Epic Fail

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(I’ve been waiting to name a post “Epic Fail!”)


The Husband and I went to visit Harry, our friend who used to live in our neighborhood and just recently moved 40 minutes south.  It’s a small residential town.


Random side note:  On the way to dinner, the radio announced we were under tornado watch.  Ahh.


We picked this place on a whim:


Epic fail.


We ordered garlic bread.  I was hoping for soft, squishy, buttahed bread.  Not so much.


And the pizza had potential:



But it was cheese overload (not in a good way) and the veggies was all canned and salty, not fresh.


I think this is the first bad restaurant review I’ve given on the blog?! I’m not picky!  I’m an equal opportunity eater.  But this was icky.  I still ate it, of course, because I was hungry.  But now I’m uncomfortably full of disappointing pizza.  The Husband keeps moaning and clutching his belly, too.


My snacks were good, though!


Sesame bars (I had 2):


And Kashi shredded wheat cereal with almond milk:


Tomorrow morning, I’m going to do a bicycle gear/gadgets post, since a few people have asked me questions!  If you want to know anything in particular, please ask away!  If I don’t have the answer, I’m sure someone will.


Also, if you’re looking for tips on how to buy a new or used bike, check out this previous post


Good night!



  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 28, 2010, 8:44 pm

    Aw that’s too bad about the pizza 🙁 Cheese is good but WOW that is a LOT!! I hate bad pizza, it seems like such a waste. Because when pizza is good.. it’s GOOD, you know?
    We had a tornado watch and bad storms this afternoon too.. taste of summer I guess.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 28, 2010, 8:48 pm

    I hate being full on a yucky meal. So not worth it!

  • Evan Thomas March 28, 2010, 8:48 pm

    Yeah, lots of cheese and salty veggies on a greasy crust does not spell good time to me 🙁

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) March 28, 2010, 8:48 pm

    That stinks about the pizza. It looks soo good, too!

  • clay March 28, 2010, 8:50 pm

    Nice, I am actually looking to buy a road bike soon. Thanks so much! Umm you couldn’t have made this post on a better day! I saw it on my google reader and just started dying laughing because today was the first time I used the word EPIC.. and I made that my title to my post this afternoon lol!!! ANyway, i will check out the bike post.

  • Jenna March 28, 2010, 9:00 pm

    Epic fail is right. And it is hard to mess up garlic bread and PIZZA, I mean, come ON people! Enjoy your evening. 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 28, 2010, 9:01 pm

    I think that pizza actually looks pretty good.

  • eatdrinkandbemerrynyc March 28, 2010, 9:01 pm

    Ugh BOO for bad pizza! Being from NY there is NOHTING worse…

  • Ashley March 28, 2010, 9:01 pm

    Ahhh, totally feel you on the food fail. I literally had TWO pizza fails this weekend..and one was from a well known vegetarian pizza place! Um, helloooo pizza is kind of your thing..please make it taste good!! The “sauce” was olive oil and there were literally ZERO seasonings on it..paired with pink diced tomatoes + watery spinach…MMMM [gag] You would have thought the homemade mozzarella could have saved it but it was LOADed on. Anyway..I feel ya 😉

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner March 28, 2010, 9:04 pm

    Definitely bummer on the pizza!

  • Julie @ Wearing Mascara March 28, 2010, 9:06 pm

    I hate when food isn’t fresh! It’s definitely not a fun way to dine out and I can understand why your tummy hurts 🙁 Hope it feels better soon!

  • Kelly March 28, 2010, 9:08 pm

    Aw sucks about the restaurant. I hate when things like that happen.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) March 28, 2010, 9:19 pm

    I hate when you’re really looking forward to a meal and it disappoints. I had an omelette recently and was SO psyched for veggies and eggs — instead, it was dripping with butter and had like two onions in it.

  • Nicole, RD March 28, 2010, 9:23 pm

    Overly cheesy pizza is icky…I agree!!

  • Mastering Public Health March 28, 2010, 9:25 pm

    Kashi organic Autumn Wheat and Cinnamon Harvest are my go-to crunchy oatmeal toppings — really good. And your sesame bar reminds me exactly of BumbleBar ~ they’re organic sesame seeds+nuts or fruit, depending on the flavor (bumblebar.com); so if that’s your thing, you might dig those!

  • Jenny March 28, 2010, 9:33 pm

    Sorry the weather and your eats let you down! Better luck for tomorrow:)

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite March 28, 2010, 9:39 pm

    Bummer about the restaurant 🙁

    At least you had some great snacks 🙂

  • Laura Smith March 28, 2010, 9:52 pm

    I was wondering what a good speed was (mph) when you bike. I am going to do a sprint in june, and didn’t know the average time it should take (milage is 12). congrats on the 40m today!!

    • Caitlin March 28, 2010, 9:54 pm

      if it’s flat and you’re on a road bike, i’d say 15 – 18 is good for me 🙂

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 28, 2010, 9:52 pm

    That’s so random…we’re under tornado watch up in NC too!

  • Paige (RAN) March 28, 2010, 9:53 pm

    Boo…epic fail! haha
    Yeah pizza’s a toughie. It’s either amazing or crap. Sorry this one was crap!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 28, 2010, 9:53 pm

    Did you have another post named ‘epic fail’? Since this one is epic-fail-2.

    We’re on tornado watch here too–whaaat?

    • Caitlin March 28, 2010, 9:54 pm

      hahah i just hit publish twice.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 28, 2010, 9:54 pm

    What a bummer about the restaurant! Those sesame bars look so good though, and I love almond milk + kashi, so not all was lost? 🙂

  • Gracie (complicated day) March 28, 2010, 9:55 pm

    That pizza does look terrible! We tried a new place nearby a few weeks ago and it was UNDERCOOKED – ugh! Piles of not quite melted cheese on raw dough!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 28, 2010, 9:57 pm

    I hate disappointing food. Especially when it looks like it could be really good and then just isn’t. At least the bread warned you by its looks!

    Where are you getting these sesame bars? I have never heard of such a thing!

    • Caitlin March 28, 2010, 10:01 pm

      world food market? someone gave them to me as a gift.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 28, 2010, 9:57 pm

    That pizza looks miserable. I don’t eat pizza often but we have a favorite place around here. Every time we move we look for a good place since I don’t like boring pies.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 28, 2010, 9:59 pm

    Hehe, I think it is cute that you have been waiting to name a post “Epic Fail.” Love it.

  • Erin March 28, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Did you make the sesame bars? They look yummy and just something different!!!

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 9:07 am

      naw they were a gift. they are good though!

  • Matt March 28, 2010, 10:19 pm

    What a waste of a meal 🙁

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] March 28, 2010, 10:24 pm

    I despise that feeling of being full from bad food. Tomorrow’s a new day!

  • Kate March 28, 2010, 10:30 pm

    I hate when pizza is not good – its not THAT hard to make a decent pie!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit March 28, 2010, 10:48 pm

    I’m dying to get a good bike that fits me well, so I’m going to check out that post asap! I bought a vintage road bike on Craigslist last summer and found that it rides really nicely but doesn’t fit me at all and I don’t know how to use it. I need to educate myself on cycling bc I love riding a bike. Luckily I only spent $20 on that one 🙂

  • Niki March 28, 2010, 10:51 pm

    AHHH that sucks about bad restaurants, I had the same thing happen to me a few weeks back, it was Italian as well 🙁
    By the way…I changed my blog 🙂

  • Ellen Collis March 28, 2010, 11:01 pm

    Icky, disappointing meals are the WORST. When I’m unsatisfied, I keep eating until I am, but that of course never works because then I feel so gross and guilty about overeating. And pizza of all things? That IS an epic fail!


  • Dominique March 28, 2010, 11:21 pm

    I had THE most disappointing meal about a week ago–at a restaurant my friends and I have been frequenting for almost a decade now. That was most likely the last time I’ll ever go since it gave me a little bout of food poisoning–not cool, and the food was gross: dry, cold ribs and stale, cold fries. I ate some of each because I was starving (I waited 7 hours between meals, not good)!

  • Bianca March 28, 2010, 11:45 pm

    I have a couple questions about bikes. I just got a bike with drop down bars and I’m having trouble finding a comfortable position to hold onto. Any suggestions on the most comfortable position?. My second question is regarding gears. My bike has gears in the center of the handle bar (where the stem and top tube meet), have you ever used a bike with gears here and what is the safest way to use them?

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 9:09 am

      do you also have gears on the drop bars? i’ve never seen just gears on the top. i’m curious now!

      have you been professional fitting on your bike? if you’re not comfortable (well, i should say if you’re uncomfortable, biking is not really comfortable anyway) than you’re not fitted correctly. you can google info to see how to adjust your seat and bars, or you can go to a bike store and they will do it for you.

  • Emily Eats and Exercises March 29, 2010, 12:31 am

    I hate those canned veggies on pizza – blech.

    I want to hear more about your handle bars on your bike – what kind you recommend – what are the differences.

    Also, I adore my clip in shoes, but I can’t stop and only unclip one foot unless I can rest that foot on a curb. On the street, I’m too short (or my seat is too high? the bike shop set it) and I’ve tipped a few times… It’s a pain when I have to stop. Any thoughts about clipping pedals would be appreciated.

    Looking forward to tomorrow’s post.

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 9:11 am

      I think your seat is too high. i can unclip and put my tippy toe down, and then i scoot off the seat and stand to wait. i would try lowering your seat a little bit!

  • Sarah Hafiz March 29, 2010, 1:10 am

    Thank You for the link and reply to the bike buying question!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 29, 2010, 3:15 am

    Awh bad luck about the pizza place 🙁 I just avoid ALL pizza places round here now cos they all seem to do the greasy gross muck that you had to eat :9 It’s a shame!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) March 29, 2010, 7:18 am

    I hate when pizzas are served with cheese overload to the point where its just not good anymore. Major bummer! 🙁

    Can’t wait to see the biking post!! 😀

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) March 29, 2010, 7:52 am

    I love my share of fatty food but I HATEEEEE canned mushroom on pizzza. NASTY. “Hello mr. owner!! I taste and see the difference!” Okay, I’ll stop yelling. S.U.X. that your pizza was no good..I always try to find THAT mom and pop hole in the wall restaurant that is delish but usually they are FAILS!

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 29, 2010, 8:09 am

    Too bad it wasn’t a good restaurant =/ You win some, you lose some, huh?


  • Jessica March 29, 2010, 8:18 am

    Great post title.
    My friend told me about a woman who is pregnant who posted on a message board that you put her pics on Operation Beautiful! That’s wonderful! It made my friend happy – being a ’round’ preganant woman to have someone in her shoes featured!

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 9:32 am

      YAY 🙂 I’d love to see more notes like the pregnant one!

  • Joanne March 29, 2010, 8:35 am

    Too bad about the food. I hate that and feel cheated when we have a bad meal out.

    The bike info. was great. Perfect timing. Ted and I are in the market and looked at two brands your father mentioned: Specialized and Trek. I’m still undecided on whether to go with a hybrid or bump it up a notch or what kind of handlebars. More research needed.

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 9:33 am

      if you want to do any type of racing or long distances, get a road bike. if you want a bike to ride around town, get a hybrid. 🙂

  • Tammy March 29, 2010, 8:37 am

    I have always wondered about cycling shoes..I have plantar fasciitis and cannot wear shoes without awesome arch support. I wear custom insoles in my running shoes and was wondering…do I put my insoles in the cycling shoes, or buy a pair, specifically with arch support?

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 9:34 am

      i do not put my insoles in my shoes. i think you could get away with it. you’re just “sitting” in the shoes, it’s not the same as running shoes.

  • Christina March 29, 2010, 8:45 am

    Mmm I love sesame bars. They looks so good!

  • Heather (runningwithsass.com) March 29, 2010, 8:46 am

    yikes, scary about the storms!

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething March 29, 2010, 9:13 am

    i hate when restaurants are failures. it seems like a waste of calories and a waste of money 🙁

  • Tami March 29, 2010, 9:17 am

    had my first ride with my clip in shoes last week, i gracefully fell to the ground my first time around, i learned that one side comes out (and clips in) much easier than one side. the weather is looking good for another ride later in the week to try again

    i am lucky enough to be using my friend’s bike, the bike and her shoes fit me perfectly!

  • skinnyrunner March 29, 2010, 9:25 am

    bummer about crappy food! we had a similar pizza experience once and swore that we’d rather starve to death than pay that restaurant another dime for their food. thankfully we haven’t starved yet but havent gone back either.

  • Erin March 29, 2010, 9:28 am

    Wow, that bread looks way to hard and nothing is worse then eating off a styrofoam plate at a restaurant!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 29, 2010, 10:45 am

    there’s nothing worse than bad pizza….it doesn’t happen too often, but when it does, YUCK! you’re right though – at least your snacks were good!

  • Lisa March 29, 2010, 11:33 am

    That pizza looks amazing.

    What kind of bike are you going to buy? My boyfriend recently got a Cannondale (sp?) carbon bike and loves it.

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 11:34 am

      I wish I was buying a new bike! 🙂 Did you mean to ask one of the commenters?

      • Lisa March 29, 2010, 12:19 pm

        Ooops! Could have sworn you said you were bike shopping. 😉

  • Tina March 29, 2010, 11:37 am

    I can’t handle too cheesy pizza either. I always ask for less cheese and more sauce/toppings. Much better that way.

  • dotsie March 29, 2010, 1:09 pm

    I’m sorry you guys had icky pizza! I know that’s the worst 🙁 the way you wrote about it cracks me up, though 😀 (meaning, it was cute and nice, as opposed to ugly and negative)

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