We just got the okay to re-engage with stores and restaurants in the area. My hope is that Restaurant Week kicks back up in Philadelphia (in September and January) so I can check out more ornate restaurants with a gratifying cuisine that I've been putting off for way too long. Being in quarantine with no certainty of how things may resume makes me miss and slightly regret not taking advantage of certain things when they were available. I might go for Italian because I have a taste for something with tomatoes, garlic, and pasta. But if I cant do that, I'll gladly go for the new 2 for $22 menu at Applebee's. They have a wonderful selection of delectably sauced dishes such as the Fiesta Lime Chicken and the Grilled Chicken Oriental Salad.
I lay out everything I got from the store: vegetables, nuts, grains, spices. Then I look for the stuff we've already got like oil. Which bowl do I want to make first?
Not that I'm a fan of buffets, but I stumbled across one one day that left me quite a pleasant surprise. I knew I liked curry but I didn't know all the different ways I would like it, and this place proved to me that I could have it any way I want. Not getting beside myself, but the way these curry-like dishes tasted left me speechless. There were so many different flavors like tomato, coconut vegetable, and creamy spinach. Best of all, they had them right next to each other with their native names out front so you know what to look for when you go back or elsewhere. No, best of all was the price. You could get all this for less than $14 at the lunch hour with the drink included. Desserts were a taste too but I'm not a huge fan of pudding. I did go for the milk and cheese balls dipped in syrup at Palace of Asia in Maple Shade though. It's called Gulab Jamun, and it tasted heavenly. The first restaurant I was referring to is Coriander, located in Voorhees, New Jersey. Both menus of these places complement each other and are worth checking out.
Bread is not something I should be consuming on a daily basis given my health and weight loss goals, however, I found a sure-fire healthier way to enjoy it so that it doesn't interfere. Sprouted grain bread was introduced to me through Food Babe, Vani Hari (an activist), and she describes it as a vegetable because it's basically a plant that grows from a grain when soaked in water. That plant is then ground into bread. This is supposed to be the healthiest type of bread to consume because it doesn't give you the insulin spike that refined flour doughs do, even the rich, darkened ones, due to the breakdown of starch that occurs during the process. Thus, it doesn't make you gain. Angelic Bakehouse, Food for Life, and Dave's Killer Bread are convenient ones to purchase at stores. From my experience, Dave's Killer Bread tastes better than the knockoff healthy brands like Pepperidge Farm. I haven't yet tried Angelic Bakehouse, but Food for Life offers a variety of types of bread like English muffins and tortillas. Their Ezekiel Bread has to be kept frozen and does come in a cinnamon raisin version. At any case, I was grateful to come across Vani's book the Food Babe Way that highlights so many flaws in our American food system and methods to navigate them and overcome our greatest health concerns. It made me a more informed eater.
Let's face it. An extra couple of dollars wouldn't hurt anyone at this point in time, especially since jobs are becoming more scarce by the day. If you're not an essential worker, you basically have to come up with a way to provide for yourself on your own until conditions get better. If you don't have the assistance of employer benefits like administrative leave or paid time off, or even governmental unemployment, this could really be a hard time for you. The good news is that all is not lost, and chances are, if you were making money regularly before this pandemic, you can continue without any significant interruption if you get on the ball now. Here are some apps you can download to start earning some extra cash to cover expenses: