What Have You Been Up To?

Well hello there!

What have I been up to?

Well Maine was awesome as always.  My grandfather really enjoyed his birthday and I just wish I had some pictures :(  We enjoyed many wonderful dinners and angel food cake!

Best dinner:

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Back Bay Gril – beat pasta with goat cheese, pine nuts and basil.

Coolest Place Visited:

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Yes, Stonyfield now has cafes!  Well actually there seems to be only one in Maine!

004 My mom and I split a fo-yo with strawberries, blueberries and almonds.

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They have a ton of fresh organic food made to order and they even have happy hour!

005 I really think they should expand the concept!  Maybe put one in Maryland near me!

Fun Adventure:

009 Strawberry picking!  It was hot and sweaty, but got a lot of berries!  They smell amazing and I have already eaten a ton.

008 I was excited for fresh fruit!

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Next up…cherries!

007 Cherries are so hard to find organic and they are crazy expensive.  They also have blueberries coming out soon that will be ready for picking.

Final Thought:

It grosses me out that strawberries and 2/$5 right now.  They taste like nothing and are covered in pesticides!  I also feel bad for the pickers, because that was serious hard work and I know they are the ones making less because of the bumper crop.

Thanks for staying with me!

Maybe I will get a new camera some day!

I hope you had a great weekend!


Dinner Delight

First off I had the most amazing ride today in the Maryland countryside!  I rode for about 12.5 miles over an hour and climbed some major hills.  Best part about hills?  What does up must come down!  I would bring my camera but given it’s lameness already I don’t want to take any chances!

When I got back from my ride I wanted dinner!

002 Wheat Berry Shrimp Curry – 2 servings

  • 1 shallot
  • 1tbs EVOO
  • 12 shrimp
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/2 cup wheat berries (when uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup soy beans
  • 1 tbs curry powder
  • S&P

Cooke wheat berries in a pot water for 30min or until desired chew.  Sautee shallot in EVOO, add zuc, beans and then finally shrimp and curry powder.

Serve shrimp mix over wheat berries and you are done!

003 Nick approved meal with a side salad!

004 Check out what happened with my digital macro setting…I memorized the settings so I know where things are.  I will have a problem when the memory card gets full :(  I think I remember how to delete them.

I am going to Maine tomorrow and I can’t wait.  Maine is probably the most special place to me in the US and then Arizona on horseback.  I could ride through the desert on a horse all day long (as long as I had water!) 

I can’t wait to smell that fresh Maine air.  Nothing else smells like Maine.


A Bit of Magic

I got a special delivery today!

001 My magic bullet!

I won this sucker through a giveaway on RunEatRepeat and I have been looking forward to it arriving on my door ever sense!002 This comes at a great time because Nick has been really getting into smoothies these days.  He is actually eating them for breakfast! He is not a breakfast person.

Best features…

  1. Portable for tailgating or any other time you need a blender to go…beach, camping etc.
  2. Small and dishwasher safe

I am going to give her a whirl tomorrow morning with a breakfast smoothie.

I still need to read the directions, but I figured out how to charge her.

Line em up and drink them down!

003 Do you have a magic bullet?  What is your favorite combo to create in it?  I see that it makes salsa and grinds coffee? Crazy!

Now what to do with the old blender…


Biker

Good evening!  I have some good news!  I finally bit the bullet and got my bike!

001 Please excuse my flash…someone stepped on my camera this weekend and the screen no longer works.  Yes I am bummed about it, but it still works and I do not have the funds to get a new after buying my bike!

REI is having an anniversary sale with 15% off all bikes and I knew it was no or never to try and get my bike. Cannondale CAAD Women’s 8.

004 I took her out for a ride yesterday and it was such a difference from my mountain bike.  For one I clipped in (I only fell off once) and my biked just seemed smoother and went further.  I ended up doing about 23 slow miles.  I wanted to get used to the bike and the trail was a little to bumpy to go fast on a road bike.  I saw so many cute farm homes in back country Maryland.  I need to take her out on the open road, but I have a race to train for in less than 2 weeks!!!

I am already checking out races in the area and I am excited for this new adventure.

Next step in my life…save for new camera…what kind should I get????


Centro Tapas Bar

Nick and I enjoyed a lovely evening outside on Friday night in Federal Hill.

I am always game for sangria and tapas so when I heard about Centro I had to check it out.

The menu is extensive and we took our time making or plan of attack over a glass of sangria.

001 We started off with a trio of cheeses and some Spanish olives.

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Manchego 12 Month  (D.O)  ||   semi-hard sheep’s milk cheese-peppery, zesty, full of robust flavor
Cabrales (D.O.P)  ||   blue cheese from the Asturias region-made with cow, goat and sheep’s milk, semi-hard, crumbly texture, aged 2-6 months in limestone caves, unpasteurized
Murcia al Vino (“The Drunken Goat”)  ||   semi-soft goat cheese, sweet, buttery, smooth, wine cured

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Next we split a lovely salad

003 Ensalada Hinojo y Manzana $6  ||    salad of shaved fennel, granny smith apple, marcona almonds, baby arugula, Pedro Ximenez vinaigrette

I loved these almonds!

Up next… mushroom stuffed sweet peppers and spinach and chickpeas.

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Pimientos del Piquillos Rellenos $7   ||   sweet roasted red peppers stuffed with wild mushrooms, cava cream sauce

006 Espinacas Salteadas $6   ||   sautéed spinach, chickpeas, dates, pine nut butter

Nick and I both agreed this was our favorite dish, and he doesn’t even like cooked spinach or chickpeas!

Then we waited and waited for our remaining main dishes…apparently things got a little backed up in the kitchen.

Arepa Mechada $8   ||   Venezuelan corn masa topped with pulled oxtail meat, fried egg, avocado – NOT PICTURED007 Calamares en su Tinta $7   ||   sautéed baby squid in its own ink, sticky calasparra rice

The squid was not as good as we had hoped and the oxtail would have been better with less masa.

We also got a special snook fish that came with bay potatoes that tasted like pure butter.  There was supposed to be saffron in them, but I could not taste it.

I also had a glass of sustainable pinot noir from Chile that was delicious.

We ended the night with a flourless chocolate almond cake that was not overpowering and very almondy.  I enjoyed the light end to the evening.

Overall I love tapas and sharing flavors, but I wish they all didn’t have so much oil.  I can defiantly start to weigh me down.

It was a great experience and a nice night to eat outside.

IN OTHER NEWS…if you live in Baltimore and want a dog please come see Stitch at BARCS!

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We are #1!

We are the City Champions!

“The John Trotta Experiment” (Don’t ask) went 12-0 (?) to win the city championship last night!005 This was our 4th season in varsity and finally upset the 4 year reigning champs in a 3-1 win!

003 No a little picture slide show… I went to bed way too late last night, but at least I was DD 🙂004

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Apparently this cup has been around the world?  They also told us that other place have tried to play the Baltimore teams, but we are just so much better it wouldn’t be a contest.  That’s right!

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Sad this was Diana’s last season :(  I will miss her.

Until next year folks!

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Happy Weekend!


Curry My Sauce

It has been some time that I can remember getting really excited about making a dish.  Tonight was one of those nights to get excited about.

001 Curry Stir Fry with Soba Noodles – for 2

  • 2 servings soba noodles
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 head organic bok choi from the farmers market
  • 1 box shitake mushrooms shopped
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 block of tempeh or 1 serving of scallops
  • S&P
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Curry sauce of your choice – I love TJs red curry002

Sauté onion and garlic in oil, add mushrooms then broccoli.  Cook soba noodles as directed. Heat up scallops and crumbled tempeh in curry sauce.  Add bok choi to other veggies and a little curry.

Plate noodles then top with veggies and tempeh or scallops.

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My tempeh got nice a browned in the sauce, which made it the best tasting tempeh I have ever had.

004 I think Nick ate all of his within 5min.  Well all of it except the bok choi.  He is not a fan.

What was the last meal that you got excited about making?