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My Daily Routine

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm

 I must admit, I have become better over the past year. Perhaps I should attribute my decrease in food ADD to my transition into real life? Who knows, all I know is that I can’t have one more egg white with cheese omelet with a side of toasted Rye for A LONG TIME. I am also, lately, craving some fruits and something crunchy in the morning. With that in mind, I have decided to switch up a lot of my meals and boy was it refreshing. I thought I’d go through what I eat day to day — clearly not every day… or including weekends….or including the Oreos I polish off and don’t remember eating. Let’s move on shall we?

BREAKFAST

FAGE OR CHOBANI GREEK YOGURT WITH ROLLED OATS AND VARIOUS FRUITS

This surprisingly keeps me as full as my omlettes have in years past, but it has so much more flavor and variety in textures — I am totally diggin it at the moment. I love switching up the cereals/oats I use — sometimes I will use just plain old Quaker Oats rolled oats or sometimes I’ll eat our clients cereal in house such as Post Grape Nuts and Shredded Wheat. Fruit I vary it up too sometimes I love blueberries, rasperries and other times I love more “oomph” so I get Kiwi and Mangoes. YUM.

My recent love for Lattes with syrup, I must admit, have come with a heavy cost. Perhaps it’s just me but 5 dollars for a Cup O’ Joe with some foamed milk and syrup really shouldn’t rack up to 5 bucks, but hey, I do live in Manhattan so I will shut up about it. I tend to order a Medium Skim latte with vanilla syrup and cinnamon sprinkled on top. If I’m not in a coffee mood I tend to go for Mighty Leaf’s Chai tea with Honey and a bit of milk. BY THE WAY — if you aren’t familiar with Mighty Leaf? You should go this instant and buy the ridiculously priced box, it’s worth your bang for the buck. Hold me to it.  

LUNCH

Lunch is always an iffy one for me. I’m not a lunch girl by any means but my stomach sure is. I am ravenous come 1pm but the inevitable question is — what to eat? I sometimes make sauteed chicken with Farfalle and vegetables to bring to work. Other times, I have a large bowl of Hale and Hearty Soup or an oversized chopped (hold the chopping part) from PAX. I don’t think lunch should be your favorite meal of the day — it is in passing. Meals should be able to be enjoyed in a leisurely manner, not midway through the to do list at work or for classes. Count me out.

DINNER 

I have and will always love my Caesar salads. Similar to my love for French Onion soup, there is no other pick for appetizers most nights of the week. If I’m somewhere upscale that frowns down upon such low brow selections, I will opt for something more esoteric but for the most part? I love me a good salad with extra cheese, crispy croutons and big chunks of romaine.  

For my entree, I will either have some type of lighter fish dish — I.E. Cod, Scallops, Shrimp, Halibut or will turn to my go to — BBQ marinated grilled chicken with a bed of rice and some vegetables. I love going to Chelsea Grill in Hell’s Kitchen and getting their Grilled Chicken Platter with a side of steamed spinach. The dish is presented with sweet as hell Honey Barbeque sauce coating the chicken breasts, a massive bed of white rice (shoot me, really) and marinated then chargrilled vegetables such as eggplant and zucchini — can’t beat it.

DESSERT

I wish I could still have creamy ice cream but I can’t — lacoste intolerance has got me opting only for greek yoguts and frozen yogurt which doesn’t upset my stomach for some odd reason? Anyway, I love having some Butterscotch or Vanilla Fro Yo mostly store bought not from Pinkberry or any of that nonesense, with whipped cream. It does the trick in my book. You don’t feel all too guilty about it and it’s a satisfying treat after dinner. Still wouldn’t mind some damn ice cream every once and a while though, whatever man.

Hot Chocolate can and will always be my night time go to sweet drink. I’m sorry don’t try to persuade me otherwise. I also tend to enjoy store bough SWISS MISS (yes I said it) over in store Hot Chocolate. There’s just something reminiscent about opening up the packet in the company of your own home and making amazing hot chocolate yourself. I don’t add marshmellows though — a bit over the top don’t ya think? I think my whipped cream and fro yo indulgence covers me for the evening typically.  

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Coffee Battle Showdown — Starbucks VS Dunkin’

In Uncategorized on October 12, 2010 at 1:40 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been meaning to post this for, well, as long as I have been a daily consumer of coffee. I don’t even in actuality like the taste of coffee? However, I think it’s a cool “thing” to carry en route to classes, work, on a cold day so I have taken a somewhat liking to the beverage.

Yesterday, I was ordering something out of my element, a Skinny Cinammon Dolce Latte, Grande. The cashier rang me up for a bit over $5.00 — I am never shocked by pricing and I was floured. Maybe it’s me? But, to grab some coffee pour it into a cup with skim and a shot of a generic syrup really should not cost me any more than $3 bucks. Sorry. It made me think about the battle between Dunkin’ and Starbucks… who reigns supreme?

ROUND ONE: HOT COFFEE

While I’m livid about the spike in coffee prices, I will say, I have a big pet peeve with those stupid ass styrofoam cups that Dunkin offers for their hot coffee. I order a coffee hot so that I can carry it and warm  my hands — your sub mediocre coffee is NOT why I buy a cup of your coffee Dunkin. While more expensive, Starbucks also offers great varities of syrups including some favorites including: Cinnamon Dolce, Vanilla and Caramel. ROUND ONE GOES TO: STARBUCKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROUND TWO: ICED COFFEE

I don’t think there’s even a close comparison in both taste and price of Stabrucks compared to Dunkin. For $2.50 you get a large, extremely tasty iced coffee from Dunkin. There isn’t even a need to elaborate on this round — if you think Starbucks is better in this category? Come talk to me in person about it, thanks. ROUND TWO GOES TO: DUNKIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROUND THREE: PASTRIES/ BAKED GOODS

Well, personally, I think both of their selections suck. Starbucks has horrendous bagels and muffins/baked goods. HOWEVER, they do offer “on the go” healthier breakfast and lunch options such as Protein Packs, Egg white/spinach/feta on whole wheat bread and Paninis with Chicken/Cheese etc. On the other hand, Dunkin IS the donut/baked good mecca of America — Their selection of pastries has yet to be surpassed. Their seasonal donuts such as Fall and Halloween inspired Donuts are THE best. Their breakfast/lunch options are not wholesome or healthy — even the Egg White Flatbread is full of processed ingredients. ROUND THREE: TIE.

Damnit guess it means they both belong to stick around, for now that is. Until a mega coffee chain comes along with healthy foods, cheaper prices for coffee drinks and amazing iced coffee that is.

 

Did I Just See A Tumbleweed? Starbucks’ Quick Downfall

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2008 at 4:21 am

It’s no surprise to anyone that Starbucks has been down on it’s luck lately. Closing hundreds of stores nationwide… trying to desperately gain customer’s devotions back with new concoctions such as the Starbucks Smoothie called “The Vivanno” and the new “Luxurious Chocolate” line that’s showcased in your local grocery store. Neither turned out to be break out sellers, and personally I think neither was really revolutionary and the life saver Starbucks needed to boost their drowning sales. 

While walking through the King of Prussia Mall this afternoon I came across a Starbucks and decided to go in and buy myself my all time favorite (Passion Fruit Iced Tea with Honey… delicious). This is the scene I encountered:

There was no need for a “Line Starts Here sign

There was also no need to run and “catch a table

Want a cold glass of Starbucks water? It’s complimentary 

Hey look, I get a discounted rate on my next Starbucks drink later this afternoon

 

…. Need I say more?

Warren Tower’s Starbucks Installment, I Mean Really?

In Food, Uncategorized on August 21, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Is it necessary I even rant about this? I’m sure others who attend BU have and will continue to express their anger about the new Starbucks, strategically placed on the bottom of Freshman Dorms, Warren Towers.

While walking back from my seventh trip to Campus Convenience last Friday I came upon this brand spankin’ new Starbucks on the corner of the street. Clearly I realized one would EVENTUALLY be built after they knocked out the oh-so-healthy Taco Bell, but I didn’t think it really hit me until I saw it for the first time on Friday.

It looks like the others, offers the same goodies like the others, but for some reason I’m oddly irritated. I guess the SBux inside the George Sherman Center doesn’t bother me AS much because it’s not it’s own institution, I really don’t know. All I know for sure is that AMERICA NEEDS NO MORE STARBUCKS!


AND ONE MORE THING! I think Warren Towers is extremely congested as is, so many students going up and down those little escalators all day and night. I truthfully believe having a Starbucks which is highly popular among ALL of BU students located on the bottom of Warren will make walking around BU East IMPOSSIBLE

All I am hoping is that because of the recent news regarding the closings of over 600 Starbucks, ours is low on their list of profits and they are asked to close shortly after school begins. If not, I think you will all be seeing me standing outside with posters boycotting this outdated coffee store.