Art Crawlin’ & Quatro de Mayo {MIMM}

Happy Monday!

Despite the start of exam week it is a very happy Monday because it is my last Monday in college! Graduation is slowly becoming more real, and I am simultaneously getting more excited and terrified by the second.

(Thanks for hosting Katie!)

This weekend my friends and I attempted to live it up one last time while we’re all in town for the weekend! Unfortunately, the weather was not super cooperative, but we didn’t let that stop us too much 🙂

Marvelous is… The farmer’s market is finally over! Just in time for me to leave… whomp, whomp. Luckily I have multiple farmer’s markets at home that are pretty sweet, one of them is even open 7 days a week. I’m very produce spoiled but that is what happens when you live in the capital of a agriculture-heavy state. Lots of delicious produce!

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Biggest rabbit I’ve ever seen, seriously it was larger than any cat I’ve ever owned.

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I only ended up purchasing some apples (which are not nearly as good as they were in the fall, that season is more than over) and some farm fresh eggs, I have missed those suckers and they are sooo much better than store bought. I always buy them from a booth with this sweet old man because he always seems so grateful for the business and I love knowing the chickens are treated nicely. Happy chickens makes for tastier eggs.

Marvelous is… Art Crawlin’!

Dinner before hand at a new Asian restaurant: Taste Grill

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I had the avocado roll, which was good but not different from any other mid-priced Asian restaurant.

Free wine samples! With a side of “you don’t look old enough”. It’s getting old quick.

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The cutest puppy I’ve seen in a while. I seriously considered just running off with him.

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Modern dance in an art gallery. I’m in heaven.

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Fro yo to round out the night.

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Reeses peanut butter and chocolate yogurt with chocolate, Oreos and Reeses. I was craving chocolate and peanut butter in a bad way.

Marvelous is… Quatro de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo happened a day earlier over here. Something about having to teach a Sunday evening Pilates class and a 9AM finance exam made me think Sunday night drink was a poor choice. Something about wanting to graduate and not get fired, silly things like that.

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Dinner at Black Cat Burrito to keep with the fiesta theme. Tortilla-less burrito with black beans, rice, mushrooms, broccoli and tomatillo sauce, with their delicious coleslaw on the side of course. Hit the spot. I’m sure going to miss these burritos.

Marvelous is… Milk (Stout) and cookies! With a side of Joy Ride. Somehow my friends and I have made a tradition of watching Joy Ride every year on reading day. I can’t say it’s my favorite tradition, because if you’ve ever seen Joy Ride you know it’s a terrible movie, but cookies and beer make everything better.

I made these cookies and they came out quite tasty, even my gluten eating friends liked them. Then I washed them down with a beer, so much for gluten-free.

Marvelous is… Nostalgic college slideshows. My friend put one together of all of us (with some pretty hilarious photoshopped pictures) I’m going to miss everyone!

Marvelous is… My finance exam is DONE. It was my hardest exam so fingers crossed that I did okay! Only 2 projects, 1 speech, and 2 exams stand between me and summer. I. Can. Do. This. Can you tell I’m ready for summer?

Marvelous is… My family gets here on Saturday, which means tasty dinners out and extra pack help. Oh and quality family time of course.

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Marvelous is… Breakfast plans with the roomie for tomorrow morning. I have a two day break before my next exam and will be doing my best to not spend the whole time studying.

Marvelous is… My first run in a couple weeks! My foot is still a little sore but it is feeling much better. I only did 15 short minutes today but it felt good to run again. The elliptical is starting to drive me crazy.

What made your Monday marvelous?

Any exciting summer plans?

How did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

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Pretty Marvelous for a Monday {MIMM}

Four day weekends need to start happening every weekend. Three day school/work weeks? I can roll with that.

(Thanks Katie!)

Mondays are pretty marvelous when they don’t involve any responsibilities. Can this happen more often?

Marvelous is… lots of good coffee.

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Caribou and Larry’s Beans. Basically the epitome of coffee glory.

I’m going to get design nerdy for a second and confess my love for Caribou Coffee’s new branding and marketing. The design is 100x better than their previous design and such a neat concept. I’m also loving the new logo and the fact they hid a coffee bean in the moose.

Marvelous is… browsing Barnes & Noble on rainy days, and snagging some fun reads.

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So excited to get my anatomy learning on! I don’t care how nerdy that sounds.

Marvelous is… spending the afternoon browsing Whole Foods and REI. They finally built an REI in my town earlier this year and I just now got the chance to go. I spent a good 20 minutes lusting over beautiful new workout clothes I can’t afford. One day…

Marvelous is… optimistic purchases.

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Despite this tendonitis, I’m still hopeful a spring half marathon is going to happen (fingers crossed!). I haven’t experimented with mid-run fueling and the honey stingers were on sale so I picked up a pack along with Clif Shot gel. Let’s hope I get to use them!

Marvelous is… Best Body Bootcamp. Today was the first day and the workout was awesome. A full body strength workout that made my muscles cry a little. Love it. And I’m already learning lots of new exercises that I’m excited to incorporate into my routine even when bootcamp is over.

Marvelous is… progress on my research paper. 2/10 pages done! Too bad it’s due Wednesday. Ah procrastination, we meet again.

Marvelous is… sushi. Enough said.

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Bonus of being a vegetarian? I’m not sketched out by cheap sushi. $3.50 for that sucker.

Marvelous is… Mediterranean food! Dropping my brother off at college means another lunch at the Mediterranean Deli, and I am not complaining one bit. So. Dang. Good.

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Clockwise starting under the pita: Eggplant and squash stew (so good), sauteed eggplant and grilled veggies.

I’m sure there are plenty of other really delicious restaurants in Chapel Hill that we are missing out on, but I don’t even care because the food here is that good. Plus they have gluten-free pita bread and I don’t think there is much that beats that.

Marvelous is… that kitty in the window.

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Marvelous is… running! I did 2 very cautious and slow miles on the treadmill today. There’s still a little pain but my knee is feeling much better. I’m hoping to slowly work my mileage back up (with lots of rest, ice, anti-inflammatories, stretching and EMS therapy) over the next couple weeks. I’ve still got my eyes on the Tar Heel 10-miler in 3 weeks, but I’m taking things one step at a time. I’m not about to get re-injured.

Marvelous is… old lady Easter candy.

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I stopped getting an Easter basket a long time ago (though I still ask for one every year because I’m just a kid in a 21 year old’s body) my brother and I pestered my mom into buying us some candy at Trader Joe’s. I think it officially means I’m old when this is the candy I pick out. And the bag is empty because I finished it in 2 days. You could say I like ginger a little bit.

Marvelous is… spring time temperatures and flowers. Please don’t go away!

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Marvelous is… spending home quality time with the family. I don’t think I’ll ever stop enjoying that.

What made your Monday marvelous?

Do you like sushi? I love it but my mom isn’t a fan, she says it needs more ketchup 🙂

Do you still get an Easter basket? Or do you give them? 

You Gotta Love ‘Em

That was the theme of my weekend. I love my family, but spending time with extended family members can be stressful. But they’re family so you gotta love them. Even if they make you want to pull your hair out.

Moving on.

Friday after work my mom, brother and I hit the road for Spartanburg, SC. My other brother had to work, so my dad stayed home with them. Lucky. I should explain that we only went Spartanburg to see my grandfather. There is nothing in Spartanburg. That’s a lie. There is nothing to do in Spartanburg with your 86-year-old grandfather. It was good to see him though.

Lunch on Friday was Jimmy John’s on the way out of town. I. Love. Jimmy John’s. They are hands down the best sub chain anywhere. You are not allowed to argue with that point. I got a vegetarian sub with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado spread(!) in a lettuce wrap. They were out of sprouts, which I was highly upset about, but it’s Jimmy John’s so I’ll forgive them. No pictures because I was hungry, and lettuce wraps require two hands.

Fast forward 4 hours of driving time and we stopped for some outlet mall shopping. I hit the jackpot at the Gap Outlet with a $4 sweater, $6 yoga pants, and $12 sleeveless shirt for work and a $15 workout top. I cannot turn down a good bargain.

Speaking of bargains, what is even the point of this sign? I’m so glad I drove all the way to the outlet mall to save $0.41 on Reeboks? How could you pass up that steal?

Dinner on Friday was Moe’s (we’ll pretend like I’m not a terrible food blogger and forgot to take a picture, again). A naked burrito with black beans, tofu, no rice, lettuce, pico, cucumbers, olives, and jalapenos. And an excessive amount of salsa from the salsa bar, always.

Moe’s was followed by a trip to Wal-Mart. That was an adventure. There were a few good People of Wal-Mart moments. A Wal-Mart trip in the deep south is never an uneventful one.

Saturday we met up with my aunt and uncle for lunch at Wade’s. I should preface this by saying that Wade’s has beaten out Paula Dean’s restaurant for Best Restaurant in several southern magazines. Now place a vegetarian, gluten-free, health-nut in a restaurant that out-southerns Paula Dean, they don’t mix so well. But the place is a family tradition, and I hear it’s really good if you’re into fried southern food.

However the one thing Wade’s has going for it is it’s creamed corn (and rolls, but I abstained this year). Maybe I’m just an old lady, but I could literally eat their creamed corn by the gallon. I’m sure it’s full of all kinds of heavy cream and butter and other horrible ingredients, but it tastes like soft clouds of corn-heaven. Maybe that’s a long way of saying lunch was a tossed salad and side of creamed corn.

Then we had a mini car show.

My uncle bought one of the newly released all-electric Ford Focus. He’s actually one of the first people to buy one, and the only person in the region that owns one, which is pretty cool. You actually can read and article about it here. We got to drive it around town and it’s so cool. The motor is so quiet the only way to tell the  car is even on is the light on the dashboard. The only down side to the car is the battery range is only 100 miles, but it works for him because he lives in a metropolitan area and mostly uses it to commute to work.

We also got to see my aunt’s motorcycle. It has three wheels instead of two and it’s a little larger so it’s much safer and sturdier than a traditional motorcycle. My grandpa still wasn’t a fan.

Dinner on Saturday was at Mellow Mushroom. Word of advice: don’t take your conservative 86 year-old grandfather to a hippie-themed pizza restaurant. Even if he says he’ll be okay, he won’t get it. At all.

Luckily he didn’t read the drink menu. What could possibly sound more appetizing than dirty bong water? That’s what I thought. That drink does actually sound pretty tasty, none for me though.

I got a salad with tofu added on. It was pretty good, but a little bland, but not their fault because I opted for plain tofu instead of BBQ tofu or tempeh. The whole tofu situation baffled my poor grandpa, I think he thought it was some sort of strange chicken.

I needed some fro-yo therapy after dinner. 

We’ll pretend like that’s not a recycled photo. I had greek yogurt and honey flavored with fruit and cashew on top. Sooooo good. I haven’t seen the greek yogurt flavors anywhere else, but it amazing, so hopefully they pop up somewhere local. I was upset to see that the frozen yogurt place also had a green smoothie on the menu and missed it! But my yogurt was delicious so I couldn’t stay mad too long.

There might have been two other fro-yo trips this weekend. Let’s not talk about that.

Other things we won’t talk about:

Sunday morning breakfast. So gross. The waitresses were extremely nice and had all their teeth, which I appreciate, but my food was covered in butter and the coffee was weak. Not good morning fuel. You do what you can though. At least I had my first Waffle House experience? But I’m okay with not having a second one.

We left around noon on Sunday to get back to my own dad for some Father’s Day celebration. We went out for Japanese food at a place called Yuri. The restaurant is tucked away in a shopping center, so I was pleasantly surprised by how nice it was. The decor was nice without making you feel like a bum for wearing jeans, and the food was awesome.

I started with a side salad with ginger dressing. Ginger dressing can’t be bad, it just can’t and it totally made this salad.

I got the Vegetable Maki sushi which included cucumber, avocado, yamagobo, and oshinko. I have no idea what those last two ingredients are, but they looked like some sort of pickled vegetable.  It was all very delicious, crunchy, slightly sweet and creamy from the cucumber. It was been too long since I last had sushi. Oh, and I dominated that pile of ginger. I’m a ginger addict. I can’t get enough of the stuff.

Dessert was a trip next door to Skinny Dip for frozen yogurt. We won’t talk about how it was the third fro-yo trip in 2 days. We won’t. I got a small bowl of vegan cinnamon hazelnut yogurt with granola and bananas. So good. I like getting vegan flavors whenever I can, but sometimes they get a little out there, but I like making vegan choices when I have the opportunity.

So this post has some how turned into a novel and it is past my bed time. Good night!

 

How did you celebrate Father’s Day? Eat at any interesting restaurants this weekend?

Going out is always a fun treat, but I’m glad to be at home with a kitchen and my own food. My body is much happier that way.