Star Spangled Celebrations

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The view from the deck of the house we stayed at, and some Finger Lakes wine! πŸ˜€

Hey everyone! I hope you guys all had a great Fourth weekend! I had an absolute blast spending the long weekend with a few of my best girlfriends, their husbands, friends and family on Seneca Lake in New York. For those not familiar with the area, Seneca Lake is the largest (38 miles long and 3 miles wide at its widest point) and deepest (with an average depth of 291 feet/89 meters, and a maximum depth at a staggering 618 feet/188 meters) of the eleven Finger Lakes. Back in the day, the Finger Lakes were originally streams that were then formed into lakes by a receding glacier. The Laurentide ice sheet, pushing forward all the way south to the Hudson River valley, and then receding back over the Great Lakes, carved out the Finger Lakes region by deepening and widening the existing river valleys, and dammed up the existing streams to form the lakes. This all went down about 2 million years ago, in the Pleistocene Glaciation (the important things you remember from elementary school). You can still see some pretty serious cliffs carved out by the receding glacier right along the edges of Seneca and Cayuga Lake. Also thanks to the Laurentide ice sheet, the region has its own unique macroclimate, perfect for growing wine-making grapes, with Seneca Lake having the most surrounding wineries (50+) in the Finger Lake region. Nowadays, it’s the best spot in Upstate New York to vacation in the summer, because the lakes are clear and deep so you don’t feel the seaweed tickling your feet when you jump off the dock. And there is lots of WINE. So now you’ve just learned something, and it’s not even noon yet.

Not only did I have a fantastic time, I count this weekend as highly successful because I didn’t go off the rails; I tracked all of my food to keep an eye on the amount of protein I consumed (even the 12 marshmallows* and 5 graham crackers I ate – no joke, I really ate that many), and did something active everyday. And then something magical happened: since I stayed active (the day of my long run, I took over 30,000 steps) and was eating healthy, I felt zero guilt over having a good time, and busted out ALL of the bubbles and ALL of the booyah to celebrate on the Fourth. BAM! There’s always time to reward yourself when you’re busting your ass. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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Happy Birthday, America! πŸ˜€

How did I do this? I pre-planned all of my meals and brought all of my own food to eat (Thank God for Wegmans, which I stopped at on the way). When you know you’re going to be running around all day, you have to keep it simple, so I did:

Breakfast: Overnight muesli with fruit and nut butter

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Lunch: Giant salad with tofu

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Booyah lunch salad: baby spinach and mixed greens, grape tomato, red onion, grated carrot, 1/2 avocado, baked tofu, orange bell pepper and blueberries.

Snacks: Fruit, veggies & hummus and/or toast and nut butter

Dinner: Veggie burgers, grilled veggies, salad, local New York corn (aka the best), any available vegan food

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Double-decker veggie burger sandwich with two Amy’s All American veggie burger, three slices of wheat bread, lettuce, tomato and Dijon mustard, with mixed greens.

Is it boring to eat basically the same things everyday for three days? For me, not really. I’ve eaten overnight oats virtually every day for the past year and I’m still obsessed with it. After eating veggie burgers all weekend though, I’m definitely ready for something different and looking forward to making some more creative meals this week. πŸ™‚

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Sunrise over Seneca Lake on the morning of my long run.

On Friday I got up wicked early (5:30 am) and went for a 10.5 mile run around (a very small) part of the lake. The views were stunning, the air was crisp, fresh and still a little chilly, the roads were quiet – it was long run perfection. My pace was super slow (+1:30 min from my “normal” pace – yikes), and I had to give myself a little internal lecture on not being to too hard on myself for being a slowski. Running in the summer is difficult for me; the combination of pollen, humidity and asthma isn’t really a winner. However, I was rewarded for my efforts by doing a post-run lakeside yoga session with my (sorority) sister R, who recently completed her yoga training and is now a certified yoga instructor and BAMF.

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Here is R’s super cute bum. She will probably now shank me for posting this, but this was the only shot I had. πŸ˜‰

It was still early, and R led us in a silent meditation for a few minutes before our practice. Our practice was really peaceful, calming and centering and reminded me that I really, really need to get back into going to yoga regularly. I felt spectacular afterwards, and did not have as much muscle soreness as usual. Yoga for the win.

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View from the boathouse πŸ™‚

On the morning of the Fourth, R really wanted to kayak across the lake, which is about 2 miles wide. It was super windy and the waves were gigantic in the middle of the lake. Just imagine the two of us in little tiny lake kayaks, getting blasted by white caps as we paddle for our lives. It was definitely a fun adventure! And I have the calluses and blisters on my hands to prove it. πŸ˜‰

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Yup, we paddled all the way to the other side and back (~4 miles in total), and then we felt like total rock stars for the rest of the day. This photo was taken the first day, when the lake was calm. On the Fourth, there were huge 3 foot waves with white caps, the lake was the opposite of chill.

We spent the afternoon grilling, hanging, lighting illegal fireworks and having waaaay too much fun.

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Portabellos and bell peppers being prepped by the Booyah Grill Master!!

Also, this was my Fourth of July outfit inspiration:

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All in all – a freakin’ fabulous time. This is what we live for! πŸ˜€ I hope you guys had an equally fantastic weekend, too.

Now I want to hear about your Fourth weekend! Or Canada Day weekend! Or early July summer weekend! Tell me what you guys were up to in the comments! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Happy Monday! Six days until my birthdayyyyyyyyyy! WOOOHOOOO!!!

With warmth,

L

*PS: I know that marshmallows aren’t vegan, or even vegetarian – that was my one and only cheat thus far. And I forgot to buy the vegan marshmallows at Wegmans, I was super super sad. But not sad enough to not eat the marshies. Also, since I very rarely eat such sugary food that isn’t fruit or fruit based (like Larabars), it tasted SOOOOOO incredibly sweet! Like almost too sweet – but still tasted like childhood summer. πŸ™‚

Wooohooo, it’s SpRiNg BrEaK!!

Don’t worry, I won’t type this whole post in dELiA’s/sixth grade AOL Instant Message profile quote font. Promise. πŸ˜‰

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It’s SPRING BREAAAAK!!

Dude, who did not LIVE for MTV Spring Break back in the day?! πŸ™‚ If you want to take a little trip down memory lane, here’s this:

Top 40 Most Iconic MTV Spring Break Performances

I know you’re loving it. πŸ˜‰

Okay, anyway – I got a little off track there. B & B is participating in Spring Break V, basically one big blog party organized by Aileen at Morsels and Moonshine, and everyone is invited. It involves less red Solo cups and string bikini tops, and is more of a week-long collaboration where a whole bunch of your fave vegan and veg-friendly bloggers post some super dope spring break-themed recipes, travel/fitness tips and fashion advice. If you’d like to know more, you can read about it here.

Wooohooo! Let’s do some shots! πŸ™‚

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Okay, okay it’s Monday morning – no shots. πŸ˜‰ Over here on B & B, I’ll be kicking it off by sharing my new fave Go-To post-workout smoothie. It’s cool, refreshing, and the perfect way to start your day or refuel after an intense workout. It’s vegan, gluten-free and full of protein, fiber and antioxidants to start your day off on the right foot.

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L’s Purple Power Smoothie

L’s Purple Power Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I use Vega)
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp matcha
  • a few shakes of cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla hemp milk

Directions

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Enjoy! πŸ˜€

Nommmmmsssss! I had one of these after my uber intense Sweaturday workout and it was so delicious. It’s the perfect breakfast on the go (or second breakfast, as it was in my case). I hope you enjoy it!

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My arms were so tired from my workout I did not feel like holding my liter-sized mason jar. #lazypants

I definitely needed something great to refuel as I was up way too late and dancing my socks off at the Galactic concert at the House of Blues in Boston on Friday night. They are a really sweet funk band from NOLA, and have an amazing vocalist touring with them. It was EPIC (and it got prettyyyy funkyyy, so I was really feeling it Saturday morning). If their tour stops at a venue near you, I highly recommend checking them out (I had a BLAST, they have great energy and a rad vibe). You can see a short clip of their music on my Instagram. Also, check out more info about them/their tour stops here.

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Galactic at House of Blue Boston

It was also my nephew’s first birthday party on Saturday! My sister put together an amazing St. Patty’s Day themed spread (my nephew is a St. Patty’s Day baby) for the party. She made a vegan Apple Spice “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”-themed birthday cake (recipe to come!) and had tons of healthy party snacks, in rainbow order:

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Rainbow themed healthy snacks (wagon wheels and Cheerios as “pots of gold”), and E’s Very Hungry Caterpillar first birthday cake πŸ™‚

I hope that you guys had a stellar weekend! What did you get up to? Anything epic? Tell me all about it in the comments. πŸ™‚Β 

Hope you all have a great Monday today! Happy Spring Break, woo woo!!

With warmth,

L ❀

xoxox

Three Things Tuesday

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Cheers, darlings! To the weekend! And to college friends visiting from out of town! πŸ˜€

To recap this entire weekend would take eons, 10,000s of words and lots of time that is not available to me (that Spring Forward one hour coupled with getting what feels like 4 hours of sleep Fri – Sun has really taken its toll on ol’ L over here) , so I am going to re-cap my three favorite things I did this weekend! Woohoo! It’ll give you a little insight on some great spots to check out, should you ever wander into my hood. πŸ˜‰

1. Meadhall in Kendall Square, Cambridge

meadhallThis place is so dope, and the beer selection is incredible (and there’s mead!). The bartenders all know their stuff (and they all have beards – hipster level through the roof), and even my non-beer self got down with a recommended local vodka that was DELICIOUS. I tried Beauport vodka, which is distilled in Gloucester, MA (say it with me: “GLAH-stuh”). It was clean, fresh and impressively smooth, and I will def be paying the Ryan and Wood Distillery a little visit soon for a tour (they are the first distillery on the North Shore since the repeal of prohibition – pretty sick!). The interior space is gigantic, with a huge, centrally placed oval-shaped bar that I grabbed a much-coveted spot at with my running buddy J, her bf and their friends from high school, with all my friends from college standing around nearby. During post-work weekday hours, this place gets slammed (as in don’t expect a seat at the bar or even a standing spot near it), as you are in prime Biotech territory. On Saturday night, it was busy but not insane – pretty much the perfect spot to grab a few craft beers with a large group, where everyone will be happy and impressed with the selection. Even I was impressed with the selection of local spirits – rock on! πŸ™‚

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Wall o’beers at Meadhall

2. Beat HΓ΄tel in Harvard Square, Cambridge

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This is hands down one of my favorite spots in the Boston area. It’s a little bit of a hidden gem, as it is smack in the middle of Harvard Square but on the ground level hidden under The Gap, making it feel a little off the beaten path. It is a bar and brasserie that is (in their own words) “inspired by the hippie and beat movements of the mid-twentieth century” that features live music (almost always), stellar drinks and eclectic yet super delicious food. The hip-yet-intimate atmosphere makes you feel a little like Alan Ginsberg will walk out the hemp-curtained bathroom at any minute and sit down on a bar stool next to you (true story – I met him once, and he told me my hair was groovy, which made me feel impossibly cool). The walls are covered with sweet, brightly colored murals behind the banquette seating, and sparkling light fixtures that I want to put in my apartment; the overall vibe makes my restless, free spirit and inner flower child feel right at home. Top all of that off with the amazing food, and you’ve got yourself a clear winner. I went to Sunday brunch there, where they featured live bluegrass (great, good vibe-y music that perfectly complimented my Earth Bowl and glass of Chandon). I ordered a Bowl Azteca, with adobo-spiced quinoa, tomatillo salsa, fresh corn, green beans, avocado, fresh spinach and crispy fried tofu triangles; I was not disappointed – it was amazing, as I expected.

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Bowl Azteca from Sunday Brunch at Beat – YUM! πŸ˜€

3. Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall

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It was Harpoon Fest on Saturday, and the faint aroma of beer still hung in the air as I wound my way through the deserted tents to the Harpoon brewery entrance on Sunday evening. The fact that it was less than an hour until last call did not dampen the energy in Harpoon’s Beer Hall – the benches were packed, and the Sunday Funday merriment was in full effect. My friends and I packed ourselves into a spot with a great view of the Boston skyline and started ordering some bevs. I ordered a cider (see my previous non-beer-ness above) and my friends of course ordered some of the many excellent Harpoon selections (including more than enough beer flights for the entire hall). The best part, however, were the freshly baked Bavarian-style pretzels – NOMS. They come out hot from the oven and with your choice of two dipping sauces (I went directly for the mustard, which has a serious kick to it). What more could you want from a place that serves only beer and pretzels? It’s the perfect spot to stop in and grab a frosty bev, hang with your friends and mellow out on a Sunday afternoon. πŸ˜€

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Beer, Cider and Pretzels on Sunday Funday at Harpoon

I hope that you guys all had a fabulous weekend as well, and I hope you got more sleep than I did. What did you guys do this weekend?? Tell me all about it in the comments! I wanna hear!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

With warmth,

L

Ikea Marathon & Vegan Treat Feast: Weekend Recap!

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In lieu of running my (cancelled) half marathon, I made a last minute decision to whip down to Southern Connecticut to visit my sister, bro-in-law and 11-month old nephew for the weekend. I felt like a change of scenery and chasing around the little man would be a proactive way to get over the cancelled race grumps. Also, my sister and brother in law provided an extensive vegan treat feast (of Children’s Menu-worthy “little kid foods”): popcorn, mac n’cheeze, pizza, ice cream cones. So, instead of burning off 1300 calories running the half, I ate the equivalent amount of calories in vegan treats (I’m the vegan pizza eating champion of the universe, FYI – I could put down a whole large pizza by myself in one sitting, #skillz). If you don’t think that the best Saturday night ever is spent on the couch eating vegan pizza and watching COPS, you’ve got to get your priorities straight. πŸ˜‰

On Saturday, we ran the Ikea marathon. With a stroller and cart in tow, we navigated the showroom floor and emerged almost three hours later with fun Swedish gadgets that we may or may not have needed. I feel like every time I go to Ikea, it’s a full day event. No matter what you say, or if you have a specific item in mind to buy, you always end up wandering around aimlessly and looking at all the furniture, opening cabinets and sitting on couches. (Also, have you guys heard of Ikea Hacks? There is an amazing Pinterest board that shows you how to make your Ikea purchases look way more refined and chic. It’s worth checking out, and you can find it here: Ikea Hacks). I got a pretty decent haul of kitchen stuff for under $25:

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RUNDLIG Serving bowl, green bamboo, green, $12.99

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MΓ–NSTRAD Oven/baking mat, pink, $6.99

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DRΓ„LLA Bendable chopping board, green, red (2 pack), $1.99

They have so much stuff there, it is always amazing to look at and check out. I could spend hours looking at all their kitchen section. When you’re on a budget, it’s a great place to pick up servewear and kitchen gadgets without emptying your wallet. Gotta love Ikea (also, I almost never leave without a plant – but since it was snowing and freezing outside, I somehow managed to convince myself to wait until warmer weather). πŸ™‚

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Aaaaaah…Ikea! Full of unassembled furniture just waiting to frustrate you πŸ˜‰

The weather was pretty awful (why is it that wherever I go, the snow follows me?) on Saturday night with an accumulation of about 5-6 inches of powdery snow and a coating of freezing rain/ice, so we stayed in. My sister (a professor who also sometimes moonlights as a bartender) whipped up an amazing gin cocktail with berries, lavender, lime, bitters and other secret ingredients. It was phenomenal.

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Cheers to the mini man! *Clink*

My brother-in-law made homemade pizza crust (!!! something I have never done before, but he christened it “super easy” and so it’s now on the list and will make an appearance on B & B in the future) and an amazing veggie-topped vegan pizza for dinner. We ate pizza wrapped in our respective blanket cocoons and watched COPS and Shark Tank (this was a special treat for me, since I don’t have cable it was gloriously decadent to get to watch actual, live commercials). Also, I’ve made fun of my sister for her strange obsession with watching COPS, but it is seriously so entertaining and addicting! If I learned one life lesson this weekend it was: don’t run from the police, especially the ones with the K-9 unit! πŸ˜› πŸ™‚

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Vegan Pizza by my bro-in-law, R!

I ended my weekend grocery shopping coming directly off the Mass Pike. Second life lesson: don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry.

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Oh – all that food? No, that’s not for my imaginary family of 8. That’s all my food for the week (minus some dinner stuff that has yet to be planned).

Also, happy Oscars weekend! I hope you all enjoyed it. Since I’m sans cable, I’ll be catching up on all the Oscar fashions this week via the interwebs and you can bet your bippy that my top fashion picks will show up in my Friday Faves. Until then, I’ll leave you with this amazing infograph I found on Jezebel of Oscar Dresses:

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How was your weekend? What were you guys up to?? Tell me all about it in the comments.

I hope you all have a great week this week! Happy Monday. πŸ™‚

With warmth,

L

xoxox

Sweet, dude! More snow! L’s Run Recap.

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Pre-run selfie! This hat makes me look like an elf and I’m loving it.

…Jk. Kinda. Okay, I’m kinda mad about it. I’m watching the snow continue to fall outside my window as Boston gets its 4th and 5th feet of snow today. I’m thinking of everyone who has to drive, shovel their car/driveway/sidewalk out (here you will get ticketed if you don’t shovel your sidewalk within 2 hours of the snow stopping), and all the guys doing snow removal for their third consecutive week 24 hours a day. Crazy, crazy. Even when I lived in Western New York, I don’t remember getting this much snow in such a short period of time. It’s pretty unreal.

However, since I *was* raised in WNY, Little Miss Stubborn Pants (that would be me, btw) decided to go for a 10+ mile run in 4″ or so of snow for Sunday Long Run Day at the beginning of this 3 day storm. Oh yeah, and on tired legs that lifted the day before (obviously the best way to train for a half marathon is to torture your body in cruel and unusual “I’m allergic to rest days” ways). What could go wrong?

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This is about the time I thought my Boss Level was a 10 but really it was about to be a 3.

 

Spoiler alert: If you’ve read this blog before, you know that every time I have an “I’m allergic to rest days” moment, it comes back to bite me in the ass in some magical way. Here, there is no exception.

Good news: I ran the 10 miles, mostly without stopping (except when I saw my friends on the trail and stopped to chat at mile 2.2).

Bad news: After mile 2.5 the trail was no longer plowed and I was slogging it through 4″ of semi-fresh, semi-packed down with foot prints and cross country ski trails snow. After mile 5 my left foot was soaked (through my sneaks and two pairs of socks) from the slush. At mile 7 I detached my YakTrax from my sneaks and carried them, and in doing so, soaked through my gloves immediately. At mile 9 some d***head wagged his finger at me and PULLED OVER on Mass Ave (a usually very busy, 4 lane, main-artery kinda road in Boston/Cambridge) to instruct me to run on the sidewalk, despite the fact that there was a) zero traffic; b) 75% of the sidewalks weren’t shoveled; c) I was following the rules of the road, running facing traffic in a plethora of visibility gear (blinking arm band, reflective bright yellow pinney over my otherwise all black outfit). I wanted to wag a different finger back at him, but decided to be the bigger person and told him that he should worry about his driving before immediately putting my earbuds back in and going on my way down Mass Ave. Really dude? Move along, buddy *waves hand to shoo him away*.

Worst news: It took me a few minutes post-run, after I removed my sneaks and pounded some water, before I realized something was seriously wrong with my right foot. I couldn’t put any weight on it and pointing my toes was excruciating. Well, sh*t. Lucky for me, one of my best friends of life who I’ve known since I was 3 years old (when our friendship was solidified by simultaneously dumping our Barbie Pool – aka a Tupperware bin full of water – all over the floor in her older brother’s room. Basically any time I got into serious trouble, it was with her. Love you, L!) is a physical therapist in California. She’s on the left coast, so I sent her photo evidence and answered about 50 questions before she gave me some exercises and homework to do (ice, Advil, foam rolling my calves and rolling my foot with a tennis ball). I took that as a sign that the rest of my Sunday Funday should be spent with my foot elevated eating food and watching Sons of Anarchy. Yup.

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Post-run selfie: #iwannadie. But that smoothie was EPIC as sin!

 

Lucky news: After icing/elevating/Advil, the ball of my foot was not nearly so swollen, and after a few hours I could put weight on it and point my toes without uttering every single curse word I’ve ever learned. Foam rolling and massaging my foot with a tennis ball made life even better, and so in an epic moment of FOMO (Mom – that means “Fear Of Missing Out”), I actually got up this morning at 5 am and went to the gym. Where we were doing treadmill work for the first half of class (of course) – sprinting at 9 mph for eternity and then resting for -4 seconds (at least that’s what it felt like). Even after all that, my foot is still feeling prettyyyy gooood, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this was my one stern warning from the Running Gods and now I actually have to take it easy until my race (which is in 13 days). Also, bff L texted me this morning to warn me against not running for a few days (oops) and to continue rolling for the next week or two as a precautionary measure (dude, I know – I’m a bad patient). But this time, I think I’ll listen (Mom and Dad, I heard you last night – I won’t run! I swear on Chanel). I may have to bury my sneakers in the 5 feet of snow outside so I’m not tempted. They are just sitting there, in the hall, looking at me.

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There they are…giving me some serious side eye.

Okay, okay – I won’t do it. I can resist the sneaker side eye. I hope you guys are all safe and sound, and warm and healthy today. All my Boston peeps – stay warm! Also let me know if you need help shoveling because the WNY Shovel Squad may be available to come help you out (seriously though, I think a bunch of people in my small group training class are going to pile in a car armed with snow pants and shovels, drive around* and Good Samaritan shovel random cars out later on. Gotta kill those shoulders!).

How was everyone’s weekend?? Did you get b****ed out by a rando on Mass Ave too?? Tell me all about it in the comments.

With warmth (for real),

L ❀

PS: This is what the roads looked like this morning when I left the gym:

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Glorious.

*K, that might not actually happen because the roads are seriously horrific. But if it does, you’ll be the first to know. πŸ˜‰

Weekend Recap!

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PS: Here is a pretty dope panorama I took in Florida I forgot to share – just in case you’re in need of some sunshine today!

Hi Darlings! Happy MLK Day! I hope that you all, unlike me, have today off and are reading this in your PJs on the couch. This weekend was especially great, coming off of vacation and squeezing out just a *little* more relaxation before the week started. Here’s what I was up to:

Friday

Friday night was super mellow yellow for me, and I got some extra R & R (because I obviously was in dire need of some after vacationing in Florida the week before πŸ˜‰ ). It always feels great to get laundry, grocery shopping, all the non-fun chores done on Friday and then enjoy a good meal. I cooked up a batch of my delicious Green Goddess Bowl and experimented with the sauce. This time I made it a little differently:

Green Goddess Ginger-Tamari Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 inch ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • 4 heaping tablespoons of tahini
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of chopped garlic
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon of tamari sauce
  • 1 drizzle of sesame oil

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

I will perfect that dang sauce if it kills me. I think I’m getting a little closer to a better melding of the flavors. The extra lemon really gives it a nice pop that it needs. It almost tastes a little hummus-esque with all that tahini, lemon and garlic (and who doesn’t love hummus)! It’s pretty fantastic. My favorite thing about cooking is trying something new, playing around with it and perfecting it until it’s just right. I could do it all day. I hope you guys give it a shot and like it as much as I did! πŸ™‚

I paired the Green Goddess bowl with a nice glass of Malbec and good company (and did my laundry simultaneously, L for the win!). It ended up being the perfect mellow Friday night. That dish is seriously so good I’ve had it three times this month and am not sick of it yet. Mmmmm!!

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L’s Green Goddess Bowl – so tasty! πŸ™‚

Saturday/Sweaturday

I got up and did my usual thaaang on Saturday – two classes back to back, spin and BodyPump, and I felt fantastic! I saw all my peeps there, too! It’s great to connect with people at the gym. I mean c’mon – when you go early mornings or to the same classes week after week, you’ll see the same faces of a core group of people. It’s really nice, and gives you something to look forward to when you don’t want to get out of bed at 6 am on Saturday morning. So nice to laugh and joke around with people before class (so there’s your shout out ladies! πŸ˜€ ). After that I made my fave Berry Booyah Smoothie with Vega Chocolate protein powder, (plus a tablespoon of milled flax/chia seed blend and some spices) and it was amazing (as always). Then, I did my favorite Saturday afternoon activity – I hit up Lulu to see what was new! I of course got sucked into trying on a cute outfit as always (the girls there know my likes/dislikes as much as any of my BFFs) so they set me up with the Breezy Tank in black and Wunder Under Leggings in Alberta Lake (such a GORG color! Obsessed!). If you’re a looligan/Lulu obsessed like I am, I’m sure you’ve heard of the see-through legging scandal last year. Even now some of the pants material doesn’t pass the “bend test” (yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like) but these pants were thick, opaque and super comfy (which is exactly why I buy this stuff). Love it. I also tried on a pair of the High Times Pant – basically a legging with a high waist and 7/8 length – the short length is perf for shrimps like me and would look SUPER cute on the Talls like my bffae B and my sister. Lovingggg it. It comes in great colors too! I love the Black Cherry and Inkwell. Okay, enough about Lulu (although you know I could go on forever).

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Oh hi there – don’t mind me just taking selfies of this super cute Lulu outfit!

That afternoon, I met up with a friend at the Met Back Bay in Boston – a super cute neighborhood-y bar with an extensive cocktail menu and an “okay” beer selection (who cares bc I only drink the cocktails anyway). I got a Met 75, a cocktail with gin, lemon, lavender and cava. I need to find some Lavender bitters STAT so I can recreate this concoction. So delicious! I love bubbles cocktails *duh* and this one was fantastic. Mmmm!

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The Met 75 cocktail at The Met Back Bay – yummmmm!

Later that evening, I went to another great vegetarian hot spot in Central Square, Cambridge called Veggie Galaxy for Girls’ Night with two of my sorority sisters. It’s an all-vegetarian restaurant with all of your fave diner food – veganized! I got a super stellar Club sandwich with marinated tofu and tempeh bacon (on my list to recreate as well) and it was PHENOM. Because I’m me, I never say no to the dessert menu (dude, when you’re treating yourself, you just have to take a peek sometimes). There was an enormous selection of vegan desserts – cakes, ice cream sundaes – anything you can think of that you would get in a diner, but VEGAN. Who can say no to that?! We ordered (and promptly devoured) a slice of chocolate peanut butter cake and two scoops of coconut “nice” cream with Taza hot fudge and coconut whipped cream. Holy balls, it was FAN-FRIGGIN-TASTIC!!! YUM! The best part of the meal, by far (and the other part was damn good, so that’s saying a lot).

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Vegan desserts from Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge, MA: Coconut “Nice” cream Sundae and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake. Yes, please.

Sunday

Sunday was “long run” day for me! I only ran 6.5 miles, 4 miles of which was “normal” and mostly flat, and the final 2.5 miles were up and down some seriously steep hills to get my legs fired up for my half. It felt great, and my legs were sufficiently conked out. I spend the remainder of the morning maxin’ and relaxin’. Other Sunday highlights include starting mung bean sprouts (stay tuned – a great “How To Sprout” by yours truly will appear on this blog in the near future – I’m stoked!). I’ve officially achieved a new level of crunchy hippie status because I’m growing my own sprouts like a boss (Mom would be proud). Wheat grass, I’m looking at you – you’re up next! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

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Time point = 0 of sprouts (Sorry, it’s hard to de-science sometimes. Nerds unite! Excuse me while I go write my observations in my lab notebook). πŸ˜›

Another highlight was tweaking my Green Citrus Smoothie by adding a bunch of frozen pineapple and trying that on for size. I was all about playing around in the kitchen this weekend, and I even whipped up an AMAZING dish which I will post tomorrow. I can’t wait – it was delicious, filling and super flavorful! All my favorite things in one. πŸ˜‰

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An updated version of the Green Citrus Smoothie with Cara Cara blood navel oranges, baby spinach, frozen pineapple, coconut milk and cinnamon. Perfectly refreshing post-run. πŸ™‚

So, to summarize – lots of delicious veggie food, with plenty of treats sprinkled in. Basically, the perfect January weekend! I hope you guys had a great weekend too – what did you get up to? Tell me all about it the comments! πŸ˜€ I’m dying to know.

Happy Monday! I hope you all have a great start to your week! πŸ™‚

With warmth,

L

xoxox ❀