Real Life Adventures

The last few weeks have been a busy time for both my husband and I.  For me, work has picked up because of cross country season and marathon season!  I don’t foresee having a lot of extra time for a few months but I don’t mind.  Considering my husband has also been gone 3 out of 4 months we have been married, I also want to enjoy being a newlywed.  I still have personal time but far less of it!

For our date night last week, we went to the Creperie Beau Monde in Philadelphia.  Crepe Beau Monde was on the Best Thing I’ve Ever Ate for their Crepes.  So of course we had to go.  For an appetizer we split the smoked salmon and leek crepe.  I love that they split it for us and made it easy.  If we tried to cut it ourselves, the melted cheese would have squirted halfway across the restaurant.

With more smoked salmon on top
With more smoked salmon on top

For dessert we split the apple, toasted almond and creme with hazelnut ice cream.  It was one one of the best desserts I’ve ever had!  Everything about the crepe was delicious and I wanted to eat 10.  It is a top contender for the Best Thing I’ve Ever Ate.

Creperie Beau Monde crepe

Finally, the coffee creamer dispenser was one of the most unique creamer dispensers we have come across.  It is a cow and the milk poured out from the nose.  I could not stop laughing!

Me Coffee Creperie Beau Monde

My blog is not known to document my own personal cooking.  That is because I’m not that great at it.  I don’t think my meals are noteworthy.  At our house we tend to eat very simple: a meat, potato and vegetable.   Something we have been working on lately is cooking together.  Last night we roasted a spaghetti squash (one of my favorite vegetables!).

Roasted Spaghetti Squash 

We used this recipe but also added garlic and butter.   Then we topped with goat cheese, parmesan cheese grilled chicken and roasted tomatoes. We also served with a side salad. It is simple, easy and delicious.

grilled spaghetti squash

The other major cooking adventure we are pursing is homemade ice cream.  We bought an ice cream maker last month and have been experimenting with different recipes.  Right now we are using variations of this recipe.  The last time we made ice cream we also grilled fresh peaches and it was perfect.  I never knew making ice cream was that easy.

homemade peach ice cream

So there you have it.  I haven’t gone too crazy but have been enjoying cooking and going to other restaurants that aren’t diners.  😉

Questions for you:

Have you ever made homemade ice cream?

Do you like crepes? 

Phoenix Diner (Absecon)

Phoenix Diner (Absecon)

My husband and I planned a trip down to Atlantic City.  It gave me another perfect opportunity to try a new diner.  We stopped just outside of Atlantic City in Absecon at the Phoenix diner.

When we pulled up, we got the very last parking space.  It was 11:30 on a Sunday (My least favorite times to go out to eat at diners).  I thought there would be a wait.  To my surprise, we were quickly seated at the Phoenix Diner, and there were even open tables and booths available.  Starting on that note already made the diner a winner in my books.  Diners are like black holes; there is always somewhere to sit even if the parking lot is overflowing.

Phoenix Diner Atmosphere: B

The Phoenix Diner is a big open diner. The outside a sizeable modern building while the inside is decorated with wood and shore displays.

I was enjoying the wood and shore decorations.  The Phoenix Diner is a nautical-themed diner. As a child in a navy family, I always appreciate the nautical themes.

Phoenix Diner Coffee: A

The coffee at the Phoenix Diner was good.  I was able to get my coffee with whipped cream.  I enjoyed the coffee except it was in such a baby cup. I needed a refill almost immediately.  I wish restaurants gave bigger coffee mugs, but I think that is a problem that I only run into.

Phoenix Diner Coffee

Phoenix Diner Food: Me: B 

The menu at the Phoenix Diner is huge.  I swear it could have been a taller menu then me.  Like I have said, it’s not an authentic diner unless the menu contains at least 10000000 items.  The Phoenix Diner has everything from seafood, to salad, to steak to breakfast…

Phoenix Diner menu

I ordered the large Greek salad with chicken.  When it came out, I was surprised because I thought it would be a lot larger.  Because the menu at the Phoenix Diner was larger? I don’t know!

Because of running, I know I have a skewed perception of what is a large meal and filling and what is not.  It isn’t uncommon for me to eat a 1000 calorie salad.  That is over half of some people’s calories.  I digress, and that is a post for another day.  Anyways I was hoping the salad would be a lot larger.  It did, however, contain an insane amount of feta cheese.  The salad was 1 part lettuce, two parts chicken and 100 parts feta cheese.  The salad at the Phoenix Diner had close to 30 cubes in there.

Phoenix Diner Salad

Phoenix Diner Cheese
So much cheese…(This is about 1/3rd left after I finished everything else)

Phoenix Diner Price: $

It was 25 dollars for two coffees and two meals.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back to the Phoenix Diner (Absecon)?

Yes, I would come back to the Phoenix Diner in Absecon at some point.  It was good food for the price, and I have no big complaints. It wasn’t huge portions like the majority of diners in NJ, but it also didn’t cost an arm and a leg since Atlantic City is a pretty touristy town if you are ever in town I recommend it.

You Can See All Diner Reviews Here.

Question for you:  Has your perception of “a large meal” changed since working out?

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