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Posted on Sep 19, 2010 in Dear Diary, Food | 4 comments

Sunday & Sweet Potato Fries

So last night my sister went to celebrated her BFF from high school Anne‘s birthday (who most of you probably know from fANNEtastic food) and she sent me a couple texts during the night saying that there were people there who read the blog! So thank you blog-readers! It’s so exciting and terrifying to hear that people are actually following my ramblings here. And yesterday was just full of blog-related surprises! I went to a Stella & Dot jewelry party at my friend Reema’s apartment, and ran into Julie from Wearing Mascara there! She was familiar with my blog through Anne, so the blogosphere really is shrinking! (Just like me, bahahahahaha! Oh man, I crack myself up.)

So speaking of the Stella & Dot party, that’s where I spent yesterday afternoon. Naturally, I went with the intention of not spending any money, but I’m sure we all know how that turned out! Our “stylist” was Kelly, and she was awesome! We bonded over our mutual love of dogs (she has 4!) and Falls Church. 🙂

This is a loooooooong string of pearls and a vintage-inspired crystal brooch that I bought, which can be doubled up or tripled. I’ve actually been searching for something like this for a long time, so I was really happy to see it at the party! I didn’t actually get the specific one I’m wearing in this pic (it was just the sample) but I did order it, as well as a gift for my sister. It was all just too cute! Hopefully me investing in some higher quality jewelry will make me better about actually accessorizing… heh.

For dinner, my brother, his girlfriend, and his friend Rob all invited me to go with them. When I asked where we were going, of course they said Coastal Flats. Hahaha, so for the second time in 36 hours, I went to Coastal Flats at Tysons. It was just as delicious! Instead of getting the same dish I got yesterday, I got the Mango Chicken Salad with dressing on the side (I just squirted some lemon juice over it instead of using the dressing and it was super flavorful!) I also got the Yucatan Shrimp Cocktail, which was very interesting:

The shrimp was immersed in a cocktail sauce that seemed like it was mixed with lime juice, and had a little slaw of jicama, mango, and onion in it. They put a little avocado on top, and it had like 8 shrimp in it. So good! And shrimp is super low in calories (though very high in cholesteral, thus there is some controversy over how bad it is for you. Any opinions on healthiness of shrimp?) Tasted good, but probably quite a bit of sugar in that sauce. I passed on the saltines, obviously. Also managed yet another day of resisting the Ozzie rolls, though I wish I could say the same for my brother (I think he had 4, ahaha!)

So this morning I woke up nice and early to go to church with the ‘rents. I’ve started singing in the church choir, and it’s actually been really nice! Makes it feel like I’m contributing a lot more, so I’m a little more involved. Had a little bit of fruit and a couple cubes of cheese at the post-church coffee reception, and then headed home. I decided to use up some of the mountain of sweet potatoes living in my pantry right now, and make up some sweet potato fries!

I sliced ’em up and tossed them in olive oil, salt, pepper, chili powder, and cumin. Next time I might try to do a sweet fry, with some cinnamon instead, but they were definitely a good choice! I still haven’t gotten the hang of cooking things crispy in the oven. I’m always too afraid of burning them! So they weren’t really crisp, but they were still delish. I served ’em up with a little organic ketchup:

Don’t worry, I didn’t eat them all. At once. 😉 I also made up a little sandwich to add a little more nutritional variety (please excuse the fact that I took this picture over my sink full of EVERYONE ELSE’S DIRTY DISHES.)

It’s a Flatout flatbread (100 calories), with a Laughing Cow Light Tomato Mozzarella wedge (35 cals), 2 ounces of sliced turkey (60 cals), tomatoes, onion, and spinach, then topped with a little bit of roasted red pepper hummus (45 cals).

Anyhoo – that about catches us up to right now! Plan on taking the pups to the dog park a little later, and then I’m meeting Reema at Dogwood Tavern down the street for dinner. I’ve never been there before, so I will probably try to eat before I leave to meet her so that I can eat super light once I’m there. I mean, it’s bar food, so I’m sure the pickings will be slim, but I’m starting to get over stressing out every time I go to eat out. I think at this point I’m able to make fairly good choices, and at the very least every restaurant has some kind of salad. Get it without dressing and we’re good to go!

Alright party people, hope everyone has had a great weekend! Tell me all about it, and I’ll see you tomorrow! 🙂

Oh right – PS: The downlow from the sis was that I need to start taking better pictures for my blog. So just bear with the phone pics for a little while longer, people, and rest assured that I’m working on it! 🙂

4 Comments

  1. Whoa, there is a LOT of ketchup on that plate! Does organic ketchup have less sugar? Those sweet potato fries look yummy- i heart sweet potato fries. Rosemary also tastes good on them in lieu of cumin!

  2. Ooooh, I’ll have to make my own sweet potato fries sometime. Or maybe even just plain ole potato fries. I completely forgot about that option.

  3. Hey Gretchen, this is one of your sister’s friends who was raving about your blog at Anne’s party– I think I met you a long time ago (I’m Dinah). Anyway, just wanted to say great job…and confess that your joke about the shrinking blogosphere really cracked me up.

  4. sweet potato fries are my nemesis, they are so good! You’ve inspired me to try making them from scratch at home. I’m secretly hoping it wont be successful because it could turn into a dangerous situation, endless sweet potato fries!

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