Archive for May 4th, 2012

A Seafood Smorgasbord!!!

Is what Elissia and I DEVOURED last night at dinner, as well as the final meal to my first WIAW!

We made a last-minute decision to try Douro, a Portuguese-inspired Mediterranean restaurant

We chose…wisely.

Douro was fabulous! The perfect location for a girls’ tete-a-tete after way too long apart!

We sat at the bar and each started a with crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

–> holy grail located<–

We finally took a hot second to catch our breath and peruse the menu. Elissia and I share a weakness for Mediterranean food and everything sounded good!

We ended up splitting a bunch of generously portioned appetizers.

Eyes = stomach

The mood lighting at Douro was rather dark and sultry, but the seafood plates took to it swimmingly! (went there)

Garlic Shrimp with lemon in piri shrimp broth

Spicy Char-Grilled Tuna–Best of the bunch

Grilled calamari with arugula, lemon and sea salt

In addition, we ordered  a plate of deliciously seasoned mushrooms and a spinach salad with dried cranberries and a honey-balsamic vinaigrette.

This was a meal where I could FEEL the energy and nourishment that the fresh ingredients were providing as I ate them (a lil’ friend TLC never hurts either :)). Between the two of us, there was not a speck of food left in sight.

My time with Elissia was wonderful as always–girl gives the best advice! Within five minutes of parting ways, we’d settled on a date for our next get-together.

I was still full when I got home, but I had an itch somethin’ MIGHTY for dessert!

Crying and cooing all the while, I took down the last of my 1-2-3 Cake

Gone but not forgotten.

I stayed up for a bit for some blog luv and ended up munching on unsulphured dried apricots and a PB & J Bar, both of which tasted incredible to my palate. Finally hit the hay with a full, happy belly :).

Today and tonight flew by, but there were a few highlights!

Haagen Daz ice cream cake for my friend/coworker Emily’s birthday! Had about half of this guy (read: the chocolate) before throwing in the towel. Not a great time for a sugar coma.

And best best BEST of all, I had a gym date tonight with my amazing friend Frances! Time with Frankie always leaves me with a smile, feeling so lucky to have her in my life.

I recently spotted this total body workout on fitsugar.com, and we gave ‘er a whirl tonight!

This workout was BOMB.We both really enjoyed the strength/cardio mixture, and we were sweaty messes by the end! We started with a 5 minute treadmill warm-up, and then completed the entire series 2x. We used 7.5 lb weights and switched out the dips for other tricep exercises. Stayed true to text other than that!

We got about halfway through a third round when, as Frances so aptly put it, “we were rudely interrupted by a frat boy who thought he was a gladiator”. Some dude nearby had started swinging what appeared to be a medieval torture device?!

Equinox stays ahead of the curve.

Sensing imminent danger, we decided we were more than happy to call it quits. I think the Fab 15 might be my new favorite circuit workout though!

Looking back on this post, I’m not sure where the medieval theme came from…but I dig it.

I’m off to whip up an awesome quick recipe that I’ll be sharing with you guys tomorrow :). See you anon!


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