WIAW: travel edition – Winthrop, WA

How is it already the first Wednesday of Summer Break? And why do I have only 2 weeks left until Summer School starts? Waaaa 😦

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Yesterday I accomplished very little in terms of planning, but it took me forever and felt like a lot at the time. I made my first day power point and my very first Edublog! I’m teaching a Film as Lit class, and am creating my curriculum on my own. Luckily I’ve found quite a few great sources to guide me. Since I know there are quite a few teachers who read this blog, here are some of my favorites:

Other than planning, (I even went into school on Monday, the first Monday of Summer Break…who does that!?!), I’ve attempted to stay on top of my fitness goals…

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I have a confession to make: I hate warm weather running. I know that most runners love 70 degree weather, but I am not one of those people. My body does not regulate its temperature well, and my athsma kicks in big time. My favorite running temps are the 40’s, in a tank top. I know, I’m crazy. I guess it was a good thing we had such a long winter this year. It allowed me the ability to discover that I love running.  But the past two weeks….meh, I didn’t run once! In case you weren’t aware, not running is counterproductive to my half-marathon training plan.

So Monday morning I laced up my runners and met my friend, Rhonda, and her running buddy, for a long run. Around mile 3 I had to peel off. My inhaler was doing nothing for me. So I took two more puffs and glanced down. The inhaler was empty. Oi. I had my prescription refilled, but I thought I still had 20 or so puffs left. I looked something like this:

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It took me an hour and a half to run 7 miles. I was pathetic. I was (still am, actually) so sore afterward! Why, why, why did I do that to myself? I have 2 1/2 weeks until half-marathon day, and I really need to get my bootay in gear. Help motivate me!

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And now what you’ve all been waiting for (ha), my foodie recap from our trip to Winthrop, WA, WIAW style.

We hit the road as soon as I got off work on Thursday. I was starving. The hubs was starving. On road trips I generally pack a cooler full of healthy snacks: sandwiches, apples, baby carrots w/hummus, waters, etc. The last week of school was crazy, however, and I didn’t have time to run to the store to get snacks to pack. The hubs couldn’t drive either (due to his knee situation), so we hit Jack’n’the Box a half hour into our trip.

So. Gross.

I’ve broken up with fast food after this trip. So has the hubs. We both got so sick afterward. I even ordered a “sandwich,” or as close to a sandwich as you can order at the Box.

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That night I couldn’t eat much, as my stomach was yelling at me, so I ordered a salad and cup of soup from room service. Scratch that, I tried to order room service, but I called at 8:31 p.m. and room services ended at 8:30 p.m. The hubs walked downstairs to the restaurant and ordered food to go, and one of the servers kindly brought our food up to the room. My soup and salad combo, however, cost $17, so this was the last meal we ate at Sun Mountain Lodge.

Seeing as I am cheap frugal conscious of my bank account, the next morning I cobbled together a breakfast of a nanner that happened to be in my purse and half a cliff bar that mysteriously appeared. After hitting the lodge gym, and working out with the deer,

the hubs and I hit “downtown” Winthrop to grab lunch and explore. Winthrop is a cute, touristy, old West town near the Canadian boarder. It is adorable, and caters to foodies like myself.

Our first stop: The Old Schoolhouse Brewery.

I was very impressed with their menu. Lots of organic ingredients, lots of fresh veggies, and they support local farms. (This is something that I found to be quite common in Winthrop). We opted to sit outside, on the fabulous riverside deck.

We were both excited by the large selection of small batch brews. The hubs selected the multi-award winning Ruud Awakening IPA, and I enjoyed an honorable mention Uncle Big’s Brown.

I couldn’t decide what to eat, I wanted everything! It was a touch choice between the summer salad, portabella veggie wrap (which came with baby carrots and ranch instead of fries!), grilled veggie sandwich and the black bean burger. Ultimately, I opted to go with the black bean burger, as I was starving. I intended to order baby carrots and ranch, instead of the housemade fries, but I forgot. I wasn’t disappointed when the crispy goodies arrived, however.

The hubs ordered the pulled pork sandwich, which I stole a few bits of. ‘Twas tender and perfectly pulled pork, and this is coming from a gal who hates BBQ sauce and usually steers clear of pork.

After lunch we explored the town, hit the small grocery store for some essentials, and stopped by the Rocking Horse Bakery for some fresh bread.

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Just like The Old Schoolhouse Brewery, the Rocking Horse Bakery supports local businesses, including Blue Bird Grain Farms wheat for their bread, Backcounty Coffee Roasters for their coffee, and Thompson Custom Meats for their sandwiches. Right up my alley, and something Foodbeat NW readers will appreciate! (my contributor bio is up – check it out!)

I also swung by the grocery store for some apples, nanners and Luna bars. Cheap hotel room eats for this gal!

Friday evening we attended the Bankruptcy Bar Association banquet. I neglected to bring my camera, however, but the food was pretty tasty. I enjoyed chicken in a dijon sauce, spring mix salad, lots of veggies and a crumbly (in a good way) corn muffin. Dessert, however, was the star of the evening: berry crumble with whip cream. Mmmmmm, happy Leila.

The next morning I made a pot of nasty hotel room coffee, and inhaled some of my Rocking Horse Bakery bread.

Oh my goodness, this bread is the bee’s knees! I was so sad to discover the bread options rotate daily, I wanted to buy multiple loaves to freeze on our way out of town.

After a quick lodge exercise room workout while the hubs was at his conference, I picked up an iced vanilla latte, dry blood orange soda, and quinoa tabouleh from a coffee shop, that I cannot remember the name of. It is across the street from The Old Schoolhouse Brewery, however, if you happen to be in Winthrop and want a cafe treat or two. They have lots of healthy and organic options to tempt your taste buds.

After grabbing our car snacks, we set out for a scenic drive on the famous North Cascades Highway…

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and I realized tabouleh was a terrible car snack, as I could only eat it when we stopped at scenic points. Sigh.

The weather was not cooperating with our drive, but I did manage to snap a few pictures.

After our rainy drive, the hubs and I got back into town and intended to try something new, but wound up back at The Old Schoolhouse Brewery. It was just too good! We decided we couldn’t leave Winthrop without tasting multiple brews, so we ordered a sampler tray complete with the Hooligan Stout, ESB, Rendevous  Porter, Backcountry Coffee Stout and the Imperial IPA.

The beers paired well with some No Cheese Left Behind Nachos.

I also ordered their summer salad to go, and dove into it an hour later back at the lodge. The salad was composed of organic baby greens, avocado, craisins, mandarin oranges, blue cheese and candied pecans.

The salad itself was okay, but the coconut curry dressing was out of this world delicious! I attempted to recreate it yesterday, and then I realized I was out of coconut milk. So I created a creamy curry dressing instead. Recipe will debut tomorrow 🙂

On our way out of town the next morning we stopped back at The Rocking Horse Bakery to grab coffee and sandwiches to eat on the road. We attempted to try a delicatessen, but it was closed. I wasn’t upset about having to go back to The Rocking Horse though, no worries 😉 The hubs enjoyed a turkey sammie on their flax bread, and I had their caprese.

The caprese was your standard mozz, tomato, basil action, but it also included an amazing basil aioli and red onions. I was quite the happy camper. My eyes, however, were not. I forgot my contacts on the trip, and had to purchase some awesomely 90’s clip on sunglasses that were way too big for my frames.

I have so many pictures to share, but WordPress hates me right now. I’ve been tackling this post since 7 a.m. Seriously.

Where is your favorite close-by weekend vacation destination?

Last WIAW of the school year!

Happy Wednesday y’all! Have a hankering for pizza? Check out my review of South Perry Pizza on Foodbeat NW!

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workouts:

My oh my am I slacking on my workouts! Specifically, I’m having a terrible time motivating myself to run. In fact, I skipped my long run this weekend and instead went on an enjoyable hike through Riverside State Park with the hubs and pup instead. It was pretty beautiful. But I need to get back on the bandwagon and get my bootay in gear, otherwise I am going to be miserable during my half marathon. Boo!

eating:

My eating is all over the place. We hit up The Flying Goat 3 days in a row last week. Ummm, yeah. I also had the aforementioned McDonalds and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. I’m still not eating any candy, but I’m not eating healthy by any stretch of the imagination. When I get stressed, I eat. I’m trying to focus on running and strength training to get the extra amped up energy to release itself, but it isn’t working.

feeling:

I’m feeling pretty lethargic to be honest. I had some blood tests run a few days ago, and am hoping to hear back soon. I’m assuming nothing to be alarmed about, but things are all sorts of off lately. So aside from that, I know if I focus on the above to areas a tad more, this area will fall into place.

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Today’s meals are totally not going to be photographed. After today there is only 1 day (3 hours, actually, not even a full-day) left in the 2010-2011 school year, and I know I won’t have time to photograph anything I eat. Will I even have time to eat? Thank goodness for Larabars!

So instead, you get Weekend eats today. Weekend eats are much prettier (and often more enjoyable) than work-day eats, wouldn’t you agree?

Saturday breakfast:

Pumpkin pie oatmeal: oats, vanilla, cinnamon, vanilla almond milk, chia seeds, 2 TBS canned pumpkin, 2 TBS raisins, 2 TBS pecans

Saturday Lunch:

Cantelope, dill pickle spears and a black forest ham sammie on carmelized onion rye bread I picked up at the Spokane Public Market this weekend 🙂

Seltzer spiked with frozen pineapple chunks and fresh pineapple sage from our, (ahem, The Hubsgarden. Really. I have a black thumb) garden.

Lunchtime reads:

Bitter End by Jennifer Brown. I finished it, but it was a difficult read.

Dinner (all grilled by The Hubs)

Lemon mustard grilled salmon on a cedar plank

Grilled Romanze potatoes, picked up at the farmers market that morning, tossed with olive oil, s&p, green onions and chives from our garden.

Interlude for a little movie action.

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And a little Flying Goat snackage afterward:

Housemade A Street Chips with Murray Salt and Vinegar

And some of this may, or may not, have been consumed.

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What is the best thing you ate today?

WIAW iPhone edition

Have you ever watched extreme couponing? I’ve got it on in the background (first time semi-watching), and wow, these people are kinda crazy. I mean I am all for a good deal, but 57 bottles of (high fructose corn sugar added) bbq sauce? 100 packets of top ramen? No thanks. I was, however, pretty impressed with the free toilet paper and diapers. As well as the double coupons (but I don’t think any of my local grocery stores actually do that).

But I digress, back to regularly scheduled W’s.

W#1: Weigh-in

I’ve been majorly slacking this week. I only ran 7 miles on Saturday, and I was supposed to run 10. Woops. I got up late, hit the road late, and needed to turn back early. I also hit a major wall at mile 5. No bueno. I did a little HIIT action on the elliptical this morning. It wasn’t awesome, but it was something. I’m hoping to hit the pavement for a 5 miler before work tomorrow, but I can make no guarantees. Those 7:45 a.m. Thursdays don’t help my half-marathon running plan much.

W#2: WIAW

I forgot my camera today. So you get a few craptastic iPhone photos. Meh.

Pre-gym snack-a-roo: 2 dates.

Breakfast: Peppermint tea and pumpkin pie oats (1/3 cup quick oats, 1 TBS chia seeds, 2 TBS canned pumpkin, 2 TBS raisins, 1/2 tsp cinnamon)

Lunch: an orange that was a major B to peal, resulting in an orange massacre

& whole wheat penne, grilled chicken, tomato & herbtastic sauce.

(last night’s photo is much prettier, so you get that instead)

Afternoon snacks: bell pepper + grape tomatoes

and my favorite non-Greek yogurt: Cascade Fresh Lemon Chiffon. So delicious! And it’s local (Seattle) with a clean ingredient list.

A nanner was pictured, but was never consumed.

Upon returning home I whipped up a batch of quinoa/chicken/veggie salad, (recipe to come). I am anxiously waiting for the quinoa to chill so I can eat!

I’m also going to be eating a little bit of this fabulous three cheese semolina bread Costco was sampling a few weeks ago. I love La Brea bread so much. We purchased their cookbook a while back, but the process is insanely difficult, so we’ve yet to make a loaf 😦

Later tonight I know I’ll be nibbling on some raw (vegan) cookie dough balls, (recipe tomorrow!). I cannot wait to dig into these!

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Do you shop with coupons? Are you an extreme couponer? Do you watch Extreme Couponing?

I rarely use coupons. I only ever clip them for products I already purchase. I also often get coupons with my receipt for things I buy often (Greek yogurt, milk, butter, etc.), and I shop with sales in mind (after I meal plan according to the sales).