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Today is going to be the LONGEST day of my life. I have been up since 6:45am and have my hardest final at 4pm. I have been studying for the past few hours, so thought a quick post was in order before making my way to the library. Yes, that’s right, no coffee shop for me today! I want to stay on campus studying until 3:50pm then casually make my way over to the exam room.

Today I woke up and needed an energy boost. I decided on a Loaded Green Monster for breakfast.I almost couldn’t fit the whole thing in my big wine glass! It was so refreshing and thick because I added some extra ice and frozen blueberries to the mix today. I’m doing extremely well with the whole “clean out my refrigerator/freezer” initiative. I just keep throwing random bits and pieces here and there, so I think I should be successful by the end of next week when I officially move out. Scary to think that one week from Sunday I will be out of here!

In my monster: 5 ice cubes, 1 large frozen banana, 1/4 cup frozen blueberries, 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder, 1 scoop Green Amazing Grass Superfood, cinnamon, 1 TBS crunchy natural peanut butter, 2/3 cup vanilla almond milk, 1/3 cup water and 2 big handfuls of spinach.

It was so thick that I ended up eating it with a spoon. I should have added granola to it because shortly after I wanted something crunchy and had a Kashi Pumpkin Pie Bar with a cup of coffee.  I love pumpkin, and went through a serious pumpkin phase this fall where everything I ate had this flavor. I had pumpkin coffee, muffins, bread, yogurt, pie, ice cream, granola bars, custard…the list goes on, it was intense. I had two of these just sitting in my overflowing pantry and thought it would be a nice treat before starting some major studying.Lunch today will be out of my lunch box. First up, Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Sandwich with goat cheese, cinnamon (seriously, I put cinnamon on EVERYTHING!), Crofter’s North America Superfruit Spread, spinach, cucumber and turkey. As I said before, I’m doing extremely well with the whole fridge cleaning thing!Next up a variety of sides: Apple, Chobani with cinnamon and blackberries, almonds, 1 large carrot and 2 stalks of celery.I can already tell you that my apple will be devoured before lunch time. I get nervous when I am “crunch time” studying and apples are the perfect way to keep me focused. I ate a few extra almonds out of my jar while packing…what can I say, I need brain food :)!

I already have a little something-something planned for dinner after my exam. I planned it knowing that it would be a long and tedious day and wanted to come back to something exciting before I start studying for my second exam, which is tomorrow at 12:30pm. Looks like it’s going to be a long day and night :/ . Such is the life of a college student. 3. More. Days.

Working Bee,

Nora

What are your favorite work snacks?

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When it comes to making sandwiches and wraps, I am full of issues. I want to add so many topping that I can hardly close them and eat them in a civilized manner. Some examples of this are:

This is BARELY closed.

I will never learn... Could not get it closed.

How many things can I put between two slices of bread?

Today, I didn’t even try. It was one of my rare days where I had time to make lunch at home and I wanted to take advantage of my warm toasted bread. As soon as the bread popped out of the toaster I slathered Cedar’s Original Hummus on both sides and added slices of Swiss cheese to melt on top. I added my other toppings: turkey breast, spinach, mushrooms, Roma tomato, sprouts and cucumber and ate it as is. I decided that it would be much more enjoyable to eat it like this rather than trying to push it down and wrap my mouth around it. I ended up cutting each slice in half to reduce the mess-factor and happily ate my “sandwich” (can you still call it that if it isn’t actually sandwiched together?). This was to die for. I LOVE (strong emphasis) toasted bread. It brings out all of the flavors in the nutty grains and has the best texture, that is sturdy enough to hold all of my toppings. I also think there is nothing like warm hummus and melted cheese. It is so…cozy, I only wish I had some cool avocado to lay on top of it, then it would have been the ultimate sandwich. I had some green grapes and a big carrot on the side. It was such a relaxing and delightful lunch.

In fact I was so relaxed that I ended up having a piece of chocolate and a cup of tea right after then promptly took a nap! I NEVER take naps, but it was just one of those days. I’m getting ready to go to the etiquette dinner this evening, which should be entertaining. To be honest, I’ve never really learned what all of those forks and spoons are for. I’m sure my bad table manners don’t stop there either. In fact I know they don’t. If you were sitting with me eating that sandwich today you would have probably been repulsed by my messiness, as my toppings were falling EVERYWHERE!

Living and Learning,

Nora

Have you ever learned proper dining etiquette?

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AHH!!! I’ve been internet deprived, but did not forget about my blog. I have a few posts from the last three days so keep checking back!!

DAY 1:

My family and I don’t travel to New York City often, so upon arrival we wanted two things: deli sandwiches and pizza. For a late lunch we stumbled upon what seemed to be a popular sandwich/salad/ soup establishment. My mom and I ended up splitting an Avocado, Turkey, Swiss Cheese Panini and an Eggplant, Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella Panini. Each sandwich was served on warm, stretchy pita bread and melted to perfection. I love the flavor combinations of Swiss/avocado and tomato/basil/mozzarella; they are staples in my diet, but sadly these sandwiches were only sub par. They were good, but not the authentic bite I was hoping for.

Left: Eggplant, Right: Turkey/Swiss

To add to my disappointment, later that evening we decided on a quick slice of pizza for dinner. I wasn’t very hungry since we had such a late lunch, but it was one of those “if you don’t eat now you will be starving later” moments. My mom and I both decided on the vegetarian pizza which was topped with spinach, onions, green peppers, tomato and parsley.

It was awful. I am a believer that there is no such thing as bad pizza, but this was bad. The crust was the consistency of cardboard and the flavor was semi-sweet, reminiscent of wine crackers. The toppings were all of the frozen sort and were dry when baked. I ate the whole piece but I have to admit, it was not enjoyable. My mom ended up leaving about half on her plate, unable to endure the poor flavor any longer. My college cafeteria pizza might be….no, definitely is more appetizing. Major ‘ Big City’ let down.

To Better Food Ventures,
Nora

What has been your most disappointing dining experience?

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The Goods

Hello, my name is Nora and I have a problem: I love making wraps, but I have the unfortunate habit of making them so large that I can’t  physically close them.  I encountered this issue today when I made my Over Stuffed Turkey and Swiss Wrap. I started with a base of a whole wheat and flax tortilla, smothered with ~1.5 TBS  Cedar’s Original Hummus, spicy brown mustard, a generous mound of spinach, zesty sprouts, 3 slices of turkey breast, a slice of Swiss cheese, sliced red pepper, cucumber, tomato and a baby Bella mushroom….whew! Sometimes I just cant control myself!

I will never learn...

I don’t have an after picture because as soon as I got the edges to touch I quickly wrapped it in aluminum foil and put it in my lunch box. By lunch time, it semi-fused together so it was ALMOST a wrap! I still had a few bits and pieces fly out, but no worries…I brought a fork just in case!

I love adding lots of fresh veggies to sandwiches; they generate more of a “complete meal feel”, and it is a great way to add different flavor and textural elements to your dish! I am a fanatic of hummus topped with cheese (and spicy mustard/hot sauce, BRING ON THE HEAT!).  I often make grilled sandwiches with hummus, cheese and roasted vegetables. The creaminess and flavors are out of this world!

I hate having “plain Jane” sandwiches. The only “boring” sandwiches exception I’ll make is for PB&J (my love/addiction). Nut butter+ Jam= nirvana. Give me a plain turkey and cheese on bread…NO THANK YOU…I need more!  I’ve recently been expanding my sandwich repertoire, so maybe one of these days I will perfect the art of the wrap. That’s a big maybe!

Learning Process,

Nora

What is on your lunch plate?

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I typically enjoy yogurt in the morning or as a midday snack but today it was itching to be incorporated into my lunch. It was a cold cereal and fruit morning, so I had to shake lunch up a bit. I opted to have my I Miss Thanksgiving sandwich (seriously there is something about the jelly/pumpkin butter/cinnamon raisin with the extra sharp cheddar cheese that completely rocks my lunch time world) and a Blueberry Chobani.

Chobani dominating my plate

up close and personal with lunch plate Chobani

Greek yogurt is my absolute favorite, I rarely choose any other kind. I love the consistency and the tangy flavor. Upon first glance at this, I was disappointed. As the picture shows, the blueberry mix looked a bit soupy. I thought it was going to completely detract from the traditional Greek yogurt flare that I love so much. This ended up not being the case, and mid-meal I had to grab my camera (I swear I had food ALL over my camera…gross) to re-document the luscious goodness that revealed itself.

Creamy Blend

Hugging My Spoon!!

It was like a smooth blueberry cream! YUM! It coated my spoon and refused to let go; the kind of treat that you can slowly enjoy, with a rich mouth feel. The blueberry flavor was on key. I hate flavored yogurts that taste almost acidic (because they probably are…gross no offense to Light ‘n Fit fans, but that’s what comes to mind) and this flavoring was true to form. My only suggestion would be  to add more blueberries! I’m the type of person that loves a bajillion different textural elements in my food (my room mate makes fun of me for taking 15 minutes to put together a “simple” bowl of cereal), so I love the added crunch and dynamic of whole blueberries, but if you are looking for pure blueberry cream this will hit the spot!

It’s a sweet week in my sweet life, and I finished this sweet meal with more sweetness: a piece of Green and Black’s Extra Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Zinger tea. I love Green and Black Organic Chocolate, it’s a bit expensive but I can’t help buying a bar when I wander through the organic section at my grocery store. It it so much more satisfying than any other candy. This was a perfect duo to end my meal, and now I’m ready to conquer some Political Philosophy studying. 😦 Boo.

Considering Greek Travels,

Nora

What is the one place you have traveled to/ want to travel to experience their culture through food?

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