Second First Friday

October 1, 2010

Man it had been too long since we’ve biked downtown!! So happy to be free on two wheels again :)

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This afternoon fitness hungry caught up with me!!

A little of this:

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Then a massive grocery store trip…

Then a lot of that:

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I came home from the grocery store famished at 4:30 and had a big old smoothie for a snack. Smoothies stick to my ribs!

In the mix:

  • Spinach
  • Half a banana
  • 2 tbsp Vega Choc-a-Lot 
  • Ice
  • ~2/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • Granola

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I wanted my smoothie to hold me over well through dinner tonight because I didn’t want to get stuck starving with only cheese cubes at art galleries!

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Remember a month ago when we went on the gallery crawl? Well it’s been a month!! First Friday Round II.

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We toured 5 different galleries tonight. The art was just as fantastic, but the food + drink were not nearly as good as last time! Highlights included a few grapes, some pretzels, a few candy corn and a small glass of white wine

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We walked up and down the mall trying to decide what to have for a real dinner. I wasn’t hungry, per se, but I wanted some veggies and weight in my stomach.

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We ended up biking up to Main Street Market to a restaurant I’ve been wanting to try for ages: Orzo. They have a full restaurant and much to our surprise, tapas at the bar! Perfect fit.

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We sat at the bar and ordered what we felt was "lightly" which ended up feeling like a real meal!

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A flight of red to share (2 for him, 1 for me)

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Complimentary flat bread and hummus!!!!

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We ordered two appetizers:

Local Pork Sausage with Grilled Veggies in a Lemon Glaze. Lemon glaze = made the dish. It was incredible!!

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Plus the best mussels we have EVER HAD. The thick feta cheese sauce was sooo good, and the grilled bread made an excellent dipper.

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And for the nutrients, a side of sautéed spinach, which was amazing but I am now regretting for the garlic taste in my mouth!!

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Fabulous meal for not too expensive.

I’m very tired from being up so early – and excited tomorrow is Saturday!

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1 Sarah October 1, 2010 at 9:30 pm

How do you look gorgeous after biking to these things? I would be a sweaty, windblown mess!

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2 Kath October 1, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Well thanks, but it’s not very hot here anymore!

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3 Pat Kilmain October 1, 2010 at 9:38 pm

C’ville seems like such a neat place. I’m putting it on my list of places to visit!

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4 stacey-healthylife October 1, 2010 at 9:40 pm

What a fun night. I love the restaurant with the open window, so cute. After your hard workout today you deserve a fabulous dinner.

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5 Heather October 1, 2010 at 9:40 pm

wow I can’t believe it’s been a month already! September flew! downtown looks so cute, I love it!

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6 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 1, 2010 at 9:40 pm

The restaurants you go to in Charlottesville all have such delicious (and gorgeous!) looking food! Must be heaven for a food blogger :)

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7 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 1, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Looks like a great way to kick of the weekend! I tried mussels for the first time last week. They didn’t really seem like anything special but I’m sure if they were prepared in a restaurant rather than by me, they’d be much more tasty. Have a fantastic weekend :)

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8 Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 1, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Seems like an incredible evening. The biking in this weather must have been perfect!

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9 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 1, 2010 at 9:54 pm

What a fun evening. You live in an awesome place!

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10 Kristy @ KristyRuns October 1, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Any place that serves complementary pita and hummus is definitely a winner! Nice call! :)

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11 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday October 1, 2010 at 9:59 pm

That gallery crawl sounds really fun. I’d love to have something like that in my town.

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12 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen October 1, 2010 at 9:59 pm

I LOVE Orzo! Glad you finally got to try it. :)

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13 Kaitlyn (College Girl Runs) October 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Looks like fun! I’ve been looking for Vega everywhere…I think I’m going to buy it online soon! Have a good weekend :)

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14 Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm

That sounds like so much fun!

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15 Meghan October 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm

just curious why you would eat a whole dinner when you arent hungry? do you just have to eat dinner?

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16 Kath October 2, 2010 at 8:01 am

I was hungry, just in a different way than I normally would. And we tried NOT to eat a ‘whole dinner” which is why we got appetizer portions and shared them.

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17 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm

it’s been so long since i’ve had mussels – i’ve always loved them, even as a kid!

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18 Tina October 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Wow! It’s been a whole month? I really wish our town had something like that. I love the charm of the First Friday nights.

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19 Bridget October 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I’d like to bike more, but the logistics always get me. When you bike, do you wear a helmet? If you do, how do you keep your hair looking decent, and what do you do with the helmet when you get to your destination? Thx!

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20 Kath October 2, 2010 at 8:01 am

I do always wear a helmet and usually pull my hair back but I take it back down as SOON as we get back off our bikes. Sometimes I do get ponytail hair!

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21 hippierunner October 1, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Yay! Glad you guys are biking again! That food looks so good. Feta sauce?! Mmmmm.

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22 holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 1, 2010 at 11:00 pm

The pork sausage looks so good. What a fun way to spend an evening!

I too am excited that tomorrow is Saturday :) Enjoy your weekend Kath!

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23 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write October 1, 2010 at 11:15 pm

I really like you in that red shirt. It’s one of my fav colors, yet I have no red clothes. I love the way your pictures show off the fall weather. I always miss that living here in Cali.

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24 Hannah October 1, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Wow, was that really a month ago?! Time flies!! I miss mussels, haven’t had them in years…

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25 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 2, 2010 at 12:16 am

Red looks good on you, Kath! :)

Your appetizers look delish. So wish Dustin and I lived in biking distant of such elegant simplicity.

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26 Chelsea October 2, 2010 at 1:01 am

Rock those flip-flops, girl.

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27 Kath October 2, 2010 at 8:01 am
28 Lauren at KeepItSweet October 2, 2010 at 6:15 am

looks like fun! love when you can try a little of everything

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29 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 2, 2010 at 6:53 am

Looks like a great evening! I hope this weekend is beautiful for you!

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30 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 2, 2010 at 7:01 am

It looks like you had fun! You reminded me with those crackers that I wanted to try and make themt oday! Thanks!

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31 barefootgirl October 2, 2010 at 7:19 am

I love all of the pics of C’ville…. thanks for sharing!

I’m so jealous of your First Fridays….

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32 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 2, 2010 at 7:21 am

I think those fabulous art galleries are what I would love the most about your adorable town. That is so fun! :D

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33 Jil October 2, 2010 at 7:43 am

What a fun night!! I love how that little girl totally caught you taking the picture…like 5th one down? haha

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34 rachel October 2, 2010 at 8:39 am

long-time reader, first-time commenter here. i am potentially moving to charlottesville next summer (find out by december) from iowa city, and posts like this make me SO excited for the city. thanks for the great post and pictures…!

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35 hemp jogger October 2, 2010 at 8:31 pm

you’ll like it! holla when ya get here.

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36 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun October 2, 2010 at 9:07 am

Wow! That looks like a lot of fun! I’ve never even heard of a gallert crawl before! LOL! :-D

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37 Lee October 2, 2010 at 9:17 am

Since going vegetarian about four months ago, mussels are one of the foods that I miss the most.

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38 christina cadden October 2, 2010 at 9:26 am

Such pretty photos!

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39 Meagan October 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm

The picture of you sitting in the chair just reminded me of fall. I love fall!

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