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WIAW: Miami & Soft Food

by agirlandhermutt on February 5, 2014

Just a few days ago I was in Miami enjoying some warmth, sunshine and a little bit of humidity. Today it is snowing until it can’t snow no mo’.

I’m all home and cozy riding the storm out. The crockpot is doing it’s thing. Hot chocolate is steaming next to me. I’m working away on my computer. If I can’t have warmth, this will work.

Despite having my wisdom tooth out and traveling for a few days last week I did have some good eats. Join me for a warm and toasty WIAW!

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Everything I ate over the past week has been kind of soft. The first day this meant mashed potatoes from Whole Foods. I could seriously eat those suckers every.single.day. But my butt wouldn’t think thank me. So instead I moved on to my mock “baked potato soup”.

It is really just pureed cauliflower and chicken broth. This dish is just so easy to make it’s stupid.

After eating mashed potatoes and soup for two days it was time to head to Miami. Honestly, I didn’t eat that much while I was out of town! There is a first for everything. Dinner the night we arrived was at Sushi Samba. I have been to a few of the NYC locations before and I found that their rolls were just a little overpriced for what you get. Instead I split a sashimi platter with a friend. It was a small amount of food, but just enough to get us pleasantly full. The fish was fresh and it was the right introduction into more solid foods!

I’m not a fan of eating before I work out so the next meal I had was on Saturday after our FlyWheel class. We had brunch around 2p (!!!) at Palace Bar.

I went with the Arepa Benedict.

Arepa bread topped with 2 poached eggs and chorizo topped with hollandaise sauce and pico de gallo. Served with homefries.

I decided to leave off the hollandaise and I kind of wish I hadn’t. This was an extremely dry meal. Like can’t bite through the bread tough. I also can’t stand green peppers and the homefries in the middle were mostly peppers. How do people eat those things?! Frown face.

I was starving by the time we ate so I chowed down on the whole thing minus the peppers. It was a bit of a bummer. Fortunately, there was some sangria involved that made everything that much better!

By the time we were done playing out in the sun and on the beach I was in need of a nap. I am the queen of cat naps. But when I wake up? Whoa buddy. I will be starving. This time was no different.

We got all dressed up and headed out to dinner at IceBox Café, a restaurant that describes itself as being fresh, natural, well-balanced dining.

I was craving some seafood and Iron Skillet Sea Scallops caught my eye.
Sea scallops, miso broth, wilted kale, edamame, shiitake mushrooms

It pains me to say this but this meal stunk. The broth was quite good, but its kinda hard to mess up miso soup. There were only about 3 little sprigs of kale and 3 stems of mushrooms with the edamame. It was all bland, dry and had no flavor. I ended up throwing it all in the broth! I also ordered a side of roasted vegetables that was so pathetic I didn’t take a pic. They were also thrown in with the scallops and broth. Since I live in Boston I am used to higher prices but for $29 I was expecting at least 4 smaller scallops or 3 bigger sized scallops. These were just average size. Nothing special.

On another note, the service at Icebox is THE WORST. Our server was extremely nice, but almost nothing happened. We ordered drinks and they didn’t come till after we got our meals…30 minutes later. There was a bottle of wine that she was going to bring a chiller over to the table, but she ended up bringing it at the end of the meal. They were out of EVERYTHING. It just felt disorganized and there was no sense of urgency. It was frustrating.

The next day we at at the Shake Shack. I devoured my meal before anyone could ask for a bite or I could remember to take a picture. Imagine a mushroom burger and some fries. It was fantastic. :)

By the time I got home Sunday night I was in the mood for MY food. You know how that works. You just crave normalcy and not eating out. I went right back to my “baked potato” soup.

Only this time I got a little lazy with my food processing of the cauliflower and it came out to be more of a grits consistency instead of a creamy soup.

So ta-da! Shrimp n’ Grits!

I’m back to eating almost anything I want now. Crunchy food are still a little tough but I’m getting there. I see a few more cauliflower creations in my future either way.

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This might have sounded a little whiny, but my time in Miami was a blast. The food just wasn’t anything to write home about. Bonus…I maintained my weight over the weekend. BOOM!

See ya soon!

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Weekend Recap: Restaurants, Workouts and Puppy Love

by agirlandhermutt on August 27, 2013

I’m ready to start the week!

Technically, it is Tuesday so you are probably well into your week. Good for you! I’m a little slower to get moving. Right. Lets get to a weekend recap.

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Friday

I took Friday off from any form of exercising. Well, unless you could me walking from my car to a restaurant exercising.

Boston is smack dab in the middle of Restaurant Week. Just in case you aren’t familiar with Restaurant Week is, it is 2 weeks at 2 different points in the year where specific restaurants put together a 3 course meal and offer it for $38.13. Last year it was $38.12 and next year it will be $38.14. It is a nice way to try out some more of the expensive $$$ restaurants around town for less money.

The BF and I decided to hit up Cinquecento. I’ve been once before and really enjoyed it. This time around I enjoyed it just as much! The service was great, the food was fantastic and the ambiance was fun but a touch romantic.


Chicken & Broccoli Rabe…Mmmm.

Saturday

I’ve been nursing a little bit of a tweaked leg injury for the past week or so. At Thursday’s bootcamp I didn’t participate in the majority of the running exercises and was feeling a bit frustrated. I thought about skipping my usual strength training class on Saturday morning, but decided to just go and do what I could. I’m so glad I did! I ended up feeling top notch and having a beast of a workout. I was pleasantly pleased.

I followed up with a day of being an adult. I washed clothes, cleaned my house and took a nap. The final reward for a hard day’s work was a movie, The World’s End.

 

I love a good British comedy. Sometimes I’m not exactly sure what they are saying, but it sounds funny so I laugh.

Sunday

I had full intentions of just hitting up my usual yoga class for some nice stretch & relaxation. Fun Fact: I took a class in college called Stretch & Relaxation. ;) However, when I got to the gym I was notified that a “new schedule was released”. I asked to see it and was given the exact same schedule as I have at home except someone took a black sharpie to it and put a “X” over yoga on Sunday. Seriously.

I figured since I was there I would just hop on the elliptical and go until I got bored. It took me 1 hr and finishing the book I was reading before I decided to call it a day. I headed home, gathered up the mutt and then headed out for a walk and trip to the park.

In fun fashion news…I purchased a pair of patterned workout pants. It isn’t anything crazy but it isn’t plain ol’ black. Eek! I want to wear them all of the time! I feel so daring and out there.

 

The weather was just fantastic over the weekend and I tried to soak it all in with dinner on the patio, lots of outdoor Korky time and opening every single window in my house.

I can feel summer leaving and for the first time in years, I’m going to miss it! I am not a huge fan of the heat, but this year I was a little less fat so the heat was a little more tolerable. ;) The BF and Kork both appreciate my new love for the outdoors.

Monday

Since I’m always a day behind on these weekend recaps I figured I would add in what I was up to on my Monday.

I started the week with some serious sweat. Surprised?! Back to the whole nursing a tweaked leg thing. I think part of my problem has been trying to fit too much between my bootcamp classes on Tuesday and Thursday. Spinning has been suffering and I haven’t really enjoyed it for the last few weeks. I decided to switch things up and went last night instead. I was kind of prepared to not be into it, but since I paid ahead of time I figured I would just go and suck it up.

Long story short…don’t want to go to the gym?! Do it anyway!It felt so good to have fresh legs on the bike instead of recovering from bootcamp legs. It made a world of difference and I think I’ll follow this schedule till the end of my session.

I came home and whipped up some Zucchini Pockets. I’ll be sharing more on these tomorrow.

Last, but certainly not least, I realized at the last minute that yesterday was National Dog Day. Here at A Girl & Her Mutt, we love a good celebration. I let Korky know he was the best dog a girl could ask for and then gave him a bone that I let him chew under my bed in peace. Everyone was happy at the end of the day.

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I hope you all had a great weekend! I’ve got a busy week coming up and I’m trying not to get too excited about the holiday weekend coming up. It is only Tuesday for goodness sake!

See ya tomorrow!

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Boston Brunching: Blunch at Vine Brook Tavern

June 18, 2013

A few days ago I was giving my opinion on some popular breakfast spots to stop at to a friend coming to visit Boston in a few weeks. Each time I thought of a place I would instantly say, “Ooohh! They have the best brunch!” Boston is just a brunching kind of town. I’ve had […]

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