Paris Is Happening.

Just got back from the International Programs Office, turned in my signed contract and…

Paris is officially Happening!!!!!

Obviously, this is very high on my Fun / Fave Friday list. I’m off to the post office to ship packages to my giveaway winners  but I’ll be back later, just wanted to share the {exciting} news!!

What are you lovin’ about today?!!!

Dinner with My Dad, Queen City Grill!

Tuesday night I met my Dad downtown to try out a new to us restaurant. My last day of work (more on that later), I knew I would need something fun to look forward to, so I was excited to have dinner plans and catch up with him! We have a typical dinner get together planned every month or so. It’s a tradition that really helps us keep up with each other’s lives. With me being at school and his crazy work and travel schedule, sometimes scheduling a chance to get together is the only way it will happen! Plus, it’s an excuse to try some {new} great Seattle restaurants! Our new goal is to try a new spot each time – and we have been doing a pretty good job of that!

Queen City Grill was pretty empty when we got there. Maybe because it was a Tuesday, or the day after a Memorial Day holiday weekend? Regardless, we enjoyed a drink at the bar, before getting our table.

Absolute Mandarin club soda and orange

The waitress brought out a free happy hour slider for us me try, but it had meat so I passed most of it along to my Dad. He enjoyed it and I liked the challah-like bread bite I tried!

We I knew we had to get the grilled prawns when I saw them on the appitizer menu.

"Grilled Oaxacan Prawns with a jicama and red onion salad"

My Dad also ordered the Bruschetta appetizer for us to also share.

Toasted Bruschetta with cream cheese, avocado, tomato puree and topped with roasted red peppers.

Both appetizers were good, but the grilled shrimp definitely stole the show. The tomato salsa it was atop reminded me more of a thick tomato pesto. While the bruschetta was tasty too, I really wanted the goat cheese bruschetta that was featured online – but the waiter informed us the menu had recently been updated. I think goat cheese would have been more interesting than (way too much) cream cheese, but even still, the avocado made an interesting, creamy addition to the dish.

For my entree, I was really hoping to order seafood, but in all honesty, the smell of crab wafting through the restaurant when we got there turned me off to that idea pretty much immediately. My Dad agreed with me on this. I decided to roll with a *safe* alternative. Roasted beets are another favorite of mine, and not always found on menus!

Roasted beets, goat cheese, candied pecans and mixed greens with champagne vinegarette

After our drinks, bread and appetizers I wasn’t so hungry anyway, so this was the perfect choice for me. For some reason it looks  a lot smaller in the picture than it actually was. The flavors of the salad were incredible together; I was actually really happy with my order. I also stole some of my Dad’s fabulous roasted veggies – he didn’t have the same appreciation for them as I did – he was focusing on his meat and noodles!

With our dinner, my Dad ordered us a bottle of cabernet sauvignon:

Chateau Montelena“Keep the stem on the table, swirl as fast as you can to aerate …”

He is turning me into a wine-O! I’m not really a beer fan (yuck) but a nice glass of wine with dinner, I can do!😀

Dinner of course flew by – we always talk the whole time and then it seems to be….time to go! I love these dinners we have and am already looking forward to our next one!

We haven’t set a date or time (yet)….but time to start scouting out new restaurants?!!

Are you close with your parents? Do you have “date nights” like these to get together?

What’s your favorite dinner / drink order? As I said, I’m not a big beer fan, but I do love wine and mixed drinks… just not too fruity!😛

Oh! In other news…..

I bought the watch!!!!!

*and some Essie nail polish!*

Giveaway Winner(s)!!

Hey guys! Hope you’re having a great Hump Wednesday so far!

I will be back later with a full post, but I wanted to pop in and announce my Fitbloggin giveaway winner!

Congratulations to…

  • Elise F
The responses were great though and so fun to read…..so I decided to pick a second winner!
Shoot me an email ladies, and I’ll get your goods off to you tomorrow!!
Giveaways are fun — I like seeing who is creeping reading my blog! I will definitely be doing more of these!!

❤ Jac

What has been the highlight of your week?  Mine was dinner with my Dad last night – but more on that later!😀

{Lychee Margarita} Memorial Day Weekend Recap!

After I left you Saturday, the day was was full of some of my usual Saturday activities.

Later that afternoon, I headed to the island. This weekend marks my parent’s 27th wedding anniversary and they had dinner reservations here on Bainbridge – and wanted me to join them. I happily tagged along. I had been to Four Swallows before, but never in my drinking age, so it was a more fun experience.

The outfit du jour:

White crop jeans - Khols, black tank - Express, jean jacket and black belt- Forever 21, gold flats - Nordstrom - with a side of WA state ferries in the background😛.

Dinner was great, featuring pouring red wine and grilled prawns — some of my favorites🙂

 

Sunday we attended a housewarming party on the island. My parent’s collegue has lived here for a few months now but just had everyone she works with over to see her place. She lives in an adorable little house pretty close to the water, with some really unique middle and far-Eastern decorations, lots of light and very “Crate and Barrel”-esque furniture. Seeing decorated houses like that makes me excited to have my own!

The party included “work” for the guests. We were instructed to use these watercolors she had put out to make a “favorite thing about Bainbridge” painting, which she is going to put together with the rest, into a big piece.

I left early in the afternoon to head back to the city. My friend and I had plans to hit up Happy Hour and then go to Folklife, a Seattle music festival going on every Memorial Day weekend.  We walked through the festival for a while but decided it was too cold/too many people……so instead  headed to a thai restaurant for that ‘happiest of‘ hour.

I ordered a Lychee margarita while she went with a chambord lemon drop. I figured when in Rome Thailand, order something lychee… but honestly, it wasn’t really my favorite. Oh well, I will know next time! We had an interesting bar conversation with a (much older) couple sitting next to us… and overall a fun time out last night!

Lychee Margarita.

Sweet lemon drop with chambord.

…And because sometimes all you really need with drinks like this is to share a big tower of fried thai food….. 

Calamari, spring rolls and crab rangoon, coconut prawns.

We got back to her house later, continued the party hanging out and crashed out. This morning I got home, and have to get ready to go babysit in a few minutes for a little girl I have been watching for over a year now. Not really a “day off”, but it should be fun, and make me some extra ca$h money!

 

What are your memorial day plans??

Have you ever tried / do you like lychee? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve had in your drink?  

 

Ps: Have you entered my giveaway yet?! Have you entered Katie’s giveaway?! Another Ps – I did get to see this face yesterday ;) 

Gaston!

Friday Fave Fives, Hello Memorial Day Weekend!

Ahhhhhh, it’s been a crazybusy week (aren’t they all these days?) but it is Friday which means one thing….

Yayyyyyyyyy Weekend!!😛

 

 

Crazy to think just one week ago (well, last Thursday night), I was chillin’ in my (upgraded to Hospitality suite) hotel room, waiting for Fitbloggin to kickoff…

Well this Friday had a bit of a different feel…

I may not have been in Baltimore, and I may have only gotten a few hours of sleep after staying out too late and waking up too early; read: why I don’t go out during the week, but I did have some Friday faves’ today!

1. I’m bringing sexy cereal back….. I am a cereal monster, nothing helps a hangover better I think! ;P2. Mixing and matching wardrobe staples. And, my new jean jacket!

Black tights: DKNY for Nordstrom, skirt: Express, jean jacket: Forever 21, (unpictured) black flats: Jessica Simpson for Nordstrom.

3. Eating this {Monster} cookie at work today. It is cookie Friday after all. Okay, maybe a giant cookie helps that hangover better😛

Chocolate chip walnut cookie. Done and done.

4. Whole Foods having a Friday night “happy hour bites“. Each Friday, the Whole Foods *which ohso conveniently happens to be on my drive home from work* hosts a tasting party of sorts, giving out a ton of gourmet food (and drink) samples in their store. It was like a free dinner tonight! Spicy shrimp, soup samples, grilled pineapple, watermelon, chocolate samples, hotdogs, maccaroni salad, sushi wraps…

Mango avacado wrap and an ahi tuna wrap sample.

There were so many samples tonight and I tried almost everything – I was full after!!

5. Today kicking off Memorial Day weekend –> No school or work Monday! Holler to that! Here’s to (my, and) your weekend being full of friends, family, good weather, horses and *insert your dog/cat here*, bbqs, good food, the farmer’s market, yoga, sushi, a drink or two and general shenanigans :)….

What are you looking forward to this weekend?!

Have you entered my Fitbloggin giveaway?! You only have until Monday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FitBloggin Giveaway!!

You may have heard that we got some serious swag at FitBloggin this weekend.

Seriously, the sponsors – and Roni, who organized the conference – were SO generous this year, with their time, energy and freebies.

iBeaniAttune FoodsChoose Cherries WPRawl

ZUMBA Fitness New Balanceegglands best

larabar Dr. Praeger's

The Laughing Cow Jump Sport

Our swag included:

  • Click espresso protein powderscan’t wait to try these as a shake or in my cereal!!
  • Dried cherries  – learned they have a lot of  benefits for workout recovery! I have been eating these already and love ’em!
  • New balance – we each got our own pair of walking or running shoes!
  • COUPONS GALORRRRRE for freebies!!
  • Zumba and other workout dvds!
  • Foodie samples of Eggland’s Best, potatoes, oats,  dr. Praegers, Popchips, etc, during the conference
  • Larabars
  • Bags and bags (and coupons) of Popchips!
  • Headphones,
  • etc!!!
Photo courtesy of Courtney!  

Saturday night, I sat with a literal wall of giveaway items. Even after giving a few things away, and having to leave a few behind in Baltimore, my suitcase was packed full – first time in a while I had to check on! I ended up using my suitcase for my stuff and used one of the free duffel totes we got for my clothes – tightly rolled up, which I carried on!

So what does that mean??!

It means GIVEAWAY TIME!! :D 

I will be putting together a package full of coupons, headphones, a dvd, popchips, bars, some fitness/sports equipment and other stuff from the conference! I want to spread the Fitbloggin’ love and share my wealth freebies with a reader!

There are two ways to enter:
  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me the thing you would most like to get free from the picture and the best giveaway you’ve received
  2. Link this post to your blog
*Separate comment for each, please!!🙂
In other news... we got these PokeIns’ at the conference, which you would use to get other bloggers info, by taping the magnetic ‘hands’ together… they are pretty much incredible and it has been going back through online and ‘finding’ my friends from last weekend. PokeIns may be the next business cards of America. Just sayin’.
Photo courtesy of Tina!
I will announce the winner Monday night!! Happy Friday night, loves!
❤ J

Back to Life, Back to Reality

Remember that song?

Sunday morning started very early, and was just that for me: back to life and reality. Goodbye blog friends, goodbye Baltimore and goodbye Fitbloggin 2011.

I was kind of dreading not too stoked to going home, since I have SO much to do
(read – finals, final projects, job interviews, have to find summer housing, etc)  in the coming weeks.

A few things made the end of the weekend and adjustment back into the school and work week just a little bit sweeter though..

1. Driving home from the airport, I was reminded (and pleasantly surprised) to see the Seattle International Street Fair going on  this weekend.

Tons of vendors, samples, jewelry, people and things to see and buy!

2. Finding an unexpected package waiting for me from my little sister!

Flying Squirrel Peanut Butter!!!!

Flying Squirrel was started by a group of college students that go to my sister’s college. Kath has blogged about it, and it really is amazing stuff. The Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed has an incredible ingredient list including peanuts, coffee, agave nectar, cocoa, salt. As I tweeted, I don’t think it’s going to last me long!!

3. A hot and sweaty yoga session, which felt sooo good after a few days off!

…and talking with a girl I’ve become friends with in yoga; she is a blog reader that goes to my school and said she recognized me in a bunch of posts from this weekend (and finally found my blog) – hi, yogi friend!!😀

4. Reading recaps of this weekend by some of my old and new blog friends.🙂

…and of course catching up on your lives that I’ve been missing! I was behind after this weekend!


5. Promise of a three day weekend next weekend! Hello, Memorial Day weekend!!

Might get a chance to see this guy!


How do you get back into the work / school week ‘grove’ after a weekend (or vacation) off??! 

Do you have big Memorial Day plans?

I would love to go to Sasquatch or go see my sister, but I think my weekend will be spent dedicated to a final paper, babysitting and maybe an overnight home…. oh, and hopefully a little fun too ;)!

Check back tomorrow for a FitBloggin giveaway!!