Link Love #56

Sometimes when you have big plans for the weekend, it makes the week go slower. I’m really hoping that’s not the case for me! This Saturday, Nathan and I will be celebrating 11 years together; we’ve only been married for a year and a half but having been together for so long before being married, we just can’t give up the celebrations.

We started talking the other day about what we were going to do, which of course leads to where we’re going to have dinner. Because really, good food and drink? What else is important? Oh right.. the company. Well, low and behold, Nathan had a little trick up his sleeve! I got an email invite for dinner Saturday but with no location; I spent quite a bit of time guessing but after a few dropped hints, I figured it out. Gather is on the docket and I can’t wait! Everything looks and sounds incredible. I’m going to have a really hard time figured out what to order and I can’t wait to share the pictures!

Until then, you know the dealio.. enjoy!

Health

Eat Less, Exercise More Isn't The Answer For Weight Loss Time Health

“Eat Less, Exercise More” Isn’t The Answer For Weight Loss – Time Health

“Eat Less, Exercise More” Isn’t The Answer For Weight Loss – Time
How to Stop at Just One Cookie – Greatist
‘Calorie counting is crazy-making’ – The Hamilton Spectator
Training Tip of the Week: Take it out on the workout – Katrina Elle
6 Reasons You’re Not Seeing Results Despite Doing “Everything Right” – Trainer Paige

Fitness

The Spartan 300 Workout Challenge Lifting Revolution

The Spartan 300 Workout Challenge – Lifting Revolution

The Spartan 300 Workout Challenge – Lifting Revolution
Functional Fitness Focus and Routines – Cotter Crunch
30 Minute Tabata Workout – The Almond Eater
5 Dynamic Stretches (and when to use them) – Mommy Run Fast
5 Reasons to Do Burpees Everyday – Mind Body Green

Food

Spanakopita Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Bowls Half Baked Harvest

Spanakopita Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Bowls – Half Baked Harvest

Spanakopita Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Bowls – Half Baked Harvest
Butternut Squash Pasta with Spicy Garlicky Broccoli Rabe and White Beans – Inspiralized
Vegan Hot Pretzel Challah Bread – Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Harvest Apple Sangria with Bourbon and Thyme – A Farmgirl’s Dabbles
Maple Sea Salt Sweet Potato Pancakes – The Nutritious Kitchen

Food for Thought

What’s one of your favorite posts from the past week?

We’re Going to the ALCS!

If this weekend wasn’t already pretty fantastic, the Orioles swept the Tigers and are going to the ALCS! I may or may not have been jumping up and down. And Nathan may or may not have picked me up as I was yelling “ALCS! ALCS! ALCS!” in celebration. It’s a good thing he’s just as weird as I am..

The weather was absolutely incredible over the weekend. Actually, it really has been for at least the past week, but Saturday was especially beautiful. Saturday was also Yom Kippur but I was not about to let fasting get in the way of enjoy the weather. That said, I really tried to pack in the calories Friday night! I loaded up on beer, brick oven baked chicken wings, salmon salad, a little pizza, and of course, pumpkin pie gelato.

Baltimore Orioles AL East Division Champions Smoked Ale

Cheers to the Orioles!

Jupiter Berkeley Baked Garlic Chicken Wings Homemade Ranch

The homemade ranch really kicks it up a notch.

Jupiter Berkeley Salmon Salad Xanthia Pizza Beer

I stole all of the warm ricotta off of Nathan’s pizza 😉

Pumpkin Pie Gelato Almare Berkeley

I had to go with the seasonal flavor.

We also stopped for a bit to listen to the awesome live music on the street. They had a pianist, drummer, trumpeter, and clarinetist. So bizarre and so wonderful.

Berkeley California Live Music

Fabulous live music on the streets of Berkeley!

Saturday we spent much of the day at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. I made a huge effort to explore the area when we first got there and we took a walk over to the Sutro Baths. It was worth all of my strength that went into it for such gorgeous views.

Ocean Beach Sutro Baths San Francisco 2

Stunning views.

Ocean Beach Sutro Baths San Francisco

Couldn’t ask for more beautiful weather.

Ocean Beach Sutro Baths San Francisco Nathan Brittany

We made it!

I was also rewarded by taking a nap on the beach afterward. I pretty much laid down and didn’t move for hours and it was glorious! After a few hours, we made our way back home where I took another nap. I swear, I have no idea how people ever fast. I need me some food! And after 23 hours, Nathan convinced me to break the fast.. with a shot of bourbon. Usually in my family we break with a shot of scotch, but bourbon was all we had. What a terrible problem to have, right? Then we went for dinner!

Harvest Chef Salad Sam Adams Oktoberfest Pappys Berkeley

I needed to get my hand in for size reference.

Harvest Chef Salad Sam Adams Oktoberfest Pappys Berkeley CA

Worth a second view!

You bet that salad bowl was completely empty along with more cornbread for Nathan’s salad. Whoops 😉 I was a happy camper after all of that food though.

Yesterday was pretty quiet with the exception of the excitement of the Orioles game! It was a sports day around here and I had a work meeting [and got to check out the new equipment!] Nathan cooked dinner while I was gone, so I figured I could work my magic with the rest of the week’s menu..

Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday – Cajun chicken with Israeli salad
Monday – Chicken and easy broccoli stir fry
TuesdayIndian-style chicken satay with curried cashew sauce
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday20 minute Thai basil chicken with lemongrass rice bowl
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

There’s also a chance I’ll make these roasted sweet potato black bean burgers to have in the freezer. Don’t they look delicious?!

Food for Thought

If you were fasting or even had to fast, what would be your break fast meal?
What’s on your menu this week?

A Pretty Sweet Weekend

..in more ways than one!

For Nathan and me, birthday celebrations [and most other celebrations..] are centered a lot around food and drink. It was a very nice celebratory weekend, for sure.

It all started on my actual birthday on Thursday.. a quick lunch, post-lunch ice cream, and dinner/drinks out.

The Kombucha Shop Brewing Kit

Here, take my picture in the middle of a tiny sushi restaurant real quick!

Ici Ice Cream

Nothing goes with sushi like a little birthday ice cream.

ØL Beercafe & Bottle Shop

A little post-dinner brew-ski.

Friday we kept it quiet and stayed in in preparation for Saturday.

Perdition Smokehouse Berkeley

An amazingly flavorful bbq & brew lunch [with dessert, obviously.]

Jilly Bean

Skyping with this sweet little nugget! Can’t wait to get my hands on her soon!

Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine

Pre-dinner drinks at Toronado.

NOPA Kitchen

Scoping out the kitchen at NOPA with my new chef friend who likes to pose for pictures.

NOPA Kitchen View

Best seat in the house [in my opinion!] I couldn’t stop watching them cook.

NOPA Salmon Corn Green Beans Trumpet Mushrooms Cherry Tomatoes

A fabulous salmon dish.

Barrel Head Brewhouse Birthday Cake Shots

And capping off the night with a birthday cake shot. At least now I can say I’ve had one…..?

Yesterday was a lazy day full of packing because we’re headed back to Baltimore today!! I can’t wait to get back home and see everyone again. It’s hard to believe that we’ll be there for a week and a half and are having trouble fitting everything in. Need. More. Time! We’re not only going home for more family time, but for our friends’ wedding! We’re both in the wedding and I’m so excited for all of the festivities that are starting on Friday. This is going to be a really fun trip 🙂

And when we get back, I’ll have a gallon of home-brewed kombucha waiting for me! I might need the whole gallon after so many more celebrations at home 😉 I’d say this is a pretty marvelous Monday, yes?

No meal plan this week.. who knows what we’ll be eating?!

Food for Thought

What did you do over the weekend?
Have you ever brewed your own kombucha?

Five Things Friday {7/25}

Happy Friday! Today starts my weekend, Nathan is working from home, and the weather has been gorgeous here so we’re hoping to sneak out mid-day for some sunshine. We’re both ready for some relaxation.

  1. Tomorrow we’re headed out on another road trip down to Carmel. It’s one of the places we’ve been talking about exploring but just haven’t made the trip yet. Like I said, the weather’s been beautiful so we’re planning on leaving early, grabbing some lunch when we get there, and laying out on a blanket on the beach. Relaxation at its finest. [Maybe a bottle o’ wine, too?] If you have any suggestions for restaurants or other places to go in Carmel, we’re all ears!
  2. I recently received a pair of PRO Compression socks to review as part of the #KeepItTight Campaign with Fit Approach. To be completely honest, I wasn’t sure how much I really expected them to help. But after a bunch of shifts at work this week where I’m on my feet for hours at a time, as well as my workouts, slipping these bad boys on at the end of the day has really made a difference.
    PRO Compression Socks Fit Approach KeepItTight

    With a little O’s action in the background!

    The idea that compression socks increase blood flow to your legs has been proven and dare I say my calves and feet have felt less tired and sore by the next morning. If you want to give them a try for yourself, use code PINK at checkout for 40% off your entire order!

  3. I killed the salted caramel brownie brittle. Which, of course, means there was brittle dust at the bottom of the bag just begging to be sprinkled on some PB&J yogurt. Obviously. Best idea ever.
    PB&J Greek Yogurt Kefir Blueberries Figs Sheila Gs Salted Caramel Brownie Brittle

    Bloobs, figs, & brittle dust.

    PB&J Greek Yogurt Kefir Cherries Sheila Gs Salted Caramel Brownie Brittle

    Cherries & brittle dust.

  4. My Swanson 45th Anniversary giveaway ends Sunday night. Don’t miss out on your chance to win a $45 gift card to get some awesome products!
    Swanson Vitamins 45 Anniversary
  5. Baby girl. [And her mama.] That is all.

    Jilly Bean

    1 month till squeezes!

Food for Thought
What are your plans for this weekend?

Quiet Around These Parts

Have you entered my Bob’s Red Mill giveaway?

It was a pretty quiet one this past weekend although it did kick off with a rather amazing picture message from my brother that made my day.

Jilly Bean Beach

Please, no pictures. I’m sunning.

If only we could all be so fabulous..

With all of the going out we’ve done over the past few, we decided to lay low a bit. Saturday I was working in the morning and when I got home we hit the road to check out Grocery Outlet [think Aldi but with name-brands]. We really had our bargain-hunting pants on this weekend! It ended up being a pretty successful trip knowing that we’d still be going to Berkeley Bowl on Sunday. But all in all, I’d say we got some good deals!

Yesterday I got up early for a quick run before Nathan and I went for a hike. There are still so many place we haven’t seen yet and Joaquin Miller Park is right around the corner from us.

Joaquin Miller Park

Such a pretty view right from the start.

Joaquin Miller Park Eucalyptus Trees

How cool are these trees?

Joaquin Miller Park Nathan

We hike with coffee. And pastries.

Joaquin Miller Park Oakland Eucalyptus Trees

Crazy fog made for some fun pictures.

The fog was pretty heavy when we first got there but it really burned off within about an hour. We tried to stop at a lookout point on our way up the mountain but you couldn’t see 5 feet in front of you! We were able stop on the way back down and could actually see the fog moving out. Pretty cool! It was a really nice area and a great place to check out.

Later in the day we lucked out and got to watch our Orioles since the game was on ESPN.

Baltimore Orioles ESPN

Orioles Magic!

I don’t mind the game being rained out at all.. an O’s win after 5 innings? I’ll take it! We’re in first and it feels so good!

And while the game was going, this baby was roasting for an awesome Sunday dinner.

Southwest Roast Chicken

Nathan roasts a mean chicken!

Southwest Roast Chicken Sweet Potato

Sweet potato for me..

Southwest Roast Chicken Hasselback Potato

..and Nathan’s fancy hasselback potato!

Such a great way to end the weekend.

Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday – Roast chicken, sweet/hasselback potatoes, and side salad
MondayFeta chicken kabobs with roasted brussels sprouts [this one didn’t happen last week so I’m making up for it now!]
TuesdayBlack rice salad bowls with chipotle orange chicken, cashews, & feta
Wednesday – Leftovers
ThursdayGreen chile turkey burgers and side salad
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

What fun things did you do over the weekend?

Resume Play

Whoops, sorry about leaving you hanging the past couple of days! We’re back in California after a too-short whirlwind of a trip back home. I really missed home and it felt so good to be back. I already can’t wait till we head back in August.. only 53 days! But who’s counting, right?

I ended up having a ton of freelance work to do while I was home but I didn’t let that get in my way of family time. I ended up staying up until 1:30 a.m. one night and 3:15 a.m. the night before my flight to get my stuff done. It was worth the lack of sleep though to get the extra time with my family and friends. I’m also kind of in love with my little niecey..

Jilly Bean Matt

He’s such a good dad 🙂

Jilly Bean Snuggles

Soaking it in

Jilly Bean Snuggles

This made my whole trip ❤

Jilly Bean Snuggles

My girl

Jilly Bean Smiles


Grandpa’s silly!

Jilly Bean

Love those big blue eyes.

How could I not be in love, right? She wasn’t feeling so hot but I snagged all of the snuggles I could get out of her.

And to top off the trip home..

Maryland Steamed Blue Crabs

Wedding Cake Bananas Foster

A little blue crab [obviously the best around] and polishing off the wedding cake with the fam. My sister-in-law flew back to California with us and yesterday we dragged her to a winery yesterday to kick off her first full day here.

Stonestreet Winery

Stonestreet Winery Nathan Marcie

I think it helps that we’re all equally pooped! There will be more running around during the rest of her trip, but we’re taking it easy on her [and ourselves!] to start.

It’s been a really great past few days and I’m looking forward to spending the next few with my SIL and get a little bit back into a routine. Happy Thursday, friends!

Food for Thought

Tell me what you’ve been up to over the past few days!

Fat and Happy

You know that feeling of being wonderfully full after a delicious meal? That’s what Nathan and I call fat and happy and it was our motto back in the day. Now, I wouldn’t say that we spent our whole weekend that way, but we definitely finished it of that way! There were lots of smiles.

I celebrated the weekend [both days] with pancakes.

Coconut Protein Pancakes PB Lean Figs

Morganne’s coconut protein pancakes are fabulous and I’ve been enjoying the day after day, sometimes with figs, sometimes with banana. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Nathan and I celebrated Saturday with a little bar hopping.

Trappist Provisions Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Malka Blonde

Hers: Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break | His: Malka Blonde

We started out at The Trappist Provisionsthe fanciest of the barscontinued to The Gradute, and finally, Barclays. We stopped at the Ramen Shop for dinner afterward. I wasn’t feeling ramen at all so I went for the salmon salad appetizer with an egg.

Ramen Shop Salmon Salad

It was beautiful! But next time I need at least 5 of them to fill me up and about 10x less salt. Oh well, live and learn.

Sunday was spent strolling through neighborhoods of Berkeley and Oakland. We stopped at Elmwood Cafe for lunch; I’d been wanted to try it since Gina wrote about it and it did not dissapoint!

Elmwood Cafe Latte Soup

Here, take my picture. But please don’t wait till I’m ready.

Elmwood Cafe Latte Soup

People call this the latte soup. It was huge!

Elmwood Cafe Smoked Salmon

I got the smoked salmon sandwich with cream cheese, cucumber, pickled onion, and lemon pepper on Acme levain bread. It was so good. I’ve really been feeling smoked salmon lately and this was nice and light. Which saved room for a shared strawberry and sour cherry turnover and..

Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream Ici

.. homemade peanut butter crunch ice cream in a homemade chocolate-lined waffle cone from Ici. It was every bit as delicious as it sounds. Nathan told me I was smiling too hard, but really.. do you see what I’m holding?!

As we walked around town, we stopped in other patisseries, meat and cheese shops, and grocery stores, tasting our way through. There are so many restaurants and ice cream shops we found [including a liquid nitrogen ice cream shop!} and have a lot more tasting to do. But for now, I don’t think we can thinking about more food! Ok, that’s a lie. Give us an hour..

Weekly Meal Plan

SundayHerbed turkey burgers with Nathan’s homemade onion jam, roasted tomatoes, and arugula on cauliflower rolls
MondayLentil ratatouille
TuesdayMoroccan-spiced chicken with roasted cauliflower and farro salad
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Winging it!
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

What fun stuff did you do over the weekend?
What’s on your menu this week?

One Year Already!

I can’t believe it’s been a year already.

While we’ve been together for 10+ years already, and it kind of already felt like we were married, it seems like it was just yesterday that we were cheesing our faces off on our wedding day.

Laughing Wedding

I have no idea what was so funny, but we were pretty much smiling that hard for the entire day!

It’s been a pretty crazy year full of lots of fun, laughter, support, [stress], food, wine, beer, and of course, lots of love.

Acetaia Pedroni di Modena Italy Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Lunch 2

Funky Buddha Brewing Co

Oriole Park at Camden Yards Baltimore

San Francisco California CA

Pacifica Beach

Bear Republic Cheers

Sliver Berkeley California

Jilly Bean

Addendum Fried Chicken Pork Barbecue Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past year, it’s that I could not have made a better decision. Nathan is my best friend, even after having to live in a hotel with him for almost 2 months! If you want to put your marriage to the test, try moving cross-country 😉 I couldn’t have asked for someone more supportive, understanding, and loving in my life.

So as we run around wine country touring vineyards, tasting wine, chomping away at some cheese, and soaking in the sunshine, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to have such an amazing person to stand by me, enjoy each bite of food and sip of beer with me, and put up with all of my crazy [just as I put up with his!]

Cheers to 1 year and forever more!

Lake Como Cheers Italy Nathan

Lake Como Cheers Italy

Happy 1st anniversary, Nath! I love you.

Colorful Weekend Antics

What a fun weekend! The weather was so nice and, despite our Friday night antics and an early Saturday morning, it was actually pretty relaxing. But of course Friday is our night out on the town which started with a couple brewskis, baked garlic wings [with amazing homemade ranch!], salmon salad, and pizza.. with potatoes~! Plus, outdoor seating makes everything better too.

Jupiter Berkeley California

We decided to walk the streets of Berkeley after dinner and ended up at another bar with cocktails that were only $6.50 a pop! With a deal like that, you can’t say no, right? We also were chatting up the bartender, being another east coaster, so I asked him for the obligatory “look, we’re drinking!” picture. Or 10.

Sliver Berkeley California

We’ve been meaning to actually explore the nightlife around us and I’m glad we finally started to. We also happened to walk by a Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop and after reading a couple of Tina’s recaps from her visit, I had to go in and try the Coconut Seven Layer Bar. It was a good choice. A very good choice.

Maybe I should have said no to the $6.50 cocktails because I had a 6 am wake up call for the Color Run. I did it last year in D.C. and was looking forward to meeting up with another Tone It Upper for this one.

Color Run San Francisco

It was so great to meet Lisa and we got a nice, early Saturday morning run in and were done before 9 am! I also stocked up on a couple bottles of ZICO.. I love a good race sponsor 😉

The rest of Saturday was pretty quiet [may or may not have been because of our rowdy Friday night] but we made up for it yesterday. For breakfast we tried Bartavelle Cafe, a small coffee shop next to Acme Bread Company, which just so happens to be our favorite bread in the area. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, and because it’s what they’re known for.. and because I’ve never had it, I got their avocado toast and an egg. The toast absolutely lived up to the hype! In fact, it might just change my breakfasts for a little while.

Bartavelle Coffee Avocado Toast Almond Milk Latte

We also took a little cruise down to the boardwalk in Santa Cruz. The weather was too perfect to ignore and I found a cute spot with outdoor seating, awesome salads, and wine in a mason jar. Right across the street, there was salsa music playing and people were totally impressive with their dance moves. Despite the terrible traffic getting there and home, it was such a great way to spend the day.

Santa Cruz California

I’m loving this weather and I’m so glad I was able to spend so much time outside this past weekend.

Weekly Meal Plan

Monday – Buffalo chicken/tofu, baked onion rings, and roasted brussels sprouts [moved from last week’s menu]
TuesdaySpaghetti squash casserole
WednesdayCorned beef with spiralized carrots & cabbage
ThursdayKorean BBQ chicken stir fry
Friday – Out!
SaturdayCauliflower crust pizza
SundayLentil vindaloo

We had tons of leftovers last week and were able to stretch things a bit more than expected which was awesome. I’m hoping this will be another good week for leftovers too! If you’re looking for meal plan help, shoot me an email.

Food for Thought

Have you ever had avocado toast?
What’s on your menu this week?

Link Love #27

Holy cow, Monday FLEW by! I got a bit of a late start but once everything got moving, I’m not really sure where the day went. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here. I can never complain about 70 and sunny and daylight savings time is probably the best ever.

ALSO! We felt our very first California earthquake Sunday night. It was 6.9 magnitude off the coast of Eureka, about 4 hours north of us, and between feeling the shaking, the super creepy episode of True Detective, and hearing random noises around the apartment, we were a bit on edge. Ha! But we made it through 🙂 Anywho.. regardless of my scatterbrain thoughts, here are my faves from last week!

Health

5 Healthy Foods Habits Sabotaging Weight Loss Megan Ware RD

5 “Healthy” Foods and Habits That Are Sabotaging Your Weight Loss – Megan Ware R.D.

5 Healthy Foods and Habits That Are Sabotaging Your Weight Loss – Megan Ware R.D.
The Best Parts Of Fruits And Veggies You’re Not Eating – HuffPost Healthy Living
15 Reasons Coconut Oil is Your Best Friend – BuzzFeed
Top 4 Things You Should Know About the New Nutrition Labels – Greatist
Is nutrient timing dead? – Precision Nutrition

Fitness

15-Minute Bodyweight AMRAP Workout Pumps and Iron

15-Minute Bodyweight AMRAP Workout – Pumps and Iron

15-Minute Bodyweight AMRAP Workout – Pumps and Iron
Try it out Tuesday: x2 Performance, Inch Worms, Mochi, and More – Cotter Crunch
Warning: Reading This Will Improve Your Strength Training ASAP – Lifting Revolution
How to Determine Paces for Speed Work – Run Lady Like
30-Minute Running Intervals Treadmill Workout – It’s Progression

Food

Egg Sandwich Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts Lemon Aioli Climbing Grier Mountain

foodie fridays: egg sandwich with balsamic roasted brussels sprouts & lemon aioli
– Climbing Grier Mountain

foodie fridays: egg sandwich with balsamic roasted brussels sprouts & lemon aioli – Climbing Grier Mountain
Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Hummus – The Hummusapien
Shish Tawook (Grilled Chicken Skewers) with Roasted Garlic Avocado Mayo – Half Baked Harvest
Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos – Two Peas and Their Pod
Peanut Butter Crunch Granola – The Nutritious Kitchen

Food for Thought

What is one of your favorite posts from the last week?