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Eat Ski Eat – Vail (One Month Late)

I’m not going to lie – vacations for me are almost always about the food.  It’s how I like to travel – going from restaurant to restaurant to little cafes, trying all the local fare.

So here we are – one month later, but I couldn’t help but still post pictures of the food and a few adventures in Vail from my little family vacation (beware – massive photo dump ahead):

sushi & japanese food at Yama:

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^best dish of the night.  Colorado bass sashimi.

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Hey, leetle seester.

Amazing dinner at the Larkspur.

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Our yearly lentil stew – I always love this recipe.

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Some cliffs we skied:

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Thanks for taking me down that one, mom.

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Another fantastic meal on the mountain at Game Creek Inn:

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(mmm chocolate)

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yup, we took a snow cat to dinner.

German lunch at Alpenrose:

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Delicious fresh dinner at Montauk Seafood Grill:

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Chillin’ at Blue Sky Basin:

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Chili and cornbread for lunch…

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I love this combo.

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Mmm spicy mocha lattes.

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And more chili and cornbread.

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Egg sandwiches for the road

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Hello, tent (aka Denver airport)

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Look what I found at the airport!

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Goodbye Colorado!  See you soon.

Do you eat your way through vacations?

Where was the last place you visited? What was the best meal you had there?

Foodieful Finds – NYC Faves

It’s only just starting to sink in.  By this time next week it will be September.  What.

I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to summer yet, but that’s all find and dandy, because I’m headed back to the midwest at the end of the week for a beach weekend in Indiana and some family time in Chicago.

Anyway, I was looking through my photos, and care across a whole slew of them that were originally destined for Instagram but never made it.  The first batch – favorite foodie spots in NYC.

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Back in June, I spent a small fortune on dinner – at Feast in the east village.  I think this is the most amount of money I have ever spent on a meal, but it was also one of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life.  Hefty claim, yes, but I only wish the lighting was better inside the restaurant so I could have accurately captured my meal’s amazingness.

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We (I went with my friend Erin) did the farmer’s market feast – the vegetarian one – which was two courses plus dessert.  Except that each plate was a course in and of itself, so this was more like a 7 course meal!  SO worth it.  NYC-ers, if you have a few dollars to burn on an excellent meal, go here.  Like, yesterday.

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Stumptown cappuccino!  Working at a cafe has seriously heightened my appreciation for good coffee, so I make it a point to try all the best places in the city if I’m in the neighborhood.

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Froyo.  On a whim, pure indulgence, delicious.  I found a place that has chocolate rocks in their topping selection! And toasted marshmallow froyo. And peanut butter chips, and ghirardelli hot fudge.  I died.

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Gelato at Amorino.  Amaretto, speculoos, and chocolate hazelnut.  The stomachache was worth it.

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Juice generation! Acai bowls!  I know I only have one photo right now to prove it, but I usually treat myself to an acai bowl or smoothie a couple times a month.  Or maybe more… So delicious. (I have professed my love for JG countless times on instagram.  and here.)

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Bubble tea!  I’m doing some work near Chinatown, and seeing bubble tea everywhere made me want it.  Craving, satisfied.

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Treat lunch from the downtown Peacefood.  Once a week, I splurge on a restaurant lunch, and I was craving a really good, vegan sandwich.  This tempeh avocado sandwich hit the spot!

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I also grabbed a slice of peanut butter “cheesecake” for later.  Not quite as peanut butter-y as I would have liked, but delicious nonetheless.

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O Cafe – my new favorite work/coffee spot! The place is South American, with a focus on quality coffee and sustainability.  And really delicious food. Right up my alley!  This day – soy capp and a veggie frittata.

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The best so far – iced coffee with soy milk and ricotta toast.  With pumpkin seeds and honey.  I think this was my favorite because I was full for hours after.

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Hot and cold – americano and Acai.  Their sprouted granola is amazing, but my only complaint is that there was not nearly enough of it – by the time I got halfway down the cup, the granola was gone, and my acai was melted.  Boo.

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Margaritas at Agave.  On a whim, best decision ever. Side note – I need to back here for a full meal.  Need.

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The TLT wrap at S’Nice.  What can I say, I like my vegan tempeh sandwiches!

Some of my favorite meals this summer, though were the ones that went totally un-documented.  Delicious Indian, Chinese, and thai food, breakfasts, coffee meetings, and family dinners – but those were more about the company.

What was your favorite new foodie spot in your city this summer?

Cook Once Eat Twice

I need to do this more often.  It’s amazing how much time you can save by cooking two meals at once.

There are a few schools of thought when it comes to preparing healthy meals ahead of time.   Many people out there choose to prep a ton of ingredients and basics once a week, making it easy to throw something together quickly and easily.

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I tried that.  It lasted a hot second.  I found that I often did not want to eat any of the things I had prepared, so I would end up spending time in the kitchen anyway.  I work weekends as well, so by the time Sunday evening rolls around I’m much too tired to spend hours in the kitchen preparing food for the week.  I also find chopping veggies and cooking to be therapeutic after a long day, and honestly don’t mind spending a little time in the kitchen each day.

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So, while weekly meal prep is not for me, I do like to have my lunch packed ahead of time.  Otherwise, I will spend too much money on a lunch out.  I’m not usually tempted to go with something indulgent (hey, I like my fresh foods and salads!), but it will eventually break the bank.

I’m so not a morning person, so there’s no way I’m going to pack my lunch in the morning.  My solution?

Cook once, eat twice.

I know I’m not the first to suggest this, but it’s really worked for me.  When cooking my dinner, I make double the amount I normally would (I’m used to cooking for one).  Then, when plating my dinner, I immediately put the second portion in a container for lunch the next day.

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Like I did with this simple baked salmon and fennel, served with quinoa and steamed kale (tahini sauce added later).  So easy!

Again, with some summer rolls:

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I didn’t have to spend any extra time before bed making lunch, and didn’t have to sacrifice any of my precious morning sleep time.

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I just made double, and set it aside as I plated my dinner.

Simple as that.

Do you do a weekly meal prep?

Do you pack your lunch? Night before, or morning of?

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