Phoenix: Day 4: PF Chang’s

I do feel like I have been eating (too much) this entire trip without a lot of activity. And while it has been wonderful, warm, and relaxing, I am looking forward to getting back in a routine and detoxing a little bit from the sugar and carb overload.

Breakfast today was waffles with fruit.

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And dessert was zucchini cake.

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Yes, you hear and see correctly.

*sigh*

We packed up and kissed Pip good bye!

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We went out and did a bit of window shopping at the outlet mall and while we are there, I snag a sample of a peanut butter white chocolate cup from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate store.

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It was sweet!

The sweetness continued with a Soy Caramel Macchiato.

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We headed into Tempe to pick up Jodus’ little brother from school, check out his digs, and do lunch before heading to the airport.

We went to P. F. Changs.

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I’ve been here once before and was not disappointed. Today, I can’t really say the same.

I ordered the Buddha’s Feast Lunch Bowl.

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I started with a cup of Hot & Sour Soup as part of the lunch deal.

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It was a tad salty and I was surprised by the chunks of chicken in it. I guess I’ve only ever had Hot & Sour with tofu in it.

I was happy to hear that we could substitute brown rice and get the veggies steamed instead of stir-fried which is what I opted for.

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There was no flavor to this dish at all. Nothing. Literally steamed veggies and brown rice. I added a healthy amount of hot chili oil + soy sauce to give it something. I hardly touched the rice as well.

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Jodus’ dish was much better. He ordered the sesame chicken lunch bowl and I stole a couple bites.

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The fortune cookie did not disappoint though!

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(Look at all that leftover rice!)

Then we headed off to the airport after saying good-bye to Dylan.

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We dropped Kelly off at her terminal; her flight left 30 minutes before ours. So we, as in Jodus, me, and his mother, went in and sat down at a Chili’s Too for a drink.

I ordered a Top Shelf Margarita and got a little help with it from Trish and Jodus.

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Then we hit the security line, incredibly painless, then waited maybe ten minutes before boarding. We scored an Emergency Exit seat which I took full advantage of the extra leg room. 😀

On the plane, I ate some honey roasted peanuts.

And munched on some trail mix.

Then got a huge tummy ache. 😦

Once arriving in Seattle, picking up the car, and driving home, it was well past 7pm. I came home fully prepared to make a Sweet Potato Peanut Bisque and alas, the two sweet potatoes that I was certain we had purchased are no where to be found.

Being the time that it was and that we weren’t starving but felt we should eat, I threw together an odd combo that was quick.

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1 cup tri-color couscous, 1 cup water, 1 Tbls butter, salt to taste, 1 can white beans, a handful of dried tomatoes, a handful of halved grape tomatoes, and 1/4 cup of feta.

With some FSTG chips on the side.

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Overall, it was a nice long weekend, full of relaxing and family time.

I am a little disappointed I did not get to meet up at all with the 4 people that I know residing in the area. It was a bit challenging because we were clear out in Anthem, and didn’t have our own means of transportation, and didn’t want to pack too much into a short trip. I promise, next time, I will visit with you all!

I hope that all you readers enjoyed the guest posts in my absence! A huge thanks to Brie at www.thefitbride.wordpress.com, Susan at www.TheGreatBalancingAct.com, Hallie at www.healthytwists.com, Caitlin at www.healthytippingpoint.com, and Allison at www.greendogwine.com.

(Again, hyperlinking not fixed yet! Ugh!)

-L4L-

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