Thursday, May 31, 2012

May Wrap Up: We Had Too Much Fun?

Well, I will be the first to admit that the month of May was a big old foodie fail. Or was it? Our goal was to have fun, and it is my personal opinion that we took that goal to the next level, and had so much fun we forgot to write!

My one disappointment is that I did not use avocados, the food of the month nearly as much as I intended. I wanted so badly to try making an avocado based soup! It is definitely staying on my to-do list. Alycia did at least get in the Cinco de Mayo spirit, and shared her healthy chicken fajitas recipe with you.
Since a lack of posting did not actually represent a lack of eating this month, here are some photos of what you missed:
Some delightfully unhealthy grub at Bayfest in Somers Point, NJ

I made the most incredible butternut squash and apple soup!

Homemade eggs and hash - at-home brunch is the best.

Enchiladas on seis de Mayo. I was a day late, but they were just as yummy.

Oyster happy hour for boyfriend's birthday - $1 oysters from Mermaid Oyster Bar

Some MDW beers, ocean side, of course.

I promise to post some recipes for these delicious images in the upcoming future! Stay tuned for what we have in store for you in June.

Feel good,

Friday, May 25, 2012

Foodie Field Trip: Ayza

Alycia and I have been blogging very little lately, but I can assure you that we haven’t been eating very little. Everything has been crazy busy, but we’ve still are finding time for quick lunches and coffee breaks together, and even dinner dates!

 Last week, we set out with one goal in mind: wine. Our first thought was to go to Sweet Revenge, an adorable tiny cupcake/beer/wine bar in the West Village. We actually did go there, but wound up quickly leaving. Online they boast a full menu that includes sandwiches and other non-cupcake food, but when we arrived, they pretty much only had cupcakes to offer. So we went a short walk to the corner and settled on Ayza, another wine bar, and I am glad we did.

We started with a sample of their red sangria, which was absolutely delish. I would have ordered it if I didn’t have white wine on the brain. I wound up with a Riesling and I do not remember what Alycia ordered, but I do know it was yummy.

Wanting to include our food of the month in the dinner party, we ordered a blue crab and avocado salad to start. It had tiny bits of lime and radishes, and was served with lemon vinaigrette. I highly recommend it.

Blue Crab and Avocado Salad from Ayza

Second, we both could not resist the wild mushroom pita tart. I was expecting something more like a pita pocket sandwich, and the dish actually came out completely different (probably better) from what I had expected. It was delicious! The pita was laid out and cut like a mini pizza, with fresh mozzarella, arugula, truffle drizzle and shaved parmigiano atop the pita. It was a melty, cheesey, mushroomy delight.

Wild Mushroom Pita Tart from Ayza

All in all, Ayza was the perfect spot for our foodie date. The atmosphere was conducive to gossiping over wine, what could be better on a random weeknight?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Happy (Late) Cinco de Mayo!

Yesterday I celebrated this fun, festive day with a margarita (or two) and some home made chicken fajitas. They were super easy AND nutritious - below is a twist on this traditional recipe:

Red and green bell peppers
Rice & Beans (side)
Ranch dressing
Sour cream

1. Sauté red & green bell peppers and onions.

2. cook rice & beans (I cheated and used Zatarain's).

3. Grill chicken and coat with ranch dressing.

4. Dice tomatoes and lettuce, and slice avocado (salsa & sour cream optional).


Thursday, May 3, 2012

May Kick Off: Party It Up

Alycia and I have been doing pretty well at eating healthy and making it into the gym, so we decided that our May goal should be a rewarding, simple one: to have fun. And what better a month to do so than May? In three short days it will be Cinco de Mayo, and I intend to let that glorious holiday be the official kick off to a fun-filled month, followed by the best summer yet. Who's with me?

Obviously guacamole = fun, so we're honoring the avocado as May's MVP. 

Check out these stats:
  • Avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C, K, folate, and B6. 
  • Half an avocado has 160 calories, 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and only 2 grams saturated fat. 
  • One avocado contains more than one-third daily value of vitamin C, and more than half the day’s requirements of vitamin K.

So bust out the tortilla chips and get to snacking! Obviously we won't JUST make guac though. I intend to enjoy some avocado tomato salad, and maybe even try adding one to a smoothie, or soup! What's your most inventive avocado creation?