Posts Tagged ‘Grilled Cheese’
If you read my actual birthday post yesterday, you know that I pretty much LOVE my birthday! As a matter of fact I love it so much that I felt a little sad when I woke up today and realized that I wouldn’t have another birthday for another 365 days.
People keep warning me that the day after the wedding I am going to really feel bad… because you won’t have another one of those… well ever.
But last night I ended my birthday with a bang… Tim and I had a hot date to The Lockview Tavern in downtown Akron. I have been wanting to go here since Casey, Jen and myself attempted to make dinner plans there only to find out that they weren’t open for some reason that day (a weird sort of holiday maybe? I don’t remember). But anyway when Tim said we could go anywhere I knew I wanted to try somewhere we hadn’t been before and since we both L.O.V.E grilled cheese and because I wanted to not care about my waist line on my birthday we went to live it up with cheesy goodness smashed in between warm bread!
We actually made it there JUST in time for a few happy hour specials so I got a pomegranate martini (and I only had 1- not like my other birthday celebration at Flemings).
And in case you can’t see the true beauty of that girl right there I took a close up…
And Tim got this orange martini that had too many spices in it for me… but it did look really pretty!
And because appetizers were half hour (for 3 whole remaining minutes) we decided the timing was right to order some of those too! So we opted for the macaroni and cheese bites (fried cheesy noodles- can’t go wrong) and a basket of tatter tots that came highly recommended by a co-worker.
After all of that food, even though we didn’t need it, we each ordered a sandwich since that was, after all, what we went there to get! I got the #2 and Tim got the #3 (and they need to update their menu online because I believe my sandwich was more than $6).
My review: My sandwich was good. Acceptable. Worth the money. May try it again. Tim’s sandwich was DELICIOUS. Perfect. Would have paid more. Will order it next time. Will make it at home.
There was something the spiciness of the peppers mixed in with the cheese that really hit the spot. The blue cheese dressing for dipping was also a highlight but you didn’t need it. Although Tim is amused that I dip EVERYTHING even before I try it. He keeps telling me that I should try things plain before I add more salt or a dressing yet I just can’t seem to break the habit of the dip.
We ended the evening with the peanut buttercup cakes that Casey got us from Pandora’s Cupcakes in Akron and well.. they were fantastic! Although I have to say I am really looking forward to Peggy from Just Desserts in Medina’s cupcakes for the wedding! These cupcakes were devoured while watching Whitney and some 90210! Looking forward to The Vampire Diaries tonight when I get home from my grad school class!!
I like egg salad.
I like tuna salad.
I like chicken salad.
So why shouldn’t I like salmon salad?
The answer is simple, I should!
We had left over salmon from the cookout with my mom the other night and wanted to put it to good use but wasn’t sure what I would do with it. I’m typically not a fan of re-heated fish. So I decided to make some salmon salad after being inspired by some blogs and recipes online. It was pretty simple
- Shred the cooked salmon I already had
- 1 hard boiled egg
- Red peppers
Mix it all together, put it on some bread and you have a really taste and good for your sandwich for lunch!
This was so filling I could only eat half of my sandwich and it was so tasty that I am looking forward to making it again. The salmon egg mix is what really did me in I think. The unique flavors somehow someway blended together really nicely. All of that with a dash of salt and pepper on some whole wheat bread, some spinach, and some cut up tomato (which is hidden under there) and it is a lunch to be proud of!
My review: Loved it. Will have it again. Soon. You should try it.
It probably goes without saying (since I usually update good workouts on here) that my work out schedule has been LACKING this week! Between birthday fun and and injury I sustained at last weeks soccer game I have been a little bit behind on my work out goals for the week. BUT I did at least get 1 workout in this week!
But to my injury. So the goalie and I got in a little bit of a fight till the death match at the game (he won I guess considering it resulted in no goal for me) and my knees took the grunt of the hit. Practically ripped off all of the skin on my left knee (and a little on my right) and it ended up throbbing for days! I did take a picture of it but trust me, it was extremely gross so I decided the right thing to do would be to delete it.
That darn turf really freaking hurts!
But on Monday I knew it was my one and only day to get a really good workout in (considering Tuesday was dinner with the parents for my bday, Wednesday was my bday dinner with Tim, and Thursday I have grad school class) so like the champ I am I wrapped up that knee and headed downstairs to complete a CrossFit routine.
Gross I know but I am glad I got the workout in this week! My mom had to tweak a few things for me (since I couldn’t kneel at all) but everything worked out and I was feeling great! My arms were a little sore on Tuesday but it was well worth it!!
It’s still feeling a little rough today but I can at least wear pants because I don’t cry when something touches it. As long as it heels by Sunday (when it is bound to happen again) I’m a happy girl!!!
The workout consisted of 1 minute work with 20 seconds in between and had…
- Bicep curl and row on Pilates reformer
- dip drive with Olympic bar
- Skull crusher triceps workout
- Press with the cable system
- Sit-up with medicine ball side to side
Great upper body workout which was PERFECT for me since my injury really only held back the lower part of my body.
But oh my goodness those skull crusher triceps workout is HARD. I was just trying not to drop the bar on my head!
haha, nice title right? Well for a while now (probably last year or so) people have been telling me not to consume grapefruit because it it interacts poorly with some medicines. As some of you know, I am on a cholesterol medicine so I this warning from family and friends was something I took very seriously!
Then this morning which I got to work an article in nutritional outlook about the adverse affects grapefruit can have on some individuals bodies that are taking certain medicines. Since this is something that has been waying on my mind for a while now, I thought I would share.
From what I gather it is the statin cholesterol drugs that it interacts with poorly so I may be OK but I’m gonna be honest… I’m not going to risk it! I think I’ll stick to my other fruits and vegetables!
So a few people have been wondering what I eat for lunch (and since today is tasty Tuesday it is appropriate) and well I don’t put too many lunch pictures up here for one primary reason…
Typically it looks funny to be sitting in our cafeteria snapping pictures of my food.
Not everyone understands.
But I have managed so be sneaky enough to snag a few.
Generally speaking, I would say, lunch if where I get the bulk of my grains. Since I try to stay away from too many complex carbs in the evening and I am usually content with juicing in the morning, lunch is where I sneak those grains in because well sometimes it is just easier!
I am fortunate enough to have a cafeteria at my office… where the food is fresh and cheap! We have a few different stations which include a deli where you can get sandwiches wraps and soups, a fiesta type station with tacos, quesadillas, and burritos, a grill where you can get burgers, chicken, or even egg sandwiches, a pizza station, a “special station” which is usually a salad or pasta salad type thing, and then a “good for you station” which has like a balanced meal (you know a veggie with a piece of chicken) and it also has soup there. I frequent the deli station most often for a few different reason…
- The line just goes faster
- All of the food there I have had before or can recognize it
- I feel like I have control on everything that goes on it (although I think this is true at almost all of the stations)
- It just feels right to me
- They have tuna haha
So yes, my lunches typically look something like this…
But sometimes I splurge and they look like this…
And then if I have a lunch meeting I usually get a faster meal which is also catered in house by our cafeteria. My favorite is the taco bar where you go to make your own tacos! *this is especially my favorite when they remember to bring the guacamole*
Now what I do try to do is make healthier choices where I can. So for that taco salad bar for examples, I opted not to get a tortilla or the chips and just do a taco salad because I needed to make room for the delicious angel food cake I am just healthy like that
And sometimes we are out and about for lunch whether I am traveling for work or just wanting to get out of the office. So when we were in Chicago and needed a lunch/dinner because our flight times were a little goofy I eat at fun places like Zoup! In this case I knew there would be a “boxed” dinner on the plan from Mustard Seed Café (I was fortunate enough to be flying the corporate jet this day) but again I don’t like to cram those complex carbs in at night so I thought the Zoup! a little earlier in the day was a better way for me to go. So I chose this tomato and spinach one that was delicious!
Today for example I am having some egg salad but instead of bread I brought my Garden Select Veggie chips as mostly a transporter for the egg salad to get to my mouth. Plus, I love those chips! I also put some cucumber slices, and grapes on the side for today’s lunch and of yea… a have a pack of fruit snacks (Thank you Ocean Spray)as a sweet treat!
My commitment during the Lent season continues but I did leave the house today without writing a post-it note so it had to wait until I got home from workout class! Operation Beautiful post-it note today said…
This morning I wanted a juice that I knew I would love so I played it VERY safe! Don’t want to repeat my first juicing experience!
- Frozen strawberries
- Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt
- Vanilla Protein Powder
- Flax Seed
All items I know and love! Plus, the color was finally normal! Tomorrow I promise to be a little more adventurous!
Leave me a comment on the following questions…
- What do you like to eat for lunch?
- What is your favorite afternoon snack?
- If you could put anything on a post-it note today to make yourself feel good about who you are, what would you write?