Blogging Under the Influence. Is there some type of virtual infraction issued for this? Guess we’ll find out!
Before I get to the good stuff, let’s talk about breakfast and lunch. I had to teach today, so breakfast and lunch were kind of as easy and boring as it can get:
I got up at 6:30AM and made a bowl of Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal, topped with sugar free maple syrup:
For lunch, I packed my adorable Vera Bradley lunch bag (Thanks, Mom!) with a pre-made tupperware full of broccoli slaw and chopped almonds, topped with Kraft Toasted Sesame Dressing, and a side of OIKOS Greek Caramel Yogurt:
I was so excited when I saw that one of my students had the same lunch bag as me, so I tapped her on the shoulder and said, “Hey! We have the same lunch bag!” She gave me a weird look and hurried away. Apparently, it’s not cool to match the substitute teacher.
I want to address my thoughts on healthy eating and the weekend.
Life as a post-college graduate hasn’t exactly been the cake-walk I’d always imagined.
Now that I’m paying for my own post-graduate classes and taking a full-time courseload, working as much as I can, and worrying about my own bills, the weekend means more to me now than it ever has.
All we have are those 2 1/2 fun days! That’s why I tend to loosen the healthy eating reigns during the weekends. I’ve really been trying to not go too crazy, but it just doesn’t make sense to deprive myself of the good things in life! There is definitely a balance to be found between living a healthy lifestyle and enjoying life’s indulgences.
If you’re actively trying to lose weight, then the weekends are a time of focus and continued effort in your weight loss goals. However, if you are at a healthy and happy place in your life, I think you can afford a “free” day or two in your schedule. This is tricky for anyone, especially me, but I think I’ve finally gotten to a place where I understand how to balance these one or two free days into my lifestyle. Caution: the following drinks and meals are NOT by any means low-calorie!
I don’t know when I started loving beer, but I do. I like to try all different types, and so does Corey. It’s one of our favorite pass times! To start our “Friday Funday”, we headed over to my favorite restaurant, Mitchell’s Fish Market. We indulged in my favorite appetizer in the world, Mitchell’s Crab & Spinach dip. We also enjoyed Happy Hour drinks: Chardonnay for me, Magic Hat #9 Draft for Corey. That crab dip is to die for. (Confession: At this point, I was too embarrassed to take pictures of our drinks and appetizer, because we were sitting at the bar in front of everyone! I’ll get there one day….or maybe after a few drinks…)
After happy hour, we debated about new places to try out for our actual dinner. We settled on one that we’ve been talking about for months:
Shipyard is a brewery/restaurant. We browsed the gift shop while we waited for our lobster buzzer to go off:
This little entity alone was enough to make me want to come back!
We sampled a beer that was on display while we waited:
Please note how tightly Corey is hugging the lobster buzzer. I think he wanted to bring it home.
When we got seated, I ordered a Flight of Beers which included:
For an appetizer, we shared the White Bean Hummus:
The hummus was not good. It was more of a “bean dip” than a hummus, and I hate bean dip. I also wasn’t a fan of the crostini’s it was served with-hummus should always be served with some type of pita, don’t you think?
For our meal, we split a flatbread:
I kind of forget what the name of this was, but I know it had a lot of meat- salami, capicola and proscuitto. I would never order this normally, but a) it was date night which = compromise, and b) Shipyard has an awesome deli that is part of the restaurant, so I trusted their meats and was interested to try this particular creation.
While Corey got the car, I snuck back into the gift shop, and I returned with some delicious treats for us:
The shortbread was devoured in literally 2 seconds. Even after Corey told me he “doesn’t even like shortbread”. HA! It was so amazing. Our cupcake selection included 1 strawberry cheesecake (yuck, I gave it to Corey), 2 mint chocolate (yum!), and 1 cookies ‘n’ cream cheesecake (double yum!).
After our trip to Shipyard, we decided to head to a brand new place that opened in our neighborhood, called “CaddyShanks“. It’s a virtual golf bar, but we weren’t there to hit balls. We went to watch the Orlando Magic play the OKC Thunder! We sampled a few different beers and then headed home around 9:30.
Stay tuned for some serious foodie blogging tomorrow, because we are going to our neighborhood’s Chili Cook Off to sample LOTS of different eats!
Hope you’re having a fun start to your weekend!