Being Bitter and 3 Nut Tofu

I love the phrase, “Don’t be bitter, be better.”

But, sometimes it’s okay to be bitter. dont be bitter (source)

For example, it’s okay to be bitter if you are dark chocolate. Especially, the amazing 75% dark chocolate we got from Curacao. IMG_0441

These bitter little babies are the perfect size to place on your tongue and let melt away into a happy oblivion. IMG_0446

Even though they look like they’ve been through the ringer and carried across the country by my grubby hands, they are still delicious.IMG_0449

Most of the time it’s not okay to be bitter though.

Like, if you have a bad run because you just came back from an amazing beach side vacation and are lacking sleep – not okay to be bitter. No body wants to hear you bitch about that. Can I get an ‘Amen!’?

Or if you ate way too much on said vacation and are having trouble zipping up your pants, – suck it up and clean up your eats. But, don’t be bitter.

Or even if most of your clothes smell like mold because they have been damp for a week as you were living out of your suitcase – don’t be bitter. I mean, it’s not like they fit anyways, right?

You can however be bitter on the following occasions:

1. You get your period the week of your marathon. F word.

2. You finally let your husband cook and he cooks better than you.

Like tonight when Ben made a tofu stir-fry with 3 kinds of nuts:

TJ’s Peanut VinaigretteIMG_0433


and almond butter.IMG_0434

We threw it all in the wok and cooked it up.IMG_0432

I get credit for cooking the noodles, but somehow I still feel one upped. IMG_0440 and the final reason it’s okay to be bitter…

3. You aren’t living in Southern California and therefore miss out on a fabulous blogger meet up with Mama Pea, Two Boos Who Eat, Kaitlin with Honey and Marlon from Me in the Balance.

That’s right. West Coast represent!west coast represent

The SoCal bloggers and a visiting Mama Pea met up at Jamba Juice in Downtown Disney today. IMG_0428

And it gets better…

Jamba Juice’s Pumpkin Smash smoothie is back! IMG_0424 This was like heaven in a Styrofoam cup. You know, because Styrofoam is biodegradable in Heaven.

Anyways, I am on a mission to recreate this drink at home.

So for now, I have nothing to be bitter about. IMG_0423That is unless Aunt Flo comes knocking on my door in 35 days…


  1. says

    bahahahaha…biodegradable in heaven. we wish. it would be every environmentalist’s dream. well, at least mine. that and plastic. because it will last longer than our kids kids kids kids kids kids kids kids kids kids… 😉

  2. says

    What a fun meet-up! IT seems like there are big blog meet-ups in various places, but not up here in Oregon. I will continue to live vicariously through you all online. :)

  3. says

    Pumpkin squash smoothies! I can’t believe it’s already fall, where has the time gone?!

    I was at Downtown Disney earlier today, too! I wonder if I passed you guys (although I’m pretty sure I would have recognized everyone. Creeper thing to say when we’ve never met, but I promise I’m not crazy!!!)

  4. says

    i like the expression “when life gives you lemons grab some vodka and have a party” 😉

    and what a way fun meetup! i love meeting fellow bloggers :)

  5. says

    I *try* not to be bitter too often, but sometimes it’s just gotta happen. FYI: If you don’t want to be on your period for a specific event (i.e., a marathon) and you take BC, you can arrange it with your doctor so that you change your month around and don’t get your period on said event! Like, you might skip a week or two of the pack, or something, and then your period won’t come on time. Pretty neat trick. :)

    It is too cute how Lulu is holding your hand in the group pic. She looks so sweet…

  6. says

    I WISH I was at Downtown Disney today! Love that place. And I’m trying that smoothie this year. Enough said. Along with Dairy Queen’s pumpkin blizzard (I think they have one??).

  7. says

    ahahaha i love how you bring feeling bitter into chocolate :) And it’s totally ok to be bitter when you want to. That dinner does look good :) Hey I’d be happy if I had someone to cook for me… even happier if someone could pack my lunch every day

  8. says

    Wait… how did I miss the pumpkin smoothie?! I can’t believe it was right in front of me and I didn’t see it. I guess I’ll have to go back…

    Anyway, it was absolutely wonderful to meet you and other SoCal bloggers! Ben was so much fun to get to know, too!

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