Orientation

August 21, 2010

I think my legs have been oriented to Charlottesville’s hills – I had my best (read: easiest not necessarily fastest) run to date today.

We took Andrew 4.25 miles all through UVA, winding in and out of parents, futons, Greeters and SUVs. College orientation is so fun! I hope I can spend some time on the campus pretending I’m a student this fall :)

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Karen had fun being the Queen of Summer on our porch – she loves to swing!

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Once home, hydrated and showered, we assembled lunch.

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Karen and Matt discovered Twin Oaks tofu on a trip this winter. It’s made at a co-op in central Virginia and it’s the best tofu I’ve ever had!

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It’s firm and dry (no pressing needed to get a great sauté) and this flavor – Italian Herb – had all kinds of wonderful seasonings embedded IN the tofu – something you can’t really do at home unless you make your own.

We seared some up in Garlic Gold (walk away and let them brown!)

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Also on our salads, Caromont Farm smoked goat cheese from the farmer’s market.

All I gotta say is ….oh my word. Paprika and spices, it was incredible.

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Combined with avocado, squash, green pepper and spinach dressed in Garlic Gold 

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On the side, Great Harvest Cinnamon Raisin Walnut drizzled in honey

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For dessert, we polished off the Gail Ambrosias. The Cinnamon Cayenne was my fav!!

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Peace, frogs!

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1 Meghan@traveleatlove August 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Oooh fun! I miss college this time of year!

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2 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Oh college orientation…memories. I kind of miss it. Even having a part time job, full time classes and a full social life somehow seemed so much easier than the real world :)
If you are football fans – UVA football games are such a blast (even though I went to VA Tech, I still feel like I can admit this).

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3 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Oh your meal sounds really quite divine. You’ve made me hungry! (thank goodness, dinner is ready and I thought I had no appetite :p). Sounds like an awesome run too!

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4 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm

That cheese sounds delicious!!!

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5 Marisa @ Loser for Life August 21, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Great looking salad! That tofu sounds like a find; I hate having to press tofu!

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6 Camille August 21, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Move in is so fun to watch!
There is nothing like Freshman with their eyes the size of a salad plate :)

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7 Christine August 21, 2010 at 1:20 pm

That tofu sounds great!

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8 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) August 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Cayenne chocolate sounds so good! Was it super spicy?

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9 Kristy @ KristyRuns.com August 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Glad you’re finally getting used to the hills! :) I’ve been running on hills for years, and I still don’t like them and they still don’t like me. ;)

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10 Chelsey August 21, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I HAVE to get my hands on some garlic gold…. honestly!

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11 Krystina August 21, 2010 at 1:52 pm

That tofu looks tasty!

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12 Madeline - Greens and Jeans August 21, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Definitely the best/worst part of living in a college town!

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13 holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm

I did not like my college orientation — too many mixers that didn’t really let you get to know anyone, just make fools of yourself! I don’t miss that at all. I DO miss my Univ campus though.

Great salad, that cheese looks divine!

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14 Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up August 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm

the tofu looks great!

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15 Danielle (Runs on Green) August 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm

You live near UVA?? Booooo….haha just kidding :) (I go to V Tech)!

I’ll have to try that ‘fu

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16 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Wow that is so great that there is spices in the tofu. I would love to try it, too bad I’m on the West Coast.

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17 Emily August 21, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Oooh! I just had that tofu for the first time and fell in love with the texture. The fennel seeds were a little…unexpected though. :P

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18 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I loved college, but didn’t have the greatest of orientation experiences…haha. I totally know what you mean about college life. I love walking through campuses and “feeling” like a student again. :D

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19 Melissa August 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Glad you had a great run!! I HAVE to find a Great Harvest around here.. I’m always seeing it on the blogs, but I can never find one!

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20 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 21, 2010 at 2:58 pm

that tofu sounds great! too bad it’s not in la!

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21 Liza @ Health Nutting August 21, 2010 at 3:05 pm

That tofu sounds amazing! I’m always trying to find ways to make my tofu more flavorful and that seems like a great solution.

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22 Tina August 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I love college campuses. There’s something so relaxed and upbeat about them. If I lived closer to one I would spend time there too. Glad you had a great run!

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23 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 21, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I really missed out on a real college experience since I went to culinary school. I was at Georgia Tech yesterday while kids were looking around and moving in. There really is a great vibe there! Lunch looks delicious and you all look so happy! Have a great afternoon!

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24 Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life August 21, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Congrats on overcoming those hills on your run! That’s always a good feeling. Your salad looks spectacular!

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25 Meg August 21, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I found tofu like that at my local Asian market and I LOVE IT. Sure beats going through all the marination/pressing process, especially when you’re looking for a simple meal. Sweet run – glad you’re legs are well oriented now :D

Enjoy your day with your beautiful family, kath!

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26 Brooke - One Healthy Cookie August 21, 2010 at 3:32 pm

One of the reasons I love being at Tulane so much is because of the beautiful campus. It’s so nice. Also, that tofu looks amazing. Wow.

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27 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Nice run. Lunch looks great, I love tofu on salads.

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28 Melissa @ HerGreenLife August 21, 2010 at 3:58 pm

I don’t know anything about Charlottesville other than what I read here, but it’s making me want to move! A beautiful farmers’ market, locally made tofu, great for biking . . . . What’s not to love? Other than the currently flat bike tire ;)

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29 christina cadden August 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Looks like fun!

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30 Nicole - yuppie yogini August 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm

It’s amazing how variable tofu can be. I’ve recently been perfecting my tofu cooking skills after reading FrontBurner’s tutorial.

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31 Brittany August 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Woo-hoo for seeing VA products on your blog! Twin oaks tofu is seriously the best tofu ever – it’s what made me fall in love with tofu. The texture is far superior to any other brand of tofu I’ve had and the herb variety has such great flavor. There’s a local market here in Richmond where you can buy it fresh from a bin full of water rather than packaged – it’s awesome!

We should have a meet up at Twin Oaks and do a tofu tour!?!

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32 Kath August 22, 2010 at 9:25 am

That’d be fun!

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33 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Ooooh cinnamon cayenne sounds to die for!

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34 Jessica@tastyandtrim August 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm

That cheese looks so tasty, I love paprika! I also want to eat that piece of cinnamon raisin walnut bread through my computer screen :)

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35 Jessica August 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I was a Greeter (= pack mule) for three years! so hot! I feel for those parents!

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36 Lauren at KeepItSweet August 21, 2010 at 5:44 pm

I’d love to relive the first week of college again… does that tofu come in plain also?

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37 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 21, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I always see herbed tofu in my grocery store but I’ve always opted for the plain stuff. That flavour sounds like it would taste great in that salad though!

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38 Samantha Cernock August 21, 2010 at 6:51 pm

that tofu looks really yummy, im going to have to try and find some

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39 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat August 21, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Mmm, that tofu looks good. To be honest, tofu kind of scares me. Maybe I just need to try it and get over my fear of it? Is there a place to buy that kind of tofu online?

Congrats on the run–I love that feeling where running just feels AWESOME and not like a torture fest :)

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40 Kath August 22, 2010 at 9:25 am

It’s just like milk cubes!

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41 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm

That’s so funny! I almost bought that exact same tofu the day before but I didn’t know if I would like the herbs. Herbed things can sometimes be hit or miss. If you say it’s awesome, I’ll take your word for it! Next time I see it, I’m totally getting it.

I noticed that whenever Matt’s mom is with you guys, there is usually an Italian dish of some sort. Coincidence or does she like Italian cuisine as much as I do? :)

Jenn

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42 Kath August 22, 2010 at 9:25 am

She probably does love it :)

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43 Wei-Wei August 21, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Is Andrew Matt’s actual brother? They look CRAZY alike! (I’m a bit confused because I remember you talking about Kanz and Matt looking alike but not being blood-related way back… something like that?)

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44 Christina @ Ilovefetacheese August 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm

My bf went to UVA, he loved it! great city

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45 Sara August 21, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Andrew and Kanz (Kath’s husband, aka Matt) are actual brothers. Kanz and the other Matt (Laura’s boyfriend) look alike but are not related.

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46 Kath August 22, 2010 at 9:26 am

I love it when you guys answer for me :)

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47 Alycia @ Fit n Fresh August 21, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I so need to get my hands on some of that tofu – looks delicious!!

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48 Paige @Running Around Normal August 21, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Ahh fun! ISU’s orientation is going on this weekend too. I plan on running down to the campus on Monday :D

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49 Gree August 21, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Wow, that goat cheese looks amazing, so does the tofu, what a great lunch! I remember being a greeter in college (I was an RA) and my face being so sore from smiling and my arms being so sore from carrying things up the stairs!

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50 Rachael August 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Virginia love! I’m so glad you mentioned Twin Oaks – not only is their tofu amazing, but the community itself is pretty neat – they’re an income sharing, health-benefited intentional community fully of really good people. Three of my closest friends in Asheville met (and two of ‘em got married) while at Twin Oaks, and my partner and I are headed there in two weeks to interview them about their businesses!

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51 Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly August 21, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I love Karen’s hat! Wish I was such a cute Queen of Summer. :-) It makes me want to wake up to drink coffee on my porch tomorrow morning.

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52 Hannah August 21, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Twin Oaks tofu is amazing, but you HAVE to track down Sunergia tofu (made by an offshoot of twin oaks). They do a billion flavours of tofu that are SO good, and tofu “feta” and “blue cheese” that are to die for. Oh, torturous memories!

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53 Kath August 22, 2010 at 9:26 am

Oh fun

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54 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 22, 2010 at 11:11 am

Sounds like a great lunch! This is the first time I will NOT be going back to school as a student and it feels so weird, especially since I live in a university town. I actually feel kind of old!!

Ooh, and I adore paprika… recently I’ve been adding it to omelettes and just can’t get enough! :) Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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55 Susan August 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm

OK, I’m sorry but I have to say this…. Matt’s bro shirtless…. HOTTIE!! ;-)
This from a happily married mommy of 2 little ones! Have you had any phone numbers float in for Andrew!??!! I’m thinking KERF dating?

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56 Kath August 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Hahhaa. Did you notice his chest bowl!?

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57 Katharina August 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm

That’s so awesome about the tofu! They’re a commune really close to where I go to school (currently living now). A girl I know actually wrote a paper on the commune for our literary journalism class.

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58 Elaine August 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm

A tip to avoid being “outed” as not from around there: at UVA, it’s not campus, it’s Grounds. As in “I was walking around Grounds today…” :) I went to UVA for undergrad and my master’s and I miss Charlottesville SO MUCH! Your blog gives me homesickness now!

Also: instead of freshman, sophomore, etc., it’s First Year, Second Year, etc. Jefferson believed that you can never graduate from learning. Enjoy it…the fall is the BEST!

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