Week-end

Saturday started with a bang. I was actually able to get out of the house before noon to get my run in. I have the best intentions every Saturday but am so slow in the morning, especially when I do not have to be somewhere (like work).

After my run, a little over three miles, I had to jump in the shower and drive in to Orlando for my hair appointment. Of course, there was tons of Disney traffic. Of course, my hairdresser was not at the salon when I got there. I ended up waiting around for 45 minutes until she texted my back and told me I could go to her house and she would do it for free.

J was craving seafood and Ocean Prime is newish, so we decided to check it out.

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They have an amazing outdoor area, that I did not get any pictures of, but would totally love to get a drink out there.

I started with Berries & Bubbles which is: Belvedere Citrus Vodka, Marinated Blackberries, House made sour mix, and Domaine Chandon Brut. It also had dry ice in it so it smoked. I never order cocktails but this one was delicious.

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J took a sip.

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To start we had the white truffle caviar deviled eggs. I do not even like deviled eggs but these were yummy. Creamy, salty, and truffley rolled into each mouthwatering bite.

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We also had Oysters. Being Connecticut natives, we can rarely turn down an appetizer from a raw bar.

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J had the wedge salad.

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I had the Prime Feature (Crab Crusted Blue Tilapia, French Beans, and Fingerling Potatoes). It was very good including the sides.

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J had the filet with béarnaise sauce. He thought it was really good for a seafood place.

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Ocean Prime was very good if not a bit over priced but the food was tasty and the service prompt. We will definitely eat here again.

How was you week-end?

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Saturday at the mall

Saturday, when you have a three day week-end, can be a glorious affair. There is no need to rush to fit everything in because you have that extra day to get things done.

This Saturday started off with a run through my favorite park. It was not the five miles I planned on but at least it did not rain.

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After the run, I worked on getting my new laptop set-up. I have wanted a laptop for awhile and have been looking for a good deal. Money is always tight with J being a full-time law-student but he surprised with me with the laptop on Friday night. It was actually pretty cute because he called me out of my office to watch a movie and was holding the box in his hands when I came out. Super cute and sweat. (The movie was Red Riding Hood which was pretty good but kind of cheesy. Who am I kidding, I love cheesy movies especially if there are cute boys in it.)

We headed over to the Mall at Millennia in Orlando because J needed to pick-up an external hard drive at the Apple store. We also had a Cheese Cake Factory gift card from Christmas. (Thanks in-laws!)

The largest menu known to man.

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Before the bread basket came.

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After the bread basket came. I was super hungry obviously.

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We ate tons of food as usual.

It is a fact that the Cheese Cake Factory has the best spinach artichoke dip in all of greater Orlando.

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Not the salad I ordered but still good.

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Veggie pasta.

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Caramel chicken.

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I spied this from across the way. Not sure how the mall made it so far without fro-yo but this is an excellent development.

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We came home and watched Sucker Punch which was kind of awesome.

Man Meals: Southwest Buffalo Burgers

If you read my previous post on Man Meals, you know that I am searching for quick, healthy meals that J will actually eat. He is not a picky eater but he thinks healthy food is boring.

I do not eat beef of any kind but will eat poultry. I tend to cook vegetarian meals but try, when I do cook meat, to use sustainable sources.

You start with ground buffalo.

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Make them into four patties (I typically will make J’s larger than mine).

Season the patties with chili powder and salt/pepper.

Cook on the stove (or grill). Drain off excess fat. 

Place between toasted sprouted bread smeared with mashed avocado. Top with sliced jalapeno and salsa. I put extra lettuce greens on my burger.

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Serve with roasted veggies (J did not eat these).

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Ta da….

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Man Meal number one or Southwest Buffalo Burgers.

Off to watch Falling Skies. I love summer TV.

Bar Louie and the return of J

J was in LA last week for E3. It was nice to have the house to myself but I missed him. (Not as much as the cats who spent nearly the entire week sleeping and moping around.) It just goes to show, I am only second best to those cats to J. He came back yesterday morning and we were able to have a nice evening on Saturday.

We went to Bar Louie in Dr. Phillips for a casual dinner before a movie.

J had the Buffalo Style Crispy Calamari for an appetizer. He thought it was different and he really liked it. 

We split chips with guacamole, salsa, and queso.

I had the Grilled Veggie Wrap. It was huge and I only could eat half but it will be good for lunch today.

J had The Luigi which is shaved ribeye, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil.

We had a good time even though some of us needed more prompting than others. Smile for the camera J.

After dinner we went to see Super 8 on the IMAX at Pointe Orlando. It was a great movie and I would definitely recommend it.

Does your city have upside down buildings? Orlando does.

I also spotted police officers on horse back give someone (in a car) a ticket.

Now I need to head out the door for some grocery shopping. Stay tuned for my next post on running my first 15K. I am working on putting together a training plan (the race is the end of September) but have never raced anything longer than a 5K so I’m nervous/excited.

What did you do on Saturday?

Can you ever eat too much Italian food?

J and I had a late dinner on Saturday after some errand running and animal rescuing. A new resteraunt opened in a shopping plaza near our house called Posner Park. There are not many locally owned restaurants in my area but I am always excited to try a new one.

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I ordered a Blue Moon. The beer list was actually pretty good for a small place. The offered more than your typical Bud/Coors/Corona which is always nice.

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They served us two types of bread and both were delicious.

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Oil for bread dipping.

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J had the Palazzo Insalata which had chopped greens, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, black olives, feta cheese, and Italian dressing. It was very good. They had an extensive list of side and entree salads that sounded good.

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Spinach artichoke dip which was very tasty. It tasted fresh and not as if they opened a can or reheated an already made portion.

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My meal was the Shrimp D’Oro. It had: shrimp, crimini mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic, and spinach. It had a light butter sauce on it that was really well seasoned. I loved the addition of the mushrooms which was unusual but very good.

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J had the Shrimp Scampi. He liked it.

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We of course ordered Connolis to go. They are my favorite dessert of all time and could never turn them down on a menu.

Overall, we both enjoyed this new resteraunt and will eat here again.

Dinner on the quick

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  • Veggie Wrap
  • Guacamole
  • Assorted greens
  • Veggie Burger (I used a Morningstar Black Bean and Corn Burger)
  • Guacamole
  • Jalapeño Pepper
  • Side of corn

Even J had one.

In other news, Adam from The Boring Runner is hosting a Sweat Your Thorns Off 5K virtual race on June 25th. I want to participate because while it is hot in Arizona, it is hot and humid in Central Florida. 

Have you ever participated in a virtual race?

Carrots and make-ahead meals

I harvested the remainder of my carrots this afternoon. I needed to make room in the garden plus the greens were starting to wilt, so I knew that they were ready.

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Not having any concrete plans for the carrots, I started to look for recipes online. I found a soup recipe that required minimal ingredients, that I had on hand, and was on a blog that I regularly read. 101 Cookbooks is a great resource for recipes (and food porn) that are natural, wholesome, and vegetarian.

I chopped up the carrots. Nothing smells as sweat as fresh carrots. It really is a different vegetable from what you can buy in the grocery store.

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Added them to the sautéed garlic and onion.

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After they cooled, I put them in the blender to puree the chunks of carrot.

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Cooking on Sunday (or in this case Monday) meals such as soup or sauce can really cut down the amount of time spent in the kitchen after a long day at work. I also tend to workout in the evenings, so this gives me the flexibility to have healthy, home-cooked meals and still eat dinner at a reasonable hour.

Do you have any kitchen shortcuts that make weekday meals easier?