A Birthday Celebration

Hey ya’ll! Sorry I’ve been gone for a while. School has been crazy. Anyways I’m back for good now and I’m here to share a review of one of my favorite places in Austin: Perry’s Steakhouse. Thankfully they serve fish otherwise I would have just been able to eat the side dish vegetables.

Perry’s is located on 7th street in downtown Austin, so it has a swanky feel. This is normally a place I would not go on my own except for maybe a happy hour. It is fancy and expensive. The food is amazing though. We went Saturday night to celebrate my Grandmother’s birthday and it was quite the occasion.

My grandparents decided to order appetizers for the table, which I was happy with since most of us have the same taste in food. One dish that was ordered is tuna tartare. I love myself some raw fish, so when this came out I was so excited. It is an asian flavored tartare, so it has a ginger sesame hint to it. The chips were really delicious too.

One of the other appetizers we ordered were the crab cakes. Definitely my favorite appetizer of all of the ones we ordered. It was fried on the outside, and the jumbo lump crab was so fresh and juicy on the inside when you bit into it. I could have eaten a few of these as my entree.

Sorry the picture is dark. The only lights in the restaurant were candles and some dimly lit lights way above us. The other appetizer we ordered was calamari. It was pretty spicy and filled with jalapenos. It was good.

Champagne showers. I love a good glass or bottle or two bottles of champagne. We had a toast in honor of my grandmother’s birthday. I was pretty much in heaven. I was sad that we only got one glass because I definitely could have had more.

For my entree I had a pecan crusted red snapper served with broccolini on the side and topped with jumbo lump crab meat. The crab meat was amazing, but the fish was just okay. I wish I would have ordered what one of my cousin’s got. It was lobster mac and cheese. She let me have a bite and it was mind blowing.

This was the best part of the meal. Rocky road bread pudding. The bread pudding was swirled with chocolate, filled with nuts, and a huge marshmallow topped the bread pudding. OH GOD. Seriously I would go just to eat it.

Nom. Nom. Nom.

I hope you all have had a fantastic weekend.

A Late Night (WIAW)

Hey ya’ll! Sorry I have been all over the place, but school is crazy right now. I have two labs where I have to go in later in the week in order to check on bacteria growing. Maybe I just love bacteria cultures so much that I actually do this for fun instead of for class? No, just kidding. I’m not that nerdy. Anyways it is time for my favorite day of the week: What I Ate Wednesday. Shout out to Jenn for coming up with such an awesome idea!

Look at those bad boys. Pumpkin Belgium waffles. Yes, I definitely scored that morning before class. My amazing roommate has a waffle maker! I just recently found this out even though I’ve been here about a month. How slow am I? Obviously I am definitely going to be taking advantage of this. I realized I didn’t have a lot of ingredients though, so I threw these waffles together.

Nom. These were amazing. I used some bisquick gluten free pancake and waffle mix, threw in some almond milk, egg substitutes, and canned pumpkin. Topped it with some banana slices and sugar free syrup. Delicious. I was so full that I didn’t have to come home in between classes to make myself a snack. Success.

For lunch I had a black bean burger that had black beans, garlic, red pepper, oats, onion, and a few other goodies. I placed the patty on top of some chopped lettuce and topped it with some dijon mustard.

This was a delicious meal. Due the large amount of fiber in the burger because of the oatmeal and beans it was super filling. It had the right amount of spices added to it, so it wasn’t just a plain tasting burger. I will definitely have to make these again sometime soon and topped with onions, tomatoes, and avocado. Mmmm. Can’t wait.

On Monday it was Rosh Hashana, which is the Jewish new year. I spent it having a nice meal with my dad’s side of the family at my grandparents new house. It was actually really delicious. I mean the chef was beyonce’s chef for the summer in Marfa, TX. Obviously I’m a true diva now. He also cooked for Johnny Depp, but Beyonce is just way more fab.

Since I’ve gone vegetarian, I could not eat any of the meat that the chef had prepared, but I did not really care. Instead I had a pile of vegetables and a rice dish. The vegetables included grilled eggplant, squash, onions, some broccoli, a salad, a carrot pudding, and some peppers. The eggplant was by far my favorite thing. I really want to get the recipe to recreate it because it was just that good.

I even made my own gluten free challahs to bring for myself to eat. Obviously I didn’t eat two entire challahs. I brought one to the dinner and I froze the other one to bring to my apartment. I ended up eating about 5 pieces to go with my vegetables, so I would have a substantial meal. The challah actually turned out pretty great too. My mom and I were worried about how it would come out because the flour is completely different than regular flour, but I thought it was quite delicious. I’m still enjoying the challah right now, microwaved, and topped with raspberry jam. Delicious.

Hope everyone has survived halfway through the week! I can’t wait for the weekend, but not really because I will be doing a lot of studying. Anyways I have to get back to writing my epigenetics paper. Boo.


Dim Sum Adventures

Hey ya’ll! Hope you have had an amazing weekend. It is the start of the Jewish New Year at sunset, so to all my Jews L’shana Tova. I’ve made gluten free challahs, which I will share with ya’ll tomorrow, and I’m going tonight to my grandmother’s to celebrate the holiday. Anyways while I’m doing Jew things and last minute errands, I thought I would share an adventure I had recently with one of my best friend’s to a local dim sum place called Shanghai.

Shanghai is located in a sketchy area of Austin by the old run down Highland Mall. My friend and I decided to go around noon, not expecting it to be too crazy. OH MY GOD. It was packed. There were tons of groups of people standing around the outside of the building and it was cram packed inside. It wasn’t just Asian families too, but there were tons of white people. Noooo. Luckily since we were just a table of two we only had to wait about 15 minutes.

We started off the meal when a noodle cart passed by us. Oh how we both love some greasy noodles with a small amount of vegetables and sesame seeds. This was actually pretty delicious. I’ve never seen dim sum that served a lo mein style dish. I like that they added in some normal Chinese food with the dim sum menu.

Next I saw some buns go by and I grabbed the Dim Sum cart guy. I need those custard buns. Even though it wasn’t even time for dessert, I knew these were going to go by really quickly so I had to get them when I had the chance. These things are seriously amazing. I really wish someone would start up a bun store in Austin with just cream buns, vegetable buns, and for those meat eaters out there pork buns.

Shrimp dumplings. Hao Gaw is a typical dim sum dish that you must order if you go get Dim Sum. It is just a simple shrimp dumpling, so make sure you actually like shrimp before you order. Then just dip it into a little soy sauce and enjoy.

FRIED SHRIMP. Oh god, so amazing. Really, you can’t go wrong with anything fried. I try to stay away from fried things when I go out, but at dim sum it is usually much more healthy then something like fried chicken. Anyways it came with this mayonaisse dipping sauce, and the combination was amazing. It was a sweeter sauce, and it didn’t dampen the fried bits at all. Success.

Cheong Fun is another typical Dim Sum dish. It is a rice noodle roll with one type of meat in it. I ordered shrimp since I’m a pescatarian, but you can get beef or pork in it too. It comes with this sweet sauce on top of it. It is definitely a healthy choice and a super delicious one too. Definitely get this if you are a dim sum newbie.

Ummm creme brulee at Dim Sum? Ohhh yes! It is not a typical dish you would see, but oh man it is seriously so amazing. I would go here just to eat some of this dessert. This is the best way to end a meal. I was stuffed and ready to just go back to bed after this.

One thing I have to say about Shanghai is that it is definitely cheaper. My friend and I ordered a ton of dishes for a smaller amount of money than we would pay at one of the bigger places like Chinatown. However it was difficult because my friend doesn’t eat shrimp and Shanghai mainly only had shrimp dishes. Oh well. Chinatown still is the top of my Austin list, but if I want to not spend a lot of money then Shanghai it is.

Also check out my post at Alisa Dusan’s blog Enjoy Real Food. She is a local nutritionist that let me write a post for her blog! I’m super excited that so many things are going my way lately in regards to my nutrition future.

Have a great weekend!

Chocolate Madness (Chocolate Muffin Recipe)

Hey ya’ll! So happy it is Thursday because that means that I have survived yet another week of my senior year (second senior year) of college, and I’m just one step closer to graduation and my post graduate plans (still working on those). I have a great recipe to share with ya’ll today. I sort of adapted it from a pinterest recipe, and it came out amazing. I even took it to a Student Nutrition Organization potluck dinner, and they went away in about 1 minute.

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

1 box of sugar free devil’s food cake mix
3/4 c. mini chocolate chips
1 15 oz can of pumpkin
2/3-1 c. water
1 banana (mashed)
1/4 c. egg white substitutes

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix all ingredients in kitchen aid or by hand.
3. Pour into a lined cupcake tin (should make 24-26 cupcakes).
4. Cook for 25-27 minutes, depending on how done you want the cupcakes.
5. Wait till cools and enjoy.

These muffins are seriously amazing. They are so rich with chocolatey goodness, and they just melt in your mouth. The best thing to do is reheat them for about 15-20 seconds in the microwave whenever you are going to eat them, and it seriously tastes like it just came fresh out of the oven.

This is also the perfect healthy treat. You are really getting a tasty low calorie snack with these muffins. You are getting a source of vitamin A, some potassium, and chocolate is healthy (well okay, maybe if it is a high % of cacao), but anyways make these when you are craving something sweet, but don’t want to blow your entire days worth of calories.

Hope ya’ll have an amazing rest of the day, and I’m going to be featured on a nutritionist’s blog in a few days, so I’ll share the link with ya’ll when that goes up!

WIAW (I’m Back)

Hey ya’ll! Sorry I’ve been MIA from the blogging world. Lets just say I have a knack of misplacing things in my room and stuff. For the past week and a half, I haven’t been able to find my camera charger. Uh oh. That means no new photos for the blog since they have all been hanging out on my camera. Thankfully when I was home this past weekend, I found my charger in my backpack that I took to Boston. My bad. So now I’m back and just in time for my favorite day of the week: What I Ate Wednesday. Thanks to Jenn for hosting my favorite day of the week!

Hello to a breakfast of champions. Sometimes when I go grocery shopping I eyeball certain things, like these Vans lite waffles, and debate if I really need them. I then come up with amazing breakfasts like this one to justify why I really need to buy these. Heck plus they were on sale, so it was calling to my Jewish nature.

This lovely creation was two Vans lite waffles, a sliced banana, strawberry slices, fat free vanilla yogurt, and a sprinkle of chocolate chips.The only thing I thought was missing was some dark chocolate sauce. Oh well, I definitely will be putting that on top next time. This was the perfect breakfast and it held me over through the morning until I ate my lunch after back to back classes.

Smoothies are one of the best snacks out there. You can totally customize them to your preferences and they are very filling if you put lots of fiber, like I do, in them. Mine was a chocolate pineapple smoothie topped with some fat free whip cream and dark chocolate sauce (I love my dark chocolate – who doesn’t).

My mom and I went on a little shopping spree the other weekend, and ended up at godiva because a couple of new flavors were out. We ended up getting an 8 piece box of chocolates – total score in my mind. The flavors are birthday cake, chocolate chip cookie dough, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin spice, walnut brownie, and pineapple hummingbird. So far the birthday cake is my favorite. I pretty much love anything birthday cake flavored, so throw it in a chocolate and I’m yours.

Since I have class literally all day pretty much, I have been needing to pack lunches that fit into my backpack and are easy to eat throughout the day. This means tons of salads. For this day in particular, I had a hamburger salad. I did meatless crumbles, shredded lettuce, sliced red onion, sliced pickles, mushrooms, and it was topped with mustard. Oh man. This was actually really good. I was impressed. Especially because I threw this right together before I had to go to class. Skills.

My mom and I are obsessed with Halibut. When we were at Central Market we saw some fresh fillets of halibut that were really thick, so we decided to get it and make fish tacos with. We were originally going to marinate it in some hatch chile soy sauce, but my mom realized that she had thrown it away. We ended up just tossing some olive oil, salt, and pepper on them.

The fish turned out amazing. It was flaky to perfection. We just ended up throwing them on some corn tortillas that we also got at Central Market, and topped them with diced onions and tomatoes. This was the perfect dinner.

Froyo is always the best night cap in my mind. You can’t get anything better than some low calorie frozen yogurt with amazing toppings. Definitely will have to do a review of the local froyo places in San Marcos sometime soon – I won’t complain about that!

Hope everyone has an amazing Wednesday! I’m dying because I just had my intermediate volleyball class, and I swear all we do is run instead of actually play volleyball. I’m ready to play!