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EarthFare, Carob Vegan Overnight Oats, Sushi, and Beer Review

EarthFare’s Bulk Section

If you’ve never been to EarthFare’s bulk section of grains, rice, nuts, barley, etc, you must go!!  After being referred to go there from Mariah , I felt so dumb for always walking right past the bulk section when I could’ve been saving $$ buying bulk goods there!  Here is my receipt from bulk shopping at EarthFare.

I picked up black chia seeds, rolled oats, tri-colored quinoa, and red wheatberries all at low prices by buying bulk.

Next I picked up some Zesty Nacho Kale Chips, because after making my own, I’ve been eager to try new flavors of this delcious and healthy treat!

I also picked up this yummy peanut sauce that I would like to add to a tofu or grilled chicken with veggies and brown rice.

And then picking up lunch from their salad bar, sounded like a great idea!  Look at what I got!  Yummy israeli couscous salad, sweet potatoes, broccoli salad, dolmas, and curry chicken salad.

While I was eating lunch, my little begger, Lacey, was jealous of me.  So I gave her one of her Blue Bars from the Blue Buffalo Company, which is an all natural, healthy and holistic dog food company.

Puppy Treat

Vegan Overnight Oats

Then I thought I’d whip up a batch of Carob Vegan Overnight Oats, also known as VOO.  These are all the ingredients you need for the delicious, healthy yummyness!

  • 1/3 cup regular oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk, I use vanilla almond milk
  • 1.5 tbsp carob powder (or sweetened protein powder)–optional

Ingredients for Vegan Overnight Oats=VOO

Directions: Mix together all ingredients in bowl and place in the fridge overnight.  Stir well in the morning & add maple syrup to taste.

I did not have any bananas at the time to create banana soft serve to implement this mixture, so I added a tbsp of almond butter and gave it a swirl around with the carob oats.  It was delicious and Lacey loved it too!!

Mmm--and healthy too!!

Check out these blogs to see more mouthwatering overnight oats pictures and recipes!

Sushi Buffet

Now, I am a sushi lover and critic!!! So…eventhough it sounds skeptical to go to a sushi buffet, I promise this one at Rusan’s in Charlotte is award-winning!  For $9.99 you get an entire sushi buffet that is loaded with fresh sushi, all sashimi grade.  There are many types of different sushi rolls, maki, and nigiri.  Here are some pictures I want to share of my time at Rusan’s today.

Kirin Light and Low Sodium soy sauce


I do not use or need that much wasabi, FYI, I just accidently piled it on.

I met up with my good friend and co-worker at school, Genie and her 7 month son, Joseph.

Genie and Joseph


Beer Review

Mud Slinger Spring Ale

Mud Slinger Spring Ale is a beer from Red Hook Brewery, located in Woodinville, WA (outside Seattle).  I’ve had the pleasure to visit this brewery and go on their brewery tour, so I’m partial to Red Hook.  This beer was my favorite of theirs on the tour.  Mud Slinger has a slightly sweet nutty taste and being that it’s medium brown in color, it’s a little heavier than a lager.  On the tour, I learned that this beer has just been created and gets it’s name from the slang term, mudslingers, or mountain bikers who ride around the Cascades, in the Seattle area.  Here are some more pics of when I visited this brewery.

Check out those copper kettles of beer behind me!! And Flat Stanley came along with me!

Me, Becky, and Brian at Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville, WA (April 2011)


Flying Biscuit Cafe-Playing Frisbee in the park-Speciality Beer Reviews

Flying Biscuit Cafe

We were late risers this morning due to staying up like vampires last night watching junk TV and surfing the web, so we decided to go out to eat at the Flying Biscuit Cafe for brunch.   I was going to bring my camera to take pictures of what we ordered, but I knew it would be super busy and didn’t want to risk being scooted up close to another couple eating like we were last time.  So I’ll tell you about what we had.  It was delicious!!

Brandon ordered the Egg-Stravaganza…
Two large farm fresh eggs served with our chicken sausage, crisp turkey bacon, creamy dreamy grits, plus whole wheat French toast topped with raspberry sauce and honey crème anglaise.  He ordered his eggs, over-easy.  And then asked me, “why do they ask how I want my eggs?  I just want them to cook them.”  I, working in restaurants part-time for 13 years now, told them there are TONS of ways people want their eggs specifially made to their order.  Scrambled (#1 most popular), over-easy, over-medium, over-hard, sunny side up, poached, egg whites only scrambled, egg whites only scrambled add cheese, etc, etc, etc, etc.  At that point, maybe you should just stay home and cook for yourself if you have to be so specific?

I ordered the Clifton Omelette…
Three large farm fresh eggs stuffed with goat cheese and mushrooms, topped with warm tomato coulis and basil, served with creamy dreamy grits.

I’ve been keeping goat cheese in the fridge recently because we love to add a touch of goat cheese to our omelettes in the morning, but I also loved the idea of the mushrooms and the tomato coulis and basil on top.  The tomato coulis was a blended mixture of tomatoes and spices.

(Now I waitress at Brazwell’s Premium Pub, a restaurant in the MECA of Myers Park on Montford Drive.  At Brazwell’s we have a full dinner menu as well as a brunch menu we offer on Sundays from 11am-3pm.)  There’s your plug Brazwell’s, that’s the least I could do, right?

Playing Frisbee in the park

Next I wanted to take our puppy, Lacey Lou, to a new open grassy field/park that has just been laid with sod literally overnight.   Here are some pictures of Lacey and Brandon playing Frisbee!

Sit- good puppy

I love Lacey's facial expression in this one...she looks like a stuffed animal.

Fetching the frisbee

Good puppy

Sweet girl

Happy Puppy

Sweet father/daughter photo

Happy Puppy Lucky Lady

Speciality Beer Reviews

Acai Berry Wheat and Bad Penny

Earlier this week, Brandon picked up a few speciality beers at Total Wine for us to try because we think we are beer connoisseurs or something.  The Acai Berry Wheat was for me and is brewed in Scotia, California at the Eel River Brewing Company.  It is Certified Organic.  My review, “It has a good wheat flavor with a hint of berry.”  I would purchase this beer again.

Brandon picked out the Bad Penny Brown Ale for him.  Bad Penny, a local beer, is brewed in Raleigh, NC at the Big Boss Brewing Co.  Brandon’s review, “Now this looks like a good beer!” (based on the rich, dark color alone)  Tasting review- “It has a good dark and smooth flavor.”  He would also purchase this beer again.

All that playing makes for a tired puppy.