what i eat in a week: april 2-8

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You guys often ask me what I actually eat in a day or week. And, in truth, what I eat totally varies depending on my schedule + life + craziness. Sometimes I eat three square meals and sometimes I have 6 mini meals. For myself, but also for you, I'm taking this week to share what I eat when. Let me know what you think below! 

sunday // 

6 a.m.: I always wake up early on the weekends and am usually the first to make a cup of coffee. I sit in bed + read with my coffee filling me up. 

7 a.m.: Obviously, I'm onto my second cup of coffee. I tend to do one cup black and one with this creamer

11:20 a.m.: Juice from Mom's for a photoshoot -- I choose the beets juice from Naked Lunch. 

12:30 p.m.: True Food Kitchen for lunch. I split the vegan burrito with Maxim to start + then move onto the Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. It's not vegan, so I order it sans feta + add tofu (sometimes I opt for tempeh or portobello 'shrooms). It's amazing and balances out the burrito in the best way possible. I opt for water instead of a bloody mary. 

2:30 p.m.: I bop around Target to find a new pair of heels for work and pair it with a GIANT iced coffee to help me through that post-lunch daze. 

4:00 p.m.: Maxim and I head to Trader Joe's to stock up since our fridge has been  E M P T Y  after two busy weeks of being on-the-go. 

6:00 p.m.: I cook an easy, breezy pasta dish that'll fuel us for a 6 a.m. Zengo Cycle class. Obvi, there's a wine glass in my hand.   

9:00 p.m.: OOPS. I pour another glass of red wine. It's the Big Little Lies finale, and like, I HAVE to.  

12:00 p.m.: Right before bed, I drink a glass of water. I'm trying so hard to drink more water, so I make it a priority to have one whenever I think about it.

monday // 

5 a.m.: Maxim and I decided to start off the week in the best way we know how: 6 a.m. spin class with our FAVE instructor, Shaynna of Zengo Cycle. We're both groggy, and drink some warm lemon water to get our bodies moving. 

6: a.m.ZENGO! Lots of water, obvs. 

8 a.m.: On my way to the office, I nosh on a delish, packed yogurt bowl: KiteHill yogurt chilled overnight with chia seeds. On top, I added a ripe banana, a HEAPING scoop of coconut peanut butter + granola + blueberries. It's probably the best post-workout breakfast on the planet. 

10 a.m.: I grab another cup of coffee + a sparkling water. I add THIS powder to it,  and I swear to go it's a liquid Xanax. Whenever I know I'm going into a stressful day, I'll make sure to have a cup of this. 

1:30 p.m.: Lunch today is a {not-so-sad} desk lunch of leftover Sweetgreen mixed with some fresh spinach, cucumbers + hummus. 

7:30 p.m.: I'm in the office until 7 p.m. and am SO exhausted. I think about just ordering in or grabbing a side of guacamole and chips, but I opt to cook. I make an easy, breezy batch of veggies tacos. I served them in corn tortillas for Maxim + salad style for me. Personally, we skip the lettuce and add farmer's market spinach for a healthy dose of dark greens. 

9:00 p.m.: I fall asleep  E A R L Y  while answering emails. 

tuesday // 

4 a.m.: I'm up early answering emails and doing work (it's busy right now at the office). I pour my first cup of coffee and quickly make two or three more before the sun rises. 

7 a.m.: I get ready for the office while sipping on some lemon water to offset the ridiculous amount of caffeine in my body.

8 a.m.: At the office, I'm literally NOT hungry at all, so I make some of my happy tea (aka peppermint tea with THIS powder). But around 10 a.m., I start feeling hungry and nosh on my favorite yogurt concoction of KiteHill unsweetened yogurt with chia seeds, granola, coconut pb, bananas + blueberries. 

12 p.m.: I'm doing social media for a live event, watching via livestream, creating graphics, etc. I have a cup of coffee, but I can't leave my desk until it's okay — and I'm REALLY hungry. I pull out my FAVE "lifesaving" snack, Amazi plantain chips (go for the chili ones!). I nosh a handful and feel the hanger slipping away. 

1:30 p.m.: I brought lunch from home + eat at my desk (ugh). It's a simple salad of farmer's market tuscan kale, cucumbers, celery, goddess dressing, and chopped tofu. 

3:00 p.m.: I make myself a BIG cup of hot water and lemon. It would be cold water, but I'm freezing at the office...so yeah. The IT game also came to set up a standing desk for me and I'm irrationally excited to have an excuse to stand up all day. 

6:00 p.m.: It's free cone day and Maxim and I are DYING to get ourselves a little treat. So before he gets home, I go for a couple mile run since outside is crazy windy. I stretch and do some abs and call it a day. BUT THE LINE FOR BEN & JERRY'S IS SO LONG. Feeling determined, we walk to the food store instead and buy pints of ice cream. 

8:00 p.m.: I make taco bowls again with our leftovers from last night. I pile mine HIGH with mushrooms + hummus...and okay, it was more of a smorgasbowl, but I loved it. We share rose and, obviously, dig into some ice cream after. 

wednesday // 

8 a.m.: Maxim makes Swapples for both of us — and we top them with our favorite: hummus and cayenne pepper. Per usual, we both eat bites before heading out the door + finishing them on our way to work. 

9 a.m.: It's the first day of my happy time of the month, so I skip the coffee and instead opt for a Kevita + gallllllons of water. 

10:30 a.m.: Other half of the swapple

12 p.m.: Water + powder — I sip on it and then head to the gym for a quick lunchtime workout. 

2 p.m.: Brought-from-home salad: farmer's market spinach, avocado, leftover pasta, mushrooms, frozen peas, olive oil, cayenne pepper, 

3:30 p.m.: I keep a big jar of chocolate espresso beans on my jar and grab a big handful out. 

7:45 p.m.: I'm feeling a tiny bit dizzy post-Botox and I DEFINITELY don't feel like cooking. I grab leftovers out of the fridge. It's leftover homemade pasta sauce, veggie sausage, cayenne pepper + fresh veggies. 

9 p.m.: I have a meeting with a brand via FaceTime + I apologize that I just got Botox, but the camera is a little fuzzy, so they can't tell. Thank goodness. I sip on peppermint tea to help with digestion + wash my face before hitting the sack. 

thursday // 

8:20 a.m.: I live wicked close to my apartment, but I almost always find myself eating AT the office. I don't know why, but I think it's because I know I'm wayyyyy more productive in the morning, so I always just want to get INTO it before the afternoon hits...at which point my productivity falls OFF A CLIFF. Anyways, I eat an EXTRA ripe chopped banana with chia seeds + coconut pb + yogurt. 

1:30 p.m.: I order from Sweetgreen. I get the Spicy Sabzi bowl with extra cucumbers and no broccoli. I eat half and save the rest for tomorrow. 

3:30 p.m.: I leave the office to get down to D.C. for a fashion event, sipping water the whole way downtown. 

7 p.m.: After hair and makeup, my hairstylist gives me a HUGE shot of tequila to calm my nerves — it was probably a triple shot, but whatever. I downed that sucker like a champ. 

9 p.m.: It's post-show, I'm back in my normal clothes + S T A R V I N G , which meant there was only one solution: Vegan 'zah from &pizza. With extra vegan cheese, because duh. 

10:30 p.m.: We saved our pizza until we got home and DIG IN. We share leftover rosé and talk about the night — and I forget to take off my makeup. One day I'll get good at that, and I'll have flawless skin. 

friday // 

8:00 a.m.: I ate super late last night, so I forgo breakfast + indulge in an almond latte instead — I get mine with an extra shot to wake me up. 

11 a.m.: I grab a few of my chocolate espresso beans + nosh while finishing up reports on this lazy Friday. 

1 p.m.: My lunch is leftover Sweetgreen from yesterday with extra peas + black beans. 

2 p.m.: I make myself a BIG cup of water with the best chill powder on the planet. Seriously, you guys, this stuff is LIFE-CHANGING. 

7 p.m. I'm listening to S-Town for a SECOND TIME while sipping on red wine and cooking. I make a BIG batch of vegan fried rice with lots of cayenne pepper and lemon and spice. It's filled  with wayyyy more veggies than rice, just the way I like it. One the side, I make a panang curry-like sauce to drizzle on top. 

9 p.m. We cheers to the end of another week and being twentysomethings and being together. When I say I'm marrying my best friend, it's so true. We spend the rest of the night doing face masks, eating air-popped popcorn, drinking wine, concocting theories on S-Town and plotting our eventual move to L.A... 

 

vegans like the super bowl, too

I'm laughing out loud while writing this because I did not realize that the Super Bowl was this Sunday. Like, clearly my life has been {majorly} out of whack recently. Honestly, though.

So anyways, I scoured the internet and did a little round-up. Below is some of my fave recipes to help the veggies + vegans in your life enjoy super bowl parties as much as the buffalo wild wings enthusiasts. Ready to eat?! Me too. 

Are you using one of these recipes or hitting up one of these spots? Let me know in the comments below! 

photo from the edgy veg

photo from the edgy veg

Under 30 Minutes Vegan Jalapeño Poppers [My California Roots]

Bean & Cheese Tacquitos [The Edgy Veg

Mac n Cheese BLT [Vegan Yack Attack]

Deviled "egg" potatoes [Isa Chandra]*

Buffalo Wings [The Edgy Veg]

Potato Skins [Hell Yeah, It's Vegan]*

Mexican White Cheese Dip [Veggies Don't Bite]

Sweet Potato Seven Layer Dip [Namely Marly]

Street-Style Veggie Gyros [Neurotic Mommy]

Beer Battered Onion Rings [Eclectic Everyday]

Thai Peanut Butter Cups [Food52]

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Are you reading this just HOURS {or minutes} before the Super Bowl? 

 

Well, if you're a Washingtonian, these are the best places to BUY great day-of stuff: 

  • &pizza makes pizzas with VEGAN cheese {like omg yes}
  • Head over to HipCityVeg in Chinatown to grab some lil' golden nugs + sweet potato fries...or literally anything else because it's 100% vegan. 
  • Sticky Fingers Bakery {also 100% vegan} sells doughnuts {donuts?}, chorizo tacos, mac n cheese, ugh, hold on, I'm drooling again. 
  • Make lazy nachos. Go to Whole Foods and buy THIS cheese and tortilla chips. At the party, but the cheese on the chips + stick it in the microwave. You're welcome. 
  • Grab the vegan burger + vegan quesadilla to-go from Busboys + Poets
  • Pick up a {vegan bowl} at ShopHouse + add a beer on the side. 

Phoebe Feeds: Vegan Apple Crumble

Vegan Apple Crumble

Guys, if anyone ever tells you that vegans only eat rabbit food, point them here. I’ve always been a huge fan of apple crisp/crumble, but never knew the right ratios to make it vegan. Then last year, I just went for it. I believe the correct word for this is ~soul cooking~. It turned out amazingly and I’ve been making it this way ever since!


Side note: Is it called crumble, crisp or cobbler?!

I asked my lovely insta-friends and the majority of them said CRISP. Woo. But I also consulted the almighty google, because I didn't know if there was an acutal difference or not. According to the internet (and like 50 recipes from my favorite foodie blogger, minimalist baker) what I made is a CRISP OR a CRUMBLE. Apparently, the two words are interchangeable, but originally, a crisp would contain oats but a crumble would not. Hmm. Also, cobbler should had biscuits on top. Shoutout to Kitchn + MyRecipes.com for helping me on their knowledge journey. 


Honestly, though, I’m a huge believer in soul cooking, which is why all my ingredients and directions are approximate. Get creative, kids. This recipe is literally so super simple and takes 20 minutes of prep + 20 minutes of cooking. 

ingredients: 

  • 4-5 local apples 
  • 1/2 cup CHILLED earth balance butter (or coconut oil!) 
  • 1 bag Nature’s Path Love Crunch Granola (if you’re GF, I’ve used THIS one from Purely Elizabeth with great success)
  • Some shakes cinnamon 
  • 1-2 cups brown sugar 
  • a couple splashes of apple cider 
  • Optional: blueberries (I had some frozen in the freezer and thought why not?)

 

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 

2. Slice all yo’ apples into thin slices. Or cube your apples. Whatever works for you. 

3. Butter an 8x8 pan with a paper towel. Set aside. 

4. In a large bowl, combine apple slices, a HEAPING amount of cinnamon, two tablespoons of brown sugar, two tablespoons of melted butter + a splash or two of apple cider. 

5. Use a large spatula to mix all ingredients. 

6.Feel free to individually place each slice into the pan, arranging as obsessively as the glass jars of cookies in Kourtney K’s kitchen. BUT I JUST THROW IT ALL IN THERE BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THAT. 

6. Even out the apples so that they’re sort of settled across the pan. 

7. In a small(er) bowl, combine CHILLED vegan butter, entire bag of granola + rest of brown sugar. Mix with your fingers until it’s grainy like sand. 

8. Pour over top the apples. Spread evenly. 

**optional** frozen blueberries on top. 

9. Place in the oven for, like, 25 minutes. Just keep checking + tasting it. Then try to wait for it to cool, but if you're like me, you'll be burning your tongue from impatience. 

AND THAT'S IT!  Enjoy my wonderfuls and let me know below what you want to see next! 

 

MealPass Launch Party {recap + What I wore}

MealPal DC Lauch Event

A huge thank you to Epic Yoga DC for hosting

the event and to MealPal for having Maxim and I! 


Hello, hello, hello! I’m writing from under my covers...and the metro...and while walking to the bathroom at work...because I’m so excited to tell al you guys about what I’ve been up to! 

But first, I do need to make a little confession. Well, not even a confession. I just need to explain something. I am vegan (that’s not a confession, obvs). And oftentimes, I think that being vegan makes people believe that I don’t support those who lead non-vegan lifestyles. And oftentimes, I feel that I have some odd standard to uphold where I can’t endorse or believe in..or even LIKE people who don’t agree those ideals. But I’m here to tell you all that that’s not the way that it is! 

I am a vegan and I blog about vegan food. But I also blog about food-related trends, companies and ideals. I blog about what I'm wearing, where I'm going, what I'm reading and, if I start writing more, the working world. And I take advice from non-vegans on where to eat. My fiancee, Maxim, is not vegan by any means. He's my non-vegan taste tester (and photog + everything. I love you!) He eats vegan when I’m cooking at home and loves to make me vegan grilled cheese when I’ve had a tough day. He also loves a good bison burger and Whole Foods chicken strips or Chicken Tiki Masala. 

My point is...let's just love and respect each other. I'll be vegan and continue to eat french fries when there's nothing else but lettuce on the menu. And you can continue to tell me that you could never, ever be vegan and ask me about why I don't want real leather on my shoes. We shall *~*CoExiSt.~*

OKAY. 

Now that I’ve gotten that all off of my chest, I can continue on to why I’m writing so excitedy right now. I am working with MealPal (previously MealPass) to help you discover your new #LunchtimeBFF and to end the #SadDeskLunch. 

MealPass? MealPal? 

Yes. They’re a food startup from the co-founders of ClassPass. On Monday, Sept. 19 (launch party day!) they rebranded to MealPal (see below). They started in Manhattan in NYC and have now spread to cities like Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and, of course, Washington, D.C.!

Honestly, though: You get lunch for like $6-7 every week day from awesome places around the District. It's one flat fee that's charge per cycle, aka every month. It's a fraction of what you'd usually pay. No, it's not delivered. You go and pick it up. You need to get up from your desk, anyways. Haven't you heard? Sitting kills. Get in those lunchtime steps, you desk dwellers. 

Anyways, I had known about MealPal from some friends in NYC and was excited for its entrance into the #DCFoodScene. So, like the good food blogger that I am, I attended the launch party! It was held at Epic Yoga DC (connected to a Jrink location!) — on Connecticut Ave. next to The Big Hunt and MadHatter. It was dark though, and littttttle crowded for my liking…or for my camera’s liking! Okay, let's be honest. The lighting sucked, but I ate yummy food and I had a great time. I'm sharing what I was able to get below. 

There was food from a variety of local restaurants: 

  • Mini Chicken Pesto Wraps from MadHatter. 
  • Meat Likers + Veg Me Pizza from DC Pizza.  
  • Salmon Ceasar Salad from MaSo. 
  • Spinach + Pesto Bowl from The Little Beet
  • Hoagies (and absolutely addicting potato chips) from Bub & Pop's

...and so much more!

Favorites from launch party:

  • Beet Gazpacho from Souper Girl. I'm a fan of both gazpacho and Souper Girl, but in the small space, it was 10x more delicious. 
  • Salmon Veggie Couscous Salad from The Front Page. Shoutout to Chef Roberto for being so accommodating and making me a custom vegan bowl of couscous to eat! 
  • Juice from Jrink Juicery. I mean, who isn't a fan of Jrink Juicery? Seeing them there made my heart so happy. They're a local cold-pressed juice company that delivers fresh each morning and have everything from cleanse aiding to protein packed drinks. 

Over the next week, I'll be testing out MealPal and it's whole situation. Then on Monday, I'll be letting you know me thoughts..

BUT THERE'S MORE.

Because I love you guys, and there's no point in having MealPal unless you guys can too. MealPal is letting me give away some awesome discounts and free meals starting next week! So when I post my review, I'll be posting about the contest too! STAY TUNED! Can't wait to reveal more soon!

Cool, Phoebe. But this post is about what you wore (What I'm pretending you're saying). If you're here for outfit only, scroll down!

I love love love this romper from Target! According to the website, it's technically a junior's piece, but it fits so well on my frame! I'm petite (5" 3') and have very long legs. And by that I mean my torso is non-existent. In the world of rompers and jumpsuits, that means I work hard to find ones that are more form fitting so that my wait doesn't get lost in a balloon of fabric. My co-workers told me that I look like Peter Pan, but hey. Peter Pan was cool AF and worked the transition to fall fashion better than anyone. 

Scroll down to shop my look! 

Hat: LouLou. | Romper: Target. | Vegan leather booties: Dolce Vita. Find similar herehere and here. | Clutch: South Moon Under. 

What's your favorite kind-of-fall-but-kind-of-not look? 

Things I'm loving: September Edition {2016)

Every month I'll dive into what I'm loving, things I'm into and new trends I'm trying out because we all jump into fast fads and new workout routines. It's a smorgasbord of food, products + philosophies. This month, it's all about the transition to ~fall~ and my absolute obsession with popsockets + asian noodles.

Are you loving what I'm loving? Let me know in the comments below. 

RAMEN

Jinya Ramen Bar is a super trendy ramen place that popped up in LA a while ago. It took the area by storm and coincided with the huge popularity of proper ramen (aka not your college-style ramen). Jinya recently open their first East Coast location — Mosaic District — and every Washingtonian will tell you that it's more than worth the metro trip down to Northern Virginia. They have a super simple menu that features a few, distinct ramen bowls with a slew of add-ins. My favorite? Spicy Vegan Ramen with spinach noodles, broccoli, onions + Nori. 

P.S. Too far? Don't worry. They're opening a 14th St. location soon.

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BLOCK HEEL, OPEN TOE

There are only like 2 weeks for all of fall when these make sense — and I'm taking full advantage of it. They literally look cute with everything from jean shorts to leather skirts to dark wash jeans or work slacks. But honestly, though the real winner is the quintessential apple-picking combo: Flannel + dark wash jeans + brown open-toe booties. 

ORIGINS

I've always had an "at arms length" love affair with Origins, but I recently jumped in and went to one of their brick and mortar locations by my apartment. The woman inside was amazing and gave me a free mini facial while examining my face to see what products would work best for me. I have oily + sensitive skin and anything too rough covers my face in tiny red dots. Now, I swear by Checks and Balances and their {not pictured} Zero Oil Toner. Check out my other must-haves below. 

1. Checks and Balances Face Wash  $22  2. Modern Friction Dermabrasion Body Scrub  $39  3. Original Skin Rose Clay Face Mask $ 26  4. No Puffery Eye Rollers  $28  5. Ginzeng Energy-boosting Facial Mositurizer  $27.50

1. Checks and Balances Face Wash $22 2. Modern Friction Dermabrasion Body Scrub $39 3. Original Skin Rose Clay Face Mask $26 4. No Puffery Eye Rollers $28 5. Ginzeng Energy-boosting Facial Mositurizer $27.50

POPSOCKETS

I should honestly be getting a commission for how many people I've turned into evangelists. I am O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with these things. Popsockets are these little iPhone stands that stick to the back of your phone. They "pop" out so that your fingers can ~slide on in~ and give you extra support. So when you're walking + snapping, selfie-ing, or whatever you do, you won't drop your phone. I can't tell you how much I'm obsessed with them. I have a marble Pop Socket to match my marble phone case/laptop/life. But you should go get one TODAY + then thank me later. 


PSST. Are you loving what I'm loving?

Let me know in the comments below. 

DC Food Scene: El Centro D.F. {happy hour + dinner}

Chef Richard Sandoval has a huge hit with El Centro D.F. And ICYMI: I'm obsessed with their brunch. This isn't huge news — but I recently discovered their in-cre-di-ble happy hour menu.

They offer $5 Margaritas M-F that just so happen to go amazingly well with dinner. Other happy hour favorites? $5 Spiked Agua Fresca, wine + cerveza 🍻 Their happy hour prices are only offered at the bar, but there is nothing stopping you from taking your drink to your table (hint: reserve on Open Table + arrive early for Happy Hour at the bar). 

I love the vibe at El Centro's Georgetown location. We were seated at a back corner booth where the music wasn't right over our heads (shhh, I'm not a grandma. I just like to hear people talk). Make sure to ask for a guacamole for the table and — life hack alert — mix the table side salsa INTO it. Game. Changed. And you can thank me for that later. 

Honestly, though: Their tacos, guacamole + chips are incredible. 

Scroll down for my faves:

Missed by brunch review of El Centro? Click here

DC Food Scene: El Centro D.F. {brunch}

So here's the deal, if you're a fan of brunch + tapas + unlimited alcoholic drinks (aka if you're like, human) you're going to be obsessed with El Centro D.F. 

Price: $35 per person + unlimited alcoholic drinks. 

Side note: there's an a la carte option, but let's be real: you're at brunch and the drinks basically pay for themselves after your third bloody mary. 

When I went, we got there early (brunch starts at 10 a.m.). The seating was those bar-like high chairs + tables. They have an open-air style garage door that was open for people-watching. Mellow samba music played in the background and within 5 minutes, there was already a Bloody Maria (a Bloody Mary with tequila because when in Rome). 

Since we were the first people there, our waitress was more than happy to accommodate my vegan needs and basically started bringing me a vegan version of one of everything on the menu. And it. was. incredible. If you're vegan/vegetarian/paleo/whatever, don't hesitate to tell them. As long as you're not stopping by at peak brunch, they're usually more than happy to accommodate your needs. 

The food is definitely leaning heavier on the Mexican than TexMex side, which was obviously a huge plus. 

We stayed for just under three hours, at which point I promptly conked out in bed to nurse my ridiculous food baby. Scroll down for my favorite dishes, then check out the full brunch menu here

My food winners: 

Other winners: Fried plantains, churros + flautas. Honestly, though: Brunch at El Centro D.F. is lit. Get there early and they'll make the menu totally vegan for you. 

NEXT: Read my thoughts on El Centro D.F. happy hour + dinner.