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Rail Station

Just this past Friday I decided I needed quality me time. So I headed to the Elmwood Village and Canalside in Buffalo, NY.
My 1st stop was at Ashker’s (http://www.ashkers.com/)
Upbeet I tried their Upbeet (Beet, Apple, Carrot and Celery)and an Egg White Vegetable Omelet. I highly recommend both!!
2nd Stop was Caffe Aroma where I deviated form my usual Iced Coffee or Macchiato. Instead I went for the Cappuccino and am not sorry for the decision. This cappuccino was spot on and I informed the barista as such!
3rd Stop was Karma Salon on a spur of the moment I decided I needed a haircut. I Yelped on my phone and Ta Da:

My super cute short summer do!

My super cute short summer do!

4th Stop was Everything Elmwood (http://www.everythingelmwood.org/). It was here that I purchased these cute notebooks and a couple of cards (that since have been mailed…oops forgot to take pictures)

Years ago I use to write poetry. I have been missing it of late. Thinking this is the perfect motivation to start again.

Years ago I use to write poetry. I have been missing it of late. Thinking this is the perfect motivation to start again.

5th stop was a spice store. I ended up with a Salt Free all purpose seasoning, Cilantro, Hungarian Paprika and Orange Peel (thinking that the latter will make a fabulous Orange infused simple syrup for Iced Coffee).
6th Stop was Lexington Coop (http://lexington.coop/). I figured can not go Canalside with out something to drink and a snack. Plus it is always a fun shopping experience. Wish we had other Coop’s locally.
7th Stop was Pearl Street Grill (http://buffalobrewerydistrict.com/pearl/node/29). I noticed the time and thought hmmm not too early for a Iced Cold Beer. I actually allowed the waiter to decide for me. All I told him was that I did not like IPA’s and was thinking something fruity. I ended up with a BlueEyed Blueberry Blonde. I enjoyed it though not something I will go out of my way for. I also had the Wild Mushroom flatbread. I was not sure what to expect but was just thrilled it contained marinaded mushrooms. It was Yummers!!
8th Stop was Canalside (http://www.canalsidebuffalo.com/). They offer something for everyone. From activities for children to concerts and an Artist Market.
9th Stop was Talking Leaves Bookstore (http://www.tleavesbooks.com/). I picked up a book of poetry and a book by an author that is new to me.

Literature is one of my passions

Literature is one of my passions

Final stop was back to at Ashker’s. I picked up their Hummus & Garden Veggie Wrap. This was delicious. It was so big that I had half for dinner and finished the other half the next day (everything was still crisp). Oh and not to mention 2 more Upbeets! Apparently I have developed an Upbeet problem…lol
Well I see this is my longest post yet! Hope you enjoyed.

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I am currently creating in the kitchen. It is snowy, windy and cold today. Looking for some comfort food but want it to be healthy. I am experimenting with a corn and black bean salsa, chicken and brown rice. Will know in an hour if it is something that could be deemed eatable.

Just made an Iced Moroccan Mint Tea sweetened with Honey Beads. anxiously awaiting it to cool.

Update: My dinner last night turned out amazing. I followed Alton Brown’s Baked Brown Rice Recipe http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/baked-brown-rice-recipe/index.html I LOVE this rice. As soon as My Love saw the final dish he asked me if I thought I was Chipotle. This made me laugh as I do love their rice bowls and I always get their brown rice , black beans and pork but this was a close 2nd. I will definitely  make this in the future. I would at a bit more of the salsa next time. I will post the recipe soon as I enjoyed it so much that I want to share.

I recently have been on a Pumpkin kick. One day last week I was on Pintetest and thought what about Pumpkin Pie Roasted Chickpeas!!! Next think I know I have a reciepe and head into the kitchen. I did not follow the recipe exactly and new what I wanted. I have posted both the original recipe and what I did so you can choose one or both to make. If you make them drop a comment and let me know what you thought. I LOVE these it so reminds me of pumpkin pie crust.

I came across the recipe via this Pin:

 

Not sure if the pin will be view-able by all so I am including the recipe:

 1 Tbsp EVOO

1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

3/4 – 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

2 Tbsp Agave nectar 

15 oz can chickpeas

  1 Tbsp EVOO 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar 3/4 – 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice 2 Tbsp Agave nectar Mix in bowl. Toss washed, dry chickpeas. Spread on pan and bake for 40-60min at 375!

***This is what I did 

I preheated my oven to 350 degrees. I lined my pan with parchment paper (this saves on  clean up time later). After opening the chickpeas I drained them and rinsed them off. I then dumped them onto a kitchen towel into one layer. I topped it with another kitchen towel and dried the beans off (this cuts down on roasting time so I take my time drying them) I mixed the EVOO (I used Wegman’s) , Apple Cider Vinegar  ( I used Trader Joe’s Organic),  Orange Blossom Honey (I did not have Agave in the house… I learned honey can be substituted just use less -I used 1 T) Pumpkin Pie Spice ( I used 1 t of Trader Joe’s) until well mixed using  a whisk. I then added the chickpeas (Goya Brand) and mixed with a spoonula. I spread them out into one layer on the parchment lined pan. I checked them every 10 minutes or so. Shaking the pan and mixing them up on the pan with a spoonula. This is like flipping them over. You want to keep in mind once they cool them crisp up more. Keep roasting until they are not soft inside. Sometimes mine are done in 40 minutes and there have been times it has taken more than an hour. I store them in an airtight container. 

Enjoy what the rest of the day brings you. I am off to see Temperance and Seeley get married on Bones!

Yesterday I went into the city (Buffalo, NY) with a friend. We went to Seabar for sushi. I had  Sushami, Miso, Sesame Noodles and Jasmine Tea. All of which I never had before. It was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. The Sushami was like butter melting on my tongue (I even ate it with chopsticks). The flavors in the Miso where like none I have ever experienced. I must get back here again….at the least for the Miso.  Took a moment to adjust to the noodles as they are served cold. I liked them though. As for the Tea….I will have to try it another day as I was very congested and could not taste it 😦 

Next on our adventure was to get a cup of coffee…question is where. We decided on Spot Coffee which we are both big fans of. Problem came in when I noticed right across the street was Starbucks! For me it was no choice as I recently became addicted to Starbucks Pumpkin Brewed Coffee. Coffee in hand we head to the Central Library.

I LOVE the Central Library. They have a Mark Twain Room where you get this close to some of his possessions. There is a rotating collection of artwork here as well. I also that the Rare Book Room that an exhibit on the science behind books. It is always fascinating to see. This was truly a great moment for me as my friend had never been to this library before. It was so much fun seeing it through her eyes. Of course we found our way to the crafting section. I walked away with two books….One being Simple Sewing with a French Twist. I am in awe of the knowledge that is contained in the first few pages of the book. I knew that I would have to own this…soon. So this morning I located it for a very reasonable price on Etsy..the shop owner is reserving it for me. How LUCKY could I get! 

Just wanted to give you a glimpse into the Wonderful Adventure I had!

 

So tonite My Love and I went to a fundraiser entitled: Serving Up Success. It was a collection of local restaurants, wineries and breweries. It was a way to taste healthy options available. I was so thrilled to be given tickets to go to this from my place of employment. Especially with the fact that I have lost 40 pounds since January 2013. What totally surprised me was My Love asking if he could go with me. He is a typical meat and potatoes guy. He was a terrific sport. He found one that he liked so he kept eating until he was full. While I on the other hand attempted to try every place.  Out of 24 participating Restaurants, wineries and breweries I tried 17.

Here is a list of what I tried and links to those I feel were worthy:

I am off to relax for a few before heading to bed. Early start time at work tomorrow and it looks like it will be the type of morning when I will need all the energy I can get!


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