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Calamari on the Hudson

Good morning blog world! It is almost Friday, and I am happy about that. This week has been so busy for me I’ve hardly had any time to think let alone blog, but I’ve finally got all of my photos organized so I’m going to give it a try!

Breakfast this week has been simple but yummy. I had some tasty strawberry banana oats one morning.

In the bowl:

  • 3/4 cup of oats
  • 1 tbsp of oat bran
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • strawberries
  • 1 tbsp of dark chocolate dreams peanut butter

I could throw DCDPB on anything and it would taste amazing.

This was a huge bowl of oats, and it kept me full until about…9:30AM that day. Oh well. I think I just ate it too early.

I’m pretty sure my dinner on Tuesday was a bowl of Kashi H2H cereal with almond milk and maple pb because I needed something quick and light before taking Body Pump! So good!

The rest of the week is kind of a blur! However, this morning I had one of these:

A Chocolate Cherry Bomb! In the smoothie:

  • 1 cup of almond breeze
  • 1 scoop of chocolate rice protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp of maca powder
  • handful of frozen organic cherries

It tasted pretty good since I’m accustomed to the rice protein. It was actually filling.

Now to the good stuff! Last night I went on an impromptu boat ride on the Hudson with my good friend Brendan, his parents, and my sister!  His parents have a boat that the keep at a local yacht club and they invited us out for a ride and dinner! So exciting! 🙂

After work I headed to Brendan’s where we met up with his parents and drove to the yacht club. It’s so cute inside! It looks like a great place for parties.

Brendan thought ahead and knew my sister and I would be hungry after work, so he made some Sangria and brought some cheese and crackers. What is better than wine and cheese on a boat? Nothing, I don’t think. He said he used peach Chardonnay and threw in some fruit to make the Sangria. Yum.

Thankfully the cheese and crackers held me over until dinner. 🙂 We took the boat down the Hudson River south to Coxsackie and enjoyed the ride.

For dinner we pulled the boat up and docked at Yanni’s Too located at Coeyman’s Landing.

Yanni’s is a great local riverside restaurant that is only about 25 minutes south of Albany (and only about 15 minutes from me.) I love it there. They are famous for their fried Calamari. So obviously, we had to order some for an appetizer. We got the Calamari Four Way Sampler, which included the Original: lightly fried and tossed in a lemon garlic wine sauce; Rhode Island style with banana peppers; Calamari Red with a light marinara sauce; or Chipotle style with a smokey jalapeno sauce. I’d have to say my favorite was either the Rhode Island or the Chipotle style calamari. The banana peppers on the Rhode Island calamari were slightly tangy with a bite, almost kind of lemony, and the Chipotle style wasn’t too spicy, just had a bit of a smoky flavor. So good. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.

So, after filling up on fried squid, I ordered my main meal: the Portabella Sandwich: Marinated and grilled portabella mushroom cap with balsamic glazed red onions, goat cheese and roasted red pepper aioli.

One word: incredible. I’ve had this sandwich before so I knew I would love it. But, since I wasn’t too hungry any more after eating the Calamari for an appetizer, when my sandwich came I only ate the mushroom, onions and goat cheese. I took the bun off to try to save myself some calories. (Probably around 300? The bun was huge and probably grilled in butter.) And it would have been difficult to eat anyway since the mushroom usually make the bun sopping wet with juices and then it just becomes a huge mess. 🙂 I loved the creamy goat cheese though, so tasty. I ate probably half of the chips too.

After dinner we headed back to the boat for the ride back to the yacht club. It was getting pretty late and I was exhausted! But riding on a boat in the dark was kind of creepy but fun. We were kind of reminded of the Jaws ride at Universal Studios! Ahhh! 🙂

Anyway, I had a great time with Brendan and his lovely parents. (His parents are like our second family since we have been friends with Brendan for over ten years!) They were so awesome to take my sister and I out on their boat for dinner! 🙂 Can’t wait to do it again!



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A Sangria Type of Evening

Yesterday started out pretty basic. I made a green monster! But instead it looked more like a brown monster with flecks of green.

I actually liked it this time! The past couple times I’ve made these tasted pretty bad. In my GM went:

  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of light soy milk
  • 3 frozen strawberries and 2 slices of frozen papayas
  • 1 extremely ripe banana
  • 1 tsp of almond butter

It was refreshing. I also have some frozen cherries so I’m dying to try a chocolate cherry bomb! I also had an English muffin with Maple Peanut butter.

Lunch was pretty standard. I had some smashed chickpea salad on a pita with roasted red peppers and goat cheese. It was really tasty! I also ate one of my bran muffins.But I had to save room for dinner, since Chris and I were planning on going out. We decided on El Mariachi. We picked the one on Hamilton since they had outdoor seating and it was a lovely evening for dining outside! One thing I love about this place is they have a decent vegetarian selection. I usually get the Enchiladas El Mariachi, which are described as two corn tortillas filled with poblano peppers, cheese and mushrooms topped with mole sauce. Have I mentioned how much I love mole sauce? The first time I tried it I was skeptical, but I really enjoyed it. It tastes kind of sweet but a little bit spicy. This dish is like heaven. Also, their portion sizes are huge, so you always have leftovers!!!!

I only ate 1 enchilada and some rice and beans

It was a sangria type of evening so I also got a glass of white sangria to drink. I usually drink red sangria, but I wanted to try something new, a white sangria seemed the way to go. And I’ve never met a glass of sangria I didn’t like!

Anyway, in other news...I signed up for the Boilermaker 15K yesterday! I just went ahead and did it, because if I’m spending 7 weeks training for something, why not just sign up? Now I have to do it. 🙂 No excuses!!! Since I ran Monday instead of taking a rest day, I used yesterday as my rest day. Today I think I’m going to do some biking and yoga. Tomorrow is my long run. 7 miles. We’ll see how that goes.

I also have to bake some cookies today for Marcie‘s BBQ! I’m excited about all the healthy food she’s planning on having! It should be a good time. 🙂


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