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LOST 8.15K {Food & Fitness Link-Up}

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One of my favorite college professors once told our class that you can never do something again. You can do something similar; but you can never do it again. I believe, at the time, he was speaking of travel. But it can apply to pretty much any experience in life.

When Rob told me that he wanted to walk around the St. Anthony Main area of NE Minneapolis again, I was looking for it to it. Our walks exploring the city are my favorite dates with my husband. And since Joe created four more stations to the Get LOST in Running Virtual Race Series, my plan was to do the Looking Glass Station 8.15k.

But first, let’s see how I did with last week’s Food & Fitness Planning:

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Last Week’s Food:

  • Dinners
    • Monday – Spicy Thai Basil Beef
      • I used Coconut Aminos in place of the fish sauce and onions in place of the bell peppers. It could have used a bit more spice. That’s a note to self for next time.
      • It was good, but not overly-the-top awesome. Maybe if I would have SEASONED IT ALREADY! 😉
      • Then I read Kat’s tip to always double the sauce, when she made a different Thai Beef with Basil Recipe. I may have to take that advice.
    • Tuesday – Pork Chops this way – most likely with green beans on the side.
      • We skipped this and ate leftover still hanging out from last week instead.
    •  Wednesday – Meatballs with Tomato Sauce –  Just like we made in class the week before! A Keeper!
    • Thursday – TBDTurkey and Black Bean Cabbage Bowl with Avocado Salsa <-–An awesome, must-try! 
      • I made it when I had the girls over for dinner.
      • I’m going to make a Rob-friendly version this week!
    • Friday – Dinner night out with the girls – Restaurant Impression coming this week!
    • Saturday – Leftovers for Lunch, out for dinner – LOST 8.15k (see below!)
    • Sunday – Leftovers
  • Breakfasts
    • Egg Rolls – <– You must make these!
      • They aren’t what you think. It’s an egg rolled up in a tortilla.
      • I used some leftover enchilada sauce instead of the sriracha.
      • These are perfect when you have leftover tortillas to use up!
    • Magic Smoothies
    • PB on toast
  • Lunches
    • Leftovers + 1 piece Dove Dark Chocolate + applesauce or Chobani yogurt

It was certainly a most successful cooking week!

Last Week’s Fitness:

  • Monday – Walk/Run on Treadmill – 26 minutes
  • Tuesday – Walk/Run on Treadmill – 35 minutes
  • Wednesday – Walk/Run on Treadmill – 45 minutes
  • Thursday – Elliptical in am or REST
  • Friday – REST
  • Saturday – Walk – LOST 8.15k walk
  • Sunday – PilatesRaked the yard – 1.5 hours 
  • 30-day Arm ChallengeOkay, I keep forgetting about this. I need to post it somewhere where I don’t forget after I’m done doing cardio. I’ve only done 3 days so far. I want to start over so I can do these always according to the plan.

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After we had so much fun getting LOST in NE Minneapolis earlier this summer, Rob wanted to go again. It wasn’t the same, but it was absolutely wonderful to be walking around in the cool, fresh, fall air! We finished the LOST Looking Glass Station 8.15k, but without a care for time. As I brought running back into my fitness routine, my back started to hurt again. I decided to back off. I’ll be sticking to walking for a while.

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We crossed the Stone Arch Bridge and happened upon the Mill City Farmers Market just as they were closing up.

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We walked St. Anthony Main and then followed the lower trail just like we did the last time, climbing, hiking and avoiding obstacles. However, unlike last time, Rob didn’t find any Liberty Nickles…

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We really do enjoy living so close to Minneapolis… and feeling like you can still enjoy nature on such an Urban Walk.

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The Bulldog NE was packed for the U of Minnesota Gopher football game, but we managed to find a seat at the bar. We split a lunch of some sliders and truffle tots. And I tried a new-to-me beer – a DOUBLE Black Ale, made by a local brewing company, Indeed. We just had to look it up online at Beer Advocate to learn more about it!

It was another great walking date day with my husband. It was truly a similar event to last time, but it definitely wasn’t the same. But I still loved every moment of it.

Now for this week…

Food:

  • Dinners
    • Monday – Mexican Cabbage BowlIt’s what I made last week for the girls, just with beef to make it Rob-friendly. I’ll skip the avocado salsa, too.
    • Tuesday – Pork Chops this way – with either green beans or this Cabbage with Braised Onions dish on the side
    •  Wednesday –  Cinnamon Beef Stew from Well Fed
    • Thursday – Leftovers
    • Friday – Poker Night
    • Saturday – Leftovers for lunch, dinner out
    • Sunday – Leftovers for lunch, dinner out
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
    • Leftovers or soup + 1 piece Dove Dark Chocolate + applesauce or Chobani yogurt

Fitness:

  • Monday – Walk on Treadmill 
  • Tuesday – Walk on Treadmill 
  • Wednesday – Walk on Treadmill
  • Thursday – Walk on Treadmill
  • Friday – REST
  • Saturday – Go for another Walk? (Weather permitting.)
  • Sunday – Walk on Treadmill
  • 30-day Arm Challenge – I really want to do this. I just keep forgetting. I need to put the schedule by the treadmill instead of on my bedroom mirror.

I never thought going on a walk with my husband would be my favorite sort of date, but I’m so glad that this year, I discovered that it is.

What is your idea of an ideal date?

Cheers~
Carrie

Getting LOST in Nordeast Minneapolis

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Sunday was my attempt to complete Station #4 in the Get LOST in Running Virtual Race Series, something I’ve taken up to keep my walking program going until I can start running again. It’s been fun because it has made my husband and I find trails and routes in Minneapolis which we may never had otherwise!

Station 1 – Hydra 4k – This station started it all and got me moving from short walks around the block to following an actual walking schedule.

Station 2 – Arrow 8k – My husband and I made our way to the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes on a beautiful Sunday. We completed a walk around Lake Calhoun (5k) and then got LOST trying to add part of Lake of the Isles in the mix!

Station 3 – Swan 15k – We went back to the lakes and made our way around both Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake (which has since became our favorite), finding paths and trails in the wilderness that we never knew existed in Minneapolis proper. It was absolutely beautiful.

When I inquired what area we should cover for Station 4, my husband wondered why we weren’t just doing the lakes again since we liked them so much. I wanted to do something different. This race series has really pushed us to get, explore and be adventurous  rather than just sitting at home or hanging out in the ‘burbs. Besides, most of the lakes in the Chain are about two to three miles around. So they’ll be perfect when I get back to the Couch to 5k again anyway.

Station 4 – Flame 16k

This time, I chose a walk along the Mississippi River. I tried to map out a route beforehand, but my distance calculations weren’t really working out because I didn’t know how the trails curved around. And I wasn’t sure which bridges I would want to cross with my fear of heights. Instead, I drove us to the St. Anthony Main area of Minneapolis, parked and decided we would just walk wherever we wanted along the water, crossing bridges where it felt right. I wanted to enjoy every moment. I mean, just a month ago it was still snowing in Minnesota!

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Stone Arch Bridge – Minneapolis

Parking near St. Anthony Main on Father’s Day read “Event Parking – $10.” We had no idea what event was going on. I thought it might be the Mill City Farmers’ Market. I had been there twice before and knew that Food Trucks parked out there. I thought that it might be a welcome stop since we failed to eat breakfast before our trek. {Whoops!} As we made our way to the Stone Arch Bridge {pedestrian only} to cross the river, we saw a bunch of vendors in white tents setting up everywhere along Main Street. We had no idea why, but later learned…

I was wrong about the Mill City Farmers’ Market. When we discovered that area vacant, I remembered that I had gone there last when a friend was in town, which meant that it was a Saturday morning because she would have left on Sunday. Whoops. #EpicFoodSearchFail

But we found the trails again along the Mississippi, where I feverishly began taking photos of a few Minneapolis Landmarks.

35W Bridge Memorial

35W Bridge Memorial – You can read more about it here.

Guthrie Theater

Guthrie Theater

Hennepin Ave Bridge with Grain Belt Beer Sign

Hennepin Ave Bridge – Notice the Grain Belt Beer sign?

Nicollet Island Bridge

Nicollet Island Bridge

I guess I handled walking across more bridges that I had expected. Once we crossed the Nicollet Island Bridge back to St. Anthony Main, more vendors had set up… And the street was lined with mint condition classic cars! Unbeknownst to us, it was the Stone Arch Bridge Art Festival.

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We admired the art and vehicles while snaking our way through the crowds.

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We had no specific plans or routes in mind. We came across this Segway Tour.

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It is then that our walk became even more enjoyable. I found this narrow path through the trees leading closer to the water. We started down some steps and before I knew it, I realized that they were quite high and steep. But I kept going! Many who know me will be surprised that I made it down these…

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It was there where I had the opportunity for a great shot of the Stone Arch Bridge.

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And although it was a beautiful day, we suddenly had these beautiful, rugged paths all to ourselves! It was hard to believe that we were so close to a grand festival taking place not far above us!

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We traversed cute bridges, watched geese, and enjoyed the nature.

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I photographed some historic buildings above us.

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As it grew hotter, we started to feel like we were getting bit by bugs. We made our way back up some more Carrie-friendly stairs further down the river and in no time, were back up amidst the festival where now hundreds of people now gatherered!

At this point, we began to get hungry and decided we’d check out the menus of all of the restaurants along Main to see which one spoke to us. {By doing this, we would also rack up some more distance because we weren’t quite done, yet!} We were getting close to 15k when I told Rob to walk past the edge of the festival down to the end of the block. Then we could turn around and walk back to make it to 16k on the way back.

At the end of the block Rob looked right and his eyes lit up. Why? He saw Nye’s Polanaise Room!

Call us silly or oblivious, but we had no idea St. Anthony Main was this close to all of our favorite restaurants in Nordeast Minneapolis! It was at that moment, it was decided. We didn’t care what we looked like or that we should probably change first, we were going to end our trek at the Bulldog NE {post to come!} with brunch and brews. And after passing the establishment and going around the block, that’s when we hit 16k.

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We celebrated with a lot of water, a little beer and filled our bellies with a more than enjoyable lunch. It was perfect. And while on that secluded trail near the river, Rob had picked up a coin. After further research, we discovered that it is a 1905 Liberty Nickel! We wonder how long it had been there…

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This walk seemed easier than the 15k the previous weekend. And my RunKeeper shows that we shaved off a whole half hour. I don’t think the GPS was quite accurate this time. Looking back at our splits, about 9km seemed realistic. And by adding up the rest of the time, we probably got 3 or 4 more additional kilometers in there. So chances are that we probably didn’t complete a full 16k that day. 😦

But you know what? I’m counting it! Here’s why:

  • We would have never done this if it weren’t for the Get LOST in Running race series.
  • The intent was there. If my GPS had told me to go further, we would have.
  • Between the other four 30-minute walks I did during the week, I’m sure I covered more than enough kilometers to complete the entire 16k.

Station 4 – Flame 16k?

DONE.

Next up – Stations 5 & 6 a 23k and 42k respectively. “As the distances get bigger, they can be split in any way you would like and then combined.”

I already have a plan to complete them. I have a busy next couple of weeks coming up, so I’m planning to combine walks to make sure I keep moving and so that I don’t use being busy as an excuse not to do so! Normally, I’d try to get some workouts in, but would probably skip it most of the time and then hold off until returning from vacation.

So, I’m splitting each station up over a course of 10 days so that I can make sure to fit it in between company visiting and travel. I have a plan and I think it’ll work. And after I complete the series, it’ll be time to slowly get back into running again – with the Couch to 5k program. Thanks again, Joe, for the inspiration!

My GPS running apps have been inconsistent. I’ve tried both MapMyRun and RunKeeper.

Do you use a GPS-style app on your phone for your workouts?

If so, what do you use?

What do you find to be most accurate?

Cheers~
Carrie

Restaurant Wine: Best Priced Bottles in the Twin Cities Metro

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Sure, you can usually find a $20 – $25 {or even less} bottle of wine at a local restaurant that really isn’t known for wine. These sorts of places have wine on hand only for the occasional request, but wine generally isn’t their focus. Furthermore, the wine isn’t of high quality and it is quite often just cheap – meaning probably around $7 retail.

Wine markup is high in most restaurants though – between 100% and 200% per bottle. And oftentimes, it’s much more per glass. You may even find that the most expensive wines on the menu have the least amount of markup. We’ve found that restaurant wines in the $40 – $45 range are usually pretty decent. However, when we can afford it, wines in the $50 – $60 range are worth the splurge. Still, it’s tough to justify paying that for one bottle of wine. That’s when it’s best to take advantage of half-priced bottle of wine nights!

But what if you could find a high quality wine in a restaurant at an affordable price?

Well, if you live in the Twin Cities metro area, you can! Just head yourself down to Historic Main Street Minneapolis to Vic’s Dining, a restaurant overlooking the Mississippi River.

The cobblestone streets of St. Anthony Main offer riverfront dining from a selection of restaurants. My friend Jen and I popped into one for some gelato when walking in the area a couple of summers ago. And Pracna was on her list of restaurants to try when it was her turn to pick where to dine one month. But another restaurant won out.

And as per the usual, it took us a Groupon to get our butts down there!

We made reservations, but there were very few people when we arrived. We took seats at the bar and asked for a wine menu. We had already perused it online, but knew that it changed often. The Vic’s Dining website advertises a “fabulous 99 bottle wine menu where all bottles are priced dangerously lower then anywhere around town”. I completely agree with this statement! Check out the wine menu the night we dined there:

Vic's Dining Wine Menu: February 15, 2013

Vic’s Dining Wine Menu: February 15, 2013

Have you seen such prices for 90 and 91 point wines or those from specific appelations?! These prices are insane! It almost made me feel a little bit guilty using a Groupon. Now the trouble was choosing a bottle. I had no idea what I was going to eat and there were so many unique wines that caught my eye. I don’t like going with well-known wines when I order off of a wine menu. Variety is the spice of life, so why not try some new wines? We did find a bottle that the two of us could agree on and it wasn’t one I’d had before:

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2010 The Federal Visionary ZinfandelDry Creak Valley, California – $19.00

We love a big, bold spicy Zin. {For those of you who are still drinking White Zin, this is nothing like it. I’ll post about the difference on a future Wine Wednesday!} I find that it’s hard to find a good one that isn’t overpowered by vanilla these days. You usually have to pay a bit more for a good quality one. And we found an excellent one here for just $19 – at a restaurant!

What I’m about to tell you next reminds me of an episode of Frasier. Do you remember the episode where Niles realizes that he never rebelled as a teenager? When he thinks he’s eaten a pot brownie and decides now is the time he’s going to rebel he exclaims: “I’m thinking of pairing this Chilean Sea bass with an aggressive Zinfandel!”

Haha. Yes, while I’ll always stand by my mantra that you should pair any wine with whatever food YOU like it with; generally big, bold red wines don’t go with seafood. And that’s just what I ordered!

Scallop Pappardelleseared scallops, pine nut basil pesto with grapetomatoes, roasted peppers & Parmesan..........................22

Scallop Pappardelle
Seared scallops, pine nut basil pesto with grape
tomatoes, roasted peppers & Parmesan$22

Doesn’t that dish just scream my name? I adore scallops and one of the best scallop dishes I ever had was one with a pesto sauce at a Minneapolis restaurant that has since closed. I hadn’t been able to find anything like it since, so there was no way I was going to pass this dish up, even if it meant pairing it with an aggressive Zinfandel!

It didn’t disappoint. However, after a while the dish became a little too heavy. Maybe it was just the sheer amount of food, or the fact that I’m getting used to eating normal-sized portions? In any case, it was worth ordering it.

Rob, the burger guru, really wanted to give theirs a try. It’s also a more appropriate pairing with an aggressive Zinfandel!

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“V” Burger
8 oz U.S.D.A. choice ground chuck, basted in a rich Demi Glace – $15

Guru Verdict? It was okay – just an average burger with average fries. It won’t make the Top 10 Twin Cities Burgers or Fries list, nor will he order it again. But this isn’t really a burger joint, anyway.

There are so many places to discover along the St. Anthony Main Mississippi riverfront {we did stop for an aperitif and a digestif at two of them!}, that we’d come to Vic’s for a bottle of wine and an appetizer next time. It definitely wins my vote for best-priced quality wines in the Twin Cities!

What’s the best wine you’ve ever had in a restaurant (regardless of price)?

Cheers~
Carrie

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