Travel Foods

Who doesn’t love a road trip? Growing up I had no choice. My father loved to drive and no distance was too far. Any chance we got, we were taking off across the country. As a matter of fact, we spent so much time traveling that for a time I thought we lived on the road! Now that I’m all grown up I find myself loving to hit the open highway as much as my father did when I was growing up. What I don’t love, however, are the on the road hunger pangs.

Whether you’re a road warrior or a casual passenger, I’m sure you’re familiar with the need for tasty, quality, high energy foods. Here are some quick and easy road ready options.

FRUIT – Fruit is an excellent on the road snack that’s packed with fiber, Vitamin C, low in fat, and naturally sweet. A few high energy choices that you can prepare ahead of time are cantaloupe, kiwi, and oranges. Of course you can always throw in a few apples or bananas, too!

NUTS & SEEDS – Nuts and seeds are packed with protein and fiber making you feel fuller longer. Although some can be high in fat they boast the healthy monounsaturated fat. Also these easy snacks are filled with essential fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6. Next time you’re getting ready to hit the road be sure to take almonds, soy nuts, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.

CHOCOLATE – To reap the benefits of this high energy healthy food you’ll need to opt for dark chocolate that has 60% or higher cacao content. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants, triggers endorphins which make you happy, contains serotonin which acts as an anti-depressant, and has stimulants which keep you alert.

HOMEMADE TREATS – When you make that gas station stop don’t grab those fatty potato chips. Instead make sure you brought your own trail mix and homemade granola bars. When you make your own snacks you are able to control what goes into them which translates into healthier options that are made with your favorite ingredients. Here’s the recipe to one of my favorite Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars, and I am 90% sure they’re healthy!

VEGGIES – Vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber and are low in calories making them excellent high energy healthy snacks. Some vegetables are hard to digest raw so make sure you pick wisely for this on the road option. A few good choices are celery, carrots, podded peas, cucumbers, and red, yellow, or orange bell peppers. Veggies go great with dill dip or even hummus.

CRACKERS – Another quick on the go option are whole grain crackers. This is a great snack because they’re good on their own and filled with nutrients, complex carbs, and fiber but they’re also ready to be paired with cheese or peanut butter.

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Craigslist Killer

Ahhh. Spending another night partaking in my newest hobby – housing search on Craigslist. Let me begin by saying this is my first experience with The Craigslist. So far I haven’t secured any housing, but I have been in contact with several people who, from what I can tell, may actually be the Craigslist Killer or a close crazy relative.

I’m optimistic that I can find housing via my Craigslist search since a. other grad students tell me this is, in fact, how they found theirs, and b. I know countless people who post and purchase from this site. However, when someone asks me for my credit score or tells me the reason their apartment/condo/house is available for some super ridiculous amazing price is because they had to report to military duty in some other country/visit sick or dying family members in another country/got a job in another country it seems like a red flag to me. Or am I the crazy one? I can’t tell if this is normal communication or if I am in fact corresponding with people whose goal is to kill me or hijack my identity. *sigh

Well the good news is that I’m heading to the DMV a few short days from now so I’ll be able to actually do some proper housing searching. I’ll let you know how it goes! Until then, keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer!

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AND a cup of chowder (Flying Fish)

After church Sunday some friends and I grabbed lunch downtown at Flying Fish. This is one of my favorite downtown restaurants for two reasons. One – it’s quick, tasty, filling, and inexpensive. Two – it’s located on Second Street between Union Avenue and Peabody Place so it offers prime people watching.

I wish I could say I ordered something other than a cup of crawfish chowder and a shrimp po’ boy but you know that’s just not true. What can I say? I like to try new things but I also believe there’s no reason to mess up a good thing.


I mean look at that sandwich. Bread – soft yet perfectly chewy. Shrimp – plump and lightly fried (I know all my shrimp is hiding but believe me it’s there, it’s enough, and it’s fantastic). Fully dressed with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and cocktail and tartar sauce. I hope you’re imagining the tastiness and mouth happiness that this sandwich delivers. As for the crawfish chowder, it’s thick, creamy, hot, and full of potatoes, peppers, and crawfish. Honestly I could probably just eat a cup of chowder and be happy but I can be a little greedy sometimes especially when it comes to deliciousness.

I’ve seen other diners enjoying raw oysters, grilled fish, and fish tacos to name a few but as tasty and tempting as they are I have never been able to get away from my standard order. In the beginning I know I tried the fried catfish but once I tasted the shrimp po’ boy I was hooked.

Stop by Flying Fish and find out what you like best!

*note the Billy Bass mounted on the wall. Give your unwanted Billy Bass a loving home at Flying Fish and receive a free basket of catfish in return.

105 South 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103


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To Start The Day


1. Be impeccable with your word.
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean.
Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.

2. Don’t take anything personally.
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don’t make assumptions.
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want.
Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama.

4. Always do your best.
Your best is going to change from moment to moment. It will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance simply do your best and you will avoid self judgment, self abuse, and regret.

An inspirational and potentially life changing book, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz illuminates the self limiting and self defeating beliefs that so many of us hold dear and offers an alternative life approach. Now if I could only remember and live out each of the Four Agreements on a daily basis. That’s my goal this week.

The type of life we live and the way we feel and experience each day begins with the quality and direction of our thoughts. And like anything else practice makes perfect. I first read The Four Agreements over 5 years ago and have since reread it just about every year but I have never made a conscious effort to incorporate it into my daily life until now. Like so many other inspirational and motivational texts, I read it and filed it away somewhere in a back corner of my mind only to be reminded of it when I have strayed so far away from its essential teachings.

In order to reach my week’s goal of remembering and living out the four agreements this is what I’m doing for the next seven, well now six, days:

  • First thing in the a.m. – Read and meditate on The Four Agreements.
  • In the middle of the day – Review how well I’ve kept The Four Agreements specifically thinking about any moments of confusion, misunderstanding, or heightened emotions and understanding how my wrong thinking (i.e. – assumptions or taking things personally) factored into this.
  • Before I go to sleep – Review when I did well and when I did not so well and keep that in mind for the next day.

Here’s to day one of keeping The Four Agreements.

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More Than One (Gibson’s Donuts)

Three unexpected things happened to me the other night – 1. I went on a date to watch a horror movie. 2. I went to Gibson’s and did NOT get anything.

I don’t know what was most surprising. What was not surprising, however, was the subsequent nights riddled with nightmares.

Although I will never be able to purge my mind of the terrifying, traumatic and nightmare inducing images, I was able to satisfy my Gibson’s craving! And in the larger scheme of things wasn’t that the most important.

A 2 a.m. weekend Gibson’s run resulted in exceptional doughnut acquisition success. Like the true hungry person I am I had to get more than one doughnut. I mean really though who can just buy ONE doughnut? I had to get a powdered cake doughnut (my favorite), and to keep it company I opted for a caramel covered cake doughnut (another favorite) and a chocolate covered German chocolate cake doughnut (first time try).

All three were absolute moist cake-y deliciousness! The powdered cake doughnut had a slight crispy exterior which intensified the moist cake center. A perfect blend of dense cake and sweetness was found in every bite of the caramel doughnut. The final of my trio was a complete impulse addition. Ok so the entire escapade was one big impulse but the German chocolate cake doughnut was impulse amplified. And unlike other impulse grabs this one was a complete win! Creamy, sweet chocolate icing married to the subtle chocolateness of the doughnut made my mouth oh so happy and guilt impossible. Totally worth the late night calories!

760 Mt. Moriah Rd
Memphis, TN 38117

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