Things have been kinda strange here, settling into our lifestyle down south while making plans to head back north on Sunday. Most times I handle the gypsy thing pretty well, but this week it's wearing on me. Maybe because our days (and some nights, in Chip's case) have been filled with our own versions of "work" and there hasn't been enough time for socialization/play. The weather has been crappy, raining all day, so that hasn't helped. The good news is that some long overdue home repairs have been tackled, with plans in place for some more. The goal is to get this house in sale-able shape by next Spring, will see how that goes.
Anyway, have been dining out a little..Chip treated me to a surprise lunch at a new-to-us Italian restaurant down the street, Pizza Mia. I told the waitress I'm a vegan, and she suggested several dishes, very helpful. I chose the Pasta alla Mia, sans cheese plus artichoke hearts. It came with a side salad, which made for a larger lunch than usual but since I got busy and forgot to eat breakfast (that never happens!) I could afford to splurge a little. The pasta was fantastic! While I'm sure there was some olive oil in the sauce, it was not obvious by taste. The eggplant, peppers and artichoke hearts were cooked to perfection, and a generous amount topped the spaghetti. It was one of the few times I've seen the veggies/sauce actually overpower the pasta! I loved it, will definitely be visiting again.
Last night we hit Quarterdeck for our usual Thursday night routine, but this time our favorite bartender Mary Ann suggested a different veg-friendly dinner option: Fajitas. She reasoned that I could eat the veggies, Chip the meat, and we'd both be happy. I expressed my concern because in the past the fajita veggies have been sooooo greasy, but she assured me that she'd order them w/o additional oil. While I appreciate her efforts, the end result was still much too oily for my taste. I ate two small tortillas stuffed with a little bit of vegetables, lettuce, salsa & guacamole; even with such a small portion, my stomach gave me fits later on. I guess it's true: once you change your way of eating, you simply can't go back. Good for me, bad for dining out. Oh, well.
This morning I whipped up some tofu scramble and steamed kale, my new favorite breakfast. Inspired by Chef AJ, I treated myself to a new kitchen appliance, the Instapot Electric Pressure Cooker. It'll be delivered today, can't wait!
Well, look at that; as I sat here typing the sun peeked through the clouds! I'm gonna put on my bathing suit and soak up some pool time before the inevitable afternoon showers arrive. Have a great day, TGIF!