Bagels + Birthdays + From-Scratch Gnocchi

Hubby and I made a quick breakfast date trip to grab bagels.



I normally get coffee with bagels, but I couldn’t resist a tea latte fusion in Black Thai.


I celebrated Bagel Day Friday with a blueberry bagel and strawberry cream cheese. I ended up wiping off most of the cream cheese, but I still liked the flavor.

Since I’ve focused more on the quality of the foods I eat (i.e. whole grains vs refined, etc), I find that I have a harder time eating bagels. They just don’t seem to have any nutritional benefit. When I can enjoy a big bowl of oatmeal or a slice of Power Toast just as much, it’s like why bother eating the bagel? I guess I bother because I still think bagels are tasty and like to eat them once in awhile, whole grains or not.


I had two cups of hot tea today – 1st a tulsi chai masala and 2nd a cup of strawberry amanzi tea. Mmm…that strawberry tea is so good!


I re-heated my leftovers from last night – Spicy Thai Cashew Tempeh – a Clean Food recipe. The smell of tamari was intoxicating! Yuuuum!


I even had some leftover chopped scallion yesterday.




The leftovers tasted great (and you guys know I dont like leftovers). Even hubby asked for a bite.


organic navel orange.


I busted out my Martha Stewart blue food processor for a kitchen experiment, after work today.


I busted out some fun Larabar-inspired snack bites. Details and recipe going up tomorrow. Tonight was pretty busy. *update* recipe posted – click to see my Chic Energy Bites in Currant Crave. πŸ™‚ So easy – so tasty – so good for you!

I did manage to taste test 3…to make sure they were good before I posted the recipe of course. πŸ˜‰


As soon as work ended, I put together my experiment, then packed up a birthday present (including some of my goodies), changed and hit the road.



Love this turquoise wrapping and simple sparkly topper. The sparkles make the simple wrapping shine.

I met up with friends to celebrate Megan’s birthday. We hit up a local Italian restaurant.


Pinot grigio


Salad – with house tomato dressing


Bread basket


I love my carbs. I love bread – especially fresh bread served at restaurants – when it’s crispy on the outside and doughy in the middle as though it just same out of the oven. Mmm….



Our table ordered cheese sticks to share. I had to indulge.


My friend Kat ordered a dish I was considering – pasta with fresh tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella.


She even traded a bite of her food for a bite of mine. Thanks friend!


I got the gnocchi. The restaurant makes their gnocchi from scratch in-house, so I had to try it out. So chewy and tender with a lovely tomato/mozzarella sauce. I wish they would have topped the dish with some fresh basil or something but overall it was quite tasty.


A tiramisu for the birthday girl and our table.


I had a bite – it was suuuper tasty!


Our beautiful birthday girl.

Happy birthday Megan!!!

(yes again :lol:)

Reader question: What’s your favorite thing to do to celebrate a friend’s birthday?

8 thoughts on “Bagels + Birthdays + From-Scratch Gnocchi”

  1. Mmm… those “Larabars” look delicious!

    This year I went out to eat with a bunch of friends for my birthday too. Previous years we’ve gone bowling, out on the town and hosted an 80s themed roller skating party. Good times!

  2. Holy Moly – such wondeful eats!
    IΒ΄m sure that gnocchi tasted amazing πŸ™‚
    And, about the bagel situation – I agree with you. When you eat healthy almost 95% of the time (like you!), a little treat wonΒ΄t be a huge deal.
    I mean, you gotta love some unhealthy foods, too!
    Living and learning =)
    That bagel looked divine, by the way.
    Have an amazing weekend, girl!
    Brazilian XOXOΒ΄s,

  3. thank you SO much for the birthday shout out!!! (again!!!) so, the chic energy bites are the most AMAZING things ever. omg. I shared with Roger, and he thought so too! I really want to try to make them myself! I took one of them to the mall with me yesterday and it helped to stave off a latte-craving and keep me energized to shop! LOVE πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to get into my ‘small changes’ book!!!! I’m going to read through Week 1 today and prepare!!!

    Love you so much πŸ™‚

    PS – picked up a flash drive so I will bring it on Monday!


  4. You’re welcome!! One can’t really say Happy Birthday too much, right?

    SOOOO glad you liked the chic energy bites! They are very easy to make if you have a food processor. And glad to hear you put them to good use – shopping fuel. Oh yea! lol

    I hope you like the book. Oh, I should email you the link to my archives. I blogged every day that I did her book. The first day was February 1st.

    Yay for flash drives – I owe you some serious photos!

    Love you bunches! πŸ™‚

  5. I love to send my friends small bouquets of flowers. . .it always brightens a person’s day and many people do not get flowers often and don’t buy them for themselves due to cost and the fact they don’t last all that long. However, everyone LOVES receiving them so that is something I like to do to make their special day every mor special! πŸ™‚


Leave a Comment