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Italian, Thai and Irish.

Good morning! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and you’re not feeling too hungover this morning Winking smile And if you’ve wandered over here from my guest post on Enjoy Your Healthy Life (if you haven’t seen it, go check it out!) this morning…hi!! Hope you enjoy my little corner of the interwebs Smile

Friday

I was pretty much dragging all day Friday. I think it was the last of Daylight Savings kicking my ass. I had class followed by a meeting, so when I got home I was happy that I had an easy dinner planned.

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Pizza night! A pre-bought whole wheat crust with crumbled turkey sausage, red bell pepper, spinach, and mozzarella.

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And wine…definitely a wine night (more than pictured).

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Friday nights are made for pizza and wine, in my humble opinion.

Saturday

So, Saturday was the most relaxing day I’ve had in a while.

About a month before Christmas Eric and I were talking and the topic of massages randomly came up. He had never had one before, but he mentioned that he thought he would enjoy it.

Umm, yea. Who doesn’t love a massage? I did some looking around at the local spas and found one that offered a one-hour long couples massage, so I got him a gift certificate for Christmas.

Saturday, we cashed it in at the Grand Wellness Centre in Brantford.

So…that was the most blissful hour I’ve had in a long time. It’s crazy how fast time passes when you’re getting a massage – an hour feels like ten minutes. I told her that my shoulders and my legs are usually pretty tender, so she focused on those. I had no idea how tight my left shoulder/left side of neck was – it was insane! That’s the side that I carry my (sometimes crazy-heavy) laptop bag on, so I guess it makes sense.

Eric enjoyed himself too! He’s back to work this morning (he was off for March break) so it’s nice for him to go back in a more relaxed state. He’s also been complaining of lower back pain lately, which the massage seemed to help with a bit.

Merry (much-belated) Christmas love!

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From the Christmas party we went to in November.

 

We did some errands and then headed home for a bit, followed by a quick trip to the gym for me. Afterwards, we went out for dinner at Viet Thai, a small Asian food place a few blocks away. It’s small and hole-in-the-wall-ish, but their food is absolutely amazing. We actually discovered it on our first night in Brantford after we moved!

Some hot tea to start to warm me up:

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Yup – living without the space heater hasn’t been fun. It’s not unbearable, but it means I’m wearing sweaters and sweatpants pretty much full time at home. Come sooner, Spring weather!

Eric’s choice: beef and vegetables on soft egg noodles.

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He cleared his plate, so I think he must have enjoyed it Smile with tongue out

As for me, I was feeling Pad Thai. The last time I actually remember having it was probably about 3-4 years ago, which is pretty unacceptable. I went for a seafood version:

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Amazing. I have no idea what a good chunk of the seafood in there was (I got scallops, shrimp, squid, and crab…no idea about the other stuff) but it was so good!

Afterwards, we went home and watched the remake of Dawn of the Dead. I swear, there’s a good reason I watch so many zombie movies/tv shows.

Sunday

Aka: clean/homework/kitchen experiment time.

For lunch, I decided to try making kale chips for the first time.

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So, they definitely ended up crispy…

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A little too crispy. Yup, those were burnt – but I hate wasting food, so it was fixed with copious amounts of ketchup. Definitely back to the drawing board with that one! And yes, I ate them besides my Thai food leftovers…and that’s kind of weird.

Dinner

Kitchen experiment number two was a success though! Various versions of Irish Soda Bread has been taunting me around the internets lately, so I decided I would try my hand at it this weekend. I made this version by Jenna of Eat, Live, Run, except I used half whole wheat flour.

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Going into the oven…

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And it’s done.

So, I had never tried Irish soda bread before. And now, I’m kind of kicking myself for going over 23 years without it – it’s so good! This version was dense in the middle, with an incredible, crunchy crust.

And it was the perfect accompaniment to the beef stew I made for dinner:

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Followed by many more hunks that I ripped right off the loaf Smile with tongue out That will not be around long – it was fabulous. Aaaand that was about as celebratory as we got this weekend. I was talking to the best friend on the phone last night and telling her how we’ve really become old people – we ate stew and homemade bread and watched tv on St. Patties, and then went to bed early. Animals!

So, Italian dinner Friday night, Thai Saturday night, and Irish Sunday night. I guess I like my culinary adventures?

Today is a pretty typical Monday for me: homework, the gym, and going to my TA class in the afternoon. Hope you have a fabulous one!

<— What was the last thing you baked/experimented with in the kitchen?

<— Any good St. Patrick’s day stories for me?

<— Do you like making homemade bread? I want to make it more often, but yeast kind of terrifies me.

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WIAW: Eating Well at Home.

Happy WIAW!

Thanks to Jenn for hosting, as per usual!

Today’s WIAW is from last Sunday, where I was home for the weekend. You will notice that today’s post is almost entirely lacking in green things. But I’m ok with that, because everything I ate on Sunday was freakin’ delicious. I got a burger, I got fries, I got Mexican food, I got a brownie…no regrets whatsoever!

Breakfast

Due to the time change on Sunday, the clock read 9:30 when I got out of bed at my parent’s house. Yay actually feeling like I got to sleep in!

By the time I got up, got in a quick workout (core + 10 minutes on the treadmill) and got organized it was 10:30. I was meeting Chelsea for lunch at noon, so I went with a small breakfast to tide me over.

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Coconut Oikos and Brown Sugar flavoured Mini Wheats. I didn’t like Mini Wheats when I was a kid, but I developed a HUGE obsession with them about three years ago – the only breakfast cereal I wanted for about six months. It was a little bit of overkill so I don’t pick them up too often anymore, but they’re still easily one of my favourite breakfast cereals.

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So good.

Chelsea and I met at the Works, a burger place that popped up in London a few years ago. I’d been a few times before, but it was her first time so I was excited for her to check it out. Basically, it’s a build your own burger place with a ton of insane toppings – check out her post for more details!

I decided to go with a “Down Under” turkey burger on a whole wheat bun. It came with caramelized onions, an egg, beets, grilled pineapple and gouda.

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We had absolutely no idea what was so Australian about this burger, but it was good! Although, the first burger I ever got at the Works still wins out though. ‘The Sweet Ride’: caramelized onions, half of a grilled pear and brie.

Sweet potatoes fries on the side – The Works has fabulous sweet potato fries. Perfectly crispy with the right amount of salt!

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Other burger options that are definitely on my must-try list at the Works:

  • Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love: peanut butter, banana and bacon
  • Sexy Burger: pineapple, sweet and spicy sauce, cream cheese and hot peppers
  • The Love Goat: peppercorn crust, goat cheese and bacon

So delicious…and definitely filling!

After lunch, Chelsea and I wandered around Covent Garden Market for a while. It’s a gorgeous year-round indoor market in downtown London – I hadn’t been since the summer, which is entirely too long! I was a tad disappointed though – I had hoped to pick up a mini cupcake at the cupcake place, but the stand wasn’t there anymore.

So I bought cheese instead Smile with tongue out

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Thornloe’s Eventural. I worked in a cheese stand during my last year of undergrad, and this one was always one of my favourites. Brie with a line of vegetable ash in the middle – it’s so good.

Chelsea was also kind enough to set aside a jar of coconut butter from Organic Works for me.

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Finally! This stuff is so hard to find, and paying for it online it ridiculous. I haven’t tried it on/with anything yet, but I tried a bite out of the jar and I think it was worth the wait Smile with tongue out

Thanks for a fabulous lunch/Covent Garden date, Chelsea! ❤

Oz

Afterwards, I had plans to meet up with my mom for a movie/dinner date. The movie of choice?

Oz the Great and Powerful in IMAX 3D.

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Of course, this movie is pure Wizard of Oz nostalgia. I really enjoyed it! I thought that Mila Kunis’ acting was a little over-the-top and soap opera-ish (which pains me to say, because she’s one of my favourite actresses), but everything else about the movie was great. It was a two-hour long movie and I didn’t get bored once, which is saying something.

And James Franco is just awesome. Could not think of a better person to play Oz. Seeing it in IMAX 3D was really cool too. It was so intense! Really expensive (as if regular movie tickets aren’t enough already) so I wouldn’t do it too often, but pretty fun once in a while. Although the 3D glasses get a tad annoying after a while.

 

Dinner

Our original plan was to go to the Milestones that’s in the same mall in the theatre, but earlier in the day my mom and I got to talking about Under the Volcano, one of the few Mexican restaurants in London that we both really love. So…we went for Mexican.

Under the Volcano actually just changed locations – as in, it was changed over two days before. Unfortunately, they were still getting organized and didn’t have all of their usual options – they didn’t have their extensive margarita list and they were out of a lot of items on the menu. They weren’t quite done the redecorating phase yet either – they had leased a building where an old diner was, and they still had the old diner sign up. The inside of the restaurant still looked like diner-esque, but with Mexican-style blankets everywhere. But the food was still good, which is the most important part, clearly.

 

My mom and I both love sangria, so we split a pitcher.

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I’m not a huge red wine fan, but I suppose if it’s mixed with juice, I’m good to go?

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Hello, chips and salsa. Which, is not complete without guacamole thrown in the picture as well.

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Better.

For dinner, my mom ordered her usual at Under the Volcano – the chicken chimichanga. Basically, a chimichanga is a deep-fried enchilada, but it doesn’t come off as overly greasy.

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I decided to go with something I hadn’t tried before – the blackened tilapia, which came with rice and coleslaw.

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I hadn’t had tilapia in a while, but it’s one of my preferred fish. This was delicious – nice and spicy, which I love.

Dessert

We had hoped to share deep fried ice cream for dessert, but unfortunately, they were out (boo). But…a chocolate brownie with ice cream and chocolate sauce makes for a good second choice.

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We definitely polished it off without trouble Open-mouthed smile

I love Under the Volcano, so I will definitely be back once they get a little more organized in their new location!

After dinner, I went home and collapsed on the couch to digest – so.much.good.food! I need to go home more often…I eat so well! Open-mouthed smile

Have a good one!

<— What should I use my coconut butter on?

<— What’s your usual order at a Mexican restaurant? Quesadilla or crunchy tacos of some sort is usually my first choice.


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Happiness-Inducing Weekend.

Good morning! I hope your weekend was fabulous. If you were up late watching the Oscars last night…how was it? I can add missing award shows to my list of things I miss about cable (first and foremost: The Food Network. It has been way too long since I watched a random episode of Chopped).

Between school stress and a little bit of winter blues, I haven’t been feeling quite so cheery lately. So, this weekend my focus was making sure to incorporate a bunch of little things to make myself happy. Friday was pretty average – homework, gym, a meeting with my Thesis Supervisor,  and a chicken stirfry dinner. So, we’ll just get right to Saturday.

Saturday

After I did my grocery shopping for the week, I took some time to do a little bit of shopping for myself. My fruitless search for a new pair of jeans continues – apparently, I’m pretty picky. I’m planning on heading home to London for a weekend in a couple of weeks, so I’ll wait until then. I did manage to find myself a new workout top (which I shall get to in a few minutes) though!

And I did show myself some pampering on Saturday:

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Mmm, manicure.

The nail salon a few blocks away does a decent manicure for $15 – I need to take advantage more often! Of course, the solitary princess nail was a must. I kind of live for the hand massages you get with manicures – I would seriously pay money just for that.

For lunch, I had to dig into some of my new grocery purchases, snack plate style:

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baby carrots, crackers, hummus (x2 on the crackers and hummus), an egg + egg whites, and blueberries. Eaten while perusing this:

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Any other Canadian girls (or boys) get excited when these fliers come out? From what I recall, they have a holiday edition, a blue menu (health-ified) and a summer one. PC actually has some great stuff, so I always like to see what they come out with. I did find out that they’ve started selling 0% plain Greek yogurt in the massive tubs…and I want to try those caramel yogurt smoothie bars.

Dinner

The best friend was supposed to come up for the night, but unfortunately, an issue with her car prevented that. I hate it when stuff like that happens! Eric and I still managed to have a good night though. I had absolutely no intention of cooking dinner, so Eric suggested Subway. Which happens to be right next to Yogurty’s…

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Happiness.

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I got my usual bread, cheese and toppings (whole wheat, swiss, lettuce, tomato, green peppers, cucumbers, black olives, pickles, banana peppers, honey mustard) but I got a ham and turkey instead of chicken. I know – that’s some craziness right there.

But clearly the froyo was the important part of the meal.

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Tiramisu and chocolate truffle froyo with yogurt-covered raisins, mini M&M’s, ‘sparkling strawberry candy (I have no idea where the sparkling aspect came from, but they were tasty), sprinkles (obviously) and iced animal crackers (I NEED A BOX OF THESE. Ahem).

I didn’t want it melting on me while I ate dinner, so I threw it in the freezer for about an hour and a half. It was pretty much the best idea ever – usually when I get self-serve froyo, it’s half melted by the time I get to the bottom. This allowed the yogurt to firm up a bit, but not too long in the freezer that the toppings froze too. Such a small thing, but definitely happiness-inducing Smile

Another happiness-inducing moment? A few months ago, Eric told me that he had never seen The Lion King. UNACCEPTABLE.

So…that’s how we spent Saturday night. Cannot go wrong with a good Disney movie, amiright? And side note – why have I never realized that Matthew Broderick was adult Simba?!

Sunday

Sunday was a fairly typical Sunday – I got some homework done, updated my resume (right, I need to work this summer), and swiffered/vacuumed. I did get in a quick gym session wearing my new top though:

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The pictures are not doing it justice (that, and the poor gym-bathroom lighting) – the thing is BRIGHT. Like, this bright:

Neon also induces happiness. And I love the back!

Dinner

Dinner just screamed of homey-ness and comfort food.

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Roast beef and mashed potatoes with gravy (and gravy can go on the list of things that don’t photograph attractively…yikes) with steamed broccoli on the side. Mmm, comfort.

So while I didn’t do anything too ridiculous or out of the ordinary, I was still happy with my weekend. I’m starting to be more comfortable with the fact that I am a homebody – I don’t need to be going out and doing crazy things every weekend. If they become my time to treat myself, relax a bit, and get stuff done around the house, than that’s awesome. That being said, as soon as the weather has improved I have told the bestie that I will be in need of a bar-hopping night Smile with tongue out

Today is (somewhat) back to the grind for me – I don’t have class, but I have a list of work to get through and my TA class has their midterm today. Have a great one!

<— What were some happiness-inducing things about your weekend?

<— How do you usually spend your weekends – in or out and about?