Hump Day Links

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This is proabaly the most accurate portrayl  I’ve seen, hysterical.

Hate to admit, but I can relate to these problems, especially 20, 18, and absolutely number 7!

These underwater pups are absolutely adorable.  The quality of these photos are out of control.

Is it weird that I want to rock these in my everyday life?

I’m dying over this.  I want to do this in real life, who’s with me??

I really want to try making these, but I am afraid I will be disappointed.  Can they really be as good as the real thing?

 Hope everyone has a great Wednesday 🙂

Thursday night in RVA

Last Thursday night my girlfriend twisted my arm (yeah right) to head over to Hardywood Brewery for some craft beers and food truck action (so trendy).  If you haven’t done this and reside in the RVA area, DO IT!  It’s a lot of fun, the worst part was trying to decide which food truck to go after.  Sooooo many options made it sooooo difficult for this girl with big eyes and a small stomach.

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So I went with….

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The Dog Wagon!  I ordered the “All American Dog” with garlic fries, and it was amaze balls!!  I love hot dogs, I don’t care if it’s pig butt, it’s damn good!

I had a hotdog but eated it

Can’t wait to tackle the other food trucks!

What’s your favorite food truck?

 

My Top Cape Cod Picks

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Below are some places I highly recommend if you get the chance to visit this beautiful vacation destination!

  1. Best ice cream is tied between Ice Cream Cafe and Sundae School  I will say the line is always shorter at Ice Cream Cafe and just as good.  Don’t forget the jimmies!
  2. Best seafood (from what I’m told) is Kate’s Seafood in Brewtser.  It’s a walk up window sort of deal, but it’s right near the beach, so you can enjoy it with the absolute best views.
  3. Best overall restaurant is hands down The Orleans Inn.  It is nestled right on one of the inlets from the bay and has food to please everyone.  This Inn is rich in history and is even rumored to be haunted, double cool!!
  4. Best bayside beach has to be Crosby Landing Beach.  Since it is bayside, you may want to check the tides, because during low tide on Cape Cod Bay, you would have to walk out a good number of yards before you could even get in enough water to swim in.  The water is calmer and warmer on the bay, my kinda scene.
  5. Best oceanside beach is Coast Guard Beach in Eastham.  Cold water, big waves, but a great beach!  It’s a part of the National Seashore, and it is wonderfully preserved.  The water temperature barely peaks in the 60’s, so be prepared for the initial shock.  It is worth it though, because the waves are great for body surfing!
  6. Best place to grab a cocktail is Land Ho!  This place is legendary in my family, stories dating back way before I graced this earth with my presence.  They have two locations in Cape Cod, and one in Costa Rica.  Would love to check that one out.

If you have been to the Cape, what are your favorite must have stops?  If you’re thinking of going, I’d love to throw out some more suggestions.  Until next year!

My New Low Carb Obsession

Last week I had another successful trip to Costco (love it there, Kirkland for life).  I stumbled upon one of the many sample stations I stalk out walk by on my weekly trip to the mecca of goodness.  This particular station was giving away samples of a darkish/black pasta, which didn’t look all that great.  Still, being a sample, I took one.  But before I let that pasta enter my mouth, I asked the woman why it had such a dark color.  She informed me that this pasta was derived solely from black beans!!  Black beans, people!!  I was so excited because I for one am a big fan of the bean, and it is packed with so much fiber and protein.

Meet Explore Asian Organic Black Bean Spaghetti

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I prepared it with a summer veggie medley.  I sautéed garlic, vidalia onions, red peppers, corn, string beans, and spinach in extra virgin olive oil (infused with garlic), see below.  I bought this at HomeGoods for $4!  Also, accompanying that is my white truffle oil spray which I also got at HomeGoods for $4!

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Once all is done, I sprinkled with goat cheese (trader joes).  It was so good that I made it twice in the past 3 days.  So yummy and defiantly a healthy alternative.

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What are some healthy alternatives you have been cooking up?

 

Disclaimer: The opinions are my own and I have not been compensated by Explore Asian.

The Perfect Cookie

Happy Tuesday friends!  Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  We partied hard this weekend for a friend’s wedding (post to come soon), and let’s just say fireball is no longer in my repertoire of go to liquor.

That being said, I stumbled across the Perfect Cookie at Whole Foods yesterday and snagged a few since they were buy 1 get 1.  I was impressed with the amount of protein packed in these individually wrapped cookies.  On their website, they are described as “gluten-free, soft-baked, cookies that contain 100% natural ingredients and are antioxidant-rich. They are packed with protein and fiber, and are low in sugar and sodium”.  That’s great and all, but how do they taste?  To my surprise, they actually tasted pretty decent.  Good size chocolate chips, soft texture, and with 10g of protein, this will certainly be a go to snack after my weight days at the gym.

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Right now these babies are buy one get one free at Whole Foods, so it’s the perfect time to check them out!

Guac It To Meee

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You guys, I have a serious obsession with guacamole.  I just love the stuff.  LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!  It’s funny because as a kid, I never would never go near it.  It’s like all the years of repression has crept up on me and exploded into a guacamole bonanza!  Oh well, I don’t hate it.  My all time favorite guacamole has to be from Chipotle.  When I don’t have time to spare waiting in line at Chipotle, I make my own.  It’s simple enough to make, but still packs some great flavor.

2 avacados

1/2 sweet onion

2 gloves of garlic

juice from 1 lime

handful of chopped cilantro

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What’s your favorite guacamole recipe?