Lunch Fun

I try to pack my lunch during the work week as much as possible, but usually end up buying at least once. As soon as I realized I forgot to pack today, I set my heart on Saigon Sisters at the French Market (conveniently located across the street from my office!). Although they are known for their Vietnamese Banh mi sandwiches – which I have tried and they are awesome – I couldn’t get these noodles out of my head:

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They are so simple, yet flavorful – I tried them vegetarian a few weeks ago, another time with pork belly, and today with carmelized chicken. Each variation has been excellent and the portions are great! Pro tip: If you don’t have these with meat, you get the same amount of food, but half the price! Even with meat, it’s only about $8.

Anyway, just thought I’d share a bit about my work day. When I wasn’t eating today, I was getting all up in some Excel spreadsheets, but that’s a post for another time :)

What’s your typical lunch look like? Packed? Bought? Skipped? <–Crazies! Get outta here!

~Tina

A Few Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Finds

Hi All!

So another 2 packages came in the mail today…from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. 

I thought I’d share some of my favorite picks (some items were unflattering in person and were returned) if you’d like to see!

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Joe’s Mid-Rise Denim Leggings in Lagoon

I wanted to get some colored denim that was still somewhat muted. These fit the bill.

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BP. Undercover Hug Me Hoodie in Grey Shale

This is from the Juniors section, but the size seems to run a bit big. It’s so soft and comfortable. I can’t wait to lounge around in this.

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The North Face Liana Insulated Jacket in Black

This is completely sold out already, and I could only find the navy blue picture. This coat is incredibly light…seriously, its weight is comparable to that of a shirt. I’m hoping this will make the next Chicago winter slightly more bearable.

I also got a bunch of picture frames. workout capris/leggings, sports bras, and other less exciting pieces.

Most of my items have been shipping separately, so I’ll share more as they arrive.

Anyone else been shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

~Tia

Tomato and Mushroom Sauce + Upcoming Trip!

Hi Friends!

I just got from a sweaty spin class with Maya. I feel great now, but I definitely wanted to pass out for 1/2 of the class. It doesn’t help that it was in the mid-90s today.

CJ and I have been eating Freshii this week because they’re doing 5 days of $5 meals. (They are typically around $10). Yesterday we had the Pangoa Bowls with brown rice, corn, tomatoes, black beans, and avocado. Today,  I had the Antioxidant Crunch Salad with spinach, blueberries, and chicken (even though I don’t like fruit in salads) and CJ had a Kale and Chicken Bowl.

Anyways, there’s not going to be a whole lotta cookin’ over here this week. I’m also going to the Beyonce & Jay-Z concert at Soldier Field on Thursday, and I have a work outing on Friday.

Over the weekend, I made a yummy tomato and mushroom pasta sauce using only 5 ingredients

  • fresh tomatoes
  • mushrooms
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • wine

Okaaay, I put in some salt too, so technically 6.

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I served this with some pan-”grilled” chicken tenders and Cellentani.

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In other news, my first 3 boxes from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale arrived today. Poor CJ had to use a luggage cart to collect everything from the mailroom in our building. I’ll be sharing my finds later this week!

ALSO…we’re going to Miami! For CJ’s birthday, we will be taking a trip to Miami, hanging out on the beach, and going to the Patriots vs. Dolphins game. Neither of us have ever been to Miami – any suggestions for restaurants to try, places to see?

~Tia

Chili Roasted Chickpeas

Hi Everyone!

How was your weekend? Meghan, Maya, Tina, and I started off the weekend by going to the Piece Brewery and Pizzeria in Wicker Park on Friday, and sharing a large pizza -1/2 pepperoni and green pepper, 1/2 sausage and mushroom.

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Yum.

Over the weekend, I also spent way too many hours browsing the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, watched Sherlock on Netflix, completed an arm workout Youtube video Tina posted about, (still sore!) and made roasted chickpeas.

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  • 1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • chili powder
  • salt

You can also use garlic salt, paprika, or any other seasoning you wish.

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Roast at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Do you make any healthy treats to snack on? I also like kale chips.

~Tia

Raspberry Coconut Cake

Hi friends!

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Yesterday, I was reading Two Peas & Their Pod, and saw this recipe for Raspberry Coconut Cake with Coconut Streusel.

I decided to make it immediately!

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CJ put one piece on his plate…paused, and then went for a 2nd piece. Haha.

Check out the recipe/instructions on Two Peas & Their Pod!

For the cake:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen

For the Coconut Streusel:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces

Do you bake from scratch or use mixes? I have to admit that I usually turn to a box, and spiffy it up with some extra ingredients.

~Tia

 

Stir Crazy Stir Fry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who doesn’t like a good stir fry now and then? Seriously, it’s so easy – If you think you can’t cook, try stir-frying. It’s really just throwing some stuff in a pan with some soy sauce and waiting for it to turn color, haha. Okay, I would pay a little more attention than that if you don’t want to end up with salmonella, but that’s pretty much how it is.

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Bonus points if you have a rice cooker. Ain’t nobody got time to cook rice on the stove.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESYum, the food of my people…Enjoy!

~Tina

 

Four Years + One Month

Hello digital friends and happy Monday! Sorry I have been MIA from the blog lately. I’ve been telling Tia that I’ve been doing this all last week:

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Okay, that’s kind of an exaggeration, but I have been pretty boring. You would have heard a lot of about eating boring pasta and rewatching House, so I really just saved you a lot of time. You’re welcome.

Onto exciting things that picked up over the weekend! Chris and I had our 4 year anniversary dinner last month and finally booked our annual comedy event celebration, which we went to last night. We started out the afternoon by trying Blaze Pizza, first, best described as the Chipotle of pizza. You build your own pizza from a huge variety of sauces, cheeses, and toppings, and they cook it for you in about 5 minutes…

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Aw yeah, that’s the stuff. We got ours with spicy tomato sauce, mozzarella and goat cheese, bacon, pepperoni, ham, garlic, basil, and mushrooms. A fantastic lunch eaten outside! 

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Then we were off to Second City! This is one of my favorite activities to do in Chicago, whether you’re just visiting or have lived here for years. I have gone to 4 shows, including last night’s, and have yet to be disappointed. Here is a review of the show we went to, Depraved New World, in case you’re in the area and want to check it out.

Here’s to a more eventful week this week ;)

~Tina