Okay I can now finally tell everyone that The Boyfriend and myself are moving! Say goodbye to It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia… ’cause we’re moving to Portlandia! In 30 days, I’ll be updating from our new home in Oregon and couldn’t be more excited. New home, new kitchen (with so much counter space!) and the next step in life with my wonderful man. Can’t wait to see what all my new adventures bring to the table!
Moving on, I am now officially on Tumblr! Not entirely sure why yet, but my sister said it’s important and she’s my new social media intern so I did what I was told – don’t get used to it. I also thought I’d use this new addition to my team to share (again) all the ways you can follow the adventures of SlowCarbSnacktime & Co.!
My apologies to all you wonderful readers for how long I’ve been MIA. It’s been an insane few weeks. I’ve got a few recipes in the works, including a small series entitled Fish Sauce Chronicles, but there have been some crazy [good] developments in my life as well.
As many of you know, The Boyfriend has been out in Oregon since March completing an incredible internship. We’ve had some ups and downs throughout our long distance relationship, but overall we are better and stronger. Some of you may also know that I just recently (like, this past weekend) celebrated my 25th birthday. I waited for days and days waiting for The Boyfriend’s gift to arrive… until I finally walked in to my party on Saturday night, and he was standing right in front of me. Let me repeat this: my boyfriend just flew 3,000 miles to surprise me for my 25th birthday. No one in my family knew he was coming, and the friends that did know definitely did not spill the beans. I got to spend three wonderful days with my man celebrating my birthday and planning our next step – his move back to Philly and into my apartment!
Disclaimer: My cake was definitely NOT slow carb, but oh man it was delicious! Created by the absolutely fantastic Sweet Life Bake Shop in South Philadelphia.
Surprise! I had no words.
Blowing out the candles!
Amazing lemon cake!
Birthday Dinner @ Parc
All that being said, please forgive me for not updating since before my trip out to Oregon at the beginning of the month! I promise there are lots of goodies coming up, and I will be cooking a lot more now that I have the kitchen to myself again (I was forbidden from using fish sauce all summer ’cause my grandma hates the smell!)
Mini-Progress update: Sorry I don’t have a picture yet, but I just fit into a pair of INC size 12 super skinny curvy fit jeans that have been sitting in my closet since March!
So last night I went to Stephen Starr‘s restaurant Dandelion for dinner with my family – we have friends visiting from out-of-town *and* I just got my first real job out of college.
Anyway, the menu has tons of yummy things that us Slow Carb kids can only salivate over, BUT it was pretty easy to stick to the rules. A lot of the appetizers come with bread but are otherwise diet friendly and the wait staff was very accommodating for all of my “extra salad, no bread” requests.
For appetizers, we ordered a bunch of goodies for the whole table. Slow Carb-friendly appetizers included deviled eggs with curry and paprika (delicious), and the confit duck rillettes without the bread (tasty, but too many mushrooms for my liking).
The life lesson this evening was to pay more attention to things I read, and to speak up when something is wrong. Oysters have been my saving grace through most of my dieting experiments, one of my favorite foods, I could easily eat two dozen in a manner of minutes, so I was super pumped when I saw oysters on the menu. Problem: the oysters at Dandelion come with a vinegar mignonette (standard) and APPLES. What the #$%!? In my excitement over oysters, I just assumed the apples would be served on the side, as a second option to the mignonette. False! I got my plate, and all my lovely little oysters were covered in tiny chopped up apples. I spent the next five minutes furiously and painstakingly picking out all the tiny apple pieces from my oysters before I could continue eating. I was pretty upset about the whole thing and made sure to explain all of this to the hostess when we were leaving. She actually apologized quite a bit and said they would have gladly replaced my order had I mentioned it. To her credit, I will now continue with my generally-pleased review of my meal instead of the SLOW CARB FURY rant I had planned out in my head earlier.
For my entrée, I ordered the beef tartare with extra salad and no bread, and it was so freaking tasty. It’s food like this that makes me think I can successfully live a slow carb lifestyle.