Thursday, March 31, 2011

Let's Chat Veggie Burgers

Last night, Melissa was passing through Grand Rapids on her way downstate so OF COURSE she had to stop to see her bff!


September 2010


We went to Marie Catribs, a local cafe I have been dying to go to ever since I saw their sweet potato and quinoa burger on Mindy's blog. We loved it!


We sat at the bar so we didn't have to wait half an hour for a table (that place was hoppin!) and watched them make fresh fruit and veggie juice while we waited for our food.




Melissa and I both ordered the exact same thing. Started off with Moroccan Chicken soup:




This soup was fabulous. It had lots of beans and big hunks of chicken with a touch of sweetness, but not too much. Loved it.


For our main course..



Hey, I told you this was the item that drew me toward the place in the first place! It was even more delicious than I imagined it would be.






I have three months to make my way through their entire menu.


Wait, who am I kidding. You know I'll just order this veggie burger every single time.



Alright, work's calling my name. 

Today's packed lunch:




Salad with greens, avocado, dried cherries, Craisins, and sunflower seeds with raspberry walnut vinaigrette on the side; plus a Peach Chobani. 




Hope you have a wonderful day :)



Time to chat, I have lots of questions for you guys today!

What's your favorite restaraunt? Do you order the same thing every time or do you like to mix it up?

I like too many restaraunts to pick a favorite, but I tend to have a favorite dish at many restaraunts that I order every single time I go there.


If you're a meat-eater, do you ever eat veggie burgers?

I am by no means a vegetarian, but I really love veggie burgers. I don't ever buy them to cook at home, but I order them in restaraunts quite frequently, at least more often than I order regular burgers!


Do you buy veggie burgers at the store? What's your favorite brand?

I have never bought them at the store before but I would like to! I need some recommendations for the best kinds.


What was the best veggie burger you've ever had made out of?

I can't decide if I like this sweet potato and quinoa burger better than Bubba's black bean and avocado burger..it's a toss up.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Stone Sour Avalanche Tour

Weigh-In:





Last week: 167.2
Today: 165.0 (-2.2 lbs)


I'm pretty happy with that. I worked hard this week staying within my calorie limit almost every day. I did go over on Thursday, but I blame it on exam stress ;) I'm hoping it warms up later this week so I can get some serious biking in this weekend!


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Last night, Eric and I went to the Stone Sour Avalanche Tour in Fort Wayne, IN. (Side note, while I was there twittering about the show, I found out that Katie at Healthy Diva Eats lives there! If I had known that before hand we definately would have planned a meet-up. Next time for sure!) Anyways, the concert was AMAZING and it was totally worth the 2.5 hour drive there (and the 2.5 hour drive back...at one in the morning...)


Eric has been in Seattle for the last 5 days and still hasn't had a chance to catch up on sleep, so I volunteered to drive while he got his beauty rest.








We got to Fort Wayne at about 6:30 and stopped to eat some dinner before the show. Arby's for Eric:




And a packed dinner for me:




Chicken wrap with leftover grilled chicken, hummus, spinach, cucumber, avocado, and feta; with a banana and mini Larabar.




The bands on the tour were The Art of Dying, Halestorm, Skillet, Theory of A Deadman, and Stone Sour. The venue was a lot smaller than we anticipated and even though we could have sat down, we opted to stay on the floor the entire night because we could get a lot closer and the crowd was way more fun. Having a smaller venue was actually really nice because we weren't completely smushed between people, we could easily leave and go to the bathroom between sets, and we had a really good view of all the bands. 


Representin' The Buckle:








We missed The Art of Dying because the concert started earlier than our tickets stated, but we didn't mind because we don't even know any of their songs. We did catch the last half of Halestorm though as well as the full performance of all of the other bands.


Halestorm:




Skillet:




Skillet was the only Christian band and the lead singer quoted the Bible at one point during the show. Major props to any band who does that on a rock tour. Their performance was amazing.




Theory of A Deadman:

I had a lot of trouble getting any decent pictures of them, which is too bad because the lead singer is HOT.




Stone Sour:

Stone Sour was the headliner and they did not disappoint. Everyone was jumping, screaming at the top of their lungs, and just loving every second of the performance.




Corey Taylor knows how to get a crowd going, and he's not bad on the eyes either ;)







That concert was everything a concert should be. My ears are still ringing, my voice is kind of hoarse, and I'm totally exhausted today after getting only a few hours of sleep last night. I can't wait for the next one.




Question: What's the best concert you've ever been to?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Triple Tangent Tuesday

I know you absolutely love learning random facts about yours truely, so here's three more things to add to your list of reasons why I'm crazy awesome.


1. When I was really overweight, I always wanted to be able to drive in the "one-foot-up-on-the-seat" position but I was physically unable to because of my size. Eric always drove like that and I envied him for it. Luckily, it's not an issue anymore, and I drive like that all the time now not just because it's comfortable, but because I can ;)



Hi, I'm Krista and I think I'm the coolest thing since sliced bread.
And I LOVE bread.


2. I love grocery shopping. I could seriously spend hours at the grocery store. It's like a giant Food Land, and I love just browsing down every aisle and looking at all of the different kinds of food. I also frequently take pictures of my grocery haul, but those pictures never make it to the blog because I always have so much other stuff to write about that's just so much more interesting than my groceries. I mean who wouldn't want to read about me eating a chicken salad or the fact that one time I added Doritos to my chili? If that doesn't fascinate you, then I don't know what will.




I love Larabars almost as much as I love bread.



3. I'm afraid of parrots. I don't think it's normal for non-human animals to be able to talk and whenever I hear a parrot sing or talk or mimic or whatever the heck they do, it totally freaks me out and I run away crying like a little baby.




Want more? Click here for my last TTT post.



Do you have any strange fears? Spill!

Monday, March 28, 2011

My dad and I make a good team in the kitchen. He grills, I make salads.






I'm not gonna lie, I was a little sad leaving home yesterday.


Luckily, it was a gorgeous day for driving.






Now it's back to business attire and pharmacoeconomics.




Happy Monday everyone.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sweat, Sushi and Saki

First off, I would just like to point out that this my 100th POST. I feel like I should celebrate or something. If I wasn't being such good little calorie counter, I'd go eat some cake.


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I've been having the most relaxing weekend at home :)


Yesterday morning I went and got my snow tires taken off, even though apparently Michigan missed the memo that is now SPRING.








After that, I was originally planning on going for a run outside, but there's something about 20 degree weather that just makes me cringe at the thought of running. So instead of that, I headed to a local gym and the used the old "I'm gym shopping" excuse to get some free access to a treadmill ;)


In all honesty, I'm really glad that I didn't pay to use that gym because despite all of the brand new equipment, it wasn't all that impressive. It was super small and there was a limited number of cardio machines; but the worst part? No towels! This would have been nice to know BEFORE I ran three miles and was a hot sweaty mess. I ended up turning my shirt into a sweat mop.





Came home and gobbled down this salad for lunch:




And spent the rest of the afternoon doing random things, including:
  • shopping
  • stalking blogs
  • napping
  • grocery shopping with Daddy-o
  • watching last week's Grey's Anatomy (OMG I can't WAIT to see what happens this week!!)


After my sister got off work at 6, the three of us went to Red Ginger for an outstanding sushi dinner. Red Ginger has, in our opinion, the most expensive best sushi in Traverse City.








 We all split a Rainbow Roll:




As well as a Spider Roll, Philadelphia Roll, and a Dynamite Roll:




Perfection.




Dad and I also shared a Saki Sampler :)








The only bad thing about dinner was that it wasn't very filling. Unfortunately, the outrageously delicious food comes at an outrageous price, so we didn't order anything else. However, Red Ginger is conveniently located right across the street from Cold Stone. Problem solved!


I got a like-it size of Sinless Sans Fat Sweet Cream with one Oreo mixed in.




 

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend as well!




What's your favorite thing to order at Cold Stone?

I loved what I ordered last night, but when I'm not on a diet or counting calories, I'm all over the cake batter ice cream with Oreos (as in, more than one) and double cookie dough ;)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Homeward Bound

Well, I was homeward bound, now I'm just home :)


After a stressful day of class and an exam on autoimmune diseases (I passed!), I was more than ready to hit the road for Traverse City.




Road food to tame the beast of a stomach that God blessed me with:





I had an orange and a banana and plan on munching on the rest of the fruit over the weekend.



I arrived in Traverse City and stopped at Oryana to pick up some din din for my dad, sister and myself (my Mom's currently in Arizona visiting family). Oryana is the local health food store and it rocks. With no Whole Foods anywhere near here and the closest Trader Joe's being 4.5 hours away in Detroit, we're glad to have Oryana. Would you believe that I've never even been to Whole Foods OR Trader Joe's? It's sad, but true.


I ordered sandwiches from their cafe plus sides of salmon salad and tofu salad.




I'm really not a fan of tofu (it kind of freaks me out) but the salmon salad was awesomesauce.






I've gotten a total 11 hours of shut eye between the last two nights (ahem, thank you pharmacy school) so the only thing on my agenda tonight is sleep. It's going to be awesome, I can't wait.


Ashley said she wants to hang out with me first though.




Curious about her scrunched ear? Click here for the story.




Have a great night friends :)



P.S.

Eric is currently in Seattle right now and he posted this picture of his dinner yesterday on Facebook in honor of me:




He really is my best friend.

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