Pho My Homies

2 Nov

Happy Election Day! Hope you all got out there and voted today. I sure am happy to see the annoying campaign commercials peace out for two more years, they were seriously starting to drive me crazy. Of course my co-workers and I were discussing the election today and it’s sad how many people go off of those ads alone and really don’t look into what the politicians stand for. None of the people I work with thankfully but they were telling me about some of their friends who just go off those alone. Sigh. Maybe some day people will learn. On a separate note, the cookies made me super popular! Until one of the guys bit into one, started chewing then asked me if it had nuts. Um, if you’re allergic to nuts, I would think you would ask first yes? I told him I will make some nut free goodies soon and then my reign will continue!

I was craving something carby and hot for dinner last night. I thought about my old standby of nachos or quesadillas but didn’t have any salsa on hand. This may have been a first since I normally have a surplus in my cupboards so I will have to jump on that soon. I was in a meeting and starting thinking about the ingredients I had on hand. I knew I had parsley, frozen peas, cheese and grilled chicken I cooked on Sunday and remembered a recipe for Pea and Parsley Pesto that I saw in a recent issue of Martha Stewart Food. Instead of mixing extra virgin olive oil and adding walnuts, I pulsed the parsley and peas together then put in a saucepan with garlic, pepper and fontina cheese with grated parmesan. I let them cook at a very low temperature while I also cooked mushrooms and onions on the stovetop.

Look how green-yummy! I like the flavor but it could’ve used some more punch. Since I was a green, carby heaven after that, I sat on the couch in my fleece pj pants (because really, that’s all I wear in the winter) and felt like I was going to nap. That’s just not acceptable at 730P. I let the food digest for a little more than went for a short run/walk. I was still achey from my strength training sesh on Sunday but I figure little activity better than no activity yes?

Speaking of TV, I was on the news this morning! I went to vote super early so I wouldn’t have the wait in line since I lack a little thing called patience. I was in and out within 5 minutes and when I walked out there was a tv camera and reporter standing outside where she said “Excuse me, do you mind if I ask you a few questions about your thoughts on the election?” Wanting to be discovered I naturally said yes and pointed at her saying “Hey, you’re Kara Lusk” and she looked really happy that I recognized her so good deed of the day was crossed off way early in the day. She asked me a few questions about my thoughts on the mid-term election, said my makeup was beautiful and thanked me for my time. I had to go back home right after to take Lincoln out before I went to work but when I was waiting in line at Starbucks, I saw a former co-workers from my old floor. She pointed and me and said “Superstar!!!” and told me she said me on the news. The first question out of my mouth was not “Did I seem articulate or nervous?” but “How did I look?” She too confirmed my beauty so awwwww yeah. I am still trying to find this video online and can’t so it’s a bit frustrating. You would think with that and from the USA Today article I was in a couple of years ago (hmmm, don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned that on here?), I would be famous by now but no dice. On another note, I have this song in my head.

One of these days…..

Nothing really too interesting happened at work today. Just doing the training thing still and that’s about it. I fit in a 1.5 mile walk on my lunch break since I had a feeling I would be chowing down tonight.

One of my girlfriends and I had plans for dinner tonight and we checked out a quaint, new restaurant called Vietnam Grille. It’s only a few miles away from me but in a neighborhood that borders hood but I’ve read rave reviews about it and was ready to see what the hype was about. I’ve never had Vietnamese food before but love anything Asian and my friend said it best when she said “I think I was Asian in a former life” since I feel the same way. I kept jumping in between pho (since I hear that’s one thing you must try when you get Vietnamese) and the Bun I ended up with the Grilled Beef Bun (rice vermicelli noodles with bean sprouts, shredded lettuce, cucumber and crushed peanuts with their Nuoc Mam sauce) because I needed something with substance since lunch wasn’t too satisfying (leftovers are just meh sometimes).

I had the intention of eating half then take the rest home but was starving that I cleaned the plate. I absolutely loved it!! It was so light and flavorful with all the sauces they provided table side. When it came out, the smell somewhat reminded me of pad thai because of the peanuts. One of the tables near us had the make your own spring roll sampler and that looked fun with a huge platter of goodies to fill them with so I may need to try that since there will be a next time soon. If I ever open a Vietnamese restaurant (because the likelihood of that is very strong), I shall call it “Pho My Homies”

Red cups are back! But with a different look. I don’t like them.

Seeing this picture just confirms I watch too much of “The Office” since I often see Michael and Dwight in the background of my pictures. But screw it, it’s Tuesday night which means hours and hours of it on TBS!

PS—Check out Amy’s giveaway for some calcium loving action!! She also has some great suggestions for workout songs that I’ve been adding to my iTunes wishlist. Amy–I apologize for my atrocious spelling in my song suggestions comment. My blackberry was not all about the spell check love this morning

And another giveaway–yay! Check out Mo’s giveaway for the new Michael Chiarello cookbook plus some panko lemon pepper breadcrumbs!!

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14 Responses to “Pho My Homies”

  1. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt November 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Ok, so you ate your yummy dinner and THEN went out for a run?! I’m so impressed. and horrified. and impressed. Mostly impressed but my stomach is horrified! 😉

    • simplyshaka November 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

      Hahah, I let it settle for awhile and then thought I was going to fall asleep right there and we couldn’t have that!

  2. Laury @thefitnessdish November 2, 2010 at 11:08 pm #

    I am SO HAPPY to be rid of the negative campaign commercials!!! Ugh…they were driving me nuts weeks ago!!!

    That’s awesome you were on the news….maybe you’ll totally get discovered 😉

  3. Amy @ Second City Randomness November 3, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    Overnight Celebrity! I can always count on you for some good deja vu tunes! :p

    And AMEN to the end of the political ads. That’s all I have to say about that!

  4. Mo Diva November 3, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    You are Famous! to me anyways. And if i was on Tv the first thing out of my mouth would be “how did i look?” so dont feel bad.
    Yur beef bun looks awesome. I think father and I will have some viet for lunch tomorrow … only im getting Pho, Pho realz yo.
    Thanks for hte shout out… not to rub your nose in it.. but the book is gorgeous. It makes for a beautiful coffee table book too. Havent touched hte panko yet but i might feature a recipe when i announce a winner.

  5. Katie H. November 3, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    I am obsessed with the office. I always watch it when it is on!

  6. genesis November 3, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    paparazzi gonna be following you around now! i can say i knew you before you were famous 😉

  7. Diana@mymarblerye November 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    Omg you are a super star. I was interviewed by the news for my hs graduation (nerd alert) and I froze on camera and was cut from the broadcast. SAD. Link that article you were in! And I luv viet food!!! No Wonder we are budzzzz

    • simplyshaka November 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

      Hahah, I have a visual of them starting to talk to you and you just staring like a deer in headlights on air. At least it wasnt live right??

  8. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad November 3, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    LOL you were meant for stardom.

  9. Monique November 4, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    Hey the one time I was on the news I was in the middle of moving out of my college apt and looked like a hag haha. At least you looked cute! 🙂

    Also I too am not a fan of this years red cups. Last years were much cuter.

    • simplyshaka November 6, 2010 at 7:43 am #

      Ugh that’s the worst when they get you without makeup or looking haggard. There oughta be a law!

  10. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com November 5, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    well thank you to Martha Stewart for a lovely meal!! haha ❤
    mmm i totally bet you were asian in a previous life! a few people have suggested i try some Vietnamese food in town- and i think i will now. i wasnet sure exactly what it looked like or possibly tasted like, but this looks/sounds awesome!

    • simplyshaka November 6, 2010 at 7:42 am #

      Do it! I don’t know what took me so long but I loved it. It reminded me of lighter thai food and I’m all about the thai!

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