Because I’ve been so wrapped up in preparing for my motivational speaking gig and getting my business cards made (and, oh yeah, there was the matrixectomy too), this blog has veered in recent days from two of its main focuses: eating and exercise. So this weekend I’m going back to basics. I’m gonna write a little about food today, and a little about exercise tomorrow.
OK. So, food. Hmmm….
Well, I’ll be honest: My eating at home has been super boring this week. I’ve done nothing that warrants a blog post: no new recipes, no RediSetGo usage, no new types of produce. I’ve been eating lots of veggies and fruit, lots of lean proteins (mostly eggs and protein shakes), some yogurt, so oatmeal, and absolutely nothing that I find at all interesting or worthy of sharing.
But I did try a new restaurant the other morning! It was the day after my speech at Whole Foods, actually. My friend Mat invited me to breakfast in Silver Lake, his super-trendy, hipster-filled Los Angeles neighborhood (it’s where I got my awesome new glasses). “There’s a couple super-vegan places I’ve been wanting to try,” Mat said, coining the word ‘super-vegan’ in the process. I’m not vegan, but I love vegan restaurants, because they tend to be creative and interesting and have fun things I’ve never heard of on the menu. “I’m in!” I responded, and at 9am, I was knock-knock-knocking on Mat’s door. A few minutes after that, we took off on foot for a super-vegan breakfast.
The super-vegan breakfast establishments had other ideas, though. One turned out to be not a restaurant at all, but a juice bar. The other one was closed. Apparently super-vegan hipster restaurant proprietors can’t be bothered to open for breakfast on weekdays.
We ended up at Madame Matisse, a tiny little corner cafe:
Their breakfast menu was full of delicious-sounding options, from Chocolate Stuffed French Toast to five different kinds of Eggs Benedict (five!) to a dish called Chef’s Revenge, which has a great menu description:
“A scramble of eggs, corned beef hash, rosemary garlic home fries, pork sausage, bacon, cheddar, and salsa with a side of toast. Don’t ask for a vegetarian version because it doesn’t exist.”
I love breakfast food, and I was really tempted to order something that I normally don’t eat, like one of those Eggs Benedicts (maybe the one with brie, leeks, and black truffle oil) or their Homemade Belgian Waffle, but I was good, and made a healthy choice. The thing with breakfast food is that when I order smartly, by the time my food comes, I stop missing what I could be eating, because all breakfast food is delicious!
I chose the Build Your Own Omelet option from the menu, and got it with egg whites only, and filled with tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, and chicken. I had them replace the home fries with fruit, and got rye toast, no butter, on the side. Mm-mmm!
I had never seen ratatouille on a breakfast menu before, but they offered a Ratatouille Skillet, which was ratatouille with two eggs on top, sausage and toast. That’s what Mat ordered:
I’m pretty sure both of us renewed our memberships to the clean plate club… I know I did. I love a good omelet, and that was a good omelet.
We walked back to Mat’s house, and before I took off, Mat and wife Maggie let me raid their little herb garden (I raided their tomato plants earlier this summer). They have a giant sage bush and tons of rosemary, and I helped myself to a few sprigs of each:
That’s all sage and rosemary in the background!
As I drove home, I had a light bulb moment about how I would use my herbs. It involves picking up a few things at Whole Foods (which I’ll do today) and also using one of the items in my kitchen that came all the way from Sweden…
…a brand-new recipe is in the works! Stay tuned… I’ll be sharing it shortly!
Keep it up, David!