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Busy Work Day

by Meghann on April 9, 2009

Today was super crazy at work! We are getting down to the final preparation for our conference in 2 weeks and I was away from my desk all day putting together packets so we can ship them out in time for the big day. Tomorrow is going to be more of the same, but I have to say I love working towards a deadline, it makes the day fly by!

Another good way to have the day fly by? Having your boss treat you to a fantastic lunch!

This morning I had an e-mail from my Vice President suggesting she treat my supervisor and I to lunch instead of our normal weekly meeting. No meeting and a free lunch, who am I to say no? πŸ™‚

We ended up going to a fabulous resteraunt I have been dying to try after hearing all the great reviews from fellow co-workers. It’s called the Ravenous Pig and if you are in the Orlando area I highly suggest you check it out.

I studied the menu for a good 10 -15 minutes before finally deciding on the Oyster & Shrimp Po-Boy topped with Parsnip Slaw and Homemade Pickles with the Garden Salad on the side.


It was fantastic!! I haven’t had a Po-boy in too long and this one was perfect. It wasn’t overly sauced and was the perfect petite size for lunch time enjoyment. The salad was also light and refreshing. I’ve been told I need to come back for dinner to see what this place is really known for. πŸ™‚

The salad and the burger my two bosses ordered looked amazing as well. I have a feeling everything on the menu would have been amazing.

During the meal my eye kept catching the desserts being served around me. After confessing to my Vice President how big of a sweets fan I am and discussing with her the multiple locations of Tart Yogurt places I know of in the area, we knew we had to indulge in some dessert ourselves.


As the waitress ran through the desserts my ears perked when she said ‘Homemade Greek Yogurt Ice Cream’ ummm… YUM! We decided to split the Ice Cream and their famous “Pigtails’ which were fried dough sticks with a Chocolate-Mocha Dipping Sauce.

I had one Pigtail with sauce and about 75% of the Greek Yogurt Ice Cream.

OMG the Ice Cream was everything I hoped for. I am going to go back just for this. It’s just like Tart Yogurt, but better and creamier! We technically ‘shared’ the bowl but my spoon definitely made an appearance more then others. πŸ™‚

I was STUFFED after lunch, but luckily I was running all over the office collecting things so I didn’t get that stuck at the desk sleepy feeling.

Before my lunch though I did have a snack of a Chocolate Brownie Gnu Bar.


This bar was kind of blah, I much prefer their Peanut Butter bar much better. πŸ™‚

My dinner was not as exciting as my wonderful lunch, but it did the job.


I had a couple of 1/2 cans of beans in the fridge to use up, so I did what any bean condesseiur would do.. I made a Bean Burger. πŸ™‚


Into the food processor I dumped

  • 1/2 can Chickpeas
  • 1/2 can Black Beans
  • Jalapenos
  • Garlic
  • Minced Onion
  • Pepper
  • Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs

I pressed the power button and when the mix came together I formed two patties. One went in the freezer and the other under the broiler for about 8 minutes on each side.

I ate the Bean Burger sans bun with Spinach, Tomato and Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce on top.

I debated making sweet potato fries on the side, but came to the conclusion that required way too much work. Instead I heated up the leftover Roasted Asparagus…


… and chopped up 2 whole Carrots.


I agree with Tina that whole carrots are wayyyyyy better then Baby carrots. They can’t even compete with each other. πŸ™‚

I had a very indulgent dessert with my lunch, so instead of indulging again I had an Apple with Naturally Nutty Chocolate Toffee Butter Peanut Butter.


Again for the second time in one day I had the perfect dessert. πŸ™‚

Traveling Blogger….

Calling all Long Beach readers!! Anyone up for a little blogger meet up in Long Beach on Friday, April 24th?? Shoot me an e-mail ( ) so we can work details out. I will be in town for work and will definitely need a fun night out at the end of the week! πŸ™‚

1 Mica April 9, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Wow, lunch with the boss sounds sawweeet, especially the Greek yogurt ice cream!

I wish I were in Long Beach 1) so I could meet you and 2) so the weather would be nice. πŸ™‚

2 janeexplained April 9, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Hi Meghann – Where do you find your Gnu bars? I have had no luck at WF in my hometown.

3 Nicole April 9, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Greek yogurt ice cream! Sound fabulous.

I’m coming to Florida for vacation on the 25th! My boyfriend and I are driving down and are planning on exploring all of Florida. Is there anything fun that we should not miss??

4 Red Head, Yellow Dog April 9, 2009 at 7:23 pm

oh po boys…makes me wish I was still on my trip to New Orleans!! and greek yogurt ice cream? um I want to make that.

5 Melissa April 9, 2009 at 7:24 pm

That’s funny I think the pb gnus are bland and the brownie gnus are awesome. Wish I was in long beach!

6 Caitlin April 9, 2009 at 7:27 pm

your lunch looks awesome!

7 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) April 9, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Glad you had such a great day!! Delicious eats! I am going to have to try to replicate that bean burger. YUM!

8 ksgoodeats April 9, 2009 at 7:41 pm

What a great lunch – that Greek yogurt ice cream sounds all sorts of amazing! Have you tried the Cinnamon Raisin Gnu?! It’s my favorite so far!

9 Jenny April 9, 2009 at 7:51 pm

I love ur website and you’re a great role model but im a stickler for grammar, so while i don’t mean to be obnoxious . . .

the correct use of I/me would be:
“she treat my supervisor and me”

10 zestycook April 9, 2009 at 7:55 pm

I am heading to Orlando in the very near future… I may take your advice and give it a try. Food looks amazing


11 runsarah April 9, 2009 at 7:56 pm

That dessert looks amazing – yum!

12 Derek April 9, 2009 at 7:57 pm

I want a pigtail!

13 Shelby April 9, 2009 at 8:10 pm

What a funny name for a restaurant tee hee.

I didn’t like that Gnu bar either, it wasn’t chocolaty enough for me!

14 Brandi April 9, 2009 at 8:19 pm

busy work days do go by so much faster – mine was suuuuuuper slow today…it just dragged on.

the greek yogurt ice cream looks great!

15 RuntoFinish April 9, 2009 at 8:25 pm

ohh thanks for the patty idea that looks super good

16 FoodsThatFit April 9, 2009 at 8:26 pm

See you tomorrow lady!!! It’s going to be a blast!

17 Melissa S. April 9, 2009 at 8:28 pm

sooo jealous you’re literally going to my home…and i think i’m going to come up while you’re racing and steal your nut butters you got. >D

18 verbalriot April 9, 2009 at 8:45 pm

po-boys! Makes me think of Nawlinzzzzz

That dessert looks awesome, sounds like you have a great boss πŸ˜‰

19 Hallie April 9, 2009 at 8:47 pm

I am such a San Diego snob that I saw that comment that said, “I wish I was in Long Beach” and I thought to myself, “really? why would anyone ever wish that” haha but a blogger meetup is a great reason (I’ve never even spent time in LB, I’m just a brat like I said. I’m sure it’s lovely).

If the meetup was that Thursday I would be down since I’ll be in Newport Beach for work at that time…but I’m going home Friday and I don’t want to spend another night at the hotel OR drive to SD that late at night πŸ™

20 Sharon April 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm

MMmmmmmm love that delicious lunch!!! And dessert looks lovely!

21 Meg April 9, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Yummy dinner! Those pigtails look fun!

22 Emily B. April 9, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Totally agree on full-size carrots versus baby carrots! So much more carrot flavor. Yum!

23 Alison April 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Gotta love free lunch! I’ve always wanted to try a po’ boy. My parents are going to New Orleans next week and I told my dad he needed to try one.

24 Hangry Pants April 10, 2009 at 12:20 am

I third those carrot sentiments!

How did your burger stay together? That’s my biggest issue with homemade bean burgers unless I add Vital Wheat Gluten.

25 wholefoodswholeme April 10, 2009 at 1:51 am

so nice that you got taken out to lunch!! i don’t actually know what po-boy is, but it looks good πŸ˜€ the yogurt ice cream sounds incredible!!! i havea feeling someone somewhere in blogland would be able to create something like this!

26 Elina April 10, 2009 at 8:13 am

Lunch looks awesome! I got the Naturally Nutty Toffee pb and can’t get over the sugar crystals. The consistency is so weird to me πŸ™

27 Meg April 10, 2009 at 9:46 am

That’s so awesome of your boss to take you out for a great lunch!!! That ice cream sooo good!!!!

I’m so excited that spring is here and therefore aspargus season!! I will be eating a lot of asparagus in the next little while!

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