April 16, 2014

Thursday Tidbits

I get lost all the time lately. I use my phone’s GPS to navigate from place to place, but I never fail to miss one of Siri’s commands. It makes for some interesting drives. Especially when I see polka-dotted houses. Hello!

polka dot house shirley massachusetts

My aunt told me that house has been pastel speckled for over 10 years now. Nope, it’s not just Easter themed like I assumed. Wow.

Grammy and I are both really curious about Indian food and have our favorite entrées (chicken tikka masala for her, chicken vindaloo for me). In an effort to branch away from our signature dishes, we ventured out to a highly rated Indian restaurant, Bombay Tandoor Grill. bombay tandoor grill buffet fitchburg

It was in a super sketchy building and had a ridiculously small buffet, but we gave it a go anyway. I tried everything there was to offer: chicken tikka masala, lentil soup, vegetable pakora, and a couple unpictured items. It was ooookay. As soon as we walked out we both craved chocolate. Typical.

Bombay Tandoor Grill Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Speaking of cravings, I often get a hankering for iced coffee. Nolan and I picked up some Dunkin’ Donuts for a treat. My aunt/his mom said he could have a Coffee Coolata because it doesn’t have a lot of caffeine. Little did we know,  a medium has 660 calories and 69 grams of sugar.
dunkin donuts coffee coolata

His reaction to the news? Priceless. And yes, he drank it anyway. 30 minutes later he had a hockey game. I imagine he performed like a champion.

Switching gears, how about this healthy option? Using my new Camelbak Relay, I made fruit-infused water with sliced strawberries, oranges, and lemons.
camelbak relay water pitcher filter

It adds a nice little hint of flavor so it’s not so bland. And to make things extra zippy, I add a bit of seltzer to it. So much more fun than plain water! As far as the pitcher goes, it’s super easy to use and filters water so much faster than other brands I’ve used.

Need an idea for a super simple but delicious salad? Using all Trader Joe’s products, I threw this lunch together.

trader joe's products salad

What you need:

  • cruciferous crunch mix (kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli)
  • jalapeño chicken sausage
  • kalamata olives
  • french cucumber
  • avocado
  • light feta
  • light champagne vinaigrette

Chop, slice, drizzle, toss, eat.

Have a lovely day, friends!

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  • Erica Jordan

    hahahha the hockey game after a coolata!! love it!!

    that easter egg house. no words.

    i think we need to go out for din din sometime in the very near future ya heard?! 🙂

  • That polkadot house is just wild! I love it.

  • itzyskitchen

    Love all of the family time you’re having! The calorie count made me laugh.

    • yeah, like MAYBE he got some calcium from the milk? ha.

  • Why the word Coolata absolutely me up every single time I see it 🙂 Where was that house??? Insanity….I mean it’s all set for Easter but wait for 10 years???? That’s awful!

    • hahah it’s always got on its spring best, i suppose!

  • Amy

    That salad looks tasty! I’m having a kale salad at The Granary today and will think of you! That house?!?! I’ve never been able to get into Indian food. Maybe I should find a “signature item” that I like and order every time.

    • i am so jealous!!! i actually miss the lardons. ahhh.

  • whoa that house is crazy!!

    but i’d love to try that salad! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  • Tara G

    Haa, what town is that house in? Love that salad mix! I have seen the Camelbak filters, unfortuntaly, it does not filter the minerals which is why it is a faster filter. It only filters the chlorine taste.

    • i think it was in fitchburg or shirley. i can never tell where i am, haha! ohhhh minerals. great. ha.

  • Sheanna Caban

    I can’t get into Indian food. Went to an Indian place one time and it was also buffet style and I had to identify what I liked by the color…”Hey, this orange stuff is good, but the yellow stuff kind of suck. Green is okay, though. I’ll have more of the green and orange.”

    • hahahahahaah that’s what we did yesterday!!! no joke. “i like the orange with potatoes the best” and “oh the red is spicy” and “the green looks like baby diarrhea”

  • Haha, I officially love that person who painted their house in polka dots. That’s so unusual that I kind of love it.

  • Stephanie Smith

    Did you ever go to Nirlep in West Ashley? It’s so good and the family is so sweet. I always get their vegetable korma..yumm!!

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