Weekly Eats {More from Atlanta}

Let’s hear it for short weeks!  I guess today is technically like a Wednesday since my last day of work for the week is tomorrow?  Who knows, but I’ll take it.  All I know is that I’m excited for my return to Two A Day Tuesday tonight.  Liz and I have been separated for far too long.  If you are around, come for a double before celebrating for the fourth.  I promise it will be worth your while.

Weekly Eats

As you guys know, last week I was on the road for work.  Typically that means a LOT of meals out, which can definitely add up to a lot of extra calories.  Typically I try to abide by my one out of three rule (bread, drink, or a dessert… but not all three); however this week it was more like two out of three.  Not every single night, but most nights I did eat either some type of bread product AND get a drink.  Since I was able to get some solid workouts in, I was okay with my decision and had fun with Patrice, but I definitely don’t want to get into this habit.  I was happy for that “clean Monday feeling” yesterday and for a week where I won’t be having an alcoholic beverage every single night!  Although with the holiday this week, we shall see.

Here’s the rundown of my food highlights:

Lunches

Sandwiches galore!  Rising Roll did not disappoint:

RisingRoll

California turkey… turkey, pear, and goat cheese… and a grilled chicken and portobello panini.  All on multi-grain.  Looks like by the end of the week I got bored of photographing my lunches, but they were both grilled chicken.

Dinners were definitely the highlight though.

Monday
A group go to for Atlanta travel, Seasons 52.  We ordered the double hummus for an appetizer, which came with mint edamame hummus and roasted red pepper hummus.

Seasons 52 Double Hummus

For my entrée, I ordered the lemongrass salmon on top of organic field lettuce, pineapple, mango, jicama, and toasted sesame dressing.  SO good.  Unpictured I did make a good dessert decision and ordered a little fruit cup.

Tuesday
We tried a new place called Park Tavern in Piedmont Park.  We got to sit outside, and there were some bootcamp classes going on right near us.  I was trying to sneak some peeks for some new moves!  Anyways, I ordered the pan roasted crab cakes over a salad and topped with pico de gallo.

Park Tavern Crab Cake Salad

I also ordered a side corn and black bean salad and added that into the mix.  Topped with fresh avocado cilantro vinaigrette, this was right up my alley!  After dinner, we strolled through the park, which was perfect.

Wednesday
Wednesday was our longest day and the one that didn’t get off to such a great start.  Perfect night for Mexican and margaritas, if you ask me.  Tin Lizzy’s had an hour wait, so we ended up trying a new Mexican place instead, Nuevo Laredo.  I ordered shrimp fajitas on wheat tortillas after chowing down on chips and salsa.

Nuevo Laredo Shrimp Fajitas

And margs were a given!  This prickly pear flavor was to die for.  That is, if you can even see it in this picture next to Patrice’s drink the size of her head!  How funny is that?!

Nuevo Laredo Margarita

Thursday
Another excellent meal, this time at Brio Tuscan Grille.  I loved this place when Sheila and I went in March, and I really wanted to go back.  I had my second favorite drink of the week, the white peach sangria.  Loved.

Brio White Peach Sangria

And for my meal, the salmon griglia.

Salmon Griglia

The rest of the week I ate the healthier snacks that I stocked up on at Trader Joe’s when we arrived.  Basically bananas, Greek yogurts, unsalted cashews, Clif bars, and apples.

Trader Joe's Snacks

I also housed these on the plane ride home:

Wholesome Medley Snack
Nom. Nom. Nom.

Friday
Tim was also traveling last week, so by the time we both got in from our trips, there was no way we felt like anything homecooked.  On Friday night we ended up going out to eat.  I wasn’t exactly in the mood to go out again since I went out all week, but it beat having to make something myself.  We grabbed a pizza and a salad at Za in Arlington.  I’ve always wanted to try it there since my girlfriends and I joke about za all the time instead of saying pizza.

For our salad, we ordered a little tower of avocado, black bean, tomato, red onion, cheddar cheese, pickled jalapeño (yes I could eat this!), red pepper and cilantro with cumin lime vinaigrette and tortilla crunch on the top.

Za Salad

And for our pizza – grilled chicken, broccoli, caramelized onion, fresh garlic, diced tomato, EVOO, and four cheeses.  Yum.  Hit the spot.

Za Specialty Pizza

Saturday
On Saturday we went over to Joe and Cate’s house for a BBQ, but I didn’t take a picture of a single thing!  There were cheese and crackers, guac, burgers, a few salads, and more.  We brought a caprese salad over.  It was nice to see them because we never do anymore!  Sadface.

For this week, our rough meal plan for dinner includes:

  • Sunday: Shrimp and veggie skewers
  • Monday:  Eggplant and chickpea salad
  • Tuesday:  Salmon and swiss chard
  • Wednesday:  Bok choy veggie wraps
  • Thursday:  4th of July BBQ
  • Friday:  Leftovers of some kind
  • Saturday:  TBD!

All right, friends, I think that’s enough food talk.  Time to tackle the day!

Anyone making anything fun for the 4th of July this weekend?

If you are looking for any red, white, and blue recipe ideas, check out my Holiday Eats page.  I have a few posted there!

A Three F Weekend

This was definitely a “3 F” weekend – full of friends, family, and food.  Between Slesh and Will’s engagement celebration at The Painted Burro on Friday night, Papou’s birthday party in New Bedford on Saturday, Top Chef watching with Trina & Geoff on Saturday night, and my goddaughter’s 4th birthday tonight, the weekend was jam-packed.  I am definitely feeling the time change today!  I’d also say I definitely allowed myself more than just one “cheat” day.

Here are some pictures to sum it all up:

Peanut butter heart cookies I made for Slesh & Will:

Peanut Butter Heart Cookies

Tacos, kale and plaintains, and margs at The Painted Burro:

Painted Burro

Family celebrating Papou:

Papou's 84th

Auntie Paula

Food at Papou’s party:

Papous 84th Party

My own personal Top Chef making turkey Gorgonzola sliders!

Tim Cooking

And finally, Layla’s birthday party:

Layla's 4th

Definitely didn’t photograph everything either!  Lacking in my weekend was anything fitness.  But it’s okay.  I haven’t given my body more than one day off in a row in a long time, and I know I’ll just be *that* much more into my workouts this week.  I could have eaten better too, but I’m human and not going to dwell.

How were your weekends?  When’s the last time you allowed yourself a “cheat” day or days?

Taco Bar and Tequila

“According to my calorie counter, we burned 598 calories this morning.  That’s 5 skinny girl margaritas.”  -Jess, after taking my Spin class on Friday morning.

Friday night I went out for dinner and drinks with four of my gym friends to celebrate Cinco Cuatro De Mayo.  We decided to try Lone Star, this new little taco and tequila bar in Allston.  Lone Star is the sister bar to Deep Ellum – it’s right next door and has the same kind of vibe.  It doesn’t seem like many people know about Lone Star yet:  it doesn’t really have its own website, you can’t find the menu online, and there isn’t even a sign outside.

Just one lone star.  Get it?

I’m not sure the atmosphere was what I had expected!  Definitely not your typical Mexican restaurant.  It was small and dark, with a bar on the right-hand side and a few tables lined up along the left.  Luckily we didn’t have to wait long, but if we did we would have awkwardly been blocking the way for a bit.  They don’t take reservations, so this probably isn’t a good choice if you have a large party.

The girls and I decided we weren’t in the mood for just any old margarita.

MUG-aritas all the way!

That thing is HUGE!
(And definitely NOT a skinny girl margarita).

Normally I’m not a huge regular margarita fan.  I mean, I’ll have them but I definitely prefer frozen fruity margaritas over the regular ones.  However, this bad boy could possibly be the best tasting marg I’ve ever had.  Warning to all my fellow frozen fans though — Lone Star does NOT have any of our beloved frozen friends on the menu.  They have regular margaritas, other tequila based drinks, sangria, and a beer selection.

For an app we got some chips and guac.

The guac was unbelievable.  Chunky and delicious.  I could have eaten the entire thing on my own.  But I was nice and shared with my friends.

For food, tacos!  You can order tacos at Lone Star one by one, they have a top section dedicated to different types of tacos for $4 each.  I decided to try the pork shoulder taco as well as a fish taco.  Can you guys believe I’ve never had a fish taco in my entire life?!

They were good!  A little smaller than I thought they would be, but good.  Not gonna lie, I kind of wish I got more than two.  🙂

Was a fun night with some of my favorite ladies!  We stayed at Lone Star for a LONG time — were talking and laughing for a few hours!  Word of advice:  Mug-aritas are not felt until you stand up to go to the bathroom.  Yikes!

Don’t you think that after all our Cinco De Mayo themed classes this week, we deserved a night out?

To summarize:

How was everyone’s Cinco De Mayo?  What did you do to celebrate?

P.S.  For a funny story about Lone Star, check out my roommate’s first experience there!