I want to first of send out a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who participated in my first Treat Yourself Tuesday link up yesterday! I was so happy to see so many of you link up the first time and to see how you all treated yourselves :) If you didn’t get a chance to check out the self love yesterday – head on over right now!
A big thanks to Jenn and her new little chickpea (baby girl for those that don’t read her blog…) for hosting!
For those of you new to WIAW, here’s the scoop according to Jenn:
“What WIAW isn’t about – Comparison – Judgement – Restriction – Guilt
What WIAW is about – Celebrating one of the glorious things we all have in common: We all eat!
WIAW is about food and fun! It’s about making new friends, breaking out of a food rut, noting changes in your diet/lifestyle, inspiring yourself & others, embracing fruit & vegetables, nourishing your body with the foods that work for you, finding new ways to eat your favorite foods, and so. much. more.”
Per the usual, I’m going to recap my Tuesday eats! Are y’all ready for a Treat Yourself Tuesday par-tay??!
I’ve been waking up bright and early with Kyle each morning (5:45!) – I figure that I might as well stay in the routine since I go back to work in less than 2 weeks.
Anyways, I was pretty hungry right when I woke up so I was happy that I had prepared Hannah’s Banana Pumpkin Breakfast Cookie the night before. It was simply delicious, easy, full of pumpkin and it kept me full until lunch! I topped it with a peach and my new favorite find – Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter. It’s my favorite because it’s good but not good enough I want to eat an entire jar, like my sad obsession with Nutella ;)
After breakfast, I headed to the gym for what I thought was to be an easy, calm “Core on the Ball” class over at East Bank Club. Haha… so NOT easy. A 60ish-year old woman taught (more like kept us all in line boot camp style!) the class and my abs were not just burning, they felt like they were going to be ripped apart after the first 10 minutes. Yikes. Needless to say, it was a great workout and I will be going back… Once I regain feeling of my abs ;)
After a bit of blogging and planning out my afternoon to go shopping downtown with my girlfriend, I made my lunch! I’ve been obsessed with everything BBQ for awhile now and I knew I wanted some sort of a light lunch that incorporated the sweet and tangy sauce. It was over 100 in Chicago yesterday with the heat index plus Kyle and I had a date night planned so I didn’t want to eat too much and feel sick walking around Michigan Avenue or not be hungry for dinner!
I settled on a BBQ Chicken Salad – Organic Mixed Greens topped with a sprinkle of ground flax seed, black beans, corn, chicken and homemade BBQ-yogurt dressing. I followed lunch up with an apple and half of a homemade peanut butter cup (recipe coming your way Monday!) because lunch just isn’t lunch without chocolate and peanut butter ;)
In true “Becky” style, I spilled the bag of frozen corn on the floor while making lunch so Mitchell was able to enjoy some organic corn kernels too!
After lunch it was time to head downtown to find some new work clothes! I won’t go into much detail (that’s for a future post) besides that I was very successful and had some amazing salespeople creating outfits for me! I sipped on a Dunkin’ Donuts iced tea and may have purchased a Carrie Bradshaw-esque skirt from Anthropologie before heading home :)
Shopping for 5 hours straight in 100-degree temps makes a girl hungry so I snacked on a KIND Bar while waiting for Kyle to get home. If you haven’t tried the Almond and Coconut flavor yet – GET IT NOW!! It tastes just like an Almond Joy… Almond Joys have nuts, Mounds don’t ;)
I quickly got ready for dinner (wearing one of my new dresses) and we were out the door and headed toward a new-to-us local French restaurant, La Sardine, once Kyle arrived home!
If you quit reading this post now, just know that YOU MUST visit La Sardine on your next visit to Chicago. Both Kyle and I agreed that it was one of the the best places we have ever eaten. Their French food rivals that of the French cuisine we have eaten in both France and Switzerland. Absolutely amazing!
On Tuesdays, La Sardine offers a 3-course (appetizer, entree and dessert) prix fixe menu for $27.50. Kyle and I assumed that the portions were going to be smaller since the price was so low but they were full-sized portions. Needless to say, we were SO full but also so happy because we each got to try 6 things (we shared!) from the menu along with a bottle of wine for $100 – score!
We started with a bread basket and a bottle of 2011 Sancerre – a nice, dry white wine for a hot summer day.
I decided to be very French and go with the Moules au Vin Blanc (mussels for you non-French speaking folk) for my appetizer, Steak Tartare and Pommes Frites for my entree and the Cheese and Almond Plate for dessert.
On our walk home we passed Harpo Studios! How cool would it be if Oprah was still filming here??!
Another successful Treat Yourself Tuesday in the books!
What did you eat yesterday? French food – yay or nay?