When I was looking at my calendar earlier this week, I realized that I had plans to eat out 4 times on Tuesday and Wednesday. It could potentially be really easy to fall off the wagon with a schedule like that, so I decided I would photograph everything I consumed during those 4 meals to keep myself accountable (and to share on my blog). So let’s get to the photos!
#1) Tuesday Dinner at COACH INSIGNIA, Detroit, Michigan: I’ll start with dinner last night. The occasion for eating at Coach Insignia was that it was my reward for reaching, a few weeks ago, my workout goal of climbing 73 stories on the StairMaster without stopping. As some of you may recall, I chose 73 as my magic number because it’s the number of stories in the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit, so I set the goal specifically so I could reward myself by going to the restaurant on the top floor when the goal was reached.
How tall is 73 stories? The top floor is 696 feet off the ground. But since that’s hard to visualize, let’s look at some pictures! I took this from the sidewalk before entering the building:
And here’s the view of the city from the 73rd floor:
I like that it’s high enough that you can see the curvature of the earth.
I went to Coach Insignia with my father. He grew up in Detroit, and I remember him bringing me to this restaurant when I was in kindergarten or so. Back then, it was called something else, and the whole restaurant rotated – a complete 360 degrees every hour – but the gears that make that happen fell into disrepair and they opted not to fix them.
We had a fabulous meal, and thoroughly enjoyed everything we ate. Coach Insignia is an excellent and elegant four-star establishment. We split an appetizer, the Maine Lobster Corn Dog. Each piece was half of a lobster tail, flash-fried in a light tempura batter and served with some cabbage and a mustard Hollandaise sauce:
Then I had the Poached Pear salad, which included gingerbread croutons (!). It looked nicer when it was first presented – I had taken a few bites and dug around a little bit before remembering to take this photo:
My entree was the venison (which I’ve never had before in my life), which was grilled to medium rare, and served with roasted parsnips and haricot verts (green beans):
I really enjoyed, and will remember, sharing this celebration with my dad. Oh, and we skipped dessert.
#2 – Tuesday Lunch at L. GEORGE’S CONEY ISLAND, Berkley, Michigan: Earlier on Tuesday, I meet up with my friend Debbie, whom I’ve known since middle school. Debbie and her husband recently became parents to beautiful little boy, Quentin, and I had a great time meeting him, and catching up with her. We went to L. George’s, a Coney Island in her neighborhood, where I got a large Greek salad with grilled chicken on it. It was ginormous!
My guess was that there was 3 breasts worth of chicken in that salad, and a good amount of feta underneath it, as well as beets, olives, tomato, and lettuce. I ate about half of it, and 1 piece of the pita from that side plate, and ended up taking the rest home:
#3 – Wednesday Lunch at BEANSTER’S CAFE, Ann Arbor, Michigan: I spent most of Wednesday in Ann Arbor, where I lived for 5 years when I was a student at the University of Michigan. I saw a lot of friends and former professors, and for lunch, my friend Nancy, whom I haven’t seen in 8 years, and I went to Beanster’s Cafe, which is in one of the student unions on campus. Both Nancy and I had the Michigan Salad, which had greens, blue cheese and walnuts (which I only ate some of), and dried cherries (which is the Michigan part of the Michigan salad, as Michigan is a major cherry producer):
#4) Wednesday Dinner at QUINN AND ADRIENNE’S, Ann Arbor, Michigan: This last one may not count as ‘eating out’, because I wasn’t at a restaurant, but I wasn’t at home, either. I went over tonight to visit my friends Quinn and Adrienne at their lovely home, where they made dinner. I’ve known both of them since college – Quinn and I started as Freshman together in the same department, and while Adrienne is one year younger, it took me 5 years to get my degree, so she and I were in the same graduating class. They were high school sweethearts and have been together ever since, and I’ve gotten to see them 3 times in the past 12 months, and you can’t not smile and have a fantastic time when these two are around.
Adrienne is a regular reader of this blog, too, so they were very health-conscious in their menu planning, which was very thoughtful. Dinner began with a salad (greens, shaved apple, and a little dressing and grated asiago cheese):
Followed by a shrimp and vegetable yellow curry served over brown rice, featuring green beans grown in their backyard garden this past summer:
And a little blueberry and pomegranate sorbet (or sherbet? Can’t remember.) for dessert:
Now that I’ve covered a lot of my caloric intake (everything except my breakfasts), I feel I should also mention the exercise I’ve been doing lately. The last time I mentioned working out was on Sunday, when I swam 1450 yards in the pool at the gym.
Since then, I’ve had 3 wonderful workouts:
- On Monday, I returned to the pool, and swam 1900 yards (76 lengths of the pool) in around 50 minutes.
- On Tuesday, I did a variety of stuff during a 90-minute workout: 10 minutes of jogging around the indoor track, 35 minutes of toning, 10 minutes of abs, 25 minutes on the elliptical, and stretching at the beginning and end.
- This morning, I was back in the pool, where I switched up my workout (after getting great ideas from my sister Sarah in Colorado, who swims for exercise every week at the kick-ass pool at her local rec center) and ended up going 2300 yards (92 lengths of the pool) in 50 minutes.
Keep it up, David!
P.S. Remember the Buddha’s Hand I bought a few days ago? I used the rest of it to make something delicious, which I’ll share in tomorrow’s post. Come back to check it out!