My A-Z

Today I’m taking a queue from other bloggers who have been posting the A-Z survey.  Here we go:

A is for age: Somewhere between 30-40!

B is for breakfast today: a smoothie–banana, strawberries, pineapple, coconut milk (not a fan!), chia seeds, Garden of Life RAW protein powder)

C is for currently craving: Nothing – I just ate lunch.

D is for dinner tonight: Something quick and easy–maybe my usual breakfast toast.

E is for favorite type of exercise: Depends on my mood but it’s usually either power yoga, a run, Spin class, weights, or a long walk with the dogs.

F is for an irrational fear: Sharks.  Because in my day-to-day life in Wisconsin my chances of encountering sharks are really high.

G is for gross food: Wal-Mart chicken–that’s a story for another post.

H is for hometown: Waukesha, WI

I is for something important: My Quality Assurance Guy, Kostas and Tucker (dogs!), Family, happiness.

J is for current favorite jam: The answer should probably be a song, but I’ll go with the food kind–my dad’s homemade raspberry preserves.

K is for kids: Kostas and Tucker–fur-kids.  And proud Aunt to three good kids:  Julia, Luke, and John.

L is for current location: Madison, WI

M is for the most recent way you spent money: A new pair of Mizuno Wave Rider running shoes. 

N is for something you need: A personal assistant.  Kidding, but gosh that would be nice!

O is for occupation: Hard to explain, but basically a COO-type…

P is for pet peeve: When strangers at the grocery store comment to me about items I’m buying.

Q is for a quote: “A woman is like a tea-bag–you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”  Eleanor Roosevelt  (having a back-pocket quote comes in handy–you never know when you might be playing Table Topics and need to quickly say a quote!)

R is for random fact about you: I was on Oprah!  I submitted a question for Rachel Ray–it was Rachel’s first time on the show (and Cesar the Dog Whisperer) and I got to meet with the producer at a local Chicago grocery store (used to live in Chicago), and was filmed shopping for frozen dinners (which I didn’t and don’t do).  Then I got to ask Rachel for her tips for someone cooking for 1 or 2.  Her answer was chili–chili on everything.  Chili, chili dogs, nachos, etc.

S is for favorite healthy snack: Apples!

T is for favorite treat: Apples and peanut butter!

U is for something that makes you unique: I have ZERO sweet tooth.  I can’t remember the last time I ate chocolate, ice cream, etc.  I love to bake and push my goods on others!

V is for favorite vegetable: Spinach and squash.

W is for today’s workout: Jari Love Get Ripped 1000–it’s at home waiting for me after work.

X is for X-rays you’ve had: Too many!  Collar bone (x2), fingers, foot/heel, teeth.

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: Long walk with the dogs–a sunny, warm March day.

Z is for your time zone: Central.

Your turn–pick a letter and comment with your answer! 

Halfsies Pizza: A veggie and meat win-win

Happy weekend everyone!

On Friday night the Quality Assurance Guy (QAG) and I headed out for dinner.  Sounds easy, right?  Well, not always.

I have adopted a plant-strong diet.  The QAG has adopted a plant-strong halfsies diet.  He has cut back on the amount of diet soda consumed, processed lunch meat eaten, and chocolate chip cookies devoured.  (Unfortunately that means that some of my baking tools are collecting dust.)

When we dine out, it is a little bit of a production.  I always appreciate that he suggests we find someplace that will cater to both of our tastes.  Dining out for pizza isn’t always that easy.  QAG would prefer pepperoni, I’d prefer green peppers.  It’s rare to find a pizzeria that will allow for a halfsies pizza–half meat-lovers, half veggie-lovers.

Our luck turned last night when we stumbled upon Villa Dolce Gourmet Italian Pizzeria & Ristorante in Middleton, WI.  We stopped in to look at the menu, spoke with the owner, and took a quick look at the dining rooms.  The pizzeria has a really fun and cozy atmosphere; great decor and lighting that makes for a casual dining experience.

When our waitress started answering our myriad of menu questions, the first thing I told her was that I was going to be difficult–regardless of what I ordered, I’d ask for modifications.  Her response, “No problem.”  The best news of all, we could get a halfsies pizza.  No issue, no extra charge.  Mamma Mia!  Our halfsies creation was half Garden of Villa (grilled zucchini, red peppers, eggplant, tomato, mushrooms, minus the mozzarella) and half Meat Lovers (prosciutto, Italian sausage, pepperoni, bacon, tomato sauce, mozzarella).

The halfsies pizza

Pizza Aftermath

As you can tell, we loved the pizza.  Sometimes plant-strong at a restaurant isn’t filling or satisfying; this pizza was both.  It’s worth pointing out that the plant-strong side did not leave the Exxon Valdez oil slick that the meat lovers side created.  Oh boy!

We’ll certainly be back at Villa Dolce.  The pizzeria has an extensive pizza, pasta, and salad menu.  I’m sticking to the veggie pizza!  If you find yourself in the middle of Middleton, WI, check it out!

Question:  How do you handle dining out with others who don’t necessarily share your eating habits?

(Note:  We were not compensated for the dinner at Villa Dolce and paid our own way.)