Monday, June 24, 2013

Dentist Visit and Enjoying the Longest Day of the Year

Friday morning I woke up pretty nervous.  I had a dentist appointment first thing in the morning and I was really worried I would have a cavity (or two).  Sometimes I have pain in my teeth, and I think I'm somewhat predisposed to cavities because I've had them before even though I brush twice a day, floss, and use the anti-cavity mouth wash.  And getting fillings is the worst, so I really hoped I wouldn't have any. 
Before my dentist visit I knew I had to eat something, but I knew my usual protein shake would make my stomach all gurgly and just make me have to use the bathroom ten minutes into the appointment.  Instead, I opted for a small piece of toast topped with white chocolate wonderful peanut butter.  And then of course I promptly brushed my teeth as well as I could to try to impress the dentist. 
Fortuntely my dentist is just a few blocks from my apartment, so I walked over and arrived early to the 9:15 appointment.  They got me in right away and then out again and on my way.  And with no cavities!  Yay!  They said the pain is just sensitive teeth, so I don't have to worry.  Phew!  Huge load off my mind. 
After picking up my boyfriend's pants from the tailor on my way home I still got back to the apartment by 10:30.  Since I'd taken half the day off work, I still had time to kill before I had to do anything serious, so I enjoyed the weather out on the balcony with a chocolate banana smoothie and a magazine. 
A little while later I reheated some Italian tomato lentils for lunch.  They were tasty and filling - just as good as leftovers as they were when they were first cooked. 
A little while later I made vegan flourless chocolate cakes following this recipe, which I planned to take over to my boyfriend's parents' house for dessert after dinner on Saturday.  I wanted to try the recipe early in case it was a disaster and I needed to come up with another dessert. 
The first step in the recipe was to melt chocolate chips with vegan margarine and then blend with a block of tofu.  After just this step you come out with this lovely, mousse-looking, fluffy deliciousness.  I could have stopped there and announced we were having chocolate mousse for dessert! 
But of course I didn't stop there (maybe I should have), and I kept going to make the cakes.  The recipe was designed to make one big cake, so maybe I messed things up for myself by trying to cut it in half and make smaller cakes ... but things didn't go so well.  The cakes rose a lot and then sunk while baking, making odd wells in the center.  But they still tasted quite good, so I decided to stick with them for Saturday's dessert. 
For dinner my boyfriend and I decided to take advantage of the longest day of the year by eating dinner outside at a restaurant we really like called The Laughing Pint.  We came across this place once after kayaking one summer, and then lost it for a while.  But luckily we found it again, because the food is unique and delicious, and they also have all sorts of fun bar games like table shuffle board, which we played briefly before sitting down to eat. 
I started with a red sangria while perusing the menu.  It wasn't the best, but it was cool and refreshing - it felt like summer! 
I ordered a cashew burger with bourbon pear sauce and rosemary roasted potatoes.  The burger also came with a little chick pea side salad, which was really delicious.  It was made with red onion, carrot, cilantro, and red pepper - definitely going to try to recreate this at home!
Unfortunately, I think the burger bun probably involved some sort of butter in its creation ... maybe even eggs.  I didn't think to ask what kind of bun it was, and really I don't know what my option would have been if I'd found out it wasn't vegan.  I don't know for sure what was in it, but I just have my suspicions ...  But of course once it arrived there was no point in quibbling about it. 
After dinner we walked along the Inner Harbor for a bit, enjoying the late-night light and the beautiful weather.  It was the perfect evening! 
Did you have a chance to enjoy the longest day of the year?  What is your favorite way to spend it? 

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