Food-bombing

Another relaxing weekend in the books which is just what was ordered. It’s going to be a crazy week starting with a 5am – noon shift today. Should be.. interesting. Ha! But fun, right? 🙂 I definitely swapped my rest day for today and got my Monday workout in yesterday. I think there will be a nap happening later!

Friday we stayed close to home and tried a new-to-us Vietnamese restaurant, Monster Pho. It was great; I got their monster salad which came with grilled chicken, pork, beef, and shrimp.

Monster Pho Salad

As we were walking around after dinner, we passed a little plum tree so I got myself a little sweet treat.

Baby Plum

It wasn’t fully ripe yet so it wasn’t that tasty, but I took it so I ate it. To really cure my sweet tooth, we stopped at Fenton’s for some ice cream!

Fentons Creamery Coffee Cookie Crumble

Holy moly. The coffee cookie dream was just thatdreamy. Coffee ice cream with oreo cookie and chocolate chip cookie dough.. exactly what I was looking for! That said, I’d definitely go back to Lush instead of Fenton’s next time. Gelato is the bomb diggity.

Saturday was a pretty lazy day. We hit up the farmers’ market but unfortunately didn’t make out so well this time. The fruit was just not on point like it was last week so we passed. Dinner, however, was on point. Sliver for happy hour has an awesome dealwhen you get a drink, you get a sliver of pizza.

Sliver Pizza Happy Hour

So that’s what we did. And then I did that again. Plus more pizza and salad 😉 I’m not usually a huge pizza girl but I was really feeling it!

Yesterday we did quite a bit of running arounda couple grocery stores, lunch, and of course a little strolling. We went to Pappy’s in Berkeley for lunch. It’s a bar right near the college but the menu looked pretty good and they have a good beer selection. Plus we could go to watch some baseball and World Cup. I heard the salads were good, but I wasn’t expecting this!

Pappys Berkeley Tofu Chef Harvest Salad Cornbread

I really should have put my hand in there for size reference. The bowl had to have been a foot wide and a few inches deep and it was filled to the gills with a few greens, edamame, craisins, wheat berries, corn, tons of tofu and then some, and topped off with a huge piece of homemade cornbread! I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever had such a huge salad and it was delicious. Not to mention it was only $8 which is a steal.

You bet your butt I finished that salad and Nathan helped me polish off a pretty good portion of the cornbread. I’d say we had a little too much though because dinner didn’t roll around till 9. Whoops! It was pretty awesome though and I don’t plan on buying caesar dressing again any time soon.

How Sweet It Is Beer Glazed Citrus Chicken Roasted Corn Caesar Salad

I also made croutons from my dense-as-the-dickens sourdough loaf. At least it works for something!

Weekly Meal Plan

SundayBeer glazed citrus chicken and roasted corn caesar salad
MondaySmoky potatoes with asparagus and chorizo
TuesdayFeta chicken kabobs with toasted pecan and blueberry couscous salad
Wednesday – Leftovers
ThursdayPesto wheat berries with chicken sausage, roasted brussels sprouts, and asparagus
Friday – Leftovers
Saturday – Out!

Food for Thought

Did you do anything fun over the weekend?
What’s on your menu this week?

Link Love #39

It definitely feels like a little victory having made it through Monday.. anyone else feel the same? This week is going to be a little nuts for me, but the plan is just to keep on trucking. Besides, it’s June [when did that happen?!] and that means we’re headed home at the end of the month!

As always, last week featured some pretty fabulous posts and I had a hard time choosing my tops, but I think I got a good group of bloggers.

Health

Why You Dont Want to Look Like a Model Fitzala

Why You Don’t Want to Look Like a Model – Fitzala

Why You Don’t Want to Look Like a Model – Fitzala
#SuitYourself To Love Yourself – Lifting Revolution
Sports nutrition should we stop talking calories? – Run to the Finish
Body Transformation Starts With the Mind – The Change Blog
You’re Allowed to Love Your Body – Snack Therapy

Fitness

HIIT Scorcher Fitnessista

HIIT Scorcher – Fitnessista

HIIT Scorcher – Fitnessista
Race Week Triathlon Tips and Repeating our Chances – Cotter Crunch
Tabata Core Workout – Power Fitness
Easy Ways to Add Balance Training to Your Workouts – FitKnitChick
Fit Bit Friday 143: The 20-Minute Upper Body Blitz Workout – Eat Spin Run Repeat

Food

Flourless Almond Butter Samoa Bars Paleo Vegan Purely Twins

Flourless Almond Butter Samoa Bars (Paleo, Vegan) – Purely Twins

Flourless Almond Butter Samoa Bars (Paleo, Vegan) – Purely Twins
Sriracha Kale Caesar Salad – Running to the Kitchen
No-Churn Caramel Peanut Butter Cup Soft Pretzel Ice Cream Sammies with Hot Fudge – Half Baked Harvest
Spiralized Carrot and Cucumber Kale Salad with Peanut Sauce – Eating Bird Food
Summer Caprese Burger – The Fueled Athlete

Food for Thought

What was one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Woodberry Kitchen: A Foodie’s Paradise

Last Wednesday, I was thrilled to be able to share my fabulous dinner at our favorite restaurant; Woodberry Kitchen. We have spent Nathan’s last 3 birthdays here. It’s one of the few farm-to-table restaurants in the Baltimore area and they are serious about their ingredients.

Woodberry Kitchen relies on longstanding relationships with the growers of the Chesapeake to provide the ingredients that nourish and delight our guests. At our table, you join us in supporting sustainable agriculture that respects the abundance and traditions of the region while helping to ensure its future.*

You enter the restaurant and immediately note the unique, rustic and unique decor, and the laid back feeling from the almost hipster-like staff with their plaid shirts and black frame window glasses who could not be friendlier. We were seated upstairs with a great overlook of the open kitchen, featuring a wood fire brick oven.

Each meal starts with a box of freshly made bread. As with everything else on their menu, the types of bread change everyday.

We immediately dive right into the cocktail menu. These guys do not mess around! Only the freshest ingredients to go into their seasonal cocktails and the attention to detail is surely appreciated. The silver and copper mugs really set the drinks off.

I ordered the Blueberry Daisy.

Philadelphia gin, blueberry preserves, lemon, thyme, sparkling rose, silver cup.

Nathan enjoyed their famous Gov’t Mule.

Organic VT vodka, housemade ginger beer, ginger-lime syrup, copper mug.

Ordering starters is a must. There are too many amazingly fresh items on the menu to pass up, so we started out with the Woodberry Kitchen Caesar. Believe me when I tell you you’ve never had lettuce so fresh in your life.

Big City romaine, croutons, ‘allegheny’, oyster-chovy dressing.

Our salad was immediately followed up by the Woodberry Kitchen Butcher’s Board.

Duroc salami, pancetta, bresaola, coppa, pork cracklins; smokey baguette, pickles, mustard.

We didn’t like it at all……..

And onto the main course…

The fish at Woodberry is by far my most favorite item to order. It’s always cooked perfectly and never heavy. The Viking Village Monkfish Out of the Oven did not disappoint!

The mushroom broth was light, the vegetables were portioned perfectly, and each bite was out. of. this. world.

Nathan order the Whistle Pig Hollow Duroc Pork Loin.

Polenta, ramp greens, grilled scallions, pork pan gravy.

The pork fell apart, waiting to be scooped up with the gravy-soaked polenta and fresh greens. The sauce infused each bite perfectly leaving you wanting to practically lick the plate clean!

And no dinner at Woodberry is complete without dessert.

Despite my attempt to be a bit healthier, they only serve their cappuccinos with whole milk. As it should be. I can’t argue that!

And after one sip, I couldn’t agree more. Chef Spike Gjerde and Woodberry Kitchen will be opening a new coffee house in June called Artifact Coffee, managed by Woodberry’s own head barista, Allie Caran, and I cannot wait to try it!

A Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler featuring their homemade fresh cream ice cream. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, especially if it includes their homemade ice cream!

And of course, for the birthday boy they brought out his very own Buttermilk Peach Ice Cream topped with a shortbread cookie that melts in your mouth! (Note the hands of a patient fiance ready to dig in!)

We really could not have asked for a better meal and overall experience. I would recommend Woodberry Kitchen to anyone who lives in or is visiting the Baltimore area. Do yourself a favor!

Speak Up!

What is your all time favorite restaurant?

*From WoodberryKitchen.com