Jan. 11: What I Ate. Warnings: I Had a Horrible Cinnamon Accident. Plus: There Will Be Cheese Course.

Outrageous experiments in sensible eating.
Jan. 11 2011 8:59 PM

Jan. 11: What I Ate. Warnings: I Had a Horrible Cinnamon Accident. Plus: There Will Be Cheese Course.

Apologies. I had a horrible cinnamon accident in my oatmeal this morning. Looks gross. Tasted fine. Cost: $1.30.

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Ellen Tarlin is a former Slate copy chief and writer of the "Clean Plate" blog. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Boston PhoenixBrooklyn Bridge, Bark, and  the RISK storytelling podcast. Follow her on Twitter.


My supervisor was in town and took a bunch of us to lunch at a diner. I had a Cobb salad with vinaigrette on the side. (It didn't come with bacon and I asked for no chicken.) Too much iceberg lettuce, but otherwise fine. Cost: $0.00. My supervisor paid. Thanks, nice lady!


Blueberries, about half a pint. Cost: $1.25.


A banana. Cost: 33 cents.



A pricey local organic McIntosh apple. Cost: 75 cents.


OK, now please sit down if you aren't already. My husband's birthday is this week. I ordered him a gift box from Murray's Cheeses . It was supposed to arrive last Friday so we could have the weekend to enjoy it, but Murray's had a computer "glitch" (yeah, right) and didn't ship it until yesterday for arrival today. I had some of each cheese. (There was much less cheese than the photo suggests.) I had purchased hummus, babaganoush, and salad vegetables for dinner, but, yeah, I filled up on cheese, so that was my dinner. The good news is, now I'll be prepared for tomorrow despite the impending snowstorm. Cost: $7.30 for 4 oz.

Total for the day: $10.21. Not so bad for a splurgy day.




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