Saturday, May 22, 2010

Fizzy Fun

Is anyone else going to the hyped about Healthy Living Summit in Chicago? I am thrilled to have a chance to not only learn more about ways to better my blog, but to meet all the fabulous bloggers out there! You can find out more here.
Yesterday I was so relieved for it to be Friday. Taking that May-term class is a lot of cramming into a short period of time. (Think one whole semester in just two weeks!) Needless to say, the weekend is really needed!
I’ve been doing a new thing—trying to “eat my way through town”. There’s so many restaurants that my town has to offer, but it always seems I get stuck on the same few. So branching out is the goal! I’ve always heard that our Country Kitchen has a wonderful salad bar, which not many places do, so I figured that’s a perfect reason to venture there.
To me, a salad bar is either really good, or not up to par—there’s no in between. To be good, there has to be a big variety and numerous dressings to choose from. Who analyzes salad bars? Yes, that’d be me!
All the recommendations were spot on—it was the best I’ve seen in town yet. It had everything I like to put on my salad.
(Lettuce, spinach, red onions, cucumbers, pickles, banana peppers, black olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, and light Italian dressing.)
country kitch
Country Kitchen is comparable to a Perkin’s or Denny’s. They offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert all day. Ranging from comfort classics to lighter grilled fare, they do offer quite a variety which is always a plus. Yesterday, the steak and eggs combo caught my eye.
As you probably know, there’s always a way to “healthify” a -dish, and if you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you’ll know it’s something I tend to do often. In this case, you can lighten up a steak and eggs dish by having your eggs be replaced with eggbeaters and scrambled without the butter. Also, instead of hash browns or home fries which are usually laden in oil, you can get a baked potato, served plain.
Overall, this meal was very filling—the steak was done exactly how I like it, the eggs were fluffy, and the good ol’ potato was tasty too!
Now onto a little fun—fizzy fun that is. Ever heard of making soda at home in your own kitchen? If not, I highly suggesting popping over to SodaStream and watching my video below to get a heads up on it. Check out what the company generously sent me!
Already intrigued? Watch this short video!
What do you think of the SodaStream??


Krista said...

Isn't it great that the weekend is here? I was ready for it, too! I can't watch the video at home because my internet is painfully slow, but the soda stream looks like a neat contraption...

Shannon, Tropical Eats said...

oh my gosh I'm going to HLS too!!!!!! Do you have roomies????? email or gchat with me if you dont :)

sophia said...

What do I think about Soda Stream? I'm wondering how the heck can I get one too?! It is one of my "Must-Have" lists of things to get once I move into my own apartment!

Erica said...

Yes- love a GOOD salad bar...but it must be good. I have certain requirements on ingredients and the lettuce and spinach has to look super fresh. I've heard such good things about those soda streams. I'd love to try one. I don't really drink soda any more, but my husband and I enjoy the occasional diet coke and this would be a nice alternative. Happy weekend

Kelly said...

I saw your comment on my blog. I'm not going to the HLS, but if you have some downtime we should grab dinner or a coffee. By then I'll be the chicago eating expert. :-)