Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

I Dream of Pita

My Sunday afternoons never fail to be incredibly busy!

I went to bed last night dreaming of Pita Pit. Who dreams of these things?! Well, when I woke up this morning I knew I just had to have the pita of my dreams and so for lunch, Ryan took me there to eat my heart out. I ordered a hummus pita with avocado, black olives, lettuce, red peppers, banana peppers, pickles, jalepinos and hot sauce. Oh man, was it ever good—all wrapped up in a wheat wrap! This was seriously the best pita I have ever had in my whole life. Maybe it was the avocado that made it so good…who knows. The point was that it was exactly what I had been craving/dreaming about and it made me oh so happy! I also had a bag of baked lays and a power-c vitamin water (been craving this too lately…random).

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Ryan and I laid by the pool for about an hour after lunch. It was SO hot though…no breeze, nothing. I tried to read but I just kept getting so hot I had to get in the water. I’ve been gulping down water all day long because of this insane heat. I also snacked on some applesauce and crackers later in the day. Crackers not shown because I just stuck my hand in the baggie and pulled out a handful. They were organic pretzel crackers from Whole Foods.

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So, I drove back to Orlando, did a quick hit at Publix and then came home to clean and make dinner. About once a month I try to do a major clean of my apartment involving sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, sanitizing….everything seems to add up when you are never here, especially when you have a pet like me. So, I did all that and made a very quick and light dinner out of Veganomicon that rocked my world.

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THIS is my quintessential summer salad. Edamame. Corn. Avocado. Bulgur wheat. All dressed up in a light sesame dressing, Veganomicon’s Edamame and Corn salad is a new favorite of mine. I just love to eat light, cool things like this in the summer. It would have been even better if I used fresh corn but I’m lazy so I used organic frozen sweet corn instead. The whole salad took only about 15 minutes to assemble and I think its one of those things that tastes better the second, even the third day around. I topped mine with 14th of an avocado and served it over bulgur wheat. Cherries on the side. Heaven.

Since I was in such a productive mood with all my cleaning and such, I decided to do a night workout tonight and hit the gym about an hour after I ate dinner. I did a 30 minute strength circuit and then totally had a piece of my birthday cake from last night (my mom sent me home with a couple slices) afterwards.

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Ready for a bubble bath and a book! Are you guys reading anything good right now?

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Em
    June 9, 2008 at 12:32 am

    yum! you always make me crave pita pit!! it has been wayy too long! and that summer salad with the fresh avocado is so pretty!! totally know what you mean about cleaning too….my roommate has 2 kittens, and it seems that less than 10 minutes after we clean the house it looks dirty again!
    have a great evening!

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    Erin
    June 9, 2008 at 12:35 am

    1) I was thinking about the Pita Pit today! Weird!
    2)You’re craving Vitamin Water because of “SatC”. Think about it… 😉
    3)I also had edamame for dinner! It was sooo refreshing! FL heat sucks!

    Oh, and currently I’m reading “Anton Chekhov: The Major Plays”. A bit heady, although I just finished the BEST book I’ve read in a loooong time: “The Breakdown Lane” by Jacquelyn Mitchard. BEAUTIFUL story.

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    Alyssa
    June 9, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Happy early birthday! I’m currently re-reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I finished re-reading the seventh book a little bit ago…I know, total nerd! 😛

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    magpie
    June 9, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Oooo I’m going to make that avocado and bulgar salad this week. Finally found bulgar and got some today!

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    VeggieGirl
    June 9, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Haha!! Looks like you made your dreams come true, with the pita meal :0)

    Your avocado/edamame/bulgur dinner is plated quite beautifully!!

    Right now, I’m reading “Almost French” by Sarah Turnbull – great, fun read.

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    Lauren
    June 9, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Wow you did have a productive day!

    I no longer have time to make oatmeal every morning. When you used to prepare it in advance would it take longer. What I mean is if it took 5 min. on the stove to cook one batch of oats, did you find it took 25 min for the oats to be on the stove when you cooked a whole week’s worth or still 5 min? Or maybe you found half the time. I am just trying to get an estimate.

    I realize you use steel cut (I am not sure how the timming differs on those), I used rolled oats, so I was just giving exmple time.

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    Stacy
    June 9, 2008 at 1:01 am

    I just finished Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen (which I believe was suggested here) and the sequel, Now Face to Face. Both were excellent. Right now I’m reading Love in the Time of Cholera but haven’t been able to get really enthralled with it yet.

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    Chef Erin
    June 9, 2008 at 1:10 am

    I had avocado at lunch today, too! I made a veggie burger and topped with tomato and avacado slices! So yummy!

    I’m currently reading “Darkly Dreaming Dexter” by Jeff Lindsay- it’s the book the Showtime series “Dexter” is based on. It’s quite good!

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    Serena
    June 9, 2008 at 1:15 am

    that pita sounds so good. i just packed a pita w/ hummus for lunch tomorrow but now I wish I had all those other ingredients for it.

    i just bought enchantress of florence by salman rushdie. i’ve never read anything by him and this is his new book and looks really good.

    jenna, i made an angel food cake today and when i took it out of the oven, after a few minutes, it sunk into itself! i’ve only made AF cake once before and this didn’t happen. any idea what caused this, pastry scholar? such a bummer.

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    timeofbutterflies
    June 9, 2008 at 1:40 am

    I want to start eating yummy pitas like that! I must be pita-challenged, because it seems intuitive for some but I wouldn’t have a clue where to start. I even have trouble finding pitas in the grocery store. :\ Any ideas?

    I’m re-reading “Anna Karenina” for the fifth or sixth time. Always a fascinating display of human interaction and motivation.

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    Brynn
    June 9, 2008 at 1:43 am

    I’m in the middle of Paint It Black by the woman who wrote White Oleander. I’m loving it so far but I feel like maybe you’ve said you’ve read it. If not, I recommend you try it!

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    Jessica
    June 9, 2008 at 1:47 am

    I just finished reading Souvenir, which you recommended…such a good book- I couldn’t put it down! Now I’m on to Water for Elephants after waiting forever for it to be available at the library.

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    Kimberly
    June 9, 2008 at 1:48 am

    Today I finished “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde and started “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy. I just love his (McCarthy’s) writing style.

    Stacy, I personally enjoyed One Hundred Years of Solitude wayyy more than Love in the Time of Cholera.

    That birthday cake looks soooo good! My “beat the Orlando heat” dinner tonight was tomato and avocado salad – this weather is definitely calling for cold, hydrating things.

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    VTgirl
    June 9, 2008 at 1:52 am

    I’m reading “Me talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris…it’s HILARIOUS! You should totally read it, he is so funny!!

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    BethT
    June 9, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Avo is also awesome on falafels. Have you ever tried that?

    I’m reading Twilight, which is actually a YA novel about vampires of all things! Someone suggested it to me – I’m still deciding whether i like it.

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    Melissa
    June 9, 2008 at 2:29 am

    I just finished Smart Women Finish Rich (Bach), and Fat, Broke and Lonely No More (Victoria Moran), both of which I recommend. On the none self-help side, I am reading Unanswered Prayers by Trumate Capote and enjoying it so far. I also just finished Eat, Drink and be Healthy which was a recommendation I got from you! One of my favorite books of all time is Their Eyes Were Watching God if you haven’t read it.

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    Melissa
    June 9, 2008 at 2:34 am

    oops I meant Truman. I’ll definitely check out some of these great recommendation. PS I love the post title

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    Romina
    June 9, 2008 at 3:27 am

    You’ve got me craving Pita Pit!!

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    Amy S.
    June 9, 2008 at 3:54 am

    I’ve not heard of the Pita Pit but found out there’s one near me in Brookline, Mass. I don’t know how I missed it. Prob. b/c I love these falafal wraps elsewhere.
    I’m reading The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer (she also wrote another book I enjoyed called Surrender, Dorothy). And I’m reading Notes on Nursing by Florence Nightingale as I’m a nursing student! It’s short and easy to carry around. The other is hardcover that I took out of the library

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    Richelle
    June 9, 2008 at 6:37 am

    I dream of eating at various restaraunts too.. youre not alone! & I def need to check out Pita Pit soon, I have one by my house but never thought of trying it out!

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    ibex hk
    June 9, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Unaccustomed Earth” is fantastic…but I also recommend all of her books. She writes beautifully 🙂

    Other books-
    Middlesex
    The Fountainhead
    A Prayer for Owen Meanie

    …those are just a few classics that I LOVE!

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    jenna
    June 9, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Lauren,

    It still took the same amount of time (i.e. 5 minutes to cook a big batch). I found also that steel cut oats work better when making them in advance than rolled oats because sometimes rolled oats get too hard or “gummy” when making a couple batches ahead of time, whereas steel cut oats are much better when making batches for the whole week and are easy to rehydrate in the morning.

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    sarah
    June 9, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    satisfying a craving like that is the best. i had to comment b/c i saw your cute orla kiely bag in the background! i have one too (different pattern though) and it makes me happy on a daily basis. and i also recommend middlesex– awesome book!

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    Megan
    June 10, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Serena,
    When you take the cake out of the oven you have to turn the cake upside and put it on a wine bottle (or other device) so it can cool with out falling down. Also, you should not have greased the cake pan before pouring the batter in, otherwise it won’t adhere to the sides of the wall and may not rise at all.
    Hope this helps!

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