I owe you some serious food updates! It would be unreasonable to assume that I haven’t been taking full advantage of the holiday season and enjoying lots of tasty treats! It seems that the holidays also create a good excuse to try new restaurants and to hang out with friends =) so yea we have been doing a lot of that.
But when I’m not out with friends trying new places and eating delicious food, I try to keep myself grounded at home and really try hard to eat good for your food and lots of protein. I have been running a lot so I have been trying to get some fairly large breakfasts in with lots of goodness on the plate! I love the combo of eggs (2 please!) and the Jennie O’s turkey sausage patties! Those are DELICIOUS and I will be purchasing those again for sure! I HIGHLY recommend you try these if you like turkey sausage.
But putting aside the good for you food we have been eating some not so good for you food too but it has been fun! Good thing I have been running and working my butt off in the gym so I don’t feel too bad eating this food. There is something to be said for having a balance in your life- you should be able to enjoy going on to dinner with friends and not worry about the calorie intake all of the time. I think as long as you have a balance and you take good care of your body that you shouldn’t worry about those times you want to go out and indulge a little. Our treat the other night was a new restaurant at Summit Mall in Akron, OH called The Rail. It was our first time there and we enjoyed the night with Kara, Dana, Tiffany, and Brett and it was DELICIOUS. Tim and I are both huge fans of burgers and this place has all times of good burgers so it was a hard menu to sort through!
We also got a great deal on drinks! They were selling a winter seasonal beer for $1 a glass since they were trying to get rid of it! They must have really liked our table because they even brought over 2 free glasses toward the end of the dinner! We will be back for the food and the drinks! Plus, I thought the service was GREAT and my burger that was topped with an avocado spread was hard to put down.
Kara made her own burger and it had some very thick cut and delicious looking bacon!
It is so nice to try new places with good friends… especially when the food is so delicious. What I really liked about The Rail was that they had veggie burgers and turkey burgers along side the regular burgers on the menu so anyone could eat a burger there! They also had sandwiches like BLT and Chicken Sandwiches which is always a nice way to mix things up if you are not feeling a burger. Oh and I should mention they also have drink specials every night including a Long Island special and Friday and Saturday nights… I have a feeling Tim will be suggesting this shortly!
We also had the chance to have little Christmas/New Years lunch celebration with Paul and Amanda and House of Hunan in downtown Akron. We planned on going to 3 Point Restaurant where Tim and I have been before and LOVED but as it turns out A LOT of places were closed on Monday to celebrate New Years Day… understandable I guess… I didn’t have to work either! Tim is sick and this was the first day of him feeling awful so we didn’t get to celebrate much after dinner but I still managed to have some SUSHI for lunch =)
It was a HUGE roll and tasted delicious! It was a spicy tuna with crunchy on the outside and some spicy sauce on top as well =) As you know I am a huge fan of SOY SAUCE so that is always one of my favorite parts =) Sadly, that is 100% true.
So yes, sometimes I still cook! Tim’s mom’s birthday was the other night and she does a GREAT job on our birthdays always cooking our favorite meal. She even has a “you’re special” plate that the birthday kid gets to eat on and I didn’t have that plate but I still made her some dinner. You may know that I am a HUGE fan of Robin’s stuffed shells and I ALWAYS ask her to make them so one year she gave me a great new pan for shells and the recipe.. and well I hadn’t really taken advantage of that yet so I finally did! Tim and I made stuffed shells and the puff and paired it with a salad and garlic bread. Gary and Robin came over for dinner and we celebrated!
Oh and no birthday is complete without an ice cream cake! This we bought from the grocery store and this is what I LOVED about it… you know from Dairy Queen the ice cream cakes have that layer of like chocolate crunchy layer and I love that layer but this cake was the best of both worlds… they actually combined the chocolate part of the ice cream cake with the crunchy goodness mixed in. So it wasn’t like you had to just eat the one layer- you could eat the entire cake ha… now that I think about it- is that a good thing for or a bad thing?!