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Celebration Dinner!

We had a wonderful birthday celebration for my mom this evening!

I love the goofy look my step-dad is making!  We went out to Bremerton Bar and Grill (Again!!! They’re gonna get sick of me!)

My grandma joined us as well!

My mom is amazing.  She is always there to support me, help fix my problems, or just to be someone to sit around and watch Mamma Mia! with for the dozenth time.  Her love is inifinite.  She has also majorly impressed me in the last couple years in her attempts to live a healthier life.  She cleaned up her diet, began walking/jogging, and recently even joined the YMCA with my step-dad and started doing cardio there, along with trying out various classes such as yoga and zumba!  Go girl!!  But yeah, basically, I totally love my mom. ❤

I started off my dinner with a house salad minus the feta.

Along with a Neighborhood Punch.

My mom, who is NOT a fan of alcoholic beverages, tasted it and said, “Tastes like alcoholic juice! Not bad!”  Neighborhood Punch for the win!  I do think my liver is starting to hate me though.  Not like college, but still.  Definitely time to take a break from the booze for a bit. 

My entree was the Treehugger Burger minus the cheese, with sweet potato fries.

I ordered the portobello mushroom, instead of a burger patty again, but when I tried it I realized that it was so charred that I couldn’t eat it.  I really hate to be a picky customer, especially since I’m already altering all my orders to be vegan, but I really had to send it back.  Turns out it was the last portobello, but I gladly welcomed the Gardenburger in exchange.  My burger came back and was absolutely delicious.  I was able to save half for later, since I had already devoured all of my fries by the time my burger came back.  They were also kind enough to offer me a free dessert for my inconvenience!  I split my free blackberry cobbler with my grandma, and my mom and step-dad ordered their own to split as well. 

Definitely another wonderful dining experience at Bremerton Bar and Grill.  (I’m also a fan, because it’s Keenan’s first week at work and they’ve already given him about three small pay raises from what he was initially offered him!)

After saying goodbye to my family, I came home to Arlo and caught up on some Family Guy while my food settled, then got my Jillian on.

Before Jillian.

After Jillian.

The frighteningly messy apartment is my next project for the night.

 As usual, I was feeling better about my workout after it was over, rather than before it started.  That’s how it works!  You never regret a workout after it’s over, it’s just about finding the motivation to get going!!!

Time for me to straighten up the apartment, and find some way to entertain myself until my boyfriend gets home from work around 1am!  Gahhh!  this schedule is gonna kill me!!

How do you feel about sending food back at a restaurant?  What is the line between “Oh well, I’ll just deal with it” and “I can’t eat this”?

I’m really usually more of an “I’ll just deal” sort of person, but if there’s something seriously wrong with my food (like a crispy charred portobello) or it it goes against my diet (like if they accidently forgot no cheese), then I’ll send it back as politely as possible.  I hate seeming over nit-picky or high maintenance.

Have a good one!

❤ Lindsay

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Bremerton Bar and Grill

Hey Everyone!!!! I’m back!!!!!!

I was able to get a new computer and camera, thanks to Best Buy’s wonderful 18 month no interest financing, so I am ready to roll! For those curious, I ended up with an HP Pavilion g4 laptop, and a Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS camera. They’re pretty sweet.

Although I definitely missed the blog, and found myself constantly wishing I could use the things going on in my life as blog material, it was nice to have a little break from it all. I ended up doing a lot of extra reading during the time that I usually spend blogging, and was finally able to finish reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Great read, by the way.

Another exciting announcement from the Lindsay Loves Veggies crew is that my boyfriend, Keenan, just landed a full-time job as a line cook at Bremerton Bar and Grill! We’ve been living on one income since the end of last year, so this is a huge deal for us. It’s crazy, he had been desperately looking for months to no avail, then all of a sudden one day he got three calls for interviews in one day! It totally blew our minds. He was offered a job at Bremerton Bar and Grill a few days later, which was definitely our number one pick of the places that called him, and just a few blocks from our apartment. Life has wonderful ways of working itself out sometimes!

Today was my first day home by myself while Keenan was at work, and I didn’t really know what to do with myself. I cleaned up the apartment a bit. Arlo and I ran to Fred Meyer and did a bit of grocery shopping.

I treated myself to a kombucha.

After shopping, I came home and had a quick snack of peanut butter toast, before getting my workout on.

I’m trying to somewhat follow the Summer Shape-Up plan over at The Fitnessista, so I did the strength training workout that she has listed.  As I was finishing up, Keenan came home from work and we decided to take a run.  I quickly ate a couple dates, including one stuffed with almond butter for a bit of fuel.

We ran the loop around the bridges by our house, about 2.5 miles, and ended up in the park and walked through farmers’ market.  We didn’t have any money with us, so it was just a window shopping visit, but I always enjoy seeing the fun stuff that they have for sale.  Pretty much the only veggies they had were greens though.  The really good farming is at least an hour from here. 

After our run, I quickly showered and got ready to go out to dinner.  In celebration of Keenan’s first day we decided to go back to the restaurant to enjoy a nice dinner (with a nice discount!).  We started out with an appetizer and drinks.

This hummus platter was amazing.  It came with feta cheese, but I left that for Keenan to munch on. 

Usually I would have gone with a beer, but the Malibu Mojitos caught my eye, so I decided to get the Passionfruit Mojito.

It was just club soda, passionfruit Malibu rum, ice, lime, and mint, but it was incredible.  Not too sweet, and not too boozy.  I had two of these babies over the course of a couple hours and I never felt them at all.  Now I want to try the mango flavor too.

Just before I finished with my hummus platter, the waiter brought my salad.

This is definitely the best vegan house salad I have ever had.  The dressing was a honey balsamic that made my taste buds dance a little bit. 

My entree was really to die for though.

They call it the Treehugger burger.  I ordered it without cheese and with a portobello instead of a patty.

On a ciabatta bun, tomato, avocado, red onion, romaine lettuce and the portobello.  I am so, so impressed.  By the quality of this restaurant.  Everything was impeccably done, and I really appreciated that they had options for both Gardenburgers or portobello in place of a regular burger patty.  I’m really proud that my boyfriend is going to be one of the people preparing this delicious food.

We really had a lovely night out together (Keenan just hates cameras, thus the face).  And even though my basketball team lost tonight (Next one’s yours, Heat!), Lebron still got a triple double, and I can be a gracious loser.

I’ve got to run away for the night.  I have got a pukey puppy.  I think it has something to do with him licking the bottom of Keenan’s work shoes for about 5 hours straight this evening.  Ew.

Have a great night!

❤ Lindsay

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