Saturday, July 19, 2008

13 hours at work!

Last night I had to call my friend and tell her I had to cancel our evening out. We had a great double date planned, with dinner and then seeing Richard Lewis at the Improv. At first I started by just canceling dinner and saying we would meet at the Improv but then it was clear I couldn't even leave at 8pm. So here are my eats for Friday and why I am so glad I pack meals, because today I wouldn't have had time to go buy something.

I stopped at Starbucks on the way to the office, because I knew it would be a long day. I pack my breakfast to eat at the office and today it was muesli with 1/3 oats, 2/3 unsweetened chocolate almond milk, 1/8 cup dried fruit, 1/8 unsweetened coconut, 1 tbsp sliced almonds, and a ripe peach.
For a snack I had some green grapes.

Lunch still while working hard, I had some carrots, tomato, soy cheese, pb pretzels from Trader Joe's, and a Meatless Vegan Jerky Strip from Whole Foods. I'm not sure how I feel about these strips, they have a lot of protein for only 80 calories, but they were so chewy and I'm not sure how I liked the taste. I have different flavor left in my pantry to try, so hopefully that one is a little better.

The day I needed something the most, I didn't have any emergency snacks in my office. At 5:10pm I got really hungry because I hadn't had lunch since 12:30. I didn't have time to leave the building, so I ran to a vending machine to find if there was anything healthy. The best thing I could find was a Nature's Valley Oats and Honey Granola Bar. I usually don't buy these because I don't like the ingredients, but no Kashi bars were in sight!

I didn't leave work until 9:40pm and was very hungry, Steve picked me up from work and we went to Mad Mex which is such a great Mexican restaurant (but they are only in Pittsburgh, State College PA, Philly, and Columbus OH). They offer so many vegetarian and vegan options.

I needed a drink after my long day, so we got a carafe of white sangria:

For a starter we shared a Pizzaveraprima which was a new addition to their menu and the menu described it as "Grilled flatbread with Colorado sauce, cojita and Jack cheeses, chickpeas, cucumber, jícama, roasted corn, cherry tomatoes and peppers. " We asked for all the cheese to be soy cheese. If you can notice the tortilla chip that fell on our appetizer from a basket of chips the waitress had in her hands, you can get the idea that it was pretty small. I guess the size of a pita pocket. I ate half of it. We opted for this instead of chips and salsa.

For dinner The Mad Mex Quesadilla with marinated tofu, soy cheese, grilled peppers and onions. Although I usually like my entrees at Mad Mex, this was a little bland. The tofu didn't have much flavor. I had tofu sour cream, salsa, and guacamole on the side.

Well I hope the rest of my weekend is a little more relaxing than Friday was. Enjoy your Saturday!!


glidingcalm said...

Yikes, sounds like you had a long long day!! Yay for packing yummy grapes though- definitely one of my fav. fruits.

And I keep seeing different Bloggers trying that Vegan Jerky! Maybe I need to give it a shot! Everyone has said it is pretty good.

Your pizza and Mex meal look good. Sorry the tofu wasn't up to par. I've never had tofu with a mexican type meal though. Sounds interesting?

Hopefully you can relax a bit this weekend! Sounds like you need some down time!!

Take care!

loveofoats said...

ugh sorry to hear about your long day but your dinner looks amazing... i want to check this place out next time i'm in the city!

just me said...

ugh, long days are so draining! but now you have the weekend to look forward to; so yay!

and your food at the mex restaurant look good; too bad they didn't have enough flavor...i hate it when that happens!

have a relaxing weekend after working so hard yesterday!

VeggieGirl said...

Oh my, I do hope that your weekend is full of NOTHING but relaxation - you deserve it!! Take care :0)