When Brett and I first arrived in China, going on dates was far from our minds. Everything was so new and different and we were just trying to keep our heads above water. We had to figure out how to find an apartment, learn where to buy groceries, and attend daily language class, which would always leave us exhausted and braindead.
After a few months of living here, and figuring life out a little bit, we’ve finally started incorporating dates back into our schedule. We now know different restaurants we love to eat at that don’t make us sick. We know how to check the movie theatre schedule and get half off tickets. We know some scenic areas that allow us to get away from the stares and hectic pace of life.
Yesterday, we both had Chinese class in the morning and decided to go on a little date afterwards for lunch and juice drinks. It was a super relaxed, but fun way to spend some quality time together. Let’s see what I ate, shall we?
Before class I scarfed down some oatmeal with kiwi and almond butter. Even though it’s insanely hot here at the moment, I’ve still been loving my warm oatmeal in the mornings!
If you read my A Day in My Life Living in China Post, then you would have already seen this meal. It’s still one of the only meals I choose to eat outside of my house here, as it doesn’t make me feel sick in any way. AND it tastes amazing! After language class, Brett and I went and got my favorite Rice and Soybean Soup. Usually I just eat it will the provided pickled veggies, but today we went “all out” and ordered another side dish of veggies, which are meant to be mixed into the soup for extra texture and flavor. I almost always stay away from these extra side dishes, because they’re usually swimming in oil, but yesterday’s selection didn’t look too bad so we went for it. The extra veggies were green beans, dried tofu and greens, and lotus root!
So spicy, flavorful, and filling!
After lunch we went on an excursion to find the second location of my favorite juice shop in town. It’s the most Western/modern place I’ve seen yet in the city and they serve juice that’s fresh and not mixed with added sugar or water. Score! Brett got this amazing, fruity, slushy drink that he saw another table order, and I got some fresh squeezed orange juice that was sweet delicious! We read books and did random stuff on their amazingly fast internet while enjoying our drinks.
I was on my own for dinner as Brett and a friend were trying to figure out if there was a Thai restaurant in town. Sadly, it wasn’t Thai food, but maybe one day! I just steamed a ton of veggies and ate them alongside a salad and some baked sweet potato. I went back and finished off the steamed veggies, so I felt super full and satisfied all the way through until the next morning. Those cruciferous veggies will fill you up! Of course nutritional yeast and Sriracha were my condiments of choice.
That’s everything I ate!