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Posted on Jan 4, 2012 in Dear Diary, Food | 33 comments

The Timing of Eating

Another day of successful eating (complete with almost complete calorie counting) was had yesterday, huzzah! I had voiced some slight concern that getting back into the groove with work would mess with my eating habits. See, when at work, I tend to push off eating even if I’m hungry because I’m busy or, occasionally, because I’m just too lazy to get up from my desk (I’m awesome, I know). This lends itself to my willpower faltering due to hunger and the odds of me getting that steak & cheese from the deli downstairs increasing exponentially. Because of this, I actively tried to pay attention to my hunger cues yesterday. This led to a mildly strange distribution of my eats throughout the day. Observe:

7:45 AM: Chicken sausage link (100 calories).

In case you were wondering, there really is no good way to take a picture of a plain sausage link.

I know, I know, a random sausage for breakfast isn’t really breakfast. But I was busy putting together an actual lunch to bring, and I kinda let the b-fast thing slide. At least I ate something at all, right? I’m working on it, I’m working on it. At least all that protein kept me full!

10:30 AM: Salad with mixed greens, onion, grapes, grape tomatoes, craisins, blue cheese crumbles and balsamic dressing (~250 calories).


I got a little peckish around 10:30, and because I hadn’t dropped my lunch off in the fridge yet (again, out of laziness) the salad was nice and ready for me already. My lunch was a two-parter, just like yesterday’s. No, literally just like yesterday’s: an exact repeat.

1:00 PM: Turkey chili (~300 calories).


I started to feel a little bit hungry again around 1-ish, so I ate the rest of my lunch then. It tided me over until I got home from work, which is when my mind started to mess with the whole hunger-cues-listening game (yep, now all I can think of is the Hunger Games. #obsessed) a bit.

See, I was due at my parents’ house for our weekly family dinner wherein we would have a repeat of homemade pizza night because the ‘rents were really anxious to see my new pizza stone in action. And even homemade pizza makes calorie counting kind of hard, so I wanted to have a nice big buffer zone. But because of my brother‘s teaching schedule, we wouldn’t be eating until 7:45 PM. Soooo, my mind started messing with my body, and eventually I got so fed up with trying to decide whether to eat or not, that I just gave up and went to Starbucks.

4:45 PM: Grande skinny peppermint mocha (130 calories).


Amazingly, it did the trick! It staved off hunger for a little while and for a mere 130 cals. Thank GOODNESS I didn’t succumb to the lure of the eggnog latte instead (let alone that thick slice of iced lemon poundcake… sigh…) because something big was about to go down.

7:30 PM: Coke Zero (0 calories).


No, not the Coke Zero, though it was delicious (and, in combination with the coffee, probably contributed to my incredibly poor sleep last night, hahaha.)

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7:45 PM: PIZZA AND WINGS, YO. (Calories unknown. Heh.)


Yeeeeah. Good thing I did count all those itsy bitsy calories up until then, eh? Dinner was epic. I only had 3 squares of ‘za, but I had 3 chicken wings, plus all the noshing I did while I was prepping the pizza, haha. All in all, it probably wasn’t too bad since I only had ~780 up to that point, but we shall never know because again, and I can’t stress this enough, I am just too lazy. 😉

I guess the point of this post is to ask you guys: how do you handle the timing of eating? Do you follow the traditional breakfast, lunch, dinner schedule? Or eat every 2 hours? Or eat when you’re hungry? I feel like I definitely do best with small meals throughout the day, but I’m not sure even how I should be managing those. Sigh, it feels like I’m starting over. All the my holiday overindulging has made me forget how to eat normally, haha.

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Posted on Oct 10, 2011 in Food | 35 comments

K-BBQ (or, That Time I Ate All the Meat)

Abby & John-Paul’s wedding was absolutely beautiful, but the recap will have to wait due to me having to edit roughly twenty zillion photos of the amazingness. Good thing I have today off from work to get through them all, eh? [/brag]

In the meantime, let’s talk about last night’s family dinner!

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Sorry sis, I just couldn’t NOT post this pic.

The whole gang got together, minus Steve, but including my unpictured brother who served as co-photog for the night (I’d say the photo cred split goes about 50/50 for this post.)


My uncle, aunt, and cousin (different relatives than last week, haha) were visiting from Boston, and my mom picked out Korean as the cuisine du jour.

Hi Aunt Martha, Uncle Tommy, and Tomas!


Oe Gad Gib is in Annandale, VA, and offers an All-You-Can-Eat Korean BBQ special that my mom had seen advertised in the Chinese Newspaper. So what did we do, friends?

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We All-You-Can-Ate, of course! Boy, oh boy, did we eat.


Thin strips of beef, marinated tenderloin, and pork belly – whoosh! I’m pretty sure I ate all the meat there ever was, ever.


With some salad and kimchi in between, of course! Korean food is notorious for being especially spicy, so even with my spice-lovin’ tastebuds I was, er, a little hesitant at first:

Phew, not that spicy after all!

With so much red meat in one sitting, my stomach certainly wasn’t thanking me, um, later on (tmi?), but in the moment it was delicious. Sometimes we (non-vegetarian, non-vegan people) just need to be a little carnivorous, y’know?

Again, stay tuned for a full wedding weekend recap to come tomorrow, but in the meantime I’ll leave you with this little nugget from the big day:

Photog at Large

What, you don’t go to weddings toting thousands of dollars worth of your brother’s camera equipment? Bahaha.

Are you working for The Man this glorious Columbus Day, or do you have the day off?

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Posted on Jul 28, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 16 comments

Birthdays in India


Last night, the fam got together to celebrate birthdays a deux: my lovely and amazing sister, Jen, and her lovely and amazing hubby, Dan! Their birthdays are a mere 5 days apart (well, 5 days and a year) so we banged out both celebrations in one big family dinner at Haandi, a local Falls Church (what else?) Indian restaurant.


Thanks for taking the pic, Taylor! It was a veritable smorgasbord of spicy, saucy, Indian goodness. Nommm.


We started with an appetizer sampler plate (the samosas were huuuuge!) I always love the green tamarind-chutney-sauce-stuff (no idea what it’s called… help?)


And the garlic naan was to DIE for. Hopefully the feast to come made for a very happy birthday couple:


I know that my sister was just happy to receive the Oreo-lookalike (her new puppy) birthday cards!


My brother was content to let me play the lone photographer for once, while he nursed this behemoth:




Saffron-ish rice, naturally, served as a base. And then… it began:


Oh my goodness. There was palak paneer (spinach with cheese cubes), lamb korma (lamb in a creamy sauce), chicken tikka masala, some kind of spicy eggplant coconut curry, and channa (chickpeas) masala that I must have forgotten to photograph in my haste to, you know, eat. Hehe.

My plate:


Times like a thousand more pieces of naan to soak up all the curry goodness left in the bowls. Hehe. We were all so stuffed by the end of the meal, we couldn’t even bother with dessert. Ah well.

So speaking of Oreo, we’re puppysitting for my sis and her hubs while they go celebrate for REALS in Las Vegas this weekend! I’m so, so jealous. I haven’t been to LV since I was… 13? Not quite the experience I’m sure most of you have had in Sin City, ahahaha. So for me, this weekend will be a fast refresher of what puppy-ownership is like. Even though Daxter is only 1.5 years old, I’ve clearly already blocked some things out, haha! But it’s okay, because he’s so cute it all balances out in the end. I just hope my roommates see it that way, too… hehehe.

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Photo by Ben Powell


Also, and I tell you this because I am all about full disclosure on this blog, I may or may not but definitely am going to see Harry Potter for a fourth time this afternoon. NO JUDGING. I’m just trying to keep the magic alive! 😀

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Posted on Jun 15, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 25 comments

Sorry, Donald

Donald, you would be ashamed of what I did last night.

Donald the Duck, Scared :(

I’m sorry, buddy, but it’s true.


I had peking duck last night, and it was incredible. As it always is.


As you may remember, the Powell clan attempted to go to the Peking Gourmet Inn on Sunday night to kick off our little mini-reunion week. Weeeell, that didn’t turn out so well, since the restaurant had lost power! Sad. But as you can see, thankfully we got to work it into our schedule after all! I wasn’t feeling well earlier in the day too, so I’m glad that by the time we went out to dinner things had settled and I could partake in the deliciousness.



(In case you’re wondering, my Chinese zodiac sign is the Dragon. So pretty much the best one. Boo-yah. ;))

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Peking duck, it’s a style of cooking duck so that the meat is tender and moist, the skin is crispy, and it’s served with little pancakes, spring onions, hoisin sauce, and sometime cucumbers to make wraps with!


The ducks are cooked whole, so they cut up and serve the meat right at the table!


Dinner and a show!


Deeeeelicious! I had three. Heeheehee. My mom ordered a few other dishes for dinner as well, but the duck was clearly the star, for both the Peking veterans…


… and newbies alike!


And to top off what was already an excellent evening, look what was waiting for me when I got home:


My Fitbloggin’ Popchips arrived! You guys have seen me consume these 100-calorie-bags-of-deliciousness numerous times on the blog, and I am super excited to have received a GINORMOUS box of them (actually two, since Ben got one too!) from the very generous Popchips peeps that represented at the Fitbloggin’ conference.

I really believe they are a great way to satisfy those pesky chips cravings without going overboard with your calories (I used to be able to put away an entire bag (yep, full-sized) of Ruffles by myself! Yech.) And while yes, they are still a processed food, you have to admit that it’s nice to have a healthier (or at least, lighter!) substitute for when the craving hits. I think this pic that Ben took tonight pretty much sums it up:

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Death by Popchips. At least Daxter looks sad to see me go! And as you can tell by my expression, I’m okay with it. 🙂

If you have tried Popchips, what’s your favorite flavor? Mine is a three-way tie between Salt & Vinegar, Barbeque, and Salt & Pepper. Do you have a favorite healthier/lighter substitute for your snackfood achilles heel? Have I asked this question before? Oh well, even if I have, I want to know again! Hahahaha. I hear a lot of talk about Arctic Zero as a low calorie substitute for ice cream, though I’ve never tried it. I do love my frozen desserts, so maybe I need to give it a go!

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Posted on Apr 28, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 16 comments

Harry’s Birfdaaaaaaaay!

Gooooood morning, friends! Everyone please wish a big ol’ Happy Birthday to my beloved Harry:


He turns SEVEN today! Ahhhhh! My pupper is getting… OLD! He is officially middle-aged (miniature schnauzers have a lifespan of 14-16 years… waaaaaaaaaaaah!) Okay, enough morbidity. He is the bestest best dog ever, y’know, aside from my other dog, ahahahaha. He will most definitely be getting a celebratory pupcake tonight. 🙂


In other news, Happy Vampire Diaries Day Thursday!! I hope everyone is managing to stay dry on this ridiculously-humid-and-supposedly-going-to-storm-like-crazy-later morning. Last night was family dinner night over at Casa de Powell Parents, so Ben and I jaunted over to help with ‘rents with dinner.


No, our main course was not Miniature Schnauzer a l’Orange. Heh.

I helped my mom with dinner, while my helpful brother set up Dragon Age (aka the most amazing computer game ever and yes I’m a nerd.) on my dad’s computer. My pop’s headed to Korea for work come Saturday so he’ll need something to occupy him!


On the menu was roasted chicken for the guys, fish for the ladies (that’s me!), and a heaping side of mushroom risotto! (Plus a li’l bitty salad. Balance, y’know?)


My mom has been obsessed with this mushroom risotto that they made during a cooking demonstration on the cruise we went on back in January. They passed out the recipe afterward and she’s been trying to perfect it ever since. This was my first time ever making risotto (or seeing how it’s made) so it was really interesting. But as this recipe includes butter, mascarpone AND parmesan cheeses, and an entire box of stock for cooking it is DEFINITELY a rich, indulgent dish. An eat-in-moderation kind of thing if there ever was one. But you can imagine how delicious it was if it’s that bad for you, eh?



Breakfast this morning is basically just the same as yesterday only in a different wrapper:

It’s a lox burrito! Ahahaha. No capers this morning (I forgot them at home) but I did use up a little looks-like-it’s-bad-but-is-totally-delish avocado. Stupid browning. Ah well. My stomach doesn’t have eyes so it won’t care, right?

Some strawbs on the side for good fruity measure, and there was also an unphotographed mandarin orange consumed earlier while waiting for some sneaky miniature schnauzers to come back in from the backyard.

So as mentioned before, it’s Thursday, which means it’s Thursday Night TV night (redundant?) While shows are season finale-ing left and right with summer right around the corner, for a long time I had a very difficult decision to make since there are so many shows on Thursdays that I love to watch! And since my DVR can only record two at a time (what did we DO before DVR?!) I had some breaking up to do. My Thursday night lineup now consists of Vampire Diaries (uh, duh?), Nikita, Private Practice, and almost all of the NBC comedies: Community, Perfect Couples (although I think this got canceled?), Parks & Rec, 30 Rock (but NOT Outsourced. Heavens no!) While I obviously never have time to actually watch all of the shows actually ON Thursday night (we already covered my love for my DVR, right?), it just makes me happy to know that they’ve aired and they’re waiting patiently for me at home… barring any unfortunate potential roommate deletions, that is.

What’s your Thursday night TV lineup? Or feel free to share that can’t-miss TV show in general. I used to be a total TV addict, back when I didn’t have much else going on in my life other than food and television. I was unwilling to miss one of “my shows”, and wrapped my schedule around what I wanted to watch. It was really pretty sad. I now have a much healthier relationship with the boob tube (hehe) but still just love my Thursdays!

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