Post-Christmas salads

Happy [Almost] New Year!


I had a great but super quick weekend in Chicago. I basically only had time to visit with family but I had dinner at Frontera Grill. It was a highlight of my life. Not only was it my first time dining at a James Beard winner restaurant (I think), I even spotted the chef! Rick Bayless appeared just for a moment, grabbing a coke at the bar behind me. He must have been working hard in the kitchen because he never appeared after that.

The food was amazing as expected:

Frontera Grill chicago

I also did a tiny bit of shopping.

This jacket was on super clearance at one of my favorite shops, Akira. It’s kind of a grown-up Forever 21.


I saw this Kangol hat at a boutique and thought it was the cutest thing. I already wear a lot of beret-style hats that I knit myself but this one is legit. And it comes with INTERCHANGEABLE BOWS. Then I looked inside and saw that it’s a special Minnie Mouse edition so I was in love. Unfortunately I wasn’t ready to pay $60 for a hat. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and the next day saw it on Karmaloop for $24. It’s in the mail!


I got home Sunday evening and even had time to pick up some food and do a little meal prep. I’m feeling huge from all of the holiday eating so I am craving light, fresh meals.

I made yogurt:

And a few days’ worth of green smoothies. This batch is banana, pear, spinach, celery:


And some lunches:


This week’s tasty salad combination is roast chicken (leftover and frozen from last week) with marinated antipasto olives & cheese that were leftover from Christmas appetizers.

Oh and while the yogurt was simmering I made a ton of hair ties. I intended to give these with my Christmas gifts but the ribbon didn’t get here in time. Now I’ve got a lot of hair ties.


I can’t believe I did all of that in one evening. Personally, I can’t wait for January to start when everyone is on their temporary weight loss/fitness resolution kicks. It’s nice to have some solidarity and excitement and I want to do my own slim-down cleanse or something. the only thing I hate is that I cannot get into the gym for the first 6 weeks of the year. The treadmills are all taken and the classes are all overcrowded with the fairweather resolution-er people. Don’t you hate that?

Are you participating in any health resolutions or challenges?

Oh and follow me on Instagram @everydayasian and twitter @everydayasian1 to keep up with my adventures.


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