Hey mama!

Last night Mr. Apron and I met up with our dear friends Jeff and Joyce for our annual Valentine’s Day double date.

[Mama Carolla´s villa was built by the RH Shelborn Company in the 1920´s as a model home for a new style of homes to be built o the Indianapolis north side. This California Stucco design incorporates a Mediterranean style with a little touch of Spanish and Italian, and can be seen in several houses throughout the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood.]-taken directly from website.

 Mama Carolla’s is our favorite Italian restaurant. In my opinion it has some of the best Italian fare in all of Indianapolis. Mama Carolla’s is a family run establishment and although Mr. Carolla no longer cooks you can be sure to find him at the patio door greeting every customer with a warm smile. You can’t miss him with his white fluffy hair, happy belly, and almost always sporting a red wool sweater. He’s one of the cutest old men I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.

Mr. and Mrs. Apron

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Joyce sporting the sultry eye.

The girls

No boys, just warm crusty bread with a little olive oil.

Italian wedding soup.

I hardly ever order soup at restaurants because they usually seem to be heavily salted. Not this one! The soup was divine!!! Meatballs, and tiny noodles in a light broth.

Main course: Spinach ravioli mmm!!!

Fresh pasta squares filled with a cheesy spinach mixture, covered with a creamy pesto sauce.  Mr. Apron ordered the same thing which rarely ever happens, I guess it looked too good for him to pass up. I really need to make my own pesto sauce someday, it’s so flavorful and versatile.

After dinner the four of us  walked across the street to the LGG: Locally Grown Gardens in search of some SUGAR PIE. Chef Ron [whom you can see in background] makes all of his pies from scratch using only the best natural ingredients. The LGG  is a year round farmers markets, restaurant and bakery. He sells seasonal produce, local honey, artisanal chocolates, and fresh dairy. The refurbished gas station reminds me of a Parisian market, filled with rows and rows of fruit and veg. Sadly I’ve never been to Europe, I can only imagine that’s what it would be like. You really should check out the LGG website and read Chef Ron’s awesome bio!

A slice of SUGAR pie shared with Mr. Apron. The pic doesn’t do it justice people.

A Flaky crust and creamy middle, what’s not to like?

The perfect ending to a wonderful evening.

Wednesday night, party night (WIAW)

I’m having a party with Jenn at Peas and Crayons every Wednesday night!

Peas and Crayons

What I ate Wednesday is way to share with y’all everything I ate on Wednesday and hopefully get you involved too. Feel free to share something  about a favorite food you had on Wednesday or any other day during the week. I’ll either be showcasing a few of my favorite meals, or giving a full Wednesday recap. Since I’m already a day late, I’ll show you what I had yesterday

First up breakfast:

Sweet or savory? Pancakes or eggs? Coffee? definitely coffee. Breakfast could possibly be my most favorite meal of the day. I wake up for the sheer pleasure of starting the day our right with a fabulous meal.  Other times I wake up stumble to the kitchen prepare a little somethin somethin and tow it back to the room with me.

 French Toast

One slice of bread dredged in a beaten egg with a splash of soymilk. Topped with 1/2 grilled banana, 1 tbsp nuttzo, a dab of pumpkin butter and sprinkle of apricot granola. And a cup of joe of course.

 

Lunch:

75 minutes of hot vinyasa left me wanting protein and apples. Yoga was…uneventful. Maybe I should have been concentrating more instead of letting my mind wander. It’s so hard to be still sometimes. Ya know!?

Egg sandwich

A fried egg between a toasted english muffin topped with one morning star sausage link and a glob of Sadie’s salsa. On the side was a handful of Food Should Taste Good Chips in their Olive flavor, new for me. A sliced apple with Stoneyfield apple cinnamon yogurt (also new) for dipping. Both the chips and the yogurt were very good. I highly recommend them.

Dinner:

The hubs and I had another date night at the YMCA. I think he’s the one dragging me to the gym now, instead of vice versa. He ran two miles and lifted weights while I ran a slooooow five miles on the treadmill. It took way longer than I care to admit to run five miles. It’s not that I felt heavy or sluggish just a little wore out. Maybe 75 minutes of hot yoga is not such a good idea the same day as long run, you think? After our date we picked up L.a and went to a small Mexican establishment near our home for a fundraiser. The restaurant gave back 15% of our meal to L.a’s school.

Gauc, salsa, and chips shared among the table 

 Vegetable burrito with a side of refried beans

Look at all that veg! I was so hungry I started eating before taking a pic. oops. The burrito came with rice but I requested beans instead for the added protein. I was so surprised at how fresh and clean the vegetables tasted, definitely not frozen. The flavors were mild and comforting.

The night ended with a little

Dessert:

and a small glass of vino.

If you’ve never had Toblerone run out and get some now, or ask for some for Valentines Day. In my opinion the original is the best but any variety will do.

 Nite. Tomorrow’s Friday!

Sushi and shopping

Friday started out with some home cooked breakfast burritos.

 These tortillas are nothing like the kind you get in the grocery store. The tortilla was chewy, doughy and rich it reminded me of  the kind my dad used to buy in my hometown of Toledo. The bakery would make them fresh daily and he’d get up early on Saturday mornings to get a new batch. If I remember correctly these were made directly in Mexico in a small bakery. I topped by burrito with some hatch green chili, and added a side of orange directly from the fruit tree outside.

The mall in Scottsdale is amazing. They have many high-end stores: Louis Vuitton, Tiffanys, Tory Burch, Dillard’s, and Coach just to name a few. Ok I only looked at the stores, except Dillard’s where  I found a pretty blue BCBG dress, I plan on wearing tonight. Can I just tell you that I’m falling in love with Tori Burch flats. Everyone out here seems to be sporting a pair.

After much shopping I was hungry for something light and nourishing.

We sat on the patio at Kona Grill and watched all the expensive cars valet park, while we ate this amazing meal. I say amazing a lot! I know but it really was. A house salad with shrimp, tuna, salmon sushi and a california roll.

And one of these, a kiwi kiss. I am on vacation after all.

For happy hour we met up with the boys and had apps and margaritas at Blanco.

We tried our luck at an Indiana reservation casino but failed miserably. It was late and I was still hungry due to the fact I only sampled the apps. We found a nice burger joint where I ordered a grilled veggie sandwich and roasted tomato soup. I liked the soup better than the sandwich, the bread was too much and bland. I ate all the veg and soup, plus some sweet potato fries shared among the table.

The hubs and are going out for a run today! Yeah!

My goal is to run four miles, but we’ll see how it goes, the elevation might be a bit challenging. I’m told theirs a nice park down the street with a running trail directly in the mountains.

Wish me luck.

Jump start

Jump Start

Rather than waiting till the first of the year I’m getting a jump-start on my Indianapolis mini-marathon training. I’ve done about 4 Indy mini’s and 2 Geist half-marathons. My goal in 2011 is to do both races, two weeks apart. If I succeed I get to be in the “Month of May Club”, have access to an awesome post race tent and earn a nice medal. I’ve tried to do it the last two years in a row but was never able to sign up for the mini before it sold out. I’m not a fast runner, and would happy just meeting or beating my previous times by a few minutes.

I went a three-mile run this morning courtesy of the treadmill. It’s cold outside!

But first I had one of these. A figgy fig.

Three miles took me about 33 minutes with a warm-up and cool-down included.

I came home, made the little apron breakfast, she requested a breakfast burrito just like yesterday’s. Showered and then made myself this awesome bowl of cereal.

  • organic o’s
  • 1/2 granola bar
  • left over fruit salad
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp vanilla yogurt
  • splash vanilla
  • dash cinnamon
  • tbsp peanut butter

It was really good but left me feeling a little empty and unsatisfied. Cereal never seems to hit the spot. I’m glad I waited until  lunch to eat again though

or else I wouldn’t have been able to eat this yummy hugh jass salad.

  • blackened shrimp
  • pecans
  • blue cheese
  • dried cranberrys
  • mandarin oranges
  • lots of green

The little apron and I had lunch with our good friends at O’Charley’s. I was pleasantly surprised at how fresh and clean tasting my food was. I don’t know where you can get strawberry’s these days but those were as fresh as they come.

Of course I had a roll.

I’m thinking a lighter dinner tonight and wine with a dear friend.

But first I promised my hubby I would run two miles with him. Do you have a workout partner, or know someone who needs one? We must take care of the ones we love.

Holiday Highlights

A Weekend Recap

Thursday Night was a birthday celebration with Phil, Emily, Joyce, and Jeff.

We had dinner at a place called Woodys Library. The library was built in 1913 and renovated by Andrew Carnegie some years later. The bi-level establishment serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner. The main level is a cozy retreat that resembles the original library design with vaulted ceilings. The downstairs is a neighborhood pub featuring the same menu as the upstairs. Woody features a Monthly Dinner Special consisting of an app (appetizers, salad and entrée) I tried the Holiday wedge.

A big hunk of iceberg lettuce, strawberries, carrot stix, almonds and creamy poppy seed dressing. I was little apprehensive of the dressing fearing it may be too rich, but to my surprise it was nice and light.

There may have been some wings, beer and popcorn after the salad.

We were seated in the pub after all.

Happy Birthday Phil

 

 Do you like my new do? Thank you Platinum Hair Design.

Desert was a cake inspired by Phil and Emily’s pooch Bebe.

 Classic Cakes did an aaaamazing job!

Moist white cake with chocolate ganache filling, and a 1/2 glass of Sun King.

Christmas Eve was a traditional Mexican dinner with beans, rice, tamales and this Tres Leches cake I make especially for the occasion.

But first sledding to work up an appetite.

 Not much happened on Saturday except a pitch in at work.

My contribution was a dish of brussel sprouts cooked with bacon, pecans and pom seeds.

Saturday the fun continued with a trip to the movies. I enjoyed Tron Legacy very much and would love to have the soundtrack. Growing up during the 80’s I never played the game, but the music, now that I can relate to. Saturday night we went swimming and sliding at Caribbean Cove.

It was a winter wonder land of sorts.

 

Our balcony looking over the atrium.

Cozy down comforters and pillows. I slept like a baby.

Dinner was nachos at the hotel restraunt

  My plate with some added green from the salad bar.

I went for a quick three mile run Monday morning at the hotel gym, and then had my own stash of cereal for breakfast.

With banana, chia seeds and peanut butter.

 

 

We worked quite an appetite after swimming and had my favorite easiest lunch…Subway. Yes, I am a subway junkie. Mr. Apron could care less for it but for some reason it always hits the spot without going overboard. I’m a sandwich kinda girl.

Back at the casa we had chicken enchiladas with homemade enchilada sauce. It’s really easy all you do is buy some dried peppers from any ethnic grocery aisle, boil 3-4 peppers in water or broth, meanwhile saute 2 tbsp flour with crushed garlic, once done add the cooled ingredients to a food processor and puree. Add salt and pepper to taste.

I can’t think of a better way to end a spectacular holiday weekend.

Well rested

The weekend was fun and restful.

I had a grapefruit smoothie for breakfast on Sunday.

I was a little hesistant at first, but I tried it anyway. It was good enough that I’ll be making it again.

  • 1/4 large grapefruit
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 medium nanner

Topped with granola and almond butter. Eaten with a grapefruit spoon. Fun.

We went out to lunch yesterday and had a hugh jass meal from the buffet. The Taj is one of my favorite Indian restaurants.

I’m ready to start the week full force. Lots of baking and new recipes to try, fun workouts planned, dinner with friends, and of course Christmas.