Apr 292015

Hi friends! Today I’m coming at you with a fun What I Ate Wednesday post featuring a menu tasting at La Sandia!


Before we get to that though, let’s back up to my morning workout and breakfast. Here’s a look at my Monday!

Linking up with Jenn for the WIAW party!


My Monday morning kicked off with a 6:00 am barre class at Barre3 in Georgetown. Since I was recovering from a fun wedding weekend I seriously considered skipping the class in favor of getting some more sleep, but I knew once I got moving I would feel better.


I was right! I’m so glad I went. This was another great class with Alex, and she had us doing all sorts of challenging moves that had my legs shaking and quaking. Phew! It was tough!

Breakfast #1

Once I got home, I drank a glass of fresh juice made with pineapple, cucumber, celery, ginger, lemon, and mixed greens.


It hit the spot!

Breakfast #2

After my shower, I dug into a bowl of Kellogg’s Crispix cereal with some raisins tossed in. After my post last week about skim milk, a few of you agreed that it’s better to switch to milk that has more fat, so as soon as this gallon is finished I’m planning to make the switch to 1% (then 2%, and maybe whole milk, but I feel like it will take a while for me to get used to that!).



Unfortunately the Crispix cereal is really not doing it for me these days; there’s just enough protein or fiber in it to keep me full! I probably won’t be buying it again. 🙁

At about 10:30 my stomach started grumbling and I knew I was a long way off from lunch, so I munched on a small bag of pretzels leftover from my flight on Southwest over the weekend.


This was just enough to take the edge off my hunger.


Soon enough it was time for lunch, and I dug into a gigantic salad full of mixed greens, broccoli slaw, curried quinoa, chicken, feta, and craisins. I topped it off with a homemade dressing made from olive oil, balsamic vinegar, spicy mustard, salt and pepper. Yum!


I just love how good I feel after eating a salad like this – full but not uncomfortable! Plus knowing I got a lot of good nutrients in makes me happy. 🙂


After work, Fabio and I headed over to Tyson’s Corner for a fun menu tasting at La Sandia!


La Sandia is a Mexican restaurant located right inside the mall at Tyson’s Corner. La Sandia is owned by the same people who run Zengo, El Centro, and Masa 14 (among others in the US) so we knew it was going to be delicious. La Sandia is launching a few new menu items for spring, and they invited me to bring a guest and come try out the dishes. So fun!

The event was described as being a “patio party,” and although I was expecting the patio at La Sandia to be outside, I wasn’t too disappointed to see that it was actually a patio inside the mall since it was drizzly and cold on Monday.


The space was very bright and open, and it had a pretty fun vibe considering we were still in the mall.


Each party guest was given one free drink coupon, one voting card, and one coupon to come back and try the winning dish for free.


We redeemed our drink coupons right away, and were treated to two delicious cucumber margaritas with a spicy salt rim. These were amazing! I’m going to ask bartender Fabio to try to recreate these (especially the spicy salt rim) at home!


So good!



Then we munched on some tasty chips and salsa while we waited for the dishes to come out.


Each dish was passed around to the guests to try in small portions, which seemed to work well.

First up was a shrimp quesadilla topped with chipotle aioli. This was really tasty, and I especially liked the little bites of sweet corn and onion throughout the quesadilla.


Next we tried a sweet plantain empanada topped with a black bean puree, queso fesco, and slivered almonds. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll know I’m a huge fan of plantains, so I loved this dish! It was sweet from the plantain but still ultimately a savory dish. Apparently the empanada dough was also made with plantains, which I thought was really cool.


After that we tried the braised beef flautas which were served in a crispy tortilla with some delicious sauce on top. These were amazing, and the beef was cooked perfectly. I couldn’t get enough of these!


Then we had the three bean salad, which was made with cannellini, garbanzo and red beans, plus roasted tomatoes and a Mexican ricotta-style cheese. I liked this dish, but I thought the others had a lot more flavor.


By this point we had finished our drinks (who am I kidding, I downed that thing in five minutes!) and the manager brought us over one of their signature blood orange cocktails to try. This was another delicious one!


Finally the last dish of the evening came out, which was the churros with a caramel chocolate sauce.


I took one bite of these and practically swooned on the patio. They were hot and crispy on the outside, and soft and doughy on the inside. The dipping sauce was fantastic too! I wound up eating two of these, but easily could have polished off a third.

After the churros were demolished, it was time to vote!


I wound up ranking the beef flautas first and the churros second, but I added a note saying it was a tie because it was really hard to compare and entree and a dessert. Then I ranked the empanadas third, the quesadilla fourth, and the bean salad fifth. Really I loved everything that we ate, and had a very hard time choosing!

Overall it was such a fun evening, and I am so thankful to the folks at La Sandia for inviting me to take part in this fun event. I can’t wait to go back and redeem my coupon for the winning dish!

Question of the day: What’s your favorite Mexican dish?

 Posted by on April 29, 2015

  7 Responses to “WIAW #102 – Menu Tasting at La Sandia”

  1. I love that you saved the airplane pretzels for a snack – I always do that!

    That whole Mexican meal looks wonderful. Cucumber margaritas?! Why haven’t I had one of those before? You right about trying to compare a dessert to an entree – they both look wonderful in their own right!

  2. That mexican food looks so good!!!

  3. Nice! I always saw that restaurant when I went to Tysons but never ate there. Looks like you had a great time! I went to a spring menu tasting here in Chicago and I loved it. I wish all restaurants did that 🙂

  4. Cajeta and Abuelita chocolate! I grew up eating both in a world where no one (except other Mexican-americans) knew what those were. That churro sauce must’ve been amazing!

  5. Oh that tasting looks soo tasty, I can already agree that I’d probably enjoy the same two options you selected as well! xoxo, ganeeban

  6. When I lived in DC, I LOVED going to Masa 14 and the restaurants in that restaurant group. I never made it to La Sandia though!

  7. In the UK we really don’t have much Mexican food sadly. But I adore guacamole and salsa (with tortilla chips obviously!)
    Those churros, ohhhh they look so good!

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