Healthy and Sane

Stuffed to the rim

March 23rd, 2009 · 15 Comments · breakfast, Eating out, restaurant reviews, snacks

Man, I am stuffed right now.  I’ve been eating practically nonstop all weekend and right now I am not very happy about it.  The best thing about lots of indulgences, though, is that going back to healthy eating is extra easy.  I am craving some fresh greens, lots of fruit and exercise.  Until then, though, I don’t want to see the scale…

So this morning I woke up (slightly hungover) and decided it was time to cook with some POM juice I received in the mail over a week ago.  How does a pomegranate syrup sound over whole wheat pancakes?  Sounded pretty yummy to me :) I used my favorite ww pancake recipe from Kath that I previously used here (with bananas and coco powder).  The yogurt just makes them so moist and the pastry flour keeps them nice and fluffy.  Love this recipe!

I made the syrup by combining 1 cup of POM juice with 1/4 cup sugar, brought it to a boil, lowered the temperature to low and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.  It was a little watery because I didn’t give it time to cool (I bet it’s awesome now that it sat in the fridge for hours) but the flavor was all there (btw, I was inspired by CakeSpy for this pom syrup).

ww pancakes with pom syrup + coffee

pancake closeup

After a little blogging, I was about to do some shredding, BUT there was a water main break in our neighborhood so we had no water!!  That means no showers! And that of course meant no working out :( Instead we got ready and went to a few more open houses (seriously those suck!) and headed to Newburyport to see my sister, nephew and parents in law.

I had these snacks throughout the day…

bosc pear

100 calorie almonds pack

mixed berry nutrigrain bar

Cadbury mini eggs

And for dinner my parents in law took us out to Mission Oak Grill in Newburyport. Adam and I have been dying to go there since it opened about a year ago and was featured on the Phantom Gourmet.  I was starving and super excited!

We started with a bottle of Bordeaux… I had about 5oz throughout dinner. This was one of the cheaper bottles on the menu and honestly it tasted like it. I was happy I got to enjoy a little bit of vino with dinner but I wouldn’t recommend this wine to you guys.

glass of Bordouex

Service was VERY slow.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a city girl and want things asap, but it took forever to get anything. About 40 minutes after being seated, we finally got our bread basket.  I basically wanted to devour the whole thing, especially since it was delicious :) This was a garlic fucaccia.  I had 2 pieces and saved room for the rest of the food (ok, really I was saving room for dessert the entire night!).

garlic fucaccia bread

We decided to share 2 appetizers for the table.  I wanted to order a salad, but that’s not very sharable, so we went with the majority vote and got the calamari and scallops.

Crispy calamariFried Lemons & Peppers, Citrus-Cherry Pepper Sauce

crispy calamari

Scallops wrapped in applewood baconVermont Maple and Whole Grain Mustard Drizzle

bacon wrapped scallops

Here is my plate (1/2 scallops + calamari) … I probably picked off a few more peppers and maybe one more ring of the calamari.  The fried lemon and peppers were the best part :)

my appetizer plate

Mission Oak is a Brazilian steak house so I decided to get a steak, to be specific the filet mignon10 oz Center Cut Filet, Buttery Mashed Potato, Sautéed Broccolini, Russet Gaufrette, Baby Bella-Madeira Demi Glace. I had exactly 1/2 of this entree (actually cut everything on the plate in half and pushed it aside).  They originally undercooked my steak so I had to send it back, but they fixed it and it was all good 😀

filet mignon with mashed potatoes and garlic broccoli rabe

And then came dessert.  I didn’t mention that the thing I was mostly excited about was the molten chocolate cake I saw on the Phantom Gourmet.  I had seriously high expectations for this one.  I pretty much always order molten chocolate cake if it’s on the menu (I just can’t help myself) so I’d say I’m quite the expert and this one looked like it was going to blow my mind.  Guess what? They don’t make it anymore!!! I was pretty heart broken so I decided to have 2 desserts instead 😉

me with both desserts

brownie a la mode

snickers cheesecake

Just kidding! 😆 My father in law and I split those 2 (Adam and mil had a few bites too).  They were pretty good but I was still sad they didn’t have the molten chocolate cake.  This is why I hate looking at menus ahead of time (you end up working yourself up for something and then it’s unavailable).

And that’s how you end a weekend of lots of food and not nearly enough exercise.  Thanks again Jim and Jane for taking us out! 😀

Now back to the real world of work and healthy living…

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15 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Kelly Turner

    erg! I looked for the cadbury eggs all weekend and couldnt find them! They are my fave- im going to have to keep my eyes peeled

  • #2 - Elina

    Kelly, I’ve never had these before and I think I’m addicted. My sister in law said she had almost the whole bag last night and I can definitely see why. I may need to stock up (if I find them in the store) while they’re around :)

  • #3 - Shannon (The Daily Balance)

    What a great idea adding POM to syrup! I’ll have to try that out sometime!

  • #4 - Elina

    Shannon, I actually combined POM with sugar to make syrup. It’s really easy and is unique and delicious. Definitely give it a try!

  • #5 - Lauren

    POM syrup sounds like a perfect topping for pancakes… or waffles, or oatmeal… YUM.

    It’s so neat that they fried the lemons & peppers along with the calamari – I bet that was tasty!

    I know EXACTLY what you mean about getting excited for a menu item before going to the restaurant. I had my heart set on the pumpkin ravioli appetizer on the website for Sibling Rivalry, but I think it’s an autumn offering and hasn’t been changed online. John loves to tease me about looking at menus online – I’m glad I’m not the only one who does it :)

  • #6 - Lara

    Mmm…Cadbury eggs. They’re just like Hershey’s can’t have just one! I’m sorry you couldn’t workout–I bet that would have made you feel better. Boo for no hot water!

  • #7 - Michelle T

    wow what great eats!!! The desserts are to decadent looking – i’m sorry they didn’t have molten chocolate cake though. Those really are the best. :)

  • #8 - Adam

    That place makes me want to go to a real Brazilian restaurant – the spices on my steak were awesome!

  • #9 - healthy ashley

    Oh, I <3 molten chocolate cake. At least the other two looked good! And you are just the cutest thing ever.

    Nice job on the POM syrup- it looks good! Now I’m craving pancakes!

  • #10 - K

    Thanks for posting the POM syrup – I need to come up with ideas on how to use mine and that sounds wonderful!

    Oh my gosh that cheesecake! HEAVEN!!

    • #11 - Elina

      K, yeah, I was trying to think of way to use it up too. It’s good stuff, but definitely requires some creativity since it’s not exactly called for in every recipe :)

  • #12 - Sharon

    Oh my gosh, scrumptious eats overall. Dessert? YUM!

  • #13 - Tiffany

    A Brazilian steakhouse in Newburyport seems so out of place; I didn’t realize it was Brazilian. Interesting.

    Those scallops look super delicious, though! *Jealous*

  • #14 - ttfn300

    mmm, pancakes, it’s been too long since i made them! i am feeling your pain about being stuffed :)

  • #15 - Bring it on, Monday

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