A Tale of Two Pineapples

24 Aug

Happy to see so many people like roller skating! I used to love it as a kid and it was my first time roller skating since i was 14 so it was fun to try again as an adult. Not gonna lie, I was terrified at first b/c I was thinking I would break my neck but it was just like riding a bike. Soon after, I was skating my way round and round. But no backwards skating though, that’s too gangsta for me. I was amazed by the young kids and their skating skills. There were even groups of skaters who were synchronized skating. It was awesome and I kept joking around how I wanted to see skating gangs like West Side Story but no such luck. Skating was so big back in the day but I kept wondering how does one get into roller skating these days? Do they come from a line of skaters? Do the young boys who skate tell the girls this and it makes them go crazy? So many questions. 

When I got back Sunday night, I needed a drink…..badly. I stopped at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille to get some grub and a beer. I ended up befriending some of the wait and bar staff who were off that day and the day drinking began! We sat outside, had beers and talked, it was a bunch of fun. Yay for Sunday Funday drinking! After three hours there, I finally ordered some food to go and got the Chicken Spiedie Pizza (even though I originally went for wings). I don’t know what their Spiedie sauce is but this was the bomb!!!! 



I had Monday off as well to get stuff done which was all done by 10A. I decided to take myself out on a picnic date to Freedom Park since it was a gorgeous day. You can really tell fall is right around the corner with the cooler mornings and not so sweltering days. I love it. 






It felt so good to be out, enjoy some fresh food, read and just be. Now if I could only swim in the water……. 

A Cherry Misty Float was in order after that 


For some reason, I was in a baking mood the other night. I’ve had this recipe for Coconut Pineapple Loaf Cake from Martha Stewart Everyday saved for a while now and finally decided to try it out. I didn’t have any butter on hand but subbed extra virgin olive oil  instead (thanks for the tip Mo!) 

Toasted coconut


After smelling the yummy goodness of coconut and pineapple for an hour, it was done—success! 



I think this will be really good warmed up over some greek yogurt. 

And then the fail of the night-Pineapple Stuffed Jerk Chicken also from Martha Stewart Everyday (can you tell I had a surplus of pineapple on hand?) Sounds like a great idea and looks gorgeous on the website right? Well mine could have turned out great but apparently I don’t like to read directions. Instead of having two different mixture bowls of stuffing and spices to coat the chicken, I added them together. In theory it should have been ok since they all would be going to the same spot but it was horrible. I finished half of my chicken and had some leftover pizza instead. 


Looks appetizing right? 


Good lord, this was rank. Maybe it was the all spice I didn’t like or just the ugly appearance of it but I wasn’t a fan. Thankfully, I salvaged some of the chicken to use in salads throughout the wk.

Fit in a nice walk afterwards 


Breakfast this morning was an egg and cheese sandwich on a whole wheat sandwich thin 


Cheese on the inside, sneaky sneaky

Lunch was a BIG Salad with spring mix, chicken, turkey pepperoni, shredded cheese, mushrooms, onion and tomatoes with Chick Fil A Fat Free Honey Mustard 



I fit in another walk this afternoon and covered about 1.2 miles. It felt so good to get out and come back to my desk knowing that I won’t have a ton of emails that I need to rush to answer. 

Influenced by my trip to Phoenix, I made mushroom and black bean enchiladas for dinner 





Fabulous! I hate how when I am looking to make something vegetarian, I can’t think of anything but when I’m not even trying, whip something delicious up 

I had an ok kettlebell session afterwards. I really wasn’t in the mood to work out but am happy I got off my butt for a half hour 

Kettlebell-20 lbs 

Swings (13 reps, 4 sets) 

Shrugs (12 reps, 2 sets) 

Upright Deltoid Row (13 sets, 3 sets) 

Side Bends (20 reps, 2 sets) 

Dumbbell-15 lbs 

Curls (13 reps, 2 sets) 

Concentration Curls (13 reps, 2 sets) 

Shoulder Press (13 reps, 2 sets) 

Front Lateral Raise (13 reps, 2 sets) 

Dumbbell -10 lbs 

Deltoid Lateral Raises (13 reps, 2 sets) 

Tricep Kickbacks (13 reps, 2 sets) 

Tricep Extension (13 reps, 2 sets) 

PS—Click here to enter to win a $40 CSN gift card at Ashleigh’s Slice of Life

20 Responses to “A Tale of Two Pineapples”

  1. Amy @ Second City Randomness August 24, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    Enchiladas! Oh yes! I’ve got constant cravings for Mexican food. I don’t know what the deal is. I don’t think this post helped… 😛

    • simplyshaka August 26, 2010 at 8:21 am #

      Sorry 🙂 at least you can make healthy variations of it!

  2. christina August 24, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    i’ve recently become a fan of jalapenos on subs. where have they been all my life!? so excited to see that you enjoy them too! hahah i love that you said rank.i think we have the same vocabulary..fo shizzle. i’m sure you say that too.

    • simplyshaka August 26, 2010 at 8:23 am #

      They are the best, I love anything that brings some spice to the table.

      I usually say fo sho…I’m too busy of a girl to do the two syllables in shizzle 🙂

  3. christina August 24, 2010 at 11:00 pm #

    oh yeahhhh i forgot that m&ms makes some fancy shit..they’re called “premiums”..i have had one of the flavors but i can’t remember which one. they were different than regular m&ms though. i would LOVE the mint. i LOVE mint & chocolate.

    here’s a link: http://www.mms.com/us/premiums/

  4. Diana@mymarblerye August 25, 2010 at 12:00 am #

    Lol at least you’re honest when somethings rank! I finally ate tons of pizza today… Been craving that shizzle like no other! Woo hoo kettlebell! 😉

    • simplyshaka August 26, 2010 at 8:24 am #

      And now after reading this I want more pizza!

  5. thehungryscholar August 25, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    Sorry about the pineapple stuffed chicken. I hate when recipes fail. Pisses me off!

  6. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt August 25, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    I need to get in on the making enchiladas for dinner. I love them and have never made them at home. It seems easy!

    That park is beautiful. I didn’t realize until I was older that I need to live in a place that has open spaces for me to relax in!

  7. Mo Diva August 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    im glad the cake turned out good!
    the pineapple chicken wouldnt turn me on too much, one becuase I am not a fan of pineapple when its paired with savory stuff. I like it sweet. with other swet things LOL

    I love taht you went on a lil picnic. I always have thoughts about doin ghtis with mickey but i dont for several reasons… one of them being people dont pick up dog poop enough in the city. yeah. its gross.

    • simplyshaka August 26, 2010 at 8:25 am #

      Your comments always make me smile 🙂

      The poo would be a bit of a damper on a nice picnic, I think even more so than ants.

  8. genesis August 25, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    oooh enchiladas, i should put that on my menu for next week.

    i love that you ended up hanging out with the bar people for three hours! totally my kind of person.

    • simplyshaka August 26, 2010 at 8:25 am #

      I love new friends what can I say 🙂

  9. Ashleigh August 25, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway shout out!

    That pizza look delicious! I love day drinking outside!

    What a nice park for a picnic, sounds like a good day off.

    • simplyshaka August 26, 2010 at 8:26 am #

      Day drinking is the best, I actually prefer over night drinking….when I’m not at work of course 😉

  10. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com August 25, 2010 at 11:02 pm #

    omg CHICKEN PIZZA!!! ❤ ❤
    im also freaking out over these cheese enchiladas!!!
    haha both would be good with pineapple 😉

    mm im SO HUNGIEZ NOW!!

    • simplyshaka August 26, 2010 at 8:27 am #

      I woke up to this comment and laughed sooooo hard….thank ya 🙂

  11. Laury @TheFitnessDish August 25, 2010 at 11:05 pm #

    How good does your dessert look???!!!!

    I want to go rollerskating SOOOOO bad!!!!!! Haven’t been since I was a kid!!!!

    Enjoyed all your pics 🙂

  12. nic - the auspicious squirrel August 26, 2010 at 12:28 am #

    I’d never heard of spiedie… I had to look it up in wikipedia.

    The park pics are beautiful, I especially like the one with the bridge. 🙂

    The enchiladas look good. 😀

    I used to go roller skating all.the.time! It was our ‘date’ when I was in high school (9th – 10th grade). I learned how when I was 5 years old… I remember learning how to fall… haha. So by the time I was in high school I was an old pro… ok maybe not, but I could skate backwards. 🙂 And my date and I would ‘couple dance’ during the slow songs. I haven’t skated in ages! Looks like you guys were having a great time!


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