Eating Minneapolis

By August 22, 2014 Nom Noms, Travels
University of Minnesota West Bank Campus, Minneapolis,

End of June post from when I went to Minnesota for business coming atcha!

*flashback music and wave ripples*

Well. I successfully ate and drank my way through Minneapolis. And loved every unhealthy, unclean moment of it!

I made a conscious decision going into this trip that I would set aside all vegan and clean eating beliefs for the week and just enjoy myself without guilt. Plus, I hadn’t had a chance to try midwestern craft beers, so I had to do my due diligence and see how they stacked up against Birmingham beers. New city, new tastes to explore, right? Kind of a backwards approach at a wellness conference, but whatevs.

So come along with me on my week of wonderful, naughty noms:

I texted my friend Caitlin mid-long run on Friday morning telling her that I wanted the best of the best of food the moment I landed. And boy, did she deliver!

University of Minnesota West Bank Campus, Minneapolis,

I got off the plane and dove straight into this little bit of brunch heaven

University of Minnesota West Bank Campus, Minneapolis,

Fried cheese curds – like mozzarella sticks, but squeakier and better

University of Minnesota West Bank Campus, Minneapolis,  Juicy Lucy

Minneapolis is known for their Juicy Lucy burgers – cows stuffed with cheese and happiness

University of Minnesota West Bank Campus, Minneapolis,

Caitlin’s boyfriend Juan is from Mexico, and introduced me to delicious spicy tamarind candy

University of Minnesota West Bank Campus, Minneapolis,

Caitlin and Juan cooked the best breakfast after our 22-mile bike ride around the city. Hosts of the year!

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Fresh salsa in the making – I am a “cilantro is crack” human

Once out of the ‘burbs and onto the University of Minnesota campus, I was on my own to search out some good, walkable eats.

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My coworker and I found a pub with yummy local beers because, priorities

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More fried squeaky cheese

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Curry veggie burger topped with pickled things that was out of this world

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I’m always on the lookout for the best Indian food ever. It wasn’t in Minneapolis.

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Nor was the sushi

Part of the conference experience was living in the dorms and eating in the dining hall.

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This is how the Freshman 15 occurs

I met Brady, a fellow runner and apparent food lover on Twitter. She had me at “let’s do a run and then eat popcorn!”

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Not sure if I’ve ever had better post-run noms

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Kickass ice cream with a fellow selfie lover

Caitlin and my birthdays are a day apart and happened to be last week, so naturally we had to celebrate.

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More local brews

University of Minnesota West Bank Campus, Minneapolis,

Trying all the salsa verde

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I learned that I love arepas and yucca fries

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Like, a lot

I’m home now and sleeping off my food coma. While this was great fun, I’m ready to get back to my rabbit lifestyle. As is my larger waistline.

All In Stride is Back on Track

By August 21, 2014 Ramblings
Great Smoky Mountain National Park, summer travels

Holy life, Batman. I cannot sit still in Birmingham for long enough to do my laundry, let alone to get my blog up to speed. Does this sound familiar? Oh right, I said this last month. And it got me nowhere. But, it’s been quite a summer! Since my last post, I spent a week in Salt Lake City, camped in the Smokies, and tackled mountains of work.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park, summer travels

Salt Lake City at sunset after a hell of a hike

I’m well aware that I don’t need to share every aspect and event in my life with the world. But I have posts from June (June!) that are written, and my writer’s OCD  won’t just let them go to waste. And this is my blog, dammit, so I can backtrack if I want to!

Great Smoky Mountain National Park, summer travels

Where the hubs and I camped in GSMNP

So this is your warning—over the next few weeks I’ll post a barrage of recaps from my summer travels. Because it’ll make my brain feel better. Sit back and enjoy the pics. If you get annoyed, there’s the door!

Great Smoky Mountain National Park, summer travels, Lake Blanche

Another Salt Lake sunset with new friends

Eating My Way Through the Mountains

By July 30, 2014 Nom Noms, Travels
The Big Orange, Little Rock, Oklahoma City, Sauced on Paseo, Mangy Moose, road trip food, Teton Village, Rendezvous, Dornan's Chuckwagon,

Do you know who hikes all day, every day for 9 straight days and gains weight? A glutton. Otherwise known as Tanya.

Jackson Hole, Teton Village, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, backpacking, camping, Teton Crest Trail, Cascade Canyon, road trip

Caught in a literal food coma – check out that bloated belly

Typically when we travel to a new place, I see it as a challenge to find the absolute best places to eat. No calorie wasted. No silly vegan diet. Every meal gets way too much research poured into it.

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Camp food meal planning at its finest

This time, I left the meal planning to the hubs. Not an easy task for a Type A person like myself. And boy did he knock it out of the park.

So sit down, undo the top button of your pants, and get ready for a mountain gastro-adventure:

The Road

While driving, we allowed ourselves one (or sometimes two if we were feeling fancy) meals out. The rest of the day was spent gnawing on jerky, chips, fruit, cereal, etc. So when we stopped, we made sure it was worthy of being our only real meal of the day.

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First stop – The Big Orange in Little Rock. Curry falafel burger with pickled veggies.

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Fun fact – if you want to win my heart, give me a rice krispie treat

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Oklahoma City knows how to do thin crust pizza

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Our one meal on Day 2 of travel was a winner – El Pinto in Albuquerque. Bryan Cranston’s fav restaurant. Be jealous.

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My Twitter buddy Logan was tasked with finding a delicious Salt Lake joint for us to gorge ourselves at. And it was fan-fucking-tastic, buddy!

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My Twitter/running/blogging friend Courtney recommended Cherry Cricket in Denver for burgers. Oh. Em. Gee.

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Desperate times called for desperate measures in Kansas

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I played all-out carnivore and tore into these ribs from Rendezvous in Memphis

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And ate the best pork sandwich ever out of my lap because I’m classy like that

The Mountains

 

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The hubs and I found a (new to us) pizza place in Jackson

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That had hands-down the best NY pizza we’ve ever had. Including in NYC.

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Breakfast burritos can be loved on all day long

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Despite all of my mouth-watering photos, most of our meals looked like this

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Or, more accurately, MREs at midnight

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Starbucks Via instant coffee – the worst thing you will ever put in your mouth

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High calorie, small food shoved into a bear canister for our backpacking excursion

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Water stop

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Gansta lunch break

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Back in the valley, we tore into our favorite chuckwagon place

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Where the food is magical and smoky and the best thing you’ll eat

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I literally said that I would eat their mashed potatoes until I threw up

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Anniversary moose wings

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Organic huckleberry crepes

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And last but not least, huckleberry ice cream was consumed at least one a day

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By this boy

Hungry yet?

#Sylvanroadtrip Part 2 – The Mountains

By July 29, 2014 Travels
Jackson Hole, Teton Village, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, backpacking, camping, Teton Crest Trail, Cascade Canyon, road trip

I think I’m getting the “Worst Blogger of the Month” award—I just couldn’t get my act together to get all these (already written!) posts out. But onward and upward, right? So as promised, here’s the second half of our trip:

Grand Teton National Park

I love it here. We’ve spent so many weeks in this park over the past few years that it feels like a second home. It’s small enough to not be overwhelming, but large enough to have something new to explore every time we return. Plus, the views! And bison! And moose! And chuck wagon food!  I swear I could live in a tent here forever. Preferably with a warm shower and bathroom nearby, but I can make do without.

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Wouldn’t you want to sit here forever too?

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Lots of peaceful mid-hike downtime on lakes

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Mormon Row never disappoints with stunning views before sunset

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I mean…

Jackson Hole, Teton Village, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, backpacking, camping, Teton Crest Trail, Cascade Canyon, road trip

Easily the highlight of the trip – finding a fox kit (!!!) outside our campsite

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Stuffed elk selfie!

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Jenny Lake

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Kayak cheesin’

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Every night we chased magnificent sunsets

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This over watching TV any day

Backpacking in the Tetons

The hubs and I have wanted to hike the Teton Crest Trail for years now, and we always get sidelined with too much snow on the mountain passes. This time, we decided on a whim to hike as far as we could get in North Fork and South Fork Cascade and backpack there for a few days. And it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. We were surrounded by mountains, wildflowers, and rivers, and each step was more breathtaking than the last.

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All smiles at mile 1 of 30(ish)

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Not so much after a quick 1,000+ feet of vertical climb with heavy packs in 90-degree heat

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What you see when you escape the crowds

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Things you don’t necessarily want to see – bull moose too close for comfort

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Dangling

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New life

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Happy hiker

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Christmas in July!

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So I may have fallen through the snow into a river for a moment…learned my lesson real quick – stay far away from the edge

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Total mindfuck – 90+ degrees and blazing hot on mountains of snow

Jackson Hole, Teton Village, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, backpacking, camping, Teton Crest Trail, Cascade Canyon, road trip

Don’t let the cute face fool you – these guys are mischievous thieves who tried to steal our pot and clothes, and climb into our tent

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Plopped down here for the night

Jackson Hole, Teton Village, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, backpacking, camping, Teton Crest Trail, Cascade Canyon, road trip

When the sun went down, it got a bit frigid

Yellowstone National Park

I don’t know why Yellowstone is always the forgotten-about stepchild to our trips to Wyoming, but it is. We always head there as an afterthought, reluctantly looking at the map and deciding where we want to hike and camp. Don’t get me wrong—it’s beautiful there. You really feel like you’ve stepped back in time in places (minus the crowds). It’s much grander and wilder than Teton NP, but it doesn’t feel as home-y. So we played around with the thermal features, drove through Hayden Valley, and promptly got stuck on the highway for an extra eight hours when an accident shut down the only way to leave the park. Womp.

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Why I love Yellowstone – you share the road with baby bison!

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Old-school tour bus

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Paid a visit to Grand Prismatic

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The Earth amazes me

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Hayden Valley

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Being trapped in the park was very Walking Dead-esque for a bit

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But we were treated to yet another stunning sunset

The Road Home

Leaving the mountains is always tough. You know you’re about to be pulled from your cozy tent and lack of Internet access and responsibilities and thrown back into the fast-paced, technology-driven, real world. Bleh. So we handle it like one rips off a band-aid—get it over with quickly. We left Jackson on Friday afternoon and were in the ‘Ham by Saturday night. No fun photo stops or videos or even sleeping save for food in Denver and Memphis and a catnap outside Salina, Kansas.

Jackson Hole, Teton Village, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, backpacking, camping, Teton Crest Trail, Cascade Canyon, road trip

Goodbye, big sky and snow fences

Jackson Hole, Teton Village, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, backpacking, camping, Teton Crest Trail, Cascade Canyon, road trip

Cloud porn

Jackson Hole, Teton Village, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, backpacking, camping, Teton Crest Trail, Cascade Canyon, road trip

Some of the worst storms I’ve ever driven through – we later found out the system had tornadoes, killed a hiker in Rocky Mountain NP, and wreaked havoc on Hardrock 100

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Ole!

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Walking in Memphis

Jackson Hole, Teton Village, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, backpacking, camping, Teton Crest Trail, Cascade Canyon, road trip

Best ribs ever

So that’s the trip in a small but picturesque nutshell. Hope you enjoyed the ride!

#Sylvanroadtrip Part 1 – The Road

By July 18, 2014 Travels
road trip, Arches National Park, Monument Valley, Prius, summer travel,

This summer, traveling is for serious. I whined about it the other day, but it’s all been (and will continue to be) a blast. I had just gotten back from a business trip to Minneapolis when a millisecond later we turned around and headed west for this year’s summer adventure. 10 days, 14 states, and 4,850 miles later, I have a tent-load of photos to share.

I have so many wonderful memories and stories to tell, but when I sat down to write it all out, I felt like my words weren’t doing the trip justice. So I’ll let the pictures do the talking for me. To save you from pages that won’t load and endless scrolling, I’ll break the trip up into a few posts—the road, the trails, and the food.

Without further ado, here’s a glimpse of road tripping, Sylvan-style:

Day 1—BHM>OK

Full of excitement and caffeine, the hubs and I took a million and one photos and videos of the Arkansas and Oklahoma countryside. Plain, but pretty. We stopped for food in Little Rock and Oklahoma City and realized something—they were just like Birmingham. Empty. As in, where are all the people and should we get off the streets too? After being so familiar with NYC all my life, it perplexes me when a major city isn’t hustling and bustling.

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Peace out, Bham!

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Ever wonder what the highways of Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, or Arkansas look like? A lot of this.

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The hubs lost all selfie-shaming privileges when he took this shot

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Totally stealing this medicine bottle vase idea

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Gas station cows

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Stumbled upon the arts district in Oklahoma City

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Oklahoma City bombing memorial

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Many OKC Marathon runners leave their bibs on the memorial wall

Day 2—Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah

The entire purpose for going a roundabout way to Wyoming was to cross some new states off our list (9 states to go!). Having never been to New Mexico or Utah, I was excited to see nothingness and red rocks and an alien and Walter White. Which we did. Except for the alien. Albuquerque seemed like a fun city, and Monument Valley in Utah was simply amazing. I must have sounded like a broken record— “how did that happen? This is incredible!”

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Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo, TX

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Things you can’t see from the window of a plane

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Route 66 in New Mexico

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Stopped to watch a storm form over some New Mexico mountains

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Seen outside Albuquerque. I shit you not. Hey, Walter!

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Monument Valley, UT

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In his element

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The Mitten

Day 3—UT>WY

Ah, the home stretch. We woke up in Moab amidst the coolest rock formations I had ever seen, and played around in Arches National Park for the morning. Again, how?! How does a rock turn into a gigantic arch? I actually think my exact, sleep-deprived words were “EARTH IS COOL!” We made a pitstop in Salt Lake for lunch with Twitter friend Logan (Have you noticed a trend? All my friends are from Twitter?), then high-tailed it into Grand Teton National Park just in time for sunset.

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Cairns make me happy

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Delicate Arch

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Epic scenery selfie

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I got my runs in whenever I could

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Because how could you not want to run here all day long?

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Double Arch – HOW?!

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Wasatch foothills in Utah

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“Sorry Logan I have to hang up. There are WINDMILLS on the mountains!”

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Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City

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Literally chasing the sunset at 9:45 pm in Wyoming

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Home at last

If I haven’t bored you yet, stay tuned for mountain photos!

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