After dinner, Justin suggested a nearby speakeasy-style bar, located in The Culver Hotel. We ended up loving this place! It was definitely popular, but we found seats easily, right next to the fireplace. They also have a big patio, which looked awesome. There's a ton of history behind the hotel, too, and live music to boot. I ordered The Mediterranean, which was so incredible that I actually did take a picture.
And it was served in a mason jar! I've never had a drink served hipster-style, but it was fun and I liked it and want to buy my own. But not with a handle. Anyway, the drink had basil, lemon cachaca (a type of rum), strawberries, grapes, and sugar. Similar to a mojito, but the grapes and strawberries (fresh, muddled) added a hint of sweetness. It was so refreshing and something we're definitely going to try to recreate at home.
|Jenn and me in front of the fireplace|
We spent the rest of the evening at Jenn's friend's new apartment, playing games and getting to know a few other folks. It was very fun, but we didn't make it home until after midnight. Yeah, that's late for me! I packed up some food for Terry to take on his dive today and then called it a night.
Today was very mellow for me; I woke up to Scout playing in some boxes (pretty normal around here), cleaned the kitchen until it shined, and baked some cookies: oatmeal raisin chocolate chip with walnuts and peanut butter. I just found the recipes online. Usually, when I want to make something (banana bread, cookies, etc.), I just Google the thing I want to make and then check out the recipes. My criteria are:
- Minimal sugar (1 cup or less for at least 2 dozen cookies--but ideally, no sugar at all!)
- Real ingredients--no margarine, for example
- All the ingredients are currently in my cupboard
- Won't take more than an hour or so to bake
Before lunch today, I hit up my computer to find a 30-minute yoga video. Today is a rest day, so my usual videos would be far too challenging and wouldn't get me ready for our long run tomorrow (9 miles!!!). I found and completed this video by Sadie, which was perfect. If you're looking for some yoga action in your living room, I highly recommend hitting up YouTube.
- In YouTube, search for a specific time and type of yoga (today, for example, I searched for "30 minute yoga stretch"). You can search by level, too: "30 minute yoga stretch beginner."
- Open up one that looks relevant.
- Before you jump in, do a quick bit of research to see if the video is for you. Read a few of the comments, listen to the video's intro (usually the instructor will describe the flow), and--my favorite--hold your mouse over the time bar at the bottom of the video. It shows previews of the video and will show the different poses you'll do.
- Set up your mat and enjoy!
Also, for those who were excited about my Olympic trail mix the other day, I have some good news. A recent study found that almonds have fewer calories than originally thought! Check it out here. Then go make yourself a batch of trail mix!
That's it for now! We're planning a fairly mellow day tomorrow, too--well, aside from those 9 miles I mentioned.