Triple Berry Sorbet

I've been a little MIA from the blog lately. Boston happened, which left me in shape to be talking great food. I was enmeshed in reading Dances with Dragons, which is 1040 pages! (just finished by the way - oh my god, I can't wait until the next book comes out!) On top of that, my allergies have been debilitating these past two weeks. I mean, seriously, enough is enough. Shouldn't I be used to all these Californian pollens or whatever by now? Ugh. It feels like I have a cold without the body aches. Which isn't that bad I guess. Who am I kidding, having a cold or flu is way worse than allergies, but this is straight up annoying. I've been on four or five different pills to try and suppress the congestion, watering eyes and itchy ears. Some make me feel like I'm on crack, at least what I think it might feel like to be on crack. Some make me feel drunk and loopy. It's not pretty people.

And I feel like every time I get a stuffy nose I can't taste anything. But the one good thing about my allergies is that I didn't loose my taste buds at all! So even though I feel like sh*t, I am grateful I can still enjoy food.

Since I have all the buds intact, we made sorbet!


Thoughts for Boston

Abbie and I started this blog to share our adventures. To both of us, running plays a big part in our lives.  Abbie taught me how to run back in college when I could barely run for a minute straight. I ran her first marathon with her back in October. She taught me what the Boston Marathon was all about and since then it's been on my "to do" list. 

I've had this post pending for the past couple of days. I continue to be unable to accurately write all the things I've been feeling.  This is all so unbelievable to me right now.

Every day I talk to the patients and families I work with who are experiencing trauma or are terminally ill. We talk a lot about the roller coaster of emotions that we go through during life's changing events and this week I've experienced that roller coaster first hand. Boston is such an iconic and important race in the running community: It is a goal every runner has on their race bucket list. And even though I wasn't in Boston this week running that marathon, this has hit my heart so hard. 

I am a runner, a spectator, a supporter, a marathoner. I have friends and family members who are all of those as well.  There is no other feeling in the world like seeing your husband, family, friends, and complete strangers along the course calling out your name, bib number, shirt color, or saying "hey girl in the skirt, you're almost there", giving you exactly what you need in that moment to get to the next mile. And there is nothing in the world like the feeling of passing the finish line after running 26.2 miles. 

Running and its community means to much to me and has been such a big part of my life, even more so since I moved to California. As runners, we meet new people in new cities. We make life long friends talking about the most random things. We cheer on our friends, we cheer on strangers, we train long and hard in all sorts of weather. We are called crazy. We are called inspiring. We are called strong.

Sometimes we run for solace, sometimes we run to be together. It is a safe place for us to go when we need it most.

This event has affected me so much more than I anticipated. It has rocked my tiny little safe world and hit closer to home than I had expected. Monday, I was in shock. Tuesday I was angry and confused. Now, I'm just asking why. Why would someone do this?

Despite all of the emotion, the thought of not running another race is unthinkable. As soon as I got home on Monday, I put on my running shoes. Tuesday I wore my blue and gold to work and went for a run that evening. I've looked back at the photos of my old races and the amazing memories they each hold. Tomorrow will come and I will run again. I will train harder. I will put even more passion into this sport. I will go to my next race and it will be very different, but that finish line will mean so much more. I won't stop.

Throughout the past few days, I've read a lot of great stories and blogs posts about the running community, the selfless acts people did to help one another, and all the support going out to the spectators, runners, and city of Boston. I'm amazed and so proud to be a small part of this very large group. 

If you want to help but don't know where to start, please check out Laura's post from yesterday. She has a list of different ways you can contribute and donate.

Now, like I asked on Monday, any one have good race suggestion for me? I've been itching to train for another marathon...



Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Omelet

Back in December, I made a very difficult decision and decided to take a season off Team in Training. I joined the weekend after we moved to the Bay Area and participated in 3 seasons in a row. Meaning, I pretty much donated my Saturdays to the team and the cause and haven't really had a two day weekend until now. Don't get me wrong, I love TNT, its such a great cause, I've met some of my bests friends doing it, but over the past few months it has been really nice to sleep in a bit and decide when/if I want to run that day. Real talk. Bacon has won over running, several times. 

So I've had my break and now I've gotten the itch back. I've been scouring races in Northern California and I'm weirdly yearning to torture myself again with another marathon. Plus, I kinda miss the waking up early and grumbling with my teammates as we huddle together in the cold and dark to run 16 crazy miles. Oh, and there's always brunch and or burgers after. Worth it. 

Over the past month or so, I've started to get back into an early morning (meaning 9:00am early) workout routine. Sunday morning Yoga Sculpt has become my thing. It kicks my ass, in a good way.

Leaving me starving by the time I make my way home. After a hard morning workout, whether it be running or yoga, I always crave a big delicious breakfast or brunch. And since I'm not with the team right now, I am fending for myself to get my big recovery meal in. Enter, this omelet.

I've been mixing up my egg styles this year and omelets are a favorite of mine. Mainly because you can stuff them with such goodness. This one has oven roasted tomatoes, goat cheese, some herbs, and its topped with, what else, avocado.

I like to roast a whole pint of tomatoes and save the extras for an easy breakfast or salads during the week.

Some people find omelets difficult to make. I just cook them like a pancake almost. If the omelet thing isn't fun for you, you can always just scramble all this together and I'm sure it will be just as good. 

Don't forget to add that little bit of milk. It makes the eggs more fluffy (fluffier?). Fluff.

Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Omelet
Serves 1
2 large eggs
2 tsp milk
1/4 cup roasted tomatoes (see below)
2 tsp goat cheese
salt and pepper to taste
assorted herbs (optional - I've used fresh and dried, whatever you have on hand and just a sprinkle)
avocado to top

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Spray the pan with non stick spray or melt 1 tsp of butter in the pan. Beat the eggs, milk, and a pinch of salt together until combined and all the same color. Add the egg mix to the pan and make sure the whole bottom is coated, swirling the pan as needed. It may resemble a big yellow pancake as it begins to set. When it is setting, gently, using a rubber spatula, lift the sides of the omelet from the edges of the pan so a little more of the egg mixture gets under the pan to cook. Once the omelet becomes set again, add the tomatoes, goat cheese, and herbs and flip one side of the omelet over the meet the other. Don't worry if it still looks a little runny. It will set more as it sits. Let this cook for another minute or so. Top with a little more tomato, cheese, and avocado. Salt and pepper too.

Roasted Tomatoes
1 pint cherry tomatoes, washed and cut in half
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400*. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss tomatoes in olive oil, salt, red pepper, and pepper. Bake 25 minutes until slightly browned and caramelized.

Store in an airtight container for about 5 days.

Serve with some good coffee and enjoy! Post workout breakfast is always the best. 

When's your next big race? What's your favorite post workout meal? Any suggestions for me for an upcoming marathon??



The Bee's Knees: A Cocktail with Preserved Lemons

I tried really hard to be productive this weekend. I woke up early on Saturday. The husband and I made a yummy waffle breakfast. I figured Chris had to work, so I planned to run a bunch of errands. You know, grocery shopping and the usual Target run. Chris has been working super hard on the new brewery. Which equates to 12 hour work days during the week with a Saturday or Sunday added in. Its going to be amazing when its all done, but in the mean time, I get a little bored when he's not around, hence, errand planning.  Any way, I drove up to Napa, where my nearest Whole Foods/Trader Joe's (not to mention Target and Cost Plus happen to be in the same plaza with Outlets right down the road - lots of shopping) is located, only to find out I left my wallet in my yoga bag!! Arggg, that's a 30 minute drive each way. What a waste!

So I got home and was a little bummed. I didn't feel like driving all the way back out there. It was overcast, I watched some DVR of New Girl and Grey's. Organized my pantry. Then decided I needed do some cocktail testing. Why not?

My preserved meyer lemons have been sitting in my fridge since February. Figured I needed to test them out.

Back when I glanced through the book I found the lemon recipe in, I also saw a recipe for a cocktail that used some of lemon brine.

So I busted out the Trader Joe's Gin. I am a total armature with booze, so I have no idea if this stuff is "good" or not. I read up on it before the purchase and it was mention it was very "Tanqueray-like." Real talk, I don't know what that means. But, I reallly enjoyed TJ's tequila and I am happy to say that this stuff is pretty damn good too.

I mean, this is how much of an amateur I am. I don't even own a shaker thing. I used a tervis tumbler, a mason jar lid, and fine mesh strainer to shake this bad boy up. Ha!

Whatever, I work with what I've got.

I do, however, have this awesome tool. I love to use this to measure stuff for drinks. It has everything from teaspoons to ounces to milliliters. 

Any way, back to the drink. So, we've got Gin, fresh lemon juice, honey syrup, and a dash of the preserved lemon juice. Its a simple cocktail. The splash of preserved lemon juice really gives it a salty bite that is pretty delightful. I tried it both ways though, you can be the judge. 

The Bee's Knees
 Serves 1 // Inspired by Pickled by Kelly Carrolata
2 ounces of gin
3/4 ounces of honey syrup *
1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp of preserved lemon juice
Rind of a preserved lemon for garnish (optional)

Pour all the ingredients over ice in a shaker tin. Shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with the pickled rind.
*Honey syrup is a simple syrup made of equal parts honey and water. For this I used a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of water. Heat them up in a sauce pan (or microwave safe container) and measure what is needed. If you use straight honey, it may clump up in the shaker and you won't get the flavor. Make a bigger batch and keep it in the fridge to use as needed.

See what happens when I have too much time on my hands...




March Adventures

March came in like a lamb and out like a lion. It was such beautiful weather to start then became rainy and foggy the few days. California is just the opposite as every where else in the county. What else is new, right.

March was good. Here's life...

March Foodie Pen Pals

It's time for another addition of....(in game show host voice) FOOOOODIEEEE PENNN PALLLLS!

This is my 3rd month doing Foodie Pen Pals and I've been enjoying myself so much! I mean, snail mail is pretty amazing. When snail mail happens to be packed with fun food and goodies, well, it can't get much better. Unless it's shoes of course.

This month has been brought to you by Christina Garcia, a fellow Foodie Pen Paler. She sent me tons of fun stuff.

Its funny, my favorite things were actually from Trader Joe's. I have a TJ's that I go to frequently, and I've seen all the items Christina sent me, but never picked them up. Now I've got a few new things to add to my snack list!

I tore right into the edamame crackers. So good! Plus, you can have 38 crackers and its only 120 calories...bonus, because the next one is not so healthy...

I've walked by these babies in the store so many times, but have resisted...until they showed up on my door! DELICIOUS!

And most likely dangerous if I keep in eye sight in the pantry. So this is the type of snack I hide in the very back and when I realllllly need that sweet treat and I'm digging, I find gold.

Thank you again Christina! I am still enjoying all my treats one by one and I know I will have a few more favorites in the bunch.

Want to join Food Pen Pals? You can even if you don't have a blog. Check out the link to sign up and if this whole thing is new to you here are those fun details about what FPP is all about:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US, Canadian & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. We've determined things might get too slow and backed up if we're trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 

Oh, and I sent my fun stuff over to Kim at Fabulous Fit Foodie.

Onto April we go...

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