Sunday, October 19, 2014

Texas Veggie Fair 2014! The Good, the Bad, the Delicious!

Aaron and I headed to the Texas Veggie Fair today here in Dallas.  We were very pleased that there was $5 parking at one of the downtown American Airlines Center parking garages.  We walked the half mile to the Reverchon Park fairgrounds down the beautiful Katy Trail.  Aaron was so impressed with it's cleanliness and structure that he observed that it "felt like the zoo when you're walking in between exhibits," and I had to agree.


Friday, September 12, 2014

REVIEW: INBar Food Bars

Holy INbars, Batman!
Recently my friend Ashley sent me a box of INBar food bars.  I'm not talking like a handful of flavors to try either; my beloved sent me a handful of each flavor to try... about 30 bars in total.  As usual when I get mail, I was like a kid on Christmas, shoving my new gifts in Aaron's face and saying things like, "CHERRY CHOCOLATE?!  I bet that is so good!  Doesn't that sound good baby?!" to which he had to reply an enthusiastic and satisfactory yes to before I would go on to describing the next ultra exciting flavor... my poor boyfriend.  He is a good sport though and tried all of the flavors at least once.  Well, the exception that is the Chocolate Mint; he apparently doesn't care for "minty things" (which translates roughly to "more for me").

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Vegan Cuts Box Review!

I recently received a Vegan Cuts Box to review the same weekend as my birthday.  I was super excited because I haven't gotten a Vegan Cuts Box in at least two years.

What was in my box?


Monday, July 14, 2014

TRAINING: My First 5k!

The title is kind of cheating.. yes it's a 5k, but like so many 5ks, it's a fun run.  We're doing the Neon Dash 5k on September 20th.  How do I feel about my upcoming first 5k?

I'm really excited!  I haven't been training the way I should, but I'm still guardedly optimistic.  Aaron and I have been adjusting to what my co-worker (and fellow runner) Rachael calls "married life".  We don't quite have a routine yet, so our gym visits have been sparse.  I haven't gone running in a couple of weeks and it scares me.  I still walk my usual 1.4 miles to work everyday, but Aaron has been picking me up in the evenings.  I would run to work, but it's simply been to hot.  On average, it's 86-90 degrees when I'm walking to work.  I live in Texas.

Am I worried?  Absolutely not.  I know I can run two miles solid at a good 10 minute pace.  Even if it takes me 30 minutes to run this thing, I know I have the endurance because I do at least that on the elliptical as a cardio warm up.  Should I be training more?  Yes.  Actual running, outside or on a treadmill would be ideal.  We all know that running and the elliptical aren't even comparable outside of the fact that both get your heart pumping.

Being completely honest, I'm most excited about decided what to wear race day!  I've never ran a 5k and I'm super excited to get out there, dress in all white, and get covered in Neon goo!  I own so many neon accessories from my goth/industrial club days that I'm excited to get them out and show them some love.  The main debate I'm having with myself is the consequences of running three miles in Chucks.  You know, Converse All Stars.. the flattest shoe ever?  I have some that are neon yellow, but it just seems like a terrible idea.

I'm also pretty excited about dressing Aaron up. *insert evil laughter here*

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

REVIEW: True Nutrition ModCarb™

This came in the mail the week before I left for Ohio.  It arrived with a few other items that I didn't get to try before I left, but this one couldn't wait.  I'd been looking at ModCarb™ for a possible pre-workout.  Since True Nutrition has a custom generator that allows you to make your perfect formula, I was looking to put together a pre-workout with 10% protein and around 90% carbohydrate.  I didn't just want something that would burn off fast or give me jitters (sugars).  ModCarb™ is fitting my needs perfectly.

Reviews coming soon of the other bags seen here!

I LOVE how this works as a pre-workout.  I use this in my morning coffee before work and I feel amazing until my break.  No crashing and no jitters, just pure energy.  It translates into my workouts too.  I love how it feels when this kick ins.  I don't feel shaky or jittery, just ready to do some work!  It's really perfect.  I've tried several pre-workouts that made me feel dizzy, jittery, or even like I was going to throw up.

The flavor on it is great and the texture is perfect.  It's totally soluble and the texture adds something to my coffee that I can't explain.  It definitely gives it more of that thick latte texture I was looking for.  It absorbed easily in water, coffee, and in soymilk.  I use a Blender Bottle™.  The flavor I got was the TrueFlavor™ Vanilla Cake Batter and it is delicious.  Nothing fake or synthetic tasting, it just tastes exactly like what you'd expect from a Vanilla Cake Batter.  Even though it's a dessert flavor by definition, it's not cloyingly sweet; for those of you who hate overly sweet powders, you'll love this flavor option.  It's sweetened with Stevia.

Nutritional Breakdown:
ModCarb™ TrueFlavor™ Vanilla Cake Batter
Serving Size: 30g
Calories: 125
Total Fat: 2g
Total Carbohydrate: 21.7g
Protein: 5g

Here it's mixed with 12 oz of coffee, 4 oz milk substitute
and gelatinized maca powder.

Want to get a discount on your order?  Use the coupon code "BBE100".

Disclaimer: I was sent these items to try by True Nutrition.  This does not effect my opinion, and I am encouraged to share an honest review.  Big thanks to Carl & True Nutrition!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

True Nutrition's Custom Oatmeal Generator is the Best!

Carl from True Nutrition recently asked me to try out the new Custom Oatmeal Generator (use code BBE100 for a discount).  As a huge fan of the Custom Mix Generators, I was stoked.  True Nutrition is already one of my favorite companies for their wide range of vegan proteins and supplements, friendly and helpful staff, and unique Custom Mix Generator.  I use their Custom Mix Generator to create my preworkout/postworkout as well as my protein shakes.  I love the versatility of the brand and how many options there are, even as a vegan.

The Custom Oatmeal Generator is honestly just as awesome to use.  I played with it a little before deciding what I wanted to try, and spoke with Carl for his suggestions.  Carl is always full of helpful information and has more than once steered me in the right direction when I wasn't sure what to do (and even a few times when I thought I knew what I was doing...)


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Aaron Visits Dallas

NOTE:  Want to see this in photo form?  Check out my instagram.

What a week of eating, sleeping and love.  Aaron came to visit me in Dallas for 8 days.  I'm trying to sell him on Texas and he's wooing me.  Those two things lead to a very wonderful week together.

SATURDAY, MAY 24TH:

He arrived on Saturday, May 24th.  Before he came to me, Dimple took me to Ascension Coffee in the Arts District.  It was a true Chai and a little bitter for my tastes, but definitely the most authentic Chai I have every tasted.  I drank it, but I wish I had added a little sweetener.  If you've ever met me, you know I love sweet.

We met him at the airport and then did a little shopping.  Dimple is my favorite shopping partner, hands down.  She's the friend that will tell you something looks awful, and encourage you to try on a fluffy homecoming dress for fun.  She's the best.  From there, Aaron and I got Taco Cabana as a snack because neither of us had eaten that day, but we were getting food later that night.  We went home and got ready, and headed out to meet Paul for sushi at Sushi Zushi under Dimple's recommendation.  Again, have I mentioned that Dimple is the best?

Sushi Zushi was delicious.  Aaron and I split some vegan sushi; a Tropical Roll, an avocado roll and one other roll that I can't remember the name of.  We also ordered Tofu Yakiudon.. Aaron loves udon.  It was delicious and even Paul said he would come back.  Paul rarely visits the same sushi place twice, so that is a huge compliment.

We attempted to go to Bowl Lounge, but they said it would be an hour and a half wait, and it was already 11pm.

SUNDAY, MAY 25TH:

We started our morning by sleeping way, way in.  It was wonderful.  Around 3pm we found ourselves at Cici's pizza, starving.  We inhaled some food and headed to Half Price Books so Aaron could see the flagship store.  I picked up a Cortana Pop! figure for my love, Lisa.  We went out that evening with Paul and saw X-Men: Days of Future Past at Studio Movie Grill on Royal.  The movie was great and the black bean burger at Studio Movie Grill was delicous.  I loved the sweet potato fries.

MONDAY, MAY 26TH THROUGH THURSDAY, MAY 29TH:

I had to work long shifts these days, so Aaron was very patient with my schedule and did some independent exploring, and hung out with Paul.  He also visited me on my lunches at work.  We ate the delicious Greenhouse Market at the mall, had Puciago for dessert, and a few times after work, we went to late night food options.  One night we visted Velvet Taco, which again, Dimple had told me about.  As always, it was amazing.  Another night, we visited a place he and Paul had found called Trinity Hall.  It was an Irish pub with vegan options.. heaven.  We even had vegan brownie cheesecake for dessert.  It was amazing.  Thursday, we got a vegan pizza from Whole Foods and I ate half of it and went into a carb coma.  Yes.. it was good.

FRIDAY, MAY 30TH:

Friday I was off!  We woke up late and went to work out.  We also wondered around looking for food, and ended up giving up and decided to see an earlier showing of Maleficent instead.  Paul joined us at Studio Movie Grill on Technology Blvd.  The theater was better, but the service was considerably worse.  It took us over an hour to get drinks.. that was after food, and with us asking three different servers to please bring them to us.  It was disappointing, but the movie was great.  Second Disney movie I've seen recently where the Princess isn't saved by a Prince.  I am loving the direction Disney has been going... exploring that there is more than the love between a man and a woman.

We went to Half Price Books again, but this time, Aaron and Paul wondered off to look at nerdy things while I looked at skincare books.  We got chai teas and Aaron was impressed.  I love their chai so much.

We came back to the house and opened the Cards Against Humanity and played that for a while before we headed to Lower Greeneville.  Caroline joined us just before leaving.  We went to Truck Yard for a few minutes, but it was honestly too packed to be pleasant, and we left as soon as Aaron finished his beer.  Paige and Prem met us at Truck Yard.  We headed to the Libertine and got food.  I had their seitan tacos in the past and they were great.. they've since changed them and they're just bland now.  They're served with just cabbage and hot sauce, and in order to get enough flavor and cut the dryness, you have to use too much hot sauce and the heat is too much.  I was disappointed, but Aaron liked them.  We bounced around Lower Greeneville a little longer, but then we decided to head back to the house and play more Cards.

SATURDAY, MAY 31ST:

Aaron deemed Saturday lazy day.  We slept in, ran a few errands, and got groceries for the day.  Paul joined us to play Cards, watch anime, and generally nerd out.  I made curry with cauliflower rice and it was delicious.  I also tried Nada Moo for the first time in the Chai flavor and it reminded me of Half Price Books / Black Forest Cafe's Chai.  So delicous!!  It was, overall, just a nice preview of the days to come when Aaron really gets to move here.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1ST:

We slept in, we cuddled, and we said good bye.  I don't want to say goodbye.  Let's say.. see you soon.