Restaurant Review: MIC

Weekly restaurant trips are fun, but when you plan on going to one place and then end up in another part of the city and don’t want to have to backtrack you gotta find a new place you hadn’t thought of before. That’s how we ended up at MIC.

The waitress was really great and even though she clearly didn’t understand what a carb was she did her best to recommend stuff to us. We both wanted get the rotisserie chicken but they were out (it was 5 pm) and their hollandaise sauce had flour in it for some reason, so the mushrooms we wanted as an appetizer was out.

We ended up going with spinach and artichoke dip with a side of celery (let that be a lesson to Montana’s who always gives us such a hard time over this substitution), a Montreal Smoked Meat bun-less sandwich and a chicken bun-less sandwich.

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The dip was pretty good, a little less warm than I normally like my food to be, but I was pretty hungry and gobbled it down anyway. My chicken sandwich was gross, the salad was fine and Dave’s smoked meat was actually decent, but again, nothing was hot enough.

Would I eat here again? I might pop in to get the spinach dip with celery another time if I wasn’t hungry enough for a whole meal. But likely won’t be back any time soon. It felt a little bit like a wasted Date Night meal, to be honest, but they can’t all be winners, I guess.’s Low Carb Strawberry Shortcake

Bow down to, everyone. What an awesome site with great FAQs and recipes. I find the majority of my keto dessert’s from his site, and not one has ever let me down.

Every Wednesday we alternate Family Dinner Night at our house and my sister’s house. And every Wednesday we try to outdo each other dessert-wise. It’s awesome to have so many family members who are jumping in on keto.

This past Wednesday we had pizza (using carbalose flour, a post for another time) and I made a keto shortcake. I didn’t have any unflavoured protein powder so I just chocolate flavoured and I would do this substitute again. I also didn’t make the jam as suggested, I just cut up a bunch of strawberries, added them and water to a pot, put in some erythritol and boiled it for a bit before simmering and then mashing to create a jam. Whipping cream is 35% cream with Torani Sugar Free Caramel Syrup whipped together.


Delicious! 6 net carbs per slice, 6 slices total.


Restaurant Review: Bella Vita Cucina

Had a work dinner earlier this week. It’s great when other people pick restaurants because it’s a good reminder of how almost every restaurant will accommodate keto if you ask them to and that it isn’t always necessary to look up menu’s before hand.

We had a smaller menu at Bella Vita Cucina because the group was large, but I found an appetizer and entree that worked. I started with a caprese salad, always a great keto option, and got the veal scallopini with mushroom cream sauce which I asked them not flour. Don’t be afraid to ask for changes, you’re paying for the meal and the worst that can happen is they say no and you pick something else to eat. The veggies on the side came with carrots so I left them on the plate. I added parm cheese over everything, for a little extra fat.

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I would definitely eat here again while keto-ing, as I’m sure their full menu has more options to choose from.

Restaurant Review: P&M Kouzzina

On Friday night date night Dave and I try to go to different places every week. We’d been to P&M Kouzzina’s BK (before Keto) and knew that at the very least they’d have steak for us to get. We were pretty surprised at how many options the restaurant had for us.

For a starter we had grilled calamari and for mains Dave got bacon wrapped steak with shrimp, broccoli, mushrooms and caesar salad and I got chicken diavolo with a side of turnip fries. In the year that we’ve been eating at restaurants while doing keto we’ve gotten pretty good at asking for nutritional information and substituting when necessary. Don’t be afraid to ask for something else, kitchens are usually really accommodating!

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Meal Plan/Grocery Haul April 10 – 16 2016

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Sunday: Cauliflower Soup
Monday: Caprese Salad and Fish
Tuesday: Tacos
Wednesday: FDN
Thursday: Work Supper
Friday: Date Night!
Saturday: Chicken Caesar Salad

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Veggies/fruit/nuts: broccoli, strawberries, lettuce, avocado, basil, almonds, basa fillets, tomatoes.
Meat/cheese: hot salami, medium ground beef, hot pot lamb, bacon, caramelized cheddar, bocconcini balls, cheddar cheese, chicken breast.
Misc: heavy cream, asiago and spinach dip, pork rinds, peanut butter, garlic powder.


Meal Plan/Grocery Haul April 3-9 2016

Glad to be back making grocery plans this week after not being able to last week. Kept it relatively easy, cause keto doesn’t need to be difficult!

Sunday: “Spaghetti” with meat sauce
Monday: Chili
Tuesday: Chicken wings
Wednesday: (FDN) Meatballs with “spaghetti”
Thursday: Cauliflower soup
Friday: Date night!
Saturday: Hot pot

Wednesday is Family Dinner Night at our place and Friday’s we have date night, where we go to a new restaurant in our town and eat keto.

And, of course, our grocery haul!
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This week we got:
Veggies/fruit/nuts: broccoli (frozen), strawberries, green pepper, onion, garlic.
Meat/cheese: hot salami, medium ground beef, prosciutto, chicken wings, mild Italian sausages, hot pot lamb and beef, bacon.
Misc: Diet Pepsi, eggs, Jello, heavy cream, pasta sauce, chicken stock.

Chili is already in the fridge for tomorrow morning, already can’t wait to eat this week’s meals!

Keto Grocery Haulin’

Grocery day in the Keen On Keto household! We like to make meal lists and grocery shop once a week, partly because I hate grocery shopping and partly because it helps to keep us thinking keto.

Because we were out of town for 4 days grocery day got moved from its regular Sunday time slot to a “anytime I could get out and get stuff we’re running out of food” time slot. So this week grocery shopping was a bit different in that we didn’t meal plan and only really needed stuff for 2 meals and lunch to tide us over until this Sunday when we can get back on Keto meal track.

Here’s what I snagged today:

Veggies/fruit/nuts: broccoli, cauliflower, avocado, cucumber, strawberries, macadamia nuts, almonds.
Meat/cheese: Hungarian spicy salami, hot salami, McSweeney’s Pep and Ced, hot dogs, medium ground beef, prosciutto.
Misc: Diet Pepsi, pork rinds, eggs, spinach dip, black bean spaghetti, soybean spaghetti.

Cat came free!

Restaurant Review: Montana’s Steakhouse

Dave and I went to Montana’s for the first time since we started Keto, figuring if they had nothing for us we could always just politely leave. After taking a look at the menu it was apparent there were many, many things that couldn’t be sub’ed out to make them Keto friendly, but they had a variety of steak to choose from so we decided to stay.

Our waitress was great, she wasn’t weirded out when I requested the nutritional menu (which, be warned, is comically large) and then poured over it for 10 minutes. She asked what kind of dietary concerns we had and then asked a few questions about Keto.

We couldn’t get any appetizers, sadly. The 4-cheese spinach dip would have fit into our macros for the day but we couldn’t get them to serve it to us with veggies instead of pita. I would have been thrilled if they could have made me nachos with green peppers as the chips, but alas, not every restaurant is capable of stuff like that.

We both ended up getting the peppercorn sirloin with caesar salad (no croutons) and a side of coleslaw. The peppercorn sauce is really good and surprisingly so is the caesar salad dressing. The coleslaw is mayo based, which is great for fat content, and even though it contained 5 net carbs per serving the rest of the meal had practically none. Keeping dinner under 10 carbs while eating out works for us. You can’t always stay home to cook, so knowing there are options for eating out is great.

Our meals came with onion strings, which we didn’t eat, and next time will just ask not to be included. I also had chipotle dip, but the peppercorn sauce was flavourful enough that I didn’t end up using much of it.

So, we will go back to Montana’s for steak again, and I’ll keep pushing for veggies with those apps!

Update: you can now order their Spinach Dip with a side of Cracklin’ instead of pita!!!!

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Enter: Keto

In November 2012 Dave and I were introduced to Keto by our friend, Kayla. She outlined the basics of what was involved and after doing what I now realize was very limited research we started a month-long Keto diet. By the first weekend in December we broke Keto to have pizza and milkshakes and from then on out we didn’t really stick with it as well as we could have. Sure we tried to make a cauliflower pizza once and maybe a few times we ate our burgers without buns, but we weren’t focusing on what truly makes Keto work (all. the. fats.) so the gains that could have been made were pretty measly, especially by Keto standards. After losing maybe 10 pounds each (which I now know was probably all water weight) we gave it up entirely sometime in January of 2013.

Between February of 2013 and April of 2015 I lost and regained 30 pounds twice using various diet and exercise plans while Dave’s weight slowly crept up. By April 2015 we knew we had gained weight since our relationship had started 5 and ½ years prior and with an upcoming trip to Europe planned in May/June of that year we decided to try Keto again. This time though, we buckled down.

Our Keto round 2 journey started April 20th, 2015, Dave’s starting weight was 188.8. I can never be sure about mine because I refused to step on the scale until 1 week in, and by the time I did I was 202, but I think it’s safe to assume my starting weight was nearing 208.

So what has been different this time around? We read as much about Keto as we could. In fact we never stopped reading/researching. And as will-power would have it, we lost weight in those first 5 weeks and fit much better into our clothes before getting on that plane.

Now, over 11 months later, we are incredibly committed to Keto and are setting up this website as a place to further our research, to share successes and to discuss all things Keto.