Notes From the Weekend

by Holly on April 22, 2012

in life,randomness,weekend,workouts

(1) The most scientifically-proven and enjoyable thing to make you feel better after a long, trying week is to get a couple of your close friends together and go out for a delicious meal.

Order booze (preferably beer out of a wine glass, if you can). Laugh. Order soft pretzels. Laugh more. Order another beer. Split plates of calamari salad, 10-year aged cheddar mac n’ cheese with pulled pork and the softest, most pillowy gnocchi to ever graze your tongue. Laugh again.

Order more beer. Two desserts. An espresso. And linger at the table until the waitress gives you the evil nod that says, “Is three hours not long enough for you to eat? Please leave now.”

(2) Iced Magic Coffee from Graze. A cinnamon-spiked, half n’ half laden dream.

(3) After nearly a month, I finally cleaned my apartment. I cannot tell you how good it feels.

(4) On Saturday, my friend Katie and I had the pleasure of seeing Mark Bittman speak at the Isthmus Green Day here in Madison. In case you are unaware, Mark Bittman is a NY Times columnist, cookbook author, TV chef (he toured Spain with Gwyneth Paltrow!) and my personal food god. His food policy writing is spot-on, and he’s a part-time vegan!

He believes the government is failing us when it comes to our health (true), soda is not food – in fact, it’s the opposite of food – it’s not nourishment (also true) and that, “Veganism is not the issue. Eating more real food and way less processed junk is the issue,” (again, true). If you want me to do a full blog post more on Bittman’s talk, let me know. I’d be happy to.

(5) I started reading this book and this book.

(6) Interval stair workouts (i.e. running up and down seven flights of stairs interspersed with push-up sets for 25 minutes) will leave your calves sore…very sore…for three days sore.

(7) Who says leftovers aren’t more delicious the next day (or week)? I took the remaining butternut squash sauce from my Butternut Squash Breakfast Pizzas (about 1 cup) and added 1 t minced garlic, 1 t dijon mustard, 2 T nutritional yeast and salt + pepper. The result? A creamy, savory sauce perfect for coating delicate strings of angel hair pasta.

Don’t forget to top with loads of parmesan! The cheese fast was over five days ago, after all.

(8) I ran 9 miles this morning. It’s the longest I’ve run since March 11th (that would be pre-kidney infection). And yes, the Nashville Rock n’ Roll Marathon I signed up for IS this weekend. I may or may not make it across the finish line. TBD.

(9) Dairy Queen Crunch Cones make everything better.

(10) Tomorrow, I am back cooking on Madison’s News 3 This Morning Show! Smoothies baby…it’s all happening.

What is one note from YOUR weekend? Sharing is caring!


Maren April 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm

You are seriously famous. Sounds like a great, much-needed weekend!! I cut up all of my fruit and veggies so I have no excuse to eat a bunch of processed crap this week!

Abby April 22, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Oh good lord, woman. The DQ twist cone with sprinkles is MY CONE. Screw Blizzards and everything like that, it’s been years since I’ve had that. Give me the twist. With sprinkles. The end.

As for my weekend, I watched a ton of baseball and hockey and put down new mulch in my yard. I realize that makes me sound like a 40-year-old man, but I swear that it’s more fun than it sounds ;)

Mattie @ Comfy and Confident April 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Sounds like you had a great weekend! tI was my boyfriends birthday so we celebrated a lot. Drank beer, ate nachos and watched sports! Woot woot!

Karis April 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Crap, I would have loved to hear Mark Bittman speak, I had no idea he was in Madison. As I was fighting the crowds on the square Saturday morning, I heard one guy shouting about Isthmus Green Day but ignored him. I wish he had been shouting Mark Bittman instead, that would have gotten my attention.

Lauren April 22, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Oh my goodness, you had me at calamari salads. This does not seem like a bad weekend at all!! :)

Ruthie @ the tasty tRuth April 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I saw you from a distance sportin’ an awesome hat at Mark Bittman! :) Smoothies are my favorite…good luck tomorrow; I’m looking forward to watching the clip!

Pam April 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I cleaned my apartment this weekend too – every single room and it took me about three hours and it feels soooo good! I also cleaned my car inside and out, bbq-ed (first time this year!) and had dinner with friends. :)

Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed April 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Sounds like some delicious eats! And Mark is right the government is failing us with their guidelines, I feel like some kind of food revolution is in the making… hopefully the government will catch on soon.

I ran 9 miles this weekend too. Good luck with your race!!!

Erica April 22, 2012 at 8:12 pm

So cool that you got to see Mark. I want that DQ cone. Hope you do well in Nashville!! One thing from my weekend? I had red meat for the first time in forever and thought it was quite tasty

Moira April 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I made a cake for my soon to be mother-in-law’s birthday! (it was delish even if it was from a box)

Abby @ Change of Pace April 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Please write a post on Bittman’s talk!
That cone looks amazing. At DQs in Oregon they had mint DIlly Bars, and they tasted like heaven. They don’t have them in Canada though.

Good luck with your morning show.

Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon April 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm

It sounds like a splendid weekend! Also, I have not been to DQ since they added this crunch cone! I obviously must get one when I go back home to the land of DQ.

Also, I’d love to hear more about Marc Bittman’s talk!

Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats April 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I love how you make list posts so freaking interesting! Seriously, I aspire to write as well as you.
1. I would love a full post on Bittman’s talk! I know I don’t stay up to date enough with political views when it comes to food but I’d really like to.
2. I am going to try and recreate that Iced Magic Coffee because it sounds wonderful.
3. DQ Crunch Cones!? I’ve never heard of them! I always go cherry dipped. ^^

Thanks for the lovely post! ^_^

Sarah (I Dream of Beets) April 22, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Sounds like a beautiful weekend. Good luck on your marathon. I run mine (my first!) this weekend too. So nervous!

Also, I’m craving a DQ crunch cone now. Geez. I just gave up sugar. Perhaps my sugar-giving-up will be like your break from cheese.

Rachel April 22, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I was at the isthmus green day watching Mark Bittman too! I liked his simple straight forward approach so much! Good luck on your marathon!

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef April 23, 2012 at 12:04 am

Great post (as usual)! I found out that I got into grad school this weekend and celebrated by having a GREAT weekend in many many ways :) Come to Cali soon!

Linds April 23, 2012 at 3:44 am

Good luck rockin’ and rollin’ in Nashville! I’m also super pumped to watch your news spot to see what smoothie recipes you have in store! I made a green monster the other day that was definitely more monster than green and delicious and desperately need some yummier smoothies to make.

Sara @my less serious life April 23, 2012 at 7:15 am

whoa -i’ve never seen a dq crunch cone! craziness! looks amazing.

Michelle April 23, 2012 at 7:39 am

That DQ cone looks so good this morning.

I’d love to see a write up about Bittman’s talk. Pretty, pretty please? :)

sarah @ sarah learns April 23, 2012 at 7:58 am

weekend note: just when you think you can’t love madison any more, you go to the first outdoor farmers market of the season and fall just a bit more in love with it. :)

Hillary April 23, 2012 at 8:12 am

Not only have I never eaten cheese curds, but I’ve never been to a DQ either. My boyfriend thinks this is an absolute travesty. Apparently I don’t know what I’m missing?

My note from the weekend: a friend took me to her 90 minute boxing/conditioning class yesterday. I think I’m more sore today than I was post-half marathon. It hurts so good.

anda April 23, 2012 at 8:39 am

FINALLY made my way to your blog after months of wanting to! Love it! Also, DQ crunch cones are my most favorite dessert of ever all time forever.

Shannon April 23, 2012 at 9:57 am

My mom moved in with me several weeks ago, and with all of her stuff, it’s been a mess since the weekend before she moved (ahh, those little bursts of having a clean apartment. I miss those!) so I totally know how you feel with loving a nice clean apartment!
One note from my weekend is my mom + me + my brother (visiting from San Jose State) + a 600 sq ft 1 bed apartment + 90ish degree weather + a very old wall air conditioner = one crabby family!

Kait April 23, 2012 at 10:10 am

I’m so jealous you got to see Mark! I would love a recap post. :)

Also, I totally feel you on the clean apartment thing. I’m in the process of moving and my anxiety levels are through the roof because nothing is where it should be. One more week…

PS Glad you’re feeling better…good friends + good food are a cure all.

Parita @ myinnershakti April 23, 2012 at 10:14 am

Loved Mark Bittman’s book Food Matters. Please do a post on his talk if you get the chance. I think the message needs to get out!!!

Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner April 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

I would love to read a full blog post on Mark Bittman! He’s a foodie god. Also, I’ve never seen a DQ Crunch Cone–it looks amazing. Which brings me to my weekend note: Archer Farms gelato and grilled naan bread are two of my new favorite foods.

Megan (Braise the Roof) April 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I am jealous of every food item you consumed over the weekend. The highlight of my eating over the weekend was a egg and (Wisconsin) cheddar breakfast sandwich on a sesame bagel that I made yesterday morning. It was pretty awesome, but it was no mac ‘n cheese with pulled pork!

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate April 23, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Yes to the mac and cheese!

Erin April 23, 2012 at 7:54 pm

What a great weekend! And I can’t wait for your recipes: everything bagels just happen to by my favorite bagel, and I love lemons and scones, so there ya go! Thanks for reading my mind. By the way, I like your choose happy policy: some days just suck, and I appreciate your give em’ hell attitude, and not letting it get you down. You rule.

Sarah April 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

Yes, PLEASE write a full post on Mark Bittman’s talk. I would love to read your take on it!

Emily @ Relishments April 28, 2012 at 7:32 am

I would love to hear more about Mark Bittman’s talk! He’s one of my favorites too…I’m jealous that you got to see him.

Mackenzie May 5, 2012 at 10:30 am

I GASPED AT THAT ICED COFFEE. i think that means i have issues. whoops.

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