The Day of Fails

This week is just flying by! Can’t believe it’s already Wednesday.

Yesterday I continued my goodies from Rollin’ Oats with making a simple sandwich with their special tuna salad with apple. Quite good! I’m always happy when places don’t over-mayo their “salads”. I enjoyed a 3 bean salad on the side as well.

After work I finally got my butt over to Revolve Clothing Exchange with a bag of clothes I’ve been meaning to sell. Unfortunately they only took 4 items and gave me $10 and some change. Boo. I donated the rest of the clothes. While they were sorting through my items I looked around the store and within 5 minutes had an armload of dresses and rompers I wanted to try on. Also unfortunately…none of them worked ๐Ÿ˜ฆ They either didn’t fit right or look right. One dress I had high hopes for but the zipper was broken. Fail.

While I was out I got a call from the guy saying he’d gotten out of work early…translation: what’s for dinner? My original plan was to eat more Rollin’ Oats goodies and lounge in front of the TV. This quickly changed to a night out at Central Avenue Oyster Bar. We had a Groupon!

Unfortunately…our experience was not as good as mine and my friend’s last week. Although I should note that the guy and I are pretty convinced we have a “going out to dinner” curse set upon as most of the time something goes wrong.

Our server was very nice and accommodating. He stated the specials without a pause and only gently suggested an upgrade to a bottle of wine and house salads. We each had a glass of Crossings Sauvignon Blanc, which was very nice, and each had a house salad. I’ll note right here that it is also somewhat different dining with someone who works in a kitchen. The guy knows all the ins and outs, what’s fresh and what isn’t, what could easily be fixed for little money, what preparations went wrong, etc. On the salad I loved how they added green beans (though they were not fresh). But it still makes a plain boring house salad a little more special. The bread we were served was not the same as last…the bread we got were dinner rolls and while they were good they didn’t exactly go well with the equally yummy olive oil and parmesan cheese mixture they serve.

Then the entrees…I ordered the Grouper Picatta, which they stated is red grouper that comes in fresh. Served with a scoop of mashed potatoes and asparagus with hollandaise sauce. The grouper was excellent and the sauce was light and lemony. The aspargus was a little overcooked (I like a bit more crunch) and the hollandaise on top was broken and looked like butter. The mashed potatoes had nice bits of potato in them, but were just okay. Of course I don’t think I’ve ever had mashed potatoes at a restaurant that are as good as making them at home.

The guy ordered the Lobster Pasta, which was probably a mistake from the start as he knows he loves their oysters. But he wasn’t in the mood for them and wanted pasta instead. The pasta is served with a sherry cream sauce and while the flavor was there his dish came overflowing with sauce (which was thin). It looked like noodle soup instead of a nice pasta dish. As a result the guy only could handle a few bites.

Once the owner got word he did come over and agreed with how the pasta looked and offered his apologies. They quickly took the pasta dish off the bill and our 2 glasses of wine, which was great customer service, but a bit too much since we also had a Groupon. Needless to say we left the server a nice tip and left feeling a bit guilty. But a bad dish is a bad dish, am I right? Double fail.

We wanted to end the night with a nightcap at our favorite bar, Mandarin Hide, which is only a few steps from Oyster Bar. Only to find they’re closed Tuesdays. Triple fail.

We then decided to try Ruby’s Elixir, which I’ve been anxious to try. The decor in there is not really nice at all…and they had the doors wide open so the sticky FL heat followed us in. We sat down and started to look at the drink menu, but then quickly changed our minds and left. Quadrupal fail.

We finally ended up at Central Cigars, where I was thankful there weren’t too many people actually smoking ๐Ÿ™‚ The guy was happy with his gin martini and I with my glass of Malbec.

Hopefully today fares a bit better. I have a busy after work schedule this week that doesn’t leave much time for workouts. I tried for the first time in months to get up early to get in a quick strength training workout…but I definitely hit snooze and slept until I had to get up to get ready for work.

On the agenda tonightย  is dinner at BJ’s and seeing The Help with some Junior League ladies. Excited!

Conversation Starter: Have you ever just had one of those days where it seems nothing goes right?

New Finds FTW

Hello all!

Last I left you I was about to enjoy this yummy thang…

That would be 2 ounces Pinnacle Whipped vodka, 1 ounce orange juice and 1 ounce club soda. Yum. I don’t think I could do more than one of these at a time. It is sweet, and definitely tastes a lot like a creamsicle! But may be a bit too sweet for a second round.

And WOW do they have a lot of recipes on their website!

Saturday night we took it easy.

Wine was poured…

And crab cakes were served!

I LOVE crab cakes, and was so happy when the guy suggested them for dinner ๐Ÿ™‚ That and pasta salad made a great Saturday dinner.

Sunday I had a work event at a Rays game. I never realized how much went on in the Rotunda before a game! So many booths, music and activities. I was there during lunchtime and wasn’t in the mood for the typical ballpark fare. Luckily Tropicana Field has added many new food vendors that offer a variety of options. I chose a Boar’s Head deli sandwich.

Roasted chicken, pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato and Dijon mustard on pumpernickel. It was $10(!) But was definitely a hefty size and hey, Boar’s Head is quality meat!

And, um, this is kinda funny.

Saw this on the way back from my car…

Yay for Murals for Mutts! If you haven’t heard of them before, check them out. It’s a great organization combining art, community and awareness.

Yesterday I did my weekly grocery shopping at Earth Origins. My goods included this baby.

I plan to use it for dry brushing, which is a new concept I just learned about. So many different benefits!

I joined my friend for a quick workout sesh at her building’s gym. Then we headed out for dinner to Central Avenue Oyster Bar.

She ordered the Oysters Trio and a caprese salad. Oysters are not my thing and I ended up with the Shrimp and Crawfish Pasta.

It was flavorful and creamy, but the pasta was a bit overcooked and the shrimp were a bit chewier than I prefer. Probably not the best dish to choose at this place, but overall you can’t go too wrong with a creamy pasta dish ๐Ÿ™‚

After dinner we were in the need of a sweet treat. Off to Yogurtology!

That would be oatmeal cookie with graham cracker crumbs, white chocolate chips and drizzles of caramel…mmm…perfection. It’s so hard to not fill up those huge containers they give you, but we did a good job of not letting our eyes grow bigger than our stomachs.

Today I came home to this.

If you haven’t heard of Open Sky, check it out! Most things are out of my price range, but it’s a neat site. I got this SunWarrior Protein Powder when Gina Harney (a.k.a. Fitnessista) had a sale on it. It took them 2 weeks to ship it ( ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) but I’m excited to finally try it. I’ve never tried a protein powder, but Gina raves about this stuff. Going to hop on the smoothie train!

Update: I did not realize at first that this was the “natural” flavor instead of the “vanilla” I was supposed to get until I got an email from Open Sky. They explained that they sent the wrong one, but would be sending me the correct one free of charge. In other words I got two of these huge bags for the price of one (which was $42 on sale). AND they were going to give me a $5 credit on my Open Sky account. Talk about great customer service!

Conversation Starter: Do you have new products you’re excited to try this week? Any great customer service stories?