Trader Joe’s Roasted Eggplant Parmesan

Trader Joe's Roasted Eggplant Parmesan

Yes, I have recently discovered the incredible tastiness of Trader Joe’s Roasted Eggplant Parmesan, and all I want is to shout it from the rooftops. (This is not even a sponsored post!) The eggplant is the best texture; just enough cheese; good amount of sauce; microwavable/highly convenient… I’m just in love with the whole thing.

Trader Joe's Roasted Eggplant packagingI’ve also noticed that Trader Joe’s can carry three+ kinds of eggplant parmesan at a single location, so, for information’s sake, here is a package picture as well.

<–Mangia!

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Beet kvass

Beet Kvass

My first batch: First, let’s drink to fantastic colors. And then good health.

As a lover of deep, vibrant colors, the second I saw a picture of beet kvass I knew it was my destiny to brew a batch of the red-violet tonic. Fortunately, that turned out to be an easy destiny: All you do is chop up some beets, throw them in a jar, add salt and water, and let them sit for a few days.

The recipe I used came from The Nourishing Gourmet, which has tons of other info about the drink. To quote Nourishing Gourmet, which quotes Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions:

This drink is valuable for its medicinal qualities and as a digestive aid. Beets are just loaded with nutrients. One 4-ounce glass, morning and night, is an excellent blood tonic, promotes regularity, aids digestion, alkalizes the blood, cleanses the liver and is a good treatment for kidney stones and other ailments.”

Most importantly, the kvass is indeed drinkable–no ickiness to report at all.

Bottoms up!

The Spunky Coconut’s Chocolate-chia Milkshake

Spunky Coconut's Choco-Chia Milkshake

Sumptuous topography: cacao powder, chia seeds, honey, and coconut milk.

It was through this wonderful (and maybe even healthy?) Spunky Coconut  milkshake that I discovered I’m a big fan of cacao powder.

Not only does it taste fantastic in iced milkshakes, but cacao powder also gives you natural, steady energy. Suffice to say, it’s become a staple in my summer diet.

Btw, The Spunky Coconut is an absolute treasure trove of gluten-free, sugar-free recipes that still taste indulgent–you must visit this site!

Lindt Dark Chocolate Cookie Bar

Lindt Dark Chocolate Cookie bar

Lindt Dark Chocolate Cookie bar, your PGT-endorsed Galaxy Cookie Crumble replacement.

As a space committed to all developments related to the Galaxy Cookie Crumble bar: They are no longer selling it at Cost Plus World Market. (Teardrop.) I last spotted one in a Vancouver British imports shop last November, so it would seem distribution has changed.

However! I am thrilled to also let you know there is a new chocolate-cookie-bar game in town, and it tastes nearly the same: Lindt Dark Chocolate Cookie bar! It is so good–trust me on this. So far I’ve only found this kind of bar at Target (they sell the other kinds at Bartell Drugs, but not Dark Chocolate Cookie), meaning that it’s also about half the cost of the Galaxy.

Spicy Ginger Tofu – Umi Sake House

Spicy Ginger Tofu - Umi Sake House

Umi Sake House’s Spicy Ginger Tofu – A hot, hearty dish for those craving a lighter protein.

A year or two ago, after becoming suddenly engrossed in an episode of Marja and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Kimchi Chronicles, I got way more into tofu. It turns out most Asian restaurants go impressively far beyond the vegetarian-bistro-norm with tofu seasonings, textures, and accompanying vegetables.

My favorite example of this is the Spicy Ginger Tofu (pictured above) from Umi Sake House in Seattle’s Belltown. (It’s also available at Umi’s sister restaurant in Capitol Hill, Momiji.) I can’t overstate the satisfaction of slurping up a fragrant combination of fried-but-pillowy tofu, spicy ginger-chili sauce, and sauteed vegetables.

Luckily, I don’t have to choose between this dish and Little Uncle’s noodle-less pad Thai–they’re each spicy and exciting in their own unique way.

After making these small, delicious discoveries I can’t help but wonder what else is out there. Dearest reader(s), what’s your absolute favorite, mouth-watering, can’t-believe-this-is-tofu tofu dish? 🙂

Little Uncle – Capitol Hill

Little Uncle's Phad Thai Rai Sen (noodle-less Phad Thai)

Little Uncle’s Phad Thai Rai Sen (noodle-less Phad Thai)

Little Uncle‘s Capitol Hill location may only be 110 square feet, but somehow it ranks in my top two Seattle Thai places. The main, delicious reason is pictured above: noodle-less pad Thai, with tofu, eggs, shallots, and various other tasty ingredients. (And if you want, they even hold the bean sprouts.) A Thai dish without rice or noodles is almost unheard of in Seattle–and hence all the more worth celebrating.

Any meal here wouldn’t be complete without a moment of appreciation for the stand’s small, thoughtful touches. Even though this is sidewalk fare, the chairs and tables have a novel wood design. Also, with most dishes, diners receive three wax-paper packets (peanuts, chili pepper seasoning, and sugar) to season the dish as they see fit. Here’s a pic of it all tied neatly together, as if dressed for its first day of work.

Little Uncle to-go packaging

Little Uncle to-go packaging