Yearly Archives: 2012

The Liebster Award

I know it’s Christmas Eve and not that many people are sitting around reading blogs, but I thought I’d post anyway.  Amanda from Pickles & Honey nominated me for the Liebster Award.  Thanks Amanda!


Here’s how it works:

1.  Write 11 random facts about yourself.
2.  Answer 11 questions given by the blogger who nominated you.
3.  Create 11 new questions.
4.  Nominate 11 bloggers.
5.  Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Okay, I’m taking the lazy way out and not giving you 11 random facts about myself.  I’m all kinds of random anyway.  Here are Amanda’s questions:

1.  Do you prefer the city or the suburbs?

Despite growing up and currently living in the suburbs, I really think I’m a city girl.  Every time I visit a new city, I pretty much want to move there and I cannot stand how Atlanta is really just a big suburb.  It’s hard to explain if you don’t live here, I guess, but it’s really, really spread out and not walkable at all.  Plus, I don’t live in the city of Atlanta anyway.


See that city in the background?  I could totally live there.  That was Philadelphia, by the way.

2.  What book are you currently reading?

I just finished Gone Girl.  I really liked it but wasn’t happy with the ending at all.

3.  Cardio or strength training?

I do both, but I prefer cardio.

4.   What place would you most like to visit?

I went to college in Burlington, Vermont and haven’t been back since I graduated and I would really like to.  Other US cities that I’d like to visit include San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and the state of Colorado in general.  And then there’s the rest of the world too, obviously.  Don’t make me choose.

5.  Favorite kind of cookie?

I like a nice, warm chocolate chip cookie.

6.  If money didn’t matter, how would you spend your days?

I can be really, really lazy so if I didn’t have to work, I’d probably take lots of naps.  I know I’m supposed to say volunteering or something, but really, napping.


7.  Do you prefer a more social setting or an intimate get-together?

I am actually pretty shy in real life, but I’m not introverted if that makes sense.  I’m like a shy extrovert.  I really like being around people and kind of hate being alone.  But I’m quiet and sometimes don’t know what to say.  And you can forget small talk; I am awful at it.  So, it depends.  If the intimate setting is with my good friends, then I prefer that, but if it’s like a dinner with two other people that I don’t really know, I’d probably prefer the larger social setting because more people would talk to me and I wouldn’t have to make extended small talk.

8.  Coffee, tea or both?

Coffee, but I sometimes drink tea at work when I’m cold or bored.

9.  What’s one of your goals for 2013?

I’d like to dress better.  This is a constant goal for me and one that I’ve never been very good at.  The problem is that I tend to shop at places like Target and Old Navy and the clothes I buy don’t always fit well.

10.  Do you have a favorite blog post that you’ve written?

I like my marathon post. Unlike a lot of other bloggers, running a marathon kind of sucked for me.  I did it once and had a bad experience and will probably never do it again (though, never say never, I guess).  I’m not sure why writing about a crappy race would be my favorite post, but I guess I just feel like it’s a very un-sugar coated view of what running 26.2 miles can be like.

11.  What’s the best part of a typical day for you?

I actually wake up about 20 minutes earlier than I need to each morning, so I can make a hot breakfast (usually eggs) and drink a cup of coffee and catch up on email, facebook, blogs etc.  I guess the fact that checking my email is the best part of the day might say something about my wee internet addiction, but whatever.  Candy Finnegan might show up at my house soon, I’m aware.  (You know who that is, right?)

Okay, so since it’s Christmas Eve and you’re probably doing something cooler than me and not reading this (because of, you know, the Jewish thing, I don’t always go somewhere for Christmas, though sometimes I do.), I’m going to do the lazy thing and not nominate anyone.  See question 6.  But if you’d like, pick one of Amanda’s questions and answer it in the comments.

Happy Holidays!


Restaurant Review: Imperial Fez

About six months ago, Jason and I purchased a Groupon for a Moroccan restaurant – Imperial Fez.  The deal was $45 for two five course meals.  We never really felt like using said Groupon until we realized it expired on Friday.  So we went on Friday.

Lee jason imperial fez

I’d actually been before, many, many years ago for a company holiday party, but I didn’t really remember anything about it.  (Not for any reason other than it was a long time ago.)  I’d read reviews on Yelp and they were mixed.  Many of them said that you had to take your shoes off upon entering, but we didn’t have to.  I was glad about that because I’d forgotten and was wearing pink fluffy socks under my boots!

It was pretty dark inside the restaurant, with small tables near the floor.  You sat either in chairs on on little couches with pillows.  Our waiter came over and explained the meal to us.  He asked us right away if anyone was vegetarian, which I appreciated because the appetizer had chicken in it and they were, after some confusion, able to make us a vegetarian version instead.

We started out with lentil soup and a plate of various salads.  I’m kind of bummed that my picture of this didn’t turn out very well, because this was the best part of the meal, I thought.

Imperial fez salad

You can see the soup in the bottom corner.  We were told what the various salads were, but I’ve forgotten.  They were good though.  After the soup and salad, we were kind of full and only sort of picked at the appetizer.  It was some sort of filo dough pastry with veggies inside.

Imperial fez app

For our entrees, we were told to choose from the menu.  I went with the Sauteed Vegetables Tajine Mhammer.

Imperial fez vegetables

And Jason had the Prawns Pappell.

Imperial fez shrimp

Maybe because we were very full at this point, but I was not very impressed with either entree.  Mine was just sort of bland and while Jason’s shrimp tasted good, his dish was incredibly oily.  We only kind of picked at our entrees, but again, we were very full from the soup and salad course.  After boxing up our leftovers, they brought us some dessert with mint tea.

Imperial fez dessert

The pastries were good but the fruit was in a syrup that was too sweet.

It was a fun experience, but one thing that I really did not like about this place was that it was really loud.  I guess a lot of people go there for birthdays and special occasions and honestly every ten minutes, these major strobe lights would flash and this “happy birthday” song would play over the loudspeaker.  It was distracting and annoying and literally happened four times while we were there.  Same thing with the belly dancers.  They were cool, but every time they came out (maybe every 20 minutes), they’d flash these bright lights and play really loud music.  Back in the day, I used to work at Joe’s Crab Shack and it sort of reminded me of that.

Sauteed Vegetables Tajine


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The Wine Munchies

Last night I went to Fontaines for dinner with my friends Joan, Sean and Sarah for their half price peel and eat shrimp and snow crab legs that they do on Thursdays.  During the course of the meal, I had two glasses of wine.

Wine favorite

Yes, that’s a real screenshot from what came up on my phone when I entered it into my Weight Watchers app.  When I got home, it was still pretty early, only about 8:30 or so and it was too early to go sleep.  That’s when the wine munchies made their appearance.

This is something that I’ve always struggled with, but when I have any alcohol, that little voice in my head that has been saying, “Eat an apple!” or “Eat some carrots with salsa!” starts telling me to eat something else.

The something else:

Brownie brittle

This brownie brittle is pretty amazing.  And if you eat one serving, which actually ends up being a decent amount, it’s not that bad for you.  But I didn’t eat one serving, the wine munchies made me eat three!

Damn you, wine munchies.  Although, I weighed myself this morning and lost a pound.

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