Olympic Appetite

Two things are bothering me about the Olympic coverage right now.  1) I got a call from my dad earlier and this is how the convo went:

  • “Hey, you should make sure to laugh and rub it in that the USA is great to Linsey’s friend (from Canada).”
  • -“suuuure dad… what are you talking about?”
  • “US vs. Canada, we smoked them 5-3”
  • -“In what?”
  • “In what?! Hockey! *Duh”
  • -“Men’s or women’s?”

*Duh inserted for comical effect

Clearly California didn’t get the memo that the USA vs. Canada hockey game is a little more important to air than speed skating trials… Trials!!!  They aired the Russia vs. Czech hockey game earlier, so why not the one that involves 2/3 of North America?  Bad call California, bad call.  I ask men’s or women’s because I am excited to watch the women’s hockey team – I grew up playing against 3 of of the players  (Marvin and the Lamoureux twins).

The only other thing that is really upsetting me is 2) the commercials that McDonald’s has put out – “eat like an Olympian and come to McDonald’s!”  Really?  If Apolo Ohno was eating the Big “heart attack” Mac he probably wouldn’t be an Olympian, now would he?  I’m just saying… at least promote your somewhat healthy salads during the most televised athletic event of the year…

Other than that, the Olympics have been a lot of fun to watch!  I really enjoy watching the skiing and figure skating events!  =)  Linsey took off Friday to Sacramento with Scott and it has been so nice to finally have alone time.  Sometimes you just don’t want to be around people for a day.  Before they left, we had a few tasty dinners!

Wednesday night we ate at Akasaka Sushi in Menlo Park.  We started with a delicious seaweed salad and complimentary edamame.

I had the Kawai Roll (In: Hamachi tuna and cucumber; Out: salmon and avacado) and it was delicious!  I absolutely LOVE sushi and I don’t know what I’m going to do when I have to go back to landlocked Minnesota and fresh sushi is hard to come by! =(  And I don’t know about the rest of you sushi lovers out there, but I love ginger and Extra wasabi in my soy sauce – clears the sinuses! =)

Linsey had the Sen Sei roll, which had tuna and cucumber inside and white tuna, Hamachi, avocado, green onion, tobiko and and ponzu sauce.  I tried a bite and it was equally as tasty!

Scott, unfortunately, wasn’t a fan of his Fuji Roll (tuna, avocado, crab meat and spicy tuna).  Since it didn’t come on the neat wooden platters that Linsey and I got, he was upset and pouted…

When we were done eating I told Linsey that green tea ice cream would be good treat right about then.  I think one of the servers must’ve overheard and brought out three of these things – I think it was dough covering green tea ice cream… not positive though.  Kind of funky, but good!

I’ll definitely try to make it back to Akasaka Sushi – decent prices, fresh fish, and it came with complimentary edamame AND green tea ice cream things on toothpicks.  Tough to beat that!

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Thursday we decided to get Thai at a place called Indochine (where I spotted the next place I want to try, a quaint little  Afghan restaurant called Cafe Sophia).  I opted for the Saigon Salad.  I’d really like to try recreate it back home – great combination of textures and flavors!

It had green papaya, mango, carrots, basil and prawns.  Pretty simple!

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Once Linsey took off on Friday I set out on my own.  I went for a great 5k run (with a few short stops to stretch and catch my breath) and ended up at Whole Foods and walked back with groceries for the weekend.  I purchased 4 tomatoes, 1 tomatillo (never tried one before, I was feeling creative!) 2 grapefruits, 1 large bunch of kale, 1 garlic bulb, 1 jalapeno, a small container of quinoa, 1 can of black beans and fresh cut prosciutto; all for about $10 (which fed me the entire weekend!  And at the rate Linsey eats out, I also saved probably 30-40 dollars! Hooray for saving money!)

As I said, I was feeling creative on Friday and came up with a really great dish!  I’ll call it “Sauteed Cumin Kale.”  Here’s the mix:

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tomatoes, large dice
  • 1 tomatillo, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 4-5 dashes of cumin powder

Sautee these in a frying pan at medium for a bit (maybe 6-10 minutes?).  Then add:

  • 1/2 of the kale, deveined and chopped
  • 3 slices prosciutto, chopped
  • splash of more chicken broth if needed (I let the above mix cook a little too long.. so I adjusted!)

And while the kale was wilting, I enjoyed 1 or 2 … or 5 of these:

Thanks for sending them mom!  Ginger Snaps are my FAVORITE!  Although the name is misleading; they don’t “snap” but rather are super soft and melt in your mouth!  Who knew you could tape up a ice cream pale full of delicious Ginger Snap cookies, send them through the USPS and nobody stole them en route to California:

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Saturday I hit up a long run and did 8k (5 miles… with a few small walks in there =) totaling 55 minutes.  I think I must be trying to run faster than I should be and tiring myself out where I have to stop and walk a block or two… next time I’ll slow down my pace a little and see if I can go without stopping… =)
For lunch I cooked up a black bean quesadilla with large splashes of my favorite green jalapeno tabasco sauce!  I also roasted some brussels sprouts to go along with it.  For dinner I recreated my kale concoction from the night before minus the prosciutto and tomatillo, both of which I didn’t have.  It wasn’t as tangy, but still a good eat!  Coming tomorrow I’ll share my brainstorms for coming up with a new blog title… apparently “River Runs Deep” is just a little too deep and philosophical for what I’m writing about.  Which I can agree with.
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