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Posted on Aug 27, 2012 in Dear Diary, Food, Pup Posts | 26 comments

The Everyday Perils of Dog Ownership

Ahh, Monday.

Truly, nothing says “Welcome to the work week, biotch!” like being woken up by your dog puking on your carpet three times in the middle of the night. After he’s already made a onesie AND a twosie on your bathroom floor (but I do appreciate that he goes into the bathroom to do it, at least!). Yes, Daxter got me off to a grrrrreat start this week. Sigh.

My suspicion is that when Daxter gets sick like this it’s mostly anxiety-related. Which is kind of sad, because he has no real reason to be anxious. Ever. Seriously, between my brother’s and my work schedules, the dogs are left alone for maybe like, 3 hours a day — if at all! Not to mention they’re pretty much the most spoiled things ever. But between Daxter’s recent penchant for pooping on bathroom floors and Harry’s new allergy developments (he is so itchy ALL the time! I feel so bad for him. Anyone have any homeopathetic dog itch-relief remedies they want to share?), my little schnauzie-poos are definitely a handful right now.

Let me disclaim: I didn’t actually put Daxter in “jail” for puking. I just thought these pictures that Taylor took a few months ago were particularly apt.

As always, they are supremely lucky they’re so gosh-darned cute.

Anywayyyy, instead of dwelling on all of that literal mess, let’s look at some pretty pictures of sushi, shall we? I met up with my friend Amanda on Friday and we took a trip to my beloved Koi Koi. I actually had already had sushi earlier in the week, so I didn’t end up getting my usual sushi smorgasbord. Just a chicken katsu dish (which was so delicious I forgot to take a picture) and a little salmon roll on the side.


Plus edamame, duh.


Amanda Instagrammed her own deliciousness, so I took a photo of her taking a photo. I’m so meta.

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I hope that you all had wonderful weekends! See you on the flipside. 🙂

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Posted on Jul 30, 2012 in Dear Diary, Fashion, Food | 14 comments

Weekend Update: Vanity Edition

Happy (?) Monday, friends! I hope you all had excellent weekends. Mine was pretty rockin’, if I do say so myself. It started out Friday with an amazing ladydate that combined these two wonderful, wonderful things:

Sushi at my beloved Koi Koi



Even though Claire and I live less than a mile from each other, we actually don’t see each other very often! We read each other’s blogs, obviously, but it’s always much nicer to be able to catch up in person. Especially when doing so involves sushi, too.


We had so much to talk about this time around, that neither of us ended up finishing our rolls (and for once, I only ordered one. Shock!) I also took advantage of her DSLR-familiarity to have her shoot some photos of me for this week’s fashion post. Unfortunately, I felt incredibly awkward shooting pictures out on the street, right in front of the restaurant. I’m not sure how fashion bloggers do this every single day (shamelessly, I suppose?).

Oh, hello imaginary person sitting in this chair.

I felt so foolish that I wanted to get it over with as quickly as possible, so I didn’t manage to get all the shots I wanted (details and whatnot). So I’ll just have to come up with something new for this Friday’s post. And will definitely be shooting it in Ben‘s studio again, where strangers can’t judge me for my vanity. Buuuuut since you all are probably judging me anyway, I figured I’d just post these pictures now anyway.

“I feel so awkward…”

The one pretty decent shot (though I had to crop out some creeper photobombing in the background, haha.)

Still, a great way to kick off the weekend! Oh, and for those of you who might be interested:

Lace tank, jeans, and purse: Old Navy
Blazer: Forever 21
Shoes: Payless
Wrap bracelets: Stella & Dot
Stone cuff: gift from my parents

Saturday was spent being predominantly lazy during the day (I got a bunch of writing done though – huzzah!), with a nighttime birthday extravaganza for Sean’s friend Megan. So I’m not going to lie, I’m actually a terrible DC twenty-something. I rarely ever go out, and I think this was maybe the third time I’ve gone out in actual DC proper. Before Saturday night, I’d never even tasted Jumbo Slice! I know, I know. So getting to go out to Alero on U Street was a total learning experience for me!

It also left me full of questions, such as: how are all the young women of DC not incredibly overweight? Boatloads of sugary cocktails and empty calories thanks to alcohol, to be followed by a slice of pizza so huge that it could feed an entire third-world village? Seriously, I was not properly prepared for how, uh, jumbo the Jumbo Slice, uh, slices are. I’m pretty sure that if this was my regular weekend lifestyle, I would be back up to 250 pounds in no time.

But you know me. I never pass up an occasion to get dressed up. I spent like 2 hours trying to figure out how to do a nighttime-appropriate smokey eye (without looking too, y’know, whorish), and stepped into my most comfortable heeled shoes. Also, I bought that dress for $16.99 at TJ Maxx! What uppppp good deals! Anyway, since I have (aptly) titled this post “Vanity Edition”, here are just a few more pictures of me (meeeee, meeeeeeee, MEEEEEE!), pilfered from the birthday girl.

Were you/are you a weekend partier? How do you balance that with trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight?

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Posted on Jul 19, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 26 comments

Living Healthy

Healthy living means a lot of things.


It means salted edamame.


It means tofu that is, yes, smothered in sauce.


It means good-for-you sushi…


…and not-so-good-for-you sushi, too.




But hey, it’s okay. After all, you’re sharing with a friend!

Recycled photo of Ania and me at the Falls Church Memorial Day Parade

After furnishing my pantry with some supplies from Trader Joe’s yesterday, Ania and I had a decadent sushi dinner at Koi Koi — where else? The cuisine, company, and conversation was just what I needed. Healthy living does, after all, extend beyond what we put in our mouths and do with our muscles! Mental and emotional wellbeing is just as, if not more, important than physical health (and failure to attend to all of the above inevitably results in a rapid degeneration of general wellness, as I know all too well.)

Unhealthy: physically, emotionally, mentally.

Grizzly Gretchen.
Getting there…

Between the evening and yesterday morning’s weigh-in, this week has kicked off surprisingly well! So I’m going to take my good mood (180-degrees from last week’s Gloomy Gussery) and do something potentially frightful:

Ask me anything.

No, really! This is your opportunity to ask any questions you might have for me regarding my journey, my methods, my habits, my food, my past… heck, even the dogs are fair game! I figure it’s about time I compile a good old-fashioned Q&A/FAQ page anyway, so this is where I’ll start. Not comfortable leaving your question in the comments? Feel free to DM me on Twitter or email me at gretchen@honeyishrunkthegretchen.com instead.

Ahhh, true pandering to my conceited and self-centered nature at last. 😉 Knock yourselves out! This evening I’ll be auditing a culinary school class at a local institution. I’m really excited, so stay tuned for a report on that. Hopefully the chef won’t mind me bringing my camera…!

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Posted on Apr 8, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food, Pup Posts | 8 comments

Honesty Policy

Good morning all! I hope that those of you in the area got out yesterday to enjoy the be-ah-oo-tee-ful weather we had, ’cause goodness knows it’s all gone today. Wet, drizzly, and cold. Bleh. But at least I got an afternoon of sunny, warm wonderfulness yesterday!

After work I took Daxter for a nice looooooong walk (the first in an equally looooooong time). We walked to the groomer so that he could get his nails trimmed and ears plucked (and sound like he was getting murdered in the back room, naturally.)


And then we walked up to the best place on earth, Koi Koi. 😀 I’ve never brought Daxter with me when going before, but they have some outside tables so I just kinda figured it’d be okay. And then as if I didn’t love this place so much already, they brought out some water for li’l Daxy too! Check off Koi Koi as being dog friendly — yesssssssssssssssss!


I couldn’t curb my sushi craving forever, I just couldn’t. It had been FOREVER since I’d been to Koi Koi! So I had a little early vegetarian sushi dinner with Daxter. I got:


Hiyashi Seaweed Salad;


Tofu Steak;


and a Vegetable Roll (cucumber, avocado, and asparagus).


It was delicious! And really, really filling too. I’ll admit that I still miss fish though. I had one full piece of the tofu steak, split a second one with Daxter (hehe), and boxed up the third. No chance on having leftovers of the roll or seaweed salad though — nomnomnomnomnom.

On the walk back I started to realize that it really does seem like it’s finally SPRING! Just in time for my birthday, too! 😛 There were trees blooming, flowers a-sproutin’, and BEES. AUUUUUUUUUGH! BEEEEES! There were two GIGANTO ones hanging out on my front porch when I left the house with Daxy. Boo.


But at least there are daffodils, too. 🙂


I heard that Saturday is supposed to be cloudy and not very warm, but it’s supposed to get up to 70 degrees on Sunday, so maybe I’ll try to get into the city to see the Cherry Blossoms. Even if the actual Cherry Blossom Festival gets canceled due to this stupid looming government shutdown. Can someone please just tell me if I’m going to have to go to work on my birthday!?

Sigh. Anyway, so the title of this post actual stems from what happened after my wonder walk with Smooshy Face. Last night I went to my friend Reema’s for *her* Mary Kay party, and while I was there I, well… I fell off the Lenten wagon a little…

Now, it’s not like I grilled up a steak or anything, but I did have some pretzels dipped in a creamy spinach-artichoke dip and a cookie, both of which were so, so obviously not vegan. *SHAME*

I’m paying for it now though, because this morning around 4 AM I woke up with stomach pain. 🙁 I’m not sure if it’s the dairy from the dip, or the super processed ingredients, or the fact that God is mad at me for cheating at Lent, or d) All of the Above… but I am still in mega discomfort. My tummy is crampy, I’m super bloated, at one point I thought I was going to throw up because my mouth was filling up with saliva but I didn’t, and I’m like the Great Burping Wonder right now. And no need to thank me for sharing those wonderfully gross tidbits with you. I’m just trying to uphold the integrity of my blog by being honest with you guys! And believe me, I do feel extra guilty about slipping because I knew I’d have to tell all of you about it… so I guess it works. Ha. Ha?

Anyway, I know I’ve brought this on myself, but at least this answers the question from yesterday’s post about the physical effects of going back to the things you gave up after Lent. This miserableness is sooooo not worth any more creamy dips. Bleh.

Question (and be honest!): Have you slipped this Lenten season? Or in general, even! Maybe you’re a steadfast ethical vegetarian who occasionally slips and has some fish? Or are lactose-intolerant and just can’t completely forgo cheese? There shall be no judging (from me, at least!) and it’ll make you feel better to admit it…. 😉

PS – Check out Daxter’s first blog post over at the Embrace Pet Insurance blog today! 😀

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Posted on Feb 28, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food, Pup Posts | 10 comments

Weekend of Awesome

Well friends, as the title of this post may imply, this weekend has been awesome. It’s been so full of fun, in fact, that I’ve barely had time to blog or even download the photos I’ve taken off of my camera until now! So, I’m testing out my multitasking abilities by writing whilst Oscar watching!

So I started off my Saturday by meeting up with my friends Steph and Megan (from my high school days in Taipei!) for lunch… at Good Stuff Eatery in DC! (It’s owned by Spike from Top Chef, hehe.)

Old Friends

The place was SLAMMED. Guess it’s a popular place, but I can see why. I got the “Vegetarians are People Too” ‘Shroom Burger (love the name, haha!) and the Village Fries:

Good Stuff Eater 'Shroom Burger
This is Good Stuff.
Good Stuff Eatery Village Fries

It was AWESOME. It was a breaded portobello mushroom cap stuffed with cheese, with the usual toppings – lettuce, tomato, onion, and “good stuff sauce”. I realize it was probably more terrible for me than getting a regular burger would have been, but it tasted awesome. The village fries were seasoned with rosemary, thyme, and sea salt, and were tasty but my bag was all tiny little nubbin fries! I need some long potato strings, man!

Steve was in town visiting this weekend, and not only had graciously stayed back while I ventured out to meet my friends, but drove me to and picked me up from the metro to boot (Heaven forbid I walk that whole mile! Hahahahaha.) After I got back, the two of us decided to take advantage of the amazing weather that we had this weekend, and took the pupsters to the dog park:

Dog Parkin'

It is always such a hassle taking the dogs to the dog park, though it makes Harry and Daxter soooo happy. They are CRAZY once they realize where we are, and they just barkbarkbarkbark every step to the gate. Once we get IN the gate, they’re fine. They’re quiet as mice. But ohhhhh those 30 seconds from car to gate are like the most humiliating moments of my life.

Of course, I got even once we got back home:

Bath time!


That night, Steve, Erin, and I went to my favorite place on Earth for dinner: Koi Koi!


I actually tried a brand new roll this time, their shrimp roll which has rice paper instead of seaweed holding it together – it was great! I know I talk about it plenty, but if any of you live in the Washington DC area, btw, and haven’t been to Koi Koi, you need to go there POST HASTE. It’s the best. They’re the best. They know me there! And the owners are awesome — the head sushi chef always recognizes me and will sometimes send over a special treat for us!

Some other notable things that occurred this weekend:

I received, and tried out, my new Neti pot. Be warned, this is not an attractive activity to participate in:


A Neti pot is used to push a saline solution through one nostril and out the other in order to flush out and clear your sinuses. It is a very odd, fairly uncomfortable sensation to get used to at first — it feels like when you get water up your nose at the pool. I will say, however, that it really feels like you’re clearing out all that nasty in your nose, and you feel just lighter and cleaner afterward. I got the pot after its recommendation in Crazy, Sexy, Diet which I have FINALLY finished reading, haha. Still working my way through the detox though (well, my version of it, at least.)

Also on the recommendation of the book, I tried my hand at green juicing for the first time! I stole borrowed my mom’s juicer and though it was a slightly intimidating experience at first (note to self: apple seeds WILL fly if you don’t put the tube back into the hole right away!) but the juice itself was actually quite good.


The book’s guidelines say to use three veggies for every one fruit you include, so I’ve been trying to follow that for the most part. Both juices I made this weekend included one pear/apple and then a cucumber (make sure to peel the celery if it isn’t organic), a couple stalks of celery, a slice of lemon and a small piece of ginger. I also just bought kale, spinach, and chard at Whole Foods today so I’m excited (scared?) to see what adding those to the mix will do!

Anyway, that’s my weekend in a nutshell. Are any of you watching the Oscars tonight? Happy or disgruntled with how the results have turned out so far? Obviously the “big categories” haven’t been announced yet, but I have high hopes… guess we’ll see in the morning (along with my weigh-in for the week!)

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