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 🙂 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 🙂

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 ( 😦 ) 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?

Datz Yummy

It has been quite the delicious week 🙂

Monday I had an appointment in Tampa so I figured it would be the perfect opporunity to meet up with a friend who lives in Old Hyde Park. We chose Datz as our dining destination. I’ve only been here one other time and it was no less than awesome. Definitely a place that lives up to the hype.

I had their High Steaks Cesar Salad.

I would have liked some more actual salad, but they certainly loaded it with yummy steak. The pineapple salsa was a bit too citrusy for me but everything came together really well. And that little darling cornbread on the side? Easily the best part of the dish…reminded me of a hostess cinnamon crumb cake.

My friend got her favorite: the Roasty Toasty sandwich (love the name).

I refused to leave without getting dessert. For those who have not been to Datz before, it has a market downstairs filled with goodies, a cheese display, beer and wine, chocolates and tons of yummy looking cakes and cookies.

I chose this massive piece of red velvet cake. Oh. My. Goodness. It was beyond good.

Lunch highlights of the week:

Boar’s Head jerk turkey and chipotle gouda Publix sub…I love when Boar’s Head comes up with these ever so yummy and creative subs. I was originally going to order a simple turkey and cheese sub, but then saw this special and decided to give it a whirl. Verdict? A little too spicy for me…I also always seem to forget how much I really don’t like that chipotle taste. But the jerk turkey was good. My fav Boar’s Head sub is still the Everroast Chicken sub…everroast chicken, cheese, bacon, gourmaise…mmmmm.

We had some leftover quinoa to use up so I decided to make this spinach quinoa bake. Everything is already cooked when you mix it together so you actually eat it just like that. But the texture was awesome once it was baked. I bought a simple rotessiere chciken to pair with it, but of course the chef stepped it up a notch. He mixed it with some greek yogurt, peppers and spices and voila…yumminess is created.

I made a stop in Earth Origins this week (formerly Nature’s Finest). During my visit I picked up Dr. Praeger’s California veggie burgers. I’ve always heard good things but never tried them. I made myself a simple garden salad one day and topped it with one of these babies. Very flavorful! A bit mushy, but it went great on the salad.

Added this on top.

Some dessert highlights:

My favorite Caribbean Coconut Talenti gelato with a banana on top.

Homemade seven layer bars.

These are SO easy to make, and easily one of my favorite desserts ever. Just mix 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs with 1/2 cup of butter and spread it on the bottom of a 9×13 pan. On top sprinkle evenly 1 cup of coconut, 1 cup of chocolate chips, 1 cup of butterscotch chips and 1 cup of nuts (I chose walnuts). Yum. E.

Hope everyone’s weekend was grand! Mine was espicially lazy. It was filled with a nice dinner at Red Mesa Cantina with friends, chicken and dumplings, a Rays Watch Party and steak and bleu cheese salad. Sorry, no pictures 😦

Conversation Starter: How creative do you get with your work lunches? Do you make it easy with just a frozen entree or leftovers? Or do you go out of your way to make a salad or sandwich.