In bullet point form, because I can’t come up with a witty introduction.
– On Friday, Erin hosted a mixology class to celebrate her birthday. Since my alcohol preparation up to this point has followed either the “find bottle opener, open bottle” or “find waitstaff or bartender, order drink” method, I had absolutely zero idea how to put together a cocktail. Fortunately, Revae Schneider of Femme du Coupe more than knows her way around the other side of the bar and taught us all sorts of things about making cocktails. Biggest takeaways: always start your cocktail with the cheapest ingredients, so it’s not the end of the world if you mess up, and you should always shake a drink that involves citrus to insure maximum break-up-age of the citrusy ingredients (<– technical terminology). We made three tasty cocktails and the whole thing honestly gave me a much greater respect for bartenders and cocktails in general. There’s way more that goes into it than I ever realized, and I really enjoyed learning about mixology!
– On Saturday morning, I trekked over to the north side of the West Loop (which is just the weirdest area of Chicago in my opinion, since it’s simultaneously OMGSOTRENDY and somewhat gritty. I don’t get Randolph Street.) to the Centered Chef for a CARA member appreciation event, Namaste and Nosh. As the name suggests, this was both a yoga and food event. I’ve recently gotten more into yoga (relatively speaking…as in, I have done yoga more than once over the past month), but my “practice” has been strictly of the DVD variety. It was nice to have a real teacher for a change!
After yoga, Ryan Hutmacher, aka the Centered Chef, walked us through two soup recipes. Again, this is something I knew nothing about, since my soup creation usually involves a crock pot. He made us a fantastic southwest black bean soup (super hearty with a little kick — perfect for winter!) and a curry…something, something. It had red lentils in it. Haha. But regardless, an awesome event, and it was free! Hooray CARA!
I also had my first Quest bar at Namaste and Nosh, and…I don’t get it. It seems like every blogger in Blogland has been all OMG QUEST BARS 4 LYFE for the better half of the past year, but I was kind of underwhelmed? I even had the cookie dough once since it’s supposed to be so good, but man…not something I intend to spend my money on, that’s for sure. I mean, it wasn’t bad, and I ate the whole thing. I guess it just wasn’t as life-changing as I anticipated.
– I had sushi twice this weekend. Before Friday, I had had sushi exactly two times in my life. So there’s that. Not gonna lie, the whole raw fish thing still skeeves me out, but both the sushi I had at Erin’s on Friday and the sushi I had when I went out for dinner with a friend on Saturday were fabulous. Pushing major boundaries here, people.
– Trader Joe’s on Saturday afternoon is my hell.
I’ve been to TJ’s on Saturday afternoons before, but I’ve never encountered lines like this. You would’ve thought the apocalypse was coming. I normally wait in line for, oh, maybe five minutes at Trader Joe’s, worst case scenario. I waited for 20 minutes in the express lane on Saturday. What?
– I went to two hours worth of dance classes on Saturday afternoon (they were free!). In what might have been the most important lesson of all this weekend, I learned that my calves do not hold up to that kind of intense activity well. They also do not respond well to me following up said intense activity with a “long” (four miles) run the following afternoon and even more so do not respond well to another run 24 hours later. I now have two ropes where my calves used to be. And lots of pain 😦 Boo hiss.
How was your weekend?
But really though. Why was Trader Joe’s out of control on Saturday? I thought Sunday evening was the stupid busy time at TJ’s!