bright + shiny

June 21, 2010

hey! it’s monday!
i can’t believe how much nicer it feels to start the week after having the weekend off. actually sleeping 8 hours last night was one of the best decisions i’ve made in a while! i don’t know why i don’t take charge of my rest more often; i really do feel a million times better when i have gotten enough sleep.

this week marks the last full week of my pediatrics residency. it will be busy — filled with board review, clinics, and even a random night float assignment (yes, NIGHT float = i’m covering for someone else). i can’t believe it’s almost over; i feel like i still have so much more to learn. but then again, perhaps realizing that is part of the point . . .

restaurant review: fish shack
no, i’m not insulting the latest fish/seafood restaurant to hit durham. even if it did take the place of rockwood filling station, a pizza joint that i really liked! it’s actually called the fish shack — and it’s a spin-off of the popular Q shack, a foodie-friendly BBQ joint located right next door.

to be honest, neither shack was calling to me yesterday. but josh has been talking about trying the fish shack ever since he saw it on the horizon. he called home on the way back from running (i had already ran and was pretty much lying on the floor with heat stroke by that point), sounding so eager and hopeful that i didn’t have the energy or heart to deny his pleading request.

so: to the fish shack we went! look how happy . . .

luckily, i ended up nearly as pleased upon viewing the menu. not only did it look cute (i love neatly-written blackboard menus!), but there were many options aside from the traditional southern fried fish sandwiches and plates. salads + grilled fish and seafood all started to sound pretty tasty as i got ready to refuel post-run.

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the inside of the restaurant was decorated to look — well, pretty much like a fish shack (shocking!). i would have appreciated a little more light, but i guess ‘shacks’ aren’t meant to be super-luxurious. we decided to eat outside — luckily there were some tables in the shade, as the temps were continuing to rise to the day’s high of 96!

i chose the nicoise salad with grilled shrimp, and when josh delivered this silver bowl to our table, i knew i had chosen well. chock full of roasted red peppers, olives, thin-slivered potatoes, green beans, plenty of greens + grilled shrimp, the dish tasted like something i might make at home — except i didn’t have to!

my only modification would be to ask for dressing on the side next time, as there were some greens that were more saturated than i would have liked. josh was thrilled with his fish tacos:

i was going to taste them, but honestly was too involved in my salad and when i finally looked up these 4 soft tacos were practically gone! josh = human vacuum cleaner when he’s in the right mood.

free with our meal came this side of hush puppies. i had one — for dessert, i guess! it was sweet, and perfectly crisp on the outside with a fluffy middle. yum.

so as it turns out, i thoroughly enjoyed my fish shack experience. josh is already plotting when we will go back, and i am plotting to see how i can leave room next time for some LoYo, which happens to be located right across the street. hmmm . . .



workout: 6 miles outside in the HEAT on completely dead legs, average 9:29/mi. so — a bit of a long run fail. next week i’ll aim for 8-9, but honestly my legs were so sore on this go-around and the humidity so oppressive that i’m happy to have made it that far.

clean eating creation: last night i made CE‘s ginger tofu stir-fry rice bowl (link goes to the recipe which is featured on a cute bento lunchbox site — check it out!). per josh’s request, i took it up a notch with some avocado sliced on top.

it worked, though the ginger flavor could have been more prominent – maybe with fresh ginger instead of powdered. the best part was the copious, vegetable-packed leftovers that this generated! meals like this make bringing lunch to work a breeze.

studying: 1 hour doing board review questions. did you know that you’re supposed to remove an embedded honeybee stinger by gently scraping with a tongue blade?

i didn’t.


  • Reply Jessica @ JJsVinBlanc March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I&#39m as giddy as Josh about wanting to try the Fish Shack, I love seeing the menu and your food choices.

  • Reply Susannah March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Oh, I want one of the tacos right this minute. And all of the hush puppies! Love the reviews.

  • Reply hjlongmo March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Oh my gosh. That salad looks to die for. Inspiration for dinner tonight…!

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    the fish shack looks like some of the places that are up on the north shore! very yummy and totally make me think of summer 🙂

  • Reply Jessica @ JJsVinBlanc March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    We&#39ve got plans to head to the Fish Shack this weekend…I&#39m so excited after reading your review! Trying to plan so that I have room for LoYo afterwards too…life is tough 🙂

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