Welcome Home Goldilocks!

September 27, 2009


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I burst out laughing when I saw the silhouettes of three bear heads from the driveway.

So 3,000 miles ago…..

Alicia met me for a run! We went down Market St. and by all of the Piers. (Mom, I heard the seals for you). It was a great run and I was so glad to be outside in the beautiful sunshine. By the end though I started to feel kinda sick. My body was not primed for hard exercise! We ran about 4.5 miles before we went back to shower and get ready for breakfast.

Thanks for the fun run Alicia!

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Breakfast was sooo convenient – this awesome cafe was right downstairs!

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Girls minus Amber (who got stuck on public transport) –

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I couldn’t resist!!!

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Especially after getting an eye of this topping bar – complete with house-made granola!

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You know this came out!

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This was a huuuuge bowl of steel cut oats. I couldn’t even finish it all! I loaded on the raisins, chopped almonds, granola and Barney Butter.

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What really put me over-the-top full was this fabulouso London Fog, a recommendation by Jenna – Earl Grey Tea with Steamed Milk. It was totally awesome and I will be getting more!!!

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Our group!

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From now on I am only doing blog meet-ups at cafes for breakfast. They always work out so well! I had a wonderful time talking to these guys :)

Maggie was sweet and brought us all homemade tea bags!

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After breakfast we checked out of the hotel and awesome Krista and Kristen offered to take me to the airport. We had a chatty trip over – thanks again guys!!

Once there I plopped down and got some work done. I got SO MUCH done on this trip during my flights. I loved the excuse to be stapled to a chair with my laptop. Wheee!

I knew I wanted soup for lunch. Just what I was craving. None of the flavors they had seemed that appealing – chili, mexican, lentil, cabbage – but he let me taste the cabbage and WOW was it good!! There was beef, cabbage, big carrots and I’m pretty sure green grapes. It was really great soup! I took it on the plane and ate it about 30 minutes later – still hot enough!

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+ Sourdough

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Today’s flight felt longer than last weeks – probably because I didn’t nap for an hour of it. I read the Time Traveler’s Wife for a while (I’m finally getting into it – I thought it was a really slow start) then snoozed then worked for about 2.5 hours then read some more.

MOM: "Oh Beautiful For Spacious Skies!!" – Pike’s Peak just for you! Our pilot called it out!

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A couple hours later I had a BethT honeycrisp and a Clif Bar

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My flight got in at 9PM – I TIME TRAVELED 3 HOURS!!!

Matt was there to pick me up! [For the record Harry, who met Sally, he always picks me up :)]

Came home and nibbled on some BethT nuts IMG_3887 (640x427)

Got excited over my newly replaced Eye-Fi card. Let’s hope it works this time!

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And made a quick simple dinner –

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Microwaved sweet potato fries (3 minutes on high with cooking spray and cinnamon and kosher salt)

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Carrot + celery + hazelnut butter

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And some Oikos with Erewhon Raisin Bran + Jam. Probably didn’t need this part because I wasn’t really that hungry, but it tasted good!

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Ended with a Scharffen Berger Chocolate. I have POUNDS of their chocolate that I brought home from the conference and it’s awesome dark 60-82% cacao! My favorite!

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I can’t believe it’s after 11PM here. Going to bed now!

But not until I say one last major thank you to Nasoya and the Mushroom Channel for the bash of a weekend. It felt like a week-long trip and I can’t believe I have class tomorrow!! It’s going to be a busy week, but nothing too stressful.


P.S. The gray dress is from H&M in Boston!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1 Daria (Summer of the CSAs) September 27, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Looks like the perfect weekend and the perfect welcome home. :)


2 Michelle Pawley September 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm

It looks awesome!! So glad you had a great time!


3 Lizzy September 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm

so glad you made it home safe! :)

the teddie bears in the window are so adorable!


4 Jenna September 27, 2009 at 10:37 pm

that cafe looks great and so does you oats :)
i am glad you made it home! you must be exhausted kath, get some rest!


5 Lele September 27, 2009 at 10:40 pm

If any of your pounds of chocolate needs a good home, I’d be happy to take it off of your hands 😀
That picture of the bears is too cute.


6 bobbi September 27, 2009 at 10:43 pm

how cute, the bears are so addorable! Kath I am so jelouse of your fun weekend in SF, I am so sad I can’t go to the foodbuzz festival I so want to meet you :).


7 maria September 27, 2009 at 10:45 pm

I do not blame you for choosing the oatmeal. I don’t think I could have resisted either. Especially with all of those add-ins right there!!!


8 kay (eating machine) September 27, 2009 at 10:47 pm

hahhaha i love the bears!


9 amber September 27, 2009 at 10:47 pm

aw you guys are too cute with your bears. Today was so fun! So nice to meet you all. The picture timed picture turned out pretty good! Thanks for making time in your trip to meet up with readers, I know you had a jam packed weekend. Hopefully we can meet again when you come in November!


10 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) September 27, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Haha, the bears are so cute!


11 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now September 27, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Glad you made it home safe! I hope you have a stress-free week after all the excitement of the weekend.


12 Liz September 27, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Glad you got home safe and sound. That’s cool you flew over Pike’s peak. It’s huge! Now, I just gotta say this…but I was looking at your dinner and Jacob, my BF, said “Hey, that looks like something you would eat.” I cracked up! Anyways, have a good night.


13 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 27, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Hahaha those bears get me everytime! I love time travelling it’s like daylight savings day x3! Come back to RDU for a meet up!!


14 Maggie September 27, 2009 at 11:27 pm

It was so good to meet you today! I’m glad you had a safe trip home :)


15 Belinda September 27, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Yum to all the food you ate this weekend. I love Earl Grey tea with milk in the morning. I put a little sugar in mine but it really doesn’t need it because the tea is so delicious. I’ll have to try is with steamed milk in the morning!


16 Tay September 27, 2009 at 11:40 pm

Oh Max’s!! I used to work at the actual restaurant and their soups were sooo popular. And their bread – OMG! Fresh from the oven…delicious. Especially the cinnamon raisin one. WOW. Glad you had a great trip!!


17 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans September 28, 2009 at 12:12 am

H&M! Good to know! So glad you guys had such a fun weekend!


18 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 28, 2009 at 12:27 am

POUNDS of chocolate? yay!


19 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) September 28, 2009 at 12:39 am

Hahaha, the bears are SO cute! That cafe oatmeal looks amazing.

Welcome back to the east coast, we missed you on this side of the map! :mrgreen:



20 Cara (Cara Craves...) September 28, 2009 at 12:46 am

How could you turn down an oatmeal buffet?
Looked quite yum!


21 Julia September 28, 2009 at 1:16 am

I love that the bears greeted you! Too cute!
I’ve never though of microwaving sweet potato fries what a great idea!


22 Jac September 28, 2009 at 3:48 am

aww.. love the bears!!


23 christie, honoring health September 28, 2009 at 4:51 am

Aw, the bears are so cute!!!

Glad you arrived home safely!


24 Mom September 28, 2009 at 4:56 am

So glad the bears were waiting, but I bet they had a great time with their dad. Loved the Pike’s Peak shot!


25 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 28, 2009 at 5:38 am

What a fun weekend! :)


26 Kirsten September 28, 2009 at 5:41 am

traveling is great but it is always nice to get home and back into the routine!


27 Lauren September 28, 2009 at 6:11 am

What a fantastic trip. I loved reading the recaps and felt like I was right there with you! :)

So glad you got the chance to exeprience this wonderful event and I am so so happy to see that you made it home to your boys (bears and all!)

Have a great week getting caught up! :)


28 Whitney @ Lettuce Love September 28, 2009 at 6:14 am

It looks like you all had a great weekend!


29 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope September 28, 2009 at 6:22 am

That breakfast looks like so much fun, and those views are just gorgeous from the plane. Hope you got a good night’s rest after your adventures!


30 rhodeygirl September 28, 2009 at 7:00 am

Love the late night snack. I think yogurt messes are the best snack to have in a rush or in laziness… so delicious and so easy to out together!!!

Looks like a great trip Kath, I hope you make it to the FB festival!


31 shawna (balancing me) September 28, 2009 at 7:06 am

What a score that little cafe was! That granola looks so delicious!

Your trip looks so wonderful! You’re pretty lucky!


32 Ali September 28, 2009 at 7:37 am

Those oats look great! LOL at the bears that is adorable!!!!! Glad you had a fun trip and love that dress. I love H&M! I work right near there, dangerous!!!!!


33 Mara @ What's for Dinner? September 28, 2009 at 7:38 am

I hope I can make it to BlogHer Food next year! Looks like a blast of a time!


34 CaSaundra September 28, 2009 at 7:41 am

Those bears are just too funny, your hubby sure has a sense of humor–love it!

Glad your home safe!


35 Joelle (The Pancake Girl) September 28, 2009 at 7:55 am

That little restaurant looked awesome! And was that pumpkin tea?! I’m jealous!


36 Cynthia (It All Changes) September 28, 2009 at 8:12 am

Aww how sweet….they missed you :-)

Your blog meet ups always look great. I wish I was ever in your neck of the woods. One day maybe.

I love your idea about sweet potato fries in the microwave. I always hate the long wait for them in the oven. They are on the menu for Friday so I’ll be trying them this way.


37 Sarah @ See Sarah Eat September 28, 2009 at 8:17 am

What a great little cafe! I definitely need to go more places like that. I’m glad you had a great trip and that the bears were there to greet you when you got home :)

Good luck with classes today!


38 Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life September 28, 2009 at 8:46 am

Looks like so much fun!! I am soo happy you really enjoyed your trip and can’t wait to hear about some of the tips you learned there!! The bears where adorable!!


39 Shannon (The Daily Balance) September 28, 2009 at 8:47 am

LOVE those lil bears waitin for their mama!


40 Angela September 28, 2009 at 9:19 am

London Fogs are amazing, aren’t they? That homemade tea was intriguing! What a nice gift!


41 Stephanie September 28, 2009 at 9:21 am

Yummy – I love Max’s for a quick bite. I am headed to SF this week, and I cannot wait to dive into some of their treats!


42 Rose September 28, 2009 at 9:26 am

That picture kills me. Matt is hysterical.


43 Tracy September 28, 2009 at 9:49 am

Starbucks does the London Fog tea latte. I haven’t tried it yet, so I don’t know how good it is. I will have to try it now!


44 Anne [email protected] New Weigh September 28, 2009 at 11:09 am

The bears are too cute!!


45 Linda September 28, 2009 at 12:27 pm

It was lovely meeting you. Time flew by so quickly at breakfast – wished you were able to stick around a tad longer.

I have a question about your camera. Do you know why the tones in the outdoors group shot is so washed out? The camera captured the warmth and depth of the cafe’s lighting very well – those are such beautiful shots.
You have a great camera. Thanks for letting me take a few shots with it.


46 Pam (Highway to Health) September 28, 2009 at 2:45 pm

The bears are too cute!!! I would die if I saw those!


47 Red Head, Yellow Dog September 28, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Harry said that you can tell it’s a new relationship when one is still taking the other to the airport ! People don’t get those romantic scenes by the gates anymore due to all the security. bummer!


48 sandyb September 28, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Kath, your photos are beautiful.. for real.


49 Kath September 28, 2009 at 9:23 pm

A different lens, different aperture, different lighting?

Red Head, Yellow Dog,
But we’re a 10 year relationship so we’re the exception, right!?



50 Rachel September 29, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Hi Kath!

I had to write and say hi, because I live in San Jose, CA and was running a long training run in San Francisco on Sunday… and I saw you running down the Embarcadero (I was running in the opposite direction) From your blog, I knew you were in SF for the festival and recognized you right away – I had to laugh because it was such a coincidence. I didn’t want to interrupt either of our runs by saying hi and introducing myself, so thought I’d do it now.

Anyhow, I really enjoy reading your blog and hope you had a good time in SF. If you are ever back in town and have more time, I’d love to meet up for coffee or maybe a run :)


51 Kath September 29, 2009 at 3:51 pm


Hilarious!! You TOTALLY should have stopped me. How cool would that have been!? I am likely coming back in November for the Foodbuzz Festival, so maybe I’ll see you then.



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