Saturday, January 14, 2012

Going International

How did you spend your Friday the 13th?  I spent mine grocery shopping, making dinner, watching Modern Family, and going to bed before 9.  I know, ca-razy, right?

Well, it actually kind of was.

One of my new recipes to try this weekend called for a few ingredients that are only carried at Asian markets.  After asking a few people, I found that 888 International Supermarket was only a few miles from work.  

On my way there I was picturing a store the size of a gas station, that offered a few new foods to try.  

Boy was I wrong.  This place was enormous, just as big as any other grocery store, and filled from wall to wall with things I had never seen before.  How have I lived in KC for my entire life and never been to this place?!?

I have never been so overwhelmed while grocery shopping.  Almost every package label was written in a different language, although some had English translations.  I found myself wanting to throw everything in my cart, just to give it a try. What if I was skipping the most amazing flavors and I didn't know it? I had to resist the temptation to ask a few customers holding a random can of something I couldn't pronounce, "What is that?"  or "What do you make with thatr" or "What does that taste like?"  

When I started walking around, I took a few pictures of things I found interesting (yes, I was the American taking pictures with my phone), but after a while I realized I was going to find everything interesting, and if I wanted to make it home before midnight, I needed to hurry it on up.  Here are a few of my favorites, but these pictures don't do the place justice.  You must try this place (or another international market) out for yourself.  Immediately.

In the end, here is what my cart looked like.  

Next time (oh, and there will be a next time) I am going to take a tour guide.  

Yesterday I made it through 10 miles while watching the movie Crazy Stupid Love.  It was so cute and the perfect entertainment for a long run.  Lots of funny lines.

Before my long runs, I try to get up extra early so I can eat something to fill my fuel tank up.  Yesterday I made breakfast cookie dough cereal.

(Click *here* for the basic recipe).  I rarely use the recipe anymore, but throw all the ingredients I want in a bowl (oatmeal, almond butter, banana, protein powder, applesauce), mash it up, and add milk.  

Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal (9)
After work snack (3)
After-run snack (5)

Lunch: Salad (6)

Remember how I tried to order green curry chicken made the light coconut milk?  Since that was a fail, last night Dan and I tried to make it at home.  

This was one of the easiest, veggie packed, most flavorful meals we have had in a while.  It didn't taste exactly like the green curry chicken I had at Thai Place, but it was still very good.  

Here is the "rachipe" 'for lightened up green curry chicken:

Can of light coconut milk
3 Tbs of green curry paste ( I used Thai Kitchen)
1/3 Cup of chicken stock
2 Tbs of fish sauce
2 Tbs of soy sauce
2 Tbs of Sriracha hot sauce
2 Tbs of brown sugar
3 Chicken breasts
All the veggies you want (we used one green and one red pepper, a bag of frozen broccoli, and about 10 Thai chilies)

Directions: In a large skillet add the coconut milk and green curry paste on medium heat for about 5 minutes.  Next add the rest of the ingredients.  Cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes (until the chicken is done).  Add to some steamed rice and enjoy!

Dinner (16): green curry chicken with a cup of rice

It is also required that you drink wine while waiting for the curry to simmer.  If I must...

Wine x3 (12)

Dessert was a wonderful find at the International Market.  A red bean ice cream bar.  

Dessert: (3) : Red Bean Ice Cream Bar

Hey, don't knock it 'till you try it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thought for the day:


Daily points (32) + running points (22)  - eating points (54) = 0

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