What I Ate Wednesday: Seattle & Vashon

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Last week Wednesday this post went up prematurely; I’d scheduled it and forgotten to write anything! So apologies for the repeat, but here are the pictures again, this time with explanations:

Kiyo and I spent a couple of days in Seattle this month, staying with his brother and sister-in-law. Here’s what one of our days looked like:

Breakfast: tiny apple and black coffee, before an hour-long power yoga class at Urban Yoga Spa. I really disliked this teacher, but I ended up taking three classes over three days, and the third teacher was great.

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Snack: Right after my yoga class, Kiyo and I shared leftover Thai food from our dinner at Buddha Ruska: white rice with crispy garlic chicken, and chicken pad see ew with broccoli.

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Lunch: After running a few errands, Kiyo and I met up with his friend Lizzie (the co-founder of awesome vegan & fitness blog Photosynthesis206) for lunch at Lá Lốt – more Asian food! I ordered the sausage, which turned out to be meatballs, but were delicious nonetheless. The meat came with vermicelli, a sweet and sour dipping sauce, and a vegetable and herb salad.

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Snack: After lunch, Kiyo and I picked up iced coffees (mine with half a packet of stevia and just a drop of skim milk).

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Snack: On the ferry ride back to Vashon, where Kiyo’s dad, brother, sister-in-law and nephew live, we snacked on a Trader Joe’s dark chocolate / caramel / sea salt bar. These are so good! I had the full serving of four squares.

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Dinner at Salt and Fat, Sunnyside

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Tomorrow is my friend Danielle’s birthday, so this post is for her! :)

Last year on her birthday I saw the most amazing sunset on my way to her birthday dinner, at the American / Asian fusion restaurant Salt & Fat in Sunnyside, Queens.


I got to meet a bunch of her friends, and everyone had such a good time.


When you sit down at Salt & Fat, a warm bag of freshly popped bacon popcorn is served. This stuff is so salty and delicious, it’s seriously addicting.


Salt & Fat is Danielle’s favorite restaurant, and she loves their scallops with roasted carrot purée, truffle corn salsa, capers.


Kiyo and I ordered a few things to share. This is the delicious Fuji Apple Salad, with baby arugula, Italian speck, candied walnuts, goat cheese and lemon honey vinaigrette.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Lake Colchuck

Kiyo and I ended our recent road trip by meeting our friends Maggie and Chelsea in the middle of Washington [state].

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We camped out on a beautiful site in Cle Elum, and the next morning, drove about an hour to Leavenworth, a strangely Bavarian-themed town (who knew that real towns can come themed?) for breakfast at healthy café Good Mood Food. Maggie and I both got coffees and toasted croissants with eggs, scrambled with ham and cheese. Our croissants came with small side salads (lettuce, tomato, carrot, quinoa, dried fruit) which were tasty, but the dressing was a bit too sweet for my taste.

WIAW Colchuck Lake

After breakfast, it took us about an hour to find the trailhead for the Lake Colchuck hike. It’s especially confusing because you actually have to begin hiking the Lake Stuart trail, and then about a mile and a half in it splits and the Lake Colchuck trail begins. The Lake Colchuck hike is 8 miles roundtrip and gains 2,280 feet.

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The Washington Trails Association describes this hike as “a trail that even a dedicated couch potato could complete.” Let me just say, that is totally misleading! Chelsea, Maggie, Kiyo and I are all athletic, in our mid-twenties, and us girls all workout regularly. This hike is not for couch potatoes! We did the four miles to the lake in two hours and we were all pretty exhausted by the time we finally got to the lake. Our legs were a bit sore the next day too; but it was totally worth it!

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I brought two of these 750-ml Camelbak water bottles on the hike and finished them both in the first half. Next time I will definitely bring more water than I think I need.

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You know right away when you’ve hit the lake, because the beautiful turquoise waters peek out from the foliage.

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We sat on the cliffs overlooking the stunning lake to eat our lunch. Mine was actually two snacks: a plum and zucchini bread I bought at Good Mood Food. I threw out half the plum, which was rotten, and that was really disappointing because I was pretty hungry at this point.

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Kiyo and I split the delicious zucchini bread, which also had walnuts.

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It was difficult to capture the beauty of our surroundings in a picture, but this was the closest I got; it was stunning!

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GIVEAWAY: T-fal OptiGrill

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Hello again! I wish I’d warned you all about my mini-hiatus before it happened, but with finishing up yoga teacher training and then driving across country, from Rhode Island to Washington state, I just didn’t get around to it.

To celebrate returning to the blog, I’m hosting a giveaway for all you loyal eyechow readers! :)

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The T-fal OptiGrill is a revolutionary indoor grill that features a cooking sensor so the grill’s “brain” does the cooking for you. It ensures a perfectly cooked meal every time by automatically adapting to the thickness of your food and delivering perfect done-ness, from rare to well-done, for a delicious meal. How easy and awesome does that sound?!

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My friends Emma and Mike tried the grill out to let me know how it was, and they loved it! They were super excited to permanently add it to their collection of appliances. They served their dinner for two (grilled steak and broccoli-cheddar rice pilaf) beautifully! I am definitely impressed.

If you’d like to win your very own T-fal OptiGrill leave a comment below or follow me and send me a Tweet (@ValerieBrett) or Instagram comment (@eyechow) about what you’d make on this indoor grill.

Especially with the colder months coming on soon, I think this would be a great way to grill veggies indoors, or you could even use it like a panini press to make grilled cheeses! I know Kiyo would be making a whole lot of steaks.

Winner will be chosen by September 7. Good luck!

What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

Guest post from my sister Lana:

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Well Val is busy learning how to do amazing yoga things so I’m filling in this week (yay!). My stuff tends to be less healthy than hers, embarrassing, but here it goes! Due to the fact I just got a tooth operation I’m going to use one of my older Wednesdays, a day I had a barbecue with my friend Astra and her family!



This year our mango tree seems to be working overtime; despite giving some to all my coworkers, my mom’s coworkers, friends, and even random construction guys, we are drowning in mangoes. As a result I had fresh mango for breakfast – not hardly that I’m complaining.


Midday Deliciousness:

I was trying not to stuff myself so I could stay hungry for the barbecue; as a result I had a lollipop for lunch. It was a li hing mui lolly, which anyone from Hawaii knows is a delicious orange powder. Some guy on the beach was selling these (sounds sketchy, I know, but it’s been a while and so far nothing suspicious has happened).

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When we got home my mom made little lilikoi cocktails and we had those to chill out.

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