Don’t Ever Do That To Me Again.

What the heck. You guys can’t just take over a week off from blogging and not tell me about it. Seriously, un-cool.

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Ok, ok, I apologize, it was me, not you! 🙂

I mean, does anyone remember who I am at this point? If not, totally okay. I would forget me too.

Before I delve into a few snapshots from the past week and a half, I have to make a few shout outs:

LINDSEY a SUPER congratulations on running your first marathon! I can imagine how troubling everything was for you and after reading your recap – I know you pushed through and I know you did a phenomenal job. I’m so happy for you for doing it!

NATALIE another SUPER congratulations on running your first marathon! I know you’ve worked SOOOOO stinking hard at it and it 100% paid off – your time was amazing and you sound like you’re doing just fine. Any chance you’ll run another any time soon? Haha! 🙂

ERIN your spaghetti squash bake is on the menu for tonight. I saw it while I was in Vegas last week and I had to wipe the drool from my workspace in front of my coworkers. They’re aware of my slob like behavior so this was no shock to them.

I’ve gotten in two long runs since we last saw each other, one was 16 miles before I went out of town and yesterday it was 18 miles. Pretty awesome. My marathon is quickly approaching and I am quickly getting prepared. Woo hoo.

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I went to Las Vegas. Don’t get too excited for me – it was for work and was therefore treated as such. I didn’t get much time to gamble or have fun, or even workout. 😦

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The Bellagio is such a nice hotel and they have such beautiful decorations. And fountains, of course.

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But it wasn’t until Kristina  mentioned on IG that I should stop by and see this… The world’s largest chocolate fountain! That is when this hotel became my favorite ever.

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Amazing. My reaction to this further solidified my boss’s belief that I am a candy-a-holic. No shame.

I’m still trying to play a bit of catch up – traveling for work is insane, I don’t know how you do it so much, Sara! Though, I suppose – Maui is Maui. 🙂

I missed a lot of working out and ate a lot of crap food, and I can certainly feel it! I’m looking forward to getting back to my routine this week! Bring on the monotony, people!

Have you been to Las Vegas?

What’s been going on for you?

Did you miss me or are you completely over me?

-Meghan

Wedding Weekend in Wilmington

Does anyone else have a special place in their little literary device hearts for alliteration? Just me?

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So, I went to a wedding this weekend; my cousin got married 🙂 The ceremony was perfectly beautiful, the reception was tons of fun and had a really positive energy, and the food was aca-amazing/amazeballs. It was by far the best wedding I’ve been to and it was so fun to see all our extended family.

With all that said, I took next to no pictures, not even of the food. I know, I suck. I think part of the reason is that I have a special kind of hatred for people who obnoxiously take pictures with their camera phones while the ceremony is happening. I’m all for it if no one can see you, but people hire photographers for a reason. I kid you not, at one wedding I attended a few years ago, a woman stopped the bride while she was walking down the aisle to get her to pose for a picture that she took with her flip phone. So that explains the lack of ceremony pics. As far as the reception, I think I was too busy catching up with everyone, stuffing my face with cheese and pad thai, and drinking as excessively as possible to take any pictures.

I’ll show you what I have, although most of them are from my sister’s phone (because she’s smarter than me and decided to actually utilize the camera feature on her phone). I know, I know, you were all thinking I was the brains of the family. Sorry for blowing your minds without warning. Oh and it’s funny if you think I got any pictures of the bride and groom.

Instead, let’s look at three different pictures of my adorable grandma, Bobbie. Is she not the cutest?! The answer is yes, just in case you were confused. These are my two leetle seeseters (say it like Dexter – as in Laboratory, not the sociopathic serial killer. This got weird).

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Here are all the ladies except my cousin Lauren, who was a part of the bridal party. Hawt family right there (except that bitch 3rd from the right).

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So yeah, that’s all I have for you right now. Once I get pictures from my other family members I’ll make sure to post some.

On our way out of Wilmington, we decided to make a quick stop at the beach. It was 85* with clear skies and bright sunshine – perfect way to say goodbye to summer. Although, it’s almost worse that I was in a swim suit this weekend, and just three short days later I sit typing this to you in my cold as f**k office, toes frozen, and wearing two sweaters. For real, I’m ready to get out my scarves and get to buyin’ new boots 🙂

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I was playing that game where you pretend to be a creepy stalker and take pictures of young girls really zoomed in on your phone but you pretend you’re just laying out, listening to music in case anyone walks by and asks what you’re doing. Oh, you’ve never played that game?…Bean was dancing in the ocean. I don’t know how really. I can barely walk through a few inches of water before stopping to catch my breath.

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On our way back to the car, we saw this really cool spider. So naturally we stopped to take a million pictures of it.

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I couldn’t get a good picture of the front of it because I would have had to stand inside that huge bush below it. You’re a neato lookin’ spider but you’re not stand-inside-a-bush neato.

When we got back to the Raleigh area, we all met at our Aunt and Uncle’s for dinner. We ate this:

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I’m a bit ashamed to tell you all this, but not ashamed enough to keep it to myself – I ate Waffle House, Chik-fil-a, and Bojangles all in one day. I lost literally all my points for the challenge this weekend so I guess I just decided to say eff it all. Which brings me to some words of advice when it comes to self control: have some. Stimulating, eh?

There were close to 20 people over for dinner, so you can probably imagine that getting everyone to take a “good” picture was pretty difficult. BUT! I kinda have a picture of the bride and groom (Allison and Tyler). Haha, see! Oh and look, half of us either look terrified or are closing our eyes. Do I hear a nomination for cutest family of the year award??

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And a little cousin picture 🙂 Kelley (on the far right) will be officially joining the family next September! Yayyyy I can’t wait!

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She’s going to be marrying this handsome man, my cousin Nate (Tyler’s identical twin brother).

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And maybe after that wedding, my cousin Natalie (center below) will marry her boyfriend Bill!! As long as I’m not the one getting married, I’m down for as many weddings as possible. So all single family members – and friends – please get on top of this asap. Thanks.

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Haha, and here’s a picture of my family from 1996. I look like a little 8 year old brat. That’s probably because I was. (I’m on the bottom left.)

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This is before the two youngest were born – there are 8 of us total. Also, who dressed me in that god awful jumper?? The little one on my mom’s lap and on the far right now look like this:

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and this:

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and this:

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Neither of them knew which pose to make when. Typical of our family pics. There’s the groom again. See, I snapped lots of good shots of him!

I’ve decided there are too many pictures of my family (who none of you know, except Meghan) in this post. I’ll get back to food with my next one.

It was a really fun weekend. I can’t wait to get pictures of the wedding party so I can show you how wonderful it was. Also, I ate an Oreo Cheesequake Blizzard at DQ on the way home. I think I gained 5 lbs this weekend. No shame, but I probably shouldn’t wile out so hard next time. Oooh ooohh, but pat me on the back for working out at the hotel gym Saturday morning! I’m gross.

Did everyone have a good weekend, even though it’s Wednesday and I should have already asked?

Are you getting married any time soon? Can I come?

Can anyone top my Saturday menu of Waffle House and lots of fried chicken??

– Rebekah

My Charleston + The RUN.

Hi Everyone! I know I’m late in saying so, but I hope you guys all enjoyed Labor Day weekend! I sure did! First though, congratulations to my beautiful fellow Seattle-ite and wonderful vegan with benefits friend over at Blissful Britt, you have won the Tasty Bite giveaway! 🙂 🙂 I can’t find a contact email address, so hit me up at megbek@fitnesscreatures.com so I can get your foodies to you! I checked, they have vegan options! 🙂

As my fellow crEATure mentioned, we escaped to Charleston this weekend. I can’t even begin to tell you how all how absolutely amazing my time there was. I fell in love with the city for numerous reasons which I will conveniently list out for you.

1. The candy stores. They are everywhere. Priorities folks – there’s a reason this is #1 in my recap. And the candy stores are perfectly accompanied with an equal ratio of ice cream/gelato/froyo shops. It’s literally the perfect place in the whole wide world.

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I got a big old bag the first night and it lasted me the entire weekend!

2. The scenery. I can’t describe how absolutely beautiful the city is and I got the chance to do my long run through it bright and early on Saturday morning – before the sun was up and before the local shops were open. I had such an out of body experience along the water and I felt so emotionally empowered and capable of accomplishing anything. This run was my third favorite run in my entire life time and I can happily smile about every part of this run, even the fact that I was way too hungover Oops.

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Serenity is the best and that’s exactly what I got. Roughly four miles of my run were on this path along the water. It was truly breathtaking and I even saw a dolphin. Could a long run get any better?

Some other beautiful shots from my run:

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I couldn’t get over how unrealistic those trees looked.. Nature is so picturesque.

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  If there is a better way to explore a city, I don’t want to know what it is. This was perfection and I had the best runner’s high ever. #runningWINS

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3. The fun places to just hang back and relax at night – the options are limitless in this city! And, they are all seemingly quaint and entertaining.

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Me and mah man!

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Rebekah and Isaac were the pool champs of the night!

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Those were our friends that came with us and we all stayed together. The rooftop bar scene in Charleston is amazing! 🙂

4. The water! And the water activities! We went to Folly Beach both days.

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I even paddle boarded!

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It was as equally challenging as it was fun and I am craving the next opportunity I get to do it!

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Hanging with the crEATure!

5. The food! 🙂 All of it was good, but as thorough as my co blogger was with pictures of food, I was a slacker. Though, this buffet merited pictures… It doesn’t look like much but it was perfect. That crepe looking thing on the right was the only thing I got seconds of… Stellar.

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Poached eggs are typically too runny for me but these were just right! I do like some good #yolkporn but the white parts must be fully cooked or I freak.

So there it was, whoooooomp, there it was. 🙂 Charleston is amazing and I cannot wait to return (also, why have I never been there before?! It’s so close… Sheesh, Meghan). But really, there are wonderful beaches AND a legitimate night scene (not a fist pumping club, jumping kind either, but the good, grown up kind…. I’ve never been anywhere like it before and I’m grateful I got to go this weekend!

What was your favorite part of this past weekend?

Where’s your favorite place to travel and why?

Candy – I can’t live without it. Can you? I don’t play favorites, I love it all.

-Meghan

Charleston Eats

This weekend, Meghan and I, along with our boyfriends and another wonderful couple, headed to Charleston for one last hoorah of summer.

It was a perfectly beautiful weekend; there was not a cloud in the sky 🙂 Sounds awesome right? Well, it was also hot as balls and we were drenched in sweat almost the entire weekend. Yummy. I’m not complaining though. It was great beach weather and there wasn’t a site of rain all weekend. We got to hang out with some awesome people (one of my boyfriend’s best friends lives up there), eat at some delicious local spots, and bar hop around downtown Charleston.

Looking over my pictures from the weekend, I realize that I only took pictures of the food we ate and where we ate it. I guess it all makes sense when you consider that I gained a solid 5 lbs this weekend. Anywhooooo…

Photo dump commencing.

Five Loaves Cafe:

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This was a cute little homey cafe that had a slightly eclectic feel to it with its specials written on the wall and its Mason jar glasses.

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I had the spicy zucchini and cheddar soup with half of a Cobb salad and white balsamic dressing. Some of the best soup and salad I’ve ever had.

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Every review for this place was nothing short of stellar. It definitely lived up to it!

Hominy Grill:

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We visited this popular spot for brunch on Sunday.

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Everyone got the Big Nasty Biscuit (except me), and true to it’s name, it was big, nasty, and biscuit-y?? You know what I mean.

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I was trying to get something healthier but they pre make their omelet fillings (<— I don’t understand that) and I LOATHE onions so I couldn’t get a veggie omelet. I opted for poached eggs, bacon, cheese grits, and sunflower toast instead. Not a bad trade 🙂

Poe’s Tavern:

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After going to the beach at Sullivan’s Island, we decided to stop in and get a burger at this busy landmark. Poe’s Tavern is (obviously) named after Edgar Allan Poe, who was stationed at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island in 1827. All their burgers are named after different Poe stories and the bathroom walls are lined with the pages of these stories.

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I had the Tell-Tale Heart – fried egg, bacon, and cheddar cheese.

Metto:

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One of our friends in Charleston works at this adorable coffee shop. It’s not a touristy spot, creating regulars out of most of its patrons.

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I love that almost the entire shop is covered in ivy.

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Hand-written chalkboard menu and baked goods made fresh every morning.

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We split a blueberry muffin and a cinnamon roll.

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I also got a Honey Latte that was basically heaven in a cup.

Butcher & Bee:

If you every come to Charleston, you HAVE to visit this place. No questions asked. This gem is tucked away from the rest of downtown on the north end of King street. They use only local ingredients and their menu changes daily. They’re also open late night on weekends for all the drunkies who get hangry around 2 am.

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I thought this beehive art was really cool. And there are little bees hanging from it! Ah, the little things…

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I got the Chinese pork belly sandwich with hoisin, pork belly, cabbage, and peanuts. So good!

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Does anyone else feel like my food got progressively more unhealthy as the weekend went on?? Maybe that’s why I gained 5 lbs. At least it’s not a mystery.

I hope everyone else had an awesome Labor Day weekend!!!

Yay for fall weather and recipes 🙂

What did you do this weekend?

Any good eats?

Did you gain 5 lbs, too?

– Rebekah