Leland Tea Company

14 Mar

A lot has been going on lately, in my world and in the world at large. My heart is heavy from the devastation that has struck Japan, one of my most favorite cultures in the world. It’s nauseating to sit in my comfortable home with my daughter in my lap and read about disaster after disaster occurring thousands of miles away. I’m going to donate to Doctors Without Boarders or The Red Cross, and if you can find it in your budget, I urge you to do the same.

Isobel and I have been sick so often this year I’m going to refer to this time as “Plague Winter” from now on. The weekend started on shaky ground, with me taking Isobel to the doctor last-minute style as her ear infection was returning. As seems to be the case with every goddamn time she gets sick, I spent the weekend feeling like white hot death, shivering with the flu under a mound of blankets.

At this point you’re probably wondering what all these photos are about. I’ll get to it, I promise.

There’s no rest for the weary when you’re a Mama, however, a fact you’ll hear me unbecomingly complain about to the bitter end. Isobel’s second birthday is coming up, and we are planning a party this year. We are also leaving town this weekend, and I have a lot of business to finish up before we leave. (Oh, and I’m having an Etsy sale tomorrow, so stop by the shop and check it out!)

In fantastic news, I received word from an Anonymous Viking that a fourth season for Yo Gabba Gabba has finally been ordered. I like to think it’s because of all the amazing Little Big readers who signed the petition back in January. I also like to think that the Anonymous Viking is an elite super soldier who’s a double-agent working for The Man yet working with his own secret agenda. Yeah. I like to think these things.

So. Sandwiches. This is what I wanted to talk to you about.

Recently we went to San Francisco to celebrate my bestie’s birthday. She took us to one of her favorite spots, Leland Tea Company. Anthony and I intended on having a light lunch in preparation of the decadent dinner we had planned for that evening. The food, however, was so good, and we had been made ravenous by travel and inclement weather, that when the waiter delivered the sandwiches and the tea and the salad and the biscuits, we fell upon them.

We stuffed ourselves full of tomato and brie sandwiches with homemade pesto, turkey and Swiss cheese with a delicate mustard, egg salad, ham and cheddar, cucumber and cream cheese. The salad was slathered with an unctuous dressing and the madeleines were crispy, delicate, and buttery.

And because it was Angela’s birthday, the owner treated us with these (house made—like everything else) red velvet cupcakes with edible glitter.

Edible. Motherfucking. Glitter.

Twelve year old me had an aneurism and died in perfect tea party bliss.

But this lunch sparked some ideas. As you know I’ve been working out with my elliptical and have been trying to eat more healthily. I tried counting calories on a regular basis, but I found it maddeningly hard: calorie counting programs can give you precise information about processed foods, but I’ve been busting my ass to cook from whole ingredients and eschew prepackaged foods. I had no idea how difficult it was going to be to try to figure out how many calories are in a cup of soup I make myself, or in a piece of lasagna I froze two months ago. I don’t have the discipline, nor the patience, to figure the weights and measurements for each meal, and I have been feeling very defeated about that.

The trip to the tea company got me thinking—about lunch, about menu planning, and about losing weight. But that’s another post, and I’ll be telling you all about it very soon.

15 Responses to “Leland Tea Company”

  1. Sarah March 14, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    I’m inclined to think that if you’re skipping the prepackaged shit, then you’re already doing worlds better for your health – calories be damned!

    Granted, one can’t (like me) eat an entire cake and expect just because it was homemade (it was) with yogurt (delicious) that it falls into the low-calorie-Sarah-should-eat-all-the-time category like I had hoped. Yep, I might’ve done that this weekend. Anyway. This is about YOU not me!

    Generally speaking, people have good results when they exercise, cook from home and use moderation. Just ask my ridiculously beautiful, statuesque friend who does yoga and is addicted to butter. She’s a jerk (but I still love her).

    • Sarah March 14, 2011 at 9:33 am #

      One more thing: edible glitter?!!!! HELL YEAH!

    • LittleBig March 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

      Even though I don’t weigh my prepregnancy weight, I’m really not overweight, and I do credit that to eating homecooked food. But I definitely don’t weigh what I should, and that’s because of the food choices I do make at home. So, yeah, I really need to address this problem now before it gets out of hand.

  2. Elly Lou March 14, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Edible motherfucking glitter? Does it have a face and can I hump it? I think you made my lifetime.

    • LittleBig March 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

      Have you considered naming the baby “Edible Glitter?” Because you should.

  3. Elizabeth March 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    I sent you this site, right?

    It’s the only way I’ve been able to make any sort of sense of calories in home cooking. When we’re eating out, I try to estimate based on the closest equivalent I can find – so, the steak and potato salad is similar in size to the salads made at x restaurant, which are y calories – or, the salad contained approx 3 oz steak and 1/4 cup blue cheese, etc.

    • LittleBig March 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

      You did, and I’m totally going to use this. I’m just not disciplined enough to do it every day at every meal. When I decided to start counting calories I didn’t realize what a huge job it was. I was totally overwhelmed.

      Let me just say again how smoking hot you look. DUDE.

  4. Marie March 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    I’m totally spent down here emotionally with first Christchurch and now Sendai and surrounds. It’s all a bit overwhelming but most of my friends in Japan have been accounted for now (We didn’t live in that area). There are just a few friends of friends we are all worried about. It’s as hard to watch friends go through the worry as it is go through it yourself, I think. That’s great you are donating to those organisations. Positive action is the best thing for everyone:-)

    I also thought I’d mention this thingy I used a while back to find out how many calories I was eating. It’s easy to use and pretty swish. You have to sign up but it is free and you can just leave it open all day and fill in things as you eat. http://nutritiondata.self.com/mynd/mytracking/welcome?returnto=/mynd/mytracking/tracking-analysis

    • LittleBig March 15, 2011 at 9:27 am #

      Oh, thanks! I’m definitely going to look into this program, too.

      I have been thinking about you lately, Marie, what with the devastation in Christchurch and then Japan. Tragedy after tragedy.

  5. purplequark March 15, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    That look amazingly delicious.

    And I know what you mean about calorie counting…but I feel you CAN get a hold of that matter. If I could do it, so can you. If you need support, count on me 🙂

    and I also know what you mean about the earthquakes…I don’t feel so good about it inside 😦 since it too am a japanophile

    • LittleBig March 16, 2011 at 11:05 am #

      Thanks for the support, Jose! It’s just so overwhelming, and I get all hung up about the details.

  6. Windsor Grace March 19, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    Carrie-Ann, because I love you, please stop saying when you’re going out of town on here!

    Secondly, I’ve had a plague winter as well. ‘sigh’ Have you considered that it’s a sinus infection? I only say this because after my 4th or 5th sick, I went to the doctor and she gave me medication for the sinus infection and told me that the sinus infection lowered my immune system’s defenses and caused lots of sick…boo. BUT, after the medicine, I’ve only been sick once more (strep throat) so maybe check into it….

    Hearts and Star,

    • LittleBig March 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

      I’ll try to be more mindful of this in the future. 😉

      I’ve actually seen specialists and have had surgeries due to sinus infections. For awhile there, sinus infections and I were BFFs. These were just back to back viruses due to having a toddler who picks up any nasty germ she comes across and brings it home to play.

      Sinus infections, I have to say, are worse than the plagues I’ve been suffering through!


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