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How’s this glorious weekend treating the blogosphere?

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it, myself.

Yesterday, I woke up feeling a little under the weather, as I mentioned, so I decided against working out.


I woke up and made myself a filling bowl of peanut butter creme, topped with banana slices, strawberry slices, and cinnamon:

I’m really diggin’ this new invention!


Corey’s parents took us to lunch as a small celebration for Corey’s new job!  Corey got to pick the place, which can sometimes be scary, because he is all about trying new things (opposite of me).  His mom was whispering, “red saucered sauce!” in one ear, and I was yelling, “HOUSTON’S! HOUSTON’S! in the other.  We both lost.

Corey’s pick was a place called Ravenous Pig in Winter Park.

We have eaten there together once before, and I was under the impression that we were never going back, after Corey and I both got sick from the lobster tacos!  Apparently, his stomach is more forgiving than mine, because he was not budging on his decision.

The good news is, their menus is constantly changing, so there were plenty of new options for me to choose from:

For an appetizer, we decided to try something that caught all of our eyes- a Sourdough Pretzel with Porter Fondue Dipping Sauce:

The sauce got neglected in this picture, but I assure you it was the star!  I’m not the biggest pretzel fan, and this one was too salty for my taste.  The sauce, on the other hand, was $$$.

Being a Reuben connoisseur, I knew exactly what I was getting when I saw the Smoked Pork Reuben on the menu.

The pork was topped with an apple and celery root slaw, thousand island, and gruyere cheese.  Unfortunately, Corey’s mom and I both agreed that this was pretty disappointing.  The pork was really fatty, and the flavors just weren’t up to par with a standard Reuben.

Corey ordered a Chicken Spatzel Sandwich, topped with a fried duck egg:

His was much more impressive than mine.

After lunch, Corey went back to work and I did what I do best- caught up on some TiVo and relaxed on the couch.


When Corey got home, we headed out to our usual spot- Mitchell’s Fish Market. We ordered our usual drinks and usual food, and it was fun- as usual!

We shared our favorite Crab, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, and also split the Wedge Salad.  Afterwards, we headed out to meet our friends at World of Beer to watch the Magic game.

Jah and Laura (aka Vanna White)

Laura and I

One of our friends, Sam, got a blueberry beer, and it had real blueberries in the bottom! I found this to be equally as cool as it was gross, due to my hatred of fruit-flavored things, and blueberries, in general:

If you’re a fan of blueberry, this beer would probably be a winner!  It was a fun night, especially since the Magic won!

As for today…


Corey and I woke up and made protein shakes for breakfast, before heading to the gym.

Into the blender went:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 scoop Muscle Milk Protein Powder
  • Splenda

We were both feeling pretty lazy at the gym, but gradually, we got more motivation and Corey ended up putting me through a pretty strenuous upper body workout!  We both ran on the treadmill for 15 minutes before heading home to shower.

We got ready and headed out for a long day of shopping!

Corey needed to get basically an entire new wardrobe of work attire for his new job, so we had a big task ahead of us.  We started out the Premium Outlets, which is gigantic.  They have every outlet store you could imagine.  He found lots of great work clothes, and I even scored some cute stuff from Forever 21 🙂


After the outlets, we were starved.  We probably walked 5 miles while we were there!  We were excited to try out a new place for lunch that we’ve heard tons of good things about, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza:

We knew exactly what to order for an appetizer- 10 wings, cooked to crispy perfection in the coal fired oven:

These completely exceeded my expectations.  The wings were crispy and flavorful, and coated in what appeared to be rosemary and some other spices, instead of the usual “wing sauce”.  The best part was that they came covered in caramelized onions, with 2 pieces of focaccia bread on the side.

Everyone knows wings are meant to be served with either Ranch or Bleu Cheese Dressing.  We asked our waitress for a side of Ranch, to which she replied that they do not have Ranch.  “Ok, do you have bleu cheese?” I asked.  “No,” she said, “but we have the other kind…oh, what is it called…umm…hang on.”  She went to go figure out what comes on the salad, and came back reporting that they did have gorgonzola cheese.  I told her we would take a side of that to dip our wings in, thinking that it was really strange that a restaurant doesn’t carry any kind of salad dressing options except a gorgonzola dressing.  This is what she came back with:

Um…thanks?  She brought us actual gorgonzola cheese.  Not a dressing of any kind.  I still don’t understand what could have caused this kind of communication barrier, but she clearly did not understand that we wanted some sort of liquid-form to dip our freakin’ wings into!

Moving on…

We ordered a large pizza, topped with mushrooms, kalamata olives, and sweet peppers on one half.

This was delicious- probably the best pizza I’ve ever had!  The oven makes the thin crust extra crispy, and I don’t know where those olives came from, but they were especially amazing!  Clearly, we would have been fine ordering a small, but I had a feeling we would want some extra slices to take home.

After eating, we were totally stuffed.  Good thing we had lots more walking ahead of us!  We headed next door to IKEA Furniture, in search of a large closet for the new place we’re moving into next month.

Corey and I always have fun picking out our favorite rooms for our future dream house:

We liked this living room:

This bedroom:

And this kitchen:

After a long walk, we went next door to the Mall at Millenia to continue the shopping spree.

The only con about our lunch was that it was majorly salty, which started to kick in right when we got to the mall.  We headed into Starbucks for some sweet treats to cut through the salt-overload.

We each got a Mocha Light Frappucino, and we shared a Birthday Cake Pop from the Under 200 Calories Petites! It definitely hit the spot.

After we got the rest of the things we were looking for, we headed home. First, we each chugged 1 liter of Dasani water.  That’s how salty our food was.  Then, we both passed out on the couch in a food coma for an hour.

We just enjoyed another slice of our salty pizza for dinner, chugged some more water, and now we’re parked on the couch with stomachs that look very similar to balloons.

Hope you’re having a much more cholesterol-friendly weekend!

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