Friday, April 29, 2011
2, 25-30 page research papers
3 written finals
32 books from the AU, Georgetown, George Washington, and...believe it or not...Brigham Young University Libraries
6 hours of sleep per night
= A very tired, stressed college student
And what is the best cure for stress? Food, of course! My mom, cousin, and aunts visited D.C. a couple of weeks ago and I wanted desperately to take them to Founding Farmers. It's an awesome restaurant in the city that focuses on really fresh, delicious food. It's also incredibly popular and, apparently, difficult to get into during Cherry Blossom season and we weren't going to wait the two and a half hours it would take to get a table.
The moral of the story? We left, Founding Farmer's-less and found a different restaurant. However, my wonderful Aunt Mo must have seen the raw disappointment in my face at the prospect of missing out on the opportunity to eat at FF, and so she sent me a gift card to go and eat there with my friends (thanks Aunt Mo!).
So, I needed a post-finals, post-paper, celebratory dinner and I only had one place on my mind. We made reservations, got dressed up (my roommates picked out my shirt because I apparently cannot be trusted to wear anything more fancy than a t-shirt and jeans when left to my own devices), and headed to Founding Farmers!
We had a lovely meal, consisting of a couple of shared appetizers.
An amazing fried green tomato with goat cheese spread and a cornbread skillet with honey butter. The roomies and I were so famished that I totally forgot to take pictures before we dug in, but you guys get the idea. I followed this yumminess with some FF butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sage sauce.
Founding Farmers makes their own pasta. That's right, they fresh make the pasta every day and then fill it with magnificent pureed butternut squash. It was great, simultaneously salty from the parmesan and sweet from the squash. But it wouldn't have been a true night out if we had stopped there.
Beignets. When we ordered them, our waitress said that it would take an extra fifteen minutes for them to make the batter and fry them up. Freshly fried sugar covered beignets? I would wait forever.
Yeah, it's a pretty cool place. I'll be dragging people back. A lot.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
I would usually rather not eat snack bars. I find that many of them have a lot of chemicals or weird additives that I am not a huge fan of. That said, around finals time (now), I need snackage. I need lots of snackage. Snack bars are easy, healthy, and usually pretty high protein. I always keep some around my dorm room (and one in my backpack) in case of emergency or extremely low blood sugar. Sometimes, these little guys can be a lifesaver (hello, class from 9:55-2:00). So, I thought I would share some of my favorites.
The first one is a bar that I tried relatively recently. It's a Kashi Go Lean Crunchy bar. I got the Cinnamon Coffee Cake because all of their other flavors have chocolate in them and I am not a fan of chocolate in my snack bars. I liked this one, but it was really sweet. Seriously, it tasted exactly like coffee cake, with all the sugar that implies. The stats on this one are pretty decent for a snack bar. 160 cal, 8 g protein, 5 g fiber so it will keep you full for a long time!
So, that's it! Bar hopping at it's finest. I have finals all next week, so I predict that I will be surviving on these bad boys for a while. But, at the end of the week, I get to go to FOUNDING FARMERS!!! It's an amazing restaurant in D.C. and I am so excited. I will definitely post a review when I get back!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
This place is cool for so many reasons. The first is that I actually knew about it before any of my friends did because my dad and I had found it when were in D.C. for college tours, so it makes me feel like a local. No big deal, I know this awesome hole in the wall falafel shop, etc. The other reason it’s awesome is because you can get food there that looks like this.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
That's right, candy! My loving mother sent a gigantonormous box filled with candy of all sorts as an early Easter present. So the roommates and I have been mowing through it at a pretty solid pace. I also gave some to some friends in the suite down the hall because, well, type 2 diabetes (like love) should be shared.
Other than the candy, I have been eating pretty well the past couple of days. I went to Whole Foods for one final grocery shopping trip before the end of the semester. I was almost out of soy milk and cereal, so I pretty desperately needed it. While I was there, I treated myself to a bowl of Adobo Black Bean soup and a peasant roll. Yummy.
I love Whole Foods with a passion that is almost scary in its intensity. But it was a terrible, rainy day and soup really hit the spot. That is one of the ways that you know that spring really has sprung in DC. It rains, a lot. I actually don't mind it all that much, it means that my superhero rain boots are used pretty frequently (they're bright red and go up to about my knee). The other way you know it's springtime at American University? The squirrels reappear!
The oh-so elusive black squirrel in its natural habitat, the quad. In all seriousness though, I am a tiny bit obsessed with the black squirrels. As someone who grew up in an area with just the plain old grey ones, I just think that the black squirrels are da-bomb. I also wonder whether they ever feel any desire to rise up against the man and protest grey oppression in squirrel-dom...or perhaps I am just anthropomorphizing them a bit too much. And in my last bit of news...
Yes! I am officially a blogger! Now I have an awesome t-shirt/blogging uniform that I may or may not be wearing right now....it's sooo soft. Anyway, my dad found this shirt at one of my favorite stores, Raygun, in Des Moines and thought it was pretty awesome. And he was right! Thanks Dad!
Well, that's all that's happened in my life recently. It's coming up to that most dreaded time of the year...finals. I have many essays to write, a couple of tests, and the odd presentation to round out my year. That said, I am going to try and keep posting about twice a week. I have somehow (through begging) convinced my roommates that we need to do a falafel dinner at my favorite falafel place, so look for a review of that in the upcoming week!
Until next time!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Overnight oats, after being sufficiently nom'ed
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
The main impetus behind starting this blog was my sister, Kristen. She told me that since I am studying abroad in Belgium next summer, I should begin a blog to keep everyone back here connected with my travels. And, surprisingly, I agreed with her logic. So, I decided to start a travel blog!!! But not just any old travel blog, oh no. One that explores the deeper metaphysical issues of spending time abroad in a foreign country.
~If a waffle falls on the ground in Belgium, does the five second rule still apply?
~Do I take the path less travelled, or have I gotten lost by accident?
~Is love the true universal language?
~Are brussels sprouts called brussels sprouts in Brussels?
The answers...yes, I should have just followed the other tourists, no (and these lovely French people have no idea what you're talking about), and I have no idea.
As you might have noticed, I said I was going abroad in the fall and it is definitely not fall yet. In fact, it's barely even spring. Well, I think that I have the personality for blogging. A tad obsessive, schedule oriented, opinionated, I could do this all day. So, I wanted to start this now because I feel like I should get into the routine of writing a blog, build a fan base (that is probably mostly related to me, let's be honest), and I want this blog to be a blog about my life and food and travel in general, not just this specific trip.
So, I am going to start writing this blog now! I will definitely update twice a week, but possibly more. There will be reviews of cheap eats in DC (where I live now), food reviews in general, recipes tailored to those of us that are space and equipment poor, and random thoughts. I hope that you stick around for the ride.