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Tops is TOPS!

by Courtney on November 10, 2010

Today has definitely been one of those days that is just “GO GO GO” – from 5:30am this morning, until 9:00pm tonight, when we finally walked in the door.

Nonetheless, despite being super busy, it has been rather productive!

Workout

At 5:05am this morning, my alarm was definitely not on my good side. After the second round of “snoozing” I really debated on skipping my AM workout all together. However, I knew I’d be mad at myself if I didn’t get up (since I really didn’t have a good excuse), so I sucked it up and tumbled out of bed. I had already planned on doing the Rock Hard Total Body Workout on Exercise on Demand…I was wicked excited when I found out it was back on! I can already tell I’m going to be sore tomorrow…LOVE that. ;)

Breakfast

An exact repeat from yesterday…so I’m “recycling” yesterday’s photos. :)

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The only difference was that BOTH pieces got the pumpkin cream cheese + PB + banana treatment today. It was absolutely fantastic!

So was my Caramel Macchiato coffee. ;)

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Lunch

Thanks to my enormous “Tuna & Rice” salad from last night, I had plenty of leftovers to incorporate into today’s lunch:

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I took a big ‘ol scoop of leftover salad, along with some leftover roasted veggies, and added a little romaine base for some added bulk. It was just as good the second time around!

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I also enjoyed a nice crisp Gala. It was so sweet and juicy…yummmm. :-P

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After work began my afternoon of errands…one of which included a flu shot. BLECH. Needles really don’t bother me at all, so it’s not that; it’s more the fact that every year I get a flu shot, I always end up getting “sick” with cold-like symptoms from it a few days later. If it wasn’t for my darn asthma, I don’t know if I’d even get one…keeping my fingers crossed for this year! :shock:

I started feeling a little sluggish this afternoon, so I decided to stop for a little caffeine pick-me-up. It did nothing for my energy, but it still tasted delish.

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After finishing up some more errands, Jay and I decided to stop for some dinner. We were out in the Schenectady area, which we aren’t usually near, but I was pretty excited because there’s a restaurant out there I’ve been dying to try: Tops American Grill, Bakery, & Bar.

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I thought the inside was so cute! It definitely had a fun, welcoming look to it. And how ‘bout those palm trees? :)

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For my dinner, I ended up choosing something totally random: Roast Beef. I can’t even tell you when the last time was that I ordered roast beef. Years, probably.

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What I can tell you though, is that I’m so glad I did. It was delicious! Roast beef, provolone, roasted red peppers, lettuce, & tomato in a garlic and herb wrap. It also came with horseradish mayo, which I got on the side.

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As good as the wrap was, the sweet potato fries were what stole the show on this plate…

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I’m tempted to say that these may be the best sweet potato fries I’ve ever had. As soon as I started eating them, I kept getting this weird taste of “doughnuts” – I mentioned it to Jay, who initially thought I was nuts.

A minute or two later though, and all of a sudden, hubby was on the same page with me! We both agreed that there was definitely a doughnut flavor coming from somewhere inside of these. Incredibly odd? Yes. Gross to some? Maybe. But they were right up my alley.

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As soon as you walk through the doors of Tops, you are face-to-face with a mouth-watering display case of homemade desserts. I had been thinking about that case from the second we sat down, so I knew I was not leaving there without some. I decided to save half of my wrap, so I could indulge in a little big slice of heaven:

Oh chocolate, you are so divine.

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Jay and I split a piece of their Chocolate Mousse Torte

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Which we obviously hated. ;)

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I’m so thankful for the fact that I have the day OFF tomorrow! (Thank you, Veterans!) I’m really in need of some extra zzzz’s tonight, and I have a good amount of housework to catch up on tomorrow too. But for now…it’s time to go start on those zzzz’s! :)

Question for the Night:

Have you ever eaten foods that remind you (either taste or smell) of a completely different food?

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1 Danielle November 10, 2010 at 10:01 pm

You were at Tops??? Right near my house!!! The BEST breakfast in town!!!!! :)

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2 Courtney November 10, 2010 at 10:02 pm

No way! I didn’t know that! :) Gonna have to try it for breakfast now…ohh boy!

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3 Liz @ Blog is the New Black November 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm

That cake looks amaaaazing!

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4 Faith November 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Oooh, I’ll take two of those cakes please :)

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5 Shanna November 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm

I have a perfume that reminds me of bananas ;)

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6 Sam November 10, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Once I had this lavender tea from the Muddy Cup… it sounded soothing… but I had trouble drinking something that smelled like I should be bathing in or washing my clothes in… I wouldn’t repeat that choice.

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7 Nicole (Picky Nicky) November 11, 2010 at 6:37 am

Ohh, I love sweet potato fries! I think those should become the normal ones, and then regular fries should be the more rare ones ;)

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8 Alex November 11, 2010 at 8:22 am

Hi there,

I wanted to preface this comment with saying how much I love your blog. I think you are absolutely adorable, and I read your blog regularly.

I have absolutely never had an issue with any comment you’ve made before but the comment “I’m so thankful for the fact that I have the day OFF tomorrow! (Thank you, Veterans!) I’m really in need of some extra zzzz’s tonight, and I have a good amount of housework to catch up on tomorrow too.” kind of irked me. Remembrance Day is something that is near and dear to my heart (my grandfather was a WWII vet, and my father is a long-serving air force member). I guess when I see comments like “yay, day off!” “housework and sleep in” I just kind of feel like it demeans what this day really stand for. Anyways, like I said, I really truly love your blog, I just felt like I wanted to say something.

Take care lovely.

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9 Courtney November 11, 2010 at 9:22 am

Hi Alex,
Thank you so much for your comment. I can see where that comment may have come across as insensitive, and I truly respect and appreciate the fact that you said something.
Please know that I certainly do not take for granted why I have today off. My grandfather was also a WWII vet, in addition to some friends of mine who have served, or are currently serving, our country.
Yes, I am still thankful for having a day off, just for the mere sake of being able to catch up on life; but I am even more thankful and appreciative for what today truly stands for.

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10 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 11, 2010 at 8:29 am

My BF is obsessed with roast beef, but I’ve never eaten it in my life. My brother told me it was wildebeest when I was a kid and it definitely turned me off, haha.

I WANT THAT CAKE!!

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11 Courtney November 11, 2010 at 9:22 am

HAHAHA…wildebeest?!?!?! :shock:

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12 Chicago Cuisine Critique November 11, 2010 at 10:27 am

Those sweet potato fries look great!

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13 Michelle November 11, 2010 at 10:57 am

I usually force myself to get up out of bed for my morning workouts too–even if I’m tired–because I know otherwise I’ll regret it and be mad at myself later!

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14 Jess November 11, 2010 at 11:29 am

I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and I really love it! I just started writing my own, so scary! I like the idea of photo recycling!

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15 withasideofhope November 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Those sweet potato fries and the cake look delicious! Mmm!

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