Now that processing is done for the week, we can talk about far more important things. Like food. Last Friday I visited my bmff (best male friend forever) Kevin. He lives in Sacramento, and gosh. I love that guy. We went to Magpie Cafe, and it was a beautiful day (as you can tell by the very sunny pictures).
After Magpie we walked over to The Naked Lounge, which is a little coffee shop with good coffee but no-so-great service. Trendy baristas aren't supposed to actually fulfill all the stereotypes associated with them, right? That's why they're stereotypes? But she did. She truly did.
Cool seating area though. I sipped my cappuccino while Kevin played some ridiculous game on his iPhone (something about breading cats? the SPCA would be furious) and I decided to forgive said barista.We walked back to the car, and I loved the little lot where we parked. Mint-green bricks beside red bricks and mossy cement is just...cool. After this, Kevin took me to the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op, which is this charming grocery store that focuses on local, organic goods. I loved it. And I got to sample barley soup! Not a Dixie-cup sample either. A bowl-and-spoon sample.
Anyway, Kevin taught me about soaking nuts and seeds, made us pork-loin chops and steamed broccoli for dinner (after we went on a run through McKinley Park), and then we sipped fennel tea. Fennel tea is incredible, by the way.
My main goal this week (with the mindset of "Paleo") was to simply plan meals that were healthy, balanced, and provided leftovers. I made stuffed bell peppers with grass-fed beef (they turned out sooo good), turkey burgers wrapped in butter lettuce (protein-style) and homemade sweet potato fries, and then today I made a spinach-brussel sprout frittata. Cutting out (99% at least) processed foods has been huge. My stomach hasn't felt this good in a very, very long time. And everything has tasted amazing! I almost forgot how much I enjoy cooking. Almost.
Aaand congratulations on making it through the longest post to-date!