Catching Up

January 9, 2013

Hello!  Sorry I didn’t put up my usual weekend post.   Swanky boyfriend and I enjoyed happy hour, I had dinner with the family and caught up with friends.  I was camera free all weekend and it was nice to take a mini break and just enjoy!

I did bring my camera last night for dinner with friends!  We enjoyed dinner at Red Velvet Café.  I had been to a smaller location at the Fashion Show Mall, but not at this larger location.  I was so excited!


After perusing the menu, I was surprised how many options had meat.  I know the desserts are vegan so the mainly meat filled menu was a bit surprising.  The good thing is that they have many substitutions!

I thought I would change it up and went with something really different…spiced broccoli slaw chicken burger.


A grilled chicken burger topped with spice broccoli slaw, spicy house dressing, mozzarella cheese and roasted tomato.


The sandwich was huuuge..and messy!  Not a good first date food, but thankfully I was with my ladies so I could be as messy as I wanted. ;)


But, the flavors were amazing.  The combination of the cold creamy slaw paired well with the tangy dressing.


And there was melted cheese in. every. bite.

I practically finished the whole thing it was just so good!

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Of course, I couldn’t eat at Red Velvet Café without having a piece of red velvet cake, now could I?  Their cakes and cookies, as I mentioned, are vegan.  Now, I have

tried baking vegan goodies before and they just don’t turn out.  I don’t know what they put in their desserts, but you sure wouldn’t be able to tell they are vegan!  While my friend enjoyed this piece, I took the same one home for swanky boyfriend to enjoy.


I thought I would  change it up and went with vegan red velvet cookies.  They serve them warm so they are super soft and the chocolate chips just melt in your mouth.


I enjoyed one and boxed up the rest!


It was such a great night! I really enjoyed getting the chance to catch up with my gals!

Other Swanky Scoop:

My foot has finally started to feel better (it’s been forever!) but I didn’t want to push it too much tonight so instead I did a little workout paired with some yoga at home.
I did 4 different moves each for 1 minute.

  • Speed Skater
  • Mountain Climber
  • Inchworm With Pushup
  • Squat Jump

I went through 4 sets in no time!

Although it was a small workout, it felt great to be moving!  Yoga was the perfect end to it.  It feels so great to stretch, doesn’t it?  I am going to try my first run tomorrow on the treadmill.  Can’t wait

to get back into it!  Since not being able to work out, I am definitely falling into the wintery slump.

Thanks for reading!

What is your favorite “quickie” workout?   Have you ever tried or made a vegan dessert?

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Simply Life January 9, 2013 at 2:15 am

oh those desserts look great!

Marc January 9, 2013 at 3:20 am

I thought it was all vegan. Never saw the menu. I can dig. :)

Swanky Dietitian January 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Yeah, lots of chicken and shrimp dishes especially! :)

Vanessa January 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Glad your foot is getting better! I sometimes do quickie workouts at home too. Usually yoga inspired (I’ll follow along an online routine) or a crossfit workout that I can pull-off at home without any crazy equipment (usually involving squats, skip-rope, sit-ups, burpees..). They’re intense but over quickly!

Swanky Dietitian January 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Yes, quick and to the point! :)

Nikki January 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Anywhere named Red Velvet Cafe MUST be absolutely delicious! I am jealous!

Tanya @ Dine, Dash, and Deadlift January 10, 2013 at 1:41 am

Tabatas are my favorite “quickie” workout. Pick an exercise (push ups, sit ups, jump squats, burpees, pull-ups, etc): Complete as many reps as possible in 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds…repeat 7 more times(so 4 minutes time total). If you have a bit more time on your hands, then going through 4 exercises in a row in this manner is a KILLER! 16 minutes total and that is definitely enough if you pick the right exercises and push yourself to hit a certain rep range in each of the “20 seconds on”!

Swanky Dietitian January 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm

That workout sounds kick-butt! I love quickie workouts! They are efficient and effective! :)

Brandi January 10, 2013 at 11:52 am

Oh my goodness, that burger looks amazing! And so glad that your foot is feeling better. :)

Melinda January 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm

That burger looks nuts and that red velvet cake looks heavenly! My fave quickie workout is taking the stairs. I live on the 9th floor!

ea-the spicy rd January 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm

That chicken sandwich with coleslaw is making me VERY hungry! If you would like to try more vegan baking, I highly recommend the Babycakes cookbook. The recipes are also gluten-free, but very delicious-I especially love the chocolate chip cookie cake-amazing!! So glad to hear your foot is getting better!

Biz January 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Google the 100 workout – I love it, although my upper thighs are sore for a couple days!

I love the idea of adding broccoli slaw to the chicken burger – so stealing this idea for one of my lunches next week!

Jessie January 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm

So glad to hear your foot is feeling better! I’m also surprised by the meat-heavy menu with exclusively vegan desserts – maybe they couldn’t decide which way thy wanted to go? ;)

My quickie workout is definitely running with intervals. After 20-30 min of that, I’m always beat!

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