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I am finally back from the Dominican Republic where I acquired an awesome tan and unfortunately most likely also the 10 lbs I had lost prior to leaving ūüė¶ But it was fun and I wasn’t going to even attempt to calorie count or worry about anything on vacation) Just time to make up for it now!

We stayed at Majestic Elegance Punta Cana where we had a few issues with getting our room….

This was supposed to be the view from our room.....

However what we recieved wasn’t even close (and was also 10 times smaller with no outdoor jacuzzi). We spent the first two days dealing with trying to get compensated correctly for this mistake (which apparently happens frequently considering there was a stack of about 40 other room issues in our building alone at the concierge desk). Nonetheless we will be getting a two night refund which hopefully ends up being about $300 each. Of course we would have rather had the nicer room and view but what can you do?

The resort was great in every other sense and we had a great time. I will post pictures soon.

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4 Week Diet

So, I am totally not a fan of diets…at all. ¬†I usually just eat what I like in moderation and try my best to be healthy but hey – sometimes it just doesn’t happen.

Well. ¬†In 4 weeks I leave for Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and I am DETERMINED to look great in a bikini. ¬†I have been working out regularly (3x week) but my diet hasn’t been the greatest lately so my body is in no way bikini ready.

The following is my diet plan for each week (4 days on the diet – then the weekend is off):

Monday

Breakfast:  One Egg, piece of toast and 1/2 grapefruit

Lunch: Can of Tuna (no condiments) rolled in lettuce wrap

Dinner: 4 slices turkey deli meat with steamed veggies

Snack:  5 baby carrots w/one serving hummus

Tuesday

Breakfast: Cheerios w/skim milk and half banana

Lunch:  Can of tuna over chopped lettuce w/balsamic vinegar

Dinner:  Small piece of grilled chicken chopped with sauteed veggies

Snack: 3 small slices of cheddar cheese

Wednesday

Breakfast: 2 Egg whites with cheese (sm. amount) and grapes

Lunch:  4 slices of turkey deli meat and baby carrots

Dinner:  Can of tuna (no condiments) on a slice of wheat bread with lettuce

Snack:  15 pieces of mixed nuts & 1/2 grapefruit

The diet is only written for 3 days (but I’m adding another day in) and it pretty much alternates alot of the same foods for those few days. ¬†Then on the weekends you can eat/drink what you want. ¬†Then Monday back to the plan. ¬†My friend just lost 20lbs in 5 weeks so I’m hoping this will help if I can stick to it!

And when it gets rough and I just want that chicken cutlet sandwich this is what will motivate me….

The bathing suit I just ordered which you can find here on sale: Victoria’s Secret Sequin Sliding Triangle Bikini

Wine of the Week…

This week’s wine of the week pick is….

Paco & Lola Albarino 2009

It is an¬†¬†Albari√Īo from the Rias Biaxas in¬†Galicia (northwest Spain).¬†¬†It is made from the Albari√Īo grape which is also known as Alvari√Īo by its just-next-door¬†friends in Portugal.¬†

It has a great citrus, apricot, green apple taste on the pallet and leaves a crisp, refreshing finish.  Absolutely perfect on a Summer day out on the patio or perhaps even a lovely picnic!

If you enjoy a good Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio then you will adore an¬†Albari√Īo.¬†¬†It pairs wonderfully with seafood, shellfish, salads, and many spicy dishes.¬† And really….who doesn’t love black & white polka dots?

It retails for around $12-$16 depending on where you are located but you may find it online here:  Wine-Searcher:  Paco & Lola

Deal of the Day…

I am the new proud owner (well in 3 days that is) of this bad boy for my room:

Auria 37″ 720p LCD HDTV EQ3788
It was such a great deal I thought I would share. You aren’t going to be able to find a 37″ LCD TV any cheaper than this out there right now. I know, I know… it isn’t an LG or a Samsung or any huge name brand and it is only 720p but the average person never notices the difference anyway and for this price you are getting quite a bang for your buck as is.

Newegg currently has this TV for $299 here:

Auria 37″ 720p LCD HDTV EQ3788

Lobster Mac and Cheese

So for Valentines Day I decided to splurge and make a meal that my boyfriend has been wanting to make for a long time now. The ingredients are relatively expensive but last week Lobster tails were on sale at BigY for $6/ea so I bought a couple (and had a couple in my freezer from the last sale). I decided what better opportunity than Valentines to make a meal this special!

This is by no means a healthy meal AT ALL…. That being said it’s incredibly delicious and I can’t wait to make it again (though my budget and body are telling me NO!)

I used the Neely’s Lobster Mac n Cheese recipe from the Food Network:

Ingredients
4 tablespoons butterKosher salt
1 pound penne pasta
2 small shallots, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white wine
4 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
2 cups shredded sharp white Cheddar
2 cups shredded Gruyere
2 (8-ounce) raw lobster tails, defrosted if frozen, meat removed from shell, chopped
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley leaves

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and adjust racks to the middle. Grease a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with butter.

In a large pot of boiling salted water over medium heat, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta and reserve.

Add 4 tablespoons butter to a large pot over medium heat. Once the butter shimmers, add the shallots and garlic and saute until translucent. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the tomato paste and flour and stir to toast, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the white wine and reduce, by half, about 2 minutes. Slowly add the cream, whisking well to remove any lumps. Add the paprika, cayenne, and bay leaf. Bring the cream up to a simmer and turn the heat to low. Let reduce until the cream is thick and can coat a spoon, about 5 to 10 minutes. When thickened, remove the bay leaves.

Stir in the grated cheeses, a handful at a time, combining well after each addition. Add the chopped lobster meat to the sauce and stir well. Add the pasta and stir. Add to the greased baking dish and sprinkle with the panko crumbs and parsley. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle individual servings with parsley

Notes: It was hard to find Gruyere cheese at my supermarket and at first I was only able to find one which was imported and $9.00 for a block. There was a separate Boars Head brand section which had a block for $5.00 so I grabbed that one instead! Also another thing to note is that 2 cups shredded cheese = 1 8oz block of cheese (even though 8oz = 1 cup normally). I never realized that and almost doubled the cheese for the recipe!
I also used a plain jane Sauvignon Blanc (Sutter Home) for the wine in the recipe….

and we drank Adegaborba.pt Alentejo….

I did have to spend a little extra time at the gym this past week…but it was well worth it!

Winter Wonderland

Earlier this week we got dumped on yet again – over a foot this time which, in addition to all the snow that has already accumulated in my yard, means the snow is almost up to my waist in some areas! Luckily a good friend plowed for us but I still got a good workout shoveling around my car so i could get out beforehand….

The pups always love the snow….

I’m not tall enough mommy….

Where’d the Patio furniture go??

The lake out back…

I guess no one’s sleepin in the dog house tonight!


Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

Being in the wine buiness I get many opportunities to try new wines all the time and thought I would share some of my favorites from time to time. Today’s pick is Kim Crawford Sauvingnon Blanc out of Marlborough New Zealand:

The 2008 vintage (Wine Specator rated 91 points) was my favorite and is THE wine that turned me on to Sauvignon Blancs. Now it has become my favorite varietal and is my go to white wine. However nowadays you will most likely only be able to find the 2009 vintage. The 2009 was rated 89 points by the Wine Specator which still is not shabby by any means.

It provides a crisp citrus grapefruit taste on the palate with notes of melon and pineapple. It pairs great with dishes such as chicken, lighter pastas and fish. Enjoy!