A Fabulous Friday {Dinner at Steel & Rye}

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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One of the best parts about my job is that I get to make my own schedule. Yesterday, this meant I woke up super early, busted out some work, and then took the rest of the day off to enjoy it. It was a fabulous Friday indeed!


I started my day with a toasted gluten-free English muffin with Teddie peanut butter and banana slices on top. I also drank half of a glass of decaf iced coffee with almond milk.


I only drank half of a glass of iced coffee because I had a Starbucks date with Kerrie a few hours later. The two of us have barely seen each other over the past few weeks, so we made a date to catch up. Kerrie also had a couple of Pinterest questions, so I offered to help her out.

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At Starbucks, I ordered the Hazelnut Macchiato that I saw there the other day. It was delicious and not too sweet. I highly recommend it!

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After hanging out with Kerrie, I headed home and reheated some Mexican Hash Egg Bake leftovers for lunch. Mmm”¦ love this meal.

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After I ate lunch, I headed out to run some errands. Kerrie mentioned that Ocean State Job Lot has some really great deals, so I decided to check it out.

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Kerrie was right! I stocked up on all sorts of nuts, tail mix, and gluten-free products (crackers, rice cakes).

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Bob’s Red Mill goodies!

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And my favorite face wash. I’ve never seen it so cheap! Big win at Ocean State Job Lot yesterday!

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I also saw this Snuggie for Dogs yesterday, but I didn’t end up buying it for Murphy.

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After spending a crapload of money at Ocean State, I went to get a massage. I bought a Groupon and booked the appointment months ago, but then totally forgot about it until I received a reminder email on Thursday morning. I’m not going to lie, it was quite a nice surprise receiving that email. Massage on Friday? Yes, please! Unfortunately, the massage wasn’t great, but, as I told Mal, it was like pizza and sex. Even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.


I was hungry when I got home from my massage, so I made a carrot cake rice cake with cinnamon cream cheese from The Laughing Cow, raisins, walnuts, and grated carrot. It was so good, I immediately made a second one. Yum! Great snack!

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After that, I showered and prettied myself for a date night with Mal. One of our goals for 2013 was to have a monthly date night together, so he made us a reservation for Steel & Rye last night. (We skipped February’s date night and counted our trip to Oahu as a week-long date night.)

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Steel & Rye was amazing! Seriously. Mal and I absolutely loved it.

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It was gorgeous inside and the food was excellent. We’ll definitely be back! (If you look closely in the photo below, Deval Patrick is sitting at a table toward the back of the restaurant on the left. Cool!)

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Mal and I arrived about an hour before our reservation and grabbed a drink at the bar. We spent the majority of our time brainstorming ideas for our annual party!

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Then, we headed to our table for dinner.

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We started with the Raclette (we love cheese), which was potatoes served with braised bacon, cornichons, caramelized onions, and covered in melt-y Raclette. Oh my goodness, it was amazing.

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For my entrée, I ordered the Colorado Lamb Meatballs, which were served with a hen egg, Greek yogurt, and pine nuts. It was actually an appetizer from the menu, but after filling up on Raclette, it was the perfect size portion.

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I also had a bite of Mal’s steak, which was insanely flavorful and cooked to perfection. Mal loved his meal so much, he even snapped a photo of it for the blog!

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And, of course, no meal is complete without dessert. Mal and I shared the Dulce de Leche Cake, which was served with toasted coconut sorbet and caramelized pineapple. Mmm! It reminded of us of Hawaii!

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All in all, it was a fabulous Friday!

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