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So today is part 4 of my recap. We were in Wichita this day and did a lot of running around, but it was lots o’ fun. If I remember right we slept in a bit because we stayed up pretty late the night before.
I nourished my starving bones in the morning with some oatmeal, sliced banana and slivered almonds. I have been loving this simple combo lately.
And then I literally drank 5 cups of coffee that went unpictured. John’s home-roasted beans are so good I just can’t get enough. Two or even three cups don’t satisfy my appetite. I need like 4 or 5. I guess that’s called an addiction, but I don’t want to talk about that right now. Moving on.
I sprankled some baby powder in my hair to avoid taking a shower and then we drove to meet my mom for lunch at a Mediterranean restaurant called Bella Luna. If you’re ever in Wichita for whatever reason, this is definitely a place to visit. It has a spot-on menu that has never disappointed me in the dozens of times I’ve gone. Their hummus is perhaps the best I’ve ever had. Ya, I said it.
For my meal I just had a hummus plate and a salad, which was uber filling and tasty. I also took a little bite of John’s chicken shawarma sandwich and it didn’t disappoint either.
After lunch we took a few pics and then did some shopping around the area.
My mom is probably the cutest. Yes, yes she is.
And my husband, too.
Our first stop was the Gap – one of my all-time favorite stores. I love how simple and ‘Americana’ their clothing is. I can always find something there that I like.
This particular trip proved to be largely successful as I found two pairs of pants that fit me like a glove, and they were on the super cheap. The first were these dark blue bootcut skinny jeans that were only $9.
And the other were these high-waisted flare leg white trousers that had the perfect amount of stretch to them. And get this, they were only 10 DOLLA.
My pink toes are engulfed in white flare and I am loving every second of it. [happy dance]
Our next stop was Green Acres market which is probably my favorite health food store in Wichita. It’s clean, extremely-well stocked and I’ve been there so many times that the staff pretty much knows me by name.
On this particular trip I had a couple coupons and a gift card to use up so I got quite the loot, starting with a cranberry kombucha.
These things are amazing, delicious, super healthy and seriously addicting. If I had $3.65 to drop left and right I’d have one of these every single day. Mark my word.
My other goods included two boxes of Cascadian Farms cereal, some Late July multigrain sea salt tortilla chips, and…
…what’s that little mysterious yellow bag at the bottom?
Why, that’s nutritional yeast of course! You can use it in a number of ways. It has tons of nutrients and can be sprinkled on top of dishes to give it a “cheesey” flavor.
You can also use it to make faux cheese sauces, which in the vegan world are known as cheeze sauces. You can find a good recipe here in case you’re interested/curious/appalled.
I plan to try the above recipe soon and will be sure to share how that goes.
Our next stop, after saying goodbye to mom, was Banana Repub. John was mostly looking for some corduroys or khakis but didn’t have any luck. But, I did spot these beauties while wandering around and coveted them for a moment.
Then I walked away slowly, dragging my feet, moping since I couldn’t justify them as a reasonable purchase. Sigh…
After one seriousy successul lunch and shopping trip, it was time to head back to Jamin and Lisa’s to make dinner.
Lisa did a lovely job of preparing baked chicken, sweet potato and wild rice.
The steam was still coming off my plate when I took this picture. It was sooooooo good. Simply seasoned and perfectly prepared. I was impressed.
We had a little white wine along with dinner. And after I got back from a quick coffee date with a friend, I poured another glass and dropped in a couple slices of Colorado peach. This proved to be a good idea.
The rest of the evening was spent just visiting and relaxing. I wish we could spend every night like this with good friends. It was so wonderful and rejuvenating.