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Dawnald’s Big New Orleans Adventure, Part 2

Gird your loins, my friends!  Dawnald is back to regale you with the second post about her adventures in Southern eating, and this is a good one!

Check out yesterday’s post about her unique eats in N’Awlins if you missed it!

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For my New Orleans Post I thought I would create a central theme around the ‘Best of the Best’ because really, they did have some of the best food I have ever tasted in certain categories.

We hopped on the trolley and while we waited, we spotted this interesting individual ‘shoe shopping’ atop the garbage can.

"Do These Match my Outfit?"

We went to the Camellia Grill, which is a restaurant straight out of the 50’s where they serve you at counter top booths and will do anything to make you happy.

Including wearing the glasses of course……..

 

Anyway, their hamburgers, onion rings AND chocolate milk shake were the BEST I have ever had. They were eaten so fast, no picture was taken. We also found no need to indulge in dinner.

Next up on the best of list, is the beignets served at Café Du Monde. This eatery has been open since the origination of the French Market and they serve one thing and one thing only, beignets. Pronounced Ben-yays. They are these incredible, deep fried, pastries, covered in powdered sugar.

Of course, we also needed to purchase the hats that all of the servers wear. They were a steal at 15 cents each!

Now, the next thing I would like to rave about is not something I have ever had, so I suppose it does not fit in the ‘best of’ category but it did get ingested in N’Awlins and it was DELICIOUS, so here goes.

For those of you have never heard of a Po’Boy, hold on to your knickers. If you are a fan of subs, a Po’Boy is an incredibly fantastic alternative to this and they are HUGE. So if you buy one, you know you have lunch and dinner lined up. They are served on fresh, French bread, with mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, and then whatever else you decide to order; fried shrimp, meatballs, fried or grilled chicken, etc. We went to Johnny’s Po’Boys TWICE because we were told it was the best around. Not only did we find the food scrumptious….

But the service was certainly done with a big ol’ smile……

Finally, we can not talk about New Orleans without discussing Bourbon Street. However, food is not really the highlight of this little treasure. So let’s talk about the best of the bubbly because Bourbon Street has it.

The Hurricane…

The Hurricane is three shots of rum and some crazy, smooth mix, that was made popular by the Jimmy Buffet song, ‘5 O’clock Somewhere’. It is so easy to drink, that before you know it, you have had two…or three. It can make you look like this…….

 

Or do things like this……


We also have another little beauty that is a Bourbon street fave, called the ‘Hand Grenade.’ I have absolutely no idea what is in that, as it was ordered later in the evening but it tasted almost like Mountain Dew mixed with something. Anyway, they come in these hilarious containers and after polishing off one of these babies, we were ready to call it a night.

In the morning, we had one of those sneaky little guys staring up at us from near the overturned coffee table….

Just look at that sneaky smile, mocking our hangovers.

Anywho, I could write a novel about the food on my trip and get even further into the Cajun, Creole and down home Southern food but I think I’ve given you enough motivation to get your self down to New Orleans and eat, drink and be merry!

And in the spirit of the blog, don’t worry, the fitness room was well used on the trip. Although I must admit, I came home with my pants just a tad more snug 😉 But isn’t that what vacations are for?

Dawnald’s Questions:

  • Do you keep up with your usual eats on a vacation?
  • If not, how do you balance out the fantastic food with keeping fit?

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Guest Post (from my friend Dawn!) Unique Eating in N’Awlins

Hey guys!

Since I am still busy off my face with work stuff and I don’t have time myself to put up an interesting, funny, or thought-provoking post, I have a special treat for you which is just that!

My good friend Dawn McGuckin from high school has decided to grace you all with her presence with a deliciously entertaining guest post about her recent trip to New Orleans.

Dawn & Lindsey Way Back Playback - Grade 12 Formal

Lindsey & Dawn Now

I’m excited for one of my real friends to do a guest post (not that you guys are not, but you know ;)).  If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have seen her pop up from time to time.  So without further adieu, here is Dawnald!

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Allo,

If you are an avid reader of this blog, you have seen and heard about some of my antics with Miss Lindsey Evanoff, so I’m sure you can get a feel for the kind of gal that I am. I also think that you may find that our writing styles and sense of humour tend to be a little Mary Kate and Ashley, but that’s OK. You can’t have too much of a good thing 😉

We Like to Clap

I wanted to guest blog for a couple of reasons. I really believe in the message of Lindz’s blog. A healthy lifestyle is key and is something I didn’t understand during my formative university years. As a result, I packed on a sultry 40 pounds. I slowly worked away at getting rid of this poundage and it has fortunately hit the road over the last couple of years, as I have hit the elliptical (I’m not quite the running fan that Lindz is). However, in keeping with the spirit of HOH, I LOVE food and so my main reason for wanting to share is because I just had the most incredible culinary experience in New Orleans and felt the world needed to know about the little American treasure that is ‘N’Awlins’.

Glasses Gals

My fam and I on our way to the Big Easy. I think it’s safe to say our genetics are undeniable.

The first three nights of our trip, we stayed in Jackson, Mississippi with a friend of ours, Katty and her husband Larry, who were kind enough to room and board our crazy selves. On our second night, we went to Cock of the Walk. I could really have a field day with that name, but since this must remain family friendly, I’ll leave it alone. However, along with a unique name, came unique cuisine. It was certainly a night of firsts for all of us.

First out came our corn bread. The waitress comes out with a hot pan and the corn bread still in it and a big part of the meal is her flipping it in front of you. I’m not really sure what this did but it was darn entertaining!

Jusssst Flippin' the Cornbread

We were then treated to some grits and fried onions. These went unpictured but I fell in love with them when they were cooked with something like onion, or some kind of other seasoning. They often came plain on the side of a lot of dishes and they could be gooey. So the low down on grits is that they can range from bland to downright delicious. If you ever come across them on a Southern menu, go for it! Just make sure they are seasoned with something.

Following the cornbread and grits, the least appealing part of the meal was turnip greens. If you have ever heard of collared greens, these are probably their less appealing sibling. I think this picture speaks for itself.

Turnip Greens Love

At least my sister enjoyed them…..hehe.

Next up was a ridiculously large plate of fries and fried cat fish. Here in good old Canada, I must admit, I’ve thrown quite the temper tantrum when I pull one of these dirty bad boys out of the water when fishing. However, they are a ‘specialty’ in the good ol’ South. I must admit, it was appealing and something I would absolutely try here in Canada….if there weren’t other superior options like salmon, sole, haddock, halibut, you get my drift.

We couldn’t even finish the plate between the five of us!

A little side dish that deserves an honourable mention is fried pickles. Every time my girl Snookie dug into these on the Shore, I always felt a little sick inside but they are FANTASTIC.  I highly recommend them and I know they are increasing in their popularity around these parts thanks to everyone’s favourite reality TV pumpkin.

Overall the meal had it’s ups and downs, but what definitely tipped the scale to the positive were the beautiful prison standard plates and cups that they were served on.

Clearly my mom is drunk with love for them.

I would give Mississippi food a 7/10. We had some amazing pizza, the aforementioned dinner and I even got to go to the Olive Garden! This was my favourite restaurant in the world before they tore out a bit of my soul and removed the franchise from Ontario about ten years ago. Anytime I’m around one, I always make sure to go, and Jackson’s version did not disappoint.

However, the food lovin’ is about to go from good to chart topping as we leave Jackson and head to one of the oldest cities in North America…

Dawn’s Questions:

  • What are some of your food travel stories?
  • Have you ever tried something exotic that turned out to be a pleasant surprise (like the grits)? Or was it the nightmare you expected (much like the turnip greens)?

Dawn will be back tomorrow with installment numero deux, so keep an eye out!

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Guest Post: Eating on a Restrictive Diet

My third (and last, I’m coming home today :() guest postah is the cheeky Stephanie from Lunges and Lunch.  I noticed her during one of the #fitblog chats on Twitter and I was like “Hey.  I know her!”  And I do!  She is my good friend Dawn’s friend and roommate from University!  We hung out many times back in the day when I would make the trip to visit Dawn.

Stephers and I have rekindled our romance since we now share a love of blogging.  I already liked Steph, and I immediately fell in love with the creative recipes that are all up in her corner of the internet.  She has to be creative, as she is on a very restrictive diet.  I will let her explain more…

Enjoy!

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Guest Post: Eating on a Restrictive Diet

Hey kids!

It’s Stephanie from Lunges and Lunch and I’m so pumped to be writing a guest post for Lindsey! Woop woop!

(Pssst….Confession: I’ve never done a guest post before. Luckily I know Lindsey has AMAZING readers so I’m incredibly honoured that she asked me to spend the day with you guys.)

Lindz asked me to share with you how to manage a restrictive diet. I spent last year struggling with some major digestive issues that have been painful and exhausting. Something was upsetting my stomach and leaving me constantly sick and fatigued. On top of that, I was getting a distended belly to the point that my mom was convinced I was 4 months pregnant. (There’s a fun conversation for a single gal to have with her mother). As a result, I connected with a naturopath and was placed on an elimination diet.

Basically, it’s a hypoallergenic diet designed to heal the gut and remove any possible allergens. The next step is to slowly reintroduce the potential offenders until you figure out the culprits!

In a nutshell, here are the foods I have to avoid:

  • Dairy
  • Gluten
  • Red meat, pork, sandwich meats, shellfish
  • Soy
  • Mushrooms
  • Peppers
  • Corn
  • Potatoes
  • Sugar (incl. natural sources like maple syrup and honey)
  • Eggs
  • Tomatoes (I’ve reintroduced these)
  • Bananas (I’ve reintroduced these too. phew!)
  • Citrus, melons
  • Strawberries
  • Dried fruits (Unless sulphite-free)
  • Cashews, peanuts, pistachios, salted nuts/seeds
  • Table salt, refined oils
  • Caffeine, alcohol, high sodium vegetable drinks, high refined sugar fruit juices

It’s really not as bad as it seems – I promise!

I Can Still Eat!

But you may be wondering… how do I stick to it?

In the past I’ve talked about how to stay on track mentally, but here’s my worldly wisdom in one simple sentence on how to stay on track in daily practice (You get major nerd points if you were turned off by my excessive use of prepositions).

Make it fun, interesting and enjoyable.

 This applies to any kind of restriction – whether it’s a diet, an allergy, a life choice – people fall off the bandwagon when they‘re in a food rut and don’t enjoy what they’re eating. Yes, food is fuel but it’s definitely meant to be enjoyed too!

 I don’t know where this misconception came from, but people often equate “healthy” with “bland.” People conjure up images of a plate of rice cakes and celery while everyone else is eating ribs and ice cream. This is tres silly.

(source)

Food affects your mood in multiple ways. Nutritious food makes your body feel better. But yummy food makes your mind and soul feel better. And who says you can’t combine the two? (Seriously – who. I’ll kick them).

Unexciting foods create pity parties, which create “fall of the bandwagon” parties, which  in turn create larger pity parties. It’s a vicious cycle and you can totally bypass it by making foods you love.

I can honestly say I don’t miss ice cream cake when I have raw chocolate cookies to munch on…

And I don’t miss french toast when I have a crazy delicious smoothie bowl on my mind for breakfast.

And who has the time for ribs when there’s a delicious chickpea burger calling my name?!

Yeah, I Know it's Flattering...

My biggest tip for success is to own your restrictions. You control your diet, not the other way around. You’re not being punished – instead you’re choosing to make a happier, healthier you. And that can be pretty darn empowering.

Sure it can be challenging being gluten-free and 95% vegan (I dabble in chicken) but the effort of having to bring my own food and explaining it to others is always worth it. I just remind myself that nothing is worth sacrificing my health and happiness. I know what makes me feel best and that’s the biggest motivator of all.

YAY!

 So remember that you matter, you’re worth it and good health is a gift you give to yourself and those around you.

Thanks for taking the time to hang out with me today, guys! And thanks to Lindsey for letting me be a part of her amazing blog and its fabulous readers. J

Make it a good day!

Stephanie

xoxo

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Guest Post: Making Healthy Food Taste Baaaaad (But Good!!!!)

Hello you cheeky little minxes.  I am still chilling in the bush, but I have another exciting guest post for you!

This guest post comes from the lovely Dawn at Blonde on a Mission, who you have probably seen me mention several times on the blog.  She has been an awesome bloggie friend and has even sent me treats!  She frequently has amazingly yummy recipes on her blog that I ALWAYS mean to try, and then I get lazy.  One day!  She is here today to share a few of them with you, so you can try them out yourselves!

Enjoy!

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Guest Post: Making Healthy Food Taste Unhealthy

Hi Everyone! I’m Dawn and I blog at Blonde on a Mission, where I experiment with healthy recipes and try to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle while still having fun and not taking myself too seriously.

This is my first guest post and I’m so excited!! Thank you Lindsey 😀 I’m glad it’s on Happy or Hungry because this has become one of my favourite fit blogs, so you’re definitely in the right place.

I get a lot of questions regarding the way I eat. I don’t mind answering them, but I don’t exactly think people understand why I try to eat healthfully every single day. My answer is simple: it makes me feel good. Sure, I can elaborate more on how it makes my skin glow or how it’s gotten rid of my headaches and anxiety attacks, but most importantly, a healthy diet just makes me feel awesome.

My favourite thing to do is surprise nonbelievers by making them taste a healthified recipe. Not only do they taste amazing, they’re good for you! Who doesn’t want that? It does take a little more time and effort than buying store bought baked goods, but I promise that these will taste a grillion times better if you make them yourself. Oh, and you can also have MORE because of the low calorie and high nutrient content! Win? More dessert is always a win.

If you’re an ice cream lover, you need to try this ice cream. It’s ba-na-nas. Literally, it’s bananas. Just stick ‘em in your freezer and then blend up any concoction you can think of!

Two variations of banana soft serve: Chocolate Coconut & Cookie Dough.

Cookie Dough Ice Cream

It’s also fun to incorporate vegetables into baked goods because it gives it that cupcake-like texture without all of the fat & calories of butter and oil. I’ve recently become addicted to adding zucchini to all of my baked goods, like Double Chocolate Muffins and Walnut Spice Muffins.

Double Chocolate Muffins

I am also a fan of healthifying dinners, such as pizza. You can’t take me away from my cheese, but ordering a double cheese pizza (even individual size) can carry a huge calorie and fat load, so I’ve found an easy way to tailor my own pizza to my liking and give it a healthy makeover. I present to you…

The Lazy Pizza:

Lazy Pizza

Now, this isn’t to say that absolutely everything I eat is healthy. I love to indulge, but my advice that I’ve come up with so that I don’t feel like crap about myself is to indulge when it’s worth it. For me, that comes in the form of candy and froyo. It’s not worth it to me to indulge in a tiny hamburger from McDonald’s when there’s a giant cup of brownie-topped froyo calling my name!

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Guest Post: Why Run a Marathon?!

Hey guys!  I am currently pitching a tent in the great outdoors, and I assume I’m having an awesome time camping, eating delicious foods, and not getting attacked by bears (no worries, Ando brought his “bear axe” to protect us ;)).

Anyway, I am super pumped to bring to you my very first guest post EVER from Alyssa at Life of bLyss!  I love reading about all of her crazy shenanigans on her blog, and I’m pretty sure we would be bff’s in real life (not that this isn’t real life), so if you haven’t checked her out you should do so immediately after reading this!

Enjoy!

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Guest Post: Why Run a Marathon?!

I’m Alyssa from Life of bLyss, where I blog about my newly single life in Virginia Beach with lots of running and fitness, my black lab and my adventures. I’m driven by fun, food, undercooked brownies, and too much wine. I like to run till my legs hurt, pretend I’m Ke$ha, and paint wine glasses.

And sometimes I play in the grass.

I’m pretty psyched to be guest posting for Lindsey. I knew I had an instant friend when I first saw her blog, as I found a kindred spirit in her “happy/hungry” mood swigs. 😉

And if you’ve already peeped over at my blog, you already know I’m training for my first marathon. The Marine Corps Marathon. 26.2 miles. October 30th, 2011.

I’m not crazy.

I completed my first half marathon in November 2009. Since then, I’ve been addicted. I’ve now completed four half marathons, one 5k, one 14k, and now I need a bigger challenge: A full marathon.

my first half marathon!

Seriously. I told my friends they were crazy when they told me to try a half marathon. There was no way I could do 13 miles without getting bored. There was no way I could possibly keep running for that long without the earth imploding.

I did it. And now I wanna do it forever.

Why would I put myself through this, you ask?

1. The goal. Once I have an actual goal to work toward, running is more fun for me. I like having a schedule I have to tackle each day.

2. The camaraderie. There is just something about the running community. The energy around you at a start line rivals no other feeling. Except maybe the joy you can feel around you at the post-race beer bash. 😉 duh.

3. The feeling.Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” I love exercising, and running just does it for me. I can run out some emotions, I can listen to music, I can watch TV, and I’m burnin’ cals. Races just make it more fun.

4. The chance to fight. Upon signing up for the Marine Corps Marathon, I registered to raise money for the Dash for Dad with Zero: The Project to End Prostate Cancer.

5. The bragging rights. There is not one person on this Earth who hasn’t run a marathon partly so they could SAY they have tackled one. Seriously. I challenge you to find one. You won’t.

And, finally…

6. I want that sticker. I wanna slap that 26.2 sticker on my silver Rav 4 so badly. Rav wants the 26.2.

You may still think I’m crazy. Regardless, you can come cheer me on in my marathon training at Life of bLyss. 🙂 I can use all the motivation I can get!

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