Archive | October, 2013

A Day in the Eats!

23 Oct

I hope everyone is having a great week! Thank goodness it’s already halfway over! I figured that today I would write about what I normally eat on a day-to-day basis (during the work week) to give you some more back ground info on my life. My meals during the week don’t vary too much with the exception of my dinners.

For breakfast each day I usually grab something at home and bring it to work. I’m not usually too hungry when I first wake up so that gives me some time to work up an appetite. Most days for breakfast I usually bring a greek yogurt and lately the flavor that I have been obsessed with is vanilla. I usually buy whatever brand is on sale but these past few weeks I have been enjoying Yoplait’s greek 100 calorie variety.

On the way to work I have been stopping at a local place called Daybreak Coffee Roasters which is located in the center of town. They have excellent coffee and a nice variety of baked goods for when I am having a carb craving. Normally I go for a large peppermint iced coffee (black) but today it was quite chilly out so I went out on a limb and tried one of the coffees of the day which was Snickerdoodle. It was so delish and I will definitely be ordering that again soon. I also got a apple cinnamon muffin and that was wonderful as well. I don’t always get a muffin but there are some days where I am absolutely starving and I know that the yogurt and coffee will not be enough.

Usually I stop and take a break around 12:45 each day to have a little snack. I try to stick with fruit or a granola bar. The past couple of days I haven’t been too hungry since I have been fighting off a cold (yuck) so I didn’t have an afternoon snack but I was definitely starving by lunch time.

Most days I try my best to take my lunch as late as possible (around 3:00) since my hours are 10:00-6:30 and the later the lunch, the less likely I am to be super hungry at dinner time and then I won’t over eat. I have kind of fallen into a groove lately where I have been bringing the same lunch most days. On Sundays I have been cooking up a couple of boneless chicken breasts, usually by boiling them since its easiest, and then I have been making a huge batch of chicken salad with mayo, celery, carrots, garlic powder, and salt & pepper. I have been trying to cut back on the bread intake so I pack some kashi crackers to scoop up the chicken salad. My sides do tend to vary but this week I have been bringing a cup of unsweetened apple sauce, a can of V8, and a 100 calorie vanilla greek yogurt. I try to be as healthy as possible but there are definitely days where my lunch is not enough to fill my hunger so I go to the vending machine to get a bag of chips.

As far as dinner goes, I do make a huge effort to plan our dinners in advance each week. I’m kind of a control freak in that way (my fiancee will definitely back me up on that one). My cooking skills are somewhat limited but I definitely do my best to make a new recipe at least once every two weeks. Normal dinners for us include pot roast, grilled cheese & tomato soup, chicken quesadillas, pasta & sauce, and Subway. Tonight I made a recipe which I actually found on Sweet Tooth Sweet Life (awesome healthy living blog, check it out!) which is Lean Beef & Vegetable soup. The only thing I changed was that I used ground turkey instead of ground beef. I threw everything in the crock pot this morning and hopefully I will come home to a delicious dinner! I will definitely let you guys know how it turns out.

Have a great end of the week!

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Saturday Night Date Night

21 Oct

Although the weekend didn’t necessarily start on a good note since I had to work all day Saturday, I was determined to make sure that the rest of the weekend was awesome, starting with Saturday night.

This past week in Connecticut was Connecticut Restaurant Week 2013. Basically it meant that there were over 100 restaurants in CT that were offering fixed-price menu options for $20.13. I had never participated in Connecticut Restaurant Week previously but after a crappy Saturday at work I decided it was just what I needed that night. We chose Max Fish in Glastonbury since it has recently become one of our favorite places to go, especially for happy hour!

The 2013 CT Restaurant week menu

The 2013 CT Restaurant week menu

 

We arrived at around 7:45pm and there was only about a five minute wait while they set up our table. I already had a specific cocktail in mind that I had just recently had there at happy hour a few weeks earlier. The drink is called “The Dirty Loco” and it is a mixture of vodka, olive juice, and tabasco aka, right up my alley (I LOVE savory drinks).

The Dirty Loco!

The Dirty Loco!

Needless to say, that drink definitely hit the spot and we were ready to order our food. We started by splitting a delicious bowl of clam chowder. I don’t usually order soup as it tends to fill me up but this was amazing and I was so hungry that it barely made a dent.

Delish Clam Chowder!

Delish Clam Chowder!

A few minutes into our chowder our waitress brought over a basket of bread. Dan quickly went for the huge sourdough roll (he is all about the bread) and I grabbed a more interesting looking piece of bread. I couldn’t quite pinpoint the flavors but it definitely included raisins and there was also some kind of licorice type of flavor going on there too which made it very interesting.

The bread that I chose- still not sure how I felt about it

The bread that I chose- still not sure how I felt about it

Our entrees came out almost as soon as we finished our bread. (Side note: the service at Max Fish is excellent). We both went with option one of the CT restaurant week menu: The New England Lobster Boil. This included a 1lb steamed lobster, clams, mussels, chorizo, potatoes, and some fall veggies. This was one of the best meals that I have ever had! The lobster was cooked perfectly and the clams and mussels were so fresh. I do have to say that the biggest surprise of the night were the brussel sprouts included with the fall vegetables. I have never really been a huge fan but these definitely won me over and I will attempt to order them as a side dish more often when I go out.

Only one word for this entree- amazing!

Only one word for this entree- amazing!

The waitress tried to convince us to get dessert but we were way too stuffed to even consider it. Overall, this was a great meal at one of my favorite restaurants and it ended up being so affordable because of the CT Restaurant Week deal.

We ended the night by catching some of the Red Sox game at our favorite local spot, The Diamond Pub & Grill (I will definitely do a full post on this place later) and having a glass of wine (beer for Dan). It was a great night and we were definitely exhausted and excited to head home to watch the game and catch up on sleep!

I hope everyone had a good start to the week!

Blogging newbie!

19 Oct

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Hi everyone! My name is Shawna and this is my first post ever on a blog. I am an avid reader of many other foodie-type blogs and I have always wanted to start my own. Apparently all it took was an extremely slow day at work and a little bit of inspiration and here we are! I hope this is informative and fun for people to read. I will be writing about a variety of topics but the main focus will be on food (restaurants, recipes, etc). Enjoy!!