The End of Summer Monday, Jul 30 2012 

I am considering tomorrow the end of summer. I start professional development seminars at my school on Wednesday and then will be in regularly until school starts on August 15. Even though summer is at an end I have had some great last days of vacation. Here is a recap of the last week.

7-20: Still in Alaska-we went out to college town pizza and then returned to Cold Stone with a group where I enjoyed a massive peanut butter combination ice cream in a waffle cone.

7-21: cappuccino in Lulu’s while reading the newspaper. In reading the paper I discovered all about the “ear pulling contest”. After some java my sister and I headed to the farmer’s market. I had to get one more fix of goodies from the nice lady at Honey Bakery. I also got my Fairbanks falafel fix. Pita place seriously has the best. I promptly demolished it in the car, hence the blurry pic.

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7-22: my farewell dinner with the group at Lavelle's in downtown Fairbanks. I had the flatbread with rosemary, sweet red onion, and gorgonzola along with a Cesar salad. Dessert was chocolate Kaluha cake. It was good but I must say I liked my sister and brother-in-law's chocolate mousse better. I also had a bite of Creme brûlée.
Tonight was also the day I booked my ticket for a visit over fall break. That is right…I am returning in October!
7-23: marked my first overnight camping trip. My first time in a tent went well and I slept so good! Our destination was at Ophir Creek campground and we had the whole right side of the area to ourselves! Food included wild Alaskan salmon (that BIL caught), corn, s'mores, eggs, biscuits, and bacon.

7-24: back from camping and then headed to the airport for my overnight flight.

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The Original Sunday, Jul 15 2012 

On Thursday my sister worked late so the 3 of us went to one of my favorite places to eat Silver Gulch
Despite slow service we had a great meal. I started off with two of these (the original midori margarita!)

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Friday started off with an early breakfast at The Bakery Restaurant. I had pancakes topped with whipped cream, bananas, and syrup. Later in the day though I was feeling rather sick but luckily rallied by Saturday morning. It was great timing because I needed to head to the farmer’s market in Fairbanks, prep food, and attend my sister’s baby shower that evening. Yummy food to come!

Jeans and Sweatshirts Tuesday, Jul 10 2012 

First of all, I must say that I am loving the fact that it is mid-July and I get to wear sweatshirts and jeans mist days. It has been anywhere from the 50s to low 70s here in Alaska. I feel bad for all those back in KY (and across the country) who have had multiple days of 100+ degree heat. Let’s get to what has been happening here. I have been busy since the mid-week holiday of July 4.
On Thursday my sister and I had breakfast at Sourdough Sam’s. Rumor has it that when the building burned a family member went back in to get the sourdough starter. My sister had the sourdough pancakes which I tasted and were unique in a good way. I ordered the Belgian waffle with strawberries and whipped cream. Since that was not enough sugar for one day I also got a caramel latte shake from the “farthest north” Cold Stone ice cream store later in the day.
For dinner I made this recipe for baked spaghetti.

Friday involved going to Irasha for sushi and for the third time I got the Mount McKinley roll. I cannot help it-it is just so good that I never want to get anything different. While running errands my sister picked up this:

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Saturday involved a trip to the Fairbanks Farmers Market! It was quite large and busy which is always a good thing.
My sister found a beautiful bouquet of peonies:

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We got some veggies and stopped at the honey bakery booth for fresh bread, macaroons, blueberry cake and the most delicious cream rolls which were fresh cream surrounded by homemade waffle cone wrapping.
Later that day my sister made chicken salad

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I made my favorite pimento cheese

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I didn’t measure but used freshly grated sharp cheddar, real mayo, cayenne, and diced pimentos. Sometimes I also add diced jalapeños for a spicy kick.
Sunday was my brother-in-law’s 30 birthday. My sister made French toast

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We celebrated with dinner at Shogun Hibachi Grill and followed with homemade ice cream cake.

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My brother-in-law and I went on an adventure yesterday but that deserves it’s own post which will come soon.

Alaska, thus far Saturday, Jun 23 2012 

Well it is now Friday and I have a lot to catch up on since I arrived late Tuesday night.

By the time my plane landed it was 11:30 Alaska time. My sister picked me up and it was so wonderful to see her! We arrived at the house where I was greeted by the “welcoming committee”:
Cosmo

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Franny

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Buck

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They are all rescues and are super sweet. This was my first time meeting Buck since he was adopted after my visit last year.

Despite eating dinner before my flight left from Denver I was hungry by the time my flight got in and had leftover kabobs at the house-bacon wrapped chicken with mushrooms and pineapple straight from the bowl because I am classy like that.

On Wednesday my sister was working but my brother-in-law was off and we had fun doing this:

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After being outside all day it was followed by the Fairbanks Goldpanners baseball game and then consumption of a key lime martini at The Pump House.

Thursday I went to lunch with my sister and also had a delicious mocha:

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Friday my sister and I went for a walk first thing but the Mosquitos were absolutely ridiculous so we did not stay too long. They were biting our arms, legs, face, ears…it was horrible.

Our remedy for the day was going out for sushi and fro yo for lunch.
At Irasha we split the Tom and Jerry which was deep fried rice, spicy tuna, avocado and some type of sauce

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I had the Mt. McKinley roll

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Here is mine and my sister’s. She ordered the lighthouse roll (pictured in front) which had a light surrounded by cucumber. Both were delicious!

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Afterwards we went to honeydew’s frozen yogurt. I had cake batter and chocolate with brownie bites, chocolate chips, sprinkles, M & M’s, and snickers with a cherry on top

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After running errands I promptly fell asleep due to my consumption of a dose of Benedryl due to the previously mentioned mosquito incident.

Dinner tonight was homemade personal pizza’s on the grill. This was my first time having pizza on the grill and I will definitely have to do this again.

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Mine had sauce, mozzarella cheese, sage sausage, prosciutto, pineapple, onions, and green peppers.

I also enjoyed a midori margarita on the deck. I am enjoying being able to have access to a real deal deck, especially for eating dinner.

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Buck and I

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Now it is time to relax on the couch. A special event is planned for tomorrow night.

Lunch with Mom Monday, Jun 18 2012 

I took my mom out for lunch in between running errands and packing. We went to Meridian Cafe around 11:30. I have been there for breakfast before but never lunch.

I ordered the gourmet grilled cheese which contained 3 types of cheeses, local bacon, avocado, and tomatoes. It was delicious!

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Now back to packing. I think Wally might want to go to Alaska too!

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A Taste of Charleston Friday, Jun 15 2012 

Continuing with the “day trips from Hilton Head” theme my family and I headed to Charleston for the day yesterday. As with Savannah, my parents and aunt and uncle have been there before. They spent the week there a year ago this past February.

We got ready to leave by 7:30 and then it was a 2 hour drive to our destination. Our first stop once we got there was to head to Barbara Jean’s for breakfast. I’m not sure what was going on with me but on the car ride I felt really sick to my stomach and was worried this would ruin the day in Charleston. However a delicious carb field breakfast helped to settle my stomach although I couldn’t tolerate any coffee 😦

I had the veggie omelet with roasted potatoes and sweet jalapeño cornbread. Everything was delicious but I credit the potatoes with making me feel back to normal. I also must say our server (I can’t remember her name) was super sweet and friendly as well.

After breakfast we walked through city market, rode the trolley, and then walked all around the historic district. I saw Fort Sumter, the beautiful historic homes and buildings, and cannons from war time. Since we had limited time in the city, I opted to just walk around and take it all in.

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Above is Fort Sumter

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As with Savannah I loved the walkability of this city. I am drawn to any area where walking to places is an option. I’m pretty sure that is why I love the Highlands and the Frankfort Avenue area back home.

Ode to Zen Garden Sunday, Jun 10 2012 

I have mentioned Zen Garden on the blog before but felt it deserved another post all to itself. Just as a refresher it is located in one of my favorite areas (on Frankfort Avenue) and is an all vegetarian restaurant. I have always had a pleasurable experience each time I go characterized by friendly and helpful staff, quick service, and delicious food.

First up, I had the perfect glass of green tea:

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For lunch I had a veggie sushi roll and part of my beloved orange tofu. I have never actually tried another entree, this one us so perfect I crave it each time

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I even had enough for leftovers the next day

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Perfectly cooked

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If anyone who reads this comes to visit Louisville, I highly recommend this place!

Question for some conversation-feel free to answer- If you had to recommend a restaurant to someone visiting your city which would you choose?

Food Frenzy Sunday, Jun 10 2012 

Been having some good food lately.
One of my favorite combinations: Rudi’s bread, almond butter, and banana

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Above was the main ingredient for B.L.Ts: local bacon

My favorite pizza: Amy’s roasted vegetable (no cheese)

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Miso soup and tofu spring rolls from Simply Thai, one of my favorite Thai restaurants.

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New to me larabar flavor (delicious)

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Whole foods salad:
The toppings

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All mixed together

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Farmers’s market blueberries from last Saturday

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Allergen-free supercharge me cookie from Annie May’s Sweet Cafe, an allergen free bakery on Frankfort Avenue

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Anyone else enjoying some delicious summertime food?

Takeout, Baking, and Smoothie in a glass Monday, Jun 4 2012 

Where was I since leaving off last? Late last week I brought take-out home for lunch for mom and I from one of my favorite places Heart & Soy.

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I brought home tofu pad Thai, yellow curry soup, jicama spring rolls, and barbecue tofu and rice.

I also made pumpkin whoopie pies (recipe from Oh She Glows) for my cousin’s high school graduation party and then pumpkin muffins (recipe from the cookbook Vegan with a Vengence) for breakfast with my aunt and uncle the next day)

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This morning I made a delicious smoothie- just Soymilk, strawberries, and banana-then it was up to Lexington for the morning and afternoon.

I have so much to do before I leave for vacation-must be productive tomorrow!

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Dining out Sunday, Apr 22 2012 

This past week was all about dining out. As I type this I am sitting in a restaurant grabbing a light lunch.

I went to Heart & Soy on Bardstown road and got my favorite yellow curry soup and a side of jicama rolls. The picture does not do the soup justice.

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That is tofu chocolate peanut butter pie. So good.

I also went to the sister restaurant Roots for the first time:
I got tea

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Jicama salad which was so good.

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Crispy avocado and tomato rolls

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Thursday was another first time for me at the restaurant Dragon King’s Daughter

I got edamame and 2 sushi rolls. Followed by dessert at Sweet Surrender.

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After today I will be dining in-well for a few days anyways 🙂

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