This Is The Fun That Never Ends…Keeps Going On And On…

September 4, 2010

Biking. Beer. Berg. Biking.

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It’s been a crazy but fun day!!!

Yoga this morning was great. I bought a pass to the Ashtanga studio here in town (which also has a fair amount of vinyasa!) for $50 for a month unlimited. Expect to see lots of yoga! Today I did an 90 minute (which was actually closer to 2 hours!) vinyasa class. It was slower paced, but pretty challenging and I really enjoyed it a lot!

Hip hop has been replaced with Blues.

Lavender towels have been replaced with Incense.

After yoga, I biked back home (which is so easily said but not-so-easily done!) to shower and pamper before headed back out on my bike to the complete OTHER side of town for lunch! For some quick energy, I ate a fig. I think the texture of figs is a bit gross, but I still love them.

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Guess who was in town!? JUSTIN! Our good friend from Charlotte who now lives in Vegas but has roots in Northern VA.

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Of course we had to show him Beer Run.

In the spirit of it being a Saturday afternoon in the summertime, I forgot about my hangover and ordered a 10 ounce beer.

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But it wasn’t very good so I gave it to Matt. Sadly.

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For lunch I had the Carrot Ginger Soup. I also ordered a side of grilled bread. Bread is good.

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With a half spinach and gorgonzola salad.

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Which came with onions that I had to pick off and I could taste them. Not very cool. I think this is the second time this has happened!?

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After lunch we [drove] back to our house ………then back downtown. And then Matt and I biked way out to tour another house for Karen that did not suit her, so we thought.

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Then we biked back downtown (bike = killer hills!!!) and hunted down some ingredients for dinner. Driving today was impossible because of the traffic from the UVA football game, so we had to find the ingredients on bike:

  • Sherry
  • Cherries
  • Makers Mark
  • Pasta

Luckily, we found them all. But the trip required an extra few miles around town!

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I was pretty grumpy from the hills and sun when we finally returned home. A washcloth sponge bath and some perfume fixed my mood – plus a Manhattan!!

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Our landlords – Jessie and David – were here today to spruce up the house a bit. They’re from Alexandria. We wish they were our neighbors!

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We made them Manhattans and chatted on the porch for a bit.

And played with the adorable Stella :-)

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Matt and I made my mom’s famous Sherry Tomato Sauce for dinner. This sauce brings back SUCH childhood memories for me! The sherry is key (and we usually add more like a half cup!) The entire recipe is here –> Homemade Tomato Sauce.

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Matt poured me a bit more Manhattan (which you’ll find on Twitter 😉 )

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Our pasta was whole wheat spaghetti with sauce, basil, swiss chard and parm

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Proof there was sauce under there

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And proof there were noodles under that!

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Given the festive air, we did not want this day to end!!!! Charlottesville is so damn fun.

The football game was going on just blocks from our house and we wanted to partake in the festivities.

After emailing a few friends, we found out they were nearby! Andrea and Brian brought over some of our neighbors to introduce, and they brought over a bottle of wine to introduce! We contributed the porch 😉

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*One drink per night thrown out the window in exchange for fun. Ay yi yi!* I had a small glass of a really delicious white.

After chatting for some time, we said goodnight.

Matt and I still didn’t want the night to end, and there were more friends, including a BIRTHDAY girl, to greet. We made our way with the UVA crowds a mile and a half to Arch’s for yogurt!

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Thanks to Miss Smart Kitchen for passing the torch on her free 9 oz Arch’s card!!

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Matt and I got a peanut butter with gooey brownie on top and an extra bowl to share.

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We were joined by Suzanne and her boyfriend Kevin (Suzanne from the bike beyond the bushes this morning! Glad we could actually hang out :) )

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And birthday girl JESS with her lovely parents!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESS!!! [We missed you Mike!]

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After another 1.5 mile walk home, I am unbelievably pooped. Between 1.5+ hours of yoga, ~1.75 hours of total biking, and 3 miles of walking, my feet need some elevation!

Also very excited to not set an alarm tomorrow !! I hear butternut squash is on the menu…

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1 Evan Thomas September 4, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Your night sounds awesome. Whiskey and frozen yogurt–what more do you need?


2 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 4, 2010 at 10:37 pm

I LOVE the texture of figs. So funny how textures affect everyone differently.


3 Hannah September 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm

That honestly looks like one of the best pasta meals I’ve ever seen. I don’t normally get excited about pasta, but the colours and heartiness of that! Wonderful!


4 Sava September 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Wow your day was packed!
I can’t remember the last time I had a a busy day like that.
For me, going to the grocery store, the library, and work in one day is busy 😛


5 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm

What a fun evening! :) That tomato sauce looks fantastic, I have to make that soon!


6 Merry September 4, 2010 at 10:43 pm

I too detest onion (it’s a detest thing, yes? Not allergies?) and am so sad when 1. a restaurant forgets to leave them off and 2. you can still taste them after you do the dirty work yourself!! And there are certain places that seem to forget to leave them off every time! Clearly they don’t share the same onion-hate. It’s a little thing, I know, but it gets to me sometimes…


7 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm

i love fresh figs – could never stop at one!


8 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 4, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Oh my gosh, I used to torture my parents with that songs! I’ve completely forgotten about it, til now.

Pasta looks delicious! :)


9 Natalie September 4, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Wow, what a crazy busy (but fun!) day! Looks like you had a lot to keep you busy!


10 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm

All your food looks great, especially the dinner and the FROZEN YOGURT OMG! I was at UVa this Spring, but sadly did not eat any froyo. I may have to fly back just to try it.

Also college football crowds are the best! The festive spirit makes the night so special!


11 Diana @ frontyardfoodie September 4, 2010 at 11:05 pm

What is with all these bloggers not liking onions! What happened!? Did they hurt you? I’m in love with onions. Love love love, especially red ones.


12 Penny September 4, 2010 at 11:34 pm

You are not alone!! I love them too. :-)

I hope Kath doesn’t ban us. 😉

Now…..tomatoes……THOSE are the devil…….


13 Kath September 5, 2010 at 8:05 am



I just think they are the most offensive food on the planet and are way too overpowering for my refined palate.


14 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef September 5, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I love onions too!! All kinds. But my husband hates them. He once lost a bet and had to eat one like an apple. :( This was before I knew him so I didn’t get to witness it but the pics are AMAZING!


15 Cara Craves... September 4, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Looks like a great evening, especially cause it ended with fro-yo!
Do you cook with figs a lot?
Any recipe ideas?


16 Lisa @bakebikeblog September 4, 2010 at 11:30 pm

What – what an awesome day!!!!


17 Janna (Janna's Keeping it Real) September 4, 2010 at 11:38 pm

What a fun, fun night! I love that you guys just sort of fly by the seat of your pants on the weekend, and do all sorts of spontaneous activities!


18 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 4, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Your spaghetti looks so good! What a wonderful way to spend Labor Day weekend.


19 Sana September 5, 2010 at 12:14 am

I loved traveling to Europe this summer and seeing how EVERYONE bikes! It definitely is hard, but makes me want to go car less. Have you thought about that?


20 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 5, 2010 at 12:22 am

I NEED to come visit!!! Slash live in C-Ville. You make it seem like Disney World :)


21 Erin September 5, 2010 at 12:25 am

I am OBSESSED with squash!! Love those endless summer nights*


22 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 5, 2010 at 1:26 am

That was more like a whole weekend’sactivity – you did so much!! All the biking and fro yo and cooking looks SO much fun :)


23 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 5, 2010 at 1:28 am

You guys seem to be having so much fun since your move! That’s awesome. :) And that pasta is awesome, too! YUMMMM



24 notyet100 September 5, 2010 at 3:58 am

enjoyed reading the post


25 Tina September 5, 2010 at 4:57 am

That does sound like a crazy, busy, fabulous day! :)

Spinach gorgonzola salads have got to be the best flavor combos in a salad for me. Add some walnuts and I’m a super happy camper. I don’t think I could do figs. I’m a huge texture eater!


26 Heidi - apples under my bed September 5, 2010 at 5:59 am

An awesome day! & that pasta sauce looks so so delicious. i love a good pasta meal. I will definitely try out your mum’s recipe, thanks!
Heidi xo


27 Simply Life September 5, 2010 at 6:01 am

sounds like a full, fun day!


28 Susan Mc September 5, 2010 at 6:05 am

Another fun, fab post, what a great day! Love Stella! :-)
I’m so inspired to make your Mom’s pasta sauce, it looks amazing, and I’ve never started a sauce w/fresh tomatoes, I always use canned, but this looks like a great recipe. Downside… I live in Georgia and can’t buy the sherry today! :-(
Looks like Monday night for pasta!


29 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 5, 2010 at 6:15 am

fun day! every time you get that fro yo with the brownie i am so jealous!


30 Lee September 5, 2010 at 6:39 am

That pretty much sounds like the perfect late summer day.


31 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 5, 2010 at 6:41 am

What a fun day! I love the little town you are in. Looks like you had a day fun of fun activities! Oh yum…butternut squash. That is definitely worth waking up for!

Oh and everything you ate yesterday looked amazing! I hear ya on the onion flavor sticking to everything. I actually love onions, but raw on a salad, that sticks with you all day.

Have a great day today Kath!


32 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 5, 2010 at 6:44 am

Wow – I am so impressed you got such a great post up after what sounded like a totally fun, but probably pretty tiring, day :)


33 Mom September 5, 2010 at 7:05 am

Fun day!

If you’re out of sherry, you can use another white wine in the sauce.


34 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 5, 2010 at 7:05 am

What an absolutely *filled* to the brim kind of day. I kept thinking the post was going to end, but the fun kept coming. :mrgreen:

The sherry tomato sauce looks so divine! I’m not normally a pasta kinda gal, but I would be all over that in a heartbeat. 😀


35 Laura (spokesnoats September 5, 2010 at 7:20 am

That sounded like a fabulous way to spend a Saturday…good food, good friends & friends-to-be, and plenty of exercise! Love it.


36 CaSaundra September 5, 2010 at 7:27 am

I still need to try that spaghetti sauce–everytime I see it on your blog, it just looks SO good!


37 HefiA September 5, 2010 at 7:36 am

Wow, you go girl!!! You’re def. in shape in you can do all that yoga-biking-walking stuff!! Make sure you take some time to rest today. Nothing should be overdone…not even health :)

I would LOVE to try a fig! Where do I buy them? The only kind I had so far were dried ones. I love new experiences so much when it comes to food! Keep posting new ideas. Love them!

Have a wonderful day today.



38 christina cadden September 5, 2010 at 7:42 am

Looks like a great day!


39 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) September 5, 2010 at 8:00 am

Kentucky Represent with that Maker’s Mark! :) I’m applying to UVA very soon.


40 Kaitlyn (College Girl Runs) September 5, 2010 at 8:04 am

What an awesome day! I also bought an unlimited month to a yoga studio :) I LOVE it! That froyo looks great!


41 Kelli September 5, 2010 at 8:08 am

wow, what a day! I’m exhausted just reading about it. Glad to see you’re having fun!


42 Katelyn September 5, 2010 at 8:11 am

Oh my, what a busy day! Have you ever tried Woodford Reserve or Knob Creek instead of Makers? Woodford is a bluegrass fav.


43 Kath September 5, 2010 at 8:13 am

I’ve tried Knob Creek which was a bit spicier. I love Makers, but all bourbon is good!


44 Matt September 5, 2010 at 8:15 am

When we were on a bourbon search we tried Knob Creek and found it to be sweeter than MM, but also a little more charred and woodsy. Ultimately I don’t think anything compares to Maker’s. But I’m still open to trying a few more.


45 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 5, 2010 at 8:15 am

That sounds like a great day overall! I love those nights where you never want it to end and you keep on finding new things to do. 😀


46 Heather September 5, 2010 at 8:21 am

sounds like such a fun night! once again, totally jealous of your bikable nighborhood and walking around with all those people!


47 Faith @ lovelyascharged September 5, 2010 at 9:37 am

I absolutely love whiskey – it’s my liquor of choice – but I absolutely HATE Manhattans! I’ve only had two, granted, but they were both so wretched I’m not so sure I’d like to try them ever again :/ Sounds like you had a great night though!


48 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen September 5, 2010 at 11:14 am

Hooray! I’m so glad you were able to use the freebie :)

Again, just sad I wasn’t there to share in the gooey delicious brownie with you!


49 Amber K September 5, 2010 at 11:26 am

What a fun night!

The onions you picked off look SOO good! 😉


50 krissy September 5, 2010 at 12:15 pm

sorry we missed you. beer run was AWESOME though. thanks for posting it or we might have never found it for lunch. have some williamsburg pumpkin ale and twin oaks italian herb tofu in the fridge waiting for me. a weekend like this in c-ville will makes us want to move back asap!


51 Caitlin September 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Sitting here reading about that pasta dish has made me so mouth-waterly hungry that I am just going to have to make it. Those pictures are beautiful, especially the chard addition!


52 Melissa @ HerGreenLife September 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Wow, that’s an intense day, and proof that you can get plenty of exercise through active transportation, not to mention that it’s fun! The hubs brought home over a gallon of tomatoes from the garden yesterday — I might have to buy some sherry so I can try that sauce. Do you use dry/cooking sherry? I like sipping the sweet sherry :)


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