Latin Carol Celebration

Posted on December 8, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

*Choosing to ignore an overflowing inbox* The last 16 hours have felt so crammed! I’m happy to have just gotten out of my last class of the week 🙂 For this week all that remains is a pesky paper. Next week might be another story but I like to focus on the present. Except for now when I’m focusing on last night, which was the 62nd annual Latin Carol Celebration!

The First Baptist Church

What is this celebration, you may ask? Well, for 62 years, the Brown Classics department has hosted a Christmastime event where only ancient languages are spoken: Latin, Greek, and this year Sanskrit. There’s readers who read passages from famous texts as well as a full song book of latin Christmas carols and a choir. And it’s held in The First Baptist Church. Not “of Rhode Island”. Just The First Baptist Church.

Professor DeBrohun

It was put on by Professor DeBrohun, who you might know as my Latin teacher, or academic advisor 🙂 Clearly a woman of many hats. It was so much fun belting out carols in Latin and I couldn’t believe that I understood probably 95% of it. During the ceremony I was feeling snacky so I pulled out a bar.

Kardea Cranberry Almond Bar

This was the last of the flavors I had to try. I think I got the most nut out of this bar out of all of them, but I’m still not a fan of the crisp rice in there. Oh, and if this were a real church sermon, I’m pretty sure photographing a snack would not be OK, but needless to say the night was a little bit more relaxed. I was pretty bad about taking pictures of the actual performers but I did snag one of The Chattertocks singing the 12 Days Of Christmas(in latin).

The Chattertocks

What a fun escape from paper writing. I was surprised by how many people were there: easily a couple hundred. And they weren’t just from Brown but rather a large part of the Providence community came to this(and rightly so). It got over later than expected and I was in a mad rush to tie up some loose ends when I got back to my dorm so that I could hit the hay. I made an antioxidant boosting snack:

Pomegranate Chobani With Newman's Own Organic 70% Dark Chocolate

I was so excited to find the ever-elusive pomegranate flavor in one of the dining halls yesterday. The little arils don’t freak me out too much but really why I love this one is because it’s tart like raspberry. And it goes perfect with some dark chocolate, of course. I thing shaving a bar makes it look so much fancier than using chips, don’t you? And because I’m such a creature of habit I needed to down this bowl of oatmeal before I fell asleep:

Oatmeal With Smart Balance, A Double Chocolate Pillow Cookie, And Advent Milk Chocolate

I’m running out of ways to eat those advent chocolates. See the 3 broken heart pieces? Good thing they’re tasty and I’ll never get bored of them. I got a much better night sleep, mostly because I was so tired, but woke up an hour earlier this morning–6:20 as usual. I headed off to the gym with all the necessities in hand.

1/2 An Amazing Grass Bar

This was left over from a run last week. I hate having 1/2 a bar lying around and I was glad to finish it off this morning. The gym was slightly busier than I expected for Reading Week but still empty most of the time. I planned on 10, but as always happens with an Amazing Grass bar I went a little more, 2 miles to be exact. I’m wondering at this point if it’s the bar or just the mentality now? Either way, it worked. Let’s just say I was in a HUGE peanut butter mood when I got back.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Mighty Maple And Peanut Butter Chips

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Mighty Maple And Peanut Butter Chips

Peanut Butter 2% Yogurt With Raspberry Jam

I love raspberry jam with peanut butter; I think it just works the best. And the peanut flour really took to the fattier yogurt than the non-fat. Overall a winning breakfast(when do peanut butter chips not win ;-)). My final this morning was… not. It was our final required test, but it was 10 minutes of site translation and that was all. Haha, glad I didn’t invest time there. When I got out I took a walk to the mailroom.

Christmas Cards

It never ceases to amuse me that people I see over the weekends send me cards. With money. My mom’s card was a singing one and surely attracted some attention when I opened it up right there in the middle of the building. Thanks mom. I swung by The Ratty for cooking materials because I had the perfect lunch planned.

Vegetarian Philly Cheesesteak Bowl With Broccoli And Sunflower Cheddar Dr. Kracker Flatbread

Yuuuuuuum. I was daydreaming–let’s call it that–about really fatty beef on the treadmill this morning and how my grandmother made the best(but worst for me) tacos as a kid. My mind jumped from taco’s to philly cheesesteak, which was easier to recreate with what I had. I microwave boiled onions for 5 minutes, then mixed together 4oz Lightlife sausage style meat, red and green peppers, the onions, and a slice of American cheddar–sooo delicious and yet healthy enough to enjoy whenever! How is that possible? On the side I had this flatbread. Dr. Kracker sent me products to try and I took a couple from home to my dorm room. I’m glad I grabbed this one because it was astounding–read my review for more deets.

Now that things are winding down, emails have been acknowledged, and google reading has lessened, all there is to do is go pick up a package and then start back up on the essay!

And check back later on for a product review recap post featuring a blog exclusive online coupon code.

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I Go Back

Posted on November 21, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Normally, I hate leaving my room if it’s not perfect. Even if that just means one dish is unclean. What did it look like yesterday?

Messy Bed

Beautiful. But let me explain. I get out of class at 2:50 and my dad had planned to pick me up at 3. I was using the “throw it on the bed as you remember it so you can grab and go later” method. Surprisingly, I think it worked, because it’s been a day and I can’t think of anything I forgot. After my first hour of class I grabbed a bit of lunch and supplemented it with a bit more of what I was feeling.

Trader Joe's Mac And Cheese, Roasted Balsamic Portabella

Broccoli With Cream Cheese

I think the backlash of vegan Thursday was wanting dairy products wherever I could put them(i.e. on broccoli). By the way, that was delicious and something I’ll do more often. And the mushrooms from the dining hall were soooo good. I’m not even sure what they were roasted in but there was tons of rosemary. This really filled me up for my next two classes, and when I got out at 2:50 things when just as planned. We piled everything up in bags and hit the road. I grabbed a nutritious pick me up.

Orange Zevia

Let’s pretend this has nutrients even though it completely doesn’t and doesn’t even have caffeine. On the way home, I did something I haven’t done in forever: nap in the car. I tried working but napping one out. I usually can’t/don’t and am always afraid my contacts will disappear somewhere if I sleep with the but it felt so good I couldn’t care less. That also made the trip that much shorter. When I got home I realized we really didn’t have much of the food I’d like, so I grabbed a snack and we went off to Hannafords.

Blueberry Crisp Clif Bar

This was the last of the Clif bars I recieved to review and i’m very happy that it ended things on a good note. I was a little skeptical about how this flavor would be, but I think the blueberry flavor with the plethora of spices(which I take to be the “crisp” part) worked really well. A little bit heavy on the sugar but I probably needed that at that point. We just picked up some Greek yogurt and pumpkin(surprise surprise) because we really didn’t have tie to do more damage.

The reason I came home yesterday was because my elementary school principal was retiring and they were having a banquet. Not many people get to know their elementary school principal and facutly well but I went to a very small school for 7 years where it was easy to become like family with everyone. My graduating class in 6th grade was 4 kids including me, and my full class(6th plus 5th) was 7. Here’s the class photo that was on the wall last night:

6th Grade Class Photo

I’m the little chubby one on the bottom left. I guess I’ve always liked food 🙂 But I like the better food now(i.e. not tacos from a box). It was a ton of fun to get to see all my teachers. Because it’s so small a school, most of the faculty’s the same; my kindergarten teacher from 13-14 years ago still teaches kindergarten and was as kind as ever. There were just a few speeches, the best given by the man himself.

Mr. O'rourke

Did I mention he’s retiring at 87?! We actually don’t know his age; it’s been debated that might be 89, but it’s pretty high up there. Amazingly, he also has most of his mind with him. Most of the night was fun and light-hearted but it was a little emotional when he mentioned how he missed my grandfather; in the time I was here they became good friends and he even surprisingly showed up to his funeral 4 years after I left the school. There was even someone from my old class there.

The Thomas And Tardiff Family

Andrew(the tallest one who dwarfs us all) was pretty much my best friend from kindergarten to 5th grade. We basically all sat and chatted about the scandelous moments from the past, like when so and so broke a window or someone knocked over the school’s sound system. I was hoping I could make a dinner out of the Whole Foods energy bar I packed and what there was but it really wasn’t the case; thankfully, Whole Foods is pretty close to the school so we took a short trip there.

Carrot Ginger Soup, Traditional Stuffing, Salad

Yum! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away, at which time I’ll have about 10 times more that stuffing. It’s soooooooo good. And the soup was delicious, too. The ginger gave a strong kick. There was cake:

Retirement Cake

Which I avoided because I figured it was box mixed and the frosting was from a tub. There was apple crisp:

Apple Crisp

It wasn’t very good and probably because it had twice as much flour and butter as it should have but I figured it had a good chance at being all-natural none the less. This made me appreciate how amazing my vegan apple crisp is for something relatively healthy. It was a fun night and such a trip to go back and think “this is where I learned to read”. I hope that I retire long before 87. I even got approached by a 50-60 year old man who saw my sweatshirt and was an alumnus of Brown. Apparently, his kids went to my school in the 80’s. I honestly don’t think I’ve met an alumni of Brown who’s had anything bad to say about the school. I’m so happy to be part of that community. When I got home I was a bit famished from the lack of eats, so I made some comforting oatmeal.

Pupkin Oatmeal With Chocolate Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

I’ll pretend like this wasn’t almost exactly my breakfast except with chocolate butter toffee instead of butter toffee peanut butter. Nope. Not me 🙂 I was basically away from my computer since noon so there was tons of catching up to do but only so much that could happen before my self-imposed bed time(maybe I am 87 already?). After I logged off I was still hungry so had some random snacklings.

Kashi Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookie

Newman's Own Organic Milk Chocolate With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

Raw Broccoli And Carrots

I warned you it would be random. I forgot how much I love those cookies until I heard Tina and Melissa mention they score a NuVal score of 41 when the average for a cookie is 3! I’ll eat to that 😉 The chocolate square was good, although I was looking for my favorite Mocha Milk Chocolate. Apparently this family likes their chocolate too much for it to stick around while I’m gone. And the vegetables were eaten in bed when I realized I was still pretty hungry. I forgot that I hated raw broccoli, so left half the bag untouched. Talk about going back, I found The Golden Girls on The Hallmark channel to fall asleep to. Things like that remind me of being sick when I went to elementary school and staying with my grandparents and watching their daytime tv. Such great memories 🙂

This morning I slept in until a little after 8. Glorious. After grinding some beans and making a pot, I mostly meandered around the house until I got hungry an hour later.

Pumpkin Oats With Maple Yogurt Frosting And Mighty Maple, Snickerdoodle Greek Yogurt

I couldn’t decide what I wanted so I went with the obligatory pumpkin oats. Still delicious 🙂 The snickerdoodle yogurt was just plain with cinnamon and vanilla stevia, and then topped with 5g of turbinado brown sugar. The fun thing about buying plain in my mind is you can do with it whatever you want, and 5g of raw sugar compared to the pre-flavored ones is a smart move.

This morning I’d love to get out and run 5-7 miles. It doesn’t even look that bad out. However, at the moment, I’m catching up on the TONS of tivoed shows, and I kind of haven’t started homework even though it’s a pretty light weekend. You can be assured that, since I’m home, there’ll be baking and recipes 🙂 We just need to hit Whole Foods and Price Chopper today to grab the ingredients and we’re good to go. Yikes, that’s making running seem less probable. Have a great weekend!

Here’s a soupy giveaway.

Michelle(Lucky Taste Buds) is really outdoing herself with a peanut butter giveaway, a soda stream giveaway, all in honor of her own birthday! Happy birthday!

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Messy Monday

Posted on October 26, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sometimes, Fall in New England can be kind of nice.

On Campus

But first, some loose ends…

Thank you to all my readers; yesterday finally broke the record set by the day my refrigerator was featured on Carrots N’ Cake as the most trafficked day yet. You guys all rock(and clearly have nothing better to do on a Monday than read blogs :-D)

Banana Goodness Bread has been updated to reflect the change I tried this weekend whereby I used a container of Vanilla Oikos for the yogurt.

In regards to some questions, all the products featured on this blog are all-natural unless I make a point otherwise. “All-natural” means no artificial preservatives, flavors, colors, or ingredients. I think the last thing I ate that didn’t fit this was the frosting on the vegan cupcake from vegan friday, though I didn’t turn purple so I think all is well 😉

I have, under my bed,

23 peanut butter jars(currently including 2 mighty maples and 2 smart balances)

7 almond butter jars plus 2 barney butter packets

1 pepita butter

3 sunflower butters

1 cashew butter

1 chocolate hazelnut butter

and 1 jar of vegan fluff

And I’m always looking for more in my collections so if you have something all-natural you want me to review send it my way 🙂

Okay, back to yesterday morning, I felt like a drain; I could not get enough water in me. After I got tired of water, I took a walk to the mail room, which happens to sell organic decaf coffee. They also happened to have this for me:

Goji Gourmet Cookies

Goji Gourmet Cookies

The amazing bakers over at Goji Gourmet sent me these cookies to try(the fact that I said amazing bakers should probably clue you in these didn’t stay unopened for long). Their cookies are infused with superfoods like the goji berry, packing an antioxidant punch with some fun flavors like almond oat, ginger walnut, cherry cacao, and orange mintchip. They’re all natural, mostly organic, and without refined ingredients. A more perfect food for me? I think not. I kept these in my bag through Latin class, then went to the Ratty to pick up broccoli and back to my dorm to make lunch:

Black Lentils And Beets In Snobby Sauce, Broccoli Spears, Clifi Fruit And Nut Mojo Dipped

Black Beluga Lentils And Beets In Snobby Sauce, Broccoli Spears, Clif Fruit And Nut Mojo Dipped

More good news: The “flame grilled veggie burgers” my cafeteria serves some days are Gardenburger variety, aka my favorite frozen veggie burger and the ones I’ve thus far been paying for. Well, that was awesome to know, but I wanted to use up my Trader Joe’s lentils before they went bad(do lentils even go bad?) so I stuck with them. I think any dish that is 1/4th composed of sauce is an automatic winner. I also love when the dining hall serves broccoli rather than me making it from the salad bar because the spears are huge.

That Clif bar had my name all over it, so I didn’t hesitate giving it a go. The flavor was right, but the bar threw me for a loop. You wouldn’t have guessed there were many fruit or nuts from the looks of it. The vanilla coating really saved it though; I’ll go for anything vanilla. I ate this mid-history class and I have to say that the more he talks about the midterm the more I feel prepared for it. That’s a good sign, right?

When I got back to my dorm I had hopes of plopping on the bed and shamelessly lounging around. Unfortunately, my roommate was taking an afternoon nap(who does this?) and I’m too prideful to be lazy in the company of others. Instead, I think I woke him up by making oats that I was dreaming about during epic poetry:

Oatmeal With Chocolate Sunflower Butter, Cherry Butter, And Goji Gourmet Cherry Cacao Cookies

Oatmeal With Chocolate Sunflower Butter, Cherry Butter, And Goji Gourmet Cherry Cacao Cookies

Chocolate cherry is one of my favorite flavor combo’s, so I knew this would be the bag with the first broken seal. But I’d be lying to you if I said I ate it like that.

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Mess

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Mess

Much better. And then, to eat. Holy chocolate cherry cow was this good! First of all, the cookies were amazing. Take note, ye who are blood obligated to get me a Christmas present: I want these in my stocking. The cherry essence was infused in the chocolate, and the cacao nibs were wowza! Besides that, the chocolate sunflower butter and cherry butter really complimented each other, though I might have to spring for the tried and true dried cherries next time I’m at Whole Foods. I didn’t think this bowl would tame this ravenous beast for the afternoon, but surprisingly I was set until dinner. I had wanted to go to the farmers’ market to get acorn squash but my legs and wallet decided homework would be a better way to spend the afternoon, and I obliged. By dinner time, I was ready to load my plate:

Salmon, Sweet Potato, Green Beans, Steamed Vegetables, Vegan Chili

Salmon, Sweet Potato Green Beans, Steamed Vegetables, Vegan Chili

That was the last of the leftover salmon from Sunday’s lunch :,-( Getting 3 meals out of 1 is never bad, though. There was also an all-star line up of veggies being offered, so I went at those. The vegan chili they serve is very good here. But i really had “corn niblets” so I tried to just eat the beans around them–if it ain’t on a cob, it ain’t good corn. This had me feeling nice and bloated stuffed, which is good concentrating for homework blog reading.

Did anybody else find Heroes a bit… hmm, what’s the word… horny for Monday night television? I do not know what was with that opening scene. I don’t particularly think of that kind of stuff when I go to watch Heroes. Blood and explosions is more what I’m looking for. After that I made a pretty racy snack:

Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter, White Chocolate Chips And Grain Sweetened Baking Chips

Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter, White Chocolate Chips And Grain Sweetened Baking Chips

I don’t know why my bowl decided to be so segregated; it’s a bit depressing looking back. When I made it into a mess(unpictured), at least the peanut butter seemed to be accepted by both sides :-/ My Smart Balance is running so low. I’m going to have not one but two oats in a jar in my future 🙂 I made word documents for the 3 history essays I have; I don’t know why, but making documents always feels like a huge step even if… it’s not.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Yeast Roll With Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Yeast Roll With Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Have I made you salivate with these yet? That’s really cruel of me, considering I don’t think it’s possible to get outside of CA or MA. These whole wheat cinnamon raisin rolls from the bakery are to die for; if you find anything like it in your neck of the woods, go for it! For the “frosting” I did probably 2 parts cream cheese to 1 part greek yogurt. This made it creamy but also smooth and spreadable like real frosting. I also used 4 drops vanilla stevia to sweeten it just the right amount.

I fell asleep to Man Vs. Wild last night, so that was clearly a good sign I’d be beastly for the morning, right? I slept in until 7:10. a) When did that become sleeping in and b) God that felt good. I decided to pump up the pace today and ran 8 miles at 7.5 pace in 64:22. I find when you’re running fast just don’t look at the treadmill distance and go go go. I caught up with my gym friend for the last few miles; she was in Florida 2 weeks ago and it was 93 degrees! Boy was I jealous to hear that.

Vanilla Bean Voskos Organic Yogurt, Nature's Path Organic Hot Oatmeal, Sunland All Natural Valencia Peanut Butter

Vanilla Bean Voskos Organic Yogurt, Nature's Path Organic Hot Oatmeal, Sunland All Natural Valencia Peanut Butter

Breakfast today is literally all products for reviewing. I won’t say much about it now, because I like to give it a bit more time and thought than my hectic mind has right now(Greek class in 30 minutes!). I will say that the oatmeal smells appley, the peanut butter peanuty, and the yogurt doesn’t smell at all, so that’s all good signs! I hope today stays nice because I get out at 12 and hope to make a great Whole Foods trip! At the very least, I need some bulk bin oats; I have a new bag of Trader Joe oat bran but my organic steel cuts are on their last leg. More tempehtations and dried cherries might also be in my future.

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School On A Saturday

Posted on October 18, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ask and ye shall receive. Ok, no one really “asked” for it, but here is the review for the Nature’s Path Multigrain Raisin Spice Oatmeal I had at yesterday’s breakfast.

I didn’t actually attend school on Saturday. But, as it happens, this was the first Saturday I actually stayed at college. Why is this? I have no idea. It seems like every week thus far I’ve been pulled back home for one reason or another. But this weekend there wasn’t as much a reason and I really needed to stay in one place where I could get work done. Running late yesterday literally had me figuratively running late, too. So by the time I finished my post, it was already lunch. Crazy! But more eating? Yeah, I think I’ll partake:

Broccoli, Summer Squash, BBQ Tempeh, Coffee

Broccoli, Summer Squash, BBQ Tempeh, Coffee

First I stopped to get Blue State coffee because it was cold and I didn’t think my napping roommate wanted to hear my coffee machine, then I swung by The Ratty to get food and headed back to my dorm. The BBQ tempeh was interesting. I loved all the flavors, but they didn’t really come together or say “BBQ” to me. Really any chance at tempeh, though, and I’ll bite. I got what tasted like full anise or fennel cloves in some points which was really weird. This didn’t really fill me up, but I also wasn’t very hungry so I didn’t eat anything for a while. As it turned out yesterday was a day when I couldn’t really trust my hunger.

I did some good translating in the afternoon(if that’s ever good), until my parents showed up. It’s parents weekend here at Brown where theoretically all the parents fly in having not seen their children for 2 months and attend all these speeches and what not. That’s not really how we did it, though. First my parents brought me food:

Voskos Yogurts

Voskos Yogurts

English Muffins, Cinnamon Roll, Vitatop, Ginger Cookies

English Muffins, Cinnamon Roll, Vitatop, Ginger Cookies

Back at home I got a great package from the people at Voskos Yogurt and my parents brought me 1/2 of it to sample and review. I never knew what an extensive line Voskos has, covering flavor, fat content, and organic/non-organic status. Thanks, Voskos, I can’t wait to see how your protein-packed yogurt compares! I also restocked on plenty of bready things because you can never have too many of those, in my opinion. We went out to the book store to grab a cable for my printer; while we were there my mom found a jacket she “had to have”.

Brown Mom Jacket

Brown Mom Jacket

It actually says “Brown Mom” on the chest. How ridiculous. We decided to take a trip to Stop And Shop, which I’d never been to around here because it’s a bit further and in a not-so-great part of town. On the way I snacked:

Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar

Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar

It turned out to be a lot cheaper than most Stop And Shops I’d been too, but there was nothing I really needed or wanted. After that we head to Whole Foods where I definitely took advantage of getting free groceries:

Groceries

Groceries

I picked up first some of my favorite muffins. I also got Strawberry Coconut Milk Kefir and Mint Chip Sweet Scoop Frozen Yogurt, both of which were on sale. I needed some more grain sweetened Sunspire dark chocolate chips–love these. And lastly, salmon for dinner which was dirt cheap because it was from the salad bar! Such a savvy shopper I am(not really but in this one instance yes :-)). When we got back, we did a bit of exchanging of dirty laundry(literally) and my parents were off. I promptly scooped myself some of this:

Mint Chip Sweet Scoops Frozen Yogurt

Mint Chip Sweet Scoops Frozen Yogurt

This bowl was delicious but unfortunate; the frozen yogurt had melted so fast it was practically soup by the time I was eating it and that is not cool with me and my yogurt. I would have thrown it in the freezer and waited, but I wasn’t feeling patient. It still had great flavor but was sipped up in 5 minutes flat along with a medium coffee. I then had myself wondering why I was still hungry and why I had to pee like a race horse. Really? Could I not figure the latter out from the coffee and frozen yogurt? I also tallied it up and realized I’d eaten around 1200 calories by this point in the day. P-thetic. Like I mentioned, it wasn’t an appetite trusting day. I promptly headed over to the dining hall for some fresh veggies and then back to my dorm to make up a supper:

Salmon, Sweet Potato With Maple Syrup, Broccoli, Zevia Twist

Salmon, Sweet Potato With Maple Syrup, Broccoli, Zevia Twist

Would the world still revolve if I didn’t eat as much broccoli as I do? I really doubt it. Actually the broccoli was the only thing from the dining hall; the sweet potato I bought from the Farmers’ Market a few weeks back. I was feeling a little sweet so I added maple syrup and it was out of this world. Maybe not for dinner, but I could see me doing that a lot more for dessert or breakfast. The salmon was also really good, even though I overdid it a bit on the sea salt(I didn’t even think this would be possible). And I like, though don’t love, the Twist Zevia. It’s more like 7-Up than Sprite if you know the difference. Still good but the Root Beer tops it for me.

My choice of subjects in school has gotten me a little unreluctant to work lately; my Greek History professor told our class we as a civilization have so few advancements to make as compared to the Ancients and that all we can do is study about them to feel any worth in our lives. Thanks. That really makes me want to study for your course(or, in this case, right a paper for your wife’s class). Thankfully, I don’t buy that shit at all. Nevertheless, I pumped out a solid, edited 2 pages on Catullan poetry before breaking out into study snack:

Voskos Blended Greek Honey Yogurt

Voskos Blended Greek Honey Yogurt

I wanted to calcium-up my daily so I tried one of the new yogurts I was sent to sample. How do you say yum in Greek?!(Seriously, though, I probably should learn stuff like this for class) This was amazing and you can read my full review here. I gave it a solid 9/10 for its amazing flavor. I only wish the container wasn’t so tall so I could have licked the bottom. I wrote some more essay. More studyage = more snackage in my book:

Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And Grain Sweetened Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And Grain Sweetened Chocolate Chips

I was super excited to open up a brand spanking new 32oz can of Libby’s for this; I’m sure you can share in my excitement for that. I love the Naturally Nutty Butter Toffee peanut butter for its sweetness. I also really dig these chocolate chips; instead of sugar, they’re sweetened with ground corn and barley. They’re slightly less sweet and more like dark chocolate that way–yum! I couldn’t quite end my night without a little bit of bread and spread action:

English Muffin With Chocolate Sunflower Butter And Banana Rum Pineapple Jam

English Muffin With Chocolate Sunflower Butter And Banana Rum Pineapple Jam

Ugh, this habit is not so fun for the digestion, but a part for my mouth. And since both of these have been put into the new Product Review format, I can proudly do this and this. I’m continually working on that behind the scenes for everything else.

Again, on the weekends the gyms open up late around here so I slept in until 8:30. I was there basically when the door auto-unlocked and running by 9:01. I had plans to go home this morning so I decided to do something different. Today I ran for 7 miles, and I put the speed higher than I’m comfortable at at 7.7mph. I thought I’d turn it down after a little while but I kept it up the entire way and finished in 54:38. Wow was it tiring though. I was happy to get back and have a breakfast made by a reasonable time:

Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese, Strawberry Coconut Milk Kefir

Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese, Strawberry Coconut Milk Kefir

I needed a Tuesday/Thursday breakfast–i.e. something I can take on the go. I decided to give my new kefir a try. Since I like milk more at room temp, I actually poored it out when I woke up to let it sit a while. You can’t microwave kefir without destroying the probiotics so this was as good as I could get it. At first I thought it was a little watery, but I’m remembering that’s an impression most coconut milk products give me. Besides that, it has a nice, not-to-sweet flavor and strawberry puree as its second ingredient. I also had one of my favorite muffins, slathered in cream cheese because there’s no other way. It got a little crumbly in the micro but thankfully cream cheese is an adherent, too. Now I’m sure my dad will be here any moment so I best shut the computer down and get a move on it.

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Uninspiration

Posted on September 19, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning. Not a banging title, huh? What can I say, yesterday just seemed off the whole day long. Latin class was… let’s just stick with that. We discussed the sparrow in Catullus’ poem again. What I learned was that Latin teachers use the word “mentulla” when they don’t want to say penis. Go figure.

Flame Grilled Veggie Burger, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Lentil Stew

Flame Grilled Veggie Burger, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Lentil Stew

Lunch was–you guessed it–uninspired. The one thing that seemed appealing from the cafe was lentil stew; basically if it has the word lentil in it I’ll eat it. But I wonder if it’s still a stew if you scoop it in a to-go box and eat it with a fork? It was OK but a little bland. I threw in a veggie burger for some flavor and protein.

My Greek History class was a bit ridiculous, mostly because our professor is a bit of a stubborn headed pollack(and I feel I can say this being a stubborn headed 1/4 pollack). He insists that 1 man converted the Greek alphabet from the Phonecian’s and that he and Homer sat down for 3 days in a tent while Homer recited the Iliad and he wrote it down. There’s about 5 individual things wrong with that, but it’s too much effort to even point out how wrong that must be.

What do you do when the 3 o’clock munchies come on? I think that’s a ridiculous question. I eat, of course!

Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And Chocolate Chips

This was my most inspired meal of the day(except maybe breakfast), thanks to this blogger who made some delicious sounding muffins. Naturally Nutty also makes a chocolate butter toffee peanut butter I have yet to try, but based on how this bowl tasted altogether I bet it’s great. I also had an apple to round out this meal. I think it’s more sensible to have a mid-afternoon meal to keep your metabolism up rather than snack. 6-7 hours between Lunch and Dinner is way longer than anyone should go without some good fuel.

The afternoon pretty much came and went, and I didn’t get much done other than watch last season’s season finale of Grey’s Anatomy. It got me mucho excited for the new season; I’ve missed being attached enough to a show to feel sympathy for the characters even though I know they’re not real. About this time I realized just how uninspired my day had actually been, so I went on a quest to fix that and ended up at the Bookstore.

Ginger Smoothie

Ginger Smoothie

Confession: I’d had this on my mind since the first time I got one but was holding off because I hate paying so much for fancy drinks. That being said, it made this even more special. It was a bit runnier than I remember the last one being, but I was just happy to get a little spice(ginger) in my life. Too bad this wasn’t about 5 times the size, because before I knew it, it was time for an uninspired dinner.

Japanese Noodle Soup, Artichoke Hearts, Mashed Butternut Squash, Green Beans, Chickpeas And Tofu In Sweet And Spicy Steak Sauce

Japanese Noodle Soup, Artichoke Hearts, Mashed Butternut Squash, Green Beans, Chickpeas And Tofu In Sweet And Spicy Steak Sauce

Umm, did you get all that? The main meat was overcooked, fatty beef. Err, no thanks. The veggie option was manicotti stuffed with cheese sauce and topped with marinara. See, as an Italian, I would have had my heritage revoked for eating cafeteria manicotti. There was grilled chicken, but I’m still trying to avoid eating meat just for the sake of protein. Rather, I stuck some chickpeas and tofu in a bowl and made a sauce with A.1., mustard, honey, and ground ginger. I’m no Iron Chef, but for working on the fly and trying to find the most natural ingredients I could, that wasn’t half bad.

I was almost talked into going to open mic night on campus. Ok, that’s a lie; stuff like that really doesn’t appeal to me so I politely declined and insisted that, maybe translating Greek on a Friday night isn’t the sexiest thing, but it’s what I wanted to do.

Deep Chocolate Vitatop, Cinnamon Raisin Toast With Cream Cheese

Deep Chocolate Vitatop, Cinnamon Raisin Toast With Cream Cheese

I hate studying without snacks. What’s the point of making up the concept of “study snacks” if you aren’t going to snack while studying. But it was clearly one of those nights because I, Evan Thomas, burnt the toast. Wtf? I’ve only made how much toast in my life? and I burnt it. It still tasted good under cream cheese. And Deep Chocolate is definitely my numero uno chocolate flavor from Vitalicious still; no one can take down the king. A little later it didn’t take much inspiration to make this:

Vanilla Oikos With Peanut Flour And Midnight Moo Sauce

Vanilla Oikos With Peanut Flour And Midnight Moo Sauce

Some great bloggers out there can’t and aren’t wrong about this combo. The vanilla Oikos is just sweet enough to raise the peanut butter flavor, and the chocolate sauce just tops it all off and makes it like a Reese’s. The amazing thing is that this has 21g of protein. Umm, what? That’s like a piece of chicken at a meal. Delicious AND nutritious? The Holy Grail.

This morning was clearly not a treadmill morning, since the gym nearby opens up at 9 and I like to have done the world and more by then. I slept 20 minutes through my alarm; frat rushing is in full swing and the parties last night would not let me get some good shut eye. Still, I got out and after a bit of Garmin frustration ran 6.3 in 52. It wasn’t the run I was hoping for, but considering the hills I had to hit I’m glad I went that far. I passed the farmer’s market setting up and a Whole Foods where I grab-n-goed a weekend flier. Thankfully I don’t know enough people around here for them to think I’m nuts 🙂 Breakfast was a bit of a mystery, until I got uninspired by a reader, Karen, who asked how to make French Toast oats.

Carrot Juice, Plain Oikos With Blueberries And Maple-Agave Syrup, Oats With An Egg And Mighty Maple

Carrot Juice, Plain Oikos With Blueberries And Maple-Agave Syrup, Oats With An Egg And Mighty Maple

Normally, I’ll make french toast oats by preparng 40g dry grains with 160g of water as usual. After 2 minutes of microwaving I crack in an egg and add salt, stirring until the yolk breaks and the egg is pretty well incorporated but not fully. Then I microwave for an additional minute, and when it comes out I add 1 tablespoon maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla powder. Today, however, I was much more feeling the mighty maple than maple syrup, and went for a tablespoon of that instead. It really came out tasting like a whole other beast separate from french toast oats. The maple syrup found its way into my yogurt instead, which I’ve since learned takes some convincing to eat when a) you aren’t pumped for it and b) you know you’ll have to pay for more when you finish the container. C’est la vie, right?(By the way, you’ve just witnessed my full knowledge of French)

Today I plan on going home again for the weekend and can’t wait. A full fridge and pantry? Yes please! Maybe I’ll even work with the oven a bit while I have the opportunity. I hear some packages are waiting for me which I can’t wait to open. And if the weather stays nice it’ll be a great time to go fruit picking. What’s on the agenda for your weekends?

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I Came, I Orientated, I Conquered

Posted on September 7, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Goodmorning! I hope you enjoyed the weekend of Product Reviews. It was a ton of fun to try out those foods, and I didn’t want to leave you hanging over the weekend while I was moving.

Friday night was a bit of fun, as my last night at home. I certainly celebrated with this:

Banana Goodness Bread

Banana Goodness Bread

Rum Raisin Gelato

Rum Raisin Gelato

The Banana bread with the NuNaturals baking blend turned out phenomenal. My whole family loved it. It’s meant to be used as a 1:! replacement for sugar, but since I do such low sugar anyway and this brings fiber to the table, I thought I’d double it. It made the bread nice and sweet without having a fake-sugar taste. I’m pretty sure my dad’s convinced I just added more sugar! And I follow the “No pint left behind” policy. I think Mr. Clinton’s down with me on that one. I finished off the Rum Raisin Gelato(which I started earlier that night) because it was sooo good. Raisins in ice cream? I didn’t think so either but it worked!

The next morning I ran a fast 5.3. I thought my legs would be shot after 10 miles but I really felt it and got home quick. i showered, made a day-starting breakfast, and we were into the car and off to Brown. We thought it would be packed, crazy-hecticness all around but it actually wasn’t that bad. We found some spots and started moving into the dorm room. It was definitely a work in progress for most of the day.

Working On The Dorm

Working On The Dorm

Can I say I felt a little embarrassed by how much I was bringing? It felt like every time there was another load from the car to be brought up. I’m pretty sure my roommate thought I was bringing my whole room! It actually wasn’t that much once we unpacked things, put them in their proper places, and figured out what really wasn’t necessary. When you start putting storage bins in storage bins, you know you’re all set. For lunch break we went to Whole Foods where I had my first ever salad bar experience.

Whole Foods Salmon, Quinoa, And Vegetables

Whole Foods Salmon, Quinoa, And Vegetables

So much talk goes on about the Whole Foods salad bar. I actually wasn’t all that impressed with this one. It’s a very small Whole Foods, so maybe that’s the problem. the salmon from the kitchen was decent, though. Too bad my college isn’t closer to the Dedham Whole Foods. I lost count of how many salad bars that place had–it even had trifles and bread pudding! Ridiculous.

Caesar Augustus

Caesar Augustus

I had to be a complete Classics nerd and take a picture of Mr. Augustus who is located on the greens right outside my dorm. No one tell him I wrote a thesis completely bashing him last year, k? thnx.

Around 4 we had a list piled for last-minute stuff from Bed, Bath, And Beyond, so we headed over to the Providence Place Mall. Wouldn’t you know who we saw on the way? Mrs. Hermoine Granger herself. We were also very non-chalante about the whole thing. I think we were yelling “nobody stare!” as we threw our heads out the window for a better look. I figure in a few weeks this is going to be such old news because everyone will have seen her around, but it was fun for the time. At the mall I had my first TCBY experience ever.

TCBY White Chocolate FroYo Soft Serve

TCBY White Chocolate FroYo Soft Serve

You just don’t get these in MA. It was really good, even though probably artificial and all. Gotta have a little moderation sometimes. I still prefer J.P. Licks for my artificialness splurging, though. Maybe some other day they’ll have Peanut Butter soft serve, yum 🙂

Grilled Chicken, Salad Bar Concoction

Grilled Chicken, Salad Bar Concoction

For dinner I met up with a high school friend at the main dining hall, which is also right outside my dorm. What was I to expect from college food? I think it delivered what the expectation was. i stuck with grilled chicken, since that seemed pretty untainted, and went to the salad bar where I got a little crazy. Of course, I followed Miss Holly‘s advice and loaded up on the sunflower seeds.

Honey Maple Peanut Butter

Honey Maple Peanut Butter

When I got back to the dorm I needed a little grain and nut-loving. I found this new one at Whole Foods–it’s a local! Made in Providence, this butter has 14 grams of protein per serving! Not to mention it was honey maple. Overall it tasted very similar to Butter Toffee Peanut Butter from Naturally Nutty, so I was quite pleased. We had some orientation games and safety briefings, and afterwards my friend from dinner came over and we caught up. I was ready to turn in by 11:20, but with my mind racing(not to mention the frats partying) I have no clue when I got to bed.

Sunday I woke up early by chance and decided to stay up. I organized my desk a little before a run:

Desk Area

Desk Area

Don’t it look spiffy? I went out not really knowing where I was going or what I was doing. Turns out Providence is hilly! I ended up going to the State house, the Whole Foods from yesterday, and up and down Thayer street, totaling 5.2 miles. A bit slow because I didn’t know where I was going, but fun nonetheless. I decided to “eat in” so I could catch up on my ridiculous emails and google reader.

Yogurt With Microwaved Banana And Granola, English Muffin With Maple Almond Butter And Blueberry Jam

Yogurt With Microwaved Banana And Granola, English Muffin With Maple Almond Butter And Blueberry Jam

My first breakfast as a college student, and it felt good! I will say the oddest thing I miss is a toaster. Really? Are toasters going to come alive and hold the dorm hostage or something? I just want my bread hard and crispy, it’s not a crime! But besides that, I will manage.

Mid-morning I went for a walk to try and find the other Providence Whole Foods. It took quite a while and I half wanted to turn around midway through. I mean, check how scary these Providence streets are:

Scary Sign

Scary Sign

This sign had me laughing out loud shaking in my boots. I was so happy I kept going, though, because this Whole Foods is full sized deliciousness. I didn’t even have anything I really needed, but I bought some bread to make it all worth while. 3.89 for a loaf is going to make this an expensive habit, but I’m way too picky to be satisfied with the stuff in the dining hall. Man was I spoiled over the Summer. When I got back I had plenty of computer issues to deal with, so I took my lunch from the dining hall to-go.

Veggie Burger With Black Beans And Salsa, Brown Rice, Green Beans

Veggie Burger With Black Beans And Salsa, Brown Rice, Green Beans

I’m getting better at navigating the dining hall and picking out the stuff I feel good eating about. Sure, this wasn’t a gardenburger and it definitely didn’t taste like my beloved griller’s vegans, but I worked with what I got.

Afterward my parents dropped by(living 45 minutes away has its ups and downs, but for now this was an up). We hooked up my TV so I can obsess over crappy shows when I should be doing work. After they left, I sat down with a snack:

Microwaved Banana Goodness Bread With Vanilla Chobani

Microwaved Banana Goodness Bread With Vanilla Chobani

This wasn’t bad(of course it wasn’t bad, that banana bread is the shit best). It just wasn’t frozen yogurt 😦 I can maybe squeeze a small pint in my freezer; I just have to convince my parents that their poor college student needs ice cream to study.

For dinner we met up at 5 to eat. Wtf? Does anybody in their right mind under the age of 60 eat dinner at 5? I wasn’t hungry, but look what was on the menu!

Salmon, Lentils, Peppers

Salmon, Lentils, Peppers

Salmon and lentils! Ok, they weren’t very well cooked, but I sooo didn’t care. It was just refreshing to know that the dining hall had these foods. I ate it up. After dinner. I felt rebellious. Normally I’m Mr. follow the rules, but just not today. You know what I did? I went out and bought a toaster. I know this is serious stuff I’m dealing with: a toaster. I could kill thousands with it sitting under my bed. But I really really needed a good piece of toast, which is exactly what I had.

Toast With Vanilla Almond Butter, Kashi Vive

Toast With Vanilla Almond Butter, Kashi Vive

Crisp. Hot. Burnt. Delicious. It was way overpriced considering how bad quality it is(13 dollars for what?!) but it was very much worth it. I also opened up my Vive cereal. The little vanilla nuggets all sunk to the bottom but I fished them up. This cereal is one of my favorites already. Just the smell is like Smores at a camp fire. The vanilla nuggets are kind of overrated, but I’m sure they’d be better in milk. I really like the flakes in this since they have a slightly cinnamon tone to them. I don’t eat cereal much, but I love using it for granola, and this seems like a perfect topper to any vanilla yogurt.

After that I went out to the official New Class festival where I got my picture taken with the Brown Bear! Haha, I’ll share that in a little bit. I didn’t get much sleep the night before so I went back to my room. I didn’t think I’d fall asleep so quickly but I know my tv timer hadn’t even gone off by the time I was out like a light. I should have checked my alarm, because apparently I hadn’t set it and woke up scrambling at 8:17(the one day we have something at 9am required). Clearly I couldn’t run so I showered, threw together a breakfast, and now I’m off. Catch you all later!

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To Do: Blog. Check.

Posted on July 27, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Hi, Hi. Before I get into anything, I wanted to point your attention to the new page I set up. I love sharing some of my favorite products, and warning you about other products I would suggest avoiding. I’m always delighted to hear when you try something featured and share my enthusiasm for it. For that reason, I’ve made the products I’ve reviewed evermore convenient for you to find by formalizing a page with links to the posts. This also has showed me what amazing products I mention in passing but have yet to give a comprehensive review of, so expect more of my favorite products to come.

Ok. Well today is just one of those days where I’ve drawn up a to-do list and go at it like this woman were behind me with a whip:

Suze Orman

Suze Orman

Yikes. That’ll get me moving.

After blogging yesterday we had a delicious Sunday family lunch. My Italian side is huge on roasted chicken; me, not so much, but I saved the day by shredding my piece and tossing it with leftover mango and avocado, lime juice, fresh cilantro, and throwing it on top of chicken. My mom baked sweet potatoes. Normally, I love baked potatoes, but it was 80 degrees out and I felt like a baked potato, so I passed and saved mine for dessert at 8pm. Yes, dessert. First avocado, now potatoes, what next? It was VERY yummy with a marshmellow melted on top(though it needed salt), so don’t knock it ’til you try it!

After lunch we began my Brown shopping. It’s so weird shopping for school; I really just want to take things from my house and stick them in my dorm, but I don’t think my parents would appreciate it if they lost their refrigerator and half their silverware. Here was the loot of the day:

My Comforter

My Comforter

A Mini-Chopper

A Mini-Chopper

Yes, my comforter is Brown like my school, lol. It’s also a lot like the one I have for home, which will make me feel comfortable. I plan to get a loud colored sheet to go under it though, because that’s my style. The mini-chopper is no food processor, but it was only 7 dollars(and much better than the hand chopper we had)! I have yet to make avocado pudding with it, but I did try banana whip for the first time. Confession: I thought banana whip was one of those things dieters make and convince themselves it’s great and just like the real thing but aren’t actually happy with it. Boy, was I wrong and you guys right. It wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty delicious and really accentuated the flavor of the banana. I hate eating bananas straight but love banana flavored products and this was much more like the latter. I can’t wait to try this with cocoa powder and peanuts mixed in.

We also had to pop over to Hannaford for this:

White Chocolate Wonderful

White Chocolate Wonderful

I finished off my White Chocolate Wonderful and scooped the rest into its replacement. Mighty Maple and Cinnamon Raisin Swirl are also pretty low, so I’ll have to get onto those next! We also picked up some steak when shopping; not very great cuts of meat but something different for dinner I guess. I definitely saved mine by turning it into a, what’s the name? Hugh Jass salad? Shout out to LovIN My Tummy! your blog was very entertaining.

Grilled Peach & Steak Salad

Grilled Peach & Steak Salad

I threw the steak over some spinach with 1/2 a grilled peach, steamed broccoli, and Trader Joe’s Smokey Peach Salsa. It was way simple and had a ton of flavor. With a little more refining, this could definitely be something you order at a restaurant. After that I had a little dessert:

Cherry Fage

Cherry Fage

I’d never tried Fage before since it’s quite costly, but I got a 1 dollar off coupon at the grocery store and picked this up for 79 cents. The cherry compote tasted a little sugary and artificial(even though it’s all natural), but I mixed in a tablespoon of cocoa and that really tamed the flavor and made it great. I love yogurt for dessert. And did you know that calcium help prevents some of the bad fats from meat from being absorbed into your system? Or something like that. I don’t know, but it was on AOL so it MUST be right :-). Also for dessert was the afformentioned sweet potato and banana whip, both of which had crappy pictures so I won’t blur up your screen with those.

Like I said, today’s just one of those days where I’ve got my to-do list and am going to town. Now I can cross blog off of it. Here’s a tip: If you have your to-do list in an email or on the computer, don’t delete the things you’ve done; highlight, click on font, and click strikethrough. It’s a lot more encouraging to physically see the things you’ve done rather than just delete them like they didn’t happen. So what stuff is there for me to do? Well, for one we have new neighbors–how exciting! I want to make them something, and while I’ve been dying to bake(and eat) some toffee almond blondies recently(check recipe page), I’m thinking something individual and portable like scones or muffins is a better idea. Also, I might be going to Georgia on Thursday? Wtf? I would love to, but it’s a little last minute and I really need to figure that out soon. If I do, be sure to see plenty of good eats and blogging from there over the weekend.

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