Thursday, October 29, 2009

Food Recap!

With all the MCM stuff going on, I've neglected all the fun food! Here's a quick recap of the weekend/week's eats:

Pre-race meal was sushi at Murasaki in Tenleytown. Jamie and I have been here a couple of times and Murasaki hasn't disappointed us yet! The menu is a little overwhelming with all the pages and photos, but it's so yummy! We started with an order of Jumbo Shumai and Tsukune (chicken meatballs with teriyaki sauce) for the table.
For the main event - assorted sushi (I actually forgot what I ordered, but I know I got a few nigiri and 4 or so rolls) and Chicken Yakisoba. It was just the right amount of food for the five of us! I know it's a little weird, but I do love sushi pre-long has salt, lean protein, carbs, fat, and it never makes me feel gross full! Two thumbs up in my book!

Post-race was sort of an act of desperation. While V headed to Clarendon for food w/her fam, we decided to skip the overcrowded metro (I've never seen so many people spilling out of the metro entrance before!) and head back into the District. Everyone was tired from walking, so we parked ourselves near the Key Bridge to hail cabs to the closest restaurant with beer-a-plenty - Cap City.
It's not my favorite, but it does have a wide variety of food and, it takes large parties and was close to where we parked.

First up, BEER. Delicious beer. I wasn't thrilled at the idea of it at mile 22, but I sure wanted it after the race was over! I went with the Pale Rider Ale as I browsed the menu for food.
I wanted EVERYTHING on the menu...well, at least the entire appetizer section ;) I was too lazy to dig around Jamie's backpack for my camera so no pictures. We got an order of Black & Tan Onion Rings and Jalapeno Cheese Dip for the table. The onion rings were ok, but the cheese dip definitely hit the spot! For my first meal of the day, I went with the Grilled Chicken Wrap (fresh salad mix tossed with chicken, roasted corn, tomatoes, cucumber, black beans, cheddar and chipotle ranch dressing wrapped in a tomato basil tortilla) with Sweet Potato Fries.

I have no idea what the deal was with my stomach...I ate half my wrap and all my fries and was done. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy! Don't worry, the food didn't go to waste, I ate it almost immediately after we got back to the apartment. I also cracked open my celebratory bottle of wine:
I picked this up on Friday at the new wine store near job #2. They offer free tastings daily and this was the first one I sampled. It was a little out of my typical wine price range and I decided it would be my gift to myself ;) It's deliciously crisp and light!

Jamie, Sparky, my folks and I vegged out to a Cake Boss marathon before I declared it was time for dinner. My declaration was met with somewhat crazy looks, but eventually we got two pizzas delivered from Angelico - the Angelico Special (tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, caramelized onions and roasted red peppers) and the Vegetariano (tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, green peppers, red onions and black olives).
If I could, I'd dump more veggies on the Vegetariano. Do you think more veggies makes for a delicious pizza?? I do ;)

Monday Monday eats. Susan stopped by the store to get fitted for proper running shoes and I invited her over to join Jamie and I for dinner. My mom brought a vat of Chicken and Pork Adobo down with her so we heated it up for dinner.
Served with it was a cucumber salad/pickly thing my mom makes
And some Lumpiang Prito (?) a family friend made from scratch - I totally googled because I only know Lumpia Shanghai :/
Usually I'll serve lumpia shanghai with a sweet chili sauce or Mang Tomas All Purpose Sauce. With this other kind of lumpia, I put out bowls of those sauces plus a bowl of garlic and cider vinegar.Susan made some small salads for us and dinner was served!
YUUUM and it was like a home cooked meal, but not.

Tuesday was Tofu Tuesday! I started catching up on blogs and saw that Paige over at Running Around Normal could use some fun tofu recipes. While I was at the Giant, I grabbed an eggplant and a container of extra firm tofu and brainstormed....

Hot 'n Peanutty Eggplant and Tofu
1 block extra firm tofu, cubed
1 baby eggplant, cubed
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp szechuan sauce
2 tbsp black bean sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp chili oil
2 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp water or broth
squirt sriracha sauce

Whisk last nine ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet and saute eggplant until soft. Add tofu and cook for 3 minutes before adding sauce. Stir sauce in and cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Serve immediately over rice.
For an out of nowhere experiment, I thought this was pretty good! It reminded me a little of something else I made with eggplant, but better. I'd add some thinly sliced onion next time or another vegetable...just to add a contrasting texture.

What's dinner without dessert? I was feeling nice so I allowed some frozen treats into our shopping basket this time:
This is one of my favorite Ben & Jerry's flavors, next to Cherry Garcia. I think I have a soft spot for fudge chunks.

Tonight was a lonely dinner since Jamie's off at a happy hour with old coworkers out in Reston. I've been craving some of this ever since I threw it into our grocery cart!
I can't eat JUST shells n cheese and hot sauce...c'mon, gotta have a veg of some sort in there! Hm, what to add? Peas!
And some Trader Joe's Corn and Chile Salsa just for fun (um, this stuff is like crack to me but I don't think it was a good idea on the mac).
I like to line the bottom of my bowl with some greens (spinach, arugula, you name it) before putting something warm in it so they wilt a little.
The party in a bowl with a generous dousing of Texas Pete
How do you like to mac??


Anonymous said...

Goood thing I'm eating breakfast while I read this - because WOW that's a lot of food posting, and it all sounded preeettty tasty!

You're definitely the first person I've met that has a pre-Race-Sushi routine ;)

I mac w/ steamed broccoli and (sometimes) ketchup! yummm

Kelly said...

Wow that is a lot of delicious food, all in one post. I was thinking about having tofu tonight so I may have to try that recipe if I have most of the stuff at home :)

Sophia said...

Man, I'm drooling. I think you changed my perception about tofu with that eggplant and peanuttty tofu dish!

Oh, and I mac with kabocha, 3-4 different kinds of cheeses, some kind of veggie, bacon, and baked in the oven!

katecooks said...

aw what yummy eats!!! tenley town and angelicos?!?! you are tugging at my heartstrings right now girlie!!!!

MarathonVal said...

Your eggplant/tofu looks awesome Karena!! As does everything else.

Have a great day!!