Sunday Funday

Breakfast (9:00 a.m.): Saori and I shared the leftover chiffon cake from last night for breakfast / pre-workout carb load. I love that I can eat a slice of cake guilt free in the morning.

Workout (11:00 a.m.): We were off to Rose Bowl for a fun Kangoo session. Shannon and Raf joined us at Rose Bowl (although Raf rollerbladed and didn’t Kangoo with us). We ran around the Rose Bowl in Kangoo boots, went up a hill, did some squats, etc. for a total of one hour. We took a bunch of pictures and I missed the jump in every single shot …redface

Lunch (1:30 p.m.): Saori and I had lunch at Sharkys after the workout. I had the Fajita Bowl with steak, with a refreshing cup of unsweetened ice tea (I put one Splenda because my body was craving something sweet). It’s so delicious!

I looked up the nutritional information and it looks like this bowl contains about 1,000 calories. There was no actual calorie count for the steak fajita, but there was one for chicken and it was 850. But it’s really worth the calories.

Dinner (5:00 p.m.): I had the Stamina Bowl in the late afternoon. I ate this pretty early so I’m still deciding if I should eat something for dinner but I’m leaning against it. I had a handful of Pucca and I’m thinking about calling it a night, in terms of my daily food intake. Maybe I’ll have a cup of coffee (just replenished my Dunkin Donut coffee beans!) or tea. We’ll see.

Super Bowl?  What’s that?

Update:  Dinner (9:30 p.m.): Okay, I got weak … and ate about 10 gyozas that my mother packed for me last night. I know it was way too late for me to eat anything but I did … and I had some chocolates too. Eeek. Gotta work out a little longer tomorrow.


Breakfast (10:00 a.m.): Chicken wings and legs cooked in tomato sauce. This is one of my favorite dishes that my mother makes, and my sister brought it over for me when she went back home yesterday.biggrin

What a simple but delicious dish this is. Chicken wings and legs are simmered in cooked onions, pickles, and tomato sauce. I’m so happy that I have two more servings of this in the fridge (thank you, mom)! I need carb with this – maybe I’ll eat with a little bit of pasta next time.

Lunch (3:00 p.m.): Pretty late lunch again. This week has been pretty crazy with work. I need to do a better job eating earlier, and eating smaller meals throughout the day, instead of just eating three. I ate natto rice, with a side of renkon kinpira, stir fry lotus. I sliced the lotus root with my mandoline, my new favorite cooking companion.

Dinner (6:30 p.m.): Steak fajita bowl from Sharkeys … delicious.

A New Kind of Mexican: Sharkey’s

shakeysI love Mexican food.  Black beans, rice, tortilla and chunky salsa  … you name it, I would eat it (and a lot of it). But ever since I’ve given up eating meat (except for occasional beef here and there), I don’t make a trip to Mexican joints as frequently as I once did (in search of juicy carne asadas). I’m a little more selective when it comes to which joint to go now, making sure that the place serves organic ingredients, plethora of vegetarian dishes, maybe some fresh fish plates.  And don’t forgot those great pico de gallo — that’s very important.

Sharkey’s Woodfired Mexican Grill fits everything on the bill, and thank goodness for them. In a time where so many Mexican restaurants are compromising quality to keep costs down, Sharkey’s manages to provide freshness and flavor in all the dishes it serves at a very, reasonable price. Granted, it’s virtually impossible to make Mexican food super healthy but you can definitely taste the difference in the ingredients here.

My favorite here – especially when you’re in a mood for something different – is this Four Cheese Pizza made in stone fire, with diced tomatoes, four cheese blend, grilled red onion, cilantro sour cream, tomatillo cheese sauce on a thin jalapeno-cilantro crust.


The staples are as delicious. Here’s the Tempura Battered Mahi Mahi Tacos, and


Grilled Vegetarian Burrito, Ranchero Style.


Sharkey’s Woodfired Mexican Grill
In Burbank Empire Center
1791 North Victory Place, Burbank, CA 91505