Friday favourites 3

Random leftover meals

As I’ve said on this blog many times before, I am not a fan of leftovers! But I think I’m finally coming around to them. With my family’s obsession with cooking big dinners every night, we generate plenty of leftovers in this house, and they definitely come in handy when I need a fast meal for before/during/after work! This is one of my latest favourite creations: baby spinach topped with leftover roasted shrimp and orzo salad, chopped veggies, avocado, cottage cheese, and crumbled endurance crackers.

Bike rides

Lately bike riding has become my go-to workout when I don’t feel like running or lifting weights. I love getting outdoors and exploring different areas of my city – especially when the views are as nice as this:

Yesterday I did a hilly 15 mile ride in the morning – I was a bit scared of the hills I knew I would have to do on the route I chose, but I didn’t find them that hard. Getting better at biking this summer has made me want to pursue it more seriously. I would love to buy a road bike and start doing some longer rides!

Paradiso restaurant

Our downtown core in Burlington may be tiny, but it packs in a huge number of amazing restaurants! Paradiso is one of them. I would say it’s a Mediterranean restaurant with a gourmet flair. You won’t find spaghetti and garlic bread on the menu here, but instead you can expect items such as crispy thin crust prosciutto pizza, perfectly cooked fish, and crab ravioli in cream sauce.

Paradiso restaurant Burlington

Last night I had dinner reservations with my mom and our friends, Mary and Angela. I had to rush over after my shift ended at 8, so when I got there they had already started on the bread. It was a really soft bread – almost cakey- with herbs and sun dried tomatoes. I was starving, so I finished off the remaining 1.5 pieces!

Paradiso restaurant Burlington bread

For my entree I got the pan seared trout over a chilled quinoa salad with baby arugula and tomato gazpacho, topped with a chipotle-lime vinaigrette. It was delicious – and a perfect cool dish to have on a hot summer night!

Paradiso restaurant Burlington trout quinoa gazpacho

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Tropical oatmeal

I’m going to be honest with you guys here – I’m not the creative food blogger I appear to be.  I’m stuck in a breakfast rut where I’m eating oatmeal with soy nut butter, granola, banana and berries almost every morning!  Why change a good thing, right? But this week I decided to switch things up a little. I made my usual oatmeal recipe, but gave it a tropical twist by topping it with banana, mango, pineapple, granola, coconut flakes, and coconut butter. It was like a mini vacation to Hawaii in a bowl!

Tropical oatmeal

Have you taken up any new sports or workouts lately?

What’s the last restaurant you visited? What did you order?


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21 Responses to Friday favourites 3

  1. I am in love with bike riding! I seriously do it 24/7! I don't even drive any more…just something about getting around on bike is so much more fun and fulfilling! Have a great weekend girl!

  2. YESSS bike riding!!!! you should totally get a road bike, they’re so much fun and you go soooo fast hahaha. love the tropical oatmeal idea too, I’ve been doing that with my smoothies and greek yogurt lately and it’s so fun! :-D

  3. I think the last restaurant I visited was a luncheon for my friend and I got this great harvest salad with grilled chicken, tons of veggies, and avocado! Mmm! And I love leftovers! If it was good the first time around, it's usually good the second too! :)

  4. Ya know — I'd LOVE if you got a road bike too! :)

  5. I'm not a fan of leftovers, either! I swear, things stay in my fridge for a little too long until it's time to throw them out. Oops. That tropical oatmeal is such a great idea :)

  6. oh my goodness sweetheart! I want your dinner AND your breakfast! Yum :)

  7. Great job on the bike ride! 15 miles is quite long if you ask me, my butt would be gone by the end of it lol, or you know just really sore! That dinner looks great too, how fun and gorgeous too!

  8. Your tropical oatmeal looks so great! I did something similar last summer with pineapple, and coconut but completely forgot about how much I enjoyed it until I saw yours! :) Nice bike ride!!

  9. those are all great loves, this week I am loving cucumbers. there was a deal for four large ones for a one dollar. I have been eating them like crazy!

  10. This restaurant basically looks amazing.

  11. I've been adoring bike rides lately too! I got out my bike to ride to classes and the weather has been PERFECT for it! :D And that tropical oatmeal looks BOMB!!! It makes me want to go to Hawaii stat heehee

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  13. Great job on the ride! I need to do some hillier ones on my new bike, but I'm still getting used to it. I am a big fan of leftovers.. I make my mom make extra in fact. :)

  14. Sam

    The last restaurant i visited (about 5 hours ago actually) was Cocos in Grand Bend! It was definitely a beach patio so nothing fancy – but i tried the jerk chicken sandwich. First time trying something with jerk spices and I loved it.

  15. I love the tropical twist you threw into your oatmeal — what a delicious bowl of amazingness! I'm telling you, girl: you're breakfasts are the BEST! ;)

  16. I wish I still had my bike so I could bike around. But then I always think of the fact that when I drive I hate the bikers ;) haha. That's a great bike ride though! That tropical oatmeal looks divine! I need to try that out.

  17. Oh my gosh girl, how can you NOT love leftovers? You just gotta know how to work some magic…and it looks like you already know some of the voo-doo by the looks of that salad! I LOVE using grain salads as toppings for a big bowl of green…especially when it's been in the fridge overnight and had time to get nice and juicy!I so wish my town was more biker friendly. I haven't hopped on my bike now in about a year. It's next to impossible to get anywhere on the bike so if I want to ride, I have to pack it up in the car and drive halfway across town just to get to some decent routes. And I definitely envy your view!That restaurant sounds incredible! Sounds silly, but one of the things I want to do the most is go to a place that serves dishes like that…all pretty-ful and stuff! Like a work of art! Aren't tropical themed oats the best? I haven't had any in a while (mainly because I HATE cutting mangos) but whenever I do, I could SWEAR I'm at the beach! LOVE!As you've seen on my blog, I have been LOVING wraps lately…just can't get enough! I actually had the same wrap for dinner tonight as I had for lunch earlier today! Yep, that good! I've also been loving the Tuesday Trainer workouts I've been doing. They're really helping me to switch things up and keep things interesting at the gym!Last restaurant? Oh you're really gonna make me think on this one…let's see…oh yeah, BB wanted to go to Buffalo Wild Wings a couple of weekends ago, so I obliged (I mean, c'mon, he follows me around for hours at a time at the farmer's market, grocery store, and whatnot…it's the LEAST I could do so that he can get his hands dirty on some chicken wings!). I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich without the bun and we shared the fries (which were heavenly!)

  18. I completely agree with you about leftovers, Chelsea! I love whipping up fresh food (especially new recipes), but after one meal, I'm usually over it–even if it's really good! Since most of the cooking I do is for just myself, I modify recipes to serve just one person. That way I never have leftovers! :-p That said, yours look AMAZING! Avocado and cottage cheese are so good together, and your shrimp orzo shrimp salad sounds wonderful.The trout from Paradiso looks amazing (love gazpacho!), and so does your tropical oatmeal (I completely understand the breakfast rut issue!). :)The last restaurant I ate at was an Asian fusion place called Zabb. I ordered seared tuna tataki, which melted in my mouth. :)Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

  19. Wow this restaurant sounds so exquisite- I'm always impressed when I see quinoa featured on menus! The last restaurant I went to was last night. It's a place called The Table and the food there is AMAZING! We ordered loads of dishes to share and some included: Grouper fish in Japanese aromatics, miso-glazed aubergine, brussel sprouts in brown butter sauce, lamb sliders, and tuna tataki on a bed of avocado! Even better was dessert: fig & almond tart with homemade cinnamon ice cream and warm chocolate tart with vanilla bean ice cream!

  20. That tropical bowl looks AMAZING, holy moly. I will definitely have to try it out :)

  21. I commented earlier but it didn't go through so perhaps it's in spam? Lemme try again:This restaurant does sound amazing!! I'm always impressed when a restaurant features quinoa on its menu! The last restaurant I went to was on Friday to a place called Table in Mumbai. It's fine dining with such great options. We usually order family style (the options are too many to just stick to one) and some of what we shared included: Grouper fish in Japanese aromatics, miso-glazed aubergine, brussel sprouts in brown butter sauce, lamb sliders, and tuna tataki on a bed of avocado. Even better was dessert: fig & almond tart with homemade cinnamon ice cream and warm chocolate tart with vanilla bean ice cream! Eating there is always such a treat!

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