U is for Unusual and WIAW

This will be the final post for this year’s Blogging A to Z Challenge where I get to combine with What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by Jenn at Peas & Crayons. Please be sure to visit both sites to look around and leave some comments.  We all love comments!

U is for Unusual.

Those of you who read BCDC prior to the A to Z challenge will understand that many times I would be talking about food when I use the word unusual. Yes, I come up with unusual…ok…Strange foods.  Today’s collection is pretty odd.

But my life in general has always seemed unusual to me…bordering on Odd.  I’ve kind of hopped around job wise.  I did stay with being a travel agent for 24 years but during that time I worked at 4 different travel agencies.  I realized after a while that I never really liked the job and wasn’t really suited for it. I loved learning about the places where I was sending people, studying up on what there was to see and do in places filled with history.  But I could never really relate to the trips to the beach where all you did was turn red in the sun and drink.   A lot of people never wanted to hear about the history they just wanted the beach-y stuff.

None of this or any of my other jobs had anything to do with what I studied in college.  I was a speech and theatre major.  Actually the only job that ever really made use of that training was when I was a Weight Watchers leader.  Standing in front of the meetings, I felt I was doing what I was meant to do.

I suppose it’s unusual for someone to pursue jobs other than what they were trained for.  So many times jobs just fell into my lap.  That’s how I became a travel agent.  It’s too long a story for this post…perhaps I’ll tell it sometime.  It was unusual.

This topic doesn’t seem to be going anywhere for me, so I think it’s time to get to the Food!!

What I Ate Wednesday

There always seems to be an omelette!  I had breakfast on Saturday with two of my WW buddies and another new friend.

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This was a different diner than usual, but the omelette was good just the same.  Egg whites with mushrooms, sliced tomatoes on the side and sprinkled with black pepper and Parmesan cheese.  It looks a little anemic, but that’s because we were sitting right next to the big windows and there was a Lot of light.  Still tasty!

We went out to lunch on Sunday with Ralph’s family to celebrate his birthday.  We started at our usual restaurant and we realized that none of us had remembered to make a reservation for the 15 of us. There would be over an hour wait!

Our niece, Marie, who is wonderful in all respects whips out her phone, while juggling her 1-year-old, calls a diner about a mile away and is told they could seat us immediately.  We gather up cakes, flowers and balloons and all head to our cars for the short trip.

We get there and they are ready for us.  It’s an unusual diner for us, not one we go to often, but trust me, we’ll definitely use them again after the great first impression and the great service we received.

I must say that my dinner fit into the theme of unusual, at least for me.

It started with a salad, nothing unusual there…

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Good size for a side salad and I was very happy that I could get plain balsamic vinegar for my dressing.

Here comes the unusual part, odd combo…

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Eggplant parmesan, baked sweet potato and pickled beets.  Each was delicious.  This was a Huge portion of eggplant so I didn’t finish it all, tasty though.  The sweet potato was cooked to perfection and with just pepper added it was delicious.  The pickled beets were obviously freshly made there. You can always tell by the spices when they are made right there at the diner. Pickled beets always remind me of my Grandmother.  She would have been pleased with them.

Last but not least…

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Birthday cake!  This was delicious.  Ralph’s sister, Maddie always gets these and they are so good.  How did I end up with such a Huge piece?!

Of course, this would not be a WIAW at BCDC if it didn’t include a salad in my Big Purple Bowl!

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Basic Salad with Morningstar Farms tomato basil pizza burgers all cut up and  romano cheese sprinkled around for good measure and of course my current favorite, plain old balsamic vinegar.  Very delicious and very filling!

That’s it for me for today. Please be sure to check out Blogging A to Z and Peas & Crayons.  You’re sure to find something interesting at one or both!!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday! Now what’s so unusual about that?!

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16 responses to “U is for Unusual and WIAW

  1. Confession: I sometimes like to go on vacation to sit on the beach and drink (water that is), because sometimes all I want is relaxation. I think you should go back to being a leader at WW’s. You talk about it so fondly, and it really seems to be your passion. I’m loving your salads.
    Happy WIAW Fran.

    • Thanks, Meghan, I really am thinking about it. They’ve changed the way they conduct meetings now and I’m not sure I like it, so I have to get around that and get to the heart of why I loved doing it and just go for it. I’m thinking hard. Have a great day!

  2. I love plain balsamic on my salads, too! I like the taste and it saves on calories so I can add more fun toppings 😉

    You totally should be a WW Leader! you would be SO perfect!

    • Thanks, Liz! I’m seriously thinking of going back. Just have to take the plunge and call the supervisor who is just one of “those” people. Have to bite the bullet and make the call! We’ll see how it goes!

  3. ah, the return of the BPB – how i have missed it! 😀
    glad the new diner could seat you all asap and that you had such fun – and even more fun to be all together to celebrate with ralph!
    fran, i would love to hear more about how you came to be a travel agent. i went thru uni to be a french teacher, taught for three years and got (the heck) out. i ended up at my beloved running store because there was a “help wanted” sign on the door…and in may, i will be there eight years! retail is my calling!!

    • Isn’t it funny how we fall into things?! Yes, I’m happy that the BPB is back. I hadn’t been eating salad because it was winter…duh…that makes no sense! I was looking for something in old posts and realized that the previous winter I had eaten salads all the time. We have the produce market 3 miles away and I can get what I want all year round. Again…I say Duh! You a French teacher, how cool, but if it doesn’t work, you need to keep looking. I’m really considering going back to work for WW again. We’ll see.

  4. That birthday cake looks amazing – I am a sucker for anything chocolate flavoured!

    • Hi Stacey, thanks for visiting! My sister in law gets those cakes at a local supermarket, not even a regular bakery. They are So good…that’s why she’s always in charge of the cakes for the family birthdays! Have a great week and please stop by again!

  5. I love this post! I fall back into foods depending on the season. I often have to be talked into trying an unusual food! My unusual food for yesterday was adding some balsamic to quinoa. It was tasty!

  6. You really sound like you loved being a Weight Watcher’s leader. Just from knowing you online it sounds like the perfect role for you. Such an inspiration to others and always the bearer of positivity! Have you ever considered going back to it?

    And while that meal does sound like an odd combo, I think that sweet potato must have been brilliant. There is just something about the utter perfection of restaurant meals. haha.

    • Thanks, Madison! I’m mulling over the idea of going back to working for WW. We’ll see how it goes and thanks for your kind comment about it being the right role for me. The sweet potato was Excellent! Have a great week!

  7. That all looks like unusually good food. Thanks for the insights.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

  8. Please tell me you ate that whole piece of cake! It looks delicious!!!!!! You had a great day of food! Lots of variety! Have a fabulous day!

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