Sunday, November 29, 2009

Time for Low Carb

I really got into the low-carb diet a couple of years ago and I loved it because I could eat the things I love the most. Like all diets, the same old bad habits crept back in little by little. I've never been a big processed food person, with cabinets stocked full with cereals, boxes of processed foods, freezers full of ice cream, and bags of snack foods. But you can't start each day thinking low-carb AND then go and eat something sweet or a half of a muffin, go out and eat some french fries there, have some crunchy snack, and do that daily without the pounds creeping back on.

This is the time of year when we are faced with even more carb laden choices flung in our faces daily. It just makes me more aware of how I want to make the change back to low carb. I actually really liked eating like that. It made it so much easier to eat in a restaurant because I could narrow the menu down to a few choices instead of hemming and hawing about all the things I really wanted to eat. Even today, I went out to breakfast and knowing I was going to start a low carb life style again, I ended up ordering the buckwheat pancakes. I never get pancakes because I would much rather have an egg or an egg white omelet. I ended up trading with hubby because he got the omelet. Your mind does funny things to you!

So, back I go to my favorite eating style, Stella Style, which is a low carb way of eating, focusing on fresh foods. Tonight I through out the carb laden foods, like the Thanksgiving Day leftovers. There isn't really that much besides the stuff leftover that I made for everyone else and some white flour.

Now, on to the challenges and the joy of eating low carb again. Wish me luck.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

O'Rourke's Diner

We had the pleasure of eating at a local restaurant icon, O'Rourke's Diner in Middletown, Connecticut today. Wanting to do something a little different than our usual Sunday morning breakfast around town, we decided to take a ride knowing that the end result would be some great desserty type breads with our breakfast. We have been here a few times before usually right after church, a little past 9:00 AM and there is rarely a line then but always is when we are leaving. So this morning we arrived closer to 10:00 AM to stand in a line of about 16 people. It's a good thing we did because the owner came out with a fresh hot tray of an almondy, chocolaty, buttery, cookie-like dessert to pass out to us hungry waiting folks. What a way to start off breakfast!

In order to help the line along, those who wanted to double up with another couple got in quicker. We got to meet two very nice people and had a tasty breakfast as well. O'Rourke's is famous for their extensive, and I mean extensive by a few pages of breakfast choices. It takes more time to look at and decide what we want sometimes than actually eating the food.

When you first sit down you get a plate of sweet home baked items like lemon poppy seed cake, blueberry sour cream bread, and other delicious baked breads to share. Here's the breakfast items we had today:

Barbara had the Eggs Benedict Florentine and enjoyed it right down to the last bite!

Gene had an omelet with home fries and bacon.

Bob had the Irish Soda bread french toast with blueberries. YUM!

And lastly, I had a special which was eggs benedict with Irish bacon, a crab cake and then the eggs with Hollandaise sauce, with a lobster claw and those tasty home fries.

Until another delicious day,