Thank you for all the feedback with regard to the FTC issues and blogging from my last post. It seems that we are all pretty much in agreement that as long as a blogger is honest about what they are reviewing and where they got it from, the reviews can be pretty helpful. Personally, I know that a lot of the dietary changes I have made over the past 2 years have been as a result of blogger-recommended foods, and that includes both recipes and products. I am very grateful to the bloggers/PR professionals who do their research and know that the food they are reviewing/sending out is in line with the overarching theme of their sites.
As a result of all the hubbub, I am adding a disclaimer to the right side of my blog. From now on, any time I eat something that has been sent to me as a sample, it will be highlighted in green. That way, you all will know that I have not paid for it, whether it is the first time I try it or the fifth. Capish?!
I’m so excited to finally tell you about my weekend with Sarah! With all the BlogHer excitement, I wanted to make sure I could do it right. Two weeks ago, Sarah came to stay with me for the weekend. We have been blog/email/phone/Facebook friends for a little over a year now, and we thought it about time to meet “in real life”
(That’s us on a Chicago architecture boat tour!)
Sarah arrived on Friday night and we immediately got to gabbing about pretty much anything and everything. The next day, Saturday, was jam packed! We woke up around 8:00 and went to the gym before heading to Whole Foods to pick up some dinner supplies and sample some delicious gelato When we finally returned, I made Ebleskiver pancakes!
This was the first of two sets. I followed the recipe to a T and Sarah and I decided to fill half of them with blueberries and the other half with nut butter, per Aimee’s recommendation. We both agreed that the almond butter filling was definitely our favorite – thanks, Aimee!
After our filling breakfast, we headed out to explore the city. Our day included:
- The Harry Potter movie – I’m in love! Time to read the books all over again…
- Tour of Michigan Avenue (including The Bean!)
- Trip to ComedySportz
Last but not least, we also made a stop at YOGEN FRÜZ!
Holy delicious. Mara isn’t kidding around when she raves about this place on her blog! They had so many options to choose from. You can either blend it or top it (“it” being tart yogurt). I chose to blend plain tart yogurt with blueberries and blackberries, topping the whole thing with that just right amount of white chocolate chips. It was out of this world. They are moving near my apartment, too…uh oh! There goes the paycheck 😉 Just kidding, Bobby!
After our full day of fun, we headed back to my apartment and crashed. But the next day was just as fantastic – we woke up early and went for a nice 2-mile run around the city, came back and headed out to Tempo Cafe for breakfast. I’ve blogged about this place in the past – it is phenomenal.
Sarah and I both decided to go for the 3-egg omelettes, which arrive still in the pan! My choice was the Greek version, with feta, spinach and tomato.
The omelettes come atop a bed of delicious hash browns, and the whole meal is served with Greek toast and marmalade. You always leave this restaurant feeling satisfied!
After our meal, we walked around Michigan Avenue and made a stop at a few of the stores. We both picked up a cute new outfit from Forever XXI. Then it was time for the architectural tour!
I have been on a boat tour before, but the great thing about Chicago is that there is so much to look at, every tour has a slightly different twist to it. I learned a lot of interesting new tidbits. For example, did you know that Merchandise Mart (a single building in the city) has its very own zip code?
Before we knew it, our day was over and it was time to head to the airport.
Oh, but we made one very important stop along the way…
The new, GIGANTIC, Lincoln Park Whole Foods (click that link to see just how huge)! It reminded me of IKEA in size and scope – they even had those little cart escalators to get from one floor to the next. But the highlight for Sarah and me was the Make-Your-Own Trail Mix Bar. There was so much to choose from – everything from nuts and dried fruit to chocolate, ginger, and coconut…the list goes on! If you’re as crazy about Whole Foods as I am, you must pay this location a visit when you’re in town!
I had an absolute blast with Sarah, and although we never did get to make the dinner we picked up from Whole Foods, Bobby and I ended up using the ingredients for our own meal the next night.
(Teriyaki-glazed salmon with seasoned asparagus, red peppers and goat cheese).
I didn’t really use a recipe. I coated the salmon with 2 tbsp. teriyaki marinade, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, pepper and a dash of salt, then cooked it up in a skillet with olive oil for roughly 5 minutes, skin side up. I then flipped the salmon and waited for it to be completely firm – it turned out great! Meanwhile, Bobby cooked the asparagus and red pepper together in a pan with olive oil. Once they were done, I topped my veggies with goat cheese. It was a fabulous meal and took less than 20 minutes.
Sarah is a salmon extraordinaire, so I hope it met her criteria
Word in the ‘Sphere…
- FitnessMagazine.com is currently featuring a complete guide to yoga that includes workout videos, photos of the positions and answers to common yoga questions. Check out some of these crazy moves by clicking here. I don’t know if it’s possible for me to bend that way! Thanks to Nathan for letting me know about it.
I hope you all have a terrific Tuesday!