Last Week in Boone: The Food {WIAW}

Hey guys! It’s been a little while since I’ve been able to visit this little corner of the internet but I am happy to be back! This past week has been pure craziness: final exams, family visits, graduation, moving home, and on top of that today was the first day of my internship! Whew. No rest for the weary right? That’s okay, they’re all pretty wonderful things so I have no room to complain.

During my last week in Boone, I made it a point to get to all my favorite restaurants for one last meal before moving back to Raleigh. Boone has the BEST restaurants and Raleigh, despite having some decent restaurants, is mostly full of chains, blech. So I had some pretty spectacular meals this past week.

(Thanks Jenn!)


I made a roommate breakfast date at Melanie’s, an adorable little breakfast/lunch place in downtown Boone for Tuesday morning. We all had the morning off for exams and everyone knows a delicious, hearty breakfast is the best final-exam-taking fuel. I started with a very necessary cup of coffee. It’s a little blurry, but that’s what happens when I don’t have caffeine in me. It’s not a good time.


To eat I ordered Melanie’s Big Breakfast


Which came with two eggs (over easy), stewed apples (un-pictured on the side), a biscuit (which I gave away to my roommates) and homefries. I have a new found homefry obsession and have been ordering every where. Maybe not the healthiest obsession but dang delicious. This meal kept me full for 6 whole hours which is a pretty big feat for me.



Thursday afternoon I grabbed an iced coffee pre-exam and a farmer’s market apple. This is the first time I’ve put milk in my coffee in FOREVER. Iced coffee is a little rough on my stomach, probably because I drink it 10x faster than hot coffee, but a little bit of milk seems to help.



Beer, coffee, and a kitty in my lap. Could life be better? I got one last visit in with the kittens before they left for Michigan, it’s amazing how much they’ve grown in 2 weeks!


Dinner was good old Black Cat. I built my own burrito with black beans, rice, broccoli, mushrooms and tomatillo salsa, minus the tortilla. Oh Black Cat, I’m going to miss you so much.


After dinner one of my roommates and I headed to Low Wine Bar. It’s located on top of Espresso News, the best coffee shop in Boone. This was my first time going and I’m not sure why I waited so long because it was awesome. Whoever decided to put a coffee shop and wine bar in the same building is a GENIUS.


I had the Marc Roman Malbec, mostly because it was the cheapest red on the menu, but it also happened to be really tasty. Really easy to drink without being too sweet.


Post-wine my roommate and I spilt a 7 Layer Bar from the coffee shop downstairs (genius, I’m telling you). It was not even close to gluten-free but so tasty it was completely worth it. 7 layer bars are the best.



Saturday afternoon my parents and boyfriends drove up to Boone for graduation festivities. They didn’t get into town until around 1:30 and I was starting to get borderline hangry. It happens. Luckily I had this amazing and filling meal from Coyote Kitchen to tame the hunger beast. I had the Sedona Boat: Coconut rice, black beans, blackened tempeh, roasted sweet potatoes, corn, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, and spinach, topped with sweet red vegan mayo and scallions. I was full beyond belief after finishing this bad boy but it was soooo worth it.


AKA Graduation day! My college’s graduation wasn’t until 3:30pm so my family had plenty of time to kill before then. We grabbed an early lunch with my uncle at Hob Knob Farm Cafe. Hob Knob is one of my favorite restaurants in Boone, but it’s a little out of my (very small) budget so I save it for when my parents are in town =) . Hob Knob is awesome because they have lots of gluten-free, vegetarian and organic options, they source most of their ingredients locally and they have really adorable decor:


It took me way too long to decide what I was going to order, I’m not used to having so many options – it’s hard to decide! But I finally decided on the Tamale De Bayamo: House made tamale filled w/ spinach, squash, yams, garlic, corn & peppers. Served w/ tamale sauce, black beans, plantains, chipotle queso salsa, green olives, romas & spring mix.



Post-graduation we hit up somewhere low-key for dinner. We didn’t want to deal with the post-graduation dinner rush, especially with 7 people. Black Cat again! Twice in one week? I’m not upset about it.


I had the (blurry) Satay it to Me Softly (how cool are the burrito names?): rice, tofu, carrots, broccoli, caramelized onions, and a spicy peanut sauce. Delicious as always.

And my last full day in Boone wouldn’t be complete without…


Fro yo! Chocolate and Reese’s peanut butter yogurt topped with more Reese’s, chocolate shavings and Oreo’s (they are my gluten nemesis!). This was the most perfect fro yo cup I could have asked for and I enjoyed every last bite!


I have no pictures from Monday (sowwy!) but I have to mention the delicious meal I had at Boone Bagelry. The meal itself was pretty basic but really delicious. I had two eggs (over medium, is it sad I didn’t even realize this was an option until this week?), homefriends (I’m telling you, I’m obsessed!) and a gluten-free whole grain bagel. Yup, a gluten-free bagel! I should have taken more advantage of it this year! I’m kicking myself now.

Then I loaded up on old school candy at the Mast General Store. The sugar was more than necessary for the 3+ hour ride home. Why have I not eaten more MalloCups in my life? They’re delicious!


Today was my first day at my internship! Everything went really well and it looks like it is going to be a busy, but very fun time! I also found out there is a Whole Foods less than a block away from my internship. This is going to be very dangerous for my wallet.


Salad with spinach, garlicky kale, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and roasted chickpeas, roasted zucchini and eggplant (which was served cold, I wasn’t a fan) and some kind of quinoa dish with sweet potatoes, black beans and pepitas. I also had an un-pictured Clif Builder Bar on the side.

After writing this I’m hungry all over again.

Does your town have an delicious/unique restaurants?

What did you eat this week?

What’s your favorite hat/salad bar meal?

Exciting Newsssssssss!!

Sorry for the obnoxious number of S’s but today has been all kinds of exciting. Very fitting for Thankful Thursday!

thankful thursday

Exciting news list time!

  1. My little brothers are 19 today! When did they get so old? Last time I checked they were still 8 years old and now they’re in college, where the heck does the time go?high school graduates
    They may be 19, but that’s okay, they still act like 8 year olds.twin egg yolksSide note, is ironic that I get a egg with twin yolks on my identical twin brothers birthday? I think so. So glad I got them too because they totally made up for the yolk I broke, whoopsies.
  2. My design got picked for a postcard my department is sending out to different Graphic Arts companies inviting them to a job/internship we’re having on campus in March. Whattttt!!! So excited when I found out. People in the industry are going to see my design! Eep! I had a “You like me! You really like me!” moment when I found out and I might have gone to the bathroom to do a little dance. Okay I definitely did!(Shameless self-promotion moment: if you’d like to see some of my design work, my portfolio is here:
  3. I’m now a Sweat Pink AmbassadorI got the e-mail this afternoon and I’m so excited to join the Sweat Pink Community! I let out an embarrassingly girly high-pitched squeal, luckily my other roommates weren’t there to witness it 🙂Photobucket
  4. Here is a re-enactment of my expression after finding out all this exciting news:excited faces
    I almost graced you guys with a video of my happy dance but I decided against that internet embarrassment and just stuck with pictures.

Additional exciting things:

  1. An incredibly sweaty spin class! There’s a spin class right before my Pilates class so I decided to check it out and support my fellow group fitness teachers, it was a tough but super fun class. The guy teaching is on the school cycle team so his workout was intense but I loved every second of it!
  2. My Pilates class went really well! Nothing special happened, the class just flowed really well, which always feels good.
  3. I just made some kale chips, they got a little burnt because I was busy watching Glee, but they were still pretty tasty.
  4. I survived my public speaking speech! There were a few rough moments but I made it through and I think I did pretty well!
  5. My apartment is restocked with coffee! FINALLY!

Brag time, what the most exciting news you’ve gotten lately?

Do you have an siblings? I’m the oldest of 3 and my brothers are identical twins.

Exciting News and a New Year {MIMM}

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Sorry for not being the most consistent blogger lately, I’ve realized when I’m at home I got into full on lazy mode. It feels good but doesn’t bode so well for my productivity level, or my motivation to blog. But that’s okay, because isn’t the point of winter break to do absolutely nothing for a month? I’m going with yes. Gotta enjoy those school breaks while I still have them! Anyway…

Happy Monday!

(Thanks Katie and  congratulations on your wonderful news!)

First of all, can I just say that every Monday that I’m home on break is automatically marvelous because I have absolutely no obligations and it feels like the weekend. Sorry to rub that in a little more.

Secondly I have some exciting news!

I was recently contact by Tribesports to see if I’d be interested in partnering with their team. Um, YES! If you’ve never heard of Tribesports, it’s basically a social network for sports, fitness and health freaks like yours truly. You can use the website to track workouts, join fitness/health challenges, share advice and recipes and connect with others! I really love the concept of the site and even though I’ve only been a member of the site for the past week or two I’m already loving it!

Tribesports encouraged this

I’ll be sharing some fun workouts and graphics as part of my partnership with Tribesports. For example:


This one I had to share right away because I love it so much. So true right? I used to be so fixated by the number on the scale. I don’t ever weigh myself anymore (seriously it’s probably been almost a year since I’ve stepped on a scale) and I’m so much happier because of it. That’s basically a long way of saying that I really love with this picture (and Tribesports) promotes; I’m so grateful they reached out to me and I’m excited to share more graphics like this with you guys!

Here’s my profile if you’re interested.

Some other things making my Monday marvelous?

Reconnecting with old friends. I met up with an old friend from elementary school on Thursday. She just had an adorable baby girl named Kylie in August and it was so good to see her and her daughter! The last time I saw her was back in June for her baby shower but before then I hadn’t seen her in probably 9 or 10 years! (Whoa, time flies!) I hope to do a better job of keeping in touch this time.

It feels so great to reconnect with old friends, I think that since Facebook and other forms of social media have gotten more popular we’ve become so lazy in staying in touch with old friends. We just check someone’s Facebook/Twitter/Blog to see what they’re up to instead of calling them up and having a real conversation of it. I’m really guilty of that.

Discovering Degrassi Junior High on Amazon.

degrassi junior high

It’s cheesy, Canadian, and fantastically 80’s but I’m obsessed! I’m already over half way through season 2. Judge me if you want for watching a show about middle schoolers but I do not care. I’m a sucker for the headbands and preteen drama.

Hello 80’s fashion. Too bad my family is less than thrilled by it.

Old Navy deals!

I stopped by Old Navy with so Christmas money to take advantage of their post-Christmas sale and walked out with these:


I snagged the sports bra for $6, the shirt (in pink) for $4, the workout capris for $10 (and they’re compression pants!) and the green pants for $17, except that they’re full length in real life and not ankle length like they are on the model. I’ll consider that a win.

I always go shopping with the intention of buying real clothes and some how end up buying workout clothes instead. Whoopsies.

I also had a $20 groupon to a local running outfitter store and picked up a long sleeve Asics top (originally $40). I’m slowly racking up the cold weather running apparel!

Family movie outings. Something crazy happened yesterday where everyone in my family had the day off work and no other obligations so all five of us actually spent sometime together at the same time. It’s sad how infrequently that happens but with school/work/other plans we see each other but not often all at the same time. We all went out to lunch yesterday afternoon at Sweet Tomatoes, and I had my usual obscenely huge salad:


You have to go for the double plates. Seriously. I also had some un-pictured chocolate/vanilla swirled frozen yogurt and granola, the best way to end a meal in my opinion.

That night we had plans to go bowling because the local bowling alley was really good deals on Sunday nights, but when we got there the place was packed, it was an 1.5 hour wait for a lane! So we headed to a movie instead. We all compromised on Skyfall (my brothers wanted to see Django Unchained, my dad wanted to see Les Miserables and I wanted to see Monsters, Inc 3D – yes I’m a child, and some how Skyfall was middle ground?). I’m not a big James Bond fan, or action movies in general but Skyfall was actually pretty good. Plus Daniel Craig wasn’t terrible to look at.

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I can deal with that for 2 hours.

My New Year’s Eve is going to be a pretty chill one, I’m thinking about running a 5k at midnight, but odds are me running it are starting to look a little slim. I’ve still got about 2 hours to decide (procrastination much?) but home is pretty warm and cozy and race fees are $30, and $10 a mile is starting to sound a little steep. We’ll see what happens! I might just curl up with a glass of wine instead 🙂

What are your New Year’s plans?

Any New Year’s resolutions?

What did you do this weekend?

Friday Rambles

Guys, I’m seriously slacking on my Pilates posts, sorry about that! I promise to make up for it later. But in the mean time, I’m feeling some rambles, I couldn’t think of a cool alliteration for it so you are just stuck with Friday rambles. Get ready, I have the attention span of a 5 year old, actually they might have me beat.

  • I leave for South Carolina tomorrow! We’re spending the weekend there to have pre-Christmas with my grandfather, aunt and uncle. My boyfriend’s tagging along too because we’ve been dating for 6 years and he still hasn’t met my extended family, I hope he’s in for an all new level of crazy. Just kidding, my family’s not too bad. Sometimes…

    circa 2010

    Two things about this picture, one, it is physically impossible for my family to take a picture where everyone’s eyes are open, seriously every single picture someone is blinking, two, my family makes me look like a shrimp. I promise I’m actually 5’4″ my family is just a bunch of super tall freaks.

  • I’m very upset at my gut right now for hating gluten. I just want to stuff my face with spritz cookies but nooooooooo. Boo.

    You look so tasty yet you are so so mean to my tummy. Gluten-free substitute cookies just aren’t the same. You best believe I’m eating like 50 of these puppies Christmas morning, the day after Christmas is already super depressing so having a terrible stomach ache won’t make it much worse. That sounds a little terrible but it’s my plan.

  • Even though they’re not spritz cookies, I’ve had some pretty good gluten-free cookies lately, first these guys:

    Then I picked up some of these guys at the store:
    gluten free gingerbread cookies
    Hit the gingerbread spot. They were light and fluffy, the texture was a little crumbly but I didn’t mind. Only 12 come in a box which is kinda lame, but probably a good thing because if I go crazy and eat the whole box I won’t feel too bad about it.

    And tonight I made these:

    PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOMS. I. Love. These. Cookies. Luckily gluten-free peanut butter cookies are super easy to make and all I had to do was add the Hershey’s kiss. Dark chocolate Hershey’s kiss of course.

    For the cookie, I used this recipe from the Detoxinista, except I left out the salt because I was using salted peanut butter and I added 1/4 cup almond meal because my batter was looking pretty wet and I was scared it wouldn’t hold up the kiss. I found the Detoxinista’s blog through a google search and she has a ton of grain-free and flourless recipes that I’m super excited to try out soon! I love google blog finds!

  • One box, four cats

    They are all a bunch of crazy kids. Who needs a cat bed when you have an Amazon box?

  • I’ve had some really awesome workouts this week thanks to having no daytime obligations, I love break.
    Friday: Yoga, I’m trying not to slack on the yoga since my 30 day yoga streak is over, but I definitely did during exams and my muscles were tightttt, but by the end of class they were all nice and loose-y goose-y
    Saturday: Weightlifting, I’ve been feeling a little weak and squishy lately so I’m trying to get more strength training back into my routine, yay muscles!
    Sunday: An Interval Training class at the gym, I haven’t been to one of these since the summer and I really enjoyed it! The class is 90/60/30 second intervals of cardio and strength training. I worked hard then went home and ate lots of Christmas cookies. It’s all about balance right?
    Monday: Pilates! I love being able to go to classes outside of my University, it gives me lots of good ideas/cues for my classes. This instructor was so good and intense, my abs were feeling it! And I ran a 5k on the treadmill after class.
    Tuesday: Another yoga class, I loved this particular teacher, her classes are very flowy and she always gives savasana adjustments which feel amazing!
    Wednesday: 5.5 mile run! My longest run since May!
    Thursday: 5k run with the running group at my gym and weights. Maybe not the best decision to run back to back days but my legs were feeling good and I don’t get many opportunities to run with other people so I jumped on the chance.
    Today!: Yoga and more weights! My legs were tight after all that running!

    That was a lot of words and not a lot of pictures, let me make up for that:

  • Lately I’ve been renewing my love for kale:

    I was on a big spinach kick for a while because it’s easier to prepare, but I picked up a bag of kale at Trader Joe’s the other day which was a fantastic decision. I love my greens!

Are you traveling anywhere for Christmas?

What are your weekend plans?

Have you baked any Christmas cookies/goodies? I want details!

Thankful Thursday


First and foremost, I’m thankful that exams are OVER. I’m also thankful I got a 100 on the exam I took yesterday afternoon, now I’m just hoping the rest of them went that well! I seriously feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and I’m not really sure what to do with all the free time I have for the next couple weeks. I’m definitely not complaining though!

Secondly I’m thankful for being home with my family.


They’re a little crazy.


But I love them all the same. After a stressful couple of weeks it feels so good to be home.

Today I’ve been enjoying


Fro yo trips with my dad. The bowl looks really pitiful because it was 50 degrees out and I’m a wimp and didn’t want to get cold. I had espresso (delicious) and chocolate covered raisins. Hit the spot, and I wasn’t cold after.


Dinner at Moe’s, I had an Art Vandalay, no tortilla, with black beans, mushrooms, cucumbers, onions, olives, guacamole and salsa. Boone is lame is doesn’t have a Moe’s, or Qdoba, or Tijuana Flats, or Chipotle. Basically we’re lacking any fast food burrito places so I have to get my fill when I’m at home. Oh burritos in a bowl, I have missed you.


Homemade hot chocolate. I heated up some soy milk and mixed in cocoa powder, cinnamon, a little vanilla extract and honey. So good. It’s been too long since I’ve had hot chocolate!


And the Christmas tree! My parents only put lights on it so I get to help decorate! I’m trying to get back into the Christmas spirit because exams squashed it a little bit. Bring on the lights, carols, eggnog and cookies!

I’m also thankful that Jessie hosts Thankful Thursday every week!

What are you thankful for this week?

Does your family have any Christmas traditions?

Thankful Thursday

I can’t believe it’s already November because I’m pretty sure it was just September like a couple of days ago. Time needs to slow down! I’m not ready to graduate in 6 months! But I am ready for some Thanksgiving festivities, so I’ll take it.

Today I’m participating in Jessie‘s Thankful Thursday. I love this idea because I’m sure we could all be a little more grateful for all the wonderful things in our lives, I know I could.


Normally, I really hate the snow and you’ll probably hear me complain about it all winter, but this week I am grateful for it. With all the pain and destruction Sandy has caused in the Northeast, I’m thankful the only thing I have to complain about it a little bit of snow in October. It’s really not that bad when you put it in perspective.


We were talking about Malala the other day and I couldn’t help but feel grateful that I live in a country that guarantees me an education. I’m even more thankful that I have the opportunity to go to college. College gets stressful and overwhelming, but it’s important to remember how lucky I am to even have the opportunity to go to college.


I may drag my feet some days on the way to the gym, or complain about a bad run/class/etc. but in reality I’m lucky that I have a strong, healthy and fully functioning body. A body that lets me move around, teach Pilates, lift heavy things and sometimes bend in unnatural ways. Whatever silly insecurities I may have about it, I’m so thankful for it.

The People in My Life

I’m surrounded by some seriously awesome and supportive people:

My family, even if we can’t manage to take a picture where everyone’s eyes are open

My Boyfriend, for putting up with my quirks and loving me regardless (our anniversary is this month – 6 years!)

And my friends, for little me be my ridiculous self and being just as ridiculous in turn.

My Kitties

Yes I am a crazy cat lady, no I do not care. They’re always there to cuddle with me when I’m sad and don’t get too mad when I terrorize them, give them silly nicknames and try to dress them up.

That’s a beautiful scarf there Sam.

And last but not least…

Peanut Butter

Don’t act like you didn’t know that was coming.

What are some things you’re thankful for?

Marvelous In My Monday

Things that made today marvelous:

  • No class! Three day weekends are the besttt.
  • Taking advantage of the one three day weekend I’ll have for a while and going home to see my family. My brothers were even home for the weekend.
  • Seeing these cute faces:

    Plus three more. Crazy cat lady in the making right here. Not ashamed.
  • I watched Five Year Engagement with my boyfriend, romantic comedies with Jason Segal are always eerily similar to our relationship.
    The knitted tuxedo was my favorite.
  • Strawberries were on sale at Harris Teeter, and they were delicious. Double Whammy.
  • A new chocolate discovery:
    Unsweetened Bakers Chocolate straight up is my new favorite treat. Yes I’m weird. Extra chocolate without the sugar overload? Count me in. I love bitter things.
  • Homework that involves coloring. Senior year is hard =)
  • And did I mention I didn’t have class today? Because it was fantastic.

What made your Monday marvelous?

What’s your favorite Jason Segal movie? I love forgetting Sarah Marshall, and How I Met Your Mother – not a movie but that’s okay.

The Graduates

My two younger brothers graduated high school yesterday.

Um, what? When did they turn 18? Last time I checked they were still 8. I guess the fact that they’re 6’2″ and have valid drivers licenses should have clued me in on that one.

I feel like such an old lady right now.

It is literally impossible for my family to take a normal picture. It’s a little bit of a problem.

The ceremony was short, sweet and to the point. Just how all graduations should be. One of my brothers actually gave a speech during it. He was on the senior council, so he got to introduce the valedictorian.

There he is on the Jumbotron. He speech went really well, and he didn’t puke or freeze. Always a good thing.

I brought my jumbo creeper zoom camera lens, which doesn’t help the fact that I’m only 5’4″ so I’ll spare you the pictures of them walking, because about 50% of the photos are the tops of heads of the people in sitting in front of us. I did what I could.

It’s so weird to think that my brothers will be heading off to college in two months. It blows my mind. I’m proud of them though (shh don’t tell them I said that), they’re pretty cool when they’re not annoying the poo out of me.

Graduation was followed by a delicious dinner. I love my brothers, but let’s be honest, I came for the food.

We ate at The Remedy Diner in downtown Raleigh.

Upon entering the restaurant I was convinced I had died and gone to heaven. The restaurant itself was a cute little hole in the wall of a place with a fun alternative vibe, the hostess had purple hair (it made me miss mine!), there was lots of funky art on the wall, the menu was 70% vegetarian, and they offered gluten free bread, foh free. Yes FOH free. Seriously? This place is my dream come true. I’ll just move in upstairs, then I can eat every meal here. Living the dream.

I prefer my art with dark humor and a side of sea creatures please.

Basically I’m the most indecisive person ever. Usually in restaurants there are about two options I can eat, which makes choosing easy. At The Remedy I had about 20, it took forever for me to decide. I settled on the Tempeh Tantrum sandwich (with gluten free bread, foh free – I was a little excited about the bread situation, in case you couldn’t tell):

I figured if it was one of the top 5 vegan sandwiches in the USA, it couldn’t be bad.

It was. I demolished that sandwich. Seriously the best sandwich I’ve had in maybe for ever. I also got the sandwich without the veggie bacon, it had gluten in it (though it’s usually not a big deal for me in small amounts like that) and I’m not much of a veggie bacon fan. It totally didn’t need the bacon, it was perfect just like it was.

I opted for a side salad instead of the chips or vegan coleslaw that was offered. I’m never satisfied with my veggie consumption. The salad was plain but good. I got a lemon dressing to go with it. I’m a lemon tahini dressing freak, if it’s on a menu I will literally base my order off what it will taste good with, and I was a little disappointed with the dressing, I don’t think it had any lemon in it. It was bad, just not what I was expecting, but that was the only flaw I found in my entire meal.

The Remedy is a little out of my typical price range, but I will be back. ASAP. Actually what are you doing tomorrow? Let’s go.

I’m officially obsessed.

Well, I’ve been up since 5 AM. So I’m off to bed!


Any good graduation memories? What’s the best sandwich you’ve ever eaten? And how was your Friday?