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5 Thing Friday

15 Mar

I am making one of my Lenten staples later – salmon patties, so today I will be posting another 5 thing Friday. In no particular order, here are 5 random food facts from my week:


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Healthier snacking & eating about five small “meals” during the day (instead of 3 large meals). I’m getting to that point in my training where my metabolism has sped up and I’m physically hungry more than usual. I tend to eat my feelings, so it took me a week or so to figure out if I felt compulsed to eat or if I was actually more hungry. Turns out, I’m physically hungry (stomach aching, rumbling, feeling light headed), so in an effort to fuel myself without binging, I’ve broken my three main meals up into multiple, but substantial snacks. I’ve also been drinking about 3x more water than I normally do.


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Yeah,that’s a shamrock ravioli. Another glorious find from my CostCo haul. They are just cheese ravs, but so festive! St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays because its the one time of year where the entire Irish community is able to celebrate in the streets. Everyone knows that if you’re truly Irish, then you celebrate your heritage year-round. ūüôā Pittsburgh has the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the country and its happening tomorrow morning. We are very excited!


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How have I never bought this before? Of course I want delicious coconut sweetness in my coffee. I’ve been drinking my coffee black because its not something that I like to think of as a “treat.” Its more of a survival mechanism. But, hey! This is a better evening option than ice cream or cake or chocolate or cookies or candy bars.


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When I was a kid, I had three favorite sandwiches: PB & Banana, PB & Bologna, and PB & Pickles. If you’re wondering where the root of my chubbiness started…it might have been the PB & Bologna? Who even eats that. Anyway, while I was trying to pack a lunch this morning, I found some bread & butter pickles buried in the back of the fridge. Of course I’m using almond butter these days, but I still love me some nut butter and pickle sandwiches. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it and trust me when I say: avoid using dill pickles for this.¬† Just trust me, k?¬† Also, make sure your pickles don’t have a sell-by date of April 2012 like mine do.


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I’ve also learned to embrace the banana.¬† I’m prone to leg cramps and every few months am woken up in the middle of the night with a wicked charlie horse.¬† Turns out, this is not caused by a potassium deficiency, as many people assume.¬† It can be caused by a lack of sodium and dehydration (researchers don’t have a singular answer for the root of cramping). ¬†¬† You can read more about muscle cramps and how they can be avoided here.¬† Potassium does aid in recovery for runners, though, because it helps your body process sodium and stay hydrated.¬† (source)¬† That being said, I try to eat at least one banana a day, usually after a run or for breakfast.¬† Now if¬† only I could get a fruit to alleviate my restless leg syndrome…

Fish Fridays: Holy Angels ‚ô•

15 Feb

I’m sure you knew this was coming.

I had to kick off the Fish Friday series with my ‘burgh fave: Holy Angels.


Located in Hays, this little parish has the best damn fish sandwich in town. I’ll keep it short, sweet, and to the point because you can always check out last year’s post about Holy Angels here.

A monster, hand-breaded fillet made fresh each week with a measly $8 price tag.¬† Did I mention it also comes with french fries and the best coleslaw I’ve ever tasted?


Waaaaay too big for this gal to eat, so I split it with the gf‚ô•:


Much better.  I even had a little room for this $0.25 Valentine brownie:


If you are thinking about swinging by Holy Angels on Friday, definitely call ahead.¬† No matter what, you are going to have to wait for your order – this place is PACKED and I mean PACKED.¬† It honestly doesn’t matter what time, there will probably be a line out the door.¬† If you call in your order, they have honor it.¬† And yes, I’m sure they do sometimes run out of fish!¬† Here is a link to their fish fry menu: YUMMIES

Holy Angels
408 Baldwin Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15207

Wordless Wednesday

13 Feb


Laissez les bon temps rouler!

12 Feb

It’s Fat Tuesday, y’all!

Years ago, all Fat Tuesday meant to me was binge drinking, boobs, & beads. ¬†If I had a kitchen right now I would no doubt be posting photos of a king cake or beignets because, even though I’ve changed, the true meaning of Fat Tuesday hasn’t. ¬†It’s a day to feast and celebrate before the season of religious observation begin. ¬†By no means would I call myself devout. ¬†But as I grow older and closer to having a family of my own, establishing my own religious beliefs and traditions has become more of a priority. ¬†When we are ready to have kids, which I don’t foresee happening for many years, we plan to raise them as much as with can as Catholics. ¬†(Should be interesting, considering they will have two mommies!)

Many people view Lent as a time of restriction and penitence, a spiritual preparation for the celebration of the Resurrection. ¬†For me, Lent is a period of time in which I reflect on myself and my own spiritual beliefs & growth, abstain from a vice, and try to do something positive in my community. ¬†Let’s call a spade a spade, though. ¬†Lent is a time when I get to enjoy some of the best fish fry’s that my beautiful, culturally diverse city has to offer! ¬†Last year, I did my best to stick to a Fish Friday series in which I explored seafood options throughout the Pittsburgh. ¬†This year I plan on continuing the Fish Friday series, but I will be mixing it up with more at-home options. ¬†Many of the local fish fry’s don’t offer the healthiest of options and I am currently in race training. ¬†I’m sure we’ll cave to a few.

In fact, my mouth is all ready watering in anticipation of the meal I will eat from Holy Angels tomorrow when I go to receive ashes.  I know ashes are supposed to remind us of our mortality and of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, but fast-shmast.  My foodie brain overrides that as soon as I pull into the parking lot and smell the yums.

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