Dinner on Friday night at Legal Seafood in Boca Raton, FL with my mom and grandparents. I got the grilled cajun scallops with steamed brocolli and seaweed salad. This is always my go-to dish at Legals! It acutally started in Boston and has made its way all up and down the east coast!
Perfectly Tender and not too spicey-just the way I like it
Lunch the next day was at my Grandparents club. They live in a complex in Boca that has an amazing clubhouse/restaurant/fitness center/pool etc. I always look forward to lunch here because of the amazing chopped salad bar!
My mom's gazpacho. She loves this and looks forward to it whenever we come here, something about cold soup just doesn't rub me the right way, but she insisted I take a picture of it!
Chopped salad (romaine, tomatoes, cuke, hearts of palm, roasted red pepper, chickpeas, red onion) topped with marinated cauliflower and sweet onion. Balsamic vinegar on the side.
My Protein Plate. Sliced carved turkey breast, eggwhite omelet with spinach, caramalized onion and 'shrooms, more grilled veggies on the side and a dollop of grainy mustard.
I was SO full, half way through. I always eat too much here! but it is so worth it.
I didn't even mention the bread basket of fresh hot rolls and the most amazing flatbread, both cinnamon sugar/raisin and cheesy kinds. I was all about the cheesy bread!
Dessert time. I wasn't THAT full
I spotted a hannukah cookie! There is acutally a large Jewish population at this club, so there were lots of Hannukah goodies
I was all about the 'do-it-yourself soft serve!'
With more toppings than you know what to do with! that isn't even all of them!
I went plain Jane for the fro-yo, I was so full I couldn't believe I even ate it, but I had to, it was so good!
At least I come back with a SWEET tan :)
Jason and I were in charge of desserts, so I made it super simple for us and got some break and bake ALL NATURAL oatmeal raisin cookies.
Break and bake! so simple! at 350 for 15 minutes and....
Perfection. I like them a little under cooked so I took them out JUST in time.
I also made some not so ALL NATURAL brownies with help from the little white guy!
There are real chunks in here though!
1 egg, 1/4 C oil and 3 tbsp water later and TAH-DAHI love them all doughy and moist, not burnt and hard. These were perfect!
The table was present filled at my house!
We lit the Hannukah Candles. It was the 3rd night so there are 3 candles that we lit. if you look at the bottom of the pan you will see pics of my doggy Jersey. I wrote about him here. We had to put him to sleep the day after the last night of hannukah last year, so this was very sad for us, but we have his beautiful pictures for us to remember him by.
My Big Bro (quite the chef by the way!) carved the turkey.
Its like THanksgiving all over again. I am not complaining.
The spread. Potato pancakes, roasted brussels sprouts & cauliflower, turkey, applesauce (for the latkes) Salad (not pictured)
Potato Latkes (sweet potato) upclose with a dollop of applesauce and greek yogurt. The significance of potato latkes on hannukah is that this is a dish where the potatoes are fried in oil (my mom lightly fried and baked the rest) The oil for cooking the latkes is reminiscent of the oil from the Hanukkah story that kept the 2nd temple of of the ancient Israel lit with a long-lasting flame that is celebrated as a miracle.
2 cups peeled and shredded potatoes
My desserts got garnished with some hannukah themed shortbread cookies
On the table (yes that is vanilla ice cream in the background)
Some chocolate gelt (money) garnished the table
Ice cream + Brownie = great way to end a fabulous dinner.
My parents got me the Garmin FR60!!! I am so excited! it hadn't arrived yet so they printed it out + put it in a box-how cute! I can't WAIT!
My brother and his girlfriend got me lots of running goodies for the outdoor temps. A dri fit Nike head band, Dry fit gloves, warm socks and headbands are hiding under there! GREAT gift!
My mom also got me this Cute 2010 calender! Each month has a different motivational saying and cute picture. I love things like this!
I hope you are all enjoying your holiday shopping or holiday as we speak! I did some research today about running outside versus running on the treadmill and found out lots of interesting information. I will be sharing it with you all tomorrow. For my 1/2 marathon training there are certainly some things I can do to make running on the treadmill more like running oustide! STAY TUNED!
I am off to bake some goodies for my Bloggie secrect santa! I will be sending that out this week. I have a Personal training appt at my gym at 3 which I am certainly looking forward too! I know It will be super hard, but I love it!!
- Do you have any holiday shopping traditions? For instance I have a friend who's mom buys everything WELL before the holidays roll around, she shops in the summer and has everything wrapped by the holiday season which I think is quite a smart thing to do!
- Are you a Brownie or a cookie person? I am certainly a Brownie person any day! Althought I do love oatmeal raisin cookies! There are so many variations on both, I won't turn either down!