Eat What You Crave

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Immediately after showering off the sweat and dirt from my 36-mile bike ride, I had a lovely snack of yogurt, blackberries, and Kashi Heart to Heart.  But, my camera ate the picture! πŸ™‚

 

I tooled around the house for most of the afternoon, doing laundry and other chores.  I was so parched from my workout that I made myself a glass of iced yerba mate.

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We bought this straight from a Spanish grocery store a few months back and put it in the freezer for storage:

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It was delicious and refreshing!

 

By 4:00 PM, I was positively starving, but I kept doing that this when you open the fridge, stare inside, and shut it. The only thing I wanted to eat was pancakes!

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Sometimes, you just got to listen to your cravings!  I knew if I didn’t eat pancakes, I would probably just graze in the kitchen mindlessly trying to satisfy that particular craving.  So I went for the gold! :)  Breakfast for lunch!

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Plus banana and maple syrup.

 

AND THEN…..

 

THE HUSBAND CAME HOME FROM HIS VACATION! πŸ™‚ I was SO excited to see his lovely face — we haven’t been together since Thursday (way too long!).

 

We decided to go on a "date" to one of our favorite wine bars, Eola Wine Bar in downtown Orlando.

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We picked this place because it also has some decent vegetarian options.  I’m proud to say that the Husband has not eaten meat in a whole week!  He’s doing so well.

 

We split a flight of sweet white wines:

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From left to right:

 

  • Sofia (a Blanc to Blanc champagne) from Monterey, CA
  • Conundrum (a white blend) from Napa, CA
  • Silvan Ridge "Early" (a Muscat) from Willamette, OR
  • Kreusch (a Riesling) from Mosel, Germany

 

Pretending I’m back in Napa  (Remember the Honeymoon – Part I and Part II?)

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I liked the Muscat and the Reisling the best, but the Blanc to Blanc was also great!

 

The Husband liked it all (as usual):

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We split two dinners:

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The Eola Flatbread, a pesto, mozzarella, and fresh and sun-dried tomato pizza.

 

I ate three of the flatbread slices (two are shown).  This is a side bread plate:

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Plus, a Veggie Wrap with eggplant, mushrooms, asparagus, goat cheese, field greens, tomato, and roasted red peppers.

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I ate 1/2 of the wrap.

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Dinner tonight was another good example of eating what you crave.  After 4 oz. of wine, the flatbread, and the wrap, I wasn’t stuffed — just satisfied.  The Husband wanted to order himself another flight, but I chose to switch to water and just hang out.   A few years ago, I would have struggled with not eating or drinking more just for the sake of it…. but really thought about whether I was actually craving another glass or dessert, and I wasn’t — so it made it easy to pass.  And now I don’t feel painfully full!  Which is always good.

 

It was a really nice dinner. πŸ™‚ I’m glad the Husband is home!

 

Are you a wine drinker?  What’s your favorite — red or white?  I much prefer sweet whites!

{ 46 comments }

 

  • The Decayed Gentlewoman May 24, 2009, 5:21 pm

    I love reds! Especially pinot noir, grenache, and shiraz. Yum!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 24, 2009, 5:24 pm

    I LOVE wine!! I can’t wait to own my own home- I really want to have a wine room πŸ™‚ I love all wines but my favorite it Reisling. My favorite is a German kind called St. Urbans. So good!!

    That’s aweomse you had a great date with hubby! And the pancakes look really very good! I agree: eat what you crave!!

  • Mica May 24, 2009, 5:24 pm

    Yay! A date! What a niec way to celebrate the husband’s homecoming!

  • Nate May 24, 2009, 5:31 pm

    Kate’s with you with the sweet whites. I like reds. Thanks for hitting your pancake quota today. I was getting worried after breakfast was pancake free.

  • K from ksgoodeats May 24, 2009, 5:31 pm

    Hooray for pancakes!! I love it!

    That restaurant sounds awesome! Glad you and the Hubs are reunited πŸ™‚ I’m not a red wine fan at all! I do love me some white though πŸ˜‰

  • Jenny May 24, 2009, 5:33 pm

    beautiful date night πŸ™‚ and i’m so glad you were able to listen to your cravings! enjoy the rest of your night with the hubby!

  • meegie lee May 24, 2009, 5:36 pm

    i love really crisp whites–sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio or dry rosΓ©, but a really good spanish red is hard to pass up! that wine bar looked delicious πŸ™‚

  • SuzanneRN May 24, 2009, 5:46 pm

    Eola looks wonderful! However.. when I first read it I thought it said Ebola and I got a little freaked out! haha.

  • redheadedjournal May 24, 2009, 5:51 pm

    I LOVE reds!

  • Jess May 24, 2009, 5:57 pm

    I adore Eola, although we frequent the WP location more often. I love how their flights rotate so you have new options all the time. I haven’t been in a few months now (since I don’t live in Orlando….but my bestie does and I visit her ALOT) but now I’m really longing to go.
    Enjoy your holiday!
    PS. I’m more of a dry white wine drinker. Anything that is light, or citrusy.

  • Bec May 24, 2009, 6:01 pm

    I’m a dry red drinker, I have a glass about once or twice a week at school but since I’m home for the summer its more like 4-5 times since my parents drink wine with dinner every night

  • iowagirleats May 24, 2009, 6:03 pm

    My fave is Relax riesling…soooo good!

  • Tanya May 24, 2009, 6:07 pm

    I am nowhere near knowledgeable about wine – but I love the stuff πŸ™‚ I prefer white and like you I like them sweet (but not too sweet). I like Rieslings mostly – but it varies.

  • Recipes for Creativity May 24, 2009, 6:08 pm

    Yay, what a nice day!

    I like reds in the winter and whites in the summer. I went to New Zealand two years ago and hit many wineries and it was actually the first time I had Reisling, it was so delicious! Before that I mostly drank reds. I like my whites sweet, too!

  • Joy May 24, 2009, 6:09 pm

    i loooove wine even though i do not know much about it at all- i’ve never even been to a wine tasting! but i definitely prefer reds!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 24, 2009, 6:23 pm

    I’m a huge fan of sweet whites, and my favorite is either Pinot Grigio or Reisling, depending on my mood. Looks like a great bunch of meals!

  • Island Girl Eats May 24, 2009, 6:24 pm

    I love all reds!
    That looked like a really nice dinner that you shared. Sharing is fun, it’s nice to try a bit of everything, without eating it all!
    http://islandgirleats.blogspot.com

  • spicygranola May 24, 2009, 6:27 pm

    I am a red fan myself, but I like white too. That pizza looks mouth wateringly good!

  • A Toronto girl out West May 24, 2009, 6:43 pm

    Oh my!!! Am I ever craving a glass of chilled white wine now. In fact I’ve been craving it for a while!

    I’m saving it though! This next Friday I officially get called to the bar (I’m a lawyer) in British Columbia. We’re going out to an awesome restaurant afterward and I plan on indulging!!!! :o)

  • Erica May 24, 2009, 6:49 pm

    What a nice dinner you had with the husband πŸ™‚ You two are so cute. I don’t like wine-which is so funny because my parents are BIG into wine. Pancakes are just the best quick meal- aren’t they?

  • katecooks May 24, 2009, 6:52 pm

    i used to be a red drinker but now i love whites best. voignier is my favorite! trader joes makes a great one called honey moon that’s only five bucks!!!! im going out tonight and definitely going to try to take some cues from you…STOPPING eating and drinking when im done!!!!

  • Joelle May 24, 2009, 6:56 pm

    Yay for pancakes! My favorite!

  • elliebelle May 24, 2009, 6:58 pm

    I’m with you on the sweet whites. I just found one at Target that I thought looked like fun – mostly because of the name – it’s called “Middle Sister – wicked white.” Being a middle child, I couldn’t resist! πŸ™‚ I hope it’s good!!!

  • Anne May 24, 2009, 7:05 pm

    Those pancakes look delicious! Yay for the husband coming home! It looks like you guys had a great time πŸ˜€

  • Niki May 24, 2009, 7:07 pm

    I love wine!! I used to be a red drinker only but now I love whites! White seems so much more refreshing but I still drink both!

  • SuzanneRN May 24, 2009, 7:09 pm

    I love me some cabernet savignon but also appreciate a sweet reisling from time to time! πŸ™‚

  • Matt May 24, 2009, 7:13 pm

    I don’t really drink wine, but I am only 19 πŸ™‚

  • Priyanka loves food May 24, 2009, 7:24 pm

    The date looks like so much fun! Love the pancakes!

  • jenngirl May 24, 2009, 7:25 pm

    I loved reading how you just went with your cravings today, that’s awesomE!!

    And great night out with the Husband…I’m a HUGE wine fan, I go through stages though. Right now, I’m loving Pinot Grigio, but other times a Pinot Noir is what I crave πŸ™‚

  • spunkysuzi May 24, 2009, 7:43 pm

    I love iced yerba mate πŸ™‚
    For wine i like a dry white or red. Especially a nice shiraz or merlot!

  • Oh She Glows May 24, 2009, 7:49 pm

    I used to only drink red, but now I find myself drinking white more often (less hangovers!)

    Might I just add that you skin is GLOWING girlfriend!?!?

  • havefaith4ever May 24, 2009, 7:59 pm

    Glad your hubby is home πŸ™‚ I'm sure you're happy! I totally agree with you–sometimes you gotta eat what you crave. ESP. when there's pancakes involved πŸ˜‰
    <3 jess

  • seesaraheat May 24, 2009, 8:19 pm

    You are so right about eating what you crave! Sometimes I will get an idea for something in my head and if I don’t eat that particular thing, I will not be satisfied by what I did have and end up going back for something else I did not need. So good for you! I hope to practice that more often πŸ˜‰

  • Lee May 24, 2009, 8:31 pm

    I prefer whites. I think I like dry wines but am not really sure what that actually means! I know that I prefer Savignon Blanc and Chardonnay to Pinot Grigio.

  • Erin of Care to Eat May 24, 2009, 9:06 pm

    You guys are sooooo beautiful! Your babies will be amazing!
    I don’t drink except for like, once a year or every other year. BUT, I love a good DRY white.

  • Julie May 24, 2009, 9:26 pm

    I definitely like white over red. In class we did food pairing and wine tasting and i hated tasting the reds!

    http://strivingforbalance.wordpress.com/

  • Hi! I'm Erin May 24, 2009, 10:05 pm

    Hmm, I’ve never had cold yerba mate. Just hot. I’ll have to try it!

    I LOVE wine. I used to be a sweet white wine only kind of girl. Now almost prefer reds. Malbecs are my current favorites, but I’ll pretty much drink anything you put in front of me.

  • Christy May 24, 2009, 10:25 pm

    I love reds! I tried a Sofia Riesling at a wine tasting here in Monterey on Thursday! Of all the Rieslings at the tasting, it was my favorite!

  • Susan May 25, 2009, 2:57 am

    I am not a wine drinker at all! I’ve tried and tried to get a taste for it, but every kind of wine I drink just makes me cringe. Except champagne, I can do that!

    Now beer on the other hand, that’s a different story…

  • Carlee May 25, 2009, 3:46 am

    Sounds like a very fun date. We have a winery near us that I love to go to. My favorite wine is Savignon Blanc. But I also love a GOOD pint of beer. Living in Burlington, Vt turned me into a beer snob so I’m pretty picky πŸ™‚ Whereas wine I rarely can tell a difference.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point May 25, 2009, 4:17 am

    katecooks – voignier is my favorite! Isnt it great?

    erin – haha no babies anytime soon, sorry! πŸ™‚ thanks though.

  • Catch Me If You Can May 25, 2009, 4:29 am

    I don’t drink so wine not my thing πŸ˜‰ Yummy pancakes what mix do you use or recipe? I have been craving pancakes, but need a healthier version. All of the places you’ve been eating lately look like they have AMAZING food.

  • Bridget May 25, 2009, 8:33 am

    I love Reisling, but much prefer reds like chianti and merlot!

  • bhealthier May 25, 2009, 9:13 am

    aw you look so gorgeous in that pic smelling the wine!! i love that orange color on you!

    I prefer reislings and sweeter whites but my favorites are dry rich reds.
    cab franc is my fav

    I think eating what you crave is always the way to go!! Happy Memorial Day to you and your grandpa too!

  • heather May 25, 2009, 6:03 pm

    I’ve never been to Eola Wine — always mean to but never make it down there. I prefer sweeter whites, too. I’m a Riesling girl myself.

    And yes, I’d love to meet up sometime! Maybe for wine… haha.

  • elise May 26, 2009, 6:09 pm

    reds! especially zin. but im biased since we have a family vineyard πŸ˜‰

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