The Land of Enchantment

18 11 2011

Hello from New Mexico (aka the Land of Enchantment)! I’m here for a few days attending a conference in the city of Albuquerque. This is my 2nd time to New Mexico. Last year at about this time, I spent two weeks in the small city of Gallup for work. It was an interesting experience, but I’ll just say that I’m glad that this trip keeps me in Albuquerque for the duration of my stay…

I spent much of my day yesterday inside attending conference sessions, but I was able to get out last night for dinner. I went with two of my colleagues to a sushi restaurant a few blocks from the conference. Sushi in New Mexico? Really Steph? Shouldn’t you be eating this:

(Picture from last year’s NM trip)

I figured that we were in a large-ish city, so the food would probably be decent, and in fact, I was pleasantly surprised. I started off with a garden salad. I love the ginger dressing!

And we shared three rolls.

Kampyo Sweet Squash Roll:

Shrimp tempura roll and the New Mexico roll (Green Chili, Cucumber, Avocado, Sauce on top).

Each of the rolls were really tasty. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with the squash roll, especially becuase it looked more like caramelized onions than squash. It was good; slightly sweet but not overwhelming. The New Mexico roll was yummy too, but the sauce and the chile made it a little spicy. My favorite was the shrimp tempura. The tempura batter was sweet and perfectly crunchy. Yum!

Though not your typical New Mexican meal, I really enjoyed the sushi here!

We’re hoping to try more authentic New Mexican food today. I already know how I’ll answer the question: “Green, Red, or both?” (That’s New Mexican-ese for Which kind of chile sauce do you want on your meal?) 🙂

New Training Buddies

23 05 2011

Chloe and I have recently started using Twitter as a way to interact with some of our blog readers and to find new bloggers too. (Follow us! Chloe321delish and Steph321delish). I’ve already “met” a few DC-area triathletes who also have a serious interest in food. Hopefully, we’ll organize a “tweet-up,” aka group training/eating session, soon 🙂

So, on Friday night, I sent a tweet out to see if anyone would be interested in a long-ish ride on Saturday morning. Erin was free and wanted to ride, so we planned to meet up on Saturday morning at 7:30am (yes, we woke up that early on a Saturday) and bike some of the VA trails.

We got in a solid 29 mile ride on the W & OD and Custis Trails. This was only the second time Erin and I met (Read about the first time here) and the first time we have ever ridden together. It was really fun! We were able to chat some while we were riding, so it was great to get to know her better! I’m sure we’ll ride together again 🙂

On Sunday, I went for another ride, this time with another new training partner!

My boyfriend, who is an avid mountain biker, hopped on a road bike for the first time ever this weekend. Despite his unfamiliarity with road bikes, he was a rockstar! I was definitely workin’ hard to keep up with him! We got in a stellar 24 mile ride together!

Well…that 24 miles wasn’t exactly 24 miles straight…We stopped for an afternoon bite to eat:

Sushi from Cafe Asia! We ordered Salmon and Tuna Nigiri, a Firecracker Roll (tuna, tempura flakes, spicy mayo, avocado and sriracha) for the boy and a Spider Roll for me (Tempura Soft Shell Crab, Tobiko, Lettuce). The Firecracker Roll definitely took the cake for the best sushi of the day. It had a little bit of a kick, but the avocado on the outside balanced the heat nicely. Added bonus: did you know that spicy foods boost your metabolism? Check this out:

And, since we were only down the street…I suggested we get gelato!

We stopped at Boccato for some YUMMY gelato! I got Elvis Pelvis, which was banana gelato with peanut butter swirls and some chocolate chips. Obvious choice for me 🙂 It was just the right amount too, so that I didn’t feel gross as we rode back home.

It was an absolute perfect weekend for bike riding, and I’m so glad I didn’t have to do my rides solo! Having a training buddy makes the “training” not feel so much like “training” and more like hanging out with friends, doing something active. 🙂

I love the friends that I’ve made through swimming, biking or running…or blogging and tweeting 🙂

Question of the day: Who do you excercise with?