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May 2015

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My First Trip to Chicago

May 30, 2015

Hello!

This post will be all about my very short work trip to Chicago. I’ve never been there before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but it turned out to be so fun and it is such a beautiful, classy city.

Our first stop off the plane and long taxi ride from the airport was The Fairmont’s restaurant Aria,where my co-worker and I stayed. It’s a nice looking looking Asian restaurant that did not have great reviews online but we were so starving that anything sounded good! I got ¬†a salmon roll and a California roll, both were pretty good, not amazing but hit the spot for sure.

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Next we check into our rooms, I got upgraded to a suite with a pretty view!

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The room was very big (for one person!), it was almost a bit empty!

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After relaxing in our rooms for a bit, we headed to dinner at RPM Italian. Thankfully my co-worker booked our reservation about two months in advance and we got the last 8pm for that night! Our table wasn’t quite ready so we got two glasses of prosecco while we waited.

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The menu:

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This is one of my co-worker’s favorite restaurants so she’s been there more than a few times ūüėČ Our waiter brought us some complimentary cheese-stuffed peppers for her loyalty! We also ordered the truffle garlic bread, I could have eaten the whole loaf¬†myself! What I really wanted to do is take it all into my hotel room bed and nibble on¬†it like a squirrel…Maybe another time.

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We like to split things so we had the Tuscan kale salad with pecorino and lemon, really tasty!

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Then we ordered a million plates of pasta, it’s not as much as it looks, I promise! In order: Maine lobster ravioli with spinach pasta and lemon; goat cheese ravioli with ramp pesto; and a basic spaghetti with some meatballs. My favorite was the lobster ravioli of course!

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Dessert was a must so we got the hazelnut tartufo, a ball of chocolate gelato rolled in a chocolate-hazelnut crunchy shell. The center was dark chocolate gelato. This was amazing, I love the crunchy shell and that it take a bit of work to crack.

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The next morning, I was hungry, surprisingly, so I got some oatmeal because I knew we wouldn’t be eating for a while since it was the first day of the meeting we were doing! I bring a small container of my chia, hemp and mac mix to add to oats when traveling so this was exactly what I wanted!

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I have no pictures from during the day because we were just in the basement of the Swissotel all day! But when the evening arrived, we headed to Smith & Wollensky, a steakhouse right on the Chicago river. Just look at the great view! Perfect for a Chicago first-timer like me.

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Our dining room was made up real pretty!

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My dining partner, the blue water and some good wine we enjoyed!

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I chose the green salad, salmon and chocolate cake!

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Pan-seared salmon with mushrooms. This was pretty good, I liked the mushroom sauce!

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I was really looking forward to the chocolate layer cake but it was kinda meh, not moist enough and the frosting wasn’t great, of course I still ate it all!

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An artsy photo taken by my co-worker

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We went to bed with full tummies and woke up for one more half-meeting day. Luckily, after that, we got a chance to explore a little. First stop was Millennium Park and the bean!

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I thought this picture was pretty cool but I’m sure everyone takes the same picture! (I don’t know the people in it!)

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Next stop was for some deep dish pizza, at Giordanos.

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Unfortunately we didn’t have time for a whole pizza because it takes 45 minutes to make! So we got personal size ones and added veggies. It was really good and plenty of food for a reasonable price. I still like thin crust better but I would definitely come here again!

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Mmm cheese!

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On our tour de Chicago we also walked down Michigan Ave (the magnificent mile) that has tons of awesome shopping and we stopped by Dylan’s Candy Bar and I got a bag of candy for the plane (sometimes I feel like a little kid!). Then we got a taxi to the airport but it took us an HOUR to get out of the city, like we weren’t even to the highway yet, it was like 5¬†miles tops. Then it took another 45 minutes to go the 14 miles to the airport!! Yikes, I had no clue how bad Chicago traffic is! So I nervously ate my candy during the car ride while my cool-as-a-cucumber co-worker snoozed peacefully. It’s hard to be high-strung sometimes ūüėČ We did make it on our plane though, luckily the plane was running a little late but it definitely made me sweat, I think I aged about 10 years during the cab ride, lol!

We have a meeting in Austin, Texas next week, busy busy! Hopefully I can post again either before or right after that and I’ll have some good foodie pics I hope! Anyways, thanks for reading ūüôā

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: Split Pea Soup & Pumpkin Muffins

May 14, 2015

 

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Hey guys! It’s WIAW time again, join Jenn and link up!

Breakfast: recycled pic but same tasty bowl of blueberry oats with chia, hemp, mac, cinnamon, sucanat and frozen blueberries

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¬† Lunch: homemade split pea soup, I have been eating this all week. It’s from the Moosewood cookbook.

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Workout: 3 mile run + some planks and stretches

Dinner: salmon patty, edamame and un-pictured watermelon

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Dessert: these amazing flourless pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

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Fall is a busy time for work and it’s already starting! At least I’ll get some good food pics ūüôā I’m going to Chicago on Monday for a meeting, I’ve never been there surprisingly. Any must-see/must-eat suggestions?

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Always remember this guys!

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Okey dokey, short n’ sweet today! Thanks for reading and check back soon for another post about…food (like always lolz)!

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Holiday, Recipes

Mother’s Day Crafts & Recipes

May 8, 2015

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Mothers_Day_Brunch_In-BedHealthy Greek Yogurt Fruit Tart-- gluten free and ready in less than 30 minutes!Foolproof Eggs Benedict

Crafts

These cute free printable gift tags — ¬†A Joyful Riot

These pretty floral printable recipe cards — Boxwood Avenue

This floral set of printable menus, cards and envelopes — Lia Griffith¬†

These DIY tile photo coasters — PopSugar

 

A Healthy Mother’s Day Brunch

Drink: Start everyone off with this yummy green smoothie —¬†Zoom ¬†Yummy

Sweet: Munch on this yummy date-based Greek yogurt fruit tart —¬†Sally’s Baking Addiction

Savory:¬†This Potato Broccolini Frittata looks delightful! —¬†Smitten Kitchen

Fun: Go wild with some buckwheat crepes, fillings can¬†range from ¬† ¬† ¬†sweet (Nutella-banana-strawberry?) to savory (eggs/cheese/lentils!) — ¬†¬†David Lebovitz

Meat-y: For the meat-eaters, Lean Turkey Apple¬†&¬†Maple¬†Sausage ¬†Breakfast Patties — Ambitious Kitchen (she has the best muffin recipes too!)

 

A Not-So Healthy Mother’s Day Brunch

Drink: For the alcohol-lovers try this Strawberry Gin Smash Cocktail or this yummy Rhubarb Basil Cocktail The Kitchn

Sweet: These Strawberry-Sour Cream Scones with Brown Sugar Crumble have me drooling, surely your mom will have the same reaction! —¬†The Kitchn

Savory:¬†This foolproof Eggs Benedict recipe should do the job! — Serious Eats¬†or there is always Gordon Ramsay’s scrambled eggs¬†with some good bread to fall back on.

Fun: This Overnight Blueberry French Toast looks divine (cream cheese included!) — Cooking Classy

Meat-y: These adorable and easy bacon & egg toast cups! — The Noshery

 

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What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: Arctic Zero, Running & Oatmeal

May 6, 2015

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Happy Wednesday folks! I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! Join me in linking up to Jenn’s WIAW through our lovely host today,¬†Laura.

I had a great long weekend because my favorite boyfriend G came to visit from the land of techies and hipsters, San Francisco! Obviously you can tell he is extremely handsome and I…well…my face does weird things sometimes ūüėČ Anyways, we had a grand ol’ time and I’ll be doing a post re-cap of that very soon!

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Breakfast: oats with blueberries, chia seeds, sucanat, cinnamon, hemp seeds, maca powder and raisins.

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The gang’s all here!

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I also enjoyed a Kevita tonic and popped a evening primrose supplement.

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Snack: two Brazil nuts, getting my selenium!

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Lunch: Sorry no pic!¬†Wasn’t pretty anyways. A hodge-podge of snacks including some hummus, carrots, Mary Gone Crackers crackers, banana and a protein bar. Not my best lunch day since I reallly need to go grocery shopping! I plan on making split pea soup today or tomorrow.

 

Dinner: two eggs with some green pepper and cheddar, half an avocado, salsa and more green pepper! SO good.

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Dessert: Arctic zero chocolate peanut putter, half a pint (aka like 5 calories!). If you’re expecting this to taste like ice cream, it doesn’t really. It’s not sweet and creamy enough and has ¬†a very subtle peanut flavor and very icy. I guess that’s why it’s a “fit” frozen dessert! As far as the ingredients, I need to research Monk fruit since I don’t know much about it…The rest seems healthy-ish I guess? Next time I would add some toppings or sauce but I still like this flavor.

INGREDIENTS: PURIFIED WATER, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE (MILK), ORGANIC CANE SUGAR, CHICORY ROOT, SUGARCANE FIBER, DUTCH PROCESSED COCOA POWDER WITH ALKALI, GUAR GUM, XANTHAN GUM, NATURAL PEANUT FLAVOR, SEA SALT, MONK FRUIT CONCENTRATE.
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I ran 4 miles yesterday and it felt good! I was surprised I pulled that off because I have a terrible cold right now but sometimes when I feel like I can’t, I surprise myself, I guess most of it’s mental. I’m thinking about doing this training program below, what do ya think? I don’t really have a desire to run a half marathon but I’d like to see how far I can go and I like that this will give me a schedule to follow.

Yes You Can! 4-Month Beginner Half-Marathon Training Schedule

Have you ever tried Arctic Zero ice cream? What’s your favorite flavor?

What are your must-have oatmeal additions?

As always, thank you for reading!