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Brunch

14 Mar

Alrighty so I’m a tad behind, oops!

Last weekend, thanks to daylight savings time I got to go to Sunday Brunch. 🙂

This may not seem like a big deal, but you’re probably also a person who has the option of going to Sunday Brunch most Sundays and you decide if you go or not. I never get to go because I work 7am-3pm on Sundays. No brunch for moi.

Anyways! Because of daylight savings my shift and the person who usually works the evening shift on Sunday swapped…I just realized the reason behind why we swapped isn’t self-evident lol I also work Saturday nights until 9pm. I am a night owl so I get home Saturdays, have a cup of tea and a snack, watch some tv or go online or read or whatever. I go to bed between 12am-2am and if I am lucky am asleep by 2:30am, usually I am not lucky and I toss and turn until my alarm goes off at a ridiculous 5:30am. This means on an average, non daylight savings time Sunday I am going about my day with approximately 3 hours of sleep, and not a deep restful sleep but a crappy sleep. I am fine with this, I am used to this, I can totally handle this. Try to take away one of my measly hours of sleep though and I will call out the hounds of hell and make everyone in my little section of the world miserable. Miserable! Hence, the lady who normally works Sunday evenings taking my morning shift, so I don’t kill people from lack of sleep. 🙂

I didn’t want to squander this rare chance to go to brunch so I texted a couple of friends and off to brunch we went. It was so nice to have a relaxed Sunday morning where someone was serving me instead of me running around like a crazy person because Sundays are busy at my work – and woefully understaffed. *rolls eyes*

We went to toby’s…the lower case ‘t’ is their doing, not me being disrespectful, or ignorant of the rules of capitalization lol

tobys

The description on the website says:

“Toby’s, a new and exciting Gastro pub-style restaurant. Industrial style décor donning old Guiness Factory murals and modern yet nostalgic feel, Toby’s offers Irish and Celtic inspired dishes with an influence of eastern spices along with many vegetarian and gluten-free options.”

I can’t say that it struck me as being overly modern or nostalgic, and I didn’t notice any dishes on the brunch menu that seemed Irish or Celtic inspired lol but that’s just me being difficult. I actually like toby’s. 🙂

The waitress was a tad slow but friendly, it had a lot of windows so great lighting, a random combination of people (as you’d expect in any restaurant), in general a fun relaxed atmosphere.

I tried to be good and ordered off the “healthy” section, or as they call it “Light Fare Breakfast”. My meal was deeeelish but there was nothing light about it lol

I ordered the Banana Pecan Buckwheat Pancakes – it came with 4 turkey bacon strips and 2 scrambled egg whites for $8.75.

Banana Pecan Buckwheat Pancakes with turkey bacon and scrambled egg whites

Banana Pecan Buckwheat Pancakes with turkey bacon and scrambled egg whites

I drowned the pancakes in syrup cause that is my way and oh man was the whole thing amazingly tasty! I ate the eggs and turkey bacon first, figuring I should fill up on the healthy part of the meal before chowing down on pancakes lol I am a sucker for pancakes, Mmm! I enjoyed how the addition of the sliced banana let me delude myself in to thinking the meal was healthy. 😛

Buckwheat pancakes, go figure. I had no idea what I was getting in to, I had horrible visions of super dry gross pancakes, but if you hadn’t told me they were buckwheat I can’t say for certain I would have noticed anything different about them. I’m not entirely certain what buckwheat is, I have to find time to google it, and I’m not sure why using buckwheat makes the pancakes miraculously healthy but hey, I’ll take it!

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Buckwheat aka Kasha

6 Oct

I got intro’d to a new food today, Z at work brought me 1/2 cup cooked buckwheat to try. Ain’t that so nice? lol She has been eating it for ages an ages apparently and we were talking food yesterday and I guess this inspired her to share some with me, yah! I have been trying to not experiment exactly but go out of my comfort zone when it comes to food. I had it in my head eating healthy consisted of boring vegetables and, well…hmm, that’s about it. lol. So I look around a bit more at the grocery store and I talk food with people I know to get ideas for things to try.

the trickster!

Today I tried the buckwheat (which is also called kasha). I do not know how it was cooked since Z cooked it but I know she said she put a bit of fish sauce on it cause that is how she eats it. 🙂 It was good – one of those grains that doesn’t really have flavour, like rice, so it picks up the flavour of whatever you put it with. I had it as a side with my fish and veggies at dinner time and tried to eat most forkfuls of it “uncontaminated” by the other foods on my plate so I could fully appreciate the kasha on its own.

I did something I never do though – I didn’t check the points before I ate it! Shocking I know! lol. 😛 I got home late and was hungry so I decided to make dinner and risk the points of the kasha, figuring it couldn’t be all that bad points wise since it’s only a half cup – I was wrong, oh so wrong!

Here is the Nutritional Info:

Serving Size: 1 cup (170 grams)

Amount Per Serving – % Daily Value*

Calories: 583

Total Fat 6g  8% 

   Saturated Fat 1g  6% 

Cholesterol 0mg  0% 

Sodium 2mg  0% 

Total Carbohydrates 122g  40% 

   Dietary Fiber 17g  

   Sugars 0g 

Protein 23g  45% 

Vitamin A  0%   Vitamin C  0% 

Iron  20%   Calcium  3% 

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs 

Now look at that protein and fiber, it’s frickin amazing, practically a miracle food! BUT! Look at the evil calories!! That is a lot! ugh. Luckily I only had a 1/2 cup but that is still 4.5 points, sigh. I would never eat a cup of kasha cause hello? who wants to waste 9 points on a side dish?

Z says she eats it with milk, like a porridge, and that it is super yummy and fills her up till lunch time but I think I will stick with my cereal and fruit thanks very much – that is only 4 points and fills me up just fine. 🙂

So, as a new food yah! it tasted decently good and was a pleasant side dish but will I buy and make it on my own? Nope! Too many calories for moi!

Today I ate:

29 grams honey nut cheerios = 2 points

1/2 cup 1% milk = 1 point

1/2 cup diced peaches = 1 point

1/2 cup mixed fresh fruit = 1 point

1/2 cup Maple Baked Beans = 2 points

1 piece toast = 1 point

1 Activia yogurt = 2 points

Green Giant Essentials Fibre = 2 points

2 triangles light laughing cow = 1 point

1 corn on the cob = 1 point

1 tsp margarine = 1 point

1/2 cup buckwheat = 4.5 points

grilled veggies = 0 points

1 dill sauce salmon steak = 3 points

1 thinsations oreo cakesters = 2 points

Grand total of 24.5 points, shoot! 😀 I forgot I had eaten the green giant veggies at lunch so when I was tallying up at the end of the day I thought I had done ok but then I remembered those stupid veggies. Grr! I mean sure they are tasty but they come already in a sauce so it adds points – I don’t normally use sauces on my veggies thereby saving me points. Ah well, using 2.5 of my flex points isn’t gonna kill me – I just hate using them by accident, I prefer knowing I am about to use them and being prepared for the final number of points at the end of the day, ya know?

At work today there were two big temptations, sigh. First off a catered breakfast with nice yummy looking breakfast sandwiches and wraps…I had the 1/2 cup mixed fresh fruit, double sigh. lol. The sandwiches and wraps were all full of crazed bad stuff, bacon, greasy eggs, cheese…I figured it was safer to avoid it all. 😛 Then at lunch there was a meeting where we were fed which awesome right? Well, no. Cause imagine being trapped in a room that has the door closed and being surrounded by people eating pizza. Oh man, the smell almost killed me! When that meeting was over I bolted so fast to go grab my lunch from the kitchen. lol. Normally when there is a meeting over lunch I take my own lunch with me but this meeting was early, at 11:30am so I thought I’d be ok waiting till after to eat – I didn’t anticipate how the smell and visuals would affect me. Oh! And LL literally holding a piece in front of my face and offering me a bite *groan* that is some cruel torture man. *shakes head*

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