DC Adventures Come to a Close

Finally, my D.C. adventure comes to a close! Sunday night (race day) was our last night staying in DC, so Alicia and I made the most of it! Museums, galore!

There are absolutely no shortage of things to do in this city. There literally tons of museums within walking distance to each other! Saturday we got a taste of the Natural History Museum, but today we had other plans. The Newseum!

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A museum about news? How awesome! I studied journalism and all forms of news in college, so this was super exciting for me!

There were so many awesome exhibits. I think my favorite was the G-Men and Journalistsexhibit. One of the artifacts was the actual cabin that the unibomber lived in. It was sooo eerie!

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We stayed there until it closed at 5:00, and we didn’t even get to see everything! I wanted to read every exhibit!

Thankfully the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum was open late, so we headed over there.

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My legs and feet were hurting pretty bad by this point, so we just wandered around a few of the rooms staring at everything.

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Soon Alicia and I were hungry for dinner! We ventured to Dupont Circle, one part of the city we had been wanting to see.

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We wandered around the neighborhood looking for a restaurant (we didn’t have reservations for anywhere–apparently places get crowded fast around here, even on a Sunday night!) We finally found ourselves at Afterwards Cafe.

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It was a bookstore restaurant! Chris told me about this place and he said its one of his favorite DC joints.

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After two hours of walking with sore feet and hungry stomachs, a beer was necessary. Maryland’s Flying Dog Brewery Garde Dog! It was delicious!

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It went great with my portabella burger.The slices of mushroom were thick and tasty–great on the bun! I was expecting a sloppy portabella cap with a soggy bun, but this was way better! The bread didn’t even get soggy! One of the best parts was how FAST they brought our food out! No wait!

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The end to a great trip also calls for dessert to celebrate. I got the salted caramel cake.

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It was incredible. But, I think I put too much salt on it! Oops! It was still amazingly delicious though. My reward for running an awesome 10 mile race? I think so!

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After dinner we hopped back onto the Metro (the best public transportation system I’ve ever used!) and crashed at our hotel.

An with that an amazing trip came to an end. I had a great time exploring D.C. with Alicia, I’m so glad she came with me! Thanks, girl! 🙂 We had a great time. I want to go back already!

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Adirondack Pub and Brewery + Pirates Cove

If you’re just catching up from this weekend, yesterday Chris and I ran a 10 K in Lake George! Here’s the rest of the day’s adventures following the race.

After the 10K, we drove in to the Lake George village, AKA a big tourist trap. Growing up in the Capital District made Lake George a summer hot spot. But It’s getting kind of more like a “been there, done that” type of thing, now. It’s a bit too touristy for my liking, but they did have one good thing. The Adirondack Wine Tasting Room! I left with two bottles of Adirondack wine! Strawsling (strawberry riesling), and Blue Twilight (blueberry shiraz) I’m so excited to try these wines! They make all their wines on site which is really cool.

After the wine tasting room, we were feeling the need for food, and I was pretty hungry since I didn’t get much to eat at the post-race barbecue. We hit up the Adirondack Pub & Brewery! Can you tell we had an Adirondack theme going?

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They had out door dining! Woohoo!

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I really liked the decor of this place, it was really nice inside too. Very Adirondack. 🙂

Since we were at a Brewery, I had to order a beer! I got one of the seasonal beers, which was light with a some melon flavors, and I can’t remember the name of it, and they don’t have it on the website…but it was good! Chris got the Adirondack Weisse, which was tasty too.

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For my meal I ordered a Portabella Burger, since there weren’t many vegetarian options. I opted for the small side salad instead of fries.

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The mushroom burger was pretty good. It was standard. The food was mediocre. Chris agreed. He ordered the monster burger.

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After lunch we went to Pirates Cove to play some mini golf! A trip to Lake George is not complete with out!

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I got lots of shots of Chris in action. 😉

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I got two holes in one (including in the one in the picture above) but he still beat me!

It was fun none the less! 😀

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Well, I feel like I got a lot accomplished this weekend! Right now I’m off to my first HOT YOGA class with some fellow “blends”, Courtney, Rebecca and Katie. I’m super excited!

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Calamari on the Hudson

Good morning blog world! It is almost Friday, and I am happy about that. This week has been so busy for me I’ve hardly had any time to think let alone blog, but I’ve finally got all of my photos organized so I’m going to give it a try!

Breakfast this week has been simple but yummy. I had some tasty strawberry banana oats one morning.

In the bowl:

  • 3/4 cup of oats
  • 1 tbsp of oat bran
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • strawberries
  • 1 tbsp of dark chocolate dreams peanut butter

I could throw DCDPB on anything and it would taste amazing.

This was a huge bowl of oats, and it kept me full until about…9:30AM that day. Oh well. I think I just ate it too early.

I’m pretty sure my dinner on Tuesday was a bowl of Kashi H2H cereal with almond milk and maple pb because I needed something quick and light before taking Body Pump! So good!

The rest of the week is kind of a blur! However, this morning I had one of these:

A Chocolate Cherry Bomb! In the smoothie:

  • 1 cup of almond breeze
  • 1 scoop of chocolate rice protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp of maca powder
  • handful of frozen organic cherries

It tasted pretty good since I’m accustomed to the rice protein. It was actually filling.

Now to the good stuff! Last night I went on an impromptu boat ride on the Hudson with my good friend Brendan, his parents, and my sister!  His parents have a boat that the keep at a local yacht club and they invited us out for a ride and dinner! So exciting! 🙂

After work I headed to Brendan’s where we met up with his parents and drove to the yacht club. It’s so cute inside! It looks like a great place for parties.

Brendan thought ahead and knew my sister and I would be hungry after work, so he made some Sangria and brought some cheese and crackers. What is better than wine and cheese on a boat? Nothing, I don’t think. He said he used peach Chardonnay and threw in some fruit to make the Sangria. Yum.

Thankfully the cheese and crackers held me over until dinner. 🙂 We took the boat down the Hudson River south to Coxsackie and enjoyed the ride.

For dinner we pulled the boat up and docked at Yanni’s Too located at Coeyman’s Landing.

Yanni’s is a great local riverside restaurant that is only about 25 minutes south of Albany (and only about 15 minutes from me.) I love it there. They are famous for their fried Calamari. So obviously, we had to order some for an appetizer. We got the Calamari Four Way Sampler, which included the Original: lightly fried and tossed in a lemon garlic wine sauce; Rhode Island style with banana peppers; Calamari Red with a light marinara sauce; or Chipotle style with a smokey jalapeno sauce. I’d have to say my favorite was either the Rhode Island or the Chipotle style calamari. The banana peppers on the Rhode Island calamari were slightly tangy with a bite, almost kind of lemony, and the Chipotle style wasn’t too spicy, just had a bit of a smoky flavor. So good. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.

So, after filling up on fried squid, I ordered my main meal: the Portabella Sandwich: Marinated and grilled portabella mushroom cap with balsamic glazed red onions, goat cheese and roasted red pepper aioli.

One word: incredible. I’ve had this sandwich before so I knew I would love it. But, since I wasn’t too hungry any more after eating the Calamari for an appetizer, when my sandwich came I only ate the mushroom, onions and goat cheese. I took the bun off to try to save myself some calories. (Probably around 300? The bun was huge and probably grilled in butter.) And it would have been difficult to eat anyway since the mushroom usually make the bun sopping wet with juices and then it just becomes a huge mess. 🙂 I loved the creamy goat cheese though, so tasty. I ate probably half of the chips too.

After dinner we headed back to the boat for the ride back to the yacht club. It was getting pretty late and I was exhausted! But riding on a boat in the dark was kind of creepy but fun. We were kind of reminded of the Jaws ride at Universal Studios! Ahhh! 🙂

Anyway, I had a great time with Brendan and his lovely parents. (His parents are like our second family since we have been friends with Brendan for over ten years!) They were so awesome to take my sister and I out on their boat for dinner! 🙂 Can’t wait to do it again!

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Portabella Burger Baby

Happy Friday! 🙂 It’s my favorite day of the week! I had one of my favorite meals for dinner tonight. A portabella burger. Yum! But more on that in a bit.

Last night I had a tempo run scheduled, so I headed to the gym for that. I ran 5 miles in about 52 minutes. And I had kind of a hard time. For the first two miles my stomach felt like a rock! I have no idea why…I ate a lot of fruit during the day, including pineapple. Maybe that’s why? I love pineapple, but sometimes it doesn’t agree with me! I did a one mile warm up, and three miles at about 9:30 pace. I slowed down a little bit because I wasn’t feeling too hot, but eventually felt better and went back down to 9:30. Then I cooled down at a slow jog for a mile with some walking breaks. It was kind of tough.

I came home to rehydrate with this! I’ve been wanting to try coconut water for a while! It was tasty. I got this flavor and the regular flavor.

I’m skipping over dinner since it was boring and I don’t want to make this post super long.

Anyway, this morning for breakfast I had a whole wheat bagel thin with almond butter, 1/2 a banana, and sweet cherry butter and some grapes on the side. Delish! I love bagel thins. Sometimes they have me yearning for the real thing. I can’t remember the last time I had a real bagel. 🙁

Lunch was pretty healthy too. I had some blueberry Chobani!

Also, some veggie soup and a spinach and arugula salad with sun dried tomato hummus! I also threw in some carrots and cherry tomatoes. I got my fill of veggies! I’m just posting the salad because the soup didn’t look that great in the photo!

I may have also eaten a few mini strawberry crumble bars and a couple of brownie bites at work today too. One of my co-workers is an amazing baker and brings in delicious baked goods to share. These are my complete and utter downfall!! I’m trying really hard to resist eating these things, but most of the time my desire wins. I’ve been really struggling lately. I didn’t go overboard and eat tons of them, but I had 2 of each and they were delicious. I almost immediately regret eating them too, which is really hard for me to overcome. Can I justify these indulgences because I work out so much? I don’t know.

Anyway, I’m using today as a rest day so I didn’t go to the gym tonight. (Who wants to go to the gym on a Friday night, anyway? Not me!) I came home and made a delicious portabella burger. I LOVE portabella mushrooms! They are so tasty and make a great “burger”.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Sandwich Thin (I use whole wheat Arnold sandwich thins)
  • Spreadable goat cheese
  • A few leaves of baby spinach (or other leafy green)
  • 1 portabella mushroom cap, stem removed
  • Any spice you wish (I use salad spice and oregano)
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

Directions

  1. Clean off mushroom cap with a wet paper towl (I read somewhere that you should do this instead of rinsing with water)
  2. Throw in heated pan with olive oil and spices

  1. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side (they don’t take long to cook at all!)
  2. Spread goat cheese on 1 side of sandwich thin
  3. Top portabella mushroom with spinach leaves and put between sandwich thins.
  4. Enjoy!!

This is one of the easiest and healthiest recipes I know. I love it! I usually toast my sandwich thins too so its all warm and gooey. So yummy and healthy too. 🙂 I had a side of quinoa salad and dessert was some almonds and a couple of squares of dark chocolate. MMM…

In race news, tomorrow morning I may be running in the Pride 5K Run in Washington Park! I’m not registered yet but Chris and I are going to wait to see what the weather is in the morning and then decide if we should go and register! I hope they are taking day-of registrations!! It seems like it would be a really fun race! And I get to finally run a race with someone who runs almost the same pace as me. He might leave me in the dust though, so who knows! 😉

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