I Dream of Eating

Today was a long day.  Tomorrow is going to be even longer.  This week is one of the busiest weeks of the year for me at work and just to take my stress to another level, I’m only in the office for three days!  Cripes!

In order to allay some of my stress, I give you this:

My favorite things to daydream about…

Owning real estate on Cape Cod:

Specifically that cottage.  Ok, so it’s actually owned by a hotel but maybe they’ll let me stay there someday. 🙂

Chocolate cakes made to look like trains with Oreo wheels:

Or really a chocolate cake made to look like any shape.  Or just chocolate cake that looks like chocolate cake.  Let’s be honest, sometimes a spoonful of frosting straight from the can does it for me.  I’m low-maintenance like that.

Summer sports from my childhood:

Yes, in case you were wondering, Slip ‘n Slide does count as a sport.  Unless you’re my 3 year old nephew, Ian, and you lay down on the mat and let your Papa (my dad) push you by the butt.  Then it’s just a sweet set up.

Kettle chips:

I think the reasons here are self evident.

And lastly…

Awesome Thai take-out:

Cucumber salad.  There were HOT peppers in this and it made me happy.

Baby egg rolls, veggies, tofu pad thai.

Peanut curry beef, rice and sesame chicken.

Here’s my petite portion:

I must not have been hungry at all. 🙂

I rarely don’t have the energy or desire to cook dinner from scratch (I’m a freak like that) but tonight was one of those nights.  Thank you, Lemongrass, for giving me something spicy and delicious to daydream about!

What’s your go-to when you’re stressed and don’t want to cook?

Holy Street Fest, Batman

One reason why I love Chicago is that this city throws some rockin’ street festivals.

One of my personal favorites is Old St. Pats (yes, it’s a church.  Those Catholics suuuure know how to throw a party!)  Over the years, I’ve seen Pat Monahan  (from Train), The Barenaked Ladies and Big Head Todd and the Monsters.  Am I the only one that has sweet, sweet memories of their hit “Bittersweet”??

AAAAAHHHH!!!! Chicago is on fire….AGAIN!!!  Stupid cow!!

I keed, I keed…that was just a really weird/scary/beautiful cloud formation.  🙂

There were lots of great bands and people watching, and of course- some rockin’ porta-potties.  My favorite!!

There weren’t many healthy food options (I’ll be straight with you- I wasn’t really looking all that hard for healthy options.  The pizza was calling my name!  Can you hear it?  “Megaaan, I’m deeeelicious…” How could I resist?)

And when you start your Saturday off with some of this, how can you go wrong?

Ridiculous French toast.  It was inappropriately good.

Unfortunately, the weekend had to come to an end.

All together now:  sigghhhh.

I started my week off on a good foot- I went for a 3.5 mile run along the lake front.  Reason #852 why I love my new apartment:  I’m only about .5 mile from the lake and the awesome lakefront running/biking path. It was a tough run because I was feeling kind of tired, but I got ‘er done.

My (unpictured) breakfast was a 0% plain Greek yogurt and some watermelon chunks.

Mid-morning snack:

For some reason I am incapable of photographing my Ezekial bread before I start eating it.  Every. time.  What is that all about??  I can’t control myself, I tell you!!

I had a light lunch of salad and some shrimp cocktail.  (Compliments of Costco.  I heart you, Costco.)

I was hungry again 2 hours later, naturally.  I am like an infant that needs a feeding every few hours or else I kick and scream and cry.  It’s really awkward at the office.

Appropriately, I ate a Clif Z Bar.  They are intended for children. 🙂

Not my favorite flavor of all time, but pretty good!

I came home from a busy day at work with a hankerin’ for some good old fashioned home cooked food!

I made vegetable pad thai.  I didn’t use a recipe but here’s what I did:

  • Julienne vegetables of your choice.  I used about 1/4 of a huge red bell pepper, 1 big carrot, about 1/4 of an onion, some scallions.  I also minced a honkin’ clove of garlic.  I also threw in a handful of edamame for protein (and deliciousness).
  • Boil water and add a serving of rice noodles.  Salt the water and cook until they are soft (about 5 minutes).  Drain.
  • Make a quick sauce of equal parts (just a tablespoon or two) soy sauce, fish sauce and light colored vinegar.  Add as much chili paste as you can stand (I like it spicy!).
  • Put a little vegetable oil (or another oil with a high smoke point) in a pan and heat on high.  Add the vegetables and sautée for a minute or two.  Add the sauce and noodles and stir fry until combined.  Ta da!!

This is what I came up with:

It was all kinds of good.  I made a salad to go with it:

Mmmmm, I’m a good cook!!  Right, Mom?? 😉

What’s your favorite thing going on in your city this summer?