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Cocktails, Birthdays, and 5ks

First things first.

You should all know about a really important event in my life called Midnight Moonshine. It is a cocktail. And by cocktail I don’t mean fancy short dress, pretty hair, and high heels. This is a special type of cocktail with a Country theme. So replace the fancy dress with a camo (and or plaid) shirt and denim shorts, the pretty curls with a cowboy hat, and the high heels with some cowboy boots.

Needing some R&R after a long night out (you will come to know that I am often a grandma and like getting to bed on time!) and after a busy week, I continued the weekend in the following fashion:

Friday – Do Nothing Day [aka lounging around, riding my bike, eating pumpkin bread, and watching The Holiday (I LOVE THIS MOVIE—I promise when I finally get over having long hair I am going to cut it like Cameron Diaz’s is in this movie. Also, I don’ think there is anything cuter than Jude Law in this film.)]

Saturday – Brunch with my friend from high school! We had pumpkin bread (obviously), fresh fruit (kiwis, mango, strawbs, blubes, and raspberries), and she made french toast. I am ashamed to admit that I have spent most of my life without eating french toast, and was quite surprised! I don’t think I would like it if there was a bunch of sugar on top, or if she had put maple syrup on top, but she made hers really well and so it was quite enjoyable with some berries on top! Afterwards I went to read LADY AUDLEY’S SECRET by Mary Elizabeth Braddon at Caribou for my 19th Century British Lit Class. I really like it so far, plus Caribou was having a 50% off day for anyone wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! So my small skim latte was only $1 and a few cents! And finally, I ended the day by going to my friend’s 22nd birthday bash.

Sunday (so far) – I ran the Heels4Hope 5k this morning! Okay, I walked and ran a 5k this morning. It was perfect, because I got to chat with my friend Megan who was doing it with me! There is another 5k in November that I am planning on running, but this morning it just wasn’t happening.

The race started at UNC’s famous Bell Tower. Look at that Carolina Blue Sky!

We followed our accomplished ‘run’ with a stop at Starbucks. And look at all the goodies I got after the race!

I’ve never been a huge fan of protein bars for some reason, but I am going to try them. And I got some Fuel cereal, which I’ve never seen before, some face wash (random…), and some Dole Real Fruit Bites! There was also some fruit out for runners (and walkers) after the race!

Tonight I’m going to the North Carolina State Fair! I’m very excited!

Enjoy the rest of your weekends!

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Hot(t)

Yes, it is still hot, and I spent my day in Starbucks because what can I say, I love a little dose of good old AC!

But that is not the hot that I want to focus on now. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem got married!? How did I miss this? Is there a couple that could be any better looking?! Okay, I guess you could argue many couples… (Ryan Reynolds and Scarlet Johansson, Brad and Angelina and what have you, but still, this is a pretty good match, right?)

Speaking of celebrity news, is anyone else just a little bit sad that The Hills is over? I was never really a watcher, but last summer during a phase of boredom I watched all of the seasons. It’s addicting! And I’m not gonna lie, the ending was cool…

If you click on that pic, you can be a stalker like me and check out all of the The Hills reunion/finale pics! Is anyone else obsessed with Whitney’s dress?

So in the spirit of going out and enjoying my last week in Berlin (and celebrities) I tampered with the smokey eye I look today! Now I just need a good occasion to wear it to and to snap a pic to post! And thanks to Erica at Fashion Meets Food for her help!

Today I slept in and it was wonderful. So to celebrate I had a miniature brunch inspired by Kelsey at Snacking Squirrel. I know I’ve seen this before on someone’s blog, but yesterday it was Kelsey who made it look tasty! Mine doesn’t look quite as pretty, but it was very good! (That’s egg in multigrain bread if you can’t tell!) And I had a peach and a few strawbs!

Since I had a nice brunch there was no need for lunch, so let’s get right to dinner! I had the only thing I could possibly eat in this weather: leftover veggies from last night!! Seriously, even eating makes me sweat. This needs to end! It’s never this hot here in the summer!!

And guess what? Less than a month until I’m back in the USofA! Where there is air conditioning!

Nuernberg Weekend Recap part deux

Okay, now for the food part of my weekend! If you go to Nuernberg you must try the Nuernberg Sausages from yesterday’s post! Very tasty! And small, too, so you don’t get too full! And beer. Ohmygoodness. I had lot’s of beer. Once I even had beer at 11:30 in the morning. But I didn’t feel bad becuase every other table to Germans had beer too. Welcome to Southern Germany. But it was hot, and I needed a refreshing cold wonderful beer to cool me down!

This market was truly crazy. When we walked by, they were all yelling “Half price, half price! All fruit half price!” I have never seen people at a fruit market go that crazy!! Naturally, my dad and I bought some apricots and cherries because we couldn’t just walk by and not get anything!!

Doesn’t this papaya look absolutely delisshhh?

My dad!

My dinner on Friday: Salad with olives, tuna, onions, rucola, tomatoes, cucumbers, and an egg. Full load!

My dad had Carpaccio and a tomato and mozarella salad. The resteraunt was called Vapiano. It is an Italian restaurant chain in Germany (I actually think that there may be some in the US), but you wouldn’t know it’s a chain! They make all of the food right in front of you!

Breakfast Saturday and Sunday (I had the same thing except that I only had the cheese bread on the second day)

Needless to say, after a hearty breakfast like that, no lunch was needed! I always forget how much I love scrambled ggs!

Dinner Saturday: Italian, again. Germans love Italian food, so there are lots of really good and not so expensive Italian restaurants all over the place. My dad and I shared appetizers so that we could taste more than one! I rolled back to the hotel after this dinner.

(the above are supposed to be small shrimp incase you can’t recognize it!)

Yes, you counted right. We shared three appetizers. And then, all of a sudden they come out with a salad!! Apparently it came with the fish, but because the fish was a special that day it hadn’t said it anywhere! I couldn’t finish mine, but my Dad finished it for me, so no waisting food happening in our vicinity!

And then the main dish: Fish! In German it is called a Dorade. I have no idea what it is in English… oops!

I was very proud of myself for taking out all the bones so well!

Look at all of the different types of pasta they had!! Crazy!!! And the menu was also cool because it explained where the dishes etc came from! Clever idea!

Yes, I was FULL. No dessert necessary!

And during dinner, what else did we do but watch the Germany-Uruguay game for third place! Germany one! Wooo!

German Goal!!

Trainer Jogi Loewe hugging his players!

Getting their bronze medal!!

Team Pic!

And one last pic of what a wonderful team they are!

I swear, that was the last little bit of world cup news you are getting from me!!

I am very very ashamed to admit, however, that I did have some sugar this weekend 😦 Before I remembered my goal, I ordered a Radler, which is beer mixed with sprite, and had orange juice (not freshly pressed) at breakfast. Fail. But at least I enjoyed it and food-wise I am still going strong! And now that I am back in Berlin, I know I will last for the rest of the time! But it was a very unfortunate moment when I realized what I had done.

Also, today I bought my last jar of white almond butter. It was an embarrassing process because when I was checking out the woman at the cash register said “Oh, so you’re the girl who always buys the almond butter.” I had never seen her before in my life!

Okay, I’m going to go live up my last week in Berlin!!

Smarts and Sorrows

Today I feel smart. Who knew that studying could do that to me! I’ve been studying all day (minus during lunch for two hours and since 6pm because I had to stand in line to get a good seat to watch the World Cup game) and it’s actually been, dare I say it, fun!

Uh-oh. I think I may have just revealed a little too much of my inner nerd…

But now I can actually go to museums in Germany with my Grandmother and myriad of other smart relatives that actually know their German history, and not wonder what the difference is between Friedrich Wilhelm, Friedrich Wilhelm I, Friedrich Wilhelm II, Friedrich Wilhelm III, Friedrich Wilhelm IV, Friedrich der Grosse, Friedrich III/I, Wilhelm II… and the list goes on. I don’t get why they all have to be named the same way. So uncreative!

Breakfast was a leftover mango from yesterday with strawberries. So delicious. Don’t hate me overnight oat-lovers, but I think this may have beat my morning bowl of oats. It was that good. And I finished it off with a few spoonfuls of almond butter.

Then I had an iced coffee and got studying. And I was so diligent that I studied right through lunch! So I had leftovers from last night for lunch/dinner, and it was actually better than last night because the mango flavor had become stronger overnight! And for dessert and Allos bar before heading out to see the game.

Unfortunately we couldn’t pull off another 4 goals. 😦 So Spain is going to the finals, and for the second time in a row, we have to play for 3rd place. And it was especially sad since we lost against Spain two years ago in the finals of the Europe Cup. But it is only fair to say that today Spain played better. And we are still one of the four best teams in the world! Next World Cup, here we come 🙂 But you will be very proud of me, because I didn’t drink beer (which is such a must during world cup season)! German beer actually has no added sugar, so I wouldn’t have broken my no-sugar-rule, but it can’t hurt not to drink it, right?!

my water…

my friends’ beer! Just looking at that makes me thirsty!

And the pretty beer garden where I unfortunately wasted all of my precious study time watching my beautiful boys lose 😦

But enough pity partying! Wish me luck on my exam! See you when I am on the other side in Freedom!!

Day 1: Success!

I did it! No sweets! No juice, no chocolate, no cake—nada, nothing, nix, niente!! The first day is apparently always the hardest (I was very tempted to eat a crepe with nutella) but today wasn’t too hard, so let’s hope that it stays that way!

For breakfast I had two peaches! It was perfect to satisfy by sweet tooth for breakfast because they were ripe and sweet!

I went to class and for lunch I had this delicious multigrain “broetchen” with lettuce, a piece of emmentaler cheese, and a delicious fig-mustard. I even asked to make sure that the fig-mustard didn’t have any sugar, other than from the fig!  I made an iced coffee and got studying, and, surprise surprise, I actually did! I think it’s this whole no sugar motivation!

I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted for dinner. I was tempted to be lazy and order indian, but I decided that I wanted to cook, mostly so that I could listen to the Glee soundtrack.

No judging!

Are there any other Gleeks out there?

So while watching Gilmore Girls in German, I found a delicious mango-chicken-curry recipe! I had to leave out a few of the ingredients, but it ended up working! Here is the recipe:

  • 3 Tbsp (or more) of vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 1/2 to 2 cups)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh minced ginger
  • 2 Tbsp yellow curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 mangos, peeled and diced
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (can substitute all or partially with coconut milk)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cilantro for garnish

I didn’t have vinegar or cumin, but I did use a little bit of tumeric and chinese fish sauce. It worked, but I would suggest the normal recipe! Also, I left out the raisins because I’m not a fan, and I used reduced fat coconut milk and not heavy cream.

How to cook!

1 Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the red bell pepper and another tablespoon of oil, cook for a couple more minutes. Add the curry powder and cumin, cook for a few more minutes. Add the ginger and garlic, cook for one minute more.

2 Add the vinegar, water, and a 1/2 of the chopped mango to the pan. Increase the heat and bring to a boil, then lower the heat to maintain a low simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat. Scoop the sauce into a blender. Purée the sauce, pulsing until smooth. Return the sauce to the pan. (I don’t have a puree stick or a mixer, so I just attempted to mush the mango a little bit with my fork, and other than that I left it, and it still tasted wonderful!)

3 Add chicken pieces (and raisins) to the pan. Return to a low simmer. Cover the pan and let cook for 8-10 minutes. Chicken should be just cooked through. I would just cut into a piece of chicken to make sure it’s done!

4 Add remaining mango pieces to the pan. Stir in the coconut milk (or cream). Let cook at a very low temperature for another minute or two, uncovered. Adjust seasonings. If a little too sweet, add a little more vinegar. If not sweet enough, you can add a dash of sugar. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over rice. Garnish with cilantro. Serves 4.

Ta da!I had no rice or cilantro, so I just ate it as it was, and it was really good! Next time I may put in more mango though, because all of those spices kind of took some of the flavor. But I definitely recommend this! And for dessert I had an Allos bar, because guess what?! They are made up of just honey and hazelnuts, so I’m allowed to eat them!

Also, today when I looked at my blog, I was so excited because the wonderful Sarah at Baking Serendipity awarded my blog with its first award! The Sunshine Award! I should have known this was going to be a good day!

So now it is my turn to pass it on to twelve of my favorite blogs! (These are in no particular order!)

1) Cara Craves… – for living such a cool life in South Korea and sharing her interesting stories and recipes!

2) Hungry Meets Healthy: for being my left handed, right footed twin!

3) Live Life, Eat Right – For the wonderful inspirations she had last week and for inspiring me!

4) Beck on the Run – Not only is it her birthday, but her exercise routine is one that I should follow! 10 miles!!

5) Itzy’s Kitchen – She teaches Body Pump, Body Step, and Body Attack. Need I say more?!

6) She’s Going The Distance – Such a great blog, and one of the first ones I started reading regularly!

7) My Fancy Tuna – A fellow college student! I love the way she writes her blog!

8 ) Good Eats Girl – for wonderful recipes and constant positivity!

9) Fired N Fabulous! – Have you read her blog? So good and funny!

10) Eat, Live, Run – Let’s be honest. Is there anyone who doesn’t love Jenna’s blog?

11) The Art of Kaztronomy – for being one of my first commenters!

12)The Oatmeal Diaries – for being one of my best friends and my inspiration to start blogging after I read her blog daily! (Megan, I know you already got the award, but since you were my inspiration, I thought it was only appropriate 🙂 Love you!)

Thanks again to Sarah!! And thank you to you all to making the Blogging World so interesting! To continue the trend, if you received an award here, choose 12 recipients, mention them and link to their blogs, as well as mine, in a post. Then, leave a comment on each of the blogs you pass the award onto.

Time to study? Or finish watching the Uruguay vs Netherlands game? I think it will be that latter…

New Goal

I have a new goal! Since I have somewhat failed at being a good foodie lately, and since it’s hard for me to buy  a lot of food now since I am leaving Berlin so soon, I have a perfect goal for that time span. No more artificial sweets!

This is going to be hard! I love my sweets!! Not to mention German cakes!!

No juice (unless it’s freshly pressed which means no more multivitamin juice! AHH!), chocolate, sauces with sweetener, flavored iced coffee, etc etc. Honey, algarve nectar, and sugar in fruits (aka natural sugars) are okay. I really hope I can do it! Once again I was inspired by my mom! She is so healthy because she wants to make sure that the cancer doesn’t come back, and cancer thrives on sugar. While things like peaches and raspberries have some kind of chemical make up that actually help kill cancer cells, sugar does the opposite. She has decided to give up almost all things with added sugar, but I know that I will not be able to. I’m only twenty and am not ready to give up ice cream and chai tea lattes for good! But until the end of the my time in Berlin, this is going to be my goal.

As for today’s eats:

Watermelon for breakfast.

Iced Coffee (good thing I like my coffee without sugar anyways!) and this sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes for lunch:

And for dinner I was really excited because I had seen so many bloggies making wraps and I was craving one! So I got some, multigrain wraps, guacamole, tomatoes, cucumbers, some lettuce, and a red bell pepper to make it with! I was actually on a mission to find hummus, but I couldn’t! So the guac had to do!

In theory it could have been good! But sadly the guac wasn’t good. It’s better when my mom makes it! Guess I have to wait until I get home!

But I did have this funny peach for dessert, and it was soooo good!!! Perfect to wash away the taste of the weird guacamole…

And now it just started to storm! I love falling asleep to summer thunderstorms! One of my best friends from my childhood lives down the street from me at home, and when we are both “The Lane” in the summer we go running when it’s raining. It feels so good!

Picky Vicky

Today started out as good as yesterday ended! I rode my bike (half an hour there, half an hour back) to the hotel where my mom and my grandmother were staying to have breakfast with them before they made their way back to Bremen, where my extended fam lives. This morning my breakfast was similar to Wednesday, but instead of fish I had some scrambled eggs! For some reason they tasted extra yummy! And I had a whole plate full of seaweed and ginger! SO good! Here is my plate half way through:

This made me realize that I’m not picky about many things when it comes to food. I will try pretty much anything, but there are a few things I am very picky about (not necessarily food related).

1) Apples

Even though apples are on the ‘you should buy this organic’ list, I like my Fuji-non-organic apple. I can’t help it. I can’t resist it’s red-green skin and it’s extreme juicy and crunchy-ness

2) Toilet paper

I’m a toilet paper snob. But really, who likes that thin paper that breaks when you wipe?! I like my Cottonelle! (and no, not because I can’t resist the puppy that advertises it…)

3) Gum

I am an Orbit kind of girl. It used to be Orbit Peppermint. Then I overdosed on that. So now it’s the unfortunately slightly more expensive Orbit Mist Peppermint Spray. It’s irresistibly good! And they don’t have it in Germany. And even the regular Orbit is SO different here. Not only in packaging (it makes a difference!) but also in taste! But my wonderful mommy brought me more Orbit Mist!! So now I have to be frugal with my gum for my last few weeks here!

The first pack of fourteen is already almost gone!

4) Milk

I like my Horizon Organic milk! Have you noticed that at Christmas time the cow holds a candy cane? After that, I was basically sold.

5) Nut Butter

It has to be organic/natural. You know, when you have to kind of stir it. None of that processed stuff for me!

I think that is it. What are you picky about?

Other than that, I did my laundry and finally got some studying done. I guess you could say it was a pretty successful day… With only *cough* a little bit *cough* of procrastination in the form of purple nail polish…

For dinner I was excited because I got spinach-ricotta ravioli from the organic supermarket in my building! I added some of my freshly grown basil for taste…

Don’t be fooled! It wasn’t very good 😦 I was very disappointed because it looked yummy!

Tonight I went to the theater with some friends. It is one of the best performances I have seen in a long time! The actors were amazing and seemed to really enjoy themselves (and it was a musical, so honestly, coming from a person who has been in many musicals, how can you not enjoy yourself?!). It was called Linie 2 in the GRIPS Theater. I have never seen anything else there, but if you understand German I would recommend at least looking in to it if you are going to be in Berlin! Afterwards we hit up the beer garden that was next door, from which I had to leave early because, oh right, I procrastinated earlier and now need to finish my work. I guess that is what I deserve as punishment!!

Peace out friends! I hope you all have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend with friends, family, and tons of good food!