Last week was amazing in the Twin Cities. 60+ and sunny, my favorite time of year. This week they are back to the uppers 40’s and thankfully I am out in the D.C. area where it’s 70 and sunny. Oh so nice. When this warmer weather hits I tend to reach for white. Over the past few years I’ve really expanded my palette when it comes to white wines and I really am glad I did. And while I will never be a lover of oakey California Chardonnay I do really love those grassy and tropical fruit Sauvignon Blanc’s from New Zealand.

 

Brancroft Estates is having a virtual tasting later this week and sent me a variety of the wines but the Choosen Row and Letter Series were really good. The Chosen Row retails for more than I usually pay for a bottle but this was a special tasting and it was really unique. It comes from their most prestigious vines and has notes of nectarine, floral and just a hint of spice and smoke. For a special occasion I would definitely pick this up. ($65)

 

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

 

The Letter Series is the other one that really stood out. Passionfruit, peach and mango. I’m not normally a huge peach flavor person but this was increidble. Around $20, it’s a much better price point.

 

Letter Series 'B' Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

 

I  had a few sips of these two before I headed out for the week, just so I could write about them. I can’t wait to do the full tasting!

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My posting may be a bit sporadic this week, I am in the Washington D.C. area for work all week and have some long (but good) days ahead of me. After a 4am wake-up this morning and a flight I was starving by the time we landed. We grabbed our rental car and headed out to one of our offices. One of the things I love the most about my new job is the team. So motivated, they are all foodies and for the most part pretty health conscious.

 

Now let me just add that there is a time and place to just throw caution to the wind and enjoy yourself. That was lunch today! Down the road from our office there is a tiny taco place inside a Shell gas station. And when I say tiny I mean tiny! You could maybe get 4 or 5 people in there just to order. But it was worth it. Having been featured on Diners, Drive In’s and Dives there is always a line. We got a variety of tacos to share and I had a carnitas torta as well. And since we were already splurging I opted for a Tamarind Juaritos. My all time favorite soda (behind ice cold fountain coke). It was great to meet the rest of the team over lunch and I am definitely going to need a nap… Too bad that won’t happen. We’ve got 5+ hours of meetings in front of us.

 

Tacos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I read blog posts sometimes and see people who are so obsessed with food. I do believe in feeding my body healthy foods but if I want a few tacos and a torta I am going to eat it. I will probably opt for something a little more veggie heavy for dinner to balance it all out. 80/20 rule all the way. When I travel I do usually pack some healthy snacks with me too, today I had grapes, baby carrots, nuts, Kind bars and I am always carrying a water bottle. I search out a fountain and keep it filled. No reason in feeling dehydrated.

 

I’ll update with a few more photos from this week’s adventures on Thursday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fitness Friday Leg Days

April 17, 2015

Happy Friday! It’s supposed to be 70+ and sunny today. Can’t wait to sit out on our deck tonight. Especially since this amazing weather will be short lived, it’s back to reality by Sunday with temps only in the low 50’s. With the fabulous weather we’ve had this week I’ve taken advantage of it and spent some time outside and took the dogs on a few long walks.

 

Sunday: Cardio and weights

Monday: Off but a walk with the dogs

Tuesday: Yoga Sculpt

Wednesday: Fitness Blender Leg Workout and Walk with the dogs

Thursday: Yoga Sculpt

Friday: Off! My legs are sore today.

Saturday: Planning on spin class and a Lift Weights Faster 2 workout

 

A great week of workouts and I feel amazing because of it! Increased energy (minus the insomnia) and that great sore feeling in my legs, especially my quads and hamstrings. I’m doing a 4 week booty boot camp program. Lot’s of legs! Mixing that in with Lift Weights Faster and Yoga Sculpt and I know I am going to be feeling it. I can’t recommend their workouts enough! Especially if you are short on time and want to get in your workout at home. They are real people who provide great workouts for free (or a low price for a program like this). The lower body weight video I did Wednesday was brutal. So many variations of squats and deadlifts. My 30lb kettlebell came in handy to make sure I was lifting enough weight.

 

 

We had a heavy leg day yesterday in yoga sculpt with lots of lunges and squats. I knew when I went to bed last night I would be sore today. And I was correct! Right before bed I even took ZMA to help with soreness. I was sent a sample and have been taking it all week. Look for updates later this month on how I feel it worked. A combination of zinc, magnesium, B6 and theanine. All are supposed to help with muscle recovery and sleep. Fingers crossed!

 

Product Image for Zma With Theanine

 

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Thirsty Thursday. That was a term we used in college! I’ve had a crazy week and didn’t have a chance to post for Wine Wednesday but wanted to talk about Two Lands wine. I attended a virtual tasting last week with these great wines.

 

It’s a collaboration between  Ehren Jordan and Bernard Hickin, mixing California and Australia into an affordable, easy drinking wine. We tuned into a webinar and got to see the wine makers, ask questions and learn all about their joint effort.

 

All the wines are $13.99 and we tasted Cab, Shiraz, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. The shiraz and pinot grigio were my favorite by far. If you are looking for something a little more unique check out Two Lands. It should be in most liquor stores, since it was launched in March.

 

The shiraz had notes of blackberry, plum and dried fruit and the pinot grigio had pear and apple with just a hint of acidity. Wine is such a personal thing, one person may like a wine while cant stand it. Our neighbors and Bridget and Ben were over and we all had thoughts on each wine. That’s what I love about tastings!

 

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Drink Your Water

April 15, 2015

We all know we need to drink water, and lots of it. But drinking plain water all day every day can get a bit boring. I don’t drink juice on a regular basis and try to limit soda to just a few a week. So what are you to do? Sparkling water is an option […]

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Sleep… Or Lack Of It

April 14, 2015

Let’s talk sleep. I hope everyone else is actually sleeping. At least better than I do! I tend to go in cycles of sleeping decently and then hardly at all. Right now it’s the hardly at all cycle.     6 is about my average and usually I get 1-2 hours of sound sleep. Not […]

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Fitness Friday Favorites and Sore Muscles

April 10, 2015

It’s almost the middle of April and we had snow flakes flying last night! We woke up to frost and fog this morning as well but the weather is supposed to be spring like this weekend with temperatures in the 60’s. I will take those warm temps any day. Break out a maxi dress, do […]

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Wine Wednesday Villa Sandi Prosecco

April 8, 2015

Ah bubbles. One of my favorite things! Especially prosecco, I actually might prefer it to real champagne. I love the feeling of bubbles and I especially love a semi dry prosecco. You can drink it out of a beautiful flute or as a mimosa with either orange juice or grapefruit juice.   Maybe on a […]

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Different

April 7, 2015

On being different. I’ve never been one to follow the crowd, heck my kindergarten teacher told me Mom that when I was 5.  It’s one of those hindsight things, I should have embraced it from that moment on. But I had the typical childhood & teenage angst and chalked it up to that. I did […]

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Secret Recipe Club Spinach Egg Bake

April 6, 2015

It has been a crazy week, between training for work, spending a few days in Wisconsin and trying to rearrange our living room for a new couch that is coming next week (side note, it’s really hard to work with a long narrow room and find furniture).   March seemed to fly by and felt […]

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