How was your weekend?! It was a hot and super stormy one here in the DC area. So much so that Ben and I had an unexpected “dining in the dark” experience on Saturday night. We tried out The Sushi Bar in the new neighborhood (it was very good!) after seeing Jurassic World (also pretty good, as long as you don’t expect any character development. Or if you like looking at Chris Pratt. 🙂 ). A few minutes after getting to the restaurant, a torrential downpour and massive thunderstorm started. Everything went well with dinner but then about three-quarters of the way through our meal, the power went out! Down the entire street, not just at our restaurant. This was a first for me and made me think of the movie About Time where the main characters meet at a “Dinner in the Dark” event. Has anyone else seen that?
Anyway – the staff handled it well (sushi rollers never batted an eye to the light change), and luckily, there was a back-up power source so our server was still able to print our check. We made it home safely, soundly, and soaked, but laughed at what happened. I’m curious to hear if any of you readers have had a similar experience before!
So, one change to the normal schedule is that I am not sharing a recipe here today as I am guest posting over at Deborah’s blog: Confessions of a Mother Runner! If you’ve followed for a while, you may recognize her name as she is one of the two rockstar ladies who run the Meatless Monday link-up (Tina Muir being the second). Deborah is currently frolicking in Maui with her family and kindly asked me to fill in for her today by providing a guest post and monitoring the link-up with Tina. I happily and very excitedly said yes as I really enjoy this link-up and have loved getting to know Deborah, Tina, and some other great bloggers through it over the past few months!
If you’re new here and found me through Deborah’s site – welcome! I’m really happy to have you here and hope you take a few minutes to look around. I’ve included a couple of my most popular posts at the bottom of this post.
Today’s new recipe is for a delicious breakfast item (though it would also make a great snack, I think) called chia pudding! This was a new thing for me to try, as you’ll read more about, but it’s now in my regular breakfast rotation as the end result was fabulous. It’s perfect for summer as it’s nice and cool and is the type of recipe that I love: a do-it-yourself type of dish where you take the basic pudding recipe and then customize it using different toppings or spices to fit whatever flavor mood you’re in. It only takes five minutes to prep, too – winner! You’ll find the full recipe on Deborah’s blog.
Also – if you haven’t seen this link-up yet, just go to Deborah or Tina’s blogs and look at all of the photos that get posted in the link-up. If any of them catch your eye, you can click directly on them and will be redirected to the post for that dish on another blogger’s site. I have a growing list of things I want to make that have spun out of this link-up.
Thank you again for stopping by today (if you’re new – I hope you come back! You can subscribe to posts via email in the box to the right, in the side bar if you’d like.) Also, to those who have very patiently awaited my Austin recap, I’m happy to say that it’s happening this week! Wednesday = my day to reminisce about amazing tacos, margaritas, bats and BBQ. Can’t wait.
‘Til then – here are some of the most popular posts on this little blog.
Greens and Grains Bowl, Inspired by Cava Grill
Chocolate Bourbon Bundt Cake for CAKE&WHISKEY Magazine
Roasted Cauliflower and Rainbow Carrot Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing
Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry
The Best Ever Strawberry Cupcakes (That Also Happen to Be Dairy Free)
Pineapple, Kiwi and Spinach Smoothie Bowl
Beyond the recipes:
Love and Lip Balm at the Farmhouse at Veritas
So, I’m Writing a Book!
How the Idea of Capital Food and Drink Came to Be
An Evening with Rocklands Farm and Pizza Brama
Keeping Asheville Weird
A Weekend Away in Bull City
If you’d like to see more recipes, you can head over to the Eats & Treats page . Oh, and I also added a new menu over the weekend called Capital Food and Drink Book. This is where I’ll keep all posts about my upcoming book on the western Loudoun County food and drink scene! I may organize it in a slightly different way soon, but for now, that’s where you can go to read any info about it.
Have a great Monday, y’all!