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Monday, May 23, 2011

Delicious Sundays Can't Prevent Monotonous Mondays

"Definition of a bad week?  By 8:05 AM on Monday you're already looking forward to Happy Hour on Friday."
  - Chucky - The Fat Vegetarian

Greetings everyone!  Sorry that I did not post over the weekend but I truly did not have anything to report worthy of a blog post.  Of course, this may be said of many of my posts huh?

So... rather than another day to slip by without greetings and a quick "Hello!", I thought I'd briefly describe a most wonderful Sunday itinerary that Tiffany & I experienced.  The agenda was as follows:

Stop #1 - Hoover's Essential Health Market
Hoover's Essential Health Market - "The Seed" needed some organic canned dog food and we needed some healthy essentials such as organic kale, organic collard greens, nutritional yeast, and chia seed.  They are out of organic turmeric until Wednesday and neither Penzey's nor The Spice & Tea Exchange provide an organic turmeric version I don't believe.  Guess what?  The Seed's dog food is on sale!  I sense a very lucky day ahead of us.

Stop #2 - Costco Warehouse Club
Costco Warehouse Club - We went to two Sam's Warehouse Clubs on Saturday and neither had a healthy low-calorie flour tortilla that we were seeking.  We hit pay-dirt at Costco!  Not only did they have a healthy 10" whole wheat tortillas but they were only 80-calories each!  Even better than the 100-calorie shells that we had seeked.  Hmm... another sign of a great day ahead.

Stop #3 - Super Oriental Market
Phước Lộc Thọ Super Oriental Market - Phước = happiness, Lộc = good luck, and Thọ - longevity.  Coincidence?  I think not.  We needed firm tofu and they have it cheapest in town.  Only $1.79 per package.  Then I decided to grab one head of Chinese cabbage and a bag of bean sprouts to make an Asian filling for grilled tortillas.  The planned stuffing?  Basically stir-fried cabbage, bean sprout, bamboo shoot, mushrooms in a soy/hoisin sauce.  I'll probably make a blog entry when I do this, okay?  Oh yes, I also need a bottle of Sambal Oelek for the office.  I can't live without the stuff.  Simply love it.

Stop #4 - Pei Wei Asian Diner
Pei Wei Asian Diner - In case you did not know, Pei Wei is a fast food subsidiary of the P.F. Chang's China Bistro chain.  It's right across the street from Total Wine & More where we'll be heading to attend a scheduled wine class.  I had a hankering for Phở soup but this is one dish that Pei Wei does not offer.  Instead, Tiffany & I ordered and shared Tofu Lo Mein and Sweet & Sour Tofu with brown rice.  Both dishes ordered "stock velveted" which equates to vegan at Pei Wei.  Mmm... absolutely delicious (as is always the case).

Stop #5 - Marshall's Department Store
Marshall's - A few minutes to spare before wine class begins.  Lucky for Tiffany, there is a Marshall's department store in the shopping center where Total Wine & More, Orlando sits.  Chucky?  He sits in the parking lot, plays on his cell phone, and listens to some XM radio as Tiffany shops.

Stop #6 - Total Wine & More
Total Wine & More - It's time for this month's class... "The Grapes Less Traveled".  A class focused exclusively on less known grape varietals.  Nine wines to taste; four whites, four reds, and one bonus red of the instructor's choosing.  In the following days you will see our "Wine Tasting" entries relative to the sampled wines.  All were fine wines but we only purchased one bottle.  Our wine cabinet real estate runeth over.

Stop #7 - Loving Hut Vegan Restaurant
Loving Hut - They have their weekly buffet on Sundays from 3:00 PM until 9:00 PM.  All of the delicious and healthy vegan delicacies that you can eat for $9.99 per person.  Soup, salads, lo mein, rice dishes, pita pocket sandwiches, TVP "pork" 'n veggie dish, eggplant 'n tofu dish, and diced flan-like tofu desert.  I've said it before and will undoubtedly say it again ~ i cannot see how they can do it!  Everything is unique and absolutely tasty.  Rarely the same dish ever appears on the buffet.  I was in vegan heaven as I ate my dinner.

Stop #8 - Eat More Produce
Eat More Produce - It's on the way home from a most wonderful day.  They had fresh cantaloupe for $0.99 each, Vidalia onion for $0.69 pound and baby cucumbers for $0.99 pound.  Our "vegetarian chariot" almost came to a screeching halt as we pulled up to Eat More Produce!  Mmm... diced fresh cantaloupe & strawberry for lunch today!

Yes.  It was a most wonderful day.  An almost perfect one, actually.  But... It's Monday and it's back to work.  If someone can figure out a way to spend weekends forever without having to go into the office for Mondays through Fridays, please let me know.  <hehe>

I hope that you have a pleasant and productive workweek so that you may enjoy the fruits of your labor on the weekend.  The world did not come to an end on Saturday so let's make the best of a great situation.  We're on a roll my friend.  Let's surf life's waves to their fullest.

Hi-dee hi-dee stay-well-and-stay-healthy-ho my friend!

1 comment:

  1. wow, you seems to have a wonderful day, i wish to go to those places too !