What I Ate Wednesdays #9: Calm before the NATO storm

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Thank GOD I decided on leaving my apartment in downtown Chicago on Saturday. I knew the city would become chaotic because of the NATO summit. I’m not gonna talk much about what happened over there. I don’t have an opinion on NATO matters and the protests that were taking place. I’m simply not aware enough of what is going on. I don’t even really know what it is the NATO does. All I think about this, or rather, what I wonder about is – with the technology we have today, why on earth do the world leaders still have to MEET UP in person to discuss their issues?

Personally, I think it’s for publicity. I think it’s to show the public that they do have the power over everything. With the technology we have today, I’m sure they all talk and do conferences online with crazy high tech web cams already. A “summit” shouldn’t even be necessary. It only causes chaos and a reason for distress and for people to protest.

Also, the news and everyone has been so “ready” for the protests, I feel like doing that is a form of self-fulfilling prophecy – the protests are made to be seen as appropriate and expected, therefore of course they will happen. Being “prepared and ready” so publicly for protesters is like a way for the world to know that it’s okay to protest and it’s expected. I feel like if nothing was to be said about it ahead of time, the protests wouldn’t have been as large as they have been. Although, I don’t know much about the protesters either. Again, just personal opinion. I don’t know much. So yeah. If you know more and wanna share, you’re welcome to.

Thanks again to Jenn from Peas & Crayons for hosting this awesome weekly event ๐Ÿ™‚

So yeah, aside from all that madness… a few hours before I left the city on Saturday, I decided to go to the park and read followed by a walk by the lake. It was too beautiful to not take advantage of it. I really love summer. I’ve decided I really have to take walks more often – it’s just so calming and blissful. I felt amazing. Everything was alright and no worries or concerns entered my mind. It was wonderful. I really am lucky to be living in such a lovely city, right in the heart of it, no less. I love really love it.

Breakfast consisted of the usual scrambled egg whites and salsa – this time with an addition of spinach and red peppers, along with some cucumber on the side.

Then for lunch I had someย beet soup (barszcz) topped with plain greek yogurt (instead of sour cream). I absolutely love Polish soups. They are simply amazing. Deliciousness. Ahh, I want more already.

My parents and I made our trip to Costco but on the way we stopped by Carson’s since I haven’t been to one in a while. I really need new shoes. Unfortunately, I didn’t find anything too awesome at Carson’s. I did, however, try on a maxi dress. I never thought I would ever want to buy a maxi dress – I didn’t think they were flattering to my figure. But after trying this one on – oh man, I am totally on a search for the perfect maxi dress now! This one would have been perfect if not for the overwhelming padding in the bust. I’m gonna wear a bra with it anyway so I don’t need all that extra padding. Oh well. The search begins!

We got home and ate some freshly cut up watermelon. Mmmm pefect snack for a perfect summer day. Cool and refreshing.

The weather turned into cloudy and a little stuffy. I, then ate, a usual concoction of mine. I always make the craziest concoctions, my parents always just shake their heads at me when I do. I can’t help it – I just like having complexity and variety in my food! I can’t settle for just two flavors! Haha.

Yeah, the picture is kind of ย really ugly. It definitely tasted much better than it looked. Delicious, in fact. Cottage cheese, chunky unsweetened natural applesauce, almond butter, cinnamon and honey.

To end the day right, we decided to venture into a new place that just opened up in downtown Arlington Heights. The first frozen yogurt shop in our town’s downtown. Self serve, no less!

We went at 9 pm and the line was out the door! Literally. Was the wait worth it? Yes and no. The yogurt flavors were pretty tasty and they included the information about which ones were fat-free, gluten-free, etc however the actual nutritional information was either extremely small to read or was missing, which was pretty disappointing. I want to know what I’m putting in my body so I can make the better choices, even when it comes to dessert. Especially when I’m in the “super healthy mode.” Also, this place sucked when it comes to toppings. There was a very small variety of fresh fruit toppings but a huge variety of candy and sweet toppings – not okay for me because I always only get the fruit. Sigh.

Thankfully, upon getting home with our frozen yogurt concoctions, I added stuff to the mix in form of coconut flakes, whipped cream, and some dark chocolate syrup. Yum!

15 Comments

  1. A lovely day it sounds like. Great images! The colors are amazing. – Renee

  2. Ah, what I wouldn’t give not to be stuck in my office on a day like yesterday (it was gorgeous here too). I really like that maxi dress on you! The pattern’s nice and not overwhelming, as it seems crazy patterns have accompanied the maxi dress trend. I would love to have a frozen yogurt place near our house – I don’t even know if I can ever recall seeing one in England that was specifically for fro yo. I like that you added your own toppings to yours ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh wow, the trend didn’t make its way overseas yet? Interesting. I’m sure it will soon enough, the craze is off the roof in the US about frozen yogurt, especially for the self-serve kind.

  3. I think there is something about meeting up in person that holds people more to agreements and makes ideas clearer. I’m no NATO expert though, so don’t quote me on that. Your borscht looks amazing! I tried it in Poland last time I was there but it was so salty I couldn’t even finish it. I hope that I can make it myself sometime and relive the wonder of beets. I’ve always felt the same about maxi dresses. I’m petite, so they just drown me! It looks lovely on you though- totally flattering for your height and figure. Cottage cheese and applesauce is the best combo ever. I miss cottage cheese because the shops have been out for ages! There is something going on with their producers ;(
    I love froyo but only go for the fruit, so I’d have been out of luck at this place!

    • That might be it. Sigh.
      I find overall polish food does not come to my liking very often, when it’s made traditionally. Thankfully my mom shares my healthy outlook on food and she changes up all of the food she cooks by reducing sugars, fats, and salt by a large amount. Healthy is the way to go. So this barszcz wasn’t salty at all. I loved it ๐Ÿ™‚ She told me she’ll show me how to make it next time so I’ll make sure to post a recipe too.
      & that sucks that there is no cottage cheese in the stores by you! Hopefully they will reappear soon!
      Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. You look gorgeous in that dress. I can’t stop eating watermelon!

  5. I loved Yogurtland – I wish there was one near me!

  6. That dress looks so nice on you! I didn’t like a maxi dress on me the last time I tried one on, but maybe I’ll try one on again. Also, that watermelon looks so delicious!

  7. I’ve had that cottage cheese combo before too. I don’t like to eat it in front of anyone because yes, it does look ugly. I’m in love with watermelon right now too. I cant get enough!

  8. Happy WIAW! I had watermelon the other day and it was so good. I thought it was to early but I was wrong. I think your cottage cheese mixture sounds great. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Sounds like a fantastic day! Your beet soup looks delicious! I’d love a recipe ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And you look fabulous in that maxi dress! I’m quite short so never quite ventured there, but your photo is making me reconsider- we have really similar body types it seems!

    I am the same with making concoction! My current obsession- coconut milk yogurt with tahini and also usually a mess of toppings like coconut flakes, hemp seeds, granola, etc. Who cares what it looks like, as long as it tastes good right?

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