Top Secret BLBE Season 2 Date & New Years Eve Blizzard
Posted Jan 27 2009 8:15pm
Happy New Year'e Eve Bloggies!!! I'm not sure what's going on where you guys are this evening, but it sounds like many New Year's Eve plans in Nova Scotia were thrown for a loop this year. We are expecting a blizzard this evening and tomorrow, so we are staying put tonight. Not that we had any extravagant plans this evening anyway, but it makes me feel like less of a dork for staying home! :-D
I woke up this morning and brewed a cup of coffee to sip on while I was getting ready for the day. I had a date with Lynn today to meet for coffee and talk top secret BLBE stuff:-D. Details to come!
My coffee was, of course, my usual 1 POINT:
Then I realized that I was running a bit behind and had no time to whip up a bowl of oats, so for Breakfast I had an equally delicious (but not as satisfying) bowl of Liberte No Fat Probiotic Vanilla yogurt, some runny chococlate PB2 drizzled all over top, then some crumbled walnuts and some fresh raspberries for another 3.5 POINTS:
It was quite cold in Starbucks when I got there and even though I already had a cup of coffee, I decided to have a grande Americano with some shots of sugar free hazelnut syrup and some cream for another POINT:
Lynn and I just gabbed and gabbed and gabbed and before we knew it, it was 11ish and we decided to move the party elsewhere. Both of us had time to kill and both of us needed to pick up a few groceries, so we ventured across to the Superstore. On the way there Lynn cracked open her handy pecan pie Larabar and I tried a bite for 1 POINT:
So we get to the Superstore and we're gabbing and chatting away completely oblivious to the entire Superstore "situation" of 40 mins checkout lineups because both of us realized that it was fun to grocery shop with someone else like "us" who we could swap product ideas and finds. Yeah I am not denying the extent of my dorkiness at all. I never thought I could have so much fun grocery shopping! :-D
Then we were in the healthfood section and we came across this little item:
Mmmmmm "bowel buddies!" Doesn't that sounds scrumptious?! lol
By the time we actually got out of the superstore after waiting for 40 mins at least in the checkout line, although we hardly stopped for a breath we were so chatty, it didn't even matter to us. It was around 12:30 and we were ready for Lunch so we decided to venture downtown for a yummy feast at the Mongolie Grill. I had been there once before with Tasha and Jacki and it was awesome, so I was excited to get the chance to go again.
It's such a great place because you are completely in control of your food. It is a buffet style set up of all fresh vegetables, meats,, noodles, sauces and other stir fry ingredients and you pick and choose what you want and put it in your bowl and they weigh it for price and then they stir fry it for you and bring it to your table. Perfect! Healthy and delicious!
This is a shot of the "buffet" from our table:
A shot of the fresh veggies to choose from:
A shot of the fresh meats like pork, chicken, beef, squid, shrimp, scallop, salmon, crab and flavourings like garlic, ginger, sun-dried tomatoes etc.:
And of course the sauces. You name it: szechuan, thai, curry, peanut, coconut, hot oils, sweet & sour etc. You decide what and how much:
Then this guy stir fries it for you on this big grill. He loved that I wanted his pic, can't you tell? The other guy thought it was pretty funny :-D :
The meal also comes with your choice of soup. Lynn and I both had the hot and sour soup. I guessed this small bowl was about 3 POINTS:
And let me tell you, it's mighty hard to keep the portions down when you get to choose from so many fresh items to include in your dish! This is a lot of food, but honestly, it's 80% veggies, 10% seafood, 5% noodles, 5% sauces. But I didn't feel bad for having a huge portion of so many veggies. My body was pretty much begging me for them methinks:
And my oh my, it was friggin delicious! It was a huge portion, but not really all that pricey on the POINTS end really. I counted it as 10 POINTS.
And here's Lynn all cute with her notebook where there's top secret BLBE Season 2 info :-D:
And by that time we had some time to kill to wait for Lynn's hubby to get off work, so we sipped on another cup of coffee (my third of the day!) for another POINT:
I was pretty full after all of that and wasn't sure if I was going to have a Supper or a Snack later on. I ended up getting my cooking itch and cracked open my new Giada's Kitchen cookbook I got for xmas and was making the Balsamic BBQ Chicken recipe for hubby and decided to have half of one of the chicken breasts and I made a side of sauteed:
red swiss chard
1/4c light ricotta cheese
red pepper flakes
I had a slice of fresh italian ciabatta with some becel to go with it for a total of 8 POINTS:
And after this is wasn't that I was hungry because I certainly had enough to eat and enough fibre to do me, but I still had about 4 Quality Street chocolates for another 4 POINTS:
So that means that I'm going to forego the glass (or 2) of wine I had planned for this evening. It's not big deal at all. I think that the 32.5 POINTS that I already had was quite enough! MIL is making a New Years day turkey jiggs dinner for tomorrow (blizzard permitting I suppose), but it will be the last big "to do" for the holidays, so luckily I still have 18 flex left and I don't think I'll have any problem getting through until Monday given all of the indulgences I've had lately. I will be eating pretty light tomorrow otherwise. I think I'm ready to wrap it up for 2008!