Happy Friday guys! Before I forget, if you haven’t entered my Blue Apron giveaway make sure to head over for a chance to win a week’s worth of free meals! Giveaway ends Sunday night at midnight!
This weekend is going to be pretty busy because my brother is flying in to run the Chicago Spring Half Marathon with me on Sunday! The forecast isn’t looking too promising, but hopefully we will have an adventure-filled weekend. I am also teaching at Sweat on Saturday morning so if anyone wants to rock out with me at 8:30 am be sure to head on over! If you’re not in Chicago that leaves you plenty of time for travel.
Neither my brother nor myself are ready for this race, so if anything it will give me plenty of material to write about.
- “5637 Things You Should Never Do When Running a Half Marathon”
- “Eating ≠ Training”
- “13.1 Days of Running 1 Mile Will Not Prepare You for 13.1 Miles at One Time”
Rather than dwell on what I’m not looking forward to, let’s continue on to the 43rd installment of Five Things Friday!
1. Goddess and Grocer
I have been waiting for this place to open for probably about 5 months. Goddess and Grocer is a healthy food stop that has FINALLY opened a block away from Sweat. They serve soups, sandwiches, sweets, and other prepared foods and drinks. I first had the opportunity to try them out when I was taking classes at Atlas with ClassPass, but unfortunately that location was a little out of the way.
I was able to attend a media event the weekend before they officially opened and sampled toffee and their delicious breakfast sandwiches. Last night on the way home from work I stopped in to grab a citrus grilled tuna special: Seared Tuna Steak, Lemon Aioli, Greenleaf Lettuce, Sliced Plum Tomato & Red Onion on Toasted Ciabatta. It was so good and I’m so glad that there is finally a healthy place to grab a quick bite when I am away from home.
2. Teriyaki & Pineapple Chicken Patties
From the same company that made the quinoa and kale chicken patties that I have been buying at Costco comes a different flavor experience. I found these when shopping at Costco yesterday and bought them to mix things up at lunchtime. I normally only like pineapple by itself, but these were good and they seem like they will go great with Spring.
3. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
I love Brene Brown. I’ve recently finished her book Daring Greatly which was recommended to me and all of a sudden she keeps popping up everywhere. Before reading any of her books I also watched her TEDx talk on vulnerability and knew that this was a lady I needed in my life. I went on a crazy Amazon spree the other day and ended up buying eight books, two of which were hers. The Gifts of Imperfection is definitely a book I need right now.
A shame and vulnerability researcher, Brene does an amazing job at describing the importance of taking risks and stepping through fear to embrace vulnerability. I want to be like her when I grow up 🙂
4. Nutella Crepes
I really tried to not make this post be all about food, but I can’t avoid it. I even took a break from writing to try and come up with something from another category, but it didn’t work. It just seems as though food brings me the most joy during my week. Is anyone else like that?
I have written about the gelato at Eataly before, but I had never had their Nutella crepes. After not loving the consistency of the crepes at the Green City Market last weekend, I wanted to see if this dessert crepe was better (also an excuse to eat Nutella). I ordered their banana and Nutella crepe and it was amazing. The crepe was a little crispy and not spongy at all, so it was quickly devoured.
5. Owen + Alchemy
While I was waiting for my crepe, I turned and found that Owen + Alchemy had suddenly appeared in Eataly as well. I have been strangely obsessed with their packaging for some time, but their physical location is a little far away and I hadn’t made time to check them out yet. From their site, O+A is a “chef-driven juice apothecary, crafting cold-pressed, plant-based juices, smoothies, nut milks, foods, and custom herb blends.”
Owen + Alchemy is only in Eataly until 5/18, so make sure you check them out. There is also a possibility of them remaining through the summer, but right now that is up in the air. I wanted to try them all, but when I saw that the sample juice had blueberry and BASIL in it then I knew I had to buy that one. I wouldn’t make this a regular purchase since juices run anywhere from $9-$12, but I figured it would be my dessert after my Nutella crepe. Yes, I realize that doesn’t make sense.
So that’s it for my favorites this week. Wish me luck on Sunday and if I survive I will be back to see you all on Monday! Have a great weekend!
- What’s one of your favorite things this week?
- What’s the best book you’ve read recently?
- Do you also get excited about packaging?
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