Drinking All Day

March 22, 2011

Today has been all about the liquids!

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It’s probably that time of year to break out my camelbak because my run left me thirsty. And hungry!

When I start to feel hungry, I usually start with water [and it usually works]. I drank 2 glasses (one sparkling, one still) and still felt hungry. So I ate!

Sort of. I drank!

Smoothie made with 1 small banana, 3/4 cup milk, 3 collard green leaves and 1 tbsp chia seeds. I do NOT recommend collard green leaves in smoothies unless you like the taste of veggies! Oh yeah, and Panda Puffs on top!

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After some mad computer work and 2 calls, Faith and Tate arrived!

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Seeing as it was a Thirsty Tuesday, Matt was super excited to provide us all with a beer tasting.

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Four Weizens to compare in a blind genre tasting. We had official scorecards!

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Beer #1 was Matt’s homebrew.

Notes: Pineapple, low hops, tart, too sour, bubblegum, wheaty, slightly sweet. Score = 40/50.

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Beer #2 was Schneider Weisse.

Notes: Sweet, bubblegum, banana, thick head, darker color, not as sweet, flat, metallic, “enjoyed the nose but not the flavor.” Score = 40/50.

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Beer #3 was the Paulander Hefe-Weizen.

Notes: Caramel, banana, like Pumking, golden, apple juice, ice cube, unbalanced, a bit flat, not thick, small fizz, “apple cider meets banana runts.” Score = 47/50.

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Beer #4 was the Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier.

Notes: Minty, metallic, vibrant yellow, lemony, crisp, yeasty, silky, well-balanced, uplifting. Score = 45/50.

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I really enjoyed #3 & #4 but didn’t care for the first two. Sorry Matt!

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For dinner we had a grill fest – and just happened to luck out with warm-ish weather!

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We grilled tuna from the Main Street Seafood Market, plus bok choy, radicchio and portabellos. Matt seasoned them all differently (there was wochestershire, smoked paprika, olive oil and lots of pepper involved!)

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And I made a bit batch of coconut butter millet on the stovetop. YUM! I just cooked the millet as normal (3:1 water to grains) and then flaked in a bunch of coconut butter in the end. Seasoned with garam masala.

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For dessert Faith and I sipped mint tea and I snagged an oatmeal cookie off the plate I made for the boys : )

Nite!

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1 Jen March 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Oooh, bok choy! We love bok choy in this house. Can you share your technique for grilling it? My stomach is intrigued ;)

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2 KathEats March 22, 2011 at 8:59 pm

He just plopped the leaves on the grill! Kept them whole to avoid falling through

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3 lynn @ the actor's diet March 22, 2011 at 9:02 pm

eeek no collard greens in my smoothies. good to know!

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4 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I am super jealous of your weather — it rained all day here and supposedly it is going to snow tonight? Grilling sounds amazing right now.

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5 Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I actually really enjoy the taste of veggies! I’ll definitely try collard greens rather than my usual spinach in my smoothie next time!

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6 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I’ve never had millet like that, it looks so carby and yummy!

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7 Doc (The Healthy PhD) March 22, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Jealous of your beer and dinner! I want a beer tasting on demand!

Maybe you need a ‘Kath’ waterbottle at work…that is what we do. It makes it easier to get the liquids in and when you see your snazzy waterbottle, you will be so excited to drink from it!

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8 Stephanie @ LiveCookLove March 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Whenever I pop open my can of sparkling water, I always wish I had an endless supply like you and Matt!!

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9 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day March 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I have grown to love collards in smoothies, but it has taken me a while..

You always make sparkling water look so good!

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10 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass March 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Thanks for the extra details on the bok choy…Jen asked exactly what I wanted to know too. Never thought to grill them, but that’s perfect for summer coming up.

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11 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 22, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I bet I’d like grilled bokchoy. I tend to like grilled greens! Weird.

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12 Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 22, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I’ve seen coconut so much around the blogosphere today..even more than usual! I’ve yet to jump on that bandwagon..but I think it’s a sign!

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13 Namaste Gurl March 22, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Everything looks delicious, as always. Love your creativity!

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14 Estela @ Weekly Bite March 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Your dinner’s always look so delicious :)

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15 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I just posted earlier today about marinated mushrooms! I love ‘shrooms!

“apple cider meets banana runts” = I dont even like beer and that sounds delish!

Glad you guys could partake in the taste testing. A great “job” to have :)

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16 Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm

what a delighftul dinner with friends!

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17 Tracy @ Commit To Fit March 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Beer tasting is not a bad way to spend the afternoon :)

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18 Cindy March 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I’ve been really thirsty lately too! It looks like you had a great evening!

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19 Maryann (The Balanced Bean) March 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I actually love collards in my smoothies! Maybe its because I used flavored protein powders that mask their flavor though.

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20 Ally March 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I LOVE Weihenstephaner. I discovered it in Germany last year, was crushed to see it only in limited places for astronomical prices in Australia, and am now happily enjoying it all over Toronto! You’re spot on with the lemon-y tasting notes.

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21 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Perfect weather for Thirsty Tuesday! I love grilled greens – bok choy, romaine, mustard greens…. Maybe I just love greens. :)

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22 Jennifer White March 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I’m coming to your house for dinner! Every meal you make (even in a hotel room with bits and pieces from here and there) looks delish!

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23 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm

What a fun evening! I love putting cereal on top of my smoothies! :) And how great to share the brews with friends… perfect end to a Tuesday.

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24 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 22, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Anything crunchy over smoothies is always good :)

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25 staceyhealthylife March 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Warmer weather always leaves me thirstier after my workouts.

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26 Alaina March 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm

I love that you have random beer tastings at home. That looks like a lot of fun. :-)

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27 Khushboo March 23, 2011 at 12:40 am

I need to start cooking millet more! I love the stodgy texture! In Mumbai, millet flour is used a lot as an alternative to wheat flour. I actually prefer them to the actual ‘chapattis’

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28 Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 23, 2011 at 5:30 am

So jealous of your nice weather! We are getting snow again this morning!

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29 Lauren March 23, 2011 at 5:55 am

Sounds like a wonderful evening to enjoy good beer, good food and good friends. :)

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30 Anna @ ciaotochow March 23, 2011 at 6:25 am

Mmm…portabellos! My aunt introduced me to portabello ‘shroom “burgers” made on the grill last summer. They were so big and “meaty” that they filled me up just as much as the beef would’ve (now if only I could get my brother to eat those…hehe!).

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31 kaila @ healthy helper! March 23, 2011 at 6:33 am

I can’t wait till i can grill out again! Grilled food is the best!

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32 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 23, 2011 at 6:52 am

Thanks for the heads up about collards in smoothies! The other day I tried swiss chard in a smoothie and I wasn’t a fan either! It tasted way too green. :P

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33 Baking 'n' Books March 23, 2011 at 7:00 am

I should try millet. I wrote an article once and Millet has the highest protein content of all the grains. How does it taste?

Grilling sounds like summer – bring it on…

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34 Stacey March 23, 2011 at 7:37 am

I am to scared to try anything other than spinach in my smoothie! Altough I was scared the first time I had spinach in it also, and I loved it. The millet sounds really good with coconut.

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35 Hope March 23, 2011 at 7:44 am

I love Paulaner beer! There are only a few bars in the area where I live that carry it. I always order it when I’m there. I like that it has some carbonation to it. So tasty! :)

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36 Hilary March 23, 2011 at 8:48 am

Very creative with the coconut butter in the millet….and everything tastes better on the grill…wouldn’t have thought to try the bok choy though!

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37 Meaghan March 23, 2011 at 8:50 am

I love Paulaner Hefe, glad it won your taste test ;) It’s the beer that first got me into “good” beers and out of my Miller Lite drinking college days.

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38 Kayla March 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

Weihenstephaner is one of my favorite Weiss biers! It’s sooooo yummy! Good choice!

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39 Ali March 23, 2011 at 10:30 am

Maybe it’s because March 22 is WORLD WATER DAY! http://www.unwater.org/

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40 Ali March 23, 2011 at 10:31 am
41 Jason @ Shutter & Saute March 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

Seems like these baby puff’s are all the rage right now in the food blogosphere. I had them in my cart, then felt weird buying baby food, so I tossed them out of my cart in the cereal aisle. I am bad.

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42 KathEats March 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

They aren’t baby puffs – it’s a cereal (although it is for kids :) )

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43 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen March 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Love all the grilled goodness!

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44 Célèste March 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm

“Apple cider meats banana runts.” That may be the best description I’ve ever heard. I cracked up.

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45 Lynna March 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Any tips for grilling radicchio? I love the idea of grilling leafy vegetables but I tried to grill some romaine once and the outcome was soggy and wilted :(

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46 KathEats March 23, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I think the trick is to leave it as whole as possible. Matt quartered it

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47 amanda March 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm

great reviews! paulaner is one of my favorites!

hey, any chance you could add a “beer” tag? i’d love to check out all your reviews! :-)

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48 KathEats March 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm

That is a great idea that I had not thought of! Will enable a beer category moving forward. Wish there was a good way to find the older posts!

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49 amanda March 26, 2011 at 10:28 pm

yay! thanks so much for future beer finding! :-)

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