Here & Back, There & Back

March 23, 2011

It’s been one of those days with every minute filled!

Luckily the ending minutes included good wine & good company : )

Look at the bakery!! We have walls


And cool ducts


And an office


And a doorway


And the makings of a bathroom. Today’s executive decision was to veto a urinal in the co-ed bathroom. They smell! Eww!


Matt and I bike-raced over to the bakery and back (which was sweatier than it was supposed to be in jeans and a buttondown shirt!) and then raced to our car to head up to Warrenton.

Snack was grabbed in the process. I am still experiencing a killer appetite! I wonder if this still from that Body Pump class and I have some kind of super after burn!? I can’t remember the last time I was this hungry!

Pear + maple vanilla almonds by Hail Merry – these are awesome!!


We made it to Warrenton with only one wrong turn and a bit of a delay

But there were Honey Bunnies there ready to greet us!



Plus Pablo, Lynda and their girls. Such a fun bunch! After some learning, we all walked down to Iron Bridge Wine Company for dinner.


What a GEM in downtown, quaint Warrenton! A fabulous menu and very cool establishment


We were expecting to meet another pair of GH owners, but they ended up stuck at the bakery, but the 6 of us still got an awesome private room.


I enjoyed a glass of Zin


Matt had a flight [at least one of us got to fly today!]


Matt and I shared an arugula salad to start


And Abigail shared her melted brie with the table!


For dinner I had the wild salmon with garam masala, garlicky kale and carrot puree. All were delicious, and I cleaned my plate!


Abigail’s featured Meatloaf Burger on a Great Harvest Warrenton brioche bun!


And her Crème Brulee, which featured a chocolate ganache bottom. I was offered a taste – and it was like a creamy, frothy vanilla pudding with an upside-down thick chocolate frosting!


We talked and talked. So much information to discuss!! But Matt and I finally got on our way.


THANK YOU MATT for driving both ways!!! xoxo

Tomorrow is about to begin – and it’s another cram-packed day!


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1 megan March 23, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Yay for progress in the bakery. I bet you’re getting excited!

I blogged a day full of road trip eats. It wasn’t pretty, and it would probably make you cringe. But I’m proud I managed to snap a pic of all my meals.


2 Alaina March 23, 2011 at 11:18 pm

The bakery is coming along nicely!! Are you starting to envision where everything is going to go? :-)


3 Abby March 23, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Ah! So exciting to see walls, etc! That creme brulee sounds fabulous! :)


4 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 23, 2011 at 11:25 pm

YAY for walls! Congrats on your bakery construction progress. 😀 So exciting to see your future office and potties, LOL.

Love the bunny bread, and your dinner looks delicious!


5 Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 23, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I always order arugula salad at restaurants – it’s currently my favorite leafy green!


6 Alison March 23, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Hi Kath,

I have a question for you. What are your thoughts on people who go into GH to get a sample and don’t buy anything? I am guilty of doing this. In fact, I used to do it a lot, but now don’t get over to the stores as much, so I usually am there specifically to buy something. As I read your blog about becoming GH owners and am reminded that the franchisees are small businesspeople, I feel vaguely guilty.

Have the corporate people discussed how much this typically affects your profits? I’m curious if they’ve studied it.

My thought is that the increase in traffic and sales is worth having to eat the cost of mooching. While I do go to GH just for a sample sometimes, I also buy most of my bread there (when I went in for samples every week, I bought all my bread and muffins there). I can virtually guarantee you that if there were no samples, I would never go in the store and never buy bread there – since it’s so much more expensive than what you get at the grocery store. It’s similar to why I spend a lot more money on See’s Candies than Godiva (See’s has a sample every time and Godiva only has one once a month).

What are your thoughts?


7 KathEats March 24, 2011 at 7:33 am

Great Harvest is based on generosity, they encourage us to give and give – slices included! In fact, we learned during our time in Montana not to say “would you like a sample” but instead “would you like to taste our breads” because sample has a “you only get one freebie” implication.

So the answer is, we’re just happy you like the bread!


8 Erin March 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm

What a great attitude…wish I could buy some and support it!


9 Kiran @ March 23, 2011 at 11:53 pm

I can’t wait for the unveil of bakery :)


10 Laura (Starloz) March 23, 2011 at 11:54 pm

oh boy, the bakery is starting to come together. thats awesome.

i love the food you ate, that is incredible.


11 Khushboo March 24, 2011 at 12:24 am

That bread bunny is super cute! Looks like a day full of good eats! Going to bed after a jam-packed day is such a great feeling, self-satisfaction about how much you’ve managed to accomplish!


12 Morgan March 24, 2011 at 12:28 am

That bunny is adorable.. crazy how a person can make that out of bread!


13 lynn @ the actor's diet March 24, 2011 at 12:39 am

love seeing the progress on the place!!!


14 Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 24, 2011 at 3:27 am

the progress on the bakery is so exciting! my parents live in Philadelphia, so one day I may have to take a road trip and visit with some of my bread-loving friends (and that means all of them ;))


15 Jenna J March 24, 2011 at 4:33 am

Hi! It’s really great how you show your progress in the bakery!

Please tell me more about the melted brie appetizer! 😀 it was served on top of a sauce of some kind? It looked simply divine 😛


16 Lauren March 24, 2011 at 5:42 am

I love when the framing goes up because you can actually start to envision the space. Pretty soon, you’ll have walls and then you can really start to envision the decorating. It’s looking great Kath!


17 Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 24, 2011 at 5:42 am

I don’t usually love creme brulee… but chocolate ganache on the bottom? Sounds amazing!!


18 E March 24, 2011 at 5:56 am

Hi, Kath! How exciting that the walls of the bakery are going up. :)

Can I ask you an oatmeal question? I usually make mine with milk, banana, dried blueberries, nuts, and ground flaxseed, which I stir in at the end. But I’ve decided to take a break from the flax, and the oatmeal without it is SO gross. Not-so-great texture, which I expected, but also terrible flavor. It’s hard to describe, but it’s almost as if the flavors aren’t melded at all…and each one by itself just tastes bad, for some reason.

I’m wondering if you have any thoughts or suggestions. I’m guessing chia seeds would fix the texture, but would they make my oatmeal taste good again, too? Seems like a silly question…but I’d really love to get a good answer.

Thanks so much!


19 KathEats March 24, 2011 at 7:33 am

Sounds like you really like the taste of flax! Why did you ever take it out? Chia don’t have much flavor, but you could experiment. I can’t really predict if you’ll like the taste or not though.


20 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 24, 2011 at 6:15 am

I am so excited to see walls up in the bakery! You have to be jumping out of your skin right now (well last night anyway)! I hope you got some rest and are ready for your busy day today!


21 Christie {Nourishing Eats} March 24, 2011 at 6:19 am

Hoooray for walls and bunny bread! My husband and I will be making a trip up once it is open!!


22 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 24, 2011 at 6:20 am

I love seeing the process of the bakery coming together unfold! When you can really start visualizing it is when it actually feels REAL! So exciting!

What a lovely restaurant. Food looks fabulous as well!


23 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 24, 2011 at 6:21 am

Good idea about veto’ing that urinal. While it might be nice for the guys, no lady wants to walk into a co-ed bathroom and see one!!!


24 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 24, 2011 at 6:23 am

How exciting to see the walls going up at the bakery!!!

Thankfully Jason always drives us when we go somewhere — I hate driving!


25 kaila @ healthy helper! March 24, 2011 at 6:26 am

I actually kind of enjoy busy days! I like the feeling of accomplishment when you get all your tasks done! Looks like some great progress is being made on the bakery! Congrats!


26 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) March 24, 2011 at 6:36 am

Love seeing the progress of the bakery – I can’t wait for when y’all unveil the final product! You guys must be super excited!


27 Amy March 24, 2011 at 6:46 am

How exciting to see the progress! Now it looks a lot more “real”, doesn’t it?

I had no idea downtown Warrenton had such a nice restaurant hidden there! I’ll definitely have to try it next time I’m up there. I <3 Warrenton.


28 JJ March 24, 2011 at 6:50 am

Are you sure you aren’t expecting???????


29 KathEats March 24, 2011 at 7:34 am

Do you realize how incredibly rude that kind of comment is?

NO I am not expecting.


30 JJ March 24, 2011 at 9:45 am

SORRY!! Just thought with all the increased hunger and you mentioning you might have a baby within the next year or so…….. I crossed the line. I truly apologize for offending you!


31 KathEats March 24, 2011 at 9:51 am

Thanks for apologizing. I told you guys I would tell you when we start trying – which won’t be until at LEAST the fall!


32 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 24, 2011 at 6:53 am

This is so exciting to see the bakery coming together!


33 Simply Life March 24, 2011 at 7:06 am

wow, what a great meal and how exciting to see the bakery coming together!


34 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy March 24, 2011 at 7:16 am

That creme brulee sounds heavenly!!!


35 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 24, 2011 at 7:23 am

That salmon sounds amazing!!!! LOVE the photo of the honey bunny – so cute!


36 M March 24, 2011 at 7:26 am

Super exciting!!! Glad you had a safe drive through all the bad weather we had last night!


37 sally mae March 24, 2011 at 7:33 am

I totally agree about body pump, and all weight lifting in general. I am starving for DAYS after wards and if I don’t refuel properly I end up eating all junk because I just need calories. It’s actually made me want to stay away from lifting because I often feel like I lose control of my food choices because I am so super hungry. I’ve quit going to body pump and now if I lift I do my own smaller sets only about once/week. I wonder if as women it affects us differently because we need a little more fat on our bodies?!?!?! Also, so much information out there about food and weightlifting has to do with super “clean eating” because of weight lifting competition prep. For so long I thought I should only refuel with a grilled chicken breast, veggies, and brown rice, but that will NOT leave me satisfied in the long run and the next day I will devour everything in sight;) I forget that the more I exercise the more I need to eat and sometimes I just wish I could eat “normal”!


38 KathEats March 24, 2011 at 7:35 am

Just eat real food!!!!


39 sally mae March 24, 2011 at 7:36 am

I swear that is easier said than done sometimes!!!! But, you are so right:)


40 Meaghan March 24, 2011 at 7:39 am

The honey bunny loaf is too cute! I love the Iron Bridge that’s here in MD, one of my fave places to eat and drink wine!


41 Kristina March 24, 2011 at 7:47 am

That bunny bread is ADORABLE! My friend’s mom always makes a teddy bear-shaped bread around the holidays, it’s so cute I almost don’t want to eat it.


42 Hope March 24, 2011 at 7:59 am

So exciting that your store has walls!! It’s coming together nicely! I love the bunny bread! It’s so cute!!! I want a loaf that looks like that! :) Oh and that creme brulee looks very tasty!


43 Nichole March 24, 2011 at 8:23 am

You are one busy girl, and your appetite is probably from that! 6 mile runs, classes, bike rides, and so forth burn a ton of calories! I switched to evening training for my half-marathon, and I’m starving the following day. Good luck on the bakery. Oh, and I’m addicted to the GH maple almond butter, divine!


44 Meg March 24, 2011 at 8:25 am

Yeeee SO EXCITING! It’s awesome watching your bakery unfold.

That bunny bread is TOO cute. I love it :)


45 Charlottesville Sybarite March 24, 2011 at 8:28 am

Mmm, that salad inspires me to make the same and awesome that I have all the ingredients on hand with the arugula, goat cheese, green apples, and walnuts. Think I’m going to toast the walnuts. Mouth watering…


46 Stacey March 24, 2011 at 8:34 am

I love seeing updates of the bakery! I used to put some cooked carrot in with mashed potatoes when I made them but never thought to puree them alone and like a carrot mash! Your dinner inspired me to try this.


47 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 24, 2011 at 8:48 am

omg that meatloaf burger looks amazing!!!!!

Love the new walls! So exciting!


48 Beth @ DiningAndDishing March 24, 2011 at 8:49 am

Any day that ends with good wine and good company is a great day by me! :)


49 Kim March 24, 2011 at 9:10 am

I love Iron Bridge Wine Company up here in Columbia, MD! That’s our date night place to go. The bakery is looking awesome- you must be so excited to see it finally coming together! The bread bunnies are super cute- we had one last year from GH on Easter and nobody wanted to eat it because it was so cute.


50 Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 24, 2011 at 9:20 am

Sounds like a great busy day to me. Glad the bakery is coming along nicely :)


51 Susan (Oliepants) March 24, 2011 at 9:36 am

I love watching the bakery come together. I have to say I was the same way when we built our office. We would watch everyday as something new was put up. It was a great feeling to watch something that will be with you forever progress.


52 Kelly March 24, 2011 at 9:39 am

made overnight oats for the first time – they were delicious!! :]


53 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite March 24, 2011 at 9:53 am

sounds like a great day! I could really get down with those flights right about now. Oh wait, it’s not yet noon…


54 Cyndi March 24, 2011 at 10:19 am

Take too many pictures of the bakery progress – you will never regret it. Did a major, year long renovation on our house and didn’t take any – my friend snapped a few and I’m so glad she did. Fun to display them at the bakery when the work is completed and is *filled with customers* !


55 Jane March 24, 2011 at 10:23 am

The walls are very exciting! It is starting to look like a bakery! :)

I stopped by the GH in Warrenton last night. I didn’t see you, but I am glad that you had a nice time. :)


56 KathEats March 24, 2011 at 10:25 am

Sorry I missed you!


57 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 24, 2011 at 11:55 am

Okay that dinner looks fabulous!! Nice choices :)


58 Cindy March 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm

That ceiling looks so cool! The bunnies were cute :)


59 klm March 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm

So exciting!


60 UC March 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I’d prefer a urinal when I visit.


61 KathEats March 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm

You’ll just have to hold it til you get back home to your powder bath!


62 Hannah March 25, 2011 at 4:42 am

Melted brie! Swoon!


63 Katie G. March 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Great progress on the bakery! So cool to see it come together! The Honey Bunny looks amazing and almost too cute to eat! (but I totally would spread that nut butter on his ear and take a bite in .2 seconds, ha)


64 Katie March 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm

My husband and I went on our first date to the Iron Bridge Wine Company location in Columbia, MD – I didn’t know they had a Warrenton location, too! It looks just as yummy as I remember the Columbia one being. We’ll have to check it out!


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