Something old, something new – The Vortex Bar & Grill + Clemmy’s Ice Cream

by spiceaholic on June 23, 2010

Thirty is too young to start feeling old, right?  And by old I mean not being able to stay up late anymore.  For various reasons, I didn’t end up going to bed until past midnight last night and boy did I pay for it today!  I wasn’t fully functional until lunch time!

A girl’s gotta start that kind of day right — with chocolate and caffeine, of course! I hit up the coffee stand in the lobby as soon as I stumbled into work for an iced sugar-free vanilla latte.

I wasn’t that hungry so I had one of my Cliff Z Bars.  I love these — they’re the perfect size for a snack and they taste GOOD.

Like I said, by lunchtime I was feeling closer to human.  We were supposed to have some training during lunch, but that got pushed to tomorrow so the we could do a webinar on tax stuff instead.  Subway was sounding good for lunch, and it’s hard to turn down that 3.99 daily special they have.

Wednesday is turkey breast, which I usually get.  I don’t like their wheat bread because it’s so sweet, so I get the herbs & cheese bread, then along with the turkey I get pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, olives, onions, spicy mustard, and oregano.  Yum!

I also had some chocolate after lunch but for some reason the picture didn’t upload . . .

One of my bosses brought in Krispy Kreme before lunch and I took one in case I felt like eating it later.   That later was after our webinar was over (2 hours of passive activity loss limitations will take a lot out of you) and while we were having server issues (couldn’t get much done since we work via a virtual desktop and we couldn’t log-in).  Maybe it’s because it wasn’t fresh anymore but I really wasn’t into the doughnut and only had half before I chucked the rest.

Mr. Spice called as I was winding down and asked if I wanted to meet him for dinner since he was at some conference.  Sure!  We ended up at one of our favorite spots — The Vortex Bar & Grill.  They are known for their burgers but they do a damn good chili as well.  After much debate, I ended up ordering the firehouse chili and a side of tater tots.

Mr. Spice ordered what we usually get — the Ragin’ Cajun burger.

I am happy to report that I didn’t stuff myself and didn’t eat all my food!  It makes such a difference when you’re not all bloated and achy from over-eating.

Remember what I was saying yesterday about not liking diet-y ice cream?  Still true.  I’d heard a lot about Clemmy’s Ice Cream, which is sugar-free, so when I saw it at Publix I thought I’d see what the fuss was about.  Instead of sugar, it’s sweetened with Malitol and Xylitol, which are sugar-alcohols, and which can do quite the number on my tummy.  Plus the first ingredient listed was CREAM, so I knew eating this might result in some not-so-nice side effects (trying not to be TMI).   I like to think of this as ensured portion control — the more you eat, the worse the potential effects!

I tried a little bit and my first thought was that I could really taste the sweeteners (and not in a good way).  My second thought was was how rich this tasted.  When you’re used to eating low-fat faux ice cream, full-fat is sometimes hard to take.  There was a good chocolate flavor, but I like a more pronounced chocolatey-ness in my ice cream.  I know this ice cream is really popular with people watching their carbs because it contains 0 grams of sugar, so I can see liking it in those circumstances.  But for me, the side-effects wouldn’t be worth it.  Anyway, at least I know I won’t eat the whole pint in one sitting!

I need to call it a night or else I will be up too late again.  And I do need to get through that training tomorrow, so off to bed!  Good night!

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