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Monday, January 24, 2011

SNACK: Trader Joe's Mocha European Style Low-fat Yogurt

Because I've been such a glutton during the holidays, I decided to start off the new year by going on a diet in hopes of shedding some of the added weight. Diets are never easy and it's a real commitment. I don't like depriving myself so I'm always in search of great, delicious and healthy foods. One problem that i encounter each time is not being able to indulge in sugar! I can't deny it- I love sweets and desserts... it's my weakness! Anyway, yesterday while shopping at Trader Joe's, I found this amazing Mocha European Style Low-fat Yogurt... I think I found my new obsession!! It's so creamy and sweet with a hint of mocha flavor. It has that particular "tangy" yogurt-y taste which I don't usually like but works well with the mocha flavor and I find myself trying to chase the taste! I also tried the chocolate flavor which is pretty damn good too! It tastes like a really light mousse. Best of all- this sweet treat is only 130 calories and has 2 grams of fat! I would take the extra 30 calories over those 100 calorie Dannon brand fruit yogurts just to get my sweet fix! Oh, and it's only $0.99 a cup and totally worth it! This new snack is amazing and definitely guilt-free! For the people following the Weight Watchers point system such as myself, it's only 3 points! So glad I found this yummy yogurt. I think I have to plan my next trip to Trader Joes asap!!

LINK: Trader Joe's

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

FILM: The Fighter by David O. Russell

I saw The Fighter by David O. Russell this past weekend after the fear that it won't be in theaters very long and boy I sure am glad I watched it! I knew that this movie was a must see for 2011, not just because Mark Wahlberg has the star role (I still remember the first time I saw him in person with @AnnaWHY at Bar Pitti *drool*) but because lately I learned to appreciate the sport of Boxing (because of Manny Pacquiao of course). 

So what is it about? It's about an Irish fighter named Micky Ward's (played by Wahlberg) struggle to achieve the light welterweight championship. He's torn between trying to pursue his dreams versus family loyalty. Worst of it all, Ward is overshadowed by the drama of his older brother / former boxer / slacker trainer turned crack addict, Dicky Ecklund. I was expecting this movie to be "average" but was swayed after Christian Bale's epic performance as Dicky Ecklund. Check out the picture above and see how much weight he lost for this role! Bale was very effective and his role was also emotionally moving. This movie is excellent for a "based on a true story" flick! The characters were all convincing and I give an honorable mention to Amy Adams who plays as Micky's girlfriend and Melissa Leo who plays as his mother. If it's still out the next few weeks, I highly suggest you see it! I'm kind of surprised it didn't do as well in box office sales because it definitely has all the elements that make an amazing film.

Check out the trailer below:

Saturday, January 1, 2011

EATS: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in Binghamton, NY

My last gluttonous hurrah before the New Year was at Cracker Barrel in Binghamton. I first heard of this establishment through Tribble & Mancenido while they were working on their project, Hurry Up & Wait in which they were on the road photographing America's trucking culture for over a year. The couple said that a pit stop at any Cracker Barrel location during a cross country drive is a must. Cracker Barrel is renowned for serving old-fashioned home cooked meals. Who would want to eat at your average fast food joint after a long drive anyway? I know I don't. Stopping by was definitely a treat as it was an adventure in its own- beginning with shopping at the amazing General Store and then ending it with a delicious meal and a happy full belly!
The Store Front which is pretty much a standard look for all its branches throughout the U.S.
Upon entering its doors, you begin to experience that "country" feel and nostalgia.
You can purchase an old-school rocking chair for only $129!
Vintage Hershey's Chocolate Bar!
Do you remember thin sticks?
They offer an variety of vintage treats from gumballs, sodas and even Moon pies!
Baking Supplies and goodies. Do you see the huge country ham?
More Vintage candies!
Valomilk.. YUM! Anything with chocolate and marshmallows is good by me!
Sky Bar! Four different flavors in one yummy candy bar :)
Don't you just love Peanut Brittle?
Vintage toys for the kiddies! Love the wind up ones.. 
@KnownAsAdi about to experience her first Cracker Barrel experience just like me and Mr. Fox!
We didn't realize Macaroni 'n' Cheese was considered a "Vegetable" amongst many other choices from the list! Haha!
Complimentary corn muffins and biscuits :D
Frosty Beverages: Raspberry Lemonade and Apple Cider
Mr. Fox decided to get meatloaf with mashed potatoes and a double side of Macaroni 'n' Cheese which he enjoyed and was later on a food comatose shortly after.. haha
I ordered the Haddock Dinner with Macaroni 'n' Cheese and Sweet Potato Casserole w/ Pecans. The Haddock was pretty good- lightly fried and not that greasy. I had to sprinkle some lemon juice to enhance the flavor. The Mac 'n' Cheese was pretty good.. very cheesy! The macaroni was a little overcooked though. The best part was the Sweet Potato Casserole- sweet and velvety with little crunchy pecans in every bite! AMAZING!
My third side was Fried Okra which was ok. The Okra was too soft- I'm used to a firmer texture. The breading was too thick. 
We didn't eat dessert because after we devoured our food we were ready to take a nap! BUT how bizarre is this dessert option- a Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake??? I think I'll definitely pass on this one!
The decor was nostalgic- straight out of a old country home!
The old school paraphernalia especially the shot gun and taxidermy was pretty interesting...
The Huge billboard facing the highway.
I had a great time at the Cracker Barrel! They definitely know how to preserve that nostalgic feel. The food was definitely filling and a little bit overwhelming but I guess if you're hungry and have been sitting in a car all day long, going to a Cracker Barrel is something to look forward to.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
876 Front Street
Binghamton, NY 13905

Happy New Year! 1.1.11

Just wanted to share some photos I took around Nanticoke Creek in Endicott, NY during New Year's Eve. I hope everyone had an amazing 2010 as I am definitely looking forward to 2011. Happy New Year Everyone! :)