i ambitiously shoveled exactly a 1-shovel-wide pathway through the sidewalk in front of my house. i’m gonna say that when the height of the snow comes up past my knees, that’s totally acceptable, right? ok maybe i’ll go down again later, but my arms are pretty darn tired right now… i’m not even gonna start on my driveway, which has almost-taller-than-me drifts plus snow plow junk. getting my car out from a parking spot on the street may be a different story though. (sigh) at least it’s a workout though, right?
despite all the warnings to stay inside and to prepare for emergencies, we decided that brunch was a good enough reason to venture out into the madness. i definitely got snow inside my to-the-knee boots, but all it did was make me wish i had a snowsuit like a kid!
seriously though, we don’t go out for brunch unless someone invites us, so i’m not in tune with the kinds of things to be had at brunch. the normal eggs benedict just doesn’t do it for me anymore, why pay for sausage and eggs when it’s just as easy to make at home, and avocado toast never lives up to the hype (unless i make it at home). but… i was pleasantly surprised at the brunch at skinner’s loft yesterday! it was totally worth the trek into the whiteout.
in my efforts to eat more vegan and vegetarian food, i ordered the vegan banh mi without setting my expectations too high, considering i’ve never had great vietnamese food outside of my in-laws’ home cooking or a vietnamse restaurant. seriously, i think i could eat that sandwich everyday. the tofu was marinated and grilled (with big char lines, giving it some serious grilled smoky flavor), the pickled vegetables were on point, and the crunchy bread (while not anywhere close to your typical fluffy-but-crispy classic banh mi bread) paired well especially after getting a bit soggy from the tofu, vegan pate, and veggies. we’re definitely going to have to try making it at home. first up: porcini-pecan pate. challenge accepted.
after that wet outing, we snuggled up inside, didn’t show, watched the rest of new girl on netflix (what on earth am i going to watch now??? ok ok fine, we’ll join the rest of the world with house of cards), made sautéed mushrooms and onions with a creamy mustard sauce (no, it wasn’t a “we’re desperate and have nothing else to eat” moment, i scarfed it down so fast without even getting all weird about the texture of the mushrooms… it was that good), and found out that bruleed grapefruit is way prettier than it tastes.
how did you spend your snowzilla?