A Fabulous Friday {Dinner at Steel & Rye}

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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!

Question of the Day

Even when it’s bad, what’s still pretty good?



  1. I’m a long time Rhode Islander that LOVES Job Lot…you’re the first person I’ve ever heard refer to it as Ocean State and not Job Lot….maybe everyone out of RI calls it Ocean State?

  2. Love your blog, but I don’t comment often. We moved to Seattle 6 months ago and when the pizza is bad, it is really bad. We have tried about 10 pizza shops from Mom and Pop places to chains to restaurants and there is no good pizza here. I have started making my own which is cheaper and better than anything we can get here.

    1. Bethany, I’ve lived in Seattle my whole life and I swear they’re not all bad! Try Via Tribunali or Paggliaci. Delish.

      1. @Sorayya: Thanks for the recomendations. We have been to 3 Paggliaci’s and it is ok not saucy or doughy enough. We are looking for real NY style pizza and have not found it. I will give Via Tribunali a try.

  3. I love Bob Red Mill’s stuff although it can be kind of pricy! Dinner looks great..what a good friday. I still need to get me some teddie’s too, ive been meaning to order some online!

  4. bread. I work at a restaurant and after a shift is over the bread is all dried out. but i still eat it-cant help myself. hahaa

  5. I love Ocean State – just beware of the nuts – I’ve gotten some bags that are great, some that are rancid!

  6. Hey Tina!

    Question: are you then, able to eat cheese? I just read It Starts With Food and it reads that cheese is an irritant for gut health…I have a sensitive stomach myself and am trying to figure it out, but reccomend cutting it after reading that book and its implications for someone with gut issues like us!

  7. Reality TV – even when its bad, its great! Lol. Totally a guilty pleasure. Not going to lie – anything potato based and covered in cheese sounds like heaven to me!

  8. That was definitely a fabulous Friday. And thanks for sharing the “carrot cake” rice cake treat. I never would have thought of that, but I bet I would love it.

  9. Yum that carrot cake rice snack you made looks great! They only have original flavour laughing cow cheese here in Australia, otherwise I’d be making it in an instant.

    Love that they have snuggies for dogs that picture of the dog in it is so cute!

  10. Even when they are a bit “bad,” both cake and ice cream are almost ALWAYS good!!

    I love the carrot cake rice cake idea. I love topping my rice cakes with Laughing Cow cheese wedges and jam, but would never think to top them with the cinnamon wedges and add carrot cake ingredients. Awesome idea! 🙂

  11. I think a workout is good, even when it’s bad. As for pizza, you must be lucky because I’ve had some this.is.disgusting ones 😉

    1. I wanted to get that after seeing it on the menu online, but they changed it to a regular potato soup. I hope they bring it back!

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