Friday nights are probably the closest to "cheat days" Dil and I have. We usually end up staying at her house and watching movies with some cooked up concoction of joy we found from a healthy eating pintrest board. This week we decided to go out for our Friday Grub and went to have acai bowls at a tucked away shop called The Harvest Bar in Sherman Oaks. We went there last weekend and fell in love with their creamy fruit topped bowls. We like their PB&Banana Bowl which is a blend of acai, peanut butter, banana, cacao nibs, hemp protein, dates, and hemp milk topped with granola, blueberries and banana. Bloody heavenly and strangely light bowl that really nips those desert cravings in the butt. Lovely place with lovely meals but let's be real; we're foodies and foodies don't just have a bowl of blended fruit for dinner and pretend they're full.
The best thing about our friendship is that we're usually on the same page so the second we got back in my car our next goal was of course - finding more food. We headed down Ventura and stopped at a Japanese Sushi place called Yamato. We have a hard time finding sushi places that allow you to substitute for brown rice so it's truly rare that we indulge in the raw fishy cuisine. Dil ran into two of her old high school friends who actually ended up working as our waiters so we were able to chat and reminisce. I'm very picky when it comes to fish and usually stick to just liking crab and shrimp, so I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried a Sunset roll. They're very similar to your usual California roll but instead are topped with eel and avocado on the outside and drizzled in eel sauce. I wasn't a big fan of the eel toppings but the sushi definitely hit the spot.
After our sneaky second dinner, we were rightfully stuffed and embarrassingly full. So naturally life decides to be cruel and taunts us with more food. Dil's friends decided to be bloody polite and brought us two huge helpings of green tea ice cream for desert. We couldn't. We wouldn't. We didn't. So how did we go about not eating the gooey green ice cream globs of sugar? We quickly stuffed all the ice cream in napkins as people stared and hid the evidence in my camera bag. Probably one of the funniest moments of my adult life. Having to keep from laughing at the ridiculous irony was almost too much. Being a health nut is not always easy. Especially when you're trying not to rudely reject ice cream from a friend. Sticky situations, muffled laughter, and happy bellies. I'd say it was a Friday well spent.