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Medport Diner (Medford)

Medport Diner (Medford)

Recently, I went to the Medport Diner in Medford, NJ.  Medford is an area I routinely frequent, however, I had never been.  It’s one of the few 24-hour diners in the local area.  For some reason, I hadn’t made it until a few weeks ago.

My good friend and fast runner met up after work.  It 4pm and even for me, earlier than usual dinner time.  There were still plenty of people.

Atmosphere: A
The Medport diner looks like many in New Jersey.  It’s a big, shiny, building.  The inside has a full-length bar, plenty of tables, and booths.  We were lucky to sit in a booth which is my favorite.

Coffee: B
The Medport diner serves Lacas coffee, which is a local coffee.  It was decent, but I could have used more.  There wasn’t much to say.

Medport diner medford nj

Food: A
The Medport diner has everything a stereotypical diner would have from breakfast to dinner.  Before going, I was in the mood for a gyro or wrap.  When we arrived, they had a salad on display in the front as one of their specials.  Even though I had no idea what was on it, it looked delicious.  I asked the waitress if I could have the salad in the front.  She chuckled and said sure why not.  It ended up having a balsamic glaze, mozzarella, strawberries and blueberries, and salad greens.  It wasn’t my usual favorite type of salad, but it was great and visual appeal was obviously good too.

Medport diner medford nj

Since it was a special, it also came with soup.  None of the soups spoke to me, but I ordered the beef barely.  It was good soup but not a favorite.  It was a cold day anything that warms me up, puts me in a better mood.

Medport diner medford nj

Service: C
The waitress seemed to disappear for long periods of time.  The diner wasn’t overly busy, so I was left wondering…where did she go.  We both needed more drink refills on several occasions as well as wanting the check.

Cost: $
For my salad and coffee, the cost was $15.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I pleasantly enjoyed the Medport Diner.  I wasn’t sure how I would feel, but it was definitely a good diner, and I will be back.  One of my favorites in that general area.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: A
Cost:$8-15

Overall: B

Nearby Diners I’ve Been: Red Lion, Shamong, and Marlton 

You can see all 167 diners here. 

Questions for you:
Do you order by specials or usually know?
What is your favorite salad topping?

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Rustic Mill Diner

Rustic Mill Diner

Recently my good friend and website owner, Cyd, went to the Rustic Mill Diner in Cranford, NJ.  I had never been to Cranford before, and truth be told I had it confused with “Cranbury” which is about 30 minutes away.  No big deal as I still made it there in time.

Downtown Cranford, is cute.  It’s walkable with lots of parking.  It reminds me of a lot of Soth Jersey downtowns.  The Rustic Mill Diner is located on the outskirts with plenty of parking.

Rustic mill diner cranford

Atmosphere: B
The Rustic Mill Diner looks like any other diner.  While it’s not a big, metallic, shiny, diner, it does have plenty of space and it clean and modern.  The inside is a little bit outdated and has a lot of “empty space.”  For instance, most of the bakery case was empty.  As a dessert lover, I do enjoy the visual appeal of cake!

Coffee: C
I found the coffee to be lackluster.  While it was warm, I could have used plenty more refills.  What did save the coffee was the amount of whipped cream the waitress added.

Rustic mill diner cranford

Food: C
The Rustic Mill Diner has plenty of options.  Everything you could want or need in the diner is there.  Since we were going to get ice cream at A la Mode afterward, I tried to order something light.

I noticed they had split pea soup as a special so I immediately ordered that as an appetizer.  The soup was delicious and much creamier than many split pea soups I’ve had before.  Split pea is my favorite soup.

Rustic mill diner cranford

I ordered their “famous” Greek salad.  I’ve had plenty of Greek salads with salmon, so I felt as though I have something to compare it too.  The portion was smaller than many diners.  What interested me, was it said it came with pita bread, but it was like pita bread slivers.  It was disappointing.  The Greek salad did contain interesting and unique toppings such as celery. Was it a lousy salad?  No, but it wasn’t my favorite either.

Rustic mill diner cranford

Service: D
For the most part, the waitress seemed like she had better placed to be.  She rarely came to our table, and when she did, she didn’t seem to be in a great mood.  I had to ask several times for more coffee and drink refills.

Cost: $$
For my soup, salad, and coffee the cost was $20.  That was…a lot.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I didn’t hate the Rustic Mill Diner, but it was lackluster.  If I do go back, I’ll probably order something else.

Summary:
Atmosphere: B
Coffee: C
Food: C
Service: D
Cost: $10-20
Overall: C

See All 167 Diner Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
What is the best salad you’ve ever had?
D0 you like anchovies?  It’s common in Greek Salads…personally I do. 

The Town Diner

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to meet Christine at the Town Diner in East Windsor, NJ.

This diner is not to be confused with the Town and Country diner ten miles south or the Heightstown diner right down the road. We made plans spur of the moment and I found myself with a date the morning of! Christine has been a world traveler this month so it was nice to catch up with her while she was back in the Garden State.

Atmosphere: A
The outside decor is shiny and metallic. It screams diner. Being right down the road with the Americana diner, it has stiff competition to draw in customers.  It is a classic diner and draws you right in.

town diner

 

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The inside has multiple booths and tables. It is kept well to the upscale diner theme. Even though it was lunchtime, it was really empty. I was surprised! The staff is very friendly and certainly inviting.

Coffee: A
The coffee was good. Something I could appreciate was that it wasn’t in a boring white mug. I know white coffee mugs are cheaper for diners for restaurants but I enjoy diners that choose a different color. As with the life tip,it’s the inside that matters but I could appreciate the change of coffee mug scenery. The actual coffee with whipped cream was great though and I have no complaints.

Town Diner Coffee

Food: A
The menu has a seafood flare. There is just about anything you can imagine a diner to have but in an upscale way. It was clear while its a diner, it’s a very upscale diner. I ordered the Mediterranean salad.  All of the salads come with soup and it was my lucky day because they had lentil!  My two favorite soups are lentil and split pea and I always feel like I hit the lottery when a restaurant has them.

Town Diner lentils

The salad was heavily dressed, chopped and had chicken, onions, olives, artichokes and mixed greens.

It was one of the best salads I’ve had so far. I have complaints. It was really good.   I like when the salad dressing is thicker and not water based.  They did’t skimp out at all which was nice.

Town Diner Salad

Cost:$
For my salad, coffee and side of pita bread it was only 15 dollars. For the amount of food and the quality of food, this is one of the best deals in the state.

Overall thoughts:A
Would I come back?
I have absolutely no complaints about this diner. It was perfect.  The Town Diner is a nice upscale diner and a great restaurant in general.

Cliff notes:
Atmosphere: A
Food: A
Coffee: A
Price: $10-20

This is one of the best diners I’ve been to in New Jersey. It’s very close to exit 8 on the turnpike and one I would recommend.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite coffee mug?
What is your favorite type of soup? 

Eating on High Mileage

A lot of people question how I eat enough to withstand 100 mile weeks.  It couldn’t be possible to ever gain weight while running 100 mile weeks and you couldn’t possibly eat enough to withstand that activity…ect. 

First and foremost, I only ran 100 mile week.  I didn’t run 52 but rather just 1.  That was my peak week and most of my other weeks were between 60-80.  Most not all.  As much as I want to credit myself to running multiple 100 mile weeks, I know I would just get injured running several in a row.  (or more then 1).

I’ve rambled about this a few times but blogging nutrition and real life nutrition is not the same thing.  I feel bad for certified dieticians and nutritionists that also blog.  They get mixed in with other bloggers whose research involves personal research and study which is not the same as being certified.  Point blank: it’s not.  I’ve taken plenty of nutrition classes but don’t know nearly enough as someone who has studied and has their undergraduate, masters, or even PhD.  I can tell you what has worked for me but that is no way telling what will work for you or that is right or wrong.

The majority of healthy living blogs focus on getting enough vegetables, fiber and more vegetables into their diet.  If I ate half the amount of vegetables that some people do, I would be able to run 1 mile…maybe 2 with deciding it was time to go home.

When you run high mileage and exercise you must learn that you have to eat a lot of foods that aren’t high in fiber.  You must eat food that is still healthy but you can’t eat 3000 calories worth of broccoli.  You also can’t eat 3000 calories worth of ice cream.  Both will result in you not feeling great for a run.

A typical day for me looks something like this right now:

Breakfast: 400-500 calories

Coffee+cream (100-200 calories…my vice).

Some of my breakfast choices lately have been: Bagel and peanut butter, egg sandwich, eggs and toast, waffle with Greek yogurt or peanut butter.

A standard waffle with peanut butter and yogurt has been my go to before races right now and I think I’ll stay to that before the marathon (as well as a bagel with peanut butter while waiting around beforehand).  My standard race day nutrition used to be a bagel with peanut butter and yogurt but I had stomach cramps a few races back and it was enough to change my mind.

Raspberry pancakes make me happy

Raspberry pancakes make me happy

Bagel+peanut butter+yogurt also make me happy

Bagel+peanut butter+yogurt also make me happy

 

French toast bagels are my favorite (panera or wegmans FYI)

French toast bagels are my favorite (panera or wegmans FYI)

Run

Lunch (within an hour of running) 500-800 calories

I’ve been having a lot egg sandwiches lately.  Eggs, avocado and cheddar cheese on a bagel.  I really just have whatever is in the fridge.  It could be a sandwich, soup or salad.  I don’t have a standard post run meal or lunch. I normally just like to eat what is in the fridge.

Sometimes I’ll go to the gym in between, sometimes I won’t.   (now that I’m tapering, I don’t).

egg and ham sandwich

egg and ham sandwich

lentil soup (this cold has got me craving it)

lentil soup (this cold has got me craving it)

Soup with parm cheese so good

Soup with parm cheese so good

Random salad I attempted to make restaurant worthy...they never are as to why I try and eat salads at restaurants more.

Random salad I attempted to make restaurant worthy…they never are as to why I try and eat salads at restaurants more.

 

Snack: 200-300 calories

I consume a lot of yogurt

I consume a lot of yogurt

No really...

No really…’

Baked apples are good (especially in the cold)

Baked apples are good (especially in the cold)

I also eat bars on the go...snickers marathon bars are really good

I also eat bars on the go…snickers marathon bars are really good

I normally have a snack sometime in the middle of the day.   I’ve been enjoying apples and peanut butter lately but that is only because apples have been so cheap at stores.   I also have left overs if they are in the fridge.

Dinner: 800-1200

As if anything else is planned, my dinner is the least planned and changes daily.  I am such a meat and potatoes kind of person.  I’ll have a serving of meat (steak and fish being my favorite), some sort of vegetables (cooked kale, brussel sprouts and spaghetti squash are my current favorites) and some sort of grain.  I’ve been better about eating a carbohydrate such as bread or race.  I’m actually not a big pasta fan (I don’t like the consistency) so I tend to eat more rice and bread.

steak and potatoes

steak and potatoes

ham and potatoes (and apples)

ham and potatoes (and apples)

Sweet Potato+Salmon+mushrooms (I'm so different)

Sweet Potato+Salmon+mushrooms (I’m so different)

I normally like to make a smoothie at night with a cup of milk and protein powder.  I have a big sweet tooth so often times I’ll just have ice cream.  I don’t really schedule a treat at night but if I’m craving something I’ll have something.   Whatever I’m craving I generally have at night.  I go to bed around 9-10 personally.

ice cream

ice cream

ice cream, cherries and whip cream

ice cream, cherries and whip cream

Protein shake

Protein shake

hot cocoa and whip cream

hot cocoa and whip cream

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I know this is very vague but it’s how I eat.  I don’t worry or stress about food or getting my vegetables daily.  As much as I say I want to meal plan, I don’t. If I eat too many vegetables then I don’t feel good running.  I don’t know how people eat so many vegetables (honestly).  I do strive to get vegetables but not overboard.  I try and get enough protein, carbohydrates and fat but I don’t track it and it doesn’t ruin my day.  I found the less I stress about food the easier it is.  I’ve never had a problem getting enough food and have never lost weight during a training cycle.

I will say I’m hoping to do a carbohydrate deplete and then carb load during my final week of taper.

Questions for you:

What does a typical day for you look like?

Do you plan your food weekly or eat when you are hungry? 

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Can you believe it’s Christmas? 

If you said yes, than well you can skip my ramblings.  I guess it must be that has been in the 60s all week in VA that have convinced me it’s still September. Although I’d rather not go back there.  I’ve only been back from school for a week too and have had a lot going on.

 

Nevermind.  Lolz got a Christmas Present from Chobani two nights ago.  (Yeah the dad photobombed…thanks dad). 

I ate the peach first.  Love peaches.  I love yogurt.  So peach yogurt is fabulous.

Had the vanilla Chob on my waffle yesterday morning.

Had the blueberry today for a snack. 

Apparently I had some lentil soup yesterday.  I’m sorry it’s not too appetizing looking.  I mean stare into a green bowl of mush and say give me some thanks.

What else did I have today on Christmas?  Gah.  Good thing I have my camera to take photos and document the process eh?

Dad told me and Matt that Santa does not come to people who are not functioning members of society.  Ie: change out of leggings and sweats.

I had a lovely Christmas with the family.  We celebrated with an annual get out of mom’s hair 10 mile run (Dad, Matt and I) and chilled.  Most of my family lives very far away so I don’t see them a lot.  

Like I said in my last post, I’m moving domains (well getting one) and I need a lot of help/advice.  If you can help that would be awesome.  Just email me at lolzthatswim@gmail.com

Question for you:

How was your Christmas? 

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