Happy Saturday! I am so glad last week is over with!
To celebrate the start of the weekend, Ian and I went to Chinatown last night. I really should have taken some pictures for you (Chinatown in Chi-town is pretty cool) but I was too distracted by everything to take any serious pictures. I did snap this one though.
Do people still like pokemon?
Anyway you’re lucky and I’ve blogged about Chinatown before, so you can check out that post for some pictures of new-Chinatown.
Our first stop was the Chinatown market for some lychees. They had a lot (score!) so we got two bags as well as some seaweed snacks for me . Lychees are a lot more expensive in Chinatown than Whole Foods which surprised me but the quality is sooo much better. I don’t think they’ll be making a regular appearance but they are a nice treat!
Next up was dinner. After yelping numerous restaurants we came across Lao Hunan, a restaurant in old-Chinatown that was supposed to be sensitive to food allergies. It’s also owned by Chef Tony, the owner of Lao Sze Chuan-one of our faves, so we figured it was worth a try.
Upon arriving we were greeted by waitstaff in
costumes uniforms. Interesting right?
I was pretty discrete in taking this picture with my phone but I did kind of feel like I was breaking the law.
The menu was very long and had an entire page dedicated to food allergies. It listed foods that contained certain common allergens as well as all of the ingredients that don’t contain gluten. Unfortunately, I overheard a waitress tell someone at another table that they use cornstarch and soy in a lot of dishes and rather than really complicate matters, I ordered steamed veggies and steamed rice.
I also ended up asking for salt and pepper so that my vegetables tasted like something. I’m pretty sure the salt and pepper shakers hadn’t been used in years. I mean, who asks for seasonings at a Chinese restaurant?
I managed to eat all of the above dish (minus the baby corn). It was a big mistake and I definitely had a fiber baby all night, even though I wasn’t completely full.
This morning I woke up at 5 a.m. to knock out this week’s long run. It looked like rain and I almost climbed back in bed but after checking the weather on my phone I realized that I had just missed the storms. My run was on.
My legs were stiff and tired and my stomach was still a little uncomfortable but I managed to push through it. I looped through the medical district and then headed down to the water. I ran along lakeshore for a stretch (buggy/full of CARA runners) and then headed back into the city and home. On my way back I ran past the Old Navy on State Street. I’m guessing today is $1 flipflops day because at 6:45 a.m. the line to get into Old Navy was all the way down the block. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that many people in an Old Navy. Crazy!
I ran 9 miles in total in 1:11. My Garmin lost signal as I headed back into the city (story of my life) so I logged a few slow miles and then quite a few fast ones (sub-5′s and when I stopped my watch said I was running a 3 min/mile). My guess is that this was compensation for the slow miles and that I probably ran about a 7:45 the entire time. I also probably ran farther than 9 miles. Oh well, my Garmin hates Chicago.
When I got home I chugged water and made breakfast that included something I haven’t had in a long time, peanut butter!
I spread half of a slice of brown rice bread with peanut butter (TJs roasted w/ sea salt) and the other half with sunflower butter. I topped the toast with strawberries, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds and had cherries on the side.
I also ended up going back for another half a slice of bread and some lychees. I was trying to keep my breakfast carby and lightish given last nights fiber belly, but I was still hungry.
I thought I was going to be so happy to have peanut butter and it was going to be love at first bite all over again, but I’m surprised to say it tasted just okay. I liked it but I think TJs creamy almond butter with sea salt has won over my heart. It’s taste is richer than peanut butter and I actually prefer it now. Crazy how taste buds can change right?
I’m off to a busy Saturday. Ian and I are meeting my mom to pick up my new bike, visiting family friends, and then maybe stopping by Ian’s brother’s lake house.
Have a wonderful day!