Run, Wine, Dine, Slice & Dice

Hey! Hey! Hey there! How are you this fine evening? I have had a delightful and busy day! It started out VERY early when Brian’s friend Joe came over at 6:30am so we could all go for a 7 mile run! We had a great run! Brian’s method for long runs has been to run 10 minutes and then walk 2. It works out really well giving you enough stamina to easily get through those miles. Joe is running a 10K with us over the 4th of July it was good to run together as a group.

After a quick shower we headed out to breakfast with Joe and his daughters. We tried a new to me restaurant called The Flipside. It’s attached to a traditional family restaurant called Ardies. The owner decided to build on to Ardies and create a more hip pub and grill to attract the younger crowd. We had heard good things about The Flipside and Brian had lunch and a Bloody Mary there once. There’s nothing I love more than a delicious Bloody Mary and The Flipside did not disappoint!

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It was perfectly refreshing with just enough spice and some very fun garnishes; 3 different kinds of cheeses, a pickle, an olive, a pickled mushroom AND a beef stick! The company was delightful too!

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I ordered the California Omelet which had a TON of vegetables including zucchini and summer squash. I also got the American Fries and for only $0.99 extra homemade grilled bread which was AMAZING!

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So much food! Even though I was super hungry after our long run I still couldn’t finish all this! I don’t think any of us were able to finish our food. I also really liked the atmosphere of The Flipside. It was definitely like a pub but had fun décor, with lots of pictures of famous landmarks from our town. We will definitely be back for breakfast and more!

After a short nap Brian and I headed out to the country to Vernon Vineyards for a little wine tasting. The first time we visited Vernon Vineyards was with the Gardner’s last summer. I had been craving a wine tasting experience and we thought this would be the perfect weekend to head back to Vernon Vineyards. We started off with their free tasting of five of their wines plus one dessert wine.

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All of the wines we tried were so good! We decided to buy a bottle of St. Pepin and sit outside on the deck enjoying it with some cheese, crackers, and apples we brought from home.

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The weather was perfect, warm enough to be comfortable but with a nice breeze to keep it cool. I had fun taking pictures of some of their wine inspired décor and of the vineyards.

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It was a perfect way to spend the afternoon!

After all that wining and dining we weren’t very hungry for dinner. Eventually I headed over to the Food Co-Op to stalk up on our weekly produce and to buy ingredients for a light salad for dinner. I actually saw this recipe posted by a few of my friends on Facebook so I can’t give credit where credit is due since I don’t know where it is from but I just have to share it because it  is a perfect salad for summer.

Toasted Quinoa, Chicken, Corn, and Avocado Salad

  • 1 cup cucumbers diced
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 1 cup chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup red pepper, diced
  • ½ cup corn kernels
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • ½ avocado, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Lemon Vinaigrette dressing:

  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (use real lemon!)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic, chopped
  • 1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

Cook the 2 cups of quinoa in 4 cups of water-bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for twelve minutes

Mix together quinoa, chicken, cucumbers, red pepper, corn, green onions, cilantro, and salt and pepper.

For the lemon vinaigrette, mix all ingredients together well. Add salt and pepper if needed. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and stir.

Fold in the avocado and serve chilled.

We actually didn’t eat it chilled. We tried to wait while it chilled in the fridge but it was already getting pretty late by the time we ate it (hence the dark pictures) but this was the perfect way to end an indulgent day.

 

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Served with some sliced fruit and sparkling lemon water!

Not sure what is on tap for tomorrow. I have a few lose plans so we’ll see how it all shakes out! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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