143.8…At Least It Was For A Good Cause

Before I got ready for our dinner out last night, I snacked on an apple. Just in case you were wondering, I always eat Gala apples (unless Honeycrisps are in season). They are the best apples!

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My husband and I attended a dinner benefiting the San Diego Hospice. The proceeds of the event go towards bereavement programs at their Center for Grief Care and Education. They offer support to families after the death of  their patients. They also provide an annual weekend summer camp to children who have been impacted by a death.

When we arrived, we were greeted by cocktails, passed appetizers and a silent auction. I enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine and a few of the appetizers. I tried the spanokopita, grilled shrimp and a tuna tartare. They also had chicken on skewers with a bright pink sauce that scared me so I avoided it.

Eventually it was time to sit down to dinner. The first course was Spinach and Mixed Greens with Strawberries, Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans and Balsamic Dressing.

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The dressing was great! I loved this salad. I pushed the strawberries to the side of course. :) When I got down to a few bites left, I didn’t see the strawberries anywhere on my plate. I was so confused as to where they went! My husband saw me rooting around and asked me what I was doing. I told him that the strawberries were gone and I didn’t remember eating them! I thought maybe I had had one too many glasses of wine. He then informed me that he ate them when I wasn’t looking. :)  I thought I had lost my mind.

I was really hungry by the time the main course arrived. I had already eaten a lovely warm roll with some butter but I was ready to get down to business. The main course was served family style.

Snapple Tamale with Cilantro Lime Butter and Mango Chutney

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Stuffed with Cheese

Penne Pasta with Grilled Vegetables, Garlic, Olive Oil and Balsamic

Coconut Rice and Grilled Vegetables

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I took a little bit of everything. By the time the chicken made its way around the table, there wasn’t any left for my husband, my friend or myself. They were kind enough to bring us each a piece but sadly, they were not stuffed with cheese. I felt a little sad.

I was even more sad to discover that I really didn’t like anything on my plate. :( The snapper was WAY too sweet, the pasta was bland and the rice was undercooked. The vegetables were ok. At least the roll and salad were good!

Dessert was Pineapples Foster and Assorted House Made Truffles.

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The Pineapples Foster was pretty good but the truffles were awesome. They didn’t make it on film….I ate them too fast. I was pretty hungry at that point.

I’m glad that I was able to support such a worthwhile cause but I wish the food had been worthwhile to eat. Oh well…you win some and you lose some.

I did enjoy my breakfast this morning though! Toasted English muffin with Teddie peanut butter and watermelon. The watermelon is getting a little weird looking….I need to hurry up and finish it.

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I took the kids to school and went to Cardio Boot camp class. Before walking into class, I was discussing with a friend (Hi Denise!) how sore I am from Monday’s Cardio Muscle class and was hoping we would lay low on the weights today. Well, lo and behold….today was ALL weights. Hopefully I can walk and use my arms tomorrow.

I ran some errands and picked up the kids from school. They had half day today and have no school Thursday or Friday. Yeah for not having to wake up super early for the next two days!

I came home starving and made lunch.

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I made an awesome wrap using a La Tortilla low carb tortilla, turkey slices, low fat Swiss cheese, lettuce, shredded carrots and the El Tortito Cilantro Pepita Caesar dressing. I’m really in love with this stuff!

Tonight we are taking the kids to the Padres baseball game. It’s the last game of the season and I have a serious hankering for hot dogs. :)

When you go to an event (wedding, charity dinner, etc.), what type of food service do you prefer? Buffet, Table Served, Family Style, etc.?


  1. I always think the food at events will be bad so I often eat before!

  2. Table served is great but buffet gives me control over my choices and I'm a foodie control freak! hehe!

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  3. Well...at least it was a good cause even though the food wasn't the greatest. Padres game sound fun. We usually make it to one or two a season. I love Petco...and hot dogs and beer.

  4. i'm a big fan of buffet style. the dessert sounds amazing!


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