The #OOTD…


The outfit of the day marked by a hashtag has long been tag of choice for those who feel like they’re looking their best for the day’s to-do. Take a look at my personal Instagram and I’m quite guilty of this practice of slight self-admiration and accomplishment.

Lest we look like a potato sack after rummaging the closet and striking a pose in front of the mirror for an hour, but I digress. 

I just spent 5 hours of my day boiling a dozen eggs in tea and spices to achieve just that, their OOTD. 

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Wanna go on a date?

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Medjool Dates from Whole Foods Markets

For centuries they have long been a source of sustenance for many people not only in the Middle East, but the world over.  In this holy month of Ramadan, many muslims around the world start their day before sunrise with a few date fruits and break their fast at sunset in the same fashion.

I have loved dates since I was a little child living in California where some date varieties are locally grown, however, they fell off my radar during my young adulthood for some unknown reason.  Recently, I’ve been longing for breakfast foods and snacks that are slow burning and full of good energy.  Something hearty to fill me up and suppress my appetite during those gaps between the big meals.

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The Golden Ticket…

Dieting.

Behold the bane of our existence.  Not only do we have to wake up, make our beds and dress ourselves, but we have to make sure we are eating the right things all the time.  Diet trends give variety for those on restrictive diets.  Or those you think they can look like Ryan Gosling by summertime in paradise.

Sometimes we give into these recent trends just to humour ourselves…

How will this new superfood fit into my lifestyle and will it work?

Yes and no.

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…de Montréal avec beaucoup d’amour.

Happy New Year everyone! It has definitely been quite some time since my last visit here.  A lot has happened, I got married, went on a fabulous honeymoon and now, I’m in the beginning stages of immigrating to Toronto, Ontario so I can call Justin Trudeau, “Daddy!”

(Oh Canada!)

But that is not why I am here today.  Let’s talk about food shall we?

Fall of 2016, I spent a week in Montréal, Québec as a newlywed and we were able to experience an amazing food scene.  We all love eating and trying new things and  I will admit, I do have a slight penchant for French cuisine or at least foods with a slight French accent and yes, Montréal is in Canada and not France… but folks, the food no joke over there.  

There is some serious comfort food to be had in French Canada.

Now, if you are not in the mood to trek around the old city or climb the hilly streets of downtown then download the Foodora app and have it delivered to your hotel room.

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Le Montréalais – Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon – Renoir

So let’s start with breakfast…

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Overnight Oats – Is it worth the wait?

Overnight oats are definitely a topic of debate in any household.  You take some oats, some toppings, liquid, sweetener and throw it in a jar for the following morning’s enjoyment.

Wait… did you say the following morning?!

Yes, the following morning.

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Mixed Berry Overnight Oats with Chia Seed, Flax Seed Powder, Yoghurt and Honey.

This cup of oatmeal has to sit in your refrigerator overnight in order to get the best out of its process and ingredients within.  So then, is it worth all this meal prep?

If you ask my roommate, a late 20’s, always on-the-go, job on Wall Street, not-savvy-in-the-kitchen type of guy’s guy, he would whole-heartedly say it is just a bunch of expensive ingredients thrown together that strongly resembles something out of a pre-packed, overly processed, instant sir-mix-a-lot sort of thing.  “So why not save yourself the hassle and just buy the Quaker Oats?” he would say.

The goal with overnight oats is not to fill you up in that large portioned “American” sort of way, it is to mix together wholesome ingredients that are also slow-burning giving your body energy and nourishment over a long period of time.

Honestly, that peaches and cream packaged oatmeal is enticing and quite tasty, but full of artificial hullabaloo that cannot possibly be good for you.  Anything that looks like some sort of nuclear bio-chem sourced powder does not sit well when it comes to clean eating.

But I am digressing…

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Happy… Pancake Day?

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…another Sunday morning breakfast.

February 9th, 2016 is Pancake Tuesday.  Alright, perhaps to some it is called Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, but for all intents and purposes…

I will refer to it today as Pancake Tuesday.

…but what about those delectable Polish Pączki doughnut blessings from the Gods that are so yummy and a staple here in Chicago?

Well, this year I may break my Chicago tradition and not make it over to Dinkel’s Bakery in Lakeview to pick up my dozen-or-so stuffed doughnuts.  (But it’s sooooo tempting).  I follow the guys from SortedFood and sometimes they come up with the greatest dishes that you just have to try.

So what did I make?

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