Oh lovey Zatarans, how I love thee … with shrimp. The house smells like shrimp boil, and I’m huuuungry.
One of my favorite restaurants in Austin is Uchi.Â Â They practice Molecular Gastronomy, and the dishes are delicious.Â Â A friend of mine from California (and her beau) invited me out to dinner, and we had a lovely one.Â I did the ‘small’ tasting menu .. which does come to just about a Benjamin.
Totally.Â Worth.Â It.
I’m at Karibu Ethiopean restaurant in Austin, on 7th about 3 blocks south of I-35. Until recently there was only one choice for Ethiopian food here (Asters).
Tonight is more about trying the tried and true favorite dishes than adventure…
… and Karibu does not dissapoint!
The Kitfo ( beef tartare, beautifully spiced and served warm ) was delicately spiced and had a wonderful texture.Â Â Paired up with an Alicha Wot (beef curry, finely cubed) these two formed the foundation for a wonderful dinner.Â As is traditional, it was served on a beautifully decorated large tin platter, on top of two huge pieces of the traditional sourdough flatbread – Injera.Â The vegetarian stews that accompanied the dish were Kik Alicha (yellow split peas in sauce), Difin Misir Wot (whole brown lentils with chopped onions), and Abesha Gomen (collard greens).
Served up with plenty of Injera, and the traditional Ethiopian coffee, this dinner was second to none.Â Â The restaurant is a couple blocks on the East side, and not at all busy.Â Â This is a real Jewel of Austin, and I’d reccomend it to anyone looking for a fantastic meal at a reasonable price.
Costco has Maryland crab cakes – 6 for $10.Â Â I bought a box, and it turns out they are only 80cals each.Â Â So, two crab cakes .. some lettuce and lemon, and a glass of lemonade plus some battered fish sticks makes a meal with only 320 calories!Â Â Dinner for $4, and I was able to cook it in 10 minutes.Â Â Major score.
The gym is on fire,Â watch as those calories burn.Â Burn.Â Burn.
It’s been a cold, and rainy day here in Austin.Â Temperatures never rose above 45F today, and the night is wet and rainy and cold.Â Â So, the gym was a nice warm haven from the cold, and a good idea.
Day two of the gym was today.Â Â Same deal as before, but one new exercise added.Â I did half an hour on the treadmill, doing cardio training instead so it varied from slow to fast, and I still managed to do nearly two miles on it for a 15 minute mile average.Â (fastest lap was a 12 minute mile)Â After that, I got on the stair master … escalator from hell!Â Â It didn’t kick my ass, but practicaly every other muscle down from them is definitely going to feel it tomorrow.
Finally, I did some good old fashioned weight training.Â Nothing huge, just 3 20-rep arm exercises with a 10lb weight, and then the same weight for some side exercises.
I think I did a pretty good workout overall, for just the beginning.Â Â I’m going to celebrate with a little Weight Watchers pizza, and then call it a night.
Yes, yes, I admit it.Â After not going for … oh … two or three years, I went to the gym yesterday.Â Â One of the perks of staying at the Extended StayAmerica is free access to the nearby Gold’s Gym.Â I need to get my heart back in shape as much as the rest of my body, so I mixed up some low impact/fat burning/cardio exercise.Â Â I did half an hour on the treadmill, and half an hour on the elliptical keeping my heart rate up around 135-140.Â Â Between the two I burned about 500 calories, and did about 4 miles,Â which isn’t a lot for a workout, but good solid consistent exercise.
I tried to use the bike machines, but my muscle tone and body aren’t ready for it yet.Â Â I won’t bother with a real bike until I can ride the stationary bike consistently for half an hour to an hour.
Still, it was heartening to see a solid mix of people there … from the very fit, to people like me, to people less fit than me.
… unfortunately, the TV closest to me was playing a report about Rush Limbaugh (*puke*) … fortunately, I had my mp3 player with me.Â Â For the record, afterwards, no banana for me… but I did enjoy a nice crisp apple later.
Well, it’s likely more in my head than anything else, but knowing I can’t have just anything I want for lunch is giving me a craving for things I know I shouldn’t have.Â Â *laugh*Â Go figure.
I have my mug of herbal tea, and a bottle of water at hand.Â Â There’s no reasonable way that the hunger pangs I’m having just this second are much in the way of ‘real’ hunger.Â That said .. Mmmmm .. banana will be good.
Well, as I said a few posts back … starting Monday I’ll be cutting down the calories and restricting what I eat.Â Only once before did I ever do anything strict about dieting, and I hope I have the strength of character and will to keep it up.Â Â I have a long way to go, to get back to a slim weight.
So, tonight I enjoyed a suprisingly low-calorie (but sumptuous) meal before I get started.Â Â I went to Red Lobster’s, and had the Ultimate lobster dish.Â Â It was delicious, and thanks to the special, not as expensive as I thought.Â ($20 w/ iced tea).Â Â Rock lobster tastes pretty good, quite succulent.
So .. here’s to self control.
- Weight: 235 pounds
- Target: 175 pounds
- 60 Pounds to go
So, from time to time there just isn’t anything really interesting to report on. Today is one of those days.Â I got up, visited friends, and baked some pumpkin bread at night.Â Woo.Â Â That said…
… it was a very good day.