Sunday, November 20, 2011

I Don’t Cook

I don’t cook a lot. Ok, I don’t cook at all. The only thing I cook well is the most amazing fudge you ever tasted that I only make in December. So when I was invited to dinner by the lovely and enjoyable Kim Tracy Prince, I was looking forward to meeting some other blogger ladies, trying some new food and not having to cook or clean up. It was a nice departure from my usual ‘hang out at my computer until I can’t stay awake any longer’ routine after the kids are in bed.

My stomach wasn’t as agreeable that night as I had hoped it would be, so I had to forego the fabulous looking cocktails in favor of Perrier. A little lemon spiced that right up.

We all ordered different items and shared, and it was as delectable as it was beautiful. I had to laugh at the restaurant name, Buddha’s Belly, because the image conjured up immediately smacks of a full tummy. I’m ok with that. I like food. Especially when someone else is cooking. But I hoped I wouldn’t come away looking like I had a Buddha belly. Not to worry! The food was filling but light, and I left feeling just right. Makes me wonder if I did cook, would my family feel this way? Probably not. I’ve been not cooking for, well, a long time. Why ruin a good thing?

I ordered the Mint Chicken, and not being a fan of mint, I thought that was daring of me. I was pleasantly surprised at the mild flavor of the mint, and loving the cilantro in it. It had a cooling taste that didn’t overwhelm, and the chicken was moist. I tried the Shao Bing as well, which at first glance looked like a paninni.
Again, light flavor but satisfying. My only regret is not following it up with a swish of the Zen Garden (see above). Don’t talk to my scale, but even the rice didn’t weigh me down. Dessert was another story. Have you ever tried Green Tea Tiramisu? If not, you MUST.
Yes, that’s an order. Between that and sampling the chocolate fondue with Margaret Andrews, I pretty much left thinking that I would be eating at Buddha’s Belly from now on.

You can see my arm in the background of several pictures posted by the talented and charming bloggers from dinner that night: Jessica Bern, Florinda Vasquez and Suebob Davis. However, as life with triplets would dictate, eating at restaurants is a treat, not a way of life. The ambience in the restaurant was at a comfortable level.
But let’s face it, most places are quieter than my house. As to not create a disturbance in the fusion cuisine force field, I could not in good conscience bring my brood there. I do plan on returning for a date night, girls night out, or just to try the beverages I missed out on. Oh, and to not have to cook.


  1. First of all, I'm coming over for some of your "only-in-December" fudge.

    Second of all, your cup of chocolate looks better than my cup of chocolate. And it's the same cup!

    Third of all, I sure do seem to be obsessed with chocolate right now, don't I.

    Great post, Lexi! And it was so nice to meet you. I hope we cross paths again soon. :)

  2. Thanks! Let me know when you're in town. I'll save some fudge for you!