Hiiii lovely readers! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty busy, but I made sure to include some couch time Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. I always need at least a little downtime on the weekends, otherwise I never really feel prepared to tackle Monday.
Also, over weekend I went out for one meal a day Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and didn’t really cook much in between. This is definitely indulgent compared to a usual weekend for me – but considering that going out to eat is one of my favourite activities, I’m cool with that.
So first up, Eric and I went out for dinner Friday night to celebrate some FABULOUS news. He got a job! Believe me, this is huge – the industry that he’s trained in is extremely oversaturated and the unemployment rate in general in our city is high. He had been without a job for quite a while and we were both getting pretty worried, so this opportunity came at a perfect time.
And we celebrated with our favourite dining experience – All you can eat sushi! We decided to try a new-to-us restaurant - 168 Sushi Buffet. Annnnd now we have a new favourite.
First of all, you order off of IPads. I know this isn’t really all that new for some people, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it in a restaurant. It’s pretty badass – I’m pretty sure we spent the first 10 minutes just playing around with it.
So fun. And then of course, there’s the sushi itself at Sushi 168…amazing. Fresh and tasty, with quick service. And we know what we’re talking about, because Eric and I are kind of experts AYCE sushi-ers.
- 1. Crispy Spicy Salmon
- 2. Seaweed Salad
- 3. Shrimp Dumplings
- 4. Pink Lady Roll (spicy crab topped with smoked salmon)
- 5. Salmon Sashimi
- 6. Spring Rolls
- 1. Salmon Avocado Roll
- 2. Salmon sushi
- 3. Red Snow Roll (Dynamite roll with spicy white tuna) and Gym Roll (Dynamite roll and banana with spicy red tuna)
And finally, dessert:
- tempura banana (ohmygod that was amazing. Must find a way to recreate)
- vanilla ice cream
Needless to say, we rolled ourselves home and lazed on the couch in a sushi coma for the rest of the nice. Oh my, that was fabulous.
After the gym and my usual errands Saturday morning, I had some time to kill before meeting my mom, my aunts and some family friends for lunch. I found myself at Covent Garden Market downtown, where this happened in the Homeopathy London:
Oops. Miiiight have overdone it a little. Oh well – it’s all good stuff. Oh, and for someone that hates pretty much everything grape flavoured (candy, most pop, medicine, etc.) I’m slightly obsessed with Grape Zevia.
Oh, and finding G.T.’s mango flavour made the whole trip worth it. I thought that Third Eye Chai was my favourite, but nope. Mystique Mango for the win.
After hanging out downtown for a little while, I headed over to Under the Volcano to meet the group. Under the Volcano is one of my favourite restaurants in London by default, because it’s one of the only sit-down Mexican restaurants in the area. The food is always good – I think I’ve tried most of their menu by this point and I haven’t been disappointed by anything. Although, this time around we didn’t have the greatest waitress – she was kinda rude/rushed and kept forgetting things. Can’t win them all, I suppose.
My mom offered to split a pitcher of sangria with me, which I’m certainly not going to say no to.
Although there is one thing that makes me happier…
It is physically impossible for me to go to this restaurant and not order their deep fried ice cream. It is insane how delicious it is – vanilla ice cream with a crunchy, honey and cinnamon-ified coating and topped with whipped cream. My mom loves it just as much as I do, so she was happy to split it with me.
An afternoon of getting some work done and watching Gone With the Wind (anyone else find that movie depressing?) I continued my non-cooking streak with salad and freezer pizza.
Sunday was spent:
Amanda’s Flourless Double Chocolate Chip Muffins. Seriously, make them. Amazing.
Pancakes, eggs, and hashbrowns at Richie’s. Hmmm, diner food.
And finally, actually cooking for the first time in three days:
So clearly, this was an indulgent weekend for me. Lots of restaurant meals, none of them particularly healthy, and eating to complete fullness.
But I’m ok with that! Years ago, having a weekend like this would be a cause for anxiety and ‘atonement’ – extra workouts, cutting back on portion sizes for a few days, or cutting out sweets/sugar for the foreseeable future. Nowadays? Meh. Yes, I overdid it, but I trust my body enough that I don’t want to try and tell it what to do – I’m going to spend today and the rest of the week continuing to eat in my current ‘normal’ fashion. And considering that I’m trying to up my fat intake right now…all that avocado and ice cream can’t be that bad, right?
I think our bodies are smart – whether you overdo it at one meal, for a day, or for a week – they’re capable of returning to a natural set point without our intervention. Cleanses, extra workouts, restricted eating – why make yourself suffer? Just listen to your body and your hunger signals…and more importantly, trust it. It’ll sort things out without you trying to take control, promise.
But oh goodness, back to actually making all my meals today
Have a good one!
<— When you eat sushi, would you rather go for AYCE or just order off a regular menu?
<— Are you a kombucha fan? What’s your favourite flavour?
<— How do you handle super-indulgent weekends?
<— What did you get up to this weekend?