Archive | May, 2012

Saturday in Boston

29 May

This weekend my sister and I headed for my bachelorette weekend to Boston.  It’s a city I have been wanting to go to for YEARS and so it was an obvious choice.  We had an amazing weekend and Boston has topped the charts of my favorite cities.  Here is my weekend in photos.

Hi Rise Bakery

The most delightful vanilla bean pound cake and mini cookie sandwich ever!

La Burdick

Chocolate coconut cake but the iced hot chocolate was even better.

It’s HARVARD!

Apparently this weekend at Harvard there was a big reunion so there were more people there than usual.  We found other guests to take our picture!

Flour Bakery

This was the famous sticky bun.  We also wanted to try one of their pop tarts but they didn’t have any.

Ice Cream

Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream

We got some amazing ice cream from Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream.  We had to take a load off after approx. 5 miles of walking.

Sweet Tea at the Hungry Mother

Cornbread

Shrimp and Grits

Cow tongue something or another

These are all amazing dishes from the Hungry Mother in Cambridge.  We ate a lot of finger foods after eating sweet all afternoon.  High class southern cooking at its finest. LOVED the cow tongue dish.

Tomorrow I will post our Sunday adventures!

NOLA

21 May

This weekend Britton and I had a trip planned to New Orleans with some of his buddies.  Back in the summer of 2007 Britton went on a cross country bike trip for Push America.  His Journey of Hope tour went from Washington State through to Washington DC.  His fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi is a sponsor of the event and his journey was planned and run by a group of brothers from all over the United States.  Since this summer marks 5 years since their journey, a group of the guys met in NOLA for a reunion.

history

I am not going to lie, I had some doubts about this weekend.  For a group of fraternity guys to be in New Orleans sounded like a drunk fest and I didn’t want that to be the outcome of our weekend to NOLA.  There is so much to see and do there and a weekend on bourbon street was my fear.  I am happy to report that was not at all what the weekend turned into.  We DID hit up bourbon street on Friday night when we got into town and I’ve never seen anything like it….. It was insane.  If that is what its like on a normal weekend, I can’t imagine what its like for mardi gras. INSANITY!  I felt like I was back in college on some wild spring break trip!  We found a quieter outside bar to hang out at complete with a mechanical bull.  The ladies that were on the trip all decided the mechanical bull is a ploy to get slutty girls to bounce around in their thin, tight clothes and seduce the audience.  It was entertaining to say the least.  We went back to that bar Saturday night and decided to start giving these girls ratings and prizes based on their “performance” on the mechanical bull.

Saturday morning you know where I went first…. None other than Cafe Du Monde.  I have never had such deliciousness in my life.  I wanted to go back Saturday night before dinner and Sunday morning for a second breakfast at the joint.  When Britt and I got there the line was pretty intense but with such a limited menu people were in and out very quickly.  I got my favorite, fresh orange juice, and an order of beignets.  There was about an inch of thick white powdered sugar cover the top of my three pastries and they were gone within minutes.  Nothing compares to the freshness of Cafe Du Monde. I was in heaven.

delicious.

my babe and his beignet

After breakfast we walked through the French Market which was pretty amazing.  We even picked up some artwork for friends and family!  The first half of the market had food and art while the second half was more like a flea market.

entering the french market

famous cafe du monde coffee

love old school coke!

i see you fishy fishy fishy

best strawberry lemonade ever

and i enjoyed it

After the market we went on a 30 minute horse drawn carriage tour and learned some of the history surrounding the french quarter.  The drive around town was a welcome change as we had probably walked a few miles already.  Later that afternoon we also took a ghost tour around the city (another few miles) and learned about some amazing history.  There were rumored vampires back in the day and obviously voodoo and ghost history surround the city. I love that stuff.  Britton and I agreed though that our ghost tour in Savannah was MUCH better…. If I go back to NOLA we may have to try another one.

old convent, lots of vampire folk lore!

most cursed building in NOLA (so they say) last owner was Nick Cage

Britton and I had a blast and the ladies can’t wait to plan the next reunion.  We’re thinking Key West?

mississippi river at our backs

New Normal

11 May

Tuesday was my last day on the Whole30 diet so what does my new normal look like? I am still working hard to make smart choices in food. Monday I made a whole chicken that I’ve been eating all week. Tuesday night I made a spaghetti squash with homemade “sauce.”

more meat and tomatoes than a sauce

I’ve also been eating that all week! But there have also been some indulgences. Wednesday night I ate at the Walls and had baked chicken a sweet potato and something we like to call Kelly corn. Kelly corn is definitely NOT a smart choice but delicious nonetheless!  I know that I do not want to live life gluten free and 100% paleo but making smarter choices was my ultimate goal!  I have not gone out and bought a box of cupcakes like I wanted to.  In fact, the most sweets I have had was a small bowl of fro-yo last night with strawberries and other fruity goodness!  I realized on Tuesday that regular peanut butter with sugar added is too sweet for me now.  I MUCH prefer no sugar added, all natural peanut butter even if it is harder to find in the local grocery stores.

So my plan:

  • I WILL be working on making healthy decisions every night when I make dinner.  I can’t succumb to what is easy, like buttered pasta, when I am too tired to cook a full meal.  There are still a ton of recipes that I have found over the last month that I want to try and I won’t stop with those.  Britton will be in town this week and together we make a great team in eating healthy and cooking together.
  • I WILL be bringing in those delicious leftovers every day for lunch to keep up with clean eating.  A sandwich is only ok every once in a while and a balanced meal is smart for every meal.
  • I WILL allow myself to indulge in the foods that make me happy.  Sushi is a must!  I love ice cream and fro-yo and will not cut those things out of my diet.  It’s ok to have a cupcake every once in a while.  I’ve always said I’d rather die fat and happy than miserable because I can’t eat anything that excites me 🙂
  • I WILL continue to do Crossfit as often as I can.  Even if I do not stay on a paleo diet, my main goal is to be fit for my wedding and honeymoon.  No one wants to see a beached whale in Jamaica, and it definitely won’t be me!
  • I WON’T prevent myself from eating out.  I enjoy a nice meal out even if they do use butter to cook in and have delicious desserts.  Britton and I enjoy eating at nice restaurants and trying new things and that will never stop.  We’re foodies through and through and no lifestyle change can take that away.  We love food!

This is my commitment to myself.

Chi-Town

8 May

This weekend I had the pleasure of joining Britton out in Chicago while he worked the NRA show.  That’s the National Restaurant Association for those of you that are curious about what he is doing at NRA.  While Britton worked his butt off I got to do fun stuff.  Until Sunday I even stuck to my Whole30 as closely as I could.  Here’s a plug, go see The Avengers.  It was awesome!  We got there early and while Britton waited in line for seats, I stopped in a restaurant to grab a bite to eat.  The movie was awesome but I suppose I’m a sucker for Marvel movies.  I don’t know what that’s about.  I did have popcorn, just a small bag, no butter.  I love me some popcorn!

Saturday Britton was out the door by 6:15 (i think, however I was still asleep) for the show.  When I finally got up I headed downstairs for the free breakfast where I indulged in a made to order omelet and bacon.  The weather was not so amazing this weekend in Chi-Town so I took my time getting ready hoping it would be better by the time I made it outside…. not the case.  But I shopped till I dropped (literally) and even found my Iowa reception dress! LOVE IT!  I had an appointment at BHLDN to find the perfect dress and I couldn’t have been more lucky.  I found my dress and it was even on sale!  For anyone that doesn’t know yet about the amazingness of bhldn, they are an anthropologie owned bridal store (what?! I know that’s what I thought too!) and their website has some awesome stuff for party goers and party planners alike.  The Chicago store only just opened in February so I was pleasantly surprised to get an appointment. Oh and my attendant was from Omaha, small world!

My fitting room at BHLDN

Friday night we had dinner with my friend Jenn and her hubby Dan.  We ate at an awesome place called Fork!  And after dinner I couldn’t help but stop at a cupcake place close by.  But the cupcakes were not worth it and I only ate a few bites.

The four of us

Sunday Britton was out early again and I was making my way to the Shedd aquarium.  This was my day of VERY poor eating choices.  I started the morning with french toast and bacon.  Delicious but I would pay for all these bad decisions later.  I made it to the Shedd and waited in a line for about 45 minutes before even making it through the doors.  And just in time too because the rain started soon after I got inside.  My purpose for the visit was really to see their Jellies exhibit as I think jellyfish are absolutely fascinating.  I was in for a treat and loved every second of the jelllies exhibit!

I took about 150 photos at the Shedd but this one is amazing

My poor choices continued when I met Britton at the conference center and snacked on food for about an hour throughout the show.  I had cheesecake, mini pretzel dogs, chocolate flour-less tarts, funnel cake fries and on and on.  It was delicious.  How often are you in a place that you can literally try any food you want?  After the show I waited for Britton to get back to the hotel and then we headed out to Kinzie Chophouse for dinner before I had to head back to South Dakota.  The food there was amazing and we ended the meal with desserts, creme brule for me and a buttered rum cheesecake for Britton.  I will admit, Britton made the better choice in desserts…

I was sad to leave Chicago and Britton behind but we decided that every year I will head out to Chicago for the NRA show with Britton, so at least I can look forward to next year! Oh and yesterday I was sick in bed with a terrible stomach ache…. So word of advice to and Whole30-ers ease back in if you want to eat crappy foods.  Do small bits at a time, not a whole day of binging.