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Farmer’s market & Macro platter recreated

You probably already know about this article by Marie Claire and read opinions about it all over the blog-world, so I will make this short. Since I identify myself as a healthy-living blogger as well, I feel the need to express my thoughts about the matter.

  • The article is way too harsh to these ladies. Although I don’t read all of them now, at certain point in time, I did read them regularly and I met most of them in person. They’re real and nice. Only mean people will describe them like the article did.
  • Although too harsh, the article has some truth. But the truth about triggering ED and responsibilities that bloggers should take applies ALSO to any health magazine or media in general. Β It’s a paternalist way of thinking to ban or force providers of the info to be responsible of the info instead of making the reader responsible of the info they choose to take.
  • Personally, I don’t post about what I eat everyday (I did it before) because it’s troublesome and it’s not the aim of this blog anymore. Different people need in different point of time different inspirations. Some of them needs detail guidance about eating so they find reading food diary helps them to know what to do/eat. Others who is also interested in other topics might find food diary blogs boring and prefer a blog that talks about other things in life. It’s a matter of preference, and preference is just preference, it’s not good or bad.

okay. moving into farmer’s market that I went on Sunday in Dupont Circle.

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Anyone else finds fresh veggies specially beautiful and photogenic? πŸ˜‰

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here’s what I got for $20.


and then I also went to Tj’s for some other necessities


the macro platter that I had on Saturday was really good and it seems easy to make. So I tried to recreate it at home.

Ingredients for the carrot ginger dressing (Maggie asked the waiter): carrot (1/2 lb), ginger (1 inch), garlic (3 clove), onion (1/2 small), olive oil (1/4 cup) and salt.


blend everything and voila!


I wouldn’t say it’s as good as Good Health‘s, but it was pretty good. πŸ™‚

Coco’s macro platter: couscous, seaweed salad made with miso and tahini, aduki beans, roasted corn squash and broiled greens.


such a colorful, tasty and balance meal! πŸ˜‰


Q1: What’s your favorite grain?

Q2: What’s your take on the marie-claire article?


Filed under dinner, review

Lunch at Good Health & Pumpkin scone

Sunday before I left NYC, Maggie took me to another of her favorite restaurant: Good Health


the place is small and very familiar. Perfect for a weekend Brunch πŸ™‚


Bobby ordered Mexican Wrap filled with quinoa, tofu , beans and veggies


Maggie ordered veggie egg scramble


and I had Macro Platter (recommended by Maggie) that came with brown rice, tofu, beans, steam veggies, seaweed and an amazing carrot ginger dressing


and a side salad


we were all very happy with our meal πŸ™‚


the lovely couple!


Me (sorry for the scars in my face, I hope it goes away soon) and Maggie. I think we enjoy each other’s company a lot πŸ˜€


After lunch, we walked to Central Park. I really like Maggie and Bobby’s company. It’s so relaxing. And I learn from them too. They communicate a lot, even small things. I sometimes get lazy to tell Star about everything I do and think, but I think it’s a great way to communicate and stay close. Need to work on that πŸ˜‰

Shortly I had to catch the bus way back to DC. It was a short visit but perfect weekend trip to be with a great friend πŸ™‚ We already scheduled our next !!! πŸ˜†

On the bus back, I got sad. I missed Star terribly, specially after I got the news the night before about his changing plan. He was supposed to be back to DC on Monday, but there was an urgency about the project he’s working on, so he had to flight to Mexico instead. 😦 When I heard the news I wasn’t too affected because I was with Maggie. But when I got alone and after being with a happy couple, I was sad. But that’s life right? There will be always unexpected things happening. We should learn to look at the bright side always. However, during that 4.5 hours on the bus, I couldn’t see the brightness, all I could feel was missing someone until it hurts. Β But don’t worry, I’m ok now. I talked to Star yesterday by phone for almost 2 hours when he was transiting in San Francisco, I plan to visit him in Mexico City, a place I’ve never been. πŸ™‚ Changing plan = spontaneous trip! πŸ˜†

Sunday morning I woke up and feel like scone for breakfast. I guess it was the inertia after that. So I made Pumpkin Scones




  • 1.5 cup WW flour
  • 0.5 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cinnamon & pumpkin spice
  • 1 cup roasted squash or pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp baking stevia
  • 2-3 tbsp almond milk

Method: Mix squash/pumpkin with egg and almond milk


mix butter with dry ingredients


combine them and bake for 15 min at 425F


I opened a new tin of tea: Kusmi‘s sweet love




the scone came out dense, buttered and slightly sweet. I love it! πŸ˜†




I ate without reading anything just missing someone πŸ™‚

Q1: What’s your favorite scone?

Q2: What was the last meal you had at restaurant and recreated at home?


Filed under breakfast, lunch, recipe

10K, packages and random eats

Yesterday was the Clarendon 5K & 10 K race. It was a lot of fun! πŸ˜† We were a group of 7 people, 4 of us did 10 K and 3 others did 5K for the first time, including Star. I had the target to break 50 min to improve from my last 10K. It did not happen and I had hard time to even finish it! πŸ‘Ώ What happened? A combination of poor training, over confidence after the 1/2 M and the VERY HOT weather. I’m bad running under the sun and the 10K started at 9AM when the sun was furiously hot! The course wasn’t pretty either, 80% was on the highway. Every mile was hard… specially the last two. I almost wanted to stop and walk but I kept telling me: “you’re strong! It’s time to prove it AGAIN!” So I kept going but I was suffering. 😦 Star and two other friends did the 5K for the first time. Star finished in 31 min, followed by other two by 31’30” and 38 min. They did it slowly indeed, but Β I was really happy for them to join the “club”. We had a lot of fun chatting, cheering each other. πŸ˜€ Although this time I didn’t enjoy the run so much and I didn’t reach my target, it was okay. Not every run needs to be fun nor easy. It’s part of the journey. It just makes things more exciting and challenging πŸ™‚

I got some fun packages last friday.

Iphone 4 πŸ˜†


a sample package of all-bran


Skin MD Natural for review


and books: some leisure reading and some to help dissertation writting


and some random eats that I’ve been enjoying last week.

half warm salad made with stir-fry for greens, chopped tomatoes and plain tofu (yes, you read it right, plain tofu! 😯 I must show you the packaging of this tofu… because I love its flavor!!! )


roasted squash filled with greek yogurt, figs and coconut butter


Saturday night to fuel for the race I had sweet potato gnocchi mixed with some spaghetti squash, tomato sauce and parmesan


Star had noodles with bok choy and eggs. Simple but filling πŸ™‚


Star is catching a flight to China. He’ll be there for a week 😦 so I’m by my own today. I need to work on my presentation next week. Not fun 😦 But after that… I’m going to NYC for a concert and to play with my dearest friend. πŸ˜†

Q: How do you keep your finance? I’m a mess with $$. I don’t keep any record of how much I spend. I need tips!!!


Filed under dinner, running, Uncategorized