Saturday, March 12, 2011

Finding My Mojo...

and my wedding dress!!

I had a great start to the morning, I'd made plans to meet up with my gym buddy Brittany early this morning so we could get in a workout and then be first in line at the J. Crew Wedding Clearance Event. I'm not sure if they do these everywhere, but basically J. Crew rents out an empty store front for a few days and has a massive clearance sale. Over the summer they had one that had all of their clothes but today was specifically their wedding line and shoes. They also had a few other special occasion dresses as well.

We did an hour of cardio and chatting (makes the hour fly by!) before heading over to do some shopping. We were really going to look more at their special occasion dresses (or bridesmaids dresses that could pass for special occasions) and I had no intention of wedding dress shopping but I figured it wouldn't hurt to look. Besides looking online, I have done ZERO wedding dress shopping and was a little worried my mom and sister would FREAK if I found a dress without them there, but again I really wasn't expecting to find anything.

I really didn't even know what I was looking for, I'd only seen one or two dresses online that I liked so when I came across what would end up being The Dress I liked it but wasn't thinking "oh this is IT." I'd found a few other non-wedding dresses to try on so Brittany and I went into the dressing room - and I use the term "room" loosely, really they'd just hung up pipe and drape along one wall.

It went something like this:

Tried dress on.
Said to Brittany: What do you think?
She liked it.
Took dress off.
Stared at dress.
Took picture of dress and sent it to one of my bridesmaids.
She loved it.
Put dress back on.
Checked price tag: $300.
Let's do this.

It needs one minor repair and it's about a foot too long (I'm only 5'2 so this is to be expected) but for only $300 I couldn't pass it up!! I found out it normally retails for around $900, which made me feel even better.

Since Ty reads this I can't post a picture, you'll have to wait until the wedding sorry :)

On to the cooking! I'll admit, over the past two months I have done almost zero cooking and tonight is no different. But I did make an amazing and super easy meal a few weeks ago and never got to write about it, so I give you Tuna with Mojo!

I didn't realize mojo was an actual thing until I tried to Google this recipe so I could share a link with you (couldn't find the exact one so recipe is below), I thought they were just trying to be cute by naming it that. Turns out, this particular mojo sauce is similar to the kind you would find in traditional Puerto Rican cooking.

First things first, ingredients:

The Mojo:
4 cloves garlic
1/2 to 1 small jalapeño
Fresh cilantro
4 limes (or lime juice from a bottle)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp. salt

The Tuna:
2 tuna steaks
1 tblsp. olive oil
Salt & pepper

The recipe says to grill the tuna but the night we made this was exceptionally cold so I seared it in a pan instead. I'd planned on getting fresh tuna but what they had at the grocery store wasn't too impressive so I went with frozen tuna steaks and you would've never known the difference. I'm pretty sure they were Martin's brand frozen tuna steaks.

The mojo is really easy to put together while the tuna is cooking but I recommend doing all your chopping first before you start heating the pan up. I've burnt many pans making this mistake :) maybe I'm just a slow chopper.

Chop up the garlic, jalapeño (taking out the seeds first if you want to bring the heat down) and cilantro. I know some people would scoff at the idea of not using fresh limes here but I'm too lazy to juice 4 limes :P so instead I juiced two, gave up and used some more from the little bottle I had in the fridge.

Now's the time to get your pan heating up! And then you do the strangest thing, you're going to essentially "roast" the garlic in the microwave...Cooking tip alert: this is seriously amazing. All you do is put the chopped garlic in the 1/4 cup of olive oil, cover it loosely with plastic wrap, and nuke it on high for about 2 minutes until the garlic gets soft. It even turns a golden color like you really roasted it!

While the garlic is working it's magic in the microwave, brush the tuna steaks with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper then throw them in the pan. Finish assembling the mojo by mixing all the other ingredients with the magic microwave roasted garlic and olive oil and let it sit while the tuna cooks to however you like it - the recipe recommends 3-5 minutes per side for medium rare and 4-6 minutes per since for cooked through.

That's it! Just top the tuna with the mojo and enjoy.

The Verdict: Delicious and healthy! We'll definitely be making this again. We paired it with some roasted veggies my mom made for us - one of the benefits of my parents living down the street and my mom buying her veggies in bulk.

Hope you're having a great weekend!


  1. I'm so excited that you found your dress this weekend!! I hope your mom and sis weren't too disappointed! I looked online at the J CREW website and saw that yours is from this season as well. So awesome that it was over 50% off!! Yay!

  2. They totally understood once I told them the price :) I seriously love it, I'm so excited to have one big thing checked off my list!

  3. Yay for finding your wedding dress!! I found the dress I had been eyeing at the old J. Crew sale event over the summer, but I had just bought THE dress from Anthro. :) I didn't go this weekend because I didn't want to be tempted.

  4. Yeah when I went this weekend I wasn't even thinking about wedding dress shopping, but now I'm so glad I looked!

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