First, some comments/answers from previous blogs.
The bump on my finger: it is officially an intraosseous ganglion of the middle phalanx of the middle finger of the left hand. Nothing to worry about unless it starts bugging me. Which it doesn’t except it is ugly, kind of like that goiter on that old lady that Elaine went to visit.
The pickles: Yikes these things are very strong tasting. Still a very good texture, nice crunch, not rubbery. But too strong tasting. I can only eat one at a time. I don’t know if its too much dill or too much vinegar, but I suspect its the vinegar.
The recent baking experiments: Hands down the oat bran muffins are the winners. I went back to see if I could figure out what made them more delicious and satisfying than some of the other experiments. First of all, they actually had healthier ingredients than I had remembered. I am wondering if the small amount (1/8 cup) of oil and the bit of sugar (1/4 cup) is what makes them so good? But they are also a rather complex recipe (lots of ingredients) and sometimes that pays off in big flavor. The orange in them is not overpowering, but definitely adds a zing to them. The healthy energy bars did indeed end up very crumbly. If I eat them straight out of the refrigerator they will hold together. Otherwise, they are quite delicious crumbled on top of my homemade yogurt.
Okay, on to the business of the adventure. I think it was over a year ago that Pubsgal and I started talking about getting together to meet. I actually missed a meet-up with her and Juice in March ’09 because of family obligations. So finally, we decided to get together to go to an art fair in the redwoods!
I decided to make this a weekend just for me and to not attach family duties to it. So I googled some of my favorite places to visit, and found a Whole Foods Market, a quilt shop, and a frozen yogurt shop all within 7 miles of the hotel I decided to stay at! Who else would have such an exciting list of destinations on a trip?
I started this trip with a bit of trepidation food-wise. I was a little afraid I was going to go completely out of control. I decided to start out with a workout at the gym before I actually got on the road, because of my declaration of not repeating the same mistake over and over. And this turned out to be a very good thing. As always, working out is a reminder of who I am now (a fit and healthy woman) as compared to forgetting that completely and reverting to the overweight woman who eats anything and everything.
I ate a good breakfast, and had some good snacks to eat in the car. I did make a quick stop at my dad’s to drop off some things, and then on to the quilt shop. It was a bit of a disappointment. I think its a victim of the economy, as they did not seem to have much new stock. I don’t think the economy had anything to do with the poor customer service, however. There were two to four women working in there, and not one of them even acknowledged my presence in at least 40 minutes time. I don’t like to be ‘bugged’ when I am shopping, but I almost felt like I was intruding on their personal studio space. Oh well.
On to the frozen yogurt place. Very conveniently located in the same center as the Whole Foods Market! I got the original tart, as usual, and it was EXCELLENT. Very rich and creamy. So rich that I went back to check the nutritionals on it. 90 calories per 1/2 cup, so not bad. The lowest I’ve seen is 60 calories per 1/2 cup. That was a very nice late afternoon snack. And it was very hot over there in San Mateo, so a nice time for a cold treat. Here is the beautiful water feature that ran the length of the street between the Whole Foods and the other small shops.
Looking one direction:
And then the other direction:
Then it was time to visit Whole Foods. I have confessed before my fatal fascination with the baked goods section of Whole Foods. And when I started this trip I wasn’t sure if I was going to go out to a restaurant for dinner or get something from their take-out section. By this time I was pretty much ready to go and veg in the hotel room. So the best thing that happened was that I walked in the door to the produce department and spotted this gorgeous heirloom tomato display. That set the stage for what I would eat for dinner! I picked out a big tomato, a beautiful nectarine, and a fuji apple.
I did go over to the baked goods to get that out of the way. I chose one piece of cake, and then got a package of lemon scones that declared they were made from an original English tea scone recipe.
Then I had fun just wandering around the store looking at all the unusual foods they have available. I got some goat milk yogurt and some fresh mozzarella, and a few bars to try out. I looked and looked at all of the ready made foods to try to find something with protein that appealed to me. I don’t know if I was too tired, but I finally gave up. But look! Here’s what I ended up having for dinner in my hotel room. Most satisfying!
Once again I found the cake to be not quite worthy. I ate about 1/4 of it and then dumped the rest. Someday I will get it into my head that my tastes have changed.
Pubsgal had invited me to have breakfast with her family, which I happily accepted, after seeing some of their great weekend breakfasts on Pubsgal Eats.
Do any of you have this experience with your non-blogging friends and family? I am sometimes met with incredulity and trepidation that I would actually go to meet another blogger, and especially go to their house. My brother tried to warn me. I said, oh, for goodness sakes, her little girl likes my dog. Oh yes, he said, that’s all part of the plan ‘and we like your little dog, too’ (said in the voice of the Wicked Witch.) Pubsgal and I had a good laugh over this. I mean, you don’t want to be foolish and take undue chances. But really, would a predator take years developing a character, run pretend triathlons and do race reports, take fake pictures of all the food they are eating, and even draw diagrams of the food they forgot to photograph, all in the hopes of luring you to their home so they could do what–eat you, I suppose.
Anyway, I digress. Pubsgal and Mr. Handsome and Handy had a delicious breakfast all ready to go: Lori’s protein waffles, a most tasty veggie fritatta–her own creation, and some fantastic bacon. Yumm. Oh, and some really great coffee. Thanks Pubsgal and Mr H&H for such a delicious start to the day.
Pubsgal and I headed to the art show. It was in a really beautiful location, someplace I don’t think I’ve ever visited, even though I grew up in the Bay Area. The weather was perfect, and it was so fun to wander and look at some really great artwork.
They had a well organized lunchstand with some really delicious homemade food. I had a cheeseburger, which was MOST WORTHY. And Pubsgal had what might have been an even better choice–a chili burger minus the bun served in a bowl. It was so fun to meet in person. We discussed….food, blogging, and diabetes mostly.
Oh. In person Pubsgal was SO TALL! And so fit. I think that is one thing that doesn’t come across in still photographs. It is the way a person carries themselves, or maybe the tone of their body. But you can tell when a person has a serious commitment to exercise when you see them in person.
We walked through the forest on our way back to the car and we came upon this beautiful stump with the light shining on it just so. When I see something like this it makes me think of a different type of throne for God. Why wouldn’t He want to use his own beautiful creation to sit upon?
I got a good start home, and only made three stops. First stop–Starbuck’s coffee. Nourishment for the drive home. Second stop–at this Half Moon Bay nursery to see if they might still have my dad’s walker that we left there SIX MONTHS AGO! Can you believe they kept it all this time? I hope everybody that reads this will stop and buy something from them!
Third stop is a good place to take a break before the final leg of the trip. Guess what it was for? That’s right. Blush frozen yogurt! I got their original tart and thought, man it tastes very similar to Harmony yogurt over there in San Mateo. Guess what? They both cite Strauss Family Farms as helping them to develop their yogurt. Strauss is actually one of my favorite store-bought yogurts. How about that?
Thank you again, Pubsgal, for a wonderful day!