Friday, July 29, 2011

Five Things

I loved seeing the beaches of LA adorned with umbrellas, bikinis, and surfers - just like you would expect.  If I had watched Baywatch, maybe I could make some appropriate jokes here.  

I had a great weekend in LA, and I'm about to head out to another weekend away.  Weeks just fly by, don't they?  And every week - a new five things!

I don't eat sandwiches often, but when I do, I want them to be pretty great.  At the French Market in Chicago Anika insisted I got a banh mi from Saigon Sisters.  I got one made with pork belly, and it was definitely the best banh mi of my life.  These delicious Vietnamese sandwiches are trendy now for a reason - because they are incredible!

I picked up these alphabet stamps on our way to Mendocino earlier this month and have been having fun using them on all my correspondence.  John gave me a serious eye-roll when I showed my purchase to him, but I am still enthused about them!

I am a demanding house guest.  "Teach me how to change a diaper!"  "Take me to a fancy restaurant!"  "We must go to Garrett Popcorn!"  That's pretty much what I told Anika before I visited, and all my wishes came true.  Changing a diaper wasn't as bad as I thought, and Garrett Popcorn was the best popcorn I've ever had.  Win-win.  I got the "Chicago Mix," which is caramel corn mixed with cheese popcorn.  Sounds gross, but it's actually delicious if you love a sweet-salty combination (as I, obviously, am fond of).

I finally got my act together and started eating a healthy lunch at work.  Not that my peanut butter on toast was unhealthy in a burger-n-fries kind of way, but it wasn't exactly nutrient-laden.  For about a week now I've been bringing salad to work in what I consider to be my big "green bowl."  Loads of arugula are topped with veggies and fruit at home - cucumber, tomatoes, strawberries, etc. - and when it's time to chow down, I top it with avocado, walnuts, and dressing.  Cutting an avocado at work is as messy as it sounds, but fortunately my office isn't too far from a sink.  Has anyone tried those avocado slicers?  Do they work?


  1. Do you cut the avocado at work because you're worried about it browning through the morning? If so, you should try Fruit Fresh--it's a powder in a shaker that you just sprinkle on fresh cut produce and it preserves it. I think it's just powdered citric acid, so it's the same idea as squeezing a lemon over your apple slices.

  2. Thanks for the tip! Yes, I cut it at work so it isn't brown by the time I eat it for lunch. I will check this stuff out!

  3. i have an avocado slicer and i do think it's pretty great. tho it doesn't help with wrestling the pit out of the one half.


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