Monday, April 27, 2009

"We took a trip to Shady Grove..."

Happy Monday!

It's summertime for me! I still can't believe I graduated. It hasn't really hit me yet! I feel like I'm on Spring Break or something and will be going back to school soon.

I gave myself a few weeks off before I start working so today my short hiatus from real life begins! Here's what I hope to accomplish today:

1) Plant tomato plants with the boyfriend
2) Start unpacking, going through, and organizing my stuff
3) Work out
4) Start my garden

It doesn't look like much but I have a feeling I'm not going to get to everything. Number 2 can take all day!

This weekend I took my parents and the boyfriend to lunch at a place called Shady Grove in Pittsburgh. It's located in the Shadyside neighborhood, which is one of my favorites. It has tons of cute shops and boutiques like Williams Sonoma, The Chocolate Moose (candy store), Victoria's Secret, Apple, and Prantl's Bakery. It was one of my number one running destinations while at school.

Shady Grove is a restaurant and bar. The day we went it was 84 degrees and sunny and Shadyside was packed with people walking around on such a beautiful day. Shady Grove has outdoor and indoor seating but since it was a 15 minute wait to get a table, we didn't request to be outside. We always go with whatever's quickest!

The inside was casual yet sophisticated. I loved how they had these metal trees as decorations throughout the place. They also had tons of huge flat screens. I'm sure this place is packed on game days! The lighting was pretty dark, but it set a nice ambience.

The menu included sandwichs, burgers, salads, wraps, and melts. They also have pizza but no one at my table ordered it. Everything looked so good that I was torn between options. Luckily, my Dad agreed to split meals with me. I ordered the portobello mushroom burger with feta and roasted peppers and he ordered the hot veggie sandwich, which is tomato, onion, basil, garlic, oregano, spinach, roasted red peppers, portobellos, marinated in balsamic vinaigrette with provolone, served on ciabatta.

We had half of each. They were both amazing! The feta was a little salty on the Portobello burger but other than that, I was completely satisfied with my meal. I substituted the fries for a side salad, took off the top of the burger bun, and ate my meal with a large glass of water with lemon.

Sorry about the lack of pictures of everything. I still feel weird whipping out my camera and taking photos of my food and the restaurant. Don't worry, Im sure i'll get used to it soon enough!

For breakfast this morning I kept it simple. I'm currently at the boyfriend's house and scavenged whatever I could find. This ended up being a small banana, smothered in almond butter with a small pear and cottage cheese, sprinkled with cinnamon.

If you have a food blog, how did you get used to taking pictures of your food around people? Do you still or ever feel weird doing it?

I'll leave you with a graduation picture. How funny is this? I graduated with the 3 stooges!

1 comment:

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