Two Lives, One Lifestyle


A Great Lake by Katie
September 14, 2010, 6:12 pm
Filed under: Dessert, Home, Ice cream, Katie, Rochester

Yup, I’m still in Rochester and that’s a pretty nice looking beach.  In the spirit of focusing on the here and now rather than worrying about the future, staying in the moment instead of missing CO, enjoying the detour as part of the destination, etc., I took some time to enjoy a Rochester view of Lake Ontario.  It was the perfect day for a walk- 70s, sunny, cool breeze- and a favorite local custard place might have been across the street from a park..

Vanilla and pumpkin custard on a beach on a gorgeous fall day- I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated that about Rochester before.  Also, if you’ve never had frozen custard before you should come visit.  It might look like softserve but it is so much better.  The only comparable thing I’ve had is ice cream in Norway. Yeah, so um visit Norway or Rochester ASAP.

Seeing a Great Lake for the first time confuses a lot of people. WHOA I can’t see Canada?!?!  Nope.

When I worked as a hostess at a restaurant on the lake so many people asked if they could sit “somewhere with a view of the ocean.”  The nice hostess voice said “Of course!” while on the inside I said something more like “Are you effing joking?? You either traveled here or live here and you’re a grown adult. How do you not know that you are hundreds of miles from the ocean right now? This is a freaking lake!”

So yes back to my original point, way to go Ro-cha-cha.

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Goodbye Gladys by Katie
March 29, 2010, 5:12 pm
Filed under: Beer, Breakfast, Dessert, Ice cream, Katie, Restaurant, Run

Saturday I woke up bright and early to tackle my longest run yet.  I fueled with 1/2 a banana and a granola bar (I just had one).  The old stomach was acting up a bit but thankfully it was feeling better before I left the house.

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I had great company and conversation during the run, which makes it SO much better.  The time goal was 2:30 and I ran a total of 15.6 miles.  The thought of running 10.6 more miles is a bit daunting, though we all agreed that stopping (for water or fuel) and starting is much harder than just going.  Instead of posting each split since that would be really long, the average pace was 9:36, including a few stops for traffic lights and water.

I’ve decided that gels aren’t the greatest fuel for me and that shot blocks are too big to chew while breathing, which is key for running.  Maybe sharkies? Or make my own concoction as Kath mentioned recently?

FYI- I didn’t take ANY food pictures for the rest of the day due to a Team in Training breakfast, running errands/ going out for lunch, and having dinner with my uncle :(.  Here’s my uncle’s cute dog, Violet, and a beer I had at his house instead.

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Delicious semi-sweet dark beer.

Sunday morning brought an amazing brunch with Dottie! I walked to Root Down since it was gorgeous outside. Getting in a nice stroll after a long-run day always feels nice too.

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Root Down was pretty busy but we were able to sit right away.  Neither of us had been before but the menu was mouth-watering.  We both ordered a benedict variation.  Here’s mine: a sliced croissant (it definitely wasn’t a full croissant but enough for the meal), thin Canadian bacon, poached eggs, and hollandaise. Everything was flavorful and rich.

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On the side, there was a light spinach salad and regular and sweet potato homefries. They were nice and crisp without being greasy.

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I would most definitely go back!  Dottie let me try the quinoa cake that came with her benedict and it was quite amazing. Someone with better culinary skills should try to recreate this ;).  The waitress was also helpful in explaining things and asking about allergies.  When they accidentally used tomato hollandaise on Dottie’s eggs (she is allergic to tomatoes), the waitress apologized and had it remade quickly.  Plus, she brought a complimentary yogurt and granola side dish.  Aside from the food, it was great to meet and chat with Dottie! We’ll be getting together again for sure.

Later in the day, John and I went for a long walk to enjoy the weather ending at Lola’s for salsa, chips, a drink, and live music.  Next door, there is a fun little ice cream shop so you know we stopped.  I finally remembered I had a blog.

Little Man Ice Cream.. It looks like a giant milk can!

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I love the retro feel.  They play old-fashioned music and have vintage touches all over.

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The little courtyard with picnic tables and strung lights is so cozy on a summer night.

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Another reason Little Man gains points in my book is their commitment to donate a scoop of rice to third world countries for every scoop of ice cream they sell.   Like I need another excuse to get ice cream.

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I had German the chocolate cake gelato.  This is the giant single scoop- creamy chocolate with some coconut flakes and chunks of cake.

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Do I need to say it? While delicious, this made me feel so sick. Worthless gall bladder (more on that later)!  I named her Gladys last week.

After laying in bed watching Law and Order until I didn’t feel sick, I eventually got hungry for dinner.  We kept it simple- pasta, jarred sauce, plus some added broccoli and artichokes for vegetables.  Classico Basil Sauce? Blech.  The taste of dried basil is not nearly as wonderful as fresh basil.

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More stomach aching ensued and I was so grateful that I had a surgeon consult scheduled for Monday!  That being said, I’m having Gladys the gall bladder removed on Thursday!  I debated when to do it but I think the sooner, the better so I can recovered in time for busy thesis finishing and the marathon.  The surgery is pretty fast and laparoscopic which means not too invasive and fast recovery.  I shouldn’t be out of work more than a few days and was actually encouraged to get up and walk in the days immediately after to prevent clotting.

Thank goodness for my supportive Team in Training coach who is going to make me a new schedule.  If I need to, I’ll walk half of it but I want to finish it!

I’ll be back in a few hours with another post tonight!



Carbs and Ice Cream by Katie
March 25, 2010, 10:35 pm
Filed under: Bread, Breakfast, Dessert, Ice cream, Katie

I’m fighting a stuffy nose/ sneezing/ scratchy throat allergies or cold sort of thing so I’ll keep this quick and get in bed early!

Breakfast was toast with AB and jam.  I was running late for a doctor’s appointment and figured I’d have that before and some eggs afterward but I was feeling nauseous and just stuck with toast.

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For lunch, I made some Annie’s Mac ‘N Cheese.  Ashley mentioned it yesterday and I remembered there was a few single serving packets in the cupboard!  No picture though. I googled images for this and several blogs I love popped up: Peanut Butter Fingers, Runner’s Kitchen, Green Dog Wine… guess we like Annie!

After a nap (instead of a run), I had a short-stack of IHOP pancakes with Jorge!  I don’t know the last time I willingly went to IHOP, my tastes are SO unusual between the gallbladder and the cold. Anyway, those flavored syrups? I used to love ‘em but they tasted nasty!

And finally, since my eating was sooo balanced all day, Edy’s Slow Churned Vanilla, half a banana, and hot fudge.

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I usually don’t crave carbs unless I’m sick… obviously my carb cravings were out of control today.  I’m going to try and make a point to eat more vegetables, less sugar, and be a bit more balanced tomorrow.  One day at a time!  Off to bed with me now.



A Bar Crawl and Intuitive Spending? by Katie
March 8, 2010, 10:15 pm
Filed under: Beer, Dessert, Dinner, Ice cream, Katie, Lunch, Run

Sunday was a gorgeous day, and with nice days comes ice cream cravings!  I’ve been following Sweet Action Ice Cream on Twitter and drooling over their tweets that usually look like this:

“Dark rum raisin, white choco cinnamon, lemon sorbet, grapefruit sorbet, chai, pb&j cupcake, vegan choc brownie, vegan cookies&cream…”

John had ESB (English Style Beer) Oreo in a cone and I tried a little bit of Stranahan’s Whiskey Brickle & PB&J cupcake!  All the flavors were good, and the flavors were all very evident but well mixed.  The ESB and oreo worked well together, as did PB&J in ice cream.

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After a nice walk, we got in the car only to realize it was already 4, and we were supposed to be at a Team in Training fundraising bar crawl at 5. Whoops! After a quick trip back to John’s to change, we headed back over to the Broadway area.  The Pub Crawl included

  • The Hornet
  • Dougherty’s
  • The Irish Rover
  • 3 Kings

Here are a few highlights… as the night progressed.

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I took a lot more pictures, but I’ve been using my camera mainly for food so I wasn’t used to indoor shots, especially in bars with quickly moving drunk people ;).  How RIDICULOUS is that guy’s tattoo!?

Initially, the plan was that I wouldn’t have any drinks and drive us home, but after the first bar, I decided to move my car somwhere it could stay overnight “just in case.”  It was a smart decision, since Dougherty’s donated Jameson shots! YUM.  Getting ready for St. Patrick’s day celebrations next weekend!

This morning, John left for work and got a flat tire! I didn’t get my car this AM so it ended up that I stayed at his house all day, with no car.  Unfortunately, in a house with NO food except some Great Harvest whole wheat.  I’ve had at least 3-4 slices in the last 24 hours (including this AM).

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I ordered lunch from Thai Basil (there is not much in walking distance… and I was ultra lazy today)- lunch sized portion of peanut-curry chicken.  They must read the blog because it was filled with tons of veggies- red and green peppers, baby corn, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, beans, onion, asparagus.  Just like home…. almost.

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After digesting lunch, I hit the road for a run.  I averaged about a 9:40 pace but really had to use every mind game in the book to keep myself going- maybe it was just the depressing gray and rainy skies.  This yummy orange was waiting for me post-run.  Anyone ever have cravings for oranges after running?!

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Dinner was a yummy Chipotle burrito.  I usually go for the salads or a bowl but the real deal sounded good today.  I saved a little less than half of it and keep having a few bites here and there.

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My mood all day was a bit down.  Last night was so much fun and I haven’t had a night out at the bars like that in quite awhile.  The only downside of going out is I feel so guilty the next morning about the money I spent.  Dinner out at a restaurant I never feel that bad about because even if a meal out was pricey, we did need to eat.  Spending money on beer and shots though… guilt guilt guilt.

On my run, I was thinking how I’ve learned to stop feeling guilty about food choices.  If I eat something like onion rings for dinner (last night ;)), I get over it because I know that 80-90% of the time, what I eat is balanced and has some nutritional value.  I treat my checking account more like a strict calorie-counting diet.  Jeans feeling a bit tight is kinda like when I have to dip into my savings- time to cut back a little- and I can handle tight jeans, but get seriously stressed about overspending.

What do you think- is it possible to be an “intuitive spender” or is it important to be a “calorie-counting spender”?



Veggies to Beer by Katie
March 4, 2010, 10:35 pm
Filed under: Beer, Breakfast, Eggs, Ice cream, Katie, Lunch, Restaurant

It’s a good thing I started my day with vegetables, because it just went downhill nutrient-wise!

It’s a stir-fry! It’s pasta! No! It’s an omelet! [It’s a bird… it’s a plane….]

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Something happened at lunch that rarely happens.  I got so wrapped up in my work, I didn’t even think of food (!?) until Jorge asked me what I was doing for lunch.  Since un-glue-ing my eyes from the computer screen and walking around in 55* weather sounded like a fabulous idea, I went out for lunch again.  Does anyone have a good solution to this?! I love being social for a bit and getting outside and out of the office for a little, but going out 3/5 days a week adds up!

We walked to The Pickle Barrel and I had a “pulled turkey” buffalo sandwich.  Great Buffalo sauce, nice n spicy!!  There was avocado and tomato on it too, and I asked them to not butter the roll (a lot of sub shops do this).

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Other than the food, this is the best part about the Pickle Barrel.  The womens bathroom.  Who does this?!  After an initial “wtf!?” I thought about some of the times my friends and I have crammed into one stall at a bar/frat to continue convos.  This is a college town after all!

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Sometimes conveniently, and sometimes not-so-conveniently, Coldstone is right next door.  Today, I learned that anyone can order the kids size!  They give an actual 1/2 cup serving (possibly even less, it was small).  My mouth was on fire after the sammy and ice cream sounded perfect, so we went for it.

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Since I’m going skiing this weekend, my running schedule is a bit changed around and today was a rest day.  For the first time in months, I actually went to happy hour.  There happens to be a bar in the student union, and the windows face the mountains.  A beer while watching the sunset over the mountains? Yes please.

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Well, now happy hour is turning into friends coming over to continute happy “hour” so I’m going to get going! I’m not sure what I’m having for dinner yet but it’ll probably involve salsa and guac.

This weekend is going to include skiing and hanging out with friends I rarely see that live in Vail, so blogging might be spotty.  I’ll give it my best shot!



Just Enough Time for a Quickie! by Katie
February 23, 2010, 12:24 am
Filed under: Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Ice cream, Katie, Lunch, Run, Salad

I wonder what kind of search engine hits I might get with that title?  Anyway, I have been feeling like there are fewer and fewer hours in the day so here is a quickie recap:

Breakfast: Oats + 1/2 banana + water + PB.  The PB looks weird.  Probably because I cooked the oats and then let them cool off in my car while I quickly scraped the snow off.  So melted then partially frozen?

On my drive from Denver to FoCo, I spied a funeral procession, a car accident, and a house burning down in a development off the side of the highway (seriously) within the first 15 minutes.  With all these sad sights, I thought momentarily about turning around and getting back in bed.  But alas, my workaholic side of the brain started making huge mental lists of things I needed to accomplish and I pressed onward.

Lunch: After rushing around, I went out with a big group from the office for lunch.  I just NEED to get out of there somedays and talk to real people (I do computer modeling, so unless I leave my desk, Twitter and blog commenting is my only human communication ;)).  I had a good sandwich with turkey, cheese, peps and onions, tomatoes, and BBQ sauce.  No pics!

Workout: 30 minutes, starting at 6.1 mph, and increasing 0.1 mph for each mile.  I ended up at 6.4 for about a quarter mile and then cooled down, rolled, and stretched.  It was pretty quick! I must admit I was not feeling this run today!

Dinner: I threw together a salad with spinach, goat cheese, leftover steak (best seasoning ever), tomatoes, avocado, and some roasted asparagus (400* for 15-20 minutes).  I whisked together a quickie dressing of olive oil and white wine vinegar.

Dessert: Unpictured vanilla ice cream and hot fudge that I’ve been craving for days!  (T.O.M!)

How do you handle things when life gets busy??  To-do lists, late-nights, cutting back on your social life or workout time?



Bacon Peanut Brittle?! by Katie
February 2, 2010, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Dessert, Ice cream, Katie, Lunch, Snacks

I miss my favorite place in the world (Bucknell) a lot and I compare CSU to it often, which is really not fair, because the schools are so vastly different.  I don’t mind CSU, but grad school is not like undergrad, and I just don’t love it.  If you loved your undergrad experience and now think “I hate work, school was so fun, I’m going to go to grad school!!” you will be disappointed.

Anyway, one of the benefits of a big school like CSU is the awesome variety of majors I have never heard of.  On campus, there is a restaurant run by students in the Restaurant & Resort Management program.  I had never been before but Jorge (who I sit next to) asked if I wanted to try it out today.  I brought my lunch but REALLY wanted to get out of my desk for a bit.  So I took him up on the idea.  We both had burgers with a side salad.  Oh my gosh! Such good food for great prices!!  The portions were really well-sized too, which is especially good at lunch time so I don’t slip into a food coma on my desk.

From reading the menu I learned that they use local beef, greens grown on campus, and a lot of other local, sustainable ingredients. I love it!

After lunch, we tried the homemade ice cream because it was homemade and it’s ice cream.  I forgot to take a picture but it was chocolate-heath and served in little ping-pong ball sized scoops.  That was also good and creamy but the best part was the BACON peanut brittle that accompanied our ice cream balls.  I will be making this soon, look out!  Sorry for the misleading title, I didn’t even take a picture, but it was my favorite part of the meal.

Earlier today, I snacked on a honeycrisp and almond butter.

Tonight, some friends are coming over to watch Lost. I have never watched and don’t plan to start (I’ll be applying to jobs, FUN) but there might be fun food and wine?  Do you watch Lost? What the heck is the draw? If not Lost, what is your TV series of choice?