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Pittsburgh, PA - Events of Monday, Sept. 19 to Monday, Sept. 26, 2011
In the midst of all our doctor and dentist appointments, we found time for a little fun. The ladies went shopping at Kohl's and the Dress Barn, and Paul stopped and looked around in Lowe's and Home Depot twice. He also had time to squeeze in a few small projects, and we had a good bit family time with just the four of us.
We also went out to eat several times. After our doctor appointments on Monday, we took Paul's step mother to Bravo for lunch to celebrate her birthday. Bravo is an upscale Italian restaurant featuring a creative menu and fresh ingredients. Bravo has locations in 19 states with 6 restaurants in and around Pittsburgh. They have daily lunch specials for $8, sandwiches for $8 to $10, pizzas for $9 to $11, and lunches that are smaller portions of their dinners, and they range in price from $10 to $12. All the meals were delish!
J. Michael had the following Friday off work. After our appointments that day, we were starved, so the four of us went to a restaurant called Uncle Sam's for lunch. Uncle Sam's has 4 locations around Pittsburgh.
Uncle Sam's has a variety of subs that range in price from about $6 to $8 and a filet mignon sub for $11. The price for the sandwiches also includes fries for eat-in orders. Fries cost extra for take-out. The 12-inch sandwiches and the fries will easily feed two people unless you are very hungry.
Because of the great sandwiches and reasonable prices, Uncle Sam's is very popular for lunch. We arrived just at the start of the Friday lunch rush, and you can see the line to order beginning to form.
Uncle Sam's has mostly steak subs. We all had the Uncle Sam's Special, which is a cheese steak with extra meat, marinated peppers, mushrooms and grilled onions. The sandwiches and the fries were excellent!
On Sunday, we all went to dinner at Bahama Breeze. We like the tropical atmosphere and the Caribbean-inspired menu.
Dinners range in price from about $10 to $15. We had firecracker shrimp as an appetizer, Lora had almond encrusted salmon, Margery had almond encrusted talapia, J. Michael ordered chorizo sliders, while Paul had Jamaican chicken. The meals were all great.
One of the things we like about Bahama Breeze is some of their menu items are available as lighter portions where you get a slightly smaller meal (for example, one chicken breast instead of two). That allows you to save room for dessert. We shared a chocolate island, which has a brownie base topped with chocolate mousse, whipped cream and toasted almonds. The whole thing is served in a sea of delicious cream sauce with chocolate designs.
With all the eating out we did, it's hard to believe Lora and J. Michael started a new diet several months ago. They are on the Belly Fat Cure by Jorge Cruise, which basically restricts carbs and sugars. Carbs and sugars provide the energy for your body, and most of us take in way more than we need. All those extra carbs and sugar your body doesn't burn are stored as fat, especially around one's middle. Lora and J. Michael have been limiting their carb and sugar intake for about three months, and they have both lost a substantial amount of weight.
The good thing about the Belly Fat Cure is it only limits carbs and sugar, so that means you can still eat get plenty to eat, and you can still eat out as long as you're careful about what you order. You can even splurge once in a while with a yummy dessert (like a chocolate island) if you are careful with your other meals that day.
Lora and J. Michael have been talking to us about their diet for some time now, and after seeing them in Berlin, OH a few weeks ago and seeing how successful they have been, we decided to give the Belly Fat Cure a try.
For the first 10 days or so, we had not even been sticking to the diet very religiously, only following its general guidelines. Even with all the eating out in Berlin, with cream-filled doughnuts and pumpkin whoopie pies, and with eating out several times while in Pittsburgh, we have already lost almost two pounds each in less than two weeks. We can already feel our clothes aren't as tight.
Belly Fat Cure is more than a diet - it's really a lifestyle change. Changing your eating habits to 15 grams of sugar and 6 servings of carbs/day will not only cause you to lose weight, but you will be able to keep the weight off. We have been avid nutritional label readers since we were both diagnosed with high cholesterol. Now we've added carbs and sugars to our research, let us tell you there is sugar in EVERYTHING! Check it out yourself. Considering Margery was a one Mountain Dew per day drinker for 46 grams of sugar, she quickly adapted to eliminating Dew (among other things) from her diet, but amazingly, we have found our craving for sugar is greatly diminished. Limiting carbs and sugars will be a lifelong effort. Time will tell if we can stick with it in the long run.
As our travels for the year wind down and with our start of the Belly Fat Cure, we are officially ending the 2011 Zeller Foodie Tour. That's not to say we won't eat out anymore. It will just be a little less frequent, but we still hope to have some great restaurants to tell you about.
On Monday, we finished up the last of our appointments. With 14 appointments between the two of us over 6 weekdays, it was a very busy week, but we've completed all of our annual check ups. We got good reports on all our visits and tests. Margery may need cataract surgery at some time in the not too distant future, but for now changes to her eye glass prescription will deal with it. Cataracts are a common eye problem as we age. The eye doctor said it shouldn't be a big deal to have it done anywhere in the country as long as we do our research to find a good doctor.
On Tuesday, we finished packing up the motor home and said our last good-byes. We will be meandering south. We have already had several cool days and nights in Berlin, OH and in Pittsburgh, so the speed with which the weather cools off will affect the speed with which we head south. We'll have more info about where we stopped in our next post.