Restaurant Review: GreyStone Grill

Last weekend I visited GreyStone Grill for restaurant week. It was an interesting setup, being a fairly nice, moderately priced restaurant in a business park. Also it’s actually the bottom floor of an office building. Columbia never ceases to amaze me where they put restaurants. When you walk in the door you are truly transformed into a cozy, relaxing place. They have a fountain just past the hostess desk, and the bar is on the right with the majority of dining on the left. Some of the table are setup slightly weird, but my guess cozy for couples. Since it was girl friend and I we were not trying to get cozy with each other.

We started off our meal with the Calamari Rockefeller: Tender calamari lightly breaded and sautéed with fresh garlic, peppered bacon, chopped spinach, and diced tomato. Yes it was just as tasty as the description sounded! Next up was the salad course, I had a Classic Caesar, dressing on the side, and was delighted with the flavor and portion size. For the main course I chose the Filet Oscar, served over asparagus with jumbo lump crab meat. It also came with hollandaise sauce but I opted out of that (not really a fan), but afterwards I think I would have preferred a bit more flavor. The steak was cooked to my liking, medium rare, but didn’t have a whole lot of flavor. The asparagus was tasty! It also came with spaghetti squash as the vegetable. I enjoyed that as well, especially since it’s not really something I make myself.  Here are a shot of my dinner:

Photo Jan 18, 6 35 55 PM

We finished the meal with Crème Brulée: vanilla bean egg custard topped with caramelized sugar crust. To be honest it confirmed my eh feeling towards the dessert. I know many people rave, but I feel like I don’t love the custard texture so it’s just not something for me. I did enjoy the caramelized sugar crust though.

Overall I would give the restaurant a 2.5 out of 5 stars. I feel like if I am going to a place like Greystone I would rather go to Iron Bridge Wine Company, my favorite “nicer” restaurant.

New recipe: Chicken Curry

So everyone once in a while I like to try new foods…ok actually I hate eating the same things all the time. I have a hard time deciding what to get in a restaurant because I would prefer to try something new, yet so often I am disappointed. I was on pinterest  and found a recipe for chicken curry that didn’t require coconut milk (mainly because I had none in the house and didn’t want to go grocery shopping). I took what was there and of course made it my own, another problem I have. I don’t like to follow recipes to the letter….which for cooking works, for baking not so much!

So here’s the masterpiece:

Photo Jan 22, 6 25 38 PM

I served it with some brown rice. To be honest it was just OK. I made it on Tuesday in the crock pot and enjoyed the smells all day long, but when it came time to eat I was slightly disappointed. I had it for lunch today and actually think it’s better a few days later. It may be better today because I drained some of the sauciness from it. Overall that was my major complaint it was a runny sauce instead of being think, which is what I usually think of when I think curry. I give the total experiment a 3 out of 5 stars.

Chicken Curry:
2 lbs of chicken thighs
1 small onion (diced)
3 cloves garlic (diced)
Diced Tomatoes (whole can)
ground ginger (2TBS)
Curry paste (1TBS)
Black Pepper (1tsp)
Cumin (2tsp)
1/2 c water

Combine all ingredients in crock pot except for the chicken. Mix well, add chicken and toss to coat. Cook on low 8 hours.

My endless search for shoes

As those who know me well know I can never find shoes I like and fit well. It doesn’t matter if the shoes are dressy, sneakers, casual, boots, even flip flops I always have a problem. My feet don’t love being in anything that has a heel very high, and my feet love to have blisters after walking for a little while. Today was no surprise. I headed to my local sneaker store because I know how fabulous they are, Feet First. I have bought the last 3 pairs of running/fitness sneakers there and knew I could go back for a great experience. Sadly today I walked out empty handed. I tried out 3 different brands: Brooks, New Balance, and Saucony. None of them fit just right, although I did the the walking thing and they even have a treadmill to walk/run on to test it out. I found some that fit OK but since I am training for a half marathon just OK isn’t enough. I really like Asics and I am waiting for the new one to come out, the Forte. I really LOVE my Asics Evolution 5, didn’t love the 6’s but have them…so they have remodeled again and the Forte is the new version. Look how cute they are!

Yes I know that’s not how you buy sneakers, but what girl doesn’t like the sneakers to be pretty and useful. My current ones are plain gray and I don’t really love them. So because Feet First is awesome they ordered me a pair to try and they should come in next week. Let’s hope these will carry me across the finish line!

Do you have problem buying sneakers that work for you? Any suggestions for finding that perfect fit?

Tid bit Friday

So it’s been about a week since  my last post and life has been (as usual) quite busy. My 2013 plan to simplify was going well and then I hit some bumps in the road. Some are great, some not so much. So here’s what I have been pondering over the last week.

Fitness and Eating: the plan to work out and eat “cleaner” is working. I don’t really feel deprived, I am enjoying my working out and I am losing weight. So YAY! It’s hard to always fit the time in with everything else in my life but thankfully work hasn’t been too crazy right now so I have been ok.

Home Life: Well I had some Super Storm Sandy damage, that finally got fixed on Monday. Tuesday I came home to my heat blowing cold air, so now I have to have it replaced. I have spent a lot of time in my house this week, which has been nice because I got caught up on my DVR, but also frustrating because it’s going to require lots more money.

Dating Life: I feel like it’s finally time to let you all know I have been dating someone. It’s going really well and I am super excited about it. I don’t want to give to many details because honestly I don’t feel like it’s necessary. But the long story short is I have known him since Sept. and we have been together since mid-Oct. It just feel right. He is definitely helping to add balance to my life!

Rewards: From the last post, I am still thinking on this. But a few ideas are definitely nails, hair, and music. Little milestones along the way. And as you see above I need to put myself on a strict budget so these really do have to be less expensive rewards!

What’s new in your world? What are you Friday Tidbits?

Fitness and Rewards

Hello happy people, how are you? Of course it’s the start of the year and so everyone is on their fitness kicks. To be truthful mine only wavered slightly at the end of the year because of travel, but I was pretty steady with most of 2012, although I didn’t quite make all my goals. But hey if you don’t set something a goal you are more likely to accomplish nothing, right?

So here we have the beginning of 2013 and one of my goals is to complete a half -marathon. I am excited about it, but also very nervous. I get really bored when I run alone, so 13.1 miles sounds like an eternity! So we will see how this goes. But I also have started tracking all things health related on the MyFitnessPal app. 

It’s only been a few days but I really like it. The food database is crazy amazing and I like the ability to create recipes and have them analyzed as well. Today I even took it a step further and planned my whole day in the morning instead of as I ate so I could see where I had some wiggle room for a snack or two. But the other part of this is trying to eat healthier options, which means getting in my fruits and veggies and limiting my carbs, especially at night.

So that brings me to my next question. What do you build in for rewards? I know I have been really bad about doing whatever I want, when I want but as part of 2013’s plan I am simplifying life. So I am trying to simplify my spending too and be more conscious of how and when I spend my money. Starting with eating at home more (healthier option too) and not just buying stuff because I want it. So now I am trying to decide on some rewards.

What rewards do you have? I want to keep it cheaper and simple. Of course $5 to Starbucks isn’t really a reward to me. So I need to think outside the box, and it shouldn’t be food related. Any ideas?

One reward I am thinking about is tracking for a full 2 weeks, including 4 workouts each week I get a new haircut. But of course I can’t keep things like that up. So I need other ideas.