75% dark chocolate? Um, yes please! A week after being in Costa Rica on a Spring Break vacation, we bought Costa Rican chocolate from the owner of Tuanis Chocolate in Chicago. The owners are a husband/wife team, and she's Costa Rican. They have a home on the Caribbean side, in the south.
We did not eat or buy any Sacred Serve ice cream, but chatted with the owner and got a list of where to buy it in our neighborhood. (Overflow and Go Grocer in the South Loop!)
Pleasant House Pub was an instant favorite of mine since the first time I went. It's the closest I've come to Australian meat pies I grew up eating. SOOO GOOOD. They are based in The Plant, and have a beautiful restaurant space at 2119 South Halsted Street. They make and serve pizza for the Tap Room in The Plant, and offer pizza's after noon during the Farmers Market.
I love, love, love Bike a Bee! In the summer of 2012 Jana Kinsman placed ten beehives at eight different community gardens and urban farms all over the city. With the help of apprentices and friends, she tended to the beehives by bicycle all summer long. Bike a Bee also visited schools and summer camps, teaching kids about the importance of pollinators. She was not at the farmers market when we were there, but her honey is for sale (and we bought some) in The Plant gift shop.
I only wear leggings to work out, but have plenty of friends who "do yoga" by sitting on their couch, drinking wine, in legging. 😂
It's *so* spot on—we're still not over it 😂
One of the companies we talked to was Sitka Salmon Shares. It's like a CSA, but you're investing in Alaskan fisherpeople. They catch your fish, one at a time, with lots of love and care. The fish is then landed swiftly in Sitka or Juneau. There, it’s individually portioned, vacuum-sealed and blast-frozen to lock in that just-caught taste, and shipped to your door.
Fun outing this weekend! We went to The Plant in Back of the Yards. They have a Famers Market the first Saturday of the month. I'm going to post more information about out experience and the companies we chatted with on future posts. Stay tuned!
I keep forgetting about turmeric. Until I remember, and then I put it on everything! Ha. Hopefully this can help you keep turmeric front of mind.
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Imperfect Produce is coming to Indy! It's simple: sign up, select what fruits or veggies you'd like in your delivery, and save these perfectly fine - but weird looking - produce from being wasted. A delicious win/win.
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A friend of mine ran the Shamrock Shuffle last weekend and asked me to meet her at the finish line for a beer. She's not a runner, and I asked what made her decide to do the 8K. The run was part of her #disrupt50, as she's turning 50 next month. She said she watched her friends turn 50, and many of them didn't celebrate the birthday, and didn't want to discuss or acknowledge they were turning 50. Her approach was to think "what do I want to get out of the next decade, and how do I get there?" She realized she wanted to be fit, so she joined Orange Theory, started lifting weights, and trained for this run. I'm proud for her, and love her hashtag!
She had several other activities on her #disruput50 list, which I love, but I wanted to share this health focused one.
I'm reading Barbara Kingsolver's book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle right now. She talks about how folks don't really know where their food comes from. For example, kids who eat chicken nuggets don't realize the chicken it came from a once cute living animal. I thought this video fits in appropriately with my reading. Ha!!
I work out before work 2-3 times a week. My personal additions to this list are for #1,2 and 3, I announce to my family that I'm going to bed so I can get up early in the morning. Then no one comes to me with drama at 10 pm.
I would add to #5 "put your workout clothes in the bathroom the night before". Also, put out your water bottle, keys and gym shoes the night before. If you're tight no time for breakfast after your workout, prepare your breakfast the night before. (Overnight oats, scramble some eggs, or make your smoothie).
I can assure you, you'll feel like you've accomplished so much by the time you roll into work.
After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris *knew* he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, he realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business, but had also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out. Dan wrote 10% Happier because, when he was getting started as a meditator, he couldn't find many introductory books that were geared towards skeptics -or people raised in the age of irony.
I heard Danica Patrick interviewed on Dan Harris' podcast, 10% Happier. I was intregued by what she had to say about meditation and mindfulness, so I borrowed the book from the library. My informal review is the mindfulness chapters are great for beginners. The workouts seem super intense and personally, I don't think everyone ought to be doing intense workouts. The food plan seems, I don't know, too rigid? My attitude about eating well is remove the junk and eat whole foods. It doesn't need to be a rigid plan. I encourage you to be curious, check it out, see if it seems like a good plan for you. Then, get moving and eat well!
P.S. I learned through reading the book that Danica lives part time in downtown Chicago. I am totally going to freak out if I ever run into her! But I have a feeling I can't afford to hang out where she hangs out.