Hotter Hotter, Colder Colder

January 9, 2011

After breakfast this morning Matt and I set out on different journeys –

He went for a masculine freezing run and picked up the rental car (he actually ran there!)

(No way you could get me to run outside today!)

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And I went to HOT YOGA! I found a studio just a half mile from our hotel and knew if it was possible to fit in a session I should. Ever since kissing Y2Yoga goodbye when we moved from North Carolina, traveling makes the perfect time to get in my fix.

The trek to the studio was SO VERY ICY!!! I nearly slipped on my back 10 different times!! The whole sidewalk was a sheet of ice.

It cleared up a bit as I got closer to town.

The town was very cute!

A few Tweeps recommended Hot House Yoga.

The class schedule was as follows:

9:30-11 – 26 postures of hot yoga (sounding eerily like Bikram…which I don’t like)

12-1:30 – Hot vinyasa

I desperately wanted to go to hot vinyasa because it’s by FAR the best hot yoga out there, but I knew timing wise it was 9:30 or never. So 9:30 it was. And was indeed Bikram. I don’t think officially because it wasn’t advertised officially as Bikram, but it was the same series. However, this class was the best I’ve been to of the Bikram style so I didn’t mind it. There was no commandments, no barking, a very friendly instructor and even a really awesome China gel applied to my shoulders! The studio was great and I would totally go back – esp. for a vinyasa class! Jennifer, the instructor, was awesome.

For clothing, I wore yoga shorts with yoga pants on top, a tank top with a running shirt on top, my boots, my coat, scarf, gloves and headband and wasn’t cold at all. Since I knew I would not want to walk home with yoga sweat in the cold, I brought a clean sports bra and actually went commando under my dry yoga pants and running top for the walk home after changing out of my sweaty clothes.

[Enter a wild blizzard adventure!!]

Matt and I set out looking for Hob Nob Café, which had been recommended by a few of you guys. The address that was listed upon Googling the restaurant was NOT correct! We walked back and forth (after a half mile chilly snow-filled walk) looking for it with no luck. We finally called the place (thank you smartphones!) and discovered it was at 531 Higgins St. We made the assumption that was North Higgins – which of course was wrong. It was South.

So after about 40 minutes of freezing walking, we finally gave up on Hob Nob (we intend to go back for breakfast when we fly out of Missoula) and went to the place that we were going to go for breakfast upon return instead: Catalyst! (Also highly recommended ; ) )

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A GREAT choice – our lunches were fabulous!

Roasted Squash Soup with a Maple Crème Fraiche

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Cherry Walnut Salad with Gorgonzola and Crusty Bread

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Yum!

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But the real winner was Matt’s vegetarian sandwich:

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Roasted Eggplant and Red Peppers with Pine Nuts and Goat Cheese

I had more than my share of bites!

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After lunch we checked out of our hotel and paid our respects to the Missoula Great Harvest – getting ideas for the design of our space!

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Next up we hit up the Good Food Store!! It was just like a Whole Foods – but even better! They had the largest selection of bulk bins I’ve ever seen!

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We are planning two meals in our hotel room this week:

Microwaved Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli + Hummus and Sardine Salad

and the fancy one –

Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Spinach Wraps

The Grocery List

  • Bread (the closest I could find to GH – we are SO PICKY about bread these days!)
  • Yogurts
  • Trail mix
  • Muesli (for overnight oats!)
  • Milk
  • Tortillas
  • Sun-dried tomato hummus
  • Smoked salmon
  • Goat cheese
  • Broccoli
  • Green pepper
  • Baby spinach
  • Sweet potato
  • 2 oranges
  • 6 bananas
  • Almond butter
  • Moose Drool ( <—very necessary!)
  • Cowboy Coffee Porter

We’ve also just stopped at Safeway in Dillon for paper plates and bowls and peanut butter, both of which were too expensive at TGFS.

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This has been the scenery on our journey to Dillon. It’s very very cold, but oh-so-beautiful!

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We just checked into our palace. Will share it will you tonight!

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1 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Haha I can just imagine you going “foooooood” in that photo of you at lunch :)

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2 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey January 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Montana looks beautiful!
I’m excited to hear more about your time there.

I love the retro-ish looking vibe of the GH there!

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3 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I love Whole Foods-type local stores! They often have the best stuff.

Your lunches look fantastic, and that’s awesome that you went to a hot yoga class while you’re there! I’ve yet to try Bikram but I’d like to.

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4 Lauren at KeepItSweet January 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Your soup looks so perfect!

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5 Val @ Balancing Val January 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I love how you make it a point to save money on your travel adventures.

Researching the area is KEY!

Whenever we travel, my bf is dead set on constant meals out . . .

I gotta figure out how to change that . . . Hmm

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6 Brittany (Eating Bird Food) January 9, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I love the store front of that GH. So cute!

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7 kate January 9, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I love to go out to eat but we get really tired of it and crave simple, hotel-made meals hen we travel.

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8 Kristy @ KristyRuns January 9, 2011 at 8:34 pm

LOVE the design of that Great Harvest!

Looks sooo cold, but beautiful! …Wish there was a Good Food Store down south! :)

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9 Mary January 9, 2011 at 8:34 pm

That soup is the most beautiful thing! Can’t wait to see how your hotel meals turn out.

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10 Sana January 9, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Some of the best places for lunch make it a little adventure to get there!!

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11 Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate January 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Looks super cold there but definitely beautiful! :)

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12 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm

That soup is gorgeous! Lunch sounds like it was fantastic!

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13 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm

what a pretty great harvest! i bet that hot yoga felt good in the ccccold

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14 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Looks like you had a great day so far! A place better than WF? I must see this!

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15 Elizabeth January 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Love that cream/tan sweater you have – looks so cozy!

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16 Mary January 9, 2011 at 8:49 pm

You have to visit Lexington, Ky! We have two Great Harvest stores and they are DIVINE!

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17 Meg January 9, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Despite your constant travels/stress that comes along, you are just glowing, Kath :) You look super cozy, too, and that soup – oh my…looks and sounds delicious…I can only imagine the smell and taste!

Hope you and Matt enjoy your evening

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18 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 9, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Oh I can practically FEEL the cold in these photos! I’m interested to see your microwave meals!

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19 hippierunner January 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm

That is such a cute picture of yourself after yoga!

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20 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I love the swirliness on that soup! I think you definitely got the better end of the deal being in a hot situation than the cold one. Glad you enjoyed your hot yoga class!

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21 Katelyn January 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm

That’s so exciting! I love Great Harvest, it always smells delicious :) Slash give us some picture of this Good Food store, I have to see for myself;)

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22 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm

What a cute town! I’m moving near a GH in the summer :)

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23 Amanda (Eating Up) January 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I’m picky about bread too. It needs to be chewy and seedy with a great nutty, wheat taste. That’s the best!

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24 Maryann (The Balanced Bean) January 9, 2011 at 9:12 pm

TGFS sounds like a blast, one of my favorite things about traveling is exploring new health food stores. Looks like you’ve got a good stock of food for the next several days :)

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25 Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly January 9, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Haha, an icy trek to a hot yoga class. Priceless. Glad you didn’t fall before you got there!! I miss great yoga classes, I bet even the bikram was worth it.

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26 brigit January 9, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Haha I live in Missoula so its kinda freaky for me to see these places on here! I’m so used to seeing places I’ve never been to :) I LOVE the good food store, pretty much live there :) if you are thinking of going to hob nob when you’re back in Missoula, its just down the road from gh, past the high school by a block or so on the other side of the road :) not sure if you found it already but its so worth it!

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27 Jo January 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I’m so glad that Missoula treated you well (other than being a little lost on the Hip Strip). It’s really cool to see pics of my haunts on your blog! Safe travels to Dillon.

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28 Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free January 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm

The photos of your food always make me droool. That lunch looked wonderful!

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29 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Matt’s sandwich looks great and Montana is beautiful!

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30 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks January 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Sounds like a great trip so far….but very cold! I’m freezing just looking at your snowy pictures! ;)

The Good Food Store sounds a lot like Rainbow Grocery here in San Francisco. I greatly prefer it to Whole Foods and it even has a wider selection of certain things. The staff can be a little…meh…sometimes, but it’s totally worth checking out the next time you head to the Bay Area.

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31 Katie January 9, 2011 at 9:21 pm

U are a rockstar for fitting hot yoga in! I need to travel with you, would be a blast!

The town does look so cute! I cant wait to see where you guys are staying at!

p.s. Im going on a mission to buy a canon rebel tomorrow! Im excited !

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32 Elizabeth @ The Sweet Life January 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Missoula looks like a great town–maybe a college town? I grew up in one and loved all that it had to offer–far more than its size would indicate.Thanks again for sharing your travels!

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33 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm

amazing post, Kath!

the groc list, cool and thx for sharing

Roasted Squash Soup with a Maple Crème Fraiche = omg yes please!

Bikram. I have been teaching yoga for 10 yrs and of all the styles of yoga, bikram is my least fave. I prefer building body heat from power, vinyasa, and ashtanga yoga organically speaking, rather than just walking into a super already hot room. But it sounds like you really enjoyed the class and I am happy for you!

Namaste :)

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34 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 9, 2011 at 9:33 pm

What a beautiful town!

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35 Kate in Japan January 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm

My brother lives in Missoula and it’s one of my favorite places. Can’t wait for my next trip!

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36 Doc (The Healthy PhD) January 9, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I can’t get over how much your pic of you in your hooded coat looks just like the one of Tina over at carrotsncake today.

Also, super proud of hotel meals. I have a 5 day long trip next week and am going to live off bars + fruit and one real meal per day. It’s going to be ridiculous. My body might revolt!

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37 Alaina January 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Hm, maybe Montana isn’t as bad as I thought. ;-)

The little town and restaurants look great!

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38 paper claire January 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I love the font used on the Great Harvest!! :)

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39 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 9, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I’m glad that you enjoyed your yoga class. I never really got into yoga, but I want to give it another shot since everyone says great things about it!

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40 Hannah January 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Oh gosh, looking at these photos all I can think is Thank Heavens I live in Australia right now where it’s summer and there’s no snow!!!

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41 Namaste Gurl January 9, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Yay for grocery shopping :) Happy travels and eats!

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42 Em January 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I’ve never tried bikram. Why don’t you like it?

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43 Kath January 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm
44 Ma Fea January 9, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Matt’s sandwich looks inCREDible.

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45 Stephanie January 9, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Love that Matt went on a *manly* run. My bf opted for a freezing winter run over a gym session today too and I just couldn’t imagine it!

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46 Kelly January 9, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Kath,
Oh! I love that you were in Missoula. I am from there and just returned to Boise from Missoula for the holidays. I JUST did that drive and everything – even went to the GFS and The Catalyst. :) Thanks for the recap…makes me miss home a little.
Enjoy Dillon!

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47 Christin@purplebirdblog January 10, 2011 at 12:26 am

That soup sounds ridiculously amazing!!!

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48 lizzimac January 10, 2011 at 3:00 am

Hi there, as always love reading your blog. I’ve just downloaded an app called “Runkeeper” and am in love with it!!!! You probably already have it but if you dont you should download it.

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49 Kath January 10, 2011 at 7:40 am

Oh cool – is it for Droids?

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50 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) January 10, 2011 at 3:32 am

LOL the exact same thing with the wrong side of town & restaurants happened when i was in DC! We were TOTALLY the wrong side (of a huge city…) and spent FORTY mins trying to find the place! We asked about 20 passers by, til one eventually told us it was the other side of the city – enter 20min cab ride. Booo :(

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51 Simply Life January 10, 2011 at 7:27 am

Oh that lunch does look great!

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52 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 10, 2011 at 7:47 am

Hot yoga sounds like the perfect way to warm up in those chilly temperatures! Matt’s brave for going for a run in that!

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53 Anna @ ciaotochow January 10, 2011 at 10:13 am

I’m drooling over your lunches over here! hehe — looks like you two had a fantastic (yet chilly) day!

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54 Kara January 10, 2011 at 10:39 am

You are a brave woman to admit to going commando on such a well read blog :)

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55 Dev January 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Sounds like you’re having a wonderful (if not cold) trip so far. Our weather in Montana is supposed to take a dip to well below zero this week so be sure you bundle up!!!

What do you recommend at Great Harvest? Honestly, I’ve never found anything I would consider healthy there…and I sure wish they would start offering some healthy side options other than chips :-)

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56 Kath January 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I love all of the seedy, nutty breads like Flax Oat Bran and High Five Fiber. We hope to have whole fruit and/or carrots/celery/peanut butter as our sides!

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57 Kath January 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm

PS. You don’t think the whole wheat breads are healthy!?

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58 Dev January 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Hi Kath! Yes absolutely the breads are healthy (the Flax Oat Bran is my favorite) – but at our local store…we don’t have the option of adding in a lot of veggies; and the only sides offered are cookies or chips. Would love to have veggies or fruits offered as an alternative!

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59 Kath January 10, 2011 at 6:42 pm

That’s the freedom franchise – owners get to make the call :(

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60 Dev January 11, 2011 at 11:22 am

Well, if I ever get down to NC, I’ll definitely stop by your franchise. Your sides sound wonderful! You’ve got some great ideas.

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61 Katie G. January 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

Great post! Love your cozy looking sweater! That veggie sandwich is making me drool!!

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