Personal Food Shopper

It’s Friday…well, it’s almost Saturday, but let’s not get caught up in technicalities. It all means the same thing – the weekend is here!

Unfortunately, my Friday didn’t start off quite as I wanted. Yes, I slept in. My bed must have been just too warm and comfy, because my body was not getting out of it.

Fortunately, I had enough time to make an amazing breakfast.

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This has been on my “recipe wish list” to make for ages now. And today just seemed like the right day to try out Katie’s Banana Blender Cereal.

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Into my Magic Bullet went the following:

  • 1 large banana
  • 1 cup Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise cereal (maybe more – I was finishing it off)
  • splash of vanilla
  • as much milk as would fit in the blender cup!

I would have added nuts (pecans, as we have no walnuts), but there was literally no room left for them. I figured they would make a good topping instead, along with a drizzle of peanut butter. You all know how I feel about my bananas – they gotta have peanut butter!

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Paired with a glass of Happy Planet Mango Peach Party to make a well rounded breakfast.

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This one is just so pleasing to look at!

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Katie, you know what you are doing when it comes to blending breakfast! I thoroughly enjoyed this, even though I had to shovel it down as fast as possible to get out the door. I have a feeling you’ll be seeing another one of these soon, so I can actually savour it.

Despite my sleeping in, I made it to class just as it was starting. You just never know what your transit trip will be like – some mornings the stars are aligned just right.

I even brought along a green tea from home, for warmth and a caffeine kick.

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One part of my day did suffer due to my inability to wake up on time – my lunch.

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Seriously, this is probably one of the more pathetic, non-thought out lunches I’ve ever made.

We have Wasa crackers and leftover tuna.

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A disgusting looking but good tasting mango. Not sure what’s up with the grey colour – I tasted tested it, and it was fine. Just hideous to look at.

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And a Vega Whole Food Vibrancy Bar – the Green Synergy one, so I could pretend like I brought some sort of vegetation with me.

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My only criteria when making lunch today was what can I grab that might make a somewhat balanced meal.

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But as pathetic as this lunch was, it wasn’t really that bad. And it filled me up enough to survive my afternoon class. Not that I will learn from this experience and start making my lunches the night before or anything ;)

After school I had a very important mission – I was on a food shopping mission for two of my mom’s friends. I’m not sure what prompted the discussion last night, but mom asked me where one of her friends could get agave nectar like I had. I mentioned that although she could get it at a few stores in the ‘burbs, Whole Foods currently had it on sale for a good price. I offered to pick it up on the way home. Then I ended up also having to pick up arrowroot powder for another of her friends.

Of course, I couldn’t exactly go into Whole Foods and not a) look around, and b) leave without a little something something for me.

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I almost always gravitate towards their bakery counter, and today was no exception. I picked up this apricot pecan scone. Let me tell you – it did not disappoint.

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Not only did it have apricots and pecans (as the name suggests), but dried cranberries as well. It was moist, flaky, and delicious. Perfect afternoon snack. And would have gone nicely with some tea  – but I wasn’t in the mood for any this afternoon.

Something else exciting happened while I was wandering the aisles of Whole Foods. I received a phone call…to offer me the job at Thrifty Foods! I officially have 2 jobs now, not that I’m keeping both. I don’t actually work until Sunday at the produce market, so I guess I’ll be bringing in my resignation letter then. I think I will be starting sometime next week at Thrifty’s. Very exciting!

Anyways, back at home after school I had some downtime, mostly on the damn computer (when am I not on there?), although I was productive, as I did some important emailing. Eventually it was dinner time – and the return of Take-Out Friday.

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Ah yes, our family standard – Chinese take out. Pretty much all of the usual dishes, and per usual, I had some of each.

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I did, however, convince my dad to order one dish of my choosing – the Buddha’s Feast. I always love this one, especially when they include all the different mushrooms and fungi, which they did. Yum!

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My dad even tried it! This is a big deal – he’s very much set in his own ways, especially when it comes to Chinese food. But he gave it a go. It wasn’t for him, but you can’t fault someone if they actually give it a try, right? Plus it means more leftover deliciousness for me :D

After some serious digestion time, my sister and I made out way to the gym. I was a sweat machine, hitting up the treadmill for some incline walking, the stairclimber, then the bike to cool down. Loved it! We followed our sweat session with a soak in the hot tub back at home. Perfect.

Even though I’d had my heaping plate of take-out, I was still hankering for a bite this evening. I went as basic as possible – toasted fresh, doughy Italian bread with some butter.

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I thought about going fancier, but it wasn’t required. Sometimes, buttered toast is all you need.

Time for me to get some shut eye – lots to get done tomorrow! Night.

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8 Comments on “Personal Food Shopper”

  1. January 30, 2010 at 5:27 am #

    Wow, oh my goodness! How did you make that cereal look so amazing?!?! LOL when I make it, it looks like mush in a bowl. You have serious photography talent, girl!

    (Seven entries for you, too)

  2. January 30, 2010 at 6:11 am #

    CONGRATS on the job! Hopefully this one will suit you better…

    I’ve had one of the cranberry scones at WF and I’ve never tasted a better one!

  3. January 30, 2010 at 6:29 am #

    Congrats on the job!!!

  4. January 30, 2010 at 7:35 am #

    I don’t even know where to start…..

    *That cereal looks amazing! I got a Magic Bullet in December for my bday but have not even taken it out of the package. This may have to be my first experiment with it!
    *I thought the apricot scone was some sort of chicken dish but nonetheless,looks yummy!
    *I want Chinese food!!

  5. January 30, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    Congrats on the new job! Yay! And that chinese take out looks delish! I love chinese food but husband hates it…haha…so I don’t get it nearly as often as I would like! :)

  6. January 30, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    I just had some Banana Blender Cereal yesterday myself! Such a good recipe–just like pudding.

  7. January 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Good news on the new job. I like Thrifty’s a lot.

    I was at Whole Foods in Park Royal Village today. It was a ZOO! Next time I’ll go on a weekday.

  8. January 31, 2010 at 5:58 am #

    Congrats on the job offer! That’s exciting :)

    And I bet being a personal food shopper for a day was fun, except most people think the stuff I like is awful, so I wouldn’t do a very good job.

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