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August 9, 2011

sonoma: the food i ate

Of course I have to start out my Sonoma recap with the food I ate – hard not to, right?  Well, luckily I went prepared, which I have to do now-a-days to make sure there are enough healthy snacks around that won’t make me feel sick after eating them.  However, it’s always good to have a back-up plan just in case you need more fuel – luckily a brand new Whole Foods was one mile away.  I only went there for some chocolate-covered dried bananas one afternoon but it was nice to know if I needed something else it was there for me!

I am a breakfast person, no doubt about it.  I go to bed thinking of breakfast and can’t wait to dig in after a morning workout and shower.  I knew the conference I was working at was going to offer breakfast, but just fruit and toast or bagels.  Fruit good, toast and bagels bad.  So what did I do?  Well, I researched the hotel and found out they had a mini-fridge in the rooms.  Score!  4 days = 2 cups of oats + one container of unsweetened vanilla almond milk + 4T chia seeds.  Overnight Oats in a hotel room!  Especially delicious and special with a topping of Justin’s nut butters and bananas from a fruit bowl that happened to be delivered to our ‘working office” aka smaller conference room.  I packed a pint jar and a spoon/fork/knife utensil I got as well.

I also indulged every single morning in coffee – Starbucks bold style.  Nothing added, and I surprised myself by absolutely loving it that way.  I’ve come so far from my soy milk + sugar free flavored syrup days.

Lunches were a little more up in the air.  The first day I packed something to eat on the plane before we landed and then late afternoon I had a really delicious salad at the resort restaurant.  It was greens with roasted strawberries and caramelized shallot vinaigrette (I got it without cheese).  They actually cooked the strawberries in a pizza oven and they were surprisingly delicious (I didn’t know how I felt about warm strawberries on a salad before this).  I had this salad again one other time but with a side of frites – which were absolutely delicious.  Another lunch I got one day was an omelette (I ordered before 11:30 so they were still serving it!).  I had peppers, onions and salsa on the omelette (and they cooked it in oil and not butter) with a side of potatoes (cooked in oil) and a side of fruit (instead of the toast).  It was really good and a nice change-up from a salad!  One other lunch I ended up with just lettuce with oil + vinegar.  I then politely asked someone for a side of pb&j and brought it up to my room for on top of some rice cakes – delicious!  Love pb&j.

Dinners included a taco bar (just beans + salsa + guacamole).  I was disappointed they didn’t have rice and just flour tortillas.  The next night my co-worker and I escaped and ended up at Mary’s Pizza Shack.  I ran by it the morning before and noticed they had gluten free pizza on the menu!  I had mine sans cheese and with pineapple and olives.  So good – and filling!  I couldn’t even eat it all.  The last night I had the regular meal they were serving which was Salmon with potatoes and veggies (that turned out to be asparagus!).  I also tested the gluten sensitivity by eating a piece of their chocolate-hazelnut torte for dessert.  It was so good and I am happy to report that I had no ill side-effects.  Unless the nausea on the plane from sitting by the smelly guy was more to do with that than his odor… but I’m thinking not.  Definitely not going to make it a habit right now to have gluten filled goodies, but this was definitely too good to pass up and I am happy it did not make me sick!

Other than the regular meals, I had clif bars + lärabars as well as rice cakes and almonds + raisins.  I also ate all the apples and two of the peaches from the fruit tray along with all of the bananas :).  I also made sure to get plenty of water + pellegrino (and managed to stay away from the soda)!  It definitely is a struggle eating good, healthy, and allergen-conscious meals when you are not in complete control of the offerings, but I think I did a good job.  And I know I was definitely healthier than the rest of the conference-goers by avoiding the fresh-baked cookies, breads, as well as the various other foods laid out.  I was worried before I left how I was going to make everything work out but it ended up being perfectly fine!  Definitely ready for the next one!  Although I’m happy I have a few months because it was tiring!

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July 23, 2011

out and about in gb: the urban frog

I have been sitting on these photos for quite some time.  Six weeks to be exact.  When Kinley and I were looking for restaurants to go to after we ran the Bellin Run, Kinley happened across the website for The Urban Frog in Green Bay, WI.  Their menu looked way too good to pass up and they even had Gluten Free and Vegan options!  Can’t get much better than that in my book.  They’re located right in downtown Green Bay – the perfect urban location.

For an appetizer Kinley and I shared their Guacamole and Organic Blue Chips.  The guacamole was delicious.  My only complaint was that it was gone just too darn fast.

I decided to get the Pumpkin Wrap.  Pumpkin hummus, Granny Smith apple, raw almonds, dried cranberries, and feta cheese on a multi-grain tortilla.  I got mine without feta and with a millet & flax tortilla instead.  They also had gluten free Teff tortillas so I could have had my pick!  I asked for it grilled, but it wasn’t so I ate it how it came.  I was too hungry to wait any longer!

Dessert was out of this world good.  I wish I lived closer so I could eat it all the time.  I guess it might be a good thing I don’t live too close then…  This is Frog Cake. Wheat-,gluten-, and dairy-free chocolate cake served with raspberries.  Say what?!  No wheat, gluten or dairy in the most delicious and moist chocolate cake I might have ever had?  Excellent.  Now you know why I want to go back!

Along with the food items I had they had very delicious looking smoothies and a bunch of other wrap and sandwich options – with a lot of local and organic ingredients!  I really do want to run the Bellin 10k again next year so we have a good excuse to eat here again!

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July 21, 2011

out and about in mke: alem ethiopian village

A couple of weeks ago, Kinley, a friend of ours, Carly, and I went out for dinner at Alem Ethiopian Village in Milwaukee.  The main reason we chose this restaurant (and even heard of this restaurant) was through Restaurants.com when Kinley bought a coupon for $25 off of a $50 purchase.  We love trying new things, and Ethiopian food was definitely new to all three of us!  Ethiopian food is also gluten-free and vegan friendly which was extremely nice – it’s hard to find places to eat that cater to those two dietary requirements combined!

The inside decor was very cute – we were the first ones in for dinner (at 6pm on a Friday), so we got our pick of seats.  We chose the more original setting.

Featuring these neat tables.  There was some sort of cone on top of it as well that the waitress took off as soon as we sat down.

We told our waitress we would be using the coupon, and even after we had ordered all of our food there was still some money to use up, so Kinley and I each had a bottle of Perrier and we got a bowl of Lentil soup to share.

The lentil soup was delicious.  I could have eaten the big bowl all by myself.  There was a lot of lentils throughout as well as the sweetest cooked down onions.  Yum.

For our entree, Kinley and I shared the Taste of Ethiopia Vegetarian Sampler, which featured each of the 10 vegetarian (which is really vegan since they do not use dairy or eggs) options they offered.  They even split up the piles, so Kinley and I each had our own 10 tastes to sample.  It was all served in injera, which is a flat bread made with Teff flour.  I had called earlier and asked if they did use any wheat in their bread (which is not authentic but is common in the US), and they said they did use some wheat flour but they also had gluten free injera that they were able to substitute.  If you are gluten free, call ahead and make sure they have it because they only had one piece tonight and luckily we got it!  Carly had a beef stew dish I believe (in the bowl on the right).  They did ask if it was okay to serve the meat and the vegetarian food on the same injera, which we said was fine (and the gluten free injera was served separately anyways so I just ate that one with the sampler items).

After our wonderful dinner, we walked down the street to the Art Museum, I just love walking by the lake.

Discovery World is right next door and was so pretty this time of day.

After walking here, we proceeded to get lost walking up the lake.  We weren’t technically lost, but ended up way out of the way to cross back over from the lake to a street we could walk back to our car on (darn bluff!).  It was fun nonetheless and definitely got quite the walk in after dinner!
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