A Weekend of Celebrations and Bread Wars

Well I had quite the exciting start to my weekend. You may have seen on Instagram already, but if not, you should really know that I’m now certified to kick your butt.

NASM Certification

I passed! That damn NASM CPT test was a beast and I’m so glad to have that weight off my shoulders. It was really helpful to use Julie and Gina‘s study guides along with what I got from NASM to prep. If you’re interested in getting any NASM certification, you can receive a 10% discount by getting in touch with Michael Golembewski mentioning my name or blog when signing up. Just give him a call at 602-383-1263 or email him at Michael.Golembewski@nasm.org and don’t forget to mention Barr & Table!

Clearly, passing the test called for celebrations. First stop was a bar in Berkeley for a couple drinks and to watch our Orioles. They’ve been playing the A’s so we’ve been able to actually watch our guys out here! [Not that it’s been much to watch..]

Baltimore Orioles

Then we went for celebratory sushi!

California Hand Roll

Got a free California hand roll for checking in on yelp. And it was possibly the best California roll I’ve ever had.

Chirashi BowlI also got a chirashi “bowl” .. typically served in a bowl, but you can’t beat the freshness regardless of how it’s served! Not to mention it’s gorgeous. I also loved this restaurant because Nathanmy non-seafood eatercould get something other than teriyaki chicken.

Pork Belly Soba Noodles
This pork belly soba dish was so flavorful and delicious!

Saturday we continued the celebrations with brunch and farmers’ marketing.

Pastrami Eggs Benedict

Pastrami benedict. I don’t think there’s much else to say here. I don’t know the last time I’ve had such a perfectly poached egg.

Grand Lake Farmers Market Peaches

And we got peaches for days! I’m not even a peach-eater but these were so amazing, we filled up.

Yesterday, we had a fun day at a sourdough starter class. I’ve not had much success making bread at home so I’m hoping these starters work out better for me. I can’t wait to get started!

Sour Flour Sourdough Starter Class

Sour Flour Sourdough Starter Class Nathan

Sour Flour Sourdough Starter Class Brittany

Sourdough Starter Bertha Matilda

We were told that to have a successful starter, it needs to have a name. We actually both chose Bertha [we’ve been together too long] but I let Nathan have it. Let the bread wars begin!

Sour Flour Sourdough Starter Class Nathan

Sour Flour Sourdough Starter Class Brittany

I think Nathan’s camera work could use a little help, yes? 😉 He also wouldn’t stop chewing to smile. I promise he was happier than he looks. Ha! And with all of my celebrations, it’s about time to get back to a nice meal plan. Holy moly!

Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday – Turkey caprese meatball salad
Monday – Honey ginger chicken and veggie stir fry
Tuesday – Leftovers
Wednesday – Quinoa crusted chicken strips with BBQ honey mustard and asparagus fries
Thursday – Ginger chicken with peaches and onions + roasted broccoli and rice
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

What fun things did you do over the weekend?
Have you ever made bread at home?

A Weekend in Instagram

Happy birthday, Mom!!

Mom Hora Wedding

She’s a party animal 😉

Soon enough, my parents will be out here visiting us and we’ll be having just as much fun, right? 😉

This past weekend was nutso! Our furniture was delivered early Friday afternoon and after spending a full 2 days of unpacking, I still decided it was a good idea to go run the Hot Chocolate 5K. Obviously I’m glad I did though! So for you, I have lots of pictures to recap an otherwise uneventful weekend.

Almond Milk Latte Peets

Started my weekend with a large almond milk latte. READY TO UNPACK!

Pliny the Elder Russian River

Obviously the first beer we bought in California had to be the first beer we drank in our new place!

Salmon Melt The Bureau 510

Salmon melt on ACME bread at The Bureau 510. Had to refuel big time after a long day!

Breakfast of Champions Liba Falafel

Breakfast of Champions from Liba Falafel at the farmers’ market. There’s a poached egg in there.. and the rosemary peanuts and brussels slaw were ridiculous.

Kale Cabbage Sugar Snap Peas Tomatoes Carrots Roasted Corn Hemp Seed Sriracha Avocado Honey Mustard

I was entirely too excited to finally get some dino kale from the farmers’ market. And this salad was crazy good! I missed my big bowls.

Spicy Pork Bibimbop Spoon Korean Cafe

Spicy Pork Bibimbop, no rice, extra veg at Spoon. Definitely getting it this way every time.

Banana Oatmeal Justins Maple Almond Butter

Oh, you don’t eat oatmeal in your car before a race?

Hot Chocolate 5K

FINISHER! Time to eat entirely too much sugar. Worth it. It was no PR, but having not run in a few weeks, I’ll take a sub-25 min 5K.

San Francisco Tone It Up TIU Hot Chocolate 5K

Love meeting up with the SF Tone It Up girls! Great run yesterday 🙂

Kale Roasted Corn Sugar Snap Peas Tomatoes Kidney Beans Hemp Seeds Sriracha Mustard

Ingested 100 lbs of sugar? Let’s have some veggies for lunch..

At this point, we’re almost totally unpacked and trying to make everything fit. If you have any creative storage tips, PLEASE share! I’ve been Pinterest-ing like a mad woman and am always open to more suggestions.

Food for Thought

Have you ever run a Hot Chocolate race?
What are your favorite creative storage tips?

Bumming Around This Old Town

For the first time since the move, we had a lazy weekend. It’s been nice going out on adventures every weekend, but I think it’s all caught up with us and we just needed a weekend of bumming around. We have to remember sometimes that it’s just necessary to recharge for the week.

As usual, the weekend’s events were based much around food. Nathan found a legit banh mi place where the sandwiches are $2.50 a pop! He was entirely too excited and had to try them immediately so before heading over the farmers’ market, we stopped in and picked up 2 sandwiches for him; bbq chicken and roast pork.

Banh Mi Ba Le BBQ Pork Sandwich Yelp

BBQ Pork Sandwich – photo taken from Yelp

With his breakfast [and lunch] in tow, we went over to the farmers’ market. We ventured over there a few weeks ago, but only for a quick bite and didn’t really get a chance to walk through. After I got my coffee and a delicious vegan burrito from Donna’s Tamales, we went to check out all of the stands. I can’t wait until we have all of our stuff back and I can really stock up and start cooking!

We grabbed a couple small things here and there, but the big purchase was our special Sunday night dinner—half chicken and rosemary roasted potatoes from RoliRoti. Unfortunately we got there too late for the brussels, but that just meant I had to whip some up at the hotel! It was so delicious and nice to have a special meal.

Sunday Dinner RoliRoti Chicken Liguria Foccacia Pedroni Balsamic Vinegar Brussels Sprouts Sweet Potato

Perfect way to kick off a new week.

Back-tracking to dinner on Saturday, we went back to Burma Superstar, which was our very first dinner in California. We tried all new dishes this time—much lighter dishes this time—and were pleased overall. We’ll definitely be heading back again to try more.

Burma Superstar Rainbow Salad Chicken Basil Pea Leaves Coconut RiceThe star of the show was definitely the pea leaves which we first tried at Lai Hong Lounge. I’m on a mission to find them to make at home!

And speaking of home, this is our last week at the hotel! On Friday, we finally get to move into our new place. That’s not to say we will necessarily have our things delivered yet, but at least we’ll be in our own place. I have a feeling we’re going to putting the oven, disposable baking trays, and paper plates to good use but I think we’ll have fun getting creative with it 🙂

You can be sure I’ll be getting creative in the kitchen soon and I can’t wait to share what I whip up! This week ahead is for getting everything prepared for the final leg of the move and getting myself ready for the Hot Chocolate 5K on Sunday.. first race since October! And this one ends with chocolate 😉

I hope you all had a marvelous weekend!

Food for Thought

Did you do anything exciting over the weekend?
What do you have planned for the week?