Popcorn Flavored Cod

Posted on November 16, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m very stubborn. I insist to eat oatmeal when I know I won’t have time to finish it all. Boy am I a crazy person 😉 Jk, but I was still working on my bowl yesterday morning when my parents arrived around noon. They didn’t mind sitting around while I finished, and look what they brought me!

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Archer Farm's Vanilla Cranberry Peanut Butter

A new peanut butter? A new Target product? A food present I didn’t have to physically pick off the shelf? This was like everything I like all in one ❤ Big thanks to Naomi at One Fit Foodie for giving me the heads up on this one. After putting that and some other groceries they brought, my parents, grandmother and I headed of to Foxwoods! We’ve been going there every few months or so since I was 2 or 3. Don’t judge my family because we bond over institutions of gambling; there are sooooo many other reasons to judge us. Anyway, I can’t gamble until I’m 21, and the arcade room has lost its luster to me, so when we go my dad and I usually eat at one of their great restaurants. This time it was Junior’s.

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Junior's

Junior’s started in Brooklyn, and is much more well-known for their cheesecake. Bobby Flay even threw down(and beat) them! They also built a restaurant at the MGM part of Foxwoods. When you arrive, they give you pickles, beets, and relish.

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Appertif

I thought that was really cute. And it was all so vinegary! It was perfect. For entrees, Juniors has a lot of heavy items; would you really expect anything less from a place whose main appeal is cheesecake? I was in a white-fish mood, so I went with the broiled cod.

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Broiled Cod With Broccoli

The dish came with florentince rice, but I asked to substitute that with the vegetable of the day, which was apparently broccoli. I also didn’t realize that at 2pm I’d be getting the dinner portion. It was very delicious, but I wasn’t expecting the pool of butter it came in. In fact, when I first tasted it I though “Why does my cod taste like popcorn?” That’s how divorced I am from butter; I only know the flavor through popcorn. I’m not even sure what the sauce on the side was but it tasted like mayo and was pretty bland so I didn’t bother with it. One thing that was great about Junior’s was their mustard.

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Junior's Mustard

They make their own, and my dad(who got a steak burger) and I both agreed it was incredible. Luckily, they also sold it, and mustard was on my shopping list, so I got one for 4 dollars. I love buying sauces and jams from places I visit because I think the flavor of their product says a lot about the institution and bring back good memories. We didn’t get any cheesecake, but I snapped a picture on the way out for you to drool at 😉

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Junior's Cheesecakes

Can I move one now? 🙂 We walked around a bit more while my mom and grandmother had fun gambling. I had a huge coffee to flush out the butter from my system. Foxwoods has some fun stores that sell Stonewall Kitchen and other jams. Some of them had me drooling, but I wasn’t in the business of buying new and expensive jams. Once people had had their full(and lost their money), we made the long trip back to Providence. I say long because we stopped at 3 places. For energy I snacked on a new bar.

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NuGo Carrot Cake Bar

It had an interesting flavor. It was definitely sweet, though I’m not sure it was “carrot cake”. Then again, what is carrot cake, anyway? It’s one of my favorites ever, so I’ve had a ton, and I know no two have ever tasted the same because people change up the ingredients so often. Anyway, the first stop was probably the one I was most excited for.

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Rhode Island Trader Joe's

Trader Joe’s is always exciting; add in the facts that 1) I haven’t been to one in over a month 2) this was a new one to me and 3) this is their only location in Rhode Island and you’ve got a happy foodie. It felt like reuniting with an old friend. At the same time, so much has changed! They have great looking new profucts like chocolate covered peppermint Joe-Joe’s. And have they always had those vanilla fudge cranberry dunkers? If so, why did I never buy them?

Well, it was dark when we got out of their. After that we went to Stop And Shop for Libby’s pumpkin and Vitatops, but as luck would have it Cascadian Farm’s granola bars were $3 a box and I had coupons! Score. Lastly was Whole Foods, where I restocked on a lot of jam that my yogurt-loving ways have taken, and picked up a dinner. I even slipped my dad $10 my grandmother had slipped me earlier because I felt the groceries had gotten a little out of hand. Here’s the proof:

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Groceries

Like I said, quite a bit. On the bright side, only 3 of the groceries were neither on sale, a coupon item, or store brand. And there was at least $6 saved with sales and coupons, so that counts for something. I rushed to put these away because time had completely gotten by me and was more than ready for dinner.

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Whole Foods Chicken Dumplings And Tuna And Salmon Brown Rice Sushi

Did I mention my parents also bought me a dinner? 😀 This was sooooo good. I haven’t had sushi or Chinese dumplings in what feels like ages; I know of some great sushi places but honestly I’m content with Whole Foods. I like brown rice and most real Japanese places don’t offer that. I’d definitely get it more if it weren’t expensive(though, to be fair, it’s a way better deal than loading up on veggies from the salad bar).

This dinner made me very happy for the ridiculous amount of email responding/blog reading/internet bemusement I had to do. The rest of the night felt like hectic catching up but I’d much rather have a fun day and a stressful night than anything else. For a bit I ran around putting things away, cleaning plates, jumping into PJ’s, and making a snack.

 

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Pumpkin Spice Yogurt With Harvest Spcie Granola

 

I was still hungry immediately after dinner, which I think was either from my low snackage of that the sushi had enough protein. Regardless, pumpkin pie greek yogurt was by far the best answer. I added 1/4 cup pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla stevia, and used 1 Harvest Spice bar as granola. This tasted just like pumpkin pie. It definitely hit the spot. I don’t know that I’d like that bar on its own, but as an on-the-go granola I could see it being handy. Amazing Race and Family Guy were decent, but nothing to gush about. This snack was though:

 

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Peanut Butter Chip Granola Bar, Chocolate Vitatop With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter

 

Why people pay an arm and a leg for supplements when they could buy tasty, fortified food I will never understand; I swear I always feel better the day after I have a vitatop for dessert. Even if it’s all in my mind, it’s damn tasty 🙂 The granola bar was good, too. Nothing fortified or particularly nutritious, but definitely delicious. I think this one would make good on-the-go granola, too.

Nerd rant: The Aeneid is just awful to read in translation. At least when you read it in Latin you feel like you’re testing out your knowledge and can enjoy the poetry side of it. As a book, though, it pretty much sucks. In fact, the author, Virgil, wanted it burned after he died because he never finished it and didn’t like it himself. Some people are very glad those orders were not carried out. I, on the other hand, am not.

 

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Soy Yogurt With Smart Balance, Newman's Own Organic Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, And Vanilla Sugar

Speaking of fortified, this was fortified with goodness. I actually used to worry about not getting enough calcium, but with 3 cups of yogurt or milk a day and green vegetables that’s not really a concern. And I think a sprinkling of vanilla sugar is totally justified when you buy plain and unsweetened yogurt 🙂

I’m finding the better I stay hydrated, the more often I need to get up and go in the middle of the night. A bit unfortunate, but if that’s the price for proper health I’ll pay. I grabbed a fruity bar and hit the gym.

 

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Clif Fruit And Nut Mojo Dipped

This one’s not my favorite, but it had me at “and nut”. I think Monday’s are the best for long runs because usually I lower mileage over the weekend, and I’m excited to see The Today Show gang and 7am cartoons. Today pretty much fit that bill. I decided on 12 miles and finished in 99 minutes flat. None of my gym friends were there this morning 😦 But I know where they work so I can give them hell for being lazy and make sure they kick their own butts tomorrow 😉 Breakfast was decided long before it got made.

 

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Oikos With Strawberry Jam And Fluff, Pumpkin Oatmeal With Vanilla Cranberry Peanut Butter And TJ's White Chocolate Chips

Yum! I love getting new “toys” to play with. The vanilla cranberry butter was surprisingly thin, and the cranberries weren’t whole but rather finely ground. Still, it had GREAT flavor. I think it’d be good in some yogurt. And the white chocolate chips were perfect. I think you can tell they’re made with cocoa butter. I don’t know why, but I was craving a little sticky fluff, so I threw that on the yogurt. Perfect 🙂

 

 

 

Xagave Giveaway! I’d love to be baking with this stuff!

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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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