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Family – Friends – Food Weekend

You ever have a weekend that feels like all you do is run around and then eat all weekend long. That’s how this past weekend felt for me. I didn’t work out nearly enough, I ate everything in sight (translation: BREAD) and met some new friends! The weekend had a bit of a down side, but it ended on a positive note. Here’s the recap!

Saturday

My day started early with heading to Detroit for an Instagram foodie meetup and photo shoot! One of my favorite foodies on Instagram is becoming quite the famous chica in the Motor City. Her name is MyThy (pronounced My-Tee) and we’ve been trying to find a day to meet up to eat food, take photos of food, and generally hang out and talk about food. I was in luck because she does bread pop-ups selling this Hokkaido Japanese milk bread she bakes herself, and she sells them at the pie place REB and I went to on Valentine’s Day. My coworker and friend Dane decided to meet in Detroit at Sister Pie, meet MyThy (he’s met her before though), buy some bread, eat some pastries and then the three of us were going to brunch!

I got there before Dane, gave MyThy a huge hug and bought some of her bread ….and a few other things to enjoy in the morning.

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Pie for breakfast! #yestopie

Once we finished our coffees, MyThy, Dane and I headed to Rose’s Fine Food for brunch. I was so glad we decided to go here. This place is tiny but it’s like a trendy hipster diner but with incredibly delicious farm-to-table breakfast and lunch items on their menu.

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MyThy being adorable and taking photos of Crybaby donuts – YUM

We all got a “hot milk” to start and we split two donuts called crybaby donuts. They’re just these fluffy, delectable dough treats that I’m still dreaming about today. I opted for the hazelnut hot milk, MyThy got the turmeric (very interesting!) and Dane got the smoked maple and vanilla. We split a blood orange donut and a chocolate and date one. They were so rich we couldn’t finish them, but they are definitely worth a try if anyone ever goes here!

Now onto brunch. Oh em gee. It was incredibly hard to decide what to get! Everything sounded so delicious, but when my eyes zeroed in and saw something with “hash” and “poached eggs”, I was sold. I opted for the #Chickpeahash (how it’s written on the menu too – haha), and it was so, so good. I couldn’t finish it all but it was like a chickpea stew with tomatoes, chickpeas and greens, with two poached eggs on top, a basil creme fresh and came with a slice of their homemade toast.

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Look at this beautiful table of food!!

I was so impressed with this place that I need to remember to leave a nice review for them on Yelp later today. I highly recommend this place, though. After a quick hug goodbye and making sure we would meet up again soon, we had to part ways so MyThy could make more bread for her pop-up on Sunday too!

IMG_1006After brunch, Dane and I headed to the DIA [Detroit Institute of Arts] because I hired him to take new head shots for me for my photography web site! This was probably the most fun I’ve had with another photographer. Dane is such an incredible photographer and I respect his work so much. He mostly does fashion photography and has this edge to all his photos that I absolutely love. The last photos I had taken of myself I love, don’t get me wrong, but I just wanted a change and really loved his idea of shooting at the museum! I’m so excited to see them.

Sunday

So Sunday started out on a bit of a sad note (I’ll explain more on that in a separate post), but ended on a good note. I will say that I have some nice friends and family who helped cheer us up!

I met my friend Andrea for breakfast in Ann Arbor at a new restaurant I had never heard of called Juicy Kitchen. It’s a really small place with incredibly fresh farmers markets ingredients and an extensive menu with a lot of vegetarian and vegan options. We each got some tea (I got a Chai teabag and she got Green Ginger) and our breakfast dishes were phenomenal. I once again was on a poached egg fix so I got the JK Benedict.

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How beautiful is this dish?? Two poached eggs on top of corn cakes. topped with a goat cheese sauce and served with greens and fruit. It was delicious, light and perfect to start the day. I will definitely have to come back here with REB. It might be across town from us, but it’s definitely worth it!

After breakfast, I met up with my friend Amber and we got some coffee at Mighty Good Coffee and talked for a while. She was having a rough weekend as well and then I had a rough morning on Sunday, so, it was good to just sit and talk it out over everything!

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My friend Amber got a Cortado and I opted for a vanilla latte with almond milk. Both were delicious and I just love latte art. After coffee, we went to see the movie How To Be Single. It’s not typically the kind of movie we’d like, but it was cute, lighthearted and the thing we needed.

Once I got home, REB and I headed to Lansing to see some family. I finally met my brother- and sister-in-law’s new corgi puppy, Annie, who is just adorable.

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FYI: If you’re ever having a hard day or something…find a puppy. Instant happiness and mood elevator! Annie is so cute and a barrel of softness. She’s so characteristically corgi and awkward and wiggles like a little worm. It made me miss how Gryff would have his little awkward puppy tendencies when we first got him. He still has some, don’t get me wrong, and he’ll always be a puppy at heart, but being around a puppy is always fun!

Afterwards we met up with REB’s uncles to have dinner before making the late drive back to Ann Arbor.

So while it was a weekend of ups and down, and lots of food, I’m so thankful to my friends and family for being there. I’m incredibly grateful for people’s talents bringing me to meeting new people and working with people in a new light. Here’s to more fun like this!

Hope you all have a good week!

What’s one fun thing you did this past weekend?

Over the weekend

What a busy weekend I had! Here I thought March would end up being a busy-weekend month for me, but April is proving to be exactly the same.

I welcome it though! A lot happened over the weekend including being able to cross yet another thing on my list.

I ran my first 5K! Finally! A year in the training (and making!) and it’s finally done. I did the Rear Saver 5K on Belle Isle in Detroit – a race to prevent colon cancer. I’m not really big on the cause and whatever, so I mostly just ran it “just because.”. It was a really flat course and on the track of the old race track on Belle Isle. So it was a good first race for me!

My friend Kat and I got there bright and early to pick up our bibs and race packets.

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Then it was time to stretch, warm up and line up for the race! My friend Kat is amazing. Throughout my “training” or weekly runs up until Saturday, I had been doing a 5 minute warm up brisk walk, then running and sometimes stopping to walk, until I reached the 3 mile mark. Yeah, Kat wasn’t letting me off the hook that easily. She said we’re running the whole thing, I couldn’t look at my Garmin at all, and she kept encouraging me, telling me I was kicking ass and doing awesome which kept me going strong!

She was my rock and I couldn’t have had the confidence to run the entire thing without her! She’s training for the half marathon in Pittsburgh in May, so I think she liked having this 5K as a simple run for her to get in over the weekend before her long distance running during the week in training. Either way, Thanks KAT!!

I ended up finishing the race in 38 minutes. Not the best, but I’ll take it. I had told myself that I wanted to finish it in 45 minutes, so seeing that number as I crossed the finish line only boosted my confidence! I had been averaging 40-42 minutes during my weekly runs, and that included the 5 minute warm up walk and cool down walk.

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Maybe it was adrenaline, excitement, or the fact I never gave myself credit, but I was determined to run that entire damn thing and I’m so glad I did! I can’t wait to do another race. I officially have the running bug and want to just continue to improve! I have a goal to increase my distance to 3.25 miles this week and gradually work on increasing speed as well. I’ve set a new goal for myself to try to hit the 5 mile mark by mid-summer. I hope to do this before that, but I know me. I want to give myself time!

So after the race, we made the trek back to Ann Arbor and had a much deserved brunch at Cafe Zola. The rest of the day was spent chillaxing and taking a long nap (I hate getting up early on the weekend!) which got me all revved up for the evening of fun! My brother-in-law’s (REB’s brother) birthday was March 31 and we didn’t get to see him for it then. So we had planned to do a group dinner Saturday night so we could celebrate it.

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Saturday night outfit

We met up at an Indian place called Mirchi, which some of my coworkers had been to when they were under different management. It wasn’t bad food! The service is another story, but overall, the food wasn’t horrible. We all ordered Thali plates. Thali is basically a large platter that has small dishes on it with all different kinds of things: curries, yogurt, a dessert, rice, a lentil dish, a soup-ish dish, etc.. It’s really the best way to try a bunch of Indian food and curries (both south and north Indian) when there isn’t a buffet!

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I barely made a dent int it. So much so that we still have leftovers. It was seriously more food than I ever needed, plus I had eaten the righteous Turkish Brunch at Zola’s earlier in the day. But in my book, having leftover Indian food is a total pile of win.

The night ended with Scary Movie Night at my friend Amber’s house (becoming a tradition) where I got introduced to the amazing Bruce Campbell and Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2. Truly a work a masterful art, lemme tell ya. Groovy, baby.

On Sunday before Sunday Funday and Game of Thrones night, Amber stopped over with one of her dogs and she and I took a long walk through our neighborhood with her dog and Gryff. Then we let them play in our backyard for a little bit.

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I also uploaded a few sneak peek wedding photos on my photo FB page! Here are a few, but the rest you can find here!

All in all, it was a perfect weekend with beautiful sunny weather and fun! I have ended up with a cold, but it was well worth it. I already look forward to the fun this weekend will bring!

What did you do over the weekend?

Biking. Bees. Football.

 

I would say Happy Monday to everyone, but Mondays are gross and I don’t welcome them with happiness.
However, I will say this: I had quite the good night’s sleep last night. The first in a very long set of nights. I don’t know why I can’t sleep well. I go to bed at a decent hour every night and get well between 6-8 hours of sleep each night! I honestly think we need a new bed. But I digress.

How was everyone’s weekend? Ours was…good. It had a lot of ups and downs actually.

As most of you probably already know, REB and I participated in the Tour de Troit in Detroit over the weekend. It’s a bike ride through the city. There were two rides to choose from: the 62-mile metric which was more hardcore and more like a race. Then one we did: the 30-mile leisure ride through the city.

But first, the weekend kicked off with a date night downtown at one of our favorite breweries, Grizzly Peak. It was a beautiful night downtown and also very busy since it was a home game weekend for Michigan (who killed the Minute Men I might add). Nevertheless, we enjoyed waiting outside while we waited for our table.

Even though I am not a fan of the school here, I can’t deny how fun the downtown atmosphere of Ann Arbor is. Especially in the summer and fall! It’s like a big, little city and we love it here. We ordered a few beers (I got a pale ale and he got an amber – both local), then we split some warm pretzel sticks for an appetizer, then split dinner: he got the chickpea sandwich and I got a margherita pizza. Delicious!

We went home after walking around a little bit, relaxed and hit the hay early since we had to be up very early to make it down to the D before the ride began!

The Tour de Troit starts at the iconic Michigan Central Station: the old train station in town. The same guy who designed this building also designed Grand Central Terminal in NYC. It’s so sad to see MCS in the state it’s in now :( It closed down in the mid-80s, but apparently people still sneak in there (risking receiving a trespassing citation!) to get some beautiful shots of the city and the architecture inside.

We got there super early to pick up our packets and also enjoy the light yogurt, granola and fruit they were offering as a quick breakfast. The metric began at 8 a.m., an hour before we started our ride, and then by 9:30 we were off!

 We were two of 5000+ people who rode that day! We rode all over Detroit, through some run down places, but also through some beautiful neighborhoods with huge homes still occupied today. It was a really fun way to see the city, and safe because it was a completely closed course that was also police-escorted.

We had a few stops here and there, but the main stop was on Belle Isle Park where they provided us with apples, bananas, granola bars and Viatmin Water to fuel up. We opted for the fruit, and packed our own bars in the back of our bike shirts. I also downed a ton of water during that stop. It was 18 miles to Belle Isle, and then another 11 or 12 back to the starting point!

I’ve never been to Belle Isle, but it’s a beautiful little island in the middle of the Detroit River and from there, you can see both Windsor, Canada and Detroit and its skyline!

The race was a lot of fun, but I don’t know if I’d do a leisure ride again. Both REB and I like to maintain a steady speed (he can go REALLY fast. Me? I like to do around 15-16 mph) and because there were so many people going so slow, we couldn’t do that. It took us like 3 hours to complete the whole ride because we averaged about 10 mph. There were pockets where we could go on the outside and speed up, but I don’t know. Cruising around isn’t really my thing on a bike, I came to find out. But hey! It was a fun way to see the city, do an extended ride for the first time and also a pretty good workout!

The rest of the weekend was spent trying to take pictures of bees in mid-flight – which is VERY hard to do – and also watch football! It was just not my weekend for football this weekend. Michigan State lost to Notre Lame and I was pretty pissed. I wasn’t happy, it was awful, and I don’t want to talk about it.

My fantasy team didn’t do as well as it could have either since all my players decided to get hurt or not show up to play ball. I didn’t do terrible, but last week was a lot better.

All in all, not a horrible weekend, but I wish it could have been better sports-wise ;) I hope this week in football makes me happier!

Lots to look forward to this week and weekend too. One of my best friends is celebrating her 30th birthday and she and I are finally doing a girls night together! Should be a lot of fun!

Does anyone else take football as seriously as I do? 

Para-Para-Paradise

 

Hi friends!

You might have seen some shots on Instragram, but we saw Coldplay last night! I’ve been wanting to see them live for the longest time. REB saw them about 6 years ago when Parachutes was first released, so it was a treat for him too. We all got to wear wristbands that lit up when the show started and started flashing during certain songs. They had balloons, big glowing balloons across the arena, confetti, black lights, singing happy birthday to Will the drummer, and of course, really good music. They put on a great show and you can tell they love their fans. They even did their encore in our section a few rows away from us! It was amazing. Here are some shots from the show (and dinner before ;)):

Gazpacho a la Kruse and Muer

 

Grilled veggie primavera...food won

 

So that and Radiohead earlier this summer marks the end of our big concert plans. After I go to a concert, I always seem to want to attend more! Maybe there are some peeps coming to smaller venues….

What is the best concert you’ve attended?