Atlanta is a great place to be if you love food.
I love all of the restaurants, markets, a food events. There is a Green Market across the street from my building every Saturday morning. It’s where I pick up my farm-fresh eggs, tomatoes, and various other locally grown produce.
The market also features a weekly chef’s demo. This week was Chef Daniel Chance from Campagnolo, an Italian restaurant in the neighborhood. He made a tasty basil risotto with green bean from the market and a seared lamb with rosemary. I was paying close attention as my next demo is in less than a week!
Atlanta also is a great spot to be a blogger. We have a ton of bloggers in the metro area, as we all make an effort to get together on a regular basis. This weekend was hard for people, but we managed to get a group of 5 together to meet in the park for a potluck picnic.
Clockwise, left to right: Alayna‘s Edamame-Avocado Hummus (to be included in her soon-to-be-released cookbook), Lee‘s Texas Caviar, Stacy‘s Oatmeal Cookies, and my S’more Bars. Heather brought coconut covered dates, but I failed to get a pic.
All of the food was wonderful, but even better was the chance to catch up with everyone. We sat in the park and talked for a few hours – I didn’t notice it had gotten so late until my stomach began to growl again!
Foodie friends aren’t always local! One of my favorite online blogger events is the Foodie PenPal program. I love getting to try new things from across the country!
This month my “pal” was Sharlene @ Solar Cooking. She was so sweet to put together a box of goodies I could eat on my training diet. Admittedly, I was leery of the turkey jerky at first. after a few people on Instagram encouraged me, I sucked it up and tried it. It was really good! Added bonus: it’s surprisingly low in sodium (for a jerky).
Don’t you want to get in to the action?
To sign up for a Foodie PenPals in September, click here to fill out the form on that lovely Lindsay’s site. It’s that easy! You don’t have to be a blogger, and the spending limit is just $15. The only requirement is that you be a US or Canadian resident.
Join in by October 4th as pairings will be emailed on October 5th!
This week was hard for me. I have been feeling under the weather and wasn’t able to lift as heavy as I would have liked some days. Working until 2 am almost every night could have been the culprit too…
We also added 100 pull ups (assisted – for now) to my repertoire. Those are no joke. I didn’t get them in every day due to feeling sick-y and being pressed for time, but I’m starting out on Monday full-force! Bicep day always makes me feel a little better, so here’s a pic from my favorite day:
I also had my first posing practice in a competition bikini. I felt neekid. There are pics… but I lack the kahunas to post them. Less than 5 weeks out from competition… AHHHHH!
Workout Recap (9/24 – 9/30):
- Monday – Chest/Biceps, Calf raises, 60 pull-ups, 2 mile walk
- Tuesday – Legs, 100 pull ups, 2 mile walk
- Wednesday – Back/Triceps, Calf raises, 1 mile walk
- Thursday – Shoulders/Butt, 2 mile walk
- Friday – Chest/Biceps, Calf raises, 2 mile walk
- Saturday – Legs (with Trainer), 2 mile walk
- Sunday – Back/Tris
Closing in on competition will mean changes to the diet are coming. I’ll miss you, S’mores Bars…