My name is mylunchanddinner….

and I am an eat-a-holic. I am sad and embarrassed. It was not long ago that I told you about my need for an urgent diet plan to loose some 9 pounds because of a wedding that I have to go to. I have lost 1 pound since, which is far from the so needed goal.

I can’t go further than three days with my diet. It’s shameful.  Last week, I managed to work for almost two days… we then had a birthday party and celebrated with our Mexican friends eating tacos! They were exquisite, made with flour tortillas, Palmito cheese (the closest to the Oaxacan cheese almost every Mexican loves) and Chilorio. Chilorio is pork meat seasoned with different kind of non-hot chile which is really good. Since we can’t get fresh chilorio, we all bring it from Mexico. The brand is La Chata, if you ever see it, get it! You’ll love it!!  They way in which they prepared everything was really good.

Then on Wednesday, I was not feeling well, so I decided not to cook any complicated meal. I prepared my Mexitalian pasta. It was delicious with the tasty tomato sauce and the delicious cheese. Then for dinner, I was craving fat and salt , so I convinced Hubby to order some pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hot. It was great… a crispy base with even crispier pepperoni which tasted to my sick persona so good that I ate four slices. Don’t worry that much, it was a small pizza.

I proceeded to continue with my diet then. I now lasted for three and a half days. On Sunday we went to a new place which I will tell you all about in my next post. I decided to order fish and chips… NO please nice waitress, I’d like to change it for a fresh tuna salad. “Mmmm, I wouldn’t recommend it,” she said, “it comes as if the tuna was canned and is kind of disgusting.” Ok… bring the fish and chips then… I made myself feel better thinking that I had good intentions. Needless to say, the plate was really good. Specially the chips, but as you know I’ve got something with potatoes.

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Ok… I’ll go back to my diet. “Wait did you see that truck?” I asked Hubby as he was driving. “There is a new sandwich at subway!!” It looked so good… buffalo chicken. I love buffalo chicken! Damn it! “Can we go have dinner there?” Nooooooo! was the answer I received. Ok… I we won’t. I was sad though, so I made myself a ham-cheese-sausage sandwich which I ate with a bag of lemon-salt green plantains. As if not enough, I had two oreos as dessert.

Monday morning, I weight my self… 116 pounds. Now, I know you all must think that is not too much. You have to consider though that I am only 5′ 1, and I used to weight about 100 before I got married. I was still a foodie then, but I had a far faster metabolism. I really don’t want to be a 100 lbs again, but I do want my clothes to fit, and not only wear 2 pairs of jeans which will get holes soon for being washed so often.

I am definitely following the diet plan this week! I have only managed to loose 1 pound and it must be for exercising. I now managed to follow the diet for 2.5 days. Then I went to have lunch with my friend. We went to the jewish restaurant, Little Israel. I was starving by the time we got there, and they serve the best Pita bread I have ever eaten when you just sit at the table. I only had a small piece of bread… ok that is a lie, I had about 5 pieces of bread. Now I was thinking, I already broke the plan, let’s go to subway… Hubby gave me the same answer.

Finally, last night, Hubby came home from work. He was tired, and yet he was planning to go out to buy tickets for the avengers movie. I don’t love the movie, but like it enough to watch it. “Ok, I’ll go with you to get the tickets and watch the movie only if… we go to subway after.” He said it was fine, and of we went.

The buffalo chicken sub was just what I had imagined, in flavor, for it didn’t look at all as the photo. It was juicy, tasty, delicious. The buffalo sauce was between hot and with that vinegary taste that makes it special. I am breaking the plan aren’t I? I thought. “Yes Miss, I want it with a combo, please give me some Doritos”. Hubby asked me what I wanted to drink… a regular coke, there is not much to care anymore.

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Mazel tov!

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I have no idea if my title is spelled correctly! What I do know is that I have found the best Middle East food restaurant in a small placed called Little Israel. The place is located in Plaza los Laureles, the same places that hosts Sushi House, Subway and a bunch of other restaurants and businesses.

The restaurant is really basic, and the walls are decorated with big photographs of emblematic sites in Israel. Right next door they have a small grocery store where you can get all kinds of kosher ingredients. Everything is fresh, and I have found interesting stuff, of course I’m not jewish so it’s all new for me!

We found this little place early in our stay here. We have really grown fond of the owners, but mores specially with the food. We have tasted a bunch of their plates. One of our favorites is the falafel sandwich which is served on pita bread with hummus and salad. However, the last time we went, we decided on trying something new. So, we asked for an appetizer plate each that was made out of: baba ganoush, hummus, falafel, kibbe balls, stuffed grape leaves and stuffed cabbage leaves with red sauce. We complimented our order with a side order of tabule and pita bread.

While waiting for our food, we were happily sitting at our table when suddenly we heard the sounds of the kibbe and falafel getting cooked in hot oil. The smell was really good, so we got all excited.  It was not long before we both got our food. Everything was fresh and tasty. What I liked the best were the kibbe balls. The taste of the meat inside was really good and the crust was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.

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The tabule enhanced everything. We did have to add some lemon juice to make it better for our taste, but keep in mind in Mexico we add lemon juice to everything. Everything was excellent… except for a small plate of rice we asked for as side order too… it was microwaved, and not just made. I do understand that because we were the only customer making a small cup of rice made no sense, but I do believe it would be better to advice the customer that rice is only served at lunch, which is when its just made. We did tell the owner about the rice issue, and he said he would look into it. Then he gave us a package of pita bread we were going to get for free as an apology. I was kind of embarrassed, but he he said the embarrassment should be all his.

All in all, the balance always tends toward the excellence of the place, so it is highly recommended!

©mylunchanddinner 2012