Recent Eats + Valentine’s Dinner at Restaurant Nora

Hey friends! I have some very important news: I have discovered that my Flour Free Breakfast Pancake, when microwaved in a large, shallow bowl, is just about perfect. Microwaving it in a regular bowl leaves it a bit dry, but I don’t always have time to make it on the stove. Problem solved – shallow wide bowl it is! Much closer to the stovetop version. :)

microwave breakfast pancake

I know, this is some serious hard hitting news. You’re welcome.

In other important food news, I’ve been throwing together some of my signature salad bowls for lunch this week. One had chickpeas, leftover roasted potatoes, avocado, greens, and some broccoli slaw, all topped with homemade vinaigrette (red wine vinegar + dijon mustard + lemon juice + hemp oil).

easy grain bowl for lunch

And the other one had 90 second plain brown rice, canned lentils, greens, sauerkraut, broccoli slaw for crunch, avocado, and again the same vinaigrette combo.


easy rice lentil bowl

Both variations were delicious and really fast to throw together. What are your favorite power salad bowl combinations as of late? You can see all of my formal salad recipes over on the salad section of my recipe page!

On the dinner front, Matt and I had a fancy one on Tuesday for Valentine’s Day!

restaurant nora valentine's day

We decided to treat ourselves to dinner at Restaurant Nora in Dupont. It’s an all-organic restaurant and the food is delicious, although it’s really pricey so going there is always a substantial treat. :)

They had a set menu for Valentine’s Day and we chose from options for each course. I had the:

  • Roasted Butternut Squash with Burrata Cheese and Black Truffle Vinaigrette (I forgot to take a photo of this, but it was a really thin slice of butternut and the truffle vinaigrette was incredible!)
  • Maine Lobster Bisque with Caviar Crème Fraiche
  • Sustainable Smoked Salmon Tartare & Its Caviar
  • Cumin-Crusted Rack of Lamb with Truffled Harissa Sauce, Chickpea Puree, Green Beans, Carrots, and Kale
  • Fuji Apple Cake (Matt had the Gluten Free Carrot Cake which I also ate some of)

The lighting was dim so the photos aren’t great but you get the idea. :)

restaurant nora valentines dinner

Everything was delicious! I especially loved the lamb – really flavorful. We also had the wine pairings which was an additional charge (but a better deal than just getting glasses of wine), although the waiters kept forgetting to bring our pairings until we reminded them. (Lame since this place is so expensive you think they’d have it together service-wise for the price…!)

We had a great night – we don’t often go out to dinner just the two of us (unless we’re traveling) these days since we cook at home so often, so it was really fun to have a date night out. :)


I’m working from home today – lots of calls on the agenda so I’d better get to it. Have a great day guys! And for my Winter Shape Up friends, don’t forget to check in daily on the week 3 meal plan page and the week 3 workout page to enter into the sponsor giveaways. :)


  1. 1

    Chickpeas in salads are the best! Not only does it give the salad some texture, but I get some added protein too.

    Your Valentine’s Day dinner sounds so good!

  2. 3

    How long do you microwave the pancake? Looks easy and yummy!

  3. 5

    What a special Valentine’s Day dinner! We didn’t get to do anything exciting this year (I was fasting for a medical procedure so I had a cup of tea for dinner…) but we spent the weekend before on a holiday on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. We had so many delicious meals in lieu of a Valentine’s feast :)

  4. 7

    I enjoy eating chicken salad. It’s not only delicious but also nutritious. Your pancake seems nice. I will try to do it

  5. 8

    Looks like fun! I love power bowls but I really wish I liked beans, the texture just bothers. I know, worst dietitian ever! For a quick meal I usually throw lunch meat or canned tuna in them!

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