Meet Natalia. She's my friend.
We were roommates senior year at Boston College. Her salsa dance group beat out my hip-hop dance group for first place at that year's showdown. I forgive her. :)
We had lunch at Curly's Vegetarian Lunch, and it was lovely and breezy-warm today in the city. Combined with some tasty, healthy food, glorious times were had by all.
I had one of today's Blueplate specials, which was "carnitas," aka mushrooms along with chili, brown rice and a salad with avocado. It was served with corn tortillas to make wraps.
It was one of those meals where the first taste hits your mouth and you know you ordered the exact right thing for that moment. My love affair with mushrooms only deepens by the day, so to have these deliciously seasoned and crispy caps as the star of my plate was welcome indeed.
Backing up a bit, I wasn't able to resist the idea of another oat brancake for breakfast this morning. Since I've posted brancakes here a couple times already, I wasn't going to repeat it yet again, but today's variation was so tasty that I had to give it the due 15 minutes of fame.
- 1/3 cup oat bran (regular rolled oats would work too)
- 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
- 1/2 ripe banana, mushed
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- lotsa cinnamon
The above ingredients get stirred together to make a batter then poured into a pancake shape in a small skillet warmed to medium-high with cooking spray. Flip when the underside is dry and cook until done through.
For the topping, I mushed up the other half of the banana and microwaved it for 15 seconds, after which I stirred in a hefty tablespoonful of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter until it was nearly smooth and combined. The little white flecks are just some coconut for visual effect.
And to round out the meal, I made a smoothie from Amazing Grass's Superfood drink mix, blended with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and ice. Check out the benefits, yo. Dang.
Ashley tagged me to complete a little bloggy chain project, so here it be:
This is the desk in my bedroom, so I guess it's pretty self-explanatory! It's also where I often eat dinner while catching up on Lost/Ugly Betty/random nonsensery and where I do my makeup (hence the cosmetic mirror alongside the laptop).
Now for the questions: