Bye, Bye, Bye (singing ‘Nsync in my head)

We spent our last morning in AZ, lounging around. We found a cute French café by our hotel and grabbed a yummy breakfast and played in the Butte’s fancy pool. It was the perfect morning for a bit of swimming! Hot, but not yet over 100 degrees at that point!

Essence Cafe in Tempe - Two Thumbs UP!

colorful macaroons!

fresh fruit salad and a piping hot quiche!

Love the pool at the Buttes!

pre-sunburned-swim

post - swim - with rosey red sunburns!

Next, we headed over to my favorite store … To some, this place is terrifying, but to me, it’s my happy place.

bring it on, ladies!

Last Chance is a one of a kind store buried in a basement of a strip mall Camelback in Phoenix.  Nordstrom has “The Rack” but this is even better.  Think piles of Jimmy Choos, DVF clothes, and Michael Kors bags – for under 100 bucks. The store opens up at 10am, but people start lining up before the sun rises. They read rules before the door opens.  For example, you may not steal from another shoppers cart or you may not purchase more than three (ie only three purses per day) of any item.   You know, stuff that they read before you enter a typical store 😉

I scavenged the store, while Adam sat on a bench – he’s not as big a fan of competitive shopping as I am, as I live for black Friday – and came up with a lot. I got a pair of North Face boots, and Steve Madden Boots for 20 bucks, but my biggest find was a red Longchamp bag. I LOVE these bags, and could not believe my luck. Yes, it might have been dramatic, but I told Adam to guard it with his life as I continued to graze the store. While I got in line to checkout,  I asked A for the time, to which he replied 2:30, already worried that we had a flight to catch I started to panic.  Then from behind us, a lady said, “it’s not 2:30, it’s only 2:05, don’t let him trick you!”,  quickly other women joined in pouncing on my lovely fiance’s attempt to get out of that mad house. Gotta love shopping comraderie!

we took these awesomely cheesy photo booth pics outside Last Chance - My fav store doubles as an arcade. Score!

And we’re off to NYC!

Do you like to bargain shop?

Veggie Dinner!

Good Morning Central Park!!

I was able to walk to work this morning,which is my favorite way to start the day. A little bit of excersize, and lots of people watching! New Yorkers – What’s your favorite walking path in the city?

I’ve been hammering through my Swag bag from the Healthy Living Summit pretty consistently the past two days. I’m a sucker for a good protein bar! I’ve given the Nugo bars a try for breakfast the past two mornings.  And they’re great. I really loved the pretzel dark chocolate bar. The combination of salt, and chocolate is definitely a favorite of mine, remember?  

mmm pretzels and chocolate and sea salt!

And today – I tried something else, the Trenta  Iced Coffee from Starbucks , which was huge, and I did not finish (shhhhh, don’t tell anyone I was not woman enough to finish the largest ice coffee in midtown. My street cred would be ruined).

Giant coffee = Jumpy Shoshana!

Anyways, yesterday I was determined to make something plant based for dinner (a la Dawn) and set out to make Mushroom burgers – but, got a little sidetracked.

I purchased a pretzel baguette from the bakery at Food Emporium (which is the best bread ever.  It’s a pretzel, you put things on!) And decided to make it into a pretzel pizza (of sorts), and I added a side of roasted asparagus and spinach bites.

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Pretzel Baguette Pizza

Pick any type of “baguette” bread. I chose pretzel, and scooped out the middle of the bread to cut out some of the hefty calories.  It’s easy, and yummy! Make them!

Yields 4 Servings (or 2 servings for really hungry people)

Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

2 Portobello Mushroom Caps, sliced

1 clove of garlic

Olive Oil

1 Baguette

1 small can of tomato sauce

½ small ball of fresh mozzarella
1. Sauté mushrooms, garlic and olive oil
2. Cut the baguette in half length wise, and cut each piece in half width wise
3. Scoop out the middle of the bread, and sprinkle with olive oil
4. Spread sauce on the bread, and top with mushrooms, cheese
5. Broil in the oven until crispy

empty baguette and filo shells

Pre-Melting of the Cheese!

To make the spinach bites, I just filled the Filo pockets we got in our HLS swag bag with spinach, sprinkled with mozzarella and salt/pepper and broiled with the pizza.  They were delicious. Three of the filo pockets have 45 calories so it was a nice little side dish, with few added calories.

Filo Shells!