Hoho is a Nono

by Holly on November 22, 2009

in breakfast,lunch,Thai

Well, this weekend started like any other…with work.

However, it was a short shift on Friday night, and I skedaddled from the PT (part-time) job at 8pm.  Then I got home, put my jammies on, crawled in bed and FINALLY got the chance to read this…


Yes, that would be the The Food Issue from the New York Times Magazine article Ellie sent me oh…forever ago.  Needless to say, it made me love Jamie Oliver even more (that British accent is sooo adorable!), rethink going vegetarian for about the hundredth time and realize just how out of whack Americans are about food and everything it means (community, togetherness, health, energy…life!).

Here is some advice my boyfriend Michael Pollan put together…


Alright, I’ll get off my soapbox now…

It’s really too bad I didn’t take any food pictures on Saturday because the day exemplified the very meaning of deliciousness! The day started with a bowl of brown rice + agave + cinnamon, which is a stellar combo.  Then at the grocery store, I ripped open a Cinnamon Roll Larabar and chowed down.  Mama was hungry.

Then, it was off to do some shopping!


What? You don’t have a 24-ft. gingerbread man made with more than 200 lbs. of butter, 1 lb. of cinnamon and 400 lbs of flour at your local mall? Nonsense!

My friend Ilsa and I shopped for more than 5 hours, and surprisingly, I only came out with a black skirt and dark gray cardigan.  Surprising because I could have bought more.  A lot more.  I went to Anthropologie…eeeek, why must you be so expensive?  I know this girl agrees.

Lunch was una ensalada grande con mucho salsa y guacamole.  Delicioso, no Sarah? Snack was Cold Stone ice cream – cinnamon ‘scream + choco chips + almonds = AMAZE.  Dinner was a falafel wrap, French fries, a locally-made brew and a side of bowling!

Slide1The bottom left-hand corner is me.  Look at that stellar form.

Unfortunately, my stellar form does not translate into a stellar score.


Or a stellar name. Looking back, choosing the name Hoho most likely did not help me win that game.

Afterwards we went to a friend’s house where yours truly, the youngest of the group, managed to fall asleep on the couch at 12:30am.  I may look young, but I’ve got the old soul of a g-ma and the killer benefit of being able to fall asleep anywhere.

This morning, my friend Eric and I went off on a 2.5 mile run, which we were both not feeling.  However, breakfast more than made up for it….BANANA OATY CAKES!

Here were the toppings…


And the final product with a drizzle of agave…



Polly’s recipe NEVER lets me down.

Then, I went on a cleaning binge.  And it felt dayum good.

Lunch was more leftovers of Red Curry Lentils, brown rice + roasted kabocha squash


Now, I’ve got a bit more organizing to do, a shower to take and then back off to work where I will be pimping out the very latest in Christmas decorations, reed diffusers and diningware…it shall be life-changing :).

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday kiddos!

What is your favorite piece of food advice? I think mine is just, “Slow down.” I am a notoriously fast eater.

Are you a good bowler? Generally speaking, no.  However, once in awhile, I bowl an awesome game and score almost 200.  But again, that is once in a blue moon.


Katie November 22, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Work sucks! I’m so glad to be on sabbatical from it.

And that gingerbread is a little odd. What a waste of good food!

Antro is like the devil what a tempting tempting store. Argh and with people on a budget it ain’t happening.

And HoHo? Did you have a big beard and a red suit? Or were you HOHO as in tight shirt, short skirt and 4 inch stilletos ;) I think bowling as either MIGHT just might have been the problem LOL

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I haven’t been bowling in YEARS! I can’t even remember the last time. My best piece of food advice? I have 2:

1. It’s never the enemy
2. It will always be there

Have a wonderful Sunday, Holly!!! :)

Carbzilla November 22, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Do you think Michael Pollan would take more than one wife? Then we wouldn’t have to arm wrestle for him. I don’t want to wear the big hair and the hideous dresses or anything…

Happy Sunday!

Matt November 22, 2009 at 2:43 pm

I SUCK at bowling. Haha. Sometimes I get lucky, but that is rare ;)

Mama Pea November 22, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Your lunch looks AMAZE. I have my own bowling ball. Her name (or perhaps the name of her previous owner) is Barb.

My favorite food rule: “IT’S JUST FOOD. GET OVER IT.”

Lauren @ Eater Not a Runner November 22, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I loved those food rules from Michael Pollan! The rule I try to live by is “everything in moderation.” It isn’t always easy though!

I love bowling! I’m not very good at it though :-)

Jenna November 22, 2009 at 2:52 pm

breaky looks great!
my food advice would be to enjoy and savor every bite :)

Estela @ Weekly Bite November 22, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I love what you said regarding food and dieting! I couldn’t agree more!!

Shelley November 22, 2009 at 3:15 pm

those banana oaty cakes look absolutely amazing! & that gingerbread man is awesome ahhaha. love bowling even though i suck at it :-\
i think my favorite food advice is to slow down too- i always eat way too fast! it sucks hha


Susan November 22, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Aahhh, Jamie Oliver was my first foodie love!!! However, I blame my old addiction to olive oil on him. He douses everrrything in that stuff. Those oaty cakes look fab, I’ve been meaning to try those for a while.

1. Carbs are your friend. Especially when slathered in peanut butter ;)

2. I’m mediocre, but not consistent. I get a few strikes and spares in, then the rest are gutter balls. Although, that may be the gradual effect of the pitcher of beer that’s always ordered :P

Lauren November 22, 2009 at 3:34 pm

That looks like such a great article. You said it was from the NY Times? I am going to try to find it.

Sounds like a great weekend and I must say, I’m a bit sad that you don’t have pics of your eats on Saturday because they sound incredible! Oh well, the bananny oat pancakes sure do make up for it. ;)

Way to sweep in bowling! Sounds like a great night.

Have fun at work. :)

Katie November 22, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Yay for grandma-like-souls. :-) I’m so with you.

It’s funny that you shared that “apple” quote because my “test” to ask myself if I am really hungry or not has always been “Would you eat a bowl of broccoli if it was sitting in front of you?” – if the answer is “no” – I know I’m not really hungry. I liked all your little tidbits, though. :-)

Happy Sunday, Holly Girl.

Abby November 22, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Ummm…yum! Sounds like a great weekend there, girly. As for the food advice, there’s a lot of good stuff out there. I would have to go with “It’s just food,” as I tend to make it into so much more, “Food is medicine,” as it is for me right now. Boring, but whatever.

I suck at bowling. Seriously. If there aren’t any bumpers, I’m SOL…and since they have those electronic score things now, I can’t even pretend to go to keep score. Drat, technology!

Chelsea @ (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I LOVE those sayings, particularly the one by Laura Ushers.

That toast looks simply sensational. Mouth watering.

Yay bowling, yay obnoxiously oversized Gingerbread men, and yay Holly! Glad you had a fun weekend (minus the work)!

Evan Thomas November 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm

I am self notorious for talking myself out of a food or flavor for no particular reason so my lesson to learn is go with my gut and stick with first impressions.
And I dont like bowling, mostly because I lose but also because the local places are a bit skeezy.
I need to find that book. It sounds genious

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 22, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Oaty cakes look awesome but between the yogurt/dairy, the wheat flour/gluten, and the egg…I am out.

However, your pumpkin molasses cookies that Katharina linked today…OMG how did i miss those, they look amzing and i could totally tweak them to use non-wheat based flour. I have to be GF, cant cheat.

Food: Everything in moderation. (except gluten for me LOL) Seriously though, some people get wayyyyy too fanatical and uptight. Relax kids, it’s only food.

Jenny November 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I’ve walked in to Anthro but once and nearly fainted at the sight of a 200 dollar blouse than I could’ve made myself. Then I fainted again at the sight of a 200 dollar blouse that I would’ve given my first born child to own… so heart-breaking.

I am an awful bowler, and my friends love to exploit it (i.e. they never let me use the bumpers) they are so cruel.

Happy night babes. Love you forever and for always!

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) November 22, 2009 at 5:38 pm

What a fun/busy weekend Holly!
I need to find that article!!!!

Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) November 22, 2009 at 5:43 pm

My food advice? Don’t make rules. Eat what you want, when you want. You will want different things than you think you will! :)

And I totally suck at bowling. lol

Graze With Me November 22, 2009 at 5:55 pm

You can get back on your soapbox, I think a lot of people need to be taught a lesson on hunger vs. boredom or lack of knowledge. I love the apple rule!

I’m an awesome bowler and I say it proudly. Mostly just because I suck at everything else. My own husband won’t go bowling with me anymore cuz I whooped his ass. (He’s *very* competitive…)

Best piece of food advice? “Respect your fullness.” I have a big problem with after-meal munchies.

Maya November 22, 2009 at 6:04 pm

I read the food issue online, I wish I had the actual magazine to read! While I love having access whenever wherever to media online, I love reading print magazines and newspapers. I will be sad if the media ever went 100% paperless.

I guess my eating advice would be to eat intuitively, which I am really trying to do at the moment. Don’t eat according to a schedule or rules–eat what you truly want when you want it when possible. I think if you really listen to what you want you will want fruits and veggies often!

Madeline @ GreensAndJeans November 22, 2009 at 6:14 pm

While I have no great food advice at the moment (I started typing like 5 different things before realizing I have nothing mind blowing to say), I will say that I come from a family of good bowlers (what can I say? I’m from Wisconsin), but I am TERRIBLE. I think my best score ever is a 70.

Emily November 22, 2009 at 6:42 pm

I wish my binges were of the cleaning kind :P

my fave piece of food advice: if it’s a “treat” and it doesn’t feel totally “worth it”, don’t eat it! ya know?

I’ve actually only bowled a few times. there are certain things where I feel like if I was good, I would have fun; since I am not so good, I just get ridic frustrated. bowling, golf, and chess are among those things.

I am taunted by the anthro store two blocks away!

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) November 22, 2009 at 6:43 pm

I love the idea to slow down while eating. I, too, am a fast eater. I try to keep the following in mind: I can always have more tomorrow. Instead of eating a brownie that I’m really too full for, I can save it for tomorrow. When I’ll enjoy it more :-)

Sounds like you had a great day of eats – I especially like the falafel + fries + beer. This girl loves her beer.

Lynn @ The Actors Diet November 22, 2009 at 6:56 pm

i’m hit or miss with bowling – i have been known to be amazing (for me) and horrible (in general)

Bekah November 22, 2009 at 7:57 pm

bahaha i LOVE michael pollan too! we can share him.mmm and jamie oliver, he is one of like three food network stars who genuinely make me laugh on their show.

oaty cakes look fab. polly= geniusss!

Bethany November 22, 2009 at 8:26 pm

I think about going vegetarian ALL the time. I will have to read The Food Issue for sure!

Jess November 22, 2009 at 8:32 pm

LOL-I am a HORRIBLE bowler :D

Love your eats, as usual! I especially love those pancakes!! Mmm banana-y!
<3 jess

katie November 22, 2009 at 8:58 pm

those pancakes=amazing.
love those eats
and about eating..usually i do something else while im eating so i can take my time.. i know ure not supposed to but it works 4 me!

Angharad (Eating for England) November 22, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Why oh why is it so expensive?! Ugh. I want to go shopping.

Your food this weekend has been phenom my love. Coldstone? The first week I moved stateside I found that and nearly died. We have NOTHING like it back home, or at least then we didn’t. Amaze.

Also, those oaty cakes look baller. I need those in my life!

1) I want to read that article about Jamie! He did a similar thing with school dinners in England and overhauled the whole way school cafeterias operate back home. Love. I am also all about “slow down”! I eat super fast. I TRY to put my fork down between bites but you KNOW that’s a challenge!
2) Awful. Just awful. I actually hate bowling, mainly because I am bad at it. I feel the same way about skiing. Hate.

emily November 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm

You seem like a pretty good bowler to me, I went with friends yesterday and scored a 20!!

Whole Body Love November 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Best piece of advice recieved: you create your own destiny and your own future in general.

BroccoliHut November 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm

My food mantra is definitely something along the lines of “taste the rainbow.” And no, Froot Loops don’t count.
While I lack regular bowling skills, I am pretty awesome at the Wii version;)

maria November 23, 2009 at 12:40 am

The sad thing for me about this post is that the area Jamie Oliver went to is actually my home. I live ten minutes from Huntington in Ashland. Its so sad to know I’m from the unhealthiest place in the U.S.

Megan November 23, 2009 at 1:12 am

Oh Hoho, you crack me up sometimes.

My food philosophy is to “eat more REAL food, and eat less FAKE food-like substances”.

And, yes, I am a great bowler. Modest, too. I actually bowled every Saturday morning as part of a local youth league during high school. I get made fun of by my friends for my precise “form” when I’m throwing the ball!

On a serious note, as a fellow foodie, should I order a back copy of that issue?
On a silly note, that gingerbread cookie picture has created a serious gingerbread craving…

Uncle Tommie Timbertoes November 23, 2009 at 6:00 am

I try to eat like the birdies do. A bird will only consume what it needs because if it doesn’t it will soon find it is too fat to fly and too easily consumed by others.

K November 23, 2009 at 8:58 am

Sounds like a jam packed weekend!! Bowling is so much fun, if there’s bumpers ;) I’m horrible! I used to bowl when I was a kid (a league thingy) but now I can’t bowl to save my life. One of my scores? 34. How embarrassing!

Sarah (Finding My Balance) November 23, 2009 at 11:19 am

i got SO EXCITED about the food issue, too! i loved it!

in response to yr qs:
1. whenever i give anyone advice, i almost always end with either “follow your heart” or “do what tastes right.” sheesh.
2. i am a champion bowler! (really.) however, i am only decent at candlepin bowling, which doesn’t exist outside of new england and canada, so it is sort of a useless skill. i’m not very good at regular bowling, however.

Heidi November 23, 2009 at 11:41 am

Thanks for the link to that article. I absolutely love the Laura Usher quote on ice cream. It hit home!
I’m a firm believer in the “everything in moderation” stance on food. A little bit of sugar now and again does us all good :)
Sadly, I stink at bowling. I suppose my fear of sticking my fingers in those holes and having them get stuck has contributed to that fact.

Katie November 23, 2009 at 1:06 pm

So Michael Pollan’s your boyfriend now, too? We might need to throw down.

My own advice is to think about just what it is that you’re putting into your body. How far is it from its original state? Does it HAVE an original state?

Faith November 23, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Great food advice, I especially love the one about the apple! I love the giant gingerbread man, too cute! Happy Monday, Holly!

Whit November 23, 2009 at 1:44 pm

ahahaha I just had to laugh seeing your bowling score! I think that might be a HIGH score for me. I suck SO bad at bowling.

Low November 23, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I don’t think I’ve been up past 1 a.m. once this month. And I’m cool with that.

That gingerbread man is crazy! Love it.

I am a TERRIBLE bowler. But bowling alleys usually play bomb music so the majority of my time is spent shakin my groove thang. I know you can understand where I’m coming from with that.

Katharina November 23, 2009 at 6:45 pm

lol I love the title of your post :) HELLO gingerbread man! Oh man, so I found a kabocha at the store the other day and I can smile at that picture and remember how good they taste. Yumm.

1. Hm.. best piece of food advice? When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste

2. I’m not too hot when it comes to bowling lol.

p.s. the grahams are yummy and so is the toffee. EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! seriously. I’m going to save atleast one cookie for my mom when she visits lol.

glidingcalm November 23, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Hhaha ! I featured that NYT magazine and similar pictures from that article on my blog too, a while back!!! It was a fun issue!!!

I am a craze fast eater too. Always have been. Oh well.

LENTILS. kabochaaaaaaaaaaaa. Drool-ang.

hugssssssssssssssssssss hollzyyyy

janetha November 24, 2009 at 2:26 pm

holy balls look at that gingerbread man!!

mm. cold stone. the key to my heart. ice cream.

i love that your bowling name was hoho. we have a restaurant here (as i am sure most cities do) called the hoho gourmet. and now it will forever make me think of you!

i suck ass at bowling and my food advice for today is don’t eat it if you don’t like it.


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