Sorry for a lack of post yesterday – my husband had a late work holiday party last night and we came home a little tipsy and tired Yesterday was really fun though, because there was lots of holiday filled activities.
I started the day by sleeping in (love the weekends!) and then after a very late breakfast hosted my sister and parents over. This was kind of an unexpected visit so it was very low key, but it was still a lot of fun. I wish my sister lived in Boston! Anyways, since I haven’t seen her since before the holidays, I ended up giving her our xmas/hannukah/new year’s (we kind of celebrate everything in our family) gift yesterday and she really loved it. It’s so fun to see a satisfied gift receiver She told me since I liked gift giving so much, she was ok with me giving her a gift every time we hung out. Haha, nice try, Inna! 😆
Here is my breakfast…
I was planning on having oats but right before I was about to make them realized that I really was craving one of my yogurt concoctions. I just love them!
I didn’t really measure anything – just threw a bunch of stuff into the bowl. It was so good. In the bowl is TJ’s nonfat european style yogurt, 1/2 large banana, Barbara’s pb puffins, dried cranberries and raisins, pecans and roasted almonds. I also had a large coffee with skim milk. No sweetener required!
After my sister and my parents left, I went straight to the gym. I was starting to feel a little lazy and a tiny bit hungry and I knew that if I didn’t go right away it just wasn’t happening. Sometimes you just have to get off the coach and do it. I had a really great workout! On the agenda – lots of cardio!
I was going to start with a run when I got to the gym, but all the treadmills were taken 👿 So I jumped on the elliptical and did 30 minutes there, another 15 minutes on the bike, and then I finally got to do my 30 minute run. It wasn’t as fast as I would like it to have been but still not bad at all. Overall it was a great way to burn some calories before an indulgent dinner out. Here are my workout stats:
- Duration: 01:15
- Calories burnt: 704
- Ave HR: 153; Max HR: 211
With a combination of a later breakfast and an early dinner, there was no time for a lunch. So I grabbed an apple to snack on while getting ready, so I wouldn’t show up at the restaurant absolutely starving.
And off we went to my husband’s holiday part at the Metro 9 Steak House in Framingham, MA.
As soon as we got to the restaurant I got a nice glass of Jordan cabernet sauvignon. This is a really great wine – too bad it’s so expensive, but on the company bill I was drinking it care free
Then came the hors d’oeuvres. I wasn’t sure if I had the nerve to snap a picture, but I decided to just go for it! Here is my plate:
On the plate: 2 bacon wrapped scallops, a few carrot sticks, a beef crostini with blue cheese and horseradish and an eggroll that I didn’t end up eating because it was full of onions (yuck!).
I sipped on the first glass of wine and some water during the cocktail hour, and then we set down for dinner and my glass was refilled.
We had a private room reserved with a nice pre-fix menu:
I munched on 2 little rolls with butter, while trying to make my food choices. The rolls were warm and super doughy – amazing! I was getting really excited about the dinner.
I ordered the caesar salad to start. I’m not a huge fan of iceberg lettuce, but for some reason caesar salads always sound good at steak houses. Here it is, beautifully presented:
Unfortunately it was really bland! I had a few forkfuls and then just picked on the croutons. My husband ordered it too, and had the same reaction. Next up, a fillet mignon that I ordered medium. The sides were served family style. They had mashed potatoes, sweet potato fries, but I just ate the broccoli sauteed with garlic and a tiny bit of creamed spinach (wasn’t a fan of that). I figured I needed to save my calories for the good stuff
Again, it was beautifully presented, but overcooked. In fact, everyone’s steak was overcooked. Hmm. I only ate about 2/3 of the steak. I was hoping dessert was going to redeem this less than stellar experience so far.
I got the chocolate mouse cake that came with some vanilla ice cream:
This thing was definitely not a mouse cake. It was dense as a rock. I think it was overcooked actually and that’s why it was so hard. I (a self-proclaimed chocoholic) only ate about 1/3 of it and that’s because it was in front of me (otherwise I wouldn’t have eaten even that much). I think everyone at the party was disappointed with their desserts.
The good news? It was free (for us at least), we still had a great time, and I ate a lot less than I would have if I liked the food The scale actually showed a lower number this morning than yesterday. A rare occasion after a dinner out. I’m cool with that 😎
Hope your weekend is going well!