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Mayura Indian Restaurant

We love Indian food and have tried most Indian restaurants in the Milwaukee area. On Friday night, Craig and I tried one we hadn’t been to before, Mayura Indian Restaurant.

The interior was nice, but pretty basic.



I had my usual order of Paneer Tikka Masala. It wasn’t on the menu, but I asked what vegetarian menu item was closest to it and he said they could just make it. I requested it be mildly spicy, but it definitely was more in the medium range, which didn’t please me.


Craig had Chicken Tikka Masala and thought it was just ok. The chunks of chicken were somewhat dry and too big.

We cooled our mouths off with a Mango Lassi. I think this was one of the best Mango Lassis we have had at a local Indian restaurant.


I’m not sure we’ll be going back to Mayura. I prefer another Indian restaurant closer to our house and we’ll likely stick to going there from now on.

Mayura Indian Restaurant
1958 N Farwell Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 271-8200


New magazine and a visit to Taj Mahal

I received this new magazine called Experience Life in the mail yesterday and I am in love already. I won a subscription and I couldn’t be more excited to have something fresh to read. I am quite the magazine collector, but I am determined to read these cover to cover and pass them onto my mom or health conscious co-worker.


I read a few articles while waiting for my smart husband to fix a server last night. We had to drive the forty minutes out to his work so he could fix it. Poor guy. That’s when I am glad my job doesn’t require such things.


I had physical therapy after work today and I got the clearance to have this be my last session! I biked for 8 minutes, used the rubberband to move my ankle to the right and then to the left, went up on my tip toes a bunch of times and I balanced pretty steadily for a while. I guess all of my resting this week paid off. Oh and she left me with the pain patch below, which I have to wear for six hours.

Since I stayed on my butt most of the week, I was ready to hit the gym after therapy! I was still very careful with my foot though and kept it safe by walking on the treadmill, lifting weights and balancing on the bosu. I can’t wait for some longer gym sessions this weekend.


And because I was craving Indian food earlier this week, Craig suggested we go out for Indian food tonight and I can never pass up that opportunity! Did you think we really went to the Taj Mahal because of my title? I wish! That is one place I have always dreamed of traveling to. The restaurant we went to was called the Taj Mahal (local readers–it’s in Hales Corners and always very good).

We shared a Mango Lassi. I let Craig drink most of it because I didn’t want to get too full from the drink.



I got “the usual” which is Paneer Tikka Masala. The menu now calls it Paneer Butter Masala though and it was quite buttery tasting.


Yum! We can never get Indian food without ordering naan too. So good! If I was able to choose my last meal on earth, this would be it.


The night is still young so I’m going to sign off! I’ll be back sometime over the weekend. Have a lovely Friday evening.

Trade ups

What a relaxing day off it’s been so far! Today’s title is “trade ups” and you’ll see why.

I woke up at the same time as Craig and had a big bowl of Chobani, berries, and granola for breakfast.

breakfast--berries, yogurt, granola, coffee

While looking at the huge strawberries from Sam’s Club this morning, Craig and I wondered the same thing at about the same time (which is pretty common for us). Why are our strawberries so small compared to the ones you get in the store? We thought it was some kind of growth promoting chemical (not sure how else to describe it) that the farmers use. Anyone know?

strawberry from garden

After breakfast, I just lounged while watching the Today show and reading blogs. I also entered some giveaways, one of which I won today from Will Jog for Food! This is what I scored. Sweet! Of the items I won, I have only had larabars before, so I can’t wait to report back on how the other products are.


I didn’t feel like going to the gym this morning, so I ran errands instead.

I traded this:

starbucks coffee bag

For this at Starbucks. I wanted an iced coffee, but you can only trade the empty bag in for a hot coffee.

starbucks tall coffee

me with starbucks

I went to Target to try on some dresses (fail, none looked great) and to buy misc. things like toothpaste, lotion with SPF in it, conditioner, and some nickel free earrings.

After my Target run, I finally went to Little India grocery store. I pass it on my way to the gym and have always wanted to check it out. It offered a nice selection of Indian foods! Lots of huge bags of basamati rice for only $10 or $15.

Little India grocery store, Greenfield

I picked up Ghee and a boxed Paneer Tikka Masala. Now I just need to get some more ingredients to make one of the recipes from my Indian cooking class.

Paneer Tikka Masala, ghee

I traded these ugly toes and feet:

ugly toes

For these beautifully polished, well-scrubbed, lotioned, and massaged feet/legs. Aaah, I love to treat myself to pedicures but I very rarely get them.

freshy polished toes

Once home, I enjoyed lunch outside while reading an old Women’s Health from the library. Notice my main man on the cover! 🙂

Lunch was pretty much the same as yesterday–a turkey sandwich with cheese and mixed greens on a french baguette. We have a huge bag of grape tomatoes to use up, so I had a bowl of those on the side. My drink was a Bolthouse Farms strawberry banana smoothie.

lunch and women's health magazine

I’ve rested my stomach long enough and I think it’s time to take a bike ride. It’s such a lovely day outside that I hate to waste it indoors!

Hope you wonderful readers are having a great Friday!

Indian food bliss

Yesterday was the opposite of my previous Saturday. Last Saturday, I felt like the day went by slowly and was productive.

On Saturday morning, I woke up late and my legs were aching from walking 6.65 miles at work. I didn’t want to do anything all day. I got home at about 1 a.m. on Saturday morning and I did not have the best night at work.

I am just going to throw this out there even though I know co-workers could be reading this post (well, one of them knows how I feel about this subject, so she won’t be shocked). As a result of this constant cycle of unhappiness with my career, I keep coming back to the fact that I feel like my current job isn’t what I am passionate about. I really want to pursue something in the nutrition and fitness fields sooner rather than later. Now how to go about doing that, I am not sure. Maybe certification in nutrition? Personal training too? My husband would say that I should learn how to deal with my unhappiness at work first and then I could move on to a new career. He is partially right, but I am still not happy with the daily duties of my job, nor am I fulfilled by them. I feel like this is a common theme among the blogs I read. Many bloggers earned their degrees in fields they thought they were passionate about, started working and realized sitting behind a desk and doing administrative type tasks just wasn’t what they wanted to do the rest of their life. Can any readers out there relate to my situation and if you can, are you switching careers currently or thinking about it?

I started my Saturday with boring old Honey Nut cheerios and coffee.

coffee, honey nut cheerios

I purposely ate this light breakfast because I knew we were going to an Indian restaurant for a buffet lunch.

We went to Royal India restaurant on the south side of Milwaukee for their lunch buffet. Now, I don’t like buffets at all, but I love them at Indian restaurants. I was so pleased at the selection they offered and I usually am at Royal India. I got grilled seasoned veggies, naan, a veggie samosa, something similar to paneer tikka masala (my fav) and for dessert, delicious mango ice cream. For once, I actually limited what I ate and didn’t feel overstuffed, because then I usually feel sick the rest of the day.

yummy Indian food, Royal India restaurant Milwaukee

mango ice cream

The rest of the afternoon, I lounged around, napped, did laundry, etc. I went to Kohl’s to use some Kohl’s cash and got new Nike shorts for a mere $4.00. Craig and I came home from the mall and watched Inception. We had seen it in the theater last summer, but wanted to watch it again.

Now, I am just watching CBS Sunday Morning, ate this for breakfast…

coffee, Great Grain Cranberry Almond crunch

And I have to get ready for a bridal shower in a little bit. It’s a shower for Craig’s cousin who is getting married over Memorial Day weekend.

I’ll be back later to recap my Sunday afternoon. I hope to get to the gym today because I didn’t yesterday and then I’ll be mourning the fact that the weekend is over and I have to go back to work tomorrow.

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

No pain, no gain

The perfect title for today is “no pain, no gain.” It isn’t creative, but describes exactly how I am feeling due to Body Pump yesterday! I think the squats and lunges made my thighs and quads hurt the most. I hurt all day long. Thinking about it, I don’t believe we stretched our legs after class. I will have to do that on my own from now on, because the abs and tiny bit of arm stretching won’t cut it.

Our Indian dinner was yummy yesterday. My pictures are horrible, but I will share anyway. The lighting in the restaurant was not conducive to no flash photography!

Naan and paneer tikka masalaIndian food 

I had two pieces of naan and two helpings of rice and paneer tikka masala. Craig got chicken tikka masala. We also had a Mango Lassi and a Mango milkshake. We had never tried the milkshake before and it was a little lighter than the lassi. I think we both concluded that we like the lassi more. I was so full at the end and bloated. It was well worth it for yummy food that I am not sure I could duplicate in my own kitchen. Plus, I had leftovers for lunch today!

I snacked on some Halloween candy while I watched The Amazing Race.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and Candy Corn


I made overnight oats for breakfast this morning. I mixed canned pumpkin, non-fat organic TJ’s yogurt, skim milk, chia seeds, flax seeds (for the overnight portion). This morning, I added dried currants, almonds, topped with a bit of greek yogurt and honey. I warmed it up in the microwave, since I seem to like that better than cold oats, especially as the temperatures outside drop and I am seeking warmer, comforting breakfasts.

Overnight oats

Overnight oats and coffee

Lunch was Indian leftovers with red grapes and a Reese’s peanut butter cup.


I also snacked on some almonds, candy corn and had a green earl grey tea to wake me up a little in the afternoon. Monday afternoon sleepiness hit me at about 3 p.m. and I remember that happening last Monday too. I need more sleep on Sunday night!

I napped after work and then forced myself to eat early, even though I wasn’t that hungry. I had to get some food in me well before heading to boot camp.

Pinto beans with whole wheat tortilla, shredded cheese and Frank's Red Hot

Boot camp tonight was tough at first with my painful legs. Luckily, we didn’t do many leg exercises. We did chest presses on the swiss ball, jumped rope, ran the basketball court, scooters (for abs), balancing on the bosu and passing the weighted medicine ball to each other, scoops with resistance bands and things in between and at the end. The end was lots of arms with resistance bands. I bet I will be walking like a freak tomorrow with sore arms and legs!

It’s 8:40 and I need to get off of this computer and do something else. I also want to get to bed a little earlier tonight so I don’t feel so sleepy tomorrow.