Here’s a Little Secret…

Right now, my apartment looks like this:

Apartment Apartment

Here’s a little secret: I don’t know how to pack. I’ve sort of just been throwing things in boxes and hoping for the best. We just picked up the moving truck about an hour ago, and we are leaving Albany tomorrow. I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t sad. Packing up my apartment has been a very emotional and overwhelming experience for me.

Instead of thinking about that, though, I want you to take a look at this:

Lavash Bread

That, my friends, is Lavash Bread from a Turkish restaurant I went to last night with Jeff, and our friends, Jess and Seth. 

Here’s another little secret: Jeff lived in Turkey for a few months when he was a teenager. His dad taught US History there as part of the Fulbright Scholar Program, and took Jeff and his brother along.

So it’s really no secret that Jeff loves Turkish food. It’s unfortunate, however, that we discovered Ali Baba, a Turkish restaurant in Troy, two days before we move away from the area. Jeff said that the meal he had there last night was the best he’s had in America. That’s saying a lot, considering he’s been to a number of Turkish restaurants in the US since he lived in Turkey.

Along with the bread, we had yogurt sauce and humus for dipping:



I took Jeff’s suggestion, and ordered the Veggie Iskender for my entree:

Veggie Iskender

Roasted mixed vegetables with tomatoes and yogurt sauce

Honestly, aside from the tomato and yogurt sauce, and a few mushrooms and peppers here and there, I have no idea what was in this, but it was so good!

If you live in the area, and are looking for a fun, out-of-the-box dining experience, I suggest checking this place out!

I want to rewind a little bit, and share Thursday’s dinner with you. About a month ago, I received a coupon from the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program to try out an Alexia All Natural product. Jeff and I just got around to choosing one this past week:

Onion rings

I LOVE onion rings, and these ones looked especially delicious. Alexia and Foodbuzz also sent me a fun kitchen apron, which is convenient since I make a huge mess of things whenever I cook. Actually, I make a huge mess of things whenever I do anything. I should probably just wear the apron all the time.

I asked Jeff to take a picture of me wearing the apron, and well, it took a couple tries:

Take One  Take Two Take Three

(Notice I’m wearing a banana republic sweater with pajama pants. I’m classy like that)

I finally decided that a glass of wine would help get a suitable picture out of me:

Me in Apron

That’s perfect, right? I should be an Alexia All Natural model.

ANYWAY, Jeff and I decided to have “burgers” with our onion rings:

Veggie Burgers

The onion rings were SO easy to make. All I had to do was bake them in the oven for about 15 minutes. I loved them because the ingredient list was short, and readable. Onions, beer, water, and wheat flour are the first four ingredients.


The rings were crunchy, just the way they should be, and tasted like ones you’d get at a restaurant.

Veggie Burger

Jeff wants me to tell you that he approved of both the onions rings and the burgers. He doesn’t usually like veggie burgers, so that’s saying a lot. 🙂

We got two meals out of the box of onion rings. Thursday was actually the second time we had this dinner. We’ll definitely be buying Alexia products again.  In fact, we bought Alexia Garlic Bread on Monday for my birthday dinner. The garlic bread, like the onion rings, did not disappoint.

Thanks, Foodbuzz, for giving me the chance to try Alexia products!

I’m about to work out at my gym for the last time. I’ll write a post soon about how I plan to work out while I’m living at my parents’ house. I also promise to show you a picture of me sitting inside our HUGE moving truck tomorrow. If I don’t get to post before then, wish me luck!

How many places have you lived in your life? Do you like moving?

I’ve only lived two places: my parents’ house and this apartment, which is why I am such a baby about packing. 🙂

Have a great Saturday! <3

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  1. That bread is crazy! Is there anything inside of it or is it literally just a huge chunk of bread? I’ve never tried Turkish food- I’ll definitely have to check it out!

    The packing is no fun, but the UNpacking is the fun part! You get to make an empty space unique and all yours and you get to see a home emerge around you. So if you can suffer through the day and pack, hopefully you’ll enjoy the unpacking part!

    On a side note, how are the Veggie Patch burgers? I’m in love with the MorningStar Farms products and love them so much I can’t seem to branch out and try anything new! Good luck with the packing!!

  2. Hey Rebecca,

    I have lived in four places in my life. My first home was a townhouse and the first place my parents owned after they got married. We then moved in with my Aunt and Uncle while my parents were in search of a real house for us. They wanted so bad to get out of the townhouse (terrible part of town) that they sacrificed their space for what turned out to be 3 years even though it was only supposed to be a few months. We then moved into the house where I did most of my growing up in. I lived there until I was 18 at which point I came here to Albany.

    Since you’re now onto Alexia foods, I very highly suggest you check out their sweet potato waffle fries. 🙂

    Good luck on your move… I’ll miss seeing you at the mall or other random locations!

  3. Good luck! Moving sucks, but it will be over soon. I have moved a bunch of times in my life. I’ve had a total of 7 different apartments, and three moves were halfway across the country (from Iowa to NY to Minneapolis and back to NY). Needless to say, I’m a packing pro. My husband and I always move because we hate apartment hunting, so we always just pick the first apartment that we find, but then it turns out to be bad (noisy neighbors, too small, etc.) so we have to move again the following year. The apartment I’m in now is actually the first one I’ve ever wanted to renew the lease on, I wouldn’t move out of it if I wasn’t going out of town for college!

  4. GIRL, moving is the BANE of my existence. We’re military, so we move all the freaking time!!

    I downright love turkish food…

    Hope you’re having a stress free time with your move 🙂

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