Stomach: a saclike distensible enlargement of the alimentary canal located between the esophagus and small intestine; it stores food, adds gastric juices, begins the breakdown of proteins and churns food into a liquid mass.
Um, ew. Liquid mass? Way to make eating seem
totally disgusting (ha). Perhaps I should read that (Webster’s) definition every time I get hungry for things I shouldn’t be eating. It’s definitely way ruder to imagine pizza or a burger as a liquid mass in the middle of my body than say, strawberries, which just sounds like a smoothie. A semi-digested rather acidic stomach smoothie.
Sorry. I’ve been in a wicked sh*t of a mood the last few days, John too, we’ve written it off to prolonged lack of sunlight. The post-holidays, post-birthday, snow-sucks-after-Christmas blues. You know it, too, I know. Meh. I’ve even been trading emails with Suz bemoaning the idiocy of the masses and chatting over coffee this morning (Friday Morning Coffee with Suz!) about the Holocaust. Egads. But I’ll admit, I’m not opposed to using the saclike distensible enlargement of my alimentary canal to cheer myself up, namely through the filling of it with lovely (at least before chewing into a bolus) foods and the occasional sip of wine and/or bubbly.
Like last night. Date Night! Movie followed by dinner with John at (Uptown) Campiello. I know it’s not all about Campiello the way it was when the place opened, but it was still festively hopping on a Thursday night and the food – D’Amico knows what the heck they’re doing – was delish. We particularly loved the king crab appetizer – pieces of butter-tender crab tossed with julienne carrots, jalapeños, and scallions, served alongside a horseradish panne cotta. Unusual and spectacularly delicious, with a cool-creamy, sweet-spicy-crunchy thing going on. Our entree was a bit more traditional – ziti tossed with lemon zest, dried peppers, garlic, olive oil, and Parm. Simple, chewy-spicy deliciousness. Nothing makes a cooler (smoother?) bolus than king crab and ziti. Rad.
And lunch today, yum. At Yum Bakery, my mom treated Stace, Cooper, and moi to a post-Stephanie-is-41-(sigh) celebration. Yum Bakery is the perfect girlie lunch spot – sunny and buzzy, with a long list of spot-on comfort food tasties. Mom and I chose the salad sampler – good ol’ fashioned tuna, egg, and chicken salads (with modern twists all of them, top-notch) spread on fresh foccacia bread. Cream of mushroom soup. Stace and Coop shared beef stew. We all dived into frites (but of course). And Happy Birthday to me…coconut cake. YESSS! Sooo good, a real, buttery scratch white cake, filled with coconut custard and iced with white icing and showered with sweetened, flaked coconut. Just exactly how it’s supposed to be, ridiculously sweet and rich. Love, love, LOVED it.
Tonight? Uh, I’m not very hungry? Funny thing, ha. What to eat on a not-hungry night? Well, there’s always the option of nothing, but that’s not very weekendy. Or moderate. So I’m leaning toward a simple quesadilla – two French Meadow (Fat Flush, worst product name evar) sprouted grain tortillas, sprinkle of cheese, toast in a pan until melty and dip in some spicy Salsa Lisa. Few hundred cals, five minutes to prepare, tasty (essential), done.
Happy Sunless Weekend! (Grumble.)
And oh! Another reason to eat monounsaturated fats (as in avocados, olives, and nuts.)