Sweet Taters

January 9, 2010 at 8:14 pm 15 comments

Tonight I’m meeting two girlfriends from college for a glass of wine (or two) at Rioja! a wine bar right outside of downtown.  I had to run home after work to change, so I grabbed some dinner while I was there. I’m sure they serve food there, but I decided to eat beforehand anyway because

1. It’s healthier

2. It’s cheaper

3. I don’t like waiting that long to eat!

This way I can have a light dinner now, and if I’m hungry later I can have a snack! I think they serve “tapas”, so it’d be the perfect size for a bite later.

I snacked on some Triscuits while I got dressed.


I tried to use my new mandolin to make sweet potato fries.


Didn’t so much work.


Guess the sweet potato was just too tough for it. Which is annoying because I wanted the mandolin to make it easier to cut sweet potatoes!


Oh well, my knife worked out just fine. Just need a lil’ elbow grease.


Seasoned with onion and garlic powder, chili powder, red pepper, cumin, and cinnamon. Baked for about 30 min at 400 degrees.


I love pairing sweet potatoes and black beans so I served my fries with a Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger. I mixed some ketchup and Jamaican jerk sauce for dipping.


Now I’m off to see what this wine bar’s all about.

Enjoy your Saturday night 🙂


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Please Excuse my Quirkiness Rioja!

15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anna  |  January 9, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Mmmm…looks like a good burger and fries! Are those rosemary and olive oil triscuits?!? I LOVE them!! 🙂

    • 2. Heather  |  January 10, 2010 at 9:48 am

      They’re the Quattro Fromaggio–SO good. I’ve gotta try the rosemary ones next!

  • 3. Shelly  |  January 9, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    That looks awesome! I am going to make those sweet potato fries!

  • 4. Danielle  |  January 9, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Sorry the mandolin didn’t work out! I ❤ sweet p. fries but they are a pain to cut…
    Have fun tonight 🙂

  • 5. Kristen @ Change of Pace  |  January 9, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I have been buying the Alexia sweet potato fries at the grocery store. They are SO good, natural, and really aren’t too bad for you! They are just crispier than when I make them myself. I’d eat sweet potatoes anyway though 🙂

  • 6. Jessica @ The Process of Healing  |  January 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Sweet potato fries are absolutely amazing… so delicious and so good for you! And I also eat before going out for something like that. Then you aren’t tempted by all of the high calorie stuff.. well that’s the theory anyway ha

  • 7. chrysta  |  January 9, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Great looking sweet potatoes! I hope you have a fun time tonight. The wine bar sounds fantastic!

  • 8. Joanna Sutter  |  January 10, 2010 at 6:34 am

    I was just thinking I wanted one of those crazy vegetable slicers especially for my sweet potato fries. Mmmmm…maybe not! 😉

  • 9. julieglissman  |  January 10, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Wine bars are the best, especially with a few girlfriends 🙂 And the sweet potatoes look wonderful. Hope you had a fun evening!

  • 10. diana  |  January 10, 2010 at 7:59 am

    The sweet potato fries look really good! Saw you are running the Tobacco Trail half, I’m doing the full! Good luck with training.

    • 11. Heather  |  January 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

      How cool!!! I’m looking forward to it 🙂 Hope your training goes well too!

  • 12. lindsayruns  |  January 10, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Sharpening your knife, right? No mandolin required with the right knife!

    • 13. Heather  |  January 10, 2010 at 9:49 am

      It’s sharp! And gets the job done 🙂 I just thought the mandolin would be more fun haha

  • 14. Jocelyn  |  January 10, 2010 at 11:46 am

    mmm love me some sweet taters! Looks like a yummy meal!

  • 15. Sara  |  January 10, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    I love the site! I just made some sweet potato fries tonight with an official “french fry” cutter. I’ll have to find out where it came from, it definitely beats using a knife, those taters can be hard! I’ve never thought to put cinnamon on the fries, genius.


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