Tuesday, August 31, 2010

1st Day of my EM Rotation

  I didn't sleep much last night because I was so excited/anxious about starting today.  My alarm went off at 5:15AM and I was out of bed and in the shower in no time.  I ended up taking too long getting ready, so unfortunately I didn't get to eat the muesli or visions of oats I had dancing in my head.  I grabbed a blueberry crisp Clif Bar for the car ride to the hospital. 

Boring breakfast on the go.  I will say that ClifBars are an excellent source of protein.  They're pretty calorie dense, but I stayed full for hours after I ate this morning. 

This is my exciting going to work face.  (And yes, I took this at a stoplight.  Don't worry)  To sum up my day in one word....awesome.  The hospital, residents and attendings were so friendly and ready to teach.  Just in one day, I feel like I've learned so much.  I think I'm really going to enjoy this month.  I'm alternating between a couple of hospitals, so I'm excited to see the different patient populations that I'll be presented with.  And the best part of all is that I'm at a Level 1 trauma center most of the time and I will get too see a lot of awesome trauma pathology.  Immediately after my shift today, I called multiple people to tell them about my day.  Guess that means I like it here.

   After I left work today, I knew that I needed to stop for some coffee creamer.  I made a delicious cup of coffee to-go this morning, and alas, there was no creamer to be found.  Unfortunately, my roommate is not a coffee drinker.  To resolve this issue, I stole a single creamer from a gas kitchen.  I'll paint the picture for you.  I walked into the gas station with every intention in the world of purchasing a small pack of tissues.  When I saw no tissues, I swiped a single creamer.  I felt bad for a hot minute, but after tasting how delicious my coffee was, all my indiscretions flew out the car door.  So I will pray for forgiveness this evening.
   By the way, there are no lunch pictures because I forgot.  However, the hospital I'm at has a great vegetarian selection.  I had teriyaki tofu  with broccoli and brown rice.  Not too shabby, especially for hospital food.  The tofu was cooked perfectly.
   On the way home to stop for creamer, I remembered a little store in town called Carlino's.  It's an adorable gourmet market downtown.  I walked, fell in love, and proceeded to take a million pictures.  Why can't there be something like this is WV?  I wouldn't have any money left, but it would totally be worth it.

Yes folks, that's a brie bar.  Brie bar??????  I had never heard of such a thing either.  But I instantly knew that these were my kind of people.  See, me and my friends at home have wine and cheese parties, and baked brie is always featured.  Now, this brie bar has opened my eyes to all other types of toppings. 
1.  Fig, pear, ginger, and pine nuts
2.  Apricot, pine nuts, and cinnamon
The list goes on....

   Artisan breads anyone?  The most aromatic scents of garlic bread meet your nose when you enter the store.  It took every ounce of discipline in me not to go ahead and buy a loaf of bread that I didn't need. 

   Fresh from the farm sugar snap peas and pea pods.  I also wanted to buy these but had to remind myself I still have some in the refrigerator.  But that nagging voice in my head said, "But yours aren't fresh from the farm like these."  Oy vey.

   Fresh mesclun lettuce and spinach by the pound!

I'm not going to add any more photos, but my dinner consisted of salad (not from delicious Carlino's) and leftover Iron Hill Brewery pizza.  I'm going to spend the rest of the evening watching trashy TV and relaxing.  Work tomorrow 8-4.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Dinner wasn't so Healthy

So I started out by saying this would be a blog of healthy eats, and 98% of what I eat IS healthy.  However, on my excursions into town I ate what was recommended.  I mean, you can't pass up what the waitress said is the specialty.  We had dinner at the Iron Hill Brewery which was awesome.  I would totally recommend it.

We started with nachos which are well-known throughout the town.  If you don't believe me, then try them for yourself.  Warm, fresh tortilla chips with black beans, jalapenos, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, and green onions.  I didn't even get guacamole on the side, and these were still the bomb dot com.  And trust me, we made a dent in these bad boys, but didn't come anywhere near to finishing them.  Actually, we thrust the half-eaten plate at the waitress and demanded she remove them from our site.

   So......I pondered over what vegetarian delicacy to get for my entree and spotted the vegetarian pizza.  They even had a whole wheat crust!  If they would've thrown in some olives, it would've been utter pizza heaven.

Hearth Baked Vegetarian Pizza
Wheat Crust
Bell Peppers

See how there's just part of one piece missing?  I had my fill of nachos and barely touched the pizza.  However, there are pizza leftovers to be had tomorrow.

You can't go to Iron Hill Brewery and not try one of their seasonal brews direct from their microbrewery.  This is called "Cannibal". Delicious, mild and great for sipping on a hot day.  However, we were warned by this waitress that this packs a whopping 9% alcohol content.  Therefore, I barely drank all of mine.  I also had multiple glasses of water throughout the evening.

At this point, you are probably sick of hearing about my gluttinous night.  However, Kiwi was down the street and I could not rest for the evening until I had some.  Thankfully, I was able to digest the yogurt in my separate dessert stomach.
 That is a tart frozen yogurt with raspberries, blackberries, coconut, and...........mochi!!!  That's a shoutout to my friend Courtney, a fellow mochi lover.

Drumroll please................................................

My sweet puppy Bunsen that I miss dearly!!!

Starting a Blog

Dear readers (whoever you might be),

   I have started this blog because I myself have a love of food blogs, and my friends thought it would be a good idea for me to start my own.  For some background info, I am a 4th year medical student pursuing a residency in emergency medicine.  I decided to start this blog now that I'm on my 1st visiting rotation.  I'm living in Pennsylvania but working at a hospital in Delaware.  I hope to bring to this blog some healthy recipes and food photos all rolled up with some random humor.  I will also probably bombard you with pictures of my adorable puppy, Bunsen.  But for now, I'll just provide some photos from my 1st day here in PA and DE.

  This is my only food picture so far from today.  I went for a run around the campus in the cute Pennsylvania town I'm living in, and needed some post-run fuel.

Delish Yogurt Snack
1/2 cup Trader Joe's plain yogurt
2 T blueberry muesli
Raspberries & Strawberries

This puppy is my new roommate for the month!  His name is Bailey....pictures of my own puppy coming soon!