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Treno Pizza Bar

Recently I’ve had a few more opportunities to go to local restaurants in South Jersey.  This particular time, my husband and I were invited to go to Treno Pizza Bar in Westmont, NJ.

We’ve been before, and it’s one of the best pizza spots in the area, but we were invited to try the new menu.  When looking at possible days, I thought after the Runners World Festival would be ideal.  The last thing I really want to do is cook and Treno sounded much more appealing.  But really, when doesn’t it?

We arrived at Treno around 5:30 pm.  The area of Westmont has had lot of construction lately, including brand new shiny high rise apartments next door.  Honestly, if my husband didn’t need a garage, I would love to live there.Those apartments are in a prime spot to walk to several bars or fancier restaurants that serve alcohol such as Treno.

When we arrived, we were greeted by the hostess, and since it was a beautiful evening, we opted to sit on the patio. Treno pizza bar westmont nj

The manager came over and gave us personal recommendations including the veggie pizza and Treno Board.

As I mentioned, Treno serves alcohol including craft beer.  I immediately noticed Flying Fish beer, which I ran a local 5k at the brewery last month.

After chatting with the manager, the Treno board came out quickly with a variety of different bites including prosciutto di parma, house-cured meat, robiola, caciocavallo, roasted peppers, olives, crostini.  Everything on the board was delicious.  As someone who loves olives, they were my personal favorite.  The types of cheeses were both unique and I hadn’t had either.  Definitely a great starter! Treno pizza bar westmont nj board

As the manager recommended, I ordered the Veggie pizza.  Veggie pizza isn’t typically my first choice as I love pepper, sausage, and meat pizzas.

Heck, I even like pineapple pizza but I always like trying new things, and the Brick Oven Veggie Pizza came with butternut squash, onions, and goat cheese.  It reminded me a lot of a flatbread and something that would be perfect for a half marathon or marathon.  The pizza itself isn’t huge, which I appreciated.

Treno pizza bar westmont nj

My husband ordered the new Wood Oven Calabrian pizza which had house-made chili sausage, red onion, mozzarella, roasted corn, red sauce.  The manager mentioned a lot of people have come in loving spicy foods, so they want to incorporate more of that and to be honest, I agree.  I’m all about anything spicy.

Treno pizza bar westmont nj pizza

Both pizzas were great and I would order either of them again.  In fact, I think the veggie pizza might become a staple for before races for me.

We also decided to split the Tiramisu dessert and scoop of their vanilla gelato.  The Tiramisu came in a mason jar and had whipped cream (you know I love that!), fig jam and a biscotti cookie.  Both the gelato and tiramisu were great.

Treno pizza bar westmont nj pizza tiramisu

I had such a pleasant experience at the Treno, and I appreciate the invitation to try their new menu.  Everything from the food, to the service to the atmosphere, is so welcoming.  I like the idea of having smaller plates to split and snack on.  As someone who likes to try a lot of different items, this is awesome.  Plus, serving alcohol, many people need food but don’t want anything heavy.  If you are ever local, I recommend it.

Thank you for the invitation Treno and I look forward to coming back!

Questions for you:

What is your favorite type of pizza?

Have you tried tiramisu before?

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BluePlate (Mullica Hill, NJ)

Last month, I decided to try BluePlate in Mullica Hill, New Jersey.  BluePlate is questionable whether it’s a diner, but it was recently voted as the best breakfast in Gloucester County. Plus when I checked into the restaurant in Foursquare, it was a classified as a diner. Most locals consider it a diner, and I don’t argue with that.

Occasionally, I have to work down the road, so I have wanted to try BluePlate for a while. To be honest, I was looking forward to going all week.

Atmosphere: A
The diner is located in an old, rustic house.  The town of Mullica Hill is a cute town, and many businesses are located in old houses.  It kept with the same vibe the rest of the town has.

The inside was well kept, clean and rustic.  It wasn’t a traditional diner style, but it was nice.  It resembled more of an upscale or fancy restaurant.

Blueplate mullica hill

Service: B
When we arrived, there weren’t many other parties eating.  We had a different waitress take our drinks, food orders and take care of us for the entire meal.  It took a while to take our orders but afterwards, the food came out quickly.  None of the staff was unfriendly or rude, but it almost felt as if we were bothering them.

Coffee: A
The coffee was hot and refilled often.  I have no complaints.
BluePlate

Food: B
The menu at Blue Plate is much smaller than most restaurants.  They have several salads, burgers and a pizza special of the day.  Interestingly enough, they don’t serve breakfast all day either.  The BluePlate is known to use fresh ingredients from the local farmers market.  All of their ingredients come from the Farmer’s Market up the road. That is great for any restaurant!

The dinner came with bread and a balsamic onion dip.  It was a great starter and one of my favorite “bread baskets” of any diner I’ve been too.

Blueplate mullica hill

I decided to order the bacon and goat cheese flatbread as well as the pear and goat cheese salad.  As you can tell, goat cheese was on my mind.

I’m glad I ordered both because the portion sizes were much smaller than anticipated.  The flatbread had plenty of bacon and goat cheese and tasted great.  It might be my favorite restaurant flatbread, and it was delicious.

Blueplate mullica hill

The salad was disappointing. I ordered the “large”, and it was small.  Since BluePlate’s “claim to fame”, is how fresh their ingredients were, I was surprised It wasn’t as fresh as many other restaurants.

Blueplate mullica hill

Overall the food was good, but I will stick to the flatbread and something else next time.

Cost: $$
For my coffee, flat bread and salad the cost was $25.  It’s a more expensive meal, but the ingredients are usually fresh.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back?
I enjoyed my flatbread at the BluePlate. I’ll be back to try their pizza special of the day as well as breakfast.

Summary:
Atmosphere: A
Service: B
Coffee: A
Food: B
Cost: $15-30
Overall: B

Questions for you:
Do you like goat cheese?
Do you shop at local farmer’s markets during the summer?

WIAW: Since Whenever I Posted My Last WIAW

I feel like as bloggers we must think that our lives are so interesting all of the time.  That if we have down time, how the freak will you ever blog if your life is…dare I say it “normal”. 

Sometimes I wonder if as a blogger, people really think I live some exciting and always joyful life that I can plug an interesting life post everyday.  Or that I’m motivated to post everyday because my life is just that fabulous.

Well my life is fabulous but I must say, even when my blogging has been lacking. So with that I’ll just post some photos of my eats.  Not sure how recent they are and time stamping them won’t do anything for you or me.  I will tell you though what I’ve been enjoying since returning to eating by myself.

Actually that is a dirty lie,I have been eating a lot on the campus with people I’m working with.  I promise I’ll do a full internship post soon but why do one when I haven’t been there long enough to accurately judge.  Seeing as I haven’t done a WIAW in a few weeks is all I’ve eaten since last time…

I think I’m now in love with garlic pizza

The campus actually has a great salad bar

I went out to eat and had a goat cheese salad (the key to my heart)

 

Waffle topped with peanut butter

 

And who could hate on soft serve ice cream?!

Question for you:

What do you do to stay motivated to blog? 

What have you been eating lately? 

Pizza, Pancakes and Working Out

Wow-where this weekend went is beyond me. Last night, I got a migraine and layed in bed watching movies and whatever else from 6:30 pm until 8am.  It was fabulous but I’m still some what tired.  So strange.

If you have been one of my blogging BFFS for over a month, you know where my favorite restaurant around school is.  Foxy Roxys (the diner with humungous and best pancakes ever.), Which is where I went this morning, because I clearly need fuel for a 9 mile run today.

But the best pancakes are the ones you don't have to cook!

My little ladies were so cute and they raved about how much they had missed me the last month or so.  I missed them a lot too and I’m actually not sure why I hadn’t been there at all during March.

My run was 9 miles at about an 8 minute pace.  I’m building up my base again, so I’ll take any injury free miles.  I’m not too worried that it wasn’t as fast as I would have liked.

For dinner (because I bypassed lunch), I made pizza.  Homemade pizza that is.  I seriously had the biggest fear that it would be hard concept to master but blogging BFFS it is the legit easiest thing I have ever made by myself.  (minus pancakes obviously)

This is just kind of my recipe but it is still in the process of additions/subtractions so ideas are always welcome:

2 cups flour
½ cup water
Knead the dough and put into some sort of baking dish.  I used a Pyrex because I don’t own any pizza pans (YET).
Add pizza sauce and cheese
Add your variety of toppings today was asparagus, olives and mushrooms because those were the vegetables I could find in my house.

Sheet Pizza Yes

And cook on 450 degrees for 15 minutes until the dough turns golden bornw and the cheese melts.

Walaa.

I will be making this a lot more.

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A week in review:

Well on the nonworking out aspect, I had 4 tests last week which was kind of a pain and it kept me super busy.  I’m actually surprised I was able to get everything in that I wanted but I obviously cannot complain.

Speaking of my training, here is a run down of last week:

Running: 36 miles
Swimming: 2 hours
Arctrainer: 4.5 hours

My goal was too replace 30 minutes of Arc with 3 miles of running which I did.  I was also to swim 3000 yards twice this week which I also did.  I cut down in total 2.5 hours of Arctrainer this week so I’m pleased with that.  That might sound strange-but going from Arctrainering to running involves a lot more cutting of cross training.

I’m really proud of this workout week.

Next week, I plan to switch my miles around a little bit and make my longer run longer and shorten down a midweek run.  It seems reasonable and not too much pressure.   So in short my goals for next week are

Running: Between 35-40 miles
Swimming: 2-3 hours
Arctrainer: 2-4 hours  (I want this to go down to about 2 hours a week when my running hits it’s peak).

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Questions for you:
1.       What is on your radar next week?

On the nonworking out end, I have a big education test called the LAST next Saturday so wish me luck. I can’t become a certified teacher in NY state without passing that test so it’s rather important. I’ll also be rather busy since I’m going to the high school 3 times next week. I have to go cheer on my students participating in the Mathelites competition on Tuesday. Wish their little smarty pants good luck. 🙂 But all of that is better than studying for a mass amount of tests.

2.       Ever made homemade pizza?

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