Don’t Worry. I’m Still Breathing.

So, you may notice that just after making my “big return” to this blog back in December, I wrote only a couple of new entries before going  ghost on it again.  Here’s why:

  1. Just too damn tired and lazy – Honestly, I must say that this blog was much easier to maintain back when I first started it because I was, well, unemployed and had all the time in the world to cook and try recipes out.  Now that I’m gainfully employed, I frankly just don’t feel like doing any cooking most days when I come home from work and I sure as hell don’t feel like writing in a blog (that doesn’t generate one red cent of income, at least) after staring at a computer for 8+ hours, Monday-Friday.  Bottom line, I have a full-time job and this blog isn’t it. But I do need to make a better effort about posting more regularly.  After all, I haven’t lost my passion for good food and I’d still love to document my adventures (at least my Instagram account has been regularly-kept up) and share awesome recipes with you.
  2. I Did the Whole30 Program for a time – I won’t go into the details of the Whole30 program, even though I really meant to actually document that little adventure through this blog. However, combine reason #1 with how restrictive the Whole30 Program is and I really didn’t have much to write about except how much I was missing bread, sugar and alcohol.  Not exactly great foodie blog material.  I do plan on doing another round of the program after my birthday in a couple of weeks, so maybe I’ll be more diligent to journal it at that time.
  3. Technically, I just started a new job – Without giving too many details that I may or may not be at liberty to discuss, I just went through a semi-stressful job transition when the company I was working for got acquired by a bigger company which put me into “oh shit, I’m about to be unemployed again” mode.  So my career was kind of in a state of limbo for a while which was really freaking me out.  Thankfully, at the end of it all I got an exciting new opportunity out of it and I’m still sort of adjusting to it all, so bear with me.
  4. Most importantly, I’ve had to give myself a reality check where this blog is concerned – I’ll admit it.  When I first started The Foodielennial, I had this fantasy in my head that this blog will turn into this huge brand one day that could potentially lead to cookbook deals and cooking shows and what not.  A “Mahogany in the Kitchen”, if you will.  I realize now that my goals were a little too lofty here and I’ve decided to go back to basics with this. I just don’t see myself capable of turning this thing into the next Martha Stewart-style empire I envisioned.  The folks who run the most successful food blogs have pretty much given up their day jobs to make their blog their day job. I don’t want to give up mine and I frankly just don’t have the time with work and all the other crap going on in my life.  But I still would love to see this blog turn into a forum for me to share some great self-created recipes with my friends and followers and even share some of my dining out experiences.  So don’t worry.  While you may not see my line of Foodielennial cookware anytime soon at your local Williams-Sonoma, I’m still here.

Ok, that’s all I have to say right now in my insomnia-laced gut spill.

Eating Healthier at Work + Chickpea Salad

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So, one of the biggest things I have trouble with in my overall struggle to eat healthier is coming up with a decent plan for eating particularly healthy for lunch at work.  It’s so easy, not to mention budget-friendly, to store cans of Campbell’s soup and packs of Lance crackers in my desk cabinet and just go through those for lunch.  But I’ve found that that’s not too satisfying or nutritious and I find myself hungry again before 3:00 can roll around.

So, I’ve decided that this will be the year that I make an in-earnest effort toward taking better care of myself when it comes to what I put in my body, and I think coming up with creative and tasty recipes for lunch that doesn’t break my budget, monetarily or calorically, will be a great start.

So, that’s how I came up with my very own recipe for Chickpea Salad, which is quick, easy, has plenty of protein and fiber, and best of all, it’s budget-friendly and totally delicious.  It’s great on its own for a vegetarian lunch (vegan if you skip the feta cheese) or as a side dish with a hearty bowl of soup or tasty sandwich.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cans garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas), drained and rinsed.
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced and quartered
  • 1 pint halved grape tomatoes
  • 4 sliced scallions
  • 1 diced roasted and jarred red bell pepper
  • 6 oz. block of feta cheese, diced into small cubes
  • Lemon-garlic vinaigrette (see recipe below)
  • Kosher Salt, black pepper and Aleppo pepper (preferably Penzey’s) to taste.

This one is simple: Just combine the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl, whip up some lemon garlic vinaigrette (recipe below), add it to the bowl, stir until well-dressed, check for seasoning and add more if need you’d like, and serve!  Or better yet, let it sit in the fridge for a few hours for the flavors to really meld together.

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Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup EVOO
  • Juice and zest of 1 large lemon (or 2 small lemons)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard (preferably Grey Poupon)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely grated
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Again, simple: Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk vigorously to emulsify.  That’s all!

Hope you guys enjoy it!

 

Colbeh Persian Kitchen and Bar | Decatur, GA

So, for my first “real” post since coming out of my lengthy hiatus, I’d like to tell you about a place I’ve been wanting to try for quite some time, yet at the same time has always been at the back of my mind, Colbeh Persian Kitchen and Bar in Downtown Decatur.

Now, I visit the Downtown Decatur Starbucks from time to time and just a few steps down the sidewalk is Colbeh.  I’ve always walked past it thinking “Hmmm, I should go try that place out one day. Persian food sounds interesting.” But then, I tend to forget all about it, so I had never really given myself a chance to try it out. I never really hear anyone say much about this place, so it kind of remained in the “out of sight, out of mind” category of my mental rolodex. So, I’m pretty glad a friend asked me to join him there there the other night for dinner.

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We started off with an appetizer of roasted brussels sprouts, which, to me, is the only way to prepare them and have them be palatable and these didn’t disappoint: perfectly roasted and dressed with a great combination of pine nuts, pomegranate seeds (which my friend referred to as “little bits of goodness”), goat cheese and a balsamic glaze.

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Next up, we split some hummus, which was probably some of the best I’ve had in a restaurant. Very zippy and garlicky, which I love. And it spread nice and smooth onto the warm and soft flatbread it was served with, which had excellent flavor and texture in itself. Now, with a nice glass of wine, I could easily make a meal out of this stuff alone.

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Now for the entrees: I ordered the lamb shank, which the menu describes as a “slow cooked lamb shank served with saffron basmati rice mixed with dill & fava beans”. And it was pretty good.  The lamb shank was braised in a nice flavorful broth with a nice exotic spice to it.  I think there was some cinnamon involved here.

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My friend had ordered the cornish hen kabob, which I tried a taste of and I think that’s what I’ll order on my next visit.  Had excellent flavor that I’d like to fully experience.

All in all, I was not at all disappointed in my experience there and I highly doubt you will either.  Although we experienced a bit of a wait after sitting before our server took our initial drink orders, the service was great and friendly and the food was very very tasty. I’m definitely moving this from the “out of sight, out of mind” column to the “go-to for someplace nice” column.

Note: Sorry that the photos aren’t the best. I was trying to avoid being that obnoxious guy while dining in a nice place with my friend, so I didn’t exactly take the best pictures. Plus I need a new phone.  My 5C isn’t cutting it… 

AT A GLANCE

Colbeh Persian Kitchen and Bar
123 East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
www.ColbehKitchen.com

  • Prices: For dinner and a glass of wine, at least $25.
  • Perfect for: Date nights, special occasions, When you’re in the mood for “something nice” (Think of that episode of Friends) or unique.
  • What They Have: Exotic Persian fare, plus a nice little selection of wine and cocktails along with great appetizers, so you can easily enjoy this place for a drink and a light bite as well.
  • Should You Go?: Yes, most certainly! It’ll be a great main event for a nice night out in Downtown Decatur.

Alright, I’m Back

Hey My Fellow Foodies,

It has been 7 months since I last wrote in here.  But I’m back now.

So I’ll get straight to the point about what my little break was all about: Basically, I wanted to attempt to monetize this thing by flipping it over to WordPress.org and try to turn this little blog into a side hustle.  In all honesty, as tech-savvy as I’d like to think I am, that little endeavor was beyond my capabilities.  And to hire someone to do it for me would’ve been a pretty penny.  So, this blog kind of languished in “blog limbo” for several months while I kept the Instagram account alive.

And then I realized that I was getting away from the roots of why I started this blog in the first place, which was to basically to share my innermost thoughts and my love of food with the world through my own recipes and adventures at various restaurants. I guess my dreams of being the next “Pioneer Woman” (or Pioneer Guy) were just a little loftier than I can achieve right now. And who knows, maybe I will turn this blog into the great Foodielennial empire I once envisioned. That day is just not today, however.

So, back to basics it is for The Foodielennial!  I promise more activity, recipes and reviews coming soon!

Stay tuned!

Taking A Break

Hey everyone,

I’ll be taking a break from this blog.  The reason I’m doing it is because I actually want it to be “bigger and better” and I need to figure some things out in order to make that happen.  Previously, I’ve been doing this blog basically on a “whenever I feel like it” basis.  But it’s been hard making room for writing in here and trying new recipes and restaurants since I started working.  So, I need to figure out how to balance the two.  I hope to be back up and running fully by some time in the late spring or summer.  In the meantime, I’ll continue to post food photos to Instagram and Facebook, so I’m not stepping back completely!

See you later!  I promise I’ll be back.

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Chocolate Coconut Pie by The FoodielennialSo, this past Saturday was Pi Day.  You know, 3.14.  Of course, to a foodie like me, something gets lost in the translation and Pi Day becomes Pie Day.  So I decided to make a pie, and an easy one at that: A Chocolate-Coconut Pie adapted from a recipe I saw on a YouTube from a channel called “Let’s Eat Fiction”.  I must admit that, yes, my hankering for a chocolate pie arose from “that” scene from The Help.  I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t seen it, but it’s pretty gross.  Even though Hilly Holbrook deserved it.  But I left out a certain…ahem…ingredient, so this chocolate pie is OK to eat.  In fact, it’s quite delicious to eat, so give it a try!

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