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Dining Out + Restaurant Reviews

  • Weekend: Earl’s Grocery + Advent Coworking + Bistro La Bon


    So when you write your weekend recap on Monday at 10:30 p.m. when most people will read it on Tuesday is it still even relevant? I'll go with yes because I'm touching on three awesome locally owned businesses in my weekend recap. While we're talking about weekends...why are they such go-to conversation starter? I swear, [...]

  • NYC Food + Fitness Girl’s Weekend: Day 3


    The final day of our weekend in New York City was my favorite day by far. We set our alarms early again but this time for a run in Central Park. We wanted to beat the heat and get our day started. We took the subway up to Lexington Ave./59th and walked over to the [...]

  • 7 Favorite Foodie Spots in Charlotte


    It's time for the second post in my series of "Why and what I love about Charlotte" for the #DesignCharlotte campaign. The Marriott Charlotte City Center Hotel is getting a big facelift and as part of this transformation, they are asking guests and Charlotte residents to show off our amazing city and what we love [...]

  • First Taste (and Sip!): Corkbuzz Charlotte


    New York City wine bar Corkbuzz recently opened its first location outside of New York right here in Charlotte in the SouthPark neighborhood. It's located in the same development as Whole Foods and adjacent to SouthPark Mall. I typically steer clear of new restaurants for the first couple of months they are open to avoid [...]

  • Birthday in the Life + Friend Celebration


    Thanks to all of you for the sweet birthday messages on Instagram and on the blog. This has been one of those birthdays that seems to stretch out over a few days! Last year I shared a "Day in the Life: Birthday Edition" post after my birthday so I thought I'd do that again this [...]

  • Airport Dining Has Come a Long Way


    Greetings from the Atlanta Airport! I left these two chickens in Charlotte this morning (I don't even think they noticed I was leaving) and Ubered to the airport for a flight to Florida to visit my parents. I woke up at 5:45 a.m. to a text message informing me my Charlotte to Atlanta flight was [...]

  • Favorite Whole Foods Snacks + Weekend Recap


    Happy Monday! A few scenes from the weekend to share... I did a little Whole Foods trip and loved opening one of my bags to find they'd bagged all the best stuff together. - Sweet Potato Pop Chips (these are seriously addictive...I'm sorry for telling you about them! :) ) - Glutino Sea Salt Crackers [...]

  • Fig, Cherry & Berry Smoothie + Recent (Lots of Out To) Eats


    This is the first week that I've truly felt "in the swing of things" in over a month. Between traveling in February and the weird snow/ice days we had, my schedule has been all over the place. This week it's been 100% business as usual and it's one of those magical weeks where none of [...]

  • Weekend: So Much Yoga + The Girls + The Food


    I had a great weekend! It was a nice balance of work, fun and relaxation. And there was this... I almost feel guilty posting this because I know so many of you are digging out of snow but it was insanely gorgeous in Charlotte this weekend. 65 and sunny on Saturday and 70 and sunny [...]

  • The Mayobird: The Best New Lunch and Hangout Spot in Charlotte!


    I had a lunch meeting today at The Mayobird here in Charlotte and it's now my new favorite lunch and meeting spot. Whether you live in Charlotte or not, you will love the concept of this restaurant! It's based on chicken salad! They offer 17 different varieties of chicken salad and you choose whether you [...]

  • Two Amazing Meals Out for Charlotte Restaurant Week


    The last 10 days have been "Queen's Feast" here in Charlotte. It's our bi-annual restaurant week event where various restaurants around town offer three courses for $30. I am hot and cold with restaurant week. I wasn't planning on participating this winter and then in the last five days, I ended up going out twice. [...]

  • Friday I’m In Love


    Happy Friday and happy Halloween! Back in my advertising days I used to always have "The Cure Fridays" where I listened to The Cure Radio on Pandora as I was wrapping up my work for the week. They're one of my all-time favorite bands. So in the spirit of that, I present you with a [...]

  • Weekend: Day Trip + Seafood Extravaganza + So Much Cake


    After my riveting Friday night in I actually did have a jam-packed weekend (jam-packed with goodness). After my long run Saturday I headed over to Om Yoga to teach hot vinyasa. Class request was to do handstand work so I had them move their mats against the wall halfway through class and we stayed that [...]

  • Rained Out + Recent Eats


    Last night was a little bit of a let down. I had plans to see Kings of Leon with some friends but the weather was not cooperating. Our seats were on the lawn and there was an 80% chance of storms and a hazardous weather warning. We decided to chance it anyway and drove to [...]

  • Lately: Pumpkin, Yoga & Game Day


    Happy Saturday! After a nearly hour and a half weather delay, I'm parked on the couch cheering on the Dawgs! It's game day and it's always a stressful game when we're playing South Carolina. I wore myself earlier today so couch time is welcome. I did my long run early this morning, taught hot yoga, [...]

  • Reducing Food Waste + Recent Eats


    This is the time of year where I want to buy ALL of the food at the farmers market. I get so sad about the end of summer produce that I buy too much of it. This was the state of my fridge last week. A little much for one, huh!? I'm happy to report that [...]

  • CLT Eats: Fahrenheit & littleSpoon


    It's only Wednesday but I've already hit up two new Charlotte restaurants this week. Before I share my experiences with these restaurants let me give you my take on the Charlotte restaurant scene as a whole...I do not love it. We have a ton of restaurants in Charlotte and while I feel grateful for the [...]

  • Updates + Summer Loving Eats


    Happy Monday! I started my week off with 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. clients before coming home to this cutie. Sullie has a case of the Mondays and is being a little lazy but I am ready go GO! That my be in part thanks to the fact that I'm working on my second grande dark [...]

  • Weekend: Baking, Long Run, Movies & More + Weekly Workouts


    I went into this weekend with no plans other than teaching my normal Saturday and Sunday yoga classes and a long run with a friend. I was totally okay with that since I've been out so much lately but then I ended up having fun plans come together at the last minute on both Friday and Saturday [...]

  • Recent Eats + Perfect Imperfection


    Good morning and happy Sunday. After days of rain I awoke to a beautiful, cool summer morning here in Charlotte. It's amazing what a little sunshine can do for the soul. Today's recent eats post is...all over the place. You're going to see the last of my vacation eats + what I've had since I [...]

  • A Different Kind of Lately


    Hi and we made it to Friday. What a week!!! Y'all, for the first time in three years I worked 40 hours in a week in an office job and I'm IN LOVE! I am so passionate about this new project that I'm working on. It's totally lighting me up. Today was our big launch [...]

  • Recent Eats & Renovations


    Good morning. First, this. The light of my life. Second, this. That would be my gutters, removed from the house, sitting in my front yard. What began as a small repair project has morphed into a whole new ball game. And what began with just replacing my kitchen counter tops has morphed into exterior work, [...]

  • Recent Eats: Eating Out


    Happy Friday! I am so happy to see the arrival of the weekend. This was a brutal week for me in terms of sleep. I was out every night with various social engagements and up every morning for 5:30 a.m. clients. I do teach on Saturday and Sunday mornings but getting up at 7 a.m. [...]

  • Recent Eats: The Cake Edition


    Hello and TGIF! Thursday was a beast for me. I had training clients at 5:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. followed by a gym management meeting, another training client, teaching hot yoga and book club this afternoon/evening. I arrived home at 10 p.m. and was DONE! One thing I do [...]

  • A Day In the Life: Birthday Edition


    Hi there! Sorry I've been MIA for a couple of days but I was soaking up momma + bday time. Here's a look at my birthday in photos. It was a great day and I felt so lucky to have my mom here with me for it! It started bright and early at Metro where I coached [...]

  • Weekend: Massages, Sweets & Shopping


    Happy Father's Day! I'm doing this weekend a little backwards by spending it with my mom but we did call my dad today to say hi and wish him a happy day! Fun fact, I was born on Father's Day so I always joke with my dad that I was the ultimate gift. I can [...]

  • Making It Worth It


    I tell my clients, students, friends and family all the time that all the hard work that is put into healthy eating and exercise isn't worth it if you can't live a little and splurge here and there. I put this into practice all the time. Take yesterday for example... My day started with pancakes. [...]

  • Friday Night Out at Good Food


    Good morning! I'm currently on layover in Atlanta on my way to Florida. My flight left Charlotte this morning at 6 a.m. so that meant a 4 a.m. wake up call. So early but worth it to be at the beach by 9 a.m. I just ate a spinach and feta egg white wrap from [...]

  • A Very Social Weekend (I Put on Real Clothes 4 Days in a Row!)


    I hope your Monday is off to a great start! I had a yoga private this morning, a coffee meeting and then I shopped and cooked meals for my client. I haven't done a weekend recap in a while because my weekends haven't been much to write about but I thought that putting on real [...]

  • Recent (REALLY GOOD!) Eats + Rethinking Mashed Cauliflower


    I take back all the mean things that I said about mashed cauliflower. I was too quick to judge! Back in December I made mashed cauliflower at home for the first time. The problem was that I gave it a half-hearted effort and tried to puree it in small batches in my tiny food processor. [...]

  • Recent Eats (All Over the Place!) + Digital Fatigue


    I hope you're all enjoying the weekend. I didn't get a chance to check in yesterday because the first copy deadline for my book is April 1 and I have been covered up trying to knock that out. I was out with a friend last night and she asked how I was doing. I replied [...]

  • My Vacation Food Philosophy


    How I eat on vacation can be summed up pretty simply...whatever I want! I consider vacations (and girl's weekends and quick getaways) to be sacred me time and I allow myself to let loose a little and eat, drink, sleep as I please. This goes back to my childhood. My family always spent two weeks [...]

  • Recent Eats: Vacation Edition


    My eats over the last few days will definitely be different (and so much more beautiful!) than what you are used to seeing. One of the best things about Zoetry resorts (I've now stayed at the one in Punta Cana twice, Puerto Moreles once and there is one more in Cabo that I haven't visited) [...]

  • Weekend: Crazy Curls + Massage + Yoga


    Good morning and happy Monday! I am setting my intention to have a focused and productive week that includes LOTS of writing for my book. :) Before I dive into the new week, here's a look back at a few weekend highlights. Fun fact: my hair is naturally curly/wavy but I never wear it this [...]

  • Purge Part 2 + Rooster’s Reward Dinner


    I can't say that this was a fun weekend but it was necessary. Other than a work happy hour on Friday, I had zero social engagements to distract me from the great purge of 2014. I fully own that I had a mini-meltdown last night while I was standing in the middle of the bedroom [...]

  • Weekend: Lulu Trip, Sushi, Yoga & Movies


    Happy Monday! I hope the week is off to a great start for everyone. I got to sleep until 7:30 this morning so I am feeling pretty amazing after almost 9 hours of sleep. The rest of the week won't be so kind with 5:30 and 6 a.m. clients to I took advantage while I [...]

  • Weekend: Car Shopping, Restaurant Week and Brunch


    Hi there. I hope everyone had a good Monday. If you had the day off I hope you enjoyed it! First things first, I took this girl into the vet this morning and she received a CLEAN bill of health. I am so grateful. The lump on her belly is, in fact, a lipoma (fatty [...]

  • Saturday with Jay Z & Dinner Uptown


    Hello and happy Monday. I think it's back to reality for most of us after two weeks of holiday schedules. This is definitely the busy season in the fitness industry. The yoga studios were unbelievably packed over the weekend thanks to a new year and really cold, rainy days. I had over 60 yogis in [...]

  • A Pho-Tastic Start to the Year & Some Shopping Finds


    Happy second day of 2014! It's cold and gray here in Charlotte but I'm combating that by eating lots of comfort food like oatmeal and grilled cheese and tomato soup and I have a big pot of homemade chicken noodle soup going on the stove for tonight's dinner. And as usual I'm drinking hot tea [...]

  • Weekend: Buddhas, Baking, Movies and More


    Here are a few weekend photos from the iPhone. Friday evening I swung by Erin McDermott's house to pick up some holiday gifts and ended up wearing this buddha necklace home. I seriously just love everything she makes and she is truly one of the sweetest and most thoughtful women ever. Bathroom tub remodel. I [...]

  • One of Many Jens


    Hi and happy Sunday! I hope it's been a great weekend for everyone. I attended two very fun holiday parties last night. The first was our staff party for Metro where this photo was taken. It's the "Jen's." There are FOUR Jen's that work for Metro...and we only have 30ish employees. This has pretty much [...]

  • Tupelo Honey Comes to Charlotte


    In all the visits I have made to Asheville I have never visited one of its most iconic restaurants, Tupelo Honey. The restaurant is located downtown and serves "nouveau Southern" cuisine. The lines are always crazy long so I never visited while visiting Asheville. Tupelo Honey has been expanding in recent years and now has [...]

  • Practicing Gratitude


    I hope your Thanksgiving week is off to a great start! I taught my regular Sunday morning yoga class yesterday and the message that we focused on was letting this week of Thanksgiving be about actively practicing gratitude and celebrating the abundant blessings in our lives. To begin class I read my yogis the following [...]

  • Cooking, Wine, Yoga & Sullie


    This was a good weekend full of friends, downtime, puppy love, yoga and cooking. All of my favorite things. I stayed in on Friday night and cooked dinner. I had some beautiful salmon but wanted to try a new method of preparing it. I browsed through some cookbooks and then remembered I had Pinned a [...]

  • Lunch At Rezaz In Biltmore Village + A Peanut Butter Chocolate Bomb


    We stopped by Biltmore Village for lunch on our way into Asheville on Saturday. There were several restaurants in the village that I had heard great things about but had not tried so I thought it would be a nice change of pace to get out of downtown and explore another area. We tried to [...]

  • Late Visit To Lulu…After Wine…And the bright yellow pants that came home with me.


    Lately I've gotten into a really nice weekend groove where I've had plenty of time for running errands, farmers market trips, yoga practices and most importantly...being at home where I can get things done around the house, bake, cook and relax. There has been a ton of work done to my house and yard over [...]

  • Week Wrap Up & Welcome November


    Happy Friday. It's November 1. I cannot believe there are only two months left in this year. I welcomed November by sleeping until 7:45 and skipping early yoga and making a smoothie. Here's a look at some of the other things I've been eating this week. Another oatmeal breakfast. Sandwich and salad lunch. The treat [...]

  • Dinner at La Canoa at Zoetry Parisio de la Bonita


    During our day trip to scout Zoetry Parisio de la Bonita for an upcoming yoga retreat, we had the opportunity to experience dinner at their AAA four diamond restaurant La Canoa. The restaurant is named for the canoes that are hung from the ceiling. It features a spacious layout with an open kitchen and ocean [...]

  • First Weekend of Fall // Dinner at Rooster’s


    Hi! Happy weekend! It is an insanely gorgeous day in Charlotte. It was very cloudy on Saturday and rainy Saturday night but I'm grateful that front brought us this sunshine and cool weather. Today is the first day of fall and I can't imagine a more perfect day! I was working on this post after [...]

  • Labor day weekend: from housework to yoga inversions to I am so not meant for clubbing…


    My Labor Day weekend hasn't provided much of a break from laboring but it sure has been productive. And there has been a bit of fun involved so I can't complain. Housework has continued in full force and the following has been accomplished... - HVAC repaired - Installation of two new toilets - New light [...]