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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!*

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!!

A Charming City: FitBloggin Finale.

Yesterday morning I attended a session Katy Widrick held, “From Hobbyist to Professional: Take Blogging to the Next Level” on building your blog / brand. She is so knowledgable and I learned a lot in this talk. From everything to domain names to how to build readership and put new twists on your blog, there was a ton of information in the talk and it was definitely a favorite of the weekend.

A group of bloggers decided later to take advantage of the gorgeous Baltimore weather with a walk around the harbor, in lieu of the last session before lunch.

(Photo courtesy of Courtney)

For this Seattleite, I could definitely appreciate the sun and 70+ degree weather. Hello, summer!

Of course Julie and I had to stop for an impromptu yoga session on the water.
Lunch was followed by some more interesting afternoon sessions. First up was No Meat Athlete‘s “SEO For Fitness Bloggers” and Tina’s panel, “Blogger Responsibility: Where Do you Draw the LIne?” The blogger responsibility in paticular touched on a lot of (recent and very relevant) events in the healthy living blog world.. and got a little heated toward the end! Definitely left me thinking, and in a good way.
Insert operation “get some sun in Baltimore”, round 2:
Later, a group of us headed to Talara for drinks and appetizers.
 Sangria was required for this group of food and fitness bloggers, clearly 😉
Me and Tina

While Cynthia, Julie stayed to finish the food they ordered, and Tina headed to the airport, the rest of us snapped a picture outside, before we heading to our next stop – dinner on the harbor.
Dinner at Pizzazz was…interesting. Our waitress seemed out of it and according to the owner, whom we talked with later, they were short staffed. The service was really slow but I didn’t mind too much. We got free bread and pizza bites and cupcakes (which were gluten free and really good) and had a chance to see some friends passing our outdoor table on their way back to the hotel.
Me, Luke and Paolo
Hi, Tina!!
Drinking and dancing were on the itinerary after dinner. The group, (we were also joined by Meg, Megan and Katy!) headed to PowerPlant, where we did just that.
Fun times. Enough said. 😉
I was happy to find my roomies still up and packing when I got home. [I think it’s all our swag – no one knew how to fit it !] We finally got our roomie picture!

Needless to say, it was a very late night which made for a very early morning. My shuttle to the airport was at the hotel bright and early before 5:30 am, which has made today slow going for me – but so worth it. Hard to say goodbye to Baltimore. It was a charming city indeed, especially when shared with great blog friends.
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Did you attend FitBloggin? If so – highlights?! If not, have you attended a blogging conference and / or do you plan to go to any upcoming? 
Highlights of your weekend?

Cupcakes, Cocktails, Crab Cakes.

Those were {some of} the themes of the day!

I’m exhausted but today was amazing. FitBloggin this morning started with breakfast sponsored by Attune (berries, cereal, coffee and eggs), where I got to catch up with Wearing Mascara  fitness classes: a kettlebell training class taught by one of my roommates, Jenn from Girl Heroes, and Zumba – my second try!), panels and an expo. Lunch was an amazing spread of roasted veggies and paninis, which Courtney, Gabriela, Sana and I may have followed up with a (second of the day) trip to Whole Foods for a cupcake run 😉

Later, we stopped by the Expo – think  freebies of fitness dvds, foodie items (popchips, veggie burger samples, dried cherries) lots of coupons, earbuds, and took a few pictures in the photobooth set up.

After the final keynote panel this afternoon (“Blogging: From Hobby to Career”), we had just a few minutes to run to the room and change before the cocktail party.

The cocktail was great, but it was getting late and a bunch of us were getting hungry! We went to Moe’s, a local seafood place for dinner.

I was excited to try a crab cake – when in Rome Baltimoreget the crab cake?!! I got the “Seafood Trio” which came with said crab cake as well as Cajun shrimp and scallops, with a side of steamed veg. It was a ton of food, but tasted good. Unfortunately the service wasn’t the best.. but the company made up for the subpar restaurant!

Cajun Shrimp and Scallops, Crabcake, steamed Veg

It was great talking with Tina and Tina and Gracie and Theodora and Anne P more over dinner! Actually, everyone today was so friendly and nice – it’s been really cool to get to meet and know new people here!

It’s officially way past my bedtime (even if it is three hours earlier in Seattle!) The alarm is set early and we have another full day planned ahead, so I’m off to get some sleep!

Hope your Friday night was great 🙂

❤ Jac.

Plans for the weekend?

Have you been to Baltimore? What should I not miss?!

FitBloggin Kickoff!

Wednesday night, after an early wakeup, bus, train, (~5 hour) flight and shuttle….

I made it to Baltimore! 

View of downtown from the hotel's pool balcony

Thursday was spent checking in (and meeting my new roomies!), exploring, shopping, hitting up Whole Foods and Yoga (!!) and exploring the city.

Registration and check in last night was a great chance to meet other the other bloggers and readers here this weekend. After a few hours of meet and greets, a few of us headed off to a late dinner at a local Irish Pub.

Not wanting the night to end, we followed dinner with drinks in the bar, naturally. 🙂

It was great meeting Matt, Jennifer, Amanda and seeing Sana again (we met at HLS in August) !

Three cheers for being young, unemployed Bloggers!!!! 😛

Today has been great — exercise classes (Kettlebell training and Zumba), more meeting and catching up with blog friends, lunch, cupcakes with blendz, an expo, giveaways, and…..

Much more to come!! Back to FitBloggin! 😀

Five Fun Friday {Part 2} !

Happy Friday loves!!! Yayyyyyyyyyyy, weeeeeeeeekend 😀 😀

Anything fun planned??

I am officially off school & work for the week and about to go get ready to finally go out and celebrate the end of Greek week tonight, but first I will leave you with Five Fun Friday!!

Random musings, what I’m wanting, wishing & loving:

Here we gooooo….

 

 

 Wanting……..

Still wanting this Michael Kors watch! There seems to be watch fevah, and it has caught on!!

Carrots ‘N Cake!! As I commented to Tina yesterday, I have been to B&N three times in the last two weeks, and they haven’t had it on the shelves!!!!



2. Wishing…….
Wishing I were in Paris with Julie right now, but I will be there soon! Just a few short months until I go abroad……
Also wishing for a delicious blue drink….maybe a margarita or pretty cocktail tonight, maybe necessary after this week! 😛

Finally, wishing it were next Wednesday so I would be off to FitBloggin! SO excited to visit Baltimore meet my new blogger roomies and see some old blends!! 😀
Loving……..
Loving new work clothes! Top: F21, pants: H & M ! 😀
Loving that it is the weekend meaning my weekend faves: Farmer’s Market, etc!!

Loving this local Groupon, $6 for $12 worth of gluten-free, vegan bakery goods! Also loving that I subscribe to my sisters’ city Groupons and bought them each one this week – cupcakes for my sister who just finished finals and 2 movie passes for my sister who was just saying she and her bf never get alone time since they are both freshmen living in dorms…. Love spreading the love! ❤

Loving this photo I oh-so sneakily snapped the other night walking down the street in the Greek system – this guy had two girls holding him upright to walk home….rough night?!
Well, that may have been more than five fun things 🙂 Hope you are all having Fab Fridays! Question Time!
1. Any other Groupon lovers out there?! I know where you are hiding ;)…..
2. What are you up to this weekend? Are you out of school for the summer (if you go)? I still have another month almost!
Before I forget…..
     *Majahhh congrats to Gabriela for graduating this week! –
     *and to Ada for completing a crazybusy academic year
     *Congrats on bringing Babycakes into the world, Katie!!!!!!!
     *congrats on the big move, Emily!! Welcome to Seattle!
     *Enter Julie’s giveaway!

Would you Believe me…

Would you believe me…………….

If I told you I hopped on a plane and spent last weekend in New York City??!!!

Last time I was there was last fall – with the Fitnessista and Gabriela!Would you believe that I flew 3,000 + miles to spend only two days in the city?

But, I got to see my sister, who i saw last month in Vegas! I took her & my friend and his friend to lunch at The Coffee Shop, a cute hipster esque eatery in Union Square.

Bathroom, mirror shot!

Seeing Morgan and being able to take her out to lunch Saturday was definitely a highlight of the trip. I love my sister!

Would you believe that even though it was supposed to be rainy all weekend, New York City saw some of the best weather they have seen in months (because I was there, obv 😉 )

So, I spent some time walking and shopping in union square, my favorite

And came across a street fair, sampling delicious eats,

While in Union Square, would you believe that I ran into Marina?! I had never actually met her in person – only through blogging – so it was a crazysmallworld moment when I recognized her!

Would you believe that Saturday night, we went to a 12+ person birthday party at this place called the Hurricane Club, where they roasted an entire pig (didn’t partake) and served fancy tiki mixed drinks out of goblets and watermelon, a straw for each person and just let you fire away?!

You better believe that probably wasn’t the best idea for a vegetarian at a pig roast 😉

"To share" Brazilian Rum, Passion Fruit and Ginger

 

Blurriness intended 😉

Would you believe that I, Jaclyn, who never, ever loses her cell phone, left it in the back of a NYC cab Saturday night and spent the next morning filing a “missing item” report for $24.95 thankyouverymuch online to retrieve it??! Yeah, I can’t either……..

No thanks to you, Tiki drink!!,

It was still a fun night though. After the dinner, I stuck to water for the rest of the night, but the party continued as an after party for the birthday boy, then a few more bars before culminating on the roof of my friend’s apartment. It was a late night early morning!

Other than my lost phone and lost hours of sleep this weekend, it was such an amazingly fun and random trip, and I definitely don’t regret it a bit 🙂 I love, love travel, it is actually something I want to make time, effort and money toward pursuing, so I was happy to oblige that goal with this lil trip. 😀

I only wish I had a few more days there. I love. New. York. City.

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What did you do last weekend?

What’s the furthest you’ve flown for the shortest amount of time?

Ever recognized a blogger or reader  on the street/ in a store / somewhere random?!