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!)

Tuesday

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.

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To eat I ordered Melanie’s Big Breakfast

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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

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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.

Friday

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Sunday

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:

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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.

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Dominated.

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.

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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…

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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!

Monday

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

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.

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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?

Thankful Thursday

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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.

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They’re a little crazy.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

Thrifty Finds and a Healthy Surprise.

After seeing Pilobolus on Saturday, my mom and I has some time to kill before dinner so we stopped by a thrift store on the way home to poke around some and see what we could find.

Let me tell you, there are some stellar things to be found at the Goodwill on the ritzy side of town. After admiring some fabulous 80’s finds (I don’t understand why people don’t wear shoulder pads anymore, or neon green pants suit. Missing out.), I left with a couple of fun things:

All brand name too. Saving money, what’s up.

I snagged an Apt. 9 dress, it’s an XL so I’m planning to take it in and/or belt it. Still a work in progress. A v-neck blue sweater from American Eagle and a cardigan from Ann Taylor, which I plan to replace the buttons on because I’m not digging the rhinestones, but for $4 I don’t mind.

I also got a snazzy pillow ($1.30!) and a lamp (which I’m painting grey and replacing the paper) for my apartment next year. Perfect.

Thrift store finds take some digging, and in some cases a little love, but you can find some really great stuff. Especially when said thrift store is surrounded by some wealthy neighborhoods.

We followed up our shopping trip with some fro yo. Because thrifting works up a serious appetite.

Taro (the purple), pineapple sorbet and tart (favorite!) and lots of fruit. This place had lots of fun exotic flavors like passion fruit, taro and pineapple so I had to try some of the more unusual ones. I don’t know what taro is, but it was unexpectedly purple so I was a fan. I don’t even know how to describe the flavor but it was pretty good. Tart is still my favorite, partly because I have the taste buds of an old lady. And to top it off there were fresh raspberries on the topping bar. Heaven.

I had a couple of other fun surprises this week. Surprise number one:

Okay, not a surprise because I ordered it. But getting packages in the mail is always a fun surprise, even if you’re expecting it. I ordered a bright purple dress and a yellow belt from Forever 21. Purple is my favorite color (hence the purple hair phase in high school) and I’m very excited to wear it.

And a second (real) surprise:

The people at Healthy Surprise contacted me to see if I’d like to try a box of healthy, vegan and gluten-free snacks, um YES! Opening this box was like Christmas morning.

I think I was even more excited about this box than the time my roommate gave me 5 pounds of peanut butter.

It’s a close call. (For the record those jars lasted two weeks. They didn’t stand a chance.)

I haven’t broken into any of the snacks yet (I’m portioning them out because I will be very sad when everything is gone), but I will definitely review them as I work my way through everything. Thanks Healthy Surprise for the awesome box of snacks!

Do you like thrifting? I’m cheap, therefore I love it.

What’s the last (good) surprise you got?

It Beets Me

I got my 4th of July frozen yogurt! Mission accomplished.

Vegan raspberry fro yo with lots of fruit and a nugget of Reese’s hiding in the corner. I couldn’t resist. I won’t talk about how this was lunch. The fruit makes it healthy.

My mom and I headed out to downtown Apex for their Old Fashioned Fourth of July, but it ended up being a bust because all the activities were for kids At least I tried?

We consoled ourselves with fro yo, a Trader Joe’s trip for watermelon, peanut butter and pizza supplies and then headed out to JoAnn’s for some serious craft shopping. I bought some fabric, and canvases for some projects I’ve had in mind. Pictures to come when I finish.

Dinner was pizza (kinda)!

Portobello caps with pizza sauce, onions, bell pepper, basil, mozzarella and nooch. I miss Trader Joe’s pizza crust, but not the tummy ache after. At least portobellos are a nice compromise.

I skipped out on the fireworks because it was 100 degrees. No thank you. I’ll watch my neighbor’s illegal fireworks from my living room window instead.

My lucky duck of a friend got to watch fireworks at Magic Kingdom.

Though she does work there, so I guess it’s an even trade off.

This morning I woke up wondering why my alarm was going off at 6:30 on a Sunday morning. Oh right, it’s not the weekend. Funny thing is I don’t work normally on Wednesdays anyway.

I stopped by my boyfriends when I got off work to see him for a couple of hours before he went to work (we have completely opposite schedules most of the time which is lame). And since there’s a Whole Foods on the way, I obviously had to stop.

I don’t even remember what all was in there, except there was a hard-boiled egg because I was too hungry to wait. It didn’t even make it to my car.

And because I’m a nice girlfriend I got a salad with both stinky blue cheese and onions. At least I left off the garlicky kale this time. I’m glad I’m at the point of my relationship where blue cheese breath is not an issue.

From there I headed to the gym for Day 38 of Livefit. While I was doing squats, the guy loaded up the chest press machine next to me with 410 pounds. Um, just over 3 times my bodyweight, no big deal.

Dinner was inspired by the slowly wilting produce I have in my fridge:

Tofu, onions and swiss chard, eggplant and beets all from the farmer’s market.

When you cook things with beets, everything turns red. Go figure. Luckily beets turn everything delicious too. I’m pretty certain my digestive track is a nice shade of beet red right now too. I can’t get enough of them right now.

Speaking of things I can’t get enough of, I’m newly obsessed with the show Breaking Pointe. I’m sure I’m the only person that watches it, but it’s a reality show that follows professional ballet dancers in a company in Salt Lake City.

I can’t get enough it’s dance-y dramatic goodness. I’m savoring it now because I’m sure it won’t get another season. Anyone else watch it?

What’s your favorite frozen yogurt flavor? I love tart-flavored, which is boring and old lady-ish but I don’t care. Peanut butter is always a winner too.

What’s your favorite reality tv show? Don’t lie, you know you have one.

Hello Weekend.

It’s the last weekend before summer, only 4 days, 3 exams, 2 projects and 1 presentation stand between me and sweet summer freedom.

Friday afternoon I headed up to Howard’s Knob to take some graduation photos for my friend Jessi. You can literally see the entire town of Boone from the top and the views are stunning.

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Hey Boone!

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Graduate! I’ll miss her next year, now I have to find a new hiking buddy.

Afterwards we headed to Rough Ridge for hike. I love Rough Ridge, it’s a challenging hike, but not exhausting and the views are amazing. It’s also really rocky, which I think is fun, it tends to make things more interesting.

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Not even at the top yet.

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Those are the only pictures we got complements of Jessi’s iphone, I was sick of lugging around the DSLR at this point.

The weather was beautiful the entire way and it was a great hike. Rough Ridge is a favorite.

Post-hike I head straight out to dinner with my roommate. We ate at Black Cat for a celebratory end of classes dinner. It was delicious, as always. I switched it up and got the “Gang of Four” which is steamed carrots, mushrooms, and broccoli served over rice. I was trying to be nice to my stomach and go gluten-free, it was good but the burritos are much tastier. But their burritos are tough to compete with.

A 10pm frozen yogurt run was necessary.

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There is frozen yogurt under all that fruit, I promise. Tart + fruit is my favorite combo.

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And the night was finished up with some cheap wine in a mason jar. We like to keep things classy around here.

Today is the Sticky Bun Run! I’m so excited!

Dead Week

It’s been a while. Things have been more than a little crazy lately.

Welcome to Dead Week. That final week before exams where summer is within reach, but you have 2934852039485 projects due before you can get there. So close, yet so far away.

At least I finished that beast of research paper. Just 1 paper, 1 group project, 1 presentation and 4 exams to go. Get ready.

The weather was beautiful here this weekend. Which figures, because the weather is only nice when I have a mound of work to keep me inside. I did get outside on Saturday and enjoyed the weather some.

Saturday morning I went for a 5 mile run, it was long and hot but I made it. It was 55 degrees when I started running and 65 when I finished, I was not dressed appropriately for that and sweating up a storm. I feel sorry for the pedestrians I ran past, hopefully I didn’t sweat on them, but I can’t confidently say that I didn’t.

Working on that 10K, it will happen. Soon.

I got sun burnt. Time to buy some sunscreen.

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But only on one arm. With a sweet farmers tan line, and pale elbow crease from where my arm was bent while running. I thought it didn’t look that bad, then I went to the gym in a tank top, I thought wrong. The joys of pasty white skin, you get the most awkward tan lines ever.

Post sun burn, my friend and I drove to Moses Cone so I could take some graduation pictures for her. We took a short walk on one of the trails and then headed for frozen yogurt. Highlight of my weekend. I’m an old lady and always get the tart flavor. Boring, but I don’t care.

Then I spent the rest of the night working on my 20-page paper. Gross.

Sunday was also spent on homework, and not teaching Pilates because no one came. Oh well. Speaking of Pilates, I got my first paycheck today, exciting stuff. Less exciting was that it was for less than $20 but I’m okay with that.

I also went grocery shopping and picked up lots of produce.

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One horribly blurry picture of black beans, kale, avocado and zucchini, green foods are my favorite. Along ones you can microwave.

Speaking of microwaves and dorm food, I only have 10 days left in this dorm and then its goodbye dorm-life forever! To say I’m a little excited about that is an understatement. I’m so excited to have a kitchen and my own room, with a door.

Time to get back to studying.