New Plan, Stan

Last night, the plan for dinner was Whole Foods turkey(on sale). Well, the smallest turkey was 11 pounds… we’re 3 people. New plan: Dinner at Tomassos! I adore this restaurant, as it’s by far the best one near us, Italian or otherwise. I even dropped some not-so-secret hints last weekend I wanted to go, so I was glad those were picked up. I definitely did not want to go hungry, so I kept snacking on through the afternoon.

Apple

Organic Sprouted Cinnamon Raisin Bread With Macadamia Butter

This was my first time trying macadamia butter, and I have to say the bread really outshined it. It tasted almost precisely like cashew butter(which is the other ingredient in it). It wasn’t bad, and if I were a vegan I could see myself turning to this as a “butter replacement”, but it really didn’t wow me. It seemed like something that could highlight other flavors rather than stand on its own. A little white chocolate with this would have been amazing(Ok, that can be said about a lot of things). We got to the restaurant around 6:30.

Tomassos

I love the open atmosphere; you can see right into the kitchen and the dining room is perfectly arranged for relaxation. The funniest part of the night was when my mom asked our hostess “So is your sister home yet?” with no pretext; last time we were there, we decided that the hostess looked like a girl I went to elementary school with, though we never confirmed this and she clearly had no clue who we were. This time, my mom thought that we had confirmed this with her and she knew who we were, but in reality she gave us a very creeped out glance back. Once we explained things it turned out it was her and she was shocked to come across us. Isn’t it fun running in to old acquaintances?

Pizze Margarita

I had to steal a slice of my parents pizza as an appetizer. This is seriously the best margarita pizza I’ve had outside of Italy, and even then only 1 pizza has ever tops it. It’s perfectly thin and crispy, with an herby sauce and light but fresh cheese. For my dinner I had a really hard time deciding but settled for the maiale

Local Pork With Local Cranberry And Pear Monstrada

I can’t say I’d ever reorder this. The monstrada was delightfully spicy and sweet, but I’m just not someone who can sit down to a big plate of meat and feel good(and that’s all there was on this plate). It felt vulgarly big. I ate most of the leaner meat, but ended up giving 1/3 or so of it to my parents and not feeling particularly satisfied with what I’d eaten. In fact, I was just about downright hangry as we were leaving and other people were talking about how full they were. When I got home, I knew just what I needed.

Brussels Sprouts With Vanilla Sugar

Maybe I should change this blog to VeggieBoy in homage to this lovely blogger(who we should all wish good luck on finishing her finals!). I sprinkled a little vanilla sugar on top because I couldn’t decide if this was a “dessert”. At heart, I’m truly a vegetable lover, which led me to this new plan: Eat meat as a side or seasoning, never more than 1/3 of the meal. Don’t order it while out(I could, but I don’t expect many restaurants to meet the first sentiment, so why set myself up for disappointment?). Maybe those brussels sprouts were more than I expected, because they left me big and bloated. But there’s always room for chocolate!

NibMor Original Style Chocolate

This was a new chocolate I got in the mail yesterday to sample and review by NibMor.

So Delicious Agave Sweetened Plain With Dark Chocolate Newman's Cup And Original NibMor

With a little more chocolate and some soy yogurt to go along side. Yum! This chocolate really impressed me. The flavor was slightly more bitter than I prefer, which was odd because this was a 70% and that’s usually my perfect number. But overall the flavor was good. And I couldn’t get over the fact that this was entirely organic and raw! Seriously, that part astounded me as I couldn’t taste any difference. After posting my peanut butter cookie recipe, a snack plate was in order.

Peanut Butter Cookie, Deep Chocolate Vitatop, Advent Chocolate With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

I don’t think they’re quite as good after being frozen from a week, but oh well. Not quite as good still equaled damn fine for a “healthy” cookie. I ended up getting to bed before 11:30, only to wake up around 3:45 and having difficulty falling back to sleep; I think I was either in anticipation of the snow or workout(both to come). I ended up making some 4am oatmeal to settle myself.

Oatmeal With Honey

McLure's Clover Honey

I don’t usually sweeten my oatmeal with stevia or anything; in fact, I like salty oats. But I thought I’d try out my new honey as I definitely was having a bear’s tooth for it. I only did 1/2 a tablespoon(I was trying tog et back to sleep after all), so I didn’t get a lot of flavor, but what I could taste was so nice and pure. I can’t believe I got this for only $4. I did eventually get to bed, and the snow outside was soooo amazing when I woke up.

7:30am

Could you think of something better to wake up to? Well I spared no time in starting my quest to find some good at home workouts to do over the next 30 days if that’s going to be the case. This morning, I did an overall body core workout first which kicked my butt. I need to readjust it for my level before I go and post anything. That took 30 minutes, and afterwards I did stair iterations for 200 flights, which took another 60 minutes. I was literally dripping sweat by the end but it felt soo good. New plan: Get a workout in every day, even if it’s just some light walking around. You’ll feel so much better once you do! And being couped up at home doesn’t have to be an excuse to get out of exercise. I was so ready for breakfast after showering.

Pumpkin Oatmeal WIth Mighty Maple And Pumkin Cream Cheese

Boulevard's Organic Hot Chocolate With Vegan Fluff

This was perfect for a snowy day. I know she wasn’t the first person ever to do this, but Brandi deserves a huge shout out for reminding me of hot cocoa and fluff. The combination of Boulevard’s Organic and vegan marshmallow spread couldn’t have been simpler and tastier. And I just love my pumpkin oats with mighty maple and pumpkin cream cheese(as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now). But that brings me to a final new plan: Get 2 sources of probiotics a day. Actually, this is a rather old plan of mine, and something I generally do, but I think I need to remind myself of this one. Probiotics from fortified foods is so good for the digestive system and I shouldn’t be skimping. If that means I have to eat frozen yogurt at night, who’s to complain? ;-) Clearly there weren’t any at breakfast which just means I’m going to need to fit them in a bit later.

I can’t believe how much it’s still snowing; this is too perfect!

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  1. VeggieGirl 20. Dec, 2009 at 2:46 pm #

    Too funny about the hostess, haha :-D

    Glad you liked the pizza; but too bad about the pork dish being a “no go.”

    Aww, thanks for the shout-out!! You definitely deserve the VeggieBoy title ;) Looooove brussels sprouts.

    Lots of snow here too – enjoy!

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  2. traveleatlove 20. Dec, 2009 at 3:35 pm #

    Mmmm Brussels sprouts, I am obsessed. I made spicy drunken sprouts last night, and they were VERY good!

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  3. Graze With Me 20. Dec, 2009 at 4:05 pm #

    I am dying for a piece of that pizza. Wow. I’m sure it’s my hangover talking but I’m now on a mission to eat something with melted cheese….

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  4. Anna 20. Dec, 2009 at 4:17 pm #

    Oh my gosh, that pork loin looks amazing. Looks like a really pretty restaurant, too!

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  5. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) 20. Dec, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    Jeez so much here!!
    “Brussels Sprouts With Vanilla Sugar” found some vanil sugar in the aruban groc store here, havent opened it, i need to do that to my brock tonite!

    The meat AND workout plans. love them both.

    The vegan fluff? what brand? I think most are vegan but that doesnt mean they’re healthy LOL
    But it looks amazing in the hot cocoa!

    Pumpkin cream cheese. Nice.

    Mac nut butter. Same sentiments, boring.

    Nimbor. Need it.

    Your comment about sniffing vanilla & PB rather than being fined $100 bucks…LOVED it and LMAO! :)

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    The fluff is tiny trapeze brand. It used to be a local Boston company but I think it went bankrupt and Whole Foods bought it. It’s just as nutritionally devoid(aka sugary) as the real stuff, just without pesky vanillin. I think it tastes better because of that, too.

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  6. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce 20. Dec, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    Best pizza outside of Italy? Gotta try it! Your backup plan sure turned out to be a good one. Pumpkin cream cheese? Yum!

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  7. marathonmaiden 20. Dec, 2009 at 4:40 pm #

    mmmmmmm great eats like usual! i totally went out for my run in this snow. it was interesting to say the least…

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  8. Erin 20. Dec, 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    Oo, I need some brussels again in my life.

    Good for you for that workout! Wowzers! What are stair iterations?! They sound intense.

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    Lol, just my fancy way of saying walking up and down from the first floor to the second. Sooo not exciting… unless you do it 200 times… and then not go upstairs for the remainder of the day

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  9. Breadcrumb Runner 20. Dec, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    You have such a delicious diet, E. That hot cocoa looks goooooood!

    And Kettle’s cashew and almond butters are the best, no?

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  10. Jenny 20. Dec, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    brussel sprouts and sugar – you are a mad genius, I tell ya!

    I am not a huge fan of macadamia nuts (unless they’re wedged inside a cookie.. then they’re fair game) Sorry about the lackluster NB.

    enjoy your snowy day, Evan :)

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  11. Kristen 20. Dec, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    My legs ache a little bit thinking about how they’d feel after such a workout ;-) . That is awesome though!! I just stuck to yoga in the AM and elliptical in the PM. Isn’t it nice to have more time to devote to fitness?!

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  12. Melissa S. 20. Dec, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

    ohhh! i love margarita pizza! the best one i’ve had is at buca di beppo…i’m sure there’s better out there though!

    and i want that pb cup in your yogurt w/ extra chocolate..so tasty!

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  13. greensandjeans 20. Dec, 2009 at 9:07 pm #

    Those Brussels look so good! I’ll have to consider them a dessert now!

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