberries, blueberries, almonds, balsamic vinaigrette // roasted chicken breast

arugula, avocado, spicy roasted chickpeas, ginger-sesame dressing // apple // white cheddar

Dinner

chopped kale, avocado, roasted chickpeas, tahini-lemon dressing // roasted chicken breast // baked apple

garlic sauteed kale // sauteed zoodles // broiled salmon // baked apple

Burgers // Milk // Camels

It has been confirmed, statistically (N=2, p=0.00001) by Charlotte and myself that In-n-Out is INFERIOR to Dick’s. But it’s still true that a Double-Double photographs better than a Dick’s Deluxe:

Not Seattle Not Salad 🍔🍟🍦🌞

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Last night we went to trivia, which was LGBT themed! We did not do well. I thought Harvey Milk was elected mayor (he was on the SF board of supervisors) and Out was the oldest LGBT publication (it’s The Advocate) and Karl Lagerfeld was the richest gay fashion designer (it’s Armani). OH WELL, I’m just glad we didn’t actually get last place, but 2nd to last.  This was only because we everyone knows that Oscar Wilde and Willow from Buffy are gay and because we got a lifeline from a sympathetic UW professor who told us that Tom Hanks was in Philadephia. But I’ll take it!

Next week it’s ACLU themed (literally who decided this theme) so I’ll make sure to keep you updated because if there’s anything I keep abreast of, it’s the ACLU. :))))

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It feels like things have been hitting my conscience with a dull thud for a while, instead of a sharp pain like when I was little, but I’m thankful that that’s not always the case. Sunday we heard about Rebecca making the extra effort and watering the ten camels, the sign that she was the wife God had chosen for Isaac, and that by itself was sharp enough to cut past all the dull little reminders of selfishness that I’d been rejecting for a long time.

Seattle Narrative // Coffee Shop Hopping Pt. 1

There’s nothing better than a good classic narrative. Narratives make life spicy and exciting.  They give everything a spin.  Most of the time I adhere to my own mental narrative of glamour, whether its appropriate or not (for ex. wearing 4-inch velvet heels to Canada – no one died, not even me), but I really try to stick to the When in Rome narrative philosophy for all settings unless it jives unnecessarily with glamour (for ex. 2 : Rain gear is just not a part of my moral framework and that’s ok).

The Seattle narrative is still VERY VERY good though.

Aside from the Chacos and ennui, SEATTLE is fresh and ready with its own very good very spicy classic narrative. I know it. America knows it. It is almost 100% coffee. And now after two years of grad school and a summer of job searching, I’ve seen my way into and out of a hundred and one coffee shops in the city, and I am ready to tell you all about it.

Here is a small instagram slice of my experience with the strongest Seattle narrative there is + accompanying reviews. AMA :

Sod House Bakery // Ravenna

Coffee? subpar. Marionberry pop tarts? VERY strong.
Also the famed @floraforager frequents this place and i always try to keep an eye out for her.

La Marzocco Cafe // Seattle Center

VERY EXPENSIVE ESPRESSO MACHINE and nonprofit radio broadcasting live from this location. You want a Seattle narrative? Go here.

Moore Coffee Shop // Downtown

i have no self control 🐶🐼☕☕ #kryptonite #itsfine #reallyitsfine #onlythe2ndtimethisweek #itsfine

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A friend posted a picture of a tiny foam bear in his latte one day years ago and it touched my heart in a way no pumpkin spice ever could.  I stored this little treasure in the back of my head and waited until the day I got a job just a few blocks from here to order 3 artful lattes in one week. Also the people who own this place are Mexican and sell tamales and it’s just the best.

Slate Coffee Roasters // U District

Life rule : never buy sweetened coffee when you're going to have a pastry with it ☕🍬 O WELL

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idk we brought coloring books here once and I took a picture. What more can be said.

Broadcast Coffee // Roosevelt

man is born broken. he lives by mending. the grace of God is glue. – E.O.

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We go here after burgers after church on Sundays in the spring and summer. i always order a cold brew to go and never ask for room then end up adding 16 things of sugar in the raw and a half cup of cream into it because it’s so bitter and it makes a mess and this has happened like 3 times but that’s a me problem not a you problem. this place is good.

Pi Day!

Every year I take the annual pi day celebrations with the total gravity they merit.  This year was no exception, I treated the holiday and my own whims with respect and decided to listen to the running theme of my life (pink) and make a strawberry-rhubarb pie of pies to wow my friends tonight at our pi party.

It’s a combination inspired by the following two recipes…

This truly moving candy topped rhubarb and almond tart:

Rhubarb Tart

And this classic American strawberry pie from the New York Times.

I prepared the strawberry pie according the the recipe, then cut up 4 thin rhubarb stalks into even thinner ribbons, poached them in sugar water with mint leaves for a minute or less each, then drained them and arranged them in a lattice on a piece of parchment paper.  I let the rhubarb water simmer for a bit to reduce and then used the leftover syrup (which I could have had by itself it was so good) on top of the strawberries to add some nice tart flavor to the pie filling.  After the pie was out of the oven I just flipped the parchment on top, peeled off the paper, and trimmed the ends with some kitchen scissors.

Easy peasy!