A Foodie Adventure

Hey ya’ll! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend. Mine was pretty good. I went out to celebrate my best friend’s last weekend in Austin (I’m seriously depressed about this since we have been friends since freshmen year of high school). Anyways lets go on to happy thoughts like fun foodie adventures. My family and I love trying out restaurants in Austin, so when my brother suggested that we go to Perla’s on South Congress, we were of course all down to go eat some good food.

The decor of Perla’s is so cute. It has an aquatic theme with a boat atmosphere on the outside (unfortunately not caught in the picture). My brother blended right in with the theme of the restaurant with his blue hair. They were packed full of reservations, but somehow we snuck in a table as long as we were out by 7. No problem.

We decided to order three appetizers for the table to share. One of our first appetizers was mussels. Oh god, they were so good. The mussels were soaked in some kind of sauce with peppers and other chopped up bits of yumminess in the bowl. The toasted bread was perfect to dip deep into the bowl and soak up the liquid. Thumbs up for this dish!

This picture is a little blurry, boooo. Who cares though? This was probably my favorite appetizer of the night. Fried oysters. Really you can’t go wrong with anything fried. They were crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The oysters were served with this spicy thick sauce that took it to that special place in food heaven. I would seriously go here just to order about ten plates of these. I couldn’t eat ten plates, but I would so go down trying.

The last appetizer we ordered was a crab cake. It was really good. I liked that the restaurant placed some fresh arugula on top of the cake because it gave it some extra flavoring. I didn’t care for the large amount of onions they placed underneath it, but it was still delicious and the crab cake disappeared within 30 seconds of it being placed on the table.

For my main entree, I ordered the lobster roll with a side of fries. Good choice on my part. The lobster was extremely fresh and mixed with the perfect amount of mayonaisse. The bun was toasted to perfection and had a sweet taste to it. This definitely hit the spot on my lobster roll craving. I have been missing lobster rolls ever since I left Boston in August. The french fries were just okay, but then again I’m not going to a seafood restaurant to focus on their quality of french fries.

We decided to order one side, which was asparagus in Bearnaise sauce. They were actually really good for just a side. The asparagus was grilled and super crispy, which is my favorite way to eat them. Then they weren’t overly drenched in sauce, which I appreciated a lot.

We did end up ordering a dessert, which was a salted caramel pudding with coconut cookies on the side. Somehow I forgot to take a picture. Probably because my camera kept dying. Oh well. It was really delicious anyways. This is definitely going on my recommendation list of restaurants in Austin. If they have happy hour specials then I will definitely be there because those appetizers are so good.

Hope ya’ll have a great Monday!

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What I Ate Wednesday: Trailer Edition

Hey ya’ll! It is that time of the week again for another What I Ate Wednesday. I swear time is flying by this October, not that I’m complaining because I have a lot of exciting things going on. Tonight I’m going to another concert, and I’m sooo pumped. I’ll talk about that tomorrow, and now I’ll just focus on Jenn’s epic weekly holiday of WIAW! This week I am doing trailer edition, especially because it was Austin City Limits and food trailers are a huge thing in the lovely city of Austin.

Introducing Capital City Bakery. Probably the greatest new discovery of my foodie adventures in Austin. Everything is vegan, not that it really matters to me, but everything at this trailer is freaking delicious. Located on MLK dr, which is quite convenient since I go to UT volleyball games every week. What a coincidence? Guess I’ll just have to spoil myself with a cupcake or brownie for the games. I’m not complaining.

Every Saturday is cinnamon roll Saturday. I thought since it was my birthday weekend, why not try it out? My mom ended up picking up some sweet treats since she was already over there for some tennis thing. Anyways, since it is the month of October, Capital City Bakery is doing pumpkin cinnamon rolls. If you live in Austin GO GET THESE immediately. They are so amazing, especially after you microwave for 35 seconds. The icing melts down the cinnamon roll and the inside is mushy goodness. She also ended up getting a brownie. Best brownie I have ever had in my life. So good that my mother is making me go get one today before the game tonight. I will definitely be frequenting this trailer often.

On Saturday, my best friend and I went to go explore some trailers in South Austin on South Congress. Little did we know that it was going to downpour on us. Oh well. We still ended up getting some good food. Our first stop was Crepes Mille. Another amazing find. This place is delicious. They have sweet crepes and savory crepes.

This picture pretty much is self explanatory. AMAZE-BALLS. I ordered a savory crepe. The tofu curry. Yes for having vegetarian options. I was really tempted to eat one of the meat ones though because they looked so good. I restrained myself though, and I’m glad because the spices were perfect in this dish. Also the tofu was chopped finely, so it was easy to eat inside the crepe. It also came with tons of carrots, which obviously I’m a big fan of. Even if you aren’t a vegetarian, I recommend ordering this if you ever stop by the trailer.

My best friend ordered a sausage and brie crepe. Oh god it looked so good. The brie was melted good inside the crepe, the sausage was chopped finely, and it has a sweet spicy sauce with it. She said it was really delicious. I was sort of jealous, but thankfully mine was just as good otherwise I would have been sad. You can’t go wrong with Crepes Mille. Next time I plan on getting a dessert crepe.

Oh the story of Coat and Thai. One minute we are ordering our food, and sitting down on the benches to wait for our number to be called. The next second a torrential downpour is occuring, and my perfect outfit (white tank top, black maxi skirt, and rainbow urban outfitters scarf) has become soaking wet. Success. We just sat there through the storm. Dedication to eat some good food.

We ordered the pineapple fried rice with tofu. Thanks to my bestie for being so understanding about my vegetarian needs because I know tofu isn’t her first choice when adding protein to a meal. It was so delicious. Definitely worth sitting through the rain for. I am a sucker for Thai food, so this was the perfect end to a day full of delicious eats. I’m in love. I’m actually in love with food trailers in Austin. If anyone ever wants to adventure with me in Austin, just message me, or if you need advice about where to eat in Austin I am so your girl!

We ended the day following a double rainbow on the way to the nail salon. It was a good day.
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Life as a Dietetics Student

Hey ya’ll! Today I’m going to post a new addition to the blog: Life as a Dietetics student. I will show ya’ll what my daily life is like as a nutrition student, what sort of things you need to do to get a dietetic internship, and other random dietetic major tidbits. For today, I’m going to focus on a fun project we are doing in my advanced food science class. Advanced Food Science is a class that focuses more specifically on the science of food with a heavy impact on biochemistry, organic chemistry, and biology.  We had to keep a food diary for one week following a limited processed foods diet. I thought this was excellent for health reasons and just for fun.

My epic food journal. I’ve actually almost lost it multiple times during the week while recording my food because it is just a stapled together thing of paper. I also have random food stains on it because I was eating and recording at the same time. I probably should have waited till after I was done eating, but oh well I’m proactive.

At first I was freaking out because I was like oh god this is going to be so awful, but then I realized I actually do not eat that much of processed foods. Once I came to that realization, things were much easier. When we ate something we had to record whether it was not processed, slightly processed or processed. Take my oatmeal for instance, it is slightly processed because the oats were run through a factory, but are out of a bin from the health store.

When I went to the grocery store for the week, I mainly focused on not buying anything that was in packages. When I got home I realized that I only really bought whole foods, so I was going to have to get creative when it came to dishes. The dish above is my version of a mashed potato, but with cauliflower instead. Some of it is processed, but it is way healthier than eating something like a microwave meal because it provides me with tons of nutrients and health benefits.

This was a delicious snack I had. I made this yogurt combination with vanilla yogurt, a mashed banana, some brown sugar, cinnamon, and a splash of vanilla extract. It was so good and I used a grannysmith apple to dip in it. I’ve been making this yogurt combo a lot since I started making it for the assignment. Definitely a good low calorie treat to have.

Happy Birthday to Me

Hey ya’ll! I hope you had as an amazing weekend as I did. It was my 23rd birthday, and I swear that your birthdays get better as you get older. Lets recap the memories and the munchies.

I woke up friday morning to go to my Microbiology class and lab, and there was a surprise waiting for me from my amazing roommate. She had gotten me a cupcake balloon. For those of you that don’t know, I LOVE CUPCAKES. This put me in a super awesome mood!

My  roommate is way cooler than yours. She got me a thing of flowers and a really cute card too. I seriously love her. She entertains me. Feeds me. Brings me laughter. LOVE YOU. After I made a scrumptious breakfast of chocolate chip pumpkin cheesecake oats, I loaded my backpack up and went to class. It was boring. Lab was stupid. I swear my TA is lacking a few brain cells or something. A lab that should have taken 30 minutes took about an hour and forty five minutes. BOOOOOO.

When I got to Austin, my mom had two slices of birthday cake waiting for me. Delicious. I didn’t want to get a full cake since I eat healthy and have my Turkey Trot plans, so she just got me two slices. It is a strawberry and cream cake from Uppercrust bakery in Austin. If you are ever in Austin, you should definitely go here because their baked goods are delicious.

Then it was time to open some presents. I love opening things. That probably is the best part about getting presents. I told my mom she could just wrap a bag of skinnypop or some other health food, and I would be just as happy. Of course my mom is awesome and got me tons of amazing presents like these BCBG shorts with lace on the bottom and this coral purse.

Steve madden boots? Why don’t mind if I do. I have a scary boot obsession. Not sure why since I live in Texas and it is hot pretty much all year long. This is just probably another reason why I want to move back north, so I can utilize all my pairs of boots and SCARVES (whole different story). Anyways I also got a bunch of clothes from anthropologie, tons of roll on perfume, a donut pan (awesome recipes to come), and a huge bag from Vera Bradley.

My mom and I went to a UT volleyball game and it was seriously AMAZING. Texas won and the final point was an amazing block. My best friend came over after the game, so we could get ready and go to the main event of my birthday: BASSNECTAR. Bassnectar is a siiiick electronic artist that was hosting a late night ACL (austin city limits festival) show at Austin Music Hall.

We bought balcony tickets, but photoshopped our tickets for floor ones. Yes, my best friend is that evil and a genius. It was so epic the way things worked out. We put our floor fake ones in our bottoms, let them scan our real tickets, and then when we got into the atrium we switched the tickets out and just showed the floor ones. MWAHAHA. It was amazing.

We were literally so close to the front, which was hilarious since we were supposed to be up in the balcony. Boooyah. It was such a fun concert. We even made friends with some guys behind us, and we totally owned the floor so that no one was like getting into our personal space.

I forgot to mention that my best friend is even more amazing because she brought me cake balls: strawberry and cream, chocolate, red velvet, and tiramisu. They were so delicious. She also got me a tiara (you know I have a thing for tiaras from last years birthday) and a glow wand, but they made me throw it away because apparently glow sticks aren’t safe.

Here is a little snippet of the concert. Just imagine how crazy it was. I wish I could upload my video because I film the responses of my friend and I. It is funny. Anyways I hope ya’ll had an awesome weekend!

The Turkey Trot

Hey ya’ll! It is Thursday, one more day till my birthday, and I’ve decided to host a super awesome event through my blog. Introducing the ULTIMATE Turkey Trot: 6 weeks to healthy. Everyone always feels guilty after Thanksgiving or during, so why not offer a challenge to adopt some healthy habits and obtain some goals in the 6 weeks till Thanksgiving. I’m inviting ya’ll to come join me on my journey and help support one another to a healthier lifestyle.

How to Participate:
1. Make a list of goals for yourself to achieve in 6 weeks
2. Post every Thursday about what you have accomplished this week.
3. Write about what you are doing to make this happen.

My Goals:
1. Work out at least 1 hour a day (mixing up various types of exercise).
2. Lose around 3-18 lbs (it is healthy to lose around .5-2 lbs per week).
3. Lose inches in my thighs and arms.
4. Do about 1000 sit ups a day.
5. Try out new recipes each week in order to mix up my meal plan.
6. Get a good amount of sleep every night.
7. Keep focus on school and getting good grades.

The main way to do this is through a good support system and a positive attitude. Most people that try to lose weight want a quick fix and get negative about not seeing results fast, but that isn’t the way to be healthy. People that keep weight off tend to be the ones that lose it slowly and in a good manner by recording their food intake and getting a healthy amount of exercise.

I hope everyone has an awesome Thursday! I know I’m super excited since my birthday is tomorrow. What are your goals for the Ultimate Turkey Trot?

 

What I Ate Wednesday

Hey ya’ll! I have decided to come back from the black lagoon of school. I’ve been such a lazy blogger lately, but that is totally going to change. I have a few ideas up my sleeve! Of course I had to appear out of the woods for What I Ate Wednesday hosted by the lovely Jenn.

Oats in a Jar. I’m not really sure why everyone bashes these on the internet because they are actually a healthy meal that you can take around with you. I have two 3 hour labs this semester, so when I need to be full for a long period of time I bring one of these with me to my class before lab and enjoy, so I’m full for hours and hours.

For my OIAJ, I had my classic pumpkin cheesecake oats with chocolate chips and extra banana slices. The smell was so delicious, and during my microbiology class it was wafting all over the room. People kept coming up to me asking what I was eating and how to make it. I was pretty happy with myself, and later in my lab I was so happy that I wasn’t starving for the first time ever.

One thing that I really love in life is frozen yogurt. For the first time, I decided to branch out from my normal places and go to Red Mango. It was okay, but the toppings remind me of how pinkberry does theirs, which I totally hate. I like to portion my own toppings and not have them leaking over the sides. However the actual yogurt was really tart and delicious, so thumbs up on the flavor.

Speaking of sweets, I had enjoyed some cupcakes from LoveBaked in San Marcos a little while back to break the fast. These were freaking delicious. I got a box of coconut, strawberry fields, and the senorita (a mexican spice cake with cinnamon icing). Of course I didn’t eat all of these in one sitting. I cut them up into little pieces to savor. You always need to treat yourself, especially after fasting for 24 hrs.

I am really in love with shrimp right now. I’ve been eating a lot of it in salads, by itself, in pasta, and many other ways. This is just a random salad that I threw together. It actually was pretty good. The only thing missing was a good dressing, which I’m still looking for, so if anyone has any suggestions let me now!

Another salad? Yes, I love salad. Especially ones with falafel, grilled broccoli, and tons of delicious toppings. You can’t go wrong with a salad bowl from Maoz. Seriously this place is amazing. You should look them up to see if there is one near you. They are very vegetarian friendly and pretty cheap, especially when they have groupons.

Apples, best snack ever. Seriously though. I think I’m like an apple fiend or something. I could eat at least two apples a day. I don’t think that keeps the doctor away though because my health is still sucky as always.

Sauteed zucchini. One of my other favorite healthy snacks. It is simple, easy to make, and tastes like butter – minus actual butter.

I have finally been able to bust out the low calorie hot cocoa. It was chilly this week, so I got to warm myself up with this delicious chocolatey goodness. I can’t wait till the weather is actual permanently cold because then I’ll be able to wear scarves, boots, and enjoy warm drinks without sweating to death. Can’t wait.

Happy Wednesday!