Monday, November 16, 2009

Food, plays, awards, o my!

Hello again! I took another break from blogging last night to do dinner and a show with Susan and her parents who were in town for the weekend. It's been ages since I've seen them (mind you, I've known Susan since we were FIVE) so it seemed silly not to meet up!

I skipped out of the store early so I could catch an early early dinner at Oyamel
in Chinatown.
I packed my bag full of stuff to change into but forgot my camera - the one thing I kept reminding myself to pack! Argh! Anyway, we split some guac, salsa and chips (really tasty, but a tad salty, chips!) and then I got the Sopa Tarasca estilo pátzcuaro (black bean soup with light Mexican cream and cotija aged cheese, served with a side of crispy ancho chili, avocado and fried tortilla) and a Salpicon (chilled spiced shredded beef with romaine lettuce, pickled onions, tomatoes, cilantro, chipotle salsa and chiltates) taco. I was surprisingly full...must have been the pre-dinner banana while walking ;)
We rushed around the corner to the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company where we were seeing Full Circle (from the website):
The ancient Chinese myth of the chalk circle re-emerges at the fall of the Berlin Wall: as the crotchety East German Chancellor watches a play, students suddenly riot and the profiteers swoop in. Amid the chaos, two women launch a madcap chase to save an abandoned baby and outrun the vultures of both communism and capitalism. Their journey through Woolly’s entire building comes full circle back to the stage—but can a disgraced artistic director help them reset the nation’s moral compass?
The play made use of the entire building and there were points where we were standing and the actors just kept doing there thing while standing amidst the audience. Very cool. I recommend checking it out if you're in DC between now and November 29th!

Tonight's dinner wasn't as exciting, but it was pretty f-ing tasty. I picked up a random box of lentils at World Market last week and decided to nuke them up tonight with a handful of broccoli rabe.
UM, I'm DEFINITELY buying this box again! Or maybe learning how to make this lentil rice dish. I was pretty impressed with the nutritional information...usually boxed/ready to eat things have a crapton of sodium, but this comes in with only 180mg which is better than most!

I found out this afternoon that Val had passed a blog award onto me :) Thanks, Val! I'm excited to pass this onto six more bloggers I think are awesome.
This award is bestowed upon blogs that are exceedingly charming.
These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends.
They are not interested in self-aggrandizement.
Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated.
Please give more attention to these writers.
Deliver this award to six bloggers who must choose six more and include this cleverly written text into the body of their award.
I will pass this award to some of my bloggy friends that I find exceedingly charming…

Val from Chicago Marathon Val - I think Val and I started blogging around the same time and I'd love to meet with her one of these days. She seems like a cool, down to earth person who would be fun to run or go on food adventures with!

Meghan from Travel Eat Love - OMG, I recently started reading Meghan's blogs and tweets and I'd love to hang out with her too! I think we have a ton in common - even a shared love of zinfandels!

Heather from Trials of Training - I'm surprised we haven't run into each other already! Although she's waaaay faster than I am, I'd love to run or grab a beer with this lady one of these days! Her running posts are funny, informative and motivating - she makes me want to be super fast too!

Sophia from Burp and Slurp - Oh Sophia, one of the few bloggers I've actually met in person! She has such enthusiasm for food and comes up with some great recipes. Plus, her photos make me hungry at my desk!!

Holly from The Healthy Everythingtarian - Holly's posts and vlogs always make me smile and laugh. She reminds me of some of my good friends and she seems like she would be SO much fun to hang out with!

Jessica from Jessica is Getting Fit! - I always love reading Jessica's posts because she always has something new and interesting to write about. No wonder she's also Indianapolis' Quick Workouts Examiner ;) She's inspiring, real and her blog always gets me thinking!

I'm so glad I've come across these great bloggers and I know keeping up with them will definitely help the next three months fly by ;)


Anonymous said...

Ha, seriously, how have we not run into each other?! Let's plan a dinner/hh! that would be SO FUN!!! Thank you So much for the award :) that made my morning!!

also, where is this restaurant in chinatown?! Sounds DELICIOUS!

MarathonVal said...

That play sounds like so much fun! I love doing "different" stuff for fun like comedy clubs, plays, etc... I love finding unique activities like this that are indoors so that I still have motivation to get my butt outta the house during the cold winters!

Jamie said...

no cricket tacos?

Karena said...

heather - oyamel is on 7th a little closer to pennsylvania...i think on a corner? though, my absolute favorite jose andres restaurant is cafe atlantico - also in the chinatown general area. AMAZING.

val - i'm definitely looking for other activities to keep me busy...especially since i'm taking off from running til january. open to suggestions!

j - grasshopper tacos are way salty. tooooo salty.