Learning How To Hold Them, How To Fold Them

Posted on September 11, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Yesterday morning I had the 3rd semester Greek I was too intimidated to sign up for. Sure, what was on the board at the beginning of the class looked like complete gibberish, but I’m starting to feel with the notes at the back of the book time I will relearn the language and do quite well in the class. And the students and professor seemed much more mature and better than the intro class, which I also appreciated. I had gotten an email that a package was waiting for me so after class I tracked it down to a sketchy warehouse and look what I found!

Vitatop Super Sampler

Vitatop Super Sampler

The folks from Vitalicious agreed to send me their super sampler for review! I’m very excited for these. My local Market Basket only carried a smattering of flavors which I had already tried all of. I think from this whole box I’ve only had the deep chocolate(coincidently my favorite so far) so I can’t wait to give them all a review. The best thing about vitatops is how fortified with vitamins and minerals they are; I’d prefer to get all that from food but since I’m no longer purchasing food or cooking for myself, I’ve been thinking about a multi-vitamin. These are much better–and tastier. Thanks, Vitalicious!

I knew it was time to bite the bullet and do my first load of laundry. Of course this never goes smoothly for anyone, right? It wasn’t that bad except for the fact that my Brown ID which should have money for laundry on it didn’t and I ended up scrambling around for street vendors to make change and give me quarters(old-school style). I probably looked insane running around eating lunch because at this point in the day I was starving.

Grilled Chicken, Black Beans With Salsa, Couscous Salad

Grilled Chicken, Black Beans With Salsa, Couscous Salad

The grilled chicken was plain, which was just what I was looking for. It let me drown dab it with 365 steak sauce. The couscous salad was definitely different and something I wouldn’t mind now and again. And black beans are quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Good thing that they’re so proteinous and fiberous.

After I got enough quarters that they probably thought I’d open a bank, I went downstairs to work the machines. I accidently payed for the dryer above mine to go for an additional 60 minutes(oops) which cost me another 5 quarters(double oops) but I got it all worked out in the end. While I waited I shucked corn in my dorm room–not recommended. Those darn little hairs are so hard to clean. And one of my corns had this to reveal:

Maggot In Corn

Maggot In Corn

That’s what you risk when you buy fresh from a farmer’s market. It kind of creeped me out that I might have eaten that if I wasn’t paying attention, but I just shoved it out. And when I was done so was my laundry.

Laundry

Laundry

Amazingly everything was the same color going in as it was coming out: joyous. I still had more to do but I was out of quarters for the day. One vitatop was still in my mind after unpacking it and shoving it in my teeny-tiny dorm freezer so I knew I had to try it.

Chocolate Fig Vitatop

Chocolate Fig Vitatop

This smelled just like a Fig Newman, which I loved. After being thawed in the microwave a bit it was ready to be eaten. I thought the flavor was pretty decent, but I wasn’t rushing out to buy more, which I normally am tempted to do with limited edition things. Maybe it’s because I’ve had fig almond blondies and fig jam at my disposal all summer that these didn’t taste as special as they sounded. Don’t get me wrong, they were definitely delicious. But I would stick with the deep chocolate variety in comparison. I ate this on a walk to my favorite place:

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

Where I picked up some real goodies:

Blue Diamond Honey Almond Butter, Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Mint Chocolate

Blue Diamond Honey Almond Butter, Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Mint Chocolate

Believe it or not, I haven’t boughten a honey almond butter before, and I was able to get this for 3 dollars between sales and coupons. The mint chocolate was also a sale item and something I’ve been craving this week. I don’t like spending money on food while I should be eating from my meal plan, but for 5.08(the cost of these products) I got over 2000 calories, which is really quite great when you think about it. As long as I don’t buy things like organic celery(lol at the thought) I think it’s a smart purchase for my stomach and my wallet. Speaking of eating up my food, I had this when I got back to my dorm:

Elan's Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Elan's Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Yes, I brought one of those adorable silly little cone cups from home. I’m still a little bumbed the frozen yogurt melted and refroze cause it’s a bit icy, but it’s still decent; plus, I won’t let myself buy a new one until I finish the last one. I’m thinking I should just wait until my parents come down to buy my next pint, anyway. The Whole Foods here has a strawberry goat’s milk ice cream with balsamic vinegar swirl. Umm, holy yum? It’s 7 dollars, though, so I ain’t paying for it.

I read a bit of the Iliad before dinner. God I forgot how much I hated that book. Shame, too, because it’s like the number 1 piece of Classical literature and I’ll probably be facing it 10’s of times in my future. For dinner we went to the Ratty and met another friend from high school who’s in her Junior year.

Black Beans, Cajun Corn, Broccoli, Baked Potato with Salsa

Black Beans, Cajun Corn, Broccoli, Baked Potato with Salsa

Black beans are officially my bffl(best food for life). The cajun corn was nice and spicy, but I hate it when something has flavor and you don’t know what the flavor’s from. The broccoli was just… sad. After we went to the activity fair; unfortunately, it was mostly just “legit” clubs. Where’s the get-together-and-watch-season-20-of-Survivor club? I’m sure it will pop up soon. I grabbed some decaf and went back to my room to get minty fresh.

Endangered Species Dark Chocolate With Rain Forest Mint

Endangered Species Dark Chocolate With Rain Forest Mint

I like how this chocolate has a 72% cacao base; it makes it very dark and slightly bitter. The mint is refreshing and noticable at first, but the flavor kind of subsides as the chocolate melts. I like how solid the bar is–it doesn’t seem like it would melt easily even after a long day in your pocket. Overall, I thought this was good, but I don’t know if I’d be buying it again. The fact that the mintiness disappears with time is too disappointing and I’d like to find a bolder brand.

I had a great night of watching Big Brother(c’mon, Kevin!) and Grey’s Anatomy(dramaaaaa) while eating some savory oats:

Oatbran/meal And An Egg

Oatbran/meal And An Egg

Why are these so good? Oh right, the half a shaker of salt I put on them. I also managed to finish reading my homework in the Iliad a little early so I picked up the next chapter of this book:

Thrive

Thrive

I already have a lot of problems with this book by page 70, but I’m going to go ahead and finish it before it frustrates me enough to throw it out the window. I know I’m completely electing to read it and Brendan Brazier is just sharing his own diet, but I feel like he comes off as condescending to any other sort of way of eating, not just the typical America refined foods. And of course I take issue with his food pyramid; grains at the top and no spot for peanut butter or chocolate? We’ll have to agree to disagree.

This morning I went a little more than 6 miles. I’m definitely feeling stronger than at the beginning of the week when this was all new to me but I haven’t had that feeling of “why don’t I just keep running to 10” since I was home. I’m curious as to how much of this is the new courses, how much is mental, and how much is dietary. Hopefully things will keep improving. I had one of those I-have-no-idea-what-to-have-for-breakfast days. Don’t you hate those? Luckily fluffernutter oats is always a pleasing standby.

Carrot Juice, Vanilla Chobani With Chocolate Hazelnut Granola, Fluffernutter Oats With Maple Peanut Butter

Carrot Juice, Vanilla Chobani With Chocolate Hazelnut Granola, Fluffernutter Oats With Maple Peanut Butter

Fluffernutter Oats

Fluffernutter Oats

What is fluffernutter oats some of you may be wondering? It’s 20g oatbran/20g oatmeal cooked and topped with 1 tablespoon fluff(or technically an all natural, vegan, marshmallow creme), banana pineapple rum jam, and a peanut butter(in this case Mighty Maple). Yes, there are oats under that blanket of goodness in the picture even though you can’t see them đŸ˜‰ I also finished my containers of vanilla Chobani AND Odwalla carrot juice. But good news on the carrot juice! One of the cafes here sells it for the mondo-ridiculous price of 8.50 but I can use a meal credit to pay for it, which I have ample of because I don’t eat breakfast at the crapacafeteria. So don’t worry; my natural orange hue will remain in tact.

Today is supposed to rain the day away, which works for me. i’ve fallen so far behind on my TV watching because we don’t get the Food Network. I know, I should right to whoever’s in charge; how am I supposed to get the recent doings of Charm City Cakes?

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i am not a fan of the fig ones .. or any other ones for that matter, but the fig ones disappointed me the most i think. the muffin part is totally tasteless, i just picked the figs out .. and they weren’t even very figgy figs .. haha

im eager to hear what you think about the other ones.
i am impressed you have a freezer in college that will hold all of those haha
lucky goose!

Great eats! You’re rocking the cafeteria!
I’ve gotta try VitaTops…they look soooo good!

sweet success on the laundry! i’m curious as to how much cooking / eating you do in your room vs the dining hall. i’m a college student in southern new england too and it’s definitely a challenge $$ how much i should buy for myself

I try to get the most out of my meal plan, so basically any of the proteins/cooked veggies except some of the corn I get from the dining hall. I like to eat my own foods for breakfast so that’s usually in my room. Besides that, I love stealing, err, borrowing bananas and apples from the dining hall for snacks throughout the day or breakfast

Oh the perils of dorm room laundry haha….

When I was visiting Brown I stayed in a hotel right next to the Providence Whole Foods and went there a gazillion times! I remember it had a pretty large salad bar.

I used to eat Vitatops in an obsessive fashion but then I was eating one once and found a HUGE rope-like object in it and was kind of freaked out. I called the vita people but they weren’t very nice about it and wouldn’t even refund my money! Lame!

Awww I love the cone cups!!!

Yay for the vitatop sampler!! Although I have to say I am not bowled over by them so far…sad!


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