There was little of interest in my life yesterday except for my stop at a new (to me) restaurant, Slice & Pint, so today’s blog is dedicated to my first impression.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Plan to focus on the presentation of your food for one healthy meal.
Taking a cue from chefs and adding some flair to your food is one way to make healthier foods more exciting and enjoyable. The way you arrange food on your plate can make portion sizes appear larger. Garnishes can make your meal look more attractive and add a tasty layer of flavor. Even a salad can feel more special if you eat it on an unusual dish.
I’m going to start out focusing on healthier meals, no matter how they look.
A Restaurant Review (Sorta): Slice & Pint
Located in the space formerly occupied by one of my favorites in this town, Everybody’s Pizza in Emory Village, Slice & Pint was a convenient place for me to stop for dinner on my circuitous drive home last night. Perhaps I had been thinking about Slice & Pint because I have been craving pizza of late, or perhaps it was because I read about Crawford Moran’s new beer brewing venture in an old edition of the Creative Loafing yesterday.
One of the greatest assets of whatever restaurant occupies that corner space is the parking lot behind it. I was surprised to find the parking lot nearly empty, but with the sky still looming gray after the rain I was pleased to find a convenient and close parking space.
I was taken aback a little upon entering the restaurant to find it nearly empty too, mind you it was probably 7:00pm-7:30pm when I arrived (the Braves were in the 3rd inning on the television so maybe it was later?).
I was greeted immediately by a hostess and led to my table in the sunroom portion of the restaurant, which on this evening would provide no sun. While perusing the enticing beer menu a friendly, upbeat waitress arrived and I ordered a 10-ounce “SC IPA” and a glass of water, both of which arrived soon thereafter.
Because the word “slice” appears in the restaurant’s name I considered ordering one, but the price/slice, especially with toppings seemed a little expensive to me. I considered ordering a whole pie, taking the uneaten portion home for a lunch or two this week, but never could decide which of the creations listed on the menu sounded satisfying. So it was with that indecision that I settled on the meatball sandwich with fries.
The beer was delicious to me, flavorful yet light. The “SC IPA” is not something I’d drink all day, but it was the perfect starter beer (especially at a 10-ounce size) for my meal.
The meatball sandwich arrived as advertised, meatballs covered in tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, sandwiched between focaccia bread, served with a side order of french fries. My two minor complaints with the meal where that the meatballs were a bit textureless, I don’t like my meatballs to appear as if they were constructed from a beef paste, and that the french fries were a bit limp. Don’t take these complaints to mean that I didn’t enjoy my meal, however.
I had notions of ordering a second 10-ounce beer, this time it would have been their “Fallstaff Bitter” but to my surprise and chagrin I was too full to stomach another beer, so I didn’t.
I’d like to return to Slice & Pint some day, especially to sample more of their beers, and perhaps figure out what sort of pizza to order to see if their idea of what pizza should be is the same as mine. Oooh, I just looked at the photos of their pizzas on their website. If they look anywhere near as good as this in real life I definitely will have to make a return visit.
ITP Flickr Pic
(wouldn’t a photo of my meal been a good thing to put here?)
Today’s Personal Project
Go to the bank, for real.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – harried
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – No one will ever confuse my restaurant reviews with those found at Zagat – Atlanta.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 215 pounds (2014-08-17)
Foot Mileage – ~4.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 1 (1 cardio)
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– clear out a room’s worth of things I no longer wish to own for the rest of my life
– hire a plumber to come in and fix the “small” repairs
– contact a realtor to make a hit list of things that need to change before the house can be listed
2014 Goals: Measurable
– Get my weight down to 190 pounds so that I can wear a 36″ waist pants comfortably
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Completely run at least one 10k
– Fix all (or at least most) of the things which are wrong with the ITP Estate
– Sell the ITP Estate (tentative)
2014 Goals: Unmeasurable
– Continue to simplify, simplify, simplify
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions
– Start, and continue, to make my own bread using my bread machine as well as using the technique outlined in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
– Read and discard magazines during the month in which they arrive (even digitally)
Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2014
- “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin
- “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” by Austin Kleon
- “Chaos: Making a New Science” by James Gleick
- “What’s So Funny?: My Hilarious Life” by Tim Conway