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Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

I had an awesome 10 mile run this morning!

I started off with a thin slice of Dakota bread with some PB & banana and even had enough time for coffee.  I like to drink coffee before long runs because I drink it every morning and I don’t think you should do anything too outside your regularly scheduled programming.  However, sometimes before early races, I don’t have time for coffee.

Like I said, the run was great!  I ran with Jen and it was wonderful to have someone to talk to for 10 miles.  As we chatted, the time just flew by.  Before I knew it we had covered 5, then 8, then 9 miles! The last mile was a big hill, but we got through it and pounded out the last few tenths of a mile on flat terrain.  It was great!  The weather was just perfect.  A little humid but the temperature was only in the 70’s.  Such a nice change from the high temperatures we’ve been experiencing early in the morning.

My face gets really red when running.

When I returned my sweet guy made me this green monster for breakfast #2.

1/2 frozen banana

1 scoop chocolate Amazing Meal

1/2 scoop chocolate whey protein

1 cup frozen spinach

1 cup almond milk

5 mint leaves

It was delicious!  I’m experimenting with putting mint leaves in my smoothies.  I think I’ll try more next time.  I don’t want it to be too minty so I’m trying it a little at a time.

Coffee #2 was a must! Have you heard that coffee might possibly help muscle recovery after runs?  I first heard about it in a Runner’s World article, which you can read here.

After getting ready, it was time for my bridesmaid luncheon.

I held a luncheon in honor of my bridesmaid at 300 East in Charlotte.   They were really easy to work with.  Picking my menu was super easy because I love their simple but delicious food.  Their pastry chef even called me personally to give me a consultation on what she could do.

The Menu

Appetizers:

Hummus plate with veggies and pita chips

Housemade Pimento Cheese with crackers and veggies

Guacamole with salsa and tortilla chips

Entrees:

Sonoma Salad ~ Red Potatoes, Avocado, Grape Tomatoes & Dijon Dressing over Baby Greens, with Grilled Chicken, Grilled Shrimp, or Lump Crabmeat

Fig and Prosciutto Pizza ~ with Gorgonzola & Grilled Fruit

Grilled Chicken and Pesto ~ with Roasted Red Peppers and Provolone on Focaccia

Grilled Portobello Sandwich ~ Gorgonzola, Arugula, Red Onion, Tomato Salad & Sherry Vinaigrette on an Onion Roll

Special Drinks:

Peach Bellinis, Mimosas, Honig Saugvignon Blanc

Dessert:

Key Lime Pie with Raspberries and Raspberry Sauce

I had a great time picking out this menu! 🙂

The table with one of the bridesmaid’s gift and a photo of me.  My aunt found this photo of me a few days ago.  I was two years old and it was taken at her bridesmaid luncheon 25 years ago.  If you could see it more closely, you know notice that I used to be a blonde!  Funny, because my hair is almost black now.

Some of the girls and my family before everyone arrived.

While appetizers were passed around, I had a club soda with a splash of cranberry juice.  I also drank a full glass of water to rehydrate.  Don’t worry, I enjoyed myself.  I soon switched to a peach Bellini.

The bridesmaids’ gifts were a necklace and earring set I handmade.  I took a class to learn how to make the “branch-style” necklace, but made each necklace differently.  The one pictured above is Candace’s set.  I used sterling silver wire, hooks, and chain, topaz, Swarovski crystals, and mother of pearl.  The earrings are mother of pearl to match.  I’m really proud of these necklaces because I have never done anything like it before.  It was really important to me to give them something nice and something that reflects myself.

My (3rd) cousin Marie and wedding director, my grandmother, and my aunt.

A candid photo of the table.

My cousin April, Brittney, and my sister-in-law Jen.

I somehow missed taking shots of the apps, but let’s move on to the entrees.

I ordered the Sonoma Salad with shrimp.  I always eye this salad, but have never ordered it.  I’ll pretty much eat anything with avocado on top.  I also had a glass of the Honig at this point in the meal.  I chose this wine because Brad and I visited Honig winery on our day-long trip to Napa.  It is our top recommendation to anyone going to Napa.  Small and intimate, they give you a lot of attention and we absolutely love d it.

Candace (my matron of honor) ordered the fig and prosciutto pizza, as did a lot of people.  If you try 300 East, you’ve got to try this.  It’s one of my favorite things on their menu.  Salty sweet combos are always my favorite!

I had about 1/2 of my key lime pie.  It was the perfect balance of sweet and tart.  Scrumptious.

300 East is so cute!  I love the fireplaces with iron fronts, all over the old house turned restaurant.

Just the bridesmaids (and me!): April, Ashlyn, Candace, me, Jen, and Brittney.

Two shots of the whole group.

I had a really nice time talking to everyone and involving Brad’s mom and grandmother into getting to know the women in my family and my friends.  Each of my bridesmaids are so special to me, so honoring them and the commitment it takes to be a bridesmaid was very important to me.  It was also really nice to have a wedding festivity that didn’t center around me.  I prefer to be the hostess way more than the guest of honor.

300 East was a dream to work with.  The food was perfect and the staff was extremely helpful and hospitable.

After the bridemaid luncheon we all hit up this super cute consignment boutique around the corner, called Sweet Repeats, which has really swank, barely used stuff.

It was a great day to celebrate with the women I love! 🙂

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Learning the hard way

My snacking was out of control today. Around 9:30 I got hungry.  As I type this I realize why.  See, I usually get up at 5:30 (if I don’t work out) and eat at about 6:30, then I want lunch around 11 am.  This morning I got up at 5 and ate immediately.  Then right on schedule, 4 1/2 hours later, I was hungry.  Oooooh.  Sometimes writing out things leads you to logic.

Anyway…I did the “am I hungry enough to eat any apple?” trick, and I was.  Luckily for me I also had an apple with me.

I love it when apples still have a little leaf on their stem.  I don’t know why, but I do.

Then immediately after, I found myself reaching for my pretzels and the TJ’s white bean dip that I really don’t like but I’m making myself eat, because I don’t like waste.

I also had the liquid of death.  Somehow the big red heart on it makes it seem likes it’s alright.  I don’t know why I wanted this, I haven’t had one in weeks.  Oh well.  I actually spent a good five minutes putting my change in the drink machine over and over only to have it spit back out on me.  You think I would have gotten the hint.

Unfortunately I didn’t and used one of my quarters to get a small handful of M&Ms.  You know those machines that put out about 12 M&Ms at a time that look like they’re from the 1950’s because they are?  Yes, we have those at my work. Afterwards I raided the stash of caffeine free Diet Cokes we keep in the office mini fridge that only cost a quarter.  But for some reason I really wanted that caffeine.

Lunch was a farewell to our two interns at the Olive Garden.  I had the soup and salad: about 1/3 the size of one of my normal salads + 1 1/2 bowls of minestrone soup, un-pictured of course because I haven’t yet embraced the role of “our weird coworker who photographs her food like it’s her newborn straight from the hospital.”

I get brownie points for not touching a bread stick.  The truth is, if I had wanted one I would have eaten at least 1/2 of one, but I just didn’t, especially after my snacky morning.

Since I ate my afternoon snack, I didn’t eat anything between lunch and arriving home.  I stopped by my aunt’s house to pick up Rascal who likes to go over there while I’m at work to play with their Jack Russell and also to go over wedding cake details (my aunt makes the most amazing cakes!).  I made it through one of the worst thunderstorms I have seen in a long time.

I have mentioned that I was a little disappointed that I never did a 10 miler this weekend.  All day I had been mulling over doing it tonight.  The gigantic bolts of lightening shooting across the sky led me to believe that God did not want me to run outside, so I thought about the treadmill.

I seriously hate the treadmill.

I’ts perfectly fine for a 3-6 mile run, but anything over than that and I would just as assume beat my head against the wall.  I’m kidding….well, kind of.  There’s just something about the redundancy of staring off into space with no change in scenery that makes me hate  it so.

But, I felt a little more motivated tonight.  One hurdle: I was starving.  My stomach was audibly growling in the hollow empty way it does when I’ve gone too long without eating.

So, I had one of these: my sunflower coconut bars.  Then, I still felt hungry so I had another one about 2/3 the size of this one with the same sunflower seed butter and raspberry jam topping.  Finally full, but not overly so, I put on my running shoes and headed down to my condo’s gym.

About 1/2 a mile in, I felt completely different.  I immediately regretted that second bar.  Between the monotony of the treadmill and the second bar laying in my stomach like a brick, miles 1-4 were the most difficult.  After I reached mile 5 I felt completely better.  I got a second wind, I digested the brick in my stomach, and I got a little more interested in reading the captions on Hells Kitchen.  Side note: Does anyone else think Ben is a turd?

The last four miles were great surprisingly.  I got a little sore starting on mile 8, but nothing I couldn’t get through.  Even though I know deep down that running on a treadmill isn’t as physically difficult as running on real terrain, the mental hurdle is huge for me.  It’s actually a great relief that I can pound out 10 miles on a treadmill because I know how if I train for longer distances and 10 miles is more of a “medium-sized” run length, I won’t die if I have to run on the treadmill because of the weather.

But in other news, I’m still learning what and how much to eat.  My eating choice was perfect for what I was about to do, but the quantity was not.  If I didn’t run after eating this, I would have never felt overly full, but because I did run, the amount of food affected the way that I felt.  As a rule of thumb I’m going to try to eat until just before I’m full (full meaning I fell pleasantly satisfied).  As I feel out these long run days that I can’t knock out in the morning, I’m going to start carrying more food with me to fuel my run in advance;  not right before my run.  I didn’t leave myself enough time to digest.

I didn’t even feel like eating an hour after my run which is highly unusual.  This may be something else I regret, if my growling stomach wakes me up in the middle of the night.  Instead, I had about 1/2 cup of orange juice + a good bit of salt + water filling the rest of the glass and a little bit of Stevia for taste.

I’m learning the hard way, but I think this blog is a great tool to document these lessons learned for myself (because I usually need a reminder of what I’ve “learned”) and for anyone else in my same boat.

How do you fuel before a long run or other strenuous activity?  What about training for any fitness goal have you had to learn the hard way?

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Run for your life 4 miler

A week or two ago I signed up for the Run for Your Life 4 mile run in Dilworth.  I almost forgot about it but was reminded by some bloggers you probably already know.

I started the day off at 5:30 am with my pre-run breakfast of choice, which I think is perfect for all distances: one piece of Ezekiel, natural crunchy peanut butter, and half a banana.

I left my camera in my car, so I don’t have any good race photos.  When you only have one camera, albeit a simple little point and shoot, you don’t want to mess it up by dropping it during a race.  I think Matt got an action shot of me, which Kath posted in her race recap.  Emily posted some too.

Other runners were Jen, Emma, and Michelle.  Kath’s husband, Matt and Diana were nice enough to take photos and cheer us on during the race. Emily and Jen’s husbands raced with us too.

My brain has been elsewhere this week due to overload from the wedding so I somehow started my Garmin too soon and then forgot to stop it until I had taken my chip off and got some water.  My time was pretty good for me (34:47), but I am looking forward to seeing the real race time when it’s posted online later.  It was pretty humid outside but I think I’ve grown accustomed to the heat in the early morning, so it didn’t bother me very much.  The course had some gentle hills and then a few larger hills, but nothing compared to the four mile course the Charlotte Running Group does every Thursday night.

After the race, we stopped by some of the vendors.  I picked up a White Peach Honest tea, which I haven’t tried yet, and a piece of cinnamon chip Great Harvest bread.  I ate half of it there, then half later.

Then we headed over to Caitlin’s for brunch.

My contribution to the meal was a fruit salad of peaches, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries + a few squirts of lemon juice.

The rest of the spread was completed with Emily’s homemade energy bars, bagels, Nutzo, and Naturally Nutty Mocha PB, plus juice and such.

My plate after I had already taken a big bite out of Emily’s energy bar.  Yummy. 🙂  I had half a bagel with half Nutzo and half Naturally Nutty, plus some fruit.

We hung out under a tent in Caitlin’s front yard.  We were way too smelly for the house, and I’m pretty sure I was the smelliest of them all.  Caitlin’s Miami Canes flags led to a lot of pointing and inquisitive looks from drivers.  I think they thought we were getting a way early start on football season tailgating.

Caitlin’s dog Maggie was a big hit with me, but I am partial to daschunds for obvious reasons.

James was also very sweet and real ham for the camera.

Once I cooled down, I was ready for some coffee.  It was excellent and just what I needed to ward off sore muscles.

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Fun with the English…

muffins, that is.

On Sunday I dressed up an English muffin with two different types of toppings.  Today I took a stab at it again.

One side had about 1/2 Tbsp. of Ab + banana, the other had Greek yogurt, blueberry jam, and blueberries.  My third form of protein was an egg fluff.  I love variety in a meal!

Up close…

I guess  I could do the same thing with toast; I don’t know why I find it more exciting with English Muffins.

After letting my breakfast settle, drinking some water, and doing some work (I’m working form home today:)!), I set out for a six miler.  This was my first run outside since Saturday and boy was it hot.  It was only about 8:30, but the humidity is killer in Charlotte right now.

I finished 6.01 miles about 54:23 which is just slightly over 9 minute miles.  I don’t know if I trust Garmin in the Uptown.  I think sometimes the buildings get in the way.  For one, it takes forever to load the satellites so it knows where I am, and thus how fast I’m going.  When I was on my way back and took a street between two skyscrapers, I looked down quickly at my Garmin, which said I was going 2.7 miles per hours…I was running…and obviously at least at a ten minute mile pace.  So, sometimes I wonder if it loses satellite reception when I am in Uptown, so I am actually running a bit faster and probably further as well.

I returned home disgustingly sweaty to find this little guy waiting on me.  He loves it when I work from home. 🙂

After a quick and much needed shower, I decided to try juicing for the first time ever.  I kind of winged it basing the ingredients on what I had seen on other blogs.

1/3 of a gigantic beet + 1/2 lemon + 1 1/2 carrots + 1 Bartlett pear +1/3 English cucumber

To be honest, I’m not really digging this right now.  It’s too thick and un-juice like.  I think it needs ice.  I added some after I blended it, but I think it needs ice blended directly into it to water it down some.  I’m up for trying this again, I’m just not sure if I’m going to be able to finish this one.

I’m so not hardcore, but I’m trying. 😉

Anybody have any good juice recipes for newbies?  This may have been too intense for my first try.

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My day off

I have to admit something.  I am horrible at relaxing.  No, seriously – I’m really bad at it.  I don’t take off days to relax.  I take them off to get things done I would never get done if I didn’t have a whole day free to do it.  Some of that free time is usually spent cooking and that for me is relaxing.  But instead of cooking one thing, I try to cram in as much as possible, making tons of dishes, which kind of takes the relaxing part out of cooking.

I took yesterday off to get some wedding stuff in order and to recuperate from the half day we spent driving back from Brad’s parents.

I was up early at 6:30 to have the same breakfast I had last Friday.  My last two flax waffles with 1/2 Tbsp. of AB + syrup, an egg white fluff, and watermelon.  Sorry for the darkness, the natural light was working for me, even though I took this photo on the floor in front of our huge windows.

The rest of the morning I spent applying for jobs.  My goal was to apply for at least three, but I ended up applying for five.  I’m a little discouraged about the job situation.  I know I should be happy to have a job while so many other do not.  I just never thought it would take this long to find another one and I’m very much looking forward to the day when I don’t spend 2 1/2 hours commuting each day.

Around 11:30 I set out to run and grabbed a Kind bar since my belly was starting to speak to me.  I had planned to run from uptown to one of the adjoining neighborhoods at 8 am, but better late than never right?  I thought I would explore a new greenway about 15 minutes away.  It isn’t actually new, just new to me.  It was nice to have a change of scenery.  My runs from uptown get a little monotonous sometimes between waiting at lights and avoiding less than attentive drives.  It was nice to just run and not worry about running into anything or stopping.

Unfortunately, I didn’t pay much attention to the fact that I disregarded several landmarks and when I backtracked to return to my car, I got a little mixed up.  Thankfully, a biker pointed me back in the correct direction.  I ran about 5.13 miles, but since I only turned my Garmin on when I ran, I probably went a little farther walking back to my car.

I had a very productive time at the farmer’s market where I totally wracked up on veggies and a little fruit.  I bought a beet of which I’m a little scared.  I’m thinking about making some juice but wondering if I’m going to like it.  Any suggestions for a juicing newbie?

After a trip to TJ’s and Marshall’s I spent the rest of the afternoon baking, after a quick smoothie in a bowl lunch plus some crackers and humus.

First up was applesauce

I washed all of the apples Brad’s mom sent home with us.

Then, I used our handy dandy apple corer.  I have to admit, I never knew I would appreciate this little gadget so much, but it made coring all these apples easy as pie.

Just push and you cut the core out and slice the apple in one easy step.  I found that this didn’t completely cut the core away from the pieces.  So, I pushed it back through and then pulled the pieces off, which was pretty easy.

Next, I boiled and boiled these apples in a pot filled about 2/3 the way with water (added after top of the apples).  I didn’t really mind the time, because I just wanted the apples to be mush.  I then drained the water and put the apples in the Vitamix.

Do not ever fill the Vitamix almost completely full.  Applesauce went everywhere!  Our entire collection of knives and the knife block needed cleaning anyway, I guess.

I think I’m going to try to freeze the applesauce in 1/2 cup servings for baking purposes by the end of the week.  Up next, using the applesauce to bake!

Blueberry Oaty Spelt Muffins

Mix dry ingredients:

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup spelt flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

Mix together the wet ingredients in a separate bowl:

1 cup buttermilk (I substituted 1 cup skim milk + 1 Tbsp. lemon juice)

2 Tbsp. butter

1/4 cup agave syrup

2 Tbsp. molasses

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Mix wet and dry ingredients together, then add 1 1/2 cups blueberries.

Grease muffin tin and pour until each tin is almost completely full (these muffins will not rise much) Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes.

These little guys were pretty tasty, but the recipe really needs tweaking.  The batter was too liquid-y and I really should have added more flour.

Plus, I really struggled trying to get these muffins out of the muffin tin in one piece.  But that wasn’t their fault, it was the fault of the Pam Olive Oil spray I used (don’t worry, you can’t actually taste any olive oil flavor).  I’m not sure if the problem is this variety of Pam non-stick spray, or something is wrong with the nozzle on the can, but it doesn’t spray out evenly, so you get half the muffin sticking to the pan.

I followed all this baking up with 30 day shred level 3!!! I’m really proud of myself for getting through this.  I’ve heard it’s super hard, but I did it.  I’ve gotten a lot stronger doing the 30 day shred, which I think is now almost past the 30 day mark.  However, I didn’t do a bit of weightlifting over the July 4th weekend.  For the next month before the wedding I’m going to concentrate on getting my weekly running mileage up and try to get in at least 2-3 sessions with Jillian a week.

The muffins ended up being the focal point of my dinner (crumbled muffin + Greek yogurt + sunflower seed butter). Due to an extremely late lunch and tasting all the stuff I made during the afternoon, I wasn’t very hungry.  Don’t worry, I took good care of Brad and made him a delicious meal, but that will have to wait until later to recap, plus, another little treat I will share soon.

Did I mention I chopped up almost all of my farmer’s market veggies for lunches this week?  I got this idea from Brad’s mom who had chopped up a bunch of veggies for salads, which made salad making so much easier at lunch time.

I chopped carrots, celery, red peppers, parsley, and cilantro.  I also put half of the celery in water (in the plastic ware in the top left corner), which is a trick my grandmother taught me to keep the celery fresh.  I think this will make my almost daily salads stress free!

I made a list of things to do this morning and I’m pretty sure half of them didn’t get done.  I always have high expectations for my days off, maybe too high (?).  But at least I have a good handle on the next few days ahead.  It’s going to be another weekend out of town for us this upcoming weekend, so at least the house is in order and the grocery shopping is done.

Do you have trouble relaxing or can you totally let go during your free time?

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Recovery Sunday

This weekend my little brother got married.

It was such a fun weekend and the wedding was incredibly sweet and full of Wess and Jen’s personality.  The only problem was that I forgot my camera.  I took it out on Thursday to take a photo of something and left it on my desk.  I didn’t realize this until noon on Friday when we were leaving to go out-of-town for the wedding.

They were married at Lake Lure, which every good North Carolinian knows is where the movie Dirty Dancing was filmed.  The 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa was the site of the wedding and also where we stayed.  I’ll do more of a recap when my family returns from the beach and is able to send me their photos. Until then, this is one of their engagement photos.

Since the wedding was at 3 pm, Brad and I decided to save some moolah and return home that evening, giving us all day Sunday to relax, which in my mind means get things done that I can’t possibly get done during the week.

Sunday morning started off with some random eating to fuel myself for a planned run at 11 am with these ladies.

From left to right: Jen, Jen, Kath (emerging from the jungle), Emily, Brittney, and me.

It was hotter than blue blazes to use a southern colloquialism.  We ran five miles, and just like the last time I was with Kath and  Emily, I ran out of steam with 0.25 miles to go and ended up doing a walk/run to finish up.    Silly me forgot my water (notice a pattern here of forgetfulness?)  so I definitely chugged a good bit once we returned to Kath’s house for lunch.

Still missing my camera, although I should have used my phone, you should head over to one of their websites to see the delicious spread we concocted.

After a really nice lunch and getting to know each other, I headed to Michael’s to pick up our framed engagement photo then swung  by and picked Brad up to make our second trip to Men’s Warehouse for wedding attire.  Last time we went, Brad couldn’t find a shirt he liked, so this was a second attempt.  It was a really good thing that we made that second trip because, although the salespeople recognized us, they just couldn’t seem to find any record that we had been there previously, meaning nothing had actually been ordered.  Jeez.   We finally got everyone on the same page and avoided a little mini crisis.  Then it was off to Target to buy some workout clothes for me.  I’m totally over not wearing water wicking shirts when running in 90+ temperature so making a few purchases was a must.

Brad was an excellent husband-to-be and made me dinner that evening.  Earlier that day, he had used our meat grinder to turn lamb into ground lamb for gyros.  He followed Alton Brown’s recipe almost to the T.  My contribution to the meal was saying I was too hungry to wait for the lamb to be turned into meatloaf for the gyros and could we not saute it like hamburger paddies instead.  Brad obliged.

Contents of my gyro: Alton Brown’s tzatziki sauce, sliced lamb-burgers, and cucumbers.

My plate.  I  had one gyro, plus a few more of the filling (not picture) with a side salad.  My salad was made up of mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, feta, and a drizzle of lemon juice and honey (my new favorite salad “dressing”).

Brad had feta on his gyro but since I chose to put it on my salad, I left it off the gyro.   Also, I’ve never had feta on a gyro but Brad says he always has it this way.

Brad and I have a lot of different food experiences, from Eastern versus Western-style barbeque, to the cake-like cornbread served by his family versus the grittier corn meal version my family serves.  These differences have definitely broadened my food horizons.  🙂

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Tasting Charlotte

I’m a little behind in posts, so please forgive me as I catch up.  This past weekend was the annual foodie event, the Taste of Charlotte, which is conveniently held uptown (convenient for me).  Since I’m now working from home on Fridays, I have a chance to have lunch with friends and enjoy Uptown Charlotte during a weekday.  A lot of lunch-y spots are closed during the weekend so I thoroughly enjoy having Fridays to explore.

Brad and I had a wedding out of town (more on that soon), so Friday for lunch was my one and only chance to try Taste of Charlotte.  Somehow I missed out last year, which was my first true summer living in Charlotte.  Before my current living arrangement, I was back and forth between my place in Raleigh, where I was attending grad school, and Brad’s condo after it was built.  Before that Brad claimed to be homeless as he drifted from corporate apartments, hotels, and coworkers’ guest rooms.

Back to the food.  I rounded up fun people who like to lunch and will pretty much try anything, just like me, and we headed out to Tryon Road, which had been blocked off for Taste of Charlotte.

First up, the Fage booth.  🙂  Most food costs money at Taste of Charlotte, but we scored big time on free (and generous) samples of Fage.  We even scored a $1 off coupon!

Taste of Charlotte is all about the food but there are other activities as well, such as bull riding simulators.

The other free sample in which  partook were steak samples…

cooked medium well and served on toothpicks.

I was dying to try Woodlands, a vegetarian Indian restaurant in Charlotte, since all of a sudden I have decided that I like Indian food.  So I had the Somosa Chaat at their stand.

I’m kind of curious about their name since Woodlands doesn’t really sound like an Indian restaurant.  In fact, there’s a well-known barbeque join in Blowing Rock, NC called Woodlands as well.  If anyone knows why an Indian restaurant would be called Woodlands, I’d love to know.

Brittney thinks I look scary in the above photo, but this blog isn’t about being vain.  😉

Brittney with her Chana Masala.  She shared some with me and I thought it was really good.  It was nice to try something new, even though I probably wouldn’t order this again.  I just made Chana Masala the week or two before.  The Samosa wasn’t bad, but the little fried crispy things just weren’t my favorite.

You can tell if I’m really smiling if you can’t see my eyes.  This obviously is fo’ real.

Thank glory that Amelie’s was there.  I feel like a 90 year old lady saying that, but there’s no other way to give thanks for the local French Bakery.  It’s just so  yummy.  They offered petit fours, coconut macaroons, and what I think was a PB truffle.

You can’t go wrong with their coconut macaroons.  Britt and I both had one.

She also ordered the fried green tomatoes from The Flying Biscuit Cafe.  I ate half of one.  They were very thinly sliced and served with a dollop of goat cheese.  Typically, these are served much thicker, but since we were trying to cut through them while standing, the thinness of the tomatoes really helped with that.

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but this treat isn’t keeping you out of the dentist’s chair.  This is a green apple with mini M&Ms and caramel sauce.  Chloe ate this and it looked delicious.  See,  Brittney and I were not the only ones there!  Although, I really don’t have proof of that do I?  We were just way more into taking photos of each other eating than anything else and didn’t want to harass our lunch companions.  It’s always awkward asking people if you can take pictures of their food, I feel even more awkward asking to take pictures of them as well.

This event was really fun and actually had better restaurants represented than what I previous thought.  Sure, there were your share of chain restaurants.  I have nothing against chains, I just would rather see more local Charlotte food at an event like this.

I didn’t use all my tokens, which they make you purchase so vendors don’t have to take credit cards, so I used them to buy cinnamon sugar roasted almonds for the weekend trip.

Later that day I met up with Kath and  Emily, which was just so cool.  I’ve been reading Emily’s blog for a while and have been reading Kath’s blog since I first became obsessed with healthy food/lifestyle blogs.  I’ve never done a blogger meet-up before so this was something totally new for me.

Unfortunately, I had a horrible time trying to find the greenway where we had agreed to meet and run.  It took me 45 minutes to drive to the general area, while it usually only takes 20 minutes, because of crazy Charlotte traffic.  Then I could not find the greenway entrance anywhere.  Silly me forgot to ask them for their phone number because they hadn’t met me yet and I didn’t want them to think I was a stalker. So I called Brittney, who just happened to be at a Daughtry concert with Jenn, because she had ran at this same location before.  At this point I had turned into a maniac because I was 25 minutes late and had just nearly rear ended another car while trying to figure out where I was on my iPhone.

Without her, I would have never found this place, and probably would be so ashamed I would never attend another blogger meet up again.  I felt so bad about being so late, but Kath and Emily were so super nice about it.

Thank goodness we ran on a shady greenway because the heat was ridiculous at this time of the day.  I really pushed myself running with them, but was secretly ecstatic when Emily suggested we walk the last 0.3 of a mile while Kath really took off.  She was really hard core about finishing strong and it made me really want to work on my stamina.

They were awesome and I can’t wait to hang out with them again!  Too bad their both leaving Charlotte soon. 😦

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