WIAW: Saturday at the Blend Retreat

So I figured that since I’ve been filling you in with all of my Blend Retreat recaps for the past couple days, today would be the perfect day to give you all another one…foodie style.

How fitting, right? Now I’m sure many of you have seen other recaps including the food at Blend this past weekend, but at this point, what’s one more right? Right! SO let’s get to it.

Breakfast – 8:30am

On Saturday morning after our bootcamp, we were all treated to an amazing spread of breakfast treats sponsored by Xagave.

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Not only was I impressed with the spread of food, but the decorations on the tables were so eye-catching; you could tell that they really put a lot of time and thought into it, which was very much appreciated by all.

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I loaded up with a little bit of everything…a plain Chobani paired with some Xagave syrup (<—awesome, btw), fresh fruit, sliced almonds, and a local lemon blueberry granola that was delicious.

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A piece of toast with PB&J + a carrot cake muffin, which was made with Xagave and whole wheat flour (it was delicious)

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And, of course, some coffee. Green Mountain provided the coffee and the Vanilla Caramel flavor that I tried was so good that I had to go back for a second cup. Winking smile

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Snack – 11:30am-ish?

Some granola I packed up with me on the hike.

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Didn’t have much of it though…I was too preoccupied with the scenery.

Lunch – 1:00pm

Once we arrived back from our hike, we wound up sitting and chatting in our lodge, which also happened to have some of the leftovers from breakfast. Rather than going somewhere and spending money, and due to the fact that we were feeling a bit lazy, dirty, and smelly, we stayed in and made use of what we had.

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I made a PB&J on a bagel thin, along with a bag of Beanitos and one of those blueberry muffins you see there. I was huuuungry…that hiking was intense!

Dinner – 6:00pm

Once we were finally showered and feeling human again, Alyssa, Tina, Jillian, Julie, and her husband Terry headed into downtown Boulder for dinner at Avery Brewing Company.

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We had heard people talking about Avery during the day, and all of us decided that we were definitely in the mood for a nice, cold brew.

Once we got there, we saw that they offered 4oz. samples of most of their beers for just a $1.00, so we all ended up picking four to try.

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I wound up getting four different Belgian-style ales to try.

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I’m pretty sure my favorite was the White Rascal Belgian (pictured far left, above). It was almost champagne-like, which was nice and refreshing.

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For dinner, both Tina and I ordered the Turkey Bacon sandwich, which came with avocado, cole slaw, and chips.

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The thing was massive, but it was so good that I ended up eating the whole thing.

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AND a few sweet potato nuggets that we all got to share.

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After dinner, we left Avery and headed over to Rio Grande to meet up with some other lovely ladies who had already been there for a little while. Being that it WAS Cinco de Mayo and all, we made sure to celebrate properly with a fresh margarita.

Celebratory Margarita – Let’s say 8:00pm-ish?

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Those puppies were strong, my friends. But they were good. Smile

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Some shenanigans ensued, and there certainly was no shortage of laughs, as if you couldn’t already tell from Lindsay’s face. Winking smile

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As if we hadn’t already eaten and drank enough for the night, we continued the evening on a mission to find some frozen yogurt.

Evening Dessert – 10:00pm? Who knows…

We had two failed attempts at frozen yogurt, but they did finally lead us to a local gelato place. Of course, I had to try about 100 samples before making a decision.

End result? Half Indonesian Vanilla, half Malt Chocolate Chip…err, something like that.

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It was definitely good…but it was no frozen yogurt.

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Talk about a good, full day of eats, right? Man, just posting this is making me hungry again.

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Right now, I’m actually on my way to NYC for a super fun FITNESS Blogger Meet & Tweet! If you want to follow along on Twitter, I’ll be tweeting along with the hashtag #fitblognyc. Otherwise, I’ll catch ya’ll with a recap soon!

Paparazzi Blogging + Beach Walk Dreamin’

Soooo, we still don’t have internet in our house down here…

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So this is what “blogging time” looks like while we’re down here in OBX. I’ll tell ya…it’s a good thing the Dunkin’ Donuts right down the road has free Wi-Fi and doesn’t charge me every time I walk in. Winking smile

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I know I look super annoyed, but really, it’s not half bad. I type things up here in the house, take the 1 minute drive down the road, hook up to internet, and blog away.

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Erika took these pictures of me yesterday before we headed out for the night, so I thought I’d share ‘em with you since they sort of made me laugh and feel almost a little paparazzi-esque.

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This afternoon, our group split up a few different ways; some people headed out on a little nature walk, but Jay and I really aren’t much of the nature walk type and would much rather spend our afternoon here.

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Please pay no attention to my horrendous burn tan lines. Yes, they’re sore, but I loaded on the SPF today like it was my j-o-b.

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After lounging for a bit, the two of us headed out for a nice walk along the beach, just like I had planned.

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Along our walk, which was probably about 45 minutes long, we made a few pit stops to check out some creepin’ crabs,

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and get crafty with a little sand art. You like? Winking smile

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Beach Walk Dreamin’

We also decided while walking that we’re both more than okay with the idea of moving down here. Sure, the job thing might be tough, but then we figured it out…we’re going to sell slushy ice in carts along the beach. It’s genius, right?

The thought of a nice, cold, lemon slush this afternoon sounded awesome, so we figured hey…we can totally do this. We’ll get our own carts with big umbrellas, stock up on fruity slush, and sell it by the cup…all while getting in a killer workout from pushing a cart full of slush ice.

Maybe I can even sell my cupcakes from the cart too??

Hey, a girl can dream. Winking smile

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After a couple hours at the beach, Jay and I headed back up to the house to shower and get ready to head back out again for some shopping and dinner at the Scarborough Lane Shoppes.

Needless to say, we had a little bit of fun in some of the shops…

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Is this pair of glasses not perfect for me?

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And does Jay not look like a total creeper here or what?!?

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Okay, that’s better. Phew.

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For dinner, we hit up Fishbones Raw Bar & Restaurant with Josh & Erika, which was located right within the same plaza.

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We started out with a round of Corona Lights with lime and some fried calamari, which was really good.

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For my entrée, I ordered a Mahi salad, which actually came at the recommendation of our waiter after finding out that the crabmeat salad that I originally wanted was mayo-based (I wanted the fresh stuff!)

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The mahi was great; it was cooked really well, and had excellent flavor.

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It even came along with half of a big ‘ol avocado, which was scrumptious.

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Of course, being vacation and all, you probably know what happened next…

We had to stop for a little dessert.

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While we were walking around earlier before dinner, we came across this place, which had this sign plastered in their window.

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I had no choice but to give them my business after sporting such awesomeness. Winking smile

The Sweet Duck had their own gelato, so I ordered a small of their Tahitian Vanilla + Mango Sorbetto.

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Mixing the two flavors together was a total winning combo: fruity with the mango and creamy with the vanilla. It was perfection.

And I don’t know what it is, but ordering a small gelato seems so much more satisfying than ordering a small ice cream. When I order ice cream, I have to restrain myself from ordering the XXL…but with gelato, the mini portions are all I need. Weird?

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Tomorrow’s looking to be another beautiful day AND we’re going to be having a birthday girl on our hands, so it’s sure to be a fun day!

You know what else is fun? The fact that tomorrow morning there’s going to be some giveaway action on the blog-a-roo. And I’ll let ya in on a little secret: it’s a pretty sweet one. Winking smile

Question for the Evening:

What size do you usually get when ordering gelato/fro-yo/ice cream?

It’s ok…this is totally a judgment-free zone. Typically I go medium, but since I know I’m enjoying it more frequently while down here, I’m trying to control my portions a bit.