Monthly Archives: April 2009

Baskin Robbins 31 cent scoop night

Wednesday 4/29 was the annual Baskin Robbins 31 cent scoop night which is an event that donates the proceeds to America’s firefighters, including donations to National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the National Junior Firefighter Program and some local firefighter charities as well.

As we did last year (link from my really old Xanga site), the girls jumped in the car to get to Baskin Robbins before the 10:00 deadline. We arrived at our destination at 9:30 and were told that the line had been “closed” because they had too many people (they were like 10) and that they wouldn’t be done serving until after 10 which is when they were supposed to be closing. We were a bit perplexed, is this not for charity? Would it kill you to stay open an extra 10-15 minutes for a good cause? We chalked it up to kids who wanted to get out of work on time because they had school the next day. At least we hope that’s why.

Luckily we found another Baskin Robbins a few miles away and walked right in around 9:45 with no wait and nobody telling us we couldn’t get in. Thank goodness! They even told us to stay as long as we wanted to we enjoyed our ice cream at a table and departed around 10:10. Those people rock :)

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I had a small scoop of Reese’s peanut butter cup as my choice:

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I have to say, it was not that great. I guess I got spoiled by my recent Graeter’s trip because this just didn’t knock my socks off. I should’ve had what Courtney got, which was the Peanut Butter Fudge I think. She wanted hers to be featured on the blog, so here ya go:

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Yeah, I’ll get that one next time! ;-)

Aleta was quite upset when she thought we might not be getting ice cream (although we had a McDonald’s or Dairy Queen contingency plan in place) so when we finally got ours, she was sooo happy!

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Aleta got three scoops of three different flavors all in the same cup. That girl knows how to party! That’s Beth smiling in the background ;-)

Hooray for girlfriends, Wednesday nights, ice cream and charity. Hope you enjoyed your scoop!

Sonny & Joe’s, part 2

Last night, my friends and I sampled the next flavor of my Sonny & Joe’s stashHot Enough Hummus!

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I chose this flavor because the meal of the night was taco soup and we also had chips & queso, so it just sort of fit the “theme” if you will. Before leaving my house, I let the hummus sit out for almost an hour in order to enjoy the full flavor and hummus experience!

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This container had some info about the Brooklyn Firehouse (haha, fire, makes sense) on the back of the lid, educational!

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Time to dig in! I stirred it up really good to get all the peppers mixed in and enjoy the full hotness.

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I had originally packed the Ryvita crackers to eat with it, but once I got to Courtney’s and saw the On the Border tortilla chips, I couldn’t resist :)

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Heavens to Betsy! I have found a replacement for all other things to possibly dip tortilla chips in! This hummus was creamy, spicy and just like a flavor explosion. I had hoped to get some other “professional” opinions from my friends but all I have to report are lots of: “Wow”, “Yum”, “Mmmm” and “Oh my god!”s, haha.

Let’s just say it was thoroughly enjoyed. Check out the container before we had even gotten to the soup yet!

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Thanks again to Sonny & Joe’s for being so generous and allowing me to sample their hummus. I have many more flavors to come, so stay tuned!

 

Post-mini grocery trip

Now that Spring is here and Summer isn’t far off, I have been so much more inspired to eat more fresh fruits and veggies than I have in a while. I hate how during the winter, not much is in season and you are forced to eat a lot of frozen things. Makes you appreciate this time of year even more, right?

Here’s my stash from the store this weekend:

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  • Frozen peas
  • FRESH spinach
  • FRESH cucumber
  • FRESH tomatoes!
  • FRESH grapes
  • FRESH Sweet potato
  • New! Naturally Preferred Golden Flax high fiber cereal
  • Boca grilled vegetable burgers
  • FRESH oranges
  • Orange juice with added calcium
  • Frozen green giant baby veggie medley

The cereal is totally yummy, I like to eat it in a small cup as a snack or as part of breakfast with a green monster.

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I also picked these two things up at a different store earlier in the week.

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I’ve been eating brown rice for a while now and I thought it was time to try something NEW and EXCITING = coucous! Also the brown sugar is to “spice” up my oatmeal. The few times I’ve ordered oatmeal from a restaurant, I sprinkled just a little bit of brown sugar on top and it made all the difference. Time to break my oatmeal boredom!

What new things have you guys tried lately? Do you find its easier to eat fresh produce in the Spring and Summer?

Sonny & Joe’s hummus, pt. 1

The very sweet and kind Elissa from Sonny and Joe’s (from Brooklyn, NY) contacted me to ask if I would be interested in reviewing their hummus for my blog readers and I of course said yes! I am a big fan of hummus but I have yet to try very many brands, so I was ecstatic.

Then I came home to this and got even more excited:

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I have tried a total of maybe 4 different flavors of hummus in my time as a hummus-lover, so here I am presented with seven entirely new blends for my taste buds to tango with!

The first one I tried was “Just Hummus” which is just the basic chickpea spread. Start with the basics, right?

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Each container lid has some little known facts printed in it…so you learn something new as well! My lid had some historical info about Coney Island, which I can say I honestly knew nothing about.

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Check out this beauty:

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Doesn’t it look just like a dish of hummus you would order at a fancy Greek restaurant?

I decided to eat the Just Hummus with some Just Carrots, which I dipped into the container I brought to work.

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I was immediately impressed by the texture and creaminess of this hummus. Most of the ones I eat get so thick from being in the fridge (like the Athenos brand) that you have to practically scrape it out of the container. There was no such problem here. It also tasted so fresh, not like it came out of a package at all.

I also followed Elissa’s genius advice and ate the hummus at room temperature. I just got my little container out and let it sit out for about 30 minutes before I dipped in. She was so right, this made a HUGE difference. I noticed flavors I never noticed in hummus before because it was too cold. Of course you would want it room temperature, some restaurants even serve it warm! I’m such a newbie.

When I ran out of carrot, I went on to spoon.

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Wow! So much more tastiness when not using a carrot! While I think carrots and hummus are one of the best snacks ever, I can see why with this kind I would want to use something more bland like pita or crackers (or a spoon!)  in order to let the hummus shine on its own. I could seriously eat this by itself; I will have to make a wrap out of it too!

Since I was blessed with so many containers of hummus and I’m the only one in my house who will eat it, I’ve decided to have a “hummus tasting” on Wednesday night with my girlfriends and I told them to be prepared to provide their expert opinions as well. So stay tuned for part 2 coming tomorrow! I’m planning on taking a new flavor tonight!

I was just in Brooklyn this past March, so when I go back I will definitely have to stop by their store to give my praises. They make other dips and pickles too which would greatly interest the husband :)

New and exciting

I think leading up to my mini-marathon, my meals and snacks posting everyday had started to get kind of boring. Since I want See Sarah Eat to remain exciting, I have decided to only post things that are new and exciting! Whether it be new recipes, products, restaurants, or articles I’ve read or written.

I will most likely still comment on my day to day eating and exercising, but when I have days that are less than exciting (not as in “bad” but as in boring or repetitive), I will not post those things.

I’ve got a ton of new products to review for you thanks to some very generous people and I’m making it a goal of mine to keep trying new restaurants when I go out. As most of you know, I’m a person that gets bored rather easily so by keeping the blog exciting, I will keep myself excited! And vice versa.

Suzie was getting bored with the blog too, so she is helping me resolve that issue!

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On a serious note, I know most of you have learned of the passing of Jenna‘s brother John this past weekend. Please remember her and her family in your prayers and let this blog community be like one giant hug to Jenna as she is grieving. And tell somebody you love them today!

Recent dining delights

Over this past weekend, I had the opportunity to eat away from home a few times and a couple of the restaurants I tried were new to me!

On Saturday afternoon after the mini-marathon, I went with my best girl Courtney to a little place called Shiraz, which specializes in Mediterranean cuisine which we decided was right up our alley ;-)

We ordered the hummus and lentil rice as our “sides”

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Then for our main entree, we both got the Falafel, which was not only amazing to look at but probably the best post-race meal I’ve ever had, no joke. Also, the prices at this place were more than reasonable…my entire meal was $8!

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I ate everything on that plate, plus some hummus and about half of the rice. It was so good! Our only  mistake…we didn’t realize when we ordered water that they serve Coke Zero on tap, haha…next time!

Saturday night for dinner, the husband, family and I all went out to celebrate the mini-marathon success and our entire Spring of race training at Buffalo Wings & Rings, a place the husband and I tried once before on Halloween last year.

I ordered the turkey burger, but they were all out (boo!) so I opted for the 1/4 lb hamburger (no cheese) because I figured I could use a little iron. It was actually one of the tiniest burgers I’ve ever eaten (no complaints there), I actually thought about taking it off the bun because it was so small in comparison (but I didn’t). It came with homemade chips but I only had a few before I traded with my mom for her curly fries! She wanted chips instead of fries and I had wanted to try the fries, so it was a win-win.

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Then finally, on Sunday night I met up with one of my racing partners and our friend, who we had been training with but she had to bow out due to health reasons. She is anxious to get back out there running again this summer once she gets clearance from her doctors and I am very excited for her!

We went to Havana Rumba, a local Cuban restaurant that for some reason I had never been to before. I ordered the Vegetariano Press sandwich which came with sweet potato fries! I definitely overdid it because I could’ve easily eaten half the sandwich and taken the rest home but I couldn’t stop myself.

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My birthday is coming up next week and since I celebrate with a few different groups of people, expect some more restaurant meal reviews to come very soon!

Official race recap

Hey guys!

Whew, sorry about that. This weekend was complete insanity, thank goodness I at least set up those two blogs to post on Saturday so I didn’t leave you completely hanging!

Anyway, I am absolutely proud to say I have turned in my last paper and this semester has officially ended! We can now (eventually) return to your regularly scheduled blogging for a LONG time now :)

Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Festival mini-marathon was amazing!

This was the first time I have ever walked an entire mini-marathon and probably the longest distance I’ve ever really walked at one time.

Here are my stats:

Time: 3:30:51

Distance: 13.1 miles

Calories burned (est.): 1,179

The race was challenging for sure. I was also feeling strange as I crossed the start line walking…I have never done that before! The first three miles are pretty flat and include one water stop along the way. The next three miles go through Iroquois Park, which, for us big city Kentuckians, are some big hills! Once you leave the park, its flat (with the exception of one slightly incline road) until you reach Churchill Downs in mile 8-9, that has you going up and down a couple of ramps pretending you are a horse ;-)

Yes, I live in the home of the Kentucky Derby. No, I’m not really excited.

I don’t hate the Derby, I just don’t get the hype. But I’ve lived here since I was 5, so that might be why. The hassles that come along with it, like crowds and traffic, constant news coverage, etc. are annoying, but the concerts are usually pretty good. We’re going to one Friday night :)

Did I mention my birthday falls around this time and has fallen on Derby many times in the past. There’s another one. Hehe. Ok, back to the real race!

I was dreading the park but really it was not the most challenging part of the race for me. The most challenging for me were those last 3.1 miles. Just mentally knowing that I hadn’t gone further than 10 since this time last year was really ingrained in my head. But I made it and we even sprinted the last 0.1 which felt so amazing! I’m not nearly as sore as I was last year when I ran the whole thing and I just felt so much more at ease and relaxed. This was the best (fitness) decision I ever made :)

Have you guys ever ran and walked a long distance? What was different for you?

I am so glad I chose to walk, for many reasons. First, I was not alone. I walked the entire way with my aunt and a good friend who is a trainer at the gym I go to. Second, it was beyond warm, I even got some sun, so I know if I had been running it could’ve caused me some problems. And last, when you are walking, you definitely have more time to take in the sites and snap some great pictures. Here are just a couple:

BIG HILL!

BIG HILL!

The Running Elvises

The Running Elvises

So true...

So true...

We did it!

We did it!

Another one to add to the collection :)

Another one to add to the collection :)

I am so proud of my aunt for finishing her first half-marathon!

At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d want to do this again, but now that I have done it, I hope to do it every year. I had so much fun! So there you have it folks…I am a 5k-10k runner and a 10-mile to half-marathon walker! :)

My next 5k is May 23rd, so today I am starting a 5k training program, yay!

Hope you all are doing great, I’m catching up on your blogs little by little. Thanks for sticking around!

Tuesday giveaway

Be sure to get over to The Fitnessista today to get entered for a chance to win an exciting new cookbook and some of Gina’s famous macaroons!

Sorry for the blogging or lackthereof, I just finished school for the semester and now I’m totally ready to get all caught up. Expect great things in the coming days and thanks as always for the love and support :)

~Sarah

The Fresh Market

For some reason, I always forget that I have a Fresh Market store near me. In fact, it is so close, that I could walk there (its somewhere between 1-2 miles away). Hmm…

On Thursday, I had a little time to kill before I met my friend for dinner. And since I am a self-professed foodie now, I spend most of my free time walking around grocery stores or the grocery section of stores like Target and Walmart!

I thought of Fresh Market because I hadn’t been there in a while and I’d heard they had Barney Butter, which is huge on the blogs these days. My parents go there every so often because they have pre-made foods like stuffed chicken breasts and chopped veggies, that are easy to throw in the oven or on the grill and include the directions!

I had avoided it because I had this impression in my mind that it was more expensive than Whole Foods or the other places I shopped. I was so wrong! At least with most of the products anyway. Some things there were more, but not by much.

Here’s what I walked out with:

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I had remembered reading about Ryvita crackers on another blog and wouldn’t you know…this whole box was only $1.83! Cheaper than my normal Wasa. I’m excited to try these!

And, oh my gosh, I found The Bee’s Knees from Peanut Butter & Co! I have wanted to try this one for a while after hearing a good testimony from a friend of mine. You can find this one at my Whole Foods but its $5.99; this baby from Fresh Market was $4.49, woo hoo! Let’s hope it is what it claims to be ;-)

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What’s this?! Honest Foods products?! Whoa…I still haven’t located the granola planks I’ve been searching for forever, but I did pick up these two whole grain country squares in Cran Lemon Zest and Apple Ginger Spice. While I’m really excited about these, there was a blank spot where Choco-Peanut Butter ones used to be :( Hopefully they’ll get restocked! These were $2.29 each, which is a big high, but I’ve wanted to try them for a while so we’ll see if its worth it!

And lastly, I’ve been craving hot cocoa at night and haven’t sat down to do some research on the healthiest kind yet (which I would want to be free of most artificial sweeteners and partially hydrogenated fats, which most boxed mixes have one or both) and I stumbled onto this little packet:

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Ghirardelli Double chocolate hot cocoa powder…just needs to be mixed with 6 ounces (or 3/4 cup) of milk and you’re set. It does contain some funky ingredients, but not partially hydrogenated, aspartame or sucralose, which are my big no-nos to myself. So I’ll give it a try!

I grazed through the milk and yogurt aisle and what did my eyes see?! My beloved Fage and CHOBANI! I have found Chobani at Meijer but it was only the peach and blueberry. Fresh Market was fully stocked with all flavors, so I will be going back to get some plain and vanilla, yes :) Their yogurt selection is pretty reasonable, about the same price-wise as Whole Foods, except Fage is about 10 cents more there.

I’m just glad because this place is actually more convenient to me than Whole Foods so I will be coming here to get my yogurt stash from now on I think.

Well, I hope you all enjoyed seeing my shopping experience, I sure enjoyed being there and I will definitely be going back soon! What a great excuse to get out for a walk and vice-versa.

Stay tuned for a mini-marathon recap coming soon…

13.1, here we go…

By the time you are reading this, I will be walking a mini-marathon for the first time ever! Its not my first 13.1 mile race though, I ran this exact same course last year without stopping, not even for water (I mastered the art of the drink, pour and throw). But this year is different.

I love running and I plan to continue doing it for many years to come, God willing. I do not, however, love running long distances. This was a hard realization at first but now I have come to terms with it and I actually think its pretty cool. I’m a person who gets bored rather easily, so the fact that I have restricted myself to only running single digit distances means if I go longer than that I have to walk or (someday) bike, which is two additional types of activity!

This morning, I still fueled like I was going to run because I estimated/calculated that I will still burn nearly 1,000 calories if I keep a steady 15-minute mile or 4.0 mph walk pace. I plan (hope) to finish the race is 3:30:00. Fingers crossed :)

For breakfast and racing fuel, I toasted up a Thomas cinnamon raisin bagel and topped it with 1 tbsp of my new peanut butter (you’ll find out what soon!) and ate that alongside a sliced banana and some coffee with 1% milk.

Stay tuned for a race recap!

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