Foodie Friday: Smoothie Bowl

Back to the healthy stuff. 😉

Many people opt for a smoothie or pressed juice drink in the morning when they are trying to get fit and lose weight. I have tried it and realized it is not for me. Not all the time, anyway. I need to physically chew food in the morning just to feel like I’m going to be full or satisfied. I guess it’s a psychological thing.

Lately, the only smoothies I have had are the ones from the store (Bolthouse, Naked, Odwalla) and even those were far and few between. Almost out of nowhere, I start hearing about smoothie bowls. I’m almost positive these things have been out for years and I am just late. What is a smoothie bowl, you ask (if you are clueless like I was)? Essentially it is what it sounds like: a bowl filled with a smoothie.

You make a smoothie with the normal ingredients but blend it a bit thicker in a yogurt consistency. Add toppings like granola or leftover fruit and eat with a spoon. 🙂

Here’s a helpful infographic from Hello Glow on making a smoothie bowl:

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Sounds easy enough, right? I really like how the site breaks down the nutrients of each layer. Mind Body Green is another great health site that features other smoothie bowl recipes like these:

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Don’t these look more filling than a drinkable smoothie? Maybe it’s the artsy girl in me and the colors make it more appealing to eat? I can look forward to having these throughout the day!

Have fun produce shopping this weekend! 😉

Need more recipe ideas? Come back every Foodie Friday for a new one to try!

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Philly’s Center City Restaurant Week!

I love this time of year – Center City Restaurant Week is here!!

Center City Restaurant Week is a two-week food venture in Philadelphia. It used to be one week but popularity grew and pushed it to two weeks. There are about 100+ restaurants in downtown Philly that offers lunch and dinner courses for discounted flat rates. A three-course lunch is $20 and a three or four course dinner (minus drinks) is $35 per person.

Over the years, I would go to the “regular” places like Ruth’s Chris and Varalli. “Regular” to me is the regular food I eat – American and Italian fare. This year, I’m aiming for something different – which is the whole point of the event anyway!

Since I’m learning French and have a goal of visiting France one day soon, I’m thinking of going to one or both of these French restaurants – Bistro St. Tropez and Bistrot La Minette. I like what they have to offer and I saw great Yelp reviews for both. Plus, I can test my French skills while ordering. 😉

I did begin my Restaurant Week venture at an American Restaurant, Devon Seafood Grill. I went to lunch with friends this past Sunday. The place was very relaxed and I loved the low lighting and outside view. The service was excellent as well (Thanks Lance!). Only minor issue I had was sharing bench seats with the other guests. There is a long bench seat against the wall towards the windows and three tables share the bench. There weren’t any problems with other guests, it just seems to lack some space/privacy in that seating area. However, the bench was comfy. 🙂

Now for the food: While seated, they offered cinnamon rolls and biscuits to wear off our hunger. I got both and a cup of La Colombe coffee which was GREAT and well needed (since I had a caffeine withdrawl headache due to lack of coffee all weekend). Would you believe my headache instantly vanished?! I’m officially addicted to caffeine. *womp, womp*

I took a look at the special Restaurant Week menu and decided to try the Caesar Salad, Blackened Mahi with Sweet Potato Hash + Crawfish Butter and Mixed Berries for dessert (not pictured because I was full and took it home). Everything was fantastic – taste, texture, temperature!!

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Caesar Salad - Very good start to my meal 🙂

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Blackened Mahi - Yum!

Devon also had an extensive martini and wine list – and a special deal going on for bottles of wine!

If anyone live in or is traveling to Philadelphia, the Restaurant Week is January 18-23 and January 25-30. No Saturdays, unfortunately. I would suggest booking for a table in advance as it is quicker to be seated. But walk-ins are usually welcome! Come check out the restaurants and its menus here! 😄