Boy oh boy was that chocolate-cherry bread good!!!
I ate more than my share of the innards in our test loaf 🙂
The staff agreed it was fab
I also discovered a lovely package of dates from our family friend Tracy! She is a California date aficionado!
After my photoshoot and taste-test, I went to Whole Foods to pick up a few things – mostly fruit and veg because we have a ton of meals in our fridge right now! Pasta salad, meatloaf from Karen ready to be cooked, leftover refried beans, salmon and more!
I found myself in the cereal aisle after all of our discussions lately about kinds. There are so many wonderful cereals, but I am drawn to WF brand because it’s so much less expensive than the $5-a-box options.
I ended up with two boxes in my hand – plain + boring wheat squares (aka Mini Wheats) and FROSTED wheat squares. In college my roommate and I would eat the frosted mini wheats we took from our eating house kitchen by the handful! So good. [Hi Megan!]
But as I studied the nutrition facts between the two today, I noticed 11 grams of sugar verses zero grams and 30 extra (sugary) calories in the frosted. I imagined myself eating it with milk and banana, and the sugar seemed unnecessary. So I did the right thing and got the plain.
PLEASE TELL ME I WON’T REGRET IT!! Because I have been ever since!
Tonight for dinner, Matt and I took Karen out for Restaurant Week to Orzo!
Such a delicious restaurant tucked away in Main Street Market.
Love that every table gets hummus + pita!
Restaurant Week here is 3 courses for $26 (yeah!)
I started with the mussels, sunken in a LOVELY garlicky cream sauce. I also tasted Matt’s artichoke + white bean bruschetta – mm!
For my main course I had the Slow Cooked Arrabbiata with Beef + Pork Meatballs [local!] and a heapin’ helpin’ of fresh basil over penne. The dish was incredible and I have about 70% of it leftover to eat for lunches!
Matt ordered the same Neapolitan Baked Penne that we had the last time we visited [um…barely remember that dinner!]. It was just as good!
I had the Pot de Crème
Karen chose the Italian Citrus Cake (which was excellent!)
And Matt chose the rice pudding, which we were all too full to eat (somehow there is always room for chocolate and cake though!?)
Hoping to read a chapter of Hunger Games Part II before I fall asleep!
[email protected] says
Nice photos in dim lighting! I have such a hard time shooting in dark restaurants without opening up my aperture and making things fuzzy all over. You’ve got it down. I need more practice AKA eat out more 🙂
Same here! I have a hard time taking pictures when there’s not enough light, even by opening up the aperture on my camera. It comes out all fuzzy.
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says
that bread looks amazing, and so does that baked penne!!!
Kristen @ Change of Pace says
Oh my! Everything looks so delicious. I don’t think you’ll regret the cereal choice. Sugar first thing in the morning isn’t appetizing to me. Maybe an afternoon snack pick me up.
Cait's Plate says
Oh my gosh CHOCOLATE CHERRY?!?! That sounds UNreal!
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says
What a dessert-stravaganza, and I love that. Rice pudding is so good.
The chocolate bread you made looks awesome. It’s so professional and restaurant quality looking..oh wait, you own a restaurant 🙂 You have lucky customers!
Lauren @ What Lauren Likes says
Looks like a delish night!! 🙂
kathleen @ the daily crumb says
that pasta looks insane!
and you will not regret the cereal decision. like you said, with fun add ins, you won’t even notice the lack of frosted-ness 🙂
Bleh. I hate unfrosted mini wheats 😛
Have you ever made pot de Creme!? I feel like its easy but never something my friends or I try at home!
Emily @ The Swallow Flies says
Good luck reading just one chapter! Those books hooked me so hard that I read all three in a timespan of three days!
Jessica @ The Process of Healing says
That looks amazing!
And just wait until you get to book 3.. it’s the BEST!
I don’t think you’ll regret the plain cereal either. Think of it as a blank canvas for you to add your own Kath-style frosting to! So many more options with the plain. 🙂
Those desserts look fantastic! My mouth is watering. Can’t wait to eat dinner so I can get at my own dessert – there’s a cheesecake just lounging in my fridge and it’s been calling my name all day…
I think you should have bought both cereals so you could mix them! Compromise. 🙂
Great solution!!!!!! I didn’t think of that.
you should have bought a box of each, then used 1/2 a serving of each type to make the perfect bowl of cereal..that way you get the best of both worlds! 1/2 the sugar too!
Yeah, I was going to say the same thing. Even just adding a handing of frosted to your cereal bowl or on top of your smoothie. An alternative to granola 🙂
The bread looks like cinnamon raisin and I can smell it off your page by the way!
You guys are so smart 🙂
Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) says
I don’t think you made a mistake! Way to stay strong!
Karen is the BEST!
We always mixed the sweetened and unsweetened versions of cereals together! It is another good way to eat a bit less sugar.
Dinner looks amazing!
J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) says
Wow, only 26 dollars for those incredible meals, that’s awesome!! Everything looks so tasty. 🙂
I would have bought the sugary cereal, because it was what you were craving at the time and always restricting your cravings will result in overeating other things! 🙁
Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says
I buy the TJ’s frosted mini wheats and get really sad every time we run out. I’m not sure if the plain would cut it for me. I know that’s probably not what you want to hear though!
The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh says
I shouldn’t read posts like this at 11:30pm, I licked the screen. It all looks wonderful!
No way! I was at Orzo tonight too for restaurant week! We had later 8:45 reservations so I proabably miss you but the food was ah-mazing. Four of us shared everything so we tasted 50% of the menu and the hanger steak was my fav! Maybe I will see you around this weekend? I do need a good loaf…
Really!? I saw another friend of mine there too! We were in the gallery and left about 9pm
Greta @ Staying Lost says
I bet you made the right decision- if it’s really not sweet enough for you when you try it, I’m sure you’ll add things to make it better. I do hope you’ll post a review of the cereal when you try it! I’ve never had the unfrosted ones before and I’m curious!
You def made the right decision! As much as I love Frosted Wheat, the sweetness is a bit too intense for the morning!
hmmm….i think your cereal dilemma is an interesting question for the intutive eating paradigm that you preach — does intuitive eating sometimes mean actually choosing something (relatively) less healthy because it’s what you want? maybe you could do a post on this?
Yes, and talk about the emotional aspect of eating, because clearly you associate sugar and calories with negative emotions. Healthy attitude? That’s up for debate.
Mizzy, saying that I clearly associate sugar and calories with negative emotions based on the fact that I was using knowledge to make a nutrition decision really doesn’t make much sense. Every doctor and dietitian in America would probably advocate educating oneself with ingredient lists and nutrition facts labels. That knowledge is power for your health.
Did you notice that I ate a beautiful sugar-filled dessert at the end of my meal? There is a time and place for sugar. Using a nutrition facts label to choice a breakfast cereal with less added sugar to eat for breakfast daily is a good example of a small change one can make to eat a healthier diet without making any drastic dietary changes. Enjoying dessert at the end of a special occasion is a good example of a time when sugar should be celebrated.
Most of your breakfasts have more added sugar in the toppings you put on your oatmeal than if you’d just bought the cereal you like! Mizzy makes a good point – you put A LOT of emotion into all of your eating, and very little education anymore.
Have you done a nutritional analysis on them? That’s not nearly as much sugar as you all seem to think
When I read the intuitive eating book and wrote my thoughts on it, I really kind of doubt the whole “let yourself eat as many brownies as you want and you won’t want them anymore.” I do think there is some psychology to eating and denying something, but I think the context has much more importance than anything else. For example, going to a wedding and denying yourself a slice of wedding cake seems like a much bigger restriction than opting out of sugar in your coffee, sugar on your oatmeal, sugar in your cereal. There are some choices that just have to be made because habits are really hard to break. Sometimes intelligence has to come first – like in this sugar staple issue. I think the obesity problem in our country is a good example of how sugar has gotten out of control and lack of awareness leads to desensitivities. I question how much their philosophy really holds true. But I definitely think there is SOME truth to it – but mostly for special occasion sweets.
My family eats plentyof sugar, but I try to avoid it at breakfast for the most part. My two-year-old LOVES oatmeal, and I put maybe 1/2 tsp of Okinawan brown sugar in it for him since we use plain oats. I figure that’s tons better than buying him those sickeningly sweet packets. Anyway, my husband fixed him a bowl of multigrain cheerios the other day, and I just about had a fit. I let him eat cake, candy, and other fun sweets, but I like to avoid it for the most part at breakfast. He ate the cheerios (with the sugar), and hollered for more. Wonder why. 😉
Oops….he fixed him the cheerios AND added a spoonful of sugar to them.
Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl says
$26 for 3 courses? Sweet. The Neapolitan Baked Penne looks awesome! As for the frosted, I think its good to eat once in a while. Maybe you could by a small package. 🙂 I am ultra picky about sugar grams, too. Would have picked up the plain.
Yum to everything in this post! You had me at chocolate and cherry. Yowza. 🙂
jenna k says
that food looks amazing. i shouldn’t have looked at the pictures right before bed! 🙂
as far as cereals go, multigrain cheerios never, EVER do me wrong. 6 grams of sugar, and they’ll lightly sweetened, so they’re basically perfect. they can be a little bit expensive, so i always make sure to catch them on sale or with a coupon.
Restaurant week is such a great way to try new restaurants… or try all the dishes at your favorite restaurant! The food at Orzo looks amazing!
Em (WIne and Butter) says
I THINK it will take a tiny bit of ‘learning to love’ the un frosted cereal… but then your taste buds will adapt and you’ll grow to prefer it (UNLESS you make the mistake of next time buying the frosted cereal, in which case you could have a few months of hard work getting your taste buds back to the unfrosted kind….). OR thats how these things usually work right ….!? 😉 ps – SUPER ripe banana topping!!!!
How do you feel about Quaker Oatmeal Squares? I love how great they taste, plus they’re whole grain but sugar and brown sugar are pretty high on the ingredients list! I know you enjoy them too! And what are your thoughts on the sugar vs evaporated cane juice/fructose debate?
I don’t think they are a “best choice” but they are definitely not a bad choice either. I would buy them. I think the answer to the sugar vs. all kinds of sweetener debates is that food should not need added sweeteners. If it must (like ice cream) then just use sugar.
WOW! I think I might actually be drooling after looking at all your pictures. 🙂 That chocolate-cherry bread looks incredible. And I’ve had the Wheat Squares cereal before. It is very yummy and definitely a favorite in my house.
Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious says
What a fabulous dinner! I don’t think you will regret the shredded wheat, and you could always add a little sweetener to your milk and not even come close to what they put in the box. When in that dilemma, I usually buy both and have a handful of each.
Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) says
The more pictures of new and delicious breads you post the more jealous I become that we do not have a Great Harvest here in this area of Texas. Your dinner looks great too!
Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio says
It can be so tempting to buy sugary cereals. Fruit loops are my vice.
Restaurant Week is one of my favorite events of the year! A few of my girlfriends and I do the Baltimore one twice a year (January and July) and try to hit a new restaurant every time. We’re going to one of the best rated restaurants in B-more this Friday—I am PSYCHED!
Simply Life says
I just finished Hunger Games- I’ll be curious to hear what you think of the 2nd one!
Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles says
I think purchasing the plain wheats and sweetening it yourself with natural sweeteners like fruits and honey is a great choice…helps to control the sugars and is better overall for your body. Your dinner looked over the top yummy! Mussels…pasta…and that lemon cake…oh my!
I love chocolate cherry bread. I took a baking class around this same time last year and it was one of my favorite things we made! But there was so.much.butter. in the recipe they had us use. I’d love to make a lighter version.
You did the right thing in the cereal aisle…why not save your discretionary calories/sugar allotment for the good stuff, i.e. GH bread board samples?! You can always doctor up your cereal with natural sweetness or a drizzle of honey if you are craving it at consumption time. Luckily, sugary cereal never appeals to anyone in my household in the least, so I don’t even think about buying it.
Your GH team is such a fun group, seemingly thrilled with their camera time…they crack me up! I can just tell they are dedicated worker bees too!
Juicy chewy dates = yum!
Hope @ With A Side Of Hope says
Chocolate cherry bread sounds amazing!!! 🙂 Restaurant week is awesome. I love that most cities have that. The food looks absolutely delicious.
What a fun, full post! Dinner looks amazing, wish we had restaurants like that in Lincoln, Nebraska. The chocolate cherry bread looks divine, although I love the combination of cherry and white chocolate. I don’t see plain cereals as plain and boring, I love cereals like wheat chex and bran flakes. I’m thinking I need to read The Hunger Games soon.
Erika - The Teenage Taste says
It’s a good thing I don’t own a bakery or I’d never have any bread to sell to the customers! I’d probably just eat it all! Especially that chocolate cherry bread… 😉
[email protected] Broken Cookies Don't Count says
Sounds like a great restaurant and a great price deal!
Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin says
I love Mini Wheats! I don’t think I would have been able to resist the frosted wheat squares. 😉 But I’m sure with some fun mix-ins, the plain kind will be almost as good!
Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning says
You won’t regret the cereal choice at all. Once you pile toppings on it, you won’t even notice that they’re not frosted!
Are you a Puffins fan at all? I used to eat them all the time, but absolutely can not bring them in my house anymore because I devour the box handful by handful all day long. They are SO GOOD.
you won’t regret the plain wheat squares! now you can have a dessert with sugar that you’ll savor way more than a breakfast cereal already topped with sweet fruit, nut butter and dried fruit!! 🙂
Hey Kath, Just wanted to let you know I picked up a jar of Fig butter at tj’s today! I know you love it and Ive never been able to find it there before. Thought u might want to pick up a few jars if youre out!
Fun!! We don’t have a TJs so I must wait patiently for my next trip
I think that citrus cake has my name on it!
Loved Orzo! We’re going to restaurant week on Saturday!
Our 3 year-old daughter absolutely loves dates!
I am so plain Jane 🙂 that I always choose cereal that has little to no sugar.
Melissa @ HerGreenLife says
I first encountered chocolate cherry bread at Zingerman’s Bakehouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s been over 8 years since then, but for Christmas this year, my husband figured out how to make this bread for me. It was every bit as good as I remembered — I’m planning to post the recipe later today!
If you are still in Ann Arbor living there Great Harvest is featuring Chocolate Cherry Bomb bread this Saturday on their posted weekly baking menu. Might want to check it out..
I am not associated with the shop, just love the breads.. Although i do seem to find that the nutritional labeling on many of the more “indulgent” breads are not on the bags. Except for ingredients. The basic grain breads yes.. Chocolate Cherry Bomb etc… not so much… Would really love to know what i am eating.. From a daily “healthy eating of real foods” aspect, of course..
Kath do you label your breads at the bakery with more than the ingredient list? I mean not the basics, but the special breads like in the above post. I know i would be really interested in the general breakdowns.. Protein, fat, carbs, sugars, sodium..
We try to have nutrition labels for all of our breads, although sometimes they are slow coming out
Individually wrapped dates? wow.
Kristen @ Random Ramblings says
I can’t put down the Hunger Games…. but after a delicious meal like that, it’d be lights out for me!
Lindsay @ Salt, Sun & Sanity says
Those Hunger Games books are more addictive than popchips!
Anna Crouch says
If you haven’t tried the wheat squares yet, don’t worry, you won’t miss the frosted ones! Well…I mainly say that because I just love the texture of them! That’s why I buy them sometimes. When you add in your milk and fruit, the sweetness of the fruit makes them DELISH!
And P.S. All that talk about this being such an “emotional” decision. Dear lord….you’re not denying yourself of what you truly wanted just because you opted for the slightly healthier version this once. Like you said, there’s a time and a place to consume sugar. In breakfast just in’t really your choice of placement 🙂
~Christy @ wonderofallthings says
That lemon cake looks amazing! Just finished book 2 and started book 3 — I can see how getting book 3 accidentally and starting that after #1 would completely confuse you! But it’s so, so good! Enjoy 🙂
Life's a Bowl says
All of your eats look like tasty treats! I just found out it is or as restaurant week in DC- no clue when it started or when it ends… Guess they need to up the PR next year!
P.S. Any of the GH sweet swirl breads are my kryptonite! Slightly toasted to get the sugars flowing… MMM 😀
That bread looks to die for! I grew up in Germany and the chocolate breads and croissants were my fav. Great pics!
The Great Harvest near me in Atlanta closed–that top picture makes me want to weep. I had a serious love connection with their white chocolate cherry bread…