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What’s not to love?

Thank you all so much for your comments and encouragement on the previous post! They made my day seeing them pop up in my email as they came in.

Let’s switch gears a little bit and talk about why people choose to spend 4 years at a place that has to deal with this.



When places like this exist.

street with palms

Seriously. I so wish I could go and do college over again. It would not be in central Pennsylvania. Just sayin.


This was my first time on Stanford’s campus and it now ranks up there in my top 5 favorites. The entire perimeter road of campus is pretty much lined with these wildflowers. So pretty.

We happened to have a meeting next door to this building.

theta 1kite sign

Any fellow Theta’s out there? After spotting my sorority building, my coworker got to listen to me recite rush songs for 20 minutes. Can you sing the entire Greek alphabet? I can! See, Greek life actually teaches you something besides how to party. Winking smile Any Dickinson Theta’s out there reading this are totally singing that song right now. It’s impossible to get out of your head!

One of my favorite things we saw on campus though was this food cart in the parking lot near the facilities shops. I need a food cart outside my office.

food cart

I got yelled at by the woman in the truck for taking a picture. I took it anyway. Nobody working the truck or eating from the truck spoke English. Maybe I looked like immigration officer? Because, don’t they all wear Ann Taylor Loft outfits?

We had 2 meetings on campus and then we had some time to kill before heading up to USF in the city later in the afternoon (another one of my top 5 favorites) so we stopped by a nearby outdoor shopping area. This is something I really miss about FL. Outdoor shopping places are just so nice. Who wants to go inside a dingy mall when the weather is gorgeous out?

It was lined with huge, beautiful flower pots.

flower potflower in pot

Had a farmer’s market inside the shopping area.



With an inside gourmet market too!

food binsdried fruitcheeseflowers 2

It was torture being in there and not really being able to buy anything. Unfortunately, I don’t think a hunk of cheese would do so well on the 6 hour flight home.

We ate lunch outside at Pizzeria Babbo. No relation to Mario’s place unfortunately, but still amazingly good. I had a pizza with feta, olives, roasted tomatoes and a basil pesto.


If I didn’t despise the whole “nom nom nom” phrase the blog world seems to love for occasions like these I’d totally use it. But, I do. So, let’s go with “holy friggin’ yum”. That’s more my style. I ate all but 1 slice and I definitely could’ve finished the entire thing it was so good, but we happened to see this on the way in.

cupcakes on displau

Hello, Sprinkles cupcakes. Get in my belly.

cupcake 3 togethercupcake close up

See that empty spot with the wax paper in it? We ordered 3 and when I opened the box and saw that I got so excited thinking they wrapped us up an extra or some free sweet treat. Wrong. Just a ball of wax paper. Total buzzkill.

Right before complete domination.

cupcake 1

Note to any of you lucky ducks able to frequent this place: don’t eat the circle thing that kinda looks like a nipple. It tastes like cardboard. I’m glad it wasn’t in my last bite.

I’d love to say the day ended with an awesome meal in downtown San Francisco but my coworker flew home last night and once again I’ve tortured myself with a 6am flight back east so I went directly to the hotel, did some work and ordered an appetizer portion of hummus for room service. It was gross and my last dip into it included a big, black piece of plastic. I think part of the blender broke off into the hummus. I don’t have dental insurance Hilton Garden Inn, had I broken a tooth I might’ve sued. Consider yourself lucky.

You win some you lose some.

Back to NY…


If you could do it over, would you pick the same place for college?

What’s your favorite cupcake place? I’m partial to Crumbs. There’s one outside of Grand Central and anytime I take the train into the city I stop in. Totally worth the 550 calories that they so nicely post on each cupcake for your nutritional knowledge.



Filed under Lunch, Travel, Work

Cleaning out the fridge

I have 3 goals before we leave on Thursday.

  1. Clean out the fridge
  2. Fit in as much exercise as possible
  3. Pack

As of yesterday morning this is what we needed to eat our way through:

-5 leaves of kale

-3/4 block of tempeh

-1 block of tofu

-1/3 cup of cottage cheese

-1/2 of a big container of plain yogurt

-1/2 gallon of milk

-3 muffins

-2 lbs of strawberries

-1.5 pints of blueberries

-2 kiwis

-3.5 bananas

all that coleslaw

-1 pint of grape tomatoes

-4 green onions

-handful of arugula

-handful of grapes

All of that in 2.5 days. Think we can do it?

Here’s a look a day 1. It’s random but, I’m determined to not throw anything out!



Don’t be fooled, these are no ordinary pancakes. I wanted to use up the cottage cheese but wasn’t really in the mood for it straight up. So, I improvised. Usually on weekends I’ll make pancakes from scratch. The weekdays just don’t afford that much free time though. Enter Trader Joe’s multigrain pancake mix.


I’ve tried a ton of mixes and this is by far my favorite. It’s not perfect but at least seems a little better than Bisquick. I just halved the recipe on the box, added the cottage cheese, and cut back on the milk just a little since the cottage cheese gives it some moisture. I also always add a splash of vanilla and cinnamon to pretty much any baked good so that went in too. They quickly became blueberry pancakes once I realized how much fruit we have to get through. Half a pint of blueberries down, 1 pint to go! Smile


Topped 1/2 banana, 4 strawberries, chia seeds, pepitas, and of course maple syrup.


Tempeh, goat cheese, bacon and arugula sandwich with grapes and coleslaw on the side.



This was good! I’m not gonna lie, frying up the bacon and then heating up the tempeh in the bacon grease kind of just felt inherently wrong. I got over it after the first bite. Try it!


Green onion, tomato and goat cheese frittata with kale chips on the side.



I love frittata’s. They’re simple, tasty and anything that involves goat cheese is a winner in my book.

So after Day 1 the list looks like this:

-5 leaves of kale

-3/4 block of tempeh 1/2 block left

-1 block of tofu

1/3 cup of cottage cheese

-1/2 of a big container of plain yogurt

-1/2 gallon of milk

-3 muffins 2 muffins (1 was an afternoon snack Smile)

-2 lbs of strawberries

-1.5 pints of blueberries  1 pint left

-2 kiwis

-3.5 bananas 3 left

all that coleslaw

-1 pint of grape tomatoes 1/2 pint left

-4 green onions

-handful of arugula

-handful of grapes

Not bad right?

As for #2 on the to do list, I fit in a 20 minute yoga for runners session, an easy 3 miles on the treadmill and 15 minutes of abs/core work. Good enough for me!


Ginger supervised.

Packing didn’t even get touched. I always end up procrastinating with that one. Eye rolling smile

2 days!


Filed under Around the house, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Meals, Running

A day of eats on the road

While I have no intentions of making this blog a food journal (I’m just not disciplined enough for that), I thought it would be fun to go through a day of eats when I’m on the road. There are so many good posts out there about how to eat healthy when traveling and I usually follow a lot of the basic advice but, I found this trip to be particularly challenging. I was traveling with 3 other co-workers, we had one car and there was no down time.


As a company, we’re Hilton loyal. I love Hilton Garden Inn’s because I think they have the best breakfast options. Part of that is of course because it’s free once you are high enough up the ranks of Hilton’s reward program. But anywhere there is oatmeal, there is potential!


What looks like mush on the bottom right hand side of the picture is actually oatmeal. It definitely had a funky gray color to it and was starting to congeal on the top but I literally scrapped that off and took some from the bottom. Try not to think about how long it may have been sitting out there. It’s still a way better option than those biscuits or the bacon you can barely see in this picture. Smile 

I’ve noticed that if a hotel has oatmeal they usually tend to have some toppings too.


(brown sugar, walnuts and raisins)

I wasn’t a huge fan of how “thick” the oatmeal was (probably from sitting there for a couple of hours) so I added some milk to thin it out.


Then, the best parts.


Hotels  always have some loose fruit options. Usually, bananas, apples and/or oranges. If you don’t see bananas…ASK! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve just asked someone and they have them in the back but didn’t put them out for some reason.  Usually, I travel with peanut butter packets. Justin’s and Barney Butter are my favorites. I totally forgot this trip so I just used the Smucker’s the hotel had. Is it ideal? No. Will it kill me this one time? No again.



Insert 2 cups of much needed coffee here. I also stole an apple for later thinking I’d use it as a morning snack or lunch add-on.


We had absolutely no say in lunch. The college we were at provided the food. Boxed lunches. Unfortunately, I was one of the last people to grab mine and all that was left was the turkey option. I usually grab whatever the veggie option is since it’s most often the healthiest but, no luck this time.


Pretty huh? That’s my apple stolen from breakfast. If I hadn’t grabbed that my lunch would’ve literally just been a slimy turkey sandwich and that lovely yellow, mayo laden potato salad. Oh, and don’t forget the 1 piece of lettuce and 2 slices of tomato! Needless to say, lunch left much to be desired. I ate about half the turkey sandwich as it was all I could stomach and the apple.


Surprisingly, the snacks provided actually included a pretty decent trail mix which I inhaled about 2 hours later after the pretty pathetic lunch. Half a sandwich just doesn’t cut it for me. Ever.



We had no time between the end of the day on campus and the airport because of our flight times so it was the Gainesville airport for dinner. I had a connection in Atlanta and would’ve much preferred to eat there as there are tons of options, but with a 47 minute layover I knew I’d be running to the next terminal/gate.


This is seriously the only option in the Gainesville airport. It’s kind of comical. The one guy working there takes your order, rings you out, cooks your food, and then serves you. Customer service at it’s best! The menu was fried, fried, and more fried but, I found a garden burger or a turkey avocado wrap as 2 potential options. I went with the latter and picked off about half the wrap. It was actually halfway decent. At least better than I expected.



I still wasn’t satisfied though so I got some snacks.


This was seriously one of the best apples I’ve ever had. Apples are one of my least favorite fruits, especially red apples. I’m more of a Granny Smith gal. I didn’t have high hopes for this one wrapped in cellophane and sitting in the counter fruit basket for who knows how long but, it was tasty! I ate about half the bar. Wasn’t a huge fan.


I knew I had to switch to terminal B for my connection which has a Freshens (is it sad I know which terminals have what food options in Atlanta?) so when we landed about 5 minutes early I booked it there to get this baby.


Froyo just makes the world a better place. Smile

Sometimes traveling can be fun and a little like  “Up in the Air”. Other times, it can be like a slimy turkey sandwich boxed lunch. Looking forward to getting home and having a meal I actually cook and getting a run in! Even if I had the time this trip I’m not sure I would’ve been out in the 95 degree weather to pound the pavement. It.was.hot.

I’m thinking swordfish and stuffed tomatoes are on tap for tonight. If they turn out well maybe I’ll share Winking smile.


Filed under Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Meals, Travel, Work