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Girl & the Goat

Ian and I have been wanting to try Girl & the Goat for a long time. I’ve always been interested because I’m a huge Top Chef fan and Stephanie Izard is an amazing chef. Ian has always been drawn to the creative menu and interesting brews. Let’s just say we were pretty excited when his sister started working for the restaurant a few months ago ;).

We finally made it over to Girl & the Goat last night and all I can say is wow, why did it take us so long?

I decided to wear my new BCBG dress that I bought at Nordstrom Rack for $175 less than its original price. Love it.

We arrived at the restaurant a few minutes before our reservation slot of 7:30 and were asked to step aside and wait. The restaurant was incredibly busy, they were even telling people with reservations that they would have to wait another 45 minutes to an hour. We ended up skipping the wait because we were “friends of the goat” but I can’t imagine coming to a restaurant with a reservation and then waiting a long time. Lesson learned, plan ahead!

I had requested a vegan menu to avoid any problems with dairy or egg and was given one upon seating. I had decided before dinner that I would do my best to avoid corn and soy but I wasn’t going to worry about cross contamination or demand they skip the oil on a dish. How often do you get to eat in a Top Chef’s restaurant? Instead, I focused on avoiding my main allergens.

P.S. I loved how they had compiled a vegan menu. They had vegetarian and gluten free menus as well.

The Girl & the Goat is small plates style and they suggest about 2-3 plates per person. As this was our first trip to the restaurant, we decided to try a lot of different things.

We started with one of the oysters of the day. I forget exactly what it was called, but the oysters were marinated in a vinegar sauce and topped with chopped herbs. They were really really tasty!

We also split the warm marinated olives. They were good as well (the bright green ones were my favorites) but the serving was big for two people. We still managed to eat the majority of the portion though ;).

Next, I had the kohlrabi salad with the dressing on the side. The salad was good but could have used a few more blueberries. It was another large portion and I was thankful that Ian helped me out!

Ian also ordered a broccoli dish that came with a blue cheese sauce (not pictured). He loved it and even brought some of the leftovers home!

For my “main”, I ordered the eggplant caponata. It was a mix of eggplant, onion, and other veggies, fried masa, and a green chimichurri sauce that was to die for. I seriously wanted to lick the bowl.

I did try to avoid the fried masa but failed on a few occasions. Oh well, I wasn’t too upset about it :P

Ian ordered the grilled pork ribs and they came with a tomatillo-mushroom slaw. He raved about how good they were. The meat was literally falling off the bone.

The food was good but not incredibly heavy (maybe because we didn’t order a bread or anything fried?) so we decided to indulge in dessert. Ian ordered the quatro leches and I had the blackberry sorbet (vegan).

The sorbet is from Black Dog Gelato and seriously changed my life. I have been to Black Dog before but the sorbet has always been overshadowed by the gelato. Not anymore. I want to eat their sorbet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner… it was that good!

I really liked our experience at Girl & the Goat. The food was excellent, the wait staff was friendly, and our meal was perfectly paced. I hate feeling rushed! It’s a must-try in the Chicago area, particularly if you’re a Top Chef fan!

This morning I woke up at 5:00 and saw this:

I immediately nixed the idea of running outside. I debated running on the treadmill but I wasn’t feeling it. I’m not training for anything long distance right now so I didn’t want to force myself to run on the dreadmill and decided to go for a longer swim instead

I hopped in the pool with the intention of doing an interval workout but I fell into a rhythm during my warm-up and decided to swim for distance. I completed 2,400 meters which a a new PDR for me, yay!

This week has me all confused but I believe it’s time for work. Have a great day!




Date Night {Arami}

This past week was incredibly busy. It was so busy that Ian and I didn’t have much time to spend together. In fact, we hadn’t had a meal together since Wednesday night. We had to fix that and we did it in the best way possible, a date night!

We went to Arami Sushi, a smaller sushi restaurant in Ukranian Village. Arami is known for their innovation and their fresh fish and everytime Ian and I’ve eaten there the food has been delicous and the service wonderful.

Things were a little tricky given my elimination diet but a quick e-mail to my doctor assured me that fish, rice, and seaweed would be okay but that I should be mindful of fried rolls, sauces with mayo, and soy products. It seemed like a great excuse to order nigiri! (I also asked for fresh wasabi as some of the other varieties contain gluten).

We ordered two salmon and two yellowtail nigiri (my doctor also suggested I avoid tuna due to the higher mercury content) and Ian and I had one of each.

The salmon was phenomenal and I’m not usually a salmon sashimi fan (love it in rolls though). It was incredibly fresh and full of flavor, even without soy sauce or ginger.

I also had two pieces of grilled avocado nigiri.

At first I was nervous because the avocado was drizzled with a spicy mayo sauce but I found out that it was a vegan mayo and even though I’m not sure the ingredient list would have stood up to the elimination diet I’m doing right now, it didn’t contain any of my allergens so I went for it. They were really good and I feel okay so far today so my fingers are crossed it continues!

I also ordered one of the special nigiri of the night, Korean red snapper.

This was also really tasty and had more flavor than the yellowtail but was not as good as the salmon.

Ian also ordered kani nigiri and a roll to fill him up.

After dinner we plopped ourselves down on the couch where I had a pumpkin smoothie and some veggies in hummus (I was still a liitttle bit hungry) and watched some Mad Men. We need to pick up the pace a bit, we’re only in season 3!

This Morning
This morning I woke up early to beat the heat AND the runners with a brick workout (I don’t think I beat either ;)). I got out my bike and headed to the lakeshore path where I rode 6 miles in one direction, turned around, and rode the 6 miles home. It ended up taking me about 50 minutes on the path and an hour counting biking to and from the path. Considering all of the bikers, runners, and walkers, I’m happy with the pace.

When I got back to my apartment, I locked my bike up front and headed out for a two mile run. I arrived back around 7:30 a.m. and it was already really warm. Yikes! I’m going to have to wake up even earlier to fit in my run tomorrow morning :-/.

I ran a mile out and then turned around and ran home. My first mile clocked in at 7:36 and my second at 7:14. I was actually quite impressed with my legs but I don’t know that I could have kept that up for another mile, at least not in the heat after biking for an hour.

All I wanted for breakfast was something cold so I had a big bowl of cereal that included 1/2 cup brown rice cereal, 1/2 cup puffed millet, 1/2 T walnuts, 1/2 T pumpkin seeds, a sliced banana, almond butter, and then a drizzle of honey on top of everything. I also used rice milk. It was so good!

I’m off to relax. I’m debating going a nap because we have another busy weekend ahead of us (are they ever not busy?). Plans for today include a trip to the Printers Row Lit Fest, errands, and a Sox game (I’ve never been!). Have a wonderful day!

What do you have going on today? Anything exciting?




Workout Update & a Gloomy Friday

Happy Friday guys! I hope it’s warm and sunny wherever you are today, we’re experiencing rain and chilly weather in Chicago :(

When I woke up this morning and had no pain in my heel, I was ecstatic. Yeah my heel felt a little tender but the dull pain was gone. I got dressed for the gym, grabbed my iPod, and left the apartment in a great mood. Maybe my injury wasn’t an injury after all? Unfortunately, I started to notice my heel within the first mile. It didn’t really hurt yet but I could feel it, and then the pain started during the last mile of my 4 mile run. Again, nothing sharp or excruciating, just a dull pain, almost like a bruise.

Boo, I guess my heel pain isn’t gone yet (obviously patience is not one of my virtues ;)).

Not wanting to wrap up working out quite yet, I finished by biking on the recline bike (my butt hurts too bad from being on the upright one yesterday). I set the level to 8 and peddled away for 15 minutes and I have to admit I broke a nice sweat.

Anyway, I am glad that I’ve seen some progress with my heel, but that fact that it hurt more during/after running is a red flag. I’ve decided to take tomorrow completely off from running and cap my running on Sunday to 3 miles (I’ll put a new workout schedule at the bottom of this post). I’m hoping that not running tomorrow, drastically cutting back on Sunday, and taking Monday off will help. In the meanwhile, I’ve switched over to wearing comfy shoes all the time (tennis shoes, toms). I even brought a pair of toms with me today to change into at school/work because it was too wet out to wear them during my commute.

I’ve also decided that some running retail therapy is quite necessary, not only to boost my spirits but because honestly guys, I haven’t bought new running gear in years. My shorts are starting to fray, everything looks really overworn, and the apartment clothes dryers are shrinking all of my tanktops! I’m looking into buying a nice pair of shorts and at tanktop. I love this top but am clueless about lululemon shorts, any suggestions?

And here’s my new workout plan:

Second Revised Workout Plan
Saturday- swim + yoga
Sunday- swim+ cycling class + mini-run (tentative)
Monday- off

What are your weekend plans?




Boston Marathon: 15 miler

This morning I woke up with a lingering headache from last night. I debated skipping out on my long run altogether but I really don’t like missing training runs so I got my game together and made it happen. Let me tell you, I’m so glad I did. I feel so much better post-run :)

To back-up a little bit, I woke up not feeling my best. My head wasn’t throbbing like it was last night but it felt achey and my stomach felt a little weird. I managed to eat a little less than 1/2 a piece of bread with sunflower butter and chia seeds and finish up a peanut butter banana smoothie I made for Ian last night.

Not the best pre-run fuel but it was all I could do today.

I also realized (this morning) that I was out of shot blocks. I usually don’t take in fuel during a workout unless its an 18+ mile run but with my headache I didn’t want to go unprepared. What if I bonked or felt dizzy on the run?

I ended up cutting a date in half (I like to take in calories slowly while running) and wrapping it in saran wrap. This worked fine and I actually preferred it to shot blocks. It’s more natural too so I may stick with it for race fuel.

Splits (min/mile)
1- 7:16
2- 7:57
3- 7:25
4- 7:45
5- 7:57
6- 7:33
7- 7:31
8- 7:46
9- 7:49
10- 7:46 <– had 1/2 a date
11- 7:46
12- 7:54
13- 7:37 <– other 1/2 a date
14- 7:49
15- 7:53 <– huge hill

Overall I finished in 1:55 and averaged a 7:43 min/mile.

I also want to say that I feel incredibly lucky about the weather. This morning the skies were clear, the sun was out, and it was 33 degrees (I’ll take anything above freezing!). Last year I trained for a marathon through sub-zero temps, tons of snow, and lots of ice. I much prefer this :)

When I got home I chugged a bottle of water and waited for the hunger to set in.

For breakfast I had a parfait of lemon chobani, the last tiny piece of custard spoon bread, almonds, and raisins. I also had a clementine and some iced coffee.

All mixed up.

To be honest this wasn’t enough so I went back and had a mug of cereal and a spoonful of sunflower butter.

Much better!

Plans for the afternoon include walking to TJs for groceries and preparing for school to start tomorrow.

Enjoy your Sunday :)




Franklin Cider Mill & Thanksgiving Part Two

Today I woke up early to try to get some homework done before everyone else wakes up. This seems to be the only way to get stuff done when I’m at home.

I wasn’t hungry at all when I woke up (more on that later) but my mind will not be productive without some semblance of breakfast first so in the name of productivity, I had a small glass of Marmallow O’s and some coffee.

Now back to the fun stuff ;)

Yesterday, after my run, I picked Ian up from his mom’s house and we made a special trip to Franklin Cider Mill. It’s an old-time favorite of mine, I used to come here with my family and friends every fall, but Ian had never been, only sampled their goodies.

The weather was absolutely perfect, it was sunny and in the 50′s.

Ian and I each had a donut and some hot apple cider.

I’m so glad we made it this year!

After hanging around the cider mill we decided to grab lunch at one of our favorite Thai restaurants in the area Sy Thai.

They always bring shrimp chips to the table to snack on

And soup with the lunch special

I tried something new this time and went with the Vegetable Curry. It was so good and very spicy!

I spent the rest of the afternoon helping my mom cook for our Thanksgiving last night. Luckily we pulled it together and had dinner by 7 :)

Stuffing and brussel sprouts in the back, tofurkey in the front right, green bean casserole to the left, and sweet potato casserole.

Tofurkey for me, Cornish hens for my mom and Ian

Tofurkey in all it’s glory- honestly, this was my first tofurkey and it’s not for me. It was a little rubbery and artificial tasting, but I appreciated the thought and enjoyed having a “main”  (even though the sides are where it’s at ;))

We also had a delicious pumpkin cheese cake and wine, lots of wine.

If you’re asking if that’s a lot of food for three people, I can tell you that it is. Which explains why I am still super stuffed at the moment!

I need to go clean out my google reader err do homework. Have a good one!