Eating boldly and beautifully

by Jenn (eating bender) on July 1, 2008

**It was so great to read all of your comments about the article yesterday! You all had some great points, and it was fun to generate some discussion!!**

As far as Mondays go, this one turned out P.D.G.A.T.T.

Pretty darn good and tasty too!

When we were in high school, Bobby and I used to make up random acronyms for each other to figure out. And yes, we were just as cool then as we are now :)


I was in a bit of a rush this morning because I was making some final preparations for my mom’s visit, so no stove top oats for me! Instead, I had a packet of Quaker Maple & Brown Sugar instant oatmeal with 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

To make the meal more substantial, I added 1/4 cup of Trader Joe’s High Fiber O’s and about 1 tbsp. of the Nutz Over Raspberries and Chocolate trail mix.

Unfortunately, I was in such a rush that I had no time for Coffee Cocoa :( So to compensate, I had a cup of hot chocolate as soon as I got to the office!


My stomach started growling at about 11:00 this morning, so I pulled out my little bag of David Pumpkin Seeds to hold me over until lunch.


I started out my lunch with foods I packed from home, and ended lunch eating boldly and beautifully (read on for more on that). First things first: a perfectly ripe banana.

Then I pulled out my sandwich: sliced turkey and honey mustard on Arnold Flax & Fiber bread. I love love love the heel of the bread – am I alone in this?

We had an hour-long meeting after I ate both of those, and by the time that was over I was still feeling a little hungry, so I took it as a sign to eat more! I’ve been meaning to try out a salad place near my office, so I decided to go ahead and take the plunge today. It’s called Ponte Fresco, and its slogan is “eat bold, eat beautiful!”

Basically, you pick your lettuce and pick the ingredients that go into your salad – 50 cents per ingredient. Then they take a huge chopping device (not sure exactly what it would be called) and chop all the ingredients into tiny pieces for your eating pleasure. Then they toss it in whatever dressing you desire – they have at least 20 varieties – and voila! A delicious, fresh salad for a reasonable price!

I ended up choosing a spinach salad with black beans, corn, black olives and green peppers, tossed in an Oriental Sesame dressing. It was amazing – and I can’t wait to go back!


I couldn’t wait to get done with work and go home to see my mom! Hurray!! By the time I got back, we were pretty hungry, so my mom, Bobby and I headed to dinner. We ended up going to McCormick & Schmick’s, a really, really good seafood restaurant. If you like seafood, it is one of the best I have ever been to.

I started out with an Arnold Palmer to drink – a mix of iced tea and lemonade. This one was really good – not too sweet, and it even had some foam at the top for some reason :)

Speaking of bread baskets, I of course had a piece from ours! It was by no means the most gourmet bread, but we ended up getting mussels as an appetizer, and the bread was perfect for dipping in the sauce underneath the mussel platter.

Perfect for dipping in this sauce:

For dinner, I had cornmeal-crusted walleye. It came with a horseradish cream sauce, as well as a corn and sweet potato succotash.

Everything on this plate was fantastic. I’ve got to try making that succotash at home sometime. The bite-sized pieces were awesome!

As if that meal wasn’t complete in and of itself, we decided to order a small dessert :) We ended up choosing the creme brulee, which was disappointing. It was so small that each of us probably got three bites – which I suppose is plenty for a dessert, but a bit more would have been nice – and those three bites weren’t very tasty.

I did get to eat the raspberry though, so at least I got in some fruit, haha šŸ˜‰

So not much on the homemade front today, but definitely some good eats. I highly recommend this restaurant as a once-in-a-while treat because they literally change their menus twice a day to account for all the different kinds of fresh fish they bring in.

I’m SO glad to have my mom here! We’ve got some exciting things planned! It’s going to be a tiring week with work thrown into the mix, but a fun one to be sure. Thanks again for all of your great comments yesterday – I enjoy posting those links for that very reason!

1 Erica July 1, 2008 at 6:26 am

I love the heel of the the bread! My favorite part mmm!

2 Romina July 1, 2008 at 7:24 am

Aww sorry to hear about the creme brulee, it looks really tiny! (But I guess we’re so used to huge portions at restaurants).

3 VeggieGirl July 1, 2008 at 9:04 am

Wow, you DID have a “P.D.G.A.T.T.” Monday!

Too bad about the brulee – maybe order two next time, for more bites?? Haha ;0)

Enjoy your time with your mom!!

4 Every Gym's Nightmare July 1, 2008 at 9:51 am

mmmm i love me some professionally prepared seafood.

i say that because i am scared to cook seafood on my own.

5 Every Gym's Nightmare July 1, 2008 at 9:52 am

oh and i missed the convo yesterday, but they had a bread basket as an entre option, id order it every time.

6 glidingcalm July 1, 2008 at 12:06 pm

hahaha i was like pdgatt…uhhh

your sammy looks yummy…as does your mccormicks dinner!!! I ALWAYS go there with my fam when I come home! so fresh and yummy!

7 Mark Salinas July 1, 2008 at 1:03 pm

You definitely have the healthy eating down…if you don’t mind, I will visit often to try some of your recipes.

8 oatmeal July 1, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Love the healthy breakfast despite being in a rush! I find that if you know you’re going to be in a rush the next morning, making muesli the night before and storing it in the fridge means that when you wake up you have breakfast already waiting for you! šŸ˜€

And there’s no way I could ever ask for the bread to be sent away from MY dinner table! Restaurants make the nicest breads!

Have fun with your mom!

9 lindzakins921 July 1, 2008 at 7:19 pm

yum – glad you enjoyed the bread – have fun w/ your mom :)

i love the acronym idea… we have SO many at work, it would be so funny to make up new ones because no one would know, they would probably try to act like they knew what it was :)

10 runroamrecycle July 1, 2008 at 10:02 pm

wait.. are you in Minneapolis again? Or are there McCormicks everywhere?

Glad you’re having fun with your mom!


(families are the best šŸ˜‰ )

11 Melissa July 1, 2008 at 10:08 pm

hehehe…i think the best parts about desserts like that, is having the one piece of fresh fruit on the top. i always call dibs on it when i go out. ;D

12 Caroline July 1, 2008 at 11:16 pm

I’m with you on two counts–I make acronyms for everything, and I LOVE the heel of the bread. In my house, it’s just the dogs and me who will actually eat it…

13 Jenn July 2, 2008 at 6:27 am

Erica ~ It’s my favorite part too! I love the crust more than any other part of the bread!

Romina ~ It definitely was tiny by restaurant standards!

VeggieGirl ~ I definitely will order two next time šŸ˜‰

Every Gym ~ I completely agree with you. I would order bread baskets all the time if I could.

Em ~ Haha, yeah the acronyms – I’m a dork, what can I say?

Mark ~ Thank you! You can definitely come back anytime you like! I won’t be cooking much this week – but will in the weeks to come!

Carmen ~ I seriously NEED to try muesli!

Lindz ~ Haha, we have a bunch of acronyms at work too!

Erika ~ I’m not in Minneapolis – I guess there are McCormick’s everywhere!! I like your acronym, too :)

Melissa ~ I always do that too! :)

Caroline ~ Haha, nothing wrong with having something so delicious in common with the dogs if you ask me :)

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