Starting off on the wrong foot

22 Aug

The weekend didn’t start off on the right foot.

Let’s start with my experience at Gizzi’s Coffee Shop  during my lunch break on Friday.

I passed by this place a few times while working the past week and decided to stop in for a mid day pick me up.  They have a varied selection of coffees and teas and when I saw Vanilla Soy Latte-I knew that’s what I wanted. I ordered it and on the menu it said $3.24. The barista/cashier  continued to charge me $.50 extra for the soy although the price was listed on the menu for a vanilla soy latte.

Me: Why is it $4 even when it says $3.24 on the menu?
Barista: Because of the tax
Me: So you’re trying to tell me that it is $.76 tax on a $3.24 drink? That seems a little ridiculous
Barista: That’s what it’s telling me—–
I guess “it” was the cash register and not the creepy clown.

Hmmmmm….something about that seems fishy.
Yeah it may be only $.50 but it’s the principle of it. You all have to understand I am part Polish, I am all about pinching my pennies. I finally got my latte and hunkered down by the fireplace where they have books and magazines to read. I am down for any place in South FL that has a fireplace! They have the most comfy leather chairs I have sat my tush in in a while and after sitting in a hard, cold chair at work, it was most welcomed.

The latte was good-not horrible, not orgasmic, just good. I am still a little annoyed about the $.50 but what can you do? Hopefully this wasn’t a prelude to what my weekend was going to be like.

When I got home from work, I was beat. Beat from sitting at a desk all day and scouring the Internet. Even when I was working full time, I never liked Friday nights. I was always so tired by the end of the week all I wanted to do was cook a nice meal and hang out for the night at home and maybe sneak a gym session in. So I decided that was exactly what I would do on my last day of work.

I bought this Gardein Beefless Tips a couple of weeks ago and have been curious about them but also, a little scared to try them. Beefless tips just sounds dirty and as much as I like a meat-free alternative every now and then, something about fake beef skeeves me out.

I chopped up some red onions, mushrooms and let cook along with some of the beefless tips (I really can’t help saying the phrase beefless tips over and over again) along with some red pepper flakes and minced garlic.

I added in some frozen edamame and soy sauce to the mix and let all cook together so I guess I was going the stir fry route?

I despise cooking rice because I always mess it somehow-under cooked or overcooked and sticking to the pan. I would buy a rice cooker but I’m doing the whole saving money thing and don’t eat enough rice to justify buying it. Steamfresh has been my favorite, lazy way to go with “making” rice as of late, just pop it in the microwave for five minutes and done!

Notice that the beefless tips aren’t in the finished product? Yeah, I took one taste of them and spit it out after a few seconds. I can’t put into words how nasty the beefless tips tasted. I imagine a homeless persons shoe that has been soaked for a few days tasted the same as it. It was spongy and tasted like something that could kill me. When it was done cooked, I picked all of them out of the pan and threw them away along with the package. I’ll be sticking with Morningstar from now on.

Ient to the gym shortly after than made my way to Winn Dixie to stock up on some snacks for the weekend

Chobani was sale for $1 but looks like other people were as excited as I was about it being so cheap. Another sign that the weekend wasn’t going to turn out well.

I managed to get a few in my basket and finally tried the Mango flavor. Which is? Awesomness is in a cup. I think it is my new favorite flavor from Chobani! n another note, look at how gross and dingy Winn Dixie’s dairy shelves are. NASTY.

Saturday things finally started to look up. It started with eggs and Al Fresco chicken sausage

The plan was to make an egg scramble of sorts but while cooking, I saw that it has more potential than that. What once was scramble, soon turned omelet!

I am way too excited and proud about this but omelets aren’t my specialty. So when it happens, I want to tell the world.

Yes sir.

My mom declared it a morning of cleaning and once she started Gettysburg the movie blaring on her mini tv in the kitchen, I knew I had to get out. I made my way over to the beach to go do something…..anything. I thought it would be the perfect time to break in my new shoes and get some exercise in early on. I headed over to Deerfield Beach to walk and get some sun. For 9am in the off-season the beach and boardwalk (really a sidewalk but boardwalk sounds more beach-y) was packed. I love how they have a set place to keep track of your mileage when running and walking and it’s always been a preferred spot for me whether it be going to the beach for the day or hanging out on the boardwalk. I put a good two miles in and as soon as I was done, got out of there since the parking prices at the meters are pretty steep.

Scenes like these make me want to never, ever leave Florida.

Elton John was wrong, Saturday night wasn’t meant for fighting, it was meant for Groupon!

Always a sucker for a deal, I bought this Groupon for Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ. But then I second guessed my purchase, you see, Lucille and I have some history.When I was a teen, I had a bit of an attitude problem (that unfortunately still holds true to this day) I went through a slew of jobs such as working at Walgreens, Papa John’s, Supercuts and our girl, Lucille’s I worked there for a very long two months as a hostess but got canned and I *may* be a little bitter about that still. All I remember is them saying something about how I had an attitude and never smiled therefore, they wanted me out. I guess I didn’t fit the ambience of a bbq joint and haven’t stepped foot in since. However, you give me a 50% off deal and you can bet your butt I’ll be there.

The place looked exactly the same as I remembered it and I was still one of the youngest people in there thanks to the early bird, senior citizens crowd. Some things never change I guess.

I ordered the beef brisket  sandwich, which has sweet relish and chopped onions mixed in and a sweet potato on the side.


As you can see, the beef brisket was nothing short of amazing—it was succulent and the relish and onion mixed in gave it a little extra something I wasn’t expecting. I love that you can get a side other than fries there and even though the sweet potato was drenched in butter, I was happy with it. The beach and the bbq were signs that maybe the weekend wasn’t going to be so crappy after all.

Add some free $20 play from Calder Casino in and it turned out to be a pretty swell weekend.

Don’t mock the penny slots, I won $3 off this baby! It’s all slots at this place and I really struggled to find a slot that wasn’t a penny one. I would have killed to have found a nickel slot but they were few and far between. But I did notice a Sex and The City slot machine—when did that happen? I didn’t get a good look at it since the voo doo woman playing it was giving me the stink eye and I didn’t want her to turn me into a chicken. I wonder if the symbols on it are flirtini’s and Jimmy Choo’s?

Have you ever been underwhelmed with a product like I was with Gardein?

Beach or mountains?

26 Responses to “Starting off on the wrong foot”

  1. Kace August 22, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    BEACHHHHHHHH…. mountains only in the winter. and not to ski. but to stay in the house and drink while watching movies, playing board games, and eating crap.

  2. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle August 22, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    I have to be honest, all the gardein products kind of sketch me out. I have yet to try any of them because I’m scared. Besides, I am not a vegetarian so there’s really no need for me to eat them. I am slightly curious about the chicken though. I would try it if it were free. Otherwise just no.

    How about a beach with a mountain view? 😉

  3. Abby August 22, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    1) I don’t eat meat. I also don’t eat fake meat, for exactly the reason you outlined above. Yuck.
    2) I kept pronouncing the name of “Gizzy’s” as “Jizzy’s” in my head, giving a whole new meaning to the foam on your overpriced latte.
    3) Ahhh…Winn Dixie. I remember those when I used to visit my grandparents in Florida all the time years ago. It looks like they haven’t cleaned the shelves since that point in time.
    4) Can I have both beach and mountains? I like warmer weather, but hate the sand. I love the mountains and the hiking, etc. but hate the cold.

    I’m picky 🙂

  4. Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy August 22, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    mmm I love that chicken sausage, I hoard it when it goes on sale & freeze it. Except I just bought a new kind to try from Target and my husband ate it after strict orders not to while I was away this weekend. He obviously hasn’t learned how angry I get about food, even after 8 years.

  5. Amy @ Second City Randomness August 22, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    I always screw up rice, too!

    Even the microwave stuff.

    We’re such delinquents.

    Beach. Every single time.

  6. Carly August 22, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Beach beach beach! I LOVE the mango chobani – it’s one of my favorites. Wish our grocery had $1 cho!

  7. Alex August 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Dude. T-bone. Please do NOT shop at that Winn Dixie place anymore. That shelf looks like it belongs at a Quick Stop convenience store. Gives me the heebie-jeebies.

    Is Lucille’s Bad To The Bone similar to our Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ?

  8. shannonmscott August 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    I tried the Quorn meatless crumbles and they were nasty. There’s still 3/4 of a bag in my freezer that I can’t bring myself to throw away because they weren’t cheap but I can’t bring myself to eat because I don’t like the taste of my own vomit.

    Glad your weekend turned around. Will you teach me how to make an omelet? Mine always end up as scrambled egg messes. I guess I have a weak flip?

    • simplyshaka August 23, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

      Mine are really hit or miss. I can’t plan for them since if I do, it usually turns out a mess but I just try to wait to see if everything is just about in solid form in the pan then do the flip magic. I feel like I need to youtube how to make an omelet and then I can finally be a pro! Someone else mentioned Quorn and I am definitely going to steer clear of that brand. I hate to waste money as well but I dont even think my dog would eat it, so in the trash it went….

  9. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt August 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    Ok, I totally got distracted when I saw the words WINN DIXIE. I worked there for about 4 years (part of high school and summers in college). Ahh…memories!!!

  10. leashieloo August 23, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    This DAY has started off on the wrong foot for me 😦 Especially when I spilled coffee down my pants. Awesome. If I had brisket, I would be in a MUCH better mood. Seeing that I go off on tangents, here’s another one: my cousin lived in Deerfield Beach! I never had a chance to visit, but would love to be in Florida right now. Isn’t there a hurricane heading in that direction? Bunker down, lady!

    • simplyshaka August 23, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

      That is so random! We’re supposed to get one on Thursday or Friday but I dont think it will be a threat. You know, since I’m professionally trained in rhis and all. Hope your day got better!

  11. Ashleigh August 23, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Why would they charge you for SOY in a SOY LATTE? I’m pretty frugal, and one thing I can’t stand is when someone doesn’t take off for reusable bags. I know it’s only 5 cents but it drives me nuts. So this recently happened where I wanted to use a coupon but forgot and the lady was like oh there’s nothing I can do- i hadn’t finished paying so I pressed cancel (HELLO!) so she could take off for the coupon. She seemed pissed. Then I was like did you take off for the bags too? Of course she said yes, but she didn’t and I was so pissed. I wasn’t going to go to customer service for 15 cents, but WTF! I also once had a target cashier say they can only take 5 cents off if you use a target bag.

    I helped wipe out some chobani in MA!

    • simplyshaka August 23, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

      I would have gone and talked about it–I’m super frugal with lots of time on my hands lol

  12. Alyssa @ Life of bLyss August 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    giiirl, you’re a champ! prouda you and your omelet (and it looks delish). 😉

  13. Jen@foodfamilyfitness August 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    I’m a HUGE fan of those chicken sausages, they are dang amazing, but I never thought to add one to an omelet. Brilliant!!!!

    The beefless tips look frightening, good to know I don’t need to waste my money 🙂

  14. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic August 23, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Omelets aren’t my specialty either – I usually go with scrambled eggs because it’s easier! I love the microwaveable brown rice. I always get the boxed ones from Trader Joe’s.

    • simplyshaka August 23, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

      I didn’t know they had that at TJ’s!??

  15. Diana@mymarblerye August 23, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    Omg I can’t imagine you being horrible at that BBQ place! Btw that sandwich is exactly what I’m craving right now! I hate soy meat products! They are hit or miss!

    • simplyshaka August 23, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

      I didnt think I was but apparently my boss did–oh well–their loss!

  16. Katie @ Legally Fit August 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    I would have been so pissed about the latte. Now I have the creepy clown in my head, eep! Beefless tips sound horrifying.

    I like the beach and the mountains. If I had to pick one it’d be beach all the way!

    • simplyshaka August 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

      Sorry girlfriend. Try not to imagine the clown handfeeding you beefless tips hahaha

  17. Natalie @ Will Jog For Food August 23, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    Dang!! I missed that Groupon, wahhh.

    That was me with “Quorn” fake chicken. I thought it was horrible.

  18. LittleMissVix August 24, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    I don’t blame you for never wanting to leave Florida – that beach is gorgeous!


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