What I Ate Wednesday #123: A Day at the Beach

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Good morning and welcome to another What I Ate Wednesday! Mid-August, how is that even possible? This summer has been going a mile a minute…Thank you as always to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party. Take a visit to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

For better or worse, the old saying that time flies when you’re having fun is totally true. This summer, busy as it’s been, has been a good one. When I haven’t been working my toenails off, I’ve been enjoying my free time. This past weekend, I even ventured out to Long Beach for some relaxation under the sun. The food certainly didn’t suck either. Here’s a day of beach eats:

  • Breakfast: Before heading out Saturday morning, I enjoyed a filling breakfast of salad, scrambled egg whites, and a whole wheat sandwich thin with hummus and roasted eggplant
  • Lunch: We picked up sandwiches at a grocery store near the beach. I went with turkey, lettuce, tomato, and mustard on whole wheat. Gotta love the typo.
  • Dinner: Oysters and “lobster bake,” which came with corn on the cob, clarified butter, cole slaw, and chips. The last 3 c’s went untouched (I will probably just never warm up to cole slaw or chips, and that is totally okay), but I was still a happy camper. There was also beer and wine involved.
  • Snacks: Some pineapple and strawberries at the beach; much later, a few thin mint cookies (2 or 3) and a few sips of skim milk before bed—random but it got my stomach to stop growling

What are some of your favorite things to eat at the beach? 


History of the Kids’ Menu

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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I had an awesome time relaxing at the beach. I’d been feeling super-run down to the point of actually going to my favorite urgent care for a strep test earlier in the week, but after some relaxation and sun and yes, lobster , I felt back to my usual energetic self.lobster

Funny story about lobster—as a kid, I was terrified of it. Those claws! Then I realized around age 18 that it was delicious. However, the summer I was 19, something really embarrassing and hilarious happened—I was in my first month adjusting to oral contraceptives and basically crying every day as the hormone levels worked themselves out, so everything was a little unpredictable. While on a trip, my family went to a seafood place for dinner. I ordered lobster, as I was wont to do, but when it came on the plate, so cutely curled up like it was peeking at me over its claws, I just started bawling. After a few minutes of wiping my eyes and laughing at myself, I realized that really, the only true way to honor the creature’s death was, well, to eat it. So I did.

Clearly, times have changed. My dining companion and I took down 3 lobsters on Saturday—honored the hell out of ’em. I did most of the hands-on work myself. God, lobster-eating is so barbaric, but so freaking good. Sorry I’m not sorry?

Now that I’m in my late twenties, this happens less and less, but whenever I would go out to eat with my family, the hostess would ask if they needed a children’s menu. When I was a snarky teen, I’d be, like, “Seriously, man? I’m  f***ing old enough to drive. I can eat real food.” Let’s not talk about that time last month when I got carded going into a rated R movie. Or that time when I was 26 and had to snatch a glass of wine back from a waiter who’d taken it from me mid-sip at a fancy family event.  Even as an actual kid, I wasn’t too dazzled by chicken fingers and french fries. My mom is a great cook, and I was exposed to many delicious things, growing up.

Did you know that the kids’ menu actually was first created with wholesomeness and health in mind? No sh*t. Check out this article for more. It’s kind of sad how far we’ve managed to stray. The idea that kids even need their own “type” of food is a little ridiculous, but when you look at the dumbed-down crap we feed kids who need healthy chow to grow and develop into functional adults (with functioning tastebuds), it’s kind of maddening. Cheers to all you parents out there letting your kids eat real food.

Starting the weekend off right

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Good morning and happy Saturday! Hope your weekend is off to a good start. After working last Saturday, it feels like such a treat to have two full days off! Small pleasures.

Turkey burger & salad=perfect post-Zumba dinner!
Turkey burger & salad=perfect post-Zumba dinner!

Last night I got my weekend started off on a great foot with a Zumba class taught by the lovely Diane of Piece of Cake Nutrition. Thanks for an awesome class, Diane!

Afterwards, I hauled my white, uncoordinated ass home to make dinner and pack for a beach excursion. Somehow, I’ve lived in NYC over 5 years and have as yet to cross a day-trip to a local beach off my bucket list. I’m definitely looking forward to remedying that situation.

Have a great one!

What are you looking forward to this weekend? 



Beach Weekend

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Monday always comes to soon. I spent this past weekend at the Jersey Shore (first time in two years) with some high school friends and had a relaxing time.

To extend the beachy vibe, I am refusing to blow-dry my hair for the next few days. We’ll see how that goes…

What are some of your favorite things to do at the beach?  Do you take breaks from blow-drying your hair? 

Busted Punks

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As I mentioned in my last post, I spent the holiday weekend “down the shore” (as we say in Jersey) with my family. On Saturday, my mom and I stopped at the liquor store to get supplies for kir royals.

As we were paying, I noticed a big collage on the wall behind the counter—a collage of fake IDs that had been confiscated over the years. The title?
It was just too awesome. I wish I had a picture.

Return of the Saucy Cock Box

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I’m celebrating the Fourth of July with my family at the Jersey Shore. Last night, Chris and I joined my mom, sister, and a few of my sister’s friends at a local restaurant that has great chicken (and vegetarian chicken) wings. Usually we split a big order and get side salads of something.

We got a whole bunch but ended up taking most of them home in an aptly-labeled take-out box…