Posts tagged ‘Phillies!’

Prolonging Fall As Much As Possible

Been awhile, huh? It’s not something I’m happy with, but the truth is I’m still struggling with life a bit, and as a result, regular eating, and healthy eating especially, has gone by the wayside. It’s November, though, I’ve got groceries and a weekly meal plan, and the Phillies didn’t lose last night! So all is good.

Speaking of the Phillies, I had the absolute privilege to attend my first World Series game on Saturday night! As I’m not such a huge fan of Halloween, getting to go experience the Fall Classic (and getting back to Citizens Bank Park!) seemed like a much better alternative.

My brother and I started our night in front of Citizens Bank Park, in a little fair that had been set up out front.

Much to my delight, there was free Turkey Hill Graham Slam ice cream!

Considering this retails for $4-5 inside the park, it was quite the score! I did not get a Helmet Sundae, however :( It got really cold as the night went on, and I was already ice cream’ed out.

There was also free swag, music, and photo opportunities!

Yup, I’m very much not in red, I realize that. But I am rocking my awesome Halloween Phillies shirt! With a flaming pumpkin on the front, and the World Series logo. I thought it was appropriate :)

Inside the park, after more photos:

we made a trip around to see the craziness. There was just such an awesome buzz inside (that honestly, I had felt at the mall, too – Philly is crazy :) so much more powerful than “regular” games. I also stopped to get some Crab Fries.

A local sports bar, Chickie’s and Pete’s, has these awesome fries, seasoned with crab seasoning, that comes with this (horrible for you, I’m sure) white cheese sauce. There’s only one stand for them in all of the public parts of Citizens Bank Park (the ritzy seats have their own…), and once, my brother and I waited in line for almost 3 full innings to get them. No lie. And yes, they are worth it!

We had pretty good seats, but for the first hour, this is all we saw:

I ate a cheesesteak while waiting, but it’s unpictured, because I honestly think I scarfed it before thinking of taking a picture. Finally, though, the game began, and in true Phillies fans fashion, the rally towels were flying!

Unfortunately, though, that awesome energy only lasted the first few innings, as the team pretty much fell apart :( Loss or not, though, being able to attend a World Series game, in Philadelphia, was an amazing experience.

But now I’m back in Michigan, and must resign myself to merely watch on TV, and hear the awesome stories of my brothers, who are doing cool things like meeting players’ family members…C’est la vie.

Last night, I used an Acorn Squash that’s been sitting in my kitchen for quite sometime to make a recipe that’s been sitting in my “To Make” folder for just as long, Christina’s Roasted Acorn Squash with Corn Pudding. I made a few changes, namely using red pepper instead of green, omitting the jalapenos, and adding a quarter of an onion, chopped. My bacon was also Applewood smoked.

Oh my gosh, was this good! The only thing I would do differently next time (and there will be a next time!) is not using so much milk – it ran over my squash bowls. It’s so sweet and savory and filling; amazing! So good, I had no problem having it for dinner again tonight, with carrots and Trader Joe’s Chipotle Pepper Hummus (which has quite the kick to it!).

My dessert was more Great Harvest Biscotti. And some milk.

And some Biggest Loser. Which I’m going to finish now, and then go to bed!

Go PHILLIES!!!

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November 3, 2009 at 10:01 pm 1 comment

A Day of Celebration

Today has certainly been a day of celebration, at least for me. It’s been a rough month (moving and acclimating to a new place isn’t exactly easy), but finally, as we slide into October, things seem to be looking up! And that brings me to my first point of celebration:

It’s the last day of September!

I’ve never been a huge fan of September, but in recent years (read: about the time I started college in 2005), it’s been a particularly rough month for me. I can remember freshman year the song “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day was really popular, and man could I relate to it (I had a really tough first year of college). With the exception of 2006, when I spent September in London, I haven’t been such a fan.

This September has been a month of transition. Moving to a completely new city where I didn’t know anyone but my brother, and had absolutely no plans or job prospects whatsoever was scary, but as we move into October, I’ve definitely made great strides in all the above:

  • Ann Arbor, while not yet “home”, has so many things to offer (an awesome Farmers Market, tons of local shops, a great running store and community), and I’m definitely enjoying making it home, no matter how temporary.
  • My running buddy has turned into an honest-to-goodness friend, and she’s helping me meet other people in Ann Arbor as well :)
  • The cause for my Second Celebration…a job!

Yes, that’s right. As I hinted at yesterday, I had something big coming up today, and it was training for my new job :) Which is – working customer service at our local Great Harvest (yes, the same type of place Kath’s husband works at). It might not be the most prolific job, but I think it’s perfect for me at this stage in my life. It’s hard to find work right now, especially in a college town, with only a B.A. and not so much work experience. And I (not so) mentally proclaimed this year to be more of a “self-exploration” year anyway, and working in a bakery-type place is something I’ve always wanted to do.

It seems like it’s going to be so much fun, if I can memorize everything I need to memorize! The change every day, and we need to know not only what breads are available on what days, but what the ingredients to each bread is as well (we’re expected to behave as “bread experts”). Luckily, everything is made from scratch, so there aren’t many ingredients to have to remember. There’s also a major job perk (that could be a major downfall for me) – we’re allowed free bread! We’re expected to be knowledgeable, so we should try everything, and are also allowed to take home loaves at the end of the day! Check out my “first day” swag:

I celebrated my first day of work by testing out the product with an amazing sandwich. I knew I had bacon at home, and I ran to the store to get some cheddar and apples.

Add to that sandwich some Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato chips and a Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, and you have a pretty good celebration, methinks.

During dessert came my third thing to celebrate:

A few days ago, Rose (prompted by a post by Andrea) posted about what “slices of life” are portrayed in the background of blog photos. And what slice of life does the background of my dessert show? The Phillies clinching the National League East for the third year in a row!

I have to admit, I wish I were in Philly right now to celebrate properly, but I’m doing my best on my lonesome with some more pumpkin ale (from Delaware…close enough), my Jayson Werth shirt, and my Phillies wall :)

For what it’s worth, the brownie was fantastic – it sort of had a crunch to it (due to the whole wheat flour?), and so gooey and chocolately. I’m glad I have another half to enjoy (today was the last day for them at the store, unfortunately)!

So, Happy October, everyone. I’m certainly looking forward to it, what about you? Is October a cause for celebration for others as well?

September 30, 2009 at 11:51 pm 1 comment

As if I need another addiction…

In the past three days, I have consumed approximately 400 glasses of this:

I don’t know what it is. I don’t know if it’s the farm fresh milk or the Trader Joe’s Midnight Moo, but there’s something so addicting about it. I don’t even usually care about chocolate milk, but this is just sublime. Yum.

Man, it’s been a few days, hasn’t it? I think I’ll just do a headed recap, as to not bore everyone (including myself) to death.

Food

There have been quite a few of these:

One of these:

Some of this:

Many of these:

And too many of these:

I did make this, though, which I haven’t made in way too long:

A refresher, because everyone needs to make this now. To make this bowl of deliciousness, I first melted about a TB (okay, maybe a little more :)) of Peanut Butter and Company Dark Chocolate Dreams (which I found in a supermarket here! Oh my gosh, now I don’t have to ration it!) for about 30 seconds in the microwave. To that I added a container of Fage Total 0% (I used plain, and it actually worked better than the vanilla I’ve used in the past) and mixed it very well. Then, I crushed a serving of Annie’s Chocolate Graham Bunnies and mixed them in as well. So easy, and so so good – creamy and chocolate-y and delicious. You can also substitute using regular PB (I add a little honey to that) and regular graham crackers, or really, anything else.

I also got a falafel sandwich at a local place in town, Jerusalem Garden.

Let’s get another look at that again, shall we?

It was one of the best falafel sandwiches I’ve ever had. The pita was soft and not too thick, it was so flavorful with just the right amount of spice, and the sauce (of which you can choose many – I got yogurt and cucumber) was not overwhelming. It took me awhile to eat, too, which is good, as I tend to eat way too quickly.

Tonight, I tried to recreate it with a Sunshine Falafel Burger I finally found at Whole Foods. I first made a home-made tzatziki sauce:

  • ~1/2 container Greek yogurt
  • ~1 TB lemon juice
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • dill
  • pinch salt
  • 2 slices cucumber, cubed

I then heated up a Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Tortilla, layered on the sauce with spinach, tomatoes, and the Sunshine Falafel Burger.

It tasted pretty good, but I faced the same problem I face every time I make my own falafel (Sunshine or not) – it always tastes so dry! The last few bites were pretty good, and I would make this again, but it wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever made.

Baseball

Yes, you read that right. Even far away from Philadelphia, I managed to get my fix in, by going to a Detroit Tigers game last night (don’t worry, Phillies, I am still loyal to you!). The game was quite enjoyable; for one thing, the stadium is new and quite nice.

Also, the Tigers came back to win it in the tenth inning! It’s always fun when the home team gets a win.

And most exciting of all, I got a little souvenir!

Unfortunately, my Italian Sausage was just not as good.

I guess I’m spoiled by Citizen’s Bank Park and it’s amazing ballpark eats (and perhaps Philly and it’s intense Italian heritage), but the limp hot dog bun was just depressing. I got this because I was starving, and quite honestly, this was just as good (or just as bad) as everything else offered there.

Running

After totally and completely struggling with motivation, I got a bit of a positive kick. I did something a little risky, actually, and I responded to an ad on craigslist for a girl training for a half marathon and looking for someone to motivate her to do long runs. We emailed a bit beforehand, and met in a public place, so I felt pretty safe about meeting her.

The run was awesome (we went through the Arboretum here as well as Gallup Park – both beautiful spots to run), but even more so was the company. We had so much in common (she is doing a PhD in German – I studied German in undergrad!), so I think we’re going to try to get together a few times a week to run. Definitely a positive thing, especially since I’ve felt so lonely lately.

Even with that bit of positivity, though, running has really been stressing me out recently. I think I’m so nervous for my Half-Marathon, and all my thoughts are going into just completing it, and I’m worried that I’m not going to do so. I’m even contemplating not going to Cincinnati this weekend to train (although it’s Oktoberfest down there), but I don’t know. I think if I get quality runs in this week, and take care of myself next week, I’ll be fine, but I’m still nervous. I like to get anxious about anything I possibly can :/

So that’s an update. Finally. Now onto more regular posting :)

September 15, 2009 at 8:55 pm 2 comments


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