Doing The Things I love With Friends

I generally do manage to squeeze in some quality friend time over the course of the week. In between a mid-day lunch date or a post- work bike ride I do get to see my friends quite often. However, this weekend was full of friends, food and fun and I realized that it been a while since I had a fun filled weekend. I am a bit of a workaholic and I don’t have many weekends to myself.

This past Saturday I went out to dinner with Kelli at Koi Thai in Silver Spring, Md. I am not sure if it was because the weather was beautiful or because I have not eaten a meal outside in a while. But dinner just blew me away.

It did not hurt that the food was amazing. Yes, I am blogging about food while fasting. But I just need to share this meal.

Our Starters:

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These were not my favorite part of the meal. They would have tasted better with the shrimp which they were out of. However, they were light and tasty.

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The curry was amazing! We even paid $2.5 for some more roti because we still had a lot of leftover curry. The dish was not super spicy but had plenty of flavor.

Dinner:

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I added shrimp to my dish and it was the perfect addition. I love it when basil leaves are added to any meal. My only regret for this meal was that my stomach was not big enough to eat it all.

I rarely go out to eat for Thai food, but this needs to be a regular part of my life.

On Sunday a few of my friends and I went to Great Falls, VA for an afternoon of the great outdoors! We skipped the Billy Goat trail this time but, still had a great time hiking and checking out the sights.

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Every spot in Great Falls is basically a photographer’s dream!

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I always love it when bloggers share the beautiful sights where they live and travel to. So, I am glad I live in an area where I can be amazed by the beauty that is around me.

Also, I am glad that I have friends that love to eat out and spend time outdoors. It would just not be as fun by myself.

What do you like to do with your friends?

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Summer Eating

This is a fitting post because on Saturday I will be fasting from sunrise to sunset for the holy month of Ramadan. I will be eating some other delicious goodies when it comes time to break my fast.

So for this post I will be talking about all the food items I have been having some fun making this summer. These food items in particular just don’t taste that good all the other times of the year.

This has got to be the summer of fruit. I am obsessed with all kinds of fruits. In fact after a long bike ride the other day, I dominated an entire box of cherries.

I also tend to pick on raspberries and blackberries if I feel like munching on something. They are on the tart side, but so good.

Here are some of my favorite summer food items that I have been eating for the past few weeks. They also require almost no cooking, my absolute favorite type of cooking!

Chia Seed Pudding topped with blueberries, strawberries and shredded coconut! This is my favorite breakfast for the summer. It’s light, fruity and healthy.

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I am OBSESSED with adding fruit to my salads. First of all, they almost look too pretty to eat. And secondly, all the different flavors make for a fun meal!

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This salad contains:

  • Baby spinach
  • Onions (red or purple- I always get confused between the two)
  • Goat cheese
  • Mint
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Almond slivers

Banana soft serve with blueberries and shredded coconut! I actually skipped going out for froyo and decided to make this sweet treat at home. I don’t know who I am anymore. But my craving was satisfied!

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Coconut water in a green smoothie. I actually don’t like the taste of coconut water alone so I decided to mix it in with some greens.

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Green Smoothie:

  • 1/2 carton of coconut water
  • handful of kale
  • 1 orange
  • 1 handful of grapes

I can’t get enough of these fruity summer salads!

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In the mix:

  • Strawberries
  • Black beans
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Mixed greens
  • Pineapple
  • Goat cheese
  • Walnuts

I added some Panera Bread Raspberry dressing I found at Target. It was like I was eating this salad at Panera but in the comfort of my own home! Just to let you know, the dressing is on the tangy side.

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To change up the salad I also added some baked chicken marinated with some Indian spices.

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I am really not a salad person but, these fruity salads have been rocking my world!

What are some of your favorite summer food items?

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I Got A Free T-Shirt

Last Wednesday was National Running Day and I celebrated with a run put on by Road Runner Sports. I probably had no business running a fun run as I am no where near the running shape I used to be in. But they had me with a free t-shirt! I feel like fun runs are pretty deceiving because it basically means that any pace goes. I was not the last person during the run, but I was pretty close to it. Also, running in the summer heat is not my idea of fun, its always a struggle with [...] Continue Reading…

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Crystal City’s 5k Friday+ NATIONAL RUNNING DAY GIVEAWAY!

The absolute worst thing in the world is trying to run when you are totally out of running shape. I have had to take the past 2-3 weeks off of running due to being sick/extra work. And even before that point I was just struggling to keep up with my running groups. I have this beautiful relationship with running and I can’t imagine my life without it, and so I keep trying even on the days where feels as if I am the slowest person in the world. I am not the fastest runner but, even at my [...] Continue Reading…

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What The Chia?

The best part about reading healthy living blogs is discovering random food combinations that you would never try otherwise. Seriously, who comes up with these combinations? This is how I found myself making chia seed pudding at 9pm on a Sunday night. I have seen all different combinations of chia seed pudding in the blog world for years and truthfully, they all look gross. Seriously guys, this is the easiest “recipe” to make. All you have to do is dump in a few things together, mix and refrigerate overnight. Now that is my kind of cooking. [...] Continue Reading…

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April In Paris At Petit Louis Bistro

Yes, I realize it’s no longer April. Also, it’s really hard to look at pictures of food when you have food poisoning/a stomach bug. I am never eating ever again. Through the super fabulous Howard County Bloggers, I attended a tasting at Petit Louis Bistro. The Foreman-Wolf restaurant recently opened up in the Columbia lakefront area and I was really excited to check it out. I was happy to attend, mingle and share some of my pictures of the event. I am not all that familiar with French food and I was having a difficult [...] Continue Reading…

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