Out, In, Back Out

September 27, 2008

Hi I am Kath.  I like oatmeal.  Here are some pictures of my food.

(The husband wrote that because I asked him to put in my photos for me!!!)

We’re in a big rush this morning to get to a brunch – I feel back for neglecting my blog duties!!!

Yesterday was a lot of fun, but the rain definitely put a damper on the evening. I was able to get in a snack and all of my Organic homework in the afternoon. Larbs took a 2 hour nap and felt better (and she feels much better this morning too, thank goodness). When she woke up we both had bowls of cereal with granola plank, hemp milk and PB. She loved hemp milk and said “there’s something amazing in this bowl of cereal and I don’t know what it is!?”


We made our way uptown in the rain via lightrail. Then walked 6-7 blocks to Pie Town, a new restaurant with a pizza glow. I LOVED the atmosphere and the menu was good. The food was all great tasting, but we had some controversy with our pizza at the end of the night…

I ordered this delicious beer:


We started with a little appetizer called Speidini with eggplant wrapped around feta and almonds. YUM!! We eat got a log.


The husband ordered THE MOST AMAZING “Focaccina” bread loaf. It was extremely doughy and probably the most delicious bread I’ve ever had in my life.


Larbs and I split a calamari salad, which was just OK (kind of plain). There’s my focaccia piece on the side. I had a second one too!


As usual, I had a few sips of the husband’s delicious beer


Our pizza took forever to come out. We had forgotten to ask for whole wheat crust and I said “oh darn!” right when the waiter was there. He said he would go re-do the order, but we said 3-4 times “Don’t worry about it – we’re hungry.” But he went to re-do the order and it took another 20 minutes or so to come out. Once out, the crust was BURNED!! Not doughy at all :( When he asked if everything was up to par, we let him know about the crust (very nicely!) and he said “Whole wheat crust just burns” like that’s how it was supposed to be :(

Oh, and the pizza was White Clam à la Frank Pepe’s Napoletana: Garlic & Herbed Clams, Cheese Blend, & Fresh Italian Parsley. It was pretty good, but I wasn’t wild about the clams (it wasn’t my top choice).


Slice 1


Slice 2


We walked more blocks in the rain to Larbs’ friends’ apartment and hung out there for a while. I had a few sips of the husband’s Lienenkugel (sp!) and this small bite of homemade brownie leftover from their dinner party. The crust was toffee graham and amazing!


And few exhausting hours later, we walked back to the lightrail and got home around 12:30. I hit the sack hard!

Window of Opportunity

I knew I had a window of opportunity to workout this morning and woke up kind of tired and not in the mood to exercise. But I knew I’d feel so much better with a workout in me, so I went to the gym – and had a great time!!! 30 minutes on the Stairmaster, 10 on the ET, and pull-ups and dips.

Once home and showered, it’s after 10:30 so I decided to do some risky business – leave the house without breakfast!! We’re headed to a brunch with all kinds of goodies and then to a tailgate with Karen,  and then an oyster roast so I didn’t want to fill up on oatmeal. I’m just going to wait a bit and eat there. I’m pretty hungry, but we should be there in 15 minutes!

Sorry to be so wishy-washy this weekend!! Back tonight with the full day’s report :)

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1 Chelsea September 27, 2008 at 10:12 am

Kanz made me giggle :)


2 Biz319 September 27, 2008 at 10:14 am

That sucks about the burnt crust! But the husband’s bread looks amazing!

Hope you have a fun day and the weather cooperates!


3 madison (follow my weigh) September 27, 2008 at 10:15 am

thats too bad about the crust – i think i see a piece where you guys ripped off the burnt part!

have a great brunch!


4 mom September 27, 2008 at 10:25 am

Sounds like a fun evening. Nice to get the report that Daughter Number Two is feeling better. Naturally, Kath, by order of your birth, you get the title of Daughter Number One. There are some perks to being the oldest!


5 Katelyn September 27, 2008 at 10:27 am

brunch…tailgating…oyster roast! Sounds like a great Saturday.

That’s really awful the waiter said that whole wheat crust just burns! And how not true! Whole wheat makes everything taste better.


6 WendyF September 27, 2008 at 10:29 am

hmm, I am not buying your servers explaination that whole wheat crusts burn. I will confirm with the resident chef(my fiance). :-) Have a great weekend


7 Lyn September 27, 2008 at 11:26 am

You know, I have been reading your blog for awhile now. I have to say your food is SO inspiring. I have lots a lot of weight but began to struggle, wanting to eat a bunch of doritos, candy bars, frozen pizzas. Then I come to your blog and I see your Real Food, and I go, “Why the heck would anyone want to eat junk when we can have THAT instead???” Just this morning, I avoided a bowl of sugar cereal because it looked so BLAH compared to a nice bowl of pumpkin oatmeal with toasted walnuts on top. So I had the oatmeal instead!

Thank you so much for what you’re doing. It really drives home the point that eating healthy does NOT have to be about deprivation. It can be so much better… and yummier… than the junk we THINK we want. Thank you.


8 Faye September 27, 2008 at 11:40 am

I love Paulaner beers! I’m much more a beer person than a wine person so I always enjoy seeing your selection as well as your husband’s!


9 Fleur September 27, 2008 at 11:51 am

That bread looks fantastic.

Am thinking that I might finally need to investigate this hemp milk. It sounds too good to ignore.


10 Camille September 27, 2008 at 11:52 am

Wow, that pizza crust looks pretty burnt, but whatever..pizza is always good. =)

Just wondering kath, but who are you voting for? I watched the presidential debate last night and I’m leaning more towards Obama now… Just wondering.


11 Nick September 27, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Haha I like the husbands description of you, it’s pretty much dead on. When foccacia is good, it’s GOOD.


12 HangryPants September 27, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Between you and Jenna I am definitely craving pizza and bread. Amazing dinner. :)


13 Lauren September 27, 2008 at 12:41 pm

what is yall’s take on the difference between luna bars and lara bars?? I have recently bought several kinds of luna bars and enjoy them for the most part. I remember looking at lara bars when I was deciding but thought that I remember seeing the luna bars had abotu as much fiber but more protein so taht’s why I got them instead.

Do yall like the taste better than other ones like luna or is it nutritional stats?


14 Nadine September 27, 2008 at 12:50 pm

While that pizza might be inspired by Frank Pepe’s original in New Haven, you are missing out!!! There’s something amazing about the original; clams, garlic, olive oil, seasoning . . . and then it gets to your table and you have to wait 5 minutes for it to cool off. It’s torture!!! but the aromas make it that much more appetizing. I’m lucky enough to have grown up by New Haven and enjoyed their pizza (as well as the Spot’s next door) many times and now living in New York City I get the second best. Enjoy your day.


15 Josie September 27, 2008 at 12:51 pm

Wow, that pizza really was burnt! Unbelievable that they’d serve that!

My does that brownie look tasty.


16 Megan September 27, 2008 at 12:58 pm

That brownie looks sinful!

Looks like a delicious dinner!


17 Tracy September 27, 2008 at 1:21 pm

I buy Larabars all the time now. The thing that amazes me the most about them is that they can make a bar with sometimes only 2 or 3 ingredients!!! I don’t know how they make them taste so good! I love how I know what all of the ingredients are as well. I feel like I am eating a completely natural treat, and I love how it gives you a serving of fruit as well! That is my take!!


18 lexi September 27, 2008 at 1:37 pm

this is kind of random but, has anyone used the justins maple almond butter individual packets. i love them and use them quite frequently, but its seems like more than 1 tbs. maybe 1.5 tbs or sumthin. can anyone shad some light on this please!?


19 shawna September 27, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Yum, cereal looks delicious! Where is the Hemp milk located in stores? Is it a shelf product or in the refrigerated section? I looked at both TJ’s and my local market’s health section and couldn’t find it.

Lauren – I go with the Larabars because they seem to be less processed than the Luna Bars. Also, the short list of ingredients in the Larabars is pretty astounding!


20 ModelBehavior September 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Kath can you explain the reusible tea cup? I must have missed that.


21 caitlin (seebriderun) September 27, 2008 at 2:30 pm

clam pizza?! that’s just weird :)

enjoy your day!


22 Chris September 27, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Kath, I’m so bad that they served you that pizza AND that line of BS – whole wheat crust does not just burn!

Come up here to the land of good pizza and you can see the magic that they do with all kinds of crust – whole wheat, gluten free and regular.


23 Chris September 27, 2008 at 3:21 pm

*I meant to say mad, not bad… blonde moment!


24 Marianne September 27, 2008 at 3:22 pm

Clam pizza sounds like such a good idea. I must try that sometime when I make my own pizza. I love clams.


25 yadi September 27, 2008 at 4:22 pm

I guess Lyn couldn’t have said it better. That’s what the blog does, it’s a great reminder of how great food can be. Anyway, I see you are making a great effort to update your blog even when you are hosting family and trying to enjoy your weekend… YOu rock! That eggplant dish sounds so yummy. I may need to try to “copy” the concept. Enjoy your visit with your sister!


26 Christie I. September 27, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Glad you sis is feeling better.

Hope you are having a great day!


27 VeggieGirl September 27, 2008 at 5:58 pm

Hooray for your sister feeling better, and for loving hempmilk!! She has mighty fine taste 😀


28 kathleen September 27, 2008 at 6:03 pm

I think I prefer the taste and texture of Luna Bars. Everyone raves about Lara Bars and I keep trying to fall in love with them, but I can’t stomach the texture.


29 Kath September 27, 2008 at 8:43 pm

Lyn ,
Thanks so much for your comment!

Camille ,
Being left-handed, I’m more to the left than right in the political world :)

Lauren ,
I choose LaraBars for 1) The extra short ingredient list. I feel like I am eating real foods that I could mush together myself (as some people have!) 2) I like the texture more 3) I think Luna Bars have a bit of an artificial taste.

shawna ,
Hemp milk is not refridgerated. It’s usually with the nonrefriderated soy milks. I haven’t seen it at TJ’s. Do you have a whole foods?

ModelBehavior ,
I’m not really sure what you mean?? I took a travel coffee mug to EarthFare and got tea in it to save a cup, if that’s what you’re referring to?



30 runjess September 28, 2008 at 2:55 pm

It’s so hard not to eat too much at those football events!


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