Behind The Butter/ Lunch

Flying Tempeh

I’m having a day.

There’s been a long list of grievances, including a sandwich gone flying and a parking ticket, but we won’t get into it. I’m trying to shake it off myself and don’t want to relieve the bad memories.

So, instead of my self pity over the flying sandwich that resulted in a steering wheel covered with raspberry jam, let me show it to you pre-disaster.


So good. I think this is a KERF creation—-tempeh, jam and swiss cheese? Maybe? Regardless, it was probably the best tempeh sandwich I’ve made and I will be repeating. But not eating while driving. Ever again. Jam on the steering wheel = sticky hands trying to pour wine at work. Fail.

I also had a pear and I managed to eat that with some grace.


Work was fun and I ate a new bar that I’ll admit I was a little nervous about initially. It seems like half of the blog world loves this and the other half hates it. I like weird things so I decided to try it.


And….I LOVED IT. Yes, yes, yes I did! In all its pea protein and weird sea ingredient glory….I loved the crunch (buckwheat crispies?). But…be warned: I like weird things that not everyone likes. My taste buds are tainted from years of spinach smoothies and whole wheat pasta.

Because I was in a funk, the boyfriend took me to dinner here. While I’m in Philly sipping cocktails with the girls and learning the benefits of an all new vegetarian fish oil, he is going on some super-man-adventure-road-trip to the grand canyon, vegas, flagstaff and all up the California coast. The good news is that he is bringing back both his best friend for the summer and Wilus, a large basset hound.

Back to dinner.

I had a glass of Iron Horse chardonnay-nay

We shared a crazy delicious cheese plate. Cheeeeeeeeeeeeese

And then I had a big salad with shrimp, dates and almonds

And just now I ate two cookies. Gone so quick. Gone so quick.

I MUST GO TO BED! I have to wake up at 4:30 to catch the bus into the city to make my 8:30 flight to Philly! I have an exciting promotion coming in the morning though so check back here!

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  • Andrea
    June 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Tell the boy to visit Beaver Street Brewery when he goes to Flagstaff. I’m from Phoenix and visit Flag often. Oh, also the Tinderbox Kitchen! Yay!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    June 2, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Cheese plates are my FAVORITE thing to order 🙂

    Have a safe trip tomorrow!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    June 2, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    haha oh dear – the jam + steering wheel sounds just like something that I would do 😉

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    June 2, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Glad to see a less than stellar day end on such a yummy note! Have a safe and wonderful trip!!

  • Samantha
    June 2, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    What’s with parking tickets today? I got one too – completely bummed me out.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    June 2, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    girl, i had a day too…no bueno. just need to hit the sack and forget about it…tomorrow is a new day!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    June 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I heart Monti’s.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    June 2, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    If see in an airport store or maybe IPhone Ebook–a must read! ‘Zero to Zillionaire’ Chellie Campbell. Found by happenstance at library—excellent!! FULL of great ideas.

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
    June 2, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I am such a failure at eating while driving, but I continue to try anyway. Never ends well! Sorry to hear about your day, at least tomorrow you’ll be in Philly learning about vegetarian fish oil? 🙂

  • Brynn
    June 2, 2010 at 9:20 pm


  • Mastering Public Health
    June 2, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I love Vega Vibrancy bars and think they are absolutely amazing. The “Chocolate Decadence” is especially good (of course). I just wish they were more readily available in the New York metropolitan area — or for purchase online as a variety box, which doesn’t seem to exist at present. The last place I spotted them was while out of town at a Whole Foods Market in San Rafael, CA!

  • Casey @ Chasing Casey
    June 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    That salad looks really good. I bet it tasted great with the wine and cheese.
    Those bars I’ve wanted to try, but they seem so expensive at WF. Worth the try?

  • Amanda
    June 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Hurray for a basset hound! I didn’t know spinach smoothies and whole wheat pasta messed up the taste buds … guess I’m screwed up too : p

  • Sharon
    June 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Monti’s is a great place to get out of a funk, isn’t it? In fact, I think I have need of a visit to Monti’s…..

  • Erica
    June 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    YAY flagstaff! I will be there next week! Love my old college town!

  • Claire
    June 3, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Yay, can’t wait to see the basset hound’s face on the blog soon! The ticket and flying tempeh don’t sound too wonderful but I am sure the date and eats were great!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    June 3, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Wow, that sounds like quite the drive, with the jam..but hey, if that hadn’t happened,you wouldn’t have got a nice meal out right? 🙂

  • Kerry Dyer
    June 3, 2010 at 2:05 am

    good food and wine, what more could you want?! xx

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    June 3, 2010 at 3:30 am

    That sandwich does sound good!

  • Helen
    June 3, 2010 at 3:39 am

    Oh no sounds like you had a bit of a disaster with your car today. At least you were taken out for dinner and had cheese – that will make anything better!!!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing
    June 3, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Have a good flight!

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches
    June 3, 2010 at 4:42 am

    I can’t wait to see pics of this basset hound! I love basset hounds. They’re so adorable with those huge floppy ears and sad eyes! They always remind me of Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh, for some reason.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    June 3, 2010 at 4:46 am

    That cheese plate looks awesome. Have a good flight!

  • theemptynutjar
    June 3, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Trip to Philly? Wow, you travel a lot.
    Kath has said good things about the cheddar + jam sandwich combo, I must try.

  • eatmovelove
    June 3, 2010 at 4:57 am

    I’ve wasted so much of my money on parking tickets…

    I have a question: would you stay somewhere for a job because the location is ideal….or would you go somewhere pretty small and isolated for a lot of money that could pay off your loans in a year or two (the majority anyways)…and suck it up??


    • Sarah
      June 3, 2010 at 5:26 am

      If you have a huge loan, I’d take the good job and pay it off. Once you are debt-free you can move somewhere more ideal and you won’t have the stress of a bad financial situation weighing you down. It’s a sacrifice for sure, but I think it’s worth it.

      • eatmovelove
        June 3, 2010 at 8:44 am

        Really? Thanks…I just worry cause it’s a really, really small town…I mean not cool…

        • MLT
          June 3, 2010 at 8:56 am

          Sometimes I fantisize about doing just that. I mean, think how low the cost of living will be! As someone whose paid an arm and a leg for a studio in a big city for years, the thought of a few years in a small town, with an actual bedroom, room to park, maybe a yard…sounds great! And if you have room for them to stay, people will come visit you. Plus with the money you’re saving you can afford to go visit them! I say do it. Good luck!

    • Corinne (breathe and savor)
      June 3, 2010 at 9:59 am

      go where you think you would be most happy! if you aren’t happy in the small town you will regret it no matter what! the loans will get paid off…i think your happiness should come first 🙂 good luck!

      • eatmovelove
        June 3, 2010 at 10:28 am

        Oh God…too many decisions…I’m so afraid and don’t know what to do 🙁

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    June 3, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Sometimes, all you need is a night out with the boy 😀


  • Kristin (Salty Tooth)
    June 3, 2010 at 5:13 am

    I just realized that tempeh is possibly one of my favorite foods, so I will definitely be trying this sandwich ASAP.

  • Jess @ Jessica is Getting Fit
    June 3, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Ohh I hate parking tickets!

    I love the vega bars but I have to be in the right mood for them. The chocolate decadence one though is pure deliciousness! 🙂

  • Stacey
    June 3, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Have a good flight and hope it goes smoothly.

  • Annie D. from Annie'sSimpleLife
    June 3, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Tempeh and jam! I would NEVER have thought of that. I’m going to try it- I like weird things, too!!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    June 3, 2010 at 6:16 am

    I love those bars too! I find them a bit expensive but they were buy one get one at Whole Foods the other week. Hopefully that promo takes place again soon 🙂

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit!
    June 3, 2010 at 6:21 am

    I have wanted to try those Vega Whole Foods bars ever since I began seeing the rave reviews on all of the food blogs. Now I want to try one even more! Will keep my eyes peeled…

    Sorry about your bad day. Glad to hear that a cheese plate improved it. Truthfully, what CAN’T cheese improve? 🙂

  • Kacy
    June 3, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Ooh I can relate to the tale of the flying sandwich. Happens to me all. the. time. Yet I keep driving and eating.

    Have fun in Philly!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    June 3, 2010 at 7:08 am

    I have a hard time eating and driving too. I keep it simple since I’ve had far too many a sticky steering wheel.

    I totally wish I had it in me to drive to my mom’s for the blogger meet-up in Philly. I would love to meet you all.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople
    June 3, 2010 at 7:57 am

    How do taste buds get tainted from spinach smoothies and whole wheat pasta? I LOVE both of those things. =P

    WW pasta tastes SO much better than its slimier cousin. But I tend to dislike most foods, even ones that others love!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    June 3, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Oh how I love cheese plates. Especially when being shared with family & friends. It’s such a fun treat. 😀

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    June 3, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Eating and driving most usually turns disastrous! That’s my experience anyway!

  • Denise (the apple hill adventurer)
    June 3, 2010 at 9:16 am

    gotta say I am on the other side with those bars. Tastes like dirt to me haha

  • Abby
    June 3, 2010 at 9:45 am

    So do you warm the tempeh to put on the sandwhich, or eat it cold? I want to try this ASAP? I love turkey, swiss, and jam.

  • Corinne (breathe and savor)
    June 3, 2010 at 9:58 am

    did you get the ticket because of the flying sandwich!? gosh! i hope not. ha

    have a fun trip 🙂

  • Kelly
    June 3, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Your sandwich disaster sounds like my everyday breakfast in the car, which is why upon arriving to work, you can usually find me in the ladies’ room blotting my self with a wet paper towel. Have a safe trip!

  • Kath
    June 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    mmmmmmm!! Tempeh + Jam + Vega Vibrancy are three VERY favorites! I love the crunch of those too!

  • Katie @ peacebeme
    June 3, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I have a basset hound!!! Can’t wait to see pics of Wilus. 🙂