¿Qué tal tu fin de semana? translates to:

How did your weekend treat you?

Mine was perfecto—filled with fun and food

As always, new discoveries were accrued

On the pumpkin front, I discovered…

-Pumpkin Pie YogurtIMG_1863

In the mix: 1/2 cup pumpkin, one container plain Greek yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice

Actually, a certain birthday girl discovered this a while back, but mi boca hadn’t experienced its wonder ‘til this weekend.

I turned to this in-house pumpkin yogurt mixture to kick an imaginary craving, of sorts.

An imaginary craving? That’d be a craving for something you’ve never actually tasted—but perhaps seen, heard or dreamt of.

In this case, my imaginary craving was for Stonyfield’s new Pumpkin Pie yogurt.  I haven’t been able to find it in stores—but I’m not sure I’ll continue looking after tasting this creamy pumpkin bliss. Has anyone tried Stonyfield’s version?

So long as I continue to crave all things pumpkin, this superbly simple snack is sure to become a staple. Sort of like these.

-Also in the way of pumpkin discoveries: Pumpkin Pie Oat BranIMG_1889

In the mix: 1/2 cup oat bran, 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup pumpkin, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and crushed grahams

Glorious pile of grahams with a necessary “moat” of graham crumbs.IMG_1893

I sort of think oat bran is a better vehicle for absorbing all of the pumpkiny deliciousness than old-fashioned oats. Thoughts?IMG_1898

-Pumpkin Cream Cheese SushiIMG_1943

In a whole wheat wrap, 3 tbsp. cream cheese, 1/4 cup pumpkin, maple syrup, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.

So aesthetically and gastronomically pleasing. Is it just me, or is pretty food always more satisfying?

Another pretty sushi discovery…

-Riceless sushiIMG_1906

(Sorry for the awful pictures; dimly lit restaurants are so inconsiderate of those who photograph their food.)

These were shrimp and avocado and tuna and avocado rolls wrapped in cucumber instead of rice. I’d never heard of this before, but they were so good!IMG_1910

These had much more innards than standard rolls; esto me gusta. Gracias to mi bonita dinner date for the recommendation :).

-Also rediscovered my obsession with seaweed saladIMG_1902

And discovered—if we put full trust in my waitress—that those jellyfish rumors are false. I’m choosing to take her word.

-And that I like clear soup mucho mejor than miso soup.IMG_1903

-And that almost-empty restaurants allow for unfiltered, usually restaurant-inappropriate dinner conversation.IMG_1899

-And that when you loudly and frequently announce your distaste for chocolate, you will be punished with a weekend’s worth of cravings of this fashion…IMG_1881

Maybe my taste buds are changing?

Sunday delivered some stunning weather, which prompted me to discover that…

-When you are handed a beaming 60 degree weekend afternoon in October, you grab your best friend for a day of Brooklyn meandering.

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-You just may discover a secret garden.IMG_1924

-Or the coolest glasses holder ever.IMG_1935

-Or a plethora of vintage cookbooks, some of which may remind you of a graceful blogger.IMG_1936

-You may be tempted to purchase some brassy fall dishware. IMG_1930

-But you may surprise yourself by exercising extraordinary self-control—and instead purchasing a more practical vintage ring.IMG_1931

-You may receive odd stares for pretending to be a hand model in the middle of a bustling flea market. And for your eccentric nail polish decisions.

-You may encounter an adorable vegan restaurant (with a “Sorry, Carnivores. We’re Open” sign).IMG_1938

-Upon staring into cute vegan restaurant’s window, you may be offered free vegan empanadas.

-And find you have a fabulous fashionista BFF who is willing to pose for an action shot “for the blog.”IMG_1937

-And who will go on to repeatedly proclaim, for the next three blocks, “those were f-ing good.”

Vegan convert?

-We also discovered that when you are in search of hot chocolate and chai—but are too picky about choosing a cafe (deeming every place too crowded, too hippie, too commercial, etc.)—you end up with no hot chocolate, and no chai :(.

That was perhaps the only foodie foul of this whole weekend, so I’ll take it.

Hope your weekends were full of delicious discoveries; if they were, por favor, share!

Oh yea, don’t forget to enter my sopa giveaway before Tuesday at midnight EST!

-Sarah

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