daily eats: 8.29.11

Monday started like most – with a yoga class. But then the similarities ended.

It was a long day of traveling. I had my last work trip and so I’m currently down south in the land of shrimp and grits. For the record, I’m only allowing myself one meal of grits – do you know what they put in that stuff?! It is soooo good, but not exactly easy on the waistline. Georgia was the place that introduced me to grits, before then I had no idea of their glory. Needless to say, I’m a little obsessed. Hopefully tonight I’ll get some grits! :)

6:30 am Yoga Class. I needed to go to yoga before I left because I wouldn’t be able to take a class for the next few days – the horror! 

The airport was really quiet so I had plenty of time before my plane took off. I stopped into the French Meadow Cafe for coffee, water and breakfast.

 I was going to get oatmeal for breakfast but decided that eggs, bacon and toast was more what I was after. I should have just skipped the hash browns all together – I didn’t eat any of them.

On the first leg of the flight I was busy preparing for the week and doing some writing and meal planning.

When I landed in Charlotte I was ready for a meal. I always try to walk around the airports so that I’m not sitting the entire day. This way I can also scope out all of the food options at well.

 It may seem rather unlikely that I ate at Sbarro’s but it was actually pretty easy to build a healthy meal full of vegetables! I had a salad (should have gotten the small, the large was huge), side of vegetables and a meatball. It was great.

On the second leg of the flight I snacked on part of a thinkThin bar, read some Elle magazine and took a miniature cat nap (shh!!).

When I landed in my third state of the day, Florida, I jumped into a car to finish my trip to Georgia!

I managed to track down the one natural food store on the island and then it was time for dinner! Being in shrimp country, I was really on the hunt for shrimp. This grilled shrimp and scallops with succotash (SO good) and green beans was just what I was looking for.

Now I’m catching up on things online and heading to bed! Hope you had a great start to your week.

PS. I have two more weeks of work, three more weeks until the wedding and four more weeks until we move!!!

restaurant: masu sushi & robata

We finally got to Masu Sushi & Robata. It has been quite the hot spot since it opened a few months ago and I’ve been pretty anxious to get there – mainly because of their Pork Belly Ramen.

The decor is amazing. It’s fun and interesting, hip and each wall has something interesting for your eyes.

I went into Masu with a few things on my mind: Pork Belly Ramen Noodles, Dried Squid (I know) and Miso Eggplant. I had miso eggplant somewhere in LA a few years ago and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Thankfully since Mercedes and Tyler joined us, we could order many, many items. :)

Their menu is broken down in a few parts: izakaya (small plates), sushi, robata (grilled meat/veggies) and noodles. We decided it would only be right to sample things from each section.

They have a great cocktail menu and while I stuck with wine, the Taster tried a gummi shochu sour, which actually tasted a lot like a gummi bear. I was a little jealous.

Starters included steamed Edamame with Smoked Salt, Shredded Dried Squid and Sautéed Shishito Peppers. The squid was very intruiguing and I’m so glad we tried it – it was essentially squid jerky. :) The Peppers were amazing – smoky and charred yet soft and not at all too spicy.

For our Sushi Course we ordered an Arctic Char roll and the Firecracker (shrimp tempura, crab, avocado, cucumber with spicy tuna and tempura flakes). The artic char had some really good, fresh herbs that added a very different flavor to it and the firecracker roll? Obviously by reading the ingredients you can tell it was amazing.

The Robata Course was interesting. Robata, much to my delight is all grilled meats and vegetables, not the fried food I was expecting. They are tiny little skewers – zucchini, eggplant, bacon-wrapped shrimp and bacon-wrapped quail egg. The vegetables were both outstanding and perfectly flavored, the shrimp was good, but standard and the Taster says that the bacon wrapped quail egg was “Nothing too special, but good.”

The noodles were a tad disappointing. The Pork Belly Ramen was good, but tasted quite bland to me, until I added a fair amount of sriracha. Maybe I hyped it up too much in my mind and was expecting too much?  The Tonkatsu Curry Ramen had a lot more flavor but I’d probably be more likely to try the yakisoba noodles next time.

We will definitely be back to Masu – it is in our neighborhood and I love the different and exciting options on the menu. And while it isn’t exactly cheap, sushi is never cheap when the Taster is involved. ;)

Masu Sushi and Robata

330 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis MN, 55414

phone 612.332.6278
fax 612.331.4705
[email protected]

grilled lake trout

Living in the land of 10,000 lakes, we should probably be a little more familiar with trout. In fact, we should probably be out at one of those lakes catching our own trout. But can you really imagine the Taster and I fishing? (Hmmm, I’d probably have my laptop, or at least the tablet so that I can stumble….he’d want music and sports) All nature isn’t lost on us, we love taking hikes in states other than Minnesota and of course walks along the Mississippi. Today we are actually “up North” and have hopefully hiked at least once by now. We also did spend some time on a lake, sans all forms of technology.

See, there’s proof! :)

Getting back to the trout, I was a little surprised by how much we enjoyed it! It is much meatier than I expected and reminded us a lot of salmon – in that good sort of satiating fat way. We simply seasoned it with olive oil, salt and pepper and grilled it.  It is local, pretty inexpensive for fish and easy to prepare so it’s safe to say we’ll be having it again soon. Have any good trout recipes or recommendations for us?

 

Grilled Lake Trout
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 – 6 oz trout fillets
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Marinate fish with olive oil and seasonings for about a half hour or longer.
  2. Heat grill to medium heat.
  3. Use aluminum foil or grill pan.
  4. Cook about 4-5 minutes and flip over.
  5. Cook an additional 4-5 minutes, until fish flakes.
Serving size: 1 6 oz fillet Calories: 378 Fat: 18 Carbohydrates: 0 Fiber: 0 Protein: 42 Cholestrol: 120


daily eats: 6.8.11

Wednesday 6.8.11

6:25 am: Realize I’ve overslept. Ugh. Roll out of bed and head downstairs for a quick, but intense 30 minutes on the elliptical. Thank the weather gods that it is no longer 103° and humid, I like to save those temps for hot yoga.

Stop by Caribou for daily coffee + coconut creamer…where they know my name. :) I like it.

 

Finish reading The Pioneer Woman’s Love Story during commute (not while I was driving of course) – fantastic book, I loved it!

Breakfast: 2 slices sprouted bread + earth balance + peanut butter

Lunch: Brown rice + chard + tofu topped with goddess dressing + sriracha (inspired by Eat Live Run) with a side of greens. :)

Wonder if I’ll be able to make it through the afternoon (my snack stash is seriously lacking at work.)

End up being so busy at work that I don’t even think about being hungry.

 

Head out and realize I’m hungry. Actually I totally planned it. Stop by Starbucks (because I had a gift card) and order a strawberry smoothie. They are out of bananas. Stare at the menu with no clue what to order. Order a coffee Frappuccino light, 2% milk. “Wait, what is the light Frappuccino mean?” I ask the barista. “Sugar-free.” “Scratch that, I’ll take a regular, 2%.”

Afternoon Snack #1: Drink about a third of it in the car/my personal library.


Visit a precious little baby and want one.

Sitting in traffic, I practice/plan out the yoga sculpt class I’ll be teaching at camp. I’ve found driving is the perfect time to do this, even though people probably wonder what I’m doing.

Come home starving so the Taster whips up some “Minnesota Sushi.”

Afternoon Snack #2: also known as ham, pickle and cream cheese roll-ups.

God I’m glad I grew up in the Midwest.

 

Dinner: cod + tartar sauce and broccolini (my favorite!)

Sometimes I like to eat a light dinner just so I can snack later, is that wrong?

Have trouble deciding between popcorn and gelato.

Why decide? Have both!

Evening Snack #1: Belgian Chocolate Gelato – few bites

Umm, why is this the first time I’ve had gelato?! It’s amazing!

Evening Snack #2: Popcorn + a little butter

Rough Calorie Estimate: 1,900

Thoughts on the day: Missing fruit and different colored veggie!