Thursday, July 29, 2010

attention all foodies

Portland
an enticing red door
our destination
Marc patiently waiting
I on the other hand am not so patient
drinks at Le Happy
crepes
Powell's ... books are all I need 
why yes!
walking in
toasting to 7
halibut with shallots, mussels and potatoes
the show stopper

Portland makes me
 ....
 Today Marc and I woke up determined to eat our way through Portland
 ....
 don't worry we've been riding our bikes
 (well the hotel's bikes)
 everywhere!!
 Seven years ago today
 Marc and I had our first date and the rest is history
 ...
 thank goodness I talked the entire time through Pirates of the Caribbean 
because if I hadn't 
there may not have been a second date 
(sense the sarcasm)!! 
So,
 listen all foodies
.... 
VISIT PORTLAND!!
 I have never 
and
 I mean NEVER
 had
 more restaurants,
 food carts, 
pubs,
 markets,
 coffee shops,
 tea shops,
 (the list can go on and on)
 to choose from. 
Portland is a food lover's dream come true.
Today
 we took an afternoon stroll
 to a cute little french creperie called Le Happy 
which pretty much sums up our day.
 Marc ordered a whiskey sour
 and 
I ordered their special Long Island to pair with our crepes.
 Afterwards, 
we took our time walking back, 
stopped into Powell's Books 
... 
WOW!! 
And then enjoyed a dinner at Clyde Common
By far, 
the show stopper of the evening was the dessert we decided to split
 ...
 a chocolate peanut butter ice cream sandwich with honey marshmallows and peanut brittle
...
 oh boy!!
We toasted to 7 years
and
 our dinner lasted two and a half hours.
 We both agree
 that we could really get used to Portland
 ....
the pace,
 the people and food are perfect!!
 Where is your favorite city 
and why? 
BISOUS!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bisous

on the way up
where we stayed in Ashland
peaceful
tasty
my first coffee in two weeks
getting ready to soak
lunch
dinner
Marc's dinner
dessert
making a birthday wish

I spent my golden birthday 
RELAXING,
 RELAXING,
 and 
RELAXING!!
 A relaxing day was much needed
 seeing as how
 I could barely walk on Monday :)
 BUT
 I am feeling much better now
 and
I am almost back to feeling normal.
I suppose running a marathon will do that to you.
What is your favorite way to relax?
 BISOUS from Portland!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

a change of plans


So,
 there was a change of plans in my race yesterday ....
I ran the whole MARATHON!!!!
26.2 miles in 5 hours and 29 minutes.
At mile 13
 I felt GREAT
 so
 I kept going and going and going!!
I am a true believer that our minds are incredibly powerful.
I stayed hydrated,
 motivated and inspired by the other runners
and
 finished 
The SF Marathon!! 
Marc and I are off to Portland
 to celebrate my golden birthday ...
tomorrow I will turn 27.
 We plan on drinking tons of coffee, 
hitting up some markets,
 enjoying delicious meals and just taking it easy!! 
I am also looking forward to meeting this lady
 ... 
the super sweet Lauren.
 Stay tuned for a couple of posts from Portland.
 And,
 thank you for all of your inspiring comments on the last post
 because while running yesterday 
that is what kept me going. 
Bisous!



Saturday, July 24, 2010

Go Time


So,
 it is go time 
and
 the only thing left for Amanda and I to do is:
Run Like the Wind!!
I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!!
BISOUS!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

the strawberry macaron

upon seeing The Strawberry Macaron
How did it get in my bag?
I suppose I will enjoy it!
Oh boy!

I have no idea how this delightful macaron
 followed me to the beach!!
 But,
 lets just say it did not last long.
 Strawberry on the outside,
 raspberries and cream on the inside
 ... 
oh boy!
 Some of you may remember that I've been training for the SF marathon
 ... 
well,
 after months of training and struggles with my knee I have made the ultimate decision to run the half marathon (the race is on Sunday)!!
 This I must say was a big blow to my ego
 ... 
yes, I keep my ego in check most of the time
 but after all this training
 I could not help but be a little disappointed.
 However,
 it is always great when things are put into perspective
 and
 I had to remind myself that
 in November I could barely run 2 miles
 and
 now I am going to run 13.2, 
my dear friend and I have raised almost $2,000 all to be donated to
 The American Cancer Society on Friday
 and 
that I feel GOOD!!
 Don't let me fool you with all of these food posts
 ... 
I work hard to enjoy GOOD FOOD!! 
Hopefully,
 I will have a strawberry macaron waiting for me at the finish line!!! 
Have you had to refocus your goals
 and if so,
 how did you keep things in perspective?
 Bisous!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

dinner on the North Shore

grilled corn
chipotle corn
toro
the chipotle corn burger
fresh whipped cream
sweet Summer strawberries
dessert!

 Two weekends ago,
 Marc and I packed up our car
 and
 headed to the North Shore of Tahoe
 (by far one of my favorite places to go)!!
 Our close friends came up to join us
 and
 the weekend was filled with
 GOOD FOOD.
 But,
on one night in particular,
 ...
 are you ready for this??
 I had the BEST BURGER I have ever tasted
 ...
 and yes
 it was homemade. 
I brought up the June issue of Food Network Magazine
 and
 our friend Daniel dove right in.
 We all decided on the Chipotle Corn Burger
 for the grass fed beef he had brought up.
 And boy was it the right decision
 ... 
the burger was out of this world
 ... 
incredible!! 
We paired the burger with 
a red Sangre de Toro Wine
 and
 a light salad.
 For dessert,
 I made fresh strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream. 
We all laughed with glee after we stuffed our tummies to the brim. 
And
afterwards,
 we sat on the deck until the stars came out
 ... 
ok not true
 but
 we stayed outside until the mosquitoes came out.
 You can also make the Chipotle Corn 
and
 drizzle it over one of your favorite vegetarian patties
 or skip out on meat all together
 and just make it with veggies.
 When you are with friends how do you spend your time??
 Happy Wednesday!!
 Bisous.

Chipotle Corn
Toss corn kernels and sliced bell peppers with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. Sprinkle your patties with ground cumin before cooking. Serve on a crusty bun with chipotle mayonnaise, the corn, salsa, onion, tomato and cilantro. We also added avocado and I would highly suggest doing so!!


Monday, July 19, 2010

Simply Summer

A Blue Moon with an Orange
Fresh Shrimp
A Tasty Marinade
LOVE
Butter Lettuce and an Avocado
Simply Summer

Last week,
 Marc and I picked up our first bag of goodies
 from our local CSA
 and to say we were excited
 would be an understatement!!
 ....
 Our bag was filled to the brim with goodness.
 We chose the extra berry option and had raspberries,
 3 pints of strawberries
 and
 more berries. 
They were so delicious
 that I ate one pint immediately. 
In our bag we had:
Butter Lettuce
Carrots
Corn
Potatoes
Berries
Plums
Oranges
Squash
all of which we will put to use.
 Last night,
 I was craving a fresh salad
 ...
 a salad that would leave me feeling light afterwards
 and
 luckily, 
 The recipe incorporated three of my favorites:
 Pink Grapefruit,
 Avocado
 and
 Shrimp.
 I marinated the shrimp for 15 minutes in
 lime juice,
 fresh crushed pepper,
 and
 a pinch of salt.
 Afterwards, 
I grilled the shrimp for about 3 minutes
 (they were already cooked).
 I must say the grapefruit is my favorite part to this recipe!
 Next,
I cubed my grapefruit pieces
 and
 saved about 5 tablespoons of grapefruit juice for the salad dressing.
 The dressing was light,
 fresh and simply SUMMER.
 So,
 the next time you are craving a light dinner try this salad
 ... 
you will love it.
  You can also leave the shrimp out
 and
 still have an AMAZING salad. 
What is a recipe that you love to make during Summer?
 Enjoy your week!!
 Bisous.

Grapefruit Dressing
(adapted)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons olive oil
a pinch of salt (adjust to your liking)
2 teaspoons lime juice
5 tablespoons of grapefruit juice

1. In a small bowl whisk together the Dijon, salt, lime juice and grapefruit juice
2.Whisk in the olive oil and adjust to your liking
Enjoy!!
The original recipe can be found here!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

when friends visit

a cup of tea please!
love the details
very true
Kate
two scones
eggs on crumpets
a palace on our walk
walking to Chestnut
 Mt. Tam Pale Ale and an Oatmeal Stout
hehe
lovely blooms
look what we found
our minis
a perfect way to end the day

Bonjour mes amis!!!
 I apologize for the lack of posts
 but 
you will be happy to know
 it is for a GOOD reason. 
One of my dearest friends
 is visiting with her husband
 and
 boy have we been getting into trouble.
 Katelyn and Scott are both friends of Marc
from college at UC Davis.
 And of course
 when I started dating Marc, 
I in turn became friends with them. 
Luckily,
 Kate and Scott are self proclaimed foodies like Marc and I :)!!
 So far,
 we have spent the majority of their trip eating, 
walking to yummy food establishments,
 and
 cooking.
  On Wednesday,
 I took Kate to one of my favorite tea shops
 ... 
Crown and Crumpet 
and
 after 8 cups of tea,
 to say we were anything but feeling great would be an understatement. 
We then headed down to Crissy Field
 and
 found our way to Chestnut Street
 ...
 one of my favorite streets.
 We ate at this delightful Pizza joint
 where sparkling water was complimentary
 (they make their own),
 we ordered two beers both locally brewed,
 and 
enjoyed a Funghi Pizza
 ...
 mmmm
 all to ourselves because the boys were not around!!
 After lunch,
 we picked up some cupcakes
 ...
 minis because we are watching our figures, 
and
headed back to Crissy Field
 where we laid on a blanket under the warm California sun
 ... 
Yes,
 it was sunny and seeing as how Mark Twain has said 
that the coldest winter he ever spent was a Summer in San Francisco
 ... 
Kate and I felt very lucky. 
When a friend visits what are some things that you love to do?
 Sending all of you much love!!
 Bisous!!

*some photos taken by Katelyn*