Before I get into the drama that inspired the post, I will have to say I’ve had some INCREDIBLE meals in the past several days! I’m only going to go into detail about two of them, but in addition to those, I’ve had some great salads, soups, and curry. Pics will follow.
Friday night, LS and I went to Elizabeth’s Gone Raw in DC! I have wanted to go there for years, but it seems I’m rarely in DC on a Friday night (they are only open on Friday nights!). They do a 6 course raw and vegan tasting menu, and we opted for the wine pairings as well. Oh, and everything came from one of three farms in the VA and PA areas. Truly farm-to-table.
I know it’s geeky, but couldn’t help taking a pic of the sign out front!
the organic wine and beer list at the bar as I awaited LS’s arrival
bottomless kale chips. I seriously don’t care who you are or what you THINK you know about kale, but these are simply amazing.
Amuse course – a chilled curry zucchini soup with golden raisins.
Starter course – a sunflower sprout Caesar salad.
Appetizer of beet tartare with a sunny side up “quail egg” which is a dehydrated yellow cherry tomato and a circle of vegan cheese.
Intermezzo – this dish is an apple and celery sorbet. LS had this, but due to my apple allergy, they brought me something different.
my intermezzo – a watermelon and hibiscus sorbet.
the Entree – which even our waitress described as “stupid good”. A tomato and morel risotto made from VA grown green papaya and a squash blossom stuffed with a ridiculous wild garlic and cashew creme.
finally, the Dessert course. A three layered dish of chocolate ganache, jungle peanuts, and a date and maple layer, topped with a cappuccino and cinnamon foam.
Last night I was in Charlottesville looking for a place to eat and wandered into Parallel 38. It’s a fun little place I literally stumbled upon. Their entire concept is that all their dishes, and most edible food, is grown along the earth’s 38th parallel. This includes Spain, Italy, Greece, Napa California, and our own Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s a Mediterranean tapas restaurant, and they also had a vegan menu, which made me very happy!
my menu from Parallel 38
beet and arugula salad with a champagne foam dressing
citrus Yukon gold potatoes that I think are the best thing I ate all week. And that’s saying something.
Miscellaneous eats of the week!
today’s breakfast salad Ala Whole Foods
this crazy sangria margarita thing that was surprisingly good
another breakfast salad, this one from Wegman’s
tofu green curry with eggplant. It was too oily for my liking
Tom Ka soup – that was ridiculously good
My workouts of the week have consisted mostly of dread mill runs and Yogaglo classes in my hotel. Today, however, was different!
I actually was able to make it to a yoga studio and take a regular class. The only hot yoga studio that C-Ville has is a Bikram one, and I’m not a fan (too militaristic for my tastes – no mind/body connection) so I opted for a vinyasa “lite” class at a little studio called Opal. I thought it was cute that the name of the class was Over Easy. It wasn’t overly challenging as far as the pace went, but we certainly got into some deep poses that left me feeling the effects the rest of the day. Good effects, but definite reminders that I need some more hip openers in my life!
Oh, and I got to use my brand new Manduka yoga mat for the first time, so that was totally awesome!
Well, what can I say? It’s been busy. I was in Maryland from Saturday-Wednesday. On Wednesday morning, I went to the southern suburbs of DC until Saturday. Early Saturday, I left to meet my husband and daughters to move A into her dorm, and then I went to Charlottesville, where I will be until this Tuesday. Then it’s off to Harrisonburg from Tuesday until Friday, when I can finally go home. I’ve only slept in my own bed once in the past two weeks, and I’m really ready to get back! (first week was an air mattress, then it’ll be two weeks in hotels by the time I’m home again).
All this chaos aside, it’s been really good and productive on this trip. The conference was good, and the DC trip was highly informative and is laying the groundwork for a project we’re starting. The next week will be more of the same for that. I’ve gotten to travel with some very cool people – both personally and professionally – and I am not disappointed in any of it, other than I wish I was home.
M came home from camp today for the final time this summer (unless he goes back for Labor Day weekend – which they’ve asked him to do!) and A is moved back on campus for the start of her sophomore year.
On the morning I left Maryland for Virginia, I made it much faster than I anticipated! I stopped for a quick breakfast before heading to work, and texted D. So if you’re a new reader – D does a great job of planning my meals when I’m away. Especially when I dine with consultants, I don’t always have a say in where we go – so he calls, talks to chefs and the restaurant staff, to be sure I have a good vegan meal, and not just a collection of crappy side dishes. Below is a transcript of our conversations….where I accidentally typed RAT instead of EAT….
When D and I first met, I had a pair of purple Doc Marten’s with shoe laces from my college roomie’s mom that say US Customs. 1-800-Be-Alert. The first thing D said to me upon meeting was “because the world needs more Lerts”. I took this pic of the helo pad on Wednesday and texted it to him – because the world needs more Lerts.
So Friday morning, I woke up really early with the intent to catch a 6 am hot yoga class in the area I was staying. I’m all set, and go out to the hotel parking lot to find…..a flat tire on my rental car!
Last Saturday when I picked up said car from Enterprise, the tire pressure indicator light was on. The clerk at Enterprise assured me this was a glitch, as the auto shop they use checked everything repeatedly and there was nothing wrong with the tires. Yeah. Liars.
So anyway, it’s 540 am, I have a flat tire, and am supposed to be to the hospital by 9. The car rental place doesn’t open until 9, so I hit the stupid treadmill, get ready for work, and wait to call them. By 9, I am freakishly annoyed. I get the clerk on the phone – who happens to be the same person who gave me the cursed car to begin with. I promptly instruct her that I need a NEW car…now…because I have meetings to get to.
I get a call back that none of the Enterprise locations in my area are being helpful, and the store manager feels that it would be faster if I could just get the car fixed. And by the way, do I know how to change a tire? Short answer – yes. My answer – no way in hell am I changing a tire on a rental…and end up getting accused of dinging or denting someone. And to be honest, it’s been so long since I’ve changed a tire, I didn’t want to risk it! So….roadside assistance is called and I’m assured I’ll be on the road by 930. Yeah. Liars.
Roadside assistance shows up at 11 am, and I get the donut on the car. I’m then instructed to drive to a place in the middle of nowhere called All Tune and Lube to get the tire fixed. The store manager is waiting and I’ll be on my way in no time. Yeah. Liars.
After an hour of waiting, I ask what’s going on. Turns out the tire cannot be fixed – it must be replaced and Enterprise has to authorize the expense. They’re working on it, but it’ll likely be several hours before a tire can be located and brought to this location. By now I’ve contacted everyone I work with to apologize profusely. It’s noon, and I’m pissed off and hungry.
After another half hour, I call Enterprise – who hasn’t actually gotten a call from the tire shop. They insist that the tire shop will have it under control. I officially lose it. I tell them I don’t care what they need to do, but they will get me in a new damned car in the next 20 minutes or all hell was going to break loose. I’m in a strange city, alone, in the middle of no where, missing work, and HUNGRY. Hell hath no fury…..
A very FBI-esque black suburban picks me up 15 minutes later, takes me to an Enterprise location and puts me in a snazzy new car. It was a lot of drama to get there, I’m incredibly annoyed. My entire day was shot, I missed yoga, had to run on a dread mill, and was half starved (okay, that parts a mild exaggeration), missed all my meetings, all to end up in a new car…which is what I had asked for to begin with.
At least I had dinner in the city with LS that night. It made up for it totally!
After meeting my family to move A into her dorm yesterday, I drove up to Charlottesville, took a nap, and then went to the movies. Saw Hercules…mainly because I’m a sucker for anything mythology based and I like the Rock. It was only ok, but the last 10 minutes and closing credits made up for everything it lacked.
And today was a quite day in C-Ville. Yoga, walk around the downtown pedestrian mall where I took pics of the community chalkboard and sat in a cafe outside to read and grab a late lunch. Now I’m in my room, doing laundry, and wondering how early I can go to bed :)
And that, my friends, was my weekend. Hope you all had one that was awesome, and with slightly less drama!