Be Mine iValentine

by Holly on February 14, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,eating out,holidays,lunch,reviews

Even though I haven’t mentioned him on the blog, I should tell you guys I indeed have a valentine this year.

It’s a relatively new relationship, which is why I have hesitated to say anything.  But I will say…he’s sleek, super intelligent, black and is VERY entertaining.  Basically, we’ve been connected at the hip every since we got together.  Last night, we spent all night in bed listening to music and watching “Annie Hall.”

Okay, okay…here is a picture of him…

Mu ha ha! Could you see that one coming from a mile away? I may not have a “real” valentine this year, but I certainly did splurge this weekend: on an iPhone!  I have been looking to upgrade for awhile, and when my dad said I could get on our family plan (which with Internet + everything, will be CHEAPER than what I currently pay), the deal was done.

I am in love with it and will now be more connected to technology than I already am :).

Yesterday, Mama + Daddy Everythingtarian came into town, and we headed straight to our fave breakfast place: Sunroom Cafe. They have these whole wheat pancakes that are T.D.F., of which I got the banana chocolate chip variety with a cup of fruit

An unpictured lemon blackberry scone went eaten by Mama + I while we waited for our food, which means I wasn’t able to quite finish the pancakes.  But trust me when I say, I made an impressive dent.

We shopped, walked around, toured the Capitol, went to Whole Foods, bought groceries (thank you Mama + Daddy!!!), bought aforementioned iPhone and skedaddled around town before heading to the new vegetarian restaurant in town called The Green Owl Cafe.

The cafe is uber-cute and features a small, but delectable menu. Daddy Everythingtarian ordered the Vegetarian Jambalaya (which he loved!) while Mama Everythingtarian + I shared the Middle-Eastern Platter, which had…

hummus, tabouli, muhammara (roasted red pepper and walnut spread) and baba ganoush served with toasted pita, olives and pickled vegetables

…before moving on to the vegan Crabby Cake Po’Boy with a side of kale crisps!

(all taken with the iPhone camera)

Everything was very tasty, relatively inexpensive and fresh.  We WILL be going back again.

I fell asleep like a grandma watching “Annie Hall” last night at 8:45pm, which means I was up and at’em at 5am.  I downloaded some apps + music of iTunes, finished the rest of the movie and then busted out a 60-Minute Dave Farmar yoga podcast.

Pre-yoga fuel…

And another slice post-yoga :).

Morning errand time included coffee, Target and two grocery stores (a.k.a. the perfect Sunday morning). By the time all was said, done and put away, it was time for lunch!

***NEW PRODUCT ALERT*** (for me at least)

The lovely people at Gardein sent me coupons to try out some of their products, and this was the #1 item I had my eye on…

Fully stocked with groceries, I took the liberty of concoting a stellar snack plate, which featured: carrots, cauliflower, 3 Gardein crispy tenders, Mary’s Gone Crackers Sticks & Twigs in curry, salsa and artichoke spinach dip. The whole shebang…

The “meat” of the meal…

…and you can’t forget the dippers!

Verdict: The Gardein crispy tenders tasted EXACTLY LIKE chicken fingers.  Seriously.  I was nervous as I took the first bite, but it all went away.  They were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.  If I hadn’t known they were made of seven grains, I probably just would have guessed they were actually chicken fingers!

The only downside…these products are a bit expensive.  Most of the ones I saw were around $5 each for two servings.

To finish lunch off, I devoured the last 1/2 of the Pumpkin Cookie I picked up at the co-op last night.  Yes, I purposely chewed it into 1/2 a heart, because it IS Valentine’s Day after all…

xoxo

Gossip Girl The Healthy Everythingtarian

P.S. Playing around with new layouts…bear with me :).

{ 49 comments }

Sam (Merit to the Carrot) February 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I don’t think I even need to say it, but those pancakes & that platter look PHENOM. Sounds like you had a marvelous time with the ‘rents :)

Btw, I really believed you had a human valentine… so kudos to you!!
Have a great day :)

Teri [a foodie stays fit] February 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I want an iPhone so bad! I’m so happy for you. :)

And I love that you signed it xoxo, Gossip Girl! I’m so addicted. <3 Chuck <3 Nate

Estela @ Weekly Bite February 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Congrats on the iPhone!!! I LOVE mine!! They’re so much fun to have!
That’s some great food you ate! I love Mediterranean platters!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Brunette February 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I love when my parents come to town, because it means lots of eating out. Everyhing looks delicious, and I am proud to admit that I, too, am in a committed relationship with my iPhone :)

KathyR (Older/Better) February 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm

That’s it. I am now officially starving.

Also, that’s an excellent Valentine. When he gets a little tired and rundown, you can just plug him in!

Jenny February 14, 2010 at 1:14 pm

The new layout is super cute!!

Congrats on your iValentine…haha loves it :) Get the words with friends app NOW and play me! my username is Jennynaylor

Have a great day!

Erica February 14, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Aren’t those tenders delicious? I love them! $5 is actually not bad if you think about the equivalent cost of good “green” chicken breasts. Love your dippers!

Kristie February 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I love posts like these – when I can recognize the restaurants and pumpkin cookie :) I have been craving chicken tenders lately (weird for me) so perhaps these Gardein tenders will be just what I need!

ellie February 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Yay for family time!!! All your meals make me want to move to Wisconsin :D I have heard some mixed reviews on different Gardein products, but those chicken fingers look delish. I need a veg substitute for them over here…and a big batch of honey mustard and I will be happy.

I thought the valentine was going to be Buddha when I saw the pic. LOL. Enjoy your phone!

Did the arrow words book I sent ever arrive?..

Lizzy February 14, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Aw your very own iphone! i’m not gonna lie, i’m muy jealous because i dream of having one one day and when that day comes i’ll be sure to tell you! :) That med platter u and mamma shared looked amazing, i love big plates like that filled with all sorts of stuff! Hope your having a fantastic sunday! love u girl!

Shelley February 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm

that is hilarious about the iphone LOL. and aw i love sunroom! i actually haven’t had their pancakes- im obviously misisng out. banana chocolate chip sounds so good!!

xoxox
shelley

Chelsea @ (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) February 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I like the new layout! What I love even more is that fabbo looking breakfast you had with the folks yesterday. I don’t know if it’s the lighting in the photo, the smoulderingly good looking pancakes, or perhaps a combination of both…but now all of a sudden I want to raid an Ihop.

PS: Hawt Valentine.

Kate February 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm

love the new look!

Abby February 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Annie Hall = classic. And once again, I want your family to adopt me, if only for the food.

Lynn @ The Actors Diet February 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm

banana chocolate chip pancakes would be my last meal choice, i’ve decided. congrats on your iphone! let’s hope you don’t get apps-bergers syndrome like my hubby has….

Lauren February 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Your new sexy love is smokin hot girl! And I am sure he will bring you a world of pleasure! ;)

Sounds like you had a wonderful day with Mama and Papa Everythintarian. What a perfect way to spend a day of love than with the two people who love you more than anything on this earth. :)

Hope you had a wonderful day Holly.

<3 you!

Traci February 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Happy Valentines Day girlie!

Julie @SavvyEats February 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I just reviewed the Gardein BBQ Pulled Shreds, and they were pretty close to the real thing too! Where did you find the chicken tenders? I didn’t see them at Whole Foods!

I hadn’t heard about Green Owl, but now that I look at the menu, I am thinking…bloggie meet-up sometime?

Angharad (Eating for England) February 14, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Ok, sooooo much to say! Just caught up on a bunch of your posts. Phew!
1) LOVE the new look. LOVE it.
2) Roisen Murphy = excellent choice
3) FAUX FUR COAT!!!! Amazing. Thank you for the shout out (and finally showing me the dang thing)
4) Reeeeeeeally jealous of your iphone.

I think that’s it. Oh and be my valentine?

xxx

Low February 14, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Me and Calhoun (my iPhone) are definitely soul mates. I’m so happy that you found yours :)

Happy Valentine’s Day LOOOOVE!

Matt February 14, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Wow, great to hear that the Gardein strips are good! I got coupons too, and as grateful as I was to get them, I just can’t imagine fake meat being good. But I’ve been dying to find a good vegetarian way to make buffalo chicken, and this sounds like exactly the product for it!! If they’re good, I’ll owe you.

Kailey (SnackFace) February 14, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Shiiii do I need to see Annie Hall? I never have. We’ll discuss.

So I’m waiting for your vlog to fully download in a different tab right now, so I really am catching up on yo life. Well, what you tell us on le blog at least.

HOLLAAAA to delicious Gardein products. When they do it right, they do it right. I’m loving the buffalo wings right now. Well not this moment, but you understand.

What an amazing weekend you’ve had! Gahhh I need to update my phone, too. I’ma have to go with a Blackberry when I do, though. ($$$)

I have so much to tell you. LOVE YOU!!!!xoxoxoxoxoxo

Evan Thomas February 14, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Can I steal your valentine? And then give it a sex change? Or would that just be too weird?

Michal February 14, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Happy valentines day to you too! I love your new boy ;)

Crunchy Granola Gal February 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm

dear holly, thank you for changing your layout! mozilla on a mac no likey the old one, was a super pain the boo-tay for me to read your blog. all is mended now. happy v-day to you and your beloved iphone. i hope you two enjoyed annie hall — freakin’ love that movie. i think we should add woody allen movie party to our list of stuff to do when holly comes to brooklyn. cool beans?

Katie February 14, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Ooooh congrats on the shiny, sleek new addition to your life!! It’s beautiful! I always steal Meeker’s iphone to do Dave Farmar :-)

Happy day to you! Big hugs!

Katie February 14, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Hooly!! First off I LOVE your blog!!! Your eats are amazing and you seem just as amazing!!

I did not recieve a package yet but that could be due to us not getting the mail since Thursday!! My fiance gets the mail and he has the mail key, when we get a package they give us a key in our mailbox, and we have to pick it up at the concierge, so it could be here!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im so excited now!!! U are my secret valentine!! Im so excited becuse I am new to your blog and now I have found you through this secret valentine !! I will let you know tomorrow if it is here!! Eeeek!! So excited!! thank you love!! xoxo

Andrea@WellnessNotes February 14, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Sounds like a lovely time with your parents… And I LOVE your valentine! I have been eyeing him for a while myself… ;)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 15, 2010 at 1:38 am

dannnnng you switched your layout and i dig it!!! nice job there miss holly!
iphone. i want one. i have the touch as my ipod and would like the phone but out here att’s service blows i have heard. so i am sticking w verizon.

re the commenting on my blog, not sure why you’re not getting in girl. if it persists, holla at me again in email, ok?!
xoxo

Special K February 15, 2010 at 5:52 am

My favorite Annie Hall Quote:
After that it got pretty late, and we both had to go, but it was great seeing Annie again. I… I realized what a terrific person she was, and… and how much fun it was just knowing her; and I… I, I thought of that old joke, y’know, the, this… this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Doc, uh, my brother’s crazy; he thinks he’s a chicken.” And, uh, the doctor says, “Well, why don’t you turn him in?” The guy says, “I would, but I need the eggs.” Well, I guess that’s pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y’know, they’re totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and… but, uh, I guess we keep goin’ through it because, uh, most of us… need the eggs.
See my blog!

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) February 15, 2010 at 7:04 am

I’m absolutely LOVING this current layout, for real! :D I love it.

It’s so funny how you had *whole wheat pancakes with bananas and chocolate chips* because the joke of the day yesterday was how my dad wanted me to make him a plain pancake. I kept trying to persuade him into a banana with chocolate chip pancake because that was exactly what I was craving. We battled it back and forth, but he ended going with a plain. Next time! And then I’ll make a bigger batch so that I can have my banana with chocolate chip pancake that I’ve been craving for so long now. :mrgreen:

Long story short: your pancake looks awesome! :D

K February 15, 2010 at 7:13 am

I am LOVING the new layout! It looks sleek and I can scroll with my keyboard (before when I would press page up/page down it wouldn’t move).

Gorgy new splurge! I hope you enjoy your iPhone!! I am loving that crab cake sandwich – I’ve never had a crab cake but the vegan version sounds delish.

PS. The REAL Olympics has started – how much do you love?! ;)

Madeline - Greens and Jeans February 15, 2010 at 8:02 am

Yay for the iPhone! It’s seriously an addiction and you will wonder how you ever managed to live your life without it.

Maya February 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

I LOVE MY IPHONE. Ahhh it makes my life complete! I’m pretty sure I lived a fulfilling life before, but now that I have an iphone I don’t know how I did! It makes spontaneity really easy, for example i had this volunteer shindig last night and a friend and I randomly decided to go to the movies. I could easily look up how to get there, the showtimes, buy tickets, and see what time the new frozen yogurt place closed within seconds. Love IT! Your iphone is a very, very lucky piece of technology to have you.

Katie February 15, 2010 at 9:11 am

I love your new layout! And… I’m kind of jealous of Mr. IPhone. I want to watch Annie Hall! But really… I’m all about the family plan and if Verizon made an iPhone, I would be all over that.

Have a fantastic day, Holly!

Katie February 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

Holly!!!! I got your package!!!!! Yay!!! I am sure it cam either friday or saturday, but like I said the fiance doesnt get the mail everyday and he only has a mail key, he doesnt like getting bills and that is all we ever get, lol!! I LOVE all the goodies ! You are so sweet!! I love the snow white card too and you have the nicest writing ever!!! I cant wait to try the lollipops and the sesame cookie!!! I love larabars!!! Thank you again for such a great valentines day package!!!! I will be posting it today!!!!! xoxoxo

p.s. I love the iphone, thats what I have! The best phone ever!!!

emily (a nutritionist eats) February 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm

The night that Richie and I got our iphones we literally didn’t speak to each other for oh, about 3 hours. No lie!
Thank you for the review on those products – I saw them at the Wedge the other day and almost got them! I’ll pick them up next time!

vera February 15, 2010 at 4:03 pm

woo congrats on the iPhone! :D
I think i’ll be trying those “chicken” strips soon!

xox Vera

Susan February 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Oooh, I love Gardein products. I hope those make their way here!! Of all the fake meat products I’ve tried I find they nail the texture of meat. It kinda creeps me out actually, but it’s also so delicious I don’t want to stop ;)

Hope you had a blast of a weekend with the parents and new BF, erm, iPhone :)

Jenny February 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm

oh lovemuffin are you addicted to the iphone yet?? I’m pretty sure I cuddled with mine the first night I got it. It’s my baybay.

chicken fingers are so much better than chicken nuggets in my humble opinion, no?

LOVE YOU!

Susan February 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Holly!!!!

I am finally up to speed on your fab self (just read 4 posts).
First of all I’m diggin’ the new layout.
Second, Roisin Murphy is the sh!t. I need to go listen to Ruby Blue now. Also, are you a Kate Nash fan? I saw you’ve been listening to “Pumpkin Soup”.
Third, I was at WF this weekend and saw that the Sunshine Breakie patties were on sale because they were being discontinued?! I snatched up a bunch of course, but I thought you should know.
Fourth (and most importantly), more VLOG!!!! You crack me up like Bert and Ernie. Perhaps a future fashion show vid in the future? Hmmm

<3 Susan

PS – iPhone has an Oregon Trail app that is the heez. Just givin' you a heads up.

Stacey February 15, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Bwhahahaha :D Lovin’ the love affair with the phone! Your day and eats look delish :)

Kristie February 15, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Daaaaamn ma’am, your new boyfriend is HOT. Care to share?
And I’m lovin the half-hearted attempt at cookie shaping for some “holiday” spirit. Cute.

susan (stepping off the coaster) February 16, 2010 at 11:48 am

see, i knew you were a smart girl… iPhone addicts unite!! imitations need not apply!! =)

AND annie hall!?!?! such a good flick.

ohhhh and i have something to email you about. i need your opinion PRONTO…

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) February 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I just bought those SAME gardein “chicken” tenders. Glad to hear you gave them a good review :-) Love spending v-day with the fam. I took my mom on a date to see Dear John. Andddd I even bought her popcorn. xoxoxo

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather February 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm

The vegetarian meals looks so yummy! Your new iPhone takes awesome pics on the spot girl. How exciting!!

Dawn February 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I looooove your Valentine! :) HOT!

janetha February 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm

dude. i am coming to your town just for the fact that i can eat at a spot which has “owl” in the name. oh, and to see you of course :) yay for the new phone! thanks for the digits!

Lauren @ Eater Not a Runner February 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm

An iPhone will change your life, I am addicted!

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