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Brunch at SeaLegs Wine Bar

A couple of months ago Karla and I decided that the only way to proper celebrate our last long run of half marathon training was to treat ourselves to a delicious brunch.  We decided to have our celebratory brunch at SeaLegs Wine Bar after stumbling upon a groupon that included an entrée and bottomless mimosas for $15.

Our brunch was set for 11 AM, and after running 11 tough miles that included a strong headwind, almost getting attacked by poodles and aggressive transients on PCH, we were more than ready to get our grub on.  And apparently we weren’t the only ones as the line to have brunch at SeaLegs Wine Bar was out the door when we got there.  Thankfully Karla made reservations and we were seated right away.

brunch at sealegs wine bar champagneAs promised, our meal started with champagne and orange juice, which was a nice way to start brunch while we perused the menu.

The Englishman (who is also training for the Big Sur Half) decided to get things started on the right foot by ordering the “donut of the day” which was a chocolate maple bacon donut.

brunch at sealegs wine bar donutSince I have such a high standard for donuts (thank you Sidecar), I didn’t end up sampling it but he said it was tasty, however not on the same level as Sidecar’s donuts.  Noted.

For my entrée, since the runger (it’s a word I swear) was in full force, I went with the Vegetarian Omelette which came with kale, mushrooms, and truffle oil with a side of roasted potatoes.  I also ordered an extra side of avocado and fruit, because why not?

brunch at sealegs wine bar veggie omeletteI was pleasantly surprised at the portion size of my dish.  The omelette was cooked perfectly and was nice and filling, and the potatoes were a great compliment.

Karla followed suit and ordered the shrimp omelette which I did not try but will seriously consider ordering the next time I have brunch at SeaLegs Wine Bar.

brunch at sealegs wine bar seafood omeletteKarla’s boyfriend Jesse got the Chilaquiles, which included braised chicken and a poached egg over tortilla chips.  I couldn’t partake because of the corn component, but everyone else raved about them.

brunch at sealegs wine bar chilaquesI had told the Englishman there was a chicken and waffles dish which he immediately ordered.  The verdict was it was good and possibly better than famous Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles which is a pretty high compliment.

brunch at sealegs wine bar wafflesThe only knock I would give SeaLegs is that the service was a little slow and it looked like dishes were coming out at inconsistent times.  I do love the venue and their extensive wine list, so I think I’ll be back for happy hour and some tapas.

We all left brunch feeling pleasantly full and then proceeded to have post run/brunch naps, which is one of the best things about half marathon training.

Thanks Karla and Jesse for being such fabulous brunch companions!

Protein Muffin Recipes

After posting about my Lemon Coconut Protein Muffins, I’ve been on quite the protein muffin kick.  Protein muffins are easy to make, are a perfect snack or breakfast on the go, and a nice way to sneak some extra protein into your diet.  Here are two of my current favorite protein muffin recipes.

Pumpkin Protein MuffinsThe first recipe is for pumpkin protein muffins.  Canned pumpkin is a staple in my house all year long and these muffins are the perfect snack.  I find these especially delightful when topped with some peanut or almond butter.

Pumpkin Protein Muffins (makes 6 muffins)

Ingredients:

1 packet Perfect Fit Protein Powder (or 1/4 cup protein powder)

1/4 cup coconut flour

2 eggs

1 egg white

2 tbsp pumpkin

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp salt

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1/4 tsp baking powder

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350F.  Line 6 muffin tins with paper liners.

In a small bowl mix your protein powder, coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and salt.  Be sure to whisk your coconut flour and protein powder well to ensure there are no clumps.

Add your eggs, egg white, coconut oil and pumpkin to the dry mixture and continue to mix until well blended.  Gently spoon your batter into the muffin tins and bake for 23-25 minutes.

The other protein muffin recipe I made was for the times when my sweet tooth strikes.  Enter Cocoa Protein Muffins.

Cocoa Protein Muffins

These muffins are made with unsweetened cocoa powder and no other added sugars.  The Perfect Fit protein powder is lightly sweetened with stevia so these muffins have a nice sweet flavor to them without being too overpowering.  These are definitely the perfect snack for when the chocolate monster strikes (which for me is pretty much every day).

 Cocoa Protein Muffins (makes 6 muffins)

Ingredients:

1 packet Perfect Fit Protein Powder (or 1/4 cup protein powder)

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp cocoa powder

2 eggs

1 egg white

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350F.  Line 6 muffin tins with paper liners.

In a small bowl mix your protein powder, coconut flour, cocoa powder. baking powder and salt.  Be sure to whisk your coconut flour, cocoa powder and protein powder well so there are no clumps.

Add your eggs, egg white, coconut oil and vanilla to the dry mixture and continue to mix until well blended.  Gently spoon your batter into the muffin tins and bake for 23-25 minutes.

Protein Muffin Recipes

These muffins might not be the prettiest things to look at, but they are packed with protein and are the perfect healthy snack on the go, which works just fine for me.

Renegade Racing Santa Run

After blogging about it for a few weeks now, this past weekend I finally ran the Renegade Racing Santa Run.  While this wasn’t a race to get a PR time, I definitely got a PR in FUN.

This was the first race that the Englishman and I ran with a group of friends, and definitely something I want to do again in the future.  My friend from San Francisco flew down for the occasion and Karla from Foodologie joined us with her boyfriend and a couple of their friends.  Since we had a decent sized group, we decided to get into the holiday spirit by wearing antlers and becoming a “reindeer crew.”

Renegade Racing Santa RunAnd just for the record, running with antlers makes any race 10x more fun, even if the antlers kept falling off because of the wind.

As for the actual race itself, it was great seeing people dress up and get into the holiday spirit. My only complaint about the race would be that the 5K and 10K racers start at the same time and are running together until about 1.5 miles in so it got pretty congested at the beginning.  I think it would’ve been better to have the 10K group start a bit ahead of the 5K group so people weren’t trampling all over each other.

The course itself is a basic out and back through some paved/dirt trails in Irvine with a few small inclines scattered throughout.  There were some points on the trail that it felt a bit congested, but it thinned out pretty quick.

Santa Run MedalOverall this is a great race to run with friends and to help you get into the holiday spirit!  Every finisher got a Renegade Racing Santa Run medal too which I thought was awesome.

Even though my 10K training is done (for the moment), I’m going to keep posting running/race recaps as well as training updates as I figure out my next race.

Here’s this week’s update:

Monday:  6 mile run @ 9:17 pace

Tuesday: At Home WOD (100 pushups, 150 sit ups, 200 squats, 3 mile run) @8:47 pace

Wednesday: 3.45 mile run @ 9:08 pace

Thursday: Crossfit

Friday: Crossfit

Saturday: Santa Run! @10:45 pace

Sunday: Spinning

I need a new goal race for 2014.  Any suggestions?

Pumpkin Teas

Once upon a time I drank a lot of coffee.  My morning wasn’t complete with some cup o’ joe, and when the holidays rolled around you better believe I was always getting my pumpkin spice/gingerbread latte fix.  And then I got an ulcer and my doctor told me I shouldn’t drink coffee anymore except decaf on occasion.  So I turned to tea and haven’t looked back since.  Now my mornings always start with a strong black tea or an iced tea if it’s hot out.

Since the pumpkin season is in full swing, I took it upon myself to try a variety of different pumpkin teas to see which one would come out on top.

tale of pumpkin tea collectionThe competition was fierce, but here are my top four pumpkin teas that are perfect for the fall season.

Best Roobios Tea: Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea

tale of pumpkin tea trader joesI normally don’t like roobios teas but Trader Joe’s is top notch.  The pumpkin flavor really shines through and it’s a decaf tea, which is perfect for enjoying in the evening before bed.

Best Black Tea: Celestial Seasoning’s Sweet Harvest Pumpkin Tea

tale of pumpkin tea celestial seasoningsThis is a nice black tea that is perfect for first thing in the morning.  I love the strong pumpkin flavor and the spices that complement it.  It’s probably my least favorite of the four, but still a good tea choice.

Best Chai Tea: Art of Tea’s Pumpkin Spice Chai

Tale of pumpkin tea art of teaI was on a chai tea latte kick for awhile and then I found them to be too sweet and loaded with lots of sugar.  Art of Tea’s Pumpkin Spice Chai is a loose leaf tea with the perfect amount of chai spice.  I like to make my own chai lattes by adding a bit of almond milk.

Best Overall Pumpkin Tea: Art of Tea’s Pumpkin Pie Tea

Art of Tea takes the cake with this pumpkin pie tea.  It’s got the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor and a hint of sweetness.  Plus, it’s decaf so you can drink it any time of day.

And just for fun, a little behind the scenes look from the pumpkin tea shoot.  Obviously, Pip is a fan of pumpkin tea as well.

Pumpkin Tea pip photobombWhat’s your favorite pumpkin tea?  Are there any ones I am missing?