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Eating Out Landmines


Last night marked Eating Out #1 for this week. Michael and I met his dad and step-mom at Henry’s 12th Street Tavern for dinner.

Michael’s dad is a Beer Expert (seriously, that’s his job). He recommended I try the Bridgeport IPA, so that’s what I ordered. It was a nice, light IPA and I liked it a lot.

Bridgeport IPA

Landmine #1: Appetizers

Michael’s dad ordered Henry’s famous onion rings as the appetizer. Check this temptation out:

I was famished and the onion rings ARE pretty tasty….I ate two only. And I made sure that I ate two from the top because they were smaller!

Could you resist those?

Landmine #2 – Entree

The next dilemma was what to order as an entree. After weighing the pros and cons of the two entrees I wanted, I decided on the Halibut. It was a sea salt and pepper crusted halibut with a balsamic vinaigrette glaze.

It came with an arugula and tomato salad and a fried potato cake. The potato cake was exceptional. For some reason in my brain I thought the potato cake would be less calories than their amazing mashed potatoes…Not sure now. 🙂

My entree was okay. I think I’ve discovered that halibut is not my favorite fish. It’s a bit on the dry side. I’d rather eat a trout or salmon. I ate half of my halibut and saved the other half for lunch.

We chatted about Reach the Beach and I told them about Hood to Coast coming up. Michael’s dad said “God gave me a certain number of heart beats in my lifetime and I’m not going to waste them running!” He said it was a quote from an astronaut and it made me chuckle. 🙂

Landmine #3 – Dessert

After dinner at Henry’s we all walked a few blocks in the Pearl District to Cupcake Jones. I’ve walked by Cupcake Jones a million times and never gone in. Last night I finally did.

There were many choices: chocolate, vanilla, marionberry cobbler, German chocolate cake and other options for cupcakes. There were also the large cupcakes or the mini cupcakes. Michael’s dad got the German chocolate:

There was also an option for a “Frosting Shot”? Seriously! A cup of just the frosting!!! I was floored.

Dessert is always the hard part for me. I have zero willpower when faced with something like this:

At first I was going to get the 1 bite mini cupcake but Michael talked me into splitting a big sized cupcake with him. We got the chocolate.

It was gooooood. I loved the frosting. I think it was a cream cheese frosting.

We left Cupcake Jones and strolled passed the Ben and Jerry’s (Michael wanted to stop for ice cream but I held strong :)).

We took them to Powell’s City of Books and then called it a night. It was a really nice evening and I enjoy spending time with Michael’s family. The weather was perfect too.

Conclusion

I have no idea if I was smart with my food last night. I feel like I made some good choices and a few bad choices (2 beers + a cupcake!).

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Is That….Sunshine?


I was able to walk during lunch, which made me happy! The weather was actually starting to warm up nicely and I wish I’d had sunglasses. I’m really enjoying my walks in The Pearl District. I’ve seen lots of things I’ve never seen in the 11 years I’ve lived in Portland.

Park in the Pearl

Pearl

When I was walking I stumbled upon a lonely puppy! He perked up the second I started taking photos of him. 🙂

Pearl puppy!

And the last Pearl District photo from today:

I like my lunchtime walks on “Rest Days.” I choose a different route to take downtown and explore areas of the city I never see.

When I got home from work, I had a quick snack of Wheat Thins and some Cream Cheese (1/3 less fat version) and then hopped on the bike trainer for 45 minutes or so.

Trainer

After doing intervals, I got off the bike and did some ab exercises with my ball:

I was really feeling the burn! Next, I did some triceps exercise:

And the result:

439 Calories Burned

Now to find something for dinner……..The never-ending question…..

Running Out of Food


Our house is pretty lacking in fresh fruits and veggies right now.  It’s definitely time to go grocery shopping. Making my lunch for today, I realized we were out of almost EVERYTHING! Time to scramble and raid the pantry.

So my morning snack is a serving of Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Applesauce. It’s 50 calories for a 1/2 cup.

Trader Joe's Applesauce

My afternoon snack will be canned pineapple. It’s not my first choice, but it’s low in calories and it was all I had. 😦

Pineapple

My exercise today will be swimming tonight. It’s been several days since I swam last and I miss it.

During lunch I went for a walk around The Pearl District today. It was a mixture of no rain, rain and gray clouds. Portland has a pretty good Light Rail system (seen below).

Light Rail

There were a lot of cute parks in the Pearl too.

Park Blocks

Funky Art

I saw a lot of cute (and upscale) restaurants I really want to try soon!

Art

QUESTION: How often do you go grocery shopping? Do you plan out your meals for the entire week and shop for them in advance?