I’ve got the Remedy…

Last week I had the pleasure of going to Remedy with some of my Bar Method friends. Remedy is a a fabulous wine bar on the corner of Everett Street and Park Avenue. It’s kind of tucked away, but one of my friends lives in the building and is a regular. I’m so glad she told me about it, because it has that perfect combination of ambience + food + wine. And they serve wine in beakers, which is totally my kind of science:

Screenshot 2014-03-05 22.02.43I don’t really know all that much about wine, but both times I’ve been to Remedy I’ve enjoyed what I’ve had. This time around, we got a bottle of red. I conveniently took a picture so that I wouldn’t have to remember exactly what the wine was. So let’s have a peek, shall we?
photo 1 (3)Yep. Whatever that wine is, it was great. Remedy also has some pretty amazing food. They have a somewhat limited food menu of snacks and small plates–good drinking food. But if you’re wanting dinner, they have a “plat du jour.” When we were there the daily dinner was chicken pot pie. It was a dreary Portland day, and the chicken pot pie was exactly what the weather ordered…errr… what I ordered:

photo 2 (4)You know you need a close up:
photo 4 (1)It was so good. The crust was buttery and flakey, but not too flakey. The inside was filled with chunks of chicken, potatoes, and other veggies. It was perfect, and it went surprisingly well with the wine.

Remedy is in the Pearl District, and yes it is immaculate, airy, and clean, but for some reason I don’t get a pretentious Pearl District Vibe (which I honestly don’t get in that many places, despite the Pearl’s reputation). The staff is incredibly friendly–I’m pretty sure I met the chef the first time I went, and she was very sweet and helpful. Rumor has it she’s a cheese genius, and I believe it because the cheese plate we got was amazing.

Everyone at Remedy seems like they’re really enjoying what they’re doing, and I truly wish them the success they deserve. It is a bit pricey, but according to this article on Eater, they’re starting up a happy hour deal–$6 wine pour and a $4 snack. Cheers!

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Thursday Weigh-In

I can’t think of anything relating to weight-loss that starts with a T, so I’m sticking with a boring title for this post for now… Thursday Torture? Tummy Be Gone Thursday? Thursday Things But Really Just Weight? Yeah, I give-up.

First of all, I want to thank all of the commentors on my first weight-loss post about how I joined Weight Watchers. You’re support means a lot–oh wait. I have like zero readers. Well…. thanks for the strangers who stopped by and said NOTHING. I appreciate it. No really, I do. This whole posting about my weight thing is kind of embarrassing, really. Especially when I think of the fact that people I know might google me and find this blog somehow. But whatever. I’m being ACCOUNTABLE.

Like this salad I just ate:

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Turkey: 1 point, Laughing Cow Cheese: 1 point, Egg Whites: 1 point, Romaine Lettuce: 0 points, Oil & Vinegar Dressing: 2 points TOTAL POINTS: 5 P+

Win. I was still a bit hungry, and considering that’s a lovely low point lunch, I grabbed a Picky Bar.

smoothcaffeinator_largeI’m pretty sure I heard about these bars from someone at Bar Method, but I could be wrong. Either way, I was housesitting near a fancy grocery store that carries them, so I figured I’d give them a go. And it was really good. And I’m full. So win-win! (5 Points Plus, ala WW calculator.)

So Weight Watchers. I last left you guys being afraid of going, and then I went, and it’s working. So what goes on in Weight Watcher meetings? That’s what you really want to know, right? Well, as someone said at today’s meeting, it’s kind of like AA. At first I thought this was a shameful thing. I mean, alcoholics have a serious problem. Do I have a serious problem? Definitely not in the same way. But that doesn’t mean a support group can’t help. And that’s what we are. The meetings keep you accountable, knowing all week that you’re going to go to a meeting and get weighed, and have a number to be faced with. Well I don’t know about you, but I don’t like disappointing people. So I want that number to be going down every week. It actually has helped me get through the week. I want to feel HAPPY getting off that scale. So I imagine myself happy, and I don’t eat the pint of ice cream, or slice of pizza.

Today we talked about how it’s really a lot of little steps that get you to your goal. And how it’s a marathon not a race, blah blah blah. The thing is, we all know these things. We have the tools. It’s really going every week, and staying on top of it, I think, that’s going to help me be successful. I mean, I’ve gone on wacky diets. I’ve given up before. I don’t want to give up this time. If I lose a pound every week, that will keep me going. If I lose half a pound, that will keep me going. I’m probably NOT going to lose every week. But making this about a healthy lifestyle, and not about a wacky trendy diet, that’s what’s going to make the difference.

I’m probably not going to always go to the meetings–it’s expensive, and time consuming. But it’s working for now, and if it works, it works. Confession: I just googled trying to find this quote from someone in today’s meeting and came up with a bunch of terrible articles on WW, and now I’m a bit spooked. Because SO many people gain it all back. But right now I don’t have to worry about that, and I’m not going to get ahead of myself, dammit. One week at a time. One pound at a time. And it really was one pound this week.

Starting Weight: 1766.6 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 171.0
This Weigh-in: 170 lbs
Difference: -1 lbs

PB&J&Yum

photo 1-1I managed to take an afternoon Bar Method class last week, and stopped at Laughing Planet afterwords for a delicious delicious smoothie. I’m a creature of habit, and I usually get a spinach & black bean burrito at LP, but the smoothies were calling my name. No really, I heard them…Caaaarly Driiiiink Meeeee. Yeah ok. Anyway. Excuse me I haven’t had my coffee as I type this. So talking smoothies aside, I ordered a Peanut Butter & Jelly smoothie. Like WTF right? Are they just going to like blend up my sandwich? Whole wheat bread please! No no. It was delicious. (PB & J pictured on the left, next to my friends I Don’t Remember flavored smoothie).

I tried, with success, to recreate it this morning. And took a terrible picture of it for you guys. P.S. I love my Cuisinart Smoothie Blender Thing. It does good work. Ok it’s not that great, as there were some ice chunks, but it’s so easy to use and convenient. Except mine is yellow, not pink like the one on the website, and that makes me sad. I’ll survive.

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So this morning I grabbed some strawberries from my CSA (yay! more on that later!) and my peanut butter, and blended up this lovely concoction. Next time I think I’ll use less apple juice, as it was a bit too appley for my liking. And the original at Laughing Planet didn’t have chia seeds, but I figured I needed some extra staying power. So here you go!

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie

In the blender:

Strawberries (a handful. More? Lots of strawberries.)
1 tablespoon Peanut Butter
Apple Juice (I used a tiny can of Motts Apple Juice, 8oz, but I’d recommend less. And fresh squeezed/no sugar added is always better)
1 banana (I like to freeze mine beforehand. TAKE THE PEEL OFF BEFORE FREEZING. Lesson learned by me. I now keep banana bits in ziplock bags in my freezer for future smoothie use.)
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
A few cubes of ice

Put all of the above in the blender and blend until smooth(ie). I’m thinking next time I’ll add some spinach and/or protein powder so that it’s a bit more filling. That’s the great thing about smoothies, they’re super customizable.

Dessert Stomach

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It is no secret to those who know me that I have a sweet tooth. And that I have the ability to call my Dessert Stomach into action even after the biggest of meals. Oh Dessert Stomach. You are my favorite. So lucky for me and my dessert stomach this week, I went to not one, but TWO of Portland’s World Famous Places To Eat Sweet Things. First off, Pix!

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photo-3We had our book club meeting at La Calaca Comelona (perfectly fine mexican food, nothing to write home about… or blog about), and afterwords we were all craving something sweet. So we walked the .5 mile to Pix, where I got the Queen of Sheba Truffle Cake:

photo-1Damn straight, I got ice cream on top. And I was surprised, their ice cream was REALLY good. I’m an ice cream snob (it runs in my family, my grandfather owned an ice cream factory in Brooklyn), so when I say it was good, it was good. Vanilla-ey but not too much, creamy, and delicious. And the cake. From the menu: “Moist chocolate almond cake with bittersweet chocolate center. Warm slightly for molten chocolate center.”  Chocolate almond deliciousness. Gooey and warm and just right. Macarons were also had:

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Kalamansi Lime, Coconut Curry, Tawny Port, and…two others that I don’t remember the flavors. (Blog fail. They weren’t MY macarons. I just have smart friends who let me try them. Because they like to not get killed.) The stand-out was the Port flavored. Not to be a Huge Asshole, but I’ve had better macarons. These were good. Very good. And I respect all macaron makers, as I am one. But there’s this place in Santa Barbara. OMG. They fucking melt in your fucking mouth. Renaud’s, I think?
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photo (2)The very next day I went to Salt and Straw because they currently have Beer Flavored Ice Cream:

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photo-6I got the Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout and the  Bretta Fermented Pears and Fudge. So weird. So good. Possibly overhyped? But still, so good. I mean, I love beer, and I love ice cream, so this was a win in my book. But. Beer flavored ice cream is WEIRD and hard to pull off. Also, I’m regretting not getting the Smoked Heff, because I of course tasted them all, and I tasted my friend’s Passionfruit Berliner Weise and am now craving those two instead of the two that I ordered. Guess another ice cream trip is in order! Good thing for all of that Bar Method.

Question of the Day:
What’s your favorite dessert? Favorite place to get dessert?
I’m actually going to have to deviate from the above two places and say Papa Hayden for cake! So. Good. So. So. So. Good. Ok clearly if I want to be a food writer I’m going to have to find better discriptors. Orgasmic cake. There you go. That place makes me go all Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally.

And on that note, I hope you all have a sweet weekend! (ha….)

I Ate A Salad

photo (2)I work fulltime at a private college bookstore. That means, conveniently located right above my office is the college dinning hall. Now I try pretty darn hard to pack my lunches and avoid going up to Commons and grabbing a burger/grilled cheese/quesadilla but the convenience of it is just so tempting. Today I found myself without a packed lunch. When I went upstairs I heard the siren song coming from the grill station. But I stayed strong! I have been eating many delicious things because my sister was in town, and we are a family of foodies. But now she is gone and it is time to get back on track. So I went to the salad bar. Spinach, arugula (spellcheck wanted that to be areola. not in my salad, please.), tomatoes, blue cheese, cucumbers and  RADISHES. I only just discovered, thanks to my CSA, that I LOVE RADISHES. Topped it all off with some balsamic dressing…and then I went to the grill station. And got a grilled chicken breast. Protein for my salad! While I was eating outside I declared my salad a success, and decided that this week is….wait for it….SALAD WEEK! That’s right folks. Every lunch this Bookshop Girl eats will be a salad. The weather is nice, and I think this is a perfect way to detox.

Ok, I have to admit something. It feels a little weird telling the internet that I had a salad for lunch. And writing an entire paragraph about it. But the main purposes of this blog are to keep me accountable, keep me writing, and to get/give support with the whole fit/healthy lifestyle (and blog about books and cats and other stuff too). So: I ate a salad.

Question of the Day: (who am I kidding, I have zero readers!)

What is your favorite salad/Any advice on healthy lunches to bring to work?