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Labor Day Weekend

Well it’s been a flurry of a few days! Yesterday I went for an early morning run with Melissa. We covered about miles! Great way to start a Friday, and good to get into a running groove here in New Haven right off the bat. (I’ve also got that 10k fast-approaching on 9/18!)Breakfast was more OIAJ of course. With banana and PB. Mmm.

I then worked on our sunny porch and did some course applications and had lunch. The afternoon consisted of a failed meeting with my advisor (rrg) and a student group fair. I then drove (not biked, ops) over to Edge of the Woods, a neat little grocery store across town. It reminded me a miniature Whole Foods – pricey, but full of awesome natural foods. I picked up supplies to cook Jeff a yummy stir fry. I biked to his place and found him walking his roommates’ dog, Captain Wilson!

I got a new sort of tofu, sprouted! I think it actually ended up giving me a huge stomach ache. Maybe it was just too much soy in general. We had some white wine, too. Just good ol’ 3 buck chuck. Nuthin special, but tastes good on a summer evening. After eating we headed to my school’s first TGIF! (Thank God I’m a Forester!!) The theme was endless summer, so people were decked out in summer gear, bathing suits, and hawaiin themed clothes. There were kiddy pools and floaties! It was a lot of fun and everyone was really excited to be back and hanging out. It was also a beautiful night out! We caught up with people and headed inside for the dance party later in the evening. Fun times!

Today has been fun too – kicked off with an egg on toast with a side of local blueberries, mm. Coffee on the side, of course. I then headed to the farmer’s market with my housemates. It’s such a great Saturday morning activity – walk around in the fall sunshine, run into lots of people to chat with, and pick up locally grown tasty produce! We headed back in time to get ready for a cookout! We had a lovely cookout in the park down the street for our mentees (new first years we’re assigned to to help out with course selections, and just to be a buddy to). It was a fun time and we all sorts of yummy food – veggie burgers, potato salad, corn on the cob, chips, watermelon, mm!

I fit in a run today with Melissa again and we did our same course, this time about 5 miles. I followed it up with 3 sets of 20 leaning leg lunges, 30 tricep dips, and 2 sets of 10 push ups. Woo woo!

Now I’m getting ready for a little girls’ night action — going out for Mexican and margaritas!! :) 

 

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Day at the Beach, Flapjacks, and French Press

Yesterday was a day at the beach! Mom and I drove down equipped with coffees. We arrived at the beach and had to wait in line to park. I snacked on a peach and some pretzel slims. You know you’re on the cape when there are hydrangeas everywhere! It was a perfect day on the beach and I had a blast playing with my little cousins who are 6 and 2!  I also enjoyed some Fage yogurt topped with flax seed. I also snacked on strawberries and blueberrie, as well as TWO of my home-made granola bars – I had to have one of each! ;) I had a banana bread oat bite and an oatmeal snack bar. Kind of a hodgepodge lunch eaten throughout the afternoon, but it worked! These kiddoes were so cute! 

There was also a dog, Phoebe! 
We headed back from the beach around 5 and showered up and headed out to dinner at one of our favorite places, the Marsh Side.  We started with some pinot grigio. 
I had a big greek salad for dinner, and 2 pieces of bread from the bread basket. Then, ice cream! My favorite ice cream place of all time, and I got grasshopper (mint ice cream mixed with oreo hunks!) MMMmm soo good.  Happy girl with ice cream:As for this morning…

I started the day with a quick 3 mile run. I was planning to do interval sprints but just wasn’t feelin it. It was pretty warm and sunny so I just plugged along on my flat 3 mile route. Started at 8:46am, ended at 9:17am. I then banged out:

– stretching
– 3 sets of 15 reps of tricep over-the-head lifts, 12 pound weight
– 3 sets of 20 reps of bicep curls, 10 pound weights each arm
– 30 push ups on my knees

All the while I was on and off hold with my school health insurance – not fun! But made the weight-lifting seem quicker.  After the workout and shower it was time for….. FLAP JACKS AND FRENCH PRESS!!! Remember how I got a delivery? It was time to make use of it! I whipped up some flapjacks and added to the mix: blueberries, walnuts, and some of the final sprinkles of my Cville Cluster Granola (this addition totally inspired by Kath in this post)

I also cooked up a few morning star faux sausages (love these!). The flap jacks (why is it waaay more fun to call them flapjacks vs. pancakes?! It’s so rustic and outdoorsy sounding) came out awesome, and I topped my first one with syrup and the next with raspberry jam.

 

 

I also used the french press! The coffee came out good, but mom and I have to admit, it’s not anything super amazing. I wonder if it’s the coffee we used that wasn’t super amazing? Not sure. But it was good!
I’ve got a to-do list to tackle today!
  • Pack for camping/ organize my disaster of a room
  • Pack for Mexico
  • Laundry
  • CVS
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Make granola?
  • Buy new head phones
  • Coffee date
  • Dinner date
Ready, go!

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Celebratory Friday Night

To celebrate the completion of my internship mom and I tried out a new Thai place in DC (who am I kidding, almost every restaraunt in DC is “new” cuz I’ve only lived here for 10 weeks!) Mai Thai was delicious! Presentation was great and it was really good, pretty authentic Thai food, at least by my standards. We started with some fresh spring rolls. Watch out, I think that peanut sauce has fish sauce in it. Lesson learned. We also enjoyed a glass of white wine each. We ordered tofu green curry and a mixed veg/tofu dish in garlic sauce, both with white rice. They were awesome! Since it was a fairly light meal with lots of veg, mom dragged me into FroZenYo, only my favorite froyo place of all time (so far). Knowing I had already had gelato today I know I shouldn’t, but, I got a tiny bowl! Just couldn’t help it. Mom went for peanut butter and banana cream, and topped it with walnuts and lots of hot fudge sauce. I went for cookies n cream (cuz it’s so creamy!) and a dollop of banana cream too. My fav combo in life is pb and banana, so I topped the banana with reese’s pb cups, and the cookies n cream got a few slivered almonds on top. Kinda like the other night … (holy froyo overdose this week!!!)  Gosh, having visitors just makes my healthy eating fly out the window! I gotta get a grip here!

Now we’re relaxing the rest of the night. I might make some Amazon purchases with a gift card my intern folks give me… and oh, should probably start packing since I’m moving out and hitting the road up north bright and early Monday morning!  C ya.

 

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Indulgences (Part 1?)

Well today’s potluck goes along nicely with the theme of a post from Carrots n Cake today about healthy eating sometimes involving unhealthy choices. There were so many yummy things to eat at the potluck today that I ended up sampling them all, especially the desserts :)

I nibbled: crackers n cheese, a scoop of guac, black beans over cilantro rice, pasta with tomatoes and cheese chunks, spinach dish, potato salad, a very small slice of pizza, two brownies, 1/2 of a famous raspberry jam bar, and grapes and cherries. Wow! They were all tasting size servings, but it was still alot, and full of not super healthy choices (and lots of cheese, oof).

I have to admit that I have not been the most healthy eater lately. Overall I really like the idea of eating healthy whole foods and making good choices about 80% of the time and then 20% of the time indulging and making-not-so-healthy choices, as mentioned by Cait.   I usually adhere to this pretty well, but the past few days I’ve been overeating and overindulging in treats. The food forecast for the next few days is not looking super great for healthy choices. But, I will do my best!

Today after work all the interns went out for happy hour since many of us are done on Friday! I had a glass of red wine (for free! due to drink tickets). I then headed to Foggy Bottom to meet two friends from high school for a drink and some nibbles. It was so great seeing them! One was in town from NY for a conference so it was extra special to get to see her :) I had another glass of red wine and ordered a kale, peach, goat cheese salad. It was super tiny which was perfect, because my mom was at my apartment getting dinner ready! (what a treat!).

I told mom about the little farmer’s market that’s in Foggy Bottom on Wednesdays so she stopped and picked up some fresh local produce! We had: corn on the cob (yet again, amazingly delicious), sliced tomato and cucumber with salt, and some of the leftover Indian food from last night, mixed with some freshly cooked tempeh. It hit the spot!A few things before bed time. G’night!

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Training North – Weekend begins!

Lunch today: overnight oatmeal with a blob of almond butter, and diced banana. Yum! I had a meeting and then hopped on the 4pm train up to New Haven. It was a long ride, 5.5 hours and I simply didn’t bring enough to do and entertain myself :-/ rookie mistake. As for snacks, I grabbed an iced (DECAF!) coffee and a nut mix at Au Bon Pain. Hit the spot. But, I got hungry a bit later and fortunately had packed a juicy peach, and a toasted English muffin with jam, not pictured. This held me over til Jeff picked me up at the station in New Haven. He had some yummy things ready for my arrival! Corn on the cob, kale chips, WINE, and a chickpea dish.(Eaten corn… ops). I then broke out the 2 darling cupcakes I had managed to bring all the way from DC! They were delicious, and were cookies n cream, and a new special flavor – chocolate with a raspberry cream cheese frosting! Sooo good. We split both. With that, good night!

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Potluck Extravaganza

Tonight I hosted a potluck dinner with my fellow interns. It was fun (just like our last one!) and full of food and drink!

There was wine, cheese, grapes to start. Also a layer dip I made with beans, corn, salsa, and cheese with chips. I had a small glass of red wine. Main courses included a number of starches – ops! A great couscous salad, a spicy rice, mashed potatoes, cucumber dill yogurt salad, 3 bean salad. Dessert was a yogurt parfait bar and one of the interns made her famous granola! It was very tasty, with lots of fruit toppings.

With farmer’s market jam to top it off! I am now sitting here SUPER stuffed with all this good food! And of course my stomach is not happy with me. grrr. trying to digest a bit before going to bed. G night!

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I want Mas

Last night we lounged at the Inn for a while out on the sunny veranda.  We enjoyed the 5pm wine and cheese again, too.

We hydrated with some ice tea before having a glass of the white wine.

I love their veranda! Sitting in rocking chairs in the sun is just wonderful. Apparently grapes are wonderful, too!

We began the evening at Beer Run, a bar that both sells beer and serves it, and you can buy a bottle and then pay a bottle fee to drink it there- pretty neat because they have a huuge variety of cool beers! I had the Roanoke summer beer and Jeff tried their stout. They were pretty good! We also had some potato wedges because Jeff needed a french fry fill. 

We then walked over to Mas Tapas, a really neat tapas place in Belmont, which is either part of or right next to Cville. It was a really cool atmosphere but I didn’t take any easily-uploadable photos (they’ll be uploaded in a different post, promise). We had a few glasses of their very delicious sangria and then shared 4 different tapas – patatas bravas of course, a bread platter with artichoke and goat cheese mash, a shrimp plate (for Jeff) and a a spanish tortilla of course. These were all reminisicnet of our trip to Spain back in March. Everything was delicious, except the patatas bravas were a bit too spicy for me and they didn’t have the typical sauce on them – ah well, all in all it was a fantastic place to dine and we really enjoyed it. We then came home and watched some crappy TV (extreme addictions?!) and went to bed. TV is very special because I haven’t had it all summer, or for over a year actually.

This morning we enjoyed the Inn’s breakfast again, and I went for the granola with milk, some fruit, and a slice of coffee cake. Coffee and fresh OJ on the side.

Now packing up for the day’s adventures and heading back to DC later on. It’s been such a great time here in Cville!!

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Wineries, Breweries, and meeting KATH!!

Today we started off the day with a very, VERY, exciting little trip to a very special little bakery. Not just any bakery. But KATH’s bakery!! I have been a long-time reader and huge fan of Kath’s blog and find her writing, meals, and workouts to be so inspirational. I was excited to meet her and stop by the bakery that she and her husband run and that I read about in her blog all the time! Can you see how dorky I look in this photo?! That’s because I was so excited to be meeting Kath that I really couldn’t put a normal-looking smile on my face! Kath was so nice, and I eagerly picked out a number of treats I’d be dying to try. Jeff and I each ordered sandwiches and I picked out Cville granola as well as a Savannah bar and a loak of Dakota bread. YUMM!! Jeff prodded me out of the bakery once we had chatted and I had bought all my goodies. It was a very exciting little visit :) Kath mentioned my visit in her midday post today, too! 

We then headed out on a winery and brewery adventure. We first went to Pollak Vineyard and did a tasting. That had some really good wines and the server was very friendly and recommended a number of Cville things to check out. Their tasting room was really beautiful! Jeff really liked their Merlot so bought a bottle to take home. After Pollak, we headed to Veritas vineyards just down the road a ways. Their wines were tasty too. One of the coolest parts of this winery was the little walkway up to the tasting room. The vineyard overall had beautiful grounds and vistas, and this walkway had a covered top with big, beautiful green grapes hanging down and vines all over.Definitely a wonderful spot for a wedding. After the tasting we found a picnic table and broke out our Great Harvest sandwiches. I had a tofu pest veggie one on High Five bread, and Jeff opted for the Monticello on Dakota bread and it had hummus, olives, and veggies. We shared both and they were so yummy. The tofu was awesome and herbed – wish we had time to go check out the Twin Oaks Tofu Coop!  Maybe another trip ;) After the little break we headed to our lost stop, the Blue Mountain Brewery. Here we sampled their beers and really liked almost all of them! It was quite a day! We’re back at the Inn relaxing before more fun this evening! Happy Saturday!

 

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Cville!

So Jeff and I are having a blast on our weekend getaway here in Charlottesville VA! Cville is such a cute little city with so many restaurants. We spent yesterday checking many of them out! We arrived after 2 hours of driving from DC and went right to our inn. It’s a great place to stay and has wine and cheese in the afternoons and breakfast in the mornings. We headed out for lunch and went right to Revolutionary Soup, pretty much the first place we saw. They had a great menu of soups, sandwiches and salads. I had a great veggie sandwich with avacado, peppers, veggies, cheese, and had Kombucha for the first time! I’ve heard so much about it I decided to finally try it. It was yummy!After lunch we walked down the pedestrian mall and explored. Cville is really cute! Reminds us of Burlington VT or Ithaca NY, sort of crunchy, focused on food, local things, and a bit hippi-ish. It’s great!

The walkway had some gorgeous planters! Mom would like these.

We found ourselves wandering into a self-serve froyo (by found ourselves I mean I adamantly steered ourselves to it). We made some delicious little froyo bowls – I went chocolately of course, and Jeff went fruit. We ventured back to our inn for their 5:00 wine and cheese. It was pretty tasty. Then, we went for more wine and cheese at the Market Street Wine shop where they were doing a free tasting. We tried a bunch of wines there and enjoyed the breads and cheeses. Very cute little place. We recalled our awesome trip to Spain back in March and all the spanish wines we had there. 
We then headed over to the pavilion to hang out at the Friday After Five free concert event I guess they hold every Friday in the summer. It was a neat sort of funk band playing and a great atmosphere of both young and old people hanging out, drinking beers, and having a grand old time. We enjoyed it, and Jeff tried a Starr Hill local beer.

Yearning for more local beers, we soon headed to the South Street Brewery to do some most tasting of locally brewed beer! We were impressed by the brews, I particularly liked their Heffeweizen. We then had a great dinner at Mono Loco, a neat Mexican/Cuban place right near our inn. Forgot to photograph! But I had a great margarita and burrito. Yum! It was such a great day and fun night! Hooray vacation!

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Fine cocktails, Falafel, and Friends

After work I headed home and had a snack, then took a nap! Whipped up a SMOOTHIE, which up until today had been impossible — I had noooo blender, but today, all of that changed. My little $12 blender arrived from Amazon, hoooray! I’ve owned one of these before, and it did the job. I’ve got 2 nice blenders in New Haven so no need to buy a full out nice one.In the mix: soy milk, 1 banana (half blended, half sliced), 1/2 tbsp of pb, water, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powderAfter my nap I headed out for a happy hour with 3 chicas from school. We went to an alumni happy hour for our school. It was great seeing them, and I enjoyed a lovely strawberry mojito! Afterwards we decided to have some dinner next door at a great little Greek place. I had an tasty greek salad topped with falafel, a side of hummus, and a $4.25 glass of red wine (soo cheap!). The falafel was awesome – so moist and yummy. Back home too late to do laundry – good night!

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