Monday, November 22, 2010

Oleana & BodPod Testing

Oleana
Eric and I have been trying to go to Oleana since early July.  The first time we had to cancel our reservation because someone (I won't name any names here) decided to put mayonnaise that was three years past it's expiration date on their burger the night before.  The next time we talked about going, I came down with strep throat. Saturday's reservation was  definitely a long time in coming.

Oh but it was completely worth the wait! It was also completely worth the calories.  I do not feel a single bit of guilt about the food that I consumed last night.

We had:

  • Meze
    • Whipped Feta with Sweet and Hot Peppers 
    • Fresh Scallops from Nantucket in a creamy sauce with mushrooms
  • Entrees
    • Wild Striped Bass with Black Garlic-Tahini Sauce and Beet Crouton with Cabbage and Shallot Confi
    • Azuluna Lamb with Turkish Spices, Pide & Everything Green with Garlic & Yogurt
  • Desserts
    • House dessert with a mandarin curd and gingersnap crust
    • Oatmeal Ice Cream & Maple Sugar Bread Pudding with Oatmeal Stout Caramel
I'm sorry I don't have any pictures to share with you, but I felt really awkward trying to take pictures in the dimly lit restaurant. It was a relatively small dining area and I didn't want to disturb the other diners. The whipped feta was delicious, but it had a little too much kick at a couple points. I ended up coughing for a good chunk of time since spicy food can do that to me.  Eric's scallops were amazing. I've only ever tried rubbery overcooked scallops, so to have them fresh and perfectly cooked was quite a treat.

My main course was the bass, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Eric's lamb was well-cooked but we both felt it was a bit underseasoned, though I believe that to be because we did not sample each bite with a bit of the yogurt sauce.

I have to say, I'm in love with the pastry chef for Oleana. My dessert was so good, that I don't actually have the words to describe it.  Each bite of the oatmeal ice cream provided a delicate oaty flavor that you all know I would be madly in love with.  I savored every single bite of my bread pudding, which had the perfect combination of crunchy-chewy-squishy.  I highly recommend Oleana to anyone in the Boston area, it was delicious!

BodPod Testing

Earlier in the day on Saturday, I finally got to get my body fat tested in the BodPod.  For those of you who do not know what the BodPod is, it's an egg-shaped machine (think futuristic egg-chair with a door that shuts) that calculates your body fat based upon the air displaced by your body. It's margin of error is about 2% so it's much more accurate than the handheld monitor I use to track the general trend of my body fat.  In order to be tested, you must wear either a sports bra and spandex shorts or a swimsuit. They provide a swim cap to put your hair up for the most accurate test possible.

Once inside the chamber, the technician closes the door and starts the first 40 second test.  You can hear the chamber pressurize, but otherwise it is quiet.  They do two more 40 second tests, then the machine calculates your body fat and spits out a printout.  The BodPod tells me that my body fat percentage is 22.8% which puts me into the lean category, and shows me that my handheld monitor is off by about 3%.  It cost me $59 to get the test done, but I think it was worth it.  If anyone is considering having it done, you can schedule a non-member appointment at the Weymouth Club in Weymouth, MA.