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Capital District NY Eat Drink Blog

Good afternoon blog readers! I just recently got back from the my first Capital District healthy living blogger meet up! It was an amazing time! There were 9 of us in total! Heather, Julie (and Julie’s husband!), Rebecca, Courtney, Lauren, Amy, Marcie and myself. 😀

It was a pot luck brunch, and we each brought something to share! Here are all of the glamorous food shots! I have never been in a room with so many other food bloggers before, and I felt so at home! I wasn’t the only one photographing my food!

Julie's delicious scones!! I ate about 3 of them!

Heather made cute tags for each dish! Love it.

Lauren's mini frittatas

Becca's strawberry spinach and feta salad

My plate: a little bit of everything. And of course I went back for seconds. 🙂

The group of us chatted in Heather’s living room for close for four hours about blogging, social media, and healthy living in general. It was awesome, and I learned so much from these lovely ladies! I’m so glad to have found such an amazing healthy living blogger community in the Capital District, even though we are small! I hope to definitely spend more time with these girls. 🙂 Thank you so much to Heather for hosting us and coming up with the idea of CDNY Eat Drink Blog! Everyone’s food was great! We’re thinking of making CDNY Eat Drink Blog a monthly gathering!

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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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Fourth of July 2010 – Part 2: Firecracker 4

After Saturday’s pig roast, Sunday Chris and I were all set to run in the Firecracker 4, a four mile race in Saratoga Springs. So far, this race has been my longest! I ran the Workforce Team Challenge back in May, which was 3.5 miles. I was thinking that four miles would be a breeze. 🙂

After picking up our packets and bringing them back to the car, we headed to where the start line was, right on one of the main roads in Saratoga. There were so many people running this race!

I thought it was kind of funny that there were even mascots running this race! It was really hot out too, so they must have been dying in those costumes! There was a gorilla, a deer, a bear, and a dog.

At 8:00AM the race was set to start! My goal for this race: to have fun! There were also supposed to be bands set up throughout the course, which is always awesome. I wasn’t too worried about being fast for this race, I just wanted to have a good time. I even got out my camera and tried to take some photos of the course.

It’s a bit blurry, but it’s rather hard to take decent pictures while running. 😉 This was at the very beginning, right before the first hill.

Eventually I caught up to the bear! I can’t believe he was running faster than me in that costume! It must have been wicked.

The course ran through a residential area of Saratoga, and there were lots of people cheering on the side of the streets. One guy even had his hose out for a misting station!

I felt really good throughout the entire run. I didn’t really push myself until about the last mile. Right before the end there was another hill, and I just forced myself to run up it really fast. Chris went ahead of me after mile three.

Soon the finish line was upon me! It came up really quick! According to my Garmin, I finished in 37 minutes and 59 seconds!

Chris came in ahead of me in 36 minutes! 🙂

My official race time: 38 minutes and 17 seconds
Place: 808 out of 1,344

Garmin Stats:
Total distance: 4.09 miles
Total Elapsed Time: 37 minutes and 59 seconds
Average Pace: 9:17
Average Speed: 6.5 mph
Calories Burned: 483

Negative Splits!
Mile 1: 9:58
Mile 2: 9:29
Mile 3: 8:58
Mile 4: 8:54
Mile .09: 39 seconds

After cooling down and drinking about two bottles of ice cold water, I re-fueled with an orange slice and half of a bagel smeared with peanut butter! Mmm.

Chris and I changed out of our sweaty shirts back at the car and then walked around Saratoga for a little bit! I love Saratoga, it’s such a nice place with so many nice restaurants and shops.

We stopped to check out Four Seasons Natural Foods to see what they had. It was pretty much just like a mini co-op. I ended up getting some more coconut water and a frozen fruit bar to snack on while we walked around!

Before we left Saratoga, we stopped at the Putnam Market so I could get a salad for lunch to go.

I ordered the Chevre, Roasted Red Peppers, & Pine Nuts on Mixed Greens , but they didn’t have pine nuts, so I had them put on walnuts instead.

When we got back to Albany, we stopped at Moe’s so Chris could get a burrito for lunch. He ate his burrito and I had my salad!

The salad was really good, but definitely not worth the $9.00 price tag. There should have been way more veggies in it for that price!

Anyway, right next door to Moe’s is my favorite ice cream place, Emack & Bolios. Since it was the Fourth of July after all, I had to go in and get some frozen yogurt! I ordered the low fat black raspberry chip! Yum! You really cannot go wrong with Emack & Bolios.

After lunch we headed back to Chris’ place and just had a relaxing day, watching movies and hanging out. For dinner, we were both craving pizza! Chris had been wanting to try Pizzeria Inferno, so we decided to order the California Classic. It had tons of veggies, including: tomatoes, spinach, red peppers, artichokes, red onions, and basil.

This was the best pizza I’ve had in a while! It was so flavorful and had tons of delicious veggies on it. I’m craving it right now!

But the Fourth of July isn’t complete without fireworks. Since we were in Albany we had the perfect view of the Empire State Plaza fireworks show!

The fireworks were an awesome ending to a fantastic Fourth of July Weekend. I couldn’t ask for more! 😀

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Fourth of July 2010 – Part 1: Pig Roast

Holy crap, what a busy weekend! I was so busy, in fact, I have to split this weekend’s post into two different parts! Hope everyone else had a fantastic fourth of July! I know I did! 😀

Saturday, my family and I were invited to a Pig Roast/BBQ Cookout to celebrate July 4th. It was a huge party, with 80+ people attending! The party was at my cousins’ house and they had a whole tiki theme going on, which was so cute! And they had tons of food, like you wouldn’t believe. The main attraction was a whole pig on a spit, but since I don’t eat meat, I didn’t bother taking any pictures of it. I could barely look at it!! But needless to say, it was rather impressive.

Before we get into the pig roast, lets rewind a bit. Early Saturday I started my day off with some blueberry Chobani and raw oats.

Then my friend Brendan and I went for a 12 mile bike ride! It was a nice, scenic ride! 12 miles is the longest I’ve ridden on a bike before, so I was happy about that! It wasn’t too bad, and I felt great. 🙂

I came back for a post bike ride snack of a banana covered with dark chocolate dreams peanut butter! They say if you are trying to watch what you eat, never go to a party starving! You will eat everything in sight!

I also drank another one of these delicious coconut waters!

After my ride, I got ready and went to pick up Chris, since he was coming to the pig roast with me! When we got there we headed straight for the appetizers! There was SO much to choose from. I stuck with FRUIT!!! The fruit was glorious. There was had tons of fruit salad, watermelon, strawberries and blueberries! And a delicious fruit dip, which is the white blob on my plate.

I stuck mainly to fruit until the real food came out. I also tried some fresh caught catfish. It was actually really good!! I ate of the catfish and an ear of corn, since I was kind of saving myself for the dessert table.

There were desserts galore…I may have went a bit overboard and had a couple of butterscotch magic bars, a cupcake, and a few cookies and brownie. But hello…July Fourth only comes once a year! I try to save my calories for dessert! 🙂

But main attraction was the pig. It had been roasting since 5AM!  That’s 12 hours of cooking! I didn’t try it, but Chris said it tasted amazing.

After dinner, my sister, Brendan, Chris and I hung out by the pool!!

The pool was fun and refreshing, since it was such a hot day!

I also had 2 glasses of homemade red and white sangria! My favorite!

Overall, it was an awesome barbecue! It was such a great way to celebrate the July 4th weekend: with Family, Friends, Food, and Fun! 🙂

Part 2 to come later, complete with a race re-cap!

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A Picnic and some Chipotle

Well, today was my work picnic! I’ve only gone to one picnic since I began working at my Department, and that was two years ago. I missed last year because it was the same day as the DMB concert, so I decided to go to this year’s picnic.

I knew not to expect much from the food at this place because it didn’t have that great of a reputation, and as suspected, it wasn’t great. They had hot dogs, hamburgers, raw clams, wings and ribs, all of which I don’t eat. However, a veggie burger saved my day!

Although I wish I knew what was in it. I could see rice, and possibly beans. Who knows?! I threw on some ketchup, mustard and relish and it was somewhat tolerable. I also had a few small bites of some nasty pasta salad, and some okay tossed salad. But overall, the meal was pretty depressing.

One thing that was cool about the picnic was that it was supposed to be a zer0-waste event, meaning we were told to bring our own plates and silverware! And we composted the leftovers, including paper plates and napkins.

There was also a dish washing station where we could wash our dishes!

After my picnic, I promised Chris I would pick up him his favorite burrito at Chipotle!

I have never had Chipotle before, so I was interested in trying it to see what the big deal was. I got Chris a carnitas burrito and myself a fajita bowl! I got the bowl because I was trying to pick a healthier choice, and I knew it would probably be less calories than a burrito or tacos. In my bowl: cilantro-lime rice, fajita vegetables, vegetarian black beans, mild tomato salsa, a small bit of cheese, lettuce, and some guacamole.


Overall opinion: tasty! It would make an incredible burrito!! No wonder Chris likes them so much! :-D. I only ate a little more than half the bowl and Chris ate my leftovers. It was so good, and they give you so much food! The thing I like about this restaurant is it seems to care about the food they put in their menu items. They use simple and fresh ingredients. I like that.

Well, I should get to bed early tonight since I’m planning on doing my long run tomorrow, since I have a crazy weekend planned. Good night!

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One Busy Weekend

Hola everyone! Phew. Finally some time to blog! I’ve been neglecting the blog world this weekend, sorry about that! Time to get down to business. Let’s start with Saturday morning.

I had two barbecues to go to on Saturday, so for breakfast I had a simple yogurt bowl! I threw in some honey vanilla Chobani, a 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 of banana, and some fresh strawberries into the mix. It looked like this.

All mixed together. The oats tasted a bit bland. But the fruit helped!

After breakfast I went for an early bike ride. I wanted to get some exercise in because I knew I’d be eating a lot at the parties I had to go to. The ride was a nice workout. I rode 8 miles in 54:14.

After my ride, I made some special guacamole for my sister’s party. This is by far, my favorite guac recipe. It’s so healthy! I love that it calls for a can of white beans. You can’t even tell the beans are in there!

pureed beans! they look lovely.

avacado

jalapeño, cilantro, onion, and salt mixture

the finished product!!

This guac is SO good! I make it all the time.

Anyway, after making the guac, I had to head to my friend/coworker’s wedding celebration/bbq! It was such a good time! Unfortuatnely, I was a bad blogger and didn’t get my camera out once!! I can just tell you what I ate.  I munched on some grapes, strawberries and watermelon along with a few cheese and crackers before dinner was served. For dinner I had veggie lasagna with side salad and a hardroll! It was so good and I was so happy there was a veggie option there! Chris came with me to the bbq and he got a pulled pork sandwich and said it was delicious. I believe him!

After dinner it was time to watch the World Cup!!! Katie let us and a few other people watch it in her husband’s man cave. It was a really cool room with a big screen TV and nice sofas! Unfortunately, the game didn’t end well for the US team. 😦 Sad faces all around. But it was still a fun party! At one point it was time for the new bride and groom to cut the cake! I didn’t have the wedding cake, but I did have a small slice of cheesecake, which was delicious!

After that party, Chris and I headed to my sister’s bbq. I also did not take any pictures of this one…sorry. I just wasn’t thinking about blogging for some reason! I wasn’t too hungry for the food here but I did have some of my guac! Along with some of the five cup salad my mom made.

In case you don’t know, a five cup salad is:

  • 1 cup sour cream (my mom used light sour cream)
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows

It was SO good and so perfect for a summer bbq, since it tastes really tropical! It was definitely my favorite food of the evening! (I might have even polished off the leftovers today…) Yum.

I also ate part of a salmon burger (no bun), and a couple of cookies. I wasn’t to0 hungry.

On to today…

This morning I got up and knew I had to run eight miles. Let’s just say I was not looking forward to this last night. But, when I woke up I felt really great. I had a piece of toast with peanut butter and honey, and a cup of green tea and I felt more than ready to run. To made my long run more manageable I headed to the gym.

I ran the first three miles on the treadmill to warm up at about an 11:30 pace. I finished the three in 33:40. Not too bad. I felt excellent. I then hopped off the treadmill and got my gear together (spibelt with phone, Garmin, ipod, sunglasses), downed some water and a Clif Shot Blok, waited for my Garmin to load (it took way too long by the way) and was on my way to run the remaining five miles outside.

I actually ended up running 4.77. But let’s say that’s five.

Stats:
Miles 1 – 3: 33:40
Mile 4: 10:37
Mile 5: 10:26
Mile 6: 10:22
Mile 7: 10:28
Mile 8: 10:06
Total Time: About 1 hour and 22 minutes. Jeeze.

I was getting pretty tired by the end, so I cut off the last quarter of a mile. My feet were hurting, but other than that, I felt great! 🙂

I made a pit stop on the way home to Hannaford for a cold drink. A low calorie Gatoraid G2 grape drink. I wasn’t impressed. It tasted like fake grape flavor. I had a picture of it, but for some reason it won’t rotate from horizontal to vertical. Oh well. I will spare you.

After I got home from running, my sister wanted to go hiking. I was kind of tired, but I thought why not? I already ran 8 miles, why not do a short hike? I will continue with a post about the hike later on. Right now I have to relax and watch some TV…my bed is calling me!

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Indian Ladder Farms Food Festival

Happy Fathers day to my dad and all the other dads out there. I hope you all had a nice day! Mine was pretty low key.

I started the day out nice. My mom and I decided to head to the Indian Ladder Farms local food festival. We went pretty early to see what they had. There weren’t too many vendors there, which I was kind of disappointed about. But they did have animals!

Kitties for adoption!

A donkey named Eeyore.

And bunnies!

So cute!

Out of all the vendors my mom and I only got a couple of things: some vegetable and roasted red pepper bruchetta, more maple peanut butter, and raspberry creamed honey, all of which were made locally! 🙂 I can’t wait to try the vegetble bruchetta on top of some pasta. Yum!

After the fest, I came home and hung out with my dad, and gave him his father’s day presents. He was pretty happy! My sister and I got him some t-shirts and a gift card to Lowes.

I had to fit in running somewhere, so around 12:30 I ran five miles in 53 minutes on the treadmill, since it was a little too humid to run outside today. The treadmill was brutal. I felt fine, but I was just bored out of my mind! After my run, I snacked on some new greek yogurt. The grocery store didn’t have Chobani, so I grabbed a Brown Cow to try.


And it was delish! It was just as good as Chobani, actually. I added some raw oatmeal to the cup to give it some texture, and that was really satisfying. I also had a slice of double fiber whole grain bread with some dark chocolate dreams peanut butter. That was my “lunch”, since my parents were planning on grilling an early dinner.

My mom got gourmet hamburgers for dinner, but she also had some salmon burgers in the freezer, which I’ve been dying to try. I had a salmon burger on a sandwich thin topped with some peach mango salsa. I wasn’t sure how the salsa would taste with salmon, but it was actually REALLY good. I also had some whole grain tortilla chips and salsa on the side.

I was really pleased that the salmon burgers were only 100 calories each. I feel really good about my food choices today.

So I hope everyone had a nice day…especially my Dad! It looks like he enjoyed it!

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