Bloggies Do Georges Brasserie

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Back to our regularly scheduled blogging…

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I went to a bloggie outing tonight!

But first, re-wind.

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Do you guys re-steep your tea bags? My family grew up getting 2-3 cups of tea out of a single tea bag, but I find the second never tastes as good. What do you think?

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I had some nice exotic flavored tea today – a Christmas present!

Tea = awesome present!

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I realized around 1:30pm that I hadn’t eaten lunch, and was too tired (lazy?) to go to the store. So, I whipped up one of those pre-marinated tempeh packages I got awhile back.

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I thought this sesame garlic tempeh was much better than the curry flavired one I had awhile back. The flavor was much more subtle.

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I ended up doing a quick noodle stir fry, which has become my go-to meal when I don’t have a lot of fresh groceries in the house.

I threw in:

  • frozen, shelled edamame
  • frozen peas
  • frozen, chopped spinach
  • udon noodles
  • frozen, onion (I freeze extra chopped onions when I’m cooking)

I made a quick sauce using:

  • tahini
  • soy sauce
  • water
  • sesame oil

And I sprinkled crumbled pieces of the cooked tempeh on top. NOM!

I’ll have to draft a more formal recipe, but it was a really great Soy Tahini Noodle Stir Fry!

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Soon enough, it was time to get dressed for a fun bloggie outing.

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I used my Eat In Month cheat pass to enjoy restaurant week (where restaurants offer a multi-course meal for only $30) at Georges Brasserie.

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The restaurant was really swanky inside and would make a great romantic date.

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Chic Chandelier shot. ;)

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Food bloggers in action!

We had a great group together tonight – Brittney, Jaclyn, Heather, Caitlin, Kelly and Brittany.

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I ordered a glass of La Crema to go with my meal. The wine was very nice and light.

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Yay carbs!

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For my first course, I had the Cod Mitonnee – broth soup with swiss chard, white beans, and tomatoes topped with a crostini and cod.

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It was so good! I never would have ordered this normally, but I love to play around with new selections on prix fixe menus.

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More action shots…because I couldn’t resist.

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For my second course, I had the Gruyere cheese crusted short rib with horseradish pommes puree and a caramelized onion jus.

Wow, this was reeeally tasty. The meat was so tender, and I really enjoyed dipping it in the warm, flavorful onion jus.

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For a sweet ending, I chose the Rustic apple tart with chantilly cream. The tart dough was crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, like the way a slice of pie has a crunchy upper edge and doughy bottom. I really liked the crunchy bites with the large sugar pieces on the top. And each bite with a little drizzle of caramel sauce and dab of chantilly cream was extra heavenly.

It was pretty nice to be eating out again. I don’t know about the other Eat In Monthers, but I’m ready for it to be OVER!

In fact, I think I’m declaring February Eat OUT Month. Any one interested?

Hahahaha juuuuust kidding. ;) But, I am looking forward to eating out more again. I definitely have learned that eating in pays off with healthier eats and saving money, but there are certain situations where eating out really is the best solution. I’ll be blogging more of my thoughts about the challenge later.

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I cooked some cannelini beans in my slow cooker earlier today, so I think I’m going to make a quick cannellinni and kale soup for later this week. Plus I have some laundry to fold. Ahhh Sunday night. I think sipping some tea over The Real Housewives of Atlanta will be my down time.

How do you spend Sunday night? Getting ready for the week? Relaxing?

Power Toast Sammie

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I’ve been a bit MIA this weekend, but it’s because I’ve been so darn busy!

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I didn’t take many photos on Friday, but did want to share this fabulous breakfast – a Power Toast sandwich! It’s been awhile since I’ve had Power Toast, but I was craving it Friday morning and decided to do two slices because I had a light lunch planned. I ended up sandwiching the bread so I could eat it on my work commute.

Friday was a super long day and literally non-stop (as most of my days seem…lol).

I had an extra long commute because I was working in a different office. Busy, long day at work. Then straight to Zumba for the auditions. The auditions were fabulous but I will say I was relieved at finally being on the flipside of things. It was so fun being there, cheering on my friends already as an instructor. :) Then I headed out for a beer with friends and then back home to get ready for an early morning.

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Saturday morning started out rough and early. Coffee was a major help.

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I made an egg and toast, but broke a glass while I was getting ready and was thrown into a rush. I ended up letting breakfast get cold and ate it all sandwich style…in my car again. lol

I was rushing because I was meeting friends promptly at 8:45am for an hour long drive to a Zumbathon out of town.

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After teaching Thursday and doing class Friday, I won’t lie…I was tired! BUT…I still had a high energy, awesome time and even got to help lead a couple songs:

  • Let Me Think About It (solo)
  • Amartes Un Problema (a fave salsa)
  • Beautiful Liar (a gorgeous low song)

I love a good Zumbathon!

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I brought sustenance for my friends in the form of Larabars! I went with Coconut Cream Pie (err…I know I still owe you a recipe for my real vegan coconut cream pie!)

Too bad I forgot to take a photo of my friends to share with you guys. Fail. lol

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Once we got home, I relaxed with some Yogi Calming tea.

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Tea quote of the day – “The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment.”

Love this!

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I also had an apple.

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I decided to try to be productive instead of blogging and did laundry and wrapped hubby’s presents (which were late! doh!).

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Bailey ended up helping with the unwrapping.

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Then, my friend Megan came over for dinner.

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We had Earthfare spinach feta turkey burgers with homemade potato wedges (slow, but SUPER easy…I should tot share a recipe for them) and steamed veggies (broccoli, carrots, and cabbage).

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And then we headed out to a wine bar for a wine and chocolate party for my friend Gina’s birthday. We considered doing something like this, but ended up heading to a different wine bar and bringing our own chocolate.

And now we’re at Sunday!

I have lots of food prep planned, plus house cleaning, organizing, and I don’t know…maybe some down time would be nice! lol

What have you been up to this weekend?

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