Ditch The Car

February 14, 2011

MAN is it windy out there!! Takes away from the warmth of our spring day. This afternoon Matt and I were going to drive up to Whole Foods for some groceries, but we opted to go to a store within biking distance instead simply to get outdoors.

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But that excursion led us on a detour to Shenandoah Joe’s to have a meeting with the owner about not only getting their amazing coffees into our bakery, but also seeing if he was interested in a flash sale through OpenSky. So y’all can have a taste of my favorite Cville foodie roast!

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Shenandoah Joe’s roasts their coffees locally, and every one that I’ve had – dating back to summer 2009 -  has been amazing.

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While we were there, Dave had us taste his wife’s homemade chocolates. Honey Lavender, Earl Gray and Espresso Ganache – these were the.best.flavored.chocolates I’ve ever had! [Note the super cute dragonfly design!]

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After our meeting, we picked up our groceries and biked home. It sure was hard to bike UP and hill INTO the wind with dust and leaves flying in my eyes!!

Once home we put together another Happy Herbivore cookbook recipe: Mexican Cabbage. Lindsay says: “This recipe is just dying to prove to you that cabbage is not bland.” Good call!

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We juiced it up with some avocado and greek yogurt on top. Cabbage is delicious!

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Matt and I were settled on the couch with mugs of Pero

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……when I got a message from Lis (new friend) that she had too much carrot cake on her hands and would we like some. YES PLEASE!

Nothing says love like one slab of cake and two forks <3

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1 Stacy @ Every Little Thing February 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Man I need to start using plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I don’t even eat that much sour cream, so it should be an easy replacement!

Love the chocolates!

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2 Evan Thomas February 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Yum! That looks delicious. I didn’t know it was possible to have too much carrot cake.

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3 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I love carrot cake — so I am totally jealous of your dessert!

I so wish I still had a bike — I had mine stolen years ago and I never replaced it :(

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4 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Homemade chocolates? Yes please!

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5 Simply Life February 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm

oooh that coffee shop looks fun!

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6 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine February 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Done correctly, cabbage is definitely not bland. No veggie ever is! Happy belated Valentine’s day!

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7 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Love cabbage!! and those chocolates look delicious!

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8 Estela @ Weekly Bite February 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm

That would be great if you got their coffee in your Open Sky shop :)

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9 Annette February 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm

YUMM. I HEART Carrot cake- enjoy :) <3

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10 Katy (The Singing Runner) February 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Those chocolates look DIVINE! :D Yum!

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11 Amy at TheSceneFromMe February 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Oh yummy! I always ask for carrot cake on my birthday :) I love it when it has pineapple in it too!

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12 Alaina February 14, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I love local coffee shops. We don’t have too many around here. Pretty much Dunks within walking distance of me. :-)

The carrot cake looks kind of brownie like. Was it more dense than regular carrot cake?

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13 KathEats February 14, 2011 at 9:49 pm

It was dense and AMAZING!

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14 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm

That mexican cabbage looks so so good!

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15 Baking 'n' Books February 14, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Nothing says love more than TWO slices of carrot cake and two forks…:)

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16 Kristy @ KristyRuns February 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Love the shirt! And those handmade chocolates look insanely awesome!

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17 Carla @ Will Run for Health February 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm

That green shirt is precious and those chocolates look amazing! I wonder how she gets the designs on???

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18 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 14, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Cake + chocolate = ohhhhmaigawd.

Slash agreed! Ditch the car, ride a bike!

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19 olivewineandfood February 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm

man that mexican cabbage looks so good.

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20 Rachel @ Healthy Teacher February 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm

That pero looks really interesting. I’m debating about getting some, but I don’t really know where to look. I can’t remember where you said you got yours.

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21 KathEats February 15, 2011 at 8:10 am

It’s in the coffee section – on the bottom shelf

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22 Heather February 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I think that cabbage looks amazing – after your chickpeas the other day, I ordered Happy Herbivore’s cookbook. I can’t wait to get it.

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23 KathEats February 15, 2011 at 8:12 am

Fun!

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24 stacey-healthylife February 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Nothing better then a neighbor sending over some carrot cake, my favorite.

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25 Runeatrepeat February 14, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Love love love the shirt :)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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26 Ellie @ The Mommyist February 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I love cabbage! In the summer I like to shred it and eat it with godess dressing. So easy and so good.

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27 Namaste Gurl February 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Mmmm, another HH recipe bites the dust!

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28 Shannon (A Better Me) February 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Yum! That cabbage does look pretty awesome!

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29 Sarah @ onelovesarah February 14, 2011 at 10:52 pm

that cabbage looks so good. not boring at all!

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30 Anne (butter and bear) February 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Cabbage is NOT bland. Totally agree. Your dinner looks amazing.

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31 Kiran February 14, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Like you, I love supporting local businesses, artists etc. Good luck :)

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32 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I’m not a fan of cabbage, but that actually looks good! Have a good Valentine’s day :)

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33 Kristen, Sweetly February 14, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Is that a heart in someone’s mug of Pero? Happy Valentine’s Day, guys. :-)

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34 Emily @ Savory and Savage February 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm

A creative use for cabbage? Count me in!

I am inspired by your enthusiastic efforts to connect with local businesses.

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35 Mehr February 14, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Those Swedish hearts look fun, though I have no idea what they are!

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36 Reka February 14, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Love the shirt!!! :)

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37 Kristin February 14, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Kath,
I’ve been reading your blog for the past…oh, almost 8 months… and enjoy it so much. My aunt, uncle and cousins live near Cville, and brought us some Shenandoah Joe’s over Christmas. I proclaimed that I had seen it via the blog I read, and she said, “No way, it’s such a small, local place, you must have been thinking of something else.” Needless to say, my dad has since ordered more and it’s such a treat every time I visit my parents. Best of luck and love to you and Matt in your new bakery endeavor and everything else!

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38 KathEats February 15, 2011 at 8:11 am

Oh what a fun coincidence!! It’s such great coffee :)

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39 Ashley February 14, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Still want that shirt!! We had a cabbage salad tonight that was deeeelicious from Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Cooking. Yumm :) It was so super crunchy and such a nice change from spinach or mixed greens. Now if only we had some cake…

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40 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 14, 2011 at 11:47 pm

too much carrot cake? impossible!

“Espresso Ganache – these were the.best.flavored.chocolates I’ve ever had!”– They look beyond wonderful!

And that tshirt…TOO CUTE!! You wear it wonderfully! :)

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41 Amanda (Eating Up) February 15, 2011 at 12:12 am

Such good food, as always!

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42 Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 15, 2011 at 12:33 am

Carrot cake is the best! I’ve been enjoying the carrot cake oatmeal often these days, thanks to your awesome recipe!

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43 lynn @ the actor's diet February 15, 2011 at 1:31 am

i love a big pile of cabbage. whenever i have leftover thai food i combine the sauce (usually a coconut curry) with a head of sauteed cabbage.

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44 Hannah February 15, 2011 at 1:45 am

Gorgeous shirt! I’ve been eating cabbage pretty much every night for a fortnight (it’s the cheapest veggie at the moment, along with frozen peas), so how I wish I had this recipe!

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45 Kendall February 15, 2011 at 1:55 am

The artist who designed the print on your tshirt is NIkki McClure, of Olympia WA- where I live! She is amazing, quite a famous local artist. And you probably didn’t know but all her designs are paper cut, not drawings! You should check out her web site http://www.nikkimcclure.com/. She is one of a kind, really. I even have the same shirt as you! The site only shows a sample of her work, google around for more!

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46 KathEats February 15, 2011 at 8:11 am

OH that’s so cool! I got the shirt at the Patagonia outlet. I love her designs!

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47 Christin@purplebirdblog February 15, 2011 at 2:48 am

Those chocolates look divine, and the cabbage looks so comforting!

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48 Lauren at KeepItSweet February 15, 2011 at 6:12 am

It was super windy in NY too! Who doesn’t love surprise extra dessert?

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49 Christie {Nourishing Eats} February 15, 2011 at 6:18 am

I love cabbage. I used to hate it as a kid but my mom used to cook it to death. I really love it when it has some crunch left – whether in salad type dishes or quick stir fries. That salad looks delish!

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50 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 15, 2011 at 7:58 am

Love the shirt! That salad looks amazing! I hope you had a great day with your man!

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51 megan @ blackberries for jam February 15, 2011 at 7:59 am

I always forget about cabbage. Now I must order Happy Herbivore and make that recipe.

Have you ever tried Dandy Blend? It’s similar to Pero in that its decaffeinated, but it’s made from dandelion root and I think it’s even better! Worth a try if you come across it!

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52 KathEats February 15, 2011 at 8:11 am

I haven’t heard of Dandy Blend

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53 Jess (Sweet Potato) February 15, 2011 at 8:14 am

You could have fooled me with that cabbage! I totally thought it was tortilla strips at first! Looks delicious!

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54 faith @ gracefulfitness February 15, 2011 at 8:22 am

Love that t-shirt and the first picture!
Did she happen to mention how she gets those gorgeous decorations on the chocolate? Stencil?

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55 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) February 15, 2011 at 8:26 am

I love your shirt and those chocolates are beautiful!

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56 Errign February 15, 2011 at 8:47 am

I have the same shirt – love!

I want Earl Grey chocolates!?!

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57 Hope February 15, 2011 at 8:53 am

What a delicious looking dinner! I love avocado! It makes everything taste that much better especially when it’s guacamole! Yum! Oh and that carrot cake, it looks so good! Carrot cake has to be one of my favorite cakes. :)

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58 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 15, 2011 at 8:56 am

How generous of Lis! Carrot cake is the best. :D

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59 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) February 15, 2011 at 9:20 am

Yum! You know you have a true friend when she is willing to share her carrot cake ;) Cute shirt too!! I saw a workout tank in Dick’s Sporting Goods the other day that said “Local is the new green”, it was totally cute! I might go back and get it today :D

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60 Melissa @ HerGreenLife February 15, 2011 at 9:27 am

Love the shirt — that is my motto almost every weekend. Goal: find a job within biking distance so I can ditch the car during the week as well! (I used to have a beautiful 6-mile bike commute, but gave it up when I switched jobs a year ago — I miss it, especially during weather like this.)

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61 Emily February 15, 2011 at 9:48 am

That coffee shop sounds so amazing. Is GH big on having each store be very locally funded or is that you and Matt’s creativity? Either way, it seems like its going to be a great place, would love to visit your store when it’s open!

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62 KathEats February 15, 2011 at 9:53 am

Yes, they believe in local! It’s much more of a co-op of local owners than a franchise

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63 Jen @ keepitsimplefoods.com February 15, 2011 at 9:50 am

Cute shirt!

I LOVE cabbage in my mexican food. Good roughage.

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64 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats February 15, 2011 at 10:00 am

Those chocolates are so pretty :)

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65 Tiffany February 15, 2011 at 10:05 am

I have been loving cabbage my whole life my grandma makes the best and I just eat it with cornbread. It has to be cooked right and seasoned correctly.

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66 Katie @ peacebeme February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am

Charlottesville seems like such an amazing little town and perfect fit for you guys.

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67 happy herbivore February 15, 2011 at 11:01 am

glad you’re loving the book — I LOVE that recipe… and your presentation of it is so beautiful. YUM avo addition

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68 Tracey February 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

I’m a big fan of cabbage. I’ve been eating it since I was a little girl. It’s good in almost anything like stir fry, steamed dishes, baked dishes and soups!

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69 Courtney Leigh February 15, 2011 at 11:58 am

The chocolatier at our farmers market has a new honey and lavender flavor. It has shot up the charts to my second favorite. His salted caramel is still number one. He makes it in a bar form as well and I swear I could eat the whole thing in one sitting it is so good!

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70 Mads February 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I’ve seen those shirts and I love them, but I work 50 minutes away from home and would feel like too much of a hypocrite to wear them :( I try to walk/bike as often as I can though!

Also, that salad looks incredible. How are you liking that cookbook? I might have to check it out.

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71 Doc (The Healthy PhD) February 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm

That cabbage looks great, but my fiance will never go for it as a meal. I will have to brainstorm something carb-heavy to go with it.

Bike-commuting is fun. I need to invest in a netbook so that I can once again commute the 6 miles to work. My laptop is too big and too bulky (it’s 17″ Dell).

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72 Allison @ Happy Tales February 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Those chocolates look so neat! How did she get the yellow coloring and designs on there?! Very unique!

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73 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Those chocolates are adorable!

Love the avocado on the Mexican cabbage. Avocado is such an amazing color. :) Except when it turns brown like frequently happens at my house, lol.

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74 Krissy - Shiawase Life February 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm

That chocolate sounds AMAZING.

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75 Bry February 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Those chocolates look like the most amazing ganache I get from London: http://www.demarquette.com/#/our-creations/our-individual-chocolates/ganache

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