A Big Week for Bikes. . . and Tofu

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Pixie cuts pair well with speed workouts

Last week was a little strange weather-wise, with a smattering of hot, sunny days interrupted by a few non-consecutive days of torrential rain. When the skies were grey, I worked late. When the sun was out, I tried to take advantage of the beautiful weather and I spent a lot of time outside. I received my crash replacement helmet from Bell, and last week I finally got back in the saddle.

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That’s right, first time back on the bike in six months! I was not technically cleared to ride yet (I see the doctor this week), but I felt ready and the weather was perfect, so I carefully took a lap around the neighborhood just to see how it felt. . . it was magnificent! I have so missed riding a bike. I had no wrist pain during or after the ride, and no crazy crash flashbacks when I zipped downhill (braking. . . all. . . the. . . way), so I call it a success!

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Later that week, I was scheduled to run with a friend, and the high temperature that day was over ninety degrees. Due to the heat, we decided to run trails instead of road, to take advantage of the shade and any breeze we could pick up by running in the woods alongside the James River. I’m not technically cleared for trail running yet either, but I was riding high from the cycling success, and I only tripped on rocks once – no falling!

My arm was super sore and swollen after the short run. That night, the pain in my wrist woke me up several times and I tossed and turned, trying to get comfortable. After a long and stressful day of typing at work in pain, I headed to my regular Friday afternoon appointment with the occupational therapist and got bad news. My therapist wasn’t very happy with the pain and swelling, so I got this weird iontophoresis patch that made my arm look like a battery.

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The patch uses electric current to slowly inject an anti-inflammatory medication into my wrist over a few hours. It worked well so I’m glad that my therapist prescribed it, but after the titanium plates, the screws, the Storm Trooper splint, and now this, I do kind of wonder if OrthoVirginia is trying to turn me into a bionic woman. Am I slowly becoming a machine?

After overdoing it on physical activity in the great outdoors last week, I took it easy over the weekend and practiced being a spectator at the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation’s Cap2Cap ride. Spectating is awesome because it allows you to a) wear whatever you want (hey there Boho tank!), b) eat and drink whatever you want (Capital Trail Pale Ale, anyone?), c) support the participants you love (Kyle! Dad! Adrienne! Lindsay!), and d) take non-sweaty selfies during downtime (see my Instagram account).

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I had the privilege of cheering on my dad, Nick, and my husband, Kyle, as they completed the 50-miler together. I’ve watched them both ride bikes for years, but because they live in different states, they have only ridden together just a handful of times. I had a great time with my Mom, riding from one water stop to the next, to cheer on the boys and catch up on life this Mother’s Day weekend. They played it cool, but I know they both really enjoyed the together-time too.

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Although cheering from the sidelines was fun, I am so ready to get back into an exercise routine. Please send positive thoughts my way this week and maybe the doctor will clear me for more activity! I think that as long as I promise to ice my wrist after exercise and not fall, not even come close, I’ll be able to get back to hiking, biking, and running very soon.

One great piece of news is that I have gotten enough mobility back in my wrist that I am no longer cooking one-handed, and I was even able to cook Mother’s Day brunch for some of my family on Sunday morning, which felt great! My Mom has cooked for me so much over the last six months, so it was great to repay her for at least one meal by making Billy Bread strawberry French toast and cilantro scrambled eggs all by myself!

I also whipped up an awesome salad last week with cranberry balsamic vinegar that I got from my occupational therapist, who totally supports cooking. . . way more than she does trail running. The salad was composed of mixed baby greens, roasted Chioggia beets, goat cheese, roasted pumpkin seeds, olive oil, and cranberry balsamic vinegar. I topped it with the best baked tofu I have ever made. I cannot take credit for this wonderful recipe, but I can link to it so you can try it too. I highly recommend Perfect Baked Tofu from Healthy Tipping Point. You will not be disappointed!

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Have a delectable week!

Colorado Honeymoon

It has been about three weeks since Kyle and I returned from our honeymoon in Colorado, so I figure it’s about time that I share some pictures. We had such an amazing time and we felt so fortunate to take a weeklong break, surrounded by beautiful scenery, after all the excitement leading up to the wedding. I forgot to pack my phone charger so I was actually almost completely unplugged for the first two days of our trip. It was absolute bliss! I learned that I definitely need to unplug more often. We spent time in Denver, Breckenridge, and Boulder during our six day trip. This post is a long one, for your long holiday weekend. I hope you enjoy these highlights from our action-packed week!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Denver, CO

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We flew into Denver on day one. Unfortunately due to some extremely frustrating flight delays (grrrr. . .), we were about four hours late getting to Denver that first day. After a long day of travel, we gave up on our plans for a romantic dinner and opted instead to check into our hotel and order in some pizza and beer while watching one of the Presidential debates. Not the most luxurious way to spend the first day of our honeymoon, but it was actually really nice to just decompress together.

The next morning we headed downtown to the 16th Street Mall, which is a long stretch of stores and restaurants right in the middle of Denver. We stopped into a few stores and did some people watching while having coffee and breakfast. From there we took a long walk to the Denver Bicycle Café, which is a combination bicycle repair shop and bar that serves espresso, coffee drinks, beer, and light fare. We enjoyed looking at all the vintage bikes around the shop and the espresso was excellent. I wish our bike shop at home had an espresso bar in it!

We also checked out Watercourse Foods for lunch. We were very impressed with the 100% vegetarian menu at Watercourse. There were also several vegan and gluten-free options available. It was so exciting to be presented with a several-page menu full of things we could eat. We are so used to going to restaurants and having just one or two vegetarian choices, so it is always a real treat to have a lot of options. I don’t have photos of our food because my phone was dead at the time and I hadn’t figured out our new camera yet (I know, I’m such a grandma sometimes when it comes to technology). That was a real shame because these plates were gorgeous. I had one of the best salads of my life, and Kyle had a Buffalo tempeh dish. I have a feeling we could have eaten every meal of the whole trip at Watercourse Foods and would have been happy.

In the afternoon, we strolled around the neighborhood a bit more, did some sightseeing and shopping, then spent a ridiculous amount of time at Great Divide. True story: we got a little turned around while trying to find the Great Divide tap room. We were just two blocks away and could not figure out how to get there when we picked up on the faint smell of mash in the air. We literally followed our noses to the brewery and tasted several beers when we got there. The bartenders were super friendly and helpful. They were also extremely entertaining the entire time, as they engaged in such shenanigans as playing one of my favorite games from childhood: “the floor is lava.”

We only spent the day in Denver to acclimate to altitude, so that evening we hit the road for a two hour drive to Breckenridge. We were a little sad to leave Denver because we had a lot of fun there in just under 24 hours. Kyle and I were not expecting much from Denver, so we were pleasantly surprised to find such great people and places there. We felt like we fit right in in the mile high city.

Breckenridge, CO

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The main event was Breckenridge, where we stayed in a one bedroom condo for four nights. It was a much slower pace than Denver, which was very relaxing. We had sweet accommodations a few blocks from town, with a gorgeous view and many nice amenities like hot tub access, an adorable fireplace in the living room, and a full kitchen. Yes, I did cook dinner while on vacation. . . twice! We got a great deal on this trip because it was the off season: too cold for summer activities like kayaking and not cold enough for winter activities like skiing. Our goal was to do some hiking and cycling, so with a forecast of clear skies and temperatures in the fifties all week, we were excited to explore the town like locals during the seasonal lull in tourism.

One of my favorite places to eat in Breck was Amazing Grace Natural Eatery. We went here for breakfast on one day and lunch on another. They have a beautiful wood stove that heats up the whole café.

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For breakfast on the first day, Kyle ordered a breakfast burrito.

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I ordered “The Opus,” scrambled eggs with spinach and tomato on a homemade biscuit. The biscuit was out of this world amazing!

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While flipping through the local daily newspaper, I discovered this.

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Say what?! It turned out that the forecast had changed overnight, and Breckenridge was expecting snow the whole week. In a hurry to get our outdoor activities in before we got snowed in, Kyle and I found a bike rental shop and got advice on some local rides. We decided to bike from Breckenridge to Frisco, a 9-10 mile ride, have lunch in the tiny former mining town of Frisco, then bike back to Breckenridge. We lost 500 feet of elevation on the way down to Frisco, which meant our ride back was mostly uphill. Oh, and we were riding back into the wind as well. You better believe I had a huge bowl of soup for lunch to keep me warm for the return trip.

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I had never biked more than 10 miles in a day before, so logging 20 miles on our first day at high altitude was quite an accomplishment for me. Most of the ride was breathtakingly beautiful. I am sure that the diminished oxygen content of the air at 10,000 feet and my exercise-induced asthma were also contributing factors. Seriously, breathtaking. Some parts of the ride were extremely difficult for me, but I was determined to finish. The bike path was the nicest I had ever ridden, and even though the ride was a bit of an endurance test, I would do it again if I had the chance. I can’t put into words the feeling you get while biking a winding path over rolling hills in the majestic Rocky Mountains, with the crisp breeze in your face and the smell of snow in the air.

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As we biked back into town, the wind smacked into us and made my cheeks sting. When we arrived at the bike rental shop, the snow started softly coming down and it did not let up for a few days. When we woke up in Breckenridge for the first time, we looked out the window and saw the town covered in white.

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We decided it was unsafe to attempt hiking Mohawk Lake in the snow and ice, so we hung out in town instead.

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One of the highlights was our private tour of the original Breckenridge Brewery, which I will explain in further detail in a separate post.

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One of the vegetarian friendly places in Breckenridge is Lucha Cantina, which has delicious burritos and great happy hour specials. The prices are really reasonable and most of the dishes can be made vegetarian. I particularly enjoyed trying their four different homemade salsas.

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One of our dear friends bought us a couples massage at one of the spas in Breckenridge, which we thought was one of the coolest wedding gifts ever! After playing around in the snow all day and enjoying a few Breckenridge Brewery beers, we headed over to Ambika for a therapeutic couples massage. I wonder if the masseuses could tell we were just a little tipsy. . . It was a very relaxing experience.

 

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Another one of our favorite places in Breckenridge was Clint’s Bakery and Coffee House. This place has some awesome breakfast food, including a parmesan pepper bagel that will knock your socks off. One of the house specialties is a steel cut oatmeal with granola and dried fruit that was once featured in Bon Appetit magazine. The whole place smells like cinnamon, and there is always something baking. The coffee is pretty good too. It comes from a roaster in nearby Vail. This place seemed like the most popular coffee shop for locals but they were friendly to us out-of-towners too.

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Boulder, CO

On our third day in Breckenridge, we decided to drive to Boulder to visit Avery Brewing Company and check out the town which we had heard so many great things about. Hiking was still out of the question, as the snow was still falling and we didn’t want to become lost hikers out in the wilderness. Boulder supposedly draws a lot of active people and outdoor enthusiasts. We had also heard that it was pretty vegetarian friendly.

We were shocked at how many different beers Avery had on tap. We ordered ten different beer samples and still had not tried everything on the menu. I had to order the Lizzie Lee’s Riverside Ale; how could I not order a “wedding ale” on my honeymoon?

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After Avery, we headed downtown to Mountain Sun (another brewpub!) for tempeh reubens and some more local beer. We explored the downtown area for a few hours and visited some great stores. I was getting used to having the mountains on the horizon and I realized in Boulder that it would be really weird to return to Richmond, where everything is flat, in just a few days.

We wished we had had more time in Boulder because we really wanted to check out the Celestial Seasonings tour that we couldn’t fit in, rent a tandem bicycle from Bikesmith, and do some hiking near the flatirons. The snow was beautiful and persistent. While I was disappointed that it prevented us from doing some of the more active parts of our trip, I think the unexpected snowfall helped us get the rest we needed after a few very busy months. The winter wonderland was pretty magical, and the roads were maintained so well while we were there that we did not feel trapped at all. We were really free to explore and wander without a plan, which is pretty foreign to me, but it was exactly the break I needed.

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We are looking forward to visiting Colorado again in the future. For our first trip to the state and just 4 full days to work with, I think we did and saw a lot of the things on our list. On the drive back to the Denver airport on our last day, we even had time to stop at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a little while.

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Colorado was absolutely gorgeous and of course after visiting, Kyle has decided that he wants to move there. I say “of course” because he also felt that way about Charlottesville, Asheville, and New York City after we spent time in each place. I would like to think that, while we have visited some amazing places, it’s not just the towns that he wants to revisit, but the experiences. I think the nostalgia has something to do with being in good company, if you know what I mean. I am thankful for the opportunity to begin our marriage with such a beautiful and inspiring trip, and I am excited for all of the adventures we have yet to embark on together.

Branching Out: Week in Review

Last Sunday seems so far away. I had a fantastic week that was jam-packed with long days full of new experiences. In the past, Spring has simply meant seasonal allergies, wardrobe challenges due to unpredictable weather, and the promise of summer right around the corner. For me, Spring has always been a season to rush through. It’s the awkward puberty of seasons and I can’t wait for it to be over. Even as I write this, Seals & Crofts’ serenades me as I daydream about summer breeze. Thank you Pandora Radio for reading my mind.

However, this year has been different. I have tried to embrace Spring for what it is and view it in a new light. My new perspective has taught me that Spring is a time of new beginnings. As everything starts to thaw and bloom, we too can get outside and expand our horizons. Spring is a great time to try new things and recommit to our personal growth. For some of us, this is a great time to review New Year’s resolutions and pick back up where we left off sometime in the first few weeks of February. For me, this is the perfect opportunity to try out new restaurants, recipes, and workouts. This past week I have met some new people and gone some new places and I have had a blast! So without further delay, here is the week in review.

On Sunday, I went to a delightful brunch at Stella’s with the Virginia is for Bloggers group. What started out as a tiny hashtag (#VAis4Bloggers) is now a thriving group of Virginia bloggers. The kickoff brunch that founders Sarah and Liz planned for us was fantastic.

Stella’s interior is gorgeous and the Greek theme is not subtle but not over-the-top either. The owners communicated the theme in a way that makes the restaurant feel authentic, not kitschy. One of the many well-edited features of the restaurant is the black and white Greek movie silently projected in the back corner.

Sarah and Liz brought us free samples and coupons for Love Grown Foods granola and coupons for Chobani. There was even a raffle for some of Sarah’s homemade peanut butter and full size bags of Love Grown granola.

Here’s the swag! Which included one of Gabby’s delicious gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.

I ordered the Black Kale Skillet, which comes with “sauteed black tuscan kale dressed with lemon-dijon vinaigrette, over toasted olive oil bread, kasseri cheese, topped with two fried eggs.” It turned out to be a great choice and I am sure that I will order this again in the future.

The pita dishes, although not vegetarian, looked delicious too.

The staff at Stella’s was so friendly and accommodating. At the end of the meal, our server brought out complimentary loukoumades, which are like Greek doughnuts. Sorry this photo looks blue. I tried to color correct it but still couldn’t get it right. The rainy skies were doing something weird to the natural light coming in through the windows. Guess you’ll have to go to Stella’s and order the loukoumades yourself to get the picture!

One thing that was not brand new this week, but is relatively new to me is trail running. I met up with some friends to jog on the Buttermilk Trail on Tuesday night. We have been training together for the Dominion Riverrock Filthy 5K Mud Run that takes place in three weeks. I hate road running, but I LOVE trail running. This has been a surprising discovery for me this year. Along the path, which doubles as a mountain biking trail, hangs this excellent sign. As my friend Melissa commented, “that’s some effective visual communication.” Consequently the photo made it onto TODA’s 366 Days of 2012 as the photo of the day for April 25th.

On Wednesday, Kyle and I had a dinner date at Acacia for Richmond Restaurant Week. It was my first time at Acacia Midtown (I have been meaning to go for years) and everything was wonderful. I started with the Farmer’s Punch, which is a cocktail made with clement rhum agricole, allspice, pineapple, lime, coconut milk and coconut foam. It was really tasty. It reminded me of the Mixology episode of Portlandia. But still, super tasty and refreshing. And how about those stainless steel straws? I think I need some!

My first course was a pureed kale and white bean soup with grilled ramps, creme fraiche, and smoked paprika oil. It was smiling at me.

The second course was a goat cheese and rosemary tart with mixed baby vegetables, roasted hazelnuts and crispy kale. It was out of this world.

While everything was delicious, dessert was my favorite course. I had the Dark and Stormy which was inspired by the drink of the same name. I am a big fan of the Dark and Stormy. You may recall that I made my own version with fresh cranberries called the Red Sky at Night. This dessert captures all the flavors of a dark and stormy, with rum ice cream, lime sorbet, molasses cake and ginger beer foam. Thank you, Acacia, for a thoroughly enjoyable Restaurant Week experience!

After all those good eats, Kyle and I were due for another long workout in the great outdoors. On Friday I decided to conquer my fear of biking across the James River and I took on the hills of Forest Hill, the pedestrian path on the Nickel Bridge, the traffic on Cary Street near VCU, and the daunting Belvidere Bridge. How cute are our His and Hers Torker bikes? A silver U-District for Kyle, and a copper Graduate for me.

Here is Kyle on the Nickel Bridge, or Boulevard Bridge.

And here is the lovely view from the Nickel Bridge. Kyle almost proposed here once at sunset, but he chickened out. Now that I know that story, I think about it every time I’m looking West over the James River from this spot.

Sure, Spring still means seasonal allergies and wardrobe challenges, but it means new beginnings too. I don’t know about you, but I’m digging this new outlook.

Fashion for Food Lovers

Have you tried being real life friends with a personal style blogger? It’s great for so many reasons, including constant fashion inspiration and free wardrobe advice around the clock. It’s like having a personal shopper – for free! But it’s also kind of difficult, like when you realize that you’re most likely not going to be the best dressed at any mutual gatherings. But hey, this whole experience has been great motivation to get me out of my yoga pants and into real clothes on the weekends. Of course I am talking about my good friend Carissa, who started her personal style blog, bits&bows, last year.

Little known fact: Carissa also enjoys participating in wine-inspired performance art.

I follow a lot of different kinds of blogs, not just food-related ones. We can draw inspiration from many different places and learn things from different writers. I love some of the super fashiony writers and photographers out there who push the boundaries with their wardrobes, much like I admire the home cooks and chefs of the world who blaze trails in the kitchen. However, I’ve never been a 6-inch stiletto girl and I never spend too much time or money on fleeting fashion trends. My personal style is far more simple, classic and practical. Function over form, I suppose. Regardless of how uninteresting my wardrobe may be, I thought it would be fun to put together a post on practical dressing for food lovers. I often find that in my wardrobe, everything has a place and a purpose. Welcome to the mise en place of my closet.

#1 – Day Job to Dinner


  • Dress: Work appropriate plus the empire waist allows extra room for a big dinner.
  • Shoes: Sandals for walking to and from the office, which are replaced by the pumps I keep under my desk as soon as I get to work. No need to stuff my feet into killer heels all day when my night job involves standing over a hot stove.
  • Belt: Accentuates the smallest part of the waist so I don’t have to get all defensive explaining why I  am going back for seconds of my Bombolini pasta.
  • Garden: Basil and rosemary taste better when you’ve grown them yourself.

#2 – Farmers’ Market with Friends


  • Tunic: Bright colors are key if you want your friends to be able to find you in a crowded market. If you don’t believe me, try telling your friends “I’ll be the one in a sundress, examining the Hanover heirloom tomatoes” and see how many hours it takes them to pick you out in the crowd.
  • Flip flops: The SOJ market is no place for heels if you plan on getting the best produce they have to offer. This place is crowded. It is 100 degrees outside. This is war, people! Sandals or running shoes are the only options.
  • Leggings: Remember the time I mooned the market? Leggings are a must. End of story.
  • Reusable bag: Really you’re going to need two or three of these if you’re doing any real shopping. A nice sturdy waterproof bag is ideal. I got this one at Ikea.

#3 – Biking to Brunch


  • Bike: Well, duh. The bike is because friends don’t let friends drink bloody marys and drive home. Also, for the environment. And for working off that veggie eggs benedict.
  • Helmet: People, please wear a helmet. A lot of young kids like me forget this accessory and it’s just stupid. The brains are my money maker. I’m protecting that shit. Cover your cabezas, okay?
  • Shorts: Biking in dresses is fun. Especially for passersby when a big gust of wind comes by. I don’t take chances and always wear shorts. See: #2 – leggings.
  • Belt and jewelry: When you’re basically wearing athletic wear and participating in a see-and-be-seen event like brunch in the Fan, spruce things up a bit with accessories to look like you tried.

I hope this practical guide to fashion for food lovers has been helpful. Now don’t go thinking every outfit I wear is this well-planned. My friends will tell you that’s a big fat lie. Let’s be honest here. Most of the time, the fashion here at the tiny RVA kitchen of veg:ology looks a lot more like this.

Bon appetit!

Farmers’ Market 06.04.11, Garden Update, Team in Training

Sometimes we drive through the Byrd Park area to get to the farmers’ market. Yesterday we saw this while making our weekly drive (soon-to-be bike ride).

How very crunchy.

How very Virginia.

I arrived at the market after 10:00 this Saturday, which is a little late for me. I blame the mojito marathon I participated in on Friday night. When you come into a pound of mint for $7.00, you have to find creative ways to use it. My solution involved limes, soda, and Bacardi select. And suddenly seven friends appeared at the door – funny how that works.

Kyle joined me at the market for the first time this year, and we had a great time chasing ibuprofen with iced coffee and bagels, running into some friends and coworkers, and selecting produce from our Victory Farms CSA share.

Here’s the loot!

Every time I bring the Italian to the market, we get twice as much pasta than I would have bought without Kyle’s influence.

  • Broccoli (CSA)
  • Cilantro (Pleitez Produce)
  • Chidori kale (CSA)
  • Kohlrabi (CSA)
  • Red potatoes (CSA)
  • Black pepper linguine (Bombolini Pasta)
  • Dill shells (Bombolini Pasta)
  • Summer squash (CSA)

Some of the spring produce is phasing out (strawberries) and we are seeing more of the summer produce coming in (squash). I love looking back on my farmers’ market posts over the last year to see when certain fruits and vegetables start popping up at the market. It is also cool to see what is in season in different parts of the country by reading other blogs and chatting with my friends in different states. I would love to showcase what’s growing around the country (and world?) in a compilation post.

Show me what’s up at your local market! If you would like to participate, please send photos to vegologyblog [at] gmail [dot] com to get featured!

And now for a patio garden update…

Gardenology Update

I took these photos on Saturday. It has been three weeks and I haven’t killed anything yet!

My first tomato!

Flowers on the jalapeno plant- no signs of peppers yet.

 

The herbs have had a rough start but they're hanging in there!

Baby cilantro - I think this is a good sign?

I just looked back at my initial gardenology post when I first potted the starter plants, and I can’t believe how much the tomato plant has grown! I’m crossing my fingers that it continues to thrive in the little nook of sunlight that it calls home.

Team in Training Event

In other news, my Dad is participating in his second century ride today. He is riding the 100-mile America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride in Lake Tahoe with his Team in Training team. Dad started to be a serious cyclist last year at the age of 52 and rode in his first century ride last October. He rides for an amazing organization called Team in Training and he raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, ranking as a top fundraiser for the state of Maryland in both the Seagull Century in October 2010 and the AMBBR in June 2011.

Dad did a warm up ride yesterday and posted this photo from the ride on his facebook page. Simply beautiful.

Credit: Nick McDonald

Dad has already started raising money for his third century which will take place in October of this year. He will complete the Seagull Century on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in just four and a half months. I am beyond proud of him for his determination in both cycling and raising money for LLS, and I look forward to getting the news that he has safely crossed the finish line later today, and cheering him on in person later this year.

If you are interested in finding out more about Team in Training and LLS or you would like to make a donation, please visit Dad’s fundraising page.

First Market of the Season

Has your local farmers’ market opened yet?

Today marks the first day of the South of the James Market 2011 season, and this week was the first that I could start debiting from my CSA share with Victory Farms. Unfortunately, I missed opening day at the market because I was at the beach this morning. However, I made up for it earlier this week when I visited the Byrd House Market in Richmond’s Oregon Hill. Victory Farms visits two markets a week: Byrd House and South of the James. Tuesday was the first day of CSA share debiting, so I biked over the market after work.

As a matter of fact, I biked to work that morning and then hit up the market on my way home. See my cool new basket? It’s perfect for carrying groceries home.

Although I felt pretty weighed down on the ride home, I successfully biked about 6 miles that day and felt great at the end! I think the added weight from my fresh fruits and vegetables in the basket and my work laptop on my back made things a little more difficult. Regardless, I plan to bike commute as much as possible before it gets dreadfully hot and humid here.

Check out my loot!

  • Black pepper linguine from Bombolini Pasta
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes (greenhouse I assume)
  • Asparagus
  • Leeks (CSA)
  • Broccoli rabe (CSA)
  • Arugula (CSA)

Happy Market Day!

A Feasibility Study on Biking to Work

I live about 3 miles away from my downtown office and I make a 10-minute drive to work 4-5 days a week. Since I have started to get more into bicycling lately, I am considering biking to work a few days a week. Add the rising price of gas and my desire to reduce my carbon footprint to the table, and I’ve moved this idea from crazy notion to serious possibility. Last week I did a test run on a sunny weekend morning to see if I could make it work.

Results:

Stamina: yes

Bike-friendly roads: yes – no bike lanes but I found a route with wide shoulders and few potholes

Bike racks nearby: X

Scenery: yes (urban)

Perspiration: X (glistening on a 60 degree day means dripping buckets of sweat on the 90 degree days to come)

This leaves only two questions:

Is there enough space in my cubicle to house this bike – size large?

Am I willing to shower and get ready at work thereby having bad hair and semi-wrinkled clothes for the foreseeable future?

Conclusion: More research needed – I’ll keep you posted.

Does anyone else have tips for bicycle commuting? I’ve been doing some digging on the internet but I’d love to hear your thoughts.