Excuse Me, Your Head Is Blocking The Fridge

Posted on January 31, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

7:53: Get into some comfy pajamas. It’s going to be a good night

8:23: Find Disturbia on TV; decide to watch even though I’m a scaredy cat for movies like this.

Burnt Sugar Crumbly Chocolate Fudge

8:30: Think fudge would be a good thing for dessert, even though I can’t remember the last time fudge did anything for anyone’s hunger

8:40: This fudge is really weird and hard–not really like church fair fudge but it’s sweet and that’s nice

9:12: Realize while doing Greek homework that Plato was soooo much dirtier than people give him credit for. Why don’t I remember things like this from 9th grade?

9:23: Why am I watching Disturbia?!?!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Coconut Butter

9:30: Start the process of making chocolate avocado pudding, mashing avocado, cocoa powder, and coconut milk kefir in a bowl

9:40: Start cleaning the mess I’m making, throwing out bits of avocado, and cleaning the bowl.

9:43: Coconut oil? Coconut Butter? Cacao Bliss? Why can’t I decide?

Artisana Coconut Butter

9:47: Coconut Butter

9:52: Still cleaning; still hungry

9:53-9:57: Photographing the chocolate pudding

9:58: Screw it–I’m hungry and need to eat something now and no longer even want this damn pudding.

Cheesy Pumpkin Oats With Banana Peanut Butter

10:02: Shove the pudding in the fridge and make oats with pumpkin and nutritional yeast, topped with banana peanut butter.

10:12-10:23: Simultaneously admire and devour the oatmeal while burning my tongue because it’s so hot.

10:25: Need something sweet; feeling self-destructive.

Ginger Ale Zevia

10:32: There are worse ales I could have reached for.

10:52: Learn through Mythbusters that if I hold a gun the wrong way, my thumb will be cut off. Great.

11:02: Sleep. Glorious sleep.

3:17: Wake up, and now having trouble falling back asleep.

3:25: Roommate and 2 people I don’t know(maybe?) come in a little giddy. They whisper a lot and fall asleep on the floor.

3:27: Amazed at how the drunk people can fall asleep faster than I can and WOW DOES ONE OF THEM SNORE LOUD.

3:34: Ok, I’m hungry and not sleeping. What do I want?

3:35: I want that damn pudding but one of their heads is blocking the fridge. Would it be rude to wake whoever that is up?

3:37: Pry the door open, grab the pudding, head downstairs to the dorm kitchen.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Coconut Butter

3:40: Heat it up and start digging in. As I walk back to my bed to finish it

3:45: All gone. I like fat. I really like fat. Why do I eat protein and carbs?

4:02: Finally back to some shut-eye

7:07: Wake up and th 2 people on the floor are gone. Ugh, why is the gym not open until 9 on the weekend?! Would it be bad to watch Cartoon Network until then? I’ll just go back to sleep.

8:41: Wake up after a dream nightmare about never being able to find sour cream & onion popchips. If that’s the world I have to live in, I don’t want to live. On the bright side, I can get ready to go to the gym.

8:58: Chugging some decaf hazelnut coffee and out the door.

Running Stats

9:03: Starting my 5-miler after stretching the left calve which was acting up

9:08: Getting way too in to “Single Ladies”; resisting the urge to put my hands up and regretting that I didn’t put a ring on it

9:22: I’ve got Cartoon Network on TV, my iPod blasting, I can do this!

9:49: That felt great. Maybe could have done more? Tomorrow’s my long run so I wasn’t going to push it.

Walking Stats

9:50-10:25: Cool down with a two mile walk followed by stretching.

10:12: What time am I going to finish? When will I get back? Will it be breakfast or lunch?

10:33: Back in the dorm, roommate’s still sleeping, should I be shocked by this? Not at all.

10:46: Hop out of the shower and run back to the room.

1047-10:48: Have a fight with the scale to get it to turn on and stay on. It does, which is a sign that I should eat a “breakfast”.

10:55: Oops, people are starting to get up. Perhaps I should put on pants?

Banana Cinnamon Oatmeal With Walnut Butter, Goat Milk Yogurt With Raspberry Jam

11:02-12:02: Oats come out of the microwave and I start eating. Write a “cutesy” blog post, Twitter a bit, talk to a friend on the phone, e-mail my dad, and finish breakfast saving a huge bite of walnut butter for the last bite.

12:04: Publish.

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Overprepared

Posted on December 7, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I think all I need to do is pull up a picture of what I consider “necessary” for a 2-day trip home to show what an overpreparer I am. So naturally, last night while I was watching Brothers & Sisters(seriously, how good was that and isn’t that clif hanger awful to give without even a sneak peek at the next episode?), I finished my oats and started thinking about preparing for my run. Normally, I don’t actively carbo-load any more than my hunger wants, but for some reason I got it in my mind that this would be good to “prepare” for a time-free run.

Peanut Butter Gnu Bar

If you’re going to eat late at night, fiber is totally the way to go to top off energy levels. Not a lover of the peanut butter flavor here, but not a bad bar overall. Well i tried falling asleep right after that but nope. Not happening. Part of it was probably the cold and another part the anticipation, but I was up and out all night over and over. I tried getting a good night sleep but who knows how much I actually slept when I woke up at 6:45, then 6:55, then 7:10(an hour later than usual).

When I got to the gym it was just as I’d hope: practically no one. In fact for the first hour it was just me and my two gym friends who are employees of Brown. All the students have been taking advantage of sleep during reading week. I definitely felt a bit more energized–from my carbo loading perhaps? And I didn’t need an energy bar to keep going, either. All in all I was happy to stop at 12.5 miles in 1:41:47. The .5 might or might not have been to watch a Today Show segment 😉 When I got back I definitely was in the mood for food, going over 3 hours with nothing but water.

Banana Oatmeal With Banana Peanut Butter And Honey

"Fig Newton" Yogurt

Can you tell I wanted honey? It was a weird craving but it was well honored. For the oats I added 3oz of mushed banana before cooking and microwaved it an extra 2 minutes to boil off moisture. It was too perfect with this peanut butter. And the honey–magnifique! For the yogurt, I added 1/2 a tablespoon fig jam and some honey, topped with vanilla sugar. It was perfect and the crunchy sugar reminded me of a fig newton newman.

At 11 one of the maintenance people came to see if our heat was on: nope. I could have told him that. It seems like it’s fixed and hopefully tonight will be warmer. I think I did just about everything I possibly could besides writing my paper so that I have no excuse later to not do that. I enter about 30 contests online a day–no lie. It’s not very common to win anything but you never win if you never enter, right? For lunch I decided to try out something new and exotic.

Teriyaki Ginger Al Fresco Chicken Sausages

This was another flavor that Al Fresco sent me. I left most at home but grabbed this one and another because I figured teriyaki goes with anything, right?

Honey And Soy Glazed Carrots And Broccoli, Teriyaki Ginger Sausage

Right. This was so simple but delicious. The carrots got very soft in the microwave and the sauce on them was perfect. As for these sausages, I thought they were a bit subtle at first until I dipped the in the honey soy sauce and then it was magic. Seriously, where did that kick come from? Probably the ginger, but wow was it nice. Clearly I’ve become a little honey obsessed over the past day. I’d like to say I have some super cool, local, organic honey, but that’s not quite so.

Honey Bear

Just a cheap, store brand bear that I bought months ago because I thought I should own some honey even if I might never eat it. Now I regret not picking some up while the farmers’ market was here. I’ll have to see what good local honey I can find at Whole Foods next time I’m there to feed this new craving. Now that I’ve blogged, I’ve really done everything I could besides write this paper, so I’ll work on that. Tonight–weather permitting–there’ll be a fun Classics caroling concert on campus I’ll stretch my legs for. And then the first of 3 finals tomorrow morning already! I thought reading week was supposed to be easy?

Here’s a very sweet and nutty Larabar giveaway!

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Sweet 16

Posted on December 3, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I did it! As I mentioned in a 6:29am mad rush yesterday, The Biggest Loser inspired me to get out and try for a distance personal record. More specifically, what I was inspired by was the contestant’s goal: not necessarily to “run a marathon” but more “to move their bodies 26.2 miles”. Every morning I’ve gotten up and ran until it was time to stop(which, if the time is a literal thing, around 8:30). Yesterday I decided no time excuses–that I was going to get up and “move my body 16 miles”. While I wanted to run it, I acknowledged I might need to walk, to hop off the treadmill for the bathroom(which happened a lot), or to take a water break. Regardless, I was determined to hit the distance and not factor in anything else. While it was long, it wasn’t nearly as grueling as I anticipated. I overprepared like a pro.

Peanut Butter And Jelly Larabar

I brought 3 bars and only ended up eating what you don’t see of this PB&J Larabar. And, yes, I made it 16 miles. Needless to say, it felt quite good to finish after a time of 2:17:50 and I was into the 3rd hour of The Today Show. Best of all, I learned a new way of thinking; I loved the mentality shift from running to moving myself a certain distance. It makes all sorts of distances look possible for the future. Also needless to say, I was a sweaty mess when I got back to my dorm at 9:20, so I showered and made this salty and sweet mess:

Sweet And Salty Oats

Oatmeal
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 tablespoon Smart Balance PB
1 tablespoon peanut butter chips
2 strips Fakin’ Bacon
Maple Syrup
Sea Salt

If this is at the end of 16 miles, I’m running 32 tomorrow. I was short on time after ignoring it so I went with the throw-everything-in-a-bowl method and wow was this good. I don’t know where to begin, so I’ll just let your imagine soar 🙂 I still wanted to get some breakfast probiotics though, so I gave a new product a try.

Vega Vanilla Chai Whole Food Health Optimizer

You can read my review here, but to sum it up I’d say the nutrition was ridiculously amazing, the flavor decent, and the coloration scary. I think that’s how it works with most green drinks, at least the last part anyway. I ended up walking into class right with the bell(score!) just in time to do teacher evaluations… I’m sure I’ll stick out like a thumb on my evaluations in the classes where I’m the only freshman(and that’s the first question on the paper) but I tried being honest in all of them. After class I picked up something at a campus convenience and made my way home for emails and lunch. Lunch came in to parts:

Trader Joe's Mac N' Cheese, Broccoli

Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna

It just felt like a mac n’ cheese day; I don’t think that needs any explanation 🙂 When I saw a chocolate peppermint bar at the convenience store, I had to grab it. Yes–it’s a bar marketed for women. But I see you gals eat Clif bars all the time so if you can gender-bar hop so can I 😉 Plus it just felt so nice and seasonal. I really liked it and even bought another one afterwards to enjoy with cocoa some time.

All I could think about in classes 2 and 3 was how I almost spent as much time on the treadmill as I would in class yesterday–insane! When i got out, I wandered around a bit up and down Thayer street. I bought 2 magazines even though I had 3 I hadn’t read yet(whoops), and managed by Blue State for some coffee. Eventually, I realized all of this was procrastination since I had an overflowing inbox and homework to do, so I hung my head and got back to the dorm. I also picked up this delicacy while I was out and about:

Pizza Strip With Lightlife Breakfast Sausage

A pizza strip is a local food comprised of a yeast dough topped with a thin layer of herby sauce and nothing more. I added some breakfast sausage to make it a “faux meat lovers” pizza–yum! I think this officially makes me a Rhodey now, right Big Girl? The afternoon was filled with busy work. I got pretty hungry by 6 but didn’t want to ruin my appetite for meeting folks at the dinning hall at 6:30 so I snacked on an apple.

Apple

It’s really unfortunate this is my pre-dinner snack because my dining hall serves some pretty bad apples and I refuse to buy produce with my grocery money that’s not some sort of tuber or I can’t store under my bed 😦 For dinner, I knew I didn’t want the veggie option so I made my main in my dorm and relied on the cafe for side veggies.

Maple Mustard Tofu Steaks, Sweet Potato, Steamed Vegetables

It feels like ages since I’ve done the maple/mustard combo, so it was welcomed to have it back. I cut up 3 slices(2 servings) of firm tofu and tried letting it marinate for 30 minutes and “glaze” in the microwave but in the end it was more of a sauce. I don’t know why the sweet potato doesn’t look like much here because it felt HUGE and sat like a rock in my tummy. I was honestly stuffed when I got back to my dorm and just wanted to put on stretchy PJ’s and my glasses to watch TV.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who was glued to the tree lighting ceremony? Rudolph was also on, and so were some new ABC shows, but how often do they light the Rockefeller tree? I never knew Jane Krakowski was an actual singer; I never would have guessed that from her 30 Rock character. Eventually, when there was room, I had a seasonal snack.

Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna

Haha, guess I’m getting a little repetitive? I blame this blogger for giving me a peppermint craving(and by blame, I mean utterly adore). It was still as good as the first time and prompted me to write a review so I can spread the crack love. Other than that, I got an embarrassingly low amount of work done 😦 It’s just that time of year when things are piling up so high doing the “normal” amount of work won’t cut it. I realized when enough was enough(aka, quitting time) and tried getting out with my sanity. I was ready to get under the covers and enjoy one last night time snack.

Oatmeal With Peanut Butter Frosting, TJ's Mini PB Cups, Smart Balance PB And An Advent Chocolate

Holy oats! So good. True fact: I’m all for dark chocolate and it’s antioxidental power, but when it comes to chocolate and peanut butter I need my milk–it’s just better if you ask me. For the peanut butter frosting, I did 2oz greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon peanut flour and 5 drops stevia. Expect to see about 22 more of those little hearts before Christmas.

Newman's Own Organic Mocha Milk Chocolate

I might have snuck a little more milk chocolate. At least I’m good enough to take pictures of it? Sleep felt so easy and natural last night; it was raining when I went to bed and I love falling asleep to the sound of rain. Unfortunately, when I woke up, it wasn’t rain but a full blown torrential downpour. I decided to sleep in and not run(and since I run in the gym, you can imagine how bad this ran seemed at the time). I got up an hour or so later and realized I’m so lost when I’m off my “routine”. Regardless, I tried to normalize things with oats and yogurt.

Banana Oatmeal With Banana Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Yogurt With Pumpkin Flax Granola And White Chocolate Chips

Normal tastes gooood. I think I underseasoned the oats because I tried to make them taste more like my banana goodness bread but they came out just banana with a touch of cinnamon. Salt and this peanut butter perked it up. I completely forgot how nice and flaxy the Nature’s Path granola is. Yesterday I got awesome news that I was their “fan of the week” on facebook and am getting some products I’ve never had before!! I can’t wait to try them.

As the sun is coming out, it’s making me feel bad about not getting a great run in. Well where was it at 6:30am? I might take the rest day, or might be drawn out after class. Or I might just call a trip to the Whole Foods salad bar a “workout”. Any of those are good options.

Giveaway over at the PB queen herself’s blog!

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The Swing Of Things

Posted on November 30, 2009. Filed under: Book Review, Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning! In case you were travelling over the weekend, there was a new recipe dreamed up on Black Friday, a review of Clif bars, a day that had me blushing beet red, and a 2nd, meatless Thanksgiving.

After that awesome lunch, I needed time to digest on the couch with Montana, and then got to work on my next project.

Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree. After chopping it down yesterday and leaving it in the cold overnight, we finally brought it in. Traditionally, I do the lights and the cranberries while my mom does the ornaments afterwards; since I was moving back to my dorm I needed to do this snappily. I was happy at the end 🙂 I love the lights on a Christmas tree. I think the ornaments are always nice and personal but it’s just not a tree to me if it doesn’t light up.

Afterwards we got to packing up. I dreaded this. It always feels like I have more going back than coming home, and this time I knew I did because of all the leftovers and extra clothes. Ugh. Thankfully with enough helping hands in the house this wasn’t too bad and shaped up pretty quick.

Packed Bags

I think it was a backpack, 3 bags of food, 2 of laundry, 2 of random machinery, and a stevia plant. Because, really, how could I live without all of that? We swung by my grandmother’s apartment to pick her up because she likes to come “just for the ride”. Wouldn’t it be nice to have time to go for a ride just because you have nothing else to do? 60 more years and I’ll be there.

Double Chocolate Pillow

Of course before hitting the highway we wento McDonald’s for some decaf and I broke out one of these cookies. I think it’s always the case that things grow on me after a few days, because 4 days later and I’m now becoming obsessed with them. Seriously, just smelling the cocoa–bliss. On the way down we stopped at Target looking for a movie. Alas, no luck 😦 But underwear was on sale and that’s close enough to grab, right?

Moving back in was actually quite quick and painless with enough helping hands(again). The rug looks awesome since my mom brought down her vacuum to clean it up(thanks!). I definitely lost track of time in all of this and realized I was hungry. A little cookie is not a substantial afternoon snack, but you know what is?

Laloo's Strawberry Darling Goat's Milk Ice Cream

Ice cream. I’m surprised this has survived the common freezer for so long, but yesterday I decided it was time to polish it off(only about 1 serving left anyway). I love the tang of the balsamic vinegar in this. Something tells me adding balsamic vinegar, even an organic one, to strawberry chobani wouldn’t work the same. When all the groceries were away I enjoyed staring at a full fridge.

Full Fridge

Really? Is there anything more blissful? I’m surprised I managed to cram it all in there; it looked like it might not make it and I’m glad I left some tofu at home for another weekend. I also found this which I snuck into my bag:

The Killer Angels

I don’t really “pleasure read”, and if I had time to, I’d probably choose a book I haven’t read, so I’m not sure why I brought this. But I do love and recommend this book for anyone wanting to read a psuedo-historic novel. I did a huge paper on it and the battle of Gettysburg in 11th grade. As you might know, I’m a Classics major, but besides that American history 1640-1865 is my other area of interest. There’s a movie, Gettysburg, based on this book I have yet to see but I can’t wait to find it some day.

Dinner started off a little disgusting; I went to get one of my sweet potatoes and found it covered in mold–yuck! That’s actually never happened with the food I keep under my bed but I guess there’s a first for everything. Instead, I had to improvise.

Broccoli, Turkey Breast, Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Lightlife Breakfast Sausages And Maple Syrup

You know how sometimes your eyes are bigger than your stomach? Yeah, story of my life day. First there was being stuffed from a stuffed tofurkey and acorn squash, and then there was this. The turkey wasn’t anything special, I just wanted to eat it up before it got moldy like a sweet potato. The english muffin with sausage was the real money maker here. Does anybody else remember McGriddles from McDonalds? That’s EXACTLY What this was like, except with infinitesimally less trans fat. Oh my God, so good. Rest assured it will be made again. Unfortunately, there was one casualty during dinner.

 

Broken Amazing Grass Bottle

 

My Amazing Grass bottle 😦 I dropped it on the floor while it was full and water went pretty much everywhere–fun. After cleaning it up I went to the bathroom and tried refilling it, wondering why it kept being empty. Smart one, Evan. I think they carry these at Whole Foods? That’s what I’m hoping at least. After getting ahead(ahead! not catching up!) on work I made a snack and settled in for A Dog Named Christmas.

 

Peanut Butter Soy Yogurt With Fig Jam And Peanut Butter Chips

 

I don’t expect much from cheesy, holiday, made-for-TV movies, but this one was even below expectations. I expect them to suck, but to also be cutesy, and the child acting in this was not cutesy. This snack also did not disappoint even though I was iffy on the flavor combo. I think I forgot to sweeten the base but thankfully I bought a Vanilla flavor. I completely forgot I even had fig preserves but they were still just as good. And the pb cheeps were nice and sweet, nothing at all like real peanut butter and yet just as magical 🙂

After I’d put up with bad child acting for an hour, it was time for a new Brothers & Sisters. Last weeks episode was not on because Adam Lambert needed to whore it up at the AMA’s, but this week there were supposed to be great plot twists and secret revealings–it did not disappoint. Midway, I snacked on this:

 

English Muffin With Pumpkin Cream Cheese And Honey Maple Peanut Butter Topped With Me And Goji Granola

2 english muffins in one day? I was on a roll. I liked the crunch from the granola. And the gojis I’m sure were some decent brain food. I also love “rediscovering” peanut butters I forget about. Brothers & Sisters I thought was awesome–can’t wait until the wedding(or will there even be one?) next week.

I was exhausted so I knew I wanted shut eye but for some reason, as tired as I was, I wasn’t getting to sleep. I don’t know how much I slept overall or how many times I woke up/had weird dreams. This was one harsh “welcome back” to the swing of things. When I woke up, though, I was ready to meet my old friend–the gym. I made a quickie snack.

Kashi Strawberry Flax Waffle With Banana Peanut Butter

Normally I like bars that I can take on the treadmill but for some reason this was what appealed to me best. When I got there, it was packed for 6:50am(read: 3 other people). But then it quited down and the regulars started showing up. I didn’t concern myself too much with pace or anything; I was plenty happy to be back and watching the Today Show(does anybody care about Tiger Woods’ car crash at this point? really?). In the end I did 12 miles in 1:38:59. That’s almost exactly like yesterday, which is good because I tend to be slower inside than out. When I got back, I relearned how to make a dormroom breakfast.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Pepita Butter And Maple Frosting, Eggnog Yogurt

This microwave just ain’t the same as the one back home. For the oats I used Caitlin’s pancake frosting recipe with a little vanilla stevia. I think my cooking skills were on vacation and are just getting back, too, because everything was underseasoned/sweetened. Afterwards, I added more stevia and cinnamon to the yogurt and some vanilla sugar and salt atop the oats and that perked things up.

And so, clearly I’m relearning dorm life after a week of bliss. I suppose with finals and papers coming up I won’t even notice the time between now and Christmas vacation, right? Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s cyber Monday, and as dirty as that sounds I have some deals to catch.

 

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I Act Like A Blogger When…

Posted on November 6, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I act like a blogger when I read other blogs rather than study for my test in 30 minutes. Fortunately, I peeled myself away from the screen to make it to class in time. The test was a bit longer than any of us thought it’d be but I feel like exactly the passages I studied were the ones on the test and that I did really well. I guess the Greek shirt just has good luck in it?

Broccoli, Carrots, Tofu Salad With The Heat Is On Peanut Butter

Broccoli, Carrots, Tofu Salad With The Heat Is On Peanut Butter

I act like a blogger when I get obsessed with a food. Now it is tofu salad with The Heat Is On peanut butter. Every time there’s carrot at the salad bar, I’ve convinced myself I’m doing the right thing by eating this. That, and it’s just too good to turn down. I used a little less tofu this time(because I ran out) and the peanut butter flavor was even better. Definitely needed some stevia and salt though to pumpkin it up.

Cinnamon-Raisin Greek Yogurt

Cinnamon-Raisin Greek Yogurt

I act like a blogger when I’m convinced Greek yogurt can be a “dessert”. All it needs is some vanilla, raisins, cinnamon, and voila. I was trying to recreate this amazing rum raisin gelato made by a Massachusetts company which is so light and smooth but I don’t have rum. I probably could find that in a dormitory pretty easy but I didn’t feel like “meeting the neighbors” with the line “Excuse me, do you have rum for my Chobani?”.

I act like a blogger when I spend 30 minutes making a granola for the Facebook  MojaMix contest I won. I went with a ginger base with dried strawberries, persimmons, chia seeds, chocolate sprouted sunflower seeds, and cacao nibs. How awesome does that sound? I can’t wait till it comes!

I act like a blogger when I ditch on the end of Days Of Our Lives and all of Rachael Ray to go get groceries.

I act like a blogger when I almost neglect an awkward “Hi” with a classmate because I’m fascinated by how the raisins soaked up the yogurt liquid and were now cinnamon infused. Seriously, that was awesome. I didn’t even plan it like that but viola. The raisins got so moist and well seasoned, it totally converted me to liking raisins again.

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Vermont Sweet Vermont Bread Co.

I act like a blogger when I get really excited about bread. I found a new flavor of Vermont Bread that has maple syrup as the 3rd ingredient! Don’t tell me that doesn’t sound awesome. Unfortunately, it wasn’t on sale and I didn’t have a coupon, so back on the shelf it went 😦 I’m just ecstatic to know this exists.

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Groceries

I act like a blogger when I come home with pumpkin, tofu, and greek yogurt. I’m guessing 90% of you have these items in your fridge at the moment. I got it all for 4.38 using store sales and coupons! I’m getting good at that 😉

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Oikos With Chocolate Chunk Hazelnut Biscotti Granola

I act like a blogger when I position my greek yogurt and granola in a precarious position to take a picture of it, then proceed to drop it all in my lap. Fortunately, most of it stayed in the dish so I ate it anyway. I love this granola because it already has chocolate in it! Sure, it could benefit from a little more, but what couldn’t?

Pumpkin Oatmeal With White Chocolate Wonderful And Vanilla Powder

Pumpkin Oatmeal With White Chocolate Wonderful And Vanilla Powder

I act like a blogger whenever I use my $10 vanilla powder. It finally occurred to me to put this on oatmeal after 2 months. Oh my heavens was the vanilla on top of the pumpkin delicious. I’m sure the white chocolate peanut butter didn’t hurt, but the powder pushed it over the edge.

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Tiny Apple

I act like a blogger when I get excited by tiny fruit because it makes me feel bigger.

Vegan BBQ navy Beans, Brussel Sprouts, Summer Squash

Vegan BBQ navy Beans, Brussel Sprouts, Summer Squash

I act like a blogger when I whip out my camera in the middle of the dining hall to take a picture of dinner. That’s a fun way to meet people. I thought of you all when the main vegetarian dish was pumpkin ravioli in cream sauce 🙂 I, however, was still a little pumpkined out, and the cream sauce made it a little less appealing. Instead I had the vegan BBQ navy beans. These taste just like good baked beans should taste like and were amazing. They had a very deep molasses and tomato flavor to them. All I could think about eating them was how smelly my run would be this morning but how I didn’t care.

 

Root Beer Zevia

Root Beer Zevia

 

I act like a blogger whenever I drink Zevia. Does anybody know a non-blogger who’s even heard of this? I don’t think I have, which is a shame because it’s so darn good.  There’s even a Zevia giveaway from Green Dog Wine! Don’t actually enter it though, because that would lessen my chances and I need to restock 😉

 

Newman's Own Organic Mocha Milk Chocolate

Newman's Own Organic Mocha Milk Chocolate

 

I act like a blogger when I choose organic chocolate because I know it’s better for the earth. Or maybe I ate this because it’s one of my favorite chocolates ever? Yeah, definitely the second one.

I act like a blogger when, instead of getting up to get my notebook out of my backpack to do work, I figure out how to see how many google reader subscribers I have.

 

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Banana Goodness Oatmeal

 

I act like a blogger when a good night is evaluated on the basis of the oatmeal. Last night I decided to try and recreate banana goodness bread in my microwave since I haven’t made a loaf in a few weeks. I used 2oz banana, vanilla powder, and vanilla stevia in the oatmeal, and topped with semi-sweet baking chips. It was a decent substitute but of course not the real thing. I also sprinkled salt over the top at the end and I think that really helped the flavor.

I act like a blogger when I stress over watching Grey’s Anatomy or The Office. Oh wait, I was doing that years ago. Nevermind.

 

Fig And Almond Blondie, English Muffin With Banana And Chocolate And Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter

Fig And Almond Blondie, English Muffin With Banana And Chocolate And Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter

 

I act like a blogger when carbo loading couldn’t be easier. I defrosted one of Veggie Girl’s Fig And Almond blondies. After a few month of being frozen, they aren’t quite as good, but a little cream cheese fixed that. I also had an english muffin with mushed banana and chocolate chips(and salt, of course) and cinnamon vanilla sunflower butter. Perfect. Rachael Ray was on The Jay Leno Show and gave some hilarious answers to 10 at 10 in case anyone missed that.

I act like a blogger when I set my alarm at 6:15 to get up and do my long run. I had planned for another 13.1 miler today. I wasn’t particularly hungry but I figured food would be good so I grabbed a mojo.

 

Clif Peanut Butter Pretzel Mojo

Clif Peanut Butter Pretzel Mojo

Apparently, this bar isn’t just one of my favorites but a favorite of a lot of you guys, too! I just loved the saltiness. And the combo of pb chips and peanuts gave me good immediate and long lasting energy. I actually constantly forgot to be eating this, so it lasted me 13 miles. Speaking of which, I set a new PR record of 1:46:28! That’s the fastest I’ve ran a half marathon by a good 3 minutes

I act like a blogger when I choose running over course registration. As in, course registration opened at 8, and by the time I got back to my dorm it was 8:40. I didn’t think things would go so fast but 1 of the courses I really wanted to get into filled up fast and I got pretty upset with myself for letting me miss it. I’m hoping I can still wiggle my way into that class yet, but I’ll talk about that more once I know more.

 

November 5th 015

Banana Oatmeal With Banana Peanut Butter And White Chocolate Chips, Vanilla Chobani

I act like a blogger when I feel compelled to perfect an oatmeal recipe the next chance I get. This time I used 3oz banana and a lot more salt. I think it came out a tad bit better.

I act like a blogger when I decide a theme like “I act like a blogger” would be cutesy for a post and then by the end I want to go back and delete every time I wrote those annoying damn words! Haha. Don’t forget it’s Cookie Friday! I need to get my thinking cap going. And I’m going to work very hard to fix that class situation I mentioned, because I am a bit disappointed and I’m sure I can get in if I pull some strings. Anyway, have a good day!

 

 

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Bars, Bars, Bars

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

Bars are a runner/blogger/anybody health conscious’ best friends, aren’t they? There was some serious bar lovin’ yesterday on my part. Normally, I really hate leaving a dirty dorm room. Yesterday, I had time to make my bed and clean my dishes and still be at class on rime. Or I could screw all that and get coffee and be at class on time. I chose the second option. The not-so-fun part was doing it all when I got back on my lunch hour while catching up on emails. The fun part was that I got mail when I got coffee.

Nugo Bars

Nugo Bars

Nugo Bars. I won these in a contest, so I’m not going to feel the same pressure to write reviews for them the way I would if they were from the company. But if any of them really stand out, good or bad, I’ll give you the 411. I read my emails; apparently ya’ll do a lot of blog commenting after I’ve gone to sleep, you night-owls. That or a lot of people just live on the west coast. Before going off to class I needed to make a lunch.

Italian Veggies, Maple Mustard Tofu

Italian Veggies, Maple Mustard Tofu

November 2nd 005

Maple Nut Clif Bar

“Make” is an interesting word here since this is probably the least effort I’ve (had) to put into a meal. The veggies were straight from the dining hall, so all I had to do was toss tofu with mustard and maple syrup. I really like this tofu I picked up(read: had my parents buy me) more than the one they serve at the dining hall. It’s softer and just tastes fresher. Even though it’s one of those things I *could* get for free, I think I’ll start paying for my own ‘fu. And the Maple Nut clif bar was just the perfect thing to get me through my next two classes.

Don’t you hate it when a teacher or anyone is awkward and they just don’t stop? My Epic Poetry teacher made a joke about nymphs stealing young boys with their lust(it was relavent to what we’re reading) and wouldn’t stop “warning” us to watch out. For 5 minutes. Really? I think I’ll be set walking to Eastside Market from the nymphs. After that class, I had another package waiting for me.

November 2nd 011

Larabars

More bars! I feel so behind in the blogosphere: I actually haven’t eaten more than 1 or 2 of these, ever! I’ve made my own, but not had the original, so I was excited when they sent these 4 flavors to sample and review. I’m really pumped to try the PB&J one, of course. I met with my advisor to talk about classes next semester. It looks like I’ll be following up on my History and Greek classes, taking a Latin translation course, and then a 4th literary course outside my concentration that I’ll take Pass/Fail so it’s not so much of a pressuring course. That being said, I actually need to find said classes being offered, so I’m not entirely sure what I’ll really be taking. When I got back to my dorm, the afternoon had practically gone by and I was starving.

Carrot Muffin Bottom Yogurt With SB PB, Deep Chocolate Vitatop With Cream Cheese

Carrot Muffin Bottom Yogurt With SB PB, Deep Chocolate Vitatop With Cream Cheese

No bars here. I feel bad eating bars when I’m in my dorm room and could be eating “real” food, even though most of the bars I have are made with simple ingredients. I love the cream cheese and vitatop combo–perfect savory sweet. And normally my muffin bottom yogurt tastes more like carrot cake but this time it just wasn’t happening 😦 Maybe it needed more cinnamon? Or just a fresher muffin. I was still decently hungry after this and needed more.

November 2nd 020

Oatmeal With Sunland Banana Peanut Butter And PB&Co. Mighty Maple

I couldn’t decide between banana peanut butter, or maple peanut butter. Silly me–together the two are tastier than the 1! These worked so well together for some nice sweet oats. After this I was quite satiated, enough so to realize how little I’d accomplished for the afternoon. Ugh. I made the decision then to stay in for the night and hopefully get stuff done, starting with sharpening 5 pencils, putting on some PJ’s, and thinking “if only I owned a snuggie right now…”. I ended up having a late-ish dinner, which usually happens when I fend for myself.

Broccoli, Acorn Squash, Zesty Lemon Tempeh

Broccoli, Acorn Squash, Zesty Lemon Tempeh

This was the last of the Lightlife tempehtations I had to review. And boy did I enjoy it! I think all the flavor that was lacking in the other two wound up in this one, because it really was zesty. All that garlic flavor really pleased my Italian heart. Similarly, the acorn squash from under my bed(because that’s where all acorn squashes grow) tasted delicious as well.

I didn’t really care for Heroes last night. Let’s face it; it was a clip show. A clip show with a unique plot twist, but a clip show nonetheless. I translated Horace’s 10th and 11th ode. I’m sure you all know the phrase carpe diem but did you know that’s from the last line of his 11th ode and the full phrase is carpe diem quam minimum credula postero? I bet you didn’t (want to) know that. What you will want to know is how I made the most amazing yogurt mess clean.

 

Gourmet Organic Chocolate Cherry Oikos

Gourmet Organic Chocolate Cherry Oikos

 

I can’t call this a mess; it was too crisp and clean. And gourmet is definitely the right word. I took a plain Oikos and fruit sweetened it myself with a tablespoon cherry butter(American Spoon), vanilla stevia, and some vanilla infused sugar from the Dedham Whole Foods. Then I topped that with the dried cherries from WF the bulk bin and 3 squares of the Green & Black organic Dark Chocolate Cherry bar my mom gave me for Halloween. Oh my God. This redefined dessert in my book. There was tart, sweet, bitter, creamy, crunchy, smooth, and chewy all in the same bowl. Creativity like this is the best reason to opt for plain yogurt.

English Muffin With Pumpkin Butter And Chocolate Chips And Mighty Maple

English Muffin With Pumpkin Butter And Chocolate Chips And Mighty Maple

After seeing this sammie on The Inner Workings Of A College Graduate so many times, I knew I needed to try it. That, and I needed an excuse not to just eat chocolate chips out of the bag 🙂 This was really good! I ate it open faced, because that’s how I have every sandwich(not just PB&J’s, but everything save burgers), but I loved how the flavors still managed to find each other. It kind of bums me out TJ pumpkin butter isn’t vegan 😦 Is it just me, or does maple syrup make more sense to sweeten pumpkin butter with anyway? Maybe we can make a motion for that for next season. Unfortunately, what this didn’t do was hit my chocolate chip tooth.

 

November 2nd 020

Whole Wheat Bread With Cream Cheese, Vanilla Bean Sugar, And Chocolate Chips

I like to think I made the healthy choice by having this with whole wheat bread and cream cheese, a source of calcium. I also like to think cream cheese is a source of calcium, that princess Di is still alive somewhere, and that the moon is made of cheese. Anyway, this was good and the non-melted chocolate chips totally hit the spot.

When I got up this morning, nothing felt like a labor of love; everything just felt like labor. I couldn’t diagnose if I was hungry, or tired, or mad the sun got its butt out of bed before me, or what. I had a shorter run planned anyway, so I decided to just go ahead with it. When I got to the gym, all the TV’s were set so I had the Today sho to watch. Normally I love it but today just seemed like a bunch of yacity-yack. They debated whether the claim “Helps Boost Your Immunity” should be on sugary kids cereal fortified with vitamin A, C, and E. My take? Of course not, because we all know they’d be better off with oatmeal. In actuality though, they definitely have the “right” to put that claim there because those vitamins do help with immunity. It’s just that having 10% more in your bowl of sugar isn’t going to make a difference overall. Well I put up with that crap for 8 miles in 65:03. When I got back I was really apathetic towards food and decided I wanted a meal that would make me feel full.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Honey Maple Peanut Butter And Ginger Walnut Goji Gourmet Cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Honey Maple Peanut Butter And Ginger Walnut Goji Gourmet Cookies

Plain Oikos With Vanilla Sugar And Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar

Plain Oikos With Vanilla Sugar And Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar

Don’t you just love bars? The yogurt became a mess after picture taking, per usual. I decided pumpkin oats are always nice and filling; this bowl had slightly less oatmeal to compensate for the cookie and bar carbage that was also to take place. I wasn’t expecting to love this Goji Gourmet cookie because of my general dislike of walnuts; I hate love it when products prove me wrong. It wasn’t my favorite of the 3 I’ve tried so far, but it was delicious. I just loved biting into whole chunks of ginger 🙂 Which reminds me I haven’t had a ginger smoothie from the bookstore in too long, but that’s another story. I think the walnuts might have been a little light in these, but I wasn’t complaining.

Today already feels stress free, with no more emails to answer, a short google reading list, and 1 class. Maybe a trip to Whole Foods is in order? I can most definitely study and walk at the same time(unless a tree gets in my way). Stay well!

 

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Sunland Inc. Peanut Butters

Posted on October 29, 2009. Filed under: Product Review | Tags: , , , |

Last week, I was lucky enough to receive some of the great peanut butters offered by Sunland Inc.. This company, based out of New Mexico, makes their all natural line of products using Valencia peanuts. This variety in particular has a sweeter, more intense flavor making for an interesting nut butter all its own. 90% of the Valencia peanuts grown in the U.S. are grown on their plantation, so if you’re unsure whether or not you’ve had Valencia peanut butter, chances are you haven’t. Sunland makes a fantastic line including organic and flavored peanut butters; their flavors run the gambit from molasses to caramel to hickory smoked and everything in between. I had the opportunity to sample and review their Natural Creamy and Banana peanut butters. Like always, these reviews are forever available in my Product Review section.

Natural Valencia Creamy

8.5/10: I’m always skeptical of how a nut butter will be with just 1 ingredient; there’s a lot of room for error and with nothing to balance that error who knows how it will go. The first thing I was taken aback by was how runny it was but without separation. I’m not someone who minds a little stirring, so I wouldn’t hesitate to tell you if this did. But as was, it was perfectly blended, and yet still had a nice, thin consistency. Flavor-wise, this also took me aback; a normal nut I think really benefits from a touch of salt, but because these are made with roasted Valencia peanuts it had a subtle smoky sweetness all on its own. This is definitely a great, 1-ingredient peanut butter for the pantry.

Banana Peanut Butter

8.5/10: At first whiff, it’s no mystery what flavor this is; this peanut butter screams banana thick and through. And what a great pairing it is. I really liked this one due to its robust flavor, and thick and smooth consistency. It has almost every form of sugar available on the ingredient list but keeps the overall content low at 8g per serving. This wasn’t quite a melting peanut butter so may not be best on oatmeal but it’s great for slathering on toast or–of course–a banana.

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Caffeine Hangover

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

Alright, folks. I have a midterm in 2 hours so let’s make this snappy(jk, I write most of this the night before anyway ;-))

Yesterday felt like one big caffeine hangover after Wednesday’s amazing night. The sad thing was I didn’t even have any caffeine besides what was in the food itself; I’m such a light-weight. Being at home yesterday turned out not to be such an inconvenience. My dog had a doctor’s appointment halfway towards Brown so I ended up just hitching a ride that way. I would have preferred if it wasn’t so damn early that I had to run, shower, eat, and blog within a couple of hours, but I made do.

Montana

Montana

I would like to say he was big and brave, but he’s totally a wimp. He was shaking the moment he knew where he was, and all they were doing was following up on an ear infection. He has a lot of infections/allergies. He’s also grumpy a lot and likes to sit on the couch near the TV. Hmm, maybe that thing they say about owners and dogs is true. I ended up getting back to campus exactly at the time I would have got out of class had I had it. I swung by The Ratty because I was starving, and put away all my loot from the night before as I ate:

2 Eggs With Ketchup And Steak Sauce, Black Bean CousCous Salad, Zuchinni, Brocoli

2 Eggs With Ketchup And Steak Sauce, Black Bean CousCous Salad, Zuchinni, Brocoli

Did you know eggs scrambled in a bowl and microwaved for a few minutes will cook and fluff? I didn’t know that, but I’m glad they do, because I really wanted something savory for the steak sauce to go on and I was out of vegan burgers(from vegan burgers to eggs. How ironic…). I am loving Trader Joe brand ketchup. It’s a lot less sweet and a lot more vinegary than other brands I’ve had. This is a highly recommended TJ product if you have one near you.

All that party-hardying made me very behind on google reader, but I had(somewhat) caught up by 3pm. Isn’t that a great feeling? Not when you haven’t studied, but otherwise yet. For once, I actually felt like going to Whole Foods was a chore. I tried to convince myself I had enough food, but surprisingly opening and closing the fridge 3 times doesn’t make bread appear. I grabbed a snack and hit the road.

Multibran Vitatop With Mighty Maple

Multibran Vitatop With Mighty Maple

Dear, Miss Everythingtarian

Please stop making so many tasty dishes using Mighty Maple. It’s making me crave it at an alarming rate and run through my jar. Otherwise, I might have to stop reading your hilarious blog. It’s not me you, it’s you me.

Anyway, it was a great day for a walk in N.E. The weather was sooo good yesterday, it felt like Spring! I walked around Whole Foods a lot(as usual) but did major self editing at the check out and walked out with the “bare essentials”:

Cinnamon Raisin Rolls, Plain Oikos

Cinnamon Raisin Rolls, Plain Oikos

I’m not going to lie. It definitely hurt putting back other things like my Gardenburgers, Sweet Scoops frozen yogurt, and the non-existent salmon from the salad bar. On the other hand, I knew I had 15 dollars after this to make last for the rest of October before I start digging into. I resisted the urge to call anyone to rant/tantrum, and just admired my new shopping bag:

Oikos Grocery Bag

Oikos Grocery Bag

Isn’t it nifty? I like it a lot more than the Stonyfield one because it’s more my color, fabric, and yogurt. I also love the new designs for the Oikos containers, but sadly they only had those out for the 5.3oz ones. I tried getting back quickly so that I could make a quick snack because I was stahhving and–hopefully–study. The latter didn’t happen but boy was the former a success!

Fluffernutter Oats With Banana Peanut Butter

Fluffernutter Oats With Banana Peanut Butter

I decided to test out my new Banana Peanut Butter sent to me by Sunland. By test, I really mean I threw this one to the lions; fluffernutter oats have a huge place in my heart and this peanut butter needed to fill some big shoes. Right when I opened the jar I noticed 2 promising things: it smelled like fresh sliced banana bread with peanut butter slathered on it and it was thick and smooth like PB&Co. That was all promising and a good indication for the peanut butter itself. It didn’t melt quite like I was hoping/expecting, but the flavor was spot on. It reminded me of having a sandwich on Wonder Bread in kindergarten. If any nut butter can do that over whole grains, it’s a winner in my book.

These oats were good, but not filling. That was out of the ordinary, but thankfully dinner was right around the corner and I could wait for this:

Snap Peas, Tofu With Mustard, Sweet Potato, Carrot Soup

Snap Peas, Tofu With Mustard, Sweet Potato, Carrot Ginger Soup

I wish I could say this was as good as it should have been but it never all clicked. The snap peas were at least not overcooked and had some snap. The sweet potatoes were good(duh!) but I’m actually developing a taste for them microwaved. The tofu was… tofu. But a little TJ mustard(yes, I packed my own mustard) perked it up. i didn’t even finish the soup; it seemed promising with carrot, ginger, and honey, but it never all clicked.

When I got back to my dorm, simply doing internet stuff took almost 2 hours. My computer was running sooo slow. I had to grab this while I was waiting for an update:

Zevia Cola

Zevia Cola

I didn’t quite realize why I was craving it for a while, until I noticed 45mg caffeine on the ingredient list. That couldn’t be too much, right? Well it’s the amount in a light roast regular cup of coffee. Yikes. My remedy for this was to gulp it, of course, because then the caffeine would enter my system early. Wtf? Bad judgement call here. We live and we learn–ain’t that the truth. I also watched Modern Family and Survivor. How hilarious was this weeks Modern Family? Not many shows make me laugh like that one did. I am definitely going to need to illegally download buy this season when it comes out. Speaking of Miss Mighty Maple Addict

Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And A Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And A Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

You know I could never stop reading that blog and am full of hot air; I’d miss out on killerness like this. It’s such a smooth and sweet texture play, it’s ridiculous! I’m almost out of my favorite oatbran(toasted Trader Joe’s) so this was straight up steel cut. Normally, I’m not a fan because of the coarseness, but the pumpkin softened that. Grey’s Anatomy was… interesting? last night. I liked that they switch up the format of the show to make it different; but I don’t know that that way really worked. I’ll be watching The Office and 30 Rock over the weekend at some point to make up. I also might have snuck one of these into bed with me:

Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Creamy Vanilla Frosting And Vanilla Sugar

Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Creamy Vanilla Frosting And Vanilla Sugar

Holy Hannah was that good; now I understand why I consider these an “essential”. For the frosting I did 1 tablespoon cream cheese, 1 tablespoon plain 2% Voskos, and a little NuNaturals vanilla stevia. I wasn’t sure if cream cheese and yogurt together would work, but that was a big fat yes. It was smooth and creamy and held it’s consistency but was still soft; could you ask for something more?

One of the things I think is best for tests is sleep so I went to bed a little earlier than normal and got a real good nights sleep. My right foot did not feel up to par this morning, but I wanted to run anyway. Why am I so stubborn? I think it’s a familial trait. I waddled through 10 miles in 85:14. All that time gave me time to think and realize the reason I was sore was because I completely forgot to stretch anything yesterday–lesson learnt. I had a muffin planned for breakfast, but banana on the brains caused me to come up with this:

Banana Oats With Banana Peanut Butter And Smart Balance Peanut Butter, Strawberry Coconut Milk Kefir

Banana Oats With Banana Peanut Butter And Smart Balance Peanut Butter, Strawberry Coconut Milk Kefir

I love how creamy properly mushed banana makes oatmeal; it’s a great substitution for when pumpkin isn’t the right flavor. And the banana peanut butter is definitely growing on me, in case you can’t tell. That was just one big banana nut mess! But do you notice anything missing from my breakfast this morning? Whole Grains? No. Probiotics? Nope. Nut Butter? Big nope. Animal products–yes! I’ve decided that, in honor of Lightlife and Tempehtations, I’m going to take it upon myself to eat vegan for today. I actually had this planned for Wednesday but that all changed when I got invited to the dinner(there was no vegan dishes there so it would have been a huge fail). I’m very excited to try this out; it’s not something I’ll pick up permanently but I feel like it will be a fun adventure–wish me luck!

P.S. Nature’s path giveaway! They have great vegan and gluten free cereals and granolas so be sure to enter 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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