Cafe Lunch!

February 27, 2008

What a great little cafe! I decided on the homemade roasted red pepper hummus sandwich with a side salad. The hummas was GREAT!!! I’m very picky about my hummus – can’t be too dry, too garlicy, too preservative tasting, and this was super. (Which probably means lots of tahini and olive oil!)

I ordered my sandwich on rye bread, which I love. It was HUGE! Probably 4 oz of bread. Plus cucs, spinach, and carrots and cheddar cheese. I ate it all 8) But I couldn’t really even taste the cheese. I should have skipped it but oh well – I got some calcium :)



Side salad with honey mustard. The dressing tasted very mayonnaisey so I only had a few fork dipfulls.


Berry Tea with honey to drink –


All together –


While this lunch tasted wonderful, it is a lesson in volume eating. The bread and hummus and cheese probably totaled about 500 kcal and weren’t really that filling. The rest about 100 kcal more? I’m really not that full at all. Actually I still feel a little hungry but I might just need to digest. So although this lunch was MORE calories than usual I’m half the fullness! That’s why I choose heavy foods for lunch (yogurt, pumpkin, always some fruit).

But, I LOVE this place and the food tasted so fresh. It’s really bright and airy and I love that they have wireless. I might come back every Wednesday to brighten up lab! They had a soup that looked amazing and I was going to order it instead of the salad but I totally forgot when I got to the register! Maybe next week. And maybe next week I’ll get a glass of wine :mrgreen:

See you after 3 hours of titration….

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1 VeggieGirl February 27, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Wow, that red-pepper hummus that you made sounds FABULOUS!! I too am very particular about my hummus, and much prefer the taste of homemade over store-bought.

I’m sure that once you digest your food, you’ll feel more satisfied :0)

Good luck getting through 3 hours of titration!


2 VeggieGirl February 27, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Ahh, I meant to say “that red-pepper hummus that you ORDERED” – not made, haha.


3 Betsy February 27, 2008 at 1:48 pm

for some reason, that tea looks really really good! maybe cause i’m freezing right. like you, i’m one of those “always cold” people. but berry tea sounds amazing! too bad I just used the last of my tea that I had at work :(


4 pinklilly February 27, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Lunch looks yummy. I never seem to go for sandwiches in restaurants or deli’s – they just don’t seem to satisfy me as much. I think its because I don’t get to take as many bites as I would if I had a salad and fruit.

Question time: I made spaghetti squash over the weekend – thank you Kath for being my inspiration behind preparing it. It looks so tempting just sitting in my fridge. Now, I’m just wondering how much of it is a typical serving size? I measure things out with a measuring cup – so, any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Hope everyone is having a happy Wednesday. I live in Tampa and today is our first cold snap in like a month – brrrrr!


5 DaisyMAY February 27, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Ethiopian Food

Hello. I am going into the city next week with the boy. Does anyone know of good things to order there?


6 Betsy February 27, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Have you ever been before? It’s really fun. You get a big flat piece of their special,spongy flat bread and it’s topped with different dishes and you eat with more spongy flat bread. When I’ve gone, I get things with lentils, chickpease, cabbage people like collard greens, chicken, whatever sounds good. It’s really unique. If you want a better idea of what it is, check this post on Robyn/The Girl Who Ate Everything’s blog:


7 DaisyMAY February 27, 2008 at 2:28 pm

oh! that is very helpful. thank you. I have never been we are going to Awash in NYC. I am pumped! I love trying new foods. And I heard its a fun experience


8 Jill - GlossyVeneer February 27, 2008 at 2:32 pm

That sandwich looks amazing. I’m going to have to try making that combination for myself at home one of these days!


9 Betsy February 27, 2008 at 2:33 pm

if you’re going to the one on 6th street in the east village-that’s where I go! It’s good! There’s another on the Upper West Side.


10 Jennifer February 27, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Thanks, I am feeling well just sore and tired at times. Problems with fibroid tumors so this was the best decision to do. And since we have a happy, healthy, and at times sassy 4 year old it was the best choice. Thanks again I will keep in touch.


11 ashley February 27, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Hey Everyone!

I’m signing up for a 26 mile marathon in June and I’d also like to do a half marathon at the end of next month in order to kind of initiate myself to marathons. I’ve never ran a marathon before, does anyone who has ran marathons have any training/exercise/food suggestions for me? Thanks so much!


12 Jill February 27, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Man, I love rye bread too, but always feel it would be “healthier” of me to order whole grain/wheat so I do. Need to get over that idea!


13 Angie February 27, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Hi Kath,

So glad you touched base on how you ate a good meal, but are still not feeling full. This happens to me sometimes too, and it amazes me how eating the right combo of foods will help tremendously.

This goes along with the afternoon hunger, which I think stems from exercise. Have you thought that since you are gaining some muscle mass (all those pull ups, etc!) that your body is in need of more fuel? Just a thought.


14 NCCarter February 27, 2008 at 4:12 pm

I ate lunch out today, too (Panera) and had soup and salad. I checked their website and my little meal totalled nearly 600 cals. I’ve been hungry all afternoon…not at all satisfied.

I work from home in the afternoons and find that it’s my worst time of day for wanting to eat, especially after having a relatively unsatisfying lunch. I’m sitting here having some herbal tea now just WAITING for it to be dinnertime.


15 Bigelow Tea February 27, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Mmmm…berry tea with honey sounds good. We just found a cool link that talks about tea & honey and why they are a “dynamic duo.” Here it is:

Julie for Bigelow Tea


16 Ana February 27, 2008 at 4:21 pm

that always happens when i eat out too! but what i’ve found is if i fill up on a low-calorie beverage (soda water, hot tea, diet coke-though i’m trying to get away from that particular drink, coffee, or just plain water) even before i order food, it helps fill me up and even keeps me from nibbling once i’m done! i also LOVE sandwiches so take my time savoring every bite and when i eat out, i always go with another person so it takes longer to eat b/c i am constantly chatting, etc. that way, my stomach has time to register it’s full and it’s always worked for me! ^_^


17 Nicole February 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Hi, Kath and everyone! I just wanted some opinions….I made an oatmeal pancake the other day and put some dark chocolate chips in the “batter”…topped with banana … yummy. I won’t eat this everyday by any means (the chocolate, I mean! oatmeal is a different story! haha kidding), but I was still wondering is this is not such a good idea b/c of the fat content in the chocolate. I’d like to stick to eating such a sweet breakfast on like the occassional weekend morning, but I don’t want to feel like I’m starting off my day on the wrong foot either way! Any opinions? I wonder if raisins would be a substitution I could make during the week and save the chocolate for a “rainy day”..hmmmm


18 NCCarter February 27, 2008 at 4:28 pm

I think sometimes when I eat out I feel like I don’t really SAVOR my meal because I’m usually tending to my 2 year old, too, which can be really distracting. She’s really good, but you know, at 2, they always NEED something. :-)


19 BethT February 27, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Ashley – check out the training programs at There are many, for beginners through advanced runners. What’s your current distance on an average run? You say you want to do a half next month so I assume you’re running a lot, but even a half is difficult…


20 Kiala February 27, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Nicole…what about carob chips instead?


21 Nicole February 27, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Thanks, Kiala…I’ve actually been curious to try them but haven’t been able to find them. I’m kind of limited to WalMart =/ so should I be able to find them there??


22 Ashley H February 27, 2008 at 4:58 pm

That sandwich sounded fantastic! I am really picky about hummus and dressings too so I am glad that it all worked out. I wish we had something like that at my school!


23 Robin February 27, 2008 at 5:34 pm

I had practically the same sandwich for lunch today, except I had mine at home. How funny!


24 pinklilly February 27, 2008 at 5:57 pm

NCCarter- I used to do Marketing for Panera Bread and could eat all the Panera I wanted for free! It sounds like such a great deal – right? Wrong! The food never seemed to satisfy for me long – despite the amount of calories their dishes contain. I can definitely sympathize with your lack of feeling full from your meal!


25 Nicole February 27, 2008 at 6:02 pm

Ana, I think you’re lolliegirl? haha and I left a comment to you one Cristin’s blog, but I was afraid you wouldn’t get it since it’s under breakfast soooo check it out! thanks!


26 arimcg February 27, 2008 at 6:05 pm

Nicole, I think as long as you’re not throwing a ton of chips in there, you’re fine. Maybe limit it to 8 – 10? Especially if it’s only a weekend or occasional thing and you don’t eat a ton of desserts the rest of the day. Don’t worry about it.

It sounds really good, by the way.


27 Jessica February 27, 2008 at 6:07 pm

Wow! That looks so yummy. The cafe at my school makes a veggie & hummus panini (though it’s seven bucks!) and I love that they mix the veggies in the hummus.

And ooo I want to steal that mug.


28 Jessie February 27, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Hey Kath, thanks to the link for your lunch bag the other day, but i have one final question about it, is it insulated at all? How do you keep things cold or from going bad?


29 Layla February 27, 2008 at 6:17 pm

I’m certain this has been answered before but I’m newish here so haven’t seen it…

If you make Classic Kath Oatmeal (milk/water/oats/banana) ahead of time and freeze it, is it disgusting reheated? I feel like the texture would be off.

I love oatmeal but need a breakfast I can bring to work and eat first thing at my desk. Getting tired of peanut butter/almond butter sandwiches or yogurt & kashi every day, so I’d love to bring oatmeal to reheat if you guys swear it’ll be good!

(I’m not interested in packets of microwaveable oats)



30 Romina February 27, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus has to be the best invention since sliced bread, in my opinion! Your lunch looks delicious. =) (And nutritions of course)


31 Kath February 27, 2008 at 7:05 pm

pinklilly ,
I usually have a few cups’ worth of spaghetti squash. I heaping bowl. Go check out some of the old posts by clicking spaghetti squash in the tag cloud!

A few chocolate chips is nothing to worry about for a now-and-then breakfast addition. If you were eating chocolate bars for breakfast, perhaps. Raisins do sound like a yummy addition, and I bet carob chips would be great too.

Jessie ,
Nope, it’s not insulated. I don’t really worry about food spoiling from breakfast to lunch. If I had to leave it in a hot car or something I would be worried (summertime might mean lugging my lunch with me to the AC buildings) and if I had to bring dinner with me so it would be more than 4-5 hours I might use ice packs, but I’m not worried for lunch. I like my food to be close to room temp. anyways because I have sensitive teeth!

Layla ,
I have never tried freezing oatmeal, but I bet others have. I do pre-cook steel cut oats and the trick to making them edible is to add milk to rehydrate them and fluff them with a fork when it’s time to serve. I imagine rolled would be the same. Let us know if you try it out!



32 matt February 27, 2008 at 7:49 pm
33 Mel February 27, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Layla, I have tried freezing oatmeal and it tasted pretty much the same. I just was careful to seal it really well in a freezer air tight zip lock.


34 Betsy February 27, 2008 at 10:45 pm

matt (aka bamarunner)
this is kinda funny, cause i’m a runners world forums ‘lurker’, and i obviously recognize your name. haha!
and layla-i second his recommendation. I got my half marathon plan from runners world as well. it’s a great resource!


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