After three weeks of quasi-working, it’s hard to get back into the swing of things. First, we had the bad weather which had work can­celed and/or I was work­ing from home. Then we had Christ­mas week and New Year’s week… what’s this? 5 con­sec­u­tive days of work? My brain is strug­gling to catch up.

It’s Jan­u­ary 6th. Every mus­cle in my body is a wreck thanks to my Jil­lian Michaels exer­cise DVD, I can still taste my dessert choco­late, and I have been speak­ing a bit more slowly to try to avoid my “like“s. I think I’m in good shape, being that we’re only 6 days in. We’ll see where I am in 3 months. :)

This week­end Jim and I took a field trip to a store in North Port­land called The Meadow. The Meadow is a lovely store on many fronts. First off, it’s located on a strip that includes one of my favorite quick-food restau­rants, Laugh­ing Planet. After eat­ing my favorite meal there (vegan Cae­sar salad, hold the parm and a cup of chili with focac­cia) we wan­dered into The Meadow.

The Meadow is a gourmet store, spe­cial­iz­ing in fine choco­lates, fin­ish­ing salts, exotic olive oils, wine and fresh cut flow­ers. The smell as you enter is absolutely intox­i­cat­ing. Yes, the idea can bor­der a bit on pretentious-foodie, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. And a wall of high qual­ity choco­late is what’s really impor­tant, no?


Their selec­tion of dark choco­late is impres­sive. Over­whelm­ing to be exact. I stood there, with my mouth agape, while Jim gave up and sat in an over­stuffed chair, while I tried to make a selec­tion. I set­tled on one bar, given all that I have at home to work through. I selected the Bel­gian Dolfin Dark Choco­late with Earl Grey. It’s very aro­matic and melts nicely. Next time I will be invest­ing in the sam­pler pack of some of their fin­ish­ing salts. You’ve never tasted salt like this before.

For my post-workout din­ner tonight, I whipped together a quick but sat­is­fy­ing meal. I sauteed some pur­ple kale in a lit­tle bit of olive oil with minced gar­lic. I threw in some chick­peas and quinoa and called it good. Topped it off with a sprin­kle of Parma and a slice of gar­lic bread on the side, it was a great meal in under 5 min­utes (the quinoa was pre-cooked). Yes, the bread is nat­u­rally that alarm­ing shade of yel­low from just some Earth Bal­ance and a lit­tle crushed garlic.

purple kale, quinoa and choc almond milk

In the back­ground you can see my favorite dinner-time drink, choco­late almond milk, dis­played in a vin­tage Welch’s jelly jar. Jim’s mother found them in some box while purg­ing things she’d saved from his child­hood and brought them the last time she vis­ited. I am ptero­dactyl and Jim is bron­tosaurus, no exceptions. :)

Well, that’s all I got for now. I have a text­book call­ing my name upstairs so I’m off to study!

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0 Responses to Back to life, back to reality…

  1. Hi, Krispy­cheks–
    Love your writ­ing style! I just bought some RED quinoa, which I didn’t know existed, and am dying to make some­thing with it!

  2. jumbleberryjam says:

    Now that’s my kind of store! And I think it’s bril­liant that you’re work­ing on becom­ing a choco­late con­nois­seur. Noth­ing finer (well, except maybe red wine ;-). Can’t wait to get back to Seat­tle so I can start mak­ing day trips to your fine city!!

  3. jessy says:

    oh my gosh — the Welch’s glasses just took me back about 15 years! wow! i totally had those when i was younger! i won­der if my mom still has some in our attic?! i’ve gotta ask her! yay!

    your kale-chickpea-quinoa dish sounds really good and nice ‘n sim­ple, too! per­fect! (did i men­tion it looks super yummy!) nice job on work­ing out!

    i would be soooo over­whelmed in that store as well. choco­late with earl grey?! i do love me some earl grey. hooray for keep­ing your res­o­lu­tions! i’m still going strong with mine as well!

  4. Are you seri­ous?! They used to put ptero­dactyls on Welch’s jelly jars? That’s too cute. And the choco­late almond milk sounds sooo appeal­ing right now. It’s really hot out­side around here. Every aspect of your 5-minute meal looks won­der­ful, in fact. Pass the gar­lic bread, please!

    Oh wow, the pre­ten­tious foodie store sounds like fun! Do you have a favorite brand of choco­late? I really really like Gui­t­tard choco­late chips.

    • krispycheks says:

      Yeah, they used to put all kinds of images on the jars. I think there were dif­fer­ent series with dif­fer­ent ani­mal themes. They peri­od­i­cally made them through the early 1990s at least, because my broth­ers had some.

  5. Vegetation says:

    Mmmmm choco­late. I love choco­late anything!

    And your din­ner sounds and look fab! Plus extra points because it’s quick 😀

    Con­tin­ued good luck with your res­o­lu­tions! Sounds like you’re doing well with them.

  6. Carrie says:

    You’re back! I didn’t even know until right this minute. Ok, well, maybe 5 or 10 min­utes ago. I was catch­ing up on what you’ve posted so far. One of my res­o­lu­tions is to purge! Don’t you just feel so weighted down by all the “stuff”? I can’t wait to get rid of it.