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Belly-Up

We’re home after spending a wonderful week at an all-inclusive in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  We had a great time, with great weather, great friends, but unfortunately for our waistlines, with a great buffet.
Why is it that any and all discipline you exhibit at home goes out the door the first time you step up to the all-you-can eat breakfast buffet of bacon, eggs, sausage, pancakes, etc.?  And the funny thing is, only a couple of hours later you belly-up again, thinking you’re hungry, making yourself feel better by putting a couple of slices of tomato on your plate, only to sit there stuffed and feeling gross. You can try to eat healthy by resisting desserts or limiting yourself to just one plate, but when you don’t normally eat like this, or as a someone said on the trip “if you’re not use to carb loading” on rice, roasted potatoes and patties, well  the jeans you wore on the flight down will likely be a little snug on the way back.
It’s really hard not to get carried away when every meal is provided at large for an entire week.  It’s a vacation from meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking, so of course you want to take advantage of it, but now it’s back to reality and perhaps wearing fat pants to work this week. ~kM

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A little chippy

After a recent tweet-up at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata, where I was wrongfully accused of eating all the potato chips (thanks @stuntmanstu I’m never going to live this down, lol), I figured why not write a blogpost about my favourite snack food. (FYI – the chips we very yummy at the Brookstreet).
So here are some interesting facts about the tasty treat:
– The potato chip was invented in 1853 by Chef George Crum in Saratoga Lake, New York.  A customer complained that his French fries were too think, so he cut them thin, fried them, salted them, et voilà!
– While most varieties follow a similar recipe to Mr. Crum’s, some like Pringles, are made up of dehydrated potato flakes, cornmeal, starch, and other ingredients I can’t really pronounce.
– Frito-Lay employs approximately 45,000 people in Canada and the United States.
– Potato chips are a source of vitamin C, magnesium and potassium, but they are all not all good, they are also stock full of salt (200mg per ounce, that’s about 10 to 12 chips).
So why after knowing all this, do I still eat these little bundles of joyful crunchiness?  Maybe it’s the variety of flavours like: dill pickle, salt and vinegar, ketchup, etc.; or ripping the bag open and smelling the above mentioned goodness for the first time; or perhaps, it’s reaching in and grabbing the largest “wish chip” ever and showing it to the person you’re sharing the bag with, and then gobbling it up.  No matter what the reason, I’d share a big bag of chips and a cold glass of Coca-Cola Classic with a special someone any day. ~ kM

Source: Current Health, Oct. 2001

Shop ’til you drop?

If there is one thing I don’t like doing, it’s grocery shopping.  It’s the arduous task of picking up the essentials for breakfast, lunch and dinner in order to make it through the week.  It’s not exciting, I often don’t stray from the norm, because when I do it results in a trip down the chip aisle.  Plus, I have to go first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds, because Crowds + Kelly = bad news.
My weekly trip to the Loblaws at South Keys includes a stroll down the produce aisles; a stop at the deli counter for low-fat turkey or ham; a stop at fish counter for the “freshest” catch; rye bread, yogourt, skim milk, low-fat cheese, canned tuna, frozen pizza (I love the PC Blue Menu Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese), and some household items. 
Boring right?  So how do we make it more exciting?  It requires research, planning, foresight.  Not easy when you’re both working 60+ hours/week, but we’ve made it a priority.  We’ve made it something we’re both interested in and passionate about.
So while I often don’t look forward to grocery shopping, it’s a lot easier when I have a new recipe in hand, and when I know I’ll be going home to cook it with my husband later that week. ~kM

Welcome!

We’re no experts, we’re definitely amateurs when it comes to food; however, we love going out to eat, ordering in or trying a new recipes.  This is our first attempt at blogging, it’s to be a diary of our Ottawa foodie adventures.  We hope you’ll join us, laugh with us and maybe even learn with us.

Cheers,

Greg and Kelly