Sunday, October 30, 2011

Greek Quinoa Salad

Hi everyone! Sorry I have been so MIA lately. The meals I've been making haven't been very blog worthy. Either that, or I've used recipes in cookbooks, which is not fun for you!

Anyway, tonight I had fun experimenting in the kitchen and created...

Greek Quinoa Salad

Ingredients
-1 cup quinoa
-1 medium cucumber
-1/2 onion (red would be best but I used vidalia)
-1 pint grape/cherry tomatoes
-feta
-ingredients for this Greek dressing

Directions
-Cook 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water until the water is gone. Always remember to rinse the quinoa first!
-Chop half an onion, cherry tomatoes (halved w/seeds squeezed out), cucumber (small pieces), and kalamata olives (halved).
-Add quinoa and veggies together in a large bowl.
-Mix dressing separately (to serve 8) and pour dressing over the salad.
-Top each individual serving with feta.


I'm not even kidding when I say this is the best dressing and Greek-style salad I've had in a long time!! It's so refreshing. This would be a perfect spring/summer dish, but who says you can't have it in the fall? :)

In other news, I got my little lovebird, Rainbow, some millet today while I was running errands. Millet is her FAVORITE treat. And when I say favorite, I mean I can only give her 1/2 a piece at a time because she will eat it all in one sitting! Here is a picture of Rainbow after eating her entire treat. She looks like she's about to go into a millet-induced coma! ;)


I'm off to finish some Sunday things, have a great night!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Things I'm Loving- Monday

1. Pumpkin beer bread and homemade chili



2. Catching up with my fave sorority sisters.

3. This video:


ahhh so good!

5. Becka Pimenta. Especially her song "Free."

6. Getting The Washington Post daily.

 
I guess this makes me a true NOVA citizen.

7. Watching my cute lovebird take baths in the sink...just like this one!:



If that's not the cutest thing you've ever seen, I don't know what is!

8. Trader Joe's. Enough said.

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What are you loving today?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Welcome to Miami

I was in Miami Beach last weekend through the middle of this week for work. Tough life, I know. Although I had 14 hour days, I really enjoyed my time there! It was nice to get a taste of summer just as things were getting cold here.

I had this song stuck in my head the entire trip:


No joke.

The best part of the trip, besides the beach and weather, was my hotel! I stayed at the Fontainebleau. Such an incredible hotel. Talk about swanky. Every night, there were lines wrapped around the lobby to get into their hot restaurants and clubs.

Here are a few pics that I took:

Nicest hotel room I've ever stayed in!






 Balcony view




 Cool outside deck area. You have to "reserve" those canopy lounges. Some have TVs and AC! That's a little too much for me. Beaches are supposed to be relaxing and hot!


I believe this was a huge suite below me. They had a legit patio with a mini pool!






I did get to go to a few restaurants while I was there. One was called Sushi Samba. We ended up doing a 5-7 course meal because we had a big party. For a sushi restaurant near the ocean, their sushi was okay. Definitely better than store bought, but I've had way better sushi at quite a few places in Virginia Beach. I will say that I liked that they made their California roll with king crab meat, instead of imitation crab meat. Overall, the meal was good, but nothing I would be dying to have again.

I also went to Pizza Rustica. It had really good reviews online and seemed to be a popular spot. I think how good your pizza is depends on how recent it was made and the type. It was one of those that had all the pizzas made and they reheat it. I'm generally not a fan of reheated pizza, so I should have known it wouldn't be the best. I'd recommend getting one of the specialty pizzas, especially the Caprese pizza. The Margherita was a little boring (what I got).

I am extremely happy to be back to my routine. I was in zombie mode for a few days right when I got back which is why I haven't gotten around to posting until now. I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend catching up with friends! Hope y'all have a great weekend!