If I Ate Like This Every Day…

Posted on January 23, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Restaraunt Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If I ate like this every day, I’d be

  • poor by the end of the week
  • happy as a clam
  • the “healthiest” me I could be(in my opinion, though this is completely relative)

Really, words cannot express my gratitude just for being alive today. To recap from my breakfast post, I kicked off the day with a full core and cardio, after convincing myself that a core wouldn’t be that bad if the promise of a raw vegan raspberry brownie was attached(I totally bribed myself with food here :-)). I followed that up with a bangin’ breakfast of greek yogurt and oatmeal with a couple of cage-free organic Eggland’s Best eggs. Have you heard that they now test higher in vitamins and minerals than supermarket eggs? Fascinating.

After breakfast, I was off to the city(which in my case means “Beantown”, or simply Boston) to meet with an old friend from high school. I suggested a cozy little restaurant I’ve been wanting to try.

Grezzo Restaurant

Grezzo is the only raw vegan restaurant around Boston that I know of and as I learn more and more about that cuisine, I’ve been dying to eat here. I arrived a bit early and got to look at the menu before my friend, Eury, arrived.

Grezzo Menu

Not like that extra 10 minutes helped me at all; I still had no clue what to order after reading all their good options. I wanted to ask the waitress about everything because the descriptions were all very brief and you know at a raw and vegan restaurant a “slider” is very different. I ended up just taking a leap of faith and choosing the burger(that’s a safe choice wherever you go, right?).

Seaweed And Wild Mushroom Bistro Burger With Guacamole

Sweet Potato Chips

The burger was made with seaweed and mushrooms, topped with guacamole, and served between cucumber “buns”. The burger had a great meaty texture, but it might have been a tad bit underseasoned. The guacamole was absolutely delicious and pure and I ate it by the spoonful. On the side came “sweet potato chips”; they were very thin slices of sweet potato dehydrated overnight. They were sooo good; they actually sort of reminded me of dry marshmallows, but in a delicious way. Maybe I need a dehydrator next Christmas?

Big House Salad

Eury got the big house salad. I had a lot of fun explaining my knowledge of raw food and explaining how the “cheese” was actually made of nut milk. You know you’ve been a blogger for too long when you are surprised that someone doesn’t know what a nut milk is. We had a great time catching up; I had yet to giver her her graduation present  8 months gone by and it was hilarious not remembering in the least what I wrote on the card.

We ended up walking around a bit afterwards down to South Station were we went our separate ways. On the way home my dad and I did weekly grocery shopping at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Note to self: Saturday afternoon in the city is not the time to go grocery shopping; I’m surprised we got out with our limbs! There was a cute baby behind us in one of the register lines who kept on saying “Hi”. When we finally got home, I was so happy to put away the groceries, brew up some decaf coffee, and break out this baby:

Raw Vegan Hemp Seed Brownie With Chocolate Frosting

I took a dessert home from Grezzo, namely their hemp seed brownie with chocolate frosting. Another raw brownie? Sure, why not 😉 The raw frosting was simply amazing. I’m guessing it was agave nectar, cocoa powder, and avocado from my limited knowledge of raw foods and how they work together. The brownie was OK I thought. It had a nice chocolate flavor without any fruitiness; it might have been a bit too hard and dry for my taste, but seeing as how I can’t get my recipe to be hold together better I was very impressed that there’s is so firm.

If the day had just ended there, I would have been very content. To my blessing, it continued. For the past two weeks, I’ve been hearing about the dishes Tomasso has been making with 1/2 of a local, 100% grass-fed cow they received. Do you get where this is going? We wanted to go Thursday night, but then ended up closing for a private party. Thankfully, they still had the beef for a special tonight(though by far a pricier cut).

18oz Local Grass-Fed Sirloin Steak

Rather than eat there and all order entrees, we decided to simply get the special take-out along with an appetizer-size pizza, and cook our own vegetables as sides; we figured just the one entree should be enough for the 3 of us( I mean, we aren’t that big eaters).

Local Grass-Fed Beef

Steamed Broccoli With Sea Salt

Holy. Freaking. Yum. This was absolutely everything I could have hoped for. The meat was so tender that parts of it just melted away in my mouth. I had 3 big ol’ slices of the meat. I have no clue how much that totaled up to and quite frankly I don’t care; when the beef is grass-fed like this was, the quality is through the roof, the fat is omega-3 rich, and in my line of thinking it’s all “healthy”. Portioning out and only eating 3oz would have been a shame, so I didn’t bother. As a simple side, I steamed up some broccoli; just like the beef was grass-fed, so was I 😀

And now, with today as a memory, I will not at all mind returning to eating oatmeal and beans for every meal this week(and with me returning to school soon, that’s not that big an exaggeration). I’m stuffed. And I can hardly fathom(though I will) eating something for dessert(cheap, like a banana processed with cocoa powder). Perhaps I could add to the menu some Honest Food Granola Bars if I won this giveaway or some Zevia if I won this one.

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Ridiculous And Amazing: Amazing

Posted on October 22, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It would have been ridiculous to leave you hanging with part 1 for too long, so here’s the amazing part of my day yesterday.

We got to the event right on time and the whole place looked stunning:
This was, by all accounts, a foodie heaven. There were even a few other bloggers around, though most were people from corporations or other sources of the media. I really felt like a true food blogger just being there and I can’t wait for more opportunities like that. But I digress, let’s get to the eats!
Believe it or not, these were all just the appetizers and tasters. My easy favorite was the tuna tartar with ahi tuna in a ginger and chile aioli sauce that put my mouth on fire. It was perhaps the peak of ridiculousness, The pecan halibut with local honey mustard sauce was definitely a close runner up. But I did not care for the ritoni or the mahi mahi, both of which were a bit bland. I may have also had a few of these over the course of the night:
Let me set that straight. I had about 3 sips of the apple cider martini(my first alcoholic beverage ever by the way) and about 6 cups of organic decaf coffee. Your boy knows where it’s at. After that came time for the real deal stuff:
These were the courses being judged and they were all worth judging. But my clear favorite of the bunch was the steak with coffee gravy and banana squash puree and whole coffee beans on the top. Oh my god. I could have eaten the entire station of this. I had to shake the chefs hand on my way out and tell him how much in love I was with his dish. It was ridiculous that this didn’t win. The duck with coffee sauce and local produce salad was the judges favorite. That was definitely a strong dish and my 2nd favorite; the only one I didn’t care for was the sea urchin cappuccino, which was basically fish and vanilla cream… in the same cup. There was also a Ben and Jerry’s station with fair trade ice cream including a new flavor!
Unfortunatly, Ben, Jerry, and I are not a friendly crown. Three’s Company, they say. I think it stems from when I ate a pint of Lite Phish Food in one sitting(I‘d like to think this was ridiculous but that would just be an invitation to you all champ eaters to out show me so I won‘t), but ever since it’s been too creamy and thick for my preference, so I passed and went back for 2nds and 3rds on the real food.
Overall it was an amazing night. And the best, most ridiculous part about it was the loot I walked away with:
Umm, let’s see. Full grab bag + red delicious apple + 2 of the biggest yams I’ve ever seen + 2 bags of coffee(and my dad took a 3rd for me). I am well stocked now. Because my class was cancelled, it didn’t make sense for me to go back to Providence, though this clearly showed me how I’d changed. A month ago, I’d have loved any chance to go home; last night I actually would have liked to have gone back to my dorm, in all its food-lacking glory, because that’s where my home is now. But I was not going to make my dad drive for an extra hour plus, so I packed the bare essentials before I left my dorm at 5 and we went to my other home. I was a bit over psyched to find this waiting for me:
The gracious people at Sunland Inc offered to send me some of their nut butter to try. For shipping security reasons, they were sent to my house and arrived on Monday, so I planned on getting them over the weekend anyway. I can not wait to try these; they both sound so good! And banana peanut butter? Does anyone else think that’d go good with a certain recipe of mine?…

We got to the event right on time and the whole place looked amazing:

Chef Station

Chef Station

This was, by all accounts, a foodie heaven. There were even a few other bloggers around, though most were people from corporations or other sources of the media. I really felt like a true food blogger just being there and I can’t wait for more opportunities like that. But I digress, let’s get to the eats!

Roasted Tenderloin With Coffee Demi-Glaze And Simply Whipped Sweet Potato

Roasted Tenderloin With Coffee Demi-Glaze And Simply Whipped Sweet Potato

Yellow Fin Tuna Tartar On Naan

Yellow Fin Tuna Tartar On Naan

Sustainable Mahi Mahi With Preserve Peach Chutney And Local Cranberry And Apple Compote

Sustainable Mahi Mahi With Preserve Peach Chutney And Local Cranberry And Apple Compote

Butternut Squash  Risotto Arancini

Butternut Squash Risotto Arancini

Free Range Chicken Sate With Local Peach Chutney

Free Range Chicken Sate With Local Peach Chutney

Rotini Basilica

Rotini Basilica

Pecan Crusted Local Haddock With Local Honey & Mustard Sauce

Pecan Crusted Local Haddock With Local Honey & Mustard Sauce

Apple Stuffed Baked Vermont Brie Pastry

Apple Stuffed Baked Vermont Brie Pastry

Believe it or not, these were all just the appetizers and tasters. My easy favorite was the tuna tartar in a ginger and chile aioli sauce that put my mouth on fire. It was perhaps the peak of amazingness. The pecan halibut with local honey mustard sauce was definitely a close runner up. But I did not care for the arancini, pastry, or the mahi mahi, all of which were a bit bland. I may have also had a bit of this over the course of the night:

Apple Cider Martini

Apple Cider Martini

Let me set that straight. I had about 3 sips of the apple cider martini(my first alcoholic beverage ever by the way. Isn’t that amazing?) and about 6 cups of organic decaf coffee. Your boy knows where it’s at. After that came time for the real deal stuff:

Bacon And Coffee Crusted Pork With Sweet Potato Puree And Vanilla Cayenne Glaze

Bacon And Coffee Crusted Pork With Sweet Potato Puree And Vanilla Cayenne Glaze

Sea Urchin And Coffee Vanilla "Cappuccino"

Sea Urchin And Coffee Vanilla "Cappuccino"

Tea Smoked Sirloin With Banana Squash Puree And Coffee-Sunchoke Gravy

Tea Smoked Sirloin With Banana Squash Puree And Coffee-Sunchoke Gravy

Dark Roast Coffee Marinated Duck  With Parsnip Puree And Vanilla Chimichurri

Dark Roast Coffee Marinated Duck With Parsnip Puree And Vanilla Chimichurri

These were the amazing courses being judged. My clear favorite of the bunch was the steak with coffee gravy and banana squash puree and whole coffee beans on the top. Oh my god. I could have eaten the entire station of this. I had to shake the chefs hand on my way out and tell him how much in love I was with his dish. The duck with coffee sauce and local produce salad was the judges favorite. That was definitely a strong dish and my 2nd favorite. the only one I didn’t care for was the sea urchin cappuccino, which was basically fish and vanilla cream… in the same cup. There was also a Ben and Jerry’s station with fair trade ice cream including a new flavor!

Ben & Jerry's Station

Ben & Jerry's Station

Amazingly, despite all the ice cream I consume, Ben, Jerry, and I are not a friendly crown. Three’s Company, they say. I think it stems from when I ate a pint of Lite Phish Food in one sitting, but ever since it’s been too creamy and thick for my preference, so I passed and went back for 2nds and 3rds on the real food.

Overall it was an amazing night. But the best part was the amazing loot I walked away with:

Swag Bag

Swag Bag

Umm, let’s see. Full grab bag(with Oikos coupons) + red delicious apple + 2 of the biggest yams I’ve ever seen + 2 bags of coffee(and my dad took a 3rd for me). I am well stocked now. Because my class was cancelled, it didn’t make sense for me to go back to Providence, though this clearly showed me how I’d changed. A month ago, I’d have loved any chance to go home; last night I actually would have liked to have gone back to my dorm, in all its food-lacking glory, because that’s where my home is now. But I was not going to make my dad drive for an extra hour plus, so I packed the bare essentials before I left my dorm at 5 and we went to my other home. I was a bit over psyched to find this waiting for me:

Sunland Inc Peanut Butter

Sunland Inc Peanut Butter

The gracious people at Sunland Inc offered to send me some of their nut butter to try. For shipping security reasons, they were sent to my house and arrived on Monday, so I planned on getting them over the weekend anyway. I can not wait to try these; they both sound so good! And banana peanut butter? Does anyone else think that’d go amazing with a certain recipe of mine?…

No night is complete without a few desserts, and after that kingly dinner I still felt like I needed some grains and nuts in my system:
Clif Mountain Mix Mojo
Clif Mountain Mix Mojo
Deep Chocolate Vitamuffin

Deep Chocolate Vitamuffin

This was my first time trying this Mojo bar. On the front it said “peanuts, almonds, raisins, and chocolate chips” and it absolutely delivered! I hate when a bar sounds like one thing but gives you another, but that was basically the gist of the whole thing and it was amazing. I also might have snuck a little “chocolate cake” from the freezer. I didn’t even defrost it so it was like one big chocolate chip.

It was amazing how the little amount of coffee in all those dishes kept me up an extra 30 minutes. When I woke up 70 minutes later than planned, I was a little very flustered. I didn’t have my good shoes, my contacts burned like hell, and I didn’t have my new ipod or running watch. But it was such a beautiful day in N.E. I couldn’t pass up the chance to run on my home turf. All in all, I did a 7.5 mile course in what I think was 60:50. I didn’t have much time for the 1 oatmeal packet I packed, so I made a breakfast to go:

English Muffin With Raspberry Jam And Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter, Chocolate Greek Yogurt With Dark Cherries

English Muffin With Raspberry Jam And Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter, Chocolate Greek Yogurt With Dark Cherries

Who says you have to go to a fancy shmancy party to eat amazing? I was a bit worried about breakfast because I really wasn’t prepared to eat at home, but I made do with what we had. I added unsweetened cocoa to vanilla yogurt to make it chocolatey, and added some frozen fruit(how I missed thee). Thankfully we had 2 english muffins left in the freezer from God knows when, so I toasted one and used some great spreads. See? I can make do with where I am; I don’t always need to pack for 2 weeks, haha 😛

Healthy Halloween? Sign me up! I still need to find a costume, too…

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Roaming With The Roomie

Posted on September 4, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hey y’all. Lemme give you a low down on the weekend. I’m probably not going to have time to post my regular hilariousness(oh he thinks highly of himself). Well turn those frowns upside down, because I do have several product reviews ready to be posted that I’ll put up in place of my dailies, and hopefully be back and blogging by Monday. Get it? Got it. Good.

Yesterday was basically all a-go-go so I’m glad I fueled well, starting with this guy:

Homemade Lemon Cashew Nectar Bar

Homemade Lemon Cashew Nectar Bar

I had the other half of the bar from yesterday. Cleaning out your freezer definitely has its perks, like discovering tasty little goodies you forgot about. I grabbed this and felt like stretching my arch which gave me some trouble on the run by taking a walk. On the route I came across this lil’ bugger:

Catapillar

Catapillar

Was he not a little weird? His head and behind were bright green, and his mid section silver. I seriously thought he got a heavy dose of spray paint but it seemed au natural. The second I got home I needed to whip up a lunch to eat in the car.

Vegan Veggie Burger With Avocado, Habanero FSTG Chips

Vegan Veggie Burger With Avocado, Jalapeno FSTG Chips

How can you ever go wrong with a nuked soy burger topped with avodaohmythat’sgood? I also gave the jalapeno Food Should Taste Good nachos a try because I wanted something spicy on my plate. My oh my did these deliver. At first I didn’t find them particularly flavorful and then I hit a pepper and got my wish and more. These might have been a little too intense to eat plain. I’d love to try them with a wet and chunky salsa. Mild will do–these definitely bring their own kick!

Well I ate in the car because we were on the way to my old stomping grounds.

Boston University

Boston University

Honestly, I don’t think I gave myself enough time away from this place. It was nice seeing some of the old faculty but it had only been 3 months. I had much higher expectations of seeing all the same people even walking down the street whom I would pass daily last year. But the times have changed and a new bunch of froshes arrived and it just felt weird.

Well we only stayed at my school for 20 minutes before going to Boylston to meet up with my new roommate! I must admit: I was very nervous going into this and felt kind of awkward. Then I thought “You’re feeling awkward about meeting someone you’re going to live with for the next year?” Yeah, that definitely got me over it and I walked in with a positive mind. After a bit of searching, my mom and I found him and his mom and said our hellos. Right away they were starving so we brought them to Ufood Grill right around the corner to sit and chat. Turns out I’m basically living with myself! He’s very chill, a lover of good food, messy but not dirty, and did I mention chill? He’s actually 20 and spent the past 2 years at a school in Hong Kong. How cool’s that?! While we were learning about each other I grabbed a snack:

Tart & Raspberry FroYo Swirl

Tart & Raspberry FroYo Swirl

I never got these at Ufood because we always went for lunch and I would be full after my meal but I figured I’d get some today. It was deliciously tart, like a plain low-fat yogurt. We talked a bit more and found just how alike we are: Last month I showed my parents this restaurant and said I would be interested in eating there. Raw and vegan obviously didn’t appeal to my family enough for them to take me, but it turns out they went to that restaurant just last night after wandering around the city and coming upon it by chance–how random!

After that we walked around a bit and talked some more. They really wanted to see something famous so we took them to Mike’s Pastry:

Mike's Pastry

Mike's Pastry

Where I had this:

Coffee And Bina's Peanut Butter Cup

Coffee And Bina's Peanut Butter Cup

Confession: The peanut butter cup was not from Mike’s; it was actually from Bina’s alimentari where we stopped at a bit earlier. Mike’s is authentic Italian-American treats, but Bina’s is the real Italian deal. Things there are made in such smaller batches and it’s so less commercial that it really comes out in the quality. Case in point: My roomate and his mom split a cannoli, but we forgot to tell them to ask for ricotta so they got the commercial cream filled ones, which just aren’t as good. Oh well, now they have something to go back for.

After that we walked around some more. These people really like to walk apparently. Don’t they run 6 miles in the morning? Haha I guess that’s just me. We ended up saying goodbye to them at their hotel and heading home rather late. We didn’t get home until 7:30 which none of us were expecting. I kind of threw this dinner up on the fly:

Bison Burger With Basil And Steak Sauce, Refried Pinto Beans, Yellow Corn FSTG Nachos

Bison Burger With Basil And Steak Sauce, Refried Pinto Beans, Yellow Corn FSTG Nachos

Let me tell you, this did NOT taste like a thrown-together-on-the-fly dinner. That was the last of the bison burgers I made a while back. So sad to see them go; what’s tastier than a patty you make with your own hands? And for nachos from a bag, those Food Should Taste Good chips tasted better than the stuff they make in house at most Mexican restaurants. It was crisp and not greasy, with that perfect corny taste. The flavor was good enough for it to be eaten on its own and subtle enough to enjoy refried beans with. Another Food Should Taste Good Winner!

Getting back so late, I had A LOT to catch up with on the web and what not. needless to say I needed a pick me up and turned to a pint.

Carrot Cake Ice Cream

Carrot Cake Ice Cream

What kind of pint did you think I’d be talking about? Of course I finished off the Rice Divine Carrot Cake ice Cream. I loved the bits of hermit cookie dough in this one and definitely want to try one of the company’s other fun flavors. Like I mentioned, my google reader was all in bold, but I worked my way through it. Afterwards I had soe good ol’ breads and spreads.

Toast With Almond Butter And Raspberry Jam, Deep Chocolate Vitatop

Toast With Almond Butter And Raspberry Jam, Deep Chocolate Vitatop

I nuked the vitatop for about 10 seconds more than normal and it came out amazingly soft and pillowy. Winner, winner, chicken dinner, as Guy Fieri would say. Salted almond butter and raspberry in my opinion is one of the best combinations out there; you get the saltiness and the tartness. It’s even better on Trader Joe’s 10 grain bread with sunflower seeds. If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, that’s one loaf I definitely recommend trying out. i can’t believe there’s no Trader Joe’s in Providence! Argh, we’ll have to fix that.

This morning I told myself I’d be fine with 6.7 miles. But something inside me really wanted to go for it and capture that special moment last Friday when I broke double digits. After 6 laps I still felt really good so I went for it and ran 10.04 miles in 1:22:18. I’m having such a great runner’s high right now and I feel as though I can leave having conquered the neighborhood. Now I’m blogging with an incredibly healthy breakfast:

Stonyfield Creme Caramel Frozen Yogurt

Stonyfield Creme Caramel Frozen Yogurt

JK. Not about the frozen yogurt, about the healthy breakfast thing. After 10 miles, I just want some quick sugar and probiotics. Don’t worry, I’ll fix myself a real breakfast filled with peanut buttery goodness once I’ve licked this cup clean.

P.S. Zevia giveaway!

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Harry Potter And The Horny Students

Posted on July 14, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Movie Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Good morning, Good morning! I wasn’t going to write a post right now because I only have a little time before I have a busy busy day, but I just needed to write about the new Harry Potter movie which I was lucky enough to catch an early showing of last night! On a sad note, I was out of carrot juice when I got home from my 6 mile run this morning :,-( Oh well, we’ll pick some up today; it’s just the perfect post run drink. On the bright side, I did get to finish off a mango lemonade,16oz vanilla chobani container, and 16oz TJ yogurt container, so I have plenty of room in the fridge for some serious grocery shopping later.

Ok, Ok, on to the good stuff. So we left for Boston around 3:45 even though the movie wasn’t until 7 because we thought there’d be traffic and we might not get seats and all that. Turns out it was smooth sailing on the highway and we could have got there at 6:30 and got decent seats, but at least we were overprepared and not under, right? In the car I enjoyed an almond & cashew KIND bar. I just love these because between those 2 all star nuts is a honey-date binder that’s really sweet like a candy bar. That and the bar has added omega-3’s, so it’s an all-around winner.

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When we got there, we grabbed our tickets and then went out to get sandwiches for dinner. At first we stopped at Bina’s, the italian place with all the goodies, but I wanted to bring my sandwich in the theater and I figured melted cheese wouldn’t keep well 😦 So instead we went to UFood Grill where I got a turkey, swiss, and cranberry; does anybody else love Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches? I think they’re the best and this is the closest I can find in the month of July, so I’ll take it any time. I also picked up a Banana Nut Odwalla which I never tried before. I thought this bar was really really great–like a moist, flavorful banana bread. I was slightly disappointed to see that the first ingredient was sugar, but at least dates, oats, and bananas followed that, so the good outweighed the bad.

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Well 7pm FINALLY rolled around and it was exciting. This movie is a great addition to the series. The cinematography and CGI has also shown drastic change from the first movie; sometimes it felt almost too over played and made things too unreal, but overall it was well conducted. The one noticible difference is that this movie is no longer the 8 year old birthday party film like the first few were; this movies is packed with action and hormones. Well, I guess Harry Potter’s getting the real high school experience: girls and drama. It certainly added a bit of amusement, which was a noticable difference in this film as well–it was actually funny. The earlier movies were packed with “feel good” moments that made you ooo and aww and want to dress up like a wizard. Sure, this movie had some of those, but it also added a lot of zingy one-liners and comical awkwardness that kept it lively. This is definitely a movie worthy of the Harry Potter series and not one to be missed.

The movie got out at 10. I was still chomping on my Odwalla bar, but I figured I needed another 500 calories for the night. Rather than just come home and eat a lot of same ol’ stuff, I figured a trip to J.P. Licks was in order. This is an ice cream place in Boston that makes tons of fresh flavors, and it had been over a month since I was there last so it was a good reunion lol. I love this place because of their flavored softserve. I’ll admit: The lumpy primate ice cream sounded intriguing, but I just can’t pass up their peanut butter soft serve. My dad got a blueberry soft serve, which was one of their flavors of the week. It was also really good and highly recommended for all you Bostonians.

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I enjoyed that baby nice and slowly all the ride home. I just love licking ice cream on a cone because you can have it nice and slowly, but I really don’t like the cone part; any other cone haters out there? Well after we got home I made myself a Peanut Butter Cookie sandwich. Please tell me you’ve tried this, I swear it’s the best. And it’s so simple! Cream cheese and white chocolate peanut butter between some bread: the flavors and textures mold together and it’s irresistible. I use some toasted TJ Light Wheat bread; the resulting combination of high fiber(over 11 grams for the sandwich!), protein, and fat is just perfect and makes my run the next morning great.

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Fluffernutter Cupcakes!

Posted on July 10, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good evening, all! This post is just going to have a really quick summary because I have been busy as a bee recently, and then it has a really super special recipe. So if you plan to skip anything skip this and go down until you find that lol. Ok, well, I didn’t get my but out of bed early like I had thought about; big kudos to Emily from Too Much Apple Pie though for getting herself up at 5:30 to run. I’ll definitely try to live up to that  my next work day, next Wednesday. Overall the day was rather dull. I did, however, discover my work has a fridge(it depresses me I didn’t realize this last summer). What does this mean? Basically free food and a place to store yogurt so I can eat it as a snack at work 🙂 Also, we went back to that little Italian place I talked about; I just love this place more and more. It’s not enough that a store like this is a unique find in Boston–the store is unique every day! They change the foreign groceries and menu daily, so it’s like walking into a new store each time. Today they had thin crust margharita pizza, my absolute favorite. Let me tell you, this was better than most of the pizza I had in Italy. Later on I went back and got one of their homemade chocolate cups; this one had a white chocolate shell with a raspberry puree filling, and it was only 80 cents! How I was a good son and managed to not chomp on my dad’s half I do not know.

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I’m also really excited because I can now upload photos from my phone!(^case in point) so expect a lot more photos in my blogging. Ok, well that was pretty much it for today. I won’t be blogging again until Monday. Right now my weekend plan is to wake up and run at 7 tomorrow, leave for Maine by 9:30, and not get back until lateee Sunday. Soo I wanted to make this post really special if I’m going to leave you that long.

The whole reason we’re going to Maine is for my grandparents 50th anniversary, so I needed to bake something to celebrate. Well what says celebration better than delicious, decorative cupcakes? So next time you want to whip up a treat for something special, give these childhood favorites a try.

Note: This recipe is my entry to http://www.peanutbutterboy.com/the-great-peanut-butter-exhibition-7-celebration

To make this recipe, I started by comparing a lot of different peanut butter cupcake recipes. After adjusting them to my taste, I came across the perfect base. It’s moist, full of healthy fats, low on added sugar, and packs a peanutty punch; in essence, it tastes like peanut butter slathered on bread. The cupcake then needed a companion, like so many peanut butter sandwiches have. While jam may be the number one add on, my most fond memories come from when sticky peanut butter met its sticky, vanilla cousin: fluff. I’ve always seen fluff as more of a frosting than a condiment, so this not-so-delicate spread didn’t need modification to fit my recipe. And any good cupcake has sprinkles, right? So to top my creation I added the third obvious member of the party: a banana chip. Add them whole or crushed, the slightly saltiness truly makes the vanilla of the fluff pop. And if banana chips aren’t your style, there is always the potato chip–yes, I admit to sticking these in my sandwiches on occassion.

Makes 12 small-medium cupcakes, or “tastecakes”

Ingredients:

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup milk

3/4 cup fluff

Banana Chips(optional)

Potato Chips(optional)

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix the honey(I used maple-agave blend) and peanut butter. Beat in the eggs one at a time and add the vanilla extract. In a seperate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the milk(I used original Almond Breeze) to the peanut butter mixture and blend. Slowly incorporate the dry into the wet until the batter is only slightly lumpy. Line a 12-well muffin tin and use an ice cream scooper to transfer the batter into the tin.

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Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the top springs back to a touch.

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Let the cupcakes cool completely. With a frosting knife, frost each cupcake with a tablespoon of fluff(I used an all-natural, vegan marshmallow spread). Garnish with potato chips or banana chips.

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I really hope you try this one; I’m sure you’ll love it.

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Product Spotlight: Smartfood

Posted on July 3, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , |

I’ll start off with the bigger news; I have a job again(!). Lol, I don’t actually know how excited I am about it. It’s the same thing I did last summer: filing in the Financial Services office at Emerson College. It’s a pretty rudundant job, but it’s something to do. It will be nice to be back in the city 2 days a week I guess(I’m just working Wednesday and Fridays). And of course having my dad take me out to lunch and pay will be nice 🙂 I guess this also means money? Well, I don’t buy much except groceries, and I don’t usually pay for those, so I don’t know what I’ll do with it other than hoard. That’s ok. I’m going to need money to fuel my PB&Co. addiction through college.

Well besides that there’s really no news. But no news is good news, right? I’ve been on more of a savory kick recently. Tuna salad, turkey and avocado, thai peanut angel hair pasta, yum yum yum. Honestly what I would kill for now is a Trader Joe’s 96/4 burger with spicy red pepper catch-up but yours truely left the gas on for hours and we have none left 😦 Oh well, live and learn. Besides that, are people excited for the 4th of July weekend? Even though I’ve been expanding my taste buds and trying new foods, I’ve also been leaving behind a lot of the fatty, artificial old foods, and I’m afraid I’ve become such a picky eater I won’t be able to enjoy much of the food at the party we’re going to. At least being with friends will be a fun experience, and I can always pig out on the food I do love when I get home, right? So I’m sure it will be a good day and I’ll go into it with a positive mind.

What did I want to write about? Oh yeah, these little guys:

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Smartfood’s Chocolate Cooke Caramel Pecan Popcorn. Ok, ok, try not to drool over your keyboard at the name. At least not until I tell you why else these rock. Each serving has 120 calories, 20% your DV of calcium, 5g of fiber, and are made of all natural ingredients. Ok, now you may drool 🙂 And yes, they do taste as good as they sound. They reminded me of cracker jacks, except these had chocolate chips also on the popcorn which absolutely melted in my mouth. The company makes a cranberry almond flavor and another with honey, but these are definitely the most decadent. Look for them in the chip aisle… now.

Oh, and I have a couple recipes I’ve dreamed up that I’m so so excited to share, just not today 😉 tee hee. Sorry, I just want to have the pics to do these justice. But trust me, they’re worth the wait.

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Where To Eat: Ufood Grill

Posted on June 13, 2009. Filed under: Restaraunt Review | Tags: , , , , , |

Boston has a lot to offer culinarily(is that a word? doesn’t matter). There’s a lot to decide when you want to go out for lunch: Should I eat at a chain resteraunt or a mom and pop joint? What type of food do I want? Is this going to put a hole in my wallet? Clearly, it would take quite the restaraunt to be able to satisfy all these questions and more.

Ufood Grill is located in 4 locations around Boston. I have visited the Commons and Fenway buildings. Both of these have a tiny yet cozy interior, though truth be told they could use an expansion(then again, space is hard to find in Boston). Most of their menu options range between 5 and 8 dollars, offering sandwiches, salads, wraps, burgers, and a medley of side dishes including their famous Unfries. The small chain boasts using the finest and freshest ingredients which are good for you, as well as complete cutomization of your meal; you can switch out whole wheat wraps and buns and substitute tofu for any of their meats in their wraps. Lastly, in every Ufood Grill is a Uberry which has a complete line of protein smoothies as well as their own frozen yogurt which has 90 calories per 4oz

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I thoroughly enjoy this restaraunt for many reasons. First of all, after reviewing the nutritional information on their site, http://www.ufoodgrill.com/index.html, it’s quite clear that you’ll have a hard time making an unhealthy decision. The menu truely has a variety of flavors, from the simple chicken caesar salad, to an italian meatball wrap, to an asian tofu bowl, to the American standby: burgers. The chain even offers bison burgers, certainly a rare find in Boston! This health chain never skimps on the flavor of the sauce as others might making all of their dishes enjoyable. Their famous side, the Unfries, certainly have a lighter, almost soggier, texture than their fried cousins, but are an enjoyable healthy indulgence nonetheless. I would suggest, however, that you stay away from the Uberry; the flavor of the yogurt is deliciously tart but an 8oz serving will cost you 3.50 and their fresh toppings add a dollar to that. Certainly, the things to try here are the bison burger and the Chopstick Chicken Ubowl

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So next time you’re in Boston and need a reliable place to eat that’ll satisfy any taste bud, be sure to check out Ufood Grill.

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