Winter Storm Alfred

Hey guys! New responsibilities at work have me busy busy busy. Not sure how long I’ll be able to keep up this one-post-a-day thing but we’ll see!

Last night I was running super late after a doctor’s appointment, and so unfortunately missed a trip to Group Power. I was so bummed because I have a hard time motivating myself enough to get in a truly challenging weights workout solo, but spent some time on the elliptical, doing 3.5 miles, and finished two magazines that I’d previously started. I will be solo at the gym again tomorrow and I really want to just do a nice cardio/circuit weight workout that will get me nice and sweaty and sore. Any suggestions?

I have a lot of food photos to share from last week, when I was work-less and partially power-less, so let’s get to it!

For any New Englanders out there, I’m sure you felt at least a little bit of an effect from good old Winter Storm Alfred. I was one of the lucky ones – we lost power for only a few days, and since we don’t use a well, we never were without hot, running water. My office was not as lucky, but I can’t lie, the week off of work and class was, well, nice.

After one heat-less night of shivering in a ball in front of the fireplace though, wide awake at 4am, I knew that I would not be able to handle another night without power. That’s why we spent our last night with no electricity in a cozy hotel by the Mohegan Sun Casino. It was fun to have our own little “winter storm party”. We even headed over to the casino to have dinner at the Summer Shack!

I’ve eaten here once before at another night out to the casino with my parents. I love how many options their menu has. The seafood is so fresh! Most is local!

I did not partake in the bread basket, because though the Summer Shack has great seafood, the bread is nothing to write home about. There were a couple of plain rolls (my mom devoured them before the camera came out) and the above soft, Northern, sweet corn bread. Boo – bring on the crispy, Southern style! What kind of corn bread do you prefer?

My dad started with a gumbo special. It came with the most adorable side that I can only call a mini English muffin. I think my dad wanted crackers, but I was entranced by the cuteness!

Action shot!

He selected the breaded baked cod special, paired with jasmine rice. The fish was very well cooked and the tomato sauce it was baked in was so flavorful!

My mom ordered the swordfish special with broccoli and roasted acorn squash on the side. The tomato chutney sitting on top of the fish was out of this world. It was basically like eating a pile of the juiciest, freshest tomato I’ve ever tasted. She and I shared the squash and could not get over how good it was. It fit the Snowtober vibe perfectly.

I selected the cider glazed scallops appetizer with mixed greens and broccoli. Holy yum, the scallops were AMAZING! The broccoli was your typical steamed broc, nothing special, but the scallops stole the show.

As I’ve mentioned, I spent my days off during the post-storm-week working on the blog and writing my paper at Whole Foods. This meant some delicious $12 salads.

Edamame, many bean salads, falafel, green beans, pineapple, roasted veggies, a million other things.

I also spent some time at the Starbucks on Uconn’s campus, studying with Joe. I helped myself to their spinach feta egg white wrap, which I hadn’t had in forever, and forgot how much I loved!

Our first night with power back, my family celebrated by…using the grill, something that requires no power, to make dinner. Ha, oh well.

Broc, baked potato with Mariah's relish, turkey burger, grilled chicken

The next night, we made use of the newly powered freezer and had another delicious Newman’s Own Thin n’ Crispy pizza! My mom added grilled chicken to the veggie pie, just like last time. SO crispy and satisfying.

Paired mine with some leftover broc and black beans from Moe’s. I LOVE their black beans.

Had another slice after – couldn’t resist!

Were you affected by Alfred, in any positive and/or negative ways? Have you ever tried Newman’s Own frozen pizza, or Starbucks breakfast sandwiches?

12 Responses to "Winter Storm Alfred"

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  1. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    November 8, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    those scallops look AMAZING!!!! now i’m craving seafood.

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    • Caitlin C.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM

      They really were, the cider glaze made them even more wonderful. I love fall touches to dishes!

      Reply
  2. Lisa

    November 8, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    No Alfred here!

    I definitely like southern corn bread the best!

    I’ve never had Newmans own pizza or s’bucks breakfast sandwiches (but I am a big fan of their coffee!)….

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    • Caitlin C.

      November 8, 2011 at 6:55 PM

      Is your weather still awesome? Ours was great today!! I totally recommend having a Newman’s pizza in the freezer on hand for busy nights. The veggie has pretty good nutrition stats!

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  3. Stephanie @cookinfanatic.com

    November 8, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    I have that exact Newman’s Own pizza in my freezer for tomorrow night! I think I’m going to try topping it with a runny egg or two like I’ve seen all over the interwebs!

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    • Caitlin C.

      November 8, 2011 at 6:56 PM

      I am dying to try pizza topped with a runny egg! My mom isn’t adventurous enough for that but if I’d been flying solo I totally would’ve – and prob eaten the whole pizza ;)

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  4. actorsdiet

    November 8, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    my folks were without power/heat for days :(

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    • Caitlin C.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:26 PM

      I know people at my office who STILL don’t have it! It’s ridiculous.

      Reply
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