Show me the Mussels!

I took a quick break from a busy day at work to scarf down this delicious salad.

Ingredients:

Iceberg lettuce

chopped up hard-boiled egg

1/2 cup chopped ham

1/2 cup finely chopped bacon

cherry tomatoes

Lite Italian dressing

Mixed together it looked like this

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Now I just have to say a little bit about my new tea addiction.  I used to be a Starbucks Girl- I even worked there for almost a year.  I was quite the caffeine addict (back in my unhealthy days), I could easily drink up to six shots of espresso in one day! For a girl only 4’11 that is A LOT of caffeine! I toned it down a bit after I quite that job- but only for financial reasons.  Finally I came to my senses and realized just what an addict I was- I wanted to prove that I could quit.  So I did- cold turkey.  I stopped drinking all forms of caffeine ( I was never a big pop drinker). Now I know your going to say well tea has caffeine in it- but some teas do not- usually it’s the darker black teas that hold the caffeine.  After quitting my Starbucks addiction, I was looking for a cheaper, healthier replacement.  This is when I discovered Teavana! And let me tell you, I will never go back.  Not only do they have many delicious samples for you to try in stores, you can either just order a drink to go or take your tea home with you. ( you cannot bring a Starbucks Barista home with you- although someone did offer me this option).  After trying a few different flavors and mixing and matching some teas, I settled on one that I usually get every time I’m working.  It is a mixture of Pineapple Kona Pop Herbal tea and Honeybush Vanilla Herbal tea.  Let me just say- it is fruity heaven in a cup and it warms me to the core.  If you are not a fruity person, they have so many teas to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone!

You can order tea and find locations near you at this link. Fun fact- I just found out today that Teavana was just bought out by Starbucks- the irony!

Now onto dinner.

I went out to dinner with my boyfriend’s family and we went to a great french restaurant in Oak Brook, IL.  It was called Mon Ami Gabi and it was wonderful!  I had been there about 6 months ago when it was warm and we could eat outside- I was not as impressed.  Tonight, they definitely changed my mind.  The atmosphere was cozy and we were brought fresh bread right away.  I ended up ordering the Mussels Mariniere and it was fabulous! I am a seafood lover so this was right up my alley.

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They come in an entire bucket (the full order) and they go all the way to the bottom, submerged in a white wine sauce that was finger licking good! I polished them off quite easily. I left wtih a full belly and highly satisfied.

Well this post is a little long so I’ll call it quits for the night.

Any other Tea Lovers out there? Have you ever had Teavana? What are your favorite flavors?

 

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One thought on “Show me the Mussels!

  1. I love Teavana (but had no idea that Starbucks just bought them). My favorite blend is Maharaja Chai Oolong/Samurai Chai Mate. They were sampling it around the holidays and I knew I couldn’t leave the store without a canister of it. Now it’s a special treat to stop in, since there is only 1 location near me.

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