Well, looks like a few of you are interested in reading An Object of Beauty as well! Would you want to read it along with Matty and I? We could set a date to have it finished by August 25 and discuss it in the comments section. If you’re down for it, let me know here and we can start our own little book club!
Dinner at ION Restaurant
On Frriday afternoon, I hit the road for a two-hour drive to Connecticut. I was on my way to visit Jenny and Cait, both of whom live in The Nutmeg State (what a funky state name, huh?). Anywho, I drove to Jenny’s house, got settled, and then we went for coffee with her boyfriend, Markus. It was cloudy and mild but our spirits were very sunny!
After grabbing some coffee, the two of us went back to her house and hung out for a bit before meeting up with Cait for dinner at ION Restaurant. ION is an acronym for It’s Only Natural (so cute!), and the restaurant serves only vegetarian-friendly fare. I’d been there once before with Cait and was excited to try a new dish!
…except I didn’t. Tempeh “crab cakes” it was!
The delicious tempeh crab cakes came with sauteed garlic greens (!), gigantic sweet potato fries, and homemade ketchup. My kind of meal, indeed!
The three of us made sure to channel our inner child and write on the tables, which were made of chalkboard. You give this girl chalk and she’ll write really awesome things on the surface before her.
You’d think I’d be more creative, huh? Trust me, though, you don’t want to witness my artistry. It’s pathetic. Although, I do draw a mean stick figure. After our lovely dinner, Jenny and I had a hankering for ice cream so we drove to Whole Foods to pick some up and enjoyed it with a side of E! network’s show Fashion Police. In a word, epic.
Nom nom nom. We both agreed on the fact that this is one of the best store-bought vegan ice creams out there. Then again, it’s hard to go wrong when you’re pairing chocolate and peanut butter, huh?
Yoga in West Hartford Center
Saturday morning was something new for all of us! Jenny and I met Cait in the center of West Hartford for a free outdoor yoga class. The event, called Om Street Yoga, was open to the public and held in the middle of the street outside the adjacent lululemon store.
There were so many people situated on their yoga mats, ready to tackle the 75-minute class.
We began with basic meditation and sun salutations before being led through a fairly intense flow of ukatasanas (chair poses). It was tough! The rest of the practice was free flowing and semi-intense, with lots of chatarungas and downward facing dogs. A woman played a gong drum throughout the practice at varying tones and volumes, and it really helped me to maintain my focus. The class ended with a meditation session, which relaxed me in the best of ways. As my eyes were closed, I could feel the sun shining on my face as it broke through the clouds. We ended the practice by repeating the words, “I will be happy. I will be healthy. I will be at ease.” I felt so comfortable in that moment.
Side note: How rad are Jenny’s yoga pants?!
After the lovely practice, Cait, Jenny, and I went to West Hartford Baking Co. to enjoy a slowpour coffee and our respective breakfasts. Jenny and I brought our own protein puddings. Are you shocked?
Jenny’s mashed Tone It Up protein pancake is on the left (topped with blueberries and shredded coconut) and my chocolate protein pudding oats and half an apple are on the right. The coffee was so yummy. It reminded me of Wildflour’s slow pour coffee!
Okay, I’m off to enjoy my Sunday and, eventually, The Bachelorette. I’m on team Jeff. Who’s with me, ladies?!
I’ve got a really delicious recipe coming up for you tomorrow! Here are the ingredients that you’ll need:
- Powdered peanut butter (I’m using Just Great Stuff, which you can find at Whole Foods)
- Organic agave nectar
- Shredded coconut