Tuesday, July 18, 2017

8 miles and cuban food

I have a silly notion in my head to run at least 3 miles, every day, for the month of July.  I don't plan on running every single day without a day off ... I just want to average 3 miles a day, so sometimes it means running more than that.  Since I won't be running Saturday and Sunday this weekend, I wanted to "make up" my miles ahead of time and set out to run 8 miles today.

Normally I have no issues with running this many miles.  Except today I started at 9:15am which made it really hot and humid already.  I carried a small 8 ounce bottle of water with me to help with hydration since there weren't any water fountains on my route. 

I began my run by walking for 5 minutes while I chatted with Katie on the phone.  Then I ran without breaks until mile 7.  At this point I walked for a minute, ran for 2 minutes, walked for another minute, ran for 3 minutes, and finished off walking. 

8.13 miles - 1:16:00 hours, 10 minutes total walking

Afterwards I jumped in the pool fully clothed and tried to cool down before attempting a shower.  Usually I wouldn't be in such a hurry to make myself presentable, but I had a fingerprinting appointment for a substitute teaching job at Anderson's preschool.

Of course I get to my appointment too early and notice a Cuban restaurant a few stops down in the shopping center.  I had never heard of Heber's Cuban CafĂ© but decided to give them a try for lunch.

I'm not sure what the reasoning is behind it, but the restaurant doesn't sell pork products.  If you've ever ordered a traditional Cuban sandwich you would know that there is sliced pork along with ham on it. 
Cuban regular, 6 inch
Turkey Ham, Turkey Breast, Pickles, Mustard, Swiss Cheese & Potato Sticks.
I decided to give it a try ... who could mess up a sandwich? 

It wasn't a bad sandwich ... it just wasn't a Cuban sandwich.  Hopefully this place has other menu items that are more authentic, otherwise I'll just go to one of the many other Cuban restaurants in Orlando.  The fried yucca was good as was the sugary Materva I washed the meal down with.  Also what's with the fried potato sticks?  Those are usually found on the Cuban burger, the frita, but I had never eaten them on just a regular Cuban sandwich before.   

Friday, July 14, 2017

Anderson's Food Allergies - Almond challenge

Back in March Anderson went to the allergist's office for his almond challenge.  I had forgotten to document it ... better late than never?

Our appointment was at 1pm on March 28th.  I knew it would be challenging for a couple of reasons; it was during his nap time and we would have to be there 2 hours to make sure there was no reaction.

We settled in and I handed Anderson two of his favorite comfort items, penguin and snacks.  Dr. Schwartz then proceeded to tell me he was not allowed to eat other foods for fear of affecting the almond challenge.  He quickly changed his mind after Anderson reminded him that he's 2 years old and runs the show.

I brought in almond butter and almond milk as options for him to try during the challenge.  He wasn't a fan of either so they used the milk to prick his skin in order to gauge a reaction.

Fortunately enough time passed without any visible reactions.  Anderson passed his almond challenge and can safely eat them.  We were supposed to schedule a baked milk and baked egg challenge for this summer but have been waiting for his skin to be clear continuously before scheduling anything.

We have given him a few Goldfish crackers (baked milk) here and there and it appears to cause Anderson to have an itchy mouth.  Nothing too severe but definitely noticeable.