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Cowfish

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I dragged my roommates up to Charlotte with me this morning to look at an apartment that I’m subletting this summer. I bribed them with promises of burgers in the form of a restaurant called Cowfish. If you recall, one of my favorite restaurants in Columbia is Takosushi– a combination of tacos and sushi. Cowfish is the Amber version of Takosushi and combines sushi with a wide collection of burger creations. (Amber is my roommate and is notorious for her love affair with burgers).

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This was legitimately the most epic meal of the year (yes, all three of us agreed). Although I don’t eat red meat and rarely eat poultry, I decided to go for an Apple Berry Brie turkey burger.

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I ordered a side of sweet potato fries, which they messed up but brought out for me ASAP after I mentioned it.

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The fries came with some spicy type of dressing which was really good.

Both Amber and Candace ordered the Green Monster burger, although Candace ordered it as a turkey burger instead of beef (she’s a non- red meat eater as well). It came with fried jalapenos, avocado, pepperjack cheese, and spicy cucumbers and it was AMAZING as well.

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Generous gal that I am, I helped Candace finish off her side of fried pickles Smile

Not only was the food heavenly, our waiter was really nice and helpful and the manager brought us each a card for a complimentary appetizer as we were leaving. I will DEFINITELY be returning here during my stay in Charlotte this summer, especially seeing as it’s right next to South Park Mall where I’ll be working.

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Junior Year… Check

Welp. I am officially on to my senior year of college. WOW that goes by fast. It is so strange to think that all I have left is a semester abroad, then a semester with only two classes left when I get back.

This morning I slept in until 10 a.m. which has not happened in a long time. It felt ahh-mazing! I had two chai latte muffins and an iced coffee for breakfast, followed by a chai tea latte a couple hours later. If you haven’t noticed yet, I kinda like chai tea. A lot.

My roommate Amber and I went to a Bodypump class this afternoon. This time I was a little bit more modest in my weight selections. I decided to start off small and work my way up, since in the past strength training has done nothing but leave me wobbly and intimidated.

Here are the weights I used:

reflects the weight on each side of the bar

Muscle Group/Exercise Weight
Warm Up 7.5
Squats 12.5
Chest 5
Back 5
Triceps 5
Biceps 5
Lunges 5
Shoulders 2.5

 

Although these weights were pretty wimpy, I still felt like a got a pretty good workout. I was definitely feeling the burn. The only one I probably could have gone with more weight on was the back.

After Bodypump I was ravenous, so I went to my favorite sandwich shop in the whole wide world, Which Wich. The options at this place are, quite literally, endless. They have tons of delicious vegetarian options as well, which I love.

You walk in and fill out a paper bag, marking everything that you want on your ‘wich.

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I almost always get the black bean patty with avocado and salsa.

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Talk about a party on my taste buds!

I chowed down then spent the next few hours studying for my last (and only, baha) final exam. It was for Business Writing and was far from rocket science.

After my exam, I had a celebratory dinner for fro-yo.

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Topped with fruit, granola, and chocolate. Whoever said fro-yo doesn’t count as a suitable dinner?

Not I.

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Hunter Gatherer

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Last night, a small group of my friends went to a restaurant called Hunter Gatherer for dinner. I absolutely love the atmosphere in this restaurant- wooden floors, picnic tables, and brick buildings create a rustic vibe. This restaurant also brews its own beer right in its in-house vats.

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I started off with a glass of their  pale ale while we waited for a table, then ordered an ESB with my dinner. Both were delicious.

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For dinner I ordered a chicken gyro which came with a side Greek salad. It was a fresh, hearty, and filling meal. My friend Amber ordered a cheeseburger with crumbled blue cheese and loved it. The menu is essentially your typical pub food minus the grease. Everything tastes fresh and healthy, which is hard to come across at most pubs and breweries. There’s nothing worse than walking out of a restaurant bloated from beer and grease!

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Although I have yet to go, Hunter Gatherer also plays live music on Thursday nights  with a variety of jazz, alternative, and folk artists. All in all, it is a great restaurant pick for a cozy atmosphere, good beer, and food made with love and care.

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short trip to Charleston

On the Friday following my 21st birthday night out, my family and I hit the road to pay Charleston a short visit. It was pouring out when we arrived, so we scurried ourselves over to a restaurant that I had scoped out called Cru Café. This restaurant is a bit off the beat-and-path of Market Street, but people sure do know about it. The restaurant is part of a small, converted house and has only a few tables outside on the porch in addition to 10 or so tables inside. The place was packed and we had a 45 minute wait- and this was at 2 in the afternoon, an odd time to be eating lunch.

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The food was well worth the wait. I ordered a smoked turkey sandwich with melted brie and apple chutney. The brie was rich and sweet, and the chutney spicy and tangy. The prices were incredibly reasonable as well. I will definitely be returning here on future visits to Charleston for a casual yet sumptuous meal.

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When we finished eating, it was storming like CRAZY out and because we’re so prepared all the time-not- we didn’t have an umbrella with us. We waited out the storm on Cru’s front porch and then made our way over to Market Street. Which was completely flooded.

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Since browsing through the vendors of the City Market was clearly out of the question we walked over to King Street and did some shopping. I got a few things from Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters. We also stopped in a new shop on King Street, Savannah Bee Company, which had samples of a bunch of different kinds of honeys as well as some soaps and lotions made from their honey. I tried honeycomb for the first time which was delicious! They served it on a slice of apple topped with cheese. What a great appetizer/ dessert idea for entertaining.

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We had dinner at the Noisy Oyster, a seafood restaurant with walls that are open to the outside. I had grilled mahi-mahi with mango sauce… and a mojito Smile The mojito was extremely refreshing. My meal was alright but nothing spectacular… I think the mango salsa that I make is much better.

After waking up on Saturday morning, we drove out to Isle of Palms and took a long walk on the beach.

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We headed over to the Saturday Farmer’s Market, one of Charleston’s finest establishments in my opinion. In addition to plenty of food stands and produce vendors, there are art and craft vendors of all sorts. I sampled flavored goat cheeses at one vendor and couldn’t leave without bringing one home. I got a tomato basil goat cheese and I can’t wait to use it on sandwiches/ wraps.

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My Dad picked up organic dog treats for our neighbor who is watching our horses while they are gone. She has a beautiful golden lab name Moses who is basically Marley from the movie Marley & Me.

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Before heading back to Columbia, we stopped at Paolo’s Gelato and I enjoyed a delicious “lunch” of a combo of pistachio, hazelnut, and tiramisu gelato. This stuff is seriously dangerous.

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Never an unpleasant experience in this charming little city, and I always look forward to going back…

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21 Tomorrow!

I was intending on sleeping in today, but my internal alarm woke me up at 7:30 and told me excess slumber was not happening this morning. I did some reading then took my book out to the pool for a little bit. I’m currently reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, and I plan on going to see the movie once I’m finished. I think Reese Witherspoon is just cutee as a button.

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The book is pretty good so far, but I’m only on page 90 so I can’t make much of a judgement yet. I’ll keep you updated though Smile It is about a young man in his last year of college who loses his parents to a fatal car crash. His parents have nothing to leave him, so he drops out of veterinary school at Cornell University and stumbles upon a circus and starts working for it. Interesting, huh?

I fit in a workout which consisted of 25 minutes of intervals on the elliptical followed by a 2 mile treadmill run.

Minutes

Resistance

0-2:29

4
2:30-4:59 8
5:00-7:29 12
7:30-9:59 8
10-12:29 12
12:30-14:59 8
15:00-17:29 16
17:30-19:59 8
20:00-25:00
(Cool down)
4

 

My family arrived back in Columbia around 3 this afternoon. We went walking around the Vista in downtown Columbia and stopped in a few art galleries.

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A lovely family dinner was enjoyed at Pearlz Oyster Bar. The restaurant was celebrating its 1 year anniversary and had selected appetizers for $1. We split corn fritters, oysters, and crab bruschetta.

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For my entrée I ordered grilled corvina- a sweet, flaky fish comparable to sea bass- with pineapple relish and red rice & asparagus on the side. The fish was crispy on the outside but soft and flaky on the inside, creating the perfect blend of textures. We were all happy with our meals (score!). After dinner we took a little stroll around downtown Columbia up by the State House.

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Guess what… In 2 hours and 7 minutes I will be TWENTY ONE YEARS OLD! I’m waiting until tomorrow night to celebrate to celebrate with all of my friends, though. Should be pretty memorable! (I hope…)

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Takosushi

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Tonight, my family, my roommates Amber and Candace, Amber’s mom, and myself went to one of my new favorite restaurants in Columbia- Takosushi. It is a combination of two of my favorite foods in the whole wide world… tacos and sushi!

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Everyone except for me, Amber, and my brother went with the “tako” side of the menu. I tried my dad’s baja fish enchiladas and was SO jealous of his meal. I will definitely be ordering them next time I eat there. My brother ordered a “Crazy Susan” sushi roll- which I have had before- and claimed it was the best sushi he’s ever had. No disagreements there. I have had tacos, which are really tasty as well.

I ordered the Samurai roll, which had crab meat, avocado, and a mango glaze.

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It was pretty good, but definitely not filling enough for me as a dinner. I suppose I’ve learned my lesson with that one.

This is the roll that Amber ordered, which had spicy tuna, avocado, and scallions.

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I bid farewell to my parents who will be going to Raleigh and Myrtle Beach for a few days before returning to Columbia for my birthday!

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Palmetto Half Marathon Recap

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Sleep was minimal last night, but my energy and excitement this morning was not. I woke up at 3:30 a.m. and could not for the life of me fall back asleep. I finally got out of bed at 5:00 and found this lovely note my roommates left me.  I just love them to pieces.Smile

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I ate a whole wheat bagel spread with almond butter and a banana, as well as coffee with soy milk. I uploaded my new playlist to my iPod and off we went!

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It was crazy how pumped up everyone was this morning at the start of the race. I honestly wasn’t the least bit nervous, but was so ready to hit the pavement. The weather ended up being awesome at the start of the race. It was in the 60’s with a slight breeze. At around mile 8 it started raining lightly, and it felt amazing. There were some times when the wind really picked up, but it usually felt refreshing. At around mile 11 (getting down to the last stretch) I saw a big bolt of lightning and heard thunder. Literally 3 minutes after I finished, there was a terrential downpour. THANK YOU MR. STORM FOR YOUR IMPECCABLE TIMING!

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I finished my first half marathon in 1:57:31. I had a secret personal goal to finish in under 2 hours, but did not announce this goal a.) as not to jinx myself and b.) to take some of the pressure off of my first race. But I am so happy I was able to achieve my goal!

My family is traveling around the Carolinas this week for my brother’s spring break and decided to pop in for the day.

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We went to a Columbia Delicatessen called Di Prato’s for brunch after the race. I had a protein-packed huevos rancheros dish- two black bean cakes topped with eggs and enchilada sauce, plus a side of turkey sausage.

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I’m exhausted but am so proud of myself and my fellow racing friends for kicking some serious butt on the road. Now it’s time to hang out with the fam for a bit before they head off to explore the Carolinas.

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