Our #LivingWell progressive dinner continued on to Maestro’s Steakhouse.  I have to admit, when I got the itinerary, I had never heard of that steakhouse before.

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We took a trolley from Sable Kitchen to Maestro’s – I felt like a tourist in my own town. Open-mouthed smile   We had a separate space upstairs all to ourselves, but that place was hopping!  Check out their bar!


We were greeted by Dave Zino, Executive Chef of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Kari Underly, who is a third generation butcher.

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Kari showed us how to buy a big beef roast, and how to cut it down ourselves, which ultimately saves us money.

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It was fascinating watching her cut down the meat into roasts, steaks and cuts for stirfry.  We were lucky enough to be given her book – The Art of Beef Cutting:


I never really thought about it, but butchery is kind of a dying art.  No longer are masters teaching apprentices, who then train the next generation.  With the turnover in supermarkets, the art of butchery is almost lost.  She’s trying to put a butchery school together in Chicago, there isn’t one school solely dedicated to butchery.

After what seemed like a few minutes, she had this!

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Note to self:  I need to buy a good boning knife – that’s one knife I don’t own.  We were then ready for dinner!  I loved seeing my name tag wherever we went.

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It was super dark in here, so the picture sucks ass, but it tasted delicious.  The meat was served and then sides were passed family style – I even ate the mushrooms!

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I did not partake in the dessert, but the server told us that the butter cake had a pound of butter in it – it’s the one in the middle.

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It was such an enjoyable evening – great food and good company.  We got back to the hotel at 10:15 and I think I was asleep by 10:45! Open-mouthed smile  Tomorrow’s recap – Becoming a Meat Expert.

I got my ass up yesterday morning and got dressed in the dark to go on a walk – at 6:30 in the morning it was only 43 degrees!

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But I bundled up and got in a quick 30 minute walk – it ended up being a gorgeous day near 75 degrees!  The water was so still and you can’t see it all that well, but there was a low fog across the water.

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I ended up making breakfast tacos yesterday before work.  Egg beaters, baby spinach, a bit of cheese and two slices of deli ham, then fried in about 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil.  When I got to work I reheated them under the toaster oven – I put them in walked away and started checking email when all of a sudden I remembered they were in there!  Almost burnt, but still delicious – they actually got nice and crispy.

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Before I knew it, it was time to hit the gym.  I warmed up with 20 minutes in the stair master – I did 64 floors.

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And then my strength workout was back and biceps, which took me about 25 minutes to complete.

Lunch was taco salad – one of my favorite salads.  This time I mixed 1 tablespoon of ranch dressing with 1/4 cup of my tomatillo salsa for the dressing.  Romaine lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, 1/3 cup taco meat, 1/4 cup of black beans, the dressing and some cheese.  And hot sauce.  Duh.

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It was such a gorgeous day – Tony met me outside when I got home and already had the grill lit for me.  I knew I wasn’t going to work out after dinner since I walked before work and worked out at lunch.  So guess what I had?  Pumpkin beer.  Two of them while we sat outside and grilled and enjoyed each others company.

When I first got home I marinated my beef/mushrooms and peppers.  Have you tried my beef marinade yet?  While this batch only marinated for 30 minutes, it’s much better the longer you can let it get happy together.

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I love these metal skewers I bought at Williams Sonoma.  I love that they are flexible and I don’t have to worry about soaking them.

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The kebobs only took about 10 minutes to cook – delicious!

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But that wasn’t all – I had red wine too – all told I had about 560 calories of alcohol – gah!  I don’t know what I was thinking, but that kind of behavior has to stop.  So Tony, keep me accountable – no wine the rest of the week for me – thanks babe!  And believe it or not, the stats below includes the alcohol!

Stats for the Day

  • 1653 calories, 147 carbs, 87 protein, 34 fat and 7.6 fiber
  • 18% of calories from fat, 20% from protein, 35% from carbs and 25% from alcohol
  • 30 minute walk before work
  • 45 minute stair master/strength at lunch

Today is a new day, brushing myself off and keeping the eye on the prize.  Not gonna beat myself up about it, because yesterday is gone and I need to make the right choices today.  Let’s make it a great day!