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Three Aces {Date Night}

After publishing yesterday’s post I realized that while getting back into my normal routine has been tough this week, I really wasn’t doing anything to prevent myself from feeling lethargic and tired in the evenings. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people complain about something that they can change, so I decided to do something to combat my fatigue (besides drinking a gallon of coffee).

One of the reasons I feel so tired after work is the fact that it’s pitch black out when I leave the building. As I run in the morning (dark) and usually don’t have much time to step out for lunch, the only daylight I’m really experiencing is on my commute to work. Then when I get home and it’s dark out, all I want to do is eat dinner, put on my sweats, and curl up on the couch for the night. Sounds pretty anti-social right? Well, this winter I’m challenging myself not to hibernate. Obviously everyone needs a little downtime, but I’m really going to push myself to go out more during the week, see friends, and have date nights with Ian.

Which brings us to last night, after a week of “blah” evenings, Ian and I decided a date night was in order! We decided to go to Three Aces, a fun gastropub in Little Italy. We’ve been there a few times (including once for brunch) and have always had good drinks, good food, and a great time :).

Three Aces is on the “trendy” side so when I got home I changed out of my work clothes into my favorite only hipster clothes.

I almost wore my glasses but decided against it at the last minute :P.

The dinner menu is not exactly food allergy friendly but I was able to make-do with a few substitutions. In addition to a glass of wine for me and a beer for Ian, we split the apple and fennel salad (without cheese) to start.

It was awesome and the smoked almonds were so good! I didn’t even know that people smoked almonds but I liked them :).

For my actual dinner, I ordered the beer steamed mussels. The broth was fabulous and there was even some butternut squash at the bottom of the bowl. So good!

Ian had a risotto that came with ham and black eyed peas. He really liked his meal but couldn’t keep his hands away from the mussels either. I’ve always thought that Hopleaf had the best mussels in Chicago but Three Aces sure gave Hopleaf a run for it’s money!

It was so nice to get out of the apartment on a Thursday night and have a nice meal. I’d highly recommend Three Aces to anyone who likes craft beer (their beer list is super impressive) and farm-to-table food.

This morning I woke up feeling much better. My legs weren’t as stiff (must have been that long foam rolling session yesterday) and I felt ready to run. My workout was on the shorter side (5 miles w/ 6 x 100 m strides) but I felt much stronger and looser than I have all week.

Now I’m off to tackle my last workday of the week. Have a good one!




Date Night {Belly Shack}

I wanted to give you guys a more content-heavy post this morning but an impromptu date night last night & a Mad Men marathon was not conducive to me writing a post. The post will come tomorrow and until then I’ll recap date night.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know that Ian and I love ethnic food. We eat Indian, Thai, Korean, Mexican, etc so when we found out about Belly Shack, a Latin American, Korean, Asian Fusion spot we knew we had to check it out.

Belly Shack is not a fast food restaurant but it’s also not a formal place. They specialize in street food and while there is waitstaff, you order at a counter and they bring the food to you. It is also BYOB but last night we didn’t partake.

We decided to split an order of Togarashi Spiced Fries. They came with a curry mayo that was really amazing.

 Ian ordered the Korean BBQ Beef (unpictured) and I had the Boricua with marinated tofu.

The sandwich was stuffed between two tostones and was filled wth marinated tofu, mushrooms, bok choy, and brown rice. There was a Hoisin BBQ sauce on the side. Yum!

Not wanting the night to end, we indulged in two of their highly recommended soft serve dishes.

I had the Vietnamese Cinnamon Caramel which despite not being a huge caramel fan, I loved!

And Ian ordered the Bacon Chocolate Chip. He was a big fan.

Overall, I really enjoyed Belly Shack and I appreciated that they had a couple vegan and gluten-free options. I know we’ll be returning soon :)

After dessert, on our trek back to the ‘l’, we stumbled across a Family Dollar. Being city dwellers, we rarely see dollar stores or anything similar, so we decided to check it out. Ian also needed to break a $20 for trainfare and as we were out of paper towels, we figured we’d pick up a roll or two and kill two birds with one stone.

Well about a half an hour later we emerged from the Family Dollar with a huge bag full of necessary items. I mean, everything was cheaper than the Target near our apartment, we couldn’t help ourselves!

It is obviously unsafe to send Chicagoans into suburban stores unattended.

So excited about our purchases!

When we got home, we started watching Mad Men. I think we might be on episode 6 now, I’m not sure. While I’m loving it, Ian can’t seem to stay awake for more than an episode and a half and Sonic… well he has no interest at all.

It’s a tough life.

This morning I woke up and knocked out 6 miles. They weren’t super fast but they weren’t slow either. I got a cramp in the ball of my foot and had to stop and stretch it out but besides that I have no complaints. I plan on biking to and from work today also (total of about 5 miles).

Time to head to work, have a great Thursday!

Where do you eat breakfast? At home, at your desk, or in transit?




Boston Marathon: 12 miler

I woke up bright and early this morning to get ready for my first long run of training. I wanted to make sure not to forget anything as I was running a point-to-point course and Ian was going to meet me at one of our favorite breakfast places. But more on that later ;).

While I was packing a bag and rechecking my route, I snacked on a half piece of toast with some peanut butter and chia seeds. Hey, it worked for the Tarahumara right?

I generally just eat part of a larabar before going on long runs but we were out of larabars and I’m starting to wonder if that is enough fuel for longer training runs. So, I’m trying some new combinations to see what my sensitive stomach can handle.

The toast seemed to be ok, but I’m not sure I could have stomached too much more. Oh well, baby steps I guess.

My run felt really good. I never felt out of breath or anything, but my hips felt tight and my ankles felt weak. Hopefully this goes away soon. I ended up running 12.15 miles and finishing in 1:33:41.

Mile 1- 7:43
Mile 2- 7:44
Mile 3- 7:51
Mile 4- 7:36
Mile 5- 7:58
Mile 6- 7:26
Mile 7- 7:45
Mile 8- 8:09 <– got lost, stopped to ask for directions
Mile 9- 7:26
Mile 10- 7:44
Mile 11- 7:43
Mile 12- 7:27
Last .15- 7:43

Overall I’m pretty happy although my pacing is all over the place. I’m thinking it will even out though as I adjust back to running more frequently.

I met Ian at Lula Cafe, one of my favorite breakfast places in Chicago. He was even nice enough to bring my bag with him so I could change out of my running clothes. What a guy ;)

I started breakfast with some water and a coffee and then ordered the strada of the day for my main. The strada is Lula’s version of a savory pain de mie bread pudding and they alternate the ingredients each week. Today’s had spinach, apple, goat cheese, celery, and walnuts. This is my absolute go-to breakfast at Lula’s

It was so good and just what my body wanted after a long run. I’m totally going to try to recreate it this week too!

Ian had the brioche bread pudding french toast and loved it. The presentation was awesome too, so I had to take a picture.

We both left happily full but not overstuffed which is another reason why I love this restaurant, portion sizes are reasonable.

After breakfast, Ian and I walked over to Trader Joe’s to do our grocery shopping.  Its not bitter cold out yet so walking is still bearable. We must take advantage of it!

I plan to relax a bit this afternoon and then we’re headed out to the Christkindlmarket. Have a great Sunday!