Rolling with it
Weekends stress me out for a couple of reasons:
1. How are we going to keep Maya entertained for two whole days?
2. Weekends = eating out 1-2 meals a day. Eating out = an increased likelihood for a horrible stomach ache.
Instead of stressing out as always though, I decided to roll with it.
I rolled with breakfast…despite the fact that making homemade pancakes is torture because I have to make them, I can’t eat them, and I have to clean the mess up, I still cooked up a batch for Ali and Maya. How selfless am I?
Maya and I struck a deal: if she ate all her fruit than she could have 5 chocolate chips on her pancake. Why 5? Well because she is 5-years-old. Of course.
Although I visited the Farmer’s Market daily when I worked next door at CBS, I never had a chance to eat at Loteria until yesterday.
I was going to stick with something safe and order the Summer Salad but when Sophia pointed out I could eat a salad anywhere, I decided to roll with it and be a little more daring. Thank you Sophia for giving me the push I needed!
I ordered two tacos, the Champiñones con Epazote and the Calabacitas.
I was feeling particularly daring and decided to order the Noptalitos as well.
Unfortunately neither of these dishes were very good. The tacos were really small and bland. I am glad I tried the cactus but it wasn’t very flavorful either. Still, I ate everything (except the chips) because I was so hungry. I was still hungry afterwards but luckily, lunch wasn’t really about the food but the nice company instead. Plus it was a beautiful day and since we were sitting outside the food was really just an afterthought.
Thank you Sophia for organizing this great lunch…I can’t wait to meet up with you again.
I rolled with some coffee…I left lunch after a couple of hours to meet up with my brother. We headed to Urth Caffe for a cup of coffee. I love cappuccinos but I haven’t been ordering them because sometimes I get stomach aches from milk. So I was thrilled, and I mean thrilled to learn that Urth Caffe has almond milk!
The price of this coffee rivaled some of the ones I’ve ordered in Paris but I was just happy to have a cappuccino minus a stomach ache. My brother and I sat outside and enjoyed the fabulous weather. My brother paid for my overpriced coffee without saying a word about how overpriced it was. My brother rocks.
I rolled with dinner…after Ali finally resurfaced after taking Maya to a birthday party and dropping her at his parent’s place, we headed out to dinner. One of my most favorite places in Los Angeles is Gulfstream but we don’t go too often because I have a bit of a problem paying $17 for Maya’s chicken fingers, plus the wait is usually 30-45 minutes or more. When I want to eat, I want to eat right then. I do not want to wait another 30-45 minutes. Lucky for us, we were able to get a table immediately yesterday.
I ordered my favorite salmon:
Ali ordered a burger:
I rolled with the after-dinner entertainment…after dinner we decided to catch a movie. In a theater. This may not seem like a big deal but since it happens only 2-3 times a year, a theater movie is pretty exciting stuff.
We ended up seeing Remember Me which was excellent. Not only was the ending very unexpected but the cast was great too. The girls next to me were going crazy over Robert Pattinson, who I had never heard of. I was going crazy over Pierce Brosnan who they probably had never heard of. Have I managed to age myself enough?
So I learned a couple of things this weekend…
1. Entertaining Maya for 2 days is a piece of cake when she spends most of the time at her grandparent’s house.
2. There is no need to stress too much over eating out. Sure my stomach hurt a bit last night but sometimes a great day out is worth the pain.