Well, hello, Thursday - You are a good thing.
Last night Joe and I were excited to attend the Philadelphia Business Journal's BizBites networking event. The event included attendees from about 20 different up-and-coming restaurants and vendors within Philly - offering samples of foods, desserts, and drinks. The event also included a Q&A panel of experts in the restaurant industry.
Restaurant/vendors included a bunch of places I love, or have been meaning to try, including Delicatessen, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, Oyster House, Supper, and Triumph Brewing Co. I would have to say my favorites were the smoked salmon on rye with wasabi cream cheese amuse bouches offered by Delicatessen, or the chicken meatballs from Marabella Meatball Co.! I'll definitely be frequenting there often.
Pat's Steaks was even representin'! This was Joe's favorite (obv).
Pinot is this adorable little wine boutique in Old City. They were serving up some delish samples of a Pinot Grigio/Chardonnay mixture that was right up my alley.
Can we please move onto dessert? Desserts by Dana was in attendance...
...offering cake samples including this unique red velvet cake - topped with cream cheese frosting and, yup, that's right - BACON!
Is everything really better with bacon? Let me tell you - it worked!
It was a great event. To calm down our bellies - Joe and I decided to walk home. Oops, we accidentaly made a pit stop at Vintage Wine Bar - one of our favorites - for a night cap.
So, I've been meaning to try experimenting with overnight oats again. Before I passed out on the couch, I remembered to give this mix a shot. Erin from Unil You Tri gave me the idea to add unsweetened cocoa to my oat mixture - it's like dessert for breakfast. (Thanks Erin!)
Cocoa Berry Oats!
Ingredients: (Makes 1 serving)
1/3 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup almond milk
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp ground flax
1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
Handful of Frozen Berries
I feel kind of ridiculous writing "directions" to overnight oats. But here's how it's done:
Add all ingredients to a cute little bowl, mix, pop into fridge, fall asleep for your required 6-9 hours, wake, heat up for 90 seconds, eat.
(I am a good wife and made a second bowl.)
Ta Da! I also added a "dollup" of organic plain yogurt for extra creaminess.
I wasn't planning on running today, but woke up and remembered I had these oats waiting for me, patiently in my fridge. I couldn't fall back asleep. So, I woke, ran a quick 4-miler (30:30). And enjoyed my oats. It's amazing what motivates us, yes?
My hip-flexors are feeling a bit tight today. Such an odd thing to stretch. Suggestions??