I Like It

18 Sep

Happy Saturday! I had a fabulous Friday and a little something something to look forward to.  Diana was in town from Texas visiting her boyfriend who is doing a month-long rotation here at the hospital and we had plans to meet up. Lily was also in town and was staying with Diana overnight so they could wake up and do the Rock and Read 5K in the morning to support our local library system. Thanks out of towners for supporting our public library!!

We had plans to go to Soul Gastrolounge for drinks and sushi but when we got there, saw it was packed with over an hour wait. No thank you. One of the beautiful things about Plaza Midwood is you can walk to different shops, restaurants and bars so walking we went. We decided to try out Dish (mostly b/c Diana wanted me to decide and once I told her it was on Food Network, she was sold)

Ok so it looks a little hood but it’s a great place……really.

We started off with the black eyed pea hummus with a tangy chutney on top (excuse the back and forth pictures with flash and no flash). I thought it was fabulous–I’ve  had black bean hummus but never black eyed pea hummus and I loved it!

Once again, I was flip flopping on what to order, they offer southern dishes but surprisingly offer quite a bit of vegetarian dishes as well such as veggie burgers, veggie plates and more. I couldn’t decide on something so I decided to go with the old standby of a cheeseburger but jazzed it up by getting a Pimento Cheeseburger with mashed sweet potatoes

Great burger all in all but it could’ve used a bun the size of the patty and you can’t go wrong with mashed sweet potatoes.

 Diana was talking about ordered dessert  and while I love me some dessert, I never really order it. I told her that if she ordered something I would definitely have a bite or four. She ordered the Chocolate Pecan Pie and we all split it.  From the picture, I think you can tell it was absolute delicious.

Lily, me, Diana

Ugh, I feel like my belt was going to pop off from all that food.

All in all, a fabulous evening. It was so great to meet this ladies and enjoy a nice meal on a beautiful night! I’ve been reading Diana’s blog for a while so it was nice to see her face to face and see what she was like. She is leaving on Sunday though which sucks b/c I would have loved to hang out with her some more!

I started the morning off with a green monster with almond milk, banana, spinach and vanilla protein powder

So fresh and so green green!

Let’s talk about the deals I got this morning

All of this? $25! Harris Teeter had double coupons up to $1.98 so I went through their circular to see what was on sale then went through my coupons that are over $1. I got quite a number of this stuff for free such as the Activia Yogurt, Kool Aid Mix and Pillsbury Pizza Dough. I got the 2 Best Life Butter products for $.17 each and Food Should Taste Good Chips, Terra Chips, Ritz Munchables and Lactaid Cottage Cheese were all $1 each. I stocked up on beans and soup since they all came to under $.60 each as well. My total was $60 but with the coupons and specials brought it down to $25–holla!

So…….the Ritz Munchables. I’m a bit perplexed by the box and stared at it for a few minutes in the kitchen today. What does the picture of the two dudes grabbing hands have to do with the munchables? Are they enjoying them but just not pictured and somewhat implied? Is the unity of the two different skin colors similar to the combination of pretzels and Ritz crackers? Confused.

I went to Ulta after Harris Teeter and got a concealer, lip liner and nail polish for $7

All that shopping made my hungry! I got home just in time to watch football and made a turkey pepperoni and artichoke pizza on Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pizza Dough.

Nom nom.

23 Responses to “I Like It”

  1. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) September 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    mmm I’ve never had pimento cheese but it looks good on that burger. What a fun blog meet up.

    LOL @ the two dudes holding hands. so funny!

    • simplyshaka September 20, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

      Oh you are missing it, it’s great. Ok, not great for you…..but great.

  2. genesis September 18, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    girl, your outfit looks so cute and your hair too 🙂

    its official we need a harris teeter here…from 60 to 25…livin it up 🙂

  3. Amy @ Second City Randomness September 18, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    I love how the burger explodes and it’s like it has a muffin top over the bun… awesome.

    And the Ritz box cracks me up! You know there’s probably some secret message we’re missing from the Ritz marketers…

    • simplyshaka September 20, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

      Seriously!! I want to write them and be like yo whats up with this? I am sure I would get an interesting response…..or crickets.

  4. sheila September 19, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    it’s soo weird to see a pic of you and diana together! lol. I don’t mean that in a bad way either. I think it’s awesome you guys got to meet up! I’m so jealous! She told me a few hours through text that she’s meeting up with y’all. I told her to tell you hello for me! 🙂 You guys look great and awesome food too!! Btw, that artichoke pizza looks fabulous! YUM!

    • simplyshaka September 20, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

      Haha, it’s all good I didn’t take it in a bad way 🙂 I love that I got to hang out with her but wish we could’ve hung some more!

  5. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad September 19, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    I enjoyed meeting you Friday night. Thanks for the mini tour of Charlotte!

    I can’t believe those deals…incredible! I think we share a love for bargains.

    • simplyshaka September 20, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

      Nice to meet you as well!
      It’s really sad how much clipping coupons makes me happy.

  6. Sana September 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Two things I love in life. Blogger meetups and TJ’s pizza crust. That is all 🙂

  7. thehungryscholar September 19, 2010 at 6:42 pm #

    You know I love pie. That chocolate pecan pie looks good.

    Ugh. I want pie now.

  8. Ashleigh September 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    Wow I can’t believe you got all of that for $25! Amazing. I love saving money on groceries and I love stocking up on food when it’s on sale. It’s always nice to have stocked pantry.

    Mmm Artichoke pizza.. looks delicious!

    • simplyshaka September 20, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

      Me too. If it’s on sale and I know I am going to use it sometime in the near future-game on!

  9. Katie September 19, 2010 at 11:08 pm #

    Gosh you seriously have the best looking food on your blog! It’s actually food that looks really appetizing and appealing!! Especially that chocolate pecan pie, the hummus AND the pimiento cheeseburger. All sounds great!

    • simplyshaka September 20, 2010 at 10:00 pm #

      Thanks 🙂 It was all good going down too. I wish I could eat like that everyday!

  10. dianacheung September 20, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    I wish I had more time with you..and more ENERGY with you. i was exhausted that night but I’m so glad I got to meet you!! You have the cutest figure and voice in real life and I hope to move to Charlotte soon!! thanks girlie and next time we must visit your hippies together! 🙂

    • simplyshaka September 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

      Me too—hope to see you again soon!

  11. Mo Diva September 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    you are looking fabulous DIVA! I love love love the outfit and i love the eats

    Great deals too! i need to come shopping with you.
    and is it a crime that i have never had pimiento cheese??

    • simplyshaka September 20, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

      You’re sweet-thanks 🙂

      Pimento cheese is the bomb, I never tried it until I moved to the south though!

  12. christina September 21, 2010 at 10:46 am #

    holy crapola, i can’t believe you got all that for $25. ummmm yeah i might have to cheat on publix!!

  13. zenlizzie September 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    I like the Dish but i love the Penguin (and that other restaurant across the street that I can’t remember the name to, but they have healthier, local options). I grew up in Fort Mill, just across the NC/SC border so we were always in that area of town trying to be “cool.” (LOL, I’m not sure it worked.)
    Oh and you guys look really cute!!


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