Why I Hate Tomatoes

I officially hate tomatoes! I’ve always known that I found them sort of… icky.

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But oatmeal is still my love. 🙂 This lovely bowl was topped with raspberry oatmeal muffin, maple syrup, and shredded coconut.

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Last week, we had brunch (or, more lunch because it was about 12:30) at Trattoria, the new Italian restaurant in Burnaby. My family was pretty excited to try it out. We were all really disappointed when the server didn’t give us the lunch menu – apparently they serve brunch until 3:00. I really wanted to order off the lunch menu!

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Grandma started with the asparagus and mushroom omelet with green salad and roasted potatoes. Seline adored the potatoes and probably ate 3/4 of Grandma’s taters! Uncle Charles had a prosciutto pizza.

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I tried a slice, and was pretty impressed! The crust was thin and crispy, but nothing special. The prosciutto had great flavour, and I liked the melty blobs of cheese with sharp contrast by the arugula. Yummy!

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Grandpa had the tomato pasta with shrimp. He thought it was okay. Mom ordered a panini with fig and prosciutto. This was nothing special either, but the fig jam really stood out.

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My plate had a little of everything – seafood omelet from Dad and a meatball from Seline with ricotta cheese, too.

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That meatball was the best part! She had three meatballs and I probably ate two of them. 😛

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But wait… where was my food?

We waited,

and waited.

Then I asked where it went, and the server said it would be coming right up.

When it came, we were all shocked – plain chopped tomatoes with one blob of burrata and three pieces of torn basil. I ordered the caprese salad expecting a lovely array of fresh sliced tomato, basil, and balsamic vinegar, but there was no balsamic at all. There wasn’t even a slice of mozzarella cheese!

Luckily, this came for free because it took so long for them to make it. :mrgreen:

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But the tomatoes were pretty icky and I did not like them at all!

Luckily dessert redeemed the whole meal: Whole Foods New York Cheesecake with berries. Usually I prefer baking my own cakes, but this was too special to pass up. And, okay, I was pretty disappointed after my soggy, flavourless tomatoes and needed something sweet!

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^ it was fantastic. I had two little slices and kept coming back for “one more bite”.

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The cheesecake was followed by a 1.5-hour gym session. I HATE going to the gym – I honestly absolutely hate it – as I would much rather be figure skating or practicing aerial silks as I do most of the time. But since I was going to the library anyways, I headed next door to the gym because I had to kill another two hours. 🙂

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Workout was followed by a nice dinner: roasted potatoes, maple-soy salmon, and stir-fried bean sprouts. The potatoes and bean sprouts were just okay, but I really loved the salmon as usual.

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Dad’s plate included tofu and hard-boiled Chinese-style eggs.

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Not a bad dinner! 🙂 The protein-rich salmon was really satisfying after running/ellipticalling.

It’s 12:48 now on a Pro-D Day Friday and I’m currently waiting for my friend to come over so we can study before our AP exams in two weeks. That’s why I haven’t been posting very often these days – super busy with work and studying – but I’ll be back to normal after my last exam on May 14. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

WF Wednesday and Coconut Chicken Curry {+ Top 15 Curry Add-Ins!}

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday to you all 🙂

Even though I’m still bouncing back from a fabulous weekend, today was a lot of fun.

Started the day with awesome oatmeal: 1/3 cup Quaker oatmeal, milk, water, 1 tsp ground flax, big scoop almond butter, crumbled Matchsticks honey pear almond walnut muffin, slivers of other two muffins (brown butter pumpkin walnut and cranberry orange). Simply the BEST!

Hit the gym for an hour – spent 25 minutes on the treadmill, then 15 on the bike, and 15 minutes on the elliptical. The bike is the hardest for me, but I love the treadmill.

Rewarded myself with slivers of muffin – see the weekend post above! Took a quick shower and hopped onto the skytrain with Mom and sister for Whole Foods. The best place in Vancouver, in my opinion! 😉

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Lunch was a big bowl from the WF buffet. I shared with Mom. I literally walk from one end of the serving table to another and take little scoops (two or three bites) of EVERY SINGLE DISH. I just want to try them all! Some of my favourites here were chicken cacciatore, spinach pakora with baba ghanoush, hummus, and tzatziki, curried tofu, and truffled fingerling potatoes. I also tried the mashed cauliflower, which was unique. It wasn’t bad, but don’t expect ’em to taste like buttery mashed potatoes! My all-time favourites from the Whole Foods hot bar are the macaroni and cheese (so creamy, cheesy, good), smoked mozzarella penne pasta salad (has spinach and roasted red peppers), marinated feta, and spinach poppyseed pasta salad. I think you see the trend – I love pasta and cheese!

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Also shared a sandwich with Mom – the big chicken and arugula sandwich. It’s got the BEST sundried tomato aioli as well as GOAT CHEESE (my love ♥) and prosciutto. The edges get all crispy when grilled, and oh my goodness it is heavenly. Definitely my absolute favourite sandwich, and it barely beats the turkey apple brie sammie.

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Of course, I can’t go to WF without getting dessert. Usually I share some gelato with Mom or Dad. Hazelnut is my favourite flavour, because it tastes like gelato-ified Kinder Bueno or Fererro Rocher. Yum!

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Sometimes, we buy the petite sweets. My #1 favourite is the white chocolate cheesecake raspberry tart. It’s small, but so rich and flavourful. You can really taste the white chocolate in there, but it’s still super tangy from the cheese and tart from the raspberry preserves.

Here’s a curry dinner we had a while back. We just buy the mix from a local bakery, and mix it up with some water + coconut milk before adding several of the following:

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1) Cauliflower: it gets so soft, and I think it goes so well with curry (try roasting it with curry powder!)
2) Broccoli
2) Spinach: stir it in during the last minutes of cooking
3) Tomato: for a more “butter chicken-esque” flavour
4) Peas: one of my absolute favourites – it adds great pop
5) Coconut milk!
6) Cashews: great for crunch (aka texture)
7) Snap peas, sugar peas, or snow peas
8) BUTTERNUT SQUASH! Yum! Let cubes simmer for about 15 minutes for squishy pillows of sauce.
9) Carrot
10) Onions: add another layer of yummy flavour
11) Mushrooms: super juicy and plump
12) Bell peppers: any colour works!
13) Chicken, shrimp, or tofu (these are obviously my favourite proteins!)
14) Edamame
15) Kale: like spinach, just stir it in. It may need a little more time than spinach, though.

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Here, we have cauliflower, onion, mushrooms, spinach, butternut squash, and chicken. I had one two THREE bowls of this with coconut oil jasmine rice. Imagine that – three TIMES of what’s shown here. It’s that yummy!

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QUESTION(s) OF THE DAY!
1) Do you like Whole Foods? What do you buy there?
2) What do you add to curry?

1) Obviously I love it there. It’s my go-to place for high-quality, delicious food. It honestly never fails to please + impress me. The hot bar is amazing, the sandwiches are top-notch, and the products are excellent (muffins! ♥).
Watch out, though – items such as Quaker oatmeal and Almond Breeze milk can be found at Costco/Superstore/Wal-Mart for MUCH better prices. There’s a reason why WF is nicknamed Whole Paycheck. Most of the food/products are ridiculously expensive. Do your homework and compare prices before buying. Once, my mom bought a ladleful of roasted nuts without checking the price. Once we’d paid for everything, she found out that the ladleful (probably 3 measly handfuls) cost over $8!
Today, we bought Blue Star organic multigrain crackers, Krema coconut Greek yogurt (all-time FAVE yogurt, I’ll do a review soon), WF organic green tea, organic strawberries, organic grapes, organic lentils, organic garbanzo beans (both dried), whole wheat buttermilk pancake mix, a turkey apple brie sandwich for tomorrow’s lunch, and something else that I can’t remember!
2) Lotsa stuff! See above list. :mrgreen:

Let me know below, and have super day!