Posts tagged ‘mexican food’

July 25, 2011

campeón del burrito

This weekend, I was the campeón del burrito. It takes a lot to be the burrito champ, but I earned the title this weekend. I enjoyed a day off from work Friday, but I spent it working on the house. Kevin and I took a much needed break from housework on Saturday. We spent the afternoon at the lake, and then partied it up the rest of the night.

I joined about 15 other people to celebrate a friend’s birthday at a pretty awesome Mexican restaurant. Even though it was a big group, everyone really enjoyed their food and received decent service. I ordered the steak burrito. Mmmm… beef.

burrito

It was huge! I didn’t eat my beans and rice as a side, and I pulled most of my rice out of my burrito. I was still totally stuffed! Oh, and if you were wondering, that’s a Dos Equis Amber on the side. Perfect pairing – as usual.

leftover

I took my remnants to-go, which turned out to be an excellent decision. I’ll spare you party details, but trust me, come 3:30 a.m., I was really happy to have those leftovers! I shared, so Kevin was happy to have them too (best wife ever).

The next morning, about 10 of us all met up for brunch. Wow. Worst brunch ever. The food was cold. The menus were misleading, and service was terrible. Even the hashbrowns were pitiful.

brunch

I ordered an egg, onion, pepper, and black bean burrito, or so the menu said. There was actually turkey sausage in it too, which upset one of the vegetarians in our party. I ate it anyway even though I’m not a fan of breakfast sausage.

burrito

I made up for the cruddy brunch when I made my dinner. It was soooooo good! As you can see, it was a spinach wrap filled with homemade yummus (aka: hummus), a few kalamata olives, and grilled veggies.

wrap

The grilled veggies included a portabello mushroom cap, eggplant slice, and some zucchini. I then pressed it all together. Delish! Of course, I also enjoyed a post-dinner treat (2 servings of Vanilla Almond Special K and unsweetened almond milk).

Now it’s time to face the week. Wish me luck!

What was the best thing you did this weekend?

May 6, 2011

Reflections on Cinco de Mayo

The day started innocently enough with a three-mile run at 5:15 a.m. with my running buddy, Eliza, and her dog, Lexi.  Upon my return, I finished up some abdominal work before downing my all-natural vanilla soy protein and jumping in the shower.  I used to be a die-hard Optimum Nutrition 100% whey fan, but I’m digging this all-natural stuff. 

I usually save my real breakfast for 8 a.m. when I get to work.  Today, it was the glorious and the regular old-fashion oats with half a banana.  It’s a good thing I got this large, handy, and now very beat-up lunch box a few years ago.  I fill this thing to the brim on a daily basis!

Lunch Box of Champions

After work, Kevin met Eliza and her hubby out for a Cinco de Mayo dinner.  The first Mexican restaurant we visited had a three hour wait.  Hold up, yes, I just said three-friggin-hours!  Our second stop was much better.  We only waited 30 minutes.  Sweet!  No- what was really sweet was my strawberry margarita.  Yes, this beer girl indulges in a yearly margarita.  As expected, I was let down.  It was weak and tasted of sugary, syrupy mix.  I was hoping for more berry flavor.

When dinner came, I switched back to beer!  I branched out and tried a new one called Victoria; I was thoroughly pleased.  Usually I’m a Dos Equis Amber girl, but Victoria was on special.  Victoria is a Vienna style lager with a bread-like flavor.  I hear its 4% ABV and Mexico’s oldest beer.  This beer didn’t have the sweetness I usually dislike in lagers, and it lacked that horrible aftertaste of Corona.  Score!

Photo from Ken Lenard

Dinner was sort of a score, but not so much.  Soft corn tacos soaked in salsa and filled with seasoned, grilled steak.  I was bummed at the lack of veggies, but the beef had a great flavor.  Even though I went for a cheese-free entrée, it wasn’t a very healthy choice once I inhaled enjoyed the side of beans and rice… and too many chips.  Whoops!  I told Kevin this would be my splurge meal and that he should be prepared for ultra-healthy weekend dinners!

Before leaving the restaurant, we participated in a free raffle.  We ended up winning a grill!  I mean, it’s nothing fancy, but it’d be great for camping.  It uses propane for cooking and has speakers and a plug for an iPod.  Winning!

Free Grill

What did you do for Cinco de Mayo?  Margaritas n’ chips or did you keep it healthy at home?

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