friday night sushi rolling

Anna and Nick hosted a sushi party last night (, and I got to the be the dj (download the Local Natives asap!)!!! The event was a going away party for this guy:

And SuperLily makes every party more fun:


the goods:

curried tofu

In the spirit of balance, I did a 90 minute spin yesterday. Not sure what I’m going to do today; I clearly didn’t make it to my 9am class. Woopsies.


Warning: Do not open the freezer!

You know what’s in all of these cute little lidded pints? Different flavors of handcrafted ice cream that somehow ended up in Kent and Steph’s freezer. Now I’m housesitting for them and naturally feel compelled to sample each and every one. When I gain 12 pounds this week, we can all look back on this moment.

Committment: No more ice cream while I’m here!!

Spinach, kale, egg

Today and yesterday have been nearly perfect: Super healthy and productive.

After a surprisingly hardcore spin class, I snacked pretty consistently until about two o’clock when I made this mega-vitamin rich lunch:

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil and add chopped kale and spinach, cooking down with broth. Add feta and an egg. Cover until the egg fits your style.

I also made a curry marinade for some tofu that will end up in sushi rolls tomorrow night. From Veganomicon:

For 1 lb tofu

1/2 veggie broth
3 T rice vinegar
2 T olive oil
2 T soy sauce
1/4 curry powder
1 tsp cumin seeds

And because it’s intended for tofu, you can totally reuse the leftovers!

Stay tuned for pretty sushi pics tomorrow 🙂

Weigh-in Wednesday

It’s been two weeks of travel, amazing food and lots of exercise. Not too surprising I was up .8 of a pound… I officially have two months to make my goal of 175, so I’ve gotta get busy journaling my food and staying within points. Tomorrow I will track and tell you all about it.

Workout yesterday: Spin class and 9 mile bike ride
Workout today: 20 minute stair intervals, lifting class, Mt. Tabor walk

In order to pull myself out of a recent funk, I decided to stay home tonight and cook, do homework and hang with Lucy the Fuzziest Girl. Feeling strong and happy again!!

Dinner: Nectarine and orange pepper, two ways

I made a salsa with half of each and then grilled the other halves. The salsa went on a piece of grilled cod, and everything was served on a spinach salad (with feta, cranberries and lemon juice). My goals were to use up produce, make something really light and not go to the grocery store. Beautiful success!

One more exciting piece of healthy info: Amanda just agreed to do the Bridge Pedal with me!! I’ve said it before, but this gal is my hero. Love.

Corn + Tomatoes

I’m beyond spent from the two gym classes this morning: Body Sculpt and Spin. Every muscle was fatiguing after that. (Hello, triceps, I’ve clearly been ignoring you for the past week.) Chrisanthi led the sculpting class, and she told us the story of her best friend who recently had brain surgery and will be unable to walk for a really, really long time. She had us focus on gratitude for our health, which is something I’ve been slacking on lately. It’s so amazing to feel so great. A real blessing, no?

Obviously I fantasized about lunch for the majority of these two hours at the gym. I made a quick but super satisfying saute with yesterday’s produce purchase.

Corn + Tomatoes

Kernels from one ear of corn
1/2 small onion chopped
1/2 jalapeno chopped
2 small heirloom tomatoes chopped
basil chopped
broth for sauteing

Saute corn and onions until roasted then add jalapeno and tomatoes. Use broth as necessary in case it gets too dry. Add basil and salt.

Vegan Sunday

In honor of catching up with Mandy Bland on the phone last night, I’m working through my first Vegan Sunday in a few months. It’s been ages since I’ve cooked for myself, so I went to the store before spin class this morning and stocked up on produce (berries, nectarines, bananas, spinach, kale, onion, orange pepper, mushrooms, corn, heirloom tomatoes) for the week. All of the eating out really put me in a funk (I ate at Taco Bell yesterday AND had two french pastries AND didn’t workout… what is my problem!?), so hopefully I can reverse some of the damage by Weigh-in Wednesday.

For lunch I sauteed onion and mushrooms in olive oil and white wine and then added a package of the wide Shirataki (zero point!) noodles. Hearty and light at the same time… cheese would have made it perfect, but cheese isn’t vegan. Sad!

Tonight I’m going to make a corn/tomato dish.

Ok, back to homework and other healthy decision making.

brain dead

I can not think anymore. Leaving Seattle tomorrow will be sad, but I’m too old for much more of this craziness.

workout: 40 minutes elliptical and walking

food: curried chicken salad, tacos, candy, coffee, other random unhealthy stuff

Real life can’t come soon enough.

Serious Pie.

Big day in my culinary world! After my first-ever run through the Seattle Art Museum, we had Serious Pie for lunch. Some of the best pizza I have ever had. Mishapen and wood-fired, these pizzas were so perfectly made that I felt blessed to be able to try three different creations. Mine was my favorite: Porcini mushrooms, soft egg, arugula and pecorino cheese.

Sadly, I didn’t get to try the potato-rosemary pizza, which is why I am considering going back tomorrow.

None of this would have been possible without an early morning hotel-gym workout and lots and lots and lots of walking. I’m not counting any points this week, so I’m crossing my fingers that the exercise will be enough to at least keep me from gaining.

Seattle spectacular

This city has totally captivated me. It’s stunningly beautiful and cosmopolitan in a way that Portland is not. Although P’town life is more my speed, traveling to Seattle always gets me giddy enough to give up my sleep time and burn out every possible minute. Today started (at 6am) with 40 minute intervals on the elliptical at the gym, and then I don’t think I ever stopped walking. Six miles maybe? Woooweee, the legs! They burn!! I toured Capitol Hill with Juanita and Hazel and hiked over with Ty to Mario Batali’s meat shop, Salumi, for incredible sandwiches. And ever since that lovely respite, we’ve been in full-blown high school student mode.

Breakfast in Capitol Hill:

Fig, goat cheese, prosciutto sandwich at Salumi:

Cops kickin’ it:

My children:

150 high school students

Summer Studio in Seattle! It’s one of the highlights of my summer… beautiful city, hill walking, and fabulous coworkers make everything perfect. Unfortunately, I don’t have the metabolism of a seventeen year-old, so slamming candy and pizza all day isn’t going to fly for this girl. I did eat my fair share of chocolate but limited my ‘za intake to one slice. (Hodling off on the pie until we eat here later this week.) I just made a Whole Foods run for a salad and mint water to avoid starvation.

Workout today: 40 minutes Stairmaster intverals and lots of walking.

Pictures tomorrow. I promise.