A day of eats & product reviews

Today was an off day from running which usually means that I will eat more & be hungrier than on the days I run.  Weird, but I think it is my body recovering from the torture! LOL!  I had to have Jon at the orthodontist by 7:30, so I still had to get up early.  I was up by 4:55 and downstairs & eating by 6 AM. 

My breakfast today was a 3 egg white frittata with spinach & Roma tomatoes, decaf w/ vanilla Almond Breeze, brown rice cakes w/ Trader Joe’s Creamy Almond Butter with Sea Salt & Superfood Fruit Spread.  This was my first time trying this AB….OMG…I don’t know which I like better….the raw unsalted that I tried or this stuff.  They both rock!!  And, at $4.99/jar, they are the best deal in town (or on the internet)!

Like my mug? 

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Frittata (not super pretty…had some egg cooperation issues today)

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Rice cakes w/ AB & Fruit Spread

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The star…

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Guess who didn’t take a picture of her snack?  LOL!  That would be me!  I had a bowl of cereal (I mixed Brown Rice Crispies, Corn Chex & Honey Kix) and topped with a large spoonful of Fage Greek yogurt.  Love cereal & could eat it for every meal! 

Lunch was so good today.  I am in love with pears and these apple pears that I discovered last week.  I made a sandwich with turkey, provolone, spinach, basil, apple pear on Pamela’s bread & dipped in Grey Poupon.  YUM!!  I also had a spinach salad with grape tomatoes & Fat Free French (I normally don’t like the Fat Free, but Walmart didn’t carry the Light, so I tried this and love it!), Baked Lays, celery sticks & the rest of the apple pear.  The celery ended up back in the fridge….my eyes were bigger than my stomach.

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Up close of the amazing sammie…

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And one more, because you need to see it…

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I am never too full for chocolate, so I had a small handful of dark chocolate covered blueberries & cranberries.

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Around 4:30 or so I was hungry and knew dinner would be later because of Hannah’s skating class, so I grabbed a bowl of Daisy Cottage Cheese and some leftover grilled pineapple.  This was amazing together!

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Went to skating and I don’t know about you, but I always have to have Tic tacs in my mouth in the car.  These are my Tic Tacs of choice right now:

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Dinner was late & I was starving while cooking.  I hate that!  It leads to lots of nibbling…tonight it was on fresh cherries.  :)  I decided on Artichoke burgers tonight.

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If you have not tried these, you have to!  They rank right up there with Sunshine Burgers, and may be better!  They are not only gluten-free, but Vegan, too!

Large salad had to be made…I love my salads.  I just realized that I forgot my tomato on my salad….duh!

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I had a small pour of this awesome Pinot Noir from Trader Joe’s

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Dinner was an Artichoke burger on a Trader Joe’s French Roll topped with Swiss cheese, sriracha & raw spinach leaves.  On the side I had some thin-sliced pan-fried zucchini slices & grape tomatoes.

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See the sriracha on the cheese?

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Veggies close-up

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Last, but not least, fresh blueberries & cherries w/ mini chocolate chips & a tiny scoop of Turkey Hill Banana Split Ice Cream.

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Was a great day!  Tomorrow is my baby girl’s 7th b-day!  I am starting the day off with an 8 mile run at 5 AM, so wish me luck! 

Fun stuff coming tomorrow…more product reviews & at least one giveaway tomorrow and one later this week and early next week!  Can’t wait!  Night!

Review: Cameron’s American Bistro

What an exquisite dinner.  I don’t think that I have had a better dinner in a long time, and great company too!  I met up with a good friend that I haven’t seen in a while for a nice girls’ dinner out.  We chose Cameron’s American Bistro for a couple of reasons.  I have eaten there before and love their food.  Also, they have a gluten-free menu & as most Cameron Mitchell restaurants, they are well versed on the gluten-free diet. 

From Cameron’s  website:

An American road trip for your palate, Cameron’s American Bistro brings home to Columbus delicious dishes familiar and unfamiliar, from places coastal and landlocked.

Scallops from the Bay Area.  Duckling from Indiana.  Low country shrimp and grits.  Local beef, pork and poultry. It’s ever changing, and brought to Columbus by some of America’s finest chefs, that has inspired a loyal following of diners at this neighborhood favorite and original Cameron Mitchell Restaurant.

 

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We started with a nice bottle of Chateau St. Michelle Riesling.  This wine is the perfect pairing for seafood, which is what I was planning on having.  The wine has a very slight sweet, but crisp taste.  We both really enjoyed this wine.  For our salads, we both ordered the Chop Chop salad.  The salad is a wonderful combination of field greens, asparagus, sweet corn, hard boiled egg, smoked bacon, gorgonzola, red onions, grape tomatoes, dried cherries and golden balsamic vinaigrette.  (I omitted the onions & egg).  I neglected to get a picture of our salads (bad food blogger!).  The combinations of all of these different flavors went together so well.   I loved the smoky bacon flavor paired with the tart sweetness of the cherries & corn. 

For dinner I ordered the special of the night – blackened sea scallops served with goat cheese & thyme Yukon mashed potatoes, broccoli rabe & a whole grain mustard cream sauce.  Our very knowledgeable server, Christy, was quick to mention that she would check with the chef to see if the special was gluten-free right after she got done telling us about it and she saw the “I have  to have that dish” look on my face.  I have one word.  E.X.Q.U.I.S.I.T.E.  I have always been a fan of scallops and these were done perfectly.  Not overly seasoned & so tender.  The mashed potatoes were to die for.  They were so creamy & flavorful.  I had never tried broccoli rabe before and I loved it!!  Almost a cross between broccoli & asparagus.  The whole grain mustard cream sauce was the perfect way to finish off this dish. 

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For dessert there were 2 gluten-free choices on the menu – CL ASSIC CRÈME BRÛLÉE (Chantilly cream & seasonal berries) or MEYER LEMON GRATIN (Lemon cream & raspberries).  Stacey & I decided to split the Meyer Lemon Gratin.  The dessert came out & looked so enticing!  I couldn’t wait to dig right in!  The top was a crisp sugar that had been torched like a creme brulee; the middle was an amazing lemon cream that reminded me of a crustless cheesecake.  Best dessert I think I have had in a long time. 

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I highly recommend Cameron’s American Bistro to anyone and especially to those needing to eat gluten-free. 

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