Another busy but fun day today. I woke up early again, and as hard as it is to get going in the morning, I really do think it makes for a better rest of the day. By 7am, I already Shredded, showered and started making breakfast (and that meant extra time to relax after work!). Usually I’m not even out of bed by then! But first let’s jump to the end of the day. I had a fabulous dinner, with fabulous company (hi Katie! ) at Henrietta’s Table in Cambridge, MA. I think their “mission statement” says it all…
Our goal at Henrietta’s is to deliver the freshest available food, through proper cooking techniques and excellent service,” says Executive Chef Peter Davis. This attitude is reflected in the Henrietta’s reliance on local farms and fisherman to keep her kitchen stocked. We at Henrietta’s aim to provide you with the best experience possible while we share our home with you.
I liked that they use local farms for their produce – it really appeals to what I’m all about these days. And when was the last time you heard a restaurant refer to itself as “home.” Love it!
Minutes after being seated we were served some fresh warm bread. There were 2 nice little fruit and nut bread slices, 2 ww slices and 1 little sourdough roll. Why just 1 of this one? I had a slice of the fruit and nut bread (awesome!), tried the ww bread (tasted like nothing!) and split the sourdough roll with Katie. Oh and of course I used some butter with the bread
I also ordered a glass of Cabernet. Somehow I forget to take pictures of wine… maybe because you all know what a glass of wine looks like, right? Well, I had 2 of them throughout the night
Katie and I talk a lot but finally after a waiter came back like 4 times to ask us if we need more time, we decided to order. I was all ready to start with a fresh salad of mixed field greens and champagne lemon herb vinaigrette. It sounded a little boring but I knew I wanted 3 courses and everything else seemed much more substantial. BUT literally as I was asking all sorts of onion related questions, Katie noticed they had specials. I saw a salad there that silly me of course can’t describe now (and it’s not online because it was a special!) Ok ok – it had mixed greens, pickled beets, sliced almonds and some kind of cheese in the blue cheese family. I don’t like blue cheese and because I ordered without really analyzing this item, I had to pick the cheese off. Everything else was fantastic though. The pickled beets were awesome, they pared nicely with lemony greens and the addition of the almonds added a nice crunchy texture. This is definitely my kind of salad, except I’d replace the blue cheese with goat cheese next time
The food came out strangely fast. I know time flies when you’re having fun and Katie and I (as aforementioned talked A LOT) but seriously I feel like everything came out in minutes. So yeah, as soon as our appetizer plates were taken away, we got our entrees. When I eat out I like to order things I’m least likely to make at home, so I went with the House Smoked and Grilled Free Range Duck Breast, Confit Leg, Cranberry Compote, Port Wine Reduction… and a side of roasted root vegetables.
This kind of reminded me of a fancy Thanksgiving dinner! The duck was cooked 2 ways – both great preparations. I removed all the big fat layers. I ended up leaving a small little piece of meat (+all the fat). The root veggies were honestly kind of bland – I’ve made better! I ate 1/2 of this dish and took the rest home.
Guess what? I had room for dessert. I know you’re shocked I got Henrietta’s World Famous Chocolate Bread Pudding with Rum Caramelized Bananas, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. This was my first time having bread pudding. I never thought it was my thing until I saw it on Bobby Flay’s Throwdown and noticed the amount of chocolate that goes into it. With that much chocolate, the thing must be good, right? I’m going to say that this particular chocolate bread pudding was too sweet for me (the rum banana sauce) and not chocolaty enough. There were a few nice pockets of chocolate but otherwise it was intensely sweet but not necessarily satisfying. I saw like 20 pieces of chocolate mouse cake pass by after polishing off my plate and definitely got plate envy. I totally would have ordered it if the menu appropriate identified it as such. Oh well… I still liked the place and would come back there! I think Katie liked her food too (she said the crab cakes were awesome!).
I know I said I liked the staying power of oats, but I missed my yogurt… so I had some today. In this bowl I combined 2/3 cup of oikos with 1/2 banana, blackberries, Kashi Golean, pb puffins, hazelnuts and Erin Baker’s chocolate granola (the last of it!).
Instead of the usual coffee with breakfast, I decided to try the POM juice straight up. I liked it! It was very sweet… and kind of tasted like cherries but I love cherries I think diluting it with something could be nice (more volume for the same calories)… and just that half a cup had a crazy amount of antioxidants. Gotta love that!
I still had coffee a few hours later at work (unpictured)…42 calories.
I haven’t had a KIND bar in a while, but after just the first bite I realized how much I missed them. The whole nuts “glued” together with honey and thin coconut chunks just made me very happy. This bar was not overly sweet either (like some of them are) and got me through a busy afternoon at work, until I was ready to finally sit down for lunch (about 3.5 hours later).
I have a detailed review of FIVE other KIND bars I’ve been meaning to post about. Stay tuned
I made this for dinner last night but never got to eat it (still too full from the crazy delicious cookies)… so I had it for lunch today. This is haddock in coconut red-curry sauce with a blend of grains on the side. For the fish, I used this recipe from Cooking Light found through Lauren’s blog, substituted haddock for halibut (it was on sale at our local grocery store), used a little less oil, no onions or scallions, and about double the amount of red curry paste. It took a little longer to cook the fish than the recipe specified, but it ended up being nice and flaky and the sauce was fantastic! Oh, picture some additional grape tomatoes + asparagus on the side of this
Btw, the grains on the side are TJ’s Harvest Grains blend: a savory blend of Israeli style couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans, orzo, and red quinoa. Pretty cool to have all these goodies in one package! This was actually my husband’s find at TJ’s… I love how he craves healthier foods now. He loved these grains (and so did I!).
Delicious, delicious foods today!
So I did level 3 of Shred this morning. I think I’m on day 23. It was tough! The cardio parts now include weights, and the strength training parts now include cardio. What’s up with that? Can’t we get a break?! I loved it of course… except for those last jumps at the end. Had to revert to Anita’s version. I want to be a badass like Natalie! Shredding stats:
- Duration: 0:25 (+ stretching)
- Calories burnt: 185 (55%)
- Ave HR: 134 (69%); Max HR: 208 (107%)
And mid-day I sneaked out of the office to do my scheduled 3 mile run. I read today that you’re not supposed to run at your fastest pace unless they’re interval or tempo runs. I find it hard not to push myself to my limit but hopefully that means less injury and actually will improve my running, rather than hold me back. I’m still confused… sounds a little counterproductive. Do you push yourself during every run (or other workout) you do? I used to, but I’m trying to think long term! So yeah, I warmed up for 0.15 miles at 4.3mph, then 0.15 miles at 6.2 mph and then did another 2.85 miles at 6.5-6.6 mph and cooled down for another 0.15 miles at 4.3 mph. And then I stretched a bunch. I’m totally paranoid about shin splints! Speaking of that, what (if anything) do you do to prevent them? Any special exercises or stretches? I’d love to hear from all of you experts Running stats:
- Duration: 0:32 (includes about a minute of stretching – I forgot to turn off my HRM)
- Calories burnt: 295 (30% fat)
- Ave HR: 152 (78%); Max HR: 164 (85%)
Ok, it’s way past my bedtime. See you later. I can’t believe it’s Friday tomorrow (well, technically today!). Yay!!