This week’s episode of The Profit brought us to Cuba – and while the entire episode really makes one appreciate what we have here in the U.S. (in spite of the gripes – things are pretty great my friends – they are…not perfect – but we have so much to be thankful for….)
And from the The Profit’s Cuba episode, I was most inspired by the brother and sister team who started their own bakery. Below is a shot of them, with Lemonis, as they enter the Bakery Shop – and look at those purdy TEAL DOORS…
I was also inspired by the soap makers – who used a single crock pot to melt down soap and create customized soaps. If you have not watched the episode, you can see snippets of it HERE.
Speaking of Cuba, my sister and I tried some Cuban bread from BJ’s in Rochester, NY earlier this month. Two loaves were $1.99. Their Cuban bread was light and very airy – not as dense or as crunchy crusted as a French baguette – and so not my fav, but still good. I dipped some of it in Thai rice noodle soup and it was great with the broth.
Side note on bread (and maybe donuts and sweets too) I hardly ever have toast or sweet treats anymore at all – for a while I could NOT because I was doing so much intestinal cleansing and bread and sweets were a major no-no.
However, I did make this cake in October – and it was nice to be able to have sweets if I wanted some:
I have adjusted quite well to new eating habits (very well) and usually I will have nutritious protein bars if I ever need a treat. Aldi’s has a some great almond and chocolate protein bars but actually – quality protein bars are everywhere these days – with low amounts of natural sugar (or stevia) and most usually have more than 10 grams of protein, which is just a smart way to enjoy a semi-sweet treat – one that satisfies AND fortifies (win-win baby).
And speaking of protein, I recently tried this “Only Protein” brand of vanilla whey – and it was “WAY” too sweet (easy does it on the Stevia guys – yuck)… And well, after reading Jill’s post about how some folks have “a Utopian view of New Zealand” – I read the snippet on the side label — about how “New Zealand is synonymous with clean and green”- and you see – this is an example of why so many of us view NZ this way – the marketing here paints that “quaint” picture of the utopian NZ. Come on Jill, are you sure you are not living in bliss? Surely the grass is greener… or cleaner… or packed with more selenium…. or…. or….
Okay, that’s it for today, and because this is a Thursday Door post, let us sign off with a comic or two: