Produce Plus Skyscraper

Two topics on this lovely Sunday afternoon:

1) Produce Haul.  Brought home a ton of produce from Whole Foods yesterday.  Some of these items were specifically for recipes that I’m going to share in the next couple days, but most are for my general consumption.  I didn’t look for produce that I’ve never tried before, but I ended up bringing home a couple items that I’ve tried (and blogged about) in the past, and haven’t bought since, for whatever reason.  Here’s everything:

I gotta figure out a new way to photograph mass amounts of produce.  This picture has too much glare for my liking!

Moving clockwise from top left, we have: parsley, a container of celery, scallions, 2 honeycrisp apples, 2 persimmons, 4 red bartlett pears, 4 zucchini, red grapes, French radishes (which I’ve carved bullets from before), brussel sprouts, carrots, a container of cauliflower and broccoli, a container of mini sweet bell peppers, cucumber, red onion, lime, 2 pints of heirloom cherry tomatoes, and 2 dragon fruit.

2) New Skyscraper.  I had a great day at the gym yesterday.  I started with the 15 burpees I’m doing every day this month (3 days down, 27 to go!), then 30 minutes of weightlifting, followed by some cardio.  I decided to get on the StairMaster, and I set the clock for 15 minutes, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  I thought I could power through all 15 minutes, but I couldn’t.  I lasted a solid 8 minutes – burning 150 calories and climbing 45 floors – but I was glad to get off.  I finished up my workout with 17 minutes on the elliptical.

But 45 floors is nothing to sneeze at – especially if you’re a resident of Iowa, where the latest skyscraper in my skyscraper collection is located.  This is the 801 Grand building, in Des Moines, Iowa:

There are lots of 45-floor buildings around the world, but I picked the 801 Grand for a few reasons:

  • It’s the tallest building in Iowa.
  • Iowa is (and will continue to be) topical right now, since we’re only a few months away from the 2012 Iowa caucuses.
  • The 801 Grand is home to 801 Chophouse, a fancy-pants steakhouse that offers, on their menu, an item called ‘The Carnivore,” which is a 40-oz bone-in delmonico.  That steak is over three pounds!  The menu specifies that it’s intended for two people, but still – that’s 20 ounces per person!  My stomach hurts just thinking about it.  It comes with a bone morrow butter bath (don’t know what that is), roasted marrow bones, shallot confit, and baguette toasts.  The price tag? $101.95.

But what really sold me on the 801 Grand is that, in addition to all that, I found not one, but two models of it made out of Legos.  I love Legos, and used to have a whole Lego city in the basement when I was a kid.  I once designed and built a Lego stadium and entered it in a Lego contest (I didn’t win).  I would play with Legos all day every day if I could!  This Lego model of 801 Grand uses over 40,000 Legos:


This model is a lot smaller – only about 19 inches high – but equally impressive:


See how the 801 Grand stacks up (get it? Lego humor!) to the other skyscrapers in my collection on my Skyscraper Collection Page!

And now I’m off to the gym again.

Keep it up, David!

12 Responses to Produce Plus Skyscraper

  1. Maren says:

    Well done on your exercise! 45 floors would have killed me! :p
    That produce pic made me gasp – and look forward to my pay coming on Tuesday so I can get some of those goodies too! 🙂

  2. Lisa says:

    Welcome to Des Moines! 801 Grand is a very cool buildiing and for many years was the sight of an event benefing the Lung Society; it was a race up the 45 stories and included a special event for firefighters in full gear. Firemen and women traveled from all over the word to compete.( I don’t get it either!)
    Fall is gorgeous in DM and all weekend has been perfect with lots of sun so you can see the changing leaves that are perfect right now. Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning is not to be missed and it’s just a few blocks from 801 Grand.
    tIf you had stayed overnight you could have run the Des Moines Marathon today.
    801 Chophouse….yum! Great steaks and sides like creamed spinach.
    Good luck with your next building and congrats on your amazing weightloss.

    • David says:

      I’m so glad I have a reader in Des Moines! I read about the Lung Society benefit while researching, but not the firefighter element. Do you know why they stopped doing it? Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Alix says:

    For the glare, tape a piece of plastic bag over your flash (it’s temporary, so you can do this whether you’re using a camera or a phone). This doesn’t interrupt the intensity of the flash, but does slightly change the directions of the little light waves, and should give you less glare.


  4. Pat says:

    40 ounces is nothing compared to the “Old 96’er” that John Candy eats in “The Great Outdoors”

  5. Tv Food and Drink says:

    That is one kick-ass pic of a veggie orgy! Keep it up, D!

  6. Abel James says:

    That is a beautiful cornucopiafull of vegetable awesomeness. Hooray for burpees! After a bit, your day just won’t feel complete without them, David.

  7. alex says:

    i love your skyscraper collection. 🙂 but is so complicated to start one. i just write down the number of floors hoping that it will keep me motivated. 😀

    • David says:

      It’s not that complicated. You could start by using the buildings on my list as motivation, or look up how tall some of the buildings are in your area or in the closest city!

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