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Reviews: Muddy Cup and Good L’Oven Cookie Shop

26 Jan

So, it’s basically Snowmaggedon 2.0 this week if you are anywhere in the Northeastern part of the United States.  I’m into it.  I wish we had this weather in December, but you know what, I’M NOT IN CHARGE OF THIS STUFF.  But you know what I am in charge of?  Finding AWESOME coffee spots in my new neighborhood. Because delightfully tasty, warm drinks and baked goods go well with a blizzard, ya dig?

If you’re from the Avalon or Bellevue area, I am happy to report that there is a new Muddy Cup on Lincoln Ave. and it’s got a delicious little neighbor.

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I absolutely love the charm of Muddy Cup.  I liked the old Muddy Cup and I love the new Muddy Cup just as much.  My eyes didn’t know where to settle, I wanted to take in everything!!  I found that they had lots of drink options and the pricing was right in line with most of the other coffee places I frequent.  I decided to try something completely different than I normally order (an iced Americano) because sometimes you just need some hot comfort on a cold day, amiright?  I ordered a specialty latte, the Banana Foster.  Ummmm YUM.  Banana and cinnamon?  Hell yes.  All of it, give it to me.

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Unlike some other coffee places which shall not be named, there is tons of light in this place so you could actually read a book or a newspaper without going blind.  If you know me in real life, you know that I’m a huge coffee snob and I give this place 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up!

Take a look:

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Adorable, all around.  Bonus:  the owner is super friendly!  Check out the Muddy Cup Facebook page and give them a like – I love supporting small business owners, don’t you??

While she was making our drinks, we noticed that the Good L’Oven Cookie Shop was in an adjoining room.

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Both spaces had such a wonderful mix of antique pieces, one-of-a-kind vintage charm, and just oozed character.  I could’ve hung out all day and checked everything out!  Actually I kept joking with the owner that I wanted her to decorate my apartment.  Not only did Good L’Oven have JARS FULL OF GIANT COOKIES, granola bars, and biscotti, they had an assortment of other items for sale by local artisans.  Jewelry, jams, honey, I mean I couldn’t even tell you everything she had!

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Can you even?  I can’t.  You should check them out on the Good L’Oven Facebook page, which they seem to keep up-to-date with what baked goods are in stock.  She does special orders for events if you’re in need of something specific.  I can’t wait to try all the different flavor and I will absolutely be picking some up for Valentine’s Day.  You know, for myself.  Because I’m single.  It’s okay to eat your feelings on Valentine’s Day – that’s a universal rule.

If you’re in the area, I absolutely insist that you stop by and try a cookie.

419 Lincoln Ave.  Bellevue, PA 15202

 

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Weekend Recap

15 Jan

Instead of boring you with the mundane recitation of my weekend activities, I thought this would be a nice day to do a recap.

I have officially lost 5 pounds.  I have no idea how this happened so quickly.  Especially considering I spent the majority of my weekend basically sitting on the couch watching football & drinking Landshark.  It really has been trial and error, entering food into my calorie counting app (I use Calorie Counter for iPhone) and seeing what combinations work best.

I’ve learned a few things in the past week (Obviously, I can only speak for myself, as I am clearly not a personal trainer or dietician):  

1.  Breakfast sets the tone for the day.  Its beginning to feel like setting up a game of chess.  Depending on what I have and need for breakfast, I am able to get ideas for lunch and dinner.  If my day includes a run, I tend to chose a more carb-heavy breakfast.  If not, I am able to eat a lighter breakfast which allows me more flexibility to snack throughout the day and plan heartier meals.

2.  Black coffee still gets it done.  When I first starting drinking coffee heavily (circa 2006, 4th Avenue), I only drank black coffee.  The thought, taste, and smell of creamer disgusted me.  I worked very closely with a friend who was incredibly health-conscious, had previously worked at a gym, and had enjoyed a lot of success with weight watchers.  A lot of my food behaviors today can be attributed to our friendship (even if we don’t talk anymore).  Somewhere along the gluttonous way, I started drinking iced coffee instead of hot.  I’m fairly sure that this is when my morning coffee started to be this creamy, sweet, confection that was more of a treat than a jumpstart to the day.  In the last week, I’ve managed to break myself of that temptation and enjoy my coffee dark and bold.

3.  My will power is weak.  After stocking up the fridge on Sunday, I realized that it was nearly impossible to have some of my “favorite” foods in the house without being tempted to binge on them.  Frozen yogurt is basically a trigger for me, but for now I seemed to have dodged this particular bullet on the scale.  In the upcoming week, I am going to work on being at peace with the fact that there is frozen yogurt in my freezer; just because it is in there, does not mean that I have to eat all of it.

4.  I CAN do more than I actually do.  For example, yesterday I jogged/walked 3 miles.  Yeah.  That’s a 5K.  And hell yeah, I wanted to quit and say “I did enough for today,” but I didn’t.  I ran on my in-laws treadmill for 2.2 miles and then I jogged my happy ass the mile back to my house.  And you know what?  The world didn’t end.  I was able to wake up this morning with sore, but strong muscles that are craving more today.  This week I am going to work on endurance:  jogging more, walking less.

So, I’ve got a fridge stocked full of food, a 5 pound deficit, and unwavering motivation to keep going.  All in all, its been one hell of a weekend!

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