Beer Sampler & The Seafood Boil

September 13, 2010

Ok, so this post (and events that took place this weekend) is neither healthy (not really), vegan, alcohol free, or suitable for small children. So, that being said, enjoy my weekend recap… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Friday Happy Hour

What can I say, work on Friday was long and tough. A trip to the Los Gatos Brewing Company was just what the doctor ordered.

Beer Sampler and the boyfriend's finger ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gotta stay hydrated...

A sample of 6 of the top beers of the season, along with some eats.. now that’s a happy happy hour. If only I could even finish half of the sampler… um, yeah, I’m a lightweight. I think I had two or three of the 6 and the boyfriend finished off the rest. He’s well versed in the art of beer drinking, not I. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fish Tacos from the Happy Hour Menu

All fresh ingredients, fish, cabbage slaw, and guac.

Saturday Morning Breakfast

Up and at ’em to start the morning, nice and early. In order to get ready for the morning CrossFit Community Day (more on that in a minute), I threw together some scrambled eggs, spinach, leftover chicken breast, and Dijon mustard.

Eggs, chicken, and a side of pureed red peppers with olive oil.

CrossFit Community Day

To honor 9-11, and all Veterans, CrossFit Los Gatos (where I CrossFit) had Community Day, invited anyone interested to take a class for free, followed with a Paleo BBQ. We had a great turnout for the 10 am class, and an incredible workout.

Me, in purple, front row, middle(ish)..

The workout was titled, Murph. This is kind of how it went down, quoted from our CrossFit Blog:

This weekend’s Community Day was a great time. ย In order to pay our respects to the day, September 11th, we did one of CrossFit’s Hero WODs–Murph. ย Murph is one of the more intimidating WODs, especially for beginners. ย The gasps and groans that accompanied the announcement of the WOD were both numerous and understandable. ย The athletes were split into 7 teams of 4 in order to tackle Murph. ย The teams were randomly chosen so that beginners and first timers were teamed with experienced CrossFitters. ย The rules were that only 1 team member could work at a time on the runs, which were all broken into 200m sprints, and 2 team members could work at a time on the pullups, pushups, and squats.

So what exactly is Murph? It went a little something like this…

Workout: Team Murph

  • 1 mile run
  • 100 pull-ups
  • 200 push ups
  • 300 air squats
  • 1 mile run

Yeah…

Breaking into teams of 4, each person had to complete some of each item, not all of each. For example, I did 25 of the pull-ups, about 50 push ups, and about 80, or so, of the air squats, along with four 200 meter sprints. And yes, YES, I was sore (and still am). My team (team 1) got second, even though they wrote a 3 under our names… I love the team workouts for the energy and, well, team aspect. They’re such a different dynamic than working by yourself.

Post CrossFit: Recovery Smoothie

I <3 Smoothies

Blended with love: Chocolate Hemp protein powder, rice protein powder, pasteurized egg whites, maca powder, chocolate Stevia, and lots of ice.

Mmmmm. Frosty Goodness.

Gotta feed those muscles, right?

And Speaking of feeding muscles… protein helps with the muscle-building process. And if you’re going to be getting protein in, might as well make sure it’s GOOD tasting, right?

Sunday Seafood Boil

Am I spoiled or what?

Having a foodie boyfriend (who likes to cook and is damn good at it) helps.

Boil some water in a large pot. Outdoors is fun, and makes for easy clean-up.

To boiling water, add Cajun Boil Spices, potatoes, corn, carrots, onions, sliced lemon, and a whole head of garlic, no peeling necessary.

Boil for about a half hour, then add the protein goods…

Oh yes, he was alive. And oh yes, I was not thrilled about this...

You can bet it was not me putting this live guy in the hot, boiling water. ๐Ÿ™ But anyway, lobster, shrimp, clams, and crab legs were added to the water. And then we feasted… literally…

Eatin' authentic style: on paper bags, off the table

Finished: Our seafood graveyard.

And that pretty much sums up my weekend. I may or may not have left out Saturday night’s adventure with some gym friends, on a boat, with lots of different alcohols. And the left-out information is probably a good thing.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Questions for my lovely readers:

Seafood: Do you like it, love it, hate it? Have you ever murdered a live lobster…? ๐Ÿ™

Recovery: What is your favorite remedy for recover? What do you eat/drink/massage? What helps you soothe your muscles the most?

Weekend: What did you do this weekend????

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela (the diet book junkie) September 15, 2010 at 1:36 PM

i love how those beer “samples” are full sized glasses. reminds me of some of the wine tastings i’ve been to ๐Ÿ™‚

that seafood platter looks intense. i love seafood, but have never cooked my own lobster. lookin forward to reading more of your blog!

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Michelle@ Housewife in the Raw September 14, 2010 at 2:40 PM

What a weekend! I’d be exhausted and full and happy.

I like seafood, but my husband doesn’t, so I don’t make it too often. We did have some amazing halibut on Friday and that made me want to cook more fish. We’ll see.

Nice work on the Crossfit Challenge.
.-= Michelle@ Housewife in the Raw´s last blog ..Zucchini Flatbread โ€“ Take Two =-.

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kate September 14, 2010 at 3:37 AM

i am seafood fan. as a kid i hated it. post college i got a job at a seafood resturant and the owner would cook me the best stuff in an attempt to convince me that seafood was good. it worked ๐Ÿ™‚
.-= kate´s last blog ..Gratitude =-.

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Sarah @Gluten-free tries Vegan September 13, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Eek, live lobster! Not for me. Your boyf is defo a true foodie after that ๐Ÿ™‚

Well done on the Murph workout- sounds difficult! Fave recovery food… anything I can get into my mouth fast enough that is nutritious! xxx
.-= Sarah @Gluten-free tries Vegan´s last blog ..USA Trip โ€“ Part 2 and Thanks =-.

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Angie's Recipes September 13, 2010 at 7:07 PM

That’s a real seafood feast!
The plate of leftover chicken, scrambled eggs, and mustard…looks delish too!
.-= Angie’s Recipes´s last blog ..Roasted Butternut Pumpkin with Chickpeas and Rocket Salad =-.

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Katie September 13, 2010 at 5:24 PM

I couldn’t hang with that beer flight either. Cheap date? Yep.

I HATE seafood. that said, I’ve never had a lot of it. Its a texture thing. And a “they look too gross to actually taste good” thing.

I just got this Burt’s Bees muscle soother, because I’ve been crazy sore lately. I haven’t trie dit yet, but I’ll let you know how it goes.

My weekend was consumed by a lot of Harry Potter. Love him.
.-= Katie´s last blog ..Chocolate Sauce Remix =-.

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Pure2raw twins September 13, 2010 at 3:47 PM

WOW My boyfriend would have loved to join you all in this weekend happenings! Beer tasting he would have been all over that! Wish we lived closer!!! HUGS
.-= Pure2raw twins´s last blog ..My weekend through food =-.

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Laury @thefitnessdish September 13, 2010 at 3:37 PM

HOLY COW!! That’s A LOT of beer!!!!!!

The seafood fest looks amaze!
.-= Laury @thefitnessdish´s last blog ..Just Doinโ€™ Their Jobs =-.

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Lori September 13, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Erica-
For Murph, we had to finish each thing before moving on to the next… like we had to finish the entire 1 mile before moving on to the pull-ups. We had to (collectively as a team) do all 100 pull-ups before starting on the push ups. It was tough but so fun! (did I just say fun..?) lol.

Murph is actually done as a workout for one person- it’s seriously INSANE. It would probably take me an hour to complete it. One guy on my team did it on his own… it took him 23 minutes. Now that is just completely nuts.

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ericaunmasked.blogspot.com September 13, 2010 at 1:10 PM

I love this! So fun. So for murph – do you do all the pull ups, push ups, etc together – or seperate. Like did you do all 25 pull ups at the same time, then the push ups, etc?
I love seafood – but I don’t know if it agrees w/ me.
For recovery – nothing really. I probably should do more.
For weekend – it was hubs b-day – so we did a bbq for friends on Saturday night – and a large sunday am brunch (that lasted for 6+ hours) yesterday. I love to entertain. So much fun.
.-= ericaunmasked.blogspot.com´s last blog ..Blessed Be My Life =-.

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Lori September 13, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Boyfriend… you’re random. I did laugh at your comment though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The (Cooking) Boyfriend September 13, 2010 at 11:49 AM

YES! First one to comment.

Seafood: Love it. Murdered one for the first time on Sunday.
Recovery: Hair of the dog.
Weekend: What you did.

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