Sunday, June 21, 2009

Saturday Surprise

Mom and I went to Penzy's on Saturday and had a blast. We were going to go on Friday since I took that day off from work, but instead I got a new phone! I have had the same old cell phone for years and when they came out with the new iPhone, well, I decided to go for it. Of course, now I'm trying to figure out all the bells and whistles, but I love it! Anyway, back to Saturday.

Penzy's was great. I love that place and always leave feeling like I want to run home and cook. The smells are heavenly. And they have recipe cards for you to take home with you that make for total inspiration.

Here's our loot. I used some of the cinnamon in my coffee this morning. Delish!

After smelling all those great spices, we were hungry and didn't have to go far for a great meal. Just a few doors down from Penzy's is Collina's Italian Cafe. We'd never eaten there but were too hungry to go hunting for somewhere else, so we took a chance. Boy, were we glad we did. The place was friendly, clean, and best of all, the food was awesome.
I had the Mista Terra salad which is roma tomatoes, pepperoncini, red onion, roasted bell peppers, eggplant, feta, black olives with a nice, light, vinaigrette over lettuces. Delicioso! Our waitress told us the salads were really big and offered us the half size. Perfect! It was just enough and no left-overs. We also had an order of Foccacia bread which was to die for. I love surprises and this place was just that. We will be going there again!

When we got home, I went for a ride on Nellie (I finally named my bike) and burned up around 500 calories. Got on the scale this morning and was down another .8 of a pound. I'm officially weighing in tomorrow but had to see if yesterday's splurge on bread had left it's mark on me. Whew. I think I'm finally back on track. I didn't feel deprived this weekend at all and still I'm losing. That's the best surprise of all.

Stay cool and don't forget to drink your water!


  1. Oh that salad looks delicious! Mmmm!

  2. Whoa Nellie! Cute name. Wonderful stash from the spice store. And your salad is making me slobber!

    Good on you for regaining your momentum. It's not about what the scale says, it's what your head tells you about the journey. Your stuff is right on. Enjoy the ride.

  3. What a great day you and your Mom had!
    Love the loot...chipotle...yum
    Lunch looks both healthy & delish.
    Glad to see you and Nellie are getting along so well.
    Tena, you're doing so great!
    Nice to see ya again :)

  4. Nice! Wish we had a Penzy's around here. At least there's mailorder, but it's not quite the same.

  5. You're on a roll now!

    I keep forgetting I have a Penzy's around the corner. The peril of not being a cook. :)

  6. I will be looking for a Penzy's if we ever leave the state, not a single store in Georgia.

    Sounds like a wonderful day out with Mom, a great meal, and weight loss to boot!

  7. Nice weekend!! Salad looks awesome!

    ...on your bike girlie!! on your bike!