Tuesday, June 29, 2010

She still shops

And I'll be doing more tomorrow!

Last week I made a quick stop by Target to grab something festive to wear for the USA vs. Algeria game.  I found this cute Merona® Women's Sleeveless Flower Tank in Inca Red and completed my patriotic outfit with a cardi and jeans.

Don't worry, the US worn that day!!!

Races!!

Let me tell you, this summer thing has me off.  However, today I got really excited looking at my calendar while checking out upcoming races.  I'm ready for fall! I still have lots of stuff happening this summer though.

This month I'll be participating in two 5Ks.  The first is the32nd Annual Lunar Rendezvous 5K.  This is part of The Bay Area Running Club's middle distance challenge (the second part of this race series will be the Toughest 10K, aka, Kemah Bridge run!)  I'm not too sure what to expect from this race, but I knew I was going to be participating the the latter part of this series and thought, what the heck!  Let's just do them both.

 
The next week I'll participate in the Dynamo Run for the Goal 5K.  The Dyanmo are Houston's soccer team, and since I've been so into soccer these last few weeks I thought this would be really fun. Plus, you get 2 tickets to a game!  I've never been to a soccer game, so I'm really excited about that little incentive.

Other races coming up that I'll hopefully be participating in:

Toughest 10K
Gruene 10K
Race for the Cure - Houston
La Porte By the Bay Half Marathon

While there are some races that I've previously participated in, I'm really hoping to find new fun runs.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Baked Tofu and Quinoa Summer Salad

I woke up around 6:30 am to get my 5 mi run out of the way. I finally made it out the door a little before 7 am and was greeted by the sun. This run was a fail for so many reasons. I didn’t eat breakfast. I opted not to take water/GU with me. Left my cap at home. iPod Shuffle died. Oh, and the sun was trying to kill me. I only made it 3 mi and decided I was dunzo. I plan on running another 3 tonight once the rays are gone. Also, it looks like I better start going to sleep a lot earlier because I’m thinking I need to be up by 5 am.

 
I came home, watched soccer, then popped in Up in the Air. I cannot review that movie right now because the soundtrack is so soothing that it knocked me out!

 
For lunch I decided I needed to make some tofu that I’ve had for a while. I was inspired by not one, but two recipes from Kath Eats Real Food and tweaked them a bit.  First..
Baked Honey Tofu
  • Slice thinly and press out liquid
  • Drizzle with honey and S&P
  • Bake at 450 for 30 mins.
I let them cook too long and so they were extra crispy (like tofu jerky or tofu chips) but were still so good! Wait.  What’s that I’m watching??

 

 
 More soccer!

 
Baked tofu might be my favorite method from now on. I'm marinating another batch in teriyaki sauce and still have plain pressed tofu for another day. Next on the menu…
Pan Grilled Veggie and Shrimp Quinoa Salad
  • Cook ¾ c. dry quinoa, set aside
  • Sautee squash, zucchini, and bell pepper in EVOO. Season with salt and oregano.
  • Add cooked shrimp, halved and defrosted. Cook until warmed through, remove from heat.
  • Add Quinoa, a handful of sliced olives, a few capers, and a much feta as your heart can justify. Mix the juice of a lemon and 2 tbsp of EVOO together and add to salad. Mix. Devour.


 
So good. This is actually perfect for a summer side/picnic. I ate a little scoop when it was still warm and then went back for a second scoop once it was cold. Both ways were great. The capers, olives, and feta really make this dish and you can use any vegetables (in fact, the original recipe has sliced cucumbers and tomatoes, and that would make for a great cold salad)
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Also, I came across this awesome blog, World Cup Food Challenge. It looks like they create a dish inspired by the teams playing each other each day. For example, they might feature a dish from one country, or create a fusion dish inspired by two nations that are matched up. It’s so neat! They also have started a list of various ethnic restaurants around Houston. Tonight a group of us will be trying Ethiopian food!

 
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

She [still] runs…

…Even though it’s hot as Hades here in Houston. I went out for a 4 mi run tonight and waited until about 8:45 pm so that it would be cooler. It was 85 but felt like 90 according to weather.com. Awesome. It wasn’t as miserable as it could have been, but I also didn’t feel I was able to really sweat. I felt like the sweat just sat on my skin.

Here in Houston the running community has been dealing with a new lottery system that’s going to be implemented for this year’s marathon and half marathon. Folks are not happy. The organizers say it’s to give more people the opportunity to participate since the race filled up in 60 hours last year. Whatever, I stayed up until midnight last year and registered! So, this semi puts a kink in my plan…

Which was to run the Houston Marathon. The whole thing. What? I don’t know who I am. I just feel like a marathon is one of those things you just have to say you’ve done once in your life, and it might as well be now. Also, I was watching the Biggest Loser when they all ran a marathon and was like, if these people can do it, I can do it. The lottery opens at the end of July and people will find out if they’re in or if they’re out mid August.

But…
I had a dream a few nights ago that I got an email saying I was the 6th person picked for the lottery, and I sorta believe (because I’m brown like that) that that’s the way it’s going to get played out.

So the summer running plan is to follow a training program for a half marathon up until registration. I need structure and I also need to get used to running longer distances again. I’m using a program from the Nike+ website.

Then I’ll register and I’ll start a 24 week marathon training program. If I don’t get picked…I’m not sure what I’ll do. The only reason I want to run a marathon in Houston is because I’ll have a lot of support here during training and the race. Plus, I just really loved the race last year. I’m not really excited to run a marathon somewhere else, but we’ll see.

Also, how happy am I with these little bottles of Gatorade?  So happy! "Half the calories, all the G"

Monday, June 14, 2010

World Cup!

I'm not an avid soccer watcher, but I'm a social soccer watcher!  What better way to fill the days for the next month than watching international hotties every morning when I wake up and spend my weekends at watch parties!

Saturday I met up with folks at Sawyer Park to watch USA vs. England.


Note to self: Show up EARLY if you're planning on going here during the weekends.  We were running late and got to Sawyer Park at 1:25 p.m. and had to spend almost 30 mins in line waiting to get in.  Can you see me?

There I am!  Next to the guy wearing manpris (which I don't have a problem with)

We ended up on the roof patio and it was so incredibly crowded that it was hard to move.  I have to say though it was still fun.  The more the merrier when it comes to stuff like this, right?



Another reason why I'm willing to put up the crowds at Sawyer Park--the view!    I'm a sucker for skylines.


I ran out to Wal-Mart to buy a USA shirt that morning.  I knew they would have a lot since it's almost 4th of July time.  It does not matter that the screenprint was flaking off as my awesome beads rubbed against it, it was $3 and I was festive!  I am scared to wash it though...

Oh, and they set up a soccer area in the parking lot.  Random, but entertaining, especially when people's chanklas were flying all over the place.
All pics were captured by my friend Carmen

Are you watching World Cup?

Sawyer Park
2412 Washington Ave
Houston, TX‎  77007
(713) 863-9350‎

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Who are you reading?

I'm looking for some new blogs to follow and would love to know what you're reading.  Interests include:

  • Running
  • Reading*
  • Yoga*
  • Love/Dating*
  • Fun daily life updates (I know, such a stalker)
  • Cooking: healthy/vegetarian/vegan
  • Music*
The * indicates that I'm not really following this sort of blog right now, but would love to!  Send me some links!

"Sex" & Wine

The Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend included a viewing of Sex and the City 2 and a visit to a local winery.  S scroll down because I'm going to say like two things about the movie.
1. THANK YOU FOR AIDAN!  Gorgeous.  Done and done.  He's so big and hot and artsy and I love the way he talks. 

2. This movie is like watching four epis of the show back to back, not at all like the first movie that was so dramatic and theatrical.   There were a few things I wasn't happy about, but again, I'll wait for S to watch it until I share.  Overall, LOVED IT.







Ok, moving on.  After the movie we decided to check out a local winery that I had heard about.  Haak Vineyards & Winery is located in Santa Fe, a few miles west of I-45.  What can I say about Haak...well, their tasting room consists mostly of a huge gift shop loaded with gourmet snacks.  Not so bad.  The tasting area was simply a bar that you had to stand around, and since we went on a Saturday it was pretty crowded.

The wine was disappointing.

The young man serving our tastings was even more disappointing since he knew nothing about their wines/wines in general/how to conduct a tasting.  Perhaps if we had someone a little more knowledgeable pouring and explaining the wine our pallets might have been persuaded to enjoy a few.  Or not.

Their grounds were lovely.  After our tastings we wandered around and decided this would be a fabulous place to hang out and enjoy some wine...that we bought some place else and brought with us.

I really wanted to love Haak because the hosts lots of events for the community, and that makes me happy.  Unfortch Haak wine isn't for me.







Now what redeemed Haak for me?  They sold Vosges chocolate!  My absolute, #1 favorite chocolate in the world ever!  I decided to try the Mo's Bacon Bar and--stop it right now--it changed my life!  I even was kind and shared it with lots of people, including a few of my students.
Side story: I had a history teacher in high school that would share these little hard candies with us that came in a cute tin.  He would pop a few in his mouth and as he was lecturing would offer a few of us one.  I always though that was so neat.  I only had one square left of my chocolate and I divvied it up like Jesus did the fishes and loaves and managed to share it with about six students.  They all liked it and wanted to know where they could buy it.  If anything, hopefully they'll remember me as the teacher that gave them chocolate covered bacon.
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So how do you end a day of "Sex" and wine?  Drinks downtown!  We went to Sambuca for tasty cocktails and were entertained by the music and the patrons, and over course gabbed about SATC and our own love lives.  Overall a great holiday weekend!



Haak Vineyards & Winery
www.haakwine.com
6310 Avenue T
Santa Fe, TX 77510
(409) 925-1401

Sambuca
www.sambucarestaurant.com
909 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 224-5299

Monday, June 7, 2010

Woke up this morning hungry for crepes...so we're driving to ATX for brunch. I love summer.

That was my Facebook status yesterday morning.  A friend of mine decided late Saturday night that he wanted to drive to Austin to check out Flip Happy Crepes.  It had been featured on Throwdown with Bobby Flay and my pal is a bit of a foodie so had to check it out.  And since I'm on summer break (!) I said sure! Let's do it!

I got my wake up call at 7 a.m. to confirm our road trip and we were off by 9 a.m. with Starbucks in hand (decaf for me...deets later).  Now, the night before when this plan was being concocted I mentioned how fabulous brunch at Moonshine was...and again, my foodie friend felt that he also needed to experience this while we were there.  I have since dubbed yesterday's adventure Biggie Smalls Style Sunday.  So we brunched, and it was delish as always, and then we had only 20 mins. to make it over to Flip Happy.  He literally parked and ran across the street.  As we were ordering they placed the "Closed" sign on the window.  Score!


Now let me tell you, I'm over here looking for a building...maybe a cute old converted house...no.  Straight up silver bullet trailer.  We ordered and then grabbed a seat at the cutest picnic table we could find.

The goods
Left: Tarragon mushroom, goat cheese, caramelized onion, spinach, tomato, chives

Right: Whipped peanut butter w/ dark chocolate sauce, bananas and almonds
Not going to lie, they were both amazing!  That savory crepe was out of this world and the sweet one was tasty, but definitely meant to be shared.  I only had a few bites and then turned it over to the eating machine.

Best part of random road trips? Impromptu reunions!  C was able to meet us for brunch and our crepe adventure. 
C > Moonshine brunch + crepes



This is just my Click it or ticket campaign photo.  Feel free to use it, Texas DPS.

Flip Happy Crepes
400 Jessie Street Austin ,TX 78704
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday - 10:00am - 2:30pm
Thursday - 10:00am - 2:30pm
Friday - 10:00am - 2:30pm
Saturday 9:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - :2:00pm

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