The last four days have been a whirlwind. Pat and I got married on Saturday (!) and we just packed all of our belongings and are headed out on a five day road trip. Our final destination is San Francisco, CA where I am starting my new job at a hospital there. It’s so exciting to know at the end of the drive we e are going to be building our new newlywed nest in one of the most amazing cities on the planet.
The wedding was incredible. I can honestly say it was one of the best days of my life. It was special and beautiful and it was the perfect ending to our time in Madison. I laughed and cried and spent the night surrounded by our friends and family and the man of my dreams. I feel so privileged to abe surrounded by the amazing people I come to love and to be joining Pat’s incredible family. It was truly magical.
Photo by my new sister-in-law, the original Kelly H.
More pictures and stories from the wedding and from the open road to come soon!
Because it was the closing weekend of the film festival, there wasn’t as much going on. It seems like most of the celebrities had already slipped town. This was definitely a disappointment, as I was absolutely convinced that I was going to run into Susan Sarandon and George Clooney. The biggest celebrity we saw was main actress from the most terrible doctor show on television right now (and that says a lot as most of them are pretty terrible), Mob Doctor. I just went to google it now, and it looks like it was canceled halfway through its first season.
We recovered from the disappointment by pretending that we were celebrities instead. Cue sunglasses, big cameras and headscarves:
All photos courtesy of Steven Knurr
As a part of the residency interview process, I had a job interview at the children’s hospital in Salt Lake City. It just so happened to be the same weekend as the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, which was only 45 minutes away in Park City. The Sundance Film Festival has always been on my bucket list, so I knew I had to make it happen!
Pat was already out in Colorado skiing, so he drove to meet me in Salt Lake City. We were also joined by our friends, Holly and Steve. Thanks to some work rewards points, Holly was able to snag us a beautiful room at the Marriot Mountainside, at the base of the Park City Ski Resort! The best thing about the rooms is that they have full kitchens.
We decided to take full advantage of all the Mountainside had to offer. Before Pat left, I packed his car with the spices and dry ingredients to make several meals for us, as well as lots of snacks for when we were hitting the slopes! I don’t think the staff at the Marriott had seen anything like us. It took two hotel carts to unload Pat’s car – it was like the Beverly Hillbillies were moving in!
We had the last laugh though – we ate like kings all weekend! We stopped at the Costco in SLC and picked up a huge fillet of salmon, a 2.5 pound bag of spinach (!), blue cheese, eggs, and yogurt. This was enough food that we did not have to eat out all weekend. We had pomegranate-balsamic glazed salmon, turkey chili, egg scrambles, couscous, delicata squash and lots and lots of spinach! It became a running joke that the spinach bag refilled itself. Even though it felt like we had used so much of it, it never showed signs of emptying.
Our kitchen was stocked with bright yellow Fiestaware – isn’t it gorgeous? I had to suppress the urge to run out and buy a set as soon as we got home.
We also packed some homemade limoncello and some Wisconsin beer, anticipating that alcohol would be expensive and hard to come by.
We were able to see three films over the course of the weekend. They all turned out to be in the ‘Next’ category, which is reserved for up-and-coming filmmakers with small budgets. I wish I could say that our minds were blown by the films we saw, but unfortunately they all seemed to teeter on the brink of art and….what-the-heck?
Our favorite film was This is Martin Bonner, which won the audience favorite award. It tells the story of a man just out of prison and his mentor, Martin Bonner, as they both help each other get their lives back on track. It was definitely a gem.
Stay tuned for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Part II on Monday!
All photos courtesy of Steven Knurr
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, in no small part because it’s the day that Pat and I got engaged last year. The huge helpings of home cooked food and flowing libations don’t hurt either! I celebrated this Thanksgiving with my future in-laws. Thanks to Pat’s four sisters and their significant others/friends, the house was always full and there was never a dull moment. It was a wonderful weekend. I have so much to be thankful for and a weekend surrounded by family was the perfect way to be reminded of this.
I’ve been reading the Macro Chef blog for quite a while. I’m not sure how I stumbled upon his musings, but I do know that he cooks delicious meals with vegetarian ingredients that are healthy yet full of flavor. He often writes in his blog about Monday Night Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners in his hometown of Palo Alto. They have always sounded so wonderful – relaxed dining with local and fresh ingredients shared with strangers who are destined to become close friends. After all, what better way to meet people than to break bread (or gourmet vegan cookies) with them?
The Monday night dinners take place about 10 minutes away from my little dorm on the Stanford campus, so I hopped on my bike and checked one out last weekend! I am trying to challenge myself to be more comfortable bring my camera around to social situations. It still feels very awkward to take shots of acquaintances and even more of complete strangers!
The meal was amazing. Just check out the menu!
Chickpea soup with summer vegetables
Tempeh in lemon coconut sauce over basmati rice
Roasted summer squash
Chopped salad with fresh mint and cilantro
Toasted almond cookies
Lemon ginger tea
The meal was set up in an assembly line, manned by volunteers. My plate was heaped with food, but I still couldn’t resist going back for seconds!
Luckily for me, the company was just as good as the food! I ended up at the solo table with an eclectic group of individuals. There was everyone from a French couchsurfer who was headed back home the next day to pick grapes in his homeland, to a recently-divorced Russian lady, to a colorectal surgeon to an entrepreneur who runs a vegan beauty. Needless to say, the conversation was never boring!
I had such a great time, that I went back for more this week. I’ll share more photos and stories from that meal soon! I promise that this time I got braver and took even more photos.
The whole experience cost only $15 and is used to fund future dinners. I highly recommend checking them out if you are in the Palo Alto area. For more information, check out the Peninsula Macro Website.
This was the first month that I have participated in the Foodie Pen Pals program from The Lean Green Bean. I stumbled across the Lean Green Bean website about a month ago and I saw her program. I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to meet new people and share local food and goodies (which I love) with others around the country!
For the box that I was to receive, I was paired with another blogger, which was great! I am a real food and natural living blogger and I publish the Delicious Obsessions website. I always love meeting new bloggers and reading their take on life and finding out what they specialty is. I was thrilled to be paired with Kelly from Running Blonde. As I waited for the package to arrive, I spent time reading Kelly’s site and learning about her. It sounds like Kelly’s life is getting exciting (and busy) as she packs up to head to California to do some hospital work. Go Kelly!
When Kelly’s package arrived, I was SO excited to get it! I don’t know the last time I’ve received something personal like this in the mail, so this was very exciting. That, or I am very easily amused.
The first thing I noticed was that she had recycled packing materials. Love that! I’m all about using what you have on hand and getting creative to make things work without buying new stuff. She also a nice, handwritten card, which I have on my fireplace mantle.
I cracked open the box and the first thing I saw was the big bag of granola. YUM! Both my husband and I love granola! The Maple Walnut granola is from Nature’s Bakery Cooperative in Madison, WI.
The second item was a jar of honey. Now, I love, love, love raw honey. You can even read the recent post that I wrote about raw honey here. You’ll notice in that article, I mention that I am turning into a honey collector of sorts. I love collecting different honeys from all over the country, and hopefully, the world! Turns out, this honey is about as personal as you can get — it comes from Kelly’s father’s bees! How awesome is that?
The next item was a box of gourmet chocolates from Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier … ahhhh … chocolates. YUM! Apparently, Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier is quite famous outside of Wisconsin. I have never heard of the company, but now that I have had the opportunity to sample the chocolates, I must say they are AMAZING! Sadly, the heat was a little too powerful and the chocolates melted together into a pool. A pool of chewy, salty, sweet goodness. Melted or not, they tasted great!
Lastly, we have booze! What care package wouldn’t be complete without beer? I was sent a bottle of New Glarus Brewing Co.’s Spotted Cow beer. I have yet to crack it open, but I will be soon! Sounds like some burgers are in my near future?
How fun! I loved each and every gift that I received from Kelly. Thank you, Kelly, for putting together a fun package of fun goodies and for being my first foodie pen pal! I hope that we can stay in touch!