Fluffy GBS

I don’t have a ton of photos to share from last week because I ate a bunch of celebratory meals sans camera.  By the time I leave for real next week it is going to feel fairly anticlimactic!

A work friend and I went out for drinks at Vitae {highlights include a maple cinnamon sour with smoked rum}.

A big group of co-workers took me out for lunch at Asado {highlights include a smoked chicken quesadilla}.

And my team took me out for dinner at Junction {highlights include a rum and coke with allspice syrup and charred baby carrots with goat cheese and carrot top chimichurri}.

Other highlights include…

Eggnog and coffee!

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A vanilla coffee can with a peanut butter chocolate chip Perfect Bar.

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The cortadito from Gaurijos is excellent.

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Vanilla bean yogurt with maple pecan granola and cranberry relish.

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S’mores pie and a cortado at Pie Chest.

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An orange creamsicle IPA my family brought me back from Maryland.

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Hardywood has released their Fluffy GBS – a toasted marshmallow gingerbread stout!

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My cousin took me out for excellent Thai food.  My drunken noodles were super spicy and loaded with veggies (including cauliflower!).

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Have a great week (and a happy Thanksgiving, all of my American readers)!

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Pumpkin Oolong

Cold weather fully hit Charlottesville this weekend so I kept things pretty low-key.  I did talk a walk around the neighborhood to stretch my legs on Saturday but then I spent the rest of the night huddled under the covers!

Amazingly, my food highlights from the weekend were not soup and hot chocolate…

Still loving plain Greek yogurt bowls with cupcake almond butter, MadeGood granola, and loads of fresh berries.

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I also enjoyed a bowl with this new Chobani flavor, caramel mocha.

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Whole Foods hot bar with a side of journal reading.  Best bites were the popcorn chicken and Spanish-style brussel sprout salad with sherry vinegar and yellow raisins.

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Pumpkin oolong milk tea(!) with boba and Oreo.

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I made the best sheet-pan hash.  Preheat the oven to 420 degrees Fahrenheit / prep a sheet pan with foil and baking spray / bake chopped Japanese sweet potato for 20 minutes / add chopped bok choy and green onion and bake another 25 minutes / top with smoked salmon candy / add kewpie mayo and Sriracha if desired.

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Candy break.

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Bunnies And Bears

My Ohio trip was absolutely perfect! My grandma had a great 90th birthday and it was fantastic to spend time with my family!

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Highlights from the week back home include…

La Colombe caramel oatmilk draft latte.

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Adorable elderberry Wild Kombucha with adorable Trader Joe’s tiny gummi bears.

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I had the best yogurt bowl toppings – Made Good Cocoa Crunch granola and Noosh cupcake almond butter.

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So I made the best yogurt bowls!  Plan Greek with almond butter, granola, and blackberries and blueberries.

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A friend and I met up at Hardywood to celebrate the release of Gingerbread Stout and discovered their newest beer – Christmas Pancakes, aka GBS with maple syrup!

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Breakfast Totcho Hash

2/3 of what I have to share this week (yes, I did the math) is appropriately on theme for October!  Other fun in fall includes…  Pumpkin-scented sanitizers.

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And an orange-y yellow nail polish (Urbanized by Cirque Colors).

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Food highlights include…

The original bests in packaged cold brew – Stumptown and Blue Bottle.

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Wegman’s pumpkin pie yogurt with blackberries and maple pecan granola.

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Wegman’s pumpkin Greek yogurt with almond butter and honey butter almonds.

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A hazelnut, coffee, maca bar and some surprisingly good chickpea-based cookie dough.

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Two best pumpkin beers so far this season – coffee Pumpking and Schlafly Pumpkin Ale.

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Breakfast totcho sheet pan hash!  I baked sweet potato tots, with peppers, onion, cheddar, and scrambled eggs and it was delicious.

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It was so yummy it was even good mashed in a container and served leftover.

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5 + 5

Five random life updates –

{1} We took some stuff to Goodwill last weekend and now we are living in an empty apartment (minus a blow-up bed and all of my clothing).  Literally the only things in our living room are boxes of seltzer!

{2} Last weekend was the first time in 5 weeks that Adam and I were both home and not traveling.  Phew!

{3} This weekend we’re on the move again – we are heading to Solomon Island Maryland to spend some time with my family, including my youngest cousin who I haven’t seen since Thanksgiving!

{4} We finally saw “Late Night” and loved it.  If it’s still in theaters in your area I recommend going if you haven’t already.

{5} Then we watched “Always Be My Maybe” on Netflix and loooooooved it!  It’s officially our new favorite movie.  Super funny and touching.  Ali Wong is one my favorite comedians and she was fantastic as a leading lady.

Five things I ate and loved the last week – 

{1} Yogurt bowl.  Wegman’s chocolate Greek yogurt with pluots and Nature’s Path coconut chia granola.

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{2} Dehydrated rainbow carrot snacks from Trader Joe’s.

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{3} Cheese tea (aka bubble tea that you sip through foamy layer of milk and cream cheese sprinkled with salt) with strawberry heart jelly.

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{4} Marshmallow!  We shared a cup of carnival cake and marshmallow at Kirt’s Ice Cream.  And I was living my best life with this snack combo – Kilwin’s caramel chocolate marshmallow with iced coffee.

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{5} BBQ.  No Limits Smokehouse is a new-ish spot in Belmont and it’s wonderful.  I had a fried chicken sandwich (<– super juicy!) and collard greens, plus we got smoked mushrooms that were my new favorite savory thing I’ve ever eaten!

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Blue Bottle, Blueberries

Five highlights from this week…

{1} I practically swooned over this yogurt bowl; I was more than ready for berry season.  Greek yogurt with honey and vanilla bean paste / blueberries / granola.

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{2} Blue Bottle New Orleans style iced coffee.  <– my favorite in the boxed coffee game

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{3} Mint Lemonade.  Wegman’s kombucha line is good, neither too sweet nor too vinegar-forward.

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{4} Bowls of super simple chili (just turkey, onion, tomato, and spices) topped with plain Greek yogurt and more hot sauce.  Plus roasted broccoli with cheddar on the side.

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{5} I 100% made the chili so we could eat it leftover on cheese fries.  Waffle fries / chili / sweet red grass-fed cheddar / green onions.

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Bowls On Bowls

Seven wins from the past seven days…

{1} Peeps coffee creamer!!  It tastes like vanilla marshmallow!!!  But they should have made it pink.

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{2} Speaking of marshmallow, I made cereal bars with Trader Joe’s neapolitan cereal.  I brought them to a work event and they were a hit.  I used my go-to recipe but took things up a notch with the addition of vanilla bean paste.

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{3} I placed a super exciting order with the Mexican Candy Lady.  The standout so far has been these flan gummies.

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{4} Berry breakfast bowls.  Liebe strawberry quark (<– this was 10/10, btw, super creamy and delicious!) / fresh blackberries / granola / cacao bliss.

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{5} Cava bowls are currently our favorite take-out, there are a ton of toppings to choose from.  This was greens / tzatziki / crazy feta spread / harissa / roasted vegetables / grilled chicken / pickled onion / cabbage slaw / chopped cucumber / kalamata olives / and green harissa dressing.  Plus a side of really yummy house-made pita chips.

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{6} I made my own bowls too.  Roasted sweet potato / bok choy sauteed with garlic and green onion / candy salmon / fried egg.

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{7} A take on okonomiyaki – pancakes stuffed with roasted cabbage and corn.  Topped with mayo and Sriracha.

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