Back In the STL.

I am back from Southern California and I miss the warm weather already. I did have SO much fun, even though I ate everything in the world.

The first day we actually drove from LA to Newport Beach, which is a long drive. I also discovered everyone in California can’t seem to drive well. Anyway, made it to Newport, stayed in a place called Little In On the Bay, which is a kooky hotel, great location. Had a great time going to get Sushi at Zen Sushi. The Strawberry Sake is SO good, as was the sushi especially a roll called “Salmon Lover”. Yum.

We would have stayed out later but I went from my job, which goes from 10 PM-7AM to the airport. I slept on the plane, but plane sleep is never refreshing.  By the time Sushi was over I had not been in a bed for 26 hours. So, we went to bed and got a good night’s sleep.

The next day I had Mcdonald’s for breakfast, terrible but there was one super close and the boy had meetings to go to. He dropped me off at Fashion Island, a huge outdoor shopping mall. Unfortunately he dropped me off at 9, everything opened at 10. So I walked around a while, enjoyed the sunshine, window shopped. Then the stores opened and I bought a purse and a bracelet. I couldn’t buy anything too substantial because when I travel I only do carry-on (I am not paying for luggage! I refuse!) and those carry

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LOOK AT ALL THOSE COPS!

I broke down last night. I ordered a small pizza and a side salad. I also drank a couple alcoholic drinks with fresh juice.

I juiced two of my meals though.

Juice 1: 3 handfuls of spinach, 3 romaine leaves, 2 carrots, about 6 strawberries. This one was really good. I feel good about getting 2 leafy greens in there.

Juice 2: Cabbage, 3 carrots, and some mango. A pretty good juice. Did not mind drinking it.

Then I went for a 3 mile walk to the arch and back. It wasn’t as cold as it had been, I ddin’t even need my coat. Only in St. Louis can you have a blizzard on Sunday and not be wearing coats by Tuesday. It was a nice walk. I discovered a restaurant I really want to try, a restaurant that promotes healthy food called “Pita Pit”. My boy went there with a business associate and he said it was fantastic.

For dinner I had the black olive and mushroom pizza and the salad. So I still got the lettuce, cabbage, and carrot from the salad. My first cocktail was orange and mango with some greygoose. The second was orange and apple and greygoose.

I will warn fellow juicers, after 5 days of fasting, your first cocktail will make you heavily buzzed the second, downright drunk. Even with food on the side, I was feeling loopy and I used to be about to drink almost a whole bottle of vodka and still not black out. That was a strange experience.

I put my info into a basic BMI calculator, and it said I need to lose 54 lbs on top of what I’ve lost. Which seems pretty high to me, even when I told my boy and friends, they all said, that seems high. I may need to go to a doctor to calculate that.

I honestly don’t feel bloated or anything this morning. I thought, when ordering, Oh my goodness, I am going to ruin everything, I am going to wake up tomorrow and my 12 pounds will instantly be back! Does not really feel like that at all. One major thing I have noticed though, during my juice fast I was only spotting with my monthly friend, now it’s like when the elevator doors during the shining open. I do think the food and flow are related. So, that may be my biggest punishment for eating food.

I was woken up by sirens outside my window this morning, which in STL is not unusual. What was strange was there were about 5 cop cars out there, and I kept looking for the group they were arresting but only one guy was cuffed. Yep. One guy, 17 cops. Either this guy did something really bad, or this is just over kill. This is not the first time I have seen something like this happen either. One time driving from work it was 2 guys, 15 cops. Most of them, both times, were just standing around chatting with eachother. I do not understand it. Mayber there just isn’t much crime mid-morning on a week day. I know when I have to call them to help with an eviction at the hotel it takes 20-30 minutes to get a cop over there. That is usually in the middle of the night on a Friday or Saturday though, so I guess I understand they are busy too.

Orlando, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale

Just got back from an epic central Florida trip. I can not say that I was very good with food. I did make sure to have veggies with almost every meal though.

First I wanted to go to a really authentic Cuban restaurant, which we found in Orlando, called Cafe Cubano. The place was so authentic, our waitress didn’t really speak any English. Just had to point to the menu for what we wanted. I got the “Traditional Cuban” and it was yummy! Came with fries, I couldn’t really ask her for anything else because I don’t speak Spanish. Their portion was only a handful though, not a gigantic basket of them like we get in American restaurants.

Then I went to Seaworld, which was fun. The Mantra rollar coaster is so cool, flips you upside down so you’re facing the ground, like you’re the eyes on a stingray. Very neat. The aquariums were well done. Saw the Killer whales. Saw Beluga’s getting it on. Then only thing that was not cool was about 1/3 of the park seemed to be shut down, which they should really tell you since it is 89 dollars per person.

Off to the hotel, which was a Hard Rock. I love, love, love that brand. Room was amazing, service was crazy good. For dinner we went to a Miller’s Ale House. Had pot stickers, Mahi Mahi, and broccoli. Watched the Celtics vs. Heat game, which was a really good game. Had several drinks. It was overall a very good night.

The next day the weather was SO gorgeous. For breakfast I had a few pistachio’s and a couple bottles of water. Then went and lounged around the pool, also amazing at the Hard Rock. Got crazy sun burned though. Going to Florida after being in a state where the high has been 32 for the past five months meant I was really pale, and now I am really red.

Drove off to Miami. Stayed at the Hyatt Regency, which was NOT as good as the hard rock. Their housekeeping staff was amazing at their job though. On the way grabbed a very bad lunch of a Wendy’s spicy chicken, no side. The drive was sooo long. After getting to the Regency at 5 pm, we go down for appetizers at the bar. I get an avocado and tomato salad in a cumin vinegrette. It was very light and fresh, and yummy.

We then head over to the Brickell area for real dinner, which was a disaster. Went to Blue Martini and the service was so bad, the drink I ordered was good, my crab cakes and salad were very good. They got my boy’s order wrong on the first try. Then his prime rib was very bland tasting. He had to order his beer twice and what she brought over was a half full beer with a napkin wrapped around it which we’re pretty sure someone had been drinking. She tried to say, oh we just do that, but it wasn’t done to the first beer he drank….so…. gross.

Went to a greek bar, was grossed out there too. All their garnish containers had no covers on them and it was an open air bar. I just told my boy, I’m tired, because I was so downtrodden to continue on.

The next day was better though. Drove to Fort Lauderdale, where I took a very long walk after drinking two coffee’s. Then had lunch on the A1A at Cafe Casablanca which was amazing! Had a lamb sandwich with salad and it was so yummy. The service was impeccable too, wished we were staying in Fort Lauderdale over Miami.

Drove back to Miami. Got a couple Margarita’s, service was good in the afternoon. Went to the room, got dressed and picked out where we would go that night, Zuma sushi (best sushi in the world, had it last year in Miami).  Went down to the bar, and had a terrible experience. The bar was packed, and the bartenders could not handle the crowd. First drinks came out fine. Then I was thinking about it, I told my boy to call Zuma, because I bet you needed reservations. He called, they were “fully committed” for the evening. Luckily we had torn a page out of those “Where” magazines, and we called around. We called 5 restaurants before finding one that wasn’t fully committed. We ordered a second round of drinks then waited 30 minutes. Finally just left. This bar’s problem was they did not have high quality bartenders. They could serve 7 people, but not 50 which was how many were inside this bar. I was thinking, Oh no, here we go again, a terrible night in Miami.

We get a cab and go back over to the Brickell area to a restaurant called “Delores, but you can call me Lolita.” How much do you love that name? It was great. We chilled at the bar for a couple rounds. The girl working behind the bar was friendly and very sweet.  Then went upstairs and had an amazing dinner. I had a tomato, salmon, mozzarella salad and my entree’ was chicken with mashed potato’s and lots of Merlot. It was really tasty. Went back downstairs, grabbed a white chocolate banana drink, very good. Then when back to the hotel, grabbed another drink, and had a Youtube dance drunken party. Had to get up at 3:30 for my 6 AM flight though. That was painful.

That is basically the gist of my Orlando trip. If you can’t tell, I am kind of a foodie when I travel.

Now lets talk financials and how much mine suck. I have to send Suffolk University 500 dollars by April 15th. I have 204 right now. My mom is going to send me 150, which is very nice of her.  When I get paid, not this upcoming paycheck but the next one, I should be able to make the deposit. I filled out the FAFSA today, but priority was March 1st for Suffolk, but the website says that they will award need based scholarships based on how much is left after priority, which I am very need based. I only made about 19,000 dollars last year and live on my own. If there is a wealthy benefactor out there though, with 66,000 dollars just kicking around and you want to donate it to a good cause, HERE I AM!!!!!!!!!

In Juicing news, I start my 7 day fast tomorrow. I would say I’m excited but I’m not. If you can’t tell from this post, I love food. My body needs a cleanse though, so, I’m doing it for a week. Hurray….

Saw this weird car detail on my walk through Fort Lauderdale.

Saw this weird car detail on my walk through Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale

On my walk towards the A1A in Fort Lauderdale.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

It is a very snowy wet day in the Lou. I just hope it clears up before I have to get on a plane tomorrow morning.

Yesterday I juiced my breakfast. The juice was cucumber, lime, and turnip greens. I put soo much lime in there though, it was like drinking a really intense limeade.

Then, I went to work. There was pizza. I ate it. Mostly because I was stressed. Within thew first 10 minutes of work I had 3 drunks yell at me, not just drunk, wasted as in they won’t remember speaking to me tomorrow. This stress made me think, “GIVE ME THE PIZZA!” I did manage to drink 2 liters of water too though.

 St. Pat’s is stressful weekend to work. We had a fight in a room, people who were just lost, and some parents actually let their young children run around the hotel well past midnight, which is INCREDIBLY dangerous. Think about it, kids with hormones mixing with adults who have drank too much to notice age in a building that is full of beds. Sigh, sometimes I don’t understand why some people have children. It does add even more stress to me though because I would feel sooo horrible if a child was raped or abducted on my shift, even though I know really it isn’t my fault, it’s their parents fault, but still, horrible.

I got out of work an hour and fifteen minutes late because I just could not get my work done. There was a gigantic check in, which adds to the amount of work, breakfast had to be set up and ready to go by 6 AM (the usual start time on weekend is 7), the drunky’s needed constant attention, and the sorting of express check out’s took about 45 minutes. Luckily my security guard delivered the receipts for me or I would have been there til 10 in the morning.

I came home, ate an egg with some mustard on it. Watched House of Cards on Netflix. Then I went to bed exhausted.

Woke up, I am pretty much out of produce and I am going to Florida for a few days, so I decided against produce shopping. Tried going out to eat. First place I went, closed. Second place, parking lot is coned off and it looked closed. Apparently STL treat St. Pat’s like it’s a legit holiday! Finally ended up at an Irish pub called Flannery’s. Got a chicken sandwich (they had no vegetarian options on the “St. Pat’s menu, otherwise known as the worst menu ever) and a smithwicks in honor of St. Patrick’s day. My meal was okay, but I noticed every employee was acting like they knew me. Super comfortable, not really providing any customer service. I was really confused, because I do not go to Flannery’s often, they do not know me. As I was walking out, the door guy was like “Pam?” to which I said “No, Storm.” He asked me if I was delivering red bull. I said, “Do you want me to go to 7-11 to get you a red bull? What?” He replies, “Aren’t you the girl who brings us our red bull?” “No…….” “Oh my goodness, we all thought you were Pam.” So apparently, there is a Storm look-a-like named Pam who sells red bull. Very interesting. I have a doppleganger…….

I am going to Orlando where I plan on not juicing. When I travel, I want to taste local cuisine. When I get back on the 21st, I want to do a 7 or more day juice fast, no cheating. Look forward to posts on that.