Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Goose Island Brewery

This past weekend we got to try the Goose Island Brewery downtown! We went with some friends for their one year anniversary. Obviously, all the guys could not wait to get their hands on some great beer. I couldn't either! I hardly ever drink beer but love the taste of it. I stole about 5 sips from 5 different beers over the course of the night...my favorite was a beer our friend got for 'dessert'. It was called Bourbon County Stout . According the website it is a 'liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer.' I tasted the chocolate more than anything else. It was delicious!

I made a protein smoothie before we left around 4 and it held me over until we finally ate around 8:30. I ordered sweet potato fries for an appetizer that came with 'curry catsup'. I love curry so I knew this ketchup would be awesome. It definitely was and we ordered extra just of the ketchup!!

For my entree I was hankering for a big salad but did not see anything on the menu that looked good. Our waitress was extremely friendly so I asked her if she could ask the chef to make me a salad with just about every vegetable they had. She was happy to oblige and brought me one of the best salads I have ever had from a restaurant. They piled high the veggies - tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes (!) , onions, leeks, fennel, avocado, and so many more that I can't even remember! Don't you love when chefs are more than happy to accommodate you?

We had to go to Costco to stock up on food this past weekend too. Love how cheap their bananas are - only a $1.32 for a big bag. I got kiwis, melon, apricots, peaches, tomatoes, and unpictured organic strawberries and raspberries. I freeze a lot of my fruit to use in smoothies. Frozen fruit makes all the difference.

I am still trying to use up all my veggies from the farmer's market! This salad I made had a gazillion pounds of lettuce underneath all those veggies! I topped it with tomatoes, cucumbers, snap peas, green onions, mustard and Annie's Italian dressing. YUM.
With a side of Ezekiel bread and Earth Balance. Haha - don't pay any attention to that piece I cut out. There was an unidentified white spot that I couldn't be sure was mold or not and instead of throwing the bread away like a normal person, I ate around it. I hate wasting food and I don't think a little mold killed anyone right? Right? :-/

Blackberries and peaches for dessert!

You may have noticed I don't talk a lot about exercising here. Well, there's a good reason for that. I don't! Haha. I go in spurts, honestly. I was a member of a gym and for awhile D and I went all the time together. I loved it - I get really into exercise when I actually do it. But somewhere along the way I stopped and you know how hard it is to get back into exercise after stopping for some time. Well I joined a gym close to my work and I'm excited to start back up again. To show I'm serious this time I taped my Elliptical workout on this cardboard so I can take it with me and it won't get all bent up. I used to do this workout before and I LOVE it. Its high intensity and it gets you sweating in no time.

Well I'm headed to a work lunch. See ya later gators!


  1. Ahh that beer sounds amazing!! I love beer, but never order it either for some reason. The good brews are so much better than the run of the mill Coors, Miller, etc.

    That looks like a great elliptical workout! I've been doing way more HIIT recently and it always feels so great!

  2. Haha no worries about the mold, I dug into a pint of raspberries the other day and then realized AFTER eating them that many of them had had tiny bits of mold on them.... oh well ;)