Friday Favorites: Dining, protein and goodies

Hi friends, a very happy Friday going out to you. After I hit publish on this post, I’m grabbing my suitcase and running out the door to hop in an Uber to the airport. Southwest Florida is calling my name, and I’ll be there for the weekend soaking up company from my parents, as well as the fun of my very good friend’s engagement party. Sadly, Dave is not going with me on the trip. But don’t feel bad for him, because he’s currently in Scottsdale with a big group of guys golfing and watching football. Not too shabby. Now, let’s get to some random fun in the form of “Friday Favorites.”

My favorite dining experience: House of Prime Rib

Okay, so it’s been a week since Dave and I visited House of Prime Rib, one of San Francisco’s most infamous eateries, and I’m finally ready to talk about it. We made reservations nearly two months out, because the place is in such high demand. While it’s not exactly located in the greatest part of town (it’s on the main drag on Van Ness Avenue just outside the seedy Tenderloin neighborhood), it’s fancy, traditional and a totally special-occasion experience. Most restaurants in San Francisco are small, unassuming and offer tiny little plates of food with names and ingredients you can hardly pronounce, but House of Prime Rib is all about straightforward opulence and volume. And when I say volume, I mean volume.

House of Prime RibShown from top left to right: Dave and I posing before dinner arrived, the salad being made at our table, the meat station that rolled up right next to our table, and a look at the prime rib after delivered. Yummy!

Even though we had a 7:30 p.m. reservation, we still had to wait about 20 minutes for our table. The restaurant is huge, kind of loud, and we sat in the back room. There is really only one thing on the menu: Prime rib. You can choose your cut of meat, and that’s it. I selected the smallest cut, while Dave went with the mid-range. We each ordered a glass of red wine and then all of a sudden the food started coming to our table. Corn bread. Sourdough bread. A delicious salad made table-side. Huge baked potatoes covered in bacon and made table-side. Creamed spinach full of bacon. And of course, prime rib, cut table-side in a station by a butcher and delivered on a big ole’ red plate that said House of Prime Rib. Even though the prime rib was possibly the most delicious meat I’ve ever eaten in my many years of life, it wasn’t even the best part. I was so pleasantly surprised and obsessed with the moist Yorkshire pudding, which was not dessert, but part of the meal. I ate mine, as well as Dave’s. Also, a little secret tip about House of Prime Rib: If you finish your plate, you can get seconds, and we both did just that. #unnecessary 

Because it was Dave’s birthday, we got a surprise chocolate sundae with a birthday candle in it, a serenade by two large strapping foreign waiters and a special photo at the end of the evening, just to top it off.

This meal was incredibly delicious, but also incredibly hilarious at the same time. We laughed and ate until our stomachs hurt. At one point during the gorge-fest, I looked at Dave and said, “I hate it here. I hurt. We are never coming back again … Hey can I try your creamed corn?” True story. House of Prime Rib is no joke. San Franciscans: I recommend it. Visitors: I recommend it. For all who plan to go: Wear your stretchies and eat up.

My favorite protein powder: Healthy Skoop

Although I had enough protein for a lifetime at House of Prime Rib, I still go through protein powder like nobody’s business. Lately, I’ve been struggling to find one that I enjoy, and I’ve tried a lot. Well, lucky for me, the lovely people at Healthy Skoop sent me a care package with a big bag of Skoop B-Strong Viva-Nilla Protein Powder, some Superfood Skoop A-Game packets and a protein shaker. True story: this is my first real protein shaker, and I am LOVING it. That metal roller ball in there? So helpful when it comes to mixing up the beverage.

Healthy Skoop productsShown from top left to right: Care package from Healthy Skoop, a Sweetgreens drink, my breakfast from the week and a big bag of Skoop B-Strong protein powder. Loving the red!

The Healthy Skoop company makes some great products and is all about doing good. It was pretty neat to find out that part of the profits go to a national foundation which helps get fresh produce into schools, because that’s something I can get behind. As far as the care package goes? I’ve had all five of the Superfood A-Game packets five mornings in-a-row with my breakfast, and I really think they give me a little pep in my step. There are tons of nutrients in them, including 10 servings of fruits and vegetables and some stuff like phytonutrients, amino acids, Omega 3s and all of those things that I’m not totally sure what they are, but know I need them. They come in two flavors, Sweetgreens and Choco-fresh, and I like them both equally. And the protein powder is flavorful and even a little bit chalky when only mixed with water, which is something that I love about it. One serving of Skoop B-Strong has 160 calories and 16 grams of plant-based protein. This is also the vanilla protein powder that made it into my best-ever overnight oats with coconut recipe, which I ate for breakfast almost every day this week.

Healthy Skoop claims to help you feel better by improving your digestion as well as your mind-body resilience. While consuming both of these products each day, I’ve definitely felt awesome. Maybe it’s because I am awesome, or maybe it’s the superfoods? Whatever, I’m a fan.

My favorite little things as of late

I like little things. Little nibblies of food, little surprises, little traditions and little wins. Dave is really good about bringing sweet little things home for me, which he started early on in our relationship. Whether it’s treats from the office, an organic protein bar from Walgreen’s or a fancy coconut water, he makes my day with the littlest gift. Last weekend, he really delivered. And in addition to the stuff I received from him, I’d also like to take a minute to highlight other small pleasures in life that made me smile over the past few days.

Gifts, nibblies and treatsShown from top left to right: Some little gifts from Dave, a cheese plate from Urban Tavern, wine and Scrabble and two Golden State Warriors cookies. So good.

The greatest part of this selection you see here? The pink and white shower cap in the top left picture. Dave calls my shower cap a “bonnet.” And yes, I wear a shower cap when I’m not washing my hair. I was in major need of a new one, and I think he picked out the perfect one in his Walgreen’s run. And don’t hate on me. You know you all have some old-lady beauty habit nobody knows about too.

Wow, how about that for a strange selection of favorite little things? I hope that collage shows up in Google images with a link back to this blog. That’s a true representation of quality work right there.

My favorite posts of the week

Did you visit A Lady Goes West this week? If not, you might have missed these little gems, as well as a few other things from the interwebs:

Well this was a long one! I guess I have a lot of favorites. But now it’s time to hit the road. See you on the flip side, friends!

More Friday Favorites 

If you’d like to see a few more “Friday Favorites,” see below or visit the the link-up hostess, Heather

  1. A snack, a purse and a ritual
  2. A delivery, a bra and a guy
  3. A sweet, a wine and a read
  4. A drink, a gadget and a plan 
  5. A time, a bottle and a powder
  6. San Francisco edition
  7. Beauty edition
  8. Beach vacation edition
  9. Hidden meanings
  10. Kicks, a book and a bowl
  11. The very best sweatshirts
  12. Party hosting and froyo
  13. Fourth of July daytime activity
  14. Beauty basics edition
  15. Workplace edition
  16. Shopping, sales and a show
  17. The foods I always buy
  18. Sushi, a game and pants
  19. Fitness apps
  20. Delicious and healthy products
  21. Comfort, fitness and function
  22. Beauty, buddha and blog events
  23. Dining, the city and gift ideas
  24. POPSUGAR, sweets and such
  25. A bunch of fun stuff
  26. e-book, food, picnic and tunes
  27. A link, a superfood and a mask
  28. Pants, shoes, food and links

Questions of the day

What’s the best thing that happened in your week? What’s on the agenda for your weekend? Is there a must-try special occasion restaurant in your city?

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Best-ever overnight oats recipe with coconut

Best ever! If you’re a regular A Lady Goes West reader, you know that I’m a big overnight oats eater for breakfast. Not only do I like the fact that the oat combination is hearty, filling and full of a bunch of nutrients, I also like the fact it can be made ahead of time, so all I have to do is pull it out of the fridge in the morning.

Does anyone else get excited about breakfast time? I certainly do. Because I don’t work out in the early mornings these days, breakfast is the first thing I get to do after I wake up. It’s a lot easier to get out of bed when you can look forward to something as tasty as this little number I’ve got for you today.

I’ve toyed with tons of overnight oats recipes over the years, and I’ve officially found my favorite. Gasp! It features coconut, it’s high in protein, and you can thank me later.

Coconut protein overnight oats recipe via A Lady Goes West

Coconut protein overnight oats 

You need all the usual suspects to make one serving, including the following:

  • Old-fashioned or rolled oats
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Your favorite milk (I used plain almond milk)
  • Your favorite vanilla protein powder
  • Sweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • Chia seeds (optional) 

Coconut protein overnight oats ingredientsThese ingredients I used were purchased at Safeway and Trader Joe’s, and the protein powder was sent to me by Healthy Skoop as part of a package I’ll talk more about soon.

To make the overnight oats, all you do is measure out the ingredients as stated in the recipe below and mix them together. Cover the container, place it in the fridge and enjoy it in the morning.

A few notes about overnight oats: I make about three or four single-serve batches at a time, and they stay fresh and tasty, so don’t worry about eating it right away. Also, you should take the overnight oats out of the fridge about 10 minutes before you plan to eat, so they can soften and warm up a bit. You can also splash a little extra milk on top on the morning, if you prefer your oats more moist. I do not.

Nutritional information 

If you care to know the nutritional value, this breakfast, depending on your exact measurements, runs about 400 calories with approximately 30 grams of protein. That’s an ideal breakfast in my book, and one that will keep you full through the morning.

The finished product, before being topped with a sliced-up banana looks like this …

Coconut protein overnight oatsSo much coconut deliciousness in one bowl.

Coconut protein overnight oats recipe

Coconut protein overnight oats
Serves 1
A high-protein, easy-to-make, delicious breakfast concoction.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup old-fashioned or rolled oats
  2. 1/3 cup of milk (I used almond)
  3. 1/3 cup of nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  4. 1 big tablespoon of vanilla protein powder
  5. 1 big tablespoon of sweetened shredded coconut
  6. OPTIONAL: 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the above ingredients into a bowl, and mix around.
  2. Cover the bowl, and put it in the fridge overnight.
  3. In the morning, take it out, and let it sit for a few minutes to warm up.
  4. Add your favorite toppings, perhaps a sliced-up banana, blueberries or almond butter.
  5. Enjoy.
Notes
  1. When I make overnight oats, I actually use more than the ingredients above by going with overflowing measurements. Meaning my 1/3 cup is much more than that, because the oats and the yogurt are actually filled way above the marker line and dangling over the edges. It's not quite a full 1/2 cup, but definitely more than 1/3. However, you're safe using the stated measurements above.
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Questions of the day

What’s your go-to breakfast? Have you ever tried overnight oats? What’s your favorite meal of the day?

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