Eats, Drinks, and Rides

May 18, 2010

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a great Monday. Welcome to Tuesday. Since I was busy busy yesterday, and a little burned out of internet games, I decided to take a break from blog writing and read a few of my favorites instead. But, of course, since this is my “Blog Monday” you get to recap my weekend filled with delicious adventures.

First, as you already know if you read Sunday’s post, I made my entry into Sweetly Raw‘s Raw Ice Cream Challenge. Ok, this was seriously a fun challenge! I get to make a cool, creative, raw, dessert and I get to eat it. Life is just grand this way.

Hello, Delicious!!!!

Rewind to Saturday, with a meetup.com group outing. (If you haven’t checked out meetup.com before, please do. This is a wonderful way to meet others and to get out in the sun and play!) Mama Samaan and I joined about 17 others in a 26.5 (round trip) mile bike ride out to a local winery, and back. Once we arrived at the winery, we had a potluck/snack/picnic and enjoyed a bit of wine tasting. Great weekend to go too… the winery was having an event so tastings were freeeeee.

This is the Cork ‘N Bottle event. You bring your own, clean wine bottle (or buy one for 50 cents) and they fill it, label it (with their label or your own!), and you’re done. Super cool and only $4 a bottle. Nice!

And finally, they put a cork in it. (hehe)

Miss Mama Samaan.

Mama Samaan, Me, Meetup group leader sippin’ away.

Beautiful.

And how do you fuel such a day? Well, with breakfast of champions of course!

With a slight break from my morning green smoothie, I embarked on Tempeh “Sausage” making. Using this recipe by vegan Post Punk Kitchen, and adding a few ingredients, the “sausage” turned out amazing and will be a new weekend meal!

Hmmmm… let’s see, what else did I eat (or didn’t I eat, sheesh!)…

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Spinach salad with warm onions and walnuts sauteed in balsamic vinegar and olive oil with strawberries. Mama Samaan recipe that is DELICIOUS.

Let’s save the rest of the eats for another day. Enjoy your Tuesday!!

Questions of the Day:

Have you ever been wine tasting? If so, where is your favorite place to taste at? And what is your favorite wine? I love wine tasting in drier climates. My favorite place to taste is Sonoma County, California. Healdsburg has some of the best, boldest yet sweet, wines that I have had. I love going there for a relaxing weekend of great tastings. And my favorite wines are Syrah and Zins. Mmmmmm.

What is your go-to safe place? Do you curl up on your bed when you’re bummed or in need of alone time? Do you go for a run? My safe place is a mountain trail, running. I feel free, safe (usually), and secure. Nothing can stand in my way of a great run and freeing my mind. Otherwise, I feel safe when I’m at home with my boyfriend, us snuggling next to each other.

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jenny (green food diaries) May 19, 2010 at 9:48 PM

god that salad looks out of this world. i love warm onions on salads.. not to mention tempeh. i’m gonna have to try that tempeh sausage recipe sometime soon. thanks for the link!

ps. added you to my blogroll 🙂

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Ashlei May 19, 2010 at 2:21 PM

That ice cream cake looks amazing! You did such a fabulous job!! 🙂

When did you need the guest post by? I’m so so sorry I haven’t gotten it to you yet!! I’ve been so busy and exhausted because of my internship I haven’t gotten around to it yet! 🙁
.-= Ashlei´s last blog ..Oh Give Me Some Teffy Pudding =-.

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Beth @ www.DiningAndDishing.com May 19, 2010 at 11:24 AM

I love wine tasting! One thing I did not anticipate when I moved to DC is the # of amazing wineries in VA and MD, so close by. Now it is one of my favorite things to do on the weekend!

BEAUTIFUL cake btw :).

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Ally @ Sweet & Savory May 19, 2010 at 7:02 AM

Believe it or not…Iowa has exploded with wineries the last few years. There is even one in my small hometown, that has become quite popular. We love going to them, what’s better than sipping on wine?

Love the cork and bottle idea, btw:)

My go-to-safe place is outside on our deck, with a good book in hand, sitting in the sun!
.-= Ally @ Sweet & Savory´s last blog ..Tips on Healthy Snack Prep =-.

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Pure2raw Twins May 18, 2010 at 4:34 PM

I have never been wine tasting, although Lori has, and she had a blast. I hope to one day go wine tasting, looks like you had a great weekend!
.-= Pure2raw Twins´s last blog ..When a kombucha goes bad and some great product finds! =-.

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sarah May 18, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Okay… your cake looks to die for… YUM!

I used to go wine tasting all the time but not so much since I had my daughter. I miss it though. If you ever head up to Sonoma County let me know, we should meet up for lunch or wine tasting!
.-= sarah´s last blog ..Schools almost over! Favorite recipes… =-.

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Katie May 18, 2010 at 11:31 AM

I love going wine tasting!! I’ve only been a couple times, but I really wish I could have done one on a bike. Dude, free wine tasting is amazing. You’ve made me incredibly jealous.

You’re also killing me with that ice cream cake.

I am safe and happy on a trail too. but i hike, not run. I’ve tried trail running, but I am not good at it. I fall on my face and it isn’t pretty.
.-= Katie´s last blog ..An early start to my vacation =-.

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Melissa May 18, 2010 at 9:43 AM

First off, gorgeous ice cream cake..wow! I’m jealous! I’m going to use meet-up soon when I move back to the big city! Very cool how you biked to the winery and bottled your own wine..perfect! What a beautiful vineyard too!
I have been wine tasting many a times as my hometown is home to BC’s wine country. There are probably 100 wineries within an hours drive:) My favorite place to go around sipping some pinot noir is Naramata! Gorgeous views and fantastic wines..yum!
MY go-to safe place when I’m bummed out is definitely the outdoors..I love trail running too! Yet sometimes hiding under the covers works too..yet I find if I’m moving I calm down easier:)
.-= Melissa´s last blog ..Oh happy Day! =-.

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Melissa May 18, 2010 at 9:43 AM

First off, gorgeous ice cream cake..wow! I’m jealous! I’m going to use meet-up soon when I move back to the big city! Very cool how you biked to the winery and bottled your own wine..perfect! What a beautiful vineyard too!
I have been wine tasting many a times as my hometown is home to BC’s wine country. There are probably 100 wineries within an hours drive:) My favorite place to go around sipping some pinot noir is Naramata! Gorgeous views and fantastic wines..yum!
MY go-to safe place when I’m bummed out is definitely the outdoors..I love trail running too! Yet sometimes hiding under the covers works too..yet I find if I’m moving I calm down easier:)
.-= Melissa´s last blog ..Oh happy Day! =-.

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