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A Night In NoDa

Hi friends – thank you for being patient with my random blogging schedule the past couple of days. Life is feeling really busy right now and I think it’s safe to say that I’m running at capacity! Fortunately, I love being busy and love everything that I have going on so I know I’ll make it through the next couple of crazy months.

Instead of blogging last night, I spent the evening in NoDa (a cool, artsy neighborhood) celebrating my sister-in-law’s birthday. Her actual birthday was in January but Brandon and I got her and her boyfriend tickets to see The Civil Wars. The show was last night and we promised dinner before.

We started at Growler’s Pourhouse for drinks and a casual dinner.

Lots of fun beers on draft to choose from.

We were all starving so we shared an appetizer.

Cheddar beer cheese and house made chips. I mean, can you really go wrong with chips and cheese dip? I think not. 😀

I ordered a panini for dinner.

Pesto, portobellos, roasted red peppers and goat cheese.

After dinner we headed to The Evening Muse for the show.

Rachael was excited about seeing The Civil Wars and we actually passed them on the sidewalk as we were walking to the venue. We gave them a “hi – can’t wait for the show” and I think they were surprised/excited to be recognized on the street.

The Evening Muse is a great venue. It’s very intimate and only holds around 100 people. We felt really lucky to see The Civil Wars in this setting.

The show was amazing. I can’t even get over how unbelievably talented Joy and John Paul are. Their music is beautiful and so full of emotion. They just released their first album last week and I seriously suggest that you check it out.

The best part? The show was over at 10:20 and I was home and in bed by 11 p.m. That made getting up to practice ashtanga this morning much easier!

Lunch today featured leftover tofu.

Roasted red pepper hummus, avocado, tofu, spinach and provolone on whole wheat sourdough. Coastal Living and a cute dog on the side. 😉 (Side note: would anyone like to take me to the Caribbean? I need to be on an island with a pina colada in hand right now. Reading that Coastal Living is just cruel.)

And then…believe it or not…I put a top on my sandwich and cut it in half.

I love tofu sandwiches. Don’t knock it ’til you try it!

I ate a Cashew Cookie Larabar at my desk this afternoon before leaving to teach BodyPump. Class was good – I went heavy on my weights tonight so we’ll see how I feel tomorrow. Most likely, that will be a bit sore!

Dinner tonight was courtesy of the freezer and pantry.

We defrosted a pork tenderloin today and Brandon grilled it on the Big Green Egg with a Dizzy Pig rub. Green beans, parmesan orzo and grilled sourdough on the side.

Time to head to bed to hit the books. I still have more reading to do before we meet again for teacher training tomorrow.

What do you guys have going on this weekend? I’ll be in yoga teacher training. I can’t believe that we’ll be halfway done after this weekend!

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 10, 2011, 10:39 pm

    Not much going on this weekend! Working 🙁

  • Christian February 10, 2011, 11:12 pm

    The Civil Wars are so amazing! They were just in Athens, but I unfortunately missed the show. Several of my friends went and said it was by far one of the best concerts they’ve been to in a while.

    Nothing much here, just studying my life away! If the weather is nice, maybe a nice nap on North Campus is in order 🙂

  • Jen February 11, 2011, 7:02 am

    Yummm! I really don’t even have any other words right now, the panini, your sandwich, everything looks so delicious 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!!

  • Becky February 11, 2011, 7:22 am

    I love like music! One of my favorite ways to spend a fun night is dinner and a show. I hadn’t heard The Civil Wars before reading this post, but I just took a listen – love them!!

  • Tracy February 11, 2011, 7:36 am

    It’s so funny – I heard about the civil wars twice yesterday – I’m definitely going to check them out. Hope you have a good weekend!

  • Lisa February 11, 2011, 9:02 am

    Jen, Your pesto panini looks delicious!

    I have trouble with sporatically blogging. When life gets hectic, blogging is always the first thing to go. Even though you have missed a blogging day here or there, you are so consitent with your blogging. Any tips?

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad February 11, 2011, 12:05 pm

    I’ll definitely check them out. I love seeing bands in small venues!

    I’m in San Fran for the weekend, soaking up some sun 🙂

    Can’t wait to hear about teacher training this weekend.

  • caroline February 11, 2011, 12:08 pm

    Oh so glad you got to see The Civil Wars. There music is so simple and good. But they have such a presence live. Loved their show.

  • Brittaney @ Fit Chick Britt February 11, 2011, 12:49 pm

    The tofu sandwich looks really good. When you put tofu on your sandwich how to your prepare it?

  • LIZZY February 12, 2011, 10:29 am

    I need to make pork tenderloin- its been awhile! Looks like you had a fun week!

  • Alaina February 12, 2011, 3:24 pm

    I just got back from my trip so I’m unwinding. Right now I’m at work but tonight I’ll be spending it with my parents. David left for two weeks Army training so I’ll be on my own! I’ll be getting a lot of packing and moving done. 🙂

  • Jennifer February 12, 2011, 4:56 pm

    Hi Jen,
    I just recently started following your blog when a friend recommended that I take a look at it. You are truly an inspiration. I’m not sure if you’ve already blogged about this and if so feel free to just point me to your past blog that contains this information–but I’ve been training for a half marathon that I”m doing at the end of this week and I’m just struggling as far as what types of foods to eat. If you have the time that would be great! Thanks again and keep up the great work 🙂


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