Eating out

Yesterday was a day full of indulgences.  It started with very nice weather here in Boston so my husband and I decided to go for a walk.  This always ends up with a meal or a drink out, because inevitably we get hungry and weak :)  I was trying to be healthy but by the end of the night I gave in and really indulged.  No regrets.  You only live once 😀

LUNCH

We didn’t make it too far from our house before my stomach started grumbling.  Apparently chocolate bread doesn’t have the staying power of oatmeal or yogurt parfaits.  Who knew? 😉 I’ve heard some good things about the Other Side Cafe and we decided to give it a go.  The place is slightly in the “off location” (heh, on the other side of the famous Newbury Street, which was hopping with people enjoying the beautiful weather), but we were instantly impressed with it the second we were seated (after a 15 minute wait).  I took a few pictures from our table on the indoor “balcony.”

Other Side Cafe decor

Other Side Cafe decor - take 2

My husband was instantly impressed with their beer selection (apparently they had some super rare beers on the menu).  I liked the relaxed vibe and how “New York” it felt :)  A little earthy crunchy (with lots of vegan and raw food options) but I like that once in a while 😉 We were talking about the next time we’ll be here before even ordering the food 😀  Speaking of food, I went with the half combo: selecting 1/2 simple green salad (mixed greens with tomato, cucumber, onion, carrot & sprouts – no onion for me, with cucumber dill dressing on the side) and 1/2 Jon’s buffalo tempeh (grilled tempeh, buffalo sauce, lettuce, tomato).

OSC half combo

I’ve made tempeh before and really hated it (actually threw away my food which rarely happens, especially after a semi-complicated preparation process) but I figured this was the place that maybe would change my mind about it.  Nope!  This sandwich was nice (everything tastes better with buffalo sauce!) but I’m still not a convert.  I find tempeh to be quite bitter.  I heard that pairing it with sweet glazes is the way to go, but I think I may have written it off for good.  I did eat the whole sandwich and most of the salad.  But I was still hungry and eyeing their dessert case :(

Solution to this problem?  Frozen yogurt at J.P. Licks! :)  I looooove J.P.Licks (especially their coconut almond chip ice cream – my fave!!) but I was still trying to be good at this point, so the husband and I split a medium sized hard frozen yogurt (1/2 peanut butter, 1/2 coffee chip).

JPLicks frozen yogurt

Frozen yogurt is such a great way to cut on calories and fat.  Of course it doesn’t compare to the super creamy full fat ice cream, but unless you put them together next to each other, the ice craving can be easily satisfied with some good quality frozen yogurt.  This one hit the spot!  The flavors of coffee and peanut butter were very pronounced in each flavor.  I like that – mean’s they’re not just using flavorings, but real ingredients!  I was looking through their menu while eating, though, and couldn’t help but notice their ice cream a la mode (what can be better than a brownie topped with ice cream?!).  No wonder I ordered just that later in the night.  But we’ll get there in a bit…

SNACKS

After a little bit of shopping we came home and I wanted a snack.  My metabolism is so weird on the weekends!

Kristina from Stonyfield Farms sent me some coupons to try their organic greek yogurt (the only organic greek yogurt on the market today!).  I’ve recently fell back in love with greek yogurt (mmm, chobani!) but was very excited to try these guys for free since they are a lot pricier and I didn’t know if it was worth justifying the price differential.  Here is what Kristina from Stonyfields wrote about this yogurt:

As you probably know, organic means it’s made without artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, and it’s made from organic milk produced without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, or artificial growth hormones (ie rBST). We feel that organic is not only healthier for you, but better for the planet as well.”

I do try to buy organic products whenever possible, but usually only fruits and vegetables.  Here are the yogurts I got (2 plain, 1 vanilla, 1 blueberry).  I also saw that they sell honey flavored yogurt, but I’m not a huge honey fan.

Oikos organic yogurt

I decided to combine my new blueberry Oikos with some mixmygranola.com muesli

blueberry Oikos with muesli

This was a VERY sweet combo.  The muesli had lots of dates and raisins and the blueberry yogurt is sweetened.  It was a little intense for me.  Didn’t prevent me from eating the whole thing but it was intense 😉  I didn’t notice this level of sweetness with the chobani blueberry yogurt but I’m wondering if I sabotaged this yogurt by adding sweet dried fruit to it.  Hmm.  Anyone else tried this yogurt? Plain yogurt is still my favorite so I’ll determine if I really prefer it over other less expensive brands when I give those a go.

Later in the day, I had my favorite trail mix!  I love you Tj’s nutty american trek mix 😀

trail mix

WORKOUT

We had plans to go out for drinks with friends and the day was totally getting away from us at this point.  I knew I had to do at least my Shred workout or else I’d feel like a complete lazy bum (walking around a bit doesn’t count as a workout for me).  Luckily, my husband decided to join me which made it a lot more exciting 😀  He didn’t feel like he was dying this time and said he’ll do it with me every day for the rest of my 30 day Shred challenge.  We both predict there will be some whining on his part, but he promised he’ll still be doing it with me.  How awesome is that?! :)  Shred dvd stats:

  • Duration: 0:24 + cooldown stretch
  • Calories burnt: 170 (50% fat)
  • Ave HR: 130 (67%); Max HR: 158 (81%)

DINNER + DRINKS

Apparently bars get super crowded on Saturday night.  Shocker!  After checking out a few of the usual suspects and being confronted by crazy long waits for a table, we ended up at the Joshua Tree in Allston.  This is where my healthy eating went out the window.  We used to live by a Joshua Tree in New York and this is where I discovered my love for buffalo chicken sandwiches.  The chicken was fried and the sandwich was of course accompanied by french fries but this was a meal I’d crave often and treat myself with on occasion.  After moving back to Boston I was unable to find the same quality of buffalo chicken sandwich, and with my new love for healthy cooking I found acceptable substitutes although none of them ever compared to the real thing.  Well last night I couldn’t resist.  I had to go for the real thing and it was absolutely worth it!  And yes, I went with the fries on the side and enjoyed them as well.  You only live once, right?  Oh wait I already said that earlier.  Haha. 😆

Adam and I actually split the buffalo chicken sandwich and a burger with swiss cheese and mushrooms.  Here are the 2 plates – I consumed 1/2 of each.

buffalo chicken sandwich with fries

mushroom cheese burger

I also polished off about 1.5 of these babies…

Magners hard cider

Which led me to believe that dessert was a good idea.  My friend Tiffany said she’d help me with the brownie sundae if I ordered it.  She didn’t help too much – I had 2/4 brownies before (and this was very hard but I had to) placing a napkin over the plate and smashing the whole thing.  It was really good though.  My belly and mind were finally truly satisfied 😀

brownie sundae

Joshua Tree got really loud at this point and they were playing pop music that was popular when we were in college.  My husband had a sudden urge to play beer pong.  Ha.  So we headed over to our friends’ house and got to it.  Adam and I were quite the team back in college :)  This time we held our own for about 4 games until finally losing in the last cup round.  I drank about 2/3rds of 1 Woodchucks’s amber cider bottle but forgot to take a picture 😳  We had a lot of fun, trash talking to each other, just like the old days :)

Fun day/night.  I’m back to healthy eating today.  I’m making pretzels.  Hopefully they come out eatable.  I’m quite nervous :)

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5 comments to Eating out

  • K

    I NEED to use my Stonyfield coupons! I haven’t tried them yet but I plan to!

    Delish eats all around – well, except for the tempeh that you didn’t enjoy too much :( I want to try making pretzels next so if you’re successful it might give me a little boost to do it! Good luck!!

  • Tiffany

    Hey, I tried to help, I really did! In my defense, I’m not usually a big dessert fan to begin with. So the fact that I even got through one of those brownie corners is a bit of a big deal for me 😛 It was delicious, just a little too rich for me to continue picking at.

    And I love The Other Side! They have some really yummy mushroom and cheese omelets, and though I usually have a harder time finding good vegan foods, I really dig their selection.

  • Oh wow, awesome eats! I have never tried tempeh before, because I can’t seem to find it. Bitter? Hum. :(

  • That always happens to me when I’m out too- I end up getting hungry and eating out when that was never the plan. Recently I try to plan for it by bringing a ton of extra snacks but that doesn’t always work.
    ps- LOVEEEEEEEEE Magners :)

  • LOVE the new layout!!!
    I have tried Oikos a few times and liked it very much, though it was just the vanilla flavor. I liked that it wasn’t too sweet but it was just sweet enough. Yay for freebees!

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