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There’s falafel in my burger!

Hey guys, I’m back! I feel like a real food blogger today. Let’s talk lunch, shall we?

I mentioned earlier thatΒ I would be trying the Sunshine Falafel burger at lunch today and now it’s that moment of truth…first of all, I should’ve remembered frozen foods etiquette and not refrigerated the patty with the rest of my lunch for 4 hours. Here it is going into the micro:

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On top of my Chuck Liddell book that I hope to finish today because its overdue at the library! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, after a good minute or so in the ‘wave, I managed to place it carefully on some whole wheat bread and topped it with some regular yellow mustard. I seriously debated condiments for this thing, I love the taste of falafel and I didn’t want to ruin it with sauces, cheese or anything else so plain ol’ mustard seemed like the way to go. Here is my entire lunch, including carrots + cucumber and spicy hummus, and a Musselman’s applesauce:

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I managed to get through another chapter of the book after I ate, hooray!

The mustard worked really fine at being a neutral condiment to this amazing burger. It tasted just like falafel as I’m used to having it, only in burger form. I tried to get a close up but this picture does not do it justice.

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I don’t have any at home right now but I’m thinking next time, I’m going to have to drizzle some tahini sauce on this bad boy. Mmm hmm…

A little while after lunch, I made myself some herbal peppermint tea and had a nice piece of dark chocolate, courtesy of Courtney who is always so gracious to share her candy stash with me including Dove, Bliss, jelly beans, I feel as though I owe her a gigantic bag of candy from all that I’ve eaten over the years πŸ™‚

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One of my favorite things about the Dove chocolates (other than being awesome!) is the messages on the inside of the wrappers…this one says “Laugh, laugh and laugh some more.” Great advice!

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I just finished my afternoon snack of two Ryvita crackers with some Krema natural PB. I just realized today that I had been on a huge PB&Co kick at one point but these days I am really enjoying the more natural, not very sweet, peanut butters. I guess it just shows you that like the seasons, our tastes go through phases and this is what I am on right now.

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Money shot:

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Pretty yummy schmeary goodness!

Hope you all are enjoying this fine Thursday. It’s raining and possibly storming here, but you’d never know by my mood πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰

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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 πŸ™‚ 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…